It’s not just about the cricket!

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It’s not just about the cricket here at the Cooper Associates County Ground!

As well as bringing you First Class sporting action, we also provide the ideal venue for meetings, conferences, dinners, parties, weddings and special events.

Throughout the year we will be looking back at some of the successful events that have been staged here.

Annual Lord’s Taverners Lunch

Towards the end of 2019 The Lord’s Taverners Somerset Region held their third annual Christmas Lunch at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

The event was sold out two months before the day and almost 300 people sat down in the County Room for an excellent lunch followed by guest speaker Nigel Owens, one of the best and best known international rugby union referees.

YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - OCTOBER 26: Referee Nigel Owens makes a decision during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Semi-Final match between England and New Zealand at International Stadium Yokohama on October 26, 2019 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

During the event, Nigel said: “It’s great to be here and it’s such a lovely cricket ground. It’s very scenic and it’s great to be here for such a worthy cause. The Lord Taverners charity is hugely important because of what they do and how much they raise.

“I spoke here once before at a St Austell Brewery event and it’s a lovely place. It’s the perfect setting for a cricket ground, with the churches in the background. I imagine that when the sun is shining, the cricket is being played and the ground is full it’s a wonderful place to be.

Nigel was ably supported on the day by Josh Daniels, a comedian from the North East who combined his comedy routine with a guitar solo and an interesting take on the lyrics of popular songs! The whole event was compered for a second year by another Welshman Rhys ap William, an actor best known for being the voice of The Principality Stadium at international rugby matches in the Welsh capital.

The lunch was a great success and with an auction conducted by Martyn Venner of Greenslade Taylor Hunt and a raffle. The event raised over £15,000 to help Lord’s Taverners in their work in the Somerset area to give disabled and disadvantaged children a sporting chance.

ITV West Country Away Day & Conference

Earlier this month ITV West Country staged a special conference and away day for their staff at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

After the event Ian Axton, Head of News at ITV West Country said: “We were very well looked after by the team at the Cooper Associates County Ground, and the venue was perfect for our staff away day.

“The catering was excellent and nothing seemed too much trouble from the moment we confirmed our booking until the moment we left the venue. We’ll be returning in the future.”

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Wedding, Prom and Events Show

Somerset County Cricket Club recently hosted a special Wedding, Prom and Events Show.

Over 40 of the South West’s leading suppliers of dresses, transport, entertainment, cakes, floristry, make up, hair, street food, photography and event décor were in attendance as were the leading wedding venues in the area.

Guests were treated to samples of Pizza and Paella from Keystone Pizzas and The Big Pan Theory.

The show attracted over 100 brides and grooms to be as well as 100 students with their families from around the region.

There was a Prom Catwalk in the Long Room by Izzi Stockton Bridal, featuring dresses from Tiffany’s Prom, Goya London, Angel Forever and Christian Koehlert plus ABC Wedding and Prom Dresses.

The event was such a success that it will be staged again in 2021.

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For more information on our conference and banqueting facilities please contact us on 01823 425305, email brianl@somersetcountycc.co.uk or visit our dedicated website 

Nigel Owens image courtesy of Getty Images

Wedding & Prom image courtesy of Andy McGarty.