Conference entertainment is the key to hosting a successful event; with the right entertainment, conferences can go from mediocre to memorable quickly. Well-timed entertainment can help to break the ice and allow guests to relax and interact more with each other; try to spend a little more on the start of the event and early evening in order to facilitate this. Once the drinks have made a few rounds later on, a DJ or band can keep attendees happy. Good entertainment is often team-building too as in the case of team quizzes and murder mystery games.
No longer the realm of cringe-worthy comedians and cheesy music, conference entertainment takes many forms – photo booths, cocktail making, casino nights and Wii games to name but a few. Whether you’re looking for AV set-ups or an evening’s entertainment, Bristol’s Re-Energize is a great choice and allows you to source all you need from one company.
For entertainment that facilitates better business, be prepared to spend a little more on a quality motivational speaker. The South West offers so much in this area – Anything Is Possible, a mother-daughter team who trekked to the North Pole is an engaging and inspirational choice, whilst Speakers Unlimited offers a wealth of famous speakers to choose from. Speakers can also act as guest hosts, introducing segments of the programme.
Planning ahead is crucial to securing great entertainment at your venue of choice. First and foremost, establish a budget and stick to it; venues may have an all-inclusive rate whereas others may have separate fees depending on what you’d like to use. Many venues come equipped with AV facilities but you may need to pay extra for a large sound system if you’re planning on booking a band, for example.
For summer events, why not look at booking an establishment with plenty of outdoor space and take the entertainment outside? Venues such as Ashton Court Mansion in Bristol offer outdoor activities such as duck herding, and others offer clay pigeon shooting.
Whether you book a cocktail masterclass for a small group or a casino night for a large party, the right entertainment can leave guests talking about the event for months to come.