“Look out the window! It’s still light and it’s (quick time check) 5:13pm!!! When I got up this morning it was definitely lighter.” The next day the time check moves about a minute later but the excitement still grows. This can only mean one thing:  summer is making her way towards us. Slowly, steadily but as the spring flowers make an appearance, at this time of year we can have the optimism that this really will be the hottest summer on record. 2013 was a great warm up (excuse the pun). And after all the rain this winter, we’re owed one, surely? No matter what the weather, us Brits are very good at getting on with what we’re doing and now is the time for you to start thinking about your summer event – whether it’s an end of incentive trip, hospitality, an experience day, team event or the annual company conference, events can be used to reward staff by providing them with positive memories that also have the benefit of being associated with their employer. It’s a great opportunity to give employees an experience that they have dreamed of doing, rather than receiving a gift that they might have already or cash that gets absorbed into paying household bills. It’s far better and more effective to give them a memory that has the buzz factor. Putting time into the planning now means you’ll give them something to remember for all the right reasons. Check out our website for top tips to make your event an experience to remember.

Start by having a chat with a member of our award-winning events team to put your ideas into action. We’ve picked out five ideas here but take a look at our Pinterest page for more inspiration.


Festivals and concerts


Noun: festival; plural noun: festivals


  1. a day or period of celebration

Synonyms: fete, fair, gala day, gala, carnival, fiesta, jamboree, pageant.


  1. an organised series of concerts, plays, or films, typically one held annually in the same place.  

Wipe down your wellies, warm up your vocal chords and get ready to dance the night away at a host of festivals and concerts this summer. Make sure you buy your tickets from a reputable provider so you’re not left red faced and peering in from the wrong side of the gates while the crowds pour in past you. There are loads of great live music events lined up for this summer:

  • Glastonbury
  • Robbie Williams
  • Spaced
  • Reading and Leeds
  • Wireless
  • McBusted
  • Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues band
  • Justin Timberlake
  • Rick Astley and Jason Donavon
  • Tinie Tempah  

Or fancy a different kind of festival? How about the Tomatina festival in Spain.

Check out our Pinterest board for more festival fun.

Next week’s blog we’ll cover off your essential festival survival checklist.




noun: glamping

  1. a form of camping involving accommodation and facilities more luxurious than those associated with traditional camping.


  1. "glamping is likely to satisfy any city slicker seeking a little refuge in nature—without foregoing any of life's luxuries".

Add an extra special element to your festival, concert or team event with glamour camping. After a day of activities, glamping is a great way to kick back and relax in style with the feeling and experience of camping but with the added comforts of home.

Still not sure what glamping’s all about? Check out our glamping Pinterest board and let the pictures tell the story.


Sporting hospitality


Noun: sport


  1. an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment


When your team has gone the extra mile to deliver, what better way to reward them then relaxing and unwinding with a day of sporting hospitality – great refreshments, time with colleagues, suppliers or partners away from the workplace and maybe a chance to watch a sport you haven’t seen before. Wimbledon, Royal Ascot, Cheltenham Races, Henley Regatta – the British summer has a great tradition of sporting events to take you right through the season.  If you want a bit extra, we can take you for a day’s horse racing at Carlisle followed by a Kaiser Chiefs concert. Or how about holding a World Cup or Latin America themed event without clocking up the air miles?  

We’ve just updated our sporting hospitality calendar but if there’s something else you fancy, we can take care of the organisation – just let us know your ideas and we’ll bring them to life!


Experiences with a difference


Noun experience

  1. an event or occurrence which leaves an impression on someone.

Don’t get stuck in a rut with the same old team building activities.  Give your people something to really look forward to with an experience day that they might not get chance to do any other time. Really think about what kind of event your audience will enjoy and be creative. Taking time to think up different ideas is time consuming and where do you start?! Well, give us a call and we’ll do it for you. We have a whole library of unique incentive experiences for you to choose from – how about jet-packing? Or spending the day with a Premiership football manager. We’ve just added an amazing opportunity for you to row with Olympians. Imagine getting a master class from Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Matthew Pinsent in the gym and on the water. Discover the thrill that comes from pulling together as one in an ‘8’ with the Leander Club’s athletes!


Incentive travel

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Noun incentive travel

  1. Travel offered as a reward for top performance and the business that develops, markets and operates these programmes.

An end of incentive trip is a great way to keep enthusiasm high throughout your incentive programme and truly reward top performers at the end. Make sure you book with an ATOL protected company and travel with peace of mind. We’ve taken groups all over the world and across the UK and you’ll be amazed at what we can organise in a short space of time. We’re meticulous planners and crafty cost managers with a network of people in all the right places. We take care of every last detail and are always looking at new ideas so you have a trip unlike any other.

How about horse racing in Paris; visiting the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh; polo in Spain; water sports and ham carving in Montenegro (not at the same time, I hasten to add!); footvolley, rainforest trekking and helicopter flights in Brazil. It’s a wide world out there and we’ve got just the ticket for you! Pick a country, give us a call and let’s bring the atlas to life!


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