Hagley Hall Wins at the Midland Asian Wedding Awards 2016
The inaugural Midland Asian Wedding Awards 2016 was held on 28th October at the Vox Conference Centre at the NEC Birmingham and saw all the prominent and leading figures in the Asian wedding industry in attendance.
The venue was a picture of opulence with guests, winners, hosts and judges dressed to the nines. In true Asian wedding style, the night began with a dhol drumming performance and bhangra dancing and culminated in a stand up performance from the writer and comic Abdullah Afzal from the hit show Citizen Khan.
We were thrilled when Hagley Hall won Best Alternative Venue 2016 against strong competition including Ragley Hall and Stoneleigh Abbey. Team members Richard Patching, Head of Operations and Kate Oliver, Marketing Consultant were there to collect the award on the night.
“ We were shocked and thrilled all rolled into one. It is great to receive acknowledgement of all the hard work that we have put in over the last few years. And to know that the public played a part in the voting reassures us that we are providing a service that is greatly desired and more importantly working really well”
We pride ourselves on understanding the importance of accommodating a large number of guests while still ensuring that the Bride and Groom have a beautiful and luxurious setting for their special day. We work closely with handpicked marquee suppliers to create a marquee venue designed to be most fitting for the occasion.
In fact two of our suppliers also won awards on the night. Fews Marquees for Best Temporary Structure and Mahirs Experience for Best Asian Wedding Caterer. So we think we can safely say you are in good hands here!
For more information on Asian Weddings and Celebration at Hagley Hall then please go to our
Asian Weddings on our website or if you are planning a large marquee wedding then call us on
Her Royal Highness The Countess Of Wessex Attends Garden Party At Hagley Hall
Hagley Hall was proud to support Air 25 last month which was held to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity’s inception. The Garden Party was sponsored by the charity’s corporate partner, Pertemps, and hosted by radio and TV broadcaster Michael Collie, was both a celebration of the last 25 years of the life saving work of the air ambulance charity and a thank you to the people who have made a significant difference to the organisation.
The Countess of Wessex graciously accepted the invitation after learning of the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity’s vitally important work in the region, and upon learning that the organisation has undertaken over 46,000 missions since its conception as ‘Air5 in 1991.
Her Royal Highness has been a strong advocate of the lifesaving work of the air ambulance. During her speech at the event The Countess attested to the work of the charity revealing that she had herself been airlifted by an air ambulance and understood first hand the valuable work of the service.
Helen Stevens, Communications Manager at MAA reported that the day was a huge success.
Royal Visitor at Midland Air Ambulence Charity Garden Party
We are thrilled to announce that Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex will attend Midlands Air Ambulance Charity 25th Anniversary Garden Party at Hagley Hall.
It couldn’t be more fitting that the anniversary is being held at the Hall as it was 25 years ago that the Charity celebrated its inception as ‘Air5’ when it was first launched from Hagley Hall 25 years ago in 1991. At the Garden Party, The Countess of Wessex will be greeted by the Lord Lieutenant for Worcestershire, Lt Col Patrick Holcroft, LVO OBE and will then be introduced to a number of invited guests who have made a significant difference to the charity over the last 25 years. Her Royal Highness will meet former patients, volunteers, fundraisers, aircrew, charity staff, trustees and corporate partners.
The Countess of Wessex will unveil a commemorative memento to honour 25 years of service by the charity, marking the very spot that the first air ambulance helicopter Air5 was launched from Hagley Hall in 1991.
Whilst the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity’s Garden Party is an invite-only event, you can still support the charity during the 25th anniversary celebrations.
To find out more, please contact Midlands Air Ambulance Charity on 0800 8 40 20 40.
The Midland Air Ambulance Charity celebrates 25 years at Hagley Hall
The Midland Air Ambulance Charity is celebrating 25 years of service to the community next month with a commemorative event here at Hagley Hall.
MAAC was launched at the Hall in 1991 and since then the charity has responded to more than 43,000 missions averaging 2,000 per year, making it one of the longest established and busiest air ambulance organisations in the UK. It now raises £7million a year.
Midlands Air Ambulance Charity is responsible for funding and operating three air ambulances serving the communities of six Midlands counties: Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire and the West Midlands. This constitutes the largest air ambulance operating region in the UK.
Stroke Association Fun Run a great success here at Hagley Hall
Hundreds of runners from across the region ran, jogged and walked across the picturesque Hagley Hall parkland last weekend all for the good of the Stroke Association. On Sunday a sea of purple fundraisers took to the challenging course that had been painstakingly plotted by Lord Cobham himself with the help of Joe Hawkins, our Head of Landscaping, to complete either a 5km or 10km course during the Resolution Run event.
More than 400 people took part in the run and raised thousands of pounds towards the vital work done by the charity to help conquer stroke. Katrin Winstanley, Events Manager at the Stroke Association, said:
"We're extremely grateful to everyone who took part - it was a fantastic turn out and a great day for everyone involved.
"We'd also like to thank Lord Cobham, Clent Hills Rotary Club and Hagley Rotary Club, who helped to raise awareness and organise the run.
"The money raised on the day will fund vital research and support, as well as help to prevent people from having a stroke."
Feedback from the event has been fabulous and the folk that attended said that it was well organised with friendly staff, marshals and runners alike!
See for yourself if you like as here is the link to the Stroke Associations Flickr Page
However one of our staff manning the tea tent overheard a runner say that "the course was more than challenging - it was lung-crushing" !
Better get those trainers on and get back in training for next year's Hagley Hall Fun Run!
Miss Worcestershire photo shoot with Jessica David gowns
We are very excited as Miss Worcestershire is going to have her photoshoot here at Hagley Hall in preparation for the finals of Miss England taking place 20th & 21st July in Southport.
Laura Morgan knows Hagley Hall well as she had worked here on and off throughout her school days as front of house staff. Laura has had a exceptional journey to become Miss Worcestershire as she was approached by scouts as she was out shopping. Laura entered the competition and went on to win and was crowned Miss Worcestershire with automatic entry into the Miss England final!
Jessica David Gowns, based in Stourbridge, are sponsoring Laura in the run up to the Miss England Finals and Laura will be modelling some of their finest gowns for the photoshoot at Hagley Hall.
Jessica David are welcoming a new designer to their team later this year who will be designing Laura her very own bespoke evening gown for the Miss England Finals. We can’t wait to see it and will be sure to post in on our website.
We will be following her closely and showing you the wonderful work she is doing in the run-up to the competition. You can see Laura’s Facebook page HERE and also her twitter. Follow her as she works towards here ultimate gold of taking the Miss World crown.
The photos will be taken by Katie Can Photography.
One of the Top Five Birmingham Wedding Make up Artists is on our list.
We are thrilled to announce that Katy Bird, make up artist, has been nominated one of the top 5 Birmingham Wedding Make up artists.
Katy's background is in art and she has an amazing talent for creating an array of different looks and trends to meet each brides wishes.
Also see her website to view example of brides made all the more beautiful by Katy's expertise.
We welcome Sticky Fig to our hand picked selection of caterers
We are thrilled to announce that Sticky Fig Catering, a Stourbridge based catering company is now on our list of caterers here at Hagley Hall.
Chef Tom Court and his team have years of experience in the events and the catering business, having held two AA Rosettes for 6 years. Tom worked for 13 years at The Granary before setting up his own business. He is really passionate about food and has a number of strings to his bow including food demonstrations and cookery courses at Becketts Farm and the Ludlow Food Festival.
We have chosen Sticky Fig to be a part of our event service as they not only offer a wide variety of food styles and flexibility but offer great prices too which we love as we like to make sure that every budget is covered here at Hagley Hall. Sticky Fig will see you right whether it is afternoon teas, street food or a 7 course tasting menu with silver service. They will work with you to make a menu that is to your exact requirement for your special day here at Hagley Hall.
Libby Blunt's wedding video of Charlotte &Jodies wedding
As you know, we have mentioned the fact that we have got some wonderful new videographers on board as part of our expert wedding services and we are thrilled to be able to give you an opportunity to see Libby Bunt’s wedding video of our lovely brides Charlotte and Jodie.
The wedding was actually last year in August and it was a perfect summer’s day as you will see from the imagery. The Civil Ceremony was here at Hagley Hall and the couple had a party in the tepee in Clent.
Festive Afternoon Teas a Great Success
The festive afternoon teas went down a treat here at Hagley Hall in the run up to Christmas.
Guests enjoyed delicious tea time goodies in the Long Gallery and Saloon served with pots of steaming tea or a glass or two of fizz.
The tea had a festive flavour with sandwiches including turkey, herb stuffing & bacon, brie & cranberry and Cheddar & festive chutney. The sweet treats carried on the seasonal theme with apple mincemeat crumble tart and a rather indulgent Christmas pudding chocolate brownie. There was, of course, the traditional scone with whipped cream and jam as quite frankly it wouldn't have been a afternoon tea without one! And as a nod to the big man himself, there was even a lovely little strawberry Santa nestled in amongst the cake.
People used the teas as early Christmas presents wanting to give their loved ones something different or special. We also had a good number of Birthday celebrations with people bringing in balloons to decorate their tables. One party even bought a cake although it went home uncut due to all the tasty offerings on the cake stands.
We have had some wonderful accolades. One happy customer emailed us to say "We came yesterday for the festive afternoon tea. It was very enjoyable - the food was delicious and the service was first class. If you have a similar event at Christmas next year we would gladly return"
We will indeed be doing our festive afternoon teas next year so please do look at our website or do give the events team a call on 01562 887290 for more information.
Feel free to get in touch if you have any feedback, or suggestions for the festive teas next year. Contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org and mark the subject box FATS (Festive Afternoon Teas)
We wish you all A Very Merry Christmas
Stourbridge Breakfast Club Christmas Extravaganza
Thank you Hagley Hall, you made our event run seamlessly."
Talbots added a twist to their networking gathering this month by having a festive evening instead of the usual breakfast club.
Attendees gathered for a glass of mulled wine or two and a hot Christmas buffet. Talbots staff got in the festive mood by donning Christmas jumpers of various kinds, but perhaps the show was stolen by the wonderful Hagley Primary School children’s choir that gathered around the estate grown Christmas tree and entertained the troops with cheerful seasonal songs and carols including a very upbeat version of Rudolf the red nosed reindeer!
Director of the Residential Property Team at Talbots Law, and organiser of the monthly Breakfast Club, James Gwilliams, was very pleased with the event.
“Thank you Hagley Hall for hosting our Stourbridge Breakfast Club Christmas Extravaganza. The setting and enchanting atmosphere of Hagley Hall was ideal for our event. Having been greeted by the marvellous voices of Hagley Primary School Choir, we were then treated to expertly prepared seasonal food and drinks.
We have had great response to our Festive Afternoon Teas with two dates now sold out.
We do have limited availability on the 13th and 22nd so please do hurry as you might miss out.
To book please contact our events team on 01562 887290 or email email@example.com
Nearly Fully Booked
Golden Wedding Anniversary
We don't only do weddings here at Hagley Hall we also have wedding anniversaries and recently the lovely Norma and Adrian celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with us.
They had 70 guests who were seated in the Saloon with pre dinner drinks and canapés in the adjoining White Hall.
Norma & Adrian were thrilled with the end result and wrote to the events team thanking them for "making our Golden Wedding such a wonderful, memorable occasion and would definitely recommend using Hagley Hall and its staff for any special event"
Hagley Hall Continues It's Educational Programme
Hagley Hall connected with inner city schools recently during a school educational visit on the 13th and 14th October.
The Year 4 children from St Francis Catholic Primary in Handsworth, Birmingham had a wonderful time exploring the beautiful park surrounding this Palladian mansion home of Lord and Lady Cobham. Head of Landscape, Joe Hawkins took the children round the park explaining on the way the work he had been doing to restore the park to its former glory. The children's topic was 'superheroes' so they had fun imagining what the hall would be like as a home for a character like Batman.
When the park was created in the mid eighteenth century, the design was greatly influenced by Greek and Roman mythology and incorporated many features, such as to remind George, 1st Lord Lyttleton, of his wife, Lucy, who died young. The scenery was adorned with architectural seats and follies, including The Ruined Castle, Temple of Theseus and a huge obelisk visible for miles around. Statues of goddesses like Venus and Diana decorated the glades and the legends these evoked included tales of special powers, such as Diana's ability to talk to and control animals and to transform people into animals or trees; rather like the comic book superheroes.
Joe led us through the park, bringing these stories to life and giving the children inspiration for the powers of their imaginary superheroes. We found a perfect spot for the children to draw what they could see and there were some budding artists among them. We were thrilled to get some good views of the Fallow Deer roaming the park and looked for signs of other animals with amazing powers, such as the ability of bats to navigate by echo location and of birds to fly. Joe demonstrated his own power to find underground water using divining rods and the children all had a go.
Mikimoto Showcase a huge success
Rudells the Jewellers used Hagley Hall to showcase Mikimoto pearls last week and the event was a huge success.
The Saloon was styled accordingly with blossom trees which set of the exquisite pearl jewellery perfectly. Japanese style canapés were served to the guests as they viewed the jewellery in their superbly lit display cases. A catwalk presentation took place in the Long Gallery with the models decked in pearls walking gracefully beneath the hall's crystal chandeliers.
"Hagley Hall always deliver and provide excellence in service whenever Rudells host a VIP client event at Hagley Hall " said Glenn Jenkinson, Rudells' Sales Manager, " and our exclusive Mikimoto Pearl Event was no exception. From the moment we arrived on the morning of the event, right through to our departure after an exquisite evening entertaining our clients, the events team were superb in making sure everything was in place to ensure that our evening ran like clockwork. The Long Gallery provided a spectacular backdrop for our runway presentation and Mikimoto loved the ambience and quintessential 'English' feel of the house and grounds."
"A huge thank you from me and the rest of the Rudells team."
If you are interested in placing a similar event here at Hagley Hall please visit our corporate pages to find out more or call us on 01562 887290
Beautiful Brides get hitched at Hagley
We have been lucky enough to have our second same sex wedding here at Hagley Hall. Charlotte and Jodie tied the knot on Saturday 1st August 2015
Both brides looked beautiful in their ivory dresses with simple hand-tied bouquets of white roses with complementary foliage & berries. Small lavender & white rose bunches were tied with green and white gingham ribbon to the pew ends which set the Saloon off beautifully.
Pimms was served to the 80 guests as they gathered on the lawn for the wedding photography.
From Hagley Hall the wedding party moved to Clent for a BBQ reception in a tee pee that they have put up especially for the occasion. They hired a horse box bar that supplied the happy crowd with cocktails as they danced the night away under the fairy-lights.
Many Congratulations Girls from Hagley Hall
Our First Same Sex Wedding
Hagley Hall is thrilled to announce that we have had our first same sex wedding.
Vicky and Katie tied the knot today in front of family and friends. The brides wore white knee length dresses and carried posies of lavender and gipsophilia tied with string.
The Bromsgrove Conservative Association had a business lunch and networking event at Hagley Hall brining together companies in the local area.
Sajid David MP was guest speaker and talked about the budget and positive measures that the government was taking to promote business in the UK.
Mark Jones the Chairman of the association said that the feedback was very positive with the 85 guests having enjoyed their time (and their lunch) at the hall.
Hagley Hall was bathed in a wonderful half light as the moon veiled the sun earlier today.
We viewed the moon projected onto card through binoculars. One of our canny groundsman bought out his welding visor so we had alternative view of the eclipse with green hue.
Charity Hike in Heels
She did it!
Samantha Rostron finished her Heels Hike at Hagley Hall at Lunchtime on Monday 16th. Lord Cobham was there to meet her and donated funds to Sam’s Beauty with a Purpose campaign taking the grand total to £250.00.
Well Done Samantha!
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Tips and advice for everything weddings
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The Wedding Dress
Christmas with all its indulgences is a distant memory and with spring around the corner you are nearing your big day and naturally you will want to look your best. The key to looking fabulous in your dress is planning ahead and hopefully these few tips will help you look and feel amazing.
BBC Inside Out West Midlands
BBC's Andy Akinwolere presented this weeks Inside Out West Midlands from Hagley Hall this week.
Catch it on iplayer here
Candlelight Christmas 2014 was another great success with the Saturday night selling out in November!
Matt Baker and Countryfile visited Hagley Park
Matt met with Lord Cobham, and the Head of Landscape, Joe Hawkins, who explained the massive restoration project in progress to bring the park back to its former glory first created in the 18th century. Matt gets his hands dirty by helping to put an ancient cascade back together and then releases some of the one hundred traditional Golden Rudd fish into the estates’ newly restored pond.
You can catch it again here
Fope Gioielli at Hagley Hall
Rudell the Jewellers host a special evening with Fope Gioielli
VIP clients of Rudell the Jewellers enjoyed an evening of high glamour at Hagley Hall on Wednesday 18th June 2014. It was a perfect summers evening and the stunning backdrop of the Long Gallery and Italian styled Saloon gave Rudells the ideal opportunity to showcase the beautiful collections from Fope of Italy.
The evening commenced with sparkling Prosecco and Italian inspired canapés, whilst Rudells’ Fope collectors browsed the immaculate displays which were full of the finest jewellery from the Vicenza based manufacturer. A runway presentation, accompanied by the rich sound of a String Quartet followed the exhibition, with stunning models adorned in gold Fope jewellery.
Founded in 1929, Fope is an innovation-oriented brand and is committed to offer the highest quality and an unmistakable handwriting to all its collections. Each jewel is created in-house with love and passion.
Rudells’ Sales Manager, Glenn Jenkinson said, “We had the perfect jewellery, the perfect audience and the perfect evening for showcasing this wonderful brand. We were especially delighted to receive the Fope Retailer of the Year Award for our outstanding commitment and sales achievement and feel that this award and our staging of the event demonstrate the trust that we place in Fope as a fine jewellery supplier”.
After some months enveloped in a cage of scaffolding, Hagley Park’s Rotunda once more stands proud at the top of the Park, adorned with a splendid new stone roof.
Birthday Party - Vintage Style
When Emma Cope decided to celebrate her 21st birthday she wanted to do something out of the ordinary. So she invited 56 family and friends to a sumptuous afternoon tea party at Hagley Hall.
On a gloriously sun-filled day guests were greeted with a glass of champagne on arrival on the impressive Perron Balcony with its stunning views across the Worcestershire countryside. Then it was inside to the Saloon where tea was served on vintage sandwich platters and cake stands.
Following his first visit to Hagley Park, eighteenth-century English poet James Thomson immortalised the animation of its centrepiece in the chapter ‘Spring’ of his epic ‘Seasons’ poem.
With the dam breach repaired, the two lower ponds dredged, sealed, and
shaped, and the smooth, sizeable river boulders positioned back on the
shoulders of the dam-head, I watched the slow steady rising of the water
level in middle pond with intrigue.
After waving goodbye to their bright blue sky, my return from the
Huntington Library California adventure to the grey-skied and sodden,
rain-lashed island that is my home, brought me back to earth with a
bump, or should that be a splash?
The Hall is usually open to the public for guided tours and teas From January to March each year. Why not plan a visit to hear about gunpowder plotters, Naughty Tom and a disastrous fire one Christmas Eve. More details can be found by selecting "The Hall" on the left and clicking on the Visit Hagley Hall page.
House Open For Tours
I’m fortunate to be currently based in Pasadena, California, having been granted a month-long research fellowship at neighbouring San Marino’s fabulous Huntington Library. My quest, to unearth new contexts for their mind-blowingly expansive archive of historic treasure, more specifically, to find previously unknown history regarding our own eighteenth century Park at Hagley.
A breathtaking aerial display was just one of the highlights of celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of Bosch Rexroth Ltd held at the Hall during the summer.
Nearly 2,000 visitors attended the two day event in October organised by Countrywide Events.
Michelin-starred chef calls in for breakfast!
Guest speaker at October’s networking breakfast, hosted by Barclays and Quality Solicitors Talbots, was Andreas Antona - chef and owner of Birmingham’s premier Michelin starred Restaurant, Simpsons.
He was joined by Paul Halsey - Managing Director of award winning Purity Brewing Company and together they talked about their new catering venture – the Pure Bar and Kitchen in Waterloo Street, Birmingham. The project combines cask and craft beers with quality food.
The Breakfast Club is held on the second Wednesday of each month (except August) and for more information contact Emma Rose - EmmaRose@talbotslaw.co.uk
30 VIP guests enjoyed a fabulous evening at Hagley Hall, where they
engaged in a private viewing of Patek Philippe’s International Watch
What a start to the New Year for Hagley Hall’s marquee supplier Fews
Marquees, who have been awarded Best Marquee Provider 2013 at the
national Wedding Industry Awards.
There was a new look to the Candlelight Christmas dinners in December.
Lunch and Meeting event organised by Nat West Bank and Quality Solicitors
Talbots was held at Hagley Hall last week with a slight twist - instead of lunch, afternoon tea was served!
The 2011 series of Candlelight Christmas dinners was again a huge
success with more than three hundred guests joining in the festivities
leading up to the holiday period.
We are very excited to announce that Morgans, one of our preferred caterers, has won the National Independent Caterer 2012 at the Wedding Industry Awards.
Fabulous wedding photographers, Foreverly Wedding Photography, are offering 20% off all photography packages if you have booked your wedding at Hagley Hall.
Katy Bird has launched here new bridal makeup website: www.katybirdbridal.co.uk
Amadeus won Best Hospitality, Leisure and Events Business at the Birmingham Post Business Awards last week.
Hagley Hall parkland proved the perfect venue for Barrus who showcased
their superb collection of lawnmowers both standard and sit on.
Four highly renowned food and drink industry experts spoke at this year’s annual HEART of ENGLAND fine foods (HEFF) regional food and drink conference which took place at Hagley Hall.
The Christchurch Earthquake Appeal weekend was a huge success.
The Emily Lyttelton & United Charities Coffee Morning was a huge success raising £1,567.00.
James and I got married at 2pm, Saturday 19th June at Hagley Hall. The
ceremony was in the Saloon, a most beautiful and historic setting with
quintessentially English views of the village church and cricket ground.
Stratstone Aston Martin Hagley showcased a number of their prestige models at Talbots Solicitors monthly Breakfast Club.
The Merchant of Venice
Chapterhouse Theatre Company performed Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice in the grounds of Hagley Hall this August Bank Holiday.
We had a smaller audience this year and therefore could accomodate
the 500 guests on the back lawn between the Hall and the church with
views of the deerpark and cricket pitch complete with a match in
Quintessentially English tea parties seemed to be a theme this year
at the Hall.
As a member of Conference Worcestershire, Hagley Hall hosted the Showcase event on the 4th June.
County Air Ambulance 18th Anniversary
County Air Ambulance celebrated their 18th Anniversary here at the hall in style.
The helicopters and their crews were in attendance to help with the
celebrations! It was particularly fitting that this event was stage here
at Hagley Hall as the CAA had their initial launch event here 18 years
Hagley Hall got well and truly into the festive spirit in December when it hosted a series of Christmas by candlelight dinners.
Hagley Hall reverberated to the sounds of a
marching band, the roar of a motor cycle display team and the crack of
rifle fire when the House hosted a celebration to mark the 100th
anniversary of the Territorial Army.
Sotheby's recently chose Hagley Hall as part of a
national tour promoting an exhibition of outstanding paintings called "A
Great British Collection."
Enpure celebrated their 25th anniversary in style with a
casino evening here at Hagley Hall.