Our unique no-new plastic Fancy Dress Competition takes place at 10.30 am in the Performance Tent. This means you don’t need to worry about keeping your costumes in perfect condition all day while doing other activities!
This year the theme is Great British Bugs. That’s any type of native insect, spider type thing or other invertebrate. Which includes moths, butterflies, all types of flying or hopping or crawling insects, centipedes, snails, woodlice (aka charlie-pigs in Norfolk), bumble bees – you get the picture.
(This does not include squirrels, birds, cats, dogs, sheep, foxes, badgers, goats, wood mice, tigers etc).
3-8 years old
8-12 years old
adult (13 years old and up)
We hope you’ll enter! It’s free to take part and there are adult and children’s categories. Plus Prizes!
Judging will take place ‘immediately’ and points will be awarded for home-made and no new-plastic and identifiable British wildlife (bugs).
Why this emphasis on non-plastic?
Because as you may know, we’ve been trying for years to get away from the commercialism and plastic-waste generating aspects many events and in the last few years it has become increasingly evident that we all have a huge problem with plastic, including ‘hidden’ plastic in clothing. Essentially plastic is not recyclable in the same way that say aluminium or glass is, and loads of what is sent-for-recycling ends up as waste, becoming micro-plastic pollution, or at best, getting incinerated.
Avoiding Glitter Pollution
We’ve designed-out glitter from Workshops and used other things for magical highlights. See more at Cutting Out The Plastic. Read about our investigation into plastic waste generated from Halloween costumes here: The Scariest Thing About Halloween is Plastic.
Here are some bug-ish costumes that might give you ideas:
plus a quick search for ‘bug costumes’ online will bring up loads (for ideas, not for buying new from shops) eg –
(thank you to whoever owns these photos)
Here are ten great real British bugs that might give you ideas:
2. stag beetle
3. Swallowtail butterfly caterpillar
photo by Vicky Eyles
4. garden tiger moth
5. Ruby Tailed Wasp
6. White Tailed Bumble Bee
7. Pill Millipede
8. Common Blue Butterfly
9. Jumping Spider (aka Harry)
10. Emperor Dragonfly