Come along to Alopecia UK's fourth 'Big Weekend' where we will have a series of events for those affected by alopecia. This year's host city is Birmingham. We have four individual events that make up the weekend and you can choose to attend either one, two, three or all four. Below you can find a brief overview of the weekend...
Friday EVENING: Our Exhibition Hall will be open with reception drinks and canapes. A great opportunity to meet others with alopecia in a relaxed setting (7pm - 9:30pm). Suitable for adults and older teens. We advise children to save themselves for the Saturday! Although we will do our best to put families in touch for the Friday night in case they want to go bowling or something similar.
Saturday DAYTIME: A adult conference filled with talks, workshops, exhibitors and demonstrations. The focus here is very much on information sharing (9:30am - 5:30pm). We will also facilitate a Children and Teens specific event within the conference with games, a crafty area, a chill out area, and some fun workshops and speakers as well (10:30am - 4:30pm). More details will be announced over the coming months. Saturday NIGHT TIME: A great opportunity to chat with others over a buffet dinner followed by some fun and dancing! As always we will have a blue theme in honour of it being Alopecia Awareness Month so do dig out your blue dresses, suits, shirts, tops, fancy dress (?!) – anything goes! (7pm - midnight).
Sunday DAYTIME: Our Sunday event is typically about doing something awareness related. This year we will be facilitating a photoshoot and video making in order to create lots of content that Alopecia UK can use for awareness both online and in Charity Resources. So we're after some models* please! This is new for 2017 and still needs developed but we would appreciate those who are comfortable being photographed getting involved. It will be a nice relaxed day and I'm sure we'll incorporate a bit of fun, with perhaps a walk through Birmingham to the infamous 'Bullring' for some extra photos (10:30am - 3pm). *Do not have to be an actual 'model'! We'd just like a lot of people with alopecia please - of all types. Friends/family also welcome although we will primarily need those with alopecia for photos.
What people said after attending in previous years...
“The organisation that had obviously gone into the whole weekend was fantastic. It was a great venue and the hospitality was fabulous with all the drinks and food on offer. Lots of different aspects of coping with Alopecia both practically and emotionally were covered too. The turnout was also fantastic.”
“For the first time I felt comfortable taking my wig off in public, I
found it an amazing experience to be with people with the same
“It was wonderful to be in a place with so many others with alopecia. Everyone had something in common. It made you feel uninhibited and relaxed. Great to share stories and learn new things.”
To see details and photos from previous Big Weekend events please click here.