The launch event, which saw over 250 guests attend the venue, kicked off on Thursday morning as attendees arrived for a full day of De Vere Venues’ hospitality, enjoying a friendly game of golf on the world championship course, which has in the past been played by sporting legends such as Nick Faldo and Colin Montgomery. Adding an element of competition to the proceedings, clients, including AXA PPP Healthcare, wealth management company St James Place and regional charity Demelza House Hospice took part in a ‘Longest Drive’ and ‘Nearest the Pin’ contest, with winners to be announced later in the evening by special guest, Tony Dangerfield, De Vere Venues Chief Executive Officer.
For those looking to experience a more laid back start to the day, beauty therapists at the on-site Horsted Spa and Health Club were on hand, providing a range of relaxing treatments, including express facials, manicures and massages, ensuring they were pampered and prepared for the launch party later in the evening.
In true De Vere Venues style, the evening entertainment had to be seen to be believed as a fresh wave of party-goers descended upon the East Sussex National via the VIP red carpet, greeted by General Manager Tracy Tennant and team as well as Showgirl Dancers, ready to get the party started.
Following welcome drinks and canapés, which included locally sourced Sussex Brie served on a Garlic Crouton and the infamous Sussex Pond Pudding, the East Sussex National sales team showcased the 104-bedroom hotel and its conferencing facilities, whilst guests enjoyed a cheese station, wine-menu tasting and round of urban golf on the second floor, before receiving a welcome speech from Darren Patt, Managing Director of Development, De Vere Venues.