Talking to Laura Letters Life – on turning a passion into a thriving creative & wellbeing business

Talking to Laura Letters Life – on turning a passion into a thriving creative & wellbeing business

Laura Edralin discovered calligraphy after a period of stress in her own life, and quickly realised there was an invaluable connection between the calming practice and mental wellbeing. Since then, against the backdrop of the pandemic, she’s gone from working full time as an Events Producer to running her own thriving calligraphy business.

Laura Letters Life offers a range of workshops, courses and events to individuals and businesses, delivering 100 workshops to over 1000 people over the past two years. Laura’s also recently completed her Wellbeing Coaching qualification, and has just launched Sparkle & Script, an evening of wine tasting and calligraphy in London. Through it all – her mantra of core values remains steadfast: Calm, Create, Connect. 

Here, she tells us all about her inspiring journey. 

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Meeting Show Aloha Land – probably one of the most festive Christmas events in the world, ever

Meeting Show Aloha Land – probably one of the most festive Christmas events in the world, ever

Imagine Willy Wonka’s factory meets every festive scene from every Christmas movie ever. Then throw in adventure activities, sparkling train rides, spectacular lighting displays, and a whole lot of snow – all nestled away in a sprawling magical wonderland on the island of Hawaiʻi... 

…You’re getting close to picturing the epic Show Aloha Land. There’s more, too. Giant bubble machines, delicious food, human snow globes. The list goes on. In case you were wondering, yes, this fantastical, festive feast of Christmas fun is a huge hit. But the really crazy thing is that it only started in 2020, with the first ever event accruing $500,000 in donations and sponsorship – all of which went to good causes. 

Read on to find out how a charity drive during the pandemic snowballed into one of the most spectacular Christmas events of all time, IOCLHO (in our Christmas-loving honest opinion).

Here, we chat to one of the masterminds behind Show Aloha Land, Aryn Nakaoka, to find out what it’s all about 👇.

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Event Spotlight: Transgender awareness week

Event Spotlight: Transgender awareness week

As Transgender awareness week comes to an end, we’re celebrating some of our fave inclusive events.

What is Transgender awareness week?

Taking place on November 13-19 every year, Transgender awareness week brings awareness to issues being faced by the transgender community. Transgender awareness week culminates in the Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day of tribute for transgender people who have died due to widespread transphobic violence.

There are so many inspiring events and initiatives highlighting allyship, and shining a light on the lived experience of trans people. We’re lucky to be able to share some of our favourite positive events using Ticket Tailor.

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8 crucial things to know about running a food and drink festival – from people who’ve done it

8 crucial things to know about running a food and drink festival – from people who’ve done it

Thinking of running your own food and drink festival? Hats off to you, we say! 🎩

Whether you’re a wine connoisseur, craft beer enthusiast, or all-out foodie (perhaps all of the above?) – running a festival to celebrate your favourite fare can be a rewarding and profitable experience. It can also provide the perfect opportunity to raise money for charity, so if you’re looking for a very fun (read: tasty) way to do a good deed, you’re in the right place.

Here, we chat to two successful food and drink festival creators to find out all about how to run an event like this as smoothly as possible.

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Thorington theatre: A sustainable approach to events 

Thorington theatre: A sustainable approach to events 

Sustainability from the start: We talk to Oscar Brennecke-Dunn, Theatre Manager of new outdoor Thorington Theatre nestled in Suffolk woodland.

Established in 2021, Thorington is a theatre like no other. This hidden gem makes use of a natural amphitheatre (a result of a WWII bomb!), and was constructed with the smallest carbon footprint possible. This focus on sustainability didn’t stop there.

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How One Dad Turned A Kids’ Day Out Into A Thriving Business With 30+ Venues

How One Dad Turned A Kids’ Day Out Into A Thriving Business With 30+ Venues

FunWithTrains is a kids’ events business that sees little ones playing with gigantic train tracks across over 30 venues in the UK. It’s family run, and prides itself on providing great fun entertainment for kids without breaking the bank – not least because adults go free!

Read on to find out about how Joga Shocker turned an afternoon out with his son into a successful events business (that also happened to survive a pandemic…)

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Surviving A Pandemic – By Bringing Music To A Monastery

Surviving A Pandemic – By Bringing Music To A Monastery

Tightrope Productions is a one-man band – Daniel Wood – based in the UK, ably supported by a crew of creative collaborators. Formed in 2018, Tightrope has now sold over 20,000 tickets via Ticket Tailor, hosting fun and accessible music events (from Beyonce-themed bottomless brunches to candlelit Queen tribute concerts) at striking venues across the north of England.

But it hasn’t always been easy. Read on to find out about the highs, lows, and 14-hour show days that go into making the magic happen...

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Client spotlight: Amelia Trust Farm, the family farm that cares

Client spotlight: Amelia Trust Farm, the family farm that cares

Last summer, we saw a lot of farms start to sell entrance tickets online for the first time due to the pandemic. One of the most inspiring farms selling tickets with Ticket Tailor is Amelia Trust Farm, which is not only a beautiful countryside sanctuary but also a registered charity providing therapeutic support to disadvantaged and vulnerable people in a Care Farm setting.

We talked to Karen Turnbull about the challenges of running a successful farm and charity, and about how ticketing has made operations easier.

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Client spotlight: The craft market that grew from living room to exhibition hall

Client spotlight: The craft market that grew from living room to exhibition hall

The Scattered Seeds craft market only started selling tickets with Ticket Tailor in September 2021, but the ticket demand for their craft market quickly caught our attention. Once we read more about what a success story the market was and how they are committed to empowering women (both at the event and beyond) we had to reach out and have a chat.

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Client spotlight: A look at how the National Museums NI use Ticket Tailor across 4 magnificent museums

Client spotlight: A look at how the National Museums NI use Ticket Tailor across 4 magnificent museums

The National Museums NI are a group of four museums, with the impressive achievement of being Northern Ireland’s premier cultural and tourist destination.
Each of their museums showcases a fantastic collection of objects, guiding visitors through folk history, transport, art and more.

During some pandemic downtime, they rolled out Ticket Tailor across all four sites, to help them with their entire ticketing journey. From selling tickets to checking in customers, it’s been great to see how successful the National Museums NI have been since reopening their doors.

We talked to Ian Cameron to find out how to run such a successful family of museums.

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