Experience London’s Tropical Beach Bar This Summer!

With the weather hotting up, that can only mean one thing – it’s time to celebrate and organise an exclusive summer party for you and your team! There’s never been a better time to escape the office and make the most of the gorgeous warmer weather with your friends and colleagues!

When it comes to finding the perfect venue, London can be tricky to choose from with the vast amount of options available. But if you’re looking for something extra special and completely memorable this year, then you’ll love this venue’s award-winning beach bar party.

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Step on in and discover a serene and tropical paradise, where you’ll find real sand, a beach-hut style thatched roof, sumptuous cocktails, palm trees and a backdrop of a beautiful beach, you really will feel as though you’re basking in the Bahamas rather than the centre of London!

Having won ‘Best Summer Party Venue’ at The London Event Awards in 2017, you know that you’ll be in good hands with the exceptional, professional team, who will be ready to help you and your guests experience the party of the year!

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The venue’s flexible spaces can accommodate up to 200 guests for an exclusive summer beach bar party, whilst The Great Russel Suite is available for those who want to take their party into the night with a DJ and dancing. Boasting a built-in dancefloor and private bar, this is the place be after the summer beach bar closes!

As for food and drink, you and your guests will be spoiled with tasty treats! Enjoy cocktails served in coconuts on arrival for that taste of the tropics, whilst the venue’s outstanding chef will be cooking up a delectable BBQ feast, which includes plenty of meat, fish and vegetarian options. Dessert options will also be included, so those with a sweet tooth won’t be disappointed!

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There’s an excellent variety of packages available for your beach bar party, with something to cater for everyone’s budgets! With the food only packages starting from £41.67 per person excluding VAT, The All-Inclusive Beach Bar package at £82.50 per person excluding VAT and The Deluxe, VIP Beach Bar Package at £107.50 excluding VAT, you and your guests really will be spoiled for choice.

For those that want to make their summer beach bar experience even more luxurious, why not opt for unlimited drinks with your package? This will enable party guests to enjoy unlimited red and white wine, bottled beers and soft drinks for three hours.

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A complimentary DJ will also be provided for those groups with a minimum spend of £10,000, so get ready to let your hair down and party the night away with this stylish summer beach bar themed party in the heart of London!

Available until the 15th September 2019, this venue truly is the place to party this summer – make 2019 a summer to remember with a tropical celebration at this unique, Central London venue! Send an enquiry through to this venue in Central London today to find out about availability for your exclusive summer beach bar party!

Also, as the year goes on, we strongly recommend checking out our list of London Christmas parties.

Experience London’s Exclusive Beach Bar This Summer!

With summer in full swing, there’s never been a better excuse to leave the workplace early and celebrate the warmer weather with your whole team. And this summer in Central London, we’ve got just the venue for you with this incredible Beach Bar themed party, where you’ll be able to transport yourselves thousands of miles away from that stuffy office and leave those crisp work outfits at home!

Located in the heart of stylish Bloomsbury, this excellent venue was awarded ‘Winner of The Best Summer Venue’ in 2017, so you’ll know that you’ll be in good hands with the dedicated and professional team here. The Beach Bar features real sand, a thatched roof and a delicious collection of refreshing cocktails – you’ll be feeling those Caribbean vibes and escaping the busy hustle and bustle of the city in no time!

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Included in this excellent package is exclusive hire of the beach bar, where on arrival, guests will be greeted with a floral leis to get everyone in the mood for tropical celebrations. A mouth-watering, 10 item summer food menu will be available for each guest to get stuck into – there’s plenty of tasty options on offer with something that will tantalise everyone’s taste buds!

Sink your teeth into a selection of meat which include the likes of the Bacon and Cheese Burger, Chicken Burger with Pineapple Relish or maybe you’d like to enjoy some of the fish options? Try the Grilled Salmon with Toasted Sesame Seeds or perhaps the Tuna, Prawn and Salmon Skewers?

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Don’t worry if there’s vegetarians amongst the group, because they won’t have to miss out. Get stuck into the Wild Arancini Balls or the Courgette and Pepper Tempura with Soya Dressing and discover a fusion of taste. Of course, there’s going to be dessert, and there’s a massive choice to decide between; how about Assorted Cupcakes, Ice Cream, Vanilla Cheesecake with Honeycomb and plenty more!

As for drinks, you and your team will be spoiled for choice here – opt for the amazing unlimited drinks which enables each guests to enjoy unlimited red and white wine, bottled beers and soft drinks for three hours. You can even add house spirits to the unlimited drinks for an addition cost.

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If you want to start off the summer celebrations in true style, then the venue can arrange for everyone to enjoy chilled arrival drinks; whether you’re after a cocktail straight from a cocktail for the true feel of the Caribbean or whether you’d like a prosecco reception, there’s something here to cater for everyone’s tastes.

This summer celebration is the option for those who ‘want to get away from it all’ without having to fork out on the hefty airfare. You’ll be surrounded by gorgeous palm trees, real sand, a bar with a thatched roof and most importantly, those feel good vibes!

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With prices starting from just £41.67 per person excluding VAT, there really is no better way to treat your team this year and experience a truly tropical summer party!

The beach bar is open until the 21st September 2018, so there’s still plenty of time to make a booking – send an enquiry through today and make all your Caribbean dreams come true!

BBQ Etiquette: Rules and tips for hosts and guests

The weather’s getting warmer and it’s approaching the bank holiday weekend which can only mean one thing; it’s time to gather up your friends and family and enjoy a summer party; more specifically, a barbecue! Here at Eventa HQ, we’ve compiled a list of rules and tips so you can enjoy your barbecue to the max. Whether you’re hosting or attending, there’s etiquette for both parties to follow, so don’t despair! Just follow our rules and you’ll be fine. Let the smell of paraffin and burnt sausages commence!

For The Host

Invite who you want

There’s no strict rules stating that you must invite your neighbours and the whole of your street. Obviously if you like your neighbours then add them to the guest list, but if not, just keep it close friends and family. No hard feelings eh?

Work out final numbers

Find out exactly how many people will be attending. This will give you an approximate idea of how much food and drink to buy in for your summer bash!

Research and see if any attending guests are vegetarians

There’s nothing worse than a vegetarian attending a barbecue and there’s nothing suitable for them to munch on apart from salad. Purchase a few packets of vegetarian products such as Quorn sausages or Linda McCartney burgers.

Also consider cooking the vegetarian options away from the meat or even better, pop them in the oven so there’s no risk of contaminating them with meat juice! A selection of tasty dips such as hummus or tzatziki with warm ciabatta sticks or carrots will be greatly appreciated too!

Don’t do things last minute

Get everything set up before your guests arrive, including tables and chairs, cutlery etc. Get the barbecue fired up too and have drinks ready on the side for your guests – you don’t want to be a host that appears unorganised!

Wear suitable attire

Obviously, no one’s going to expect you to be super smart. It is summer and you will be cooking up a feast using the BBQ, so casual attire is perfectly fine. A humorous apron is optional, but will always be well received!

Make sure the food is properly cooked

Make sure all the prep work to the food is done before everyone arrives, such as popping the meat and vegetables on skewers and keeping chilled in the fridge beforehand. Before serving, do make sure everything is properly cooked and piping hot. Maintain good hygiene whilst handling raw meat and avoid cross-contamination. No one wants to endure food poisoning!

Have non-alcoholic drinks available too

There will be guests driving to your barbecue, so make sure there’s alternatives to alcohol available for these people. Mix it up by having a variety of fizzy drinks, naturally flavoured still drinks or even just simple squash.

If the weather’s shoddy, have a back-up plan

Grey skies and torrential rain? Uh-oh! You can either re-arrange your barbecue for another day that will hopefully be brighter and sunnier or you can create a plan B and host the party inside and get the food cooked up in the oven. Sure, this doesn’t quite have the same appeal as the smell of delicious burgers wafting through the air and feeling the heat of the sun on your skin, but it’s still a party. Nothing left for it but to get those drinks flowing!

For the Guest

Ask if there’s anything you can bring

Sure, most hosts will say something along the lines of ‘don’t worry, just bring yourself’ but it’s always polite to bring something with you to the barbecue, even if it’s just a bottle of wine or some sides. Bringing something is always a kind gesture and you can’t go wrong with drinks!

Don’t rock up late

Make sure you arrive to the barbecue on time (and sober!). It’s just good manners if someone’s putting on a nice event for you to enjoy.

Offer your help

Ask if there’s anything you can do to help before or after the barbecue. Your host may be super grateful for your assistance with the cooking or your help clearing everything up afterwards, loading the dishwasher or washing and drying the dishes.

Bring sun protection

Make the most of the sun, but do make sure you’re protected from the sun’s harmful rays! Ensure you apply sun cream with a decent SPF on those areas of your body that are exposed and wear sunglasses or a hat.

Five things to do in Manchester in the summer for free

Manchester is a great city that’s filled with plenty to do throughout the year, with many venues available for both summer and Christmas parties. But with the warmer weather on its way, there’s never been a better reason to get outside and explore the city. The good news is that there’s a whole load of excellent things to take advantage of in this vibrant city which won’t cost you a penny. So get out there and discover just what this amazing city has on offer with our five things to do in Manchester in the summer for free!

Take a trip to Heaton Park and have a picnic

Heaton Park is the biggest park in the Northwest, covering an area of 600 acres. There’s many of areas of interest to visit within the park along with many spots to enjoy a tasty picnic! A trip to beautiful Heaton Park is ideal for friends and family and there’s some fantastic play areas within the park for children to enjoy and there’s also a farm too. There’s also various historic sights to spot such as Temple and the Western Pleasure grounds and there’s a boating lake too.

If you fancy treating yourselves to some food and drink, then there’s eateries situated at the Stable Block and The Boathouse. In addition, you’ll also find The Hidden Gem café which is located at Heaton Park Garden Centre, where you’ll find a selection of delicious homemade cakes and pastries, as well as hot and cold drinks.

Admire Manchester’s botanical gardens

If you’re looking for a peaceful retreat away from the city centre, make your way to the Fletcher Moss Botanical Gardens and enjoy exploring 21 acres of beautiful, exquisite gardens where you’ll be able to admire many antiquated and unusual plants and flowers. Lose yourself in these tranquil surroundings and take in the sounds of peaceful birdsong – you’ll feel like you’re hundreds of miles away from the busy hustle and bustle of city life.

Download a walking tour app and discover the city

Discover more about this fascinating city with this free walking tour app – a digital guide all about the city of Manchester. From the city’s iconic landmarks to defining moments and exciting places to go, this is a great app for those who are both new to the city or for those who already live in Manchester. So download the app, throw on your trainers and get walking!

Visit a Museum

There’s a brilliant selection of Museums to visit in Manchester, but our favourites would have to be The Museum of Science and Industry and The Imperial War Museum North. The Museum of Science and Industry is devoted to the development of Science, technology and industry and here, you’ll be able to enjoy special exhibitions that are running throughout the summer such as Wonder Materials, Power, Creative Wonder Materials and many more. The Imperial War Museum North is the place to go to discover how the war affected the lives of people and society and promises an informative day out for everyone.

Check out an art gallery

There’s an excellent choice of Art Galleries in this lively city where you’ll see the work of both UK and International artists. The Manchester Art Gallery opened in 1842 and currently occupies three buildings which feature a civic art collection with plenty to see. For historic and contemporary exhibitions, then The Whitworth Art Gallery is the one for you and is just a short journey from the city centre.

 

Finishing touches for your garden party

There’s nothing quite like gathering your friends and family together in the warmer weather and enjoying a garden party at home. Think succulent BBQ food, tasty and refreshing cocktails, hilarious games and of course, some all-round brilliant company and you’re guaranteed the perfect afternoon and evening. You’ve probably got all the essentials ready for the party, but how about adding some fun and vibrant accessories to your party for those finishing touches? We’ve listed our favourite accessory ideas that everyone will love, so get ready for some serious garden party inspiration!

Large Glass Dispenser

These large glass drink dispensers are brilliant for parties – create your own party punch, make large quantities of cocktails or how about creating your very own supply of Primm’s? We recommend purchasing a couple and having a non-alcoholic option in addition to an alcoholic offering so you’ve got something special for the non-drinkers too!

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Fun Plates and Napkins

Who needs standard white paper plates and napkins when you can jazz things up with colourful patterned outdoor dining accessories? We love these quirky flaming plates and napkins which teamed together make a fun and striking party table. These bright designs feature tropical leaves and watercolour-look flamingo design making them ideal for a spring or summer garden party.

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Plastic Cocktail Glasses and Cups

It’s always sensible to have non-breakable items of crockery for your garden party, but if you want something a bit more exciting than a standard and plain paper cup, then how about some reusable plastic cocktail glasses and cups? Your cocktails and drinks will feel that much tastier drinking out of something more stylish and you’ll be doing your bit to help the planet by not throwing them away!

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Piñata

We love a piñata here at Eventa and so will you and all of your party guests. A piñata is a great party game for outside, especially if there’s children present. Everyone will take it in turns to whack the piñata in the hope of it breaking open and spilling out its stash of sweet treats. It’s plenty of fun for both kids and adults!

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Bunting

If you’re going for a shabby chic meets bake-off garden party theme, then you absolutely must have some colourful bunting hanging to give it that authentic feel. If you’ve got time, then you could have a go at creating your own on the sewing machine or alternately you could just buy them and save yourself the job. Whatever you choose to do, you know that they’ll look great and is the ideal decoration to finish off your party look!

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Photo Booth Props

Obviously, there’s going to be plenty of photos taken during the evening and if you want to create some amusing memories, then make sure you purchase some photo booth props for your garden event. You don’t actually need to have a photo booth at your party, you can just use them to create plenty of ‘lol’ moments which you’ll be able to capture!

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Outdoor Party Lighting

Outdoor lighting really does set the scene for continuing the party into the evening once the sun’s gone down. It’s a beautiful way to give your garden the sparkle it deserves and is an effective way of providing the ideal amount of light for your guests. The great news is that it doesn’t matter how big or small your outdoor area is – whether you’ve got a courtyard garden that’s on the smaller side of things or a bigger garden that features large and tall trees, there’s something out there for every garden.

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If you’re looking to plan a corporate summer party, then look no further than our great selection and give your team a fantastic summer treat!

Enjoy a Corporate Summer Celebration on Manchester’s Fantastic Quayside

Boasting a beautiful quayside that offers excellent views of MediaCity UK and the Quays, this incredible museum venue makes for the perfect space to celebrate an exclusive corporate summer party which will include everything that you could possibly ask for!

This venue is completely unique and unlike any other venue in the UK with its spectacular 360-degree digital backdrop which is available for every party or event. If you’re looking to create your very own bespoke theme, then the venue is flexible and their dedicated technical experts will be on hand to work with you and help you create a personalised theme especially for your event.

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Alternatively, you could use one of the venue’s existing themes such as the captivating Manchester skyline, a stunning Art Deco era backdrop or why not go all out with the quirky Alice in Wonderland theme?

On the night of the event, everyone will arrive to a stylish alfresco drinks reception on the Quayside which will be sure to impress each and every guest. A choice of either a refreshing cocktail or a bubbly Prosecco reception is available to enjoy whilst admiring the stunning views and having a catch up with your colleagues away from the office.

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Make sure that you’re hungry, because the talented hospitality team have cooked up a sumptuous feast that’s filled with a plethora of gastronomic delights! A hot or cold summer buffet menu is available, however if you’d prefer the option to enjoy a three-course seated meal, then this is offered at a small additional cost per guest plus VAT.

With exclusive hire of the main exhibition area available until 1:00am, the fun doesn’t have to stop after you’ve all enjoyed your dining experience. Those summer vibes will continue to flow well into the night with entertainment from the venue’s professional DJ. Treat yourselves to some drinks before making your way onto that dancefloor where you’ll be spoiled with all the latest and greatest party anthems – there’s never been a more appropriate moment to let loose and have a laugh!

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Also included with this summer party is a surround sound digital PA system, lectern, microphone and staging, in addition to a stylish red carpet and LED uplighters at the Quayside entrance for the ultimate VIP experience.

The venue can arrange for coach transport from the city centre to the venue and back to make life that bit easier for your team. If anyone is looking to stay overnight, then the venue will be able to organise special rates at some nearby hotels that boast an excellent reputation.

This fantastic exclusive summer party package is available as an early bird offer for just £36.95 + VAT per guest, so ensure you make your party booking as soon as possible to ensure availability for your preferred dates and avoid any disappointment! This innovative and dynamic event space truly is one of a kind, so you can be sure that you and your party guests will experience a massively unforgettable evening! This is just an example of one of the great Manchester summer party venues available, but we also recommend checking out our Manchester Christmas parties.

How to Behave at the Office Party – Seven Unwritten Rules

Whether it’s a summer party with the team in the warmer months or whether it’s the highly anticipated festive knees up, it goes without saying that there’s definitely some unwritten rules on how to behave during these kind of events with your work colleagues. From not getting excessively drunk to ensuring you socialise outside of your department, there’s a whole lot of rules to abide by. And yes, your actions could very well impact your job and others views of your behaviour, so make sure you listen up and read on as we discuss how to behave at the office party with these seven unwritten rules!

Do wear an appropriate outfit

Of course you want to look good for the event, but just make sure your clothing is appropriate. Ladies, we’re sure you won’t, but just in case; it’s definitely not okay to turn up to the party looking like you’re about to hit the tiles in a teeny-tiny dress that reveals a little too much flesh. It’s not appropriate attire to wear around your superiors, that’s for sure. Equally guys, don’t wear anything with offensive logos or crude sayings on. You don’t really want to be the talk of the party now do you? We say the best thing to do is find a healthy mix between ‘I’m professional’ and ‘I’m dressed for a good time’ look.

Don’t get excessively drunk

Think about it, you’re still with all of your colleagues, so yes, in a way you’re technically still at work. So do watch what you drink, because the more you drink, the less in control you are and the less in control you are, the more likely you are to say or do something you regret. Nothing is worse than the feeling of regret, so prevent it! We’re not saying don’t let your hair down and enjoy yourself, because after all, parties are for having a good time; just make sure you stay in control. Simple.

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Do socialise outside of your department

It’s always good to meet new people, so why not have a chat with some of the people you’re not massively familiar with at the office party? It’s all too easy to stay in our comfort zone and stick around with the people we’re friendliest with at work, but it doesn’t hurt to mingle and have a little chat with some of the others. You never know, you may just make a few new friends from it.

Don’t be too cringey with the person you fancy

Just because you’ve had a couple of drinks and are out the office environment, it doesn’t mean it’s okay to suddenly come on super strong to the person you’ve fancied all year round. Just don’t do it. It could be highly embarrassing and awkward for all involved parties. Instead, strike up some friendly conversation or join in with a group conversation if said crush is present. Make a couple of jokes to get noticed or simply just follow our other tips on how to pull at the office party. You never know, a little bit of effort can go a long way!

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Do talk about topics other than work

Of course the one thing that you all have in common with one another is the fact that yes, you do all work for the same company. But don’t be that person who just wants to talk about work, work and nothing else. An office party is a great way to find out all about your colleagues, so if you’re ever in doubt about what to say, simply just ask others questions about themselves – people like to chat about themselves, so ask away! We certainly recommend using this approach as ammunition if you’re naturally a bit shy and unsure of what to discuss.

Don’t go crazy over social media

You’ve had a few drinks and you think it’s going to be a truly fantastic idea to update everyone on the world of Facebook and Twitter just what you’re up to. By all means get a cheeky photo uploaded or tag yourself in if you want to. But just don’t go off on a rant and create an update about how boring or miserable the boss is being or how rubbish your pay is. The beauty of social media is that things can be screen-shotted or shared extremely quickly – now you really don’t want people seeing your drunken work rants do you? Nope, didn’t think so.

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Do have fun

Well yes, bearing in mind the previous rules do make sure that you have a great time. After all, an office gathering with the majority of the company doesn’t really happen too often, so do make the best of it and have a laugh! Just go easy on those Sambuca that Mike from marketing is kindly offering to buy everyone.

Still searching for Last Minute Summer Party Inspiration? Look No Further!

Have you been given the job to organise this year’s office summer party but with limited time and resources? Are these chilly summer days providing no inspiration for where or when you should have your event? Looking to momentarily forget that it’s June and you’re faced with dreary storm clouds as you peer above your computer screen, to the outside world?

Here at Eventa we’re experts at making life a little easier for you, as well as ensuring you and your guests really feel those summer vibes when searching for that perfect summer party. This impressive and unique venue with fantastic views of MediaCityUK and the Quays could be the ideal choice this summer.

We may be experts in all things party, however we unfortunately can’t control the weather gods and as it’s far from predictable here in ‘ol Blighty, there are both indoor and outdoor aspects to your party.

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Your event starts off with a complimentary sunny cocktail drinks reception overlooking the Quay Side. Here, you and your guests get the chance to enjoy the views whilst you mingle and unwind before heading to the main exhibition space where the fun really begins. What’s unique about this space is its 360 degree digital backdrop covering the entire room. You can request either the Manchester skyline or Alice in Wonderland backdrop. For you creative types, you can even create your own bespoke design for an additional cost. A surround sound Digital PA system is also installed to really bring your event to life. Talk about a way to really create a summery atmosphere without the risk of rain!

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There is a variety of dining options to choose from to suit your budget and taste. For a more relaxed atmosphere treat yourself to a hot/cold summer buffet or if you’re looking for a little more sophistication or structure, sit down to a refreshing three course meal prepared by the venue’s onsite caterers. Once you are filled to the brim with delicious summer treats, head to the dancefloor where you will groove to some seriously sizzling summer beats played by the venue’s resident DJ till as late as 1am!

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This venue boasts a meticulous and incredibly helpful in house special events team who will be able to help you every step of the way to ensure that your event goes without a hitch. They can create a party to your exact requirements (within reason!) and are a safe pair of organisational hands. Head here to book your next summer party. If you’re already on the lookout for Christmas parties then check out what they have to offer here.

Packages start from just £34.95 + VAT per person, so what are you waiting for?

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!