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Five tips to plan the perfect leavers’ ball

West Park dining room place settingsThey say your school days are the best days of your life.  What better way to let off all that post exam steam than by having a leavers’ ball to remember. Forget trying to jazz up your school hall, celebrate in style with one of our ball packages, here at West Park.

Have you been given the responsibility to plan the ball? You’ve got the best job! Check out our five tips to help you create a spectacular evening for you and your classmates.

1. Have you got a theme?

A themed party can be a lot of fun, and gives you an opportunity to let your hair down and celebrate the end of school. If you can’t decide on a theme, why not put a list together for your fellow classmates to choose from. Whether it’s red carpet glamour to a night in Vegas, we can help you capture it at West Park.

2. Food and catering

Our menu won’t disappoint your guests and nor will the cost. Starting at just £24.95 per person, you’ll be able to enjoy a three course meal that could include tasty treats like tomato and basil soup with a crusty bread roll, chicken breast with bacon wrapped chipolatas and a lightly roasted jus, and sticky toffee pudding with hot toffee sauce and ice cream. Yum!

Just give us a call to have a chat about your requirements; we’ll be able to put together a menu to suit both your taste buds and your budget.

3. What to wear?

Although the girls usually spend a lot more time than the guys finding the perfect ensemble, having the right outfit is one of the most important things for everybody.

Your theme can play an important part here,  if you’re going for fancy dress do you need a hand in finding the perfect costume? Our events team can help by linking you up with local suppliers.

4. Music

Whether you’re planning on getting groovy to a live band or dancing to the latest tunes from a DJ, there’s plenty of room at West Park for whatever you fancy. A disco is included in the price of some of our packages, and we can help if you’d like details of local bands. 

5. That little extra something

You might want to think about adding a few extra touches to make the celebration extra special. For a lasting reminder of the evening why not consider a photo booth, or a sweet cart for guests to help themselves to? We’re happy to help make your event the best in town.

From the early stages of planning through to the evening, our West Park events team will help you put together a night to remember.

For more information or to book your special night, call us now on 01382 647177, or email enquiries@westpark.co.uk

 

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Five reasons to stay at West Park this festival season

 

Typical Double Bedroom at West ParkIt’s festival season! Have you booked your tickets for T in the Park and Rewind Scotland yet? Or does the fear of sleeping in the middle of a field, showering with freezing cold water and sharing the toilets with other festival goers fill you with dread?

Why not concentrate on the music and come and stay with us? Our overnight accommodation at West Park has everything you need to refresh overnight for the day ahead and enjoy some more great music. Still unsure? Here are five reasons to stay with us this festival season:

1.    Location 

You’re not far away from two of Scotland’s biggest festivals. Staying at West Park, you’ll be 35 miles from Balado for T in the Park and 24 miles away from Rewind Scotland’s, Scone Palace. Our team are always on hand to help you book transport if you need it to get to and from the festival.

West Park is in the leafy west end of Dundee, on the banks of the River Tay, so why not take some time out to relax with friends and explore this beautiful part of the country when the festival has finished.

2.    Costs 

Sometimes paying the extra to camp at a festival can be pricey. You can stay with us for as little as £35 a night; we have discounts for group bookings. With 204 rooms available, you’re sure to be near to each other, no matter how big the group

3.    Comfort 

Why spend the night tossing and turning in your tent? You can get a relaxing night sleep with us at West Park. We have a number of twin, single and double rooms to choose from.

4.    Convenience 

Whether you’re glamping or sleeping in the car, you can’t avoid those early morning treks to the communal toilets and showers. This is something you don’t have to wake up to if you’re staying with us. All our rooms have en-suite bathrooms so you can freshen up in your own time. Your valuables will be safely locked in your room while you’re at the festival, so there’s no need to worry about leaving anything in your tent.

5.    Refreshments

Long queues at expensive food stalls, or trying to keep your drinks and food cool, can be a real pain when you’re camping. For just an extra £8.50 per night, you can enjoy a hearty Scottish breakfast served in our Victorian mansion house – you’ll need all the energy possible to dance all day and night.

Don’t worry if you’re in a rush to get away in the morning, speak to our staff the night before and we’ll arrange for a grab and go breakfast to be available from reception. This takes the stress (and the cost) away from trying to find food while you’re at the festival.

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Five things you need to know to plan a large meeting or conference

A residential conference layout in the Sidlaw suite at West Park. Organising a large meeting or residential conference can be a daunting task. You may be looking for a new venue for your annual staff conference or the perfect suite to host a training day to a large number of colleagues.

So where do you start? Invitations, booking the venue, food? Don’t worry, we’ve got five pointers to help you plan and organise the perfect event.

Getting started

To arrange your event, you’ll need to set a date and time. Make sure you shop around, as many venues will offer a planning service. At West Park we have a team of expert event planners to help you create the perfect conference day. Our team can assist you with the best seating and layouts, setting up equipment on the day and finalising those crucial details. 

Book the venue

You’ve probably got a picture in your head of how you want the room to look. Most venues can provide an overview of all of their available rooms. At West Park we offer two ideal rooms for either large conferences or events. If you’re looking for a larger scale event, our Sidlaw Suite can hold up to 300 people. If it’s just a smaller conference setting you’re looking for then our Balbeggie Suite seats up to 100 people.

Catering

Providing the catering for a large number of guests can be a real headache. Not all venues provide catering, so it’s important to find this out. We offer a number of lunch packages including delicious delicatessen nibbles and freshly-made sandwiches.

Equipment

Consider the equipment you will need for the day. Make sure the venue offers everything you need. We provide projectors, screens, laptops and flipcharts upon request. We also offer free Wi-Fi.

Overnight stay

You may have to think about overnight accommodation for your guests, especially if they have travelled far. It can be a long day and they’ll need a good night’s rest before travelling back the next day. During the summer months of June, July and August we offer special rates for conference delegates.

If you are thinking of planning a large business event or you are looking for a new annual conference venue, get in touch with our team or fill out our conference and meeting enquiry form.

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Six key factors to planning a successful training event

WestParks' boardrooms can be optimised for your meeting or training needs Off-site training events are one of the best ways to keep your employees motivated and develop their skills. If you’re planning a training event, here are our tips:

Choose a good quality trainer

Whether you choose a professional trainer or someone from your business, they need to be strong communicators and have good interaction skills to ensure trainees stay focused during the training.

Ensure the training content is engaging

If your training content is exciting and interesting, your trainees will be more willing to learn and absorb the information they’re given. To help keep your trainees motivated include a mix of activities, such as role playing or an informal quiz.

Pick a good venue

Trainers have told us that the most effective training occurs off-site because there are fewer interruptions and trainees are more likely to concentrate. So choose a professional venue in a good location that offers a good-quality service. West Park, located in the quiet suburbs of Dundee, offers spacious training rooms and a flexible approach to customers’ training needs.

Have the right equipment

A professional venue will provide all the audio visual and IT equipment you need whatever your planned activities, but not all venues include this in their package prices. If you’re planning hands-on training you may need Wi-Fi, flip chart paper and sticky notes, so make sure these are available.

Provide brain-stimulating food and drinks

A healthy menu and regular refreshments will ensure your trainees stay alert and motivated throughout the day. Our menus offer delicious healthy food made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. 

Measure your success

It’s a good idea to ask for feedback including the training content, the trainer and the venue. This information will help you to measure success, make improvements and identify further training for your trainees.  

If you’re planning a training session, our team at West Park can help you to deliver a successful event. Please contact us and we’ll be happy to help.

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Bored of the same four walls in your meetings?


Glen Doll meeting room with desk in horseshoe layout If you need to brainstorm your next project or discuss targets for the next financial year, the same four walls or a busy canteen may not provide the most inspiring environment. Choosing an off-site venue is an ideal solution to make the most of your team's skills and get the creative juices flowing.

Here are five reasons why you should consider an off-site venue for your next meeting:

1.    Greater productivity.

The same environment and agenda can be boring for your team. A change of venue can encourage new ideas and creativity; it can also create a sense of excitement which can help to motivate your team even when they return to the office.

2.    Space.

Giving your team the right space, whether it’s a comfortable, bright meeting room or access to an outdoor space can help ideas flow more freely and allow employees to feel relaxed. West Park, located in the leafy west end of Dundee, has a range of meeting rooms available, suitable for teams of all sizes.

3.    No distractions.

When you’re in an office meeting there can be countless distractions which are difficult to ignore such as; emails, phone calls and urgent issues. Getting your team out of their comfort zone and into a new environment can energise them and help to focus on the tasks at hand.

4.    Good facilities.

A venue with helpful, dedicated staff and good facilities such as Wi-Fi, flipcharts and audio visual equipment is likely to make your meeting a better experience for your team. Providing refreshments and a brain-stimulating lunch will also help to keep your team focused throughout the day. At West Park, our menus offer delicious healthy food made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. 

5.    Networking opportunities.

When you move your meeting to an off-site venue, employees can get to know each other in a more relaxed environment. Your team will have opportunities to share their knowledge and build up key relationships which may contribute to the success of your project in the long run.   

If you’re looking for a new venue for your next meeting, check out our conference centre facilities. Our full-day delegate package is competitively priced at £27.99 per person and includes room hire, a venue co-ordinator, equipment hire and a delicious lunch.

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