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If you are looking for a truly Scottish team building experience then try our Highland games event.  It’s a chance to try out some of our great Scottish activities and full of hands on fun.  Watch our new Highland games video here to find out more about it.

 

Our Highland games experiences are also a popular choice for destination wedding packages.  This can be a great way of getting guests from different sides of the family interacting in a fun way.

Our entertainers and Highland games athletes will take you through each activity helping everyone to learn new skills.  From bagpipes, ceilidh dancing, whisky tasting and falconry to caber tossing, welly wanging, archery and throwing the Scot’s staine there are plenty of different activities to choose from.

We run Highland games experiences for groups from 5 to 1000 guests.  For more information on the different highland games packages we offer, do get in contact.  Give the Reel Time office a call or drop us an email with details about your group and requirements.

It’s Valentine’s Day and love is in the air!  It is said to be the most romantic day of the year, and a great day for marriage proposals.  At Reel Time we have been helping a lot of couples plan the entertainment for their weddings.  There has been plenty of discussion about romantic songs, more specifically, first dance song choices.

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Photo:  Tony Marsh

 

 

We decided to ask an expert about this to find out what his predictions were for the popular first dance requests this year.  Reel Time Events DJ, Steph King, said that in his experience, couples tend to want uniqueness on their wedding day and often have a song which is very meaningful to their relationship.  For those who are in need of some inspiration, Steph predicts the following will be popular choices for 2017 couples:

  1.  Thinking Out Loud, Ed Sheeran
  2. Ain’t No Stoppng Us Now, McFadden & Whitehead
  3. Amazed, Lonestar
  4. I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing, Aerosmith
  5. I’m Yours, Jason Mraz
  6. Your Song, Ellie Goulding
  7. It Must be Love, Madness
  8. Wonderful Tonight, Eric Clapton

There are so many choices to make your big day special; at Reel Time we want to try and make those choices as easy as possible for you and ensure the entertainment on your wedding day is just perfect.  Our brochure is a great starting point if you are looking for ideas for your wedding, but do feel free to get in touch with us to discuss your plans and let us make all of the arrangements for you.

New year is a busy time for a Scottish events company. We helped many of our regular venues to entertain their guests and bring in the New Year in style!

Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club had a full Scottish gala dinner which we provided a great range of Scottish entertainment for.  Guests were piped into their wonderful 5 course dinner, and then enjoyed some great ceilidh dancing with the Reel Time Ceilidh Band, including a few Highland dancer show spots.   A special pipe band performance piped in the bells, and a DJ spun tunes into the wee hours.

Hogmanay celebrations: Scraggly Cats mix pop and ceilidh

 

Crieff Hydro offer an extensive Christmas and New Year package which the Scraggly Cats were delighted to be part of again this year.  They entertained 400 guests with a great mixture of ceilidh and pop.

Scraggly Cats pop and ceilidh sets at Crieff Hydro

Perth Racecourse also opted for a ceilidh as part of their Hogmanay celebrations.  Reel Time arranged for a ceilidh band to run one of the floors where guests enjoyed some traditional ceilidh, with a DJ taking the other floor of entertainment.

The Glasshouse Hotel in Edinburgh also had a great New Year celebration taking place, for which we supplied a 3 piece ceilidh band.  Murrayfield again hosted a “Big Hogmanay Bash” with one of our trusty pipers there to pipe in the bells.

For those who had not indulged enough, our first event of 2017 was a whisky tasting at Dalhousie Castle.  To find out more about our whisky tasting, why not take a look at our whisky tasting video?

Everyone at Reel Time Events would like to take this opportunity to wish you a very Happy New Year, and we look forward to working with you in 2017!

 

Roddy was over in Las Vegas for IMEX America, the biggest tourism trade event in the calendar;  America’s worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings and events.

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Roddy was working alongside Visit Scotland to help promote Scotland as a destination to international group buyers.

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Roddy started the group presentations with some Scottish music on his small pipes, before reciting Robert Burns Address to the Haggis.  With current international trade restrictions, this meant addressing a furry haggis, but it was still well received and had the usual impact!

For the afternoon cocktail hour, Roddy presented whisky tasting experiences for the guests.  They were talked through the intricacies of Scottish single malt whisky.   The guests enjoyed a great taste of Scotland as they sampled Auchentoshan Three Wood, Scapa and Bowmore 15.

For the on stand party on the Wednesday night, Roddy played some of his dance music bagpipes before amassing a great ceilidh dance on the Visit Scotland stand.   Have a look at the video of the whole event here, including the ceilidh.

Thanks to Rocket Exhibitions and Events, Visit Scotland and Las Vegas for making it all possible.

As a grand finale for their 150th Anniversary, the National Museum of Scotland celebrated with an extravaganza!  They pulled out all the stops and, with the help of Reel Time Events and all of their other recommended suppliers, put together an amazing extravaganza which really showcased the venue at its best.

Some of Scotland’s finest catering specialists, Sodexo Prestige, Heritage Portfolio, Clerkenwell Green and Wild Thyme, really wowed guests.

There were frozen cocktails, candy floss topped drinks, a candy floss tree, all sorts of different taste sensations!  Sodexo Prestige provided a real sensory experience, inviting guests to a secret cabin in an enchanted forest, within the museum.  Guests were blind folded and taken into the secret cabin by guides, where they were led through an amazing sensory experience.

The entertainment was fantastic!  As guests arrived they were greeted by fire performers outside the museum.  Inside there were dancers, trapeze artists, stilt walkers… even a giant inflatable elephant!  Reel Time’s Scraggly Cats provided fantastic musical entertainment throughout the evening.  It really was an extravaganza!

Reel Time Events were delighted to be part of this event and provided the band and fire performers for the occasion.

With thanks to Simon Williams for use of photos, as credited above.

 

Kuoni organised a trip to Edinburgh for a group of Brazilian buyers.  The aim was to show off the best that Edinburgh has to offer, and they certainly seem to have suceeded!

The group visited some of Edinburgh’s best hotels and venues, including Edinburgh Castle, The Balmoral, The Sheraton, Mansfield Traquair and the National Museum of Scotland.  On their final evening, following a private tour of the Royal Yacht Britannia, they were treated to a gala dinner at Dundas Castle.

The catering was provided by Prestige Sodexo; they had prepared a menu to impress, and impress they did!

Reel Time’s Roddy gave guests a proper Scottish welcome as he piped them in, before he perform the Haggis Address.  After dinner they were treated to a Highland dance performance which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.   Guests were then invited into the hall to have a go at ceilidh dancing themselves.  Everyone seemed to get the hang of it quickly and there was no stopping them!

Reel Time’s accordion player provided the music for them, and even managed to get involved in the dancing at the same time!  Everyone was having so much fun, Roddy decided to dance with a statue that seemed keen to join in on the fun!

Ceilidh dancing with Dundas history, Edinburgh

It was a pleasure to work with Visit Scotland to entertain Andrews in St Andrews as part of their St Andrew’s Day marketing campaign.  Andrews, Andres and Andreas from across Europe were invited to come and experience a flavour of what Scotland has to offer, and discover more about the home of their namesake, and Scotland’s, Patron Saint.

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We were incredibly lucky to experience some great weather for the filming.  10 degrees and bright sunshine at the end of November was the best we could hope for, and led to a great day for all on West Sands Beach.

The guests enjoyed the best of what St Andrews and Scotland had to offer.  They were immersed in Scottish scenery, culture, cuisine and, of course, experienced some of the amazing activities Scotland offers.  From golf to learning the bagpipes, fun was certainly had by all.

Fun on St Andrews beach at Visit Scotland Highland Games

As part of their Scottish adventure, Reel Time arranged an historic Highland Games for them.  This introduced them to caber tossing, putting the Scots stane and the Scots hammer throw.  The guests rotated around activities as teams, and cheered on their fellow clan members as they experienced the different events.  To ensure they got the most out of the experience they were instructed by a former world champion and the current under 25 champion at Highland Games.

It was great to be able to help Visit Scotland to raise the profile of St Andrew’s Day further afield, and introduce people to some great Scottish hospitality and traditions.

Watch the full Visit Scotland video that includes our Highland Games experience.

If you would like more information about our Highland Games and Scottish team building experiences, then please get in touch.

 

The smash hit musical Mama Mia! opened last night at the Playhouse in Edinburgh.  The show, which features some of Abba’s most popular hits, will run until the 7th January 2017.

Press Launch of smash hit musical Mama Mia! at Edinburgh Playhouse, Scotland

The show first opened in London’s West End in 1999 and an estimated 60 million people have seen it so far. To ensure that the show received a proper Scottish welcome back to Edinburgh, Reel Time arranged for piper Ross McCrindle to entertain the press as they arrived for the press launch.

Bagpiper enertaining at the press launch of Mama Mia! at Edinburgh Playhouse

Mama Mia! is at the Edinburgh Playhouse until 7th January 2017, and Reel Time pipers can be arranged by contacting our office.

Reel Time were delighted to exhibit once again at the Corn Exchange Wedding Fair last weekend.

Claire and Cath spent the weekend chatting to couples about how Reel Time can help make their big day extra special.  It was a really nice chance to meet and catch up with existing clients and in several cases, the first chance to put a face to a name.  There was also plenty of opportunity to chat to couples who are still looking for inspiration for their wedding entertainment.  We hope we have helped with ideas, and look forward to putting the plans in place and making your big day extra special.

We were asked by a few people what the trends seemed to be so far for 2017; what the popular choices were?  Well, ceremony music is definitely in high demand for 2017. We have been taking an increased number of bookings for clarsach players and string quartets to play during the ceremony.

Scottish entertainment is as popular as ever, with pipers and ceilidh bands in high demand.  As well as piping for the arrival of guests at the ceremony and piping the bride down the aisle, the piper can perform a whole host of other duties.  Our pipers are more than happy to be on hand for photos.  As well as piping whilst photos are being taken, the piper could also pose with the happy couple and/or guests in the photos too.  Other duties often include piping guests in for the wedding meal, piping the bride and groom to the top table and announcing the cutting of the wedding cake.

At the wedding fair, the band that couples seemed most interested in for 2017 was the Scraggly Cats.  They are a 5 piece band who provide a great mix between catchy ceilidh and party pop.  A ceilidh band is a great way to get guests interacting with each other – a perfect ice breaker, as well as being great fun!

We really got the feeling from brides that they were looking for a ‘traditional’ wedding – though we imagine that everyone has a slightly different view of ‘traditional’!

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As well as helping couples to put plans in place for their big day, the wedding fair was also a great chance for Reel Time to catch up with local venues and suppliers.  It’s a great opportunity for us to find out about any changes at venues, new things they are offering and different wedding options.  Forging great working relationships with local venues helps us to ensure that your big day will run perfectly smoothly and exceed all of your expectations..

For more details on how Reel Time can help to make your big day extra special, please contact our team who will be happy to spend time getting to know your requirements, talking through different options and ensuring that everything is just right for your special day.

Have you been looking for a new type of team building activity?  Look no further!  Reel Time would like to introduce you to “Strictly Come Ceilidh Dancing”.

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What is it?

As you might have guessed, this is based on the TV show Strictly Come Dancing, though you don’t have to have watched the show to take part! It’s a great way of carrying team building activities on into the evening.

How does it Work?

No prior knowledge of ceilidh dancing is required; this is ideal for everyone and suits a whole range of occasions and events.  The Reel Time Band, a modern and funky ceilidh band, will introduce participants to two different ceilidh dances.  The caller will ensure contestants quickly become familiar with the steps, and professional dancers will be on hand to demonstrate and assist.  Once the basics have been mastered it is time split into teams and work on personalising the chosen dance.  Team work is key at this stage, working together to add flair and personality to the dance.  Again, the professional dancers will be on hand to assist.

Once teams have perfected their dance it is Show Time!  Each team will be invited up to the dance floor in turn to show off their ceilidh skills.  Judging takes place, though we encourage praise at what the teams have achieved rather than too much criticism as sometimes happens on the TV show!

Once the results are announced there will be plenty of time for a few more ceilidh dances, perhaps introducing a couple of new ones for everyone to join in together.

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What else do I need to know?

If you would like any further information then get in touch with the Reel Time team, we would be happy to tailor “Strictly Come Ceilidh Dancing” to fit your requirements perfectly.  If participants would like to really feel the part, we could arrange kilts outfits for the gentlemen and sashes for the ladies.  Why not have an after dinner “Strictly Come Ceilidh” to follow an afternoon of Highland games?  We could also arrange for a whisky or gin tasting to form part of the event. Please get in touch for more information.