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Strictly Come Dancing costumes add glamour to Berkeley Castle

Strictly Come Dancing at Berkeley Castle this September

Strictly Come Dancing costumes add glamour and glitz to Berkeley Castle this September.

Fourteen stunning dresses from the 2017 series of the hit BBC One series Strictly Come Dancing will be on display in a special exhibition in the impressive Great Hall at Berkeley Castle throughout September.

The beautiful collection of dresses will be launched during a spectacular opening gala on Friday 31st August complete with a red carpet, the ribbon will be cut by the wonderful former contestant Russell Grant. Russell will also join a Q&A session with Strictly Come Dancing Live Events Manager at BBC Studios, Richard Curwen, and Senior Sales Executive at DSI London, Carole Williams. Guests will also get an exclusive sneak preview of the beautiful dresses before they go on display to the Castle’s visitors in September. 

The exhibition itself will include the Spanish-style dress worn by Ruth Langsford when she took a dramatic fall during the Paso Doble with Anton du Beke. Also on display is Alexandra Burke’s dreamy feather-trimmed ball gown, worn as she expertly floated across the dance floor during the Viennese Waltz with Gorka Marquez. Who can forget that Cinderella show dress worn by Katya Jones in the Grand Final with the Glitterball champion Joe McFadden, transforming her in the blink of an eye.

“We are thrilled to host this exciting exhibition and launch party to offer our visitors the unique opportunity to see up-close the beautiful gowns worn in this popular BBC series. I couldn't think of a better setting than the Castle’s Great Hall!” says Charles Berkeley, who heads up the team at Berkeley Castle.  

“We are delighted to have a dazzling Strictly Come Dancing costume exhibition in the beautiful setting of Berkeley Castle, displaying some of the fabulous gowns from the last series of Strictly Come Dancing. It’s a great opportunity to see the skill that goes into creating to these beautiful costumes and get close to some of the sparkle of Strictly!” says Richard Curwen, Strictly Come Dancing Live Events Manager at BBC Studios

“It is wonderful that these much-loved dresses are getting the chance to be enjoyed by the public once more – and this time in the stunning Great Hall of Berkeley Castle! Creativity, skill, and a lot of late nights, go into our spectacular creations for Strictly Come Dancing and they are worth it!” adds Carole Williams, Senior Sales Executive at DSI

Visitors will also discover fascinating details about each of the dresses on display, all of which are made in the UK with each bead and crystal painstakingly attached by hand.

The exhibition gives visitors a truly fun and informative chance to celebrate the new series of Strictly Come Dancing, which returns to our screens this autumn.

Tickets for both the Strictly Come Dancing Costume Exhibition and the launch party can be booked on the Berkeley Castle website (see link below).  

Berkeley Castle is open Sunday to Wednesday, until 31 October, from 10.30am – 5pm (last admission 4pm). Entry to the Strictly Costume Exhibition is included in the normal admission fee.

Explore Gloucestershire
8 August 2018

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