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Wyndstock - A Midsummer Night's Ball & Garden Party

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Time 10:00
Date 21/06/13
Price £70
  • Produced by Wyndstock
  • Price early birds £70
  • Get ready for a Great Gatsby style weekend
  • Bring along your finest attire
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  • See you at Houghton Hall

Wyndstock – A Midsummer Night’s Ball is a country house party taking place on the weekend of Saturday 22nd June 2013.

 Held in the majestic grounds of Houghton Hall, Norfolk, Wyndstock is a weekend of sensory feasting, playful glamour and delightful pleasure-seeking in a magical bucolic setting.

Organised by Victor Wynd, Chancellor of the Last Tuesday Society, and Mark Holdstock of Bourne and Hollingsworth, Wyndstock was created as an erudite response to an abundance of overpopulated festivals with overcrowded set lists.

Wyndstock begins in the daytime with languid games, garden tours, and literary talks, all washed down with afternoon tea and fizz. As the sun sets, guests are invited to enjoy cocktails on the lawn followed by a candlelit dinner. Later on, the party heats up with live bands, DJs and dancing, and continues until sunrise at a secret bar hidden deep in the woods.

Wyndstock is the ultimate anti- festival - an enchanting summer playground for a select group of people. Held at Houghton Hall, by kind permission of The Marquess of Cholmondeley, Wyndstock guests are invited to treat this Palladian Palace and its grounds as if they were owned by an old friend. Once through the gates they can wander at will over acres of English greenery at its finest and watch wild white deer play. Houghton’s expert animal custodians will take guests personally around the organically farmed parkland, offering unique insight into how their beasts are bred and tended to. Renowned critic Peter Parker will lead a literary meander through the beautiful walled gardens and curator and art historian Simon Martin will take a tour of the sculpture collection.

Once guests have enjoyed lunch on arrival and are settled into their delightful camping, glamping or glimping tents, they will be invited to pass the afternoon leisurely by playing croquet and badminton on the lawns, exploring the nooks and crannies inside the house itself, visiting a petting zoo, or taking forty winks under a woodland tree.

For those requiring refreshment, Cream Teas from the ladies at the local church will be served alongside English summertime tipples.

There will even be relaxing yoga held on the lawn to refresh and revivify. For the bookish, a literary tent will feature some of the UK’s finest authors and Art experts.

A highlight will be Dan Cruickshank speaking on Houghton & The Hermitage, in anticipation of his forthcoming BBC television series.

Also featuring in the tent will be Selina Hastings speaking on Nancy Mitford & Evelyn Waugh, and Michael Bracewell on The Dark Monarch - Magic & Modernity in Modern British Art.

While the sun sets, grand tables will be set with white linen, fine china and silverware ready for the evening banquet. Lit by candlelight and a roaring bonfire, guests will feast upon a beautifully prepared feast sourced straight from the estate itself. Once the last crumbs have been dusted from every napkin, Wyndstock will shed its lounging attire for something loud and dazzling. Guests are invited to party the night away – to sip cocktails and guzzle Champagne, swing zealously to live music, fling wildly to folk bands, gasp at the fireworks and dance barefoot in the grass.

When the music stops, the party travels deep into the forest to a hidden wandering bar that is a complete replica of Fitzrovia’s Bourne & Hollingsworth. The perfect ending to a fairytale evening.

The following morning, guests can awaken their sleepy heads with a full breakfast accompanied by the ultimate hangover tonic – fresh country air and a Bloody Mary. Wyndstock offers luxury glamping facilities, as well as a lower priced glimping option, and also invites its guests to bring their own tents.

There will be a coach service from London for those who don’t have their own transport. Dress Code – Simply your finest attire.