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Care Home Has A Ball Recreating Bridgerton

Residents and staff from Shockerwick House Bupa Care Home have been gearing up for the return of the Netflix favourite, Bridgerton, by recreating the show as staff transformed the 18th century mansion conversion – which wouldn’t look out of place hosting a ball for the ton – into an enchanting regency era fairytale.

Organised by Activity Co-ordinator and Home Manager Brionne and Olivia, the idea came to them when catching up on the latest season.

Brione and Olivia couldn’t help but notice the similarities between the homes of the characters and Shockerwick House, which was built just prior to the regency era in 1750, and set to recreating scenes from the popular period drama.

With a modiste unavailable, the team hired costumes from local supplier, Bath Theatrical, and set up classic Bridgerton shots including afternoon tea, croquet and, of course, reading the latest copy of Lady Whistledown’s newsletter.

Brionne, Activity Co-ordinator, said:

“Having the opportunity to host unique events makes my job incredibly rewarding, watching the residents’ faces light-up when they saw the staff that they see every day, dressed in period clothing, was priceless. The residents loved being able dress up in costumes, bonnets, and top hats too, one of our residents, Josephine, was so excited she wanted to wear the full outfit!”

Josephine, 98 year-old resident at Shockerwick House, said:
“Period dramas are my favourite, I love the costumes and grandeur. I’m very pleased that the younger generations still enjoy watching these types of shows, even if they have quirky modern twists. I had a lot of fun dressing up and re-creating the show.”