Staycation or vacation?

As travel restrictions to some destinations gradually begin to ease, have you already started thinking about booking a holiday to make up for one that was cancelled earlier this year?

Perhaps you’re planning to stay close to home, here in the UK? Or maybe you’ll be flying further afield in search of sun, sea and sand?

Whatever your choice, you’ll want to hear what Travel Counsellor Gina Barton, this week’s guest on Girls Around Town, has to say on Sunday‘s show…

Gina will be joining June by phone from 11.20am to share her top tips for your trip – make sure you’re tuned in to 107.8FM or listening online to find out what she has to say about some of the best places to go and the best bargains on offer…

And which destination is right at the top of her list for her own first post-lockdown holiday!

Earlier in the show, co-presenter Claire will be on the phone to June too, chatting about what she’s been up to since she was last in the studio back in February and no doubt sharing one or two of the WOWs she’s had over the last few weeks.

Join June, Claire and Gina between 10am and 12 noon for all this and more on Radio Newark‘s favourite show by, for and about women

Meet the artists online

For some years now, the months of May and June have been widely known as the time when artists from across Nottinghamshire join forces to bring a very special event to the county.

Open Studios Notts in its usual form obviously wasn’t an option for 2020 but that didn’t stop all those artists coming together – virtually of course! – to bring the event to the audience it would normally attract.

Instead of inviting people to join them in their studios, they’ve been inviting them to join them online. And in the last couple of months, they’ve made no fewer than 47 videos to make this possible.

Here’s just one of them, featuring former Girls Around Town presenter Tina Bettison. in which she talks to six of the artists taking part. this year…

Find out what they had to say to Tina about their work – and if you want to see and hear more, just follow this link to watch some of the other 46 videos uploaded to YouTube!

Pick of the pets

Do you have a dog that bears an uncanny resemblance to you? A cute cat maybe or a pet with a penchant for fancy dress?

Then Reach Learning Disability wants to hear from you and, more importantly, wants to see your photographs of them…

The Nottinghamshire charity is hosting its first ever Virtual Pet and Wildlife Show and inviting entries in seven different categories

  • Pet that looks most like its owner
  • Best action shot (pet or wildlife)
  • Best fancy dress
  • Funny photo (pet or wildlife)
  • Cutest animal (pet or wildlife)
  • Best wildlife shot
  • In loving memory (a non-competitive category)

All photos must be your own, created by you and not by a professional – no Photoshopping please! – and must be submitted by 12 noon on Friday 5 June.

They’ll be uploaded to the charity’s Facebook page on Monday 8 June, when voting will begin. The winner in each category will be the one with the most ‘likes’ and the results will be announced on Tuesday 16 June.

You’ll pay just £2 per entry into each class and all funds raised will go towards helping Reach support people with disabilities across the county.

For full details of the competition and information on how to pay for your entries, click here – then start digging into your photo archives or get out your camera to capture what could be a winning shot!