Newark Book Festival needs YOU!

 

If you were one of the thousands of visitors to last year’s Newark Book Festival, you’ll recognise some of the scenes in this video – you might even catch sight of yourself in there somewhere too!

Events like this don’t just happen, of course – they take a lot of hard work and dedication on the part of the organisers…

Heading up the team responsible for bringing it all together is artistic director Sara Bullimore, who joins the Girls Around Town in the first hour of next weekend’s show to talk about the 2020 Festival.

Dates are already confirmed – make a note, Thursday 9 to Sunday 12 July – and so is this year’s theme, which will celebrate and explore change, milestones and anniversaries, creativity and culture over the past 100 years.

Tune in to 107.8FM or listen online from 10am and 11am next Sunday, when Sara will be updating June and Rachel on some of the things in store. She’ll have details too of how you can help support this popular event – find out how to become a Festival Friend, a stallholder, a volunteer or – if you’re a business owner – how to become a sponsor for 2020.

And equally importantly, how and where to find out more as plans progress and tickets are released for what’s guaranteed to be an even bigger and better Festival than the three that have gone before!

Discovering Bingham

In the first of a series of shows about how to Be a tourist in your own town, a couple of months ago June and Rachel took a closer look at a few of the attractions Newark has to offer.

You’ll probably remember the premise – how easy it is to overlook the things right on your doorstep when planning days out with friends and family.

Well, next weekend it’s time to focus on another Nottinghamshire treasure, just a few miles up the road…

And who better to point June – and you! – in the right direction than Ophelia Marshall, the founder of Rural Retail, with a little help from the Girls Around Town‘s new guest presenter Claire?

They’ll be explaining what it is they love about living and working in the pretty little town of Bingham and sharing details of some of the things that just might tempt you to head over there for a visit.

Voted The Best Place To Bring Up A Family a few years ago, Bingham is just nine miles away from both Nottingham and Newark, is easy to reach by train or car and has held a market charter since 1341.

These days, regular markets and farmers markets are held alongside The Buttercross in the town centre and Ophelia will be describing some of the things you’ll find among its stalls and in the shops nearby.

And with attractions such as Langar‘s Naturescape Wildflower Farm and the 16th century Holme Pierrepont Hall just a stone’s throw away, the surrounding area offers plenty of choice if you’re looking for a family day out, whether you want to explore 70 acres of meadow and woodland walks or step back in time to the days of the Tudors and the English Civil War.

Tune in to 107.8FM or listen online (don’t forget to choose the FM stream when you do!) between 10am and 12 noon on Sunday to find out what’s on offer in and around Bingham and, whether you’re a resident or a visitor, how to make the most of this thriving little town…

Be a tourist in your own town

How well do you know the town where you live?

When you’re planning a day out with friends or family, do you tend to overlook the things right there on your doorstep?

If you’re a regular listener, you’ll know that Radio Newark has been running its Love Where You Live campaign throughout 2019, highlighting some of the businesses, shops and attractions that make this part of Nottinghamshire so special.

Now, assisted by local experts, the Girls Around Town are homing in on some of the things the area has to offer – and where better to start than right on their own doorstep, in and around Newark?

In the first hour of next Sunday‘s show, June and Rachel will be taking a quick virtual tour of some of the jewels in Newark’s crown.

Then, with a little help from guest Sophie Farrell, they’ll be finding out about another outstanding spot nearby which might not be quite so familiar to you…

As marketing and communications manager for the National Holocaust Centre and Museum in Laxton, Sophie will talking about some of the attractions of this small village to the north of the county, known far and wide as the only remaining working “open field” farming village in Europe still operating this ancient system.

And of course she’ll have lots to say about the National Holocaust Centre, from its foundation in the 1990s and its permanent exhibitions to its extensive education programme and some of the conferences and other events which will be taking place over the coming months.

Tune in to 107.8FM or listen online from 10am to 12 noon to hear from Sophie how the Centre goes about its aim of Remembering the past and protecting the future

And, if you haven’t already done so, find out how, where and when you can discover more by visiting the only national museum in the UK dedicated to teaching and learning the lessons from the Holocaust.