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  1. ‘Up to no good’ at Grand Arcade, Cambridge’s Harry Potter Themed Event…

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    On the 30th and 31st October 2021, Big Foot Events were ‘up to no good’ at Grand Arcade shopping centre in Cambridge creating a spellbinding Harry Potter Themed Event: ‘Grand Arcade and the Trail of Witchcraft and Wizardry’…

    The Brief

    We had previously created a Harry Potter themed event for Grand Arcade in October 2020 and, despite restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was a terrific success! We were delighted to be invited to return and create an even bigger and better event for 2021.

    Our 2020 event with Grand Arcade included our Sorting Hat Installation and Dumbledore Lookalike Performer, and it was fantastic to be able to invite more of the Hogwarts ensemble to the shopping centre for 2021!

    The client wanted to ensure that the event would draw in new and returning shoppers and include some more of the best themed entertainment options we have to offer.

    The Challenges

    With fewer social distancing restrictions in place,

    and a bigger event programme planned, Grand Arcade anticipated more attendees upon the previous year’s shoppers.

    There were concerns about capacity and we estimated 60 visitors per session, so each shopper would have a limited amount of character interaction. While this was possible, it would require regulating to avoid any disappointment, and we ensured that guests were kept entertained in the queue and could make the most of the character interaction.  

    With large crowds and long queues projected, we advised our performers to expect a high volume of people and asked them to entertain queues and passers-by.

    The Solutions

    We created a plan to keep shoppers happy and entertained while waiting in queues. To ensure that no one in the queue grew restless, one of our character performers, Hagrid, kept people waiting in line entertained with meet and greet interactions.

    To help manage numbers, our event programme was split over the course of a weekend with exciting activities planned for both days. This decision also encouraged repeat footfall: even if shoppers had completed the trail on Saturday, they would be encouraged to return and meet different Lookalike characters and participate in different activities on the following day.

    The Results

    We created a magical Harry Potter experience at Grand Arcade with Lookalike Character Performers and a Sorting Hat installation. Alongside our fantastic performers, shoppers were invited to take part in a Themed Trail. The trail map, designed in the style of the ‘Marauder’s Map’ from the Harry Potter franchise, could be completed in order to gain the title of ‘Master of Witchcraft and Wizardry’ and receive a free chocolate treat. Shoppers could collect themed stickers such as ‘Snowy Owl’, ‘Magic Wand’, ‘Potions’, ‘Broomstick’, and ‘Spell Book’ from corresponding colour-coded shops around Grand Arcade. This encouraged participants to visit different locations around the shopping centre and was a constructive collaboration with shops.

    On Saturday 30th October, visitors were invited to meet some of our charming Harry Potter Lookalikes – Dumbledore and Hagrid. Our Dumbledore performer hosted a Sorting Hat animated prop where children could pose for a photo opportunity and be sorted into their ‘Hogwarts house’. Hagrid roamed the shopping centre encouraging shoppers to visit the installation and participate in the trail.

    On Sunday 31st, shoppers could pose for flying broomstick photos with our Hermione Lookalike and meet and greet Harry Potter and Professor McGonagall Lookalikes.

    Client Testimonial

    We received fantastic verbal feedback from the client. They were delighted with the event and its reception from shoppers. The client was thrilled with how we managed the volume of people and our performers’ crowd interaction and queue management. They praised our Hagrid performer’s charisma and ability to keep people entertained while they waited.

    Grand Arcade received fantastic feedback from shoppers on social media, with many visitors sharing their photos with our Lookalike performers and Sorting Hat installation. Ambika Rana-Beadle commented ‘What a brilliant idea! I thoroughly enjoyed watching Dumbledore with the Sorting Hat and, of course, Hagrid who managed the queue – they were fantastic’, and Sarah Parker shared that she visited with her children who ‘thoroughly enjoyed collecting the stickers and receiving their treat’.

    The event was a great success for the second year running, and Grand Arcade have rebooked for an even bigger Harry Potter themed event for 2022!

    We are excited to return to Grand Arcade later this year for another enchanting Harry Potter Event!

  2. The Result of an Event Coordinator Planning Their Own Wedding

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    September 2021 saw Helen Barker become Mrs Bridge. This member of the Big Foot Events family planned her special day during the pandemic, and we found out the result of an event coordinator creating their own wedding…

    The restrictions of the last 18 months made this wedding a much-anticipated event. We expected guests to be stunned by the occasion!

    Upon entrance, wedding guests were greeted to the venue by our glamorous Red Carpet Dress Lady . They were then invited to take a drink by our dazzling Champagne Dress Hostess.

    Wedding Entertainment

    Our Dressing Team created the stunning backdrop for the exchanging of vows; the ceremony room was elegantly dressed with blossom trees, white linens, golden lighting, and graceful floral accents.

    As the couple proceeded back down the aisle, the room joined together in song. A vocalist confirmed that they were now ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered’ into marriage.

    Following the vows, our Dressing Team sprang back into action and transformed the room for the wedding breakfast. This included the addition of blossom-tree centrepieces, hanging tealights, high-quality linens, and a pair of silver thrones for the couple.

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    The time between the wedding breakfast and reception often creates a lull in the day… but not at this wedding.

    The couple took this opportunity to create an Ibiza White Party for their guests. It was complete with Stilt Walkers, a Saxophonist, and a Craig David Tribute Artist.

    There was no doubt this party would be a night to remember. Guests were treated to an evening full of the best live entertainment Big Foot Events has to offer. With a line-up of incredible Vocalists, Tribute Acts, and Live Bands, the white dance floor was packed from start to finish.

    A huge congratulations to Helen and Gary Bridge!

  3. When the Dinosaurs came to Northampton BID…

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    The Brief

    We were delighted to create a dinosaur experience for Northampton Business Improvement District earlier this year!

    Big Foot Events had initially organised a singular ‘Dinosaur Day’ for Northampton BID to take place in September 2020, but unfortunately due to COVID-19 restrictions it was unable to go ahead. We were thrilled that Northampton BID were reinstated for 2021 and we were able to rearrange the event for summer 2021, even bigger and better than before!

    Now, after a difficult and uncertain year, it was even more important to bring visitors back to the Town Centre!

    The Challenges

    Jurassic times call for Jurassic measures, and we planned to make 2021’s event even bigger than our original 2020 proposal!

    Although we wanted to create a dinosaur extravaganza, we needed to ensure that our event was COVID-secure, met social distancing guidelines, and made visitors feel safe returning each week to enjoy the activities.

    We also had to adhere to Health & Safety protocols put in place by the Council.

    The Solutions

    We created an exciting dinosaur theme across the town over a three-week period in July, incorporating a range of different themed activities and entertainment for visitors. We held events on three consecutive Saturdays, encouraging repeat footfall with different attractions on each weekend. This dinosaur extravaganza also included our Jurassic Earth theatre show held at The Deco Theatre on the 13th and 14th of August.

    Local businesses were also encouraged to participate in the promotions, and it was a pleasure to see so many independent shops and retailers take part in the event programme to create a Jurassic buzz around town!

    Tom Cliffe, Director of local independent business Café Track in Market Square, transformed the outlet into ‘Café T-Rex’ for the day and ran special offers on food and drink, with dinosaur themed activities, games, and decorations: ‘It was an absolutely fantastic event, and it was so great to see so many different faces of all ages enjoying the dinosaurs. It was brilliant to see the Market Square being used for events such as this. Our takings were definitely up compared to normal Saturday’.

    We had initially planned for some nutty Neanderthal characters to ride around the town centre in their Caveman Car to promote the Dino Dome but, as motorised vehicles were not permitted, we adapted to provide two on-foot walkabout interactive Crazy Caveman characters.

    The Results

    Commencing on the 17th of July, our Dinosaur Rangers and adorable Baby Dinosaurs roamed Market Square to promote the big activities of the upcoming week! These newly hatched creatures are a captivating attraction, and visitors had the chance to meet the mini versions of the following week’s big guests…

    On the 24th of July, our dinosaur experience came into full force as several of our impressive, large walking dinosaurs visited the town centre. This included roaming dinosaurs Richie Raptor, Spence Spinosaurus, and our Baby Dinosaurs, as well as arena-based shows featuring Zeus T-Rex and Tank Triceratops.

    Our roaming dinosaurs were a walking attraction, leading visitors around the town centre and drawing their attention to different local shops. Static animatronic dinosaurs Noisy Norman and Cory the talking dinosaur were available for visitors to interact with in the Grosvenor Shopping Centre, and a Giant Egg photo opportunity was set up to generate social media interest and create lasting memories. 

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    On the final Saturday of the event programme, visitors were invited to enjoy an incredible 360° immersive ‘Dinosaur Dome’ experience that would transport them millions of years back in time to the Jurassic Era! The Dinosaur Dome was free-of-charge to the public, and we provided an online ticketing system to manage numbers and ensure that social distancing was possible at each showing. The Dinosaur Dome was such a popular installation that it was fully booked, but 3D VR headsets and a Meteorite Handling workshop were available for visitors to enjoy without booking ahead. To promote the installation, Comedy Cavemen walkabout characters roamed the town centre interacting with visitors.

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    Thousands of families visited Northampton to take part in exciting dinosaur activities, with huge increases in visitor numbers and businesses in town reporting a surge in trade. Footfall figures demonstrated a 42% week-on-week increase in visitors to Market Square, and a 27% rise on the equivalent Saturday in 2019 before the pandemic struck, and Grosvenor Shopping Centre reported a 24% week-on-week rise in shoppers. Mark Mullen, Operations Manager for Northampton BID, agreed: ‘It was the busiest I have seen the town centre for a long time and nice reminder of what life was like before all of the restrictions. Everything came together to make the event a success, including the weather. The town was absolutely buzzing’.

    During the event programme, Northampton BID encouraged visitors to take part in a ‘Dino Trail’ that complemented our dinosaur theme. More than 300 families enjoyed an interactive trail: using the ‘Explore Northampton’ app, visitors could locate 10 friendly augmented reality dinosaurs via their smartphones at different locations around the town centre.

    A great number of retailers and food and drink outlets in Northampton participated in the event, running dinosaur-themed special offers and deals exclusive to visitors. Bewiched Coffee and Pjayz Kitchen offered a children’s meal deal that included a colouring sheet, Juice Café offered a limited edition ‘Do you think-he-saurus’ juice and ‘vegan volcano bagel’, and Geek Retreat Northampton ran a special dinosaur-themed milkshake named the ‘Roarsberry Extinction’. Vintage Guru and Salvation Army created themed window displays to tie in with the event, The Natural History Society Northampton ran a geology-focused town walk and hosted a display of Walter Cricks fossils, and Northampton Museum and Art Gallery ran children’s craft workshops with dinosaur themed activities!

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    Client Testimonial

    ‘The dinosaurs were terrific; they really captured people’s imaginations and had a very realistic look and feel. They were perfect for our first major post-lockdown event. Big Foot Events were a pleasure to work with, and I would highly recommend them and their dinosaurs for those who really want to create a memorable live experience!’ – Mark Mullen, Operations Manager for Northampton BID

    Big Foot Events also have the pleasure of creating Northampton BID’s Christmas promotions. We will be providing a Christmas Grotto installation in the Grosvenor Shopping Centre for the seasonal period. The Grotto will be decorated internally and externally to create a wonderful, festive Christmas setting for children and families to meet Santa Claus.

    We have adapted our grotto to meet the shopping centre’s fire safety regulations: removing the solid grotto roof and replacing it with wooden beams and snow sheet so that, should the sprinkler system be set off, the water would be able to enter the grotto.

    We also utilised the grotto’s garden area to create an in-and-out system that will allow guests to enter and exit separately to maintain social distancing.

    We look forward to seeing the results of our sparkling Christmas Promotions!

  4. Blackpool’s First Ever Glice Skating Rink!

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    Have your Elf a Merry Little Christmas and sleigh on down to Blackpool’s first ever outdoor skating rink – currently the UK’s largest Glice Rink!

    Get your skates on! Standing in the shadow of the iconic Blackpool Tower, the synthetic rink is free to use by both residents and visitors and includes free skate hire!

    The huge rink, spanning 40 metres in length, is the sparkling centrepiece of the brand-new Christmas By the Sea Village.

    The rink caters for all ages and skating abilities, making it the perfect family-friendly activity this winter. Each skating session lasts 40 minutes with 10 minutes either side to change your skates. The Glice rink can accommodate up to 60 skaters per session and there is a designated changing facility and skate aids available.

    Prefer to watch from the sideline or looking to take a break? Head to the cosy cabins next to the changing facilities and warm up with a mulled wine or hot chocolate in the exclusive seating area! Afterwards, explore the rest of Christmas By the Sea including a magical forest, Christmas cabins, simulated snowfalls, and Magical Express Tours!

    Don’t want to share the ice? Why not hire our custom-made Ice Rink and invite your friends and family to join you? Add our portable Snow Machine for even more magic!

    Give us a call on 01253 351 100 and talk to our Snow Experts today!

  5. Hire Our Snow Machines this Christmas!

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    It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and each and every year there is one wish on everyone’s Christmas list – SNOW!

    Some may say that the likelihood of snow falling at the same time as your Christmas party is slim… but thanks to our portable, state-of-the-art snow machines, we say: let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…

    We’re not snowing around! Sleigh down our list of events that can be made even more magical with our snow machines…

    You have the lights, stage performers, and a local switch-on celebrity – all you need now is snow! Christmas Light Switch-ons can have a flurry of snow to add to the merry atmosphere! From a fine snowy mist to a heavy snowfall, light up your event by switching on some snow machines!

    Hire Snow Machine for Shopping Centre

    High street or shopping centre Christmas promotions can have a magical snowfall special effect. Snowfall over the high street or entrance to a shopping centre adds some extra magic to the Christmas shopping season! We have worked with Council BIDs to arrange their entire town snow! This creates a wonderful atmosphere and encourages footfall! Add a Giant Snow Globe and some themed meet and greet characters to join in a Santa parade for a fantastically festive shopping experience.

    Hire Snow Machine for Weddings

    Christmas Weddings can become Winter Wonderlands! Whether you choose to create a snow-themed wedding for your wedding day or dream of a gentle fall of indoor snowflakes for your first dance… we can provide atmospheric snow fall without the cold! Our snow creates a stunning realistic impression of a truly White Wedding and photographs beautifully.

    How wonderful would it be to be able to organise a Christmas event and guarantee a fall of snow? Christmas parties can now be even more festive with people enjoying a few mulled wines and being merry in the snow! We can arrange for snow to be indoors, or falling outside the window.

    All these magical snowy moments can happen with the flick of a switch!

    Our near-silent Snow Machines can generate a range of snow effects and scenes! From a light frost to an indoor or outdoor snow shower, we can create any type of snowy weather you wish!

    Give our Snow Technicians a call on 01253 351100 to talk all things snow!

  6. Christmas Entertainment For the Perfect Winter Wedding.

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    It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and it becomes even more magical when your wedding is happening during Christmastime! Christmas Weddings are often at the top of a bride-to-be’s wish list – and rightly so! The stunning snowy scenery and backdrops, cosy log fires, and overall festive cheer is enough to warm the hearts of anyone in attendance.

    Fulfill your Winter Wedding fantasy by hiring fabulous Christmas-themed Wedding Entertainment! Carol singers, string quartets, jazz ensembles, pianists, party bands, and many more of Big Foot Events’ amazing artistes will perform Christmas-sy sets to make your special day especially festive!

    So, without further ado, let’s have a look at the key moments of your wedding day, and discover incredible Live Entertainment that will fill your guests with festive cheer!

    The Arrival of your Guests

    First impressions count, and there are many creative ways that you can bring some Christmas magic to your special day from the moment your guests arrive!

    How about a beautiful choir ensemble, acoustic vocalist, or a sensational string quartet to serenade your guests? Choose from a pianist, violinist, saxophonist, and many more incredible musicians… and, since it’s Christmas, we recommend our incredibly adaptable Snow Machines that will not only beautifully and elegantly decorate your entrance, but also delight guests when they arrive!

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    Your Wedding Ceremony

    It’s the most important part of any wedding: the moment where all of your family and friends watch in awe as you and your beloved tie the knot. As much as a wedding ceremony is beautiful, it can also be long, boring, and sleep-inducing. Everyone is going to remember this moment of your day – so it is critical that they remember it for the right reasons.

    A traditional string quartet will bring grace and refinement to your ceremony, a harpist will add a touch of elegance, or a pianist will bring class and sophistication. If you want to make a statement, why not choose a gospel choir?

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    Your Drinks Reception

    Whether your guests are enjoying mulled wine, champagne, or a warming hot chocolate, a little live entertainment is the perfect accompaniment as they chat and mingle. Whether you’re looking for a Vintage Act, an Acoustic Guitar Duo, Saxophonist, or Jazz Singer, you’ll find an act to wow the crowd!

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    Before the Reception

    It’s the time of day that guests dread – the in-between. What’s the in-between you ask? It’s the dull part of the day that happens after the vows but before the after party. The time where guests are sat around waiting for food or for the bride and groom to arrive fashionably late to the wedding reception. Well, you can liven up the dull part of the day by hiring our fantastic live entertainment options!

    Start with our incredible, weird, wacky but wonderful, meet and greet acts! We’re talking Champagne Dress Hostesses, skilled Circus Performers, Fire Artists, Living Tables, and – since it’s Christmas – our incredible Ice Queen!

    Wanting something more relaxed? No problem. We have sensational Swing and Jazz Vocalists, Saxophonists, and even a Harpist for an elegant touch.

    Don’t forget to add a little fun and cheekiness to your day with talented Magicians or Caricaturists. Or include fun activities to keep your guests amused: crazy golf, photo booths, a Giant Snow Globe, or a Magic Mirror?

    It’s your special day, so make it one your guests will remember. Drown out the dull with a packed itinerary of delightful live entertainment.

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    Your Wedding Reception

    The day is over and the excitement fills into the night with your wedding reception. It’s time for you to party the night away with all of your guests and celebrate finally being married. Celebrate with festive favourites performed by Swing, Jazz, Contemporary, Rock, Pop, and Soul Bands! You’re spoilt for choice with the selection available at Big Foot Events.

    Go all out and hire one of our Christmas Packages with full event theming and set-up. Choose from a traditional Christmas tale such as A Christmas Carol, a Winter Wonderland theme, or a unique Christmas Extravaganza. We have Christmas props, decor, and a Giant Snow Globe to bring your theme to life!

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    Start Planning your Christmas Wedding Entertainment Today!

  7. The Best Bands to Book down South this Christmas

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    London, the Home Counties, and the surrounding region are no stranger to throwing a party or two; and when it comes to Christmas, the South of England really does light up!

    There is nothing quite like Live Music to guarantee an electrifying atmosphere and an unforgettable night of entertainment – and it just so happens that some of the most sought-after Party bands in the UK today are situated down South! And that’s why we are proud to present the biggest and best live bands in the South of England…

    Whether it’s current chart hits, cheesy classics, old-school anthems, or alternative indie rock you’re after to give your Christmas Party a sparkle – at Big Foot Events, our huge roster of talented live Party Bands makes it easy to discover the perfect act for your Christmas Party!

    All I Want For Christmas Is… a stand-out Party Band! Well, call us Santa Claus because we have the musical gifts for you. Here is a list of our favourite Party Bands down South!

    A Wild Christmas with Helix & The Hounds

    An ice-cellent Party Band doesn’t just turn up and perform, they work with you to ensure that your event ticks all the boxes! Or, in this case, jingles all the bells! And for that reason alone, ‘yule’ be sorry if you don’t hire Helix & The Hounds to sleigh your Christmas Party entertainment!

    This snow-tastic Party Band have over 20 years first-hand industry and performance experience and are experts in Live Music and Entertainment. A Party Band guaranteed to get the party started and keep everyone on the dance floor all night long!

    Hire the UK’s most in-demand Party Band – BOOK HELIX & THE HOUNDS TODAY!

    Have a Chic Le Freak Christmas…

    Disco down this Christmas with a tribute to the music of Nile Rodgers and Chic! This band have worked with some of the soul greats including Chaka Khan, The Jacksons, Kathy Sledge, and Gloria Gaynor – sleigh what? That’s right, all those Disco classics that you know and love that were written or produced by Nile Rodgers and Chic will feature in this amazing show!

    But wait, there’s myrrh! This set includes songs by Sister Sledge, Diana Ross, Madonna, David Bowie, and many more!

    When Chic Le Freak are called to the dance floor, they deliver the goods, one dance smash single after another. From the beginning to end, this show is a template for how Disco should be done!

    Hire an incredible 70s band – BOOK CHIC LE FREAK TODAY!
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    Celebrate Christmas with The Wilkes Brothers!

    All the jingle ladies, all the jingle ladies…you’re going to love this devilishly attractive party band!

    The Wilkes Brothers are a lively, all-brother party band singing a huge variety of songs from pop, rock and country! Featuring Scott Wilkes on lead vocals and guitar, Danny on vocals and drums, and Shane on vocals and bass, the band is guaranteed to appeal to every audience!

    Their set list is upbeat and electric – they can adapt their show to appeal to any occasion! Their angelic vocals alone are enough to melt even the coldest of hearts. If you want the whole room up and dancing, this fun, vibrant 3-piece band will keep the party going!

    Hire a young, lively, in-demand Party Band – BOOK THE WILKES BROTHERS TODAY!

    A Motown Christmas Just For You!

    Forget a shining star this Christmas, we have a band far more magical!

    The Motown Kings have it all, from slick, polished, four-part harmonies, and sharp suits, to fully choreographed performances! There are very few bands that can come close to this one in terms of quality and professionalism!

    There’s no need for carol singers at this Christmas party because instead you’re serenaded by four uber-talented and soulful vocalists!

    Hire the best Soul & Motown Tribute Band in the UK – BOOK MOTOWN KINGS TODAY!

    A Jamaican Christmas Awaits You…

    There’s no need for Santa’s sleigh this Christmas! Let the soulful sounds of Reggae take you away this festive season…

    Live Reggae music is a real treat and there aren’t many bands that perform as well as Reggae on the Rocks. This hugely popular band brings a taste of Jamaica to every venue and are a fantastic booking for themed events, or any kind of party where you want your guests up on the dance floor and having a great time. Who wouldn’t want to celebrate the festive season Jamaican style?

    Hire the best Reggae Band in the UK – BOOK REGGAE ON THE ROCKS TODAY!
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    Party with Master Funk and The Boogieband this Christmas!

    Master Funk and The Boogieband play the greatest hits of Disco! Every song in the set has been chosen with the dance floor in mind – nothing indulgent, nothing obscure, just the hits.

    This band have the experience, showmanship, and musical dexterity to guarantee your guests are on the dance floor all night having the time of their lives!

    Hire one of the most sought-after Disco Bands in the UK – BOOK MASTER FUNK AND THE BOOGIEBAND TODAY!

    And there you have it! Our favourite and in-demand party bands that you can hire down South today. Put the merry in merry Christmas and celebrate this festive season in style with some sensational live entertainment!

    This is a just a few of many party bands for hire in the UK. For a full list of our live entertainment options please visit our website or call 01253 351 100 today.

  8. The Best Bands to Book up North this Christmas…

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    ‘Tis the season for Christmas parties, and no-one knows how to throw a Jingle Bell Ball better than those up North!

    What do Oasis, The Beatles, The Smiths, and Joy Division all have in common? They were all born and raised in the North. Our point being that the North is the best place to find high-energy bands that are sure to make any event one to remember…

    Big Foot Events provide customers with some of the best entertainment available to book in and around the North of England!

    With all the festive functions and Christmas parties happening this December, there’s no better time to hire a sleigh-in Party Band!

    So, without further ado, a round of santa-pplause for our favourite Christmas Party Bands!

    A Boomin Christmas

    This incredible, live Party Band have personality, energy, and sass by the metric tonne. Their presence brings an instant vibrancy to the room – even before they’ve played a note. They are the cherry on top of the cake – or, in this case, the star on top of the Christmas Tree.

    With mash-ups and mega-mixes aplenty, plus on-stage antics, Boomin have proved beyond doubt that they are the Gods of Rock, Pop, and Party! Their set is entirely customisable, which means every performance is unique and directed just for your event! They are guaranteed to jingle-bell rock the crowd!

    Hire the greatest live Party Band on the planet – BOOK BOOMIN TODAY!

    It’s an Indie Christmas with The Kaiser Monkey Killers!

    If you love indie music in all its grungy glory, you are going to love The Kaiser Monkey Killers.

    Before you give us your resting Grinch face, we know indie is not your usual go-to music genre for a Christmas party – but it should be!

    We know everyone loves dancing to all those classic Christmas songs, but you don’t want people to run out of steam too early. It is always a good idea to have a selection of alternative feel-good hits included in your party playlist.

    The Kaiser Monkey Killers represent everything that is wonderful about indie rock. When you book The Kaiser Monkey Killers, you don’t just get a band that plays cover versions – you get a band that bursts with talent! You will truly believe that you are seeing the real deal. All live music should sound as good as this!

    Hire the best Indie Rock tribute band in the UK – BOOK THE KAISER MONKEY KILLERS TODAY!

    A Popwork Christmas like Never Before…

    Bringing you all the best party hits and live entertainment this Christmas! If you haven’t already thought of hiring this sensational live band for your Christmas party, then how rude of of you!

    Popwork is the ultimate party band and you just have to hire them for your party if you want to have your Elf a Merry Little Christmas! Performing live music that spans from the 60s and 70s to present day charts, they are the perfect encouragement for your guests to get up (or down…) and boogie!

    Hire the ultimate UK Party Band – BOOK POPWORK TODAY!

    Get Your Boogie on This Christmas with Boogie Street!

    With an extensive set-list that includes party favourites such as Shake it Off, Come on Eilieen, and RESPECT, Boogie Street take their audience on a journey through some of the greatest hits of past and present!

    They are masters of creating the perfect atmosphere for any occasion, and are dedicated to developing a show perfectly suited to any event. This band are guaranteed to get the festive spirit up and keep it going all night long!

    Hire the most versatile Party Band in the UK – BOOK BOOGIE STREET!

    A Christmas Party on Le Beat!

    Le Beat are a leading 4-piece Party Band! With their focus on current chart pop and indie hits, this vibrant band bring high-energy and style to any event! There is no frost in the air at this Christmas Party! Le Beat will keep the sleigh bells ringing all night long…

    Hire the most entertaining Party Band in the UK – BOOK LE BEAT TODAY!

    A Mixtape of Christmas Entertainment…

    Standing out from the rest of the reindeers, Mixtape is your very own Rudolph! They are the masters of music, spanning decades from the 60s to the present day.

    Mixtape are an amazing band with a unique concept. Their experience, talent, and contagious energy will make any event one you and your guests will never forget. This band puts the Merry in Merry Christmas and ‘yule’ be sorry for not hiring them for your Christmas Party!

    Hire the most in-demand Party Band in the UK – BOOK MIXTAPE TODAY!

    And there you have it – our favourite Party Bands you can hire up North! If your party is in Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Cheshire, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Preston, Blackpool, Sheffield, Nottingham, Leicester, Lincolnshire, or the Midlands, have a mistle-toast to the holiday season and hire one of our fabulously festive party bands to light up your Christmas party!

    Are none of the party bands listed above jingling your bells? You can find many more incredible bands for hire on our website. Or give us a call on 01253 351100 and we can recommend the perfect party band for you this Christmas!

  9. How To Plan the Office Christmas Party!

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    We all know that the success of any business is down to the employees who work there. That’s why it’s important to keep everyone happy in the workplace! Engage your staff with incentive events and schemes throughout the year to keep them inspired and driven. It’s arguably even more important during the Winter months…

    The darker mornings, shorter days, and colder evenings are likely to make your employees feel a little more lethargic, tired, and unmotivated. Luckily, we have Christmas to help get through the cold, dark days!

    Make the most of the merriest season and keep staff positive throughout December! One of the best ways to tap into the festive spirit is to throw a fabulously festive work Christmas party!

    Not the creative type? Don’t stress or panic. Christmas has come early for you as we gift you our expert knowledge in party planning – specifically Christmas party planning!

    Here’s our Ultimate Office Christmas Party Planning Guide!

    1. Make a List and Check it Twice

    Santa himself has expressed how important it is to make a list when Party Planning – and you don’t want to end up on the naughty list! Write down what you want to get out of the party and how you plan to execute it. The main reason for throwing an Office Christmas Party is to celebrate the end of a very busy work year and to thank your employees for all their hard work, dedication, and positive attributes! You don’t want to end the year with a dreary, boring party (bah humbug!). Making a list is crucial to making your Office Christmas Party – not only a success – but, so festively fun that even Scrooge in Accounts will want to attend!

    2. Set a Date

    Christmas and the end-of-year are a busy time for everyone, so it’s a good idea to get a date set in the diary as soon as possible!

    Will the party be held on a weekday or a weekend? This can be a deal-breaker for many. The idea of giving up their free time might not appeal to some, and they may consider a day out of the office as more of a treat! Why not consider a January Christmas Party? Venues have more availability and cheaper prices – and it’s perfect for overcoming those January blues. Once a date has been decided, send out invitations to mistle-toast to the holiday season in style!

    3. Decide on a Budget

    The dreaded money talk. We hate to talk finances because, let’s face it, how can you put a price on fun? Setting a budget is absolutely crucial because it will determine your options when it comes to which venues you can afford, what food and drink you can have, your theme, and what entertainment you will provide! So, before you start letting your mind run wild – pin a budget down! Luckily for you, we have sensational, unique, fully bespoke Christmas Party packages to suit any budget! Low cost doesn’t mean low quality. You’re a sleigh-in for a great night of fabulously festive entertainment, Christmas-sy decor, and props!

    4. Choose a Theme

    Deciding on a theme for your Office Christmas Party can be a really fun activity! It will make every other stage of the planning process easier. Once a theme is figured out, it will guide your decision regarding food, drink, decorations, props, and entertainment! A Christmas Masquerade Ball is an extravagant way to end the year! A Winter Wonderland theme is sure to incite a Festive feeling. A more traditional Christmas with an impressive Santa’s Grotto will be a merry spectacle! Or, a modern, glitzy, glamorous Christmas do will jingle everyone’s bells…

    Big Foot Events’ Team of specialist party planners can make wishes come true!

    Office Christmas Party

    Don’t believe us? Picture this: you’re walking through a magical entrance way towards Santa’s Grotto and witnessing your theme come to life! You wished you wrapped up warm because our state-of-the-art snow machine is making it flurry. You are truly immersed in all things Winter as you find your way through icy white drapes, giant icicles, ice statues, white frosted Christmas trees, and a snow storm! Find yourself inside a breathtaking Giant Snow Globe! You are thankful you chose to hire one of our spectacular aerial performers to put on a show! You’ve walked through the snow storm, taking a drink of champagne from an Ice Queen, and you have stepped into… Narnia? Mr Tumnus greets you as you enter a cosy log cabin for a mulled wine (or two!). Just as you thought the fun way over, UV Cannons, Dry Ice, and a twinkling LED dance floor await you!

    So, whatever theme is on your wish list, get in touch today and make it comes to life.

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    5. It’s All About the Entertainment

    Excuse us, Santa Claus. We’re about to rock the sleigh and deliver the best live entertainment you’ve ever seen! Are you ready to Jingle Bell Rock? Well, it’s Christmas! At Big Foot Events, we provide the UK’s biggest and best entertainers and live music for all forms of festive parties. So, whether you are having a small office party – or a huge corporate function, we will be able to fill your stocking with fabulous entertainment! From choirs and singers performing carols to party bands playing Christmas number ones… we have the lot!

    And the gifts just keep on coming in the form of Stilt Walking Bells and Snowmen, Christmas Tree Canapé Hostesses, Mulled Wine Food Carts, singing Santas, human Christmas Trees, Giant snow globes, and falling snow. We’re sure your employees will appreciate some festive competitive fun and our Rodeo Reindeer is perfect for that. See who can stay on the longest!

    It wouldn’t be Christmas – or a party – without Christmas songs, and we’ve got a great variety of Live Bands, Tribute Acts, and Star Names to get everyone dancing the night away to some real Christmas crackers!

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    6. A Lasting Goodbye

    The party may be over but that doesn’t mean the fun has to be. End the evening on a high and give your employees a parting gift they will remember forever. Our state-of-the-art photo-booths allow anyone to become a photographer, creating images that capture the feel of the event and make memories to last a lifetime. We can even brand the photos with your company logo and instantly share them on social media – why not let everyone know how your company does Christmas best? Another unique option to consider for your upcoming office Christmas party is The Magic Selfie Mirror: a new take on the traditional photo booth by capturing selfies in a new, fun and interactive way!

    And there you have it. 6 simple steps, as well as ideas, on how to organise a spectacular office Christmas party. Now, we’ve given you the know-how, and the resources to do it yourself but it can still seem daunting planning a party.

    So, why not take all the stress away and let us do the work for you?

  10. Why You Need Live Entertainment at your Christmas Party!

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    Don’t be a Scrooge – it’s the most wonderful time of the year, and every Christmas Party must have a sparkling line-up of Festive Christmas Entertainment.

    Imagine a Christmas Party with no music, no atmosphere, no festivities – it’s not exactly in the spirit of Christmas, now, is it?

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    DJs Keep You Rolling

    Any Christmas Party that does not have a superb DJ included can not be considered a Party. A DJ is used to watching the crowd and knowing the right moment to bring out a slow song or an upbeat, feel-good floor-filler. They know when to get things moving, and when they should fade into the background of a special moment. It’s more than a list of songs that you love, but the right ones at the right times.

    To get your guests on the dance floor and keep them there, our DJs are equipped with extensive music libraries of tens of thousands of hits from every decade, lighting, and great sound equipment. We work with sensational DJs who have all been tried and tested over many, many events with us. Christmas especially is the best time for a DJ – who doesn’t like a mashup of classic Christmas songs?

    Don’t miss your chance of getting the best of the best DJs – book today!

    Live Music adds a very different energy to any event and is particularly effective for Christmas Parties. Live Bands can get guests dancing, too!

    All genres of live music acts are covered within our roster. So, whether you are looking for a Jazz Band or a Pop Act for your Christmas Party – we can organise them for you!

    It’s not a Party without music, so we’ve got a great variety of Live Bands, Tribute Acts, and Star Names to get everyone dancing the night away. So much so, even Santa will be throwing some moves!

    As with DJs, the best Live Bands get booked early, so select the acts you like and we can book them for you to ensure you have a rocking Christmas Event!

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    Magicians are the ultimate ice-breaker!

    A magician always adds an oomph to Christmas Parties and Events. Whether it’s a Close-up Magic Act or a mesmerising Stage Show, Magicians steal the attention of one and all!

    We are lucky to have a great roster of spellbinding Magicians to suit every budget or style of Christmas Party! To get the absolute cream-of-the-crop, you must book early because demand is on the rise as Christmas is the busiest time of the year!

    Magicians are the ultimate ice-breakers to get everyone in the party mood. All of our Magicians are hand-selected by us, so only the best will arrive for your Christmas Party!

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    Festive Meet & Greets

    Who said Entertainment has to be just Music and Magic? Why not serenade your guests with fabulous entertainment as soon as they arrive? Add a little bit of theatre to your Christmas Party, Function, or Corporate Event with our incredibly interactive Meet and Greet and Walk-around Acts!

    Say ‘hello’ to the Abominable Snowman and try to impress the Snow Queen, or try your hand at snowboarding on our fantastic Snowboard Simulator. Take on our Rodeo Reindeer and see how long you can stay on for – we must warn you, Rudolph is a master at throwing people off!

    Say ‘Ho, Ho, Ho’ as Santa Claus makes a visit to your party, bringing long his LED Snow Fairy Stilt Walkers, Ice King and Queen Stilt-walkers, and the ever so famous Jack Frost! Wait until you meet our beautiful walkabout Snow Globe Lady! This incredible unique act is a real show-stopper!

    Christmas Party Entertainment

    Sleigh it big-time this Christmas with Festive Live Entertainment!

    Our dedicated Christmas Party entertainment specialists are brimming with the latest unique ideas! You will not regret your decision to book early as you and your guests will get flawless Magic Acts, the best DJs, the most talented Musicians, and plenty more to choose from!

    Your Christmas Party will jive with a great mix of music played by our live DJs and Party Bands. Some of our acts are presented on the site, by no means at all, so if you don’t immediately find what you are looking for, just call us and we will be happy to discuss your Christmas Event and come up with ideas that will work for your Party!

Testimonials

  • Just a quick one to say how amazing everything went at our function thanks to Big Foot Events! From the very beginning they were extremely helpful and made sure everything was looked after without giving me too much hassle either! The Photo Booth, Candy Floss Cart and Popcorn Cart were all fantastic and a great hit with all of our family and friends and the staff running them were absolutely amazing! They were all set up and ready to go well before the event started and made sure they were always helpful! So a massive thank you to you all!

    Megan Chungh – Park Hotel, Newcastle
  • I just wanted to say a big thank you for being a part of our snapdragon festival this year. Once again Rex was a massive hit and the children and adults loved him. The two members of staff that came to the event were very professional and catered to any requests we had.

    Amy Casey – Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
  • We absolutely love having Noughty 90’s here, such lovely people and amazing sets! They had everyone up and dancing on the dance floor.

    George – Golden Sands Holiday Park
  • It was absolutely incredible, I cannot thank you guys enough for how amazing it all was. The Ranger and Rex were outstanding, every single guest loved them to pieces and we certainly had the wow factor for our wedding. Just the idea of having a dinosaur is one thing, but the way Rex, Trixxie and the Ranger worked tirelessly to entertain the entire wedding party just added to the overall effect. We've had non-stop comments from those who attended saying it was pure magic, videos of the experience have gone viral and we even had guests from the hotel desperate to catch a glimpse of Rex. I cannot overstate how incredible you all have been, from the day a weirdo messaged Lauren asking for a dinosaur at their wedding, to speaking with Jade to coordinate everything and then finally meeting Rex and the Ranger on the big day. Everything worked out a million times better than I ever thought possible, and my dad was very pleased to see Rex was appropriately dressed with his bow tie. Amazing, amazing, amazing, thank you all, from the bottom of our hearts.

    Mr & Mrs Pravitt – Private Wedding, Stoke On Trent
  • Both acts went down a storm at the weekend. Really pleased with everything! Madonna did all the hits and even included some iconic costume changes! She had the audience up Voguing at the front! ABBA Fever had the crowd on their feet from the start and would be a worthy headliner in the future.

    Andrew Edmeads – Frimley Lodge, Surrey
  • The evening on Saturday was wonderful, Planet Abba we're superb and also so welcoming to the audience. As you know this is the 3rd year in a row I have used your agency and as always you have given me a wonderful evening, thank you.

    Barry Herridge – Ely Beet Sports & Social Club

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