Wall to wall talent

Twenty of the UK‘s top artists will be joining forces to showcase their work when Meander and Mooch brings a unique new exhibition to Newark next month…

After a private view and launch party on Friday 7 February, The Wall opens to the public at 10am on Saturday 8 February, when visitors will be able to meet some of the artists as they explore what’s on show in the gallery.

One of those whose paintings are featured is the aptly-named Jackie Whall, who together with gallery owner Susi Wright joins the Girls Around Town next weekend to talk about the three-week event and some of the stories behind it.

“Our aim is to take people on a journey through walls in history and music, from the Berlin Wall to Bowie‘s Heroes and Pink Floyd‘s unforgettable film and music The Wall,” says Susi.

“And if you’re a fan of Pink Floyd, there’s another treat in store for you in Newark too, with tribute band Think Floyd performing the music from The Wall at the Palace Theatre on the evening of Friday 7 February.

“No prizes for guessing where we’ll be headed after our own launch party!”

Join June and Rachel on 107.8FM or listen online between 10am and 12 noon next Sunday to hear what Susi and Jackie have to say about the exhibition and find out how you can even add your own personal touch to the event.

“We’ll be raising money for Beaumond House Community Hospice and, for a small donation, visitors will be able to write their own message to a loved one on the wall in the gallery window to help support this worthwhile charity,” adds Susi.

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…

The inside story

The brochures are on their way from the printer – the tickets will be on sale any day now – could there possibly be a better time to find out what’s in store when the 2018 Newark Book Festival comes to town?

Festival organiser Sara Bullimore will be in the studio with June and Rachel next Sunday to talk about the exciting programme she’s been busy planning for the weekend of Friday 13 to Sunday 15 July.

And if the success of last year’s event is anything to go by, Newark will be buzzing when venues across the town join forces again for another celebration of books, authors and the word.

Featuring everything from author events, panels and workshops to crime and contemporary fiction, history and activities for children, this year’s theme is Landscapes in Literature. With both ticketed and free events on offer, there’ll be something for everyone in a programme that’s designed to challenge and inspire you and, above all, to fire your imagination…

Tune in or listen online from 10am to 12 noon on Sunday to get the inside story from Sara when she joins the Girls Around Town to share everything you need to know about the what, the where and the when.

And, of course, about how you can join in this celebration of the very best in literature and the arts too!