Vicarage Lane, Radcliffe on Trent, Nottingham, NG12 2FB.
This is a Ceroc venue.
I attended this venue with friends for the first time on 4 January 2013 for a Saturday night dance, arriving at 8.30pm and the place was … packed solid. There was nowhere to put one’s coat in the dance hall, no seats to be had, and no room on the dance floor. I wondered at the time whether this number of people in the hall was acceptable under health and safety regs.
Speaking with one of the organisers my group was told that this level of activity was only to be found on this first event each January, and that others through the rest of the year were nowhere near as full.
Speaking to friends, some said that they were refused entry when arriving at 9pm, so I guess the centre does have an awareness of its limitations and responsibilties.
Oh and there was also a long queue at the bar, although the water (when I spotted it) was free to one side. Good for them.
So I entered the room, plonked my gear in one corner, and within five seconds was asked to dance. Given that I had never been to the venue before, and was utterly unknown there, apart from by my three friends with whom I travelled that was not a bad start.
And it carried on like that. There were always ladies around looking for dances and everyone accepted my offer of a dance – often with a lot of friendly chat along the way.
As the night wore on I found the spaces in the corners where one could express oneself a little more, and the ladies who were exquisite dancers… and yes there were four or five in that highest of categories.
Despite the room not being big enough for the numbers, the temperature did not rise as much as I had feared – not least because doors onto the outside world were opened.
So that was a few years ago. What has happened since?
Basically, it is now almost always all ticket, which keeps the numbers under control and gives us all more space. The bar idea was dropped in 2017, but a plentiful supply of food is still on offer for free.
The music continues to be quirky, which I said later in the original review, but I find that fun. OK there are some pieces I won’t dance to – but then even I (!!!) can’t dance every day from 8pm to midnight, so why not have a few quirks in there.
Parking: there is a car park but it gets full very quickly, and people do park on the pavement – but within 50 yards on the main road there is usually plenty of parking space. I have arrived at 9.30 and parked on a perfectly safe road with high level lighting maybe 150 or 200 yards away. Nothing wrong with a very modest walk.
- Air conditioning: 0 out of 5 – there was none and it can get a little warm but these days with the numbers restricted by ticket only policies there is no problem with the fans, and if it is hot the doors are opened.
- Atmosphere: 5 out of 5
- Do ladies ask men: 5 out of 5. Brilliant from the word go. Maybe its my smile, charm and good looks but they haven’t always worked this well elsewhere. Seriously I think it is the input of the franchise owner.
- Facilities: 4 out of 5. The bar is now closed, but there is an excellent resting area just beyond the dance hall where you can hat a chat, or just chill.
- Free water: Yes.
- Friendliness: 5 out of 5
- Location: 4 out of 5. Near the centre of the small town, up a side road
- Music: 5 out of 5 – I like the quirky stuff. If you want the same old same old every night, then there are lots of other Ceroc venues that offer this.
- Parking: 3 out of 5. Everyone pours into the small carpark next door, but really, there is nothing wrong with the street. This is a small country town, not a metropolis with touring gangs of car thieves.
- Space: 4 out of 5
- Venue overall: 4 out of 5 – should be more given great friendliness of the natives. Only loses out on the air con, really, and the fact that some people find the parking an issue.