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!

It’s show time!

Back in 2018, Andy Tudbury joined the Girls Around Town to talk about a brand new event he was bringing to one of the best-known venues in the region.

Set in the stunning grounds of Belvoir Castle, the first Belvoir Castle Flower and Garden Show took place in July that year, bringing together a range of show gardens from award-winning designers, a host of well-known nursery and floral exhibitors in the grand Lakeside Pavilion, a Gardeners’ Question Time panel and an educational area.

One year later, almost to the day, the festival was back bigger and better than before and until a few months ago Andy was busy preparing for more of the same this July.

Needless to say, that wasn’t to be under the current circumstances but Andy’s back with some good news when he joins June by phone this weekend – the show will go on in just a few weeks’ time…

Tune in to 107.8FM or listen online from 11.20am on Sunday to find out what Andy has to say about what’s on the programme for this year’s show, now taking place on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 September, and how to pre-book tickets to the event.

Make sure you stay tuned in till the end of the chat too because he’ll be sharing some exclusive news about 2021 – you’ll hear it first here on Girls Around Town!

Making the most of International Craft Month

Not just a day – not even just a week – but a whole month dedicated to crafting…

International Craft Month is just around the corner and who better to talk about some of the workshops on offer locally than Rural Antics‘ Amanda Stone?

She’ll be back in the studio in the first hour of next weekend’s show to tell June and Claire about how Hanwell Wine Estate will be celebrating throughout March with a host of different activities on offer.

If you heard Amanda chatting to the Girls Around Town back in November, you may remember that making chocolate truffles was one of the workshops on the calendar for Christmas. The good news is that it’s on the programme for March too – on Friday 27 March to be precise if you want to book your place before they’re all gobbled up!

Not that into chocolate? Presumably there are a few folk out there who aren’t but, with everything from Bentwood Chair Making and Beginners’ Embroidery to Pencil Drawing and Willow Weaving on the menu during the month, there’s sure to be something there you’d like to try.

Whether you want to polish up an existing skill or give something new a go, tune in to 107.8FM or listen online from 10am next Sunday to check out the full programme of events and join crafters across the globe making the most of March…