With Christmas just around the corner…

 

There’s only 6 weeks left ‘til Christmas! To help you find what you’re looking for this festive period we’ve put together a list of some seasonal deals and best available dates. Organised by location, our venues and events ‘have bells on’ this Christmas…

 

SCOTLAND

PITTODRIE STADIUM, ABERDEEN

80’s Mania Night

‘Tis the season to be silly! This December Aberdeen FC’s stadium is hosting an ‘80’s Mania Night’ including a 3 course festive meal, a live 80’s tribute act, a disco and retro fancy dress.

Available on: Friday 1st December

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Bring Your Party to Our Party

Drinks offer: complimentary drinks token for every guest in “Bring Your Party to Our Party” nights

Christmas is something special at Pittodrie Stadium, and their party nights are not to be missed… Enjoy a delicious meal with all the trimmings, a glass of fizz and entertainment from our resident DJ. Celebrate the festive season in style with Pittodrie Events.

Available on: Saturday 2nd December and Friday 8th December ONLY

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Pittodrie Stadium in the snow

 

 

HAMILTON PARK RACECOURSE, GLASGOW

Race to Party at Our Party

 Shared party night in our main grandstand which includes an arrival prosecco, three course meal with ½ bottle of wine per person and DJ entertainment – guaranteed to fill you with festive cheer.

Available on:  Saturday 23rd December

 Thank Goodness It’s Nearly February Party Night

 Too busy to celebrate Christmas in December? Then book on to our January Party night. The shared party night includes an arrival prosecco, three course meal with ½ bottle of wine per person and DJ entertainment.

Available on:  Saturday 27th January 2018

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HAMPDEN PARK, GLASGOW

Hampden Park has added some fantastic extras for those booking in November, quote the below to take advantage of the offers

The Masquerade Package now includes:

  •  Arrival festive cocktail from 7pm
  • 1 drink per person – 2 now as part of our November offer
  • Delicious 3 course meal
  • Festive novelties
  • DJ and entertainment until 1am
  • £10.00 off per guest!

Click here to learn more 

The Curry Karaoke Nights now include:

  • Delicious 2 course curry buffet
  • 1x drink per person
  • Entertainment until 1am and karaoke until 1am.
  • Bottle of prosecco on the table for bookers who quote “ PROSECCO” when enquiring

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EDINBURGH CORN EXCHANGE

Hogmanay Hoot!

 Spend New Year’s Eve at the Hogmanay Hoot! With over 15 years’ experience at organising the best indoor Hogmanay celebration in town, where better to celebrate? Join “Hoot Live” and party in the main Exchange with over 1000 other revellers, enjoying the Ceilidh Band, and DJ Scott and live pipes and drums

Available on: Sunday 31st December

To learn more click here

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Edinburgh Corn Exchange

NORTHERN ENGLAND

ST JAMES’ PARK, NEWCASTLE

NYE Gala Dinner

Have a ‘ball’ this New Year’s Eve at St. James’ Park this year. Join us for our Gala Dinner, including a delicious four-course meal, champagne on arrival, live entertainment, and a traditional piper to bring in the New Year at Midnight.

Available on: Sunday 31st December

To learn more click here

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The epic St James’ Park

LONDON

BATEAUX LONDON

Shared Christmas Lunch at £69 per person. Share your Christmas lunch on the Thames with friends and other guests dining on the river.

Available on:  6th, 7th, 8th, 13th, 14th and 15th December (subject to availability, reserved to groups of 6 or more).

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Shared Christmas Dinner at £110 per person. Share your Christmas dinner on the Thames at night with friends and other guests dining on the river.

Available on: 7th, 8th, 14th and 15th December (subject to availability, reserved to groups of 6 or more).

To learn more click here

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Bateaux London, The Symphony

 

 

IWM LONDON

Available on: Friday 1st December, Thursday 7th December, Friday 15th December,  Thursday 21st December and Friday 22nd December

The IWM London is offering private and public parties this Christmas – sip Champagne in the shadow of a Spitfire, dance to the swinging sounds of the 40’s in our magnificent Atrium, and much more.

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SOUTHERN ENGLAND

BATEAUX WINDSOR

Christmas Eve Lunch and Supper at £55 per person. Spend Christmas Eve enjoying a festive lunch with your nearest and dearest whilst sailing through Windsor.

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New Year’s Eve at £165 per person. Bid farewell to 2017 in style with the best seats on the river as Windsor’s stunning sights at night unfold around you.

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THE ATHENAEUM, BURY ST EDMUNDS

A Great Gatsby Christmas

 A Great Gastby Christmas. Join us for an extravaganza of 1920’s fashion, food and festive fun this Christmas. Forget prohibition and indulge in a welcome drink, a 3 course meal, casino games and dancing.

Tables can accommodate minimum of 8 guests up to a maximum of 12. The package cost £38.00 pp

Available on: Thursday 7th December

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The Athenaeum

 

THE APEX, BURY ST EDMUNDS

Las Vegas Christmas

 Don’t gamble with waiting to book this one! At The Apex’s seasonal and scandalous Las Vegas Christmas you can enjoy a welcome drink on arrival and a three-course meal for £48.00 per person, followed by a set from the resident DJ amongst casino tables and a rodeo bull.

Tables can accommodate a minimum of 10 guests up to a maximum of 12. The package cost £48.00 per person

Available on:  Friday 8th December

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Party at The Apex

A Very Seasonal Stadium: Windsor Park

This year at Belfast’s iconic National Football Stadium: Windsor Park expect some glitz, glamour and grandeur.

Windsor Park is named after the district in which it resides, in beautiful Belfast, Northern Ireland. With a rich sporting history, this venue is nothing less than iconic. As well as a functioning stadium, the building houses state of the art conferencing and events spaces and a museum too: The Education and Heritage Centre tells the unique story of Northern Irish football.

This Christmas, the stadium’s event suites will be transformed into ‘Glitz and Glam’ party areas. Hosted on Friday and Saturday nights in December, guests will be welcomed into the arena with a complimentary glass of fizz , with opportunities to take a pitch-side selfie or two and, of course, take in the epic atmosphere of the 18,434 seat stadium.

A delicious, four course Christmas dinner – made with hearty, local produce by our expert chefs – will be served indoors, in suites dressed to impress. Fuelling up for the party games and dancing to come!

A Windsor Park Christmas is not just for football fans, the grandeur of this setting is awe inspiring for all who visit. Plus, with event guests moving away from traditional private Christmas parties, to unique shared experiences and events, Windsor Park’s party nights are just that – offering a one-off occasion in a one-off space…

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DATES: 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th  December

TIME: 7pm – late

PRICE: £40 pp inc VAT

For more information on Prestige Venues & Events packages call the central enquiry hub on 0845 6055 699, or email Venues&Events.Prestige.UK@Sodexo.com

Want to see more? View Prestige Venues & Events #trulymagicalChristmas brochure here

Raise stein to Headingley’s Oompah Pah Parties!

Inspired by the famous Christmas traditions of Bavaria, Headingley Carnegie Stadium is hosting a series of Oompah pah parties this Christmas! Let us explain…

The much-loved stadium, home to the Leeds Rhinos Rugby League Club and the Yorkshire County Cricket Club, will be transforming into a traditional German market for three nights in December: Saturday 2nd, 9th and 16th. Alpine-style stalls will serve classic Bavarian comfort food: frankfurters, bratwurst, sweet pretzels and hearty soups, home-made by our award winning chef team. And, at the center of feast will be a whole, suckling pig spit roast, served with sage and onion stuffing, salted crackling and apple sauce in a floured bap.

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A Bavarian feast: bratwurst, beer & pretzels

 

Decorated with wreaths and Christmas trees – the ‘Christmas tree’ originating in Germany as a representation of the biblical Tree of Knowledge, whilst the baubles are the forbidden fruit – the atmosphere at Headingley’s Bavarian Party Nights is joyous. Enhanced further by an authentic Oompah band playing thigh-slapping brass music. They’ll certainly get you in the mood for a jig, helped along by along, in true Oktoberfest fashion, by a stein or two.

Building on last year’s success, this is the second Christmas Headlingley will be hosting their Bavarian market party… and this year they’re going the whole hog.

Dates: 2nd, 9th, 16th December 2017

Time: 7pm – late

Price: £28.95 per person, incl. VAT

Further information is available by calling 0113 203 3899, emailing events@headingleyexperience.com or visiting www.prestigevenuesandevents.sodexo.com

Want to see more? View Prestige Venues & Events #trulymagicalChristmas brochure here

Roll up, roll up! At Newcastle United’s St James’ Park

Newcastle United is having all the fun of the fair this festive season, with cupcakes, candyfloss and carnival-style party nights!

Each event will begin with a welcome cocktail and two course meal in the dining hall, before guests make their way to the stadium’s Platinum Club to have their pick of puddings:  from candy floss, toffee apples, cupcakes, mince pies and doughnuts. Aside from sweet treats, the Platinum Club will be decorated to the nines and filled with traditional fairground games and attractions – such as hook a duck, giant jenga and penalty shootouts – all of which have prizes on offer for lucky winners! Oh, and it wouldn’t be a Carnival without some dancing, courtesy of St James’ Park’s resident DJ… and their late bar too.

Hosting carnival themed party nights for the third year in a row, this event is fast becoming a Christmas tradition at St James’ Park due to its unabashed popularity. Also making a welcome return, is the stadium’s festive shopping fayre, which last year attracted hundreds of shoppers keen to snap up last minute Christmas gifts.

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Party table

Just part of a packed programme of festive entertainment at the stadium, which also includes the annual “Golden Oldies” lunch and disco on Wednesday 13 and 20 December and Santa Sunday lunches on 3, 10 and 17, when youngsters can visit Father Christmas in his glittering grotto.

The Carnival Party Nights take place on various dates throughout December. For further information about the party night or the festive programme at Newcastle United visit: https://www.nufc.co.uk/stadium/events-page/latest-events/experiences/a-carnival-christmas

For more information on Prestige Venues & Events Christmas packages see our brochure here.

Who’s behind the mask? A festive Masquerade Ball at Hampden Park

Masquerade balls first took place in the 15th century and were held as part of pageants, processions, marriages and other events of late medieval court life. They were originally held for members of the upper classes but eventually extended into public, costumed carnivals  in Italy during the  Renaissance (16th century).

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Masked revellers at the Venice Carnivale

Over the years and centuries Masquerade balls have turned into highly entertaining events as guests try to guess the identity of the person behind the mask. The theme proves popular today with the mystical disguises becoming even more elaborate. They also feature in lots of high profile romance novels, TV programmes, movies and theatre productions. Who doesn’t know or love The Phantom of the Opera?

This year Hampden Park is embracing the Masquerade Ball and encouraging all guests to join in the fun by wearing their own mask (the more elaborate the better!) to their special party nights. There is of course a bottle of fizz for the best mask on the night. The special themed events take place on various dates throughout December, as well as a special lunch event on the 22nd December. Packages include a festive cocktail reception, three course meal, festive novelties and music until the early hours.

In total contrast the venue will also be hosting Christmas Curry Karaoke Party nights on selected dates throughout the festive season.  A two course, curry themed buffet will be followed by music, dancing and of course Karaoke – which tune will you be singing along to?

To learn more about our #trulymagicalChristmas offers, see our brochure here.

For further information about Christmas experiences at Hampden Park visit our website at www.prestigevenuesandevents.sodexo.com or call the central enquiry hub on 0845 6055 699, or email Venues&Events.Prestige.UK@Sodexo.com

Top Tips for Planning your Big Day

Today we want to focus on those happy couples in the midst of their planning processes. Whether you’re steadily crossing things off a to-do list, or you haven’t a clue where to start, we’ve taken advantage of our sizeable black book to find out how the best in the business manage the task.

We called on an expert – Jenny Marks, owner of events company, Complete Bliss. Jenny’s wedding planning expertise is highly sought after across the UK. With years of experience planning all manner of events, she’s the safest pair of hands you can imagine.

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Jenny Marks, Complete Bliss

Jenny took a break from her unfathomably busy wedding-season schedule to share five useful tips she always gives her clients.

1.Don’t get bamboozled. With photo-sharing apps at our fingertips 24/7 it’s easy to get overwhelmed with ideas and opinions. Rather than trying to crowbar everything you’ve ever seen on Pinterest into one marquee, Jenny advises couples to take a step back. Focus on the most important things you both want from your day. Once you’ve established your priorities, trust that the wedding vision will fall into place.

2.Be ready for your close-up. Whether you’re camera shy or snap happy, preparation is key when it comes to your wedding photographs. Even if your photographer has shot weddings at your venue previously, it’s a really good idea to meet them at the venue prior to yours. Scope out the best spots together. You’ll be on the same page and save lots of time on the day.

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Knebworth House

3.Don’t be afraid to delegate. Your venue team will be on hand, but your nearest and dearest will be very eager to pitch in too. From helping guests find their seats to picking up flowers at the end of the night, all extra pairs of hands are invaluable. In Jenny’s experience, your wedding party love being given a job to do – it makes them feel important, and they’ll love knowing they’re helping you relax and enjoy the day.

4.Eat breakfast. Even if you’re not hungry. And remember to rehydrate at every opportunity – water, not champagne!

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5.Time flies when you’re the main event. With so many of your loved ones together in one place, it’s easier than you might think to say your vows and then lose track of your new legally-wedded partner until the first dance. When scheduling your day, Jenny recommends couples put aside 15 minutes in the middle of the day just for the two of you – by yourselves – just to bask in the moment together. She promises you’ll be glad you did.

You can find Jenny at Complete Bliss (http://www.completebliss.net/).

To enquire about Prestige Venues & Events portfolio of wedding venues please visit our website at www.prestigevenuesandevents.sodexo.com or call the central enquiry hub on 0845 6055 699, or email Venues&Events.Prestige.UK@Sodexo.com

Scots & English unite at Hadrian’s Wall

A wall, built by the Romans to protect England from the Scots, has brought the two nations together – and will form the focal point at a North East wedding.

Newcastle University students Stuart Brown and Fran Lalor fell in love while taking part in an archaeological dig at Hadrian’s Wall. Now the pair are preparing to tie the knot next to a giant model of the structure at Newcastle’s Great North Museum: Hancock.

The happy couple at another of their favourite sites, the Inca Trail, Machu Picchu

The couple (who now live in Manchester) will travel north for their wedding, where they’ll exchange their vows facing a 1:4700 scale model of the 73-mile long wall, built to serve as the northern frontier of the mighty Roman Empire.

The groom, Stuart, whose mother’s family are from Scotland, will wear his kilt for the ceremony, which will be attended by around 15 close family members and friends, in November.

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Hadrian’s Wall, a World Heritage Site in the beautiful Northumberland National Park.

The pair met while taking part in a two week dig at the wall’s Birdoswald fort during a summer break in their Ancient History and Archaeology honours degree course at Newcastle University, “so it really means a lot to us,” said bride, Fran.

“We have great memories of studying in Newcastle and, of course, of The Wall, so it’s great to be holding our wedding in a venue which unites those two places.”

The Great North Museum’s interactive model of the Wall, its forts and milecastles, forms the centrepiece of a gallery and, quite significantly, houses the gold Aemelia Ring – believed to be one of the earliest Christian artefacts found in Britain, with this romantic symbolism making their wedding at GNM:H very special indeed.

For further information about holding weddings at Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums’ venues, call 0844 856 1074, e-mail events@twmuseums.co.uk or visit www.prestigevenuesandevents.sodexo.com.

Summer 2017 with Prestige Venue & Events

View our Let It Shine brochure for Summer ’17

We’re getting into the spirit of summer with a new venue guide that highlights the very best of this sweetest, steamiest season.

Prestige Venues & Events present summer packages and events for business and leisure alike; from family fun days and team building activities, to outdoor dining and English garden parties.

Our Let It Shine guide focuses on offers from May to September at outstanding venues, such as The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and Brighton’s state-of-the-art Amex Stadium, and includes hospitality packages for iconic British events, like Royal Ascot, Jardin Blanc at The RHS Chelsea Flower Show and The Open Championship.

Our chefs have created menus that embrace the summer and use colourful, seasonal produce. With barbecues and hog roasts available to private hire guests at Knebworth House, as well as the venue opening up its grounds for  “It’s A Knockout” and sports day-style team building activities (because all work and no play…).

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Knebworth House

Barbecues are also on the agenda at Edinburgh Corn Exchange and The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.  Perth Racecourse is teaming finger-licking BBQ food with a vintage-style funfair, whereas Aberdeen Football Club will be taking ‘pride’ in special screenings of the Lion King at their drive-in cinema.

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The Lion King at Aberdeen FC

Cinema-inspired treats also feature in the summer offer at Leeds’ Headingley Carnegie Stadium, which is sweetening corporate events with popcorn and pick and mix, mini ice creams and chocolate bars or – for a healthier option – fruit kebabs, mixed nuts and seeds.

In the capital the Thames takes centre stage, with restaurant cruise Bateaux London hosting rooftop parties aboard their Scandinavian-designed vessel, The Harmony. Guests can enjoy an off-the-grill menu in a setting of flowers, fruit trees and the backdrop of London’s most famous sights.

Further up river, the recently launched Bateaux Windsor is offering a prosecco reception for guests, followed by a formal dinner, as the boat glides through one of England’s most historic, picturesque towns.

From a quintessentially English town, to a traditionally English pastime: The Apex and The Athenaeum – both in Bury St Edmunds – are swapping lunch for afternoon tea this summer, with a free bottle of fizz to enjoy in the sunshine.

Event organisers who feel summer just wouldn’t be complete without a glass of Pimms (correct!) should head to Edinburgh’s Assembly Rooms, where it will feature in post-conference drinks receptions, alongside mini strawberry tarts.

Event guests at three of Tyneside’s top museums – Discovery, the Laing Art Gallery and The Great North Museum: Hancock – will also be offered seasonal drinks in the form of fruit punch at lunchtime. While IWM London, one of the capital’s leading visitor attractions, is serving post-conference classic cocktails.

Also in London, thrill seekers can mix business with pleasure at Emirates Aviation Experience , where they can take the controls of a flight simulator before relaxing on a terrace that overlooks the Thames – a great team building day out.

Other team building activity days can be found at Glasgow’s Hampden Park Stadium – where clients can follow in the ‘bootsteps’ of their heroes and become footballers for a day – and the city’s Hamilton Park Racecourse, which runs a variety of group activities too.

The word famous Ascot Racecourse is available for team building activities this summer in its gorgeous grounds. Plus, those who book before 31 October 2017 can enjoy a 10 per cent discount.

Ice cream and lollies can be added to day delegate packages at Everton Football Club’s Goodison Park Stadium and Belfast’s The National Football Stadium at Windsor Park, while Newcastle United’s St James’ Park ground is giving guests a Purely Belter package, with bacon rolls on arrival and unlimited tea and coffee throughout the day.

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St James’s Park Ground

For further details on Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events’ Let It Shine guide call the central enquiry hub on 0845 6055 699, or email Venues&Events.Prestige.UK@Sodexo.com or visit www.prestigevenuesandevents.sodexo.com.

A journey down the Thames – Part 2

A few weeks ago we set off on a journey down the River Thames stopping off at some famous and historic landmarks on the way including Henley Royal Regatta, Bateaux Windsor, Hampton Court and the Royal Hospital Chelsea for the RHS Flower Show.

This time we pick up our travels right in the heart of the city at Embankment Pier which is a busy hub for river boats and home to Bateaux London, the leading provider of Thames dining cruise experiences. The concept launched in 1992 with its first boat Symphony serving delicious food to guests whilst cruising up and down the Thames. It was later joined by Harmony, a Scandinavian cruise-liner in 2012 which has the largest open viewing deck on the Thames. Today both boats entertain thousands of guests on their lunch, afternoon tea, dinner or Sunday Jazz cruises as well as being a popular venue for private events. New for 2017 is the Harmony Roof Garden – a haven of flowers and fruit trees with a make –your-own drink bar and stylish street food menu to enjoy the summer sun!

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Bateaux London – The open viewing deck of The Harmony

Travelling east our next stop is The Crystal, one of the world’s most sustainable buildings. Located on the waterfront in East London it is home to the world’s largest exhibition on the future of cities, a sustainable events venue and office space for global engineering powerhouse Siemens. Since opening its doors in 2012 it has become a global hub for debate on sustainable living and development and welcomed over 100,000 visitors a year to its interactive exhibition.

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The Crystal by Siemens – a sustainable building landmark

 

The building itself is renowned for setting the benchmark for sustainable building design. It is the only building in the world to achieve the highest certification in both the BREEAM and LEED schemes, as well as many other accreditations.

The café has also recently undergone a total refurbishment with interesting displays for visitors to look at whilst enjoying the latest culinary delight. If you have a latte on the outdoor terrace you will be able to look across at our final destination, the Emirates Aviation Experience which is located next door to the Emirates Air Line overlooking the Thames on the Greenwich Peninsula.

This unique experience opened in 2013 and covers over 300 square metres with two floors making use of state-of-the-art technology, interactive displays and life-size aircraft models to bring the exciting world of modern aviation to life. The venue also features a genuine Rolls Royce jet engine which shows the inner workings of one of the most powerful engines currently in operation and the world’s first public facing commercial flight simulators of their kind; two Airbus A380s and two Boeing B777s, utilising full landscape visuals, allowing visitors to practice their take-off and landing skills at popular destinations worldwide. A great experience to share with your family or as part of a team building session with colleagues.

For further information about all of the above venues and events visit http://www.prestigevenuesandevents.sodexo.com/

A journey down the Thames

The River Thames starts as a small trickle in the Cotswolds and travels over 210 miles through the heart of some of England’s most picturesque towns, right into the centre of London and eventually, out into the North Sea. With plenty to see and do along the route we thought we’d take you on a virtual journey and perhaps stop off at a few interesting places along the way.

We start the journey at Henley on Thames which was recently voted by the Times as one of the best places to live in the English countryside. It’s also the home of Henley Royal Regatta which undoubtedly is the highlight of both the summer sporting and social calendar. The first event was held in 1839 and has been held annually ever since (except the two World Wars). It gained royal patronage in 1851 and it was originally staged as a public attraction with a fair. The emphasis rapidly changed so that competitive amateur rowing became its main purpose and over the years it has grown to its current form of five days which this year takes place on the 28th June – 2nd July.

Moving further down the river to Windsor you’ll find a beautiful and historic destination. Home to Windsor Castle, the largest and oldest inhabited castle in the world and the Queen’s favourite weekend home. Its newest experience is Bateaux Windsor – the only one of its kind in the area and the sister company to Bateaux London. This elegant dining cruise delivers delicious dishes to passengers and enables guests to see the sights whilst cruising down the river.

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From one royal residence to another, next stop is Hampton Court which can be best described as the ‘story of two palaces’: a Tudor palace, established by Cardinal Wolsey and made even more magnificent by Henry VIII, alongside a baroque palace built by William III and Mary II. Today the palace is a successful visitor attraction as well as home to the world’s largest, annual flower show which takes place every July. The first RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show was held in 1990 and it now welcomes over 130,000 visitors every year with this year’s event due to take place on the 4th – 9th July.

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Fireworks on The Long Water at Hampton Court Palace

Moving east to the Royal Hospital Chelsea which of course has been the home of our beloved Chelsea Pensioners for over 325 years. The Royal Hospital is a Grade I and II listed building which was left to the Chelsea Pensioners by Charles II and Sir Christopher Wren and continues to be home for over 300 army veterans. It’s also the home to RHS Chelsea Flower Show (23rd – 27th May 2017) which takes place every year in the grounds of the hospital. This high profile event inspires millions through showcasing the best in garden design. This year’s event sees the return of Jardin Blanc; the second year of Raymond Blanc’s special horticultural hospitality experience. Nestled in a peaceful corner of the show, Jardin Blanc offers a variety of unique options for day and evening entertainment with the finest food and fantastic flowers.

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Keep checking the blog for part two of our journey down the Thames in the next few weeks – we’ll be visiting Bateaux London, The Crystal and the Emirates Aviation Experience – see you then!

For further information about all of the above venues and events visit http://www.prestigevenuesandevents.sodexo.com/

Making mum feel like a million dollars

Every mum should feel like a million dollars on Mother’s Day and that’s why some of our quirkiest, most interesting and best loved venues are putting her firmly centre stage on 26 March.
Thames restaurant cruise company Bateaux London is quite literally pushing the boat out, with a two and a half hour lunchtime cruise past some of London’s most famous landmarks.

A superb three course lunch – red velvet brownie with cheesecake cream and passion fruit curd, anyone? – against a backdrop of iconic sites such as Tower Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Palace of Westminster…it’s enough to make anyone feel like a princess.

Or, if you really want to ‘score’ some brownie points (yes, we’re back to brownies), why not give yourself a sporting chance by booking lunch at Brighton’s rather cool, very contemporary Amex stadium? Home to Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club, it’s marking Mothering Sunday with a celebratory lunch in its flagship HB’s restaurant overlooking the hallowed turf and, in honour of the occasion, every mum will receive a special gift.

From the Amex, we’re off to the Apex, at Bury St Edmunds, which is getting the ball rolling a little earlier in the day with a Mother’s Day brunch. And, because very often what mums really, really, want is a little peace and quiet, they’re even laying on themed activities and entertainment – so she can sit back and relax with the Sunday papers before the whole family sits down to a delicious breakfast buffet.
And talking of children – after all, mothers wouldn’t be mothers without them – a trip to Knebworth House is a must. Not only can everyone enjoy a quintessentially British afternoon tea, but, while mum lingers over the lightest of cakes and scones, kids of all ages can explore the gardens and parkland which surround this historic gem.
Want to give mum something to look forward to for her special day? Why not surprise her with a VIP experience at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, 23-27 May. We have partnered with Raymond Blanc to create Jardin Blanc, a premium dining experience and hospitality garden. We offer both day and evening packages for you to choose from which include a show ticket. On Saturday 27th May Raymond Blanc will treat his guests to exclusive cookery demonstrations – perfect for those mums with an inner masterchef.


Trade flowers for oars at the world’s most prestigious rowing event, the Henley Royal Regatta. Taking place from 28 June to 2 July, treat her to a stunning lunch and Champgane afternoon tea on the banks of the Thames, taking in the glamorous and exciting atmosphere of the Regatta in our beautiful restaurants at Fawley Meadows and Temple Island.

These are just some of the Mother’s Day treats on offer at venues across the country. To take a longer look, visit www.prestigevenuesandevents.sodexo.com, call our central enquiry hub on 0845 6055 699, or email VenuesandEvents.Prestige.UK@Sodexo.com.