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Luxury events organisation & planning | Capability Events

Capability are enthusiastic party planners and dedicated event organisers.

Capability Events Ltd is a premium party and event planning company based in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire. We organise luxury events for private and corporate clients across the UK.

We possess a wealth of experience running special occasions with our top team of event organisers and professional crew who are the ultimate experts at making events come to life.

Inside a marquee with a clear roof and dancefloor

Perfect party planning from the top professionals

Managing Director, Ben Leeke, an alumni of the Royal Agricultural College, launched Capability Events in 2003 to provide high-end bespoke private parties. Within just two months his clients included Virgin, the BBC and a host of celebrities.

Capability’s success is founded on the contacts and knowledge Ben gathered during 15 years of organising social events for large country house and castle venues.

Today the business focus is on private parties such as 18th, 21st and 40th birthday celebrations plus corporate brand events and promotional support for clients such as Levi Strauss, the Moët Hennessey group and Jaguar Land Rover.

Capability Events also run one of the biggest and best fund-raising black-tie events in the country, the Fox Rocks Ball, which features in Tatler and Horse & Hound magazines.


"We wanted to send an email and thank you and everyone who contributed to such an amazing event, it was spectacular! Everyone was totally blown away. Nothing had been overlooked and it was obviously meticulously planned. We would have no hesitation in recommending you to anyone."
Ivan & Emma

"What can I say? The party is the talk of Kent! Well done and thank you for everything. I will never forget the fabulous lighting and the cocktails."
Vickie & George

"Just wanted to say a massive thanks to you and all your staff for pulling off such an amazing party. It’s the talk of the town. We had so many comments on how lovely and friendly the staff were and extremely professional. We will definitely be using your services again and hopefully soon."
Kevin Savage

"We had quite the successful pop up at Grand Central this past December – thanks again for all your support and we can’t wait to replicate this in other markets."
Alice Kuo, Veuve Clicquot New York

Our story

Click and drag to watch the story of Capability unfold.


Ben Leeke starts organising events from the age of 15 and establishes his own version of the celebrated ‘Hellfire Club’.

Crowd dancing at a party

December 1999

The Black and White Millennium Ball is produced by Ben and attended by 3,500 guests with top acts performing on a stage built on the front of a huge country house.


Ben works as an exclusive event consultant and party organiser for some of the UK’s leading country houses and castles.

Table set for a party

May 2003

Capability Events Ltd is launched to meet a growing need for expert party and event planning.

July 2003

Capability hits the ground running organising parties for such major clients as the BBC and Virgin as well as various celebrities and private individuals.


Capability begins running what becomes the biggest hunt ball in the country - Fox Rocks - which grows to 1300 partygoers.

Reef on stage at Livestock Festival


Capability runs Livestock festival, attracting top names from Reef to the Fratellis.


Capability welcomes the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to one of our marquees when they open a new building at Manchester University! 

Veuve Clicquot pop up shop in Grand Central Station

December 2018

Capability go international, helping Veuve Clicquot New York launch their personalisation pop-up in Grand Central Station.

The Capability team

Our carefully selected team of event managers and event crew help us plan and build great parties and events from scratch.  We also have our trusted sub-contractors who work with us all year – sweating in the summer and freezing in the winter – to produce your party to perfection.

Portrait of Ben Leeke

Ben Leeke

Managing Director

I enjoy the challenge of organising events and parties for our excellent range of clients. It’s always interesting and after 24 years in the party planning and event organising business, it’s still my dream job.

We produce over 100 events a year from our offices in Gloucestershire. With the help of many top-notch suppliers and carefully chosen freelance personnel, we make sure that our parties are high quality and exciting for everyone involved.

In my spare time I play rugby for the local 1st team and tread the boards in various semi-professional theatre productions.

Saranna Jordan

Marketing and Events Manager

I look after the marketing for Capability Events as well as liaising with clients and supporting Ben in making each event happen! I love the variety – no two days are the same, plus it’s great to work for a company whose purpose is to give people amazing experiences.
Peppa the dog

Peppa the dog

Peppa is our one-year-old Patterdale/Labrador cross (plus a bit of something else) and is, of course, an integral part of the Capability office team. She is generally to be found chewing things she shouldn’t and woofing at imaginary things in the garden.

What have you got in mind for your unforgettable experience?

Enquire below or give us a call, we would love to hear from you - 01684 833133.

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