We provided several activity and venue options and the client chose to hold this special event in the grounds of The Oakley Court Hotel in Windsor.
This stunning venue has its own permanent marquee in the gardens, located on the banks of the River Thames. The marquee was used for arrival refreshments, a bar throughout the day, lunch service and seating and afternoon entertainment. As we had watched the weather forecast for a few days before and showers were predicted, tables and chairs were laid out for lunch inside the marquee.
We arranged for a variety of fun games and activities including Swingball, Connect 4, inflatable bungee run and inflatable skittles in the gardens. We also hire two tennis courts, pre-booked several rounds of golf on the on-site 9-hole golf course and also booked a boat for small groups to make trips up and down the Thames. We also provided all required equipment including golf clubs and balls plus tennis rackets and balls.
A Capri marquee was constructed as a chill-out area, with therapists offering massages plus beauty treatments including eyebrow shaping and nail treatments. We also hired picnic tables, a selection of deck chairs, beanbags and festival flags for guests to sit on the water’s edge or gardens and enjoy watching the activities.
The dragon boating brought a competitive edge to the day, with the staff being split into teams with branded t-shirts for several hours of racing, with a prize for the winning team.
The weather was fairly kind, although with rain threatening at lunchtime, we made a decision for the food to be served inside the marquee – a wise decision as a shower appeared just as lunch was to be served.
After lunch a band performed in the marquee with Pimms being served and a variety of drinks from the bar, with a well-timed visit from the pre-booked ice cream van mid-afternoon, offering a wide range of ice creams and slush.
The staff all left by coach around 4pm to continue their fun activities in London. We had great feedback about what a fun day they had had, many people trying out new activities for the first time. And for those who prefer to watch, they enjoyed a more relaxing day watching the world go by!