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  1. Lancashire’s favourite funny-man Steve Royle juggles his way through to the Britain’s Got Talent Final!

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    One of Lancashire’s most popular comedians is the first contestant to make it through to the Final of Britain’s Got Talent 2020! Chorley-born Steve Royle, a professional comedian, writer, actor, radio host and all-round entertainer gave a royal performance on Saturday, as he left everyone tuned into the show in stiches of laughter, and also impressed all four Britain’s Got Talent celebrity judges with his hilarious routine and impressive juggling skills. We are incredibly proud to say that Steve Royle was the Judges’ choice to go through to the Final!

    Steve is no stranger to success and is a consummate professional in the world of light entertainment. In 2015 he performed 16 consecutive nights at Manchester Arena as part of the ‘Pheonix Nights’ Live shows that raised more than £5 million for Comic Relief. Speaking of Phoenix Nights, you may remember Steve from his involvement in the hit TV series ‘Car Share’ and ‘Max and Paddy’s Road to Nowhere’ – that’s right, Steve is lifelong friends with fellow Lancashire Born comedian, Peter Kay!

    As well as Peter Kay, Steve has also worked alongside fellow celebrity comedians Roy Walker, Dave Spikey and Steve Coogan. His ability to combine humour, improv and acting has made him well-known in the entertainment industry and has gained him a loyal fan base.

    If you’re from Lancashire or the surrounding areas then you probably know Steve as ‘Mad Edgar’ otherwise known as the Court Jester of Camelot where he performed his signature character at Camelot Theme Park in Charnock Richard, Chorley, for over 12 years. His character performed more than 20,000 juggling shows to children and parents who visited the theme park from all over the world!

    Following on from his ‘Mad Edgar’ days, Steve kept his passion for acting and went on to complete 17 consecutive Pantomime shows at The Grand Theatre in Blackpool, he now has over 22 completed Panto shows under his belt over his extensive career. In fact, his loyalty to the theatre resulted in him being made an honorary member of ‘The Friends Of The Grand Theatre’ in 2016 for his honourable service to the theatre. Steve has become a staple in the art of comedy acting and has made several impressive television debuts over his career including programmes such as ‘The Rob Brydon Show’, ‘A Question Of Sport’, ‘Mastermind’ and he has even appeared in over 150 episodes of ‘The Price Is Right’. Oh, and did we mention that he was also the first comic, ever, to act as a ‘warm up’ for The Royal Variety Show featuring Take That, Rod Stewart, Barry Manilow and Meatloaf?

    Although he has had a fantastic and diverse career in the entertainment industry, his first love, however, is stand-up comedy, and it’s this career path that has seen him perform all over the world: Cruises in the Mediterranean, Norwegian Fjords and the Caribbean, hotel and comedy clubs in Hong Kong, Dubai, Crete, Cyprus, Turkey, Japan and not forgetting the UK!

    As well as his stand-up, Steve is a co-founder of the ‘Slaughterhouse-Live’ character comedy group and also presents an award-winning Friday afternoon show on BBC Radio Lancashire.

    With his fabulously impressive and diverse career in the entertainment industry, his passion and love for his craft and of course the loyal fan base he has gained over his career, it’s no wonder that he was named ‘Entertainer of the Year’ at the county’s Red Rose Awards!

    We guarantee that after his Britain’s Got Talent performances, he will be THE comedian to hire for events!

    We are extremely proud and honoured to act as agents for Steve Royle and recommend you book him now before all his 2021 dates are gone due to popular demand!

    Don’t forget to VOTE FOR STEVE in the Britain’s Got Talent 2020 Final – we believe this Royle should meet the Royals at the Royal Variety Performance!

  2. Fabulously Festive Corporate Christmas Party Entertainment Ideas

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    You could have the perfect venue, delicious catering, and beautiful venue décor, but it is the entertainment that people will actually remember when it comes to your company’s Christmas party. Therefore, it is essential to make sure that who or what you hire as your Christmas party entertainment is going to be a hit and not a miss – no pressure!

    If you are thinking along the line of a close-up magician, on-the-spot caricaturist, or an ever-so popular photo booth (all good ideas by the way), then we are here to ask you to open your mind! Of course the above party entertainment options are great fun, because who doesn’t love to be wowed by close up magic? In fact, we have put together some great parties using some, or all, of these entertainment options but – and this is a big but, we can do better! When it comes to hosting your company Christmas party, do you want it to be known around the office for being just ‘good’? We’ll decide for you – no!

    Luckily for you, Big Foot Events have put together a list of unique, out-of-this-world, never-seen-before live entertainment options that will turn your ‘festive do’ from ‘good’ to ‘absolutely fantastic’!


    Snow Globe Walkabout Act

    Interactive Magical Snow Globe Act

    This roaming illuminated Snow Globe is the ultimate WOW factor for any Winter Themed Event. Imagine a stunning Snow Queen siting inside a beautifully detailed, twinkling Snow Globe, interacting with guests and bringing that all-important festive magic of any Winter Wonderland to life. The charming Snow Queen creates winter sound-effects and twinkling chimes with just a sweep of her hand! Hear crunching snow and howling winds as snow falls all around her in this magical Narnia or Winter themed globe!

    Bring your imagination to life and find out more about this act here.


    Hire Giant Snow Globe

    Giant inflatable Snow Globe

    Speaking of magical globes, this giant inflatable Snow Globe, complete with fake snow and winter props makes for a snow-tastic centre piece for any Christmas themed event! Climb into a magical Winter Wonderland scene and surround yourself with fabulously-fake snow! Up to 8 people at a time can climb inside this walk-in inflatable Snow Globe making it great for group photo opportunities!

    And if you are wanting to add a little brand awareness to your corporate Christmas party then this snow globe can be fully branded, ensuring huge advertising opportunities as everyone who gets involved uploads their photos onto social media. Great for ‘Tag Yourself’ campaigns! You’ll be the talk of not only the office but Social Media too!

    Find out more about this bespoke giant Snow Globe here.


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    Red Hot Santas

    If you want Seasonal Songs, frolics and walkabout Christmas Joy then we highly recommend the Red Hot Santas! This cracker of a band bring Festive madness and the best spontaneous Christmas entertainment and performance. To find out more about this mobile madness, click here.


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    Slade UK – The Ultimate Slade Tribute Band!

    IT’S CHR-I-I-I-STMAS! Slade have sold over 6.5 million records in the UK, and over 50 million worldwide, so it’s obvious that no introduction is needed when it comes to this iconic rock band, as we’re pretty sure the whole world knows who Slade is! Slade UK features their very own Noddy Holder look-alike, who emulates the voice, mannerisms, costumes, and personality of the real rock star! So much so that even Mr Noddy Holder himself approves of Slade UK being the biggest and best tribute to all things SLADE! You can have Slade UK perform that iconic number 1 classic hit ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’ live on stage at your Christmas corporate party!

    Find out more about hiring Slade UK for your Christmas party here.


    Human Christmas Tree

    Interactive Human Christmas Trees

    Bring Christmas to life with these animated, interactive Human Christmas Trees and Ice ‘Jack Frost’ Jesters! These lively and unique, comical Christmas characters are amazing meet and greet artistes. Available to hire on Stilts, on foot and even on Roller Skates! These crazy Christmas characters will interact with crowds, be an instant ice-breaker at events, and create the perfect Photo Opportunity for everyone. It is simple but effective live entertainment that will add a WOW factor to your corporate Christmas party!

    Find out more about the interactive human Christmas trees here.


    Busy organising your companies Christmas party and need help with some or all of the event planning process, or wanting information on other fabulously festive live entertainment options perfect for your Xmas do, then why not get in touch – we’re always in full festive mode no matter how near-or far Christmas may be!

  3. Five Freakishly Frightful Entertainment Ideas For Halloween!

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    October is quickly creeping upon us which can only mean one thing- ‘tis nearly the season to be spooky! Halloween happens to be our favourite time of year because we can unleash our inner demons and provide our clients with bone-tingling, heart-wrenching and fang-tastic live entertainment options for their spook-tastic extravaganza! Mwahahaha – that’s our evil laugh if you…didn’t already know.

    Whether you are planning a hauntingly horrific fright-night for friends and family or hosting a ghoulishly delightful extravaganza for colleagues and business associates, Big Foot Events have put together a list of our most popular weird, wicked and witchy live entertainment options perfect for any Halloween themed party, function or corporate event!


    Creepy Mix & Mingle Acts

    Our Meet & Freak characters are both talented performers and prolific scarers. Not just for Halloween, these creepy characters are ideal for any event intended to send chills down the spines of guests! No look too strange or scary! Zombie Pirates, Murderous Clowns, Demons, Mummies, Psycho Nurses, Ghosts & Ghouls and the dreaded Grim Reaper are all members of our ghastly group.

    Whether you want them to perform choreographed flash mob routines, creep over the crowds on stilts or simply haunt the venue, these versatile entertainers can cater the look and effect to your requirements.

    Find out more here.


    Fire Eaters & Performers

    Bring the heat to Halloween with captivating fire performers! Stunning Fire Eaters, Breathers, Poi Artists and Body Burners are the hottest performers around. With different skills and types of performance, they never fail to impress.

    Halloween is not just about scary, murderous monsters and terrifyingly horrific experiences, it can also be about anything weird and wonderful that leaves your spine tingling and eyes wide with amazement – and these mystical and mesmerising fire performers definitely leave you amazed! Don’t be the goblin of Halloween and light up your event with breath-taking fire performers that will literally scorch any other entertainment option!


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    Devilishly Hair-raising Stunt Performers

    Speaking of all things weird and wonderful, we have an extensive range of unearthly, deadly, exotic stunt performers that each have their own unique, spine-tingling, hellish act! We’re talking Snake charmers, knife throwers, sword swallowers, acrobats, aerialists and contortionists just to name a few! Create your very own ghastly cocktail of world-class stunt performers and WOW your party guests with unbelievably mind-boggling skill!

    Find out more about our stunt performers here.


    Plan a Murder Mystery Event

    Murder Mystery Night

    Somebody’s been murdered! Whodunnit? Was it the vicar or the scarlet lady? Mad uncle Harry has been acting suspiciously… Don’t be fooled! Dinner, drinks, and a Murder or two… Whether you fancy yourself as a Hercule Poirot, a Sherlock Holmes, or a Miss Marple – a Murder Mystery Games Night is the perfect, fully immersive experience, complete with venue decor and props, to captivate and thrill your guests!

    Find out more about our different Murder Mystery themes here.


    Hire Rocky Horror Tribute Mocky Horror

    Mocky Horror Tribute Show

    Mocky Horror is an outstanding 5 piece tribute to the cult blockbuster movie ‘The Rocky Horror Tribute Show’. Bringing you all the raunchiness, costumes, humour and outrageousness of the original Rocky Horror, you will be doing the Time Warp again, and again.

    Find out more about Mocky Horror Show here.


    Need a helping hand in planning a spine-tingling, hair-raising, spook-tacular event, or wanting to find out more about any of our fang-tastic entertainment option? Why not get in touch and start your event planning journey today! As we said before, Halloween is our favourite time of year and we never need a reason to unleash our devilishly creative ideas! 

  4. The Perfect Music Genre To Play At Your Wedding!

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    It’s your Wedding Day. It’s finally happening! You can hardly believe it, you’ve been thinking of this special day since you were 13, and it’s now finally time to bring out that Wedding wish-list you made when you were merely just a teen!

    You’ve planned every detail down to the silver and rose-gold cutlery and pastel pink flowers! However, you’re now realising that the playlist you made when you were 13 which consisted of all your favourite music from that decade, including Britney Spears and Busted, isn’t exactly going to create that magical, elegant and romantic atmosphere that you want for your Wedding Day – ultimate panic mode!

    Unforgettable moments start with an amazing soundtrack. That’s why it’s essential that you choose the perfect Wedding entertainment for your special day! Whether it’s live music, a DJ set, choir, orchestra or simply an elegantly sounding acoustic backing track, the key to any memorable Wedding is definitely the entertainment!

    A huge part of your wedding entertainment is the music, from walking down the aisle to a romantic string quartet or harpist, tucking in to a delicious wedding breakfast whilst soft jazz is echoing throughout the venue hall and dancing the night away at the evening reception alongside a fantastic, energetic party band – the options are limitless! This is YOUR special day, filled with all your closest friends, family and loved ones, so choosing the perfect music is key to everyone having a fantastic time!

    Follow our ‘120 Songs To Play At Your Wedding’ Playlist on Spotify here.

    There’s always a certain music style that fits your taste and the theme of your wedding. Each musical genre has its own unique vibe and every wedding band has their signature style, which means you can create a personalised soundtrack to go along with memories that will last a lifetime.


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    Classical Music

    Before reading this, get rid of all of those misconceptions about classical music in your mind because classical music has been, and always will be, the go-to music genre for Wedding ceremonies! There’s nothing more romantic than being serenaded whilst walking down the aisle by a stunning String Quartet, Harpist, Orchestra or choir.


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    Jazz Music

    With its mixture of styles, beats and melodies, Jazz is another popular music option for Weddings! From traditional, dixie and swinging Jazz bands with sensational vocalists to acoustic intimate performances with a Jazzy twist – most Jazz bands and performers mix fast, hard-swinging Jazz with soft ballads making it the perfect genre to give your Wedding guests a diverse musical treat!


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    Pop Music

    If you want a feel-good, lively Wedding reception filled with dancing and a good old-fashioned sing along, a party band performing your favourite pop music is the perfect choice for you! A mix or mash-up of straight-off-the-radio tunes and all-time favourites will make your Wedding Reception go wild! Pop music appeals to a diverse crowd, so by choosing a live party band with your preferred pop music influence you can expect an entertaining after party filled with a lot laughs and dare we say – dad dancing!


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    Soul & Motown

    If you’re looking for dance music with huge beats and catchy horn riffs then this genre is for you. The familiar backbeat of Stevie Wonder’s songs together with popular Jackson Five hits will fill your dance floor in a flash. Not to mention that this genre is widely appreciated by every age bracket, so you can expect a fun-filled party because nobody can resist Soul and Motown!


    Rock & Roll

    Don’t be thinking that rock music can’t be performed at formal events because it’s the one genre of music that gets people thinking they’re the next Elvis Presley! It’s one of the most diverse genres of music, mixing upbeat, feel good tracks with soul searching power ballads. With a wide variety of songs from the 50s up to the 90s, this rock & roll music genre could easily encourage a lively dance floor.


    Not much of a music fanatic? Does your music repertoire consist of cheesy 90s music or the occasional country hit? Need some inspiration of finding the perfect first dance song? We are here to help!

    With over 15 years’ experience planning outstanding events and world-class live Wedding entertainment, we are experts at seeking out the most romantic ceremony songs so get in touch today!

  5. Roll Up Roll Up, The Greatest Showman invaded Doncaster Lakeside last week as part of our ‘Social Distanced’ Summer Entertainment Programme!

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    The Brief

    We had the pleasure of creating a Summer Entertainment programme for Doncaster Lakeside all through August 2020. The popular and well-established Shopping Centre sought out our help in creating amazing, interactive and above all fun entertainment options that visitors can enjoy whilst shopping. In particular, the centre wanted children to have the opportunity to have fun and interact with each other in a safe environment whilst maintaining social distancing!

    As we all know, the coronavirus has caused a storm throughout the world and ‘social distancing’ has quickly become the new norm. Because of this, Doncaster Shopping Centre wanted to help prepare children for when they go back to school, and have to interact with each other at a distance, in order to remain safe. Their aim was to prove that you can still have fun whilst being 2 metres apart!

    The second of entertainment programmes was a Greatest Showman/Circus themed weekend! The first being a Trolls weekend which you can read all about here.

    Due to the ever so popular ‘The Greatest Showman’ movie captivating the hearts of nearly the whole world when it premiered in December 2017, we knew that this theme would be a huge hit with children and circus enthusiasts alike!

    The Challenges

    The main challenge we had when putting together this Circus themed weekend was creating entertainment that not only was fun, interactive, and unique but also safe and honoured the ‘social distancing’ guidelines. We constantly asked ourselves ‘what can we do to engage and capture visitors’ attention and attract them to the shopping centre all whilst staying safe and maintaining 2 metres apart?’ It was a hard concept to execute however here at Big Foot Events, we are well known for our ability to adapt and improvise and adhere to even the most challenging of briefs.  With this in mind,  we knew that we would be able to overcome any issues and put together an amazing Circus themed weekend that not only brought a lot of attention to the shopping centre, but also had children amazed, engaged and entertained (social distanced of course)!

    The Solutions

    In order to overcome any safety issues and abide by the current ‘social distancing’ law, we restricted our workshops to a limited number of people. This way, we could make sure visitors remained 2 metres apart and that each visitor got the opportunity to safely interact with our fantastic Circus performers, acts and entertainers, as well as learn a few Circus tricks of their own!

    We hired a marque with personalised branding to raise awareness of not just Doncaster Shopping Centre but also our Circus themed workshop. In order to create a WOW factor and give visitors a truly mesmerising and unmissable experience, we hired our world-class aerialists, contortionists, bubbleologists, hula hoop artistes, stilt walkers and circus performers, as well as our uncanny Greatest Showman characters to literally perform ‘the greatest show’! We made sure that all our acts and entertainers were 2 metres apart from each other and never physically interacted with visitors. Not that they needed to, as their high-quality and world-class circus talents captivated visitors’ attention anyway! 

    It was important that the workshop was fun and exciting for children as it gave children their first experience interacting with other children in a small space whilst social distancing. We all know children find it hard not to touch each other when playing. We ensured that the event would be a quick and easy set-up and did not need a large team of people to set up the event – therefore keeping social interaction to a minimum. We ensured all staff were coronavirus free and kept sanitised at all times.

    The Results

    We were extremely thankful that we had the weather on our side as it was glorious sunshine on the day of the Circus themed weekend! We transformed part of Doncaster Lakeside Shopping Centre into our very own Big Top Circus Tent! Filled with aerialists, jugglers, stilt walkers, plate spinners, hula hoop artists, and of course skilled Circus performers. It was like stepping inside a 1950s Circus!

    Children had the amazing opportunity to learn impeccable Circus skills and meet some of our incredible Circus characters. It was truly heart-warming to see children’s eyes light up with amazement as our stilt walkers juggled plates, knives and not forgetting – fire. Even more so, it was exciting to see such  a diverse audience whole-heatedly take part in the Circus skills workshop and give their all to plate spinning, rope jumping and even bubble hopping – yes, children took great pleasure in trying to jump through our clown entertainers giant bubbles! And as you can see from the pictures below, some actually succeeded.

    We had giant stilt walking clowns, mind-blowing aerialists and weird and wonderful Circus characters walking around the centre enticing people to join in and experience what Hugh Jackman once sang, ‘The Greatest Show’! We made sure to have a wide variety of acts, entertainers and Circus workshops/demonstrations situated throughout the centre in order to give each performer enough room to well -perform. This also was to ensure safe crowd control and social distancing measures.

    Each workshop we made sure to wipe the equipment thoroughly ready for the next person to have a go. Thankfully, children respected the 2- metre rule and waited patiently to meet our Circus performers! We noticed that this was mainly due to our large-scale stilt walkers towering over everything else and keeping visitors occupied whilst they waited to join the workshops.

    Overall, the second ‘socially distanced’ Summer entertainment workshop at Doncaster Lakeside was a huge success and we had people instantly signing up to the next workshop taking place the following week.

    We cannot wait to see how our Frozen themed weekend turns out! Keep updated on our website and Social Media platforms for more ‘Socially Distanced’ entertainment!

  6. The First ‘Social Distanced’ Summer Entertainment Workshop at Doncaster Lakeside Shopping Centre was a huge hit!

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    The Brief

    We had the pleasure of creating a Summer Event and Entertainment programme for Doncaster Lakeside throughout August 2020. This popular and well-established Shopping Centre sought out our help in creating amazing, interactive and above all fun entertainment options that visitors could enjoy whilst shopping. In particular, the centre wanted children to have the opportunity to have fun and interact with each other in a safe environment whilst maintaining social distancing!

    As we all know, the coronavirus has caused a storm throughout the world and ‘social distancing’ has quickly become the new norm. Because of this, Doncaster Shopping Centre wanted to help prepare children for when they go back to school and have to interact with each other at a distance, in order to remain safe. Their aim was to prove that you can still have fun whilst being 2 metres apart!

    The first event on our entertainment programme was to bring The Trolls to Doncaster Lakeside! Due to the new Trolls World Tour movie that was released earlier this year, we knew this theme would be a huge hit with children and child-like adults alike.

    The Challenges

    The main challenge we had when putting together this Trolls themed weekend was creating entertainment that was not only fun, interactive, and unique but also safe and honoured the ‘social distancing’ guidelines. We constantly asked ourselves ‘what can we do to engage and capture visitors’ attention and attract them to the shopping centre all whilst staying safe and maintaining 2 metres apart?’ It was a hard concept to execute, however here at Big Foot Events, we are well known for our ability to adapt and improvise and adhere to even the most challenging of briefs.  With this in mind,  we knew that we would be able to overcome any issues and put together an amazing Trolls themed weekend that not only brought a lot of attention to the shopping centre, but also had children amazed, engaged and entertained (social distanced of course)!

    The Solutions

    In order to overcome any safety issues and abide by the current ‘social distancing’ law, we restricted The Trolls Meet and Greet to a limited number of people per session. This way, we could make sure visitors remained 2 metres apart and that each visitor got the opportunity to safely interact with our fantastic Trolls! This first event, that took place on Saturday 1st August 2020, was simple yet crowd-pleasing. It captured visitors’ attention and kept them in the shopping centre, as well as gave children their first experience interacting with other children in a small space, whilst social distancing. We all know children find it hard not to touch each other when playing. We ensured that the event would be a quick and easy set-up and did not need a large team of people to set up the event – therefore keeping social interaction to a minimum. We ensured all staff were coronavirus free and kept sanitised at all times.

    The Results

    We were extremely thankful that we had the weather on our side as it was glorious sunshine on the day of the Trolls Workshop weekend! Our interactive, cheeky Trolls truly glistened and shined in the sunlight and their bright colours caught the attention of visitors as soon as they entered the Shopping Centre. We knew children – and Troll enthusiasts – would still be on a high from the newly released Trolls movie, and this was confirmed when their faces lit up with excitement when they saw the Trolls mischievously walking around the Shopping Centre.

    As you can see from the picture below, our Trolls were extremely eye-catching, and immediately lit up the centre with their happy-as-Larry personalities. It was fantastic to see little children, as well as adults, wanting to take a picture with the beautiful beasts. We had a giant marquee behind the trolls, as well as friendly staff in order to maintain crowd control and keep visitors at a safe distance from each other. It was fascinating to see children excitedly communicate with each other through looks, hand gestures and of course through talking whilst maintaining social distancing! In fact, they were so captivated by the Trolls that they didn’t even seem to mind that they had to stay 2 metres apart from each other.

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    Overall, the first ‘socially distanced’ Summer entertainment workshop at Doncaster Lakeside was a huge success and we had people instantly signing up to the next workshop taking place the following week.

    We cannot wait to see how our ‘Greatest Showman’ themed weekend turns out! Keep updated on our website and Social Media platforms for more ‘Socially Distanced’ entertainment!

  7. How to throw office parties that employees and co-workers actually enjoy!

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    We all know that office and work-related parties can go one of two ways; they either consist of eager to please colleagues talking non-stop about work and boring fellow co-workers to death, or they can get a little wild and all the stresses of the job are released onto the dancefloor with that shy and timid employee unleashing her talent for robot dancing. We know which one we would prefer – wild all the way! It’s the only time that employees get to communicate socially outside of work, and you know what they say – a happy team is a productive team!

    If you’re now fearing that your office party is going to be a snooze fest, there’s no need to scrap those invitations and throw in the towel just yet as Big Foot Events have put together a list of tips on how to throw an office party that employees and co-workers will actually enjoy. The best part? All of our tips can already be found in the office and are designed to not break the bank!

    Before you start reading our tips and tricks on throwing a successful office party, take a look at our blog on unique, fun but above all affordable office party theme ideas here.

    Host the party during work hours

    The most important tip we can give you is to host your office party during office hours. If you think about it smartly then it actually makes sense. Here’s why; employees shouldn’t have to cancel their evening plans to attend a work function – better yet, they shouldn’t have to stress about finding a late-night babysitter in order to attend. Give employees an actual break from work by hosting the party during their normal work hours. This will not only create a buzz around the office, but it will ensure most employees are free to attend as they won’t have made other plans as they are normally at work during that time. You should also inform them that they won’t have to work late in order to make up lost time so that they can truly enjoy the party and not have to worry about making up the work.

    Incorporate games and entertainment

    Although it is a work-related party, it does not mean you can’t incorporate fun, engaging and a little competitive entertainment! Interactive games are a great way to break the ice and get people interacting with each other. What gets people talking to each other more than a little light-hearted competition? You should also include live entertainment for attendees to enjoy in order to not only keep them entertained throughout the evening, but to also make them desperate for an invite to the next kick-ass office party.

    Check out our blog on fun, interactive and unique dinner party entertainment ideas here.

    Make sure there is Party food

    We shouldn’t have to mention this, but we’ve heard horror stories amongst horror stories about there not being any party food at a party – can you believe it? Food is a staple at any party and it’s often the deciding factor on whether your party is a success or a fail. When choosing the catering for a party, it’s crucial to honour attendees’ dietary requirements. Ask people to RSVP with their dietary requirements or ask co-workers their preferred food options so that everyone feels included on the day of the event.

    Make sure all attendees have all the details

    Sounds simple but you would be surprised how many people often forget to mention to guests the most important information regarding the party. It’s important to let people know the basic party details in order for everyone to have a positive experience. Let people know when and where the party will be held – just because it’s a work-related party doesn’t mean you have to host it at the office. Let them know whether alcohol will be served so that they can sort a designated driver or leave their car at home and get a taxi or public transport. Let them know if they can bring a plus one – you don’t want that picky and annoying employee kicking up a fuss because they didn’t realise that they could bring their equally annoying other half. And finally, inform people of the theme and dress code. This is a MUST DO when inviting people to a themed event. You don’t want those office pictures ruined because someone came in a Hawaiian shirt when the dress code was black tie.

    We can 100% guarantee that if you follow these simply but effective tips on how to throw a stellar office party then it will be a huge success and will go down extremely well with employees and co-workers. Need help in planning your office party? Big Foot Events are here to help! We’ve got a dedicated team of event and party planners with over 15 years of experience in the events industry.

    Take a look at our Office Party in a Box Packages where you simply pick the theme and we take care of the rest!

  8. Dinner Party Entertainment Ideas

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    Dinner parties aren’t just about the food. Yes, we know that it’s a vital part, but you need to have a backup plan in case your impeccable culinary skills fail you on the day and guests are not impressed with your chosen dishes. The last thing you want is for guests to be twiddling their thumbs around the table whilst you try to salvage the burnt potatoes you left in the oven for far too long. For this reason alone, Big Foot Events have gathered a list of the best dinner party entertainment ideas to take your evening from zero to hero.

    Flair Bartenders

    Keep the drinks flowing and the conversation going – that’s the saying right? Hire Flair Bartenders and Cocktail Waiters to amaze guests with their impeccable skills. Watch in awe as incredibly talented mixologists juggle bottles, spin glasses and stir up a deliciously unique experience. Our Flair Bartenders have the ability to serve up enticing, mouth-watering alcoholic beverages; from classic Espresso Martini’s and Strawberry Daiquiris, to more exotic and adventurous creations. Why not mix it up and have them host an interactive, fast paced, and fun masterclass in the art of Gin making? Wait…did someone say Gin? We’re in!

    Close-up Magic

    Is it really a dinner party without an overly enthusiastic Magician making their way around the table asking someone to pick a card, any card? Furthermore, can you really say you’ve had an authentic encounter with a Magician if they didn’t ask you to pull something out of their hat? Nothing gets people talking more than a magic trick so outrageously mind boggling that it leaves everyone wondering how on earth the Magician managed to pull it off. And that’s why a close-up Magician is the perfect dinner party entertainment! We offer carefully vetted professional, original, and dynamic magicians, who perform unique tricks and illusions with panache, style, and humour that will bring the WOW factor to your evening!

    Surprise Singers

    What’s a party without music? It’s like going ice skating without the skates. Everyone loves a good old-fashioned singalong – especially after a few alcoholic drinks! But why settle for the traditional DJ playing the same old cheesy 90’s songs over and over, when you can book our vibrant, energetic and hilarious surprise singers! They can blend in waiters and waitresses at your dinner party, or even as guests! Then they will spring into action with renditions of pop favourites and opera classics. With a huge repertoire, these award-winning performers will provide a brilliant set to please all, adding a burst of energy into your evening, just when your guests least expect it.

    Caricaturists

    Hire a professional caricaturist to draw on-the-spot caricatures and cartoons of your guests! Capturing fun and somewhat silly poses of your guests, a caricaturist can personalise each drawing using branded paper relating to your event to make the experience even more memorable for guests! Whether table-hopping during the main course, mingling at the start of the evening whilst guests take their seats or leaving a lasting impression towards the end of the night, a caricaturist is simply unique entertainment!

    We hope that you have found some inspiration on what kind of entertainment to have at your dinner party! We also have an extensive repertoire of other fantastic dinner party entertainment so why not take a look at our ‘Dinner & Drinks’ page on our website.

  9. Unique Office Party Themes

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    If you haven’t read our blog on how to throw an office party that employees and co-workers will actually enjoy then we strongly suggest you do! Or if you have just come from that blog then it’s nice to meet you… again!

    In case you didn’t already know, Big Foot Events have spent the last 15 years helping people plan extraordinary corporate events. That’s right, we’ve seen, and helped create, a spectacular amount of weird, wacky, delightful and world-class party themes. With that in mind, we have put together a list of our favourite party themes that would give any typical office party an added oomph. The best part? Our party packages are designed to not break the bank!

    1920’s Great Gatsby Party Theme

    Invite your employees to step back in time to a 1920s event with a spectacular 20’s themed extravaganza! Whether it’s the glitz and glam of a Great Gatsby style party, or an atmospheric gangster filled Speakeasy, we’ve got an impressive array of iconic 20’s themed props, décor and live entertainment that is sure to turn any venue back in time to the glamorous 1920s.

    We’re talking flapper girls, the best of jazz music playing in the background, gangsters and molls, luxurious and glamorous table dressing and venue décor as well as a scandalous photographer capturing the evening! We will bring you a night so twenties, you’ll be expecting Al Capone to walk through the door at any minute.

    Check out our 1920’s event theme on our site here.

    Alice in Wonderland Theme

    Take a trip down the rabbit hole and bring to life a truly amazing Wonderland. With the Madhatter, White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat, Playing Cards, Queen of Hearts and of course Alice herself, you will feel as though you have actually stepped into Alice’s Wonderland! With interactive meet and greet characters, themed props, décor and live entertainment including but not limited to; giant flowers, talking topiary trees, stilt-walking bushes and the classic Alice in Wonderland backdrop, we will provide everything you need to recreate Lewis Carroll’s famous book! You can expect a night of crazy fun where literally anything can happen!

    Check out our Alice in Wonderland event theme on our site here.

    Circus and Carnival Theme

    Roll up! Roll up! Get your tickets here for the greatest show on earth! Yes, you can relive all the fun and laughter of the circus with our fabulous Circus Themed Event. From clowns and fire eaters to jugglers, contortionists, and an authentic Big Top Tent, all the excitement and thrills of the Circus are waiting for you! Perfect for an office party, your employees and co-workers won’t miss a trick at this Circus extravaganza!

    Check out our Circus and Carnival theme on our site here.

    Viva Las Vegas Theme

    Enjoy the bright lights of Las Vegas with our fabulous Las Vegas Theme Party Package! From gorgeous Giant Martini Glass Hostess and Stunning Feathered Showgirls to classic Casino Tables and elaborate stage-based shows. We can create a completely personalised night to suit you and your guests, making your Vegas themed night one to remember! Let’s not forget, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas – until the next day when you’re the talk of the office!

    Check out our Las Vegas event theme on our site here.

    Winter Wonderland and Narnia Theme

    You don’t need a wardrobe for this Narnia themed event – we’ll bring one! Our creative team can transform any venue into a realistic, breath-taking, unique Winter Wonderland! Featuring ice sculptures, ice King and Queen characters, ice fairies, stilt walking trees, uncanny Narnia meet and greet characters, stilt walking fire breathers and much more! You also don’t have to wait until Christmas to make a Winter Wonderland themed event. With our impressive giant snow globes, snow machines and snow related acts and live entertainment, we can make it snow any time of the year!

    Check out our Winter Wonderland and Narnia event theme on our site here.

    The above suggestions are just a few out of a spectacular list of party theme ideas. We have an array of incredible party packages that you can choose from. Give your employees a true thank you for all of their hard work with an out of this world party experience.

    Check out our Office Party in a Box Packages on our website for more information or give one of our specialist party planners a call. It’s simple, choose your theme and we will take care of the rest! We will arrive before the party and set up your theme as well as coordinate the entertainment – not forgetting returning at the end of the evening to clear up.

  10. The Time To Plan Your Next Event Is Now!

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    Can we all agree that this disastrous Coronavirus and subsequent lockdown has severely impacted our economy? With companies and organisations being thrown into uncertainty due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the last few months have been incredibly tough for everyone.

    We know that this pandemic has been difficult on the events industry specifically due to the lockdown measures in place – resulting in all public and private functions being postponed or cancelled. Thankfully, it seems that we are slowly conquering this deadly virus and the lockdown measures are beginning to ease. Businesses are starting to re-open their doors and welcome customers back for the first time in over three months.

    However, many businesses are still on hold at the moment and events are still cancelled or postponed until lockdown is completely lifted. Once these restrictions are over and we all get back to some semblance of normality, or a ‘new normal’, it will be time to play catch up!

    Here at Big Foot Events, we have been working closely with our clients to reschedule events that could not go-ahead during lockdown. This has resulted in a lot of events being fitted alongside events that have already been planned for later in the year. We are ready for exciting times ahead as the Big Foot Team help businesses to return with a bang!

    With so many events being rescheduled and planned ahead of time, we can guarantee that the best venue availability, alongside the greatest entertainment – which is always at the centre of any event, will soon be tricky to find due to being fully booked for the year. Which is why putting plans in place now will put you ahead of the rest! Whilst we don’t know for certain when this lockdown will fully lift and we can throw large scale events – or even events with more than ten people, if you don’t plan ahead now you could have your hands full when your business is back in full swing.

    The time to start planning your events is now! It gives you a high chance of securing your chosen venue and live entertainment before other competitors snatch them up! With help from Big Foot Events, you can easily, simply and quickly plan your event and still have plenty of time to get back to the day to day tasks of the business – which we imagine will be a hefty task due to not being in the office in a good while. With a dedicated, hard-working, and passionate events manager at your service, we will deliver all of your event needs and wants in an effortless and timely period.

    Calling on our fantastic array of artistes, performers, crew and suppliers, we will fulfil all elements of your event, from venue décor and live entertainment to props and catering. We’ll get creative on your behalf and come up with an exciting concept for the event; we’ll develop a cohesive theme that runs through every detail – from delegate name badges to your presentation slides. Or if you are wanting something a little edgy and outside the box, we can arrange anything from weird, wacky yet wonderful interactive meet and greet acts to world-class live entertainment that is suitable for all ages. With over 15 years of experience in the events industry – we have the skills, knowledge, and desire to step into our client’s shoes and understand what each event needs to achieve success. Prepare for an event that is on brand, unique and a definite stand out from the rest!

    In summary, lockdown is not going to last forever, and amazing events take time to plan. It is going to be a competitive market for the events industry over the next few years so this makes it crucial for you to get a head start in the event planning process in order to secure the very best venue, live entertainment, props and décor.

    Why not get in touch to discuss your next event – we’re ready to work alongside you to create a world-class experience for your guests. And if you need to engage with your customers before the lockdown ends then we have some amazing Virtual Events and entertaining Social Distancing solutions to discuss. 

    Contact us and speak to a member of our team today!

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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