Are you ready for this year’s Book Festival?

If you’ve been soaking up the glorious sunshine recently, you’ll know that summer has definitely arrived and not far behind it is festival season.

But while some festival goers are ticking off checklists including sleeping bags, waterproofs and ear defenders, visitors to the Newark Book Festival don’t have such extensive equipment requirements.

And although others may still be trying to choose where to go depending on their favourite music style, be it heavy metal, country or pop, there’s no need for fans of various literary genres to compromise…

Because the organisers of the festival that runs from Thursday 7 to Sunday 10 July have events covering everything from crime to romance, children’s books to current affairs and history to speculative fiction.

So just what do you need to do to be Newark Book Festival ready?

  • Book your tickets – The festival programme includes many free as well as paid for events. And although some tickets may be available on the door, it’s always advisable to book in advance to ensure your seat. Newark Palace Theatre can help with that on 01636 655755 or online via the website.
  • Make a plan to not miss out – Many festivals have multiple stages with acts performing simultaneously and the Newark Book Festival is no exception, using numerous venues across the town over the four days. So pore over a printed programme or head over to the festival website here for a bit of bedtime reading over the coming days to ensure you’ll be in the right place at the right time.
  • Headliners – When you’re making that schedule, don’t forget to add in a few of the showstopping headliners to make sure they get a warm welcome when they arrive in town. KJ Maitland, Elly Griffiths, Gill Hornby, Milly Johnson and Louise Candlish are just some of the bestsellers getting ready to visit Newark.
  • Festival fashion – There’s no need to update your wardrobe – tassels, body glitter or flower crowns are not necessary, although they’re perfectly acceptable of course! Just make sure you accessorise with a bag that’s big enough to take home your own mini library of signed editions.
  • Hit the right note – There may not be any crowd surfing required but there’ll still be a lot of mellow melodies to drift into summer on, given that this year’s festival has a musical theme. West End performers Glyn Kerslake and Elaine Glover will both perform famous songs inspired by literature, Mark Lewisohn will be talking all about The Beatles and the Palace Theatre will host An Evening With The Kanneh-Masons.
  • Come armed with questions – Audience participation is much encouraged, not only during the workshops on offer but also when there’s a chance to quiz the authors in Q&A sessions at the end of their talks and conversations.
  • Bring sun cream – You might not need a tent to enjoy this festival but it’s still worth lathering on the lotion as there are lots of events taking place outside as well as inside, with the Market Place, St Mary Magdalene Church Gardens and Newark Castle all providing backdrops for street theatre, live music and alfresco story times.

If there’s anything else you’ve found essential at a previous Newark Book Festival, just get in touch through the social media accounts @newarkbookfest and #NewarkBF or tell one of the team in person at the festival stall in the literature village in the Market Place throughout the festival.

It’s good to grow

Just a few weeks now till the Belvoir Castle Flower & Garden Show is back…

And organiser Andy Tudbury is back too, on Girls Around Town this weekend, with details of what to expect from a event that’s been growing bigger and better since its debut four years ago almost to the day!

Andy will be live in the studio with June in the first hour of the show to share the latest news about this year’s festival, which takes place in the grounds of Belvoir Castle on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 July,

Perhaps you’re already a keen gardener searching for inspiration from some of the stunning show borders and gardens brought to Lincolnshire by award-winning designers who will once again be battling it out to win the coveted Duchess of Rutland Trophy?

Maybe you’re new to gardening and want ideas on how to turn a neglected space into a flower-filled spot to enjoy with family and friends?

Or you’ve a question for one of the well-known specialists and experts on the talks stage?

You’ll find all this and more in the beautiful grounds of Belvoir Castle, along with garden sculptures, furniture and tools among the items on sale, together with live music and a range of food and refreshments to enjoy too.

Make sure you’re listening on 107.8FM, on the apps or online from just after 10.20am to hear what Andy has to say about this year’s show…

And in the meantime, if you want to book your tickets for a great day out, you can follow this link to do just that!

Getting down to business

Are you an East Midlands business owner looking to promote what it is you do?

Or perhaps you’re looking for an opportunity to meet up with some of those business owners to find out what they might be able to offer you?

If the answer to either of those questions is yes, this Sunday‘s guest on Girls Around Town has news of an upcoming event you’ll definitely want to hear about.

Taking place on Wednesday 27 April at Arena UK in Allington near Grantham, The Big Business Event is the first joint venture between Hannah Thompson of The Development Partner Network and Queen Bee & Co‘s Deborah Firmstone.

And it’s Hannah who’ll be joining June live in the studio in the second hour of this weekend’s show to share details of the event, which aims to bring businesses together from across the area, providing a forum for excellent networking opportunities.

Passionate about helping local businesses to grow, both Hannah and Debbie run their own individual networking events, seeing them as an extremely powerful marketing tool for building relationships with other businesses and also gaining potential new clients and suppliers.

And they can’t wait to welcome exhibitors and visitors alike to this one!

Make sure you Put On Your Sunday Best on 107.8FM, on the apps or online to hear Hannah chatting to June about the event on the show – but if you don’t want to miss the boat when it comes to booking a stand or a visitor ticket, why not get down get to business right away?

Email Hannah on info@thedevelopmentpartnernetwork.com to find out more about the availability of exhibition space…

Or just follow this link to attend as a visitor – tickets are free but you do need to book them in advance.