The girls are back in town!

At last, the news you’ve all been waiting for – Girls Around Town is back! And with a little help from the first guest of 2018, things will be getting off to a scintillating start with the pulling of a cork – or maybe two…

Join June and Rachel as they raise a glass for a double celebration with Helenka Brown, launching GAT#2 with some of the very first wines grown, pressed and bottled at Hanwell Wine Estate in the rolling countryside of South Nottinghamshire.

Tune in or listen online from 10am to 12 noon on Sunday 4 March to find out what’s in store for the show this spring, when among other things the girls will be joined by members of the new Sunday Supplement team who’ll be sharing their take on some of the hot topics of each month.

Sip, sip, hooray!!

On the IPA trail in and around Newark

ipaNo fewer than 18 pubs in and around Newark will be joining forces in a 10-day celebration of the classic beer style IPA (India Pale Ale) next month.

Organised by the Newark branch of the Campaign for Real Ale, the second IPA Trail takes place from Friday 1 to Sunday 10 August, in recognition of International IPA Day on Thursday 7 August. The trail will be launched at The Organ Grinder on Portland Street at 12 noon on Friday 1 August.

Pubs taking part in the Newark Trail will be

  • The Flying Circus – Newark
  • The Prince Rupert – Newark
  • The Fox & Crown – Newark
  • The Organ Grinder – Newark
  • The Castle & Falcon – Newark
  • The Sir John Arderne – Newark
  • The Castle Barge – Newark
  • The Rose & Crown – Balderton
  • The Chequers – Elston
  • The Final Whistle – Southwell
  • The Bramley Apple – Southwell
  • The Hearty Goodfellow – Southwell
  • The Old Coach House – Southwell
  • The Roaring Meg – Newark
  • The Real Ale Store – Newark
  • The Grey Horse – Collingham
  • The Castle Pub – Newark
  • Just Beer – Newark

Throughout the 10 days, they will all be featuring IPAs, with drinkers able to pick up a collector card from any of the pub and get a sticker for buying a pint or a half in participating pubs. Completed cards will be entered into a grand prize draw and there will also be a second prize draw for those visiting 10 pubs or more but not completing the Trail.

In recent years, Newark has become a real ale hub. With many pubs opening and breweries thriving, it is a stark contrast to the scene elsewhere in the country, where up to 30 pubs are closing each week on average.

Newark is also home to a number of other real-ale related businesses. Its real ale and pub scene helps to strengthen the town’s night time economy and provides a welcome boost to the town’s economic prosperity as a whole.

“There are numerous ale trails across the country, with many of them themed on a particular beer style,” said Derek Graham, Vice Chairman of Newark CAMRA and one of the Trail organisers. “But we believe we were the first to celebrate IPA this way, when we held the first trail last year.

“Originally brewed in London and Burton-on-Trent for the colonial market, particularly the troops in India, this was once a classic British beer type and is now increasing in popularity again.

“We are expecting more than 40 different IPAs to be available during the 10 days and the Trail also gives us a chance to showcase many of the excellent pubs we have in the branch area.”

A fruity family festival

elderflower festivalTo celebrate 30 years of making their famous cordials and pressés, Belvoir Fruit Farms will be holding their first ever Elderflower Festival on Sunday 13 July.

Set in the grounds of Knipton Cricket Club, just below Belvoir Castle, the festival runs from 10am to 4pm and will be packed with activities and entertainment for all the family.

Sample and buy some of the tasty treats from local producers – browse for gorgeous gifts among the craft stalls – listen to live jazz music – and watch Morris and Maypole dancers perform.

For the children, there’ll be street party games, juggling, balloon modelling and face painting, as well as the opportunity to enter the Elderflower Fairy Children’s Fancy Dress Competition, with a hamper of goodies for the winner of each of the two categories (5 and under and 6 to 11).

frances quinnFoodie fans will enjoy the cookery demonstrations by home economist Teresa Bovey, head chef of Les Rosbifs Restaurant Duncan Hooper and special guest Frances Quinn, winner of The Great British Bake Off in 2013.

Frances will also be on hand to judge entries in the Elderflower Baking Competition. The results will be announced at 3pm, with a Belvoir Fruit Farms Hamper and a ‘Lovely’ clock for the winner of each of the three categories – Elderflower Cake, Belvoir Fruit Farms Cordial Cake and Lovely Cake – and a wooden ‘Lovely’ trophy for runners up.

Admission to the festival is £1 for individuals or £5 per car. Visit their website for more details; and while you’re there, why not check out some of the yummy recipes and cocktail ideas too?