Sports stadia and heritage sites across the UK are tempting corporate clients and party organisers with a range of summer meeting and events ideas – from seasonal day delegate offers and family fun days to team building activities and outdoor dining - as part of a special ‘Hello Summer’ campaign.
The initiative is the brainchild of leading UK catering company Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events, which manages conferencing and events at a host of exceptional venues across the UK.
Among the summer offers is the chance to dine al fresco at The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, with either an outdoor barbecue or a variety of Pan Asian street food, created by head chef, Ben Harrison.
Alternatively, corporate and leisure guests looking for a unique party venue for friends or colleagues this summer, can enjoy a taste of the Caribbean at the heart of London, courtesy of leading River Thames cruise company, Bateaux London.
Exclusive hire of its vessel MV Harmony will include rum punch on arrival, a Caribbean-inspired menu and entertainment from a four-piece steel band.
For an outdoor party or a team building event with a difference, Knebworth House and Barns, Hertfordshire, is offering guests a package, which includes a barbecue, super-sized patio games and access to 250 acres of parkland, with formal gardens, a maze and even a dinosaur trail.
Hamilton Park Racecourse is also appealing to active visitors with a package aimed at parties of around 30, including the chance to try archery, clay pigeon shooting, axe throwing and inflatable chip shot golf.
Meanwhile, a picnic lunch, with strawberries and ice cream, will be served to conference delegates at Headingley Carnegie Stadium, Leeds, while those at Aberdeen Football Club’s Pittodrie stadium will enjoy afternoon Pimm’s cocktails and the chance to have their photo taken in the Richard Donald Stand seats.
Smoothies and a seasonal finger buffet are on the menu for corporate delegates at Huddersfield’s John Smith’s stadium, while Brighton’s American Express Community Stadium is offering a special summer package for events such as charity fundraisers, gala dinners or award ceremonies.
It includes room hire, a three course banqueting menu with coffee, a stage and dancefloor, in room PA system and a DJ and disco to ensure the celebrations last long into the night. St James’ Park – home to Newcastle United Football Club – Everton’s Goodison Park stadium and both The Apex and Athenaeum, at Bury St Edmunds, are each serving ice cream to conference delegates, while Scotland’s Hampden Park stadium, Glasgow, is tempting fans of the beautiful game with access to the Scottish Football Museum’s Hall of Fame.
In addition, event goers who post a picture of themselves enjoying a ‘Hello Summer’ offer at one of the participating venues to @sodexoprestige on Twitter, could win a summer dinner cruise for six guests, courtesy of Bateaux London.
“From team building events and conferences to private dining and outdoor parties, our venues really come into their own during summer,” said Natasha Carr, UK Venue & Events Marketing Manager, at Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events.
“We hope these additional incentives will encourage existing customers to return and first time visitors to come along and see for themselves just why these venues are so popular and to make the most of the summer season.”
In an extension of its Hello Summer campaign, Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events will also be providing hospitality at a number of the UK’s most prestigious events, including Royal Ascot, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Henley Royal Regatta, RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show and the 2016 Open Championship.