Cirque Du Soleil meets Moulin Rouge for Palm House extravaganza

TICKETS have gone on sale for the third ‘Henry Yates Thompson Annual Fundraising Dinner’ at the Palm House in Sefton Park. The extravaganza is a fusion of Cirque du Soleil and Moulin Rouge and will take place on 28th October.

This year promises to be the biggest and best yet with an evening of live music and performances from magicians, fire-breathers, contortionists and stilt walkers.

Guests will be greeted by a string quartet who will provide the soundtrack to complimentary cocktails that signal the start of proceedings. Party-goers will then indulge in a four-course meal, prepared by an award-winning chef and originally served on the occasion of the Duke & Duchess of Devonshire’s 50th wedding anniversary. A hand-picked selection of wine will complement the food before a raucous spectacle of circus acts and dancers provide the evening’s entertainment.  

The evening is dedicated to the legacy of Henry Yates Thompson, a philanthropic publisher who gifted the Palm House to the City of Liverpool back in 1896. The value of the benefactor’s original donation was around £10,000 and the Palm House is aiming to raise the same amount this year to fund an ambitious community events programme, with everything from yoga to salsa classes and tea parties, many of which are free to attend.

This year, the Palm House is launching a new health and wellbeing strategy which aims to attract even more community groups into the venue.

From the 1st October, there will also be an online raffle for on the night prizes that include return flights for two people from Liverpool John Lennon Airport to any destination served by Blue Air, courtesy of the airline.

Roy Boardman, director of the Palm House, said: “We want this year’s event to be one which is befitting of this magnificent venue. We’ve been inspired by Cirque Du Soleil and Moulin Rouge so people can expect a spectacular evening. The Palm House is a truly unique venue and provides the perfect stage for such a memorable occasion.

“I often meet people who have special memories of this place and we want to ensure people can continue coming here to enjoy the splendour of these surroundings. We rely on community donations to keep the Palm House open so we really need Liverpool to get behind this event and keep the Palm House open for future generations.”

Tickets for the Henry Yates Thompson Annual Fundraising Dinner are priced at £75 per person and can be purchased directly from the Palm House either by calling 0151 726 9304 or emailing events@palmhouse.org.uk.