A Grand Acquisition

28th September 2018

Active Hospitality will become the new owner of Easthampstead Park Conference Centre (EPCC) from Monday, 8 October 2018, after exchange of contracts was confirmed today.

This decision from Bracknell Forest Council comes following a successful bid to take over the much loved venue, with the transfer of the ongoing and continuous business securing its future for the benefit of the Bracknell Forest community.

Exciting plans are already in place to enhance EPCC through significant investment in the building, which will include: an additional 67 bedrooms, a complete refurbishment of the existing bedrooms; a new reception, lounge, café and afternoon tea area; a revamped restaurant and dedicated bar area and revised meeting space.

In addition, a health and fitness centre will be created in the Whitfield building and a dry health and beauty spa developed in the basement of the main building, all of which will be accessible to local residents.

Rick Aspland-Robinson, a partner at Active Hospitality said:

“We’re thrilled to have been given this opportunity to upgrade and transform this beautiful building in the heart of Berkshire. We will create a bespoke hotel, wedding venue and conference centre enhancing its current features and creating new and improved areas for the local community to come and enjoy.

“We appreciate there has been some speculation and worry from local residents regarding housing in the area, but we confirm that our business is in hotel, wedding, conferencing and health and fitness and we look forward to working with current EPCC staff and providing a significant number of additional job opportunities as the transformation gets underway.

“We would like to reassure current wedding clients that all existing bookings will be honoured. This is your special day and we will make it so. We are really keen to engage with local residents and will be holding a ‘meet the owners’ session on Sunday, 30 September at EPCC from 11am to 3pm. We’d like to encourage residents to come along to find out more.”

Cllr Iain McCracken, executive member for culture, resources and public protection, said: “We’re delighted the future of this important venue and its ancient woodland has been secured. We can now begin to look forward to the exciting changes ahead, which will see EPCC become even more accessible for local residents and businesses, as well as those from further afield.”

Dubs in the Park has already been confirmed for May 2019. Further information will be shared as the refurbishment progresses. Follow EPCC on Facebook to keep up-to-date. https://www.facebook.com/eastparkCC/

Historic Space

13th March 2018

The Historic Ballroom in the Old Town Hall Buckingham has undergone a complete refurbishment now offering spectacular meeting, conferencing and event space.

Fitted with dropdown projector and screen along with ingeniously designed lighting, the space is enough to wow anyone that steps foot inside.

Sell out events are often held here with tickets available on the Villiers Hotel website.

Breaking Ground

16th February 2018

Within 12 months of ownership, Active Hospitality have started construction of a new conference centre at Gorse Hill.  The new facilities will be double in size to the existing out dated space and take the maximum capacity from 72 to 200 delegates in the main conference room

All rooms will be fitted with the latest audio visual equipment and the site will benefit from an upgrade to the lease line ensuring all guests have superfast broadband.

We’re excited to open the doors and anticipate this will be early 2019.

Gorse Fitness Open for Business

31st October 2017

With an ever-growing demand for fitness facilities, Active Hospitality have completed the installation of a new guest gym within one of the existing buildings at Gorse Hill.

Keep up with your fitness routine whilst you’re away with our free in-house gym. Packed with cardio and resistance equipment and free weights, you can unwind after a busy day. All guests over the age of 16 who visit Gorse Hill are invited to use our in-house gym to exercise and unwind.

With a mix of equipment and weights, our gym will cater to you whether you want to do a cardio workout, or if you want to give your muscles some strength training or toning exercises.

Free Weights 

  • Adjustable Benches
  • Dumbbells

Stretch / Core 

  • Stretch matt
  • Roll foam pads
  • Sit up balls
  • Crunch / Sit up bench
  • Medicine balls
  • Resistance loops

Resistance Machines 

  • Seated leg curl
  • Leg extension
  • Leg press
  • Single adjustable pulley
  • Lat pull down

Cardio Machines 

  • Treadmill
  • Cross trainer
  • Spinning bike
  • Rowing machine