If you still need inspiration for your staff or client gathering this year, check out some of our favourite ideas below to help make planning a sweet Summer breeze…
From al fresco spaces in town and country and private areas at music festivals in London or just outside to the latest immersive experiences and craft workshops to get the creative juices flowing.
AL FRESCO VENUES:
Take it outdoors and retreat to your very own secret garden in the City or bucolic country estate just outside of London.. read on for some of our fave green spaces to enjoy a sunny BBQ and lawn games with colleagues or clients…
THE SKIP GARDEN:
A sustainable urban oasis right in the heart of Kings Cross, The Skip Garden is a pioneering Charity working with the community to promote sustainability and education around the growing process. Boasting a greenhouse made out of salvaged doors and windows, re-purposed skips growing wildflowers and herbs, a wood-fired pizza oven and a terrace overlooking Granary Square, this is also a highly unique venue for an after work jaunt or a lunchtime knees up!
A sophisticated members retreat in the stunning Oxfordshire countryside there is no end of activities to keep you busy – cycle around the estate, enjoy a game of tennis or five aside football, relax in the spa, watch a private screening at the cinema or mess around in a boat on the lake before taking over one of the beautiful barns for a rustic feast – the farmhouse is a real escape from the steamy city heat.
Situated on the river in Kingston Upon Thames, guests can enjoy a boat ride to this stunning two-acre island with unrivalled views over the Hampton Court grounds… once there they have the perfect set up with marquees and lawn space for giant games and even an inflatable bungee run.
SECRET RIVER GARDEN:
Normally hosting weddings, this beautiful, wild riverside lawn and woodland, hidden in Twickenham, is a gem of a location also perfect for daytime into evening company gatherings, long table feasting and team building days.
An exclusive hotel & spa set a short hop from London in the countryside of Surrey with stunning landscaping, luxury spa and with an award-winning restaurant on site.. the large activity meadow provides the perfect spot for activities of all kinds from motorised sports, human skittles, dodgems to shooting and duck herding. Also boasting a 3 hole golf course, tennis, croquet and archery.
BRITISH SUMMER TIME – 6-15th July, Hyde Park, W2:
A series of spectacular concerts set in world-famous Hyde Park across two weekends, headliners include Roger Waters, The Cure, Bruno Mars and Paul Simon. Several hospitality areas are available to hire for the perfect entertaining opportunity – enjoy the best street food London has to offer, fairground rides and amazing views of your favourite act on the stunning Great Oak Stage.
LOVEBOX -13/14th July, Gunnersbury Park, W3:
Lovebox Festival may have re-located to Gunnersbury Park in West London and but still throws up a lineup that spans from house and techno through to hip-hop, indie, R&B and grime to suit everyone’s tastes. Groups can enjoy uniquely produced VIP & Hospitality areas with their own programme of entertainment, gourmet food trucks and expertly mixed cocktails.
WILDERNESS – 2- 5th August, Cornbury Park, OX7 :
Multi award-winning, four day festival of live music and performance, Michelin starred dining experiences, interactive theatre, craft workshops, woodland activities, wild swimming and late-night revelry in the valley – areas such as the stunning Victorian Walled Garden and Backstage bar are available to private groups for a magical experience guests won’t forget. Talk to us about special offers on weekend packages or allow us to arrange private transfers to whizz you there and back for the day and evening.
RIZE – 17/18th August, Hylands Park, CM2 :
Brand new festival taking over where V left off, the lineup allows festival goers to jump from classic indie pop to urban and dance, packing its debut weekend full of energy and excitement at legendary Hylands park just one hour from London. Private areas within the VIP backstage are available to celebrate your Summer party in style.
ELROW – 18th August, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E20 :
A place where pleasure-seekers can dive into a unique, unforgettable universe with magical tunnels to unexpected places, chance encounters with amazing inhabitants, cocktails you can eat, marching bands that come out of nowhere, happy hordes of lost tourists and ecstatic town locals… this colourful event offers the ultimate fun-filled Summer day out within the London Stadium’s Park
Why not immerse yourself in a whole new world this Summer – whether filmic, edible, musical or virtual, these shows offer an amazing assault on the senses and shared experiences which can break down barriers and create meaningful relationships no matter whether you are the CEO or new intern. As experts in this field, we can advise on the best events for your group and objectives and arrange private takeovers/ bespoke packages.. dare to do something a little different and watch the team forge new bonds!
SECRET CINEMA – August 2018, London (Zone 3):
From grassroots film screenings in abandoned London buildings to large-scale productions in spectacular spaces, Secret Cinema creates 360-degree participatory secret worlds where the boundaries constantly shift. This summer showcases Romeo and Juliet, A summer festival set in fair Verona and Shakespeare’s most celebrated love story… Baz Luhrmann style!
GREAT MASKED BALL – July 2018, Peckham, London:
London’s immersive Swan Lake experience fusing dance, theatre, feasting, fantasy and a live orchestra into one enthralling evening. Don your mask and enter Prince Siegfried’s Palace to waltz through its glittering halls, built by the designers of Planet Gingerline, Beauty and the Feast and Alice’s Adventures Underground.
WALDORF PROJECT – September 2018, London:
A radical immersive experience on a grand stage in which art is consumed through all of the senses. The project will run over a number of instalments and Chapter Four coming soon will continue to push the boundaries even further and featuring brand new 360 technology.
THE VAULTS – FANTASIA – July – September 2018, Waterloo, SE1:
This year the underground world of The Vaults presents a new immersive music concert experience inspired by Disney Fantasia. Arrive at your destination underneath Waterloo station, collect your headphones at the door and step inside the tunnels. It’s time to dance with a funky hippo, walk in a prehistoric wasteland, seek out the fairies in a magical forest and, if you dare, sneak into the Sorcerer’s lair.
GREAT GATSBY – July – September 2018, Borough, SE1:
A unique, immersive theatrical experience across a myriad of spaces. Expect to be plunged deep into a world of 1920’s jazz, cocktails and excess in an ‘extraordinary’ production of F Scott Fitzgerald’s seminal tale of lust and liquor.
In-house or offsite, we have an abundance of seasonal creative and interactive workshops to make the team spirit flourish!
Create your own floral arrangement for the table or home – learn how to arrange fresh seasonal blooms in a modern decorative way with help from an expert floristry team.
Taught by expert makers why not learn a new craft whilst increasing team bonding and boosting morale to make yourself a fabulous new pair of Summer shoes to sport around town.
Create your own stylish stationery by learning the basics of lettering plus different brush techniques and tips on composition.
Examine natural specimens and learn the techniques for drawing beautiful, stylised botanics – perfect for creating your own handmade cards or simply whiling the Summer days away with some watercolour drawing.
Offering an overview of the techniques used to make perfume and using a wide array of beautiful materials, discover a unique way to express your personality by creating your very own scent!