No New Plastic Fancy Dress Competition

Our unique no-new plastic Fancy Dress Competition takes place at 11.15 – 11.30 am in the Performance Tent. Please do not be late – it’s quick!  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)*

[* for our tips on adult dressing up – whether you enter the competition or not, see here]

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) 


Here are ten great real British bugs that might inspire you:

  1. ladybird

“PROC_0071” by rhubarbfool is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

2. stag beetle

“Stag Beetle – Lacanus cervus” by Destinys Agent is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

3. Swallowtail butterfly caterpillar

photo by Vicky Eyles

4. garden tiger moth

Creative Commons

5. Ruby Tailed Wasp

“Ruby tailed wasp, Chrysis ignita” by Tone Killick is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

6. White Tailed Bumble Bee

“Bumble Bee” by Mathew Knott is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

7. Pill Millipede

“130508D272 Pill millipede” by Mick E. Talbot is licensed under CC BY 2.0

8. Common Blue Butterfly

“Common Blue butterfly 2” by ahisgett is licensed under CC BY 2.0

9. Jumping Spider (aka Harry)

“Harry” by Stephen Begin is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

10. Emperor Dragonfly

“emperor dragonfly” by Chris & Angela Pye is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

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