Let your imagination soar and make like Phileas Fogg as you explore our Around The World in 80 Days Christmas party at Willows Farm. We will take you from ancient Egypt via the souks of Marrakech and ornate temples of Japan, to the snowy hills of Kathmandu. Expect an exciting and eclectic mix of the best food, drink and entertainment the world has to offer.
A themed party like you’ve never seen before, we’re known for going above and beyond when it comes to giving our themes a realistic feel. This year the décor is set to be our best, most interactive yet, taking you from the Hanging Gardens of Babylon to the relaxed atmosphere of a Marrakech beach.
Food is also a big part of every shared party we throw. Your culinary trip around the world will start with globally-inspired canapés before you take your seat and indulge in an unforgettable 3-course dinner prepared by our in-house catering team.
The entertainment on show will be another element of the event that truly brings everything to life. Showcasing the very best of every culture from each destination, our live entertainment will include dancers, acrobats and of course, an incredible DJ.
Celebrate the festive season in style with an unforgettable trip around the world, brought to life by mouth-watering food, breath-taking décor and unmissable entertainment. Book your tickets for our Around the World in 80 Days shared party today.
Prices are per person, with a minimum booking of 8 required.
(*additional charges may apply)
Soft notes of yellow fruit and a hint of citrus. Smooth to taste and easy-going.
A dry, crisp and fresh blend of Sauvignon and Grenache. Delicious on its own or with fish, white meat and salads.
A very classic and fresh, fruity Sauvignon, packed with ripe apple fruit. Well made, dry and delicious.
Clean and fresh and very easy to drink. A versatile, dry white wine that suits any occasion.
The bouquet is brimming with fruits while the palate conveys a lovely mineral thread to balance the juicy nature of the ripe peach, pear and yellow plum fruit.
Made by Decanters, wine maker of the year, this is a vibrant, crisp and fresh Chablis, unoaked with brilliant mineral notes. Rich while retaining a bright level of citrus fruit. The perfect wine for Roast Chicken.
Light and easy with red cherry and strawberry fruits.
A tasty blend of Grenache and Syrah grown deep in the heart of Languedoc country. Easy to enjoy on its own or with many meaty dishes too.
Very quaffable Merlot. Soft in tannin and packed with ripe, plum-like fruit. Good both on its own as a reception wine or with most red meat dishes too.
Classic tasty, spicy Shiraz from South Africa. Soft enough to enjoy on its own but it comes into its own with hearty food.
This wine has a lovely nose of black fruits and liquorice. It is full-bodied and rich on the palate.
Juicy, smooth, silky Bordeaux from one of the great estates in St Emilion. Very classy.
Salmon pink in colour, this is classic Southern French Rosé. Dry with delicious strawberry-like fruit make this very easy drinking.
Brilliantly made Provence Rosé with all the classic hallmarks - dry, tangy and perfect for summer drinking.
Crisp and elegant Blanc de Blancs with exotic fruit and refreshing acidity. A delicious aperitif.
Light, vibrant and fresh Prosecco made by a passionate family in the heart of Prosecco country.
A blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier showing red berry flavours, a toasty richness and zesty citrus notes.
Citrus fruit and white flower notes combine with small red fruits to offer elegance balanced with great finesse and a complex finish.
A crowd-pleaser that's open-knit and lightly juicy, with a lively, frothy head. Mixes white cherry, ripe apricot, pickled ginger and mineral notes, with a fresh, spiced finish.
A golden colour with a beautifully fine mousse. The nose is aromatic and complex with ripe fruit and spicy aromas. Roasted apples, apple compote and peaches burst on the palate.
Refined red berry and brioche flavours of Laurent-Perrier.
A crowd-pleaser, open-knit and lightly juicy, with a lively, frothy head. Mixes white cherry, ripe apricot, pickled ginger and mineral notes, with a fresh, spiced finish.
An extravagantly expansive bouquet with an almost creamy texture. Then, an explosion of sensations - luscious fruitiness, hints of hazelnut and toast and a final flourish of freshness.
Approaching the venue the stage is set by a spectacular scene: huge monkey lions sit outside illuminated by fire pits and sconces and look through the towering drapes that conceal the hottest venue in town. As your guests enter they will stand in awe at the spectacular and ancient sandstone atrium that soars above them, where ancient Egypt and Sudan meet the hanging gardens of Babylon – a wonder straight out of the ancient world! Here giant pharaohs, hieroglyphics on sandstone, vines and trailing plants, provide additional drama in a soaring space and discover in the centre, an oasis, complete with fountain, palm trees and banquette loungers. Drapes in jewel tones of lapis, indigo, turquoise, malachite, ochre and carmine provide a decadent opulence.
Above, on the mezzanine, guests are transported straight to Marrakech where hanging lamps, low chaise lounges, footstools and cushions, hookah, and sumptuous wall hangings and drapes, evoke the sights and sounds of a Moroccan Riad. Order a spiced cocktail, a glass of fizz or iced beer from our aged, wooden lattice bar decorated in gold leaf amongst the shadows thrown from hundreds of lanterns, and enjoy the sights and sounds of our souk, full of street vendors and their brightly-coloured merchandise.
Next, enter our stunning main bar that takes its inspiration from the temples of Japan: adorned with cherry blossom, lanterns and origami cranes and where dancers, acrobats and performers delight the crowds. At the giant igloo bar, our talented bartenders pour the crowds champagne, cocktails, icy beers, wines and spirits, all illuminated by the Northern Lights.
Dinner is called and guests are welcomed into the main dining room – and marvel at a riot of colourful hot air balloons in a myriad of colours, shapes and sizes as they float alongside bi-planes. Decorative parasols in vivid colours are suspended as if blown in the wind, hover above the tables. Beautiful table decorations and settings welcome diners to their places as they sit down to a pan-global feast. Between courses, breath-taking acts; Chinese Dragons, Cirque performers and whirling dervishes will entertain the guests as they sit in their own private oasis of light cast from shimmering candles. As the party hots up, the DJ starts his set, and the dancefloor fills as he heralds in the most spectacular Christmas party in town, play on the bumper cars, or gamble in the fun casino in the souk.
WE BELIEVE IN MAKING SURE YOUR GUESTS HAVE THE BEST NIGHT POSSIBLE. WE’VE PUT TOGETHER A FEW IDEAS TO MAKE THEM FEEL EXTRA SPECIAL.
A specially reserved area for a minimum of 50 guests to enjoy the drinks and canapé reception. This package includes 1.5 glasses of sparkling wine per person, a selection of bar snacks, a dedicated member of security and bespoke party signage. Subject to limited availability & charges will apply to this upgrade.
Avoid queuing at the bar and have our recommended selection of wines waiting for you on your table. This package includes 4 bottles of house wine (2 x red, 2 x white), and 3 bottles of water (2 x still, 1 x sparkling).
If you would like to provide drinks for your guests throughout the party this package entitles each guest to unlimited bottled beer, house wine and soft drinks for the duration of the evening. Must be purchased by whole group.
Treat your guests to the all-inclusive party experience: our spirit add-on voucher is used in conjunction with the Unlimited Drinks Wristband and entitles the bearer to 5 single shots of spirits in addition to the wristband package.
Let your guests have a drink on you. Each drinks voucher is exchanged for either a bottle of beer, glass of house wine, a single shot of spirit and mixer or two soft drinks.
Quench your thirst with 10 ice-cold bottled beers delivered to your table.
Quench your thirst with 10 ice-cold bottled ciders delivered to your table.
Kick off your after-dinner celebrations in style with a bottle of house spirit of your choice accompanied by two mixers, crushed ice, lemons and limes, all delivered to your table with 10 glasses.
Kick off your after-dinner celebrations in style with a bottle of premium spirit of your choice accompanied by two mixers, crushed ice, lemons and limes, all delivered to your table with 10 glasses.
A selection of English cheeses with artisan biscuits and homemade ale chutney.
Address: Hemel Hempstead Road, Redbourne, St Albans, AL3 7AF
Phone: 01582 792105
Distance: 10 miles to venue
Rating: 4 stars
Price: £75 for 1 room 1 night (breakfast included)
Address: Roehyde Way, Hatfield, England, AL10 9AF
Phone: 01707 275 701
Distance: 1.8 miles to venue
Rating: 3 stars
Price: £150 for 1 room 1 night
Address: Cottonmill Lane, St Albans, England, AL1 2HQ
Phone: 01727 864477
Distance: 2.6 miles to venue
Rating: 4 stars
Price: £224 for 1 room 1 night
Address: St Albans Road West, Hatfield, England, AL10 9RH
Phone: 01707 252400
Distance: 2.6 miles to venue
Rating: 3 stars
Price: £64 for 1 room 1 night
Our guests love getting dressed up and it really adds to that extra special feeling to the night, so get those glad rags out and smarten up! Fancy dress is permitted if tasteful and in keeping with the theme. Absolutely no jeans, trainers or sportswear will be allowed but black tie is more than welcome.
You can provisionally book tickets for 10 days during which a deposit of £20 pp is required to confirm the booking. If we haven’t received the deposit within 10 days, your tickets will be released. The remaining balance needs to be paid no later than 8 weeks prior to the event.
All groups must be for a minimum of 8 people.
You can add people onto your booking up to two days before your Christmas party, provided that we have space available on the evening. You can do so by logging in to your Smart Account or giving us a call on 020 7836 1033.
Deposits are non-refundable and nontransferable. Cancellations can only be made by the party organiser and must be made in writing to the Head Office. Any refunds due are based on the date of cancellation. We regret no refunds are due if you cancel less than 14 days before your event date. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for more information on our cancellation policy.
All of our correspondence is via email so you receive everything from us in the most efficient way possible.
Guests aged 16 and 17 are welcome provided they are accompanied by an adult, who is responsible for them. We operate a strict policy regarding underage drinking, which is not permitted under any circumstance.
No, canapés are served during the reception.
Sadly not. While we aim to cater for different dietary requirements, we’re afraid due to the number of guests we host each night, we cannot offer more options than those shown on the menu page.
No problem! We aim to cater for all allergies so simply let us know the specifics a minimum of 4 weeks prior to your party date and we’ll get in touch to discuss.
Yes. The drinks options we have listed on the website provide a hassle-free option for ordering drinks and we highly recommend pre-orders are made prior to the event in order to ensure your evening runs smoothly. Some packages are unavailable to purchase on the night and all pre-orders must be made four weeks prior to the event. We do have a bar on the evening that accepts cash, credit and debit card, plus it is possible to set up a tab on the night.
Our tables seat between 8-12 people. Larger groups are accommodated over more than one table although you will only ever be seated with people in your party, we do not mix groups. We have a limited number of tables to seat groups of 14 which are allocated on request.
Your tickets will be sent out around 2 weeks before your event, assuming we have received your final balance payment.
We have ample, free car parking adjacent to the venue.
Please be aware that some of our parties do use strobe lighting and special effects that could potentially be harmful to those with photosensitive epilepsy. Please get in touch if you require more information.