Packages: Fresh ideas on hospitality and how to spoil your guests

AWAYDAYS

Cool Camping Events

If it's good enough for Billie Piper, it's good enough for us. Follow in the footsteps of the former Dr Who sidekick, who used teepees at her wedding, by giving Cool Camping Events a call. Its communal area, featuring a style of teepee known as a 'kata', has a restaurant, cocktail bar and decked area with outside seating and wood-burning stove. It can host 80 seated and prices start at £13,000 per day including breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight stay. Guests staying in a luxury teepee will enjoy the use of a hot shower, toilet, double beds with Egyptian cotton duvet covers, two full-length mirrors, LED lighting, a mini-bar and toiletries from L'Occitane.

- www.coolcampingevents.com

CORPORATE TRAINING

The Finishing Academy

If your guests are perhaps more ladette than lady or more caveman than gentleman, a trip to The Finishing Academy may prove to be an educational experience. Advocating traditional values for the modern world, the school offers one- to five-day courses including lessons in etiquette, public speaking, wine appreciation and dance. Prices start from £250 per day for a maximum of six guests.

- www.finishingacademy.co.uk

TEAM BUILDING

Farmer For A Day

For an udderly different experience, pack your clients off to Gorstage Green farm in Cheshire. The dairy farm's Farmer for a Day experience, for groups of up to 30, includes tasks such as feeding the baby calves, milking the cows and mucking out the bull pen. Prices start from £70 for a half-day session or £175 for a full day. The full-day experiences start at 7am and include a pub lunch and farmhouse goodies to take home.

- www.farmer4aday.co.uk

CORPORATE TRAINING

UK Body Talk

Good communication skills are essential in any industry, but this is especially true for networking events. The Body Talk Express Show aims to teach delegates how to achieve a rapport with others and have presence, confidence and the ability to negotiate in the workplace. It includes interactive workshops as well as performances from West End professionals.

Richard Newman, founder of Body Talk, learnt his skills while teaching English to Tibetan monks in India, where he had to overcome communication barriers by using body language.

Prices for the package, which involves two instructors, four professional dancers and a singer, start from £7,500 for 150 people.

- www.bodytalk.biz

CORPORATE HOSPITALITY

Belowzero

Burlesque seems to be everywhere at the moment, with Dita Von Teese not only the face of MAC cosmetics, but also the new muse for Cointreau. She has created a special Cointreau Teese cocktail, which is only available at London bar Belowzero. Continuing the theme, the venue is offering a package that sees a performance from burlesque artiste Gwendoline Lamour. The evening on 17 April will include a three-course dinner and Cointeau Teese cocktail on arrival, and costs £54.95 per person.

- www.belowzerolondon.com

CORPORATE HOSPITALITY

Twickenham Experience

Why not practise your dance moves at one of Twickenham Experience's Christmas party Swing Time packages? They feature a sparkling-wine reception, three-course dinner, casino tables, a live band and professional dancers. The packages, which are for up to 300 guests and can be booked privately or as part of a shared party, will take place in the venue's Performing Arts Centre between 12 and 20 December. Prices start at £62 per person.

- www.twickenhamexperience.com.


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