Glitter, Tutus and Twirls at the Cloudberry Castle Ballet Book Party

We had a wonderful day at the Cloudberry Castle Ballet Book Party in Edinburgh last weekend! Dance Base on the Grassmarket was alive with glitter, tinsel and tutus on Sunday as the Discover Kelpies team and Janey Louise Jones were joined by girls in their ballet finery celebrating the launch of Cloudberry Castle: Ballerina Dreams.


Craft Table

Lots of creativity at the craft table

There were lots of ballet-themed activities to keep everyone busy! Janey’s guests could enjoy their very own decorated cupcake, make bright, sparkly drawings at the craft table, and even take part in a very special ballet lesson!



A lovely decorated cupcake

To top it all off, there was even a performance by ballet students from Angela Watson School of Dance, who did a lovely dance to The Waltz of the Flowers from the ballet Sleeping Beauty, and swooshed and twirled away in front of us!

The Cloudberry Castle books follows ballet-mad Katie, who dreams of being a ballerina. In the newest book, Cloudberry Castle: Ballerina Dreams, Katie is given the chance to audition for a place in New York City Ballet’s production of the Nutcracker! But can she balance her dream ballet role with helping her old friend Mallie and taking her ballet exams? Janey treated her guests to a storytime with all three books in the series, finishing with a reading from Cloudberry Castle: Ballerina Dreams.

Janey Louise Jones

Janey reading from all three books in her series

Well done to all our competition winners on the day! There were many beautifully decorated tutus, tiaras, nutcrackers and ballet shoes and we wished that we could have chosen all of them. And a special congratulations to the winner of the raffle who won tickets to go and see the Scottish Ballet perform the Nutcracker ballet.

Competition Entries

The many wonderful competition entries

Posted by: Claire at Discover Kelpies

P.S — Thanks to all the lovely students from Stirling and Napier Universities who helped out on the day!