Médecins Sans Frontieres Festival At Hedsor

The Playground for Partygoers  

With over 100 acres of manicured grounds and woodland, Hedsor is the perfect spot for a party on the biggest of scales.  

And that’s exactly what happened when we hosted a one-night charity festival in aid of the Médecins Sans Frontieres (MSF). Every single penny of the £12,000 raised went straight to MSF for the East Africa famine. 

The event was held on the lawns of Hedsor House and was organised by Nick, Mark and Hamish Shephard, the partners of Hedsor House. Read on to find out more about one of the “Best Events of the Season,” according to Square Meal. 

The Experience

The festival’s jungle theme was perfect for Hedsor’s wild woodland. But don’t take our word for it, as one guest reported back about their experience... 

“Welcome to Hedsor Safari Park! bellowed a khaki-dressed guard. Guests were led through the historic Hedsor woods to enter the Jungle. African drum beats echoed through the trees as guests passed by dinosaur nests and hippopotamus wallows. Needless to say, a huge sense of anticipation was built!  

Suddenly the awe-inspiring Hedsor House appeared through a clearing and the event lay before us. A huge 8-metre gorilla sat next to the stunning Hedsor House whilst an enormous elephant wandered through the crowds. 

A life-size prop rhino stood in the middle of the arena whilst a zebra was silhouetted on the horizon. Six marquees encircled the African camp and a huge arena stage rose out and over the guests.  

The Event  

Entirely outdoors, 24 different suppliers and 150 staff and volunteers were involved. From a whole Glastonbury-style stage to generators and mobile bars, the event had a one-day set up and de-rig time. 

Included in the event logistics were: the building of an educational cholera village, live-cooking Indian food stations and tandoors assembled, 7 marquees, 250 African drums for audience participation, 11 bands and DJs, prop life-sized animals, a red carpet and an ITV film crew. 

All of this was successfully managed by the Hedsor House team who not only had to deliver this event but were also very much aware that just 24 hours after the event, Dustin Hoffman and Maggie Smith were filming a croquet scene for the upcoming Quartet movie on the very same lawn! 

The Reaction 

The awareness raised by the in-house Hedsor team was substantial. The event featured in the Evening Standard and Metro as well as front cover local press and many leading magazines.  

“We all really appreciate the amazing effort you as a family put into raising funds and awareness for MSF”
— Joanna Davies, Fundraising Manager, MSF UK

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