Updated: Jan 13
They say it takes a village to pull off an event like this, and that isn’t too far from the truth! Today we thought we would sit down with co-founder and all round powerhouse, Lizzie, to find out a little more about the people behind the project and what the plans are for this exciting enchanted family event…
Morning Lizzie! Tell us a little bit about yourself..
I’ve been working in the events industry in one form or another since I left College at 21 and I really love it. I feel lucky to love going to work and even luckier that I have the opportunity to produce this event with my husband. It is amazing to use my experience as a mother to two little ones to tailor an event to something that families will really enjoy but that also enables adults to get lost in the magic, as we all need a little magic in our lives from time to time especially in February!
We couldn’t agree more! How did you get into events?
I studied Drama and Media Studies at University where I helped set up a drama society and children's theatre company which led to me being interested in Stage Management. I then did a post graduate degree in Stage Management at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where I started working as an Assistant Production Manager in events. The first few years took me all over the UK and the world as I worked as a Theatre Floor Manager on a cruise ship in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean.
Wow that sounds so exciting! So what does a regular day look like for you now?
Most of my time, at the moment is taken up by being a mum to Isobel, 3, and Charlie, 10 months, which is certainly both the hardest and most rewarding thing I have ever done.
Everyday is different and brings its own set of challenges. Family life always keeps me busy, from screaming tantrums in Crepe Escape to site visits with designers in Alexandra Park, to volunteering at the baby and toddler group Penarth Under 5’s. I try and squeeze in some emails and phone calls at some point during the day!
Busy lady! How do you manage to balance work with a young family?
I am not sure if balance is the right word, juggle I think is probably more accurate! As many parents do, I work it out day by day and challenge by challenge, always trying to remind myself that somethings will go right and sometimes they’ll go wrong. Working hard and being surrounded by like minded people makes it easier and hopefully it will all pull together in the end. As a lovely friend I have once said “it’ll be alright in the end and if its not alright it’s not the end!”.
Wise words indeed! How would you like people to feel when they leave Alexandra’s Enchanted Garden?
I’d just love them to have a really big smile on their face! We are hoping that the installations, lighting displays and soundscapes will stir our guests imagination, we want people to get out in the park and have a great time, making memories with their loved ones!
What made you choose Alexandra Park as the location for your first event?
It is such a beautiful park and is perfect for the type of event we wanted to do as we need a landscaped area that has interesting detail to it such as the amazing iconic topiary trees that automatically start to transport you somewhere else! I also have a personal connection with the park as my Grandpa used to take my Dad there when he was little and so we loved that our first family event tied in with our own family memories!
That’s such a lovely story, what can people expect from an evening spent exploring this magical world?
You will discover Alexandra Park as you have never seen it before with the landscape beautifully lit, immersive soundscapes and so much to see to make your imagination run wild! There’ll be food vendors, interactive installations, activities for the kids, countless photo opportunities and we hope a really exciting energy as people throw themselves into a moment of escapism!
It all sound so exciting, what’s the big dream?
We would love for Alexandra’s Enchanted Garden to become an annual event and perhaps be able to look at other parks where this type of event could work. To continue to celebrate community and families, to help people create magical memories and to reconnect with each other and where they visit through sensory storytelling. We can’t wait to see what’s next!