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Please note, the tickets sell out quickly - we are usually sold out by October
Pass the night away dancing polkas, waltzes and quadrilles; swanning around in ball gowns and tailcoats, sipping drinks and posing for professional photographs.
The dances will be mostly called and explained by our wonderful Dance Master - Stuart Marsden, and for those who would like a bit more practice there will be dance workshop earlier in the day.There will be a few freestyle waltzes, a polka and a gallop for those who want a bit more of dancing freedom.
There will no catering at the venue - you are free to bring your own food for a pickic in the break!
There will be a cash bare with a good selection of drinks - so please DO NOT BRING YOUR OWN DRINKS. if anybody is found bringing their own alcohol, the whol bar will be closed and there will be fines to pay, so please respect this.
Over 18 only please
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, sizes, sexual orientations, ethnicities etc are welcome - as long as your passion is history of fashion, dancing etc, and you are approprietly dressed, you are cordially welcome.
In the past years the ball attracted visitors ot only from all over the UK, but from the USA, Ireland, Russia, Neatherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Italy, France, Poland, Hungary and Finland - and probably some more!
Strict dress code!
2023 - The theme is Early Victorian ( 1837-1849), though late Romantic styles are acceptable for more mature guests who dont follow the fashions too closely!
No earlier or later dresses, please, no regency, fantasy or Steampunk and no modern corset dresses etc.
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 etcwill be sent out with the tickets purchase information.
More detailed information and guidelines will be sent over once the ticket is purchased.
This is not a Steampunk, Goth, Cosplay or Fantasy event - there is a number of other balls catering for these themes.
Also please remember - vintage (in this case Historical) style - but not vintage values!
Covid - we will follow the govermental guidance - at the moment no restrictions are in place. please use hand sanitiser and if you want, wear your mask!
Ladies, please remember that long trains are a trip hazard. Fortunatelly, inthe 40s shorter skirts were fashionable, though trained ensemble could also be worn for court presentation.
If you go for ther 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 long 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...
Just like in the previous years, to revive us after the ball, we will be meeting at Pump Rooms for breakfast on Sunday (booking a table advisable - most of us is booking for around 10am). The food is amazing, the building spectacular and live classical music playing too - a perfect background for a Victorian matinee:-)
In the previous years we would add more activities before or after the ball - picnics, carriage rides, boating trips - I will keep you posted what the plans involve for next year - since these depend on the weather the decision will be made in the week predeeding the event.
All the updates will be posted in our facebook event - please subscribe to the notifications!
To help with decisions, a board with Victorian ball fashions for the era has been set up on Pinterest - Here
We will practice most dances during the workshop, and they will be also explained , and called at the ball -so dont worry about your abilities, just join in, most of them are simple and easy to follow. If you have ever danced at a Georgian or a Regeny ball, Victorian is not that much different:-)
Haste to the Wedding
The Princess Alice Waltz quadrille
Boston Two step
Sir Roger de Coverly
North Downs Waltz
Gallop- Flirtation Finale
Please note that the tickets are fully refundable in the 14 days from purchase.
If your plans change, you can sell your ticket, but you will need to inform me about it an provide detaisl of the new ticket holder before the cut off date - 13th April. After that no changes in the guest names etc are possible alas!Prior Attire reserves the right to refuse the purchase of the tickets.
Covid/pandemic etc - if we are in the lockdown again, the ball will be rescheduled and the tickets will retain their validity. we will follow govermental policies - there might be a need to present either a covid passport ot a negative teest if the pandemic flares up badly again, to protect vulnerable people.
Prior attire will not be responsible if you catch a virus at the ball!