Fancy dress will take on a whole new meaning at this year’s Fantasy Forest Festival in Gloucestershire this summer, as the incredible art of body painting comes to Sudeley Castle.
If you’re a fan of the current TV series Glow Up, where amateur make-up artists showcase their skills at facial transformations and prosthetics, you’ll appreciate the amazing makeovers they create.
Body painters take that art to the next level, with whole body transformations and you’ll be able to watch two of the best at work at the festival at the festival site in Winchcombe on July 16 and 17.
Body painting world champions Raphaelle Fieldhouse and Nick Wolfe will be demonstrating their amazing skills alongside all the other entertainment, including live music, unique experiences and food and drink.
Both artists are twice world champions, with Nick, an American who has worked in the prosthetics department of Universal Studios in Florida, holding the title in 2018 and 2019, and has an international reputation for his astounding skills.
Fancy dress and body art are a big part of the festival, with attendees arriving in a huge array of costumes and make-up from the world of sci-fi and fantasy, including superheroes, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars and Doctor Who.
Children will be wowed by stilt performers, bubble fairies and forest elves and will be able to join in the fantastical fun with face painting and wand making.
Festival-goers are welcome to dress in their favourite themed costumes and all are free to enter the popular Costume Competition, which features an impressive variety of costumes, from lovingly handmade to professionally prepared.
There’s even a category celebrating ‘Young Padawans’ aged 16 and under. For those feeling inspired, join in a costume making workshop in the Cosplay Court to hone your skills for next year’s competition.
Browse the UK’s largest fantasy marketplace, featuring more than 100 stalls of fantasy wear, jewellery, LARP costumes, clothing, leather goods, handmade gifts, books, sculptures, ceramics, art, food, and accessories.
Visit the ‘Steam Nation’ celebrating the wonderful genre of Steampunk, enjoy live entertainment from artists including the award-winning hip hop maestro Professor Elemental or gaze at a spectacular four-metre-high steampunk airship and trike.
Challenge your opponent to a tea duel, a fun and truly British sport that involves dunking a biscuit into a cup of hot tea, and then eating the biscuit before it dissolves, or your opponent eats theirs first.
Travel back in time at the Medieval Village and watch living history groups battle for the Official Fantasy Forest Cup dressed in medieval armour in the Full Contact Medieval Combat competition. Discover the history of medieval weapons, admire the skill of expert blacksmiths or try your hand at archery or willow weaving.
Weekend camping tickets have already sold out for the second year running; however, day and weekend (non-camping) tickets are still available. The whole family is welcome, with children under 7 free, and dogs are also welcome in most areas providing they remain on a lead and owners clean up after them. Free on-site parking is available throughout the weekend.