Fashion is the perfect way to make a statement and express your personality. Join us in our 'Ruff Parade' and show off your (or your dogs) historical attitude.

What's a ruff?


A ruff is a large, frilly collar worn by men, women and children to show their status. Most popular in Elizabethan and Tudor times, they became fashionable again in the early 1800s - the time when Tempe House was built (1830s). 

How can I make one?


Any way you like. Use your imagination and go wild. You can make them out of material, or download one of our paper ruff templates and colour them in. Make your ruff before the Festival or use templates available on the day at the children's craft area.

What's the Parade? How do I join in?


All our ruff wearers - adults, children, dogs, cats, guinea pigs etc can join in the Parade on the front lawn of Tempe House at 2pm.

Sign up online HERE or register your interest at the ticketing desk.  

The Parade entries will be judged by historical fashion expert Hilary Davidson. Prizes will be awarded for most authentic, most frivolous, best crafted and best under 12.

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NSW, 2027     02 9252 5554

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