SATURDAY NIGHT DRESSUP PARTY
The Saturday night party is the only night on which we encourage you to dress up. A specific theme for 2017 will be announced closer to the date.
If you've got something else in mind, that's absolutely fine - this is a welcoming place and no-one is going to raise an eyebrow! Please just try to avoid the kind of straight suit / straight cocktail dress you might wear to a work do or wedding.
We also have a dressing up rail with a selection of costumes, plus we're running a making workshop to create themed accessories. You can get into your outfit any time on Saturday and we have set aside 17:30 to 19:00 on Saturday as a specific getting-dressed moment.
On the other days of the event you're welcome to wear whatever makes you comfortable, whether that's casual clothes, something more fanciful and marvellous, or the ever-popular onesies, kigus and pyjamas. As long as you get changed inside the house, you can wear as much or as little as you like. (Guests changing at the local hotel should be a little more discreet!)
Please avoid large-scale glitter or full-body paint (small amounts of face glitter, facepaint etc are fine) as this is a genuine old house and we don't want to spend huge amounts of time and money cleaning the furniture, floors, carpets etc.
Whatever happens, don't worry! Whether you're completely new to dressing up or whether you're an experienced masquerader, we will support you every step of the way.
What if I have another very special outfit that I want to show off?
As long as you're coming as your most fabulous self, however you prefer that, no-one's going to have an objection. We want you to enjoy yourself, and if that means a different but equally fun / imaginative look, no problem. You don't need to spend a fortune on expensive stuff - sometimes the most memorable outfits are made out of bits of paper, balloons etc. Feel free to revisit left-over outfits from Rumpus, Nowhere and Burning Man, White Mischief, AP, KS, TG and so on.
The only things we'd rather not see on Saturday night are casual / street clothes or jeans, conventional clubwear, straight suits and very straight cocktail dresses (try to avoid the kind of stuff people might wear to a work do or a wedding.) Accessorise where you can!
We're here to help!
Even if you only have part of a look sorted out by the time the party comes round, we have various activities at the event that can get you sorted out. On Saturday afternoon we will be running an accessories workshop, and you can borrow hats or other items from our dressup rail.