Looking for a function venue? Find your perfect match!

Looking for a function venue? Find your perfect match!

Finding the perfect venue for your function is about more than renting a roof over your head – it’s about finding a partner who offers the services and space to make your event a success. Here’s what to look for to find a high-quality function venue: Capacity: Whether you’re hosting a year-end function for your entire company and their families or a small get-together to celebrate a milestone birthday, your venue needs to have a space that suits the size of your party. Too big and your guests will be lost inside it, too small and everyone will be stepping on each other’s toes. Location: From a great view to an easy travel distance, the location of your venue is a very important factor. In addition to having a short travel time for your guests, there needs to be sufficiently secure parking as well as a wow-factor in terms of the gardens or view. Event space suitability: The function venue has to be suited to the type of event you are hosting as well as the needs of your guests. For example, you may require a family-friendly venue, an outdoor space for an informal picnic or braai, or wheelchair access for guests. Services: The type of services offered will change from venue to venue, so be sure to get all the information you need directly from the venue itself. Some venues offer a range of catering options (both formal and informal, activities (including teambuilding activities) and additional services like set-up and take-down services. Some venues are happy to accommodate additional service providers (for example, DJs or kids entertainment providers) while others are not. Event management: The best function venues will be able to help you plan and deliver a wonderful event through their in-house event management team. This team is a great resource who can answer any of your questions, help manage your event and go the extra mile to make it truly memorable. Function venues for team building, birthdays, year-end functions and more!  At Idle Winds, we know just how important it is that every detail is correct for your event and that everything goes smoothly. From our experienced chefs and wait 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 an end-of-year party 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 about our function packages. Located just 14kms 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...

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How to plan a successful seminar

Organising a seminar, workshop or conference is a complex task that takes planning, attention to detail and, of course, the perfect conference venue. Here are some tips from Idle Winds, a leading conference venue near Pretoria.  Know your goals: First, decide on the size of your seminar, your budget, how many speakers you will be having and what their technological needs will be. Choose a venue: In addition to being available on your dates and meeting your size, budget and tech requirements, your conference centre needs to have the correct seating style and atmosphere for your seminar as well as be an easy trip for your guests and speakers to make. Catering and accommodation: Your venue needs to be able to cater for everything from snacks and full meals to private dining options, should you require them. For overnight or weekend seminars, you will also need a venue with enough onsite accommodation. Create event communication materials: This includes printed and/or electronic invitations, printed agendas, attendee gifts, name badges and event signage. Confirm the event setup: It’s important to work with your venue to ensure that your seminar setup goes smoothly and problem-free. Give them enough time to set up properly and be sure to arrive well before your seminar to walk through the setup, make any last minute changes and confirmations.  Comfortable, well-appointed conference facilities just 14kms from Fourways Our fully-air conditioned conference village is 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. We can also host overnight conferences and can offer you accommodation in our well-appointed 58 double and twin rooms. All of our catering is high quality and our luncheons take place in a private function venue of your choice. In addition to conference and seminar facilities, we also offer a range of team building packages that can be utilised separately or in conjunction with your conference package – the ideal way for your team to relax and wind down! For more information on our conference packages or to visit our facilities in person, please don’t hesitate to contact us today and speak to our friendly, experienced staff.  Back to conference venue near...

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4 corporate teambuilding tips and strategies

Teambuilding is the corporate world’s best-known business secret! The benefits of having a team that is focussed, motivated and goal-orientated are clear – but how can you ensure that your day of team-based activities is really bringing out their best? Here are some tips from Idle Winds, a leading teambuilding venue near Pretoria: Leadership is vital: A great team needs a great leader, so it’s just as important to work on your leadership skills as it is for your department to work on their interpersonal skills. By working on your strengths and weaknesses and learning how to enhance your leadership, you’ll bring out the best in your employees. Get to know each other: Although the focus of teambuilding is on achieving work-related goals, it’s important to balance this with getting to know each other in a more casual setting. Understanding who your employees are both inside and outside of work will help you learn how to give them the environment and motivation they need to realise their potential. Engagement is more important than competition: Often, teambuilding degenerates into pure competition, where groups and individuals get wrapped up in achieving their goals at any cost. This is directly opposed to the real point of teambuilding, which is to bring each person into the team and utilise their particular strengths in an effective way. Rather, encourage each person’s individual engagement in the activity, creating a sense of positivity and cooperation rather than becoming pitted against one another. Get out of the office: Your office space symbolises only one thing – work. In order to help employees relax and properly engage with a teambuilding activity, choose to go to an off-site venue. They will have professionally organised and managed activities and packages that not only encourage a better response from your employees but also show teambuilding in a positive and rewarding light. Professional, affordable teambuilding at our venue near Pretoria Just 14kms from Fourways, Idle Winds is ideally situated for businesses in Sandton, Johannesburg and Pretoria looking for an exceptional day out. With diverse catering options and conference venues available, you can easily combine your teambuilding event with an informative talk and a relaxing dining experience. If you would like to make your team building event a weekend-long visit, we can also easily accommodate you on-site in our comfortable accommodation consisting of 58 well-appointed double and twin-sized rooms. If you have a specific activity you would like to include in your event, our staff will be more than happy to accommodate your needs. For more information about our team building venue and packages, please contact us today. Back to teambuilding venue near...

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4 tips to facilitate networking at your next conference

Conferences and seminars are all about communication – sharing ideas, new concepts, innovations and, of course, networking with peers and industry leaders. Here are some tips from our conference venue just 14kms from Fourways on how to make the most of these networking opportunities. Get social: Social integration is key to running a successful conference. By using a mobile-friendly app, your attendees can check in to your event, schedule their time, connect with other attendees and speakers, and link to your event through their social media platforms. Include networking activities: A similar format to speed dating, these activities pair up people from different disciplines and at different levels of seniority to connect and converse with each other for a set, limited amount of time. You’ll be impressed at the success of these unlikely combinations that help influencers and industry specialists to connect with new opportunities. Structure your downtime: Downtime is an essential part of longer conferences where people need to relax and recharge – but that doesn’t mean it should cut out networking activities. A fun team-building activity like skeet-shooting or quad biking allows attendees to enjoy themselves and meet new people in a more casual, low-pressure environment. Design breakout areas: Tea and coffee stations as well as power stations for recharging phones and laptops are areas where people naturally congregate and talk. Make the space open and interesting to encourage movement and stop people from simply sitting down and becoming sedentary. Customised conference packages and teambuilding activities near Pretoria Our fully-air conditioned conference village is 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. Our conference packages are designed for half, full day and weekend conferences, product launches, seminars and corporate events. All of our catering is high quality and our luncheons take place in a private function venue of your choice. In addition to conference and seminar facilities, we also offer a range of team building packages that can be utilised separately or in conjunction with your conference package – the ideal way for your team to relax and wind down! For more information on our conference venue or to visit our facilities in person, please don’t hesitate to contact us today and speak to our friendly, experienced...

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