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An afternoon full of friendship, ballet and girly charm
If your children are anything like my daughters, then the prospect of The Cloudberry Castle Ballet Book Party will have them squealing in delight.
The party is at the Dancebase, and it's hosted by the author, Janey Louise Jones, and local independent publisher Floris Books. Janey is well-known as the author of the popular Princess Poppy series, which has sold over 2 million copies and been translated into several languages. Janey was an enthusiastic ballerina as a child, she still adores the world of ballet.
This passion for ballet really comes across in the books. The whole premise of an elderly relative leaving a castle and then the family turning it into a ballet school is delightful.
The cover of Cloudberry Castle: Ballerina Dreams. Source: Floris Books
I am at least 25 years older than the target audience, but I still enjoyed the first two books. Perhaps that's because I've always loved ballet books, ever since I picked up a copy of Noel Streatfield's Ballet Shoes and couldn't put it down.
A ballet school set in my own castle would have been my absolute dream as a child. My own daughters agree with me, and are looking forward to the party with eager anticipation.
The event is completely free, which is very good news in the financially-fraught run up to Christmas, and there will be ballet-themed activities and treats for children. It's suitable for 6 years and up. Don't worry – adults are not forgotten, there will be refreshments for you too. You can reserve your tickets through the Dancebase website.
You can get in the mood by trying out some ballet-themed crafts, games, and activities from Discover Kelpies at Floris books.
Party clothes are not required, but if your kids like an excuse to dress up then it's a perfect excuse to bring out the Christmas dresses and see if they still fit. Likewise, if your children do ballet lessons, then the event organiser has confirmed that they're welcome to come in their leotards and ballet shoes.
Me? I might just slip on a tutu too, and imagine that my own ballet school dream came true.