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Meet The Experts: Dreamwave

Our custom lighting and sound production is fully equipped to deliver design and concept installation of the highest quality.
— CARINA, Dreamwave Events

Hello Dreamwave! Tell us a bit about yourselves…

CARINA: Paul and Dave, already both experienced, technically skilled DJs, joined forces to form Dreamwave Events back in 2009.  They have always been about connecting with the clients, combining a first-class service from the initial contact through to the evening of the event and providing a bespoke performance by understanding their audience. 

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How has the company grown in the past few years?

CARINA: We are celebrating our 10-year anniversary this year!  With the combined motive power, knowledge and professionalism of the team, Dreamwave Events has grown year on year.  By staying true to our roots providing a service to clients that is of the highest standard and quality, we have a set of DJs whose technical skills and their ability to read the crowd, guarantees a personalised entertainment experience.

We are so proud of the fantastic team we have today from our dedicated office staff and knowledgeable crew to our hand-picked highly skilled DJ’s whose artistic flare and dynamic style can only mean your evening party will be a complete hit!

We are always looking for new and innovative ways to move forward with the business and have moved into providing collaborations with artists like Sister Sax and most recently, DJ Destruction.

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Tell us a bit more about your exciting new venture with DJ Destruction…

CARINA: We are always looking at innovative ways to move forward.  DJ Destruction is a world class scratch DJ who will perform for a one hour set during your evening party when booked alongside our evening DJ package.   We have seen him perform and he is absolutely awesome! He completely immerses himself into his high-octane sets.  You can check my blog post, that has a short clip of DJ Destruction performing.

 

If you could give a piece of advice to your couple planning their wedding, what would it be?

CARINA: This sounds completely biased – but I would say, don’t underestimate the evening party.  From experience, I would say a lot of couples do not put it on their priority list, yet it is a large chunk of your day and the part that you and you guests get to let your hair down and have fun! 

On this note, make sure it’s the party you envisage with the music and entertainment you want. 

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Image - Pete Denness Photography

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Image - Matt Wing Photography

What is one of your favourite memories at the barns?

PAUL: One of my fondest memories was providing our Cocktail DJ service during a wedding drinks reception a couple of years ago on very warm summers day!  We can play any type of background music during this service from modern acoustic tracks to chilled jazz but on this occasion,  it was funky house / Ibiza classics! It was amazing guests where dancing along on the lawn whilst enjoying drinks and canapes, the atmosphere was perfect and much like being in Ibiza right there and then!

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Image - Pete Denness Photography

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Image - Matt Wing Photography

What areas of the business have changed since you started? What trends do you see making their way through in 2019?

CARINA: We find when it comes to entertainment, that couples are always looking for something new to blow away their guests.  We have seen many old school garage DJ’s performing and DJ’s jamming alongside saxophonists – now it’s time to make way for DJ Destruction! 😊


What other events can you/do you do?

CARINA: There are two sides to Dreamwave Events;  Dreamwave DJ’s and Dreamwave Lighting.  And we can cater for anything from an intimate private function to a huge corporate gala!  Our specialist team is experienced and knowledgeable.  I have already talked about our DJ side thoroughly – but our custom lighting and sound production is fully equipped to deliver design and concept installation of the highest quality.

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Meet The Experts: Pro Event Hire

Powered mostly by tea, fast food and the desire to create cool stuff wherever we go.
— CHARLIE, Pro Event Hire


From lighting to set design to corporate functions, Cambridge-based event experts Pro Event Hire, are able to help create the event that you are dreaming of!

As one of our recommended suppliers here at the Granary Estates, we are always excited to welcome the team back to the venue, whether they are setting up staging for our next runway event or providing the entertainment for one of our newlywed couples, it’s always a pleasure! :)

We spoke with Charlie, Director at Pro Event Hire, to find out more about what they do, the new products they have stocked for 2019 and what they have lined up for the rest of the year… over to you PEH team!

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Hi Pro Event Hire! Tell us a bit about yourselves…

Hey GGs! So Pro Event Hire, doesn’t really give much away does it? In a nut shell, we do lights and stuff. We are the technical people behind the scenes that make events look and sound awesome. All aspects of staging, lighting, audio and visual we’ve got you covered.

We are a small team of friendly, creative people that I couldn’t live without! Powered mostly by tea, fast food and the desire to create cool stuff wherever we go.

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I have over 14 years’ experience in the events industry, working as a full-time club DJ for many years whilst starting Pro Disco Hire which soon evolved into Pro Event Hire which I now concentrate on full time.

Most of my time is spent meeting with clients and discussing their vision, or out on site creating it! Lucy takes care of all of the day to day running of the business and she will most likely be the person you speak to when you contact us.

How long have you been in the industry and how has the company grown in the past few years?

We are coming into our 9th year of trading this year. Growth in the last few years has been quite fast, we have become a limited company and taken on members of staff. Not bad from a young lad who used to stuff his Ford Fiesta full of equipment for gigs (don’t worry, I have a fleet of vans now).

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What’s the best thing about your job and what you do?

Definitely the variety of what we do. No day is the same and we are always working on different projects with different styles. We love couples that think out of the box with their planning and want to do something a bit crazy and different.

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If you could give a piece of advice to your couple planning their wedding, what would it be?

Don’t be scared to do what YOU want to do. Don’t feel pressured by traditions or what you feel should be done. At my wedding, me and my ushers all wore box fresh trainers with our suits as I am a bit of a sneaker head. Make things personal to you.

How do you feel about being a Granary recommended supplier? Do you have a favourite memory with us here at the barns?

Cue smug face! It’s great to be recommended at such a popular venue. The girls are awesome and they always make sure the kettle is on for us.

My best memory is working with the team on the Style Edit. We worked with the Granary team from the concept of the fashion show through to the set design, music editing and producing voice overs. The Style Edit showcased what a versatile venue The Granary Estates can be. 

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How could you help with alternative events such as corporate seminars/exhibitions etc.?

Being a technical production company means we work on both weddings and corporate events regularly. We have provided AV solutions to venues as large as Ely cathedral with over 500 guests. 

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What areas of the business have changed since you started? What trends do you see making their way through this year?

Although I hate to admit it because I will sound really old, but social media wasn’t around when I started out! So, I think the biggest change is peoples access to ideas and the detailed view we are getting into other weddings. I think this has created the birth of a much more creative bride and groom, people are coming to us with elaborate plans, normally with a Pinterest board to match which makes things much more fun for us!

This year we are seeing a lot of colour and the more alternative look. Our new neon signs and light boxes are proving very popular and I think it’s going back to what I mentioned earlier about being brave and making it YOUR wedding. 

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And finally…what have you got lined up for the rest of 2019…?

We have just been booked to provide some equipment to Example on a couple of dates of his tour so super excited about that! Hoping to showcase some more of our lighting over at Granary Estates this year as I think a bit of neon could be the icing on a pretty awesome cake… or wedding…!

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Not just a wedding venue...

The Granary Estates | Conference Venue

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The Granary Estates is a stunning and unique conference venue located on the Suffolk and Cambridgeshire border which offers a flexible meeting space in an ideal countryside location.

With two separate venues available, The Granary Estates offers choice and variety. Whether you want a completely blank canvas in the shape of a 32-acre field or an 18th century flint barn with private grounds, we have a variety of options on offer to anyone looking for an events and conference venue in the Suffolk and Cambridgeshire area.  

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The Granary Barns offer exclusive use, with three barn spaces available in which to host your corporate function. Choose from the Flint Barn, the Milling Room or the Granary Barn; all spacious and aesthetically stunning spaces which can hold delegate numbers ranging from 10 to 200. The glass walkway joining the three barns provides natural light and views of the private courtyard.

The Estates alternative events venue (located in the village of Dullingham, Cambridgeshire) is the Polo Club. A large marquee or stylish tipi tent look fantastic on the grounds if required. Outdoor activities, team building and company sports days all work great at this venue on a dry hire basis.

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For further details on our events venues in Suffolk/Cambridgeshire, get in touch by calling 01638 731230 or email info@thegranaryestates.co.uk.


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Coming up at the Barns!

Hello Granary friends and happy Monday!

We've been very busy at Granary HQ with lots of exciting events at the barns this year and wanted to let you know about some of the special dates coming up in the Granary calendar!


Thursday 12th April 2018

Business at The Barns

This April we invite you to join us at our sixth Business at The Barns; a fantastic opportunity to meet with local businesses and trades in the area.

Our spacious barn venue offers a relaxed atmosphere in which to meet up with work acquaintances or to introduce yourself to new faces. With an endless supply of tea and coffee and a selection of sweet treats just in time for elevenses, this is the perfect time to step out of the office for a couple of hours and in to our meeting space!

It is just £5 pp (payment on arrival). To register your place, simply click the link below!


Saturday 21st April 2018

SOUL REUNION

 

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DJ Richard Datson is returning to spin some more funk, soul and R'n'B classics on Saturday 21st April! Always a popular event, we cannot wait to welcome you back to drink, dance and boogie on down at this night filled with fun and nostalgia! Dance to hits from Luther Vandross, The O'Jays, Earth, Wind & Fire and Chic to name a few.

At just £12 pp (with a complimentary drink included), tickets are already selling fast for this one so be sure to get yours now to avoid disappointment!


Thursday 17th & Friday 18th May 2018

THE STYLE EDIT

 

The Style Edit is a brand new event for The Granary Estates and we are very excited to bring this to you!

Running over two evenings, The Style Edit will showcase the latest fashion trends with a vibrant catwalk, exclusive shopping experience with a variety of pop up shops and the chance to taste some delicious food at our outdoor food stalls. With some of the high streets leading brands now secured, we are so proud of this event and can guarantee a fantastic evening will be had by all!

We will be releasing some more information about what brands and retailers will be showcased at the event very soon, but if you want to get ahead of the rest and secure your tickets now simply click the link below!


Date to be announced very soon!

BAMBINOS AT THE BARNS

 

Following February's snow storm (we're glad to have seen the back of the 'Beast form the East' - Bring on the sun!) we are re-scheduling a date in the Granary calendar for the next 'Bambinos at The Barns'.

Many of the spaces will be used by those who were unable to attend last time, however we will be releasing a small amount of tickets for those of you who would like to come along - yay!

We will be releasing the date very shortly so watch this space! :)


If you have any questions about the upcoming events at The Granary, please contact our Events Team on info@thegranaryestates.co.uk and we'd be more than happy to help! 

The GG's x

 

Get Cracking with Christmas!

Summer only started last Wednesday but here at The Granary Estates we already have Christmas on our minds!

We are pleased to announce our 'Mixed Party Night' will take place on Friday 1st December 2017!

Enjoy a chilled glass of fizz or an ice cool beer on arrival as you make your way down to our impressive Granary Barn to start the festivities!

Our Christmas 2017 package includes:

Three Course Festive Menu

Selection of Coffee & Speciality Teas

Account or Cash Evening Bar

DJ & Disco

Additional upgrades including canapes and drinks packages are available to suit your budget

We have a limited number of tables available on the night so please get in touch to find out more and secure your place. If a mixed night isn't your preference, we also have dates remaining for exclusive use if you wish to have the barns all to yourself!

To book your appointment with our Events Team and take a look around our stunning grounds, please contact the office on info@thegranaryestates.co.uk or 01638 731230.

Let's talk business!

Next week will see the second 'Business at The Barns' networking event take place here at The Granary Estates HQ in Woodditton. After the success of the first BATB in March, we cannot wait to welcome back some familiar faces and of course meet those of you attending for the first time!

With a stunning setting, endless amounts of tea & coffee and some tasty little treats just in time for elevenses, this informal event is a great way to meet local business professionals and in some cases have a catch up with work colleagues and acquaintences. 

To register and find out more information please visit the event page on Eventbrite by clicking HERE.

As a Wedding and Event Venue, we can accommodate all areas of the hospitality industry and continue to welcome newly engaged couples throughout the year as well as hosting a variety of corporate events for local businesses. The Barns are easily accessible by road and public transport, within easy reach of the A14 and A11 commuter routes for those days when you need to get away from the office and have a change of scenery.

With exclusive use for you and your guests and Wi-Fi provided throughout the venue, the conference facilities include everything you could need for a corporate event. Wireless microphones, AV equipment and event stationary are available to use with very competitive packages and a professional and dedicated Events Team on hand throughout to ensure a seamless and professional experience. 

With our enclosed, courtyard providing a beautiful outdoor space for delegates to enjoy, The Granary Barns can offer both interior and exterior space for team building days, seminars or exhibitions. Our relaxed atmosphere provides a comfortable and calm setting for your corporate function or external meeting. 

Working alongside our culinary experts, we are able to accommodate all catering for your corporate event. From an early breakfast meeting to a sit down 3-course dinner, we work with you to make sure the catering is suited to your needs and the dietary requirements of those attending.

At The Granary Estates we like to work with you to create a tailor made package specific to your unique event. To speak with a member of our team, please get in touch on 01638 731230 or email at info@thegranaryestates.co.uk. Alternatively head to our CONTACT page to fill in our simple enquiry form.

 

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Business at The Barns

We've all heard the saying 'Its not what you know, its who you know'...

Whether you are just starting out or running an already successful business, having a network of like minded people around you is a must! Speaking with others about your work and in turn hearing about theirs will result in a greater understanding of the profession you have chosen by learning through others. Whether it be listening to an alternative view, giving your opinion or receiving invaluable advice, these mutually beneficial relationships can lead to more business connections and therefore more success which is what, in the end, we all desire.

'Great things in business are never done by a person. They're done by a team of people.'

-Steve Jobs

We are excited to be launching our very first networking event 'Business at The Barns' next month on Thursday 9th March. This event will be an informal networking session for local business professionals, beginning just in time for elevenses! Hurray! With no presentations or speaker, we simply want to encourage local suppliers to come along and say hi...

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It is also a fantastic opportunity to visit our beautiful venue and see what our venue has to offer to our corporate clients. Playing host to a variety of events, intimate meetings and large conferences in the Suffolk/Cambridgeshire border, The Granary Barns is equipped with a PA system, wireless microphones, Wi-Fi throughout and event stationery, ensuring your event is a success.   

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The Granary Barns award-winning Event Team are on hand throughout the day to ensure your meeting, event or conference will run smoothly and efficiently. 

Having been renovated in 2013, the two Barns date back from the 18th Century and proudly display the original timber beams and flint walls. For an intimate meeting, The Flint Barn is a perfect choice. Alternatively, for larger numbers the main Granary Barn is a stunning backdrop for training days, exhibitions and seminars. 

After lengthly discussions and group talks, we understand how important a delicious bite to eat can be to re-energise you and your delegates. We have a list of trusted, local caterers who can cater our delegate packages to your specific requirements, whether it be a seated lunch, hot buffet or Summer BBQ.

We hope to see you at the barns very soon. If you would like to attend 'Business at The Barns', please follow the link below to book your free place:

www.businessatthebarns.eventbrite.co.uk
 

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New Year, New Venue

The Granary Barns offers a truly unique and exciting setting for your next corporate meeting in the Suffolk/Cambridgeshire border.

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The Granary Barns can be found just 4 miles from Newmarket, an established Suffolk town with thriving local businesses and trades. With excellent transport links to both Cambridge and London, we welcome clients all year round to host their conferences, seminars and team building days with us. 


The Granary Barns can accommodate all event set ups ranging from theatre style seating, cabaret formation and U shape options. We can tailor the whole event to your exact requirements and can provide additional support in event management, catering, facilities and equipment. 

Our facilities include Wi-Fi throughout the venue, wireless microphones, PA system and event stationary. Our Events Team work closely with our trusted, local suppliers to ensure everything runs smoothly both before and on the day of your event. 

If you’d like to find out more about our Corporate events, take a look at our 'Conferences & Exhibitions' page by clicking HERE.

If you would prefer to speak directly with a member of the Granary team and discuss your upcoming meeting, call our office on 01638 731230 or email info@thegranaryestates.co.uk.

The GG's x