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June is Great Outdoors Month! Comments Off on June is Great Outdoors Month!

Posted on June 01, 2016 by Fancy Dress Ball


June is Great Outdoors Month! What does that mean? It means we pray for a less traditional British summer, so that we can get outside and enjoy the great outdoors!

Getting fresh air is good for you in so many different ways. It can aid in digestion, improve your blood pressure and strengthen your immune system. It can also help to make you happier and bring your more energy. Getting outside can help you to feel more refreshed and relaxed if you’re having a stressful day, and it can even strengthen your immune system by bringing your white blood cells more oxygen to help them fight bacteria.

Here are our five top tips for enjoying Great Outdoors Month:

1. Go to a Festival!
June marks the beginning of festival season in the UK, with festivals big and small happening everywhere. Get a tent and a poncho, and buy your tickets!

2. Go Camping
If festivals are not your thing, why not get some of the great outdoors by going camping! These days there are lots of glamping sites around so you can have a very upmarket experience while still getting your fill of fresh air.

3. Go for a Walk
This website has loads of fab walking routes all over the UK. Why not pick a route, get your hat and your walking boots (and sun cream and an anorac) and head out for a walk!

4. Visit a National Park
There are fifteen national parks in the UK. Why not check out the National Parks website to find one close to you. There are usually lots of attractions and things to do in a national park, and there are plenty of places to park up and go for a stroll or sit by a river or lake.

5. Have a Picnic
You don’t need to visit somewhere special in order to celebrate Great Outdoors Month; you can just head down to your local park with a tartan blanket and a wicker basket! Pack up a picnic and get outside in the great outdoors!

Can you think of any more ways to celebrate the great outdoors? Why not share them on our Facebook page!

The Festival Goer’s Essential Tool Kit Comments Off on The Festival Goer’s Essential Tool Kit

Posted on July 16, 2014 by Fancy Dress Ball

Festival season is in full swing, with several having taken place already. If you’re going to a festival this Summer, make sure you read our essential list of what to pack…


1. Baby Wipes! Never go to a festival without baby wipes! As any parent will tell you, these things are magical creations that can be used in lieu of a shower, but also to clean up spillages, to wipe down sticky surfaces, to remove make up… basically, there is nothing they can’t do. If you’re going for the whole weekend, take at least two packs with you. In addition to your needs, assume there will be at least one person who forgets to bring any, and wants to use your supply! Screenshot 2014-07-15 at 15.27.56 2. Dry Shampoo Don’t assume there will be showers at the festival – and if you know there will be showers, don’t assume there won’t be a queue seven miles long for them. You will lost patience; you will not get to the shower; your hair will look awful. Step up, dry shampoo, the saviour of festival-goers the world over! Oh, how we love dry shampoo!

3. A Novelty Poncho Don’t kid yourself; this is the Great British Summertime. It’s going to rain. Possibly a lot. If you don’t want all that dry shampoo to turn into putty in your hair, and your nice fancy dress outfit to be ruined, you need a poncho. And a novelty one is the best way to go – stay dry in style!

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4. Glow Sticks – or, you know, a torch if you’re not as cool as us! Glow sticks are a great source of light because they’re lighter (see what we did there) than a torch, and it doesn’t matter if you lose one – you can just crack open another one! Of course, if you’re extra cool, you can come prepared with glow stick jewellery and glasses!

5. Sun Cream Yes, we know we just told you to bring a poncho, but if there’s one thing the British weather is good at, it’s irony. Murphy’s Law dictates that if you don’t take sun cream, it will be 30 degrees and you will burn to a crisp. So take it just in case. The highest SPF possible, since you’re going to be spending a lot of time in a field, with little or no shade. Similarly, after sun, sun glasses and a sun hat might be a good idea.

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6. A Personalised Flag Picture the scene: you’ve spent all day enjoying yourself, watching lots of different bands and shows and enjoying the entertainment. Perhaps you’ve had a couple of beverages. Now it’s time to find your tent. Of course, you know it’s green and it’s in that field over there…  but wait, that field over there is huge, and 99% of the tents in it are green! But if your tent is the green one with the hilarious personalised flag next to it… hey presto. In your tent, in your sleeping bag and asleep while the rest of the festival is still searching for their tent! We like to call this WINNING.

7. Pain Killers We’re not suggesting that you’re likely to over-indulge; we know you’re far too sensible for all that business. But if you’re spending all day outside, in the sunshine, listening to lots of loud music, on your feet… you might still get a bit of a headache. Take a few pain killers, just in case – it’s not like they’ll take up a lot of space in your bag!

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8. Water Bottle A lot of festival-goers swear by buying those clever, collapsible bottles. Others just buy a crate of mineral water on the way. Whatever you do, don’t go to a festival without water. Think about how much you normally drink in a day, and then remember you’re going to be a lot more active than on a normal day. And you might be blessed with warm weather, which will mean you need to drink more. Also, if you do indulge in a small tipple or two, you will want to drink water to avoid a hangover. Bring water with you.

9. Wellies Do not go to a festival without wellies! We know that when it rains on your way to work those trainers hold up just fine… but in a field filled with thousands of festival goers, even a little rain can turn it into a mud bath. Your trainers will be ruined. By all means, buy funky, cool, designer wellies – but make sure they are wellies and can withstand a lot of water and mud!

10. Creature Comforts Everyone knows to bring a tent and a sleeping bag, but we know people who bring an inflatable mattress – we even know people who bring an inflatable sofa! Think about camping chairs, blankets, perhaps a cool box for food, crockery and cutlery, perhaps a small first aid kit, a tooth brush and tooth paste… and toilet roll. Never, ever go to a festival without your own supply of toilet roll!

Whichever festival you’re going to, have a fantastic time!

Five Things To Watch Out For at Latitude Festival Comments Off on Five Things To Watch Out For at Latitude Festival

Posted on July 14, 2014 by Fancy Dress Ball

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Hooray, it’s nearly time for Latitude Festival 2014! Are you going?

Here’s our list of the top five things to look out for while you’re there…


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1. The Disco Shed is exactly what it says on the box: an actual garden shed which has been decked out with disco lights, a smoke machine and… well, everything you need for a top night at the disco! Definitely worth a look!

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2. Royksopp & Robyn are currently on a joint tour called “Do It Again” – and Latitude is the only UK festival they will be playing. In fact, this is their only UK date.  Look for them on the 6 Music stage on Saturday.


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3. Definitely keep an eye out for Loowatt toilets! Virginia Gardiner has designed a waterless toilet that uses no energy, and actually turns waste into a useable product: fuel and fertiliser. These innovative toilets are to be shown off at Latitude Festival this year so do look out for a glimpse of the future!

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4. If you’re able to get there for Thursday evening, you’ll arrive in time to see a water parade show on the lake! The show is directed by Bruno Schnebelin and will apparently include Dali-esque, surreal floating installations that are bound to kick the festival off with a bang!

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5. Latitude is not only a music festival, you know! This year there are some fantastic poets, including ex Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen, Scroobius Pip and Holly McNish. If you’ve not heard of any of these, all the more reason to check them out!

Don’t worry if the weather is a bit ropey; a bit of rain has never stopped a festival from being fun! Invest in an hilarious poncho, and away you go!

Whatever you do, have a fantastic time!

Fancy Festivals: Top 5 of the best dressed on Pinterest Comments Off on Fancy Festivals: Top 5 of the best dressed on Pinterest

Posted on July 05, 2013 by admin

We love to see festival-goers being firmly committed to fancy dress at a festival – after all, what better place is there to express yourself than at a festival?!

Whilst wearing a tutu, fairy wings or funny fake beards can turn any drab outfit into a fab outfit, some people really do go the extra mile. If you’re looking for inspiration for your next festival this summer, why not take a leaf out of these merry-maker’s books and go all out?


This costume is nothing short of stunning and shows some real commitment to the fancy dress cause! We hate to think how long it took to take that blue paint off in a tent, but it was certainly worth the effort!


This is nothing short of creepy…we love it! Whilst it may be a little warm for a festival in the peak of summer, the effect is amazing and the makeup is simple yet completely effective.


This mother and daughter duo take some inspiration from the seventies for these adorable costumes! Retro and fun, they look very comfortable for a day in a field and great for anything the weather can throw out them. Perfect!


Is it a flock of birds? Have we walked onto an airfield? No, it’s a group of supermen ready to save the day and help humanity party hard! Individually these would have been simplistic, but as a group these supermen show they know that a real friend doesn’t let another friend fancy dress alone!


Ah, the morphsuit, a classic festival fancy dress costume. Very effective, you can wear your colours loud and proud in a really comfortable morphsuit, which is surprisingly wearable in any weather. This group have really committed to the cause with matching colours!

If you have any top festival fancy dress snaps, please share them with us on our Facebook page!

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