15 June 2018
We have been honoured to work with Huntswood, a specialist resourcing and consultancy firm in governance, risk and compliance, providing services for their annual company celebrations for the last 8 years. In the past, we have produced many wow factor evening parties with themes that range from Neon 80’s fun, Around The World and Sophisticated Roaring 20’s to name but a few - they certainly know how to party!
This year they decided to do something a little different and host a family fun day for 600 guests, allowing staff to attend the celebrations with their families and what a fantastic day it was! The event was held at Trunkwell House Hotel in Reading. Set in 34 acres of beautiful Berkshire countryside, it was the perfect setting and provided ample space to accommodate all the exciting activities and attractions! Thankfully the great British weather was on our side and the sun shone all day long …
From the moment guests arrived in the car park, they got a taster of what was to come as they were transported to the attractions by our fabulous land train! On approach to the main site, guests were in awe at the scale of the event and all the special touches including; branded bunting, balloons and festival flags – giving it the ‘Huntswood’ feel and adding to the sense of occasion.
Entering the main site guests were met by our fabulous mix and mingle acts including stilt walkers, balloon modellers and jugglers. Our stunning traditional carousel certainly took centre stage, with other attractions including; a waltzer, climbing wall, pulsar laser dome, circus workshop, inflatable human table football, side stalls such as hook a duck, bucking bronco, archery, crazy golf and many more – there really was something for everyone.
For the younger guests we provided face painters, a bungee trampoline, Punch and Judy show and mobile farm which was a huge hit, the Shetland ponies were just so cute! There was also a crèche provided within the marquee, allowing parents to be ‘big kids’ and take some time to enjoy some of the more grown up activities. To inject even more fun, we also had photo booths for guests to get together with colleagues and take a few fun snaps to take home with them. I’m sure there are many photos that are now in pride of place on employees’ desks!
No fun day would be complete without some sweet treats! Guests could help themselves to the ice cream bar, or pay a visit to the ice cream vans, candyfloss cart, popcorn cart and waffle cart. Needless to say, our operators were very busy!
Whilst guests wandered from one attraction to the next, they were entertained by some more fabulous mix and mingle acts including a caricaturist, magician, pick pocket, iPad magician, fortune teller and a silhouette artist. To add a little ambience, we also had a roving jazz quartet looking rather dapper and providing fabulous, foot tapping music to keep spirits high.
Later in the day, the evening part of the event commenced, with ‘Rockaoke’ taking to the large outdoor dome stage and encouraging guests to get up and have a singalong! They played until the close of the event with guests dancing away, cold beverage in hand, enjoying the glorious summers evening.
The event was a huge success and this style of celebration provided employees and their families with time to socialise and have fun, taking part in what took their fancy, or just relaxing in the sunshine. Involving partners and children is a great way to reward staff and it was certainly well received - family fun days don’t get much better than this!!
Photography credit to Jon Bradley Photography – what wonderful images capturing all the fun! www.jonbradley.co.uk
Some wonderful feedback we have received…
“Paul Griffiths and his team yet again delivered a first class event. It is an absolute pleasure to work with Paul and it always feels as if you are in safe hands when he is managing our events. A special call out to Dylan who is new to us, he was absolutely first class to deal with, great attention to detail at site visits, thought of everything and kept me right at times, a very professional person who is an asset to Firebird. Rachael is again a pleasure to deal with, she works so hard and at the event on Sunday she constantly kept on top of everything – again a pleasure to deal with. Also, worth mentioning that all the staff on Sunday were very cheerful, polite and generally lovely people who just seemed to have one goal in mind which was to make the event brilliant – they succeeded”. Thank you! – Huntswood Event Organiser
“Thank you, for a truly epic party – everyone had an absolute ball!” – Huntswood Event Organiser
“You always throw a great party, but I truly think yesterday was the best ever! Everyone is buzzing today” - Huntswood Employee
“The whole set-up looked amazing, and everyone just seemed to be having such a lovely time. It really was fantastic!” - Huntswood Employee