Discover the Hidden Gems of Prestige Venues & Events

by Melissa Clark

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

The catering team that works with one of Edinburgh’s most scenic locations has created a new treasure hunt experience to help visitors explore the deepest corners of the sprawling gardens-before indulging in a luxurious dining experience.RBG Edinbrugh glasshouse front range007

Sodexo Prestige, exclusive caterers at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), in the heart of the historic Scottish capital, is now playing host to a majestic treasure hunt, leading guests on a magical mystery tour of the gardens.

Arming visitors with specialist GPS accessible via the latest Samsung Galaxy tablet, the device will help guide guests around the deepest corners of the gardens, exploring the local wildlife and blossoming gardens.

But after a day of exploring, guests can enjoy a lunch made with some of Scotland’s finest, in-season produce in the Caledonian Hall or David Douglas Room for 15 guests or more.

This unique experience is just one of the “Hidden Gems” being revealed across the 50 Sodexo Prestige venues in the Prestige Venues & Events portfolio.0043

Amanda Brown, National Accounts Director at Sodexo Prestige in Scotland, said: “We always strive for our venues to stand out from the crowd and offer our guests something that extra bit special.

“Our main focus is always on the customer experience and using fresh, locally-sourced and sustainable produce whenever possible. The fact we can offer guests these added perks is just fantastic and also testament to the high level of quality the venues we provide our hospitality services for and how we can work with the venues to provide an extra special occasion.”

Several of the other 50 UK venues in the Sodexo Prestige PV&E folder have unique Hidden Gems, making them perfect for hosting a meeting or event with a difference.
These include:

Experience London: Bateaux London

Bateaux London, a gem in the Prestige Venues & Events collection, is the leading dining cruise experience on the Thames. Bateaux London’s Signature private dining package will provide guests with an unforgettable night in the UK capital. Guests will experience the spectacular views of London from a private capsule on the EDF Energy London Eye, before relaxing on a cruise down the Thames with Champagne and fine dining. Bateaux’s private dining rooms allow guests to enjoy live entertainment and the views of London’s most-loved landmarks as they sail down the river.

Experience History: HMS Belfast

The Captain’s Challenge on board HMS Belfast is the ideal experience for those looking for an exciting day out. For groups of 20 to 200 and for a three hour duration, event organisers can work with Sodexo Prestige to hand-pick activities to meet any brief, incorporating common business objectives such as leadership, problem solving and communication. Based on board the historic HMS Belfast, boasting views of Tower Bridge, this team-building event provides groups with the opportunity to dodge lasers, negotiate minefields and break codes in the naval themed competition.

Experience Sport: Perth Racecourse

Set in the grounds of the historic Scone Palace and skirting the banks of the River Tay, Perth Racecourse offers groups six unique ‘off the track’ experiences. For those looking for diverse and unforgettable team building activities, Sodexo Prestige has plenty to offer at Perth Racecourse, including inflatable human table football, bungee runs and Land Rover driving experiences. These exceptional activities provide competition, team bonding and memorable experiences for all involved.

Experience the World: Great North Museum: Hancock

Another gem in the Prestige Venues & Events portfolio, the Great North Museum: Hancock allows visitors to experience the world through natural science, archaeology and ethnography. Home to one of the largest and most diverse collections of any non-national institute in Europe, the Great North Museum: Hancock provides private event attendees with a unique package to meet the museum curators and experience the fascinating collection up close. In addition, the Great North Museum: Hancock is also a registered zoo. As part of this offer, Sodexo Prestige is giving private event guests the unique opportunity to meet some of the Museum’s animals and their keepers, including the exciting option of handling a snake. Located at the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne, the Great North Museum: Hancock provides the perfect experience for those wishing to enjoy an opportunity to experience fascinating artefacts and animals from around the world in unique surroundings.

Prestige Venues & Events is the new premium service offer of Sodexo Prestige, Sodexo Sports, Leisure and Travel Division. Sodexo Prestige partners with 17 top class venues in Scotland – and 50 across the UK – including Perth Racecourse, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Ascot Racecourse and Churchill War Rooms. It also owns Bateaux London, the premier cruise experience on the River Thames.

For more information about the festive offers above as well as the many other Sodexo Prestige Hidden Gem event offers, please contact the Central Enquiry Hub at 0845 6055699 or visit

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