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On a sunny Spring day, we celebrated our team with an epic party in the woods. We closed all our pubs and restaurants, donned our finest festival wear and headed to the Cambridgeshire countryside. The day was packed full with live music, food trucks, flowing cocktails, activities and dancing in the forest, plus it was an opportunity to say a big thank you to our team for all that they do.


From Starlight Boutique’s glitter art and festival headwear workshops, to the competitive welly wanging and tug-of-war in the Nuts Olympics, the team enjoyed a colourful, festival themed day.


Edmunds cocktails flowed and the Sapling gin and vodka bar kept thirsts quenched. The team tucked in to woodfired pizza, sticky Asian bao buns and Steak & Honour’s epic burgers, before finishing off with Saffron Ice Cream’s sweet treats. As the sun set, gooey marshmallow s'mores were made on the fire pits. Tipis twinkled, fire pits roared and the team danced under the stars.


With sustainability high on our priority list, the aim was to be as environmentally friendly as possible. We worked with the best local suppliers, reusable cups in holders meant everyone had their own drinking vessel for the day, wristbands were made from recycled plastic and old bed frames from recently refurbished properties were given a new lease of life as festival signs. The Flower Hut’s floral photo area had no foam in sight and guests left with flowers to enjoy at home.


We were thrilled that a few suppliers and treasured Chestnut Alumni were able to join us for the day. It was particularly special to be able to come together to celebrate our team and wider Chestnut family and all that we have achieved and overcome over the past few years... from pandemics to new properties and everything in between.

A huge thank you to Vicky Fenton and her team for helping us organise the event so seamlessly and to all of our other partners for contributing to such a special, memorable day. Here’s to next year!


To read more about the perks of being a part of team Chestnut or to see our current vacancies across each of our pubs, inns and restaurants, tap here.


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