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Character function venue gets grand makeover

Claudelands’ character venue The Grandstand has been given a refresh as it approaches its 140th year.

The Category II Heritage building was built in 1879 for the Cambridge Jockey Club and was moved to Claudelands by rail in 1886. In February 2009, the building was moved 500m to its current site near Jubilee Bush and restored to serve as a function venue.

Currently managed by Hamilton City Council’s event venues division H3, The Grandstand recently had its interior repainted and improved lighting installed, and now features new furnishings that better reflect the unique character of the space.

Denise McRae, H3 Director of Business Development and Marketing, says the refurbishment has given the space a new lease on life. 

“The Grandstand is such a treasure for Claudelands and our city and region, so we are proud to now see it looking its very best,” says McRae.

“With a rich history behind the venue, it’s very special to now see it in action as a function space where people can gather, celebrate and make fresh memories.”

The Grandstand is currently offering Christmas lunch and dinner packages, with plans to launch new celebration packages for weddings and other special occasions in the near future.

More details about the venue and its packages are available at claudelands.co.nz