Costume Show

We cannot imagine a better place to host a costume show then the Gardens of Sudeley Castle and their overwhelming backdrop. Scroll down to find information about how to enter, what prizes there are and who is eligible. Please use the form to sign up. The time has come to show your creation to the world!

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Online registrations are now closed. If you would still like to participate, you can register yourself at info stand

The costume show is for all ability levels and costumes ranging from

Cosplay, Steampunk, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Medieval, Gothic, Pirates and more! This is a great place to show off your creation!

There will be two Fantasy Forest Costume Shows during the event. They will take place each day on the Royal Stage at 3.15pm on Saturday and 14.15 on Sunday..

How can I enter?

You can take part by using the pre-registration form on this page. Or you can register at the info stand on the day of the costume show.


  • Almost guarantees that you will be in the competition (the number of entries we can accept is limited).       
  • Allows you to submit music to accompany your act or special requests.

On the spot registration     

  • Subject to availability of entry spots.     
  • You can register at the information stand until 1pm. Please report to the costume desk at the Royal stage 30 minutes before the start of the show to confirm your attendance.

Who is eligible to enter?

The costume show is for all visitors. From novice to expert. From handmade to store bought. And all types of costumes are welcome. Release your imagination! Entertainment and traders are welcome to participate as well but only Fantasy Forest visitors are eligible to win a prize.


  • Best craftsmanship – This is the category where the handmade costumes really shine. The judges will be looking at quality, ingenuity, wig-styling, make-up, effort and creativity.
  • Cosplay – In addition to craftsmanship we will also be looking at accuracy and presentation of the character you are cosplaying.  
  • Best performance – Is “let me entertain you” your motto? Then this is your category! Blow the audience away with your act.  
  • Best group (2 people minimum) – More people, more fun. If you coordinated your costume efforts, then you could score high points in this category!
  • Young Padawan – A special category for anyone aged 2 – 11.
  • Overall day winner – Awarded to whomever scores highest points for craftsmanship, ingenuity, creativity, presentation, accuracy and performance.

Click here for the rules and prizes.