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Strictly Dresses @woburn_abbey – an exhibition review by Bella (aged 5)

As a lover and follower of all fashion (including vintage), I have to say that the Strictly costumes make Strictly Come Dancing truly uh-may-zing! There have been many costume highlights over the last few years and credit must go to Vicky Gill and her team of seamstresses who help bring the performances to life every week.

This weekend, my lovely 5 year old Bella was lucky enough to go and see the Strictly Dresses exhibition and hasn’t stopped talking about it since she saw it agreed to review it in her own words (with a lot of mummy’s help!) Here are her thoughts about the exhibition:

This weekend I went to Woburn Abbey with my fairy godmother, Serene. It is a magical castle and I think princesses must live there because there were lots of pretty Strictly dresses there this weekend (they must borrow them to play Strictly like I do at home!)

I love the dresses on Strictly because they are sparkly and shiny and always make people look really beautiful. I didn’t realise how sparkly they were until this weekend when I saw the exhibition. I think I must have seen about 100 million sequins and sparkly beads. The dresses look even prettier up close than they do on the TV. 

There were 16 dresses from Strictly 2014 including Caroline’s Charleston Dress, Pixie’s Viennese Waltz dress, Frankie’s Foxtrot Dress and Karen’s Foxtrot dress. They were all put in the spotlight and you could see them sparkling like magical glitterballs as you walked into the gallery.



My favourite costume of all had to be Janette’s green Tango dress. My fairy godmother liked it too. It looked beautiful and like a dress a real princess would wear. It had lots of sparkles and the colour was very pretty. I’d like to wear a dress like this when I’m grown-up. I might ask mummy to make me one next year.


I really liked the dresses and think that any Strictly fan should go and see this exhibition because it is really fun and fab-u-lous! I’d give it this score as it was uh-may-zing!


 I think next year I want to go on holiday to Planet Strictly, because I love all the sequins. Now all I need to do is convince Mummy to take me!

Thank you Bella for your review. Mummy may take you to Planet Strictly (if you’re good!) The Strictly Dresses exhibition is on at Woburn Abbey until the 1st November. If you’re missing Strictly, why not head over there. Tickets for entry to the Abbey and Gardens cost Β£15 per adult, Β£7.50 per child (aged 3-15,) Β£13.50 per Senior and Β£37.50 for a family of 2 adults and 2 children. The entry fee allows you to see the exhibition too.

If you’ve been or have seen some of the fab-u-lous costumes, we’d love to hear what you thought. Tweet @scd_support or comment below to let us know.

Cassie and Bella


Things to do this Summer: Strictlified Dance Camp!

Every week this summer, we’ll be talking about Strictlified Activities to enjoy during the holidays. This week, it’s the turn of Dance Camp. Today, I bravely let go of my dance-obsessed daughter’s hand and let her take part in a Dance Camp.

As a mum, the words Summer Camp will naturally fill you with dread. The thought of your little ones spending a whole day (if not longer) without you can seem scary to even the least anxious parents, me included!

I was quickly converted to the idea when my lovely 5 yr old brought a sparkly and glittery leaflet home from school about a Dance Camp taking place during the Summer holidays. I was sold! Admittedly, if she could have forged my signature, I’m pretty sure she’d have signed herself up for it there and then.

Today was the day I waved my little princess off to her first day at Dance Camp. “No tears!” were her words to me as she skipped and twirled into the dance studio! It was clear to see she was going to love it!

After a full-on day when I finally collected the biggest Strictly fan in my household I was greeted by the biggest smile ever from a child covered in face paint (who I hardly recognised) with pink hair! It’s clear to say she loved it and on the way home and for next 3 hours I heard how she’d learnt to Jive, how it was lots of fun and how she was going to eat her greens (I’ll hold her to that!) to become a super fast Jive dancer. In fact, she told me “It was just like the real Strictly! I’d give it a 10.”

It’d seem my doubts and fears were completely wrong. Even though the next dance camp is next Friday, she asked “mummy, can I go back to dance camp tomorrow?”

So Dance Camp gets 10/10. If you’re taking part in a Strictlified Activity this Summer, we’d love to hear from you. To have the chance to take over our blog, just tweet @scd_support or comment below. We look forward to hearing from you.

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