Sunday, 14 June 2015

The Pinup Picnic in the Park & Everything you need to know

Hello lovelies! It's not long until our Pinup Picnic in the Park, so it's about time we give you the full low down on the where, when, what and how so that you don't miss out on a single detail. 

Our Pinup Picnic in the Park is a fun public meet up we British Belles are hosting 27th June in London's Hyde Park. It's a day for hanging out with friends, meeting new pinups, eating picnicy goodness, and getting to finally match up real life lovelies to the Instagram profiles you may already be following online. Below we've listed all the nitty gritty details of the day, and below that you can find everything you need to know about our charity raffle. 

The Details

When: 27th June 2015 11am-5pm [Here's the Facebook Event Page to RSVP]
Where: Hyde Park, London (W2 2UH)
How much does it cost: Nothing, it's free!

What is it: A large scale picnic. Come if you want to enjoy a chilled, fun day with like-minded lovelies who share your passion for all things vintage and retro (and probably cake!) 
Who's going: Unfortunately not all of the Belles are able to make it, but expect to see Amy @miss_amy_may, Sophie @missfifivonfosse, Amber @amberrosetheron, Alice @callthestudentnurse, Olive @infirmaryblues, Lizzy @Loulouudoll and Charlotte @misspeachykeen_jellybean
How to find us: Hyde Park is big, so we Belles will be waiting at the Marble Arch at 11 to meet and usher over anyone who wants to arrive first thing. For those who don't know, the Marble Arch is right near the Marble Arch underground tube station and looks like this:
Once settled in the Park we'll tweet, Facebook and Instagram our location specifically for anyone who isn't sure how to find us, so make sure you're following those social media accounts. Don't panic: while the park is large, we're certain you'll be able to spot us as we're pretty sure we will be the only giant-sized picnic mass full of ladies who look like they have time traveled from the 50s. 

What to bring: 

Food & drink: We can't provide food and drink for the hundreds of people who have already RSVP'd as coming, so please bring whatever nourishment and refreshments you'll need for the length of time you intend to stay at the event.
Sun protection: While we can never be sure what the English weather will do, we don't want to see any of you little lovelies suffering with sunburn so please remember to bring your SPF, sunglasses and possibly an incredibly glamorous sunhat. If you're incredibly fancy feel free to bring a glamorous retro sun parasol.

Picnic Blanket
Your camera/camera phone.
You'll want to be snapping pictures and selfies with all the babes you'll be meeting on the day, so don't forget to document it. If you post pictures to Instagram, use our hashtag #PinupPicnicInThePark 

Best Dressed Contest 

Our lovely sponsor Audrey Star's Boutique will be be hosting and judging a Best Dressed contest and supplying a kick-ass £50 Audrey Star's Boutique voucher for the winner. So dress in your cutest picnicking pinup outfit to be in with a chance of clinching the crown and the voucher.

The Charity Raffle

We're thrilled to be hosting a charity raffle in support of Macmillan Cancer Support, a wonderful organisation that provides a range of medical, emotional, financial and practical support for cancer sufferers and their families.

Dozens of incredible pinup companies, individual crafters and artists have gathered round the raffle to support the cause by donating hundreds of pounds worth of fabulous prizes, all of which you can see below before you find out how to enter.

The Prizes

Audrey Star's Boutique prize pack worth over £100

10 ladies will win a Voodoo Vixen dress of their choice
Luxulite giftbag worth over £150
Violets in May £50 voucher
Tara Starlet £50 voucher
Clumsy Kate matching harlequin belt, hair tie & makeup bag
Salty Slug Retro & Repro £20 voucher 

Glitter Paradise Brooch
Pip Jolley jewellery Dinky White Roller Necklace
House of Satin Bra & Girdle set from Ditsy Floral or Baby Pink ranges
3 Be Bop a Hairbands prize pack
Necklace & Earrings set worth £300 
2 Tickets to Bright'N'Teasy Brighton Burlesque Show 18+
Gingermeg's Vintage 1950s silk scarf,  brooch and necklace
Little Miss Savage Flamingo headband, makeup pouch, glitter brooch and glitter clip on earrings prize pack
Vivien of Holloway £25 voucher
Rock 'n' Bowley jewellery & headband prize pack
Kathy Siney Pinup Portrait worth £80
Black Amore £100 voucher
Ruby Snapper Photography
Win a photoshoot worth £150
Sink or Swim Bowtique Custom made Circle Skirt
Lindy Bop Audrey dress to win
Lady K Loves £30 voucher

Daisy Jean Florals $50 voucher

$100 voucher to The Original Bad Girl

A Frida Khalo brooch by Tallulah Cherry
Dolly Cool Jewels £40 voucher

My Retro Closet Bed jacket & Babydoll worth over £120

How to Enter

We originally restricted raffle entrants only to Pinup Picnic attendees so that they could collect their prizes on the day. But in the spirit of raising even more money for Macmillan we've opened up the raffle to ALL OF THE UK! Unfortunately at this time we are unable to open the raffle to international entries however rest assured that we will be hosting a Summer Giveaway that will be open to everyone!

The deadline for buying your tickets for the raffle is Wednesday 24th June at midnight, so get your entries in before then. Tickets are £1 each, you can enter as many times as you like, and you can enter in either of the ways listed below, just please make sure to read the entry terms fully to make sure your entry counts.

Just Giving EntriesYou can buy entries to the raffle on our Just Giving page. We are asking for you to kindly donate £1 per entry, however we realise that the lowest can donate on Just Giving is £2- so you will automatically get 2 entries unless you want to chip in with a friend! If you would like to donate more, you are more than welcome to, and every pound will mean another entry (e.g. £5 = 5 entries). You can type the amount in to the 'other amount' section, and please do not tick the 'hide amount' section, so we know how many entries you will receive. Please also remember to leave your Name along with your Instagram /Twitter/Facebook or Blog when donating, so we know how to contact you! 

Text Entries 

You can also enter by texting your donation. Text PCNC55 £1 to 70070 to donate a £1 ticket entry. Each text counts as one £1 entry, so you could donate as much as you like (e.g £2, £5, £10) but remember to screenshot your entries so we can assign your entries to you, as the text donations are otherwise anonymous. It's very important you remember to send us your screenshots so your entries get entered correctly. You can send us your screenshots by private messaging us on our Facebook page ( emailing it to or direct messaging us on Instagram to our @thebritishbelles account.

Names will be drawn after the ticket entries close on Wednesday and announced on Instagram, Facebook and here on the blog. 

If there's anything else you need to know then just ask away. One of us will get back to you ASAP. 

We can't wait to see you all! 

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