Chatsworth Chooses To Party At The Dome

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Date posted: 8 March 2012

Staff of the Chatsworth Estate chose to hold their annual party at Buxton's iconic Devonshire Dome this year, giving more than 50 University of Derby Buxton students the opportunity to hone their new found events and hospitality skills.

The event, which was attended by about 700 members of staff from across the Chatsworth estate, and the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire themselves, was declared an "overwhelming success" by the Duke.

The evening was organised by Events At The Dome, the commercial arm of the University of Derby Buxton. As part of the University's dedication to ensuring its students gain relevant work experience, more than 50 BA (Hons) Events Management, Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management students used their skills to help put on an outstanding event.

Dan Nichols, 18, a first year BA (Hons) Events Management degree student from Norwich, was part of a group who helped plan certain elements of the evening, and had meet-and-greet duties throughout the champagne reception on the night.

Dan said: "Working on a banquet of this magnitude was a fantastic experience for me. Experiencing the reality of such an event, and how small details in the planning become essential in its smooth running was incredibly useful."

Christine Sweetmore, Business Development Manager of Events At The Dome added: "We were delighted to host the Chatsworth staff party, and we were so pleased that everyone enjoyed the evening. The students gained an unparalleled experience of working at such a large prestigious banquet, the kind becoming more and more regular at the Dome."

Dr Peter Dewhurst, Dean of University of Derby Buxton commented: "The event was spectacular and a great credit to our teams of staff and students. They delivered an event of a quality and scale that reflects our commitment to delivering first class experiential learning."

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For more information about Events At The Dome, call Christine Sweetmore on 01332 594643.

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