A tasty tale

tasty-tale-heroHere’s something for anyone with kids aged seven and over – a very special show that’s coming to your local library next month…

Written by Noel Greig and packed with plenty of music, laughter and scary bits, A Tasty Tale is an exciting re-working of the much-loved fairy story, Hansel and Gretel.

Two hungry children abandoned in the woods. A delicious house made of gingerbread. Hansel is not as brave as he boasts he is. Gretel is bolder than she thought she could be. The witch has a scheme that doesn’t quite work out. And the duck learns just how wise he can be…

You’ll find performances at

  • Mansfield Central Library (01623 651337) at 2pm on Saturday 5 December
  • Newark Library (01636 703966) at 11am on Saturday 12 December
  • Beeston Library (0115 9255168) at 4.30pm on Saturday 12 December
  • Workop Library (01909 535353) at 11.30am on Sunday 13 December

Tickets for library members are £2 for children and free for accompanying adults (£4 each for children and adults who are non-library members). Advance booking is essential – call or visit the library (each library only stocks tickets or its own date/venue) or book online.

Goodies galore at The Candela Shop launch

candela picSince we told you about the official launch of The Candela Shop recently (check out the post here if you missed it), owner Saffron Bradshaw has added lots of exciting extras to make this an event that sounds just too good to miss…

So if you’re thinking of heading over to Beeston on Saturday and need some extra encouragement, how’s this for a list of incentives?

As well as lots of lovely candles (of course!), sparkling Prosecco, special offers and goodie bags, here are a few of the little luxuries on offer between 9.30am and 5pm

  • Tasty hand made treats from Glitter & Sparkle Cakes and Fudge Glorious Fudge
  • Stunning artwork from Yuffiees Corner
  • Beautiful blooms from justcflowers.com
  • Personalised gifts and items for around the home from Live, Love and Sparkle
  • Cute charms and lovely lockets from Locket Away

All of which adds up to make Saturday 31 January a date to get in your diaries, if it’s not in there already!

Simply scent-sational!

candela shopWho doesn’t love a pretty perfumed candle?

There’s nothing quite like the combination of softly flickering light and a heavenly scent to help you unwind after a stressful day or set the scene for romantic meal – after all, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!

With its range of hand-poured soy wax candles and melts, complemented by diffusers and room sprays, The Candela Shop in Beeston opened for business in the middle of December, just in time to take advantage of the last-minute rush for Christmas gifts.

cognac and orange candleOwner Saffron Bradshaw sources her stock from small artisan producers across the UK. Toxin-free and totally natural, the candles come in a wide choice of fragrances – how about Cognac and Orange from Cambridge, Sparkling Mint Massage or Irish Winter (both from Belfast) or Saffron’s own current favourite Strudel, from Smouldering Wicks in nearby Nottingham?

After a busy first few weeks in the run-up to Christmas, Saffron is now getting ready for the shop’s official launch on Saturday 31 January.

Details are still being finalised but expect goody bags packed with luscious treats and offers, a ribbon-cutting ceremony by the Mayor and celebratory fizz of course! Put the date in your diaries and watch this space for updates…

You’ll find The Candela Shop at 1 Stoney Street in Beeston. Opening hours are 10am to 5.30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 10am to 5pm on Wednesday; 9.30am to 5pm on Saturday; and 10am to 4pm on Sunday.

A new website is currently under construction – in the meantime, head over to Facebook for more pictures and the latest information…