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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”.

8/9th Oct 2015: BGL Conference in Edinburgh

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.

 

We are pleased to announce that the new Reel Time Band website has gone live: Introducing the new look ReelTimeBand.com.

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Following plenty of hard work behind the scenes, we would like to introduce you to the bands new look:  Click here to be taken straight to the website.

The new website is easy to navigate and has some great video and audio samples.  There are different pages for each of the four Reel Time bands:  the Reel Time Ceilidh Band, Reel Time Folk Band, Scraggly Cats and Tartanium.  Whether you are looking for entertainment for a wedding or a corporate event, the new website will help you to choose the band that will suit your occasion perfectly.

This website is the newest in the Reel Time Family, and follows the launch of the Reel Time Bars and Roddy the Piper earlier in the year.

Reel Time Events were delighted to have been involved in the grand opening of the redeveloped National Museum of Scotland.

Boghall & Bathgate Pipeband

 To start the day off, Reel Time Events arranged for the Boghall & Bathgate Pipe band to march down Chambers Street, which had been closed especially for the event.  After making their grand entrance, the band entertained the crowds, performing on the newly opened public piazza until the countdown began.  As the public gathered for their first glimpse of the new galleries, Forth 1 DJ Mark Martin started the countdown.  As the doors opened, 21CC treated the gathered crowds to an amazing pyrotechnic performance, with short range fireworks as well as glitter and confetti canons.

Pipeband and Fireworks

The pipe band continued to entertain for the rest of the morning, ensuring that all visitors got the same fantastic start to their new museum experience.  Whilst Reel Time provided the entertainment outside the museum, visitors explored the 10 new galleries showcasing some of the best of art, design, fashion, science & technology.

Shortly after midday the pipe band stood down to make way for the Beltane Fire Society Drummers & the samba band Amino who continued the live music and entertainment and celebration on into the afternoon.

We are now looking forward to seeing what the final stage of the museum masterplan will bring when it opens in 2018!

All Photos © Ruth Armstrong Photography

Reel Time Events are pleased to announce the new Roddy the Piper website is now live!

 

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The Reel Time Family of websites is currently undergoing a much needed refresh, the first of which to get a new look was Reel Time Bars which has been live since the start of the year.

Now the RoddythePiper website has had its much needed update, with a clean and simple design that is easy to navigate.  The new site has updated images and media including video and audio samples so you can see Roddy in action.

If you would like to discuss your event and hire Roddy to help make it an event to remember then please contact us

 

Reel Time Events has been involved in welcoming a group of senior event professionals to Scotland as part of the ISES Global Events Summit, a partnership between the International Special Events Society, VisitScotland Business Events and the IMEX Group.  The invited guests from across North America were treated to 3 nights of some of Scotland’s finest venues and locations with Roddy developing an Scottish rapport with the guests.  Roddy was waiting at Edinburgh Airport to welcome the group after their visit to IMEX Frankfurt and escort them to their bus by bagpipes, introducing them to the sound of the pipes first hand before the group travelled to Gleneagles for the afternoon. Roddy also met the group for their tour of Edinburgh Castle, giving the guests a chance of a photo opportunity in one of Edinburghs iconic venues.

For the guests’ gala dinner, held on the Royal Yacht Britannia, Reel Time Events organised kilt outfits for the gentlemen and tartan sashes for the ladies.  Particularly for the gentlemen it was a chance to immerse themselves in Scottish culture and experience the liberation and freedom that comes from wearing a kilt, feeling the breeze between the knees!  With an instructional demo from Roddy and a helping hand during the drinks reception held at the Sheraton Hotel, all of the guests made their way to the Royal Yacht proudly wearing their tartan for the final evening of their adventure.

All photographs courtesy of Simon Williams

It was a pleasure to meet all of the guests invited to our fair nation by VisitScotland, hopefully we will have the opportunity to entertain them and their guests in the future.   If you are planning a conference and would like your delegates to experience a true taste of Scotland then please contact us for a tailor-made experience for your group.

Reel Time Events had the pleasure of entertaining over 700 delegates as part of VisitScotland’s Expo 2016.  Held at Edinburgh’s Corn Exchange for international buyers from the leisure industry, the event was a great success, with guests tasting some of Scotlands finest produce and being entertained by Roddy and the Reel Time Ceilidh Band for the evening.

Guests were welcomed at the venue by Roddy, playing some rousing tunes on the bagpipes as they all made their way into the venue for the awards ceremony, hosted by Des Clarke, and gala dinner.

After some fantastic food by Prestige and the VisitScotland Expo Stand Awards were announced and it was time to ceilidh!  The attendees were treated to a display performance by The Reel Time Band playing their upbeat and funky take on ceilidh music, accompanied by the stunning Reel Time Dancers.

Once the dance performance was complete it was time for the guests to get involved.  With the help of Roddy calling the dances and the dancers on the floor to lead the way, everyone had the opportunity to let their hair down and get involved with the ceilidh.

The evening was a great success, leaving the guests with a Scottish evening to remember.

Photographs courtesy of Chris Watt Photography – the best dressed man in the room.

Thanks to Paul Dent, the sound engineer on the night, for helping us create such an amazing evening.