Sheffield party palace is fit for a princess

Erika Wilkinson, of the Ta Dah Party Compan,y at her new venture, the Princess Party Palace on Halifax Road, Wadsley Bridge. Picture: Mark Crawshaw.
Erika Wilkinson, of the Ta Dah Party Compan,y at her new venture, the Princess Party Palace on Halifax Road, Wadsley Bridge. Picture: Mark Crawshaw.
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A fairytale party venue fit for a Sheffield princess has opened in a land not so far, far away.

The Princess Party Palace – complete with throne, castle-themed cupboards, murals and disco lights – has lowered its drawbridge in Wadsley Bridge.

Fun and games at the Princess Party Palace on Halifax Road, Wadsley Bridge. Photo by Mark Crawshaw

Fun and games at the Princess Party Palace on Halifax Road, Wadsley Bridge. Photo by Mark Crawshaw

The palace was dreamed up by children’s entertainer Erika Wilkinson, who is better known to her young guests as the Snow Queen.

The 24-year-old, of Ecclesfield, said the palace was the logical next step for her children’s party kingdom.

She said: “I had my own mobile company last year and it just exploded.

“The children were always excited to see the characters, but at the end of the day we were still in a working men’s club, hall or house, so it wasn’t that magical.

The children enjoy their party feast at the Princess Party Palace on Halifax Road, Wadsley Bridge. Picture by Mark Crawshaw

The children enjoy their party feast at the Princess Party Palace on Halifax Road, Wadsley Bridge. Picture by Mark Crawshaw

“Now we have a massive throne for the birthday girl, drapes hanging from the ceiling, disco lights and a big mural – all very over the top.”

Erika attended musical theatre college in London and had a weekend job as a children’s entertainer.

After graduating, she was treading the boards in theatres and entertaining guests as a singer and dancer on cruise ships.

She said: “When I was on the ship I did 18 months at sea and had only three weeks off in the middle.

Children's entertainer Hollie Glossop, as Cinderella, with Eden Yates at the Princess Party Palace on Halifax Road, Wadsley Bridge. Photo by Mark Crawshaw

Children's entertainer Hollie Glossop, as Cinderella, with Eden Yates at the Princess Party Palace on Halifax Road, Wadsley Bridge. Photo by Mark Crawshaw

“I was so drained, it took its toll and I decided I wanted to be based at home.

“I was teaching dance and gymnastics anyway and wanted to do something fun.”

Erika’s mobile company, the Ta-Dah Party Company, was a big success.

She was keen to expand and approached The Prince’s Trust for support.

She endured a Dragon’s Den style interview, after which the youth charity offered her a place on a business enterprise course, a mentor for the next three years and a grant to get things up and running.

n Find out more at The Princess Party Palace, on Halifax Road, on Facebook.