BBQ Fun at Coxhill Manor

We have enjoyed some fantastic events here at Coxhill Manor in Woking including two fantastic BBQ’s this summer. The first one was held in July was a Greek themed BBQ where we were entertained by an authentic Greek band and enjoyed a selection of Greek food cooked outside on the BBQ.

The band ‘The Greek Collective’ treated us all to an hour of traditional Greek music in the conservatory at 11am. Three beautiful voices, a guitar, a bouzouki and a lot of passion which was infectious. There was lots of audience participation – clapping and singing and a great deal of dancing. Everyone really got into the Greek spirit, especially when the band played ‘Zorba the Greek’. Sandra our Head of Activities here at Coxhill Manor had been practicing a dance with the residents to ‘Zorba the Greek’ during her weekly sessions of her exercise class ‘Oomph’ so it was great for everyone to put their practice into action.

The band interspersed the music with talks about Greece, the culture, the history and so on. A fun, entertaining and educational morning.

After the band had finished we all headed out to the garden where the tables had been decorated in a Mediterranean theme, each with their own flower arrangement in the centre. The parasols were up to provide shade, along with a gazebo on the lawn. The food was sizzling on the BBQ. Everything looked beautiful, thanks to the hard work of all the staff. A true team effort.

We enjoyed the Greek food al fresco – lamb kebabs, halloumi skewers, Greek salad, and houmous to name but a few of the delicious dishes on offer. Sandra made a very tasty Greek ouzo cocktail (an alcoholic and a non-alcoholic version) and we enjoyed the traditional Greek dessert, baklava courtesy of Rob the Chef which was delicious.

During dessert the Greek band started playing outside on the patio. Residents, relatives and team danced all afternoon. Residents Karen and John even did a ‘wheelchair dance.’ Beautiful.

The band were performing some pretty nifty Greek dance moves which we all had to try and copy. In fact there was no stopping Alan our Home Manager, he was quite a natural! Of course a Greek BBQ wouldn’t be complete without plate smashing but only one plate hit the floor though. Pavlos the band leader assured everyone that to smash a plate brings good luck… phew!

It was sad when the day ended and we had to say goodbye to the band. We all felt like we really got to know them as they were so friendly and interactive. However they left us with a beautiful comment, and I quote, ‘we have never been to a care home where everyone cares so much.’

We all had a great day and we would be delighted to welcome them back again.

At Coxhill Manor care home in Woking we provide residential, nursing and specialist dementia care for up to 58 residents.
If you would like to find out more about life at Coxhill Manor, our events and activities, meet our team or to arrange a visit, please contact us on 0808 223 5420 or email

Coxhill Manor

Home Manager

Alan Horler


Station Road,
GU24 8AU

0808 223 5420
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