A Big Thank You to everyone who has kindly donated these amazing prizes.
Lots 1 to 10 will be auctioned live on the night of The Grand Sleepover and the other fantastic prizes, Lots 11 to 38, will be offered in the Silent Auction, during the event.
If you are unable to make it on the night, please send us your maximum bid for your chosen lot by completing the absentee bid form below.
Happy bidding & good luck.
Seven days at the romantic farmhouse La Fiouguiere, Var. An utterly peaceful and idyllic property in Provence. A charming house with wonderful views set in gardens with swimming pool. Sleeps 4 adults & 4 children or 6 adults & 2 children. Marseilles Airport 1hr away. Cook by prior arrangement and subject to an additional cost. Saturday 4 – 11 July 2015
Kindly donated by Harriet Baring.
Brown shoes with blue suit? Wedges or wellies? Fed up of wearing the same old jeans? Your cupboard is full, nothing to wear?
A perfect prize for that father, mother (inlaw!) husband, wife, son, or daughter who needs to get some sartorial sparkle back.
Spend a day with Georgie Fordham, wardrobe consultant, and all round style setter. She will guide you gently around the maze of modern mishaps and advise, help and re-organise what you need, and for when.
Kindly donated by Georgie Fordham.
Invite your friends and host a fine feast in your home. Kathy Southan, a trained chef, and Harriet Ruddy will work with you to create your own mouth-watering menu for up to 12 guests in London, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire or Warwickshire. Food (starter or canapés, main, pudding, cheese & coffee) & full waitressing service included in this scrumptious prize.
Kindly donated by Kathy Southan, Harriet Ruddy, Harriet Baring & Sam Hartigan.
An evening's summer cruise on the Thames for a maximum of 10 people, with champagne and canapés aboard the beautiful Warakei. This little Dunkirk ship rescued 150 soldiers from the beaches at Dunkirk. She was built in the 1930s, participated in the Jubilee Pageant in 2012 and is in tip top condition! There will be a crew of two plus your hostess, Samantha Corsellis. The prize can be taken on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evening up until late September/mid October and lasts for 2 hours.
Kindly donated by Samantha and James Corsellis.
A luxury large coastal pavilion-style beach house in an enviable cliff top position in North Cornwall with plenty of room for several generations to unwind and enjoy coastal living in true Cornish style. Northcott Beach House, a seven-bedroom self-catering property near Bude, is country chic to the core and comes complete with Aga, and plenty of familyfriendly touches such as board games, table football, table tennis, Sky, a DVD player and internet access.
A coastal path leads from the house down to Northcott Beach. Manned by lifeguards in summer, it is fantastic for swimming, surfing and rock pooling. Option of an in-house chef available (on prior request and subject to an additional cost). Any dates subject to availability.
Value: £4,000 a week high season
Kindly donated by David & Fiona Howden.
Chris Levine is a light artist who works across many mediums in pursuit of sensory experience through image and form. His work considers light not just as a core aspect of art, but of human experience more widely, and a spiritual and philosophical edge permeates his work. His sensational portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is an utterly fresh depiction of the most famous woman in the world. Fluoro 3 2013 is signed and embossed by the artist. Colour silkscreen with fluorescent ink, 1050 x 850mm, edition 10/10.
Kindly donated by Chris Levine.
An original framed picture by Emma Levine. Mixed composition: silk, paper & pins. 58cm x 58cm.
Emma delicately cuts images, especially trees, from a medium like felt or paper and pins them minutely to their chosen background, raised ethereally from the surface, forming beautiful shadows and layers. Her work is very serene and calm.
Emma is represented by London Contemporary Art.
Kindly donated by Emma Levine.
This is a unique chance for you and up to 25 of your friends, to have your own premiere at the private screening room at Entertainment One in London's West End. eOne is one of the largest independent film companies in the world; with past films such as Twilight, The Kings Speech and 12 Year’s a Slave. If you win this amazing prize, you will be able to pick from any of eOne’s forthcoming films before they go on general release. An amazing chance to gather your friends for an unforgettable film night.
Kindly donated by Samantha and James Corsellis.
This is your chance – not available to the general public – for two families (or up to 12 people) to camp out in the Park and experience the animals after dark!
The Park covers over 100 acres of beautiful parkland and gardens around a listed Victorian Manor House just outside Burford, Oxfordshire and is one of the UK’s largest zoological collections, with highly acclaimed gardens and exotic planting. Spend the afternoon exploring the Park then set up camp near the lions and enjoy a barbecue overlooking the giraffe enclosure. You will be looked after by one of the Park’s Animal Keepers.
Bring your own tents to camp out near the rhinos, giraffe, lions and leopards, and be woken up by the rumbles, squeaks, growls and roars of the animals in the morning. Barbecue and wines provided, and breakfast the following morning. Bring your own tents/sleeping bags/torch etc. (toilet facilities available near camping area).
Date during the summer of 2014, by arrangement with the Curator Jamie Craig
Kindly donated by Reggie Heyworth.
Angelic Studio is Britain’s premier residential recording studio. Follow on from the likes of Mumford & Sons, Tiny Tempah, Ozzie Osborne, and Ellie Goulding and come and record your smash hit single. Bring the band. The day will be overseen by Toby who has worked with One Direction, Olly Murs, Will Young, Christina Perri, etc and Tom Fuller who has engineered for the world’s leading pop acts. A perfect gift for that talented godchild, daughter, son, mum or dad. Lunch and refreshments included. Date to be agreed.
Kindly donated by Toby and Gaby Grafftey-Smith
Inspired by the countryside around her, Josephine Trotter paints directly from her subject and indeed from her studio in Oxfordshire where she is surrounded by beautiful, quintessentially English countryside that offers an ever changing landscape. When not in the UK, she favours the Mediterranean and paints every year in Italy, France and Spain. Signed, Framed, Artist Proof Print: “London and Tower Bridges from the Millennium Bridge”.
Kindly donated by Josephine Trotter.
See the art scene from the inside. Art15 presents modern and contemporary galleries from around the world, including paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings, video and digital art by artists who range from modern masters through to emerging talents. The prize, for two people, includes:
Champagne reception at Art15
Tour of the show with Kate Bryant, head of contemporary art at the Fine Art Society
Chauffeur driven in a Bentley by artist Chris Levine, collection from London or South Northamptonshire.
Kindly donated by Emma Levine
Josh Wood, is a foremost trendsetter in the hair and beauty industry. His work has strongly influenced the international beauty landscape for nearly two decades. An all-day grown up pamper day and hair and beauty treat at the one and only Josh Atelier salon in Notting Hill, London.
Prize to include Colour, Cut and Blow Dry, Mani/Pedi, Eye Brow Shape.
Kindly donated by Josh Wood Atelier.
A day’s driven shoot at Eydon, Northamptonshire during the 2014 season, choice of flexible days, as a guest of Bob Lari. It's a very relaxed and friendly shoot with an expected bag of 100 birds (pheasant, partridge and duck). Experience and own gun required or expert one to one tuition plus gun provided for an extra £100 contribution to charity.
Kindly donated by Bob Lari.
This is a rare opportunity to stay in a beautiful private apartment in the heart of Russia’s greatest historical and cultural treasure – ‘the Venice of the North’. It is situated within walking distance of the Sheremetev Palace and has views down the Fontanka River. From this spoiling base you could see the ballet at the Mariinsky or marvel at the art in The Hermitage. Apartment sleeps four with one double and one twin bedroom and separate bathrooms.
All travel (flights not included), tickets, visas & tours can be arranged through Steppes Travel.
The prize should be taken within one year of the auction and dates to be mutually agreed.
Kindly donated by Nicholas Laing.
Kate Linforth, a recent graduate of the University of Kent is making her mark as an encaustic artist and sculptor. She is inspired by science, nature and spirituality and the materials that she uses are subjected to heat, gravity and chance and have a slightly unpredictable quality to them. Her work is being sold through galleries in Kent and London and now features in private collections in the UK and overseas. She has very generously created this beautiful piece specifically for The Grand Sleepover.
Dimensions are 29cm wide and 33cm high including the stand.
Kindly donated by Kate Linforth.
International Interior Designer, Vanessa Galloway, is a director of Konig Design and the newly launched Konig Colours – a new generation eco paint, as featured in Elle Decoration, The Sunday Times Home supplement and Living Etc.
This prize will be for a two hour consultation on paint colours and interior design including space planning, furniture and fabric advice. Vanessa will travel to your home in London, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire to offer advice and make recommendations. Time to be mutually agreed.
Kindly donated by Vanessa Galloway.
Recapture your city mojo and stay for a couple of nights in this stylish pad in the heart of Notting Hill. Within walking distance of the bustle of Portobello Road and the Electric Cinema there is plenty of fun to be had. You could have breakfast at the famous Bill Graingers or spend the afternoon shopping in Westbourne Grove. It’s up to you! A chilled bottle of champagne will be awaiting your arrival. For grown-ups only. Dates to be mutually agreed - mid-week or weekend.
Kindly donated by Rupert and Georgie Fordham.
A week’s stay in a charming home on the edge of a hamlet in the foothills of the Balkan mountain range. The house lies within half an hour’s wooded walk from the Troyan Monastery, an historic monastery in Bulgaria famous for its miracle-working icon and colourful mural painting.
It offers a peacefully secluded base for mountain walks as well as expeditions further afield exploring 'Bulgaria the Beautiful' and its rich cultural history. Sleeping a maximum of six guests over two floors, each fitted as a selfcontained unit with kitchen and bathroom. Recently restored, the rooms are furnished in traditional style with antique Bulgarian kilim and local ceramics.
Troyan is two hours drive from Sofia, the nearest airport.
Kindly donated by John and Claire Brisby.
Win a chance to meet legendary news anchor Jon Snow on a tour of the Channel 4 studios and watch a live recording of the news programme. Prize is for two people on a date to be arranged and confirmed by both parties.
Kindly donated by Eleanor Findlater
On Saturday 18 October 2014, the QIPCO British Champions Day is the culmination of the European Flat racing season. This prize is for two tickets with premier access and car parking. During the day you will be treated to champagne on arrival followed by a four course lunch in the Panoramic Restaurant on the top floor of the Ascot grandstand with Cellar Master’s selected wines. And Afternoon Tea!
Kindly donated by the QIPCO British Champions Series
Full sized, signed, framed print of a watercolour by Veronica Ward, a botanical artist who paints flowers, fruit and vegetables. These onions were home grown thus providing the flamboyant tops and roots, the lack of uniformity and the gorgeous variation in colour. This is a run of only fifty prints.
Kindly donated by Veronica Ward.
If you want to give your garden an easy uplift, then this is the best way to do it. Angel will booff up your borders, pretty up your pots, tidy up the terrace or give you a thousand ideas for a total overhaul. Angel has been designing gardens for over twenty years, and is presently working on the restoration of the gardens at Bruern Abbey. Travel included within a 30 mile radius of Brackley, Northamptionshire and must be taken up within a year.
Kindly donated by Angel Collins.
The Kids Survival Day Course comprises of a combination of survival skills and adventure tasks set by Bear Grylls and his team. These are designed to put kids to the test and inspire the next generation of adventurers and explorers. Techniques taught will include learning how to build a fire, how to navigate in the wilderness, learning about natural foods, building a shelter, dynamic rescue techniques and learning Bear’s specific priorities of survival. The courses have been designed for kids aged 8-13 years by Bear and his close team of highly trained experts. It is the perfect opportunity to meet new friends, gain invaluable skills and share a truly memorable and fun experience. On completion of the course, kids will receive: A certificate of achievement, a Bear Grylls Survival Academy badge and an ‘I Survived’ T-Shirt. Times: 09:30 – 15:30 Ages: 8-13yrs old Inc: Lunch – Bear Grylls style survival rations. The two vouchers will be left open to attend any venue & date. The courses are typically held in London and the home counties.
Kindly donated by Bear Grills.
The origins of this well known and prestigious pack of hounds can be traced back to the 17th century.
The Meynell and South Staffordshire are privileged to have one of the most varied, interesting and challenging grass countries in the whole of England. The hunting country spreads across a large part of Derbyshire and Staffordshire; from the north of Ashbourne down to Lichfield in the south, across to Derby in the east and Cannock Chase to the west.
For two people, during the season of 2014-2015. Horses not included!
Kindly donated by Rachel Morley, Joint Hon. Secretary.
This is a two part prize with something for everyone.
Part 1: Family tickets to the incredible Eden Project Cornwall, two adults and two teenage children.
Part 2: A pair of tickets to next summer’s Eden Sessions, the open air concerts, in the magical theatre of Eden surrounded by plants and nature. Line up to be confirmed early in 2015 but Headline acts this year are Ellie Goulding, Dizzee Rascal, Elbow, Skrillex and Pixies.
The venue is wonderfully intimate and is a fantastic evening out. An experience not to be missed!
'The most sublime summer music festival you could ever hope to experience”.; Time Out
Kindly donated by the Eden Project.
Need new ideas for your garden? Why not bid for a 2 hour garden consultation with James Alexander-Sinclair, the renowned Garden Designer, writer, BBC broadcaster & Chelsea Judge. James will visit you in your home in London, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire or the Eastern Cotswolds, to offer advice and make recommendations for transforming your garden. Time to be mutually agreed.
James Alexander-Sinclair: “A garden is not an instant creation, as I'm sure you're aware. You cannot go out and order one off the shelf, no matter how much money you choose to spend… Plants, like people, are mortal, and no garden can ever stand still, for by marking time, it becomes stagnant and unexciting.”
Kindly donated by James Alexander-Sinclair.
A limited-edition lithograph of Picasso’s Le déjeuner sur l’herbe (1960). The composition is derived from Edouard Manet’s 1863 painting of the same name, a work that shocked French society and inspired future generations of artists. It was printed at the Mourlot printing press in Paris.
Kindly donated by The Aidan Meller Galleries.
Original Oil painting "Kenyan Landscape" 18”x18” Framed behind glass. Oil on canvas. Oxfordshire based, George Irvine is known for his bold use of colour, observing eye and sensitive brush strokes reflecting respect for the much loved landscape.
Kindly donated by George Irvine.
Hugely in demand, Sheila Hoy is one of the UK’s foremost Craniosacral Therapist. Craniosacral Therapy reunites mind and body to restore harmony, vitality and balance. Each session is one hour long and takes place in Sheila’s treatment room in Epwell near Banbury.
Kindly donated by Sheila Hoy.
Hotel du Lac, Bretaye, is located in the ski basin above the Swiss resort of Villars. The unparallelled piste in, piste out chalet hotel lies at 1800m accessible from the Alpine village by a cog railway or by skiing only. Breakfast and dinners will be catered for by the in house chef.
Villars is in French speaking Vaud, 1 1/2 hours from Geneva. Subject to availability during 2015 summer or winter. Hotel du Lac recently changed hands after 115 years. The new owners are completely refurbishing it to a five star standard, due to open Winter 2014. www.villars.ch (resort official guide) and www.bretaye.ch (hotel web site)
Value: £1,000 (of accommodation approx.)
Kindly donated by Victoria and James Browning.
The Lovestruck, a converted horsebox, is the ideal way to get away from it all. A touch of luxury mixed with rustic charm. The interior is an eclectic mix of showman wagon, gypsy caravan and country cottage. Without doubt the Lovestruck is a great option for a weekend in the country with a twist. It is perfect for any combination of people: couples, couples with children, friends etc.
Fully kitted out with two double beds (one double bed above cabin and one foldout double bed), wood burning stove, dining table, oven, sink and compost loo; The Lovestruck weekend will be based near Bath, exact location and dates for 2015 are to be determined and confirmed with the Lovestruck owner. What is guaranteed is stylish camping in a whole heap of rolling English countryside not far from the beautiful city of Bath, in case you need an urban fix too.
Kindly donated by Algy Sloane.
Taking inspiration from pop and op art, and artists like Victor Vasarely, Richard Levine experiments with image making to produce 2D prints, which are sometimes transposed into textured objects and patterns to provide a tactile element which plays with light and movement.
Unframed print, Friends II. Edition of 50 giclee with silkscreen gloss. 80cm x 80cm
Kindly donated by Richard Levine.
Something to treasure forever. Capture your child's childhood bedroom in a hand drawn colour illustration by Interior Designer, Vanessa Galloway of Konig Design. She will come to your home in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire and London or work from a selection of photographs. Other counties possible but travel to be negotiated. (You could also choose another room!)
Kindly donated by Vanessa Galloway.
This prize is for four people to go racing at Towcester Racecourse. Start the day with your gracious host Hugo Bevan, erstwhile clerk of the course for a behind the scenes tour. Then enjoy a complimentary lunch and drinks before spending the afternoon in the Owners and Trainers box.
Kindly donated by Hugo Bevan.
Two premier seats at the Queen of Pop’s live show at the O2, on either 29 or 30 September 2014.
Kindly donated by Bill Lord.
Get back in the game. Three one hour tennis lessons with tennis pro Tim Hue-Williams. Beginners or more advanced players will have the chance to increase their confidence, technique and fitness over the course of these three one-to-one sessions.
Tim will travel though Northamptonshire, Warwickshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
Court provided, if required.
Kindly donated by Tim Hue-Williams.
This beautiful jug is wonderful filled with an armful of flowers from the garden, but also looks stunning all on its own. It makes a really special wedding or anniversary present too. Height 20cm & width 19cm.
Kindly donated by Emma Bridgewater.
The Grand Sleepover committee has described the donated auction prizes to the best of its ability and belief from the information provided by the donors and can take no liability whatsoever in respect of faults, deficiencies or errors of description or value whether verbal or printed. If there is any dispute, the committee's decision shall be final and binding.
Successful bidders will be notified immediately after the closing time of the auction, and will be expected to pay the full sale price for their lot(s). Full details and contacts for each lot will be sent to the successful bidder once the lot is paid for.