Join us for a night of passionate waltzes, swift polkas, stately polonaises and quadrilles, a night of elegance, in lovely surroundings , with great company, lovely music and superb food – yes, the ball is happening!
Many of you were asking us about organizing another ball following the Spectacular! ball – but since last year we had to deal with the post fire issues, there was no time for organizing another event.This year however is looking much better and so I gave in – and the ball is now on…. Since the Regency balls are held there regularly, and a Georgian one is also held in Bath thins march ( and yes, we are going:-) ), we thought Victorian theme would work nicely!
The Venue – beautiful Assembly Rooms, Bath… those who have been know what an amazing location it is, when we visited last autumn, participating in the Regency ball, we were enchanted by the venue… spacious, elegant and timeless – perfect for the theme! WE will be using either the Ballroom or the Tea room – depending on the numbers, set up etc. you can see more detail on the website – Here
Catering – by Searcy’s
A light buffet will be served half way through – and the menu is mouthwatering!
Beef burgers with caramelised onion relish
Cod and chips with mushy peas
Potato rosti with sour cream & chives
West Country chicken liver parfait with Somerset apple jam.
Skewer of buffalo mozzarella, sun dried tomato and roasted aubergine
Mini lemon & raspberry tarts
Chocolate shots with clotted cream
There will be a cash bar serving drinks, just in case all that dancing makes you thirsty 🙂
door open at 7 -drinks, photography and socialising
8pm. dancing commences
9.15pm Break for buffet and drinks
10pm dancing continues till 11.30
12.00 Good night…. 🙂
There will be a dance workshop during the day, where we will have a go at a few dances, practicing our moves before the ball later on. Our Dance Master on the day will be Stuart Marsden- those of you who watched the re-creation of the Pride and Predjudice Ball will no doubt recogine him! Stuart is an accomplished teacher and specializes in period dances, working with various companies including BBC –
He was also partnering Lucy Worsley in their lovely demo of Victorian dance – a part of the BBC Dancing Cheek to cheek programme – episode 2:-)
Stuart will not only share his knowledge with us during the practice – he will be the one calling the dances in the evening too. You can see the details on his website
Faster and slower dances will feature ( waltzes, polkas, polonaise) and no partner is required – ladies can dance with other ladies if needs be, as most dances are danced in sets, and partners are swapped on regular basis :-). no previous experience necessary!
The workshop will take place in the Assemply Rooms, – starting from 3pm on the 24th May and will last for approximately 90 minutes…
Workshop dress code – you can come dressed in Victorian daywear, or modern attire – comfy shoes a must:-)
For the workshop we will be using recorded music, for the event we have private musicians hired as well:-)
Ball Dress Code
Well, Victorian! fully fledged Victorian evening toilettes are welcome, but modern renditions and steampunk’d versions are acceptable, as long as there is no nudity and the skirts don’t show too much ankle….
For those of you who are making their own attire, there is an inspiration board on Pinterest with a few ideas, and if you search this blog you will see a few post on making Victorian girly garb, step by step:-)
If you are commissioning your outfit, there are a few recommended suppliers:
1. Prior Attire – well, us, of course…. Bespoke and off the peg, including corsetry and underpinnings. We now have only a couple of slots left before the ball, otherwise fully booked till June.http://www.priorattire.co.uk/
2. Wyte Phantom – lovely corsetry and gowns, again, fairly booked but Jen still has a few slots left! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wyte-Phantom/119904928081954?fref=ts
3. Dressing History – Serena provides lovely accessories and bespoke dressmaking as well – http://www.dressinghistory.co.uk/#!shop/cfvg
4. Prometheus Gearing – http://www.prometheusgearing.co.uk/ great menswear!
5. Gentlemen’s Emporium – Ready made, american, ( so expect to pay the custom duty charge) but great coats, waistcoats etc, at a very accessible price. Men’s items good, ladies – not so much, more of a fantasy – but still well made.http://www.gentlemansemporium.com/mens_victorian_clothing.p…
6. Cloak’d and Dagger’d – both men’s and ladies wear –http://www.cloakedanddaggered.com/menu/19th-century/
7. Meredith Towne – http://www.meridithtowne.co.uk/
Do not despair if you don’t have anything suitable – modern evening ( black tie) attire will serve you well!
Please note – although I would love to have just people in the highest quality authentic Victorian gear, I am also realistic – so the focus of the ball is having a great time, and not a ‘who’s got the prettiest/most authentic/ silkiest etc frock competition’. Enjoy the dances, the food and the experience, but refrain from costume snarks, please! 😉
Just as before, the lads from Mockford Photography will be joining us again – so if you want a high quality picture of you in your best rags, the prints will be available on the night:-) The service proved to be very popular last time, and I believe the boys will be no less busy than last time:-)
Since it is the Bank Holiday weekend and the ball is on Sunday, it look like many folk will be coming down to Bath for the whole weekend.
There are numerous tourist attractions to keep people occupied for a week at least, and a variety of things to see – from the amazing Fashion Museum, Roman Baths ( more info here), Jane Austen centre, carriage rides, lush gardens, parks, etc… The shops are full of unusual and high quality items, and the antique shops can entrance treasure hunters for hours.
On top of that we plan to have a little informal Victorian picnic on Saturday – the location will be most likely in the Royal Victoria park. Everybody is welcome to join us, Victorian day dress encouraged but not required…
Now there is also talk of doing Monday breakfast Victorian style – probably in the elegant Pump Rooms…. details on our fb page!
The details of the ball and the picnic are posted on our page and the event, and the sites are updated with the recent information, including accommodation, picnic etc. Each month there is a draw amongst the ticket holders for a free workshop session – we already have 3 winners, and by the time we close the box office there will be 3 more! 🙂
The tickets are available from the website – currently we have sold just over a half, so there is still a fair amount to go – but going swiftly! 🙂
Tickets can be purchased here 🙂
Needless to say, am really excited and cannot wait! 🙂 hope to see you there too!