BRICK 2014 – For all the LEGO fans out there

brick2014logolargeBRICK 2014 is here – LIVE at the ExCeL Centre, London, 27th-30th November 2014! The fantastic four-day event is packed full of LEGO – and everything to do with this amazing construction toy. A MUST for ALL LEGO fans – whatever their age!

See creations from the world’s best LEGO builders, get creative in construction zones, experience great LEGO games, meet the people behind LEGO, interact in themed Have-A-Go areas and play with your favourite LEGO sets and characters…

There are loads of huge LEGO models, a massive store selling LEGO sets and literally millions of LEGO bricks to play with – all packed into the ExCeL Centre, London. BRICK 2014 – It’s LEGO heaven!

BRICK 2014 is supported by The LEGO Group

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Dance floors for your Christmas Party or New Years Eve

You have the food, the drinks and somewhere to serve them, but do you have a place for your guests to dance when you welcome in the New Year?

Award Winning Event Hire can provide a range of portable dance floors used at hospitaity events nationwide.

* Proven over 25 years use in the industry.
* The innovative design is simple and quick to lay.
* Panels lock together without the need for screws or tools.
* The floor sits one inch high on aluminium battens with every joint supported.
* The moderately sloped aluminium edging provides easy access for guests.
* Edging is handicap accessible.

They come in white, black and white or parquet dance floors.

Check out the Event Hire catalogue for prices.

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Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market

marketBirmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market and Craft Market, now having run for over a decade, has become a massive favourite with both residents and visitors to the city from all over the UK and Europe. With over 180 stalls, we claim it as the largest outdoor Christmas Market in the Britain, and is the centrepiece of the city’s annual Christmas events calendar.

Pretzels, schnitzels, bratwursts, and knoblauchbrot will tempt your tastebuds, all of which can be washed down with gluhwein, weissbeer, mulled cider, or tasty hot chocolate. And whilst you’re here why not pick up some presents for your family or indeed yourself in the form of the ever-favourite crystal lamps, Sounds of Nature, hand-crafted leatherwork, rugs, and much more besides!

Again this year sees the return of the outdoor ice skating rink in front of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre on Broad Street until 4 January.

The Frankfurt Market is centred in Victoria Square in front of the Council House and stretches down to the Rotunda. The Craft Market is in Chamberlain Square, in front of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and continues through to Centenary Square, home to the Library of Birmingham.

It runs until the 22nd December.

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Voices Set to Take the Capital by Storm With Return of the London A Cappella Festival

lacf-logoTaking place 28 – 31 January 2015 at Kings Place & Cadogan Hall, the London A Cappella Festival returns to the capital with a jam-packed schedule featuring the top vocal talent of the a cappella world in a star-studded line-up of international headliners.

Presented by Grammy-winning vocal group The Swingles and Ikon Arts Management, the London A Cappella Festival has enjoyed unprecedented success since its inception in 2009, running annually with sell-out performances, talks and workshops. With over 4500 visitors each year, the festival is now a staple in the a cappella calendar and has grown to become one of the country’s most-loved and eagerly awaited celebrations of vocal talent.

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Fleetwood Mac Return to Europe With Full Line Up for ‘On With the Show’ Tour

fleetwood mac on with the showFollowing a record sell out tour in 2013, rock legends Fleetwood Mac are set to return to the UK in 2015 with their ‘On With The Show’ Tour. Currently on the road in the US, the phenomenally successful ‘On With The Show’ tour is presently clocking in at almost 70 shows across the country. Currently performing with their five star lineup, Fleetwood Mac will be joined by returning songbird Christine McVie following a 16 year absence.

The European run will begin on 27th May 2015 at The O2, London and will stop in Amsterdam, Cologne, Antwerp, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and Dublin culminating in Leeds on 30th June. Tickets go on general sale on Friday 14th November 2014 from

During Fleetwood Mac’s 2013 tour, the four members happily welcomed Christine back on the stage during their show at London’s O2 Arena, where she performed their classic “Don’t Stop” and received a wild ovation from the crowd. “It was so comfortable being back onstage with them as if no time had passed, and then we all started talking and it feels like the time is right. I’m really happy,” she commented. “As far as we’re concerned, she’s never really left. We are overjoyed to have Christine back on stage with us,” said the other members of Fleetwood Mac in a joint statement.

Please check for the latest information on the band, tour and ticketing.

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Sotheby’s to Auction the Most Famous Book Illustration of the 20th Century

432631_num1026865_600x600E.H. Shepard’s original ink drawing of Winnie-the-Pooh, Christopher Robin and Piglet on the ‘Poohsticks’ bridge

From A.A. Milne’s celebrated The House on Pooh Corner

Sotheby’s is delighted to announce the auction of arguably the most famous and evocative book illustration of the twentieth century: E.H. Shepard’s original ink drawing of Christopher Robin, Piglet and Pooh on the famous ‘poohsticks’ bridge, first published in A.A. Milne’s celebrated The House at Pooh Corner in 1928.

Having formed the frontispiece for this (and many subsequent) editions, the illustration can be counted among the most familiar, and most loved, cultural references in English literature.

Estimated at £100,000-150,000, the drawing has been in a private collection for almost forty years, and will be sold as part of Sotheby’s auction of English Literature, History, Children’s Books and Illustrations on 9th December 2014.

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Are you ready for your Christmas party?

While it is still in the early days of November thoughts naturally begin to turn to Christmas.

Are you ready for the Christmas season? Are you having a Christmas party?

If you are then make sure you have all the tables, chairs, glasses, china, patio heaters and whatever else you may need.

That is where Event Hire can help.

Check out our full website to see what we can provide then contact us on or call your local branch.

Walsall 01922 628961. Bradford 01274 689442. London 020 8898 1046

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Cheesy Bonfire Bread Recipe

Remember, remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot
I see no reason why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot

November 5th is here and that means Bonfire Night – fireworks, sparklers, toffee apples, hot chocolate and cold nights.

Here is a recipe for some Cheesy Bonfire Bread that should go down a treat with a lovely stew.


  • 200g wholemeal flour
  • 200g plain flour , plus extra for dusting
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 25g butter , melted
  • 300ml milk , at room temperature
  • 175g cheddar , coarsely grated
  • 3 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 85g ready-roasted peppers from a jar, drained and chopped

  1. Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Sift the dry ingredients into a large bowl and make a large well in the middle. Combine the melted butter and milk, then pour into the well. Mix to a soft dough.
  2. Dust the work surface with flour. Add most of the cheddar, 2 tbsp of the pumpkin seeds and the chopped peppers to the dough. Gently knead to combine on the floured surface. Divide into 8 lumps and shape into rough rounds two finger-widths deep.
  3. Place the pieces side by side on a floured baking sheet, scatter the remaining cheddar and pumpkin seeds over the top and bake for 30 mins until golden brown and the cheese is bubbling. Cool on a wire rack and eat while warm. The bread can be frozen at this point. To reheat, wrap the bread tightly in foil and bake at 200C/fan 180C/gas 6 for about 30 mins.


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Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London


Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London, marking one hundred years since the first full day of Britain’s involvement in the First World War. Created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins, with setting by stage designer Tom Piper, 888,246 ceramic poppies fill the Tower’s famous moat. Each poppy represents a British military fatality during the war.

The first of the ceramic poppies was planted in the Tower’s dry moat in July, with the final one due to be installed on Armistice Day.

The poppies encircle the iconic landmark, creating not only a spectacular display visible from all around the Tower but also a location for personal reflection. The scale of the installation intends to reflect the magnitude of such an important centenary creating a powerful visual commemoration.

We are hoping to sell all of the poppies that make up the installation and, in doing so, raise millions of pounds which will be shared equally amongst six service charities.

There have been huge crowds around the Tower of London to see the installation which is currently set to run until 11th November. The Tower of London said Saturday was one of the busiest days to date but staff were coping with the crowds.


London’s Most Enchanting Ice Rink Now Open

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Last night, the Natural History Museum Ice Rink officially opened with a star-studded, festive soiree celebrating its tenth year in one of the most stunning settings in the capital. From today friends and family can come together to enjoy this magical time of year at the Ice Rink until Sunday 4 January 2015.

A host of celebrity guests including Made in Chelsea’s Louise Thompson and Alik Alfus, Radio DJ Greg James, Popstar Jamelia, Actress Belinda Stewart Wilson, ‘It girl’ Leah Weller and X Factor winner Joe McElderry donned their skates, enjoyed a festive tipple and indulged in delicious cupcakes to celebrate the Ice Rink’s tenth anniversary in the foreground of the Natural History Museum.

Now open for the 2014 winter season, the Ice Rink offers a festive haven within the beautiful surroundings of the Natural History Museum, one of Britain’s most popular visitor attractions. Beneath almost 80,000 twinkling fairy lights and surrounding a glittering 40 ft Christmas tree, beginners and advanced skaters alike can enjoy the 1,000 square meter rink.

Alongside the cosy café bar and balcony, where visitors can snuggle up on sofas and enjoy an array of festival treats under twinkling lights, will be an interactive Lindt Bear and Friends Chalet to offer a truly special experience to the visitors. Partnering with the Ice Rink this year, Lindt will be bringing to life the iconic Lindt Bear, Santa and Gold Reindeer, delighting both the young and the young at heart, with complimentary Lindor truffles to sample and a variety of festive activities to capture those special Christmas moments. Visitors to the chalet will be in with a chance of winning exciting weekly prizes.

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