The Bishop’s Palace Interview – What am I up to?

The Bishop’s Palace Interview – What am I up to?

In my last post, I outlined the main things I’m up to at the moment. And, as promised, here is the first of the more detailed posts! Starting with my interview at The Bishop’s Palace.

So, The Bishop’s Palace… How did it start? Well, quite by chance the job came across my radar. I’d always loved the area (Wells) as my Auntie had lived there for many years, plus it’s close to our fave UK city (Bath), so – on a whim – I applied and thought nothing else of it. A few weeks later I had an email inviting me to interview – I was so shocked but also incredibly thrilled!

The Interview

The interview prep was quite intense, and I worked very hard on making sure I knew what I was going to say. I had to prepare a show-round of the Palace (having never been there before!), to be followed by a formal interview and short written test. Safe to say I was pretty nervous! I spoke to my Auntie who gave me some inside knowledge on Wells and what she knew of The Bishop’s Palace, which helped me feel more equipped for the interview.

For me, the most important part of this was the experience. I’d never had an interview as formal as this so I really wanted to make the most of it from a personal development point of view.

So, the interview happened and I thought it went the best it could have done. But I didn’t at all think I would get the job. Alas, I did! And what a beyond wonderful feeling that was. To have had an interview of that level and to have been their preferred candidate honestly felt surreal.

Going Forward

They wanted me to start at the beginning of January, and by this point it was early December so decisions had to be made quickly. Ordinarily, I like to take my time over big decisions, but sometimes you do just have to make snap judgements and go with it.

My situation at that point was safe and easy. I knew what I was doing in my current job, the business was less than 10 minutes away, and I did the majority of my work from home. However, there was something inside me that deep down knew it was time to move on. I had learnt a huge amount but it was getting to that point where I was starting to outgrow the job. At times I felt like a baby bird who had her wings but wasn’t allowed to fly. And I decided it was time to fly.

More in my Next Post…

I think that’s enough from me for one post! In my next post I’ll explain more about The Bishop’s Palace itself and the work I do there.

Thanks for reading and don’t forget to keep up with my Instagram!

What am I up to? | Blog Post Series

What am I up to? | Blog Post Series

2019 has been a whirlwind so far (in the most amazing way). So, what am I up to? Now there is a question!

For those of you who follow me on social media, you’ve probably got a pretty good idea already. And I’ve outlined what I do on my Weddings page. But I thought I’d do a little blog post series going into a bit more detail about what I’m actually up to for anyone who might be interested!

*I’ve been meaning to do this post since January… It’s now March. But that’s okay, right?*

What am I up to? A brief Overview

Back in December, I wrote a post about my new venture at The Bishop’s Palace (which you can find here). I’ve been there for 2 months now and totally loving it! Although only part-time so it takes a little longer to learn everyone’s names and where everything is… BUT I think I’m just about there now. Keep your eyes peeled for my next post going into more detail about what I do at The Bishop’s Palace…

Okay, so that’s that. What else? Well, since 2016 I’ve gradually become more involved in my family business, The Empty Box Company, and now that I have more time on my hands I’ve really been able to take my focus here to a new level. But more on that later this week…

There’s more? Oh yes! I’m also the freelance wedding co-ordinator at the stunning rural wedding venue, Bradstone Manor. A gorgeous barn available to hire for your wedding day, and you get me too – yay! Again, keep a look out for my post on this over the next few days.

And – finally – I’ve got a few collaboration projects in the pipeline (across Instagram, Youtube, and my blog) which is super exciting. I adore working with brands and there will be a new post up soon. In the meantime, you can have a read of my collaboration page for more info.

Watch This Space…

Over the next few days I’ll go into more detail about what I’m up to, but thought a brief overview was a good place to start!

And if you don’t already, give me a follow on Instagram @lilabaileyweddings.

New Adventures – The Bishop’s Palace

New Adventures – The Bishop’s Palace

Photos from The Bishop’s Palace website

New Adventures

As most of you will know, for the past 2 years I’ve been working for a beautiful wedding venue on the edge of Dartmoor – Ever After. You’ll have seen from Instagram how stunning the venue is and how much I have enjoyed my time there. I’ve seen the business grow amazingly over the past 2 years, and I know it will only continue to grow, so it’s wonderful to have been a part of it. I wish Nicola & Steven and all the staff & suppliers I have worked with every success for the future! 

But now is the time for new adventures, perfectly placed alongside a new year as I start my new position at The Bishop’s Palace at the beginning of January. I’m going to be their Weddings & Venue Manager, which is a huge step up for me and an incredible opportunity. I’m totally thrilled and very very excited to get stuck in! It’s a chance for me to really prove myself and spread my wings. 

About The Bishop’s Palace

My new adventures are going to happen in the medieval city of Wells, which is where The Bishop’s Palace can be found. It has been home to the Bishops of Bath & Wells for over 800 years (wow!) and the current Bishop resides there now.

Parts of the palace, and the 14 acres of gardens are open to the public (plus their award-winning cuisine in the cafe!) and the place as a whole is run by the Palace Trust; an independent charitable organisation (a little bit like the National Trust, but on a smaller scale). You can hire The Bishop’s Palace for many things (including film sets – let’s hope I’m involved in a few of them!), but I’ll mainly be focussing on the hire for weddings. 

You can find out more about The Bishop’s Palace by visiting their website

Photo from The Bishop’s Palace website

New Adventures in Wells?

So yes, my new job is in Wells (which is near Bath & Bristol), but we won’t be moving anywhere yet. This position is part-time, which means I’ll only be commuting for a couple of days a week, and my hours are flexible so I can dictate the days & times I’m travelling. 

I’ve also got some other exciting projects on the horizon, which have only really fallen into place over the past couple of weeks. It’s funny how things work out! It’s a huge leap of faith, but I’ve figured you don’t get anywhere in life without taking a few risks!

So, that’s that. 2019 is going to be full of new adventures, exciting projects, and big dreams. But for now, I’m off for the Christmas break. Someone pass me a mulled wine! 

All photos are from The Bishop’s Palace website. For something a little more wedding related, take a look at my previous post.