A blooming good show!

Your garden might not be looking its best right now, especially if it’s still snowy out there as you’re reading this, although it won’t be long before those spring flowers start to bloom, bringing a welcome touch of colour and the promise of lots more to come as we head towards summer.

But if like June‘s your garden is a bit of a wilderness at the moment or maybe you just want to ring the changes a little, the next Girls Around Town guest can definitely point you in the right direction…

Just over the border into Lincolnshire and the beautiful setting of Belvoir Castle to be precise!

The man behind the Belvoir Castle Flower and Garden Show since its launch in 2018, Andy Tudbury will be on the phone to the studio in the second hour of the show this weekend to look back at some of the highlights of the first two events.

He’ll be reporting too on the 2020 show, that went ahead a little later than originally planned with a few changes to comply with Covid-19 regulations, and will be sharing news of this year’s show which is scheduled to take place on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 July.

“We have some great content already lined up for the summer, some you will be familiar with, along with some brand new additions,” says Andy. “You’ll find newcomers to the gardening world rubbing shoulders with some of the best horticulturists in the country, specialist growers, garden furniture, sculptures, tools and much more.

“And fabulous food will tempt you to sit and relax while you listen to the live music on the stage.”

If you’re  a budding garden designer or landscaper, there’s still time to enter the new Design and Build competition sponsored by CED Stone and it’s not too late to book Early Bird tickets for the show either.

Follow the links above to find about more about both of them…

Or better yet, make sure you’re tuned to 107.8FM or listening online from just after 11.20am on Sunday for details from Andy about these and some of the other things to inspire you on the flower and garden front!

Putting health and wellness at the top of the agenda

It’s all about networking again this weekend, when Johanna Thompson and Kayleigh Langley join the Girls Around Town to talk about the meetings and events they organise for people working in the health and wellness industry.

They’ll be sharing details of the Wellness Network‘s regularly monthly meetings, currently held in Lincoln and Grantham, which bring together like-minded professionals to share best practice, make new contacts and create collaborations.

There’ll be news too of their plans to expand the group’s activities to other locations, a look back at some of the special events that have taken place recently and a look ahead to one on the cards for Sunday 8 September.

The Grantham Health & Wellness Show at the Urban Hotel runs from 11am till 3pm and visitors can take their pick from no fewer than 10 short talks on popular topics such as the facts and fiction of the menopause, green beauty, reflexology and how a boudoir shoot can help boost your confidence.

With various demonstrations on the programme, a range of stands to browse around and the opportunity to try different exercise classes, there’s something for everyone at this free event. And there’s even a goody bag for the first 100 people who register!

Tune in or listen online between 10am and 12 noon on Sunday for all the details from Johanna and Kayleigh. In the meantime, you’ll find more information about the talks here – places are free but they’re limited so you do need to register if you want to secure yours.

And if you’re quick, you just might be going home with one of those goody bags too…

From Bologna to Boston with travel writer Jane Keightley

A regular visitor to Girls Around Town, Jane Keightley will be joining June and Rachel again next weekend, looking back at a few of her recent travels – and looking ahead to a major event coming soon…

If you’ve heard Jane on previous shows, you’ll know she shares June’s passion for Italy. So you won’t be surprised to hear that she’ll be describing some of the highlights of trips to Bologna and Piedmont – and filling everyone with envy with the news that’s she’ll be off to Florence again in just a few days!

Closer to home, she’s still on a mission to spread the word about the many attractions of Lincolnshire, determined to quash the myth that it’s just ‘flat, boring and full of cabbage fields’…

With this in mind, she’ll be talking about places she visited researching an article for The Sun on its extensive aviation history and the celebration of the RAF Centenary.

But top of her agenda for the coming months is putting the finishing touches to a new series of tours centred on the market town of Boston, home of the famous Boston Stump. Otherwise known as St Botolph’s Parish Church, it’s one of the country’s largest parish churches with one of the tallest medieval towers at 272 feet high.

It’s also a place that’s particularly close to Jane’s heart – in her own words, more years ago than she cares to mention she got married there!

In preparation for the anticipated influx of American visitors in 2020 for the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower, the tours will explore some of the sites connected with this historic event.

Tune in or listen online between 10am and 12 noon when Jane will be explaining what’s in store for the tours and where you can find out how to join her when they’re launched next spring…

Picture by Jane Keightley