May 2020

Association of British Wedding Businesses Founding Member

We are delighted to become a founding member of The Association of British Wedding Businesses.

The Association of British Wedding Businesses provides a voice for businesses who are involved with providing services and support within the British Wedding Industry.

We will be working with The Association of British Wedding Businesses and our venues, our partner wedding suppliers and other wedding suppliers to press forward any immediate and long term needs that are required to support the British Wedding Industry.

And, to all our couples, please be assured that we are committed to you and we are working closely with your venue to ensure that your Wedding Day services will be delivered by us, even if a change of Wedding date is required at this unprecedented time.

View the Association of British Wedding Businesses Website

March 2020

Giant Outdoor / Indoor Games

We have recently introduced a range of Giant Outdoor and Indoor games to our hire stock.

We have spent a lot of time researching and testing (and having a lot of fun!), to bring you a range of the Highest Quality Giant Outdoor and Indoor Games for your Wedding or Event.

Our Range of Giant Outdoor / Indoor Games includes:

- Beer Pong
- Giant Jenga
- Giant Connect 4
- Tug of War
- Giant Quoits
- Giant Limbo
- Giant Dominoes
- Giant Chess

See more about our Giant Outdoor and Indoor Games on our website: Giant Outdoor and Indoor Games

February 2020

Bucks, Berks & Oxon Weddings Feb/Mar 2020

We were delighted when we found out that Eric and Lydia's Harry Potter themed wedding that we supported in November 2019 at the Tudor Barn in Burnham was to be featured as the Real Wedding in the Feb/Mar issue of Bucks, Berks & Oxon Weddings Magazine.

What was truly a magical wedding is brought to life with the story of how they met and the lead up to their wedding day with fabulous pictures of the day itself, along with many of Eric and Lydia's own personal touches that they added to make it a full on Hogwarts special!

View or buy a copy of the Bucks, Berks & Oxon Weddings Feb/Mar 2020 issue here

Visit The Tudor Barn Weddings website

County Wedding Magazines Facebook page

We Have Moved!

Wow!, it was hard work, however over the weekend we moved into a larger warehouse and office facility to support our continuing expansion and new stock lines.

Just a stones throw away from our old office and warehouse in Bourne End, Buckinghamshire, we have now consolidated our two warehouses into a single larger warehouse and office space.

We have plenty of parking so that you can visit us to discuss your event requirements, refreshments guaranteeed! and we also have space available for demos so that we can mockup PA, lighting, effects, etc. so you can see how these would look for your event or theme.

Our new address is:

Academy Productions
Unit 4, Wessex Road
Bourne End
Buckinghamshire, SL8 5DT

Tel: 01628 617730

January 2020

Colleagues Day at Stoke Manderville Stadium

We recently supported a Serco Colleagues' Day at Stoke Mandeville Stadium with a range of Audio Visual and PA services.

Our services included large screen rear projection, seamless AV switching for presentations and video, a comfort monitor as well as staging, a lectern, presentation laptops and clickers, a six speaker active Column Array PA system with a fully digital mixing console for audio clarity throught the room and wireless lapel and wireless handheld microphone systems.

We also provided an AV Engineer and a Sound Engineer to ensure that everything ran seamlessly and without hitch throughout the day's proceedings.

November 2019

Harry Potter Themed Wedding at The Tudor Barn Burnham

We spent a lot of time speaking with Eric and Lydia in the run up to their wedding day at the Tudor Barn on Saturday 16th November, and what they wanted more than anything was a Harry Potter themed wedding.

They wanted to turn the barn into the Great Hall at Hogwarts and had lots of ideas for their day but more than anything they wanted not only the look but for it to really feel like the Great Hall. That's where we came in!

Well before the day itself we mocked up our ideas at The Tudor Barn and provided photographs of what we proposed.

We developed a fairy light canopy which would emulate a starry sky underneath the main roof space and no great hall would be complete without floating candles, well over a hundred of which floated and flickered at different heights throughout the barn.

The look in terms of lighting was finished off with subtle warm white uplighting on the wooden beams to give the effect and feel of the tall stone columns of the Great Hall and outside we also provided real flame large 7' gas flambeaux at the entrance to the barn and at the side of the main barn door.

Eric and Lydia had a fun filled and magical wedding day, and to top it off in true Potter style they even had a blue Ford Anglia as their wedding car!

We would like to congratulate them on on their marriage and wish Lydia and Eric all the happiness for their future life together, and may it be filled with magic and wonder.

August 2019

French Oak Wine Barrels are Added to Our Hire Stock!

We have added to our range of oak barrels with a number of French Oak Wine Barrels.

The French Oak Wine Barrels are lighter in colour compared to our Rustic Oak Whiskey Barrels and have a newer, more contemporary feel to them.

They are ideal for use at vineyards or other venues that may have a slightly more modern or industrial styling approach and can be used for a variety of purposes including poseur tables, cakes stands, coach lantern stands, large candle / candelabra stands or other event uses you would like to put them to, except rolling them off Niagara Falls!...

For further informaation see the Oak Barrels page on our website

July 2019

Sport England Colleagues Day 2019

With the fantastic backdrop of Bisham Abbey, Sport England brought the whole organisation together for a colleagues day on Tuesday 9th July 2019.

The day was filled with activities and guest speaker Kate Richardson-Walsh OBE delivered a video presentation and keynote speech about her involvement with the Gold Medal winning Great Britain Hockey Team at the 2016 Rio Olympics and what it means to be part of a team.

We supplied a range of services for the event including staging, PA, Audio Visual presentation and screens, an AV Engineer and a Sound Engineer.

Photography by Nigel Chapman

Henley Regatta at Phyllis Court, Wednesday July 3rd - Sunday July 7th 2019

With the glorious English summer sun beating down upon us we spent the week beside the Thames at Phyllis Court Members Club for Henley Royal Regatta.

We provided a range of audio services to Phyllis Court Club including full outdoor venue coverage for audio announcements and multi speaker PA on the lawns for Jazz groups and bands who entertained guests throughout the Regatta week whilst watching the racing.

Our Sound Engineers sweletered under the sun but performmed admirably catering for all the different groups' requirements and ensured all the bands and performers were able to be heard clearly throughout the lawn and patio areas.

On the Saturday night we also supplied a full DJ PA and lighting setup for a VIP disco in the Desborough marquee so that guests could dance well into the night.

What a great week it was for everyone who attended and we can't wait to be back for more!

June 2019

More Light Up Letters to Hire!

We have added to our range of Rustic Light Up Letters and Numbers with some great new additions.

Our new MR & MRS, MR & MR and MRS & MRS signs look fantastic adorning any dancefloor or as a focal point to a room.

At 4' in height these illuminated letters are in no way small and the largest MRS & MRS letters span to almost 5m in total length.

See our website for more details of our Light Up Letters and Numbers

May 2019

Charity Luncheon at The Alma Hotel, Marble Arch, London, Friday 3rd May

MC Roger Dakin presided over a charity fundraising luncheon at the Alma Hotel in Marble Arch with ex England Cricketer and England Cricket Commentator Ian Botham attending as a VIP guest speaker and composer and musician John Altman also making a guest appearance and playing an impromptu Saxophone name that film performance of some of the scores he has written.

We provided a multi speaker active PA system, wireless microphones, a fully digital mixer as wellas a sound engineer for the duration for the event.

Roger Dakin Presents in conjunction with Adjacent Artistes website

Photographs by Michael Vincent Image Creation. See the website here

February 2019

Turbosound Active Column Array Speakers, New to Our Hire Stock!

We have taken delivery of a number of Turbosound's iNSPIRE IP300 Active Column Array Speakers which are now available to hire from our stock.

Although referred to as a column speaker the IP300 delivers the powerful, high quality sound and optimised dispersion inspired by Turbosound's award winning line array systems.

The IP300 is ideal for speech applications and conferences as well as music playback and performance applications and has an array of audio processing features as well as Remote control via iPhone / iPad / Android and Bluetooth Audio Streaming.