Meet the Team

We’re a really friendly bunch at the Garden Pavilion, and we’d love to show you around our beautiful venue. Please do call us and arrange to pop in for a cup of tea and look around our stunning setting.
charlie cushing
26 year old Charlie is the 3rd generation of the Cushing family to be involved with the Thursford Collection, a venture originally started by his Grandfather. Having grown up here and with a passion and enthusiasm for entertainment and events/wedding planning, coming home was a natural progression!

Charlie was educated at Gresham’s, Holt and went on to study Business and Tourism at Northumbria University. He spent a year on placement with the Hilton group. Any spare time Charlie has he can be found DJing and playing the piano! He manages to fit in an early run before work and when the tide is right and sun shines he can be found sailing off the stunning Norfolk coast… or planning the next Thursford event!

Tel: 01328 878 477
Chris Bacon
Chris is passionate about food, passionate about fine detail and can turn his hand to anything on your special day. No need for security or first aider, Granny charmer Chris is your man. Ensuring that your bar and catering is running as planned plus much more. A pure delight to have in the background pulling the strings. He loves the Garden Pavilion at Thursford… especially the kitchen.

Chris can cater for 140,000 visitors to The Christmas Spectacular over 6 weeks and still be smiling at the end of the run. He is a true romantic and married lovely Hannah last year so knows every aspect of wedding planning to make it your perfect day.

Tel: 01328 878 477
Emma Harrod
Emma’s love of event planning and experience started early on at University as President of the Gender Equality Society! In the Christmas holidays she became an Elf at Thursford’s Fantasyland, where she excelled! Her warm character, big smile and exceptional leadership skills lead to rapid promotion… and the rest is history.

Emma lives nearby and has lots of good local knowledge. She loves meeting the brides-to-be and hopes to be one herself one day. When night falls the thousands of twinkly lights on the trees and around the stunning grounds turn Thursford into a wonderland that Emma particularly loves and finds magical…like nowhere else. Until the dancing starts!!

Her hobbies are very simple…shopping… for new shoes!! Guaranteedshe will be wearing some on your big day.

Tel: 01328 878 477
Michelle dickinson
Michelle is the more mature, but still of course young member of our team. She has a wealth of people/ management skills; a cool and calm disposition and totally unflappable. Nothing is too much trouble and she has an ‘anything is possible’ attitude. The bigger the challenge thebetter for her. The “WOW” factor is how she describes Thursford. “Where else in the world can wedding guests ride with the bride and groom on vintage gallopers and gondola rides? An unforgettable experience. The photographs are always magnificent too.”

Mentioning rides, Michelle rides a motorbike! She loves her dogs and husband Martin too.

Tel: 01328 878 477


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