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The first day of my second week was the first time that I met a hotel and saw a presentation from them about what they do! Principal Hayley and Four Pillars Hotels both came in today which gave me an insight into what they offer.

 

Their hotels are located all over the country and have something to suit all people’s tastes and budgets as well as having facilities to cater for different sized events; they really have something for everyone!

 

Out of the Four Pillars Hotels the one that stood out for me was Tortworth Court Hotel, It’s a beautiful looking hotel set in 30 acres of parkland. Being located just 15 minutes outside of Bristol it’s easily accessible, Tortworth Court has excellent facilities with a spa, gym and treatment rooms as well as bars and restaurants within the hotel. The Orangery within the hotel is perfect for exclusive events which would make it a great location for a Masonic ladies festival.

 

The Principal Hayley Hotels all of their venues look amazing! My favourite out of all that they showed us would be The St. David’s Hotel and Spa in Cardiff, this is a five star hotel which is designed to look like a cruise ship, (which it actually does!) it has 142 bedrooms and 7 meeting rooms with floor to ceiling windows overlooking Cardiff Bay, They have a dedicated conference centre which can cater for both large and small events.

 

It was good for me to see these hotels and to hear which ones would be suitable for Masonic weekends, getting to know a bit more about what they can offer.

 

We’d love to discuss your next Masonic event with you, please call us on 01202 400855 to discuss or visit our website by clicking HERE

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In recent years Square Events have hosted many showcase events highlighting some of the UK’s best locations and hotels for Masonic Lodge Ladies Weekends. Having held events in Dorset, Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, Kent and Hampshire in the last couple of years we’ve decided this time to go to ESSEX. We will be focussing on Masonic Lodges within the province of Essex promoting Ladies Festivals and Ladies Weekends to Worshipful Masters, Festival Secretaries as well as Junior and Senior Wardens. If you are looking to book a Masonic Ladies Festival in the next few years this will be the event for you.

Further details will be emailed to our entire database in the next few weeks so keep an eye out for our e-newsletter that will contain further information. To register early interest please visit www.squareeventsmanagement.com and click on the ‘Contact Us’ page or fill in the form below.

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After travelling for just over an hour and a half we found ourselves at the entrance to the Mercure Windsor Castle Hotel, what a sight, a beautiful traditional building with balconies and large windows. From the front the hotel looked quite large, but once we walked through the door it was even more grand and spacious than expected, kind of like a tardis, with the added benefit of a well appointed car park. We were welcomed warmly at the reception desk when we checked in. In my opinion first impressions are key, so having a smiling face to welcome guests is very important, which the Mercure Windsor Castle Hotel have down to a tee. When we got to our room we were impressed by the finishing touches and soft furnishings that made the room feel homely and comfortable, rather than cold and sterile.

So after a little rest and a quick change we went back down to the main part of the hotel where we were met by the lovely Jane Clement and David Hayden and other staff from the hotel for a champagne and canapé reception. The champagne went down a little too well and the canapés were delightful. The reception was followed by a show round of the fabulous function rooms that the hotel has to offer. The function space is so varied and versatile that it would be perfect for any type of event, especially private dining for a Masonic Weekend. The Windsor and Georgian Suites are absolutely breathtaking and would be ideal for large functions and big groups. Then we were shown to our private dining suite for the evening, the menu was well selected, and the food was beautifully presented and tasted amazing. The service was impeccable and the staff were so accommodating, there were a few fussy eaters who changed their menu at the last minute, the staff made the changes without any trouble and all of the food arrived at the same time, which is difficult with changes at such short notice especially for a large group. Dietary requirements were noted by the hotel and the menu steered clear of all ingredients that any of the guests were allergic to. We were entertained by a very well thought out quiz during dinner which was both testing and interesting at the same time.

Windsor Castle Hotel

The next morning we got ready for a day of excitement. Breakfast certainly set us up for what was to come, it was varied and delicious. We met outside the hotel to watch the Changing of the Guard Procession; I would highly recommend watching this to anyone who visits Windsor. We then walked down to the river to jump on a riverboat taxi to Windsor Racecourse for a fun fuelled day at the races. Sadly I didn’t win, but watching the races and taking a punt on which horse would win made up for that. The food at the racecourse was amazing and the staff manning the bars were so attentive and friendly. When we arrived back at the hotel from the races we needed a rest, so we sat in the lounge and relaxed before having a more informal buffet dinner in the gorgeous Windsor Suite. Again the food was faultless and wonderfully presented.

Windsor Suite       Windsor Suite 2

After a good night sleep we had another fantastic full breakfast, did a little bit of shopping in the centre of beautiful Windsor, then checked out to begin our journey back to Bournemouth.

Overall it was a fantastic weekend, great food, great company and a very comfortable bed, what more could you ask for?

For more information on planning your Ladies’ Festival please contact Matt Devine or the rest of the team at Square Events and Perfect Weekend by phone on 01202 400855 or by email to matt.devine@squareeventsmanagement.com

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After a long day in the office my colleague and I from Brief2Event and Square Events arrived at Bartley Lodge Hotel. We were greeted by a long, sweeping driveway that perfectly set up the country manor feel of the building itself our check-in was very fast, we were both delighted with the room we were staying in, very clean, modern but still within keeping with the country manor feel.

Shortly afterwards we met the lovely Nicki Smith for a drinks reception and a show round. The Baronial Hall is an extremely versatile space and would serve perfectly as a function room for private dining, meetings or conferences. The room benefits from wood panelling and has a very traditional feel, one of the best aspects of this room is the large windows overlooking the gardens with access to the patio, which would be ideal for a drinks reception in the summer evenings or as an area to unwind in during conference breaks.

Bartley Lodge Hotel has an ‘old’ part and a ‘new’ part to the hotel. They offer four different categories of bedrooms – Keeper (cosy standard), Agister (standard rooms), Verderer (larger rooms with all amenities) and Crown (executive, some with four poster beds and additional luxuries) The hotel has an indoor swimming pool and sauna for all residents to use.

We dined in the Crystal Restaurant in the hotel conservatory and had the opportunity to sample the new menu for the ‘Spring/Summer’ season. The selections were extensive and the food was delicious. The menu would be great for a private dining experience, such as a Masonic Ladies Festival. The hotel had really pulled out all the stops and this was evident with my dessert I had the chocolate brownie which was presented as a New Forest scene with a side of ‘soil and mushrooms’ they had made mini marshmallows and cookies as the mushrooms and soil was crushed up cookies with fennel for grass. It was a great touch and everyone made comments regarding the dessert. The meal was delicious and we were certainly not left hungry!

We enjoyed a restful night’s sleep in our well-appointed bedroom and breakfast the next day really set us up for a day’s activities in the New Forest.

For more information on organising your Masonic event in the New Forest or the UK please contact Guy Mason, Matt Devine or the rest of the team at Square Events and Perfect Weekend using the details below:

01202 400855

Matt.devine@squareeventsmanagement.com

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The ‘MAC’nificent charity weekend organisers (Russ and Denise) attended the Square Events familiarisation trip at Hellidon Lakes Golf and Spa Hotel. They loved the venue and thought it would be ideal for the charity weekend that they are organising, to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support from Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd September 2013.

Russ and Craig (brothers in law) take part in the annual Macmillan 4×4 challenge, referred to as the ‘Mac’, partly because they enjoy it so much, but more importantly, because they raise money in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Everyone has already been very generous with support for the last 2 years, for which they are extremely grateful and thankful. However the 2014 ‘Mac’ hopes to take the total raised since the event started in 2002 past the £1m mark.

They need your help to boost the funds as much as possible, so instead of just asking for sponsorship, a weekend away at a superb hotel in Northamptonshire has been arranged. Everyone is welcome, but demand is high for this indulgent weekend, so reserve your place quickly by contacting Russ Rainger.

The weekend will consist of dinner and light-hearted entertainment on Friday night, overnight accommodation and breakfast at your leisure on Saturday morning, with a day to yourself to enjoy the excellent spa and pool facilities at the hotel, explore the local area or play a round of golf on the challenging course. Saturday night will be a black tie event, with Champagne and canapés, a banquet, music for dancing and the all important Charity Draw, overnight stay and another leisurely breakfast.

Square Events have been involved in the organisation of this charity event, along with Russ and Denise, due to the expertise that they provide. Square Events have shown their versatility in the respect that this is not the usual type of event that they deal with, but have been involved from the off, as they introduced the organisers to the beautiful venue back in November 2012.

Hellidon Lakes Golf and Spa Hotel offers something for everyone, the hotel has experience of Masonic Events, with great banqueting space for your Gala dinner and fabulous facilities including a spa, pool and a golf course for your leisure time. For more information about organising a Masonic Ladies Festival please contact Matt Devine, Tara or myself at  Square Events on 01202 400855.

Russ and Denise are hoping for plenty of support from the Masonic community for this event, please contact Russ directly on 01728 688739 for more information or to book on to this indulgent charity weekend event.

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The New Forest has so much to offer, a wide variety of hotels, restaurants and cafés. We had an amazing opportunity to experience some of the many different things that can be done in the New Forest, from relaxing in the hotel bar to being on an exhilarating RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) ride.

The New Forest is an ideal location for a Masonic Ladies’ festival, although there are a few hotels in the area that are unsuitable due to size and/or price, they are all set in beautiful surroundings and tend to be within a stone’s throw of a golf course. Another great thing about the New Forest is that it is very close to main transport links and just off of the M27.

I think that the New Forest is one of the most beautiful places in the UK and with so much to experience it is an ideal location for a leisure break with a combination of relaxation, with a wide variety of spas and treatment facilities and lots of exiting activities.

You can also rent a New Forest Twizy to have a different experience of driving around the forest without being worried about emissions, as they run purely on electric. If you are used to driving a big car on the bumpy forest roads, driving a Twizy may be a slightly scary experience.

Battlefield live, laser clay, archery and Segway are just a few of the activities that we encountered in one day in the New Forest, imagine the possibilities for a longer stay.

Even though I live just 10 minutes away from the New Forest and go there often, there is still much more to experience than the relaxing summer walks looking at the cows, ponies, donkeys and pigs and stopping for an ice-cream and possibly a drink in Burley.

 For more information on Ladies’ Festivals in the New Forest contact Guy Mason, Matt Devine, Tara or myself at Square Events and Perfect Weekend on 01202 400855

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What a week! My first week working for Square Events and Perfect Weekend, my first Masonic Lodge Ladies Weekend experience, my first site visit to a hotel, well I suppose there is a first time for everything.

 

My name is Natasha, I joined the lovely team at Square Events Management just last week and I was thrown straight in at the deep end, as by Friday I was out on the road to meet Guy Mason (Director of Square Events) for a site visit at The Woodland Grange Hotel, which has lovely conference rooms (ideal for training and corporate events); a smaller oak panelled room which could work for smaller lodges and a number of newly refurbished bedrooms.

 

Then onto Q Hotels Chesford Grange for a Masonic Ladies Weekend showcase event.  The staff at the hotel in Kenilworth, Warwickshire were extremely friendly, helpful and hospitable. The facilities were ideal suiting lodge events from 100 pax and the bedrooms were of a very high standard throughout.

 

We arrived just before the snow started to fall in Warwickshire, the atmosphere was amazing and the snow made the hotel look even more beautiful. They provided a fantastic showcase and a thorough understanding of Masonic Lodge Ladies Weekends, it was a fantastic opportunity for me to get a better understanding of the way in which these types of events are organised and run and just how much planning and preparation goes on.

 

It was great for me to get involved from the off, helping out with decorations in the banquet suite and final touches, where we later had a fantastic four course meal and although later in the evening there was a distinct lack of bodies on the dance floor, all attendees invited by QHotels and Square Events appeared to be having a fantastic time and the last few guests were up into the early hours along with some of the QHotel hosts, Guy Mason and myself from Square Events.

 

Square Events and Perfect Weekend would be happy to help you with any of your upcoming events, so do not hesitate to contact us regarding any of your thoughts, we are always happy to discuss your event and offer any advice where required. Guy, Matt, Tara and myself would be delighted to answer any questions you may have, please call the number below.

 

Call us on 01202 400855

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