Nearly Christmas time … fancy a mince pie and a glass of fizz while you pull crackers with colleagues?
Thought not! So to celebrate the end of the working year in style, with a non-traditional twist, we’ve pulled together our alternative events guide to throwing a cracking Christmas do.
From breaking out of prison – or Lapland – at The Great Escape, busting a few moves on the dancefloor at Cubana’s or bouncing around at Jump Inc or Frenchgate, there’s something for everyone here … and that even includes festive flower arranging!
Event: Copthorne Hotel Festive Afternoon Tea
Address: Bramall Lane, Sheffield S2 4SU
Contact Number: 0114 252 5480
Opening hours: Afternoon tea served between 12pm and 5pm
Social Media: Facebook: @copthornehotelsheffield
About: The Copthorne Hotel Sheffield is offering a Festive Afternoon Tea throughout December 1-24 including smoked turkey and cranberry sandwiches, mini mince pies, iced fruit cake with a glass of fizz – or of course, mulled wine. We loved it when we went out to do a review – see the website for all the info and mouth-watering pics) and reckon it would be an elegant afternoon event for your team. Oh, and we recommend the cranberry scones…
Event: Christmas Party Cuban Style
Address: Unit 4 Leopold Square, Sheffield S1 2JG
Contact Number: 0114 2760 475
Opening Hours: Mon-Tues 4pm-12am
Wed-Thurs & Sun 12pm-12am
Social Media: Facebook: @cubanatapasbar
About: From 30 November to 30 December, Cubana Tapas Bar are offering Christmas – Cuban style. With amazing cocktails, award-winning tapas and the best in Latin music late into the night. Book a Christmas buffet for you and your colleagues or indulge in a festive drinks reception of sangria and Spanish mulled wine.
Event: Jump Inc
Address: 1-2 Meadowhall, Vulcan Road, Sheffield S9 1EW
Contact Number: 0330 088 2267
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-9pm
Social Media: Facebook: @JumpIncSheffield
About: Described as a 24,000sq ft, spring-loaded urban playground, Jump Inc could be the ideal place for your festive blow out this year. With corporate group events, Jump Inc tailors the experience to your organisation. What more could you want than to let off some steam in a room of trampolines with your work colleagues?
Event: The Great Escape Sheffield
Address: Avec Building 3-7 Sidney St, Sheffield S1 4RG
Contact Number: 0333 363 8401
Opening Hours: 9am-9pm
Social Media: Facebook: @escapesheffield
About: With games varying from homicide mysteries to prison escapes, you and your team will be put to the test to see if you can escape the chimney/sleigh/Lapland in time for Christmas! With some Christmas party packages, you can also relax with a well-earned/escaped meal and dine on choices like turkey baguettes of ‘berry brie’ pizza … if you manage to make it out.
Event: Pottering Around
Address: Pottering Around Ceramics Studio
50 Middlewood Road
Contact number: 0771 9764640
Social Media: Facebook: Pottering-Around
Opening hours: Monday 10am-3pm
About: Why should the kids have all the festive fun? Get festive with your colleagues but try not to get too messy as Pottering About offers the chance to book parties for groups to try their hand at painting some pottery in their ceramics workshop. Adult group bookings are more than welcome to book on and bring their own (mulled) wine and nibbles and make an evening of it. There’s even the option for slime making parties…
Event: Van Dyke Hotel Christmas Events
Address: Worksop Road, Clowne, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S43 4TD
Contact Number: 01246 387 386
Opening Hours: Events from 23rd Nov – 31st Dec
Social Media: Facebook: @hotelvandyke
About: Forget the standard Christmas crooning – the Van Dyke Hotel has a number of tribute acts from Take That to Meatloaf. There are telly-inspired showtime treats, too, including Fawlty Towers and Only Fools and Horses, not to mention ‘disco carveries’ and even festive flower arranging!
Event: Murder Mystery Christmas Party Night
Address: Sheffield Wednesday Football Club, Hillsborough,
Sheffield, S6 1SW
Contact Number: 03700 20 1867
Opening Hours: 7.30pm-1am
Social Media: Facebook: @sheffieldwednesday
About: Sheffield Wednesday Football Club cordially invite you to interrogate colleagues over a three-course meal, examine the evidence and find the killer at their Murder Mystery Christmas Party with the winner receiving a ‘Super Sleuth’ certificate. Which of your colleagues is on Santa’s ‘Naughty’ list and trying to sabotage Christmas? Once all is revealed you’ll be able to kick back and boogie until 1am.
Event: Christmas Cookery School Gift Package
Address: The Milestone Cookery School
84 Green Lane
Contact Number: 0114 272 8327
Opening Hours: Classes are 7pm-9pm
Social Media: Facebook: @TheMilestoneSheffield
About: Treat your team to a cookery class, teaching skills that are perfect whether you’re a seasoned chef or a self-confessed amateur. (Team unLTD had a sneak preview of this class and can thrpughly recommend it – check out our review on our website for more!) You’ll be trained in some of the basics of cooking just in time for Christmas and will receive a copy of First Catch Your Pig, The Milestone’s very own cookbook.
Event: Flip Out at Frenchgate Shopping Centre
Address: Frenchgate Shopping Centre,
St Sepulchre Gate,
Contact Number: Flip Out- 0845 450 2245
Frenchgate- 01302 368335
Opening Hours: 9am-9pm
Social Media: Facebook: @flipoutdonny
Head down to Frenchgate for a festive Flip Out! This trampoline park at the Doncaster shopping centre will be decked out in a festive theme for ‘Grown-up Parties’ with pizza and lots of bouncing. Forget about your responsibilities for a few festive hours and embrace being a child again. Trampoline socks included in party deals.
Event: Quasar and Lazerzone
Address: 4 Bank Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S1 2DS, England
Contact Number: 0114 272 1400
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-9pm
Sat 9am-9pm Sun 10am-8pm
Social Media: Facebook: @QuasarSheffield
About: Could a Quasar Lock-In light up this year’s work Christmas party? Use the teamwork you’ve built over the past year in a game of laser tag between you and your colleagues. You can follow up your game with drinks and nibbles and reflect on your laser tag tactics and abilities. Will ‘Brian from accounts turn out to be a right Rambo’ as the website suggests?
Event: Jump Incflated
Address: Unit C1, Rail Mill Way, Parkgate Retail Park, S62 6JQ
Contact Number: 0330 088 2267
Opening Hours: Mon-Thurs 10am-7pm
Social Media: Facebook: @JumpINCflated
About: Yorkshire’s first indoor inflatable theme park, with wall to wall inflatables it’s the perfect place to let off some steam at the end of the working year. Christmas party packages start at £10pp and include an hour of bouncing, following by festive drinks and snacks.
Event: Blend Alternative Christmas Party Nights
Venue: Blend Kitchen @ The Printhouse, North Church Street, Sheffield
Date: December 2nd, 8th, 15th, 16th, 22nd
Time: 7.30pm – 10.00pm
Contact Number: 07468417353
Social Media: Facebook: @blendcookeatshare
About: Billing their festive bashes as ‘an end to dry, overcooked Turkey, stodgy puddings and naff discos’, Blend Kitchen aims to get you and your team in the festive spirit with a seasonal menu including ingredients such as roast duck, pigeon, sea bass and chocolate. The party nights are ideal for large or small staff groups and include the option to match each course with an appropriate drink.
Event: Parkwood Karting
Address: Parkwood Karting
Contact Number: 0114 2799 666
Opening Hours: 9.30am-9.30pm
Social Media: Facebook: @ParkwoodKarting
About: Parkwood Karting offer Team Endurance kart races which are ideal for corporate events. Gather your karting team, brief on pitstop tactics and head down to Parkwood to try your hand at karting. You might even win a bottle of bubbly if you’re skilled enough behind the wheel.
Event: Magna Eat Bump Groove
Address: Magna, Sheffield Road, Templeborough, Rotherham, S60 1DX
Contact Number: 01709 723118
Social Media: Facebook: @TheMagnaEvent
About: Not only does this event offer drinks, a meal and a lot of opportunity to shake your stuff on the dancefloor, but also the unique opportunity to bring out your inner fun-fair loving child and make the most of the indoor dodgems.