Nottingham city council have announced a rather cunning way of promoting a more Al Fresco drinking and dining culture this year. Temporary removal of parking bays and the narrowing of the road way to three metres will allow restaurants and bars space to set up more tables and chairs outside their establishments. Planters will then keep customers separated from the flow of traffic. Spearheaded by councillor Jane Urquhart, the scheme was designed to promote a more ‘European outdoor cafe culture’ and to ‘benefit the whole area’. What a marvellous idea indeed!
We here at Eventa have always been fans of breaking with tradition and have gotten a real taste for Christmas parties held outdoors of late. Under the comfort and warmth generated by roaring patio heaters, we’ve enjoyed scorching rooftop events in London and Manchester, quite often with a barbecue or two in tow. And now Nottingham Christmas parties are set to follow the council’s lead and get in on the act. Well, kind of.
Perhaps inspired by the carnival atmosphere in evidence at events such as the local Goose Fair and Bonfire Night displays, Festive and Fabulous arrives in University Park under the cover of a giant circus tent. Spotlights illuminate the Christmas party structure and shine up into the night sky. Whoever was in charge of brainstorming Christmas party ideas for this one has come up trumps with fairground stalls, Costumed Stilt Walkers and Creatures, Professional Dance Routines and aerial silk artists creating an immensely unique Christmas party vibe.
We can reveal that we are to begin working closely once more with the Kensington Roof Gardens in London, a luscious outdoor space in the heart of the capital that will be available for a superb Christmas party in 2011. Expect warming glasses of mulled wine and charcoal-roasted turkey served under those welcoming outdoor heaters, keeping out the Christmas chill perfectly.