Pass the night away dancing polkas and waltzes, swanning around in ball gowns and tailcoats, sipping drinks, nibbling delicacies from the finger buffet and posing for photographs.
Menu - Supplied by the Searcy's
Jerk chicken with coriander yoghurt Leek & Bath Ale rarebit with onion confit ( V)
Crispy prawn with sweet chilli dipping sauce (V)
West Country chicken liver parfait with Somerset apple jam
Skewer of buffalo mozzarella, sun dried tomato and roasted aubergine ( V)
Caramel meringue fool with blueberries
Chocolate shots with clotted cream
Special dietary requirements catered for - please leave note when purchasing your ticket, or contact me a month prior to the event.
door open at 7 -drinks, photography and socialising
7.45pm. dancing commences
9.00pm Break for buffet and drinks
10pm dancing continues till 11.30
12.00 Good night.... :-)
The tickets will be sent out a month before the event with all the information included.
If you are buying more than one ticket, you please provide the names of the people coming along with you- it will help with the guest list organization.
All tickets are fully refundable within the 14 days of sale, and for up to 3 weeks before the event. No refunds will be given if the ticket was bought more than 14days previously, or in the month of the event.
There is a limited number of places, in case of more demand, a waiting list will be set up!
Early bird prices are available till the end of July - after that the regular price of £75 per ticket will apply.
Please note that the confirmation email will state that the tickets will be sent out in April (accompabied by Carnets de Ball ) so please do not worry if you haven't received them yet! :-)
Please note, it is not a re-enactment or role playing event. Be yourself and enjoy yourself!
This is an inclusive event - all nationalities, genders, sexual orientations, ethnicities etc are welcome - as long as your passion is history of fashion, dancing etc, and you are appropretly dresses, you are cordially welcome.
In the past years the ball attracted visitors ot only from all over the U, but from the USA, Ireland, Russia, Neatherlands, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, France, Poland, Hungary and Finland - and probably some more!
Dress code -
Black tie, Victorian. We are aiming at a high lever of authenticity - and the previous balls were remarkable especially for the high quality of clothing - either made bespoke, hired or homemade. We wish to continue this trend and drive the quality even higher as more and more people comment on how incredible the feeling is - live music, dimmed lights, silk and lace swishing around, past elegance at its best!
There is a support group for those who make their own attire, as well as specific costuming/corsetry courses over the year.
For those who prefer to purchase their finery, there are a few companies, ours included, who are offering discounts for the ball goers as well, whether for bespoke or off the peg items. The list of the official dressmakers, milliniers, tailors etc who offer the discount will be published in a few weeks and updated regularly.
Good quality Victoriana is welcome too, and if you are new to the world of historical balls and want a taster before you embark on a sewing hobby, modern evening attire is acceptable - Long skirts required, no strapless dresses or nudity please.
It is much easier for gents - modern black tie is fine!
This is not a Steampunk, Goth, Cosplay or Fantasy event - there is a number of other balls catering for these themes.
The 2018 sub- theme is Natural Form Era ( 1876-1882)
This is completely optional,but if you want to participate, that would be amazing and taking the ball to the next level!
Throughout the year I will be posting information, advice, tutorials relevant to the style etc - plus there will be further perks for the ones making their own garments.
If this is not a style you want to go for, that is not a problem at all, you will be just as fine wearing bustle, belle epoque, or crinoline- the most important thing is that you feel fabulous in whatever you are wearing:-)
Important notice: Ladies, please remember that long trains are a trip hazard. Natural form is famous for spectacular long trains - and that is fine. Have the train, flaunt it on the entrance, flowing after you, display it fully for the photos, but for the dancing, all the ladies are required to hold their trains up, or pin them up or bustle them. It will not only be a historically authentic thing to do ( period dancing books do advise that as well, rather a lot!), but it will be much safer both for you, other people, and your dress. You will also enjoy the dancing much more not having to worry constantly about tripping over.... So be fabulous - but safe too
Prior Attire will not be liable to any damage to garment or body that results from a train dragging on the ground...