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Trading at REM events

If you have a product or service that you want to get in front of a high spending audience or you’re a caterer who wants to tickle our visitor’s taste buds- we have two perfect opportunities.

Bristol Harbour Festival – 17th -19th July

One of the best loved and most diverse festivals in the South West of England and one of the biggest free events in the country. Bristol’s beautiful city centre harbour comes alive with music, dance, circus, children’s entertainment, ships and boats, markets and fireworks for this fabulous weekend spectacle. Attracting over 250,000 visitors with opportunities to suit all budgets.

For further information, please send an email to or call 0117 927 6614

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is now in its 37th year and is the second largest hot air ballooning event in the world. It’s a spectacular, free, four days of fun for the whole family from Thursday 6th – Sunday 9th August. With mass launches of over 120 balloons at 6am and 6pm daily, arena, aerial entertainment and flying displays as well as the unique Night Glows where 30 balloons light up the night sky in time to music with a fireworks finale, the Fiesta is one of the biggest events in Britain.

For more information please contact or call 0117 904 6509

Green bridge

Having created one of the most spectacular fireworks ever seen in the West Country to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Clifton Suspension Bridge , REM were invited back to create a single colour lighting tour de force to mark the start of Bristol’s year as European Green Capital .

2015 was ushered in dramatic fashion, when the bridge was lit in a, you guessed it, blaze of green. The structure dazzled onlookers out enjoying New Year’s Eve parties when as the clock struck midnight, the bridge presented a unique photo opportunity

The symbolic gesture heralds a yearlong programme of artworks community plans, city improvements, conferences and entertainment involving local communities as well as national and international participants.

Happy new year

2015 has finally arrived and everyone at REM is looking forward to another busy year of event creation, production and management. Not that we rested on our laurels in December when the team switched on Christmas Lights in Bath in the company of Bath Rugby Club, site managed the highly acclaimed Bath Christmas Market, managed the Christmas lights in Radstock, produced the Clifton Bridge 150th anniversary Firework Display, produced and managed the Festival of Christmas in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard and welcomed the start of European Green Capital by turning a bridge green.

In between that, we were also working on 2015 events and talking to people about 2018.

To paraphrase a famous saying – “if you want something doing, ask a busy company “. If you want to talk to us about an event you are planning or a fledgling project – we can always find time to talk.


Green is go

The diverse skills of Richmond Event Management (REM) were engaged to deliver successive events launching Bristol’s year as European Green Capital, with the official opening ceremony followed by a high-wire stunt ‘Bridging the Gap’, Jan 23-24, 2015.

Having already raised eyebrows – and awareness – by turning Bristol’s iconic Suspension Bridge Green on New Year’s Eve, Richmond Event Management (REM) was entrusted to produce and stage-manage the official opening ceremony.

Working to tight timeframes (and budgets) REM coordinated a team of carefully selected local suppliers including set design, delegate management, audio visual, architectural lighting and catering. Five hundred invited guests enjoyed a smooth running, packed program inside the Victoria Rooms in Clifton, Jan 23rd, including European Commissioners, international delegations, government and national officials alongside the Mayor of Bristol and local green organisations.

REM was simultaneously working with Cirque Bijou to bring to life the creative concept of its ‘Bridging the Gap’ stunt– highlighting ‘the difference between our green intentions and our actions’, Jan 24th. A 120 metre long high-wire was suspended between warehouses on the city’s harbour side, which world-famous high-wire artist Jade Kindar-Martin cycled across, whilst Hollywood stuntwoman Karine Mauffrey performed a dramatic aerial trapeze routine suspended beneath the bicycle. REM delivered the logistics, crowd management and event technical production for Cirque Bijou, again relying on the services of local event professionals.

REM managing director Mike Richmond said:

‘Having produced some incredible events both nationally and internationally across our 18 year history, it was a special moment for our team to support Bristol’s Green Capital launch. Not only because we are proud of our home city, but also over the past two years REM has made a huge commitment to our sustainable event management systems and has achieved ISO 20121 accreditation. Working on Green Capital events not only allows us to implement our practices but also to continue the learning process.’

Clifton Suspension Bridge 150th Anniversary Fireworks

All the projects that REM are involved in receive a huge amount of care and attention but there are some occasions which provide moments of sheer magic. The firework display to mark the 150th anniversary of the opening of Clifton’s Suspension Bridge on December 8th was such an occasion. It had all the elements needed to create high drama – a full moon, a high tide, cold but bright weather a spine tingling sound track and a stunning firework display. The show was watched by 100,000 spectators who showed their affection and respect for Bristol’s most iconic landmark.

Octoberfest Basingstoke

There are very few events in the country that offer a line up including beer, cider, Victorian fun and ferrets. It’s obviously a winning combination which attracts record visitor numbers each year to Basingstoke’s Octoberfest. The festival showcases a large range of producers selling great food, beers and cider with a European flavour served up Basingstoke’s twin towns. There is a full programme of demonstrations, exhibitions, craft workshops and talks as well as live music and dance, street entertainment, traditional games, competitions and children’s activities.

Alongside the usual full programme of demonstrations and exhibitions, Octoberfest has added ferret-racing, a Victorian fun fair, a children’s animal farm, classic cars, steam engines, circus skills and pony rides in recent years with over 100 different beers, ciders and wines available.

A lot of people think Basingstoke is a new town but it’s mentioned in the Domesday Book as a prosperous market town. Octoberfest has the atmosphere of a traditional country fair and makes a great day out for everyone, whether you like ferrets or not!

Fireworks, IK Brunel and lots of Liverpudlians

One of the most iconic images of Bristol is the Clifton Suspension Bridge designed by that most charismatic, stovepipe hat wearing, cigar smoking genius – Isambard Kingdom Brunel. December 2014 marks the 150th anniversary of the world-famous bridge – one of Mr Brunel’s greatest engineering achievements. As part of the Bridge 150! celebrations, REM have been asked to create, produce and manage a celebratory evening on December 7th culminating in a grand firework display. Firing from the bridge is something we have a lot of experience in but it never fails to get the heart beating just a little faster and we would like to think Mr Brunel would enjoy the evening as much as we do. Providing he remembered not to smoke near the pyro!

Meanwhile in one of favourite places to work – Liverpool, we are site managing two major displays in Sefton Park and Newsham Park on November 5th. Spectacular fireworks, synchronised to music are guaranteed to lift the spirits on a dark November night and Liverpudlians are always an enthusiastic audience.

Liverpool International Music Festival

In the words of Yaw Owusu, curator of Liverpool Music Festival – “ the festival is a series of diverse and eclectic music events and performances that reflect the City’s ever evolving relationship with music “ The 2014 calendar of events saw massive developments in programming building on last year’s successful Sefton Park element with the addition of the LIMF Summer Jam. This year saw the addition of two more areas of music and loads of extra activities to further show the breadth and depth of the music palette. With three stages, loads of new content, tens of thousands of people and the Liverpudlian talent for having a great time even when the weather gets in the way – it was always going to be a great festival.

We were delighted to be awarded  the production management contract for LIMF. Click on this link to see what we got up to!

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

One of the many peculiarities of the event industry is that whilst working to deliver outstanding events, we usually operate at least season ahead of ourselves. So, whilst the summer sun is appearing less frequently, we are looking at Christmas. This means our annual trip to Portsmouth for the Victorian Festival of Christmas in the stunning setting of the Historic Dockyard

With a cast of hundreds, specially built street scenes, street theatre, choirs and guaranteed snow, the festival offers visitors a chance to travel back in time to the era when Christmas as we know it today was invented. And how many events get to use H.M.S Victory as part of the site dressings?

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Happy Birthday REM

During the usual hectic schedule of summer events, one major milestone was also passed by the team at REM. It is 18 years since Richmond Event Management was incorporated as a limited company. During that time the team have looked after and entertained millions of people, spent a lot of time on sunny event sites and a lot of time on wet sites, faced up to and solved endless challenges and delivered all our contracts on time. The most important part of this is that no matter how big the company becomes it still retains the ethos and enthusiasm of the early years.

We believe in creating memorable events and as Mike our Managing Director often says we believe “in making the budget work its socks off “. It is a simple mission statement but over 18 years we have proved that it works.