Discover a Christmas Party with a difference in Manchester this festive season!

This festive season in Manchester, you and your team are invited to experience an incredible Christmas party unlike any other! This fantastic venue located right in the heart of the city are offering guests the chance to enjoy a shared or exclusive festive celebration…but with a difference!

Instead of keeping everything inside the venue, you’ll step into the venue’s picturesque winter courtyard for part of the evening, which will feature stunning, traditional wooden chalets that will be serving a versatile array of tasty, warming food! It’s the perfect way to get everyone into the festive spirit of things and celebrate away from the pressure of the workplace.

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Whether you’re a small to medium sized group looking to enjoy all the action and atmosphere of a larger party night, then you’ll love the Christmas with a difference shared package. There’s no minimum numbers required to attend this event, so even if you’re just a party of five or six, you’ll be able to join in the fun with other like-minded party goers! The shared party package is priced at just £37.50 per person excluding VAT.

On arrival, you’ll receive a warm welcome from the friendly team and directed to the Winter Courtyard. Why not treat yourself to a tasty drink and catch up with friends and colleagues, before the wooden chalets begin serving food? Discover a whole host of mouth-watering food options which are available on an unlimited basis for guests between the hours of 8.00pm to 10.00pm. If you’d like to enjoy food outside of these times, then food vouchers are available for purchase from the venue.

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Afterwards, it’s time to head inside and enjoy the live entertainment from the brilliant band – get ready to dance, because these performances will be sure to make you move! After the band, the DJ takes over and will provide the soundtrack for the rest of your evening with a top selection of all the latest and greatest hits. Your event space will be suitably decorated with beautiful festive décor to ensure that everyone gets into the spirit of things!

If you’re a larger group and you love the idea of this amazing Christmas party, but you’d prefer to celebrate exclusively with just your team, then the private Christmas with a difference package is perfect for your group. Accommodating private groups of 80-250 guests, you’ll enjoy everything that’s included with the shared option for an unforgettable Christmas celebration. The exclusive Christmas party is priced at only £37.50 per person excluding VAT.

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This fabulous festive celebration really is a different way to let your hair down after a long year of hard work – indulge your senses with the mouth-watering food options on offer from the traditional wooden chalets in the beautiful winter courtyard, before you make your way inside and party the night away with the outstanding live band and DJ!

If you’d like to make a night of the event, then why not take advantage of the venue’s onsite rooms? You’ll enjoy a great nights’ sleep on a super comfy bed and won’t have the worry of having to make it home after the event concludes.

Send an enquiry through to this central venue in Manchester today and book your shared or exclusive Christmas celebration! Places and dates are sure to fill up quickly, so make sure you get this one booked up as soon as possible.

Experience an unforgettable night in Manchester this Christmas with an incredible line up of entertainment!  

We know that entertainment at your Christmas party is important, and if you’re struggling to decide where to go for your evening, then Eventa are more than happy to help, especially if you are looking at Manchester. In this blog we’ll go over one of our favourite venues in Manchester and what to expect from it in 2018. Hopefully, it’s just what you’re looking for!

For those looking for a large venue to match their lofty party ambition, then we have just the ticket. One of the biggest venues in Manchester is now opening its doors for Christmas parties. They are used to big sporting events, so crowds are no problem. Their three separate nights will also mean you get to choose which best suits you, each of which comes with some truly incredible entertainment which we’ll detail for you below.

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Work’s Finished for Christmas!

If you want to pull out all the stops then this is one of the best shared parties on our books. The festive atmosphere and decorations will certainly take your mind off work and remind you that the holidays are here! This ‘Work’s Finished For Christmas’ party comes with some top drawer live entertainment, three course meal and interactive festive games. No one can get bored here.

The live entertainment comes from award winning, international saxophonist May, who has played on chart topping single ‘Changing’ by Sigma and featuring Paloma Faith. If that wasn’t enough then DJ Viva Ems will create an epic show for the crowds. DJ Viva Ems has performed at festivals like Parklife, so you know that you’ll be in good hands for the evening!

If dancing isn’t your thing, then after the meal, you can try your hand at the interactive elements. A graffiti wall will see if you’re the next Banksy, while an adult face painting booth will create some great pictures. For an unforgettable night that’s filled with top quality entertainment and fun, then make this your first and only stop for a Christmas party night.

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A Christmas Extravaganza

If you are looking for something a little more traditional at the end of the year, then the Christmas Extravaganza has everything you need to celebrate the coming festivities and yuletide joy. The large venue is kitted out like a winter wonderland creating a snowy Lapland in the middle of Manchester.

When you arrive for this shared event you are treated to a glass of bubbly and some live acoustic music in a mezzanine bar. Your meal awaits after and provides a beautiful selection of dishes to go with the Christmas theme.

When you have finished the food, ‘Under the Covers’, a seven piece live band will have you dancing in no time and is one of the best acts on the circuit in the UK. The baton is then passed to resident DJ Paul Atkinson who will see you into the early hours.

To make your night even more special you can have a go at the selfie mirror, which has plenty of props to make your pictures fun and a roll a ball reindeer fairground game.

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Exclusive Private Party

While some people are happy with a shared night, others want a more bespoke party and this venue can provide you with an exclusive event tailored for you. Whether your group is 20 or 1200, they can accommodate.

A professional events team will work with you and guide you on the journey to your perfect Christmas do! You can decide on the theme, entertainment style and dietary requirements.

Decorate the big events rooms how you see fit, whether that is a traditional white Christmas or perhaps you want to get away from the cold with a beach party?Everything is customisable including the menu which you can work with the head chef to create something special that everyone at work will remember.

This is the choice for those who want to be in control of the party and have some creative ideas in how to make it the best night ever for their colleagues.

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If you’re looking to make a night of your party, then why not stay onsite at the venue’s Hilton Hotel, where you’ll enjoy well appointed, modern rooms that will provide you with everything you need for a comfortable nights sleep. Send an enquiry through on the party night of your choice and mention that you’re interested in a room to enjoy excellent rates!

10 steps to planning the perfect Christmas party

We know it’s July, but in our eyes, it’s never a bad thing having your festive celebration organised well in advanced. After all, failing to prepare is preparing to fail, and you really don’t want that. Not at Christmas time. Just think of all those broken hearts when you reveal the Christmas do will be at the rather small local pub opposite the office. Well, let’s avoid that happening for a start and get your organising into full swing with our 10 steps to planning the perfect Christmas party!

Get a date sorted

Yes, we’re aware that this one sounds pretty straightforward and is a bit of a no brainer, however it’s a good place to start. Choose a date which works for you. If you’re wanting to look after those pennies, then why not consider doing the festive party slightly earlier in November? Do bear in mind though that dates for Christmas parties fill up really quickly, so get in there as early as possible to save disappointment!

 
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Think about the budget

Secondly, it’s good to think about your budget. Are you looking to go all out with the celebrations, or are things a little tighter and you’ve got a bit of a smaller budget? If so, it’s good to identify just how much you’d like spend on your festive shin dig. Realising how much you are able to spend early on will prevent you from planning something that’s unrealistic.

It’s also good to think about what will be the most important aspect of your party; will the evening be more focused on an outstanding dining experience, or would you rather go for less food and put more emphasis on providing some memorable entertainment? It’s definitely worth noting what kind of party you want before deciding where to allocate your budget.

What type of Christmas party are you after?

There’s two options available at the majority of venues for your party; shared or exclusive. If you’ve got a large company with hundreds of employees, then you may prefer opting for an exclusive event where you won’t be mingling with any people that you’re not familiar with. On the other hand, if you’re a smaller company with say less than 30 employees, you may prefer to go for a shared party option. This will enable you to still enjoy the full on party atmosphere at a fantastic venue without having to fill out the large minimum numbers required.

Perhaps you’d rather not do an evening celebration? If so, why not consider rounding off the working year with a delicious festive lunch? It’s also worth deciding if you’d like to enjoy a themed party – there’s plenty of excellent themes out there, including carnival themed parties, Roaring twenties parties and many more!

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Find the venue for the party

Are you thinking of keeping things local for the party? Or would you rather head to a nearby city?  You could even mix things up a bit and arrange it at a venue in the countryside. There’s many options available, so have a good think about what works for you and your team. If you’re looking for accessibility, it would be a good idea to choose a venue that’s located near to transport links so everyone will be able to arrive and head home with ease. Think about what location will work out best for the team and do a bit of research.

Food and drink

Do consider what types of food and drink you want at your event. There’s plenty of options available to bear in mind – we’ve got some great ideas. Just make sure that there’s a vegetarian option available for those who aren’t meat eaters!

Welcome drinks: A drink on arrival is a great way to start the party and get the night kicked off the right way. A popular choice for a welcome drink is a nice chilled flute of champagne or prosecco. Perhaps you’d rather keep things festive and treat everyone to a glass of mulled wine or a Christmas themed cocktail?

Canapes: The perfect nibbles to have at the start of any party. The small portions are great to provide your guests with as a delicious taster to welcome them to the party and everyone will still have room if you’ve got a main course organised.

Bowl food: Bowl food is a great way to enjoy some tasty grub in a laid back and informal environment. If you’re not feeling a full on sit down three-course meal, this is the perfect alternative. It’ll be served by waiters and waitresses and there’s usually a great mix of on offer, so simply pick and choose what you want to chow down on and enjoy!

Buffet: Ah, the buffet! Who doesn’t love one? They’re chilled and you can take as much or as little as you want (Just don’t be too greedy and take all the good stuff!) There’s no need for waiters and waitresses with this one and you’ll be free to enjoy your food in a relaxed setting.

Three course meal: If you’re looking to go all out for the festive celebration, then there’s really no better way than with a delicious three-course sit down meal. It’s the perfect way to treat all your guests after a long year of hard work, and the ideal way to fill those bellies with some tasty food!

Drink packages: Looking to upgrade your party night package? If so, many venues will offer the chance to enjoy unlimited drinks for a set duration, or give you the opportunity to add on various drinks such beer buckets or a half bottle of wine that can be enjoyed with dinner.

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Entertainment

Entertainment can be a great way of breaking the ice at corporate events – whether it’s a meet and greet showgirl for your Las Vegas themed party or a full on Broadway New York show to enjoy during dinner, it will certainly be something to talk about and prevent any potential awkwardness if you’re sitting next to someone you’re not massively familiar with. But with that aside, it’s also great fun and a sure fire way of creating some brilliant memories that can be treasured by all. Here’s a few of our favourite ideas for some party entertainment!

Photo booth: Great for rounding up your friends and using some comedy props to pose for some hilarious photo booth style snaps. We love this one and reckon it’s a guaranteed winner with each and every party crowd!

Funfair rides: Everyone loves a funfair, so how about hiring a few rides for everyone to enjoy? Dodgems are always a great laugh or how about a cheeky spin in the waltzers?

Casino stalls: Why not go all James Bond and enjoy a few games at a fun casino? There’s plenty of choice available including roulette table, blackjack and more and you’ll even be able to hire a professional croupier for that authentic feel!

Raffles: With a raffle, everyone can stand a chance of winning a fantastic prize, with all the profits going to charity – what a win win situation!

Music

If you want the party to go into the early hours, then you absolutely must hire a DJ for the evening! They’ll create a fantastic atmosphere, where each party-goer will be able to dance under those disco lights to a great variety of top party tunes – there will even be some brilliant cheesy Christmas hits for sure to give the party that Christmas feel!

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Add some extras

Introducing some nice touches to the venue to give it that extra vava voom will always be well received – whether it’s adding some pretty floral displays in the toilets or ensuring that there’s some nice hand soap and hand cream available, it will make all the difference.

Organising for a photographer to be in attendance at the event is the perfect way for capturing all those memories on the evening! Although camera phones are pretty decent these days, nothing really beats a snap from a real pro, and if you’re feeling kind, you could even provide a free print for each guest!

In addition, another extra that will go down well is a cloakroom. A cloakroom is always useful for an event and means that your guests will be able to stash their valuables away safely and enjoy peace of mind for the night.

Transportation

If you’re heading to the event straight from the office, then it’s a great idea to hire some kind of coach to the venue – people aren’t going to want to negotiate the bus wearing heels and their best glad rags! This is especially important if the venue is located out in the sticks, as public transport will usually be many miles away from the venue. If you’re thinking of a vibrant city location for the party, then being situated just a short walk to the nearest tube/tram/railway station will be fully appreciated by your team.

There will be guests who will want to get taxis home, so why not make a display of local taxi numbers on a board? It’s pretty helpful for guests (especially if they’ve had a few too many!) and will help them get home that bit quicker. It also avoids the reliance of trying to track down a taxi number on mobile internet!

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Get feedback

It’s definitely worthwhile finding out from your guests what they particularly enjoyed about the party night and if there was anything that they didn’t feel was so good. Also asking for suggestions for the next office Christmas party is recommended, so you can bear in mind what people would enjoy for the next festive knees up!

Top event management apps – tried and tested by event professionals

As corporate event organisers we here at Eventa utilise a lot of tools. Whether they are developed specially for us or publicly available tools, we use several different programmes to help us do our jobs and plan events – both in and outside of work!

Whilst we’re not new to the world of event planning and management (we’ve been planning summer parties and Christmas parties since 2009), some of you may be. So to help those of you who are just getting into the events industry or those of you who just want to know what the best event management apps are… Read on!

Schedule Planner

By far one of the best planner apps out there! It syncs with iCal and Google Cal and integrates with Dropbox and Google drive too. The app helps us manage tasks, has customizable reminders and an editable category feature. Other than just using this for general life, many of us use this app to stay organised during the planning stage of the event. The app is also great for making sure that entertainment is scheduled on time during the party.

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Check In Easy

If you have a guest list for your event and iPad’s at your disposal then we highly recommend this app (if it’s good enough for Gucci its good enough for us!) The app saves you from that awkward clipboard flipping, paper flying scenario that always seems to happen whenever you do things the old school way. Guests lists can be uploaded from excel and the app can even be programmed to alert you when important guests arrive.

Check In Easy also has a boarding pass feature which lets you send your guests printable tickets with a unique bar code. These are then scanned at the event using a quick check-in scanner integrated into the app. Flashy, nifty, modern and we love it!

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Showplanner

A good programme to use if you’re in charge of organising a big expo or exhibition, the idea of this programme is to provide your visitors and exhibitors a way to communicate and locate one another before and during the event. Showplanner also helps visitors to navigate towards supplier stalls, arrange meetings before the event, visit the supplier website through the app and even email them through it too! This is all done through the software which includes a 3D map of the event floor plan.

The service is not free but worth the money if you can afford it: it creates a great experience for the attendee and keeps exhibitors due to increased visitor awareness.

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ThingToBring 

Useful for personal get-togethers and event decorators/organisers, this app is simple but effective. You create an event, invite members and post up items that need brining. People can then assign themselves things to bring to said event. You’re recipients will receive their invites via email and RVSP through that and then they’ll be asked to “bring a thing.” They can also add their own thing to bring as well (in case you forget to add “Flowers” or “napkins” onto the list for example.) if you forget something you can also add more things to bring or invite more friends too at a later date!

Minimises forgotten items and relieves some stress off the organiser. What’s not to love?

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How social media is changing the world of corporate events

Social media week is one of the biggest events of its kind and now that’s its drawing to an end. We examine the effect social media is having on corporate events and how it’s going to shape the future of the events industry.

During Social Media Week, David Adler (CEO, BizBash) opened the How Social Media Drives New York’s Biggest Events session and was heard saying that; “Social media is changing the face of events. It is the most exciting time in the world to be in our industry…” A statement I whole heartedly agree with, having worked for a UK based corporate events company for nearly 2 years now.

Adler goes on to say that “…events are really the new town square.  Anytime you do an event, you’re basically the mayor of that event. You own that ecosystem and own all parts of it.” Now, if we’re going to carry on with the town square metaphor, then wouldn’t it make sense to consider the event attendees as the “town’s community”? And the basis for any good community is awareness and communication, which is what social media is all about!

Because let’s face it, social media is changing the way we communicate with our friends, family, businesses and brands, with over half of UK households accessing social media and social media being accessed via smartphones increasing by 40% in 2012 . Most businesses will have a social media presence, however most people don’t use social media to do market research. The events industry is though. It’s utilising social media in different ways and reaping the rewards.

Below are just a few examples of how social media is used within the event industry…

Facebook

Every events company should have a Facebook page: it’s the most searched for social media site (according to Ofcom) and it’s the one of best to ways to promote your services to social focused consumers. Uploading photos, updating event details and encouraging fans to “like” and share the content is a good way to gauge event interest. Plus because Facebook is so versatile, you can upload polls asking for consumer feedback and supply exclusive offers, which only increases social engagement.

Twitter

A great tool for reporting events and activities as and when they happen. Twitter is often the social media choice for fashion events and industry specific conferences. Most event organisers will create a hashtag before the event and inform attendees about it so they can tweet and join in on conversations. It also breaks the barrier between event speakers and guests, as questions and answers can be during the event. If you want to take your hashtags one step further, you might want to consider registering a tag on Twubs.

Google +

Much like Facebook, Google + is a great place to promote events beforehand and after. Organisers post events up (like Facebook) and promote it to your followers. Google +’s unique “party mode” feature is slowly becoming  popular with many event organisers sharing photos of the event in real time, straight from their mobile phones! So although Google + is currently being used less than Facebook to promote events (at the moment…) We predict that Google will roll out more exciting and exclusive features that will make it more appealing to event companies.

LinkedIn

Great for niche industry conferences and expos, when used appropriately this method is great way to attract and promote your event to targeted professionals within a certain industry.  Use your company LinkedIn page to promote the event and promote it to appropriate communities that you’re a member of from your own personal account.  This is also a great way to recruit speakers for your event too.

Pinterest

A relatively new contender in the social media arena, Pinterest is gaining users at an alarming rate and is proving to be very popular with female consumers. Regularly used by the fashion and wedding industry, Pinterest is primarily used as a way to promote the event after it’s occurred (once the event organiser has created a board and uploaded photos of the event.) Repins of these photos helps to increase event & company awareness and whilst not directly a converting medium, it’s worth partaking in if you are in a creative industry.

Foursquare

Overlooked (especially since you can check-in on Facebook now) but worth including into your social media event planning. Informing guests that there’s a unique Foursquare offer will also encourage them to check-in during the event, that and the unique Foursquare “badge collecting” feature. Plus if they do check-in, this bit of news will automatically be shared with their friends, not only on Foursquare but on Facebook and Twitter too! (That’s if they’ve allowed multiple sharing that…)

Finally, with social media set to be on the rise in the future we predict that it’ll become more relevant and influential within the events industry. Particularly since event feedback can be received instantly during the actual event (probably via Twitter) Perhaps attendees will be able to request speaker order or choose the actual subjects discussed via Facebook polls? Or create event inspiration pin boards and submit them to event organisers? Who knows what the future holds, but what we do know is that social is here to stay and the event industry is fully embracing it.

How social media can help you get into event marketing

((Please keep in mind that this article was written by Richard John Paul. I am merely posting this on his behalf.))

We all know that social media has many ways to stop you from getting a job, but how can you use it to your advantage? Specifically if you are aiming to forge a career in event marketing?

If you only look in certain places or read specific articles, you would think that 2013 should be the year to wave goodbye to all forms of social media if you’re ever going to get that dream job and go down the career path you desire.

However within roles such as event marketing that require a more outgoing personality and a flair for marketing something that people will actually enjoy, you’ll find that the reality is the absolute opposite, with social media needing to be seen as a valuable tool in both connecting with employers and showcasing your skills. Especially as 91% of employers answered ‘yes’ to whether they screen job candidates on social networks or not.

Getting Started

Facebook is the obvious one so I’m not going to spend too long on it because in contrast to Twitter, LinkedIn and the rest, it still is very much a place for you and your friends. Just do what you should have already done and sort through your privacy settings, remove anything ‘incriminating’ and make sure that any non-friends that do land on your profile can at least see links to the more important places. Such as…

Your Twitter Account: Twitter is a perfect starting point when looking to boost your profile in the event marketing industry, as everyone and anybody you’ll want to get in touch with will most likely have an active profile. Again, keep in mind that anyone and everyone can see what you’re posting – so keep it useful.

Then you can start following the relevant businesses, event marketers and engage in conversation with them.  Who knows, a certain marketer could tweet that they’re stuck for ideas, and you could be the follower that comes to them with an unforgettable one. Either way, Twitter is the informal place to start when looking to build relationships and get in touch with the right people. Favourite and Retweet and you’ll be more likely to get the same done to you.

Your LinkedIn Account: Put in the groundwork and then you can turn your attention to LinkedIn. It goes without saying that your profile should be regularly updated so employers can see what you’re doing, but if you have been able to engage with companies, influencers in the field and working event marketers, then it’s time to connect with them… In relationship terms, you’re moving on from the first date.

Your Pinterest Account: So far you might have heard it all before, but building up a formidable Pinterest account could be your trump card. Event marketing really is about the visual experience, so pictures of venue lay outs, various ideas, promotional banners and everything else you have done should be placed here to give you a constantly updated portfolio that brings with a lot more weight than simply words. Not only that, but Pinterest saw the largest amount of growth in terms of audience and visit time than any other social network in 2012, so it really is worth thinking about.

Taking it Further

You’ve got the fundamentals down but how can you kick the job hunt up a notch and really give it your best shot? Whether you’re unemployed, part-timing or volunteering before your big break, there can be a lot of free time, so here’s some ideas on how to make use of it through social media:

  • Get Blogging: Not exactly social media but it’s all connected and aside from the visuals mentioned above, you should showcase your expertise than with some quality, useful blogs that’ll get shared. What events have you been to? What could be done better? Set up your own and also contact influencers about the possibility of guest posting (even better if these are LinkedIn connections).

 

  • Get Out There: There’s no use simply sitting behind a computer screen. Attend events, exhibitions etc. and tweet about them. Take photos and add them to your Pinterest/blog too.

 

  • Consider a Facebook Page: I know I shoved the Facebook profile into the background earlier, however once everything else is up and running smoothly, it might be worth entertaining the idea of a Facebook Page. Easy for all to view and not so personal, this could be the centralised place to post everything from your Twitter and your blog to images from your Pinterest account.

 

  • Is it Time to Vine?: Still in its infancy, it might just be time to jump on to Twitter’s new platform as soon as possible. Forget Instagram – Facebook can keep it, because as Mat Honan from Wired says about Vine: “after spending a week with it, I’m convinced it’s going to be big. Really, really big”. Pictures are one thing (and they should never be overlooked) but how better to get creative or to showcase an event than patching it together in a quick, easily digestible 6 second clip?

You have the tools, now you just need to use them…

 

New Somerset Festival To Be Completely ‘Money-Free’

They say that there’s no such thing as a free lunch but a new festival launching in Somerset this year would beg to differ. No Direction Home Festival, a three-day event set to take place just outside Glastonbury, has taken the bold step of going ‘money-free’, meaning there will be no money being exchanged onsite whatsoever. Guests are being encouraged to bring nothing but food, drink and supplies to last the long weekend. To add to the spirit of self-sufficiency, organisers are asking guests to have a go at building their own furniture using materials provided in the camping village. There’ll even be a bike-powered cinema, should guests fancy a bit of film! The overall aim, the hosts say, is to take the excessive spending associated with most festivals nowadays out of the equation and make it all about the music, company and good times.

It is an ethos which we here at Eventa are trying to apply to some of our Bristol Christmas party offerings, a short trip up the A37 from the festival’s site at Castle Cary. Both A Hogwart’s Christmas and A Fantasy Christmas will be all-inclusive events, meaning guests won’t have to pay a penny extra for face painting, fancy dress, shoulder massages, karaoke or even Hagrid’s shisha grotto!

Bristol is certainly a cultural hub of not just the south west but indeed the whole of the UK and we are glad to say that once again our festive events in the city will be following suit. London may be all about bow-tie covered chairs and Champagne receptions but in this part of the world magic shows, oxygen bars and stilt-walking creatures as hosts are more the norm.

No Direction Home Festival is apparently positioned in the midst of ancient ‘energy lines’ running through Somerset and whilst our events offer something a little more contemporary, there can be no denying the mystical heritage of this part of the country. Come and join us at one of our Bristol Christmas party nights in 2012 and see a different side to the annual festive celebration!