Venue Hire

Venue Hire

You can hire Queen Ethelburga’s outstanding sport and conference facilities, with additional in-house catering and on-site accommodation options.

The facilities at Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate are remarkable. The school gave us a first-class base for our pre-season preparations and the players have been very complimentary. I can’t thank the team at Queen Ethelburga’s enough for their support and assistance during our stay.”

Steve Bruce, Manager, Newcastle United Football Club

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Queen Ethelburga's grounds

Queen Ethelburga’s outstanding sport and conference facilities, with the option to stay on-site and enjoy the catering team’s award-winning food.

Nestled in the breathtaking North Yorkshire countryside, just off the A1(M), our site sits between three cosmopolitan centres; historic York, the spa town of Harrogate, and Leeds.

We are situated in the village of Thorpe Underwood which is off the A59 which runs between York and Harrogate.

The A1, a major north–south road connecting London with Edinburgh, is less than three miles drive from site.
The site is served by two airports - Leeds/ Bradford and Doncaster - within one hour’s drive and a further two airports - Manchester and Newcastle - within two hour’s drive.
Rail links
We are less than two hours from London by train, less than one hour from Leeds by train and less than 30 minutes from York and Harrogate by train.


Sports Facilities

Elite athletes and professional sports teams can take advantage of our state-of-the-art provisions, as one of the leading training and performance centre in the North of England.

Each and every sportsperson can strive to achieve their full training potential using our high-grade equipment and all-round training provision.

Exceptional Playing Surfaces

The Sports Village facilities are outstanding, with seven superb grass pitches and four state-of-the-art 3G astro pitches, suitable for rugby and football. The excellent on-site hockey facilities include both a water-turf pitch and a sand-dressed-turf pitch.  

The Sports Village also incorporates five tennis courts and fourteen netball courts, including a full-sized international standard court with ample spectator seating. Cricket facilities include a purpose-built cricket ground with six grass wickets and one artificial wicket. The training facilities include a nets area comprising of four artificial surfaces and two grass surfaces.  

The athletics facilities onsite include four long jump pits, high jump, and throwing areas. All the outdoor facilities are completely floodlit, extending the opportunities to train, with 101 lighting columns in total (79no 17.0m & 22no 10.0m) covering the 31 acres of outdoor playing area. The grounds are meticulously maintained by our in-house team of professional grounds staff, who have experience at both Premier League and FIFA World Cup levels.

Having hosted several international events over the last three years at QE Sports Village, I would highly recommend the facility. The friendly and helpful staff are continually supportive throughout the booking process and during the event, nothing is too much trouble. This is combined with excellent training facilities, including the pitches, outstanding gym, pool, and recovery facilities.”

Gemma Grainger, Women's FA

Aquatic Centre

The Sports Village is home to an impressive Aquatic Centre, including a four lane 25 metre pool, supporting a full Colorado competition timing system, touch pads, and fixed screen.

We have visited QE on several occasions, returning each year as the facilities are perfect for our Artistic swimming development camps. The modern accommodation is fantastic, is always clean and has everything we could need. All staff at QE make our stay an enjoyable one, going out of their way to help, should anything arise. We couldn’t recommend the first-class facilities and the first-class staff highly enough.”

Tracy, NE Region Artistic Swimming

Strength and Conditioning Suite

The state-of-the-art gym is home to a 100-station fitness suite and free weights centre, which includes:

Cardio-Vascular Machines:

  • Arc X-Trainers 
  • Concept 2 Rowers  
  • Upright Bikes 
  • Recumbent Bikes 
  • Treadmills

Resistance Machines and Equipment:

  • Abdominal/Back Extension 
  • Cable Towers 
  • Chest Press 
  • Dip/Pull Up Tower 
  • Glute-Ham Developer 
  • Hip Abduction/Adduction  
  • Lateral Pulldown 
  • Leg Curl 
  • Leg Extension 
  • Pec fly 
  • Power Plates  
  • Rear Delt fly 
  • Shoulder Press  
  • Squat Press  
  • Dumbbells (up to 70kg) 
  • Exercise Balls 
  • Kettlebells 
  • Plyometric Boxes 
  • Squat Racks  
  • Suspension Training 
  • Power Bags 
  • Punching Bags

We also have specialist studios used for martial arts, wrestling, dance, gymnastics, table tennis, cycling, archery, fencing and boxing.

Sports Analysis

Our Sports Science Centre provides athletes with a movement analysis testing and monitoring facility, together with equipment designed for assessing a broad range of health and fitness indicators. To help the rehabilitation and post training recovery of athletes, we also have our Sports Treatment Centre where we use cryotherapy cold spa baths.

Our week at Queen Ethelburga’s was ideal preparation for the Premiership rugby union season, allowing us to come together as a squad for some quality training time at a top-class venue. The facilities more than met our expectations, the staff were outstanding in making sure we got the most out of our training camp and the feedback from the players has been outstanding.”

Dean Richards, Newcastle Falcons Director of Rugby

Football training at Queen Ethelburga's

Conference Facilities

With a huge range of meeting rooms to choose from, we can accommodate everything from half time break rooms to media/press rooms and larger conference spaces.

The on-site theatre has a seating capacity of 310, offering the perfect venue for motivational talks, team briefings and seminars. It has an in-built ceiling projection system, PA system, full lighting system and a XM on-stage screen.

Dining and Nutrition

Enjoy healthy, mouth-watering and varied menus cooked by our award-winning in-house catering team.

All special dietary requirements are provided for, and you can request a menu to meet all your athletes’ nutritional needs. Our team are here to support your athletes with training, match day performance and recovery.


Stay on-site in our guest accommodation that has played host to national and international teams, including Sheffield Wednesday FC, England Ladies FA, Olympiakos FC and Bath Rugby, amongst others.

Shortlisted for the prestigious Northern Design Awards in 2019, Bronte House has room for 190 guests in shared accommodation, plus 11 self-contained and well-equipped single or double occupancy apartments.

The common rooms provide a stylish and innovative living space with a well-appointed kitchen and dining area. A comfortable living area with bespoke TV console units, loungers and table tennis provides opportunities for guests to come together, relax and socialise. As a walled Estate, our site has 24-hour security all year round and a fully operational CCTV system, offering our guests a safe, secure environment.

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