This year the Child Nursing course are doing a fundraising dress up event to raise money for Children in Need (BBC1, Fri 16 Nov).
Our Advertising and Digital Marketing students Millie Whomes and Emily Pearson visited just some of the array of costume and clothing outlets in Northampton, all within easy reach of Waterside, and have provided a helpful guide advising where you could find your perfect superhero outfit.
Find out more about the University’s fundraising drive on Friday 16.
Fancy dress shops
Liana Fancy Dress (Gold Street)
A good place to go if you’re not sure where to start. They have friendly staff that can help to point you in the right direction. They also sell a range of different dress up ‘packs’ so that you don’t have to run around town getting every single accessory.
Dazels (St Leonard’s Road) – the closest to Campus
Dazel’s is a family owned business, with a wide of range of fancy dress that you can not only buy but you can also hire for use. They have shelves packed full of a range of fancy dress items. They also sell full packs of costumes and accessories so that you can buy all that you need in one place.
The Works (Adnitt Road)
The Works gets some of its costumes from The Royal and Derngate after they have been used on the stage. This means that their costumes are really high quality and well looked after. You don’t have to buy, they also have a hire option.
Other retailers and charity outlets
If you would like a costume on a budget but it might be something that you want wear again, you can also check out some of the various charity shops in town and try and put a costume together yourself!
Northampton have a huge range of charity shops around the town centre and Abington Street. Here are just a few:
British Heart Foundation (Abington Street)
Shopping in the British Heart Foundation is both rewarding and intriguing. After digging and searching in the British Heart Foundation, we can tell you, there are many hidden gems. Which would make you the best superhero in Northampton!
SCOPE (Abington Street)
Scope is very similar to the British Heart Foundation. There are many great items, that you might just find useful to put together your own outfit. Also, you are helping to give money to the charity as well as recycling clothes.
Dapp UK (Abington Street)
Dapp UK is the development aid from people to people. Dapp provide and sell vintage clothing which is perfect for today’s fashion. After looking round Dapp, there are many items that would be great to feature in a superhero’s outfit, such as capes and masks.
Wilko (Gold Street)
Wilko is the perfect place for cheap affordable fancy dress. Most seasonal celebrations have their own aisle in Wilko, meaning they always have something available! It’s also low cost meaning that you don’t have to go breaking the bank.
Primark (The Grosvenor Centre)
Another good alternative is Primark. Everyone knows Primark is a place of cheap and cheerful clothes, so why not try and put an outfit together yourself from this season’s collection? It might be a fun challenge to try out and see who can put together the best costume with only normal clothes?!