The 2018 ball is being held on September 22nd, 7 - 12pm
A perfect public time-tarting opportunity. Brilliant evening to make up a table for an group outing or for spoiling a non-camping partner.
Fully costumed event using the Assembly Rooms for their original purpose - card room, bar, supper rooms, hot buffet supper and a ball room dedicated to dancing, without having to move supper tables about and orphan diners (I'm always one, at such events), space to watch, space to talk.
A sociable event mixing complete beginners and experienced dancers - just like the original public subscription balls of the period there is a huge range of people to meet or observe. A great place for a cold start for beginners (many of us did so!) as you can hide in the crowd - groups travel from America, Australia, Russia and all points in between for this one..... Janeites, re-enactors, dancers, tourists, party groups.
See link below for up to date ticket prices (there are discounts if you book a table). The afternoon dance workshop ticket includes tea and cream scones: attendance is advisable, if not for the craic - period daywear is entirely optional.
Full details here: http://www.farthingalecostumes.com/index.php/17/
This event coincides with the Jane Austen Festival , so you can strut your funky Regency stuff through the streets without standing out, and pick up talks, events and photo-opportunities in addition.
If you don't do the period, want to go and have no kit, you can hire direct from Farthingales: (one year we met a young Chinese student who saw the dance workshop through the door when visiting the Assembly Rooms on a day out, got a ticket and hired a frock and caught the last train back to York after the ball - now that's what I call a party girl!)
I've no connection with this event beyond still enjoying it - along with other friends who also tried dancing at it for the first time.
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