Youngsters enjoy dress-up for a variety of reasons - not just because their parents find joy in embarrassing them!

It can be a way for them to learn about different cultures and times in history, as they are often inspired to dress up in certain costumes and fashions.

Plus, it is just plain fun!

Bournemouth Echo: In August 1981 Corfe Castle Playgroup children on their Nursery Rhyme tableau at Corfe Castle Carnival...Appeared Swanage Times 15 Aug 1981.Copyright Arthur Grant.

Dress-up can also help youngsters develop their social skills and creativity.

These pictures were taken in the local area over the years and show children in a variety of different outfits.