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Award-winning wedding and events venue Elmore Court launched a new pop-up cabaret dining experience last month which combined fine dining with an exquisite live cabaret show and the chance to sleep over which was a huge success, selling out in a matter of days. Following overwhelming demand, the events will be returning with a festive twist in December and tickets have just gone on sale.
For four nights in September and October, the Gillyflower event space was reimagined as 'The Parrot Cage' and played host to a sequence of exclusive dining and cabaret events, encouraging guests to spread their wings post-lockdown. Guests enjoyed a three-course dinner prepared by head chef Matt Greene with all dishes lovingly created using ingredients sourced straight from the estate's walled garden, which has undertaken the largest transformation having been restored back to its original working produce garden during the recent quiet time. After dinner, guests were wowed and entertained by a live cabaret show with performances from the crème de la crème of cabaret. Acts included the International Burlesque Siren and Fire Eating Vixen Missy Fatale, the critically acclaimed and 'wickedly funny' raconteur, Marcel Lucont, television's notorious award-winning stand-up comedian Patrick Monahan, and the infamous, multi-award-winning Jess Love of global Cabaret fame.
The evenings were rounded off with music and theatre performed by the creative Curious Little Big Band and, for some, the chance to stay a little longer and spend the night in one of the house's decadent bedrooms. With Elmore Court usually not open to the public and the beautiful bedrooms kept for wedding guests and newlyweds only, the additional option of an overnight stay and breakfast was met with added excitement, selling out at extra speed.The events, which took place on the 25th and 26th September and the 2nd and 3rd October. were all provided safely and within the framework and guidelines of the current Covid-19 precautions, with Elmore Court enlisting the help of Health and Safety expert Alan Law (who recently conducted the risk assessment on the London Palladium) to ensure complete protection for guests.
Anselm Guise, owner of Elmore Court, commenting on the evenings, said: "Lockdown has been a major issue for us as we have not been able to do what we do really at all. Very few weddings have gone ahead and so being able to do something which flexed our creative muscles and to pull it off within the government's guidelines was brilliant. The nights all felt like proper events with a thrilling atmosphere, so we are absolutely delighted with how they went. To be able to support other industries that have been hard hit by the pandemic by putting on these events, made their success even more rewarding too. A big thank you to all who came!"
Now, Elmore Court is delighted to reveal that The Parrot Cage will be returning, with further events planned for the festive season. Adding a touch of Yuletide sparkle and plenty of surprises to the proceedings, the Parrot Cage will re-open for two nights on the 4th and 5th December, and then five further nights between 17th and 21st December.
Tickets go on sale Thursday 22nd October and, given the popularity of the previous shows, are expected to fly fast!
For more information and to sign up for further details, please visit www.elmorecourt.com/parrotcage/