Monday 30 November 2015

Gloucester Hat Festival

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Don your best hat and head on down to Gloucester’s first ever Hat Festival – with a ball, workshops and Rap on a Hat contest all lined up.

The centre of Gloucester will be abuzz with a blend of culture, colour and celebration from Friday 13 to Saturday 14 July 2012, when the first Gloucester Hat Festival launches, hoping to attract millinery enthusiasts from across the county and beyond.

Said to be suitable for all ages and interests, the Hat Festival will celebrate the creative arts and intricate craft of millinery through a range of free activities, demonstrations and workshops taking place across various venues in the city centre – including Café Rene, The New County Hotel, The New Inn, Gloucester Folk and Waterways Museums and many more.

A highly-anticipated highlight of the Festival is expected to be the Black and White Masquerade Ball, taking place on Saturday evening at The New County Hotel. With tickets costing £29.95 per person, including a toe-tapping swing band and buffet, they’ll no doubt be snapped quicker than a gentleman can doff his hat.

The little ones taking part in the opening Hustle Hat Parade are sure to have a whale of a time at one of the free Mad Hatter Tea Parties taking place over the weekend.

Whilst music lovers can enjoy a plethora of free performances at various venues, including the Rap on a Hat contest for budding MCs and rappers, Hat Sounds featuring live music and DJs, and A Bowler Full of Bands, which will see aspiring, hat-wearing musicians take to the stage in open mic sessions.

There will be hat-themed storytelling and poetry performances, historical hat displays, trade stalls, salsa street dancing, a Best Hat competition and even a medieval feast, to boot.

Plus, craft-loving visitors can pre-book tickets to a Fascinating Fascinators or Tiara workshop in advance of the festival, with the cost of tickets to be confirmed – but expected to just cover the cost of materials used.

Organisers hope that by creating four Hat Zones throughout the city, the Festival will cater to a wide range of tastes by fusing culture with creativity, making this one free festival locals just can’t afford to miss.

Gloucester Hat Festival 2012
Various venues across Gloucester
Friday 13 July 2012; Saturday 14 July 2012
From 4pm on Friday and from 10am on Saturday
Most activities are free of charge, with tickets for the Ball costing £29.95, and tickets for the Fascinating Fascinator workshops to cover the cost of materials.
(01452) 415155

© SoGlos
Tuesday 03 July 2012

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