Are you ready for V-dubs and Studs 2016 at Idle Winds Lodge and Conference Centre?

At Idle Winds function venue, we’re gearing up for the V-dubs and Studs celebration that we are hosting over June 18th and 19th. With a 50s theme, this family-friendly event is attracting visitors from all over South Africa – and the world! Come and experience: A car show featuring Studebaker, VWs and all other types of cars manufactured at the historic Uitenhage plant Prizes for participating vehicle owners 50s-style diner food stalls Special displays Live music A huge flea market Beer garden Car boot sales and spares sales Memorabilia stalls Make the most of your weekend in the country with our accommodation packages Whether you are participating in the event or here to simply enjoy the display, Idle Winds is the place to be. As hosts for the event, we’re offering great accommodation specials as well as touring packages, so you can sit back, relax and explore all that the Hartebeespoort area has to offer. Package One: R5 161.50 for 3 nights (VAT inclusive). Includes full English breakfast for 2 people each day as well as a one-way shuttle from OR Tambo International Airport to Idle Winds. Single supplement is an additional R875.00. Package Two: R4 045.50 for 2 nights (VAT inclusive). Includes full English breakfast for 2 people each day as well as a one-way shuttle from OR Tambo International Airport to Idle Winds. Single supplement is an additional R785.00. Package Three: R1 595.00 for 1 night (VAT inclusive). Includes full English breakfast for 2 people as well as a one-way shuttle from OR Tambo International Airport to Idle Winds. Single supplement is an additional R250.00. Any questions or queries? Contact us today and find out more about our accommodation specials for this great event – but hurry, as space is...

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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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How to plan your Valentine’s Day proposal

Valentine’s Day is popularly regarded as the most romantic day of the year, so it’s no surprise that it’s a favourite date for wedding proposals. Here are some ideas from event planners at Idle Winds restaurant and function venue near Johannesburg for making your proposal perfect. Surprise her: Many partners expect a Valentine’s Day proposal, so try and think out of the box to make the event a special surprise. This year, Valentine’s Day is a Sunday – so why not make a weekend of it? You can go hot air ballooning, water-skiing and dine in great restaurants – and then propose as you walk into the honeymoon suite that you booked as a surprise. Know your future spouse: If your partner loves being the centre of attention and the life of a party, a great idea would be to book a function venue and invite all your friends and family to share in your romantic proposal and celebrations. However, if your partner likes more intimate gestures, you can plan a romantic picnic for two in your venue’s private gardens or a secluded table in an acclaimed restaurant. Get the ring: Whatever you do, don’t leave this till the last minute. This is a ring that symbolises your love for each other and future together, so spend some time looking at different jewellers and ring options. If you want the ring custom-made, it’s going to take a bit longer, so be sure that you have it well in advance of the big day. Ask for help: Planning your proposal should be fun, not stressful, so don’t be afraid to ask for help from people who can keep a secret! Whether you need her best friend to help you choose a ring or an event planner to decorate your venue and organise the perfect getaway, there are plenty of people who would love to help you pull off this special occasion. Idle Winds – Romance is in the air at our function venue and restaurant At Idle Winds, a countryside wedding venue just 14kms from Fourways, we’re passionate about creating the perfect romantic atmosphere. Our award-winning restaurant offers a special Valentine’s Day menu developed by the head chef as well as an extensive wine selection – and bubbly, of course! If you want to plan something a little different, we can offer you the use of our different function rooms – including a ballroom and a beautiful terrace – to accommodate gatherings of any size. We also offer well appointed on-site accommodation, including a honeymoon suite. Our staff is on hand to help you plan and pull off the perfect proposal, so contact us...

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The perfect day out in Harties – What to do and where to stay

Hartebeespoort Dam and the surrounding area is a favourite destination for Pretoria and Johannesburg locals looking for some relaxation and fun out in the country. Here are some great activities which should be on your visit for your next visit: The cableway: Enjoy panoramic views of the Magaliesberg Mountains from the aerial cableway. You can book your tickets online for convenience and don’t forget to take your camera. Horse safari trails: A fun experience for the whole family, these safaris will help you enjoy the scenery of this beautiful area. Ideal for beginners, the horses are gentle, well cared for and well trained. The elephant sanctuary: A highlight for most people – especially if you’re from overseas – a trip to the elephant sanctuary lets you get up close and personal with the biggest animals on earth. Enjoy taking photos, walking with the elephants and getting great insights from the knowledgeable guides. The Cradle Health Spa: If pampering is what you need, then this is the place to go. With great spa facilities and everything from pamper packages to Botox and fillers, there’s no way you won’t leave this spa feeling refreshed. Paddle Power Adventures: Ideal for adrenaline junkies, these white water river-rafting tours will leave you soaked and smiling. A great adventure for beginners and more experienced paddlers alike. Escape the city and stay at Idle Winds Idle Winds is an established wedding and function venue in the Harties area, just 14kms from Fourways. With plenty of accommodation in the form of 58 well-appointed double and twin bedrooms, as well as an internationally acclaimed restaurant, we’re the perfect place to spend your weekend out in the country. For more information on our accommodation and venue, please contact us today and speak to a friendly staff member. Back to accommodation near...

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How to plan the perfect New Year’s Eve celebration

The summer holidays are fast approaching and it’s time to start planning your festivities if you want to miss the rush. If you want to pull off an extra special New Year’s Eve celebration, these are the tips for you: Your guest list: Welcoming in the New Year is a favourite celebration for many people, so it’s important to get your invites out early to avoid conflicting engagements. Once you have made your list, expect around two-thirds of your guests to accept. This will help you decide on the amount of space, food and drinks you’ll need at your party. Venue: Now you need a place to party the night away. Clubs and restaurants will often have their own functions on New Year’s Eve and hosting it at home can be a challenge space-wise – so a private function venue is often the best way to go. They will have a range of spaces to suit different sized parties and often offer comfortable on-site accommodation, so your guests don’t have to worry about driving home late at night. Food: Speak to your function venue’s coordinator to come up with a great menu for the evening. They should be able to cater for dietary requirements and offer everything from cocktail snacks to buffets and sit-down meals. If you have a theme for the evening, your coordinator can assist you in providing matching menu items. Decor: Decorations will make your theme come alive, whether you want something as simple as New Year 2016 or a wild Mardi Gras theme. Start looking for bargains now, as the shelves will start to empty closer to the end of the year. Music: New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to pull together all the best party music – from rock ‘n’ roll classics to the top songs of the year. If you plan on dancing the night away, be sure your venue has a dance floor or one which can be installed in the space you’re hiring. Dance the night away at our private function venue near Johannesburg Idle Winds is a beautiful function venue situated just 14kms from Fourways. With 58 well-appointed double and twin bedrooms, an internationally acclaimed restaurant and a range of different spaces to choose from, we can host anything from small, intimate groups to parties of 250 guests. Our friendly, experienced staff are ready and waiting to assist you in planning and hosting a memorable New Year’s Eve function. For more information about our services, function rooms and venue, please contact us today. Back to function venue near...

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Outdoor Music and Beer Festival in September – Family fun, craft beer and more at Idle Winds function venue

One of the most anticipated events of this year’s Aloe Valley Meander Outdoor Festival is the Outdoor Music and Beer Festival hosted by Idle Winds Lodge and Conference Centre. Situated in the midst of the Aloe Valley Meander, an area of outstanding natural beauty just 14kms from Fourways, we’re excited about bringing our guests an authentic, family-friendly experience. Our Oktoberfest features: Craft beers from Drayman’s Brewery and Blackhorse Craft Brewery. Live entertainment and music. An entertaining kiddie’s corner. Great food stalls. Hosted in our gardens and overseen by our friendly, experienced staff, this festival has every ingredient needed for a fantastic outdoor party – the ideal way to celebrate this beautiful spring weather. Idle Winds supports Pigs ‘n’ Paws This festival is about more than celebrating the great weather and scenery of this area – it’s also about supporting a great cause: Pigs ‘n’ Paws. This sanctuary is situated near Hennops and is a registered non-profit organisation dedicated to assisting dogs and pigs in need. So come on through to Idle Winds for a great day the whole family will enjoy and help raise funds for a truly worthy cause. For more information about the Aloe Valley Meander Outdoor Festival, the Oktoberfest at Idle Winds, or our function venue itself, please contact us today. Idle Winds is a leading wedding, conference and teambuilding venue located near Johannesburg and...

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