Your Guide to Hiring an Ice Cream Van

Your Guide to Hiring an Ice Cream Van

Hiring an Ice Cream VanHave you thought about Hiring an Ice Cream Van for your party, wedding or event to add something a bit different? If your answer is yes then read our article which talks through everything you need to know………

Hiring an ice cream van really adds a different factor and wow to your party. Everyone enjoys the taste of ice cream whether it’s a Mr Whippy type ice cream or ice cream in a cone whatever the weather. What could be better than an ‘Ice Cream Man or Lady’ serving ice creams to your guests?

If you are planning an event then it is hard to come up with different ideas and attractions that your guests will love. An ice cream van is always popular at community events, parties, corporate events and weddings whatever the weather and time of year. One of our most popular days, outside of the summer, is Guy Fawkes night in the first week of November!

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Corporate Event Organising Essentials

Corporate Event Organising Essentials

If you are looking to organise a Corporate or Charity Event then read our Event Organising Essentials here…….

When you are organising a Corporate Event you need to be very organised and create a project plan to break everything down into achievable tasks. Setting dates to complete tasks and reviewing these regularly will help you to keep on plan and always know where you are, either ahead or behind plan. Its a massive job with a huge amount to think about so start your planning early and have a good team around you with diverse skills to support you. All of this is vital to holding a successful event.

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Wholesale Ice Cream Supplier

Are you looking for a Wholesale Ice Cream Supplier?

Royds Ices are a reputable Wholesale Ice Cream Supplier who makes delicious ice cream at their base in Yorkshire. If you are looking for an ice cream supplier for your cafe, restaurant, ice cream parlour or eatery then look no further. We supply and deliver our own ice cream and your favourite brands all over the UK.

Wholesale Ice Cream SupplierRoyds Ices are a fourth generation family-owned business which was established in 1889. We have a long history of ice cream, from traditional street work, ice cream van hire, through to wholesale supplies. We are committed to supplying delicious, quality and award-winning ice cream which is manufactured in our factory. At Royds Ices we say, ‘make it summer all year round and bring the sunshine to your customers with our huge range of flavours and brands of ice cream’.

We sell our quality wholesale ice cream to trade, shops, mobile businesses, cafes and restaurants at highly competitive prices. We stock all major brands and if there is something you are looking for that we don’t currently stock then we will do our best to find you the best alternative possible. We help you to advertise your ice cream products with our ‘point of sale’ marketing material and as the ice cream experts, we can provide you with advice on all aspects of your ice cream sales. We can give you advice on which ice cream machine and equipment will best suit your business and we can introduce you to companies who supply ice cream equipment when you have decided on your products and sales approach.

At Royds Ices we understand that every good restaurant, cafe, parlour and street business has to have ice cream… Whether you’re selling ice lollies in your café or you need quality ice cream mix to serve up as dessert, we have all the supplies you’re looking for.

Our promise to you:

  • We will go the extra mile to find the products and flavours you need for your business
  • Our ice cream mix is award-winning and manufactured by our very own team of experts in our factory
  • We manufacture our own award-winning ice cream and ice cream mix, as well as long life mix which provides great value for money
  • Our quality wholesale ice cream doesn’t cost the earth and our prices are highly competitive
  • We give you honest advice and speedy delivery
  • We supply ice cream cones from Grecco Brothers, Antenelli and Mark Antonio
  • We supply an array of sundries and toppings including syrups, sprinkles and much more
  • We supply a wide choice of your favourite and the best brands; Wall’s, Treats, Nestle, Mars, Cadbury, Del Monte, Stella, Francos and more
Royds Ices are the business for you if you currently sell ice cream products and you are looking for a new supplier or if you are thinking about offering it as part of or as your whole business.

We also have the largest fleet of ice cream vans and trailers in the UK for hire, catering for office incentives or fun days, carnivals, fetes, weddings and parties. We tailor our services to suit your needs, requirements and budget, offering a bespoke service every time. Our vans and equipment are of the highest quality and our uniformed and hygiene standard trained team provide the highest standard of service each and every time.

With so many years’ experience in the trade, you can count on us for all things ice cream!
If you are looking for a Wholesale Ice Cream Supplier and for more information on our products and services give the team a call on 01422 88 11 22.

Facts About Ice Cream

What Facts do you know about Ice Cream?

This article gives you all the facts you will ever need to know about Ice Cream…….. Interested? Read on………

Ice CreamTop 20 Ice Cream Facts

  1. July 20th is National Ice Cream Day. Put the date in your diary and make sure you treat yourself to an ice cream
  2. August 19th is National Soft Serve Ice Cream Day
  3. Italo Marchiony sold his homemade ice cream from a pushcart on Wall Street. He reduced his overhead caused by customers breaking or wandering off with his serving glasses by baking edible waffle cups with sloping sides and a flat bottom. He patented his idea in 1903
  4. It takes an average of 50 licks to polish off a single-scoop ice cream cone
  5. Ice Cream is healthy and I bet this is a fact you didn’t know! In reality today most ice cream only contains around 5% fat and includes plenty of calcium, minerals and vitamins. So maybe it should count as one of your 5 a day!
  6. Men are more likely to choose ice cream as a dessert than women!
  7. Ice cream became available to the general population in France in 1660
  8. Every person in the UK eats an average of 9 litres of ice cream every year! Now we know this sounds a lot however the Scandinavians eat more than us and the people of American top the Ice Cream Eating chart at 20 litres per year! How much ice cream do you think you eat in a year?
  9. People living in Scotland and Northern Ireland eat MORE ice cream on average than those in England and Wales
  10. An average dairy cow can produce enough milk in her lifetime to make a little over 9,000 gallons of ice cream
  11. Today’s flavours are becoming more and more adventurous including lots of new savoury flavours such as Black Pepper, Chilli, Smoked Bacon and Egg, Black Pudding and ice cream is even made using beer such as Newcastle Brown! The Japanese love their flavours too and even have horse meat whilst the Koreans have Green Tea, which I am sure the British tea lovers here will soon have it on their list of ice cream flavours available. What flavour would you choose if you could have any flavour you wanted?
  12. The majority of ice cream contains more milk protein than in milk itself!
  13. There are over 1,000 ice cream companies in the UK and these companies produce hundreds of varieties and combinations of flavours. Despite the 100’s of ice cream flavours available vanilla remains the most popular flavour and is chosen nine times out of ten
  14. If you scrunch up a few pieces of greaseproof paper and put these on top of the ice cream before replacing the lid it protects the quality of the ice cream by preventing air getting to it meaning it will taste just as good each time you open it
  15. If you detect ice crystals in your ice cream you should throw it away and buy more as ice crystals show that it has been allowed to thaw and then been refrozen so won’t taste as good
  16. Ice cream was introduced to America in the 1700’s, but mostly enjoyed by those of status and wealth
  17. Ice Cream Sundaes were created when it became illegal to sell ice cream with flavoured soda in on a Sunday in the America during the late 19th century. Some ice cream sellers got around it by serving it with syrup and calling it an ‘Ice Cream Sunday’. Eventually replacing the final ‘y’ with an ‘e’ to avoid upsetting religious leaders
  18. The biggest ice cream sundae in history was made in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, in 1988, and weighed in at over 24 tons
  19. It takes 12 lbs. of milk to make just one gallon of ice cream
  20. Royd Ices manufacture their our own award-winning ice cream, and serve and stock only the best-branded products from approved suppliers in their fleet of ice cream vans for hire for events, parties, weddings and celebrations

None of these facts can be confirmed as being true, however, through research are believed to be so. Apart from Number 20 which we know is true!

At Royd Ices we tailor our ice cream van hire costs to the preferences and financial budgets of our customers. Some customers ask us to serve a certain number of ice creams and some to serve a set number of people. Other packages we offer allow for each individual to decide on any product stocked in the vehicle.  We have the largest number of ice cream vans for hire in the UK, with over 40 fully-manned ice cream vans available. Each of our employees is “food hygiene trained” and we proudly display our 5- stars, the highest hygiene rating available where they are applicable. We have our own public liability insurance which covers up to £5Million so your wedding, party or event will be covered.

For information on our, Ice Cream Van Hire give us a call us on 01422 88 11 22 and one of the team will be happy to help. 

Wedding Checklist

Take a look at our ‘Must Have’ Wedding Checklist

As soon as you get engaged you’ll want to start to plan your perfect day. Here is our ‘must have’ Wedding Checklist essential for when you start planning your wedding. It puts everything in a clear logical order for you so you will enjoy the planning and build up to your special day.

  1. Take time to sit down and talk with your other half about what your perfect Wedding Day would look like and why, as part of this, talk about the dates and time of year you would like to get married too.
  2. Discuss your Budget. Think about how much you can save yourselves for your wedding and gain an understanding from parents if they will help you with any of the costs. When you are doing this, think about yours and bridesmaid dresses, men’s suits, cake, flowers, car, invites, hair and makeup, photographer, music/band/DJ, wedding rings and honeymoon costs.
  3. Make yourself a budget plan with costs by item, quotes, actual costs, deposit and payment dates so you are able to keep a running total of everything paid at what point and what needs to be paid and when. Set up a shared folder for you and your partner to save quotes,  contracts and receipts. Link this to …….
  4. ……. Writing your guest list. A good way to decide who you invite to your special day is by asking yourselves, ‘would you want to go out for dinner with this person and pay the bill at the end?’, if not then they may need to be removed from your list!
  5. Agree who you want to be your bridesmaids, best man and ushers.
  6. Research venues and make contact with them to arrange visits to discuss options and costs. Always visit a few venues so you get an idea of costs and what different venues offer. When deciding, think about the location of the venue and your guests, how will they get to and from the venue, is there accommodation available for the guests that need it? Also, think about where you and your new husband or wife will stay the night before and on the night of your wedding.
  7. Book your wedding reception venue and ceremony location. At the same time, book your minister or registrar to ensure they are available on the date and time you need them. Only pay your deposit when you are happy the two marry up and you are completely happy with the contract they have given you. Don’t pay a deposit until you have carefully reviewed their proposed contract and get family members to have a look through it too, as they will often pick up on things you haven’t.
  8. Take out wedding insurance. It really doesn’t cost much but will protect you if anything happens concerning your wedding venue, dress and any deposits you have paid etc.
  9. Send ‘save the date cards’, remember you only want to do this when you are absolutely sure about your guest list and you have booked the venue and secured your date. This is important if you’re getting married abroad, or during a very busy time of year.
  10. Plan your wedding services and suppliers – photographer, florist, invitations, cake, decor, music, hair and makeup. Meet with them to decide if they are who you want as part of your day and when decided book them and add them to your budget planner.
  11. Start your wedding dress shopping (probably one of the most exciting and precious things you can do when planning your wedding).
  12. Decide on your colour theme, bridesmaid dresses and men’s suits, if you haven’t already decided you can do this when you start your wedding dress shopping as you will get ideas from the shops you visit.
  13. Send your wedding invitations for your day and evening and include the latest date for guests to reply. Create a spreadsheet for RSVP’s so you always know numbers as your guests reply.
  14. Plan and book your honeymoon (if you are having one)……remember to check your passports are in date and arrange any travel vaccinations if necessary.
  15. Start to plan and book your hen and stag parties or, if you trust them, let your bridesmaids and best man do this for you.
  16. Create your table plan and provide it to your wedding venue when you have your final numbers. Don’t do this until you have this, however, you can start to think about if you will have a top table and who will be on it earlier on as this can sometimes be a difficult decision and conversations to have.

The most important thing about planning your wedding is that you enjoy it. Ensure you have one plan with everything included, a diary for meetings, payment dates and fittings is essential and something you will rely on.

Wedding ChecklistHave you thought about hiring an Ice Cream Van for your special day?

It really is an exceptional option to bring a little extra enjoyment to your occasion. Everybody loves the yummy taste of soft serve ice cream (often referred to as “Mr Whippy”) and what better way to draw attention to your wedding reception or ceremony, than with an “Ice Cream Man” distributing ice creams to your guests.

Popular times for an ice cream van at a wedding is when your guests initially arrive. This is normally the time when the newly married couple will be away from friends and family having their photographs taken. Another popular time is between the “wedding breakfast” or main meal of the wedding day and the night time celebration. A time when the bride and groom try and get an hour or so together and friends and family members might be left in limbo between the two parts of the day. Believe us, a Mr Whippy Ice Cream is an ideal way to fill any gaps in your wedding day celebration.

If you would like to find out more about hiring an Ice Cream Van for your Wedding, give us a call on 01422 88 11 22 and one of our team will be happy to help.

5 Myths about Mr Whippy Ice Cream

The 5 Myths About Ice Cream discussed by Royds Ices

Here are some facts that you might find surprising about ice cream and Mr Whippy. There are many myths and assumptions regarding ice cream consumption in the UK so here we go.

1: Ice Cream is for Children

If you take the volume of ice cream bought and eaten in the UK and average it amongst the whole population it equates to 7 litres of ice cream per person in the UK. Women and men, young and old all enjoy ice cream whether it is an ice cream cone, a Mr Whippy or a 99. A recent survey found that in the UK found that male adults are the most likely to order ice cream as a dessert during a meal and suggest a Mr Whippy from an ice cream van.

2: Ice Cream is Unhealthy

As with all foods, too much of anything is not good for you. As mentioned above, all ice cream is NOT the same. The amount of milk or cream or other ingredients used, as well as the volume of air blended into the mixture, make the taste and consistency unique. This means that different batches can have different nutritional values, however in the main, ice cream contains only around 5% fat and is full of protein. Most ice cream mixtures contain more protein (by weight) than milk itself.

As well as having a huge fleet of ice cream vans for hire, Royd Ices also manufacture ice cream, to the highest quality, at their premises at Hebden Bridge. We are able to provide your guests with hard ice cream in practically any flavour in case your guests don’t like soft serve or vanilla ice cream.

3: Cold Weather Affects Sales

With typical British cold and wet weather during the Summer and Winter months, you might expect the UK ice cream sales to be affected. However, surprisingly ice cream sales do not seem to be affected by cold weather. Scotland, which some might argue have colder weather than the rest of the UK, eat more ice cream, on average than anywhere else in the British Isles. Finland, another country with colder weather than the UK, eat twice as much ice cream per capita, than the UK. Many soft serve, Mr Whippy ice cream vans have bumper sales in November (normally around Fireworks night) and October (Halloween events). The UK just loves ice cream all-year-around and in any weather.

Ice Cream Van Hire4: All Ice Cream is the Same

As well as the many flavours available, the mix of cream and other ingredients used in the making of ice cream means that each batch of ice cream is unique, rather than “the same”.

Have you ever wandered around a European city and marvelled at the range of ice cream flavours available in the commercial ice cream parlours, and wondered why we don’t have similar establishments in the UK? You might be surprised to learn that we have some of the best gelato and ice cream parlours and thousands or Mr Whippy Ice Cream Vans here in the UK, and the number is growing fast.

Ice cream professionals often referred to as “Artisans” were traditionally makers of ice cream made by hand. The higher the skill level of the Artisan, the higher the quality and consistency of their product.

Nowadays, a professional ice cream van will use the best soft serve ice cream machines to produce their wares. A Mr Whippy Ice Cream machine mix and produce creamy, high-quality and consistent ice cream with imaginative combinations and sauces and is still an art form.

Royd Ices have the largest number of ice cream vans in the UK. With over 40 fully-manned ice cream vans available for hire with the highest hygiene ratings along with public liability cover of £5Million so your wedding, party or event, will always be covered.

5: Ice Cream Makes You Feel Better

Research has shown that in fact, this is true! Ice cream often contains less sugar than many sweets and treats. This makes ice cream one of the best desserts or delicious treat options, as it is not only tasty but it also makes you feel better with the creamy delicious taste of Mr Whippy.

Children are often given ice cream to make them feel better after an operation, and we have all seen the films where the character has had a bad day or a relationship has ended and they sit on a bench in the park eating a soft serve Mr Whippy Ice Cream.

Neuroscientists at the Institute of Psychiatry in London analysed the brain of people when they were eating ice cream. They noted an immediate impact on the part of the brain known to activate when people enjoy themselves; these include the orbitofrontal cortex, the “processing” area at the front of the brain.

Hiring an ice cream van is a unique solution to deliver a little extra enjoyment to your occasion. Most people enjoy the fabulous taste of soft serve ice cream throughout the summertime and what better way to draw attention to your business, event or celebrate at a party or wedding ceremony, than with an “Ice Cream Van” offering ice creams If you are looking for Ice Cream Van Hire then Royd Ices are your perfect solution. Give us a call on 01422 88 11 22. to find out more and to book your Ice Cream Van.

Royd Ices personalise all ice cream van hire prices to the requirements and financial budgets of the customer. Some customers request us to serve a fixed number of ice creams, some to supply a fixed number of people, and other bundles we have arranged make it possible for each person to select any product stocked in the van. We can supply excellent ice cream, and delight your guests, with a low-priced price or set budget.

Ice Cream Hire for Weddings Leeds

Find out about our Ice Cream Hire for Weddings Leeds

Ice Cream Hire for Weddings Leeds

Ice Cream Hire for Weddings LeedsHiring an ice cream van is really an exceptional option to bring a little extra enjoyment to your occasion. Everybody loves the yummy taste of soft serve ice cream (often referred to as “Mr Whippy”) throughout the summer time and what better way to draw attention to your party, event or celebrate at a party or wedding ceremony, than with an “Ice Cream Man” distributing ice creams to the old and young alike. If you would like to find out more about our Ice Cream Hire for Weddings in Leeds, give us a call on 01422 88 11 22.

Your wedding reception or celebration has taken hours and hours of preparation and it will be a great success,  so why not make your day even more distinctive by hiring an ice cream van from Royd Ices.

Ice cream is not only for the kids! All your family and friends can enjoy an ice cream during your special day. Popular times for an ice cream van at a wedding is when your guests initially arrive. This is normally the time when the newly married couple is away from friends and family getting their photograph taken. The two families and guests can be brought together by Mr Whippy.

Another popular time is between the “wedding breakfast” or main meal of the wedding day and the night time celebration. A time when the groom and bride try and get an hour or so together with each other and friends and family members might be left in limbo between the two parts of the day. An hour or so outdoors with an ice cream can help to fill the gap.

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Ice Cream Van Hire Manchester

Ice Cream Van Hire Manchester for Weddings, Parties, Functions & Corporate Events

Ice Cream Van Hire ManchesterHiring an ice cream van is a unique solution to deliver a little extra enjoyment to your occasion. Most people enjoy the fabulous taste of soft serve ice cream (also known as “Mr Whippy”) throughout the summertime and what better way to draw attention to your business, event or celebrate at a party or wedding ceremony, than with an “Ice Cream Van” offering ice creams to the old and young alike. If you are looking for Ice Cream Van Hire in Manchester then Royd Ices are your perfect solution. Give us a call on 01422 88 11 22. to find out more and to book your Ice Cream Van.

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Ice Cream Hire for Weddings Harrogate

Are you getting married soon and looking for Ice Cream Hire for your Wedding in Harrogate?

Royd Ices offers Ice Cream Van Hire in Harrogate for Weddings, Events & Corporate Parties. Hiring an ice cream van is an exceptional option to deliver a little extra excitement to your event. We all love the delicious taste of soft serve ice cream (also known as “Mr Whippy”) throughout the summertime and what better way to highlight your wedding reception, business, event or celebrate at a party, than with an “Ice Cream Man” offering ice creams to all your guests. If you are looking for Ice Cream Hire for Weddings in Harrogate then give the Royd Ices team a call on 01422 88 11 22.

Ice Cream Hire for Weddings HarrogateIce Cream Hire for Weddings Harrogate

Your wedding or party has taken countless hours of preparation. The big event will undoubtedly be a great success. Make your day unique by having an ice cream van hire for your wedding reception or party.

Ice cream is not only for the children! All of your family and friends can enjoy an ice cream during the day. Popular times to have an ice cream van at a wedding is when your guests initially arrive. This is normally the time when the newly married couple is away from party guests having their photographs taken. Yur two families and guests can be brought together by a Mr Whippy.

Another popular time is in between the “wedding breakfast” or primary meal of the big day and the night time party. A period when the groom and bride try and get one or two hours with each other and friends and family members might be left in limbo between the two celebrations of the day. An hour outside with an ice cream helps to plug the gap.

Royd Ices has the largest number of ice cream vans in the UK. With over 40 fully-manned ice cream vans available for hire, an unpredicted event is not going to spoil yours!Give us a call on 01422 88 11 22 and one of our team will be happy to talk you through the options and cost of hiring an ice cream van for your wedding.

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Ice Cream Hire for Weddings York

 who Are you looking for Ice Cream Hire for Weddings York? Read our article telling you the things to consider….

Royd Ices offer fully stocked and manned Ice Cream Vans for Parties, Functions, Company Celebrations, Thankyou’s and Ice Cream Hire for Weddings York.

Ice Cream Hire for Weddings York

Your wedding reception or celebration has taken never ending hours of preparation. The big event will be a great success so make it unique with hiring an ice cream van hire.

Put a big smile on your guests’ faces with our tailored ice cream van hire for your wedding or party. Its the perfect way to celebrate your special day and our ice cream vans add a delicious and fun twist. You can choose a traditional van or trailer for smaller events or make an impression with our huge 7.5-tonne truck. We have the largest fleet of ice cream vans in the UK so there’s something for each and everyone no matter how large or small. Give us a call and speak to one of the team on 01422 88 11 22.

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