In this anniversary year of the publication of Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’ and other Gothic novels like Jane Austen’s ‘Northanger Abbey’, Ann Radcliffe’s ‘Mysteries of Udolpho’ and ‘The Monk’, we have found a suitably Gothic venue for our Autumn Ball.
Our ball will be themed with special atmospheric lighting and Gothic entertainment. Dances will be easy for experienced dancers, with music by the Hampshire Regency Players and calling by Sally Petchey.
MAXIMUM 4 TICKETS PER ORDER
Your ticket (£75.00) includes:
• A dance workshop in the afternoon (2pm-3:30pm) to familiarise yourself with the steps
• A reception drink on arrival
• the Ball
• A two course Gothic themed dinner
Sunday 21st October 2018 A Pub Lunch and Visit to Hurst Castle
For those guests staying in the area we would like to propose a pub lunch and trip, by ferry, to nearby Hurst Castle. The castle lies at the end of a 1.5 mile shingle spit with stunning views over the Isle of Wight and Needles.
Hurst Castle was built between 1541 and 1544 by Henry V111 as part of a chain of artillery fortresses protecting key ports and landing spaces around southern England. The castle guarded the Needles Passage leading to the Solent, the port of Southampton and the growing naval base in Portsmouth. Hurst was also occasionally used as a prison – most famously when Charles 1 was held captive here in 1648.
It was greatly modernized in the 19th century, when it formed a key fortress protecting one of the world’s most heavily defended areas. Unusually for a Tudor castle, it remained in military use until 1956, playing an active role through both world wars.
There is no need to prepay in advance but, for your information, entrance to the castle is £5.00 Adults (£4.50 concessions) and the ferry is £6.50 return (no concessions). Alternatively you can walk along the shingle spit, but it is quite a hike!
In order to gauge interest, please tick the relevant box when purchasing your ball ticket.