Virtual Conference Entertainment | Virtual Engagement Ideas

If you are organising a virtual conference and are looking for unique and engaging ideas then look no further than Looch – Mind Reader. Looch is the stage name of a professional corporate entertainer based in the UK. He is currently one of the busiest and in demand performers in his industry, and is 5 star rated amongst his clients.

Engagement for your virtual events

One of the tricky elements to organising a successful virtual conference is finding the right balance between entertainment and engagement. There are many options available where online attendees can simply sit and watch an online show. However the real key to virtual conference entertainment is facilitating interaction and engagement in real time.

Imagine your delegates tuning in to a live show where they are not only blown away by the incredible performance, but they are thoroughly and actively engagement at each stage. Looch has created a unique live online performance that makes everyone the star of the show. Your choices and decisions throughout are fundamental to the outcome and build to a wonderful climax full of surprises and twists.

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Live Streaming Virtual Conference Entertainment

How does your virtual conference entertainment work?

There are a variety of entertainment options available for your virtual conference. Some clients prefer to be able to log in remotely from anywhere in the world to watch and participate in a virtual entertainment show. This is really popular for team meetings and online team building events. If you are interesting in booking Looch as your online magician of choice simply get in touch using my contact form.

If however you are hosting an ‘in person’ event, and want to hire virtual conference entertainment that is performed remotely then Looch offers a very special option for corporate clients. Streamed LIVE from Looch’s UK based studio, he is able to perform virtually for your delegates at your conference anywhere in the world.

Virtual Engagement & Interactivity

Virtual Entertainment for In Person Events

These types of performances are typically tailor made for each client. If you have a specific theme or format for your virtual conference and are looking for looch to create a bespoke performance that will compliment and enhance your event please get in touch to arrange a call to discuss your requirements. Looch is highly experienced at performing in the corporate world and is an expert in his field.

Testimonials for Looch’s Virtual Conference Entertainment

“An incredible performer who thoroughly entertained and baffled us all at our national conference. We highly recommend Looch for any company looking to inject mystery and engagement into their events”

Hindleys Ltd

“Thank you very much for your virtual event! Everyone in the team LOVED IT! Your show was interactive & most importantly fun.”


“We had not previously hosted an online event and were a little nervous having to rely on technology. Hiring Looch as the primary act was one of the best decisions we made. He was fantastic! Professional, informative and had a calming influence on us all.”

Eminox Ltd

Online Magician | Zoom Magician | Virtual Magician For Hire

Online Magician | Online Magic Show

An interactive online magic show for virtual events / hybrid events, team meetings and other corporate celebrations.

Looch offers a 30 min virtual magic show designed to engage and amaze your colleagues during team meetings, or to provide an interactive online magic experience at a live event or as virtual conference entertainment.

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The benefits of hiring an online magician for your virtual event.

Online Magic Show Designed For Corporate Events & Meetings

This mind blowing online magician has created an innovative and engaging show through the use of Zoom and other web based meeting software. He has amazed hundreds of delegates and clients with his online magic show at a host of virtual corporate events & hybrid events since early 2020.

Designed to bridge the gap between real life and virtual events, this virtual magic show is one that is guaranteed to enhance your conference or team meeting, and add a touch of online magic for your guests. The online show is fully interactive and has been designed to offer an engaging experience that will be remembered by all guests.

In it you will experience a range of amazing tricks and demonstrations as Looch takes you into his online world of magic and mystery. You will experience his uncanny ability to read your minds through the screen and predict your behaviour in a range of fun and fascinating ways. No one is embarrassed or singled out and the online magic show is lighthearted, funny and will put a huge smile on the faces of your guests.

“Thank you very much for your virtual event! Everyone in the team LOVED IT! Your show was interactive & most importantly fun.”

Karen Usselmann – Amazon
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The online magic show can be accessed anywhere in the world, even in the comfort of your own home.

How Does an Online Magic Show Work?

The online magic show is very simple. It is a web based show performed through Zoom or other similar applications. Your team or guests can log in from home or workplace and immediately be transported into a world of virtual magic and mind reading. One of the biggest draws to this type of show is that it can be experienced anywhere in the world. Simply log in and experience the virtual magic with just the click of a button.

All you will need is a device with internet access such as a computer, laptop, or tablet. You will be able to experience as well as take part in this interactive performance. Participation is encouraged because without you, there would be no show! One of the biggest benefits of experiencing an online magician is being able to watch the faces of your colleagues as they have their minds blown right in front of you in real time. It’s the perfect addition to a meeting or virtual conference and will keep everyone talking and smiling throughout the entire event.

“Looch’s online magic and mind reading show was the perfect way to conclude our virtual team building session. He engaged us all and astounded us with what is possible with the powers of the human mind. I have recommended him to other colleagues and we will be hiring his services again whenever we hold a similar event.”

HR Director – Hartleys

Are You Using Your Own platform?

If you are organising your online conference or AGM with the services of a professional production company, then Looch is able to work with your existing platform to ensure his show can be seamlessly integrated. Please let us know the name of your software or webinar platform when enquiring with us.

Alternatively, if you have your own platform of preference that is already established within your company, we will endeavour to work with you and integrate with it for a smooth and professional performance..

Why should I book an Online Magician ?

Without the reactions of an audience, there wouldn’t be much magic! Looch’s online magic show is designed so that you will be able to all react together. You will witness all your colleagues, friends and guests reacting right before your eyes on the screen. It’s such a good rapport builder and fascinates everyone who watches. The show will give everyone in attendance a boost and together we will create a great memory. One that everyone will take away with from your virtual event and talk about going forward. Your guests will remember you and how you made them feel!

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My online magic show can be performed for clients anywhere in the world

What is a Zoom Magician for Virtual Event?

The term Zoom Magician or an Online Magician, is a relatively new one but is pretty self explanatory. It simply describes the services of a virtual magician who performs their shows online. Zoom magic shows are relatively new, but have started to see a surge since the COVID-19 pandemic.

My online magic show has primarily been designed to be performed in an online conferencing format. Zoom is perfect for this and offers the flexibility in being able to interact with the specific individuals or the entire team using their ‘Gallery View’. Even though the show is 30min in length. It can be modified to be longer or shorter depending on your events requirements. The virtual magic show can even be performed incrementally if your event requires.

“This was the first time our conference was online. We wanted to include Looch in our plans like we have done for the past few years. We were unsure if he would still be able to engage everyone when not in person. How wrong we were. His online magic show performed over Zoom was exemplary. He amazed us all from start to finish, highly recommenced for any virtual or hybrid event looking to hire virtual entertainment.”

Axis ltd

Can the Online Magic Show be Longer / Shorter?

The standard online magic show is 30 minutes in length. This is the perfect duration for the vast majority of virtual events. Having said that, there are times when you may want something longer or shorter depending on your specific event. As a result Looch can create online magic shows that can be different lengths. He has even performed for 10 minutes at a time, several times throughout an online event. For example some clients might be organising a whole day event and are looking for short, sharp engaging performances. This gives the attendees an instant ‘boost’ throughout their event to keep everyone involved and fresh.

Who is a Virtual Magic Show Designed for?

If you are planning a virtual event and want to inject some fun/mystery then this show is for you. Simply make an enquiry with me using my online contact form. Include the date and time you would like the performance to take place. You can either receive an invite from me to join the show on the day. Or you can bring me into your conference call at the right moment of your meeting. All your guests will be able to log in and everyone will have the ‘best seat in the house.’

Since its introduction, Looch has amazed hundreds of guests from virtual events that have taken place all over the world. He has an impressive list of clients and is the number one choice for a virtual magician! For more information why not give me a call on 07841 332816.

Your Guests Will LOVE This Professional Northampton Magician

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Guests all over the Northampton region have been thrilled at Looch’s performances. For over 15 years now, he has performed at Corporate Events and Weddings all over Northamptonshire and the wider UK.

Looch is the stage name of a professional Northampton Magician & Mind Reader. He is loved by his clients and never fails to amaze and enhance any event that he performs at. Looch performs a unique type of magic called Mentalism. It deals with tricks and demonstrations that look like mind reading and psychological magic. His performances are amazing and your guests will be delighted that he is at your event entertaining them.

Amaze Your Guests with Looch – Mind Reader & Magician

Corporate Magician in Northampton

Looch performs primarily in two industries, weddings and corporate events. As a Corporate Northampton Magician, Looch provides both entertainment solutions and a range of professional services to suit your event.

The most popular corporate booking is his After Dinner Entertainment, where he performs on stage for audiences of all sizes. This type of booking is ideally suited for Annual Conferences, Gala Dinners and Awards Evenings. The show is typically 60 min long but can be shortened or split incrementally to suit your event. The show is a perfect way to conclude any formal dinner service and is a wonderful way to engage your delegates and create an impactful message.

Trade Show Magician

If your company is exhibiting at one of the regions trade-shows then Looch has a very specialised service to help boost your sales. Working alongside you at your booth, he will actively stop traffic and increase your footfall. This generates more leads and potential sales for your company. In a case study carried out with 3M Unitek, Looch over tripled their projected footfall by building crowds and amazing them with his tricks, then leading them straight to their team.

if you are interesting in finding out how to increase visitors to your trades-how booth please check out this article.

Looch has won awards for his wedding magic!

Wedding magician in Northampton

Looch performs at around 50 weddings per year. Over the past 15 years he has created a series of unique performances that are perfectly suited to enhance any wedding. Below is a breakdown of his most popular wedding entertainment options.

Mix & Mingle Magic is a fantastic way to kick off your wedding! Performed after the ceremony and during your drinks reception, he will mingle with your friends and family and entertain them with his amazing wizardry. Your guests will be stunned as he performs seemingly impossible trick after trick, delighting and enthralling all who witness it.

This type of performance is relaxed and informal. it is a perfect ice breaker and will often create a talking point for guests who have no previously met. Mix & Mingle bookings are typically for 2 hours in length but this can be increased with a bespoke booking.

The Wedding Show

If you are looking for the ultimate magic performance for your wedding, then we recommend Looch’s Wedding Show. A 60 min whole room performance that is guaranteed to blow your guests’ minds. The show is performed after dinner and following the speeches and breaks the day up perfectly!

If you are looking for something unique and exciting then this really is the performance to opt for. It’s funny and lighthearted, but will engage your guests in unbelievable ways and leave them gobsmacked and what they have just witnessed.

Testimonials for Northampton Magician

We booked Looch for our Hospice Annual Ball earlier this month and were delighted on the night. Leading up to the event, the communication was great and then on the night, he was so flexible when our timings changed slightly. We received great feedback from our guests who were all amazed and this was shown when he could hardly leave the venue due to guests stopping him for a chat. I would definitely recommend Looch for any event that you want to add a wow factor to.


Can’t recommend Looch enough, our guests were blown away by the things that he did. He prepared a special piece for my husband and I all based around our wedding date and we still have no idea how it worked!

Rachel Saxelby

WOW, what an incredible show LOOCH did for us at my husbands 50th birthday party. Over 80 of our friends & family were completely mesmerised during his performance & we are all still talking about it now! Highly recommend LOOCH for any event as you will be blown away by what he does. Thank you so much

Jen Hardy

Lets Have a Chat

If you are looking to hire a Northampton Magician for your next event or wedding please get in touch. You can either fill in my online enquiry form, or give me a call on 07841 332816

Mind Blowing Hull Magician is a Guaranteed Success!

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For those of you who are looking to hire a Hull Magician, then you are in the perfect place. Looch is the stage name of a professional magician in Hull who has been entertaining audiences with his amazing acts for years. A Yorkshire born entertainer who has been fascinated with magic and mentalism since a child. He performs full time at a wide range of events such as weddings, parties and corporate functions.

A really great magician will bring people together and allow them to experience something that they will remember for years to come. when you hire Looch to perform for your guests, he will be a surefire hit and everyone will love it! Looch offers a range of different performances to suit your event and is 5 star rated on Google.

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Professional Magician = Amazing Reactions!

Corporate Magician in Hull

One of Looch’s primary industries is the corporate events industry. For years Hull has enjoyed great success hosting some of the very best conferences and exhibitions in the region, and Looch is nearly always hired by a company to work with them and ensure their guests / clients are entertained. The main performances that are available for corporate events are his After Dinner Entertainment, Trade-Show Magic and his award winning Mix & Mingle entertainment.

To chat with Looch about his corporate event services please visit the contact page.

Wedding Magician in Hull

If you are currently planning your wedding day and are looking to hire a Hull Magician to entertain your friends and family then Looch just might be the perfect wedding guest for you! He has won multiple awards within the wedding industry for his unique entertainment and incredible customer service.

There are a range of different performances to suit your big day and budget. The most popular by far for couples in the Hull region is his complete package. This package has been designed to enhance your day and ensure your guests are entertained in ways you wont believe imaginable. Firstly Looch will provide his mix & mingle entertainment during your drinks reception. This is the ideal ice breaker and ensures all guests can relax and engage with your special day. It also provides a fantastic opportunity for your photographer to capture some wonderful reaction shots of everyone enjoying themselves.

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Creating Memories of your big day with Looch.

The Big Show is Coming…

Once you are called in for the wedding breakfast, your guests will take their seats and enjoy the food. Typically the speeches follow the food, which always go down exceptionally well at weddings. At the conclusion of the speeches I will be introduced by a designated member of the group and I will then perform a very special one off show for you all!

The Wedding Show is a carefully crafted and fully interactive show performed for the whole group. It is light hearted and full of humour, and the magic you will experience is the absolute best. You will also be able to personalise the show by nominating participants from your party. Even becoming the star of the show as Looch gives you the power to read everyones minds in the room!!

For more information on Looch’s wedding entertainment please give him a call today on 07841 332816. You may also wish to email him at the link at the top of the page, or visit the contact page.

Photo showing Looch performing the wedding show in Hull.
Your Guests will Love him!

Feedback From Clients

I have seen Looch perform at a number of events and cannot recommend him highly enough. A consummate professional, a showman and a first-class entertainer, he is certain to stun a room into silence or have a crowd roaring with applause.

Laurey Buckland

We booked Looch to entertain the guests at our Wedding. This was the most amazing experience. Looch constantly wow’d everyone along with ourselves. We would highly recommended Looch to everyone we know that wanted something a little different at their event or party. Many Conversations we have had since have been about the things that Looch did to amaze our guests. So many Wow moments had by all. Thanks again for making our day so memorable

Vicky Robotham

What an outstanding performer, Looch will quite literally blow your mind! He performed a bespoke service yesterday for myself and my new husband. Just how on earth he read our guests minds and came up with their exact thoughts I will never know! If you want to make your wedding day or event the most unique, memorable and talked about event ever. Then I can’t recommend Looch more highly, he’s worth every penny.

Anne Davie

Award-Winning Oxford Magician will STUN your guests!

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Looch is a full time, professional Mind reader and Magician in Oxford. For over 15 years, he has entertained at events throughout the Oxford area and wider UK. He specialises in a type of magic called ‘mentalism‘, which has often being called mind reading and is known to enthral and delight guests at corporate events, private parties and weddings!

Your event is in safe hands!

A really great magician will not only be able to entertain and ‘trick’ guests, but will create lasting memories and a fantastic talking point for years to come. Looch is an expert magician in oxford who will quite literally blow you and your guests minds time after time. He is 5 star rated on Google and is rebooked by his clients year upon year.

Wedding Magician in Oxford – Photo taken by Christopher Bunce Photography

Wedding Magician in Oxford

Looch has specialised in being a wedding magician in Oxford for years and is a recommended supplier at many of the regions top venues. He offers a variety of different performances to help the happy couple build their perfect wedding day. One of the most flexible performances is his Mix and Mingle entertainment. This is often known as ‘Close-Up Magic’ and consists of Looch mingling with you and your guests during your drinks reception.

The formality of the ceremony will be complete and your guests will be starting to relax with a glass of bubbly. Looch approaches small groups at a time and wows everyone in sight! This professional Oxford magician is highly experienced and guarantees that his performance will be a roaring success. Looch has won the HC award for best wedding magician at The Wedding Industry Awards (TWIA) and is known in the industry as one of the very best mind readers and magicians in Oxford and the surrounding areas.

Corporate Magician in Oxford

The primary industry that Looch excels in, is the corporate events industry. He has a wealth of experience performing all over Oxfordshire and the wider UK. His main performances are his after dinner entertainment and his unrivalled trade-show and exhibition entertainment. Oxford holds some of the UK’s most incredible events, such as the Oxford Festival of the Arts and the Florence Park Festival. Looch’s performance are perfectly suited for large events like these as well as smaller, more intimate events.

His after dinner show is perfectly suited for annual conferences and awards dinners. It’s typically a 60 min whole room performance that is designed to be an interactive experience for all delegates and guests. Laughter is a plenty as Looch energetically tricks the minds of everyone in attendance. The show can be tailor made for your company with his bespoke package and is currently the most popular booking for his many corporate clients.

Looch – Mind Reader & Magician at work – Photography by Chris Seddon

Testimonials for Looch – Mind Reader & Magician in Oxford

Looch was hired for our 50th anniversary event, whats a mesmerising experience! He is a fantastic entertainer and well worth engaging with for your next corporate event.

John Deere Group

Looch was fantastic. He did a number of sets at our Annual Conference and was utterly amazing. The franchisees were talking in awe about him throughout the day and he added a completely different feel to our annual event. Book him, he is great!

Belvoir! Group

Looch provided the pre-dinner entertainment for our annual company celebration after I had seen him perform at a prior event. Looch had the whole audience fully immersed in his show and amazed with his performance and mind blowing skills. He created a real buzz in the room during and after the show – still being talked about now. Big thanks from all the Inciper team.

Inciper Ltd

Book Oxford Magician & Mind Reader For Your Next Event

I would love to have the opportunity to be able to speak with you regarding your upcoming event. My love and passion for what I do will truly enhance your event and I guarantee that your guests will love it! If you would like to make an enquiry with me regarding your event in oxford please give me a call now on 07841 332816. Alternatively you can fill in my online enquiry form here. I aim to get back to all enquiries within a few hours. Thank you!

Magician in Stoke-on-Trent will AMAZE your Guests!

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Are you looking to hire a Magician in Stoke-on-Trent that will dazzle your guests? Looch is the stage name of an award winning professional mind reader and magician located near Stoke-on-Trent. For over 15 years Looch has entertained guests at a wide range of events & weddings all over the UK and sometimes even further afield!

What types of shows does Looch perform?

Looch’s primary markets are the corporate events industry and weddings. He provides an enticing range of shows that are guaranteed to become the highlight of any event, be it big or small. His most popular performance currently is his after dinner show. The after dinner show is a 60 min interactive performance for the whole room. It is packed full of humour and audience participation, and will blow your guests minds with demonstrations that will baffle and delight you in equal amounts.

After Dinner Show

Do you perform close up magic?

Another popular performance choice for Looch’s clients is his close up magic, or ‘Mix & Mingle‘ entertainment. This is a really popular option for events that have a drinks reception or require a meet & greet style entertainer. Most clients who are looking to hire a magician in Stoke-on-Trent, tend to want this type of performance. It’s flexible, yet unobtrusive and is very popular as an ice breaker at weddings.

Trade-Shows & Exhibitions in Stoke-on-Trent

Looch is the secret weapon for many companies based in Stoke. He is hired by those companies who are exhibiting their brand at the range of expos and trade-shows that occur each year in the area. Looch’s Trade-Show entertainment is designed to stop traffic and build a crowd at your trade booth. He will blow their minds with his amazing demonstrations and lead them directly onto your booth to maximise footfall and generate as many sales as possible for your business.

5 Star rated Magician in Stoke-on-Trent

Where have you performed?

As a professional magician in Stoke-on-Trent, Looch is experienced at performing at all the major venues in and around the locality. He is a regular magician at venues such as; Bet 365 Stadium, Alsagar Golf & Country Club, Park Hall Farm and The Ashes Barn. If you are looking to hire a magician for any venue within Stoke-on-Trent area be sure to give Looch a call today on 07841332816 or you may prefer to send an online enquiry through his contact form.

Mind Reading Magician in Bradford will STUN your guests and leave them AMAZED!

Wether you are planning your next corporate event, party or even a wedding, Looch just might be the perfect entertainment. He is a professional mind reader and magician in Bradford, who specialises in entertaining at a wide range of events all over the Yorkshire region.

5 star rated Magician & Mind Reader

Looch is a stage name, he has performed under this title for over 15 years professionally. He is widely regarded as one of the very best mentalist & magicians in Bradford and the wider UK. Born in Yorkshire, he grew up locally and was always fascinated with magic and the unknown. He is well known within the magic community, releasing several best selling books on mind reading and lectured to thousands of other magicians all over the world.

Looch is a 5 star rated Magician in Bradford

What does he offer?

Looch specialises in both stage performances and close up magic. He can mix & mingle at your event and stun the crowds with his close up, enchanting performances. You quite literally wont believe your eyes as he engages with small groups and blows their minds time and time again! This type of performance is perfectly suited for drinks receptions and meet & greet environments.

Typically bookings are for up to 2 consecutive hours but longer, bespoke options are available for larger corporate events and weddings in Bradford.

It is however the stage where Looch really shines. He offers a range of incredible mind reading shows that are ideal for annual conferences and after dinner events. The show is typically a 60 minute performance for the whole room that incorporates plenty of audience participation, fun and laughter! It is also scalable, in that it is suitable for large corporate audiences but also stripped back as an intimate after dinner show for audiences of 10+.

Looch’s performances are perfect for Corporate Events or Weddings.

Wedding Magician in Bradford

If you are planning your wedding, Looch can provide a range of memorable and enchanting performances. Wether you are looking for entertainment to be performed after the ceremony, during the photos and reception. Or you are looking for a truly bespoke performance post wedding breakfast and speeches. Looch offers ‘The Wedding Show‘, a highly interactive and hilarious performance for you and your guests. You can also plan the show with Looch so that certain guests can be brought up into the show. This is the perfect opportunity to incorporate the best man or maid of honour if you wish 😉

Looch has specialised as a mind reader and magician in Bradford for many years. he is highly experienced and has won various awards within the events industry for his exceptional service. If you would like to check out some of Looch’s testimonials please visit his Google page.

Feedback from clients

“Looch was fantastic. He did a number of sets at our Annual Conference and was utterly amazing. The franchisees were talking in awe about him throughout the day and he added a completely different feel to our annual event. Book him, he is great.” Ian Maclean – Belvoir!

Looch provided the pre-dinner entertainment for our annual company celebration. I had seen him perform at a prior event. Looch had the whole audience fully immersed in his show and amazed with his performance and mind blowing skills. He created a real buzz in the room during and after the show – still being talked about now. Big thanks from all the Inciper team.” Mark Roberts – Inciper Ltd

“He really is exceptional at what he does. He left us all in fits of hysterics, blew our minds completely and walked off stage to a standing ovation!” Tina Dodds – Crikey

Lets Chat about your event

I would love the opportunity to discuss your event with you. Why not send me an online enquiry ? I aim to respond to the vast majority of messages within the hour. Or if you prefer, let’s have a chat over the phone, you may call me on 07841 332816. I look forward to hearing from you!

5 Questions with – Hanbury Barn

Photo of Hanbury Barn

Today is a very exciting day as I get to chat to someone I haven’t seen for a rather long time. A few years ago I performed at a lovely wedding in Derbyshire. The photographer on the day was someone I had not previously worked with. He captured some absolutely fantastic reaction shots from my performance, some of which appear throughout the site.

As time has gone on, he left behind the world of the wedding photographer and began a rather special project. Todays blog discusses this journey. I give you 5 questions with Hanbury Barn.

Please tell us who you are and how Hanbury Barn came to be?

The story of Hanbury Wedding barn is quite a long one, but I will try and give you the edited highlights!

I was a wedding photographer for around 9 years and the idea of opening our own venue probably popped in my head in the summer of 2016. It seemed like a logical next step from wedding photography to distil my experiences at hundreds of venues in to one we could craft ourselves. After discussions with the rest of the family we felt that we were in a position to start looking. The initial search took nearly a year to find the perfect place. We started close to home but rapidly expanded our search beyond Cheshire as it quickly became apparent that every farm there had already been renovated and had a footballer living in it. We were warned off the Peak District by our planning consultant, so we were mainly looking east of Sheffield and south of Ashbourne.

The criteria we were looking to meet was quite long. From a purely logistical perspective the farm had to have good access and no immediate neighbours who, quite rightly, would be upset by music and other merriment from the barns. Beyond that we wanted somewhere that needed renovation, had ample space, ideally open water, and tons of character.

The Search Continued…

After nearly a year of looking, in the late summer of 2017 we found Parson’s Brake Farm which ticked all the boxes. It had been empty for about 4 years when we first visited and nature had well and truly taken over. The barns were a good size and had a mix of classic Staffordshire red brick and more modern steel portal barns, however, the farm was going up for auction in September, so we had to move fast to secure it. After that, the next challenge was obtaining planning permission which took a little over a year to arrange and we finally got the go ahead to start work in November 2018.

The Barn in 2017

The build was challenging but we had great support from our family and friends. We managed the construction ourselves using my father in law Mike’s experience and my wife Kirsty’s brother and wife even moved back from Australia for a year to help out lending invaluable IT and hospitality expertise.

Our first wedding was June 2019 and we held 5 celebrations in the first six months which really helped us bed in. 2020 should have been our first big year with 60 weddings booked but, well, we all know what happened there!

Are you a venue only supplier or do you offer full event planning?

We are a venue only supplier, although we are always here to help with the planning. We offer a choice of approved caterers so there is a huge range of food available and the barns are laid out to be welcoming and inclusive. Each part of the day has its own space so there is no waiting for room changes, and this lends a natural flow to proceedings.

Hanbury Barn Wedding Venue

What makes Hanbury Barn different to other venues in the region?

There are a number of things that set us apart, I think the main one being we are family run. I think this makes an enormous difference to our couples.

Our couples often mention how nice it is to deal with real people rather than some faceless corporate entity. Also, the barns we have a unique, relaxed and welcoming feel. We very much appeal to couples whose focus is having a great celebration with their family and friends.

Share with us one of your favourite memories of the barn to date

During the construction I will never forget the moment the wall came down where the bifold doors now stand and we saw the view across the lake for the first time. Really that was the moment when it all started to come together, and all our hard work was starting to pay off.

As for our hosted weddings, it has to be our first one. It will always stick with me as such a joyous occasion, for both us and our lovely couple. It was a day full of fun and celebration, but was also such a huge learning curve!

What are your top 3 tips for a successful wedding day?

I would recommend having someone you can trust available who can delegate on the day. That way you can relax and not have to stress about the schedule, Go with the flow!

Its also very important to try and take some time just for you and your partner to enjoy the celebration. The day will go by really quickly, so take some time to just stop and take in the ambience. Finally, and this is an important tip, is when it comes to the drink, weddings are marathons, not sprints! I am sure you can read into that clearly. Over the years I have seen it all!

In Closing…

Hanbury Barn is a wonderfully unique wedding venue that has really charm. Adrian and his team have injected an old derelict building and transformed into into a place full of warmth and love. It is a venue that I thoroughly enjoy performing at, and it comes highly recommended if you are looking to get married in the Staffordshire / Derbyshire region. For more information please visit the Hanbury Barn Wedding website.

5 Questions with – Ian Dearman Media

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As I continue with this blog series, I meet up with long time friend and wedding supplier, Ian Dearman Media to discuss his approach to providing videography at weddings and events here in the UK. Ian is based locally in Nottinghamshire but serves events all over the country and sometimes beyond!

A Videographer isn’t necessarily the first thing you think of when planning a wedding. Why is it so important?

As a videographer I am looking to tell the story of the wedding day in a very natural and honest way. Every couple is unique, and so is their story. Creating a set of wedding films is an amazing way of re-telling their story and capturing their memories forever.

Being able to hear back the vows from the ceremony and the fun and emotion of the speeches is so important. Many of our couples have such a busy wedding day they can’t remember everything as it all becomes a blur. I create a cinematic highlights film that re-tells the wedding story. However I also create the full version of the ceremony, speeches and first dance as documentary edits.

Ian Dearman Media – Captures your wedding day naturally and in HD.

What makes you different to other videographers?

There are many who seemingly force shots at weddings. Ian Dearman Media isn’t like that. We aren’t interested in setting up dozens of ‘posed’ couple shots because it’s un-natural. It’s far more important to capture and tell the story of your whole wedding day. I like to keep the filming very unobtrusive and stripped back to the essentials. This lets me focus on the filming and capturing beautiful shots. I am also a people person and making sure my couples enjoy the videography process is very important. 

Whats your favourite thing about working weddings?

Without a doubt, once that cinematic film begins to come together in the studio, its so magical! To be able to capture such a special day and create an everlasting memory for the couple is so satisfying. I love not only filming the wedding and meeting the wedding party. But it’s an amazing feeling to deliver a stunning finished product to the couple. When the final cinematic film is played for the first time, its an amazing and emotional feeling. 

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What are your top 3 tips for a successful wedding day?

I think my main tip is to remember that the wedding day is about celebrating your wedding with friends and family. There may be a temptation to book everything you can think of, but remember you don’t need to a crazy amount of extras that you see at some of the local wedding fairs. Get the basics right (Venue, Cake, Videographer, Entertainment) and everything else will just slot together nicely.

Another tip that I feel strongly about is to make sure the when your book your photographer, request that they must work with your chosen videographer (me hopefully!) A clash of interests can be a problematic for the couple which could impact on their special day. It’s vital that the day be captured naturally and as unobtrusively as possible. Nobody wants any additional problems on an already stressful day.

Finally I would recommend that even though there will be a detailed plan of your big day, you must be prepared for timings to change. In all my years of capturing weddings, I have yet to work a wedding and it not to have had timings change on some level. I would recommend couples have the mindset to be adaptable on the day. Just go with the flow and try not to stress out. It will be fine, it always is!

Whats next for Ian Dearman Media?

We have recently expanded the business out into dedicated sectors. The wedding side is now known simply as Ian Dearman Weddings and is looking forward to the busiest wedding year ever next year! I personally can’t wait for the challenge and am looking forward to a busy year of filming and studio time. The business as a whole however, is also growing fast and the team is getting bigger. The technology we use is constantly evolving and become more sophisticated, and staying at the forefront is vital for us as we go forward.

5 Questions with – Flower Barn

Photo of Flower Barn's work

Today I continue with a series of blog posts that sees me meeting up and chatting all things ‘weddings’ with local suppliers. I ventured out to one of my favourite coffee spots in Newark, Nottinghamshire to meet two sisters. Jenny & Emma are both professional florists who run a successful business called Flower Barn. They are based locally (Nottinghamshire) and cater primarily to the wedding industry but also work within the corporate and funeral markets.

How long have you both been florists?

Jenny – I have been a florist for about 20 years and have worked in a number of shops.  I started in the wedding industry as a florist about 18 years ago.

Emma – I have been a florist now for 25 years and worked in a number of shops including owning my own shop in Grantham for about 5 years.

Where did you both train?

Jenny – I started training at New College Nottingham alongside working in a floristry shop.  I took a break for about 3 years before going back into floristry, instead of shop work I went straight into the wedding industry. I set up Flower Barn in 2012.

Emma – I started training at Brackenhurst College whilst working in florist shops to gain lots of hands on experience. I furthered my education at New College Nottingham, then went on to train as a teacher. I was teaching floristry for about 5 years before then setting up my own florist shop.  When I sold my shop my husband and I diversified into another business for about 4 years. Meanwhile Flower Barn was gaining popularity and Jenny was drowning in flowers so I dusted off the apron and sharpened the scissors. It was good to be working with flowers again and creating something special.

Flower Barn create the perfect wedding flowers, wether you are looking to make a statement or have something more subtle.

Did you both always want to be florists?

Jenny – No, I wanted to be a fashion designer but after a year on the fashion course I realised it wasn’t for me so I had an office job for about 5 years and hated it!!!  Emma by this time was loving floristry and where she worked a job became available so I applied for it.  I loved it.

Emma – No I wanted to be on the stage, I did a performing arts course after leaving school and loved it. After finishing my course I needed a temporary job. I applied for a job at a florist shop and as part of the job I had to go on a florist course. Needless to say I loved it and as far as floristry concerned the rest is history!!!

What makes the perfect wedding flowers?

We firmly believe your flowers enhance everything, just like jewellery does to an outfit.  When a bride sees a floral design that they like, ask why?  Is it the colour, the flow, the shape, the texture?  A good florist will be able to combine the couples styles and vision with their skill and accessible ideas.  Only then will there perfect flowers be achieved and remembered forever.

What are your top 3 tips for a successful wedding day?

First tip – Planning – For us it is not just about the flowers we take everything into consideration from dresses, suits, table dressing etc…..Encompassing all these elements makes the the floral designs significant and complimentary.  We encourage our couples to use media material to show us their ideas so that we can build on this to create their perfect wedding.

Second tip – Flower care – Our years of experience enables us to select, condition, monitor and arrange quality flowers.  We like to collect/receive our flowers in plenty of time so that they are looked after properly.  It would be no good arranging beautiful designs with an inferior product, flowers need to be in prime condition for your wedding day.

Third tip – Communication – Meet and get to know your florist, both parties should feel comfortable with each other so that they can share any thoughts and concerns they may have.  This above anything else is the most important point because only by working together will we create the look you want, the whole process should be an enjoyable one. 

I would like to thank Jenny & Emma for their time and agreeing to speak about their business for the blog. For more information on creating your wedding flowers be sure to visit their website. I would also recommend booking in some time to go and meet them and see their incredible work in person.