The Wonderland Ball

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Welcome to ‘The Wonderland Ball’

 You are invited to our 16th Anniversary Annual Ball, The Wonderland Ball, to be held at Derbyshire County Cricket Ground.

Our founder Maria, has chosen “Wonderland”, a quirky theme for this year and she will be inviting you to turn up in a wonderful hat for our “Mad Hatters Hat” competition but this isn’t compulsory.

We have individual tickets available as well as tables for 10 and 12 this year so the choice is yours, all options are in the drop down box above.

Even better, we have an early bird price across all of our tickets, prices below, but these prices will only last until April 4th 2022 so hurry and book quickly!

Please note: Once you have made your booking our events team will be contacting you later in the year for your dietary requirements. 

Dress Code:

Black Tie & Glamorous

Please Note Over 16’s Only

Your 2022 Entertainment

May we introduce you to, David Barnes, your headline act for 2022.

Here’s a little bit about David with a link to his website, we look forward to seeing him at the Ball in October.

David has been a musician/vocalist/pianist for over 20 years and has travelled extensively across the globe to over 38 countries. He has played with world renowned artists such as: Jools Holland, Russell Watson, Catherine Jenkins, JLS, and had the opportunity of recording the re-release of Status Quo’s Famous single ‘In The Army Now’ in 2010 as a backing vocalist.

He has made TV appearances in the UK on ITV and BBC and also in several other countries including South Korea. In 2016 David appeared on ‘The Voice UK’ successfully making it through the all important Blind Auditions and onto #TeamRickyWilson.

Check out David’s website, here, davidbarnesmusic

Meet our Magicians

We are doubling up for this years Ball, two magicians to cover the 30 tables in the room, awesome magic for you to enjoy.

Matthew Ramsell

Matt is an Award Winning close up magician based in Derbyshire, with years of experience performing at weddings, corporate events, hotels, restaurants, birthday events, bars and nightclubs.

Matthew has worked for some of the biggest companies in the UK and has been invited back and received fantastic comments from all he has worked for including: Boots, Experian, Whittards, H Samuels and the Ministry Of Defence to name just a few.

Alex Micheal

Alex is an award winning magician and one of England’s premier close-up magicians. Alex has developed a style of cutting edge, interactive magic provoking the laughter of thousands of adults and children. Alex astounds and amazes audiences with his unique combination of close up magic and comedy.

Our Auctioneer for the evening

Charles Hanson, owner of Hansons Auctioneers and a familiar face on television, is a man thousands of antiques fans have come to know and love.
People travel from far and wide – including China, Canada and Australia – to visit his Derbyshire saleroom just to say hello.

He regularly appears on TV shows like Bargain Hunt and Antiques Road Trip but, though he enjoys the TV work, his first love will always be the saleroom.
He thrives on the drama, passion and excitement of an auction. As well as leading sales at his auction centres in Derbyshire, London and Staffordshire, he often uses his talents to aid major charity auctions around the UK.
Charles’ passion for history and antiques emerged when he was a boy. At the age of eight, he took up metal detecting. One of his earliest finds was a Charles I coin. He still recalls the excitement he felt when he discovered it.
His working life began at Christie’s in London. He went on to launch Hansons Auctioneers in Etwall, Derbyshire, in 2005. His expanded his business in 2018 with the launch of Hansons London and in 2019 opened a new country house showroom at Staffordshire Georgian mansion Bishton Hall.

Over the years exciting finds – and sales – have come thick and fast, sparking media interest all over the world.

Charles has sold everything from Queen Victoria’s Bloomers for £4,500 to an original Harry Corbett Sooty puppet for a record-breaking £14,000.

Then there was the Chinese plate found in a kitchen cupboard which had an exact replica in the National Museum of China. It sold for £230,000.

Hansons London uncovered two Faberge flowers which made £400,000 and at Bishton Hall a Harry Potter first edition reached £28,500.

Away from the saleroom, Charles is a passionate supporter of charities. For him, it is an absolute privilege to bring the art of auctioneering to important fundraising events to benefit good causes. Over the years, he has helped to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for countless charities.

Once again we are delighted to be joined by, Ashley Goodchild of GC Events. This will be the 10th year that Ash has been with Maria, not only our DJ for the evening but he also takes care of all of the lighting and sound for the evening.

We will be confirming the full list of entertainment as we confirm them but you can be sure of a fantastic evening, with loads of laughter, a few tears and some fabulous memories.

Your ticket cost includes:

A drink on arrival


Table Treats

Live Entertainment & Disco

Auction & Raffle

And perhaps a surprise or two.

An advantage of our venue is a large Travel Lodge on site, guests will be offered a set booking rate and unique booking link.

Event Details

Date: October 29, 2022

Start time: 18:00

End time: 01:00

Venue: Derbyshire County Cricket Ground


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