May 31st 2018

Celebrating World Gin Day

Celebrating World Gin Day

As a fashionable drink choice, a refreshing gin and tonic has never been so popular. Last year more than 47 million bottles of gin were sold in the UK, making it officially the UK’s favourite spirit. And what better way to toast our top tipple than to give it a special day of its own. As World Gin Day reaches its 10th anniversary on June 9, gin lovers across the globe are raising a glass to celebrate. Here’s our choice of events from the UK for celebrating World Gin Day:

Manchester gin trail and gin hub

This year, more than 15 venues across the city have joined World Gin Day, Manchester to create a gin trail. It offers gin lovers a weekend of discounts on G&Ts, gin-based cocktails and gin-inspired foods. Wristbands cost £10 to enjoy discounts and entry to a pop-up Gin Hub on First Street. This includes number of talks and demonstrations for the gin connoisseur. For details visit

Junipalooza, London

Now in its fifth year, Junipalooza festival, at London’s Tobacco Dock, is a weekend of wonder for the gin connoisseur. Bringing together more than 60 distillers from all over the world. It is an opportunity to not only sample a range of specialty gins, but also to discover more about the people who created them and how the industry is developing, during a series of masterclasses. Once inside, every gin is free to sample, and with more than 170 types on offer, there is something new for everyone. Tickets cost £35 for a four or five hour session. Visit the website for details.

Make your own gin, Edinburgh

The Old Curiosity Distillery on Old Pentland Road in Edinburgh is home to the wonderfully aromatic, Secret Garden Gin. It is produced using herbs grown and hand-picked from their nursery at the foot of the Pentland Hills, on the outskirts of the city. A relative newcomer to the UK’s boosted artisan distilleries market, The Old Curiosity Distillery is a labour of love for the combined talents of herbologist, Hamish Martin and mixologist, Steve Ross. On World Gin Day the pair will share their secrets in a Make Your Own Gin Course. You can choose botanicals to make, bottle and label your own unique, perfectly distilled gin. For details and tickets email:

The Great British Gin Festival, Chichester

For the serious gin enthusiast The Great British Gin Festival at Priory Park in Chichester offers a complimentary Gin Bible listing brief tasting notes on more than 100 gins on offer over the weekend. Distillers share their passion and stories in a series of talks. Mixologists shake-up their perfect gin cocktail. There is a lot to discover, with an insight into the production process via a virtual reality gin distillery. But if you prefer your tipple without the teaching there is plenty of fun to be had too, with samples and live entertainment in a garden party atmosphere. Visit for details.

Taste of Science, National Space Centre, Leicester

For an out of this world experience, get your taste buds popping at a gin sherbet making session at the National Space Centre, Leicester. Join the team’s scientist in the lab to create your unique botanical blend of gin-flavoured sherbet to take home.
Of course, there is a tipple to be enjoyed too, with tasting sessions of a variety of gins from around the world. Learn about the history of gin and then take to the dance-floor under the centre’s giant rockets. Visit for details.

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 May 9th 2018

Royal Wedding Trends

Royal Wedding Trends

Since announcing their engagement in November, the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has captured the attention of event planners around the world. And with good reason.  Here’s our take on those Royal Wedding trends we can look forward to seeing.

Royal Wedding Trends
Think of the biggest bridal show in the world. It doesn’t come close to the influence of the forthcoming Royal nuptials. Whatever the size of your business, I guarantee the Royal party will spark trends to influence your work for years to come.

Any newcomers to the business? Look back seven years to the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton to see how the Royal effect impacts wedding trends at all levels of society.

When Kate walked down the aisle wearing a stunning, lace wedding dress designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, not only did lace become a popular choice for brides, the look also sparked a trend for using the fabric in table décor and room design.
Approximately 2 billion people across 180 countries, tuned-in to watch the Royal ceremony in April 2011. And judging by the public’s insatiable interest Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, we can expect this ceremony to be equally popular with viewers not only in the couple’s home countries of UK and US, but around the world. When so many eyes are watching, as event planners we need to make sure we are watching closer than most. I can guarantee within a day we will be answering questions about how to create a similar effect to some aspect of the day.

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So, what future trends should event planners be looking out for to stay ahead of the game?

As event planners we need to devour every piece of new information being drip-fed from the Palace on the run-up to the event. The couple’s decision not to invite heads of state could impact on the traditionally dictated guest lists of couples everywhere. We know too that the cake will be organic lemon and elderflower wedding cake instead of the traditional fruitcake.  So prepare to answer questions about the costings of similar cakes and how long they stay fresh etc.

There’ll be a fairy-tale influence as the couple travel around Windsor in an Ascot Landau horse-drawn carriage. There’s also a modern environmental touch. Seasonal plants have been chosen for their attraction to pollinating bees. The choice of flowers for Meghan’s bouquet is still a closely guarded secret. The Duchess of Cambridge started a trend for simple, understated white bouquets. Her home-grown mix of lily-of-the-valley, white myrtle, and hyacinth. Will Meghan follow suit? Who knows, but whatever throws in the air on May 19, all event planners need to be ready to catch.

Make the most of the big day! Plan a party for family and friends! And keep an eye out as you watch for the Royal Wedding Trends that will influence big days across the world!  Here’s the timings for the day: WEDDING TIMES

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 May 4th 2018

Top 5 outdoor spaces in Manchester

Top 5 outdoor spaces in Manchester  

It feels like Spring has been a long time coming this year. Now the sun has arrived, it’s natural to want to make the most of it, and the opportunity to hold an outdoor event in Manchester is growing with a range of fantastic and diverse venues. Whatever your event – big or small, corporate or private – Manchester’s open spaces have something for you. Here are a few of our favourites ‘top 5 outdoor spaces in Manchester’… and a couple in Salford too!:

1. River bar and Terrace, The Lowry Hotel

For relaxed luxury the five-star Lowry hotel has stayed on top of the game for almost two decades. As vibrant and fresh as ever, the River Bar, with its water-edge view across the Irwell and Santiago Calatrava’s Trinity Bridge, has a calming sense of space in the hub of the city. Boasting the longest bar terrace in the city, the Lowry’s terrace is a gem of a sun-trap and the perfect spot for intimate al fresco entertaining.

Top 5 outdoor spaces in Manchester

2. Rooftop Lounge and Playground, Great John Street, The Old School House

The name, Rooftop Lounge and Playground says it all. What was once a rooftop Victorian school playground is now a space for adults to rediscover their sense of fun. The converted Victorian school house, now the stylish Great John Street hotel, takes play very seriously. South-facing to catch the best of the rays, the playground has a terrace, BBQ, hot tub, sun lounges, informal seating and a glass veranda. When the sun is shining it’s the perfect urban party spot for up to 150 people, with a covered lounge should the city’s unpredictable weather change.

Top 5 outdoor spaces in Manchester

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3. Piazza, Media City


BBC’s Breakfast TV has made the Piazza, Media City an instantly recognisable spot up and down the country. For big outdoor events this space definitely has the wow factor. It offers uninterrupted views across the water to an impressive skyline taking in the unique architecture of the Lowry Theatre and Imperial War Museum North. This large, flexible space directly outside the BBC’s northern headquarters, can comfortably host up to 6000 guests. And if you want to inject a further media feel to your event, there is the option to broadcast over a large double-sided outdoor screen overlooking the piazza.

4. Castlefield Bowl


Summer is when the Castlefield Bowl really comes to life as venue for outdoor concerts in the city. Upcoming gigs include Shed Seven, Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott, and The Levellers. The venue, with its purpose-built stage, large dance space and tiered seating makes it an excellent space for small scale festivals. Located on Liverpool Road it is a discreet and secure outdoor space in the heart of the city. With a capacity of up to 8000 people, for a big party atmosphere it can’t be beaten.

5. King Street Townhouse


King Street Townhouse, located within the upper King Street Conservation Area of Manchester city centre, is an impressive Italian renaissance building, designed by local architect Edward Salomons and originally built in 1872 for the Manchester Salford Trustees Bank. With a stunning view of Manchester city centre and Town Hall from it’s rooftop South Terrace, this glamorous boutique Hotel has quickly established itself as a key venue.  Available for BBQ events in the summer, which includes the obligatory G&T, and it’s heated to keep the chill away.  It also offers 40 gorgeous rooms and suites; ideal to stay over.

Top 5 outdoor spaces in Manchester

I hope our suggestions of top 5 outdoor spaces in Manchester is useful.  For more ideas, visit

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