The open space and lush lawns of a race course don’t have to be restricted to racing days alone. Certainly not if you’re hosting an event in our region anyway (and definitely not if you’re planning on heading to the magnificent new, architecturally-designed, Bridges Event Centre).
When it comes to special events, we know you want to find that perfect place – somewhere with an amazing setting, state-of-the-art facilities, great service and fantastic food.
Above: The Bridges' team can cater a range of excellent dishes to suit your event.
The Bridges Event Centre is SA’s largest regional events centre, conveniently located in Murray Bridge, just 80km east of Adelaide. With its spectacular setting within the lush lawns of the Gifford Hill racing development, Bridges is a unique venue that prides itself on delivering memorable experiences for each unique event it hosts.
Above: Here, you have ample space to bring together a long list of attendees.
With a capacity for 600 guests, Bridges caters for everything from professional industry conferences and lavish weddings, through to intimate small-group lunches, private celebration dinners and even casual, family-friendly pub nights. Whether you’re after a menu with wagyu steak and a glass of premium red, craving a curry and cocktail, or just keen to knock back a burger and pint, here’s why we think you need to make Bridges your next event destination.
Conferences and corporate style
With three event rooms, capacity for over 600 guests and in-built audio-visual system, Bridges is your dream venue for corporate events and conferences. It’s the largest function venue in regional SA and is fully equipped to host professional and industry conferences for audiences of all sizes.
Bridges’ three rooms were designed with entertaining in mind and are set up with your video and sound system needs. Each room is soundproofed, so you can entertain in private, and the events team can configure your space to suit your individual needs.
Want to treat your team to an end of year celebration they won’t forget? Or maybe you want to wow some new clients? The team at Bridges are experts in hosting corporate functions – from Christmas and end of year parties to formal client lunches.
Above: Bring the crew together to celebrate.
They’re known for their flexibility so you can choose from a range of meal options including a delicious seasonal buffet right through to a three-course festive dinner and drinks menu.
Need to bring your team closer together or want to get together with other businesses? Bridges can also help you organise a team building event or networking gathering.
Whether it’s a milestone birthday, a special anniversary or a wedding to wow your guests, Bridges can cater for any occasion – and the team have a reputation for ensuring that every event is memorable, no matter what its size.
Bridges’ striking building was specifically designed with flexibility, comfort and style in mind, so each of its three unique rooms can be transformed to host the event of your dreams.
Above: The team can style your hired space to suit the type of function you're hosting.
Guests are greeted in the welcoming entrance area, where they can relax and connect over drinks or unwind by the striking fireplace. And why not use the course and the stables for your event photo shoot too! Just ask the team, and they’ll make it happen for you amongst the beautiful grounds.
Above: From the moment you walk in, you'll be impressed with Bridges Event Centre.
Inside - floor to ceiling windows give stunning views over the new Gifford Hill racetrack and picturesque garden surrounds, making it a location your guests won’t forget.
Bridges’ events team can also personalise your event – whether it’s a family gathering for a birthday, a big group get-together, or a wedding for 500. They’re experienced in transforming the venue’s luxurious spaces into unique backdrops to suit each special occasion.
With a strong focus on sourcing local produce, Bridges has a reputation for creating delicious meals to suit any occasion.
Surprise your guests with a gourmet sit down meal – or let them mingle and enjoy a tasty selection of cocktail favourites. Platter selections also make a fantastic option for casual events. Each menu can be complimented with a large range of beers on tap, and an impressive selection of local wines.
For extra special events, Bridges’ kitchen team can also work with you to create a menu that will impress your guests and wow your tastebuds.
Above: Pair a local Langhorne Creek wine with your meal.
Relax at the races
For a truly unique special event, why not book a dining experience at Bridges during one of their many race days?
With its premium location overlooking the stunning new Gifford Hill racetrack, Bridges gives you a box seat to the racing action – with all the comfort of luxurious indoor dining and balcony views across the track.
Above: Race days are always a big occasion - check out their upcoming events like the annual Christmas Cup.
Soak up the atmosphere and indulge in fine food and great company at the Murray Bridge Racing Club’s annual Christmas Cup on 6 December, or book in for one of the many race days to celebrate the new year in style, with a four-week summer calendar of racing across January 2021.
Unwind with casual dining
For those casual get-togethers where you can relax and unwind with family and friends, you can’t go past Bridges’ regular pub nights. Here’s where you’ll find the perfect burger, comforting pasta dish or a steak cooked just the way you like it.
Above: From prim and proper events to casual laidback pub nights, Bridges accommodate to many gatherings.
Look out for these on offer at least once a month. You’ll be treated to delicious pub-style meals – and you might even get lucky in their regular raffles.
Bridges is also central to plenty of other great group event activities, so why not follow-up your conference or catch-up with a trip home via the nearby Langhorne Creek Wine Region? Or spend a morning meandering through Monarto Safari Park only minutes away. If you love the river backdrop, why not head to Sturt Reserve and take a trip along the water in the Captain Proud, or even just take a walk along the magnificent Sturt Reserve, where you can see views over to the twin bridges.
Find out more about group experiences in our region here.
**COVID-SAFE NOTE: Important to note that Bridges Event Centre abides by all current South Australian COVID-19 health measures, and anyone wishing to book an event, and unsure of capacity limits or details, can contact the team for updates/details – or head over to sahealth.sa.gov.au for the most recent updates.