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October 7, 2009

Christmas Wrapped Up Without Breaking The Bank by Sodexo Prestige




Budgets are tight this year. As a response, Sodexo Prestige has developed a range of fantastic Christmas party packages which enable you to celebrate Christmas at some of the most prestigious heritage and sporting venues around the country for a price which suits your budget, whether you are looking to join a shared Christmas party or create an exclusive party or dinner for clients and staff for 40, 50, 100 or 200. Party at the secret underground headquarters of Sir Winston Churchill, on board a great armoured warship, at a historic 16th century country estate, a National Trust treasure or a strikingly beautiful Gothic mansion, or in the opulent surroundings of Britain's greatest palace. Combine these magnificent surroundings with great food, friendly professional staff and impeccable event and budget planning and a magical Christmas is guaranteed. For the perfect festive night out, Sodexo Prestige parties offer an unbeatable option for businesses that employ staff of all ages. Shared party nights are a great way to enjoy delicious food and fun entertainment in beautiful locations from £46.00, and typically includes a welcome drink, three-course dinner, disco and entertainment as well as venue hire and decorations. Anna Fenten, Marketing Director, Sodexo Prestige says, "A shared party night is the perfect way of ensuring a great Christmas party in a superb unique venue which is good value for money. A shared party means that you don't have to guarantee large numbers for your party and you can have a fun night out with a small group of colleagues or friends. It also spreads the cost of venue hire, decorations and entertainment between a larger number of people, which is always cost effective. This season Sodexo Prestige offers shared party nights in some of the best heritage and sporting venues around the UK, featuring the exciting Brouh Ha Ha night at Ascot Racecourse, Disco Decades at Knebworth and traditional dinner dances in the amazing surroundings of Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire." You can also have exclusive parties at historic and unusual venues. For your convenience, party packages are available that include room hire, festive food and drink and entertainment. Christmas parties at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire Ascot Racecourse is bringing vaudeville and variety to Berkshire this Christmas with some of the most talented and thrilling artists performing today. For eleven nights the Brouh Ha Ha stage presents a variety of show to suit every taste, whether it's comedy or music or the downright weird and wonderful. With diverse performances from Rajesh, the award-winning Ex-Bollywood child star and singer, to the theatrical chameleon that is Ryan Styles, the evening will be compered by acerbic ukulele-wielding vaudeville artist Desmond O ' Connor and his uniquely masterful and lyrically-comedic songs. The Players, a multitude of performance genius wrapped up in this all male entertainment troupe and the glamorous Globe Girls, with their exotic costumes and death defying heels are not to be missed. The Brouh Ha Ha package starts at £58 per person and includes exclusive tables of 10 or shared tables for smaller groups, a superb four-course meal, live entertainment and resident DJ. Ascot Racecourse, Ascot Highstreet, Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 7JX. For more information or to arrange a visit call 0870 727 8765, email party@the-christmas-company.co.uk or visit www.the-christmas-company.co.uk. Christmas parties at Blenheim Palace, Oxford With its awesome surroundings, Blenheim Palace is celebrating our childhood memories of Christmas from 14th November 2009. The Palace State Rooms will sparkle with the true spirit of Christmas and can be enjoyed at weekends with carol singing, music and festive entertainment. Shared dinner dances are available every Wednesday from 25th November until Christmas in the Orangery. The package starts at £65 per person and includes a glass of mulled wine on arrival at The Colonnades, a three-course dinner, discotheque, table centres, festive novelties and free parking. Exclusive parties are available for groups of 60 – 180 guests. Home to the Dukes of Marlborough for over 300 years, Blenheim Palace is regarded as Britain’s greatest Palace and is the perfect setting for guests to enjoy carol singing, festive entertainment, great food and outstanding service. Blenheim Hospitality, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxford OX20 1PS. For more information or to book a party, please contact Blenheim Palace Hospitality on 01993 813874, email sales@blenheimhospitality.com or visit www.superbchristmasparties.co.uk. Christmas parties at Everton Football Club, Merseyside There are three fantastic types of party to choose from at Everton this Christmas. The Christmas cabaret party package starts from £39.00 per person and includes Lionel Richie tribute evening, Man Band - Take That tribute band, Diana Ross tribute evening, Gimme Abba - Abba tribute band and X-Factor Final night. The Festive Party Package starts from £32.00 per person and includes a three course Christmas dinner, table decorations, disco and DJ, free parking and late licence until 1am. The Christmas Cracker Party starts from £25.00 per person and includes a hot and cold finger buffet, table decorations, crackers, novelties as well as disco and DJ. Everton Football Club, Goodison Road, Liverpool L4 4EL. For more information or to arrange a visit call 0870 727 8765, email party@the-christmas-company.co.uk or visit www.the-christmas-company.co.uk. Christmas parties at The West Wing at Ickworth, Suffolk Christmas at Ickworth is a truly magical experience and the Christmas package has been very popular with 8 out of 10 party nights already sold out. This year the room will be decorated with Christmas trees and fairy lights, and tables will be set with stunning festive arrangements. Guests will be treated to a drinks reception, while the choir sing Christmas favourites, prior to going up to the dining room for dinner and dancing. The Gallery package starts at £41.00 per person and includes a welcome drink, an exciting three-course meal with coffee and chocolates, a disco and bar open until midnight. The room is set with beautiful decorations and each table receives crackers and party boxes. For less formal evenings, the delicious three-course buffet package costs £32.00 per person and includes room hire, festive buffet, welcome drink and a disco until midnight. Ickworth House is an historic Grade 1 listed building created in 1795 by the Earl of Bristol. The West Wing was never completed and laid empty until work began on it by the National Trust in 2004. The elegant West Wing was completed in December 2005 at a cost of £4m and includes two exclusive-use private hire rooms, named The Gallery and The Court. The West Wing at Ickworth, Horringer, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP29 5QE. For more information and to arrange a visit, please call 01284 735957, email ickworth.house@sodexo.com or visit www.superbchristmasparties.co.uk. Christmas parties at Great North Museum: Hancock To celebrate the first Christmas since its opening, The Great North Museum: Hancock will be coming alive with Great Jazz Christmas Celebrations, Roaring 1920’s Shared Party Nights and Stand-up Comedy Nights. The ‘Great’ Jazz Christmas Celebration shared party nights cost £24.95 per person, inc VAT. Upon arrival guests will be treated to a sparkling cocktail and a selection of delicious canapés, including English ploughman’s with red onion compote and mini Yorkshire pudding with beef and horseradish, while they can enjoy jazz classics from the Jazz Kings, three of the coolest guys in town! Roaring 1920’s & 1930’s Christmas Celebration, shared party nights cost £34.95 per person inc. VAT. Here, Jeff Parker Five, one the North East’s finest “little big bands” offers guests the very best in Swing. This Christmas party package includes a sparkling cocktail drinks reception, delicious canapés, hot and cold bowl food and entertainment. From 8.30pm, guests can enjoy a selection of bowl food including Caesar salad with garlic crouton, Thai green prawn curry with fragrant rice mixed greens topped with dried cranberries and walnuts and beef in brown ale sauce with root vegetables and a puff pastry lid followed by a pot au chocolate. Guests will then be invited to join the Roaring 1920’s and 1930’s celebrations and Charleston, foxtrot and waltz the night away. Award winning comedians will be performing for one night at The Great North Museum including Tony Burgess and Dave Johns and compered by Vladimir McTavish. From 8.30pm, guests can enjoy a selection of bowl food, including mushroom risotto with shaved parmesan, Caesar salad with garlic crouton, turkey a la king and pot au chocolate, served with a belly-full of laughs. This evening costs £29.95 per person, inc VAT. In addition to shared party nights, corporate party evenings are available throughout December for private hire with menus to suit all budgets. From an additional £2 per person you and your guests can enjoy a Night at the Museum Party as our curators show you and your party around the museum and its exhibits. For an extra £2.95 per person you can see a spectacular show of astronomy and the night sky in our Planetarium. The Great North Museum: Hancock opened in Newcastle this spring. The £26 million building features the wonder and diversity of the natural world, spectacular objects from Ancient Greece, mummies from Ancient Egypt, a planetarium and a life-size T-Rex dinosaur skeleton. It also includes a large-scale interactive model of Hadrian's Wall, northern England's spectacular Roman frontier. Great North Museum: Hancock, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4PT For more information visit www.thechristmascompany.co.uk or www.superbchristmasparties or call 08707272789 Christmas parties at Ashton Court Mansion, Bristol Guests are invited to sip bubbly in the Winter Garden Bar to the swing of cool Yuletide jazz at Ashton Court Mansion, before they indulge in a delicious five-course traditional dinner. Guests can groove with the mansion’s Soul Train DJ in the Vaulted Hall and try their luck at Karaoke in the Great Hall. The Festive Finger Food Party is easy to organise and great value for money. The bar opens at 7.00pm and a fantastic hot and cold finger buffet is served from 9.00pm until 11.00pm and the disco runs from 8.00pm until 1.00am. Prices start from £25.00 per person for 80 – 500 guests. Ashton Court Mansion dominates a fabulous 850 acre country estate, five minutes drive from Bristol’s vibrant and cosmopolitan waterfront bars and restaurants. The estate is only a short distance from the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the mansion, protected by a sweeping curve of high ground, offers fantastic views towards the city centre. Ashton Court Mansion, Long Ashton, Bristol, BS41 9JN. For more information and to arrange a visit, please call 0117 963 3438, email ashtoncourt@sodexo.com or visit www.the-christmas-company.co.uk. Christmas parties at HMS Belfast, London HMS Belfast is the only venue where you can celebrate a traditional naval Christmas in the heart of London. This historic ship was saved for the nation in 1971 and is the only surviving example of the great fleets of big armoured warships. She is preserved in her traditional naval glory and her rooms maintain their original splendour, allowing you to recreate the celebrations which took place on board throughout the ship’s service. Take the opportunity to be piped on board in traditional naval style. This will guarantee a grand entrance for your guests, reminiscent of the arrival of the Admiral himself. HMS Belfast veterans can take your group on a tour of the ship before dinner, whilst talking about first-hand experiences of their time at sea. The Sailors’ Christmas Party package starts at £85 per person and includes venue hire, three-course dinner, Christmas table novelties and unlimited house wine, beer and soft drinks for two hours. The Admiral’s Christmas Party package starts at £139 per person and includes venue hire, champagne cocktail reception with canapés, six course dinner, Christmas table novelties, themed venue and room as well as unlimited house wine, beer and soft drinks for two hours. HMS Belfast, Morgan’s Lane, Tooley Street, London SE1 2JH. For more information or to arrange a visit please call 020 7403 6246, email hms.belfast@sodexo.com or visit www.superbchristmasparties.co.uk. Christmas parties at Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms, Westminster This unique historic site in the heart of Westminster, London, is where Winston Churchill and his War Cabinet led Britain and her allies to victory during the Second World War. The recently refurbished Harmsworth Room and Switch Room along with the HCA Auditorium (situated adjacent to the award winning Churchill Museum) are ideal for parties from 20 to 400 people. The Christmas Party Canapé package includes a glass of mulled wine and canapés on arrival, two glasses of champagne and access to the Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms starting from £49.50 per person, plus VAT. The Christmas Dinner Package starts at £99 and includes room hire, three course traditional Christmas Blenheim menu, unlimited bottled beer, house wine and soft drinks for four hours, table flowers and access to the Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms, Clive Steps, King Charles Street, Westminster, London SW1A 2AQ. For more information or to arrange a visit please call 020 7766 0134, email cwr@sodexo.com or visit www.superbchristmasparties.co.uk. Christmas parties at Knebworth House, Hertfordshire Celebrate this Christmas with the Disco Decades at Knebworth House, which has received the ‘Best Venue’ award six times from the Corporate Hospitality and Event Association. The Disco Decades Christmas shared party package costs £46.00 per person and takes place in the stunning star-clothed marquee attached to the Lodge Barn, and includes a three-course meal with freshly brewed coffee and mince pies and resident DJ playing 70’s, 80’s and 90’s music until 1.00am. Exclusive party nights at Knebworth Barns are also available for groups of 60 or more from £52.00 per person. Knebworth House is a grade II listed, red-brick Tudor building with Victorian High Gothic decoration, and has been home to the Lytton family for 500 years. The Knebworth Barns Conference and Banqueting Centre is made up of two 400-year-old Tithe Barns, carefully restored to create a unique setting, and is within walking distance of the house. Knebworth House, Knebworth, Hertfordshire SG3 6PY. For more information or to arrange a visit please call 01438 813 825, email party@the-christmas-company.co.uk or visit www.the-christmas-company.co.uk. Christmas parties at The Lindhurst Rooms at Mansfield Civic Centre, Nottinghamshire Boogie Nights, Wild Wild West and Let It Snow are the fabulous party nights on offer at The Lindhurst Rooms at Mansfield Civic Centre this Christmas. Let It Snow Parties run on Friday and Saturday nights from 4th to 19th December. The package starts at £28 per person, inc VAT and features a three course Christmas dinner, decorations and novelties and disco until 12.30am. The Boogie Nights Party is held on Wednesday 16th December and the Wild West Party is held on Wednesday 9th December. Both packages cost £27.50 per person and include a welcome cocktail and buffet. The Rodeo bull and live band are sure to be a hit with the Wild Wild West guests while Boogie Nights guests can strut their stuff to the sounds of the 70’s express band. Last orders at both nights are at 12.30am and the disco will play on until 1am. Highlights from the hearty Wild Wild West buffet will be Texan chicken drumsticks, turkey & salsa plait served with jacket potato with coleslaw & butter followed by traditional mince pies. Remember prizes will be awarded for the best Wild Wild West and zany 70’s outfits. The Lindhurst Rooms can cater for up to 350 guests for a dinner or up to 550 for a conference. Alternatively, the smaller Cumberland Room can accommodate between 50 and 200 for dinner. The Lindhurst Rooms, Mansfield Civic Centre, Mansfield, NG19 7BH For more information visit www.thechristmascompany.co.uk or www.superbchristmasparties or call 08707272789 Christmas parties at Bateaux London There is no better way to celebrate this festive season than taking to the river Thames with Bateaux London. See London's twinkling Christmas lights, illuminating famous riverside landmarks as you enjoy freshly prepared food and live entertainment. Whether you are wishing to enjoy this cruise with your clients, colleagues, friends, family or loved ones, Bateaux London has the perfect option for you. From the 11th December until the 24th December and on the 28th December Bateaux London will be offering a Festive Lunch Cruise, which will be two and a half hours in length and will include a festively inspired menu and live band. The Festive Lunch Cruise starts from £42.50 per person, and offers Private Dining options, subject to minimum numbers. Bateaux London is pleased to introduce a new cruise to their festive calendar, a Shared Festive Dinner Cruise. Available for groups of six or more guests, this cruise will offer a welcome drink, four course table d'hôte festive menu, Selected wines, beers and soft drinks served for the duration of the cruise and fairtrade tea or coffee. The shared festive cruise, £89.00 per person, is currently available on the 9th and 16th December 2009. During December Bateaux London will also continue to offer their Dinner cruises, starting from £75.00 per person and available nightly throughout November and December. All of their scheduled restaurant cruises offer private dining options, subject to minimum numbers. As well as offering scheduled cruises, Bateaux London also offers private festive cruise packages for parties of 85 or more guests. Lunch packages starts from £42.50 per person for a two and a half hour cruise, three course table d'hôte menu, live band with singer and fairtrade coffee or tea. Dinner packages start from £53.00 per person for a two and a half hour cruise, welcome drink, two course table d'hôte standing buffet menu, Disco with DJ and fairtrade tea or coffee. Private events allow boarding and disembarkation from any central London pier of your choice, subject to tides and pier availability. Don't forget Bateaux London also offers gift vouchers for all of their cruises, a great festive gift suitable for all. Bateaux London, Victoria Embankment, London WC2N 6NU For more information or to arrange a visit call 020 7695 1800, email sales@bateauxlondon.com or visit www.bateauxlondon.com Christmas parties at Cutlers’ Hall, Sheffield Deck the halls with boughs of holly and celebrate Christmas as it should be at the Cutlers’ Hall. Shimmer and shine this December at the Christmas Sparkle shared party night at Cutlers’ Hall. Prices start for this shared party night from £34.00 per person inc VAT and include a sparkling wine reception, a superb three course menu, decorations and DJ. Guests can choose from a selection of party favourites including Cajun baked fillet of salmon served with winter leaf & herb infused olive oil, Roast sirloin of British beef served with thyme scented Yorkshire puddings and a red wine jus served with Dauphinoise potatoes & a selection of seasonal vegetables and white & dark chocolate teardrop with a Malibu sauce. The meal will finish with coffee and mince pies. Exclusive Christmas Sparkle parties are also available in the Main Hall for parties of 200 or more guests and in the Hadfield Hall for groups of 75 and over. The Jingle Bell Rocks package treats guests to an evening of live entertainment to get the party started. Jazz and swing throughout dinner by Lois Alexander is followed by a medley of Rat Pack favourites and party tunes from John ‘Friscoe’ Crabbe and the evening’s entertainment is finished with a DJ. This shared party night takes place on Friday 11th December and costs £43.00 per person inc VAT and includes the superb three course Christmas menu, decorations and live entertainment. Christmas Pzazz Lunch time party is being held on Friday 11th December and costs £22.00 per person inc VAT. This shared lunch includes a fabulous two course Christmas menu, decorations and live entertainment with a mix of sultry jazz & swing through lunch. Alternatively you can start your celebrations at lunchtime then dance away the afternoon with the Cutlers’ Hall dine and dance lunch. This shared lunch party takes place on Friday 18th December in the Hadfield Hall & Tuesday 22nd December in the Old Banqueting Hall and costs £22.00 per person inc VAT. Guests can choose from a selection of delicious dishes including individual pork, apple & black pudding pies served with red wine gravy and chocolate Orange Truffle Served with a cointreau sauce Set in the heart of Sheffield City Centre and home to the Company of Cutlers' in Hallamshire, the Cutlers' Hall is Sheffield's most prestigious venue. No other venue in South Yorkshire compares. With a history dating back to 1632 you and your guests can meet in Sheffield’s most magnificent Grade 11 listed building. Walking through the imposing silver doors where the stunning sweeping staircase & chandeliers greets you is just the start of what the Cutlers’ Hall offers your event. The Cutlers' Hall, Church Street, Sheffield, S1 1HG For more information visit www.thechristmascompany.co.uk or www.superbchristmasparties or call 08707272789 Christmas parties at Newcastle United Newcastle folks are well known for their love of a good party, and shared party nights at St James’ Park brings together the liveliest revellers with Newcastle's most popular venue. The Christmas party package starts at £21.95 per person, inc VAT and includes a disco, hot fork buffet, crackers and drinks promotions. The Christmas party package with a Christmas menu costs £34.95 per person, inc VAT and includes a Bucks fizz reception, three course Christmas meal, live band and disco, decorations and drinks promotions. Guests will enjoy Northumbrian broth with a freshly baked stottie, slow roasted turkey tournedos topped with a cranberry and sage stuffing and wrapped in streaky bacon served with chipolatas, traditional roasted potatoes, honey roasted parsnips and carrots, brussels sprouts and a turkey jus. Chocolate & orange teardrop with fresh cream and raspberry coulis is followed by freshly brewed coffee and sweet mince pies. Your guests can enjoy a fantastic night of festivities at St James’ Park. From a bucks fizz reception followed by a traditional Christmas three-course meal. This party package also includes entertainment from a live band and disco, so dance and be entertained with your colleagues and friends this Christmas at Newcastle United FC. Newcastle United Football Club, St James' Park, Newcastle, Tyne & Wear, NE1 4ST For more information visit www.thechristmascompany.co.uk or www.superbchristmasparties or call 08707272789
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