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!

Bag yourself a bargain with an annual pass…

civil war centreDid you know that, for less than the price of two Day Tickets, you can buy an Annual Pass that allows you into Newark’s number one visitor attraction as often as you want for 12 months?

The Girls Around Town didn’t, until Michael Constantine from the National Civil War Centre joined them in the studio for yesterday’s show…

Standard admission to the centre is currently £7 for adults, £6 for concessions and £3 for 5-16 year-olds, with accompanied under 5s admitted free. But pay just £11 for adults, £10 for concessions and £5 for 5-16s and you can return whenever you like for a WHOLE YEAR!

Open from 10am to 4pm seven days a week until the end of March 2016 (10am till 1pm on Christmas Eve, closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, summer opening hours from 10am till 5pm), you’ll find the National Civil War Centre on Appletongate next to the one of the other jewels in Newark’s crown, the Palace Theatre.

Check out the website for the story behind the centre and all the latest news of what’s on offer. There’s even an app to download which lets you explore key sites along the National Civil War Trail and experience the dramatic stories of characters including Charles I and John Twentyman, a local eye-witness.

With new temporary exhibitions every few months, not to mention regular special events and activities, there’s always something different to see and do for all the family at the centre.

So why not take advantage of these fantastic value passes?