Byron Burgers chose Eventwise’s bespoke events team to design and create their a two-day festival event.
100 of Byron’s employees descended upon Reading’s Wasing Park for their unique festival celebration. Guest accommodation included 20 luxury bell tents, with a giant three-hat teepee taking centre stage for the evening’s entertainment. Festival theming came with plenty of unique elements- we added a colourful parasol wall, paper poms and bright lanterns amongst the trees, served up Slush Brother Cocktails and created pockets of deck chair seating for weary dancers.
On arrival guests enjoyed Champagne at the Tiki Bar, before getting to grips with garden games, which included croquet, giant jenga, limbo and a hotly contested tug of war.
As the evening drew in guests headed into the teepee, where they found a warming fire pit and a dance floor, complete with disco ball chandelier and non-stop hits courtesy of Fullcircle DJ Max.
Food was an important factor for this bunch, so renowned Kerb street food trader Miss P’s BBQ were bought in to serve up a their signature dishes: dry-rubbed, slow-smoked beef brisket and succulent pulled pork, with traditional accompaniments.
The morning after, Byron’s top chefs took to the outdoor fire pit to cook up a festival style breakfast. Soon after, it was back to business, with guests continuing the celebrations on the final day at London’s Ace Hotel.
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Led by the Eventwise team, the day had guests embarking on a challenging array of activities ranging from physical to mental, performed both indoors and outdoors at the London Zoo.
Over the course of this summer team building event, the guests’ main task was to ensure their groups worked through as many of the challenges as possible to score as many points for their teams as they could. The Box of Tricks contained everything guests needed for the day: a bespoke multiple choice quiz based on knowledge of their company, indoor and outdoor tasks, a Box of Tricks task booklet, a drawing challenge and bespoke challenges.
The day was split into two halves, with afternoon tea giving guests a chance to relax once they’d conquered the first half of their challenges. Following the day’s activities guests were marked on their achievements; a prize giving ceremony awarded the day’s top performers.
Taking place in the midst of the UK’s hottest July ever, the day certainly saw some heated competition from guests.
Split into 32 teams, guests were given a briefing at East London venue Tobacco Dock, before they were free to roam the capital in search of the answers to a series of puzzling clues.
Following the day’s exploration teams returned to their base at Tobacco Dock where they were greeted by the Eventwise team; eager to see how they’d got on.
Eventwise staff quickly sorted through team’s packs and discovered which team had emerged triumphant, with the finest treasures scavenged from across London.
The Eventwise team never fail to be impressed by competitors’ creativity: on this occasion guests produced impressive illustrations for their picture challenge, and returned to base camp with scavenger hunt items such as a chilli, quail’s eggs, a golf ball and even a pair of trainers!
Eventwise has successfully delivered over 100 treasure hunts for clients across the UK. The challenge is a popular and effective choice, and is always scripted especially for the client making it one of the company’s most memorable activities. Treasure hunts can be set almost anywhere and can take place on foot, by bicycle, black cab, car, train or even helicopter.
Discover more about treasure hunts and other team building challenges here.
In July, the Adam Smith International team embarked on an adventure that took them from their offices in London to the quintessentially British venue of Ashburnham Place.
On arrival guests found themselves at a British Summer Food Fair, complete with an array of team building challenges and activities to complete throughout the course of the day.
Following a light lunch guests could take their pick from the activities on offer, which included wine tasting, foraging, gardening, bread and oven making and butchery.
New skills having been learnt, guests gathered once again under the main marquee in picturesque country surroundings. Here they enjoyed a BBQ feast, prepared by celebrity chef Adam Byatt, who is also Head Chef and owner of London’s Trinity and Bistro Union restaurants.
As guests caught up over sumptuous summer food they were entertained by folk music duo Two Toms, leaving them free to eat, dance and yahoo the evening away.
The festival was given its inspiration from the well-known Holi Festival of Colour, the ancient Hindu religious festival which was originally celebrated in South Asia, but has now been adopted by a range of countries.
The theming and creative directions during the event were led by Eventwise and FullCircle, whilst they were prioritized with this, Create covered the evening’s innovative menu. The end result of the event displayed a mixture of blinding colour, tastes and sound designed to re-present each of Diageo’s brands – and a truly individual bespoke event.
Guests didn’t need to wait to be wowed at this festival, instead this wow factor started very early on, with silt walkers dressed as birds of paradise greeting guests at the entrance of the the Victoria and Albert Museum in South Kensington.
After guests were warmly greeted they would soon realise the excitement wouldn’t end there, this time guests would be amazed by the array of striking colours and décor displayed throughout the venue – setting the scene for the night ahead. Design features which were included were bright and bold – these were complimented by striking – oral displays and imaginative focal points.
Much of the evening was tailored to compliment both the event space and Diageo’s branding, which helped keep the guests guessing as they explored the museum’s famous galleries. Mask ensured continuity remained throughout the theming of the event, with each and every space being cloaked in bright, rainbow hues.
After walking through a bespoke sky of bird’s corridor, guests would find the gardens which had been transformed into an unforgettable festival and party space. With the help of exotic plants, bright canopies and luxurious furnishings a party paradise was created in the heart of Kensington. This was made even more exciting when the dazzling dance act performed.
The menu produced by Create was based around bold, fresh tastes and was served in true Holi Festival style – on striking, bright tableware. After guests indulged the delicious main course, they were invited into the ‘Sugar Factory’, where all their childhood favourites awaited.
Joining forces with Create and Fullcircle this event showcased the full might of the Concerto Group.
Theming and entertainment brought the atmosphere of summer festivals to life for this unique winter celebration at the Roundhouse. We brought the outside in with design features including hay bales, yurts and even portaloos which doubled as make-up stalls.
Setting the scene at the entrance to was a carpet of grass and bunting, which gave guests a taste of what to expect as they collected their lanyards from our grassy-green reception desk.
The event made full use of the venue’s impressive audiovisual facilities, using screens to play festival footage throughout the night, whilst the DJ got those feet moving on the dance floor. Lighting helped complete the look, cloaking the venue’s stairs in green. The main room took on lighter green and yellow colouring with the help of an LED Chandelier.
Guests got into the festival spirit with our wellie competition. Those looking for a little pampering could unwind with a massage or add a little sparkle to their ensemble with our glitter artists. Guests could even get a sneak peek at what the coming year would bring with a visit to the fortune teller.
No Christmas party is complete without indulgent menus, so guests were treated to all the festival favourites. Following a canapé reception main courses were served from street food stalls. Guests chose from gourmet burgers at the Brick Lane Burger Bar – the ultimate in urban junk food, Eight Hour Pulled Pork served from a bohemian-style stall, or noodles from Wok This Way. Those who fancied something sweet could then head over to the inflatable ice cream van for dessert.
Entertainment kept guests on their toes, with santa sumo suits, a rodeo reindeer, batak games and a high striker all on hand to test guests’ competitive streaks. Those wanting to hit the dance floor could head for the silent disco, or try their hand at singing with the Karavanaoke. There was also live music, courtesy of party band Madhen, a DJ, and indoor shishas for those who just wanted to relax and soak up the atmosphere.
And that makes it official – festivals aren’t just for summer! Contact us if you would like to arrange your own festival
For this dinner with a difference we took inspiration from the traditional pub, with pub-themed catering provided by Create Food & Party Design.
Tobacco Dock became ‘The Agency Arms’ for one night only, a top secret pub serving pub grub with a twist. The venue was fully themed for the occasion, with decor and furnishings from Fullcircle. Entertainment completed the theme, filling the venue with the sounds of the East End. Our team worked alongside Tobacco Dock’s in-house production company Visual Elements for all the lighting, sound and production.
Guests began with a drinks reception, complete with cocktails. Starters were served from food stalls, each themed around popular pub snacks. Visitors to the Fish Fountain were served tiny pint glasses of prawns, cockles and whelks, smoked mussels with vinegar shakers and East End favourite jellied eels. The Yorkshire Pudding Station offered freshly baked Yorkshires with a range of fillings. No pub grub is complete though without pie and mash – on this occasion mini beef cheek pies with mashed potato and parsley liquor sauce.
Dinner was called by a Pearly King & Queen, before guests were served a main course of oven-roasted fillet of sustainable haddock with a batter scrap crust served in traditional newspaper cones
Dessert encouraged guests to get involved as they constructed their own DIY Autumn trifle, with toppings including pumpkin custard, homemade honeycomb and freeze-dried berries.
Following dinner guests moved into the Vaults, where they were entertained by a DJ long into the night. The evening ended as all great nights at the pub do – with a kebab on the way home. Guests were offered a lamb kebab on leaving the venue, which was marinated in greek olive oil, oregano and garlic and served in flatbread with red cabbage tossed with lemon juice and almonds, tzatziki and watercress.
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Founder of the Virgin Group Richard Branson is a firm believer in the importance of parties. In fact he’s been throwing a yearly bash for Virgin employees from the very beginning of the company.Virgin Trains staff and their families were this year invited to parties at the Branson family home in Oxfordshire – and we pulled out all the stops to create a series of events that were worthy of their dedicated staff.
A corporate festival was created for the occasion, complete with big top tents and clowns as well as performances by The Cuban Brothers, Sister Sledge, The Correspondents, Sam Smith, Rob Da Bank and more.
Working with our sister company Create Food & Party Design, we provided festival-inspired food at each of the three September parties, enabling Virgin’s 3,500 guests to enjoy a huge range of cuisines.
The chosen food stalls were fully themed for the occasion, and given some frankly inspired names! The finest of Scottish burgers were served at an All American Diner. Create’s own kebab machines sizzled with marinated leg of lamb wrapped with delicious tabbouleh from the Abra-Kebab-Ra stall and Chinese inspired noodles and prawn crackers awaited at Wok This Way. It was pistou pasta with parma ham and parmesan at Hey Pesto, or guests could head on over to the Korma Chameleon stand for a delicious creamy chicken korma with spices and almonds! It doesn’t get much better than that.
Guests were invited to bring their tents and while away the evenings around log fires, playing guitars and singing until the early hours of the morning, for the true festival experience.
Branson knows that when it comes to motivating staff a party just can’t be beaten. He said: “It’s great when companies look after their people and celebrate their successes. If your staff feel valued, appreciated and loved, they are more likely to enjoy their work and perform even better. So here’s to parties, and celebrating what makes great companies what they are – groups of wonderful people working together to make a difference.” We’d have to agree!