The 3rd Annual Bats Ball SOLD OUT

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The 3rd Annual Bats Ball SOLD OUT

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  • October 19, 2019
    7:00 pm - 11:55 pm

Come join us for the third annual ‘Bats Ball’; a celebration of all things Gothic.

This year, we have two optional tours, ‘Morbid vs Macabre’ on offer, included in your ticket price.

We’ll have added décor, ‘selfie spots’ and a little run of official merchandise!

Also, at long last, the cemetery gods have spoken and we have been granted a late licence! So, do dance, twirl and party until the stroke of midnight.

Following the tours, there will be a gothic “disco” with music being played by Bristol’s finest goth DJ’s – so prepare your requests and strap on your dancing shoes!

We are also proud to announce Bottlejack and Hastener (Engineers of Modern Wonders and Delightful Distractions) will be available in the crypt throughout the event for the making of studio portraits. A Bellows camera will capture attendees in all their finery, with beautiful sepia-tone images being made available shortly after the event.

Bottlejack & Hastener have spent many years refining their unique interactive experiences – you may have seen them at festivals, exhibitions, fairs, street parties and cabaret events. Part vintage, part magic, they re-invent the past and make the extraordinary possible with their inexplicable machines.

The event is jointly hosted by Dan Flew MSc, who has studied the bats here at Arnos Vale for over 6 years and is a former grave-digger and lover of all things dark. Plus your wonderful co-host Kate Cherrell, a PhD candidate in Gothic literature and specialist in Victorian Spiritualist writing. She studies Victorian fashion for her own enjoyment and, like Dan, is a lover of all things spooky and macabre.

Tickets are available from Eventbrite.

When we said that 2019 was going to be a little different, we certainly tried to up our game! So much so that we think you might want to make a weekend of it!

11am – There will be a fun and spooky talk on Victorian Spiritualism in the Anglican Chapel.
Ticket link will be provided by Arnos nearer the time.

1pm – 8pm – The Macabre Market will be running in the Spielman Centre. Amazing crafters from around the UK will be bringing their wares to Bristol, so do bring your pennies!

2pm – 8pm – Bristol’s creepiest Taco Truck ‘I Scream Tacos’ (gettit?) will be parked up in the cemetery, ready to fill your tummies with delicious food.

7pm – Doors to the Bats Ball main event open.

Carriages at Midnight

So, if you’re a Goth looking for an evening of Gothic Romance, a cemetery-lover on the search for a special experience or are just very curious about the enjoyment that can be found in the darker side of life, come join us to celebrate the bats of Arnos Vale in true Goth fashion!

There will be a CASH bar in Anglican with bottled beer, wine and cider (please note that no spirits will be available).

There is parking on site.

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