No time for romance on Valentine’s Day

Does the thought of a romantic Valentine’s day make you feel queasy? Would you rather avoid the commercial hype and spend the day having fun?  Love doesn’t just have to be for ‘couples,’ so grab your friends, spread the love and make a date with them. Why not try one, or more, of these great North East attractions.

Escape Newcastle – Newcastle’s answer to The Crystal Maze! Find clues, solve puzzles and crack codes in order to escape to freedom. You and your team are locked in a room and given 60 minutes to escape. With 2 games rooms, teams of up to 10 people can play.

Surfing – Don’t let this cold weather put you off, be brave and get into the North Sea for a surfing session. Northside Surf School in Amble organises surfing lessons for groups and individuals at various locations on the beautiful Northumberland coastline or give Tynemouth Surf Co. a try and enjoy a surf off the award winning Tynemouth Longsands Beach. Beginners sessions generally run from March – October, but contact the company as additional sessions can be arranged, subject to conditions.

Afternoon Tea – You can never go wrong with afternoon tea and the North East has an array of eateries where you can sit back, relax and treat yourself to some home baked goods. Why not add a glass (or bottle) of fizz to proceedings too! Some of our favourite afternoon tea locations are The Great British Cup Cakery, Jesmond Dene House, The Running Fox Bakery and The Grand Hotel, Tynemouth.

Sausage Making – Yes you read that right, Sausage Making. Northumberland Sausage Company offers sausage making courses for beginners, intermediates and the advanced. Learn about the history of sausages, the ingredients that make them special and then have a go at making some yourself. You get to take your own creation home and on top of that you can enjoy a glass of fizz whilst making them. Groups of approx 10 can enjoy the fun with Northumberland Sausage Company at Brockbushes Farm.

Feeling blue because you’re not sharing this Valentine’s day with a beloved? They say laughter is the cure for everything, so laugh it off, grab your mates and enjoy a rip roaring night at The Stand Comedy Club. Live stand-up is planned for Friday, Saturday and Sunday across Valentines weekend so you’ve got no excuse to avoid a chortle! Make a proper date of it and enjoy a meal at the on-site bistro too.

Perhaps adventure is more your thing. Head to Slaley Hall in Northumberland where you can get your adrenalin pumping with All Out Adventures. Activities on offer include quad biking, archery, off road driving, mountain biking and segway. With all of this on offer you won’t have time to think of Valentines, long lost love or heartbreak, you’ll be too busy having fun!

If you’re planning a day out with friends, an action-packed weekend with a loved one, or if you’d like some more tips on things to do to make your event or occasion more exciting, get in touch with Waterfall Events via email at enquiries@waterfallevents.co.uk and we’ll give you some inspiration.

Children’s parties

Children’s parties are big business these days. When I was younger I was happy to invite a few friends over for some cake and watch a rented/hired video. If I was really lucky I was allowed to have a sleepover! But now, it’s all about the dressing up, entertainment and activities. From princess and pirate parties for the younger tots, to proms for teenagers and everything in between. Some of the things we’ve been involved with recentlChildrens Partyy have included live animals, bake-offs and a Disney princess – not all on the same day thankfully!

It can be tricky planning a party for children – particularly young children. They need to be kept entertained at all times, whether its dancing, making, baking, eating or singing – there’s no time for a break! They all need to be involved so activities need to be planned to suit all abilities. And they all need to enjoy it, so activities have to appeal to a wide range of tastes. Phew, we’re worn out just thinking about it.

Luckily, help is at hand. Many venues now cater for children’s parties and rooms can be set-up and decorated with young ones in mind. Rarely a weekend goes by without a village or parish hall being taken over by a group of excitable children. See what’s available in your local area as these venues can be much more cost-effective too. There are many companies who specialise in children’s entertainment, whether it be providing a disco or karaoke, a magician or clown, live animals to hold and feed (snakes and spiders being the animals on show at one of our recent parties!), or dressing up as the latest Disney star and entertaining the masses! If you are hiring entertainment, do check to see whether or not the provider is DBS checked. Under no circumstances should children be left unsupervised, and if you are organising and supervising the party yourself, ask some of the other parents to help out.

If your child is a little older, make-over parties are becoming more popular and hiring a hot tob isn’t unheard of either! If you’re looking for something for people who don’t want their nails painted and their eyebrows shaped, try a sporting activity. Many activity centres cater for groups of children and often offer a package where food is included too.

There is so much to choose from, if you’re having difficulty deciding what to do, just ask us, we’re here to help!

An outdoor festival wedding

We’ve recently been helping a client to plan a festival style wedding for next summer. An outdoor wedding like this is a great way to celebrate in a fun and informal way. Depending on your venue it can also serve as an opportunity to invite a larger number of guests that would otherwise struggle to fit inside a more formal, indoor venue.

As our client has a number of guests travelling from across the UK, she also wanted to extend the wedding party to incorporate the whole weekend – with camping facilities available to guests who were making the journey north – a real festival weekend!

Outdoor WeddingA wedding or celebration like this means you can really personalise the event – without the boundaries and limitations often associated with traditional venues. The styling, menu, entertainment and general ‘feel’ of the wedding can be totally unique and tailored to an individual’s tastes and passions.

However, there are a number of things that need careful planning and consideration – the main one being, the great British weather. Whilst an outdoor wedding can be an amazing experience on a beautiful sunny day, it can be a somewhat different experience altogether if the heavens open. A wet weather plan must be in place right from the beginning. Another important factor to consider is site access, not only for your guests – but also for your suppliers. It’s one thing if your guests are struggling to reach your venue as their heels are getting stuck in the mud, but its another thing if your caterer or entertainment can’t access the site or other essentials like electricity and water supplies.

At each step of the planning process it’s important to consider your guests and their comfort. Remember to think about toilets and sanitary facilities, will your guests be warm enough, who will manage waste and the post-party clean-up. Rules and regulations must be considered too. In a managed venue bar and music licenses are already in place, first aiders are on-site and emergency evacuation plans and security staff are on-hand. All of these must be considered when planning an event like this.

However, if all plans are in place, a outdoor festival wedding can be a fantastic and memorable event – even if it rains!

Why hire an event planner?

Some people love planning events, others hate it. We obviously fall into the first group so we’ve even wondered ourselves – why hire an event planner? We’ve asked a few friends, some of who like to plan their own events, parties and celebrations, and others who like to avoid organising at all cost. From our own and from their experience, here are our top five reasons for hiring an event planner.

1. It saves you time. Why spend hours searching for the perfect venue, caterer, band, entertainer, table decorations, price…when someone can do it for you. Instead of telling each individual supplier what you want every time you speak to them – you just need to have this conversation once with your event planner. They will then use their contacts to find exactly what you’re looking for. This bring us to number 2…

2. Contacts. Event planners build up relationships with suppliers and over time build up a huge network of contacts. This means that they know who to speak to to get just what you’re looking for.

3. It saves you money. Thanks to their networks and relationships, event planners are in a good position to negotiate a better deal than you might do on your own. Event planners always want their clients to get value for money and quality will never be sacrificed.

4. Your event will look great and run smoothly. An event planner will think of all the little details you might not have – the position of the stage, seating, tables or the cake stand, the location of the toilets, the colour theme, licensing arrangements, sound and lighting, event break-down and clean-up. All this means that…

5. You can relax and enjoy your event. No stress, no fuss, no drama. All the hard work has been done, now all you need to do is have fun at your event.

If you want Waterfall Events to help you plan an event, contact us at joy@waterfallevents.co.uk