We’re officially in the throes of springtime with summer just around the corner, so now’s the perfect time to start thinking about this year’s office summer party. Helping you deliver an event that tops all the rest, the Lime Venue Portfolio team are here with six unique ideas to get you inspired and help make the planning process a little easier.
Get ready to pop the out of office on and soak up our suggestions…
Picnic in the park(lands) at Hedsor House
The luxurious, Georgian Hedsor House is a gem of a venue that happens to be nestled amongst 100 acres of stunning parkland – making for an idyllic team picnic setting. Plus, with purveyors of British hospitality Payne & Gunter catering all events at this venue, you’ve got the perfect recipe on-site for serving up a truly traditional picnic menu.
Should rain be forecast on the day, Hedsor House has some stunning indoor spaces to hire alongside use of the grounds. These include Centre Hall with its majestic, chequered floor and a galleried landing, and the Drawing Room with easy access to the lush green lawns should the rain cool off.
Mindful tipples on Tower 42
With more of us looking for ways to drink less alcohol – aka ‘mindful drinking’ – while not missing out on all the occasions where alcohol is normally present, why not put on a drinks event with mocktails at the fore? A stunning spot to try out this concept is City Social, a Michelin starred restaurant on 14th floor of London’s Tower 42 with breath-taking city views and art deco interiors. Being at the top of the tower, this space is flooded with light in the day yet dimly lit and atmospheric in the evening, making it easy to evoke specific moods.
Ice cream at the zoo
It’s hard to top ice cream, especially on a warm and sunny day. For an ice cream party like no other, serve it at an outdoor venue like Edinburgh Zoo & Mansion House where delegates can explore the grounds and check out the animals. Just remember to include all the classics like vanilla, strawberry and chocolate on the ice cream menu, as well as novel flavours like rocky road, salted caramel and matcha.
Movie on the walls of Hever Castle
Not a lot beats an outdoor movie night - apart from hosting it in the grounds of an epic venue like Hever Castle. Once your venue’s booked and you’ve found the ideal castle wall to project your film, you’ll need to get hold of a screen, projector with a decent level of display brightness, and a soundbar or PA system for audio. Last on the list is sourcing comfy seating, adding some popcorn and of course, deciding on a movie!
Spark team spirits at Sandown Park Racecourse
A day at the races is one of the oldest social occasions, so why not use this year’s summer party as an excuse to head there? There’s nothing quite like the competitive team spirit and electric commadore of the races, even for those who know little about sport. For an unforgettable summer party at the races, check out what’s on at Sandown Park Racecourse. Home to the famous Gold Cup, this picturesque site has high-spec event spaces to hire for post-race food or drinks.
Let’s chat unique summer party venues
Having the UK’s largest selection of venues, we have an (almost) endless variety of summer party venues to pick from, as well as an expert event team armed with original ideas. Why not get in touch today to see how we can help?
Social on the Buffini Chao Deck
If you’re after an outdoor venue that’s guaranteed to make your colleagues feel special, consider an evening spent on the impressive Buffini Chao Deck at The National Theatre. This recently refurbished rooftop space can host up to 200 colleagues and boasts dramatic, panoramic views of London city - ideal for bringing the wow-factor to any work summer party theme.