East Anglian Air Ambulance Vintage Garden Party Face Painting

I was booked as part of the entertainment at this fundraiser, held at the stunning Oxnead Hall in Norfolk. The Air Ambulance is close to my family’s hearts after it saved cousin Tom’s life last year – he got his arm ripped off in some farm equipment – but thanks partly to them, now has a working arm again!

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The river valley the hall nestles in looks magical, as they breed those stunning ‘Barbie’ horses there – the Haflingers my friend Kate of Mini Monsters has. Anyway, for the people who turned up it was like having their own stately home! (I think it belongs to the manager of Harvey Nicholls and they let it out for events).

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I’d glammed up, swapping my usual fairy attire for one of my (shh- many but they were cheap!) Monsoon vintage-style dresses I’d bagged from ebay the last few years. And attempted the hairdo Flamingo Amy tried to teach me.

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Guests could get painted, get their hair done, dance to the swing band, row on the lake, play lawn games etc, get yummy nibbles form the beautiful orangery cafe or the mobile bar, or browse the stalls. Huge stunning flower arrangements were dotted about (auctioned off at the end) and quirky wild art was on show.

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I also tried out my new table/ chair banners….

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After spending far too much on raffle tickets I also won an AMAZING chocolate cake I could hardly lift (whoops , I’m diabetic) and had to call the Paintopia crew round to help eat it!


Really stunning event, a proper taste of english Country House life, for a worthwhile cause and I hope his HRH Prince william becoming a pilot helps them loads.

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