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White Space, Alresford

Muddy says: A joyous, soaring event space. Holding The Muddy Hants Awards Drinks here for fifty people worked perfectly, although there is room for many more. The acoustics are a dream, no need for a microphone, and the clean background creates striking images.

White chairs, wedding ceremony, green floral decoration.

There’s such a sense of openness about this converted Victorian chapel. Physically yes, all 7-metre vaulted ceilings; clean, magnolia walls; and huge stained-glass windows drenching the space in light so that all those post-event Insta images look unbelievable; but there’s much more to it than that.

 

Holly and Leela

The creative, socially savvy duo behind the venue are all about mental openness as well: dreaming, and we’re talking plus-size.

White Space is the brainchild of adventurer, Holly, who summited Everest recently and has launched the award-winning campaign How Many Elephants to tackle the species’ terrible plight.

Not to be outdone, professional photographer Leela, a.k.a. The Human Berocca/Ms All Things Alresford, is rocket-fuelling this East Hampshire town’s economy with her blueprint for creating local, online business communities that thrive.

An inveterate dreamer of dreams, her current research projects include building a log cabin in Norway and distilling gin (yup, liking this woman — a lot). So when you see #whatwouldyoudohere blazoned across White Space’s feeds, something tells me that this energetic pair mean it.

And it’s not all airy-fairy imaginings either.

Holly Budge and Leela Bennet have creative and corporate backgrounds in event management, design, photography and wedding planning — their strong sense of style underpins the White Space project.

In other words, this isn’t simply about hiring a space but accessing a network of knowledge and advice.

 

Event Space

The question is, what would you do there? Events, weddings, ceremonies, workshops, fitness, yoga, coaching, meditation, pop-up shops (*and breathe*) photography & filming, an art gallery or sculpture display, wine tasting — gin tasting — product launches, talks, press, meetings, film nights, supper clubs, private parties or something totally different? Excited, already.

 

Location

There’s tonnes of parking, and we’re only an hour from London; hello work event in the countryside.

Alresford has a special place in Muddy’s heart. Georgian architecture, tick. Great coffee at Caracoli, tick. Interiors and fashion at Alresford Linen and Fitique, tick. Beauty with Sally Curson, tick. Argh and we’ve got to mention more coffee and mooching at Long Barn, think Petersham-meets-Daylesford, and the brilliant Pulpo Negro — best tapas in Hampshire, oh sod it, The South.

 

Stats

Space: 850ft²

Ceiling Height: 6.8m

Seats: 100 standing, 60 seated, 32 workshop.

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