A blooming good day out at Belvoir Castle!

Have you seen the weather forecast for this weekend?

Sunny and a gentle breeze here in the East Midlands, with temperatures up to 260C – perfect for a family day out, especially if you’re planning to head over to Belvoir Castle for this year’s Flower & Garden Show!

Someone who’ll definitely be there is Andy Tudbury of course, the organiser of the event since it first launched back in 2019

And he’ll be taking a short break from his official duties to give June a quick call in the first hour of this week’s Girls Around Town.

Andy will be on the phone to the studio with an update on some of the things visitors enjoyed on Saturday, together with details of what to expect if you’ve got tickets for Sunday.

It’s not just about flowers and gardens, although of course there’ll be plenty of fabulous displays to see on that front.

If you were listening in a couple of weeks ago, you’ll have heard him describing all the other things you can see and do – and buy! – in the beautiful setting of Belvoir, with everything from sculpture artists, tools, garden furniture and crafts retailers to live music and a range of food and refreshments on offer.

Don’t forget to tune in to 107.8FM or listen online to hear what Andy has to say from just after 10.20am

He’ll be dashing off to get back to business fairly quickly but make sure you stay tuned in till 12 noon for more of your Sunday Best with June!

A new chapter for Newark Book Festival

If like June you’re a bit of a bookworm, you’ll probably remember this weekend’s guest from previous interviews over the last few years…

The organiser of the Newark Book Festival since summer 2017, Sara Bullimore will be on the phone during the second hour of show to share news of various book-related events, taking a look back at some of the past highlights and, more importantly perhaps, looking ahead to what’s on the cards for the coming weeks and months.

First up she’ll have details of the final chapter in the festival’s 2020 series, some online events for children, young people and families that will be taking place on Saturday 27 February.

And she’ll have news too of a month-long window trail around the town, an opportunity to add a little extra fun to your daily exercise and essential shopping trips with the help of the festival’s mascot.

Preparations are already well under way for this, with lots of local shops, cafés and other businesses signed up to take part, and if all goes to plan, you and your family will be able to go out and start the search for Barry The Bookworm from Monday 1 March!

For all the latest updates, together with news of a special new schools programme and more, make sure you’re tuned in to Girls Around Town on 107.8FM or listening online from 11.20am this Sunday to join fellow booklovers Sara and June…

From one kind of studio to another

Welcome to the first Girls Around Town of 2021!

June will be back in the Radio Newark studio from 10am till 12 noon this weekend, as she always is on Sunday mornings…

And, in a different kind of studio just a few miles up the road, another guest will be waiting to join her by phone for the first interview of the new year!

Upton-based artist and sculptor Susan Isaac will be describing how she’s had to change her business style slightly over the past few months, with the closure of all galleries and the cancellation of so many events and craft fairs.

A self-confessed tech novice, she’s been busy learning more about the online world as a way to keep in touch with people interested in her work and, with the help of daughter Elsa, has been building up her Instagram presence and working on her website.

Now, with the lifting of the second lockdown, some of her recent work is on display at Newark’s Gallery 6 in Between Times, a solo exhibition that’s open for pre-arranged private appointments until Saturday 9 January.

To hear more of Susan’s story, including her plan to invite visitors to view some of her work temporarily set up in her family’s 18th century threshing barn next to her studio once it’s allowed, make sure you’re tuned in to 107.8FM or listening online from 11.20am on Sunday…

And don’t forget to join June from 10am for all the usual features that make Girls Around Town your favourtie Sunday morning show!