SET DESIGN AND INSTALLATIONS

We create sets individualised to each client’s requirements. After a site visit or working to a floor plan, we visualise the best layout for the venue for maximum impact. From the first ideas to the final installation, we work closely with our clients at every stage to ensure their visions and needs are fulfilled. Our professional build crews work tirelessly to tight deadlines, so all event installations meet their target times.

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We create sets individualised to each client’s requirements. After a site visit or working to a floor plan, we visualise the best layout for the venue for maximum impact. From the first ideas to the final installation, we work closely with our clients at every stage to ensure their visions and needs are fulfilled. Our professional build crews work tirelessly to tight deadlines, so all event installations meet their target times.

PREVIOUS PROJECTS

THE GREATEST SHOW, MAN

Area 51’s legendary legion of circus have joined forces to stage a summer tribute to the “greatest showman”, P.T. Barnum to huge acclaim. With a cast of 30 performers the glory days of Barnum’s 19th century circus

QEII ILLUMINATIONS

Over 85,000 LED lights lit up one of the largest event venues in Central London as guests flocked to the QEII Conference Centre. Area 51 and event theme partners Event-Trees were asked to provide a dazzling ‘illumination’ themed event that would showcase the versatility of networking suites at the QEII Conference Centre, London, for the venue’s potential clients.

ATLANTIS RISING

London’s prestigious party venue, 8 Northumberland Avenue, start planning Christmas a year ahead. Setting aside traditional festive themes they asked for splendour on an oceanic scale – the myth of Atlantis was to be brought alive – furthermore they wanted a plush ambient party-zone to match. The brief was ‘epic’ plus ‘glitz & glam’. They key colours – deep-sea blues and paradise pinks.The spirit of the Lost Sunken

WINTER WONDERLAND HYDE PARK 2017-18

Transforming London’s Hyde Park into a winter theme park – The Magical Ice Kingdom entrance at Winter Wonderland.Each festive season London’s Hyde Park becomes a multi-attraction theme park billed as Winter Wonderland. It’s filled with fairground rides, ice rinks, circuses and a host of other attractions.

AREA 51 `AVALANCHE` FOR NEW ALPINE SHOW

A spectacular new Alpine-themed show combining extreme sports and circus skills made its debut at one of the UK’s most prestigious arenas, to huge critical acclaim. The Area 51 production of ‘Alpine Nights’ is the ultimate après-ski experience: ice cool and an off-piste elegance with first class entertainment.

TWISTD FIRESTARTERS

What happens if you bring together the UK’s largest indoor winter music festival at one of the nation’s best loved holiday resorts with the warped wit and wisdom of Area 51?

JONATHAN ROSS’ HALLOWEEN HOME

When it comes to Halloween parties, no one is more renowned than Jonathan Ross OBE for putting on a successful spooktacular. Packed with A-list celebrities, the party always attracts the attention of the international press. Jonathan and his wife, Jane Goldman, look to Area 51 to transform their house into a high-class horror-fest.

NO SCIENCE FRICTION IN THE CITY

Steel city Sheffield shapeshifted into a science-fiction central station for starship troopers, time travellers, fantasy fans, droids and more who descended on the Yorkshire city to wallow in the weird and wonderful for a warp-speed weekend away

CELEBRITY FRIGHT NIGHT

Horror artisans Area 51 spawned an other-worldly hub of Halloween charm and chills after being called upon by TV superstar Jonathan Ross to once again set pulses racing in the heart of London for the biggest A-list celebrity party of the year!

PEEK-A-BOO AT THE ART OF TERROR

When your skin crawls, your spine chills to the max and your nerves strain to snap, the last thing you need is to become ghastly guinea pigs in a foul foray into the darkest reaches of terror where YOU are the experiment!

BLACK SITE – THE MOVIE

It was a case of going underground and tunnel vision as Area 51’s creative crew were summoned to help with the shooting of a much-anticipated supernatural sci-fi thriller movie.

LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY SU BALL

Loughborough University Students Union aim high when it comes to their gala ball. Our brief is to propose brilliant themes and then deliver the dazzling décor to match. Continuously topping previous years’ achievements is not easy but we welcome the challenge. Our roll of honour so far includes a James Bond theme, the Great Gatsby era, Las Vegas and Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

LAUNCH OF THE BEANO EXPERIENCE

Beano HQ teamed up with House PR to bring the kids’ comic into the 21st century. They launched the Beano Studios and the Beano Experience, and the big unveiling event was at Beano’s Fleet Street HQ. The objective was to create an environment bursting with a cheeky character to match the 80-year-old comic’s irreverent

LINKEDIN ICE CAVE

Professional networking leaders LinkedIn asked us to come up with a unique concept that would excite the senses for their largest corporate recruitment drive, Talent Connect London, to be attended by 1,200 delegates. A brainstorming session produced several ideas but top of the pile was an immersive ice cave.

PERGOLA

Pergolas are shaded paths and sitting areas. They are also the theme chosen by the Incipio Group for its range of central London restaurants, some of which bear the Pergola brand. The concept was to create a leafy luxurious outdoor feel just off the capital’s busy streets.

51 ROCK IT AT STELLAR WEEKEND

A remote corner of North Wales was zapped into an interdimensional and intergalactic space colony as Area 51 helped stage the biggest sci-fi and fantasy festival seen in the UK! Thousands of sci-fi fans beamed down into Pwlhelli on the Lleyn Peninsula for a long weekend where normal reality was suspended and a colourfully costumed alternative existence emerged.

SPEAK EASY, PARTY HARD

The decadent twenties roared back in style as thousands of revellers partied hard at a splendid Speakeasy spree staged inside a leading UK venue with Area 51 in the driving seat. The Ricoh Arena at Coventry

XMAS PARTY FOR UK CONSTRUCTION EXPERTS

Our clients Ove Arup & Partners International Ltd are design and construction experts. Their founder, the late Sir Ove Arup, insisted on high company values: “We must strive for quality in what we do, and never be satisfied with the second-rate.” They demand the best. They also place a high value on their staff and expect excellence for their Christmas parties. The company hired The Vox, a purpose-built venue on the NEC

MASON HOUSE CHRISTMAS

Popular with A-list celebrities, London’s Mason House Club in the vaults of the London Palladium theatre soon gained a reputation for exclusivity and elegance. The same high standards applied to their décor during the festive season, so they invited Area 51 to create a complete Christmas look for them with a touch of class.

THE QUEEN ELIZABETH II CENTRE’S 30TH BIRTHDAY

Opened by the Queen in 1986, the Queen Elizabeth II Centre wanted a 30th birthday party with a difference for those who had helped make it one of London’s most successful events venues. It hosts more than 400 events a year

TV STAR HAILED AS ‘SUPER-GHOUL’

AREA 51 design wizards magically transformed TV superstar Jonathan Ross’ north London mansion into a stunning haunted house AND gardens into an enchanted fairy forest in time for the UK’s hottest Halloween celeb bash!

NO BUNGLE AS ZIPPY ACTS SHINE

Sensational circus acts from Area 51 served up a marathon seven-hour ‘spooktacular’ at Britain’s biggest Halloween party in front of 10,000 clubbers in Birmingham. The persistent performers pulled out all the stops in a prodigious production

THE BEAT GOES ON AT GLASTONBURY

Area 51 showed the way at the Glastonbury Festival by creating a huge sign that towered above the famous site.
The giant structure was designed and built for The Beat Hotel

A WALK THROUGH THE HUMAN BRAIN

Working with clients EMC3, create a perfect arena to stimulate guests’ ideas and interaction for professional networking giants, LinkedIn, for a major recruitment event. The thought-provoking ‘brain-storming’ at the Business Design Centre in North London had two themes – art and science. 

THE CONJURING 2

Area 51 executed a real-life recreation of an iconic scary movie scene for special guests at the preview screening of The Conjuring 2. Ahead of the release of the supernatural horror sequel, The Conjuring 2, wanted to set up an unforgettable spine-tingling experience for celebrity guests, the media and Warner Bros representatives.

RIO – THE CAPITAL OF CARNIVAL

Give your event the Rio Carnival theme and guests will look forward to a glamourous night gyrating to the sound of samba. Area 51 have designed and created an entire package which can transform your venue with an array of features, sights and textures true to the capital of carnival. And we have the drums and dancers to match.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPIC

National Geographic Traveller magazine wanted to create its first ever all-day festival to bring the magazine to life. The aim was to give readers an immersive experience that showcased the diversity of the world of travel. The venue was The Brewery, London, where customers would be able to visit a large range of seminars, talks, workshops, cooking demonstrations with celeb chefs, and more.

MOULIN ROUGE AT THE RICOH

Titillating French-inspired hedonism descended on the Ricoh Arena to inspire a perfect Parisian party as Christmas became “Noël” for thousands of revellers. Area 51 painted the town red as a sensational

HORROR OVER THE RAINBOW!

Area 51 unleashed legions of zombies on Britain’s second city as Birmingham took a hammering of Halloween horror. The Area 51 special ops brigade transformed the enormous collective of venues and art spaces in Birmingham into a heartland

MASON HOUSE HALLOWEEN

The Argyll Street venue is a luxury nightclub that attracts celebrities and the world’s wealthy. Its unusual interior resembles a Masonic Temple and Area 51 were commissioned to design and rig a high-quality Halloween transformation for its elite guests. Sponsored by Belvedere Vodka, Area 51 were asked to incorporate their products within the scenery.

JONATHAN ROSS SUMMONS LOST SOULS

TV superstar Jonathan Ross hailed the hallowed screams of adults, kids and teens as Area 51’s opened the coffin lid for another devilish Halloween. Area 51’s arch architects of abomination were once more let loose to transform Wossy’s north London home into hell on earth in time for his annual feast of fun for October 31st.

TWO-DAY BIRTHDAY BASH IS A JET-SET SMASH

Jet-setting guests were left spellbound at a lavish and private celebrity party held inside a luxury Berkshire hotel thanks to the efforts of Area 51.The exclusive two-day birthday party was staged at the luxurious Vineyard Hotel in Newbury with host and guests flying in from the USA to attend. Area 51’s crack crew of creative stylists came up with not one but TWO stunning makeovers to help make the event truly 

SWEET KANDI LUSH SAGA

Memories of sunshine doused summer days on the party island of Ibiza aren’t melting into winter obscurity thanks to the sweet success of Hed Kandi’s 2015 season which was hailed a tropical paradise

RICKY HATTON’S SHOW SUCCESS

Area 51 helped two-time world boxing champion Ricky Hatton create a knockout charity event in his hometown of Manchester in aid of charity. The much-loved Brit fighter celebrated his glittering sporting career by staging the stunning gala event at Victoria Warehouse with a host of special guests

LINKEDIN ROOF TOP ILLUSION

‘Surpassed all expectations’ was just one of the compliments for Area 51 for the design and installation of a rooftop theme for a major event. LinkedIn invited us to compose, design and install a theme for a their Talent Connect London event for 2,500 guests, that would even eclipse the success of our previous joint projects.

UNITED CARPETS – CONFERENCES WITH CLASS

United Carpets hold annual conferences for managers of their many British branches, and they love to do them in style in sunny southern Spain. Area 51 have been their partners of choice for these events for several years.For our seventh year with the carpet giants, we were asked to transform the Guadalmina Spa and Golf Resort Hotel 

ALICE IN WONDERLAND AT RICOH

Coventry became a town called Alice at Christmas as Area 51 unveiled its new stunning circus show at the Ricoh Arena where thousands of revellers plunged down the rabbit hole into a magical world of fantasy. The brand-new Alice In Wonderland circus proved a staggering success for the Area 51 team as it was born under the lights.

SECRET HAUNTED WAREHOUSE PARTY

Clubbers froze in fear as freaks and fiends transformed a Fest-Evil into a true fright night! A creepy corps of “corpses” from Area 51 caused mayhem at the Secret Party Project bash in Nottingham as the celebrated club staged

ROBOTS INVADE HYDE PARK

The future came to London’s Hyde Park when Area 51 teamed up with Cirque Beserk to unleash Mechanika, a surreal cyborg spectacular that stunned A-list celebs like David “The Hoff” Hasselhoff and thousands of astonished members of the public.

CARAVAN OF ROSS SOULS

Star TV presenter Jonathan Ross unleashed Area 51’s Caravan Of Lost Souls at his annual Halloween spookathon staged at his plush north London mansion which was once again given a macabre makeover to thrill both A list celebs and the public.Igor Rasputin and his creepy crew of freaks and ghouls ran amok at the star-studded event which has become established as one of the biggest showbiz bashes in the calendar

ZOMBIE MAYHEM AT SPOOKTACULAR

A plague of zombie soldiers tore out the Heart of England in a Halloween blitzkrieg of pure terror!Visitors to the Heart of England Conference and Events Centre in Warwickshire were given a horrifying Halloween experience to haunt them for many a month thanks to a chilling interactive Area 51 show that was not for the fainthearted.After creating a realistic biohazard laboratory in the woods at the centre situated at Fillongley in North Warwickshire

WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS

Putting on the glitz! Glamourous décor and feathered showgirls are just part of our popular Las Vegas themed package. Convert your venue into a glamourous attraction by giving it the Las Vegas look. It’s a sure-fire gamble that pays off, and packages can be adapted to suit a range of budgets. 

66SICK AT GLASTONBURY

Sometime in the past before the future began, the 66Sick office was deserted, machines slowed before grinding to a halt, silicon chips were fried and a creeping growth of plant life in a garden of evil carpeted the once busy hive of activity with organic abandon.

TREE TOPS LAVISH LAUNCH

Area 51 helped create a majestic forest to spruce up a lavish grand opening ceremony for a £250 million new eco holiday centre! Stunning design and décor helped transform a reception area at the brand-new state

SCISSOR SISTERS COLLABORATIONS

American disco-glam group, Scissor Sisters, regularly team up with Area 51 to help create stunning show costumes and props for their extravagant live performances

THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ

We tasked ourselves to create a series of high quality décor and props to whisk you off down the legendary yellow brick road with the key characters in film-quality costumes. Oz is the perfect theme for private and corporate events and is guaranteed to appeal to all ages. The look is based on the 1939 movie adaptation of L Frank Baum’s 1900 children’s book. Its strong visual style provides that essential feel-good factor which event managers seek. 

SCI-FI SUPERNOVA

A galaxy of Area 51 performers detonated an entertainment supernova to help make a major sci fi festival a cosmic success! The extensive 40-strong Area 51 team descended on a North Wales holiday park for the fifth

THE FLAME AWARDS

The glitzy and prestigious Flame Awards at the Telford International Conference Centre honours exceptionally high standards in the physical activity sector. Health clubs, leisure centres and charity events, as well as workplace wellbeing projects vie for the winners’ podium. The décor needed to be gold standard.

HALLOWEEN HORROR ON SECRET PARTY

Clubbers were given the creeps after Area 51 helped transform an old bus depot into a haunted house of horrors at an exclusive party event in the heart of the East Midlands. Area 51 transformed the Secret Party Project Halloween hoedown into a spectre-tacular scare-fest of monster proportions n Nottingham,

KANDI HEADS – FANTASY FUN IN IBIZA

Once upon a time a legendary name from Ibiza’s clubland royalty needed candy to turn the heads of the party elite and so they called on Area 51 to help. Hed Kandi approached the Warwickshire company to create an elaborate and bespoke collection of stunning set

GATSBY A GREAT SUCCESS!

University students were taken back through time to the Roaring Twenties for a rip-roaring gala ball thanks to Area 51. A series of stunning props and scenery were created for the glittering annual occasion at Loughborough University in the heart of England and together with a troupe of 51 entertainers, the event was heralded an enormous success.

HARRY POTTER

Initially created for a university students’ ball, the client wanted guests to walk through a smokey corridor to the Great Hall at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It should come complete with dozens of ethereal flying candles, stone walls, giant fireplaces and ghostly apparitions. Here the Sorting Hat will guide you and your guests into your chosen Hogwarts houses, whether Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw.

SPACE-TACULAR SCENES AT SCIFI WEEKENDER

It’s a Sci-Fi Convention Jim, but not as we know it! 51 load up the vans and boldly go – to West Wales… We embarked on 2 incredible days packed full of Sci-Fi themed walkabout and truly massive stage-shows

RICOH CHRISTMAS CIRCUS

AREA 51 brought all the fun of the fair to a famous stadium venue by staging a brilliant Christmas circus inside it! Complete with stunning décor and props, the event at the Ricoh Arena on the outskirts of Coventry

RICOH CIRCUS IS SMASH-HIT SUCCESS

When a vintage Victorian circus pitched its tent inside the huge Ricoh Arena for a feast of festive fun at a series of sell-out shows the magic of Christmas truly came alive.

PENGUINS AT SNOW DOME

The crew were booked in to provide a festive feast Area 51 style at Tamworth’s Snow Dome arena last Christmas.
Amongst the installations included a penguin ice hockey scene with the two sides, ‘Santa’s Saints’ and ‘The Elves’ battling it out at the stadium

A CASTLE FOR JONATHON ROSS

TV star Jonathan Ross saw his luxury North London mansion transformed into a Castle of Creeps by Area 51’s crew of ghost-thrusters. Filling the grounds of the chat show host’s impressive homestead with a surfeit of spectres, creatures and assorted monsters, the Area 51 team also carried out a stunning makeover of his mansion to turn it into a citadel of spooks.

JONATHAN ROSS’ HAUNTED HOUSE OF HORRORS

Jonathan Ross transformed his home into a haunted house in time for Britain’s largest celebrity Halloween party…thanks to Area 51! Dozens of showbiz celebrities flocked to the television presenter’s wealthy pad in Hampstead, north London to find it almost unrecognisable as the front of the building mutated into a spooky cartoon house of horrors!