120 guests, which included key clients and local businesses attended the event at the Grade I listed mansion, soaking up both the sunshine and De Vere Venues’ infamous Great British hospitality.
Upon arrival, guests were welcomed by a champagne reception and canapés on the front lawn, allowing them to marvel at the venues stunning 18th century architecture and landscaped gardens, with a live jazz band providing musical entertainment. More adventurous guests took part in a selection of activities often used for corporate team-building events, including laser clay pigeon shooting and archery.
There was also a chance to explore Chicheley Hall, historic home of the Royal Society, with tours of the properties facilities through-out the evening. This included the 48 traditionally styled bedrooms, and 9 high-specification meeting and events spaces, including the Wolfson Centre, a former coach house which has been lovingly restored to include two professional lecture theatres.
Following the tours, and with celebrations in full flow, guests mingled on the lawn, with a glass of Pimms in hand and selection of classic garden-party foods, with a seafood station serving fresh lobster, oysters and crab, hog roast, English deli with meats, salads and pickles, with sweet treats provided via the circulating ice-cream bicycle.
Darren Patt, Managing Director of Development at De Veres Venues, officially welcomed everyone to Chicheley Hall before revealing which lucky guests had won two tickets to the Ladies Quarter Finals at Wimbledon.
As the evening drew to a close, Darren commented: “Chicheley Hall is a stunning venue for events of all kind, and was the perfect location to host our quintessentially British Garden Party – which perfectly complemented the venue’s rich history and traditional charm. Chicheley Hall is a truly versatile venue, sure to impress clients or colleagues for a corporate event, as well as provide a stunning backdrop for a countryside wedding.”
Chicheley Hall joined the De Vere Venues portfolio as a managed contract in 2013 and is a leading venue for corporate, academic and leisure events, for up to 100 delegates, with top-of-the-range meeting facilities including high-spec AV equipment and free Wi-Fi throughout. Situated in a secluded setting, yet easily accessible, Chicheley Hall is just minutes from the M1, Milton Keynes and fast rail links to London Euston Station, providing the perfect destination for business and leisure guests alike.