It all began with a small gathering, relatively speaking, of 300 people. “Like most people, I love parties, but wanted to try and take it a step further,” says Director of the famous Cornish Masked Ball, Kelvin Batt, as he discusses the evolution of the exclusive event. “This was the thinking behind the Masked Ball and I’m glad to say it has gone from strength to strength, bringing together people looking for an exclusive Cornish party experience.”Kelvin and three friends took on the mammoth of setting up and organising the first event, and the phenomenon of the Masked Ball has now been running successfully for seven years.These days you can expect to see up to 3000 guests of all ages arriving in fancy dress for a sumptuous evening.
A new addition this year are the Masked Ball’s exclusive hobbit huts, where you can stay and enjoy a truly unique camping experience.These boutique wooden homes encapsulate the concept of chic. Not only do the handmade cabins come in a single or double option, they’re also equipped with heating and power, meaning you can stay warm on a cool autumn night and charge your iPhone at the same time. The huts have been such a success that the team now travels all over the country to offer festival-goers and wedding guests the chance get a good night’s sleep. As you can imagine, they’re popular simply because even the best tent on the market can’t compete.
Local organisations and businesses benefit massively from the event. Kelvin is delighted that his work can now give so much back: “It’s great to know the event boosts the local economy up to and during the ball with visitors to the Helston and Porthleven area.”
The Masked Ball has supported a range of charities over the years, including Porthleven Lights, Pants Cancer Charity in Falmouth, Surfers against Sewage in St Agnes, Porthleven Food Festival and a primary schools on The Lizard and in Porthleven. In 2013, Kelvin and the team managed to donate £7,000 to charity.
There are more exclusive masked events scheduled over the next 12 months. Halloween is the theme on the 31st October for a Children’s Masked Ball, followed by the adult version on the 1st November. Kelvin says: “The objective is always the same: to provide a fantastic experience for guests and raise money for good causes.”
Kelvin’s journey is a living example of hard work paying off. The masked ball started small and is now a very well known event. Kelvin expresses how grateful and privileged he feels to be in such a position and to have such a great team to work with: “Together they are the driving force behind this fantastic success story, and we can’t wait to see where it takes us.”