Willy Wonka, The Scottish Police & A Glaswegian Warehouse

It may sound like a terrible parody but unfortunately this is not a blockbuster sequel annoucement for last year’s smash hit movie. 

Poor Willy Wonka was visited by the police this past weekend after furious parents complained of being ripped of at a Willy’s Chocolate Experience (insert your own Devenish joke).

It was advertised as a “celebration of chocolate in all its delightful forms”, with giant mushrooms, candy canes and chocolate fountains, along with special audio and visual effects, all narrated by dancing Oompa-Loompas costing £35 per ticket.

Instead families found a sparsely decorated Glaswegian warehouse with a scattering of plastic props, a small bouncy castle and some backdrops pinned against the walls.

The event abruptly ended after a few hours, resembling more of a soggy bottom sponge cake from Bake Off than a fine Butlers chocolate. The culprit? Suppliers, apparently.

What can we learn from this experience when it comes to putting on a good show?

Here’s a few tips for a smoothly run event:

Diverse Entertainment: Curate a mix of entertainment options, including live performances, interactive activities, and games suitable for various age groups, ensuring there’s something for everyone.

Clear Signage and Information: Enhance the attendee experience by providing clear signage for parking, restrooms, and activity areas. Display event schedules prominently and offer information booths to address inquiries, fostering a positive and organized atmosphere.

Engage Local Businesses: Partner with local businesses for sponsorships, food vendors, or collaborative activities, fostering community involvement and adding a vibrant, diverse touch to the event.