Sunday July 10th – Rope & Traders Frenzy!

Hi all,

Jahc and Richard Rope are back this month after their extended Covid break. They are limbering up, getting ready to welcome both newcomers and seasoned SWAMP string flingers, to oversee basic to expert skill sharing in the Peer Rope Workshop. The workshop starts at 2.30pm in the Demo/Public Dungeon area and runs until 5pm. If you’re not quite sure about getting physically involved, we’ve a large viewing area to just watch their creativity unfold.

For the first time since our return from Covid I’m pleased to say we have a healthy number of traders. You can check out who’s attending by clicking here. I think we’ve always brought a good balanced selection of BDSM items to your attention, but now there’s an even wider choice. There’s a good mix of custom, handmade and mass-produced goods for every budget, and your purchases, no matter how small, mean that the dedicated traders can offset some of the horrendous fuel prices we are all facing at the moment. Plus, remember that SWAMP is doing its bit to try and offset some of yours by offering free entry to the market if you arrive before 2pm, or a discounted all-day ticket at just £7.

Much as we want everyone to be in party/socialising mode during the evening do remember that if you are wanting to use the dungeons or needle workshop, then you would be advised to wait until after you’ve used those before drinking excessively. Our Dungeon Monitors/Workshop Leaders are very keen and will turn you away if they suspect you’ve drunk too much, which is what they have been instructed to do.

The afternoon dungeon area will be open as usual this month, but I’m unsure of its future as it very rarely gets used as it should, and I’m looking to create space for more lovely traders. Let me know if you’ve strong feelings either way.

Once again, I was amazed by some of the photos taken at our resident studio Paintbox After Dark last month. I’ve recently set up a new SWAMP profile on Instagram and look forward to seeing some of their work on there (posted by those who are happy to share of course). Our profile can be found by clicking here.

May Madness – Needles & Money Saving Schemes!

Just under two weeks to go so time to let you know what’s up for May. This month’s demo will be:

An Introduction to Needle Play and will be presented by @Edgyyyyy_miyake along with @Mistress44X – the presenter of last month’s Back to Basics demo. They will be covering basic sharps safety, obtaining and disposal of supplies, needle and staple techniques as well as a look at predicament sharps play. The demo will also include some creative designs and needle zippers. They will be hosting a taster sharps workshop at the end for anyone wanting to have a try. If this is something enough people are interested in, it might be possible to hold this workshop on a regular basis in the future. There will be a limited number of seats available so make sure you get here early if you want one…

…which leads me seamlessly into a new trial we are starting on the 8th which involves changes to our current entry charges. Believe it or not we are not increasing our entry fees but rather reducing them for the earlybirds amongst you. Anyone who arrives before 2pm will have the option to either get a market ticket for FREE covering the hours of 1pm – 6.30pm, or a full day and evening ticket for just £7, saving you £3 off the usual entry price of £10. There are a number of reasons for trialling this; 1. we would like to see a better attendance early on to hopefully attract more traders, 2. we would like to have an early start for our demos to allow more workshop time after them, and 3. this will hopefully be a way of offsetting everyone’s increasing travel costs. There are a couple of points to note though – only one ticket can be bought per person, so if you are one of the few who like to pay for a friend or partner to come along later you will need to pay the usual full ticket price for them.

Despite numerous requests over the years for us to have a professional photographer at SWAMP, only a few people made the decision to get their photos taken professionally last month, which is nowhere near enough to make it a viable regular facility, so if it’s something you’ve wanted to do, don’t forget to visit the Paintbox After Dark photography studio in the evening. They’d love to help you make the most of your SWAMP memories.

We’re still building the market back up after the two-year hiatus, so please come along and check out our quality selection of traders, some of whom travel a fair distance to be with us and share their passion for the lifestyle with you. You can see who’s coming to the next event by visiting our ‘Confirmed Traders’ page under the ‘Market’ tab.