After creating a unique, memorable and successful event for their 125th Anniversary in January 2019, Weir Minerals Europe, an innovative engineering consultant for the minerals, oil, gas, power, and industrial markets, wanted us to create a family fun day out for their employees, business associates and their families, in order to say thank you for all the hard work and dedication whilst working for the company.
As you may know, here at Big Foot Events we love new challenges, and creating a fun, family friendly day out that our client’s employees and their families will not only enjoy, but that will also draw attention away from a Party-in-the Park event taking place adjacent to the chosen venue on the same day, is certainly just that – a challenge! However, with over 15 years’ experience in providing entertainment, activities and personalised fun-day packages to outdoor events, we knew that we could win!
In order for this family fun day to run smoothly, be successful and provide our client’s staff with a great time, we had to make sure that each employee of Weir Mineral Europe felt included and would want to join in on the fun. That meant incorporating a variety of enjoyable, outside-the-box entertainment and activities suited to all ages. It was also integral that our client’s branding was visible throughout the site.
In order to overcome any issues on the day of the event, and to make sure we brought our clients vision to life, we arranged several site visits and meetings with both the venue and our client, which resulted in creating mood boards with clear pictures of activities options, theme décor and site layouts, so that we maintained consistency throughout the event planning process.
A family festival with explicit branding throughout was arranged, and in order to distract guests from the Party in the Park event next door and to ensure we had the element of surprise we had a Jurassic revelation up our sleeve….
As well as glorious sunshine on the day of the event, guests were greeted by a realistic, life-size Raptor and T Rex Dinosaurs, who interacted with children and parents on arrival to squeals of excitement and utter delight! Face painters provided glitter tattoos, glitter eye shadow and face paints to those wanting to experience the true festival vibe. Keeping with the summer fair/festival theme and bringing a little competitive fun to the day, giant inflatable assault courses and other sports games were available for guests to compete with one another and take part in some fun team building. For the children and young adults, they had the option to learn some incredible Circus skills in an interactive, fun, and energetic Circus workshop. Our personality hosts and games organisers ensured the fun was continuous throughout the afternoon with Sports races and It’s A Knockout style entertainment! Along with meeting our remarkably realistic, giant and baby Dinosaurs, children were able to play hide and seek in giant Dinosaur Eggs – which made for incredible photo opportunities. For the more adventurous individual, a giant inflatable Rodeo Bull was on full display for all to take on!
An impressive picnic style seating area with bright tablecloths & chair covers was accompanied by branded bunting, pop up flags and streamers inside an impressive 24 metre by 9 metre marquee. A great Summer family fun day out is not complete without an authentic British Barbeque. And making sure we catered for all dietary requirements, we offered Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten Free Food options as well. Not forgetting sweet lovers, as dessert carts made their way around the marque with Candy Floss, Ice Cream, Popcorn and Sweets. In order to add a true party atmosphere, an impressive PA system was installed inside the Marquee to play all the summer classic hits whilst LED Disco Lights lit up the venue and bubbles floated continuously for children (and dinosaurs) to chase and pop! And finally, as with any outdoor event, certain facilities need to be present and easily accessible, including portable toilets with disabled and baby-changing access. Clear signage was present throughout the site and around the marque to direct people to those facilities, as well as to first aid responders as a precautionary measure.
“We just wanted to drop you a line to say thank you so much for the excellent organisation of our event on Saturday. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, with the circus skills, rodeo bull and, of course, the dinosaurs being the highlights. Your team were a delight.
Thanks, once again, for arranging a great event and fantastic day out!”
Weir Minerals Europe