One of England's most popular attractions, Warwick Castle, set the stage for an evening of wonderful food, dancing, and heart-filled entertainment when the IGEM Summer Ball came to this historic venue.
On this pleasant summer evening, guests gathered in their finery to celebrate like royalty at IGEM’s social event of the year.
Upon arrival, guests received a royal horseback escort to the drinks reception, where they sipped champagne and soaked up the castle’s rich history.
Warwick Castle is a leading UK landmark and one that holds huge historical significance. Located in the county town of Warwickshire, near the river Avon, its longstanding history can be traced back almost 1,000 years.
The castle was originally built out of wood in 1068 by William the Conqueror. At this time in world history, Europe was a collection of empires and clans, and countries such as Spain, Italy, Switzerland and Sweden were nowhere near being formed.
Ownership of the castle passed through 36 individuals and seven monarchs sbefore being bought by Tussauds Group, in 1978, and more recently by Merlin Entertainments Group, in 2007, who helped transform it into the mega tourist attraction it is today.
Throughout the evening, entertainment was provided by court jesters, flame eaters and sword fighting knights, transporting our guests back in time and providing a glimpse of the castle’s former life.
Dinner was served in the castle’s grandiose Great Hall, its largest and most impressive room. The hall was originally constructed in the 14th century but was rebuilt in the 17th century and restored in 1871 following a large fire.
Guests dined on goats’ cheese, balsamic red onion and beetroot tart, followed by a spiced lamb rump.
Dessert was a chocolate fondant served with St Clement’s sauce.
Guests later took to the dance floor and stepped away from tradition as music was provided by DJ Jack Quenby, who kept the dancers busy until the early hours.
President Antony Green said: “It is an honour and great pleasure to be able to host this year’s event in the beautiful Warwick Castle. I hope everyone who’s attended has had a lovely evening; we aimed to make it a fun and informal event where everyone could relax and have a great time.
“Tonight has been a great chance to all come together and meet with colleagues, clients and friends, and I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for attending this evening. I would also like to thank our event sponsors, Aughton Automation, Morrison Utility Services, and National Grid for helping to make this memorable event.”
The 2019 Summer Ball at Warwick Castle rounded off IGEM’s tour of UK castles, having previously celebrated at Edinburgh and Cardiff castle.