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  1. Doing It For The Kids

    Doing It For The Kids
    On the 12th of December the organisation ‘Save the Children’ is holding a “Christmas Jumper Day” to raise funds for their cause. The eventsave the children logo is now in its third year and has so far managed to raise more than £1.6 million, so let’s see how much we can boost it by this year! Who Are 'Save The Children'? Since the early 1900's all the way up to this day Save the Children has been working to help children and families from Britain and all across the world through war and times of famine. With no political agenda and a philosophy to help anyone one in need regardless of their colour, country or belief they have saved millions of lives. In 1919 Eglantyne Jebb and her sister Dorothy Buxton decided that campaigning for children's' rights just wasn't enough and at a public meeting at The Royal Albert Hall the Save The Children fund was created. While Dorothy concentrated on political campaigning, Eglantyne made it her mission to make children's rights and welfare a major issue across the globe. When her 'Declaration of the Rights of the Child' was adopted by the forerunner of the UN, The League of Nation's and managed to inspire the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, everything looked to be very promising. Continue reading →
  2. Have a Holly Jolly Christmas!

    Have a Holly Jolly Christmas!
    ChristmasChristmas music is a lot like Marmite, you either love it or you hate it and here at Hollywood, we certainly do love it! Our stores will be blaring festive music all season long, so get on board and make your own Christmas playlists. There are literally thousands of festive tunes to get you through the winter. If Classical is your cup of tea then there are traditional carols galore to relax to by the fire. For something nice and soothing try the gentle voice of Bing Crosby with “White Christmas”.  If you like your music a little funkier then you’re in need of some 80’s pop holiday hits from the likes of Slade. You can’t even be too metal to like Christmas music as there are hundreds of metal covers and even some original tracks too like Twisted Sister “Heavy Metal Christmas” which is a play on the 12 days of Christmas. Here are our top 10 Christmas songs: Bobby Helms “Jingle Bell Rock” So this song might make you think of Mean Girls or even that “adult” version but put that out of your mind, because this is the original and best! Every line of this song just shouts Christmas and we all know it’s one you can dance to. The repetition and simplicity of this song make it so catchy that you can’t help sing it all season long. Bing Crosby “Winter Wonderland” That beautifully smooth voice and catchy tune make this is a song you can listen to all winter long without the guilt of dragging out the Christmas songs. This is a tune that makes you feel warm inside, like any good Christmas song should. A must have to any festive playlist.Christmas Mariah Carey “All I Want For Christmas Is You” What do you get for the lady who has everything? You, apparently! A beautiful message that all you need is love at Christmas time and sung by the lovely Madame Carey too, what’s not to like? We all know that this song gets sung in jest to friends and co-workers at the office party more than eligible lovers, it is just a great feel good Christmas anthem that you have to love! Slade “Merry Xmas Everybody” Now, this is a good Christmas tune in its own right, but we all listen to it in anticipation of hearing singer, Noddy Holder, shriek “It’s Christmaaaaaaaaaas” We always get it wrong, we know we do, but we like to play the game (SPOILER: It’s at the very end of the song) It’s a typically British song, perfect for a good old fashion British Christmas. Continue reading →
  3. St Andrew's Day Celebrations

    St Andrew's Day Celebrations
    What is St Andrew's Day? On November the 30th the world celebrates St Andrew's Day, Scotland's national holiday day. There will be amazing parties everywhere, especially in Scotland. St Andrew's day is a feast day of St Andrew. In 2006, the Scottish Parliament designated St Andrew's Day as an official bank holiday. It is also a national holiday in Romania. Saint...
  4. Bournemouth Christmas Festival

    Bournemouth Christmas Festival
      There is nothing more magical than Christmas time. Just the thought of it can warm you right to the core. Here in Bournemouth there is plenty to keep you in the festive spirit the whole way through the season, so dig out your Christmas hats and come on down to town. Shopping In the heart of Bournemouth you will find the German inspired Christmas market. Here you will be greeted with huts selling all manners of delights; from warm chestnuts to cosy clothing. This year features some stunning jewellery, gorgeous leatherwork and beautifully handcrafted sculptures and ornaments, perfect for those extra special Christmas gifts. If you get peckish with all that shopping then you’re in for a treat! Delicious aromas fill the air with traditional German bratwurst, a scrumptious hog roast and a huge array of confectionary available fresh from the stalls. Christmas FestivalDrinking If you’re in need of a break, or if the ladies need a place to park their husbands while they shop, then we have our very own Christmas staple, The Moose Bar! A traditional Alpine style bar with a beer garden serving up German lagers and warm mulled wines all under the watchful eye of an enormous joke telling moose! Enjoy a tipple out of the well know festive boot mugs or delve into all the Christmas spirits! This year, be in with the chance of winning a cash prize by taking a photo of yourself at the Moose Bar in your Christmas outfit and uploading it to S&D Leisure’s Facebook page! Don't forget to pop into Hollywood to find yourself the perfect costumes and accessories to help you win! Continue reading →
  5. Be A Hero!

    Be A Hero!
    HeroIt Is Time...Done your capes, put your underwear on the outside of your trousers and show off your super hero style for this year’s Children In Need extravaganza! BBC’s Children In Need is an annual charity event designed to help children nationwide. Money donated by volunteers and fundraisers goes towards funding activities, events and schemes for disabled children and disadvantaged young people. Most people know BBC Children In Need by the telethon shown on BBC One each November. This year it will be broadcasted live from Albert Square, famously the set of hit British soap Eastenders. Sir Terry Wogan will be hosting as he has been since the first televised appeal in 1980 and will of course be joined by everyone’s favourite bear, Pudsey! Pudsey has been the poster child for Children In Need since 1985 when first created by BBC graphic designer Joanna Ball. Before being re-designed a year later Pudsey was depicted with a sad expression and was also orange, rather than the sunshine yellow we know and love today. Continue reading →
  6. Leg Avenue Exclusive

    Leg Avenue Exclusive
    NEW IN AND EXCLUSIVE! Leg Avenue has arrived with new and wonderful costumes andaccessories, perfect for any occasion! Here at Hollywood we have new lines of Leg Avenue exclusively available in our Bournemouth branches so if you want a costume that will be high quality and gorgeously unique, look no further. For any ladies that want to dress to impress...
  7. Festival Season Kicks Off – Do You Have Your Fancy Dress?

    Festival Season Kicks Off – Do You Have Your Fancy Dress?
    Festival season will be in full swing soon, so it’s time to start thinking about how you can dress up! The Isle of Wight Festival took place from June 13-15th and the famous Glastonbury Music Festival will be taking place on the 25-29th of June. If you are attending these fun festivals, the experience is so much more entertaining when you can dress up in a fun and interesting outfit. But sometimes dressing up can be more difficult than it sounds. With so many options out there, how do you choose the best fancy dress costume? If you are looking for some inspiration for your festival fancy dress costume this year, here are some fun and playful ideas to keep in mind. Continue reading →
  8. New Vintage Hire Costumes Sale Rail!

    New Vintage Hire Costumes Sale Rail!
    We have an exciting new sale rail at our Castle Lane Store! This fantastic 'Vintage Hire Costumes Sale Rail' is located on our bottom floor at our Castle Lane Branch, on Castle Lane West. This genius new rail is not only a BARGAIN but a brilliant way to get your hands on an authentic/ vintage fancy dress costume! These fabulous and...
  9. New Candy Creator Collection 2014!

    New Candy Creator Collection 2014!
    Fancy dress doesn't have to have a point, that's why its fancy dress! Hold your breath, make a wish, count to  three.. Come with me and you'll be in a world of pure imagination, with Hollywood's candy creator costumes for both men and women. Not yet got the hairstyle to match your new costume? Not to worry, we've got just...
  10. Time To Get Jazzy!

    This bank holiday 25th August, Arubas ever popular Jazz Juice celebrates its 21st birthday, and it’s going to be BIG! This Summer sizzler of an evening promises drink deals, great funky music from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, and the best part is that the first 200 people to arrive in fancy dress get in for FREE! So make your...
  11. Welcome to Boomtown...

    Welcome to Boomtown...
    Are you ready for Boomtown? Hollywood certainly is, with 7 Boomtown fancy dress themes based around a magical pop up town, Boomtown celebrates fancy dress, alternative music and enchantment! Whether you’re going as a pirate, a pensioner a pimp or hoe, a Latina lovely, a Great Gatsby style glamour puss, a hippy, a  tribal warrior or are sampling the orient...
  12. A Taste Of The Exotic....

    A Taste Of The Exotic....
    They say life’s a beach, well start living it! The best way to celebrate our glorious summer is with a Hawaiian beach themed party. Whether it’s a BBQ or a gathering, this cheap and super easy theme is fun and easy for everyone, and everyones budget. If you want to go all out Hollywood have Hawaiian print dresses, shirts, coconut...
  13. Why So Blue?

    Why So Blue?
    Good day good party people, Now here's a question... What's little, blue and loved by everyone?...The Smurfs obviously, (what were you thinking?) and this July 31st it’s time to get completely Smurfed! The Smurfs 2 hits box offices nationwide, and what better excuse to dress you or a little one as one of the well-loved characters. Whether you fancy channelling...
  14. Russell Brand Makes a Stand, and Bournemouth Is Loving It!

    Russell Brand Makes a Stand, and Bournemouth Is Loving It!
    Big news party fans, October 26th Russell Brand is coming to Bournemouth's very own BIC for his much anticipated 'Messiah Complex Tour'. However what makes this so exciting is that he's inviting everyone to come wearing fancy dress and whoever does, will be brought on stage with him! Basing this request on Bournemouths notoriety for fancy dress, we're predicting that...
  15. The Isle of Wight is in Sight!

    The Isle of Wight is in Sight!
    Welcome back party people, I expect you're all as excited as we are about the next big event of the Summer, Isle of Wight festival! It promises fantastic music, fantastic atmosphere and as always a fantastic array of costumes and fancy dress! Taking place between the 13th and 16th of June now is the time to pick up your festival...
  16. The Summer Ball Countdown Begins, 4 Days!!!

    The Summer Ball Countdown Begins, 4 Days!!!
    Hi Party People! Four days to go!!  So stop wondering about what you should dress as and get on down to Hollywood. Our staff are brilliant at coming up with unique ideas and with our insider information we can advise you what has already sold in bulk and what will make you that little bit individual! So with four days left...
  17. Hollywoods Summer Ball 2013 Competition Is LAUNCHED!!!

    Hollywoods Summer Ball 2013 Competition Is LAUNCHED!!!
    Fasten your seatbelts readers, because this competition is one heck of a thrill ride. We are giving you the chance to win you, or you and your crew free costumes of your choice*. Ideal for next years socials or summer ball, or if your are so inclined, to wear on an average day doing the food shop. All you have to do...
  18. Three days of discount left!!!

    Three days of discount left!!!
    That's right party people, there's only THREE DAYS LEFT to claim your discount on all non sale packet costumes by quoting 'STUDENT1' at the till*. So if you're still wondering what to do for Summer ball or have that all important fancy dress function coming up then now is the time to strike! We have a huge selection of the comic...
  19. The Countdown To Summer Ball Begins, 2 Weeks, 1 Uni, The Best Fancy Dress Shop in The World

    The Countdown To Summer Ball Begins, 2 Weeks, 1 Uni, The Best Fancy Dress Shop in The World
    That’s right party people, only TWO WEEKS to go until Bournemouth University’s Summer Ball and if you are still stressing about what to wear, RELAX, we’ve got you covered. Our staff are great at coming up with inventive and original concepts for group and individual costumes. Not only this but our sale continues with hundreds of fantastic and unique costumes...
  20. Hollywood Party Centre Get Fit, Re-fit!

    Hollywood Party Centre Get Fit, Re-fit!
    The winds of change have swept through Hollywood’s Post Office Road branch and if you have seen it already you’ll know it’s looking awesome! To make way for more costumes and to make it easier for you for, we’ve ripped out the original set up and given our store interior a complete make over! So if you still haven’t found...

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