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…

Wine and Words returns to Newark Book Festival

With the 2019 Newark Book Festival just days away now, the spotlight’s on one of its opening events during the second hour of this week’s Girls Around Town.

As the three-day Festival weekend gets underway, local poets Fiona Theokritoff and Jane Wyles will be returning to Carriages Café for another of their ever-popular Wine and Words evenings.

They’ll be joining June and Rachel on Sunday morning with news of what’s in store for guests on Friday 12 July– two lively, fun-filled hours featuring poems from their own repertoire and the work of others, a chance to try poetry bingo and get involved in creating an audience poem – and, of course, there will be wine!

Tickets for Festival Wine and Words – which can be purchased from Carriages Café at Newark Castle Station or by calling 01636 676129 – are £10 each, with nibbles and a glass of Bucks Fizz or OJ on arrival included in the price. Further drinks can be purchased at the bar and parking for guests is free from 6pm.

Tune in or listen online from 10am to 12 noon when Fiona and Jane will be sharing more details about the evening, which starts at 7pm.

And if you’re wondering just what poetry bingo is, now’s your chance to find out!