What’s on during the festive season in Gauteng!

What’s on during the festive season in Gauteng!

Spending the festive season in Gauteng is all about relaxing, exploring, enjoying the hot weather and the quiet roads. Here are some great events and activities on during this peaceful summer holiday period, from our function venue near Pretoria. Bryan Adams – If you love the popular rock rhythms of Bryan Adams and singing along to some of the world’s biggest anthems like “18 Till I die”, you can catch this living legend live at the Sun Arena at Times Square on the 10th of December. The Christmas Village at Montecasino – From 29 November to 3 December, Montecasino’s annual Christmas village is on. Filled with enchanting stalls offering gifts, food, decorations and more, this market is a family attraction that delivers the atmosphere and wonder of traditional European Christmas markets under the African sun. Pinocchio: Written and directed by Janice Honeyman, this traditional Christmas pantomime is a fun-filled thrill-ride for children and parents alike. Held at the Mandela Theatre (Johannesburg Theatre in Braamfontein), this features some of South Africa’s best-known talent! A Christmas Carol: A traditional Christmas story about warmth and redemption, this classic is brought to life to inspire the audience with the true spirit of Christmas. Experience the magic at the Pieter Toerien Theatre at Montecasino from 29 November to 7 January. Painting made easy: Held at the beautiful Pretoria Botanical Gardens, this is an entry-level painting workshop for anyone who is interested in developing their artistic skills. Come along and create a masterpiece at this family-friendly event from 11 December to 8 January. The Harties Market: Every Saturday sees crowds come and visit the acclaimed Harties Market, where you can find everything from fine art and creative crafts to delectable treats. It’s hosted opposite the De Vette Mossel restaurant on the 511. Christmas in Gauteng – The perfect time for a weekend getaway!  Whether you want a weekend away with your partner or a trip out of the city with your family, the Hartebeespoort area has so much to offer – and it’s all just 14km from Fourways! At Idle Winds function venue, we offer our guests everything they need for a relaxing countryside break, from comfortable on-site accommodation to an award-winning restaurant. For more information about our function venue or to book your stay, please contact us...

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How to choose the perfect venue for your public event

All the top event planners know that the venue you choose can make or break your event, so it’s critical that this choice is a priority for your team. So, how do you find the perfect fit? Here are some tips from our team at Idle Winds, one of the top function venues near Pretoria. Basics: First, know the size of your event, the type and basic requirements from your venue. Is it a business event, expo, market or club event? Do you need a large inside space for 500 people? Would you rather have big outdoor lawns? Is it formal or casual? Budget: This is your second most important planning tool, as everything has to meet your budgetary requirements. It will help you decide what venue will suit you, as well as where your spending will go in terms of catering, décor and so forth. Where to start? With so many options out there, it can be difficult to even start your search for the right venue. Fortunately, the Internet provides a great starting point as many venues have a website and social media presence. While you shouldn’t commit to a venue based on what you see online, you can certainly get a great feel for the venue, their amenities and what they offer. Know your amenities: This is where it’s essential to communicate with the venue’s team, so that you can decide whether you need to bring in more vendors or not. For example, if you are expecting a large crowd, you’ll need to make sure that they have access to toilets. If you are hosting food stalls, you’ll need to know if your venue allows it and what their policies are. If you want certain décor, tents or other structures, you’ll need to know if they are allowed and if the venue has preferred vendors that they would like to work with. Accessibility and entertainment: The different venues you speak to will be able to tell you if they are wheelchair friendly, if they allow bands/DJs, if they have facilities for children, or any other accessibility questions you may have. Make sure that they also have enough parking for your guests and that the parking is secure. Let our experienced team host your event at our welcoming function venue!  Idle Winds is a leading conference, wedding and function venue near Pretoria, just 14kms from Fourways. Our friendly, experienced staff are ready and waiting to assist you in planning and hosting a memorable function. In addition to a variety of function spaces, gardens and restaurant, we also offer overnight accommodation, conferencing space and teambuilding packages. For more information about our services, function rooms and venue, please contact us...

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This is why you should celebrate your birthday at our function venue!

Your birthday deserves extra special attention – and that means hosting it at an exceptional function venue! At Idle Winds, set in 9 hectares of manicured gardens and natural bush veldt, our team offers you and your guests the chance to celebrate in style. From our beautifully appointed private venues to tasty catering options and expert staff services, we have everything you need to enjoy a truly memorable event. Look at our different function rooms and spaces  The Baobab – Seating between 60 and 250 people and comfortably fitting a dance floor, the newly renovated Baobab Venue is ideal for large parties. Set in a fragrant rose garden and complete with high volume ceilings decorated with chandeliers, this venue is elegant, refined and tastefully appointed. The Terrace – This is a smaller venue with limited seating: ideal for intimate parties. Set overlooking the gardens and aviary, this is a sought-after venue for breakfasts, lunches and high teas. The Wagon Inn – If you prefer a more relaxed atmosphere, this old English-style pub venue is a perfect choice. With great food, pool tables, darts and music, you’ll be able to really let your hair down. Jackie’s – This private room comfortably accommodates 26-30 people for an intimate meal. The Atrium – Also a smaller venue, this room works well for groups of up to 50 people. It has its own bar as well as terrace access. The Restaurant – Known for its international cuisine, extensive wine cellars and decadent desserts, our restaurant can seat up to 30 – 40 people in the main room or accommodate 10 people in each of the two private dining areas. Our team will deliver an event to remember  At Idle Winds, we know just how important it is that every detail is perfect for your event and that everything goes smoothly. From our experienced chefs and staff to our event planners who will help coordinate and organise your party, our team will deliver everything you need to enjoy such a special occasion. If you have a birthday or special celebration coming up, we’d like to encourage you to visit our venue, explore your options and speak to our helpful and friendly staff. Located just 14 kms from Fourways, we’re just a short trip from the city – but you’ll feel a world away! For more information on our function venue, please don’t hesitate to contact us today. Back to function venue near...

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Tips for running an effective training seminar

Planning a training seminar takes a lot of work – but the truth is, it’s the best way to really make it count and ensure your participants feel the event was productive, helpful and beneficial. Here are some tips from the team at Idle Winds, a top conference venue near Johannesburg. Know your goal: Ask yourself exactly what it is you want to achieve with your training seminar. Are you helping build leadership skills? Are you training people in a new type of software or programme? Are you trying to bring a team together to communicate properly on a project? Knowing your goals will help keep the seminar focussed and clear. Give yourself enough time: Firstly, you need enough time to develop your workshop properly, and secondly, you need enough time to teach your participants properly. If your work is going to take 3 days to learn, don’t try squash it into a single afternoon. Make a list of your requirements: Know exactly what equipment you are going to need and how much of it is needed, and make sure your partners or your venue is able to provide it. You might need AV equipment for presentations, printed manuals, or notepaper and pens – whatever it is, make sure well in advance that it will be there, rather than relying on participants to bring it themselves. And always have extra or backups where possible! Mix presentations with hands-on training: Rather than using your seminar as a lecture, try to reinforce new techniques through hands-on learning. Getting trainees involved in role-playing scenarios, solving problems or asking questions about approaching different challenges makes training more effective and long-lasting. Book your venue: Working at a venue that is not the office is very beneficial to the learning process – not only does it create a sense of excitement and a break in routine, it also helps trainees move out of their daily office mind-set and focus on new things. It is also a great way of preventing interruptions. Experience a tranquil conference venue 14kms from Fourways  At Idle Winds, our venue staff develops and facilitates fully customisable conference packages that are created to suit your corporate training or teambuilding programme. Our conference facilities are fully-air conditioned and set in tranquil, well-maintained gardens, encouraging an atmosphere of relaxation and stress-free focus. With six modern conference rooms to choose from, including a 400-seat theatre-style venue, we can comfortably accommodate up to 500 people per day. Just 14kms from Fourways, we are an easy drive for businesses in Sandton, Johannesburg and Pretoria. We can also accommodate you and your team on-site in comfortable accommodation consisting of 58 double and twin-sized rooms if you would prefer a weekend retreat. For more information about our conference venue and team building packages, please contact us...

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The Golden Rules for Planning a Great Year-End Function

Your office year-end function is one of the most important events on your calendar, as it’s all about rewarding your hard-working employees for achieving another successful business year. Here are some essential rules to follow to ensure that it’s a success, from our year-end function venue near Pretoria. Rule Number One – Get management buy-in on your objective, theme, and – most importantly, your budget. Decide what kind of year-end event it will be – will there be speeches? Awards? Team-building activities? A band? Or a more relaxed cocktail party atmosphere? This will help determine what type of venue and service providers you will need. Rule Number Two – Start planning early. You should have a good idea of your theme and entertainment options by August, so that you are ready to start booking as soon as possible.  Rule Number Three – Seating arrangements. If you are hosting a large event with a sit-down menu, planning who sits with whom is essential to making sure there’s a relaxed atmosphere and great conversation. Rule Number Four – Keep your budget updated. While major costs are easier to allocate, there are always smaller costs involved that – if not tracked correctly – can quickly add up and put you over the line. Rule Number Five – Communicate with your team and the venue’s event planning team. It’s key to have clear lines of communication here to ensure that the right services are in place for your event. Check with your venue to see what services they can provide, and if they have recommended service providers to assist you. It’s essential that these services are booked as soon as possible after your venue is booked. Put us on your Team for an Exceptional End-of-Year Function!  At Idle Winds, we offer our clients a wide range of function venues and services to ensure that their year-end events are a success! With a dedicated team, experienced staff and a beautiful scenic location just 14kms from Fourways, we’re the ideal venue for corporate functions. In addition to our function venues, we also offer clients the use of comfortable on-site accommodation and our award-winning restaurant. For more information about our year-end function venue near Pretoria or how our team can assist you with this important occasion, please contact us...

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Event-Planning Tips, Themes and Tricks for your Halloween Party!

Halloween is becoming more and more of an event in South Africa, whether it’s a themed year end office function, kids party or a chance to just have a great time with friends. Here are some tips from our function venue near Johannesburg on how to make the most of this fun, spooky time of year! Age-appropriate: If you’re planning a kids party, you’re going to have to need activities and decorations that are family-friendly, but if you’re planning for adults, you need a more grown-up approach. Look up games for kids online that have a spooky theme, source caterers who can bake cookies in the shapes of ghosts and pumpkins, and choose a more cartoon-ish approach to your décor over the more spooky stuff. For an adult’s event, go all-out with outrageous décor, Halloween-themed cocktails and a dance floor! Don’t forget the food: While sweets and chocolates are an integral part of Halloween, it’s important to have a balanced spread. First of all, think about how you want your food served – usually tables where you can help yourself, and waiters bringing around smaller snacks work best with these events. Cheeses, charcuterie, vegetables and dips are all great savoury options. You can spice up the table with fake skulls, plastic spiders and pumpkin faces, and kids will love spooky-themed foods! Sophisticated or classic? When it comes to decorating, the classic Halloween venue is a collection of everything spooky – draped in orange and black material, bats and ghosts hanging from the ceiling, and skeletons greeting guests at the door. But this isn’t the only Halloween look. More sophisticated themes where black and white dominate (think Adam’s Family), or that take inspiration from other cultures (think Mexico’s Day of the Dead), offer a refreshing and interesting take! Lighting: This is what brings your venue to life! Avoid bright lighting in favour of intimate low lighting like low-hanging chandeliers, candles in decorated glass jars or antique candlesticks, and glowing Jack-O-Lanterns. Find the Perfect Function Venue and Restaurant for your Event! Idle Winds is a leading conference, wedding and function venue near Johannesburg, just 14kms from Fourways. Our friendly, experienced staff are ready and waiting to assist you in planning and hosting a memorable function. In addition to a variety of function spaces, including an award-winning restaurant, we also offer overnight accommodation, conferencing space and teambuilding packages. For more information about our services, function rooms and venue, please contact us...

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