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Somerset Hotel - Llandudno

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£279

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Sands Hotel – Bournemouth

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£274

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£239

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Somerset Hotel - Llandudno

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£274

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Twittering on With Tyler Grundy Starting this edition's ‘Twittering On' a rather sombre note. Remembering the vast amount of celebrities that we lost throughout 2016, the social media world has been typing in fear. Will this trend continue into 2017? (I mean it is likely, we are after all an ageing population).

Now I do not mean to boast but as I write this, I have just finished watching the series on my ultra-high definition TV and some of the scenes are truly breathtaking. I myself love the show and would recommend it to you readers today, if you have not watched it already although, I imagine many of you will have done. But I must admit, I had a second agenda other than for my viewing pleasure when I watched the show.

I shall regale you with one of my favorite tweets before moving swiftly on. I imagine you will be able to guess the famous figure to which the user was referring;

“He’s made it into 2017, Brucey! Wrap him up in cotton wool now!”

Attenborough Does It Again!

The internet following its initial airing was in uproar over a certain scene in the very first episode involving newborn iguanas and racer snakes. The scene unfolded into a deadly chase between the two. If you have seen it then I imagine the scene has stuck with you.

The original Planet Earth presented by David Attenborough is widely regarded as one of the greatest TV series’ ever produced. The series originally aired in 2006 and the follow up aptly titled Planet Earth II concluded this winter.

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The epic scene has been widely compared to this decade's hit show Game of Thrones. Now if you are not familiar with that show it is filled to the brim with sex, incest, and head popping violence (literally). I saw many a viewer compare the intensity of the snakes swarming the baby iguana and the close ups of its final moments of its short life with the violence and gore ever present in Game of Thrones, many noting that Planet Earth had just raised the bar. In case you are one of those not familiar with Game of Thrones, I shall regale you with a story I heard going around about the show's latest season. It is renowned for its openness in showing full frontal female nudity and there was recently a rumor stating that if the showrunners did not even the score with full frontal male nudity then the show would risk being cancelled. Coincidently, they obliged. Anyway, that is just a taster of what kind of a show Thrones is. Admittedly, the scoring of the Planet Earth scene by world-renowned

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TWITTER composer Hans Zimmer did add a sense of epic proportion to the chase.

65 Years of Queen Liz!

Understandably, the internet could not miss such an opportunity to create an account for the iguana that made it to safety. With its first post being a thank you to all its fans who wished him well, while also informing us he was “bricking it” running across those rocks.

Indeed, this is the popular term of endearment for Queen Elizabeth II within the Twitter universe. As I write this section, I must admit I was a little puzzled as to how long a ‘Sapphire Jubilee’ was a recognition of. Then to realize that it was the first of its kind as no other English monarch has celebrated 65 years on the throne.

30p For A Freddo?! Yes, you read that correctly. The famous frog chocolate bar, that back in my childhood days was an affordable 10p has been steadily rising in price over the last few years. Now at the risk of not making myself sound too old, 30p in my childhood would have bought me a 10p Freddo and two 10p mixes from my local corner shop. I have no doubt this little tale will have you musing what you could have purchased with that amount of money back in the day. Some are linking the sudden rise in price with Brexit. First, they say it was the Toblerone when the chocolate bar, just weeks after the Brexit vote, announced they would be changing the traditional triangle shape of the bar. Albeit a minute change to the size of the triangles. Those passionate Twitter users have remerged here as well once again relating the rise in Freddo’s price to Brexit. Light humor over, here comes the academics. Here comes the inevitable history lesson from a history graduate. Some of you may be familiar with my historical tangents by now. Freddos were first introduced to Britain in 1973 and enjoyed their first stint on our shelves up until 1979 before again reappearing 15 years later.

The evolution of the Freddo bar can be seen above. And don’t let the picture fool you, as in recent years the Freddo has actually decreased in size as the price has increased. There is also a rumour that at one stage in the life of Freddo it stood at an absolute bargain price of 5p.

This picture is the Coronation of a young Queen Elizabeth II on the 2nd of June 1953 which took place more than a year after her reign began. I thought it was apt to take this opportunity to see what Twitter was saying about her reign as Britain’s longest reigning monarch. The most bizarre fact I have stumbled upon, although I am dubious about it, is that the Queen is the only person in the UK who does not require a driving license to drive. We really are in the realms of twittering on now.

Watch out Ticket Touts are about. In recent weeks, a string of high profile artists have announced tours of the UK. From Celine Dion, of Titantic fame and the young and hugely successful Ed Sheeran, the ginger haired bloke who started off as a busker and made it big. Both were sellouts in the multiple arenas they announced. For Sheeran the tickets ranged from a modest £44 to £77 for the better ones. Whereas for Dion officially the tickets stood at £49 to £163. Crazy right? I mean £163 for a one hit wonder, well in my eyes anyway. Now the shows are sold out, and this rather sadly is not because of committed fans but due to touts who buy tickets in bulk (in many cases you can buy up to 7 per person) and sell them on in some instances up to 10 times the normal asking price. Tickets that were originally priced at £44 are now going for the cheapest price of £152 right up to £220 and beyond. And this is on a website that is basically dedicated to the touting of tickets! We all know ticket touts to be shady men standing outside of arenas buying and selling tickets on the night. Now the game has changed.

I believe I can divide the rest of the tweets about her reign into three categories. We have the “65 years of doing nothing” brigade. We have, “Time to step down and let your son have a ago” posse and finally we have, “God save the Queen long may she reign” patriots who are the overwhelming majority in this case.

Rosie Returns! Consistent viewers of the nation’s favorite soap Coronation Street will have noticed a familiar face return to the cobbles in these past weeks. That is correct, Rosie Webster has returned! Online, fans of the show were quick to point out that although she may provide a bit of glamor and beauty for the show's male audience; it cannot make up for her lack of acting talent. One Twitter user wrote;

“Clearly Rosie Webster hasn’t spent the last few years away from Corrie at acting school”.

Fans these days will go to desperate measures to see their idols. One young Twitter user has already been forced to sell her house and car after spending £1,300 on tickets to see Ed Sheeran (pictured above) and is now moving back in with her parents. Of course, there is no guarantee the tickets will even come her way. I guess 30p for a Freddo does not sound so crazy after all. I shall leave you with some musings as I always do. How much would you be willing to pay to take you and your other half to see their favourite act? A few years ago I myself saw Sir Tom Jones who if the opportunity comes I would urge you to see. 50 quid I paid. So go on, treat yourself.

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BOURNEMOUTH - DINER TOUR 6HB £449 NOA Suncliff Hotel ISLE OF MAN - Douglas 5HB £389 £40 Rutland Hotel SEINE RIVER CRUISE - MS Renoir 7 £925 £245 (4FB on Renior) £349 NOA TENBY 6HB Belgrave Hotel CUMBRIA - DINER TOUR 6HB £439 £45 Gilsland Hall Hotel WARNER LEISURE HOTELS 5HB £399 NOA Cricket St. Thomas PAIGNTON 7HB £459 NOA Summer Time in the English Riviera The Marine Hotel IRELAND 6HB £629 £120 Killarney Towers Hotel

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CORNISH SPLENDOUR & Doc Martin 6HB £449 NOA Rosemundy House Hotel DUNOON - DINER TOUR 6HB £439 £48 The Esplanade Hotel ISLE OF WIGHT - Shanklin 6HB £449 NOA Channel View Hotel LLANDUDNO - Summer Holiday 8HB £469 £30 Queens Hotel 22 Aug TORQUAY 5HB £365 NOA Headland Hotel 28 Aug BARMOUTH - DINER TOUR 5HB £339 £25 Arbour Hotel

JERSEY BY AIR - Battle of the Flowers 8HB £709 NOA The Mayfair Hotel, St Helier £319 £65+ EDINBURGH TATTOO 3HB Kings Manor Hotel WARNER LEISURE HOTELS 5HB £385 NOA Motown and Cilla Black Tribute Alverston Hall, Cheshire SCENIC SHROPSHIRE 5HB £339 £50 Buckatree Hall Hotel EASTBOURNE - plus Airshow 8HB £499 NOA Haddon Hall Hotel

£319 £65+ EDINBURGH TATTOO 3HB Kings Manor Hotel TORQUAY 7HB £539 NOA Corbyn Head or Livermead Cliff Hotel

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SCOTTISH BORDERS - PEEBLES 5HB £399 £80 Barony Castle Hotel & Spa BABBACOMBE 5HB £249 NOA Anchorage Hotel NORTHUMBERLAND - DINER TOUR 6HB £469 NOA Bamburgh & The Rugged Coast Victoria Hotel CORNISH SPLENDOUR & Doc Martin 6HB £449 NOA Rosemundy House Hotel SPAIN & PORTUGAL 15HB £1575 £275 Los Infantes/Regua Douro Hotel Bosque Mar Hotel Many extras inc. BLACKPOOL -September Breaj 5HB £299 NOA Park House Hotel LLANDUDNO 6HB £389 £20 Queens Hotel SCARBOROUGH 6HB £425 NOA Esplanade Hotel

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04 May Frodsham Market M & S store + Cheshire Oaks Departing 9.00am - £10.75 A great shopping day ranging from a street market to the Super Store at Cheshire JERSEY BY AIR 6HB £499 £90 Oaks. The Mayfair Hotel, St Helier

CUMBRIA - Line Dance Weekend 3FB £189 £12 Gilsland Hall Hotel 06 May Whitby Departing 8.00am - £22.00 ROMANTIC HIGHLAND RAILWAYS 6HB £419 NOA With links to Captain Cooke, Bram Stoker this pretty fishing port of North Yorkshire is Balavil Hotel, Newtonmore famous for its fish & chips. Our route is via Pickering and Flyingsdales Moor. SIDMOUTH 5HB £395 NOA The Royal York & Faulkner Hotel 14 May Welsh Wonderings Departing 8.00am - £19.00 BLACKPOOL - Illuminations 4HB £225 NOA North Wales has some stunning scenery. We will be taking in some old favourites Park House Hotel like Llangollen , Betwsy-Coed the gateway to Snowdonia, Llanberis, Beaumaris and WARNER LEISURE HOTELS 4HB £409 NOA the very pretty North Wales Coast. Holme Lacy Hotel SECRET ISLANDS AND (ALL INCLUSIVE) 5 £419 £56 WATERWAYS OF SCOTLAND 16 May Fleetwood & Cleveleys Departing 9.00am - £11.00 Winnock Hotel, Lock Lomond A pleasant drive to the coast, we stay at Fleetwood until 2pm then down to Cleveleys TORQUAY 6HB £379 £40 until 4.30pm. Belgrave Sands Hotel

NOVEMBER 03 Nov LLANDUDNO - Turkey & Tinsel long weekend 4HB £234 £20 Queens Hotel 03 Nov TAUNTON - Bridgwater Illuminated Carnival 3HB £195 £40 Holiday Inn, Taunton 05 Nov TENBY - Turkey & Tinsel - Drinks Inclusive 5HB £295 NOA Belgrave Hotel 08 Nov THURSFORD CHRISTMAS SHOW 4HB £380 NOA Best Western Le Strange Arms Hotel 13 Nov CUMBRIA - Turkey & Tinsel 5HB £299 £25 Gilsland Hall Hotel 13 Nov BABBACOMBE - Turkey & Tinsel 4HB £235 £20 Anchorage Hotel 19 Nov LUDLOW - Pre Christmas Party 4HB £309 NOA The Feathers Hotel 24 Nov VALKENBURG CHRISTMAS MARKETS 5HB £399 £85 Hotel Schaepkens 30 Nov LOCH LOMOND Plus Edinburgh Christmas Markets 5 £319 £56 The Winnock Hotel (ALL INCLUSIVE)

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23 May Houghton Weavers and Lunch Departing 10.30am - £29.95 One of our many visits to The barn at Rivington. We start with a wholesome lunch of 2 courses with tea and coffee and then it’s 3 hours of The Weavers Magic. 29 May Bank Holiday Market at Bakewell Departing 8.30am - £17.00 Always a favourite with all our clients. So will be no different this year, come and find the bargains. 06 Jun Yorkshire Dales Departing 8.30am - £22.00 A day of beautiful scenery and pretty villages. We travel up via Kettlewell, with the Dales landscapes all around us before we reach the Village of Hawes. 09 Jul

Liquorice Festival at Pontefract £17.00 Today we return to an old favourite. Pontefract is a unique historic town with its Norman Castle, cobbled streets and the aroma of warm liquorice emanating from the local sweet factories.

An audience with the Master of Mirth, Ken Dodd OBE - £98 At The Grand Theatre, Blackpool. 1st October, 2 days staying overnight at Park House Hotel Blackpool. Our package includes main road pick ups close to your home within our pick up area, a pleasant drive to Blackpool allowing time for shopping or just a stroll along the front, checking in at Park House Hotel around 3pm.

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We all know that great art and wonderful meals are not be rushed, so what could be better than a relaxed trip by train through Europe, savouring both! With just a little planning, you could be delighting in the great culture and cuisine across the Channel, relaxing on your journey, marvelling at dramatic scenery and pretty countryside. Senior railcards are available, allowing you to enjoy all the benefits usually associated with youngsters on their gap years! Writer, Louise Hammond headed off to do some research, on a My InterRail trip. Leaving from re-vamped St Pancreas, a work of art in itself, her first stop was Djon, famous for mustard and also home to the Palais de Ducs which includes the famous Musée des Beaux-Arts, along with incredible half-timbered houses and cobbled streets. Not to mention the little owls (chouette) which bring good luck! Then they travelled onto Lausanne,

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with a tremendous cathedral featuring Gothic carvings and a stunning view. Onwards to Milan, which is a culturevultures dream! Churches, galleries and palazzos are without doubt, here in abundance. The pastries satisfied any cake lovers’ dream that could be had and hit the spot every time. Any space can be filled with a slice of the local panettone.

And so to Venice, one of Louise’s favourite cities, where she was able to indulge in churches and their decoration to her heart’s content – Santa Maria della Fava, San Lio and San Zaccaria - Tintoretto and Canaletto feature almost everywhere. There was also a long Vaporetta aqua bus ride around the outside of the city, soaking up the sunshine, enjoying the view of the palazzos. More lovely cake was found here too - the Venetian specialties of zaletti (cornmeal biscuits with sultanas) and almond croissants and cakes from Pasticceria da Bonifacio in Calle degli Albanesi. The food markets in Venice provide

Innsbruck was the next stop, via lovely Verona for lunch, climbing high into the mountains. The pleasure of travelling by rail is a day sightseeing in each city, and then a day relaxing on the train and taking in the view. The scenery changed, from sea level in Venice, as did the buildings and the food! The following day, the boots were on for a mountain walk (13.7 miles in the end!) up the Nordkette wall of mountains along with good footpaths, with forest tracks and a steep climb for the first few hours up to Planotzenhof (good stop for drinks) to a wonderful 1777 chapel with a painted apse recently restored at Hottinger Bild at a height of 2969 feet or 905 metres. Once descended, Louise decided a trip to Café Sacher in the Hofburg Imperial Palace which serves original Sacher-Torte was essential. With the final couple of days calling, Louise took the train through the Alps to St Anton am Arlberg, with the carriages twisting and turning, dropping down slowly, ears popping through Vorarlberg to Bludenz and Feldkirch, with glimpses of waterfalls along the way. Then it was on to Leichtenstein, and finally oh so efficient Switzerland, where the highspeed train carried her to Paris in time for an evening stroll before the final day spent exploring Paris! The last day offered a walk along the Seine by the Louvre and across to Musée d’Orsay, with its rich collection of impressionist art in what was a train station but looks like a palace. It was the Paris European Heritage Days (an open week-end for free admission to attractions): the Société Générale, founded in 1864 to develop commerce and industry, was open with one of the largest mosaic floors in France. After an amazing trip, much food sampled, churches, palaces and museums visited and wonderful city life enjoyed, Louise returned to London, vowing to travel by European trains again – as soon as possible! Contact service@silvertraveladvisor.com for more information


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Supplements per person: Premier Room £20

Supplements per person: Premier Room £30 Sea View Room: £10

Supplements per person: Premier Room £30 Front Facing Room: £10

The following excursions are included: CHichester AND ARUNDEL RYE AND TENTERDEN

The following excursions are included: ISLAND TOUR GODSHILL AND COWES

The following excursions are included: EXMOUTH AND EXETER TORBAY, BRIXHAM AND DARTMOUTH

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Imperial Hotel

8 Day Tours 2017

7 nts dinner, bed & breakfast DATE 06/07 May 13/14 May 20/21 May 27/28 May 03/04 Jun 10/11 Jun 17/18 Jun 24/25 Jun 01/02 Jul 08/09 Jul 15/16 Jul 22/23 Jul 29/30 Jul

WAS PRICE £359 £344 £369 £354 £379 £354 £389 £364 £399 £384 - £409 £409 £394 - £409 £409 £384 £409 £394 £409 £384 - £409 £409 £394

Ocean View Hotel

8 Day Tours 2017

7 nts dinner, bed & breakfast DATE 06/07 May 13/14 May 20/21 May 27/28 May 03/04 Jun 10 Jun 17/18 Jun 24/25 Jun 01/02 Jul 08 Jul 15/16 Jul 22/23 Jul 29 Jul

WAS PRICE - £359 - £369 £379 £354 £389 £364 £399 £384 £409 £394 £409 £394 - £409 £409 £394 £409 £394 £409 £394 £409 £394 £409 £394

Abbey Lawn Hotel

8 Day Tours 2017

7 nts dinner, bed & breakfast DATE 06/07 May 13/14 May 20/21 May 27/28 May 03/04 Jun 10/11 Jun 17/18 Jun 24/25 Jun 01/02 Jul 08/09 Jul 15/16 Jul 22/23 Jul 29/30 Jul

WAS PRICE £359 £344 £369 £344 £379 £364 £389 £364 £399 £374 - £409 £409 £394 £409 £394 £409 £384 £409 £394 £409 £409 £409 £384 £409 £384

AUGUST 8 DAYS NOW INCLUDE TRAVEL INSURANCE SAVING £40 PER COUPLE 05/06 Aug 12/13 Aug 19/20 Aug 26/27 Aug 02/03 Sept 09/10 Sept 16/17 Sept 23/24 Sept

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- £409 - £409 - £409 - £409 - £389 - £379 - £369 - £359

Supplements per person: Premier Room - £35

Supplements per person: Premier Room - £50 Sea View Room - £15

Supplements per person: Premier Room - £50 Front Facing Room - £15

The following excursions are included:

The following excursions are included:

The following excursions are included:

SATURDAY DEPARTURE AMBERLEY MUSEUM AND HERITAGE CENTRE SUNDAY DEPARTURE BLUEBELL MUSEUM AND MICHELHAM PRIORY ALL DEPARTURES 1066 COUNTRY BODIUM AND RYE

SATURDAY DEPARTURE RYDE AND OSBORNE HOUSE SUNDAY DEPARTURE RYDE AND THE ISLE OF WIGHT STEAM RAILWAY ALL DEPARTURES ISLAND TOUR

EXMOUTH AND SIDMOUTH DART VALLEY RAILWAY, PAIGNTON AND DARTMOUTH

Robinsons Holidays, Park Garage, Great Harwood, Blackburn BB6 7SP


Rick Astley The Quiet Man of Pop You won’t see photos of him in celebrity magazines falling out of nightclubs at 4am or attending every premier in sight. Yet, in almost three decades in the limelight the shy lad from Warrington, Cheshire, has had a string of hits and possesses one of the most distinctive voices in the business. He has just finished a sell-out tour across the USA and the UK and the reaction from fans old and new underlines the long-lasting appeal of the clean-cut icon who, with his smart hairstyle and metrosexual wardrobe, looks years younger than 51. This timeless assurance may be down to his simple philosophy on life:

“I’m a person who tries not to have regrets.” Some of that down-to-earth approach could lie in his Northern upbringing. He was the youngest of three boys and a

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girl and showed musical promise early, singing in the choir at his local church at 10. He learned to play the drums, piano/ keyboards, guitar and saxophone and in his teens was gigging in pubs and clubs with various bands like FBI. He commented: “I used to go to soul nights because I loved dancing, and so did my friends, and we loved the music. We used to go to listen to black American soul.” In 1985, Rick was performing with FBI, playing their own music, when he caught the attention of well-known record producer Pete Waterman. He persuaded the youngsters to come to London to work at his company, PWL recording studio, under what became the famous production team of Mike Stock, Matt Aitken and Pete Waterman. In ‘80s pop, Stock Aitken Waterman was THE leading force.

During this time of learning, the young singer also doubled as studio teaboy. As he recalled: “Working as a teaboy may have helped my confidence but not everyone else was so pleased. I could never remember who had milk or how many sugars, and I had an unusual talent for spilling tea on the recording console!” At just 21 in 1987, Rick released his debut single “Never Gonna Give You Up”, and it had a huge impact. It took instant residence in the charts and became the year’s best-selling single in the UK as well as making No.1 in 16 different countries. The song became the centrepiece of debut album “Whenever You Need Somebody” which sold a remarkable 15 million copies worldwide. He even cracked the US Top 10 – a notoriously difficult achievement for any British singer, especially with a debut single, earning him a Grammy nomination for “Best New Artist.”


CELEBRITY INTERVIEW Suddenly, the shy Northern lad was catapulted into the international world of stardom, and the following years saw Rick released a string of further hits. The soulful songs with a mature depth of delivery from his rich voice made him a household name. “Whenever You Need Somebody”, “Hold Me In Your Arms, “She Wants To Dance With Me”, Take Me To Your Heart” and “Hopelessly” all propelled him into singles’ charts across the globe. During the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, Rick Astley was everywhere – on TV, radio and the music charts. By 1993, he was a wealthy man with little to prove to the world. Some might say his innate shyness made him a slightly uncomfortable fit with the often brash world of celebrity. By then, he had a baby daughter, Emilie, and a wife, and he wanted to spend more time with them. So he decided to retire - at the age of just 27.

material I was working on was pretty good. So I decided to go for it.” It proved to be a good decision. The album reached No.1 and the single from it, “Dance” with its official video proved to be a hit. Suddenly, Rick was everywhere in the media again – although this time, a more assured and confident performer, comfortable in his own skin. As he insisted: “My time away from the spotlight allowed me to rediscover my love for music, and I’m doing it for me now and no-one else.” The quiet man of pop has found his voice in more ways than one.

For much of the ‘90s and into the 2000s, he was out of the music business, out of the spotlight. Then, in 2001, Rick returned, signing a co-publishing deal with Polydor and releasing single “Keep It Turned On.” When his first compilation album “Greatest Hits” came out in 2000, it reached No.16 on the UK albums’ chart. In 2003, he reached No.10 in the UK as a songwriter with “Shakespeare’s (Way With) Words” performed by boyband One True Voice. In 2004, Rick toured for the first time in 14 years, which led to a record contract with Sony BMG. In 2005, he released the album “Portrait” covering classics like “Vincent” and “Close To You”. In 2008, the album “The Ultimate Collection: Rick Astley” burst into the public’s consciousness and again went into the UK Top 40 albums’ chart. Later that year, Rick was nominated for the “Best Act Ever” award at the MTV Europe Music Awards and fans went into over-drive to ensure their hero received it. On the back of this, “Never Gonna Give You Up” returned to the UK charts – more than 21 years after it was released. During the late 2000s, Rick continued extensive touring across the globe and in 2010 was a special guest on Peter Kay’s tour “The Tour That Doesn’t Tour Tour … Now On Tour” and to mark the occasion, he released a new single, “Lights Out”, on his own label which was well-received. He became a DJ for London’s Magic FM with a popular weekly show, then co-hosted Chris Evens Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2, again with Peter Kay. In 2016, Rick released “Keep Singing” from his forthcoming album “50” – prompted by his turning 50. He told Amanda Holden on the “Lorraine” show: “It was a big milestone. I got back in the studio and friends were telling me the

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FOOD & DRINK

BILL GRANGER SHARES

BILL'S EVERYDAY ASIAN Thai fishcakes Fishcakes are a perennial favourite and this version is a great crowd-pleaser. Shallowfried in just a little oil, I guarantee the ones you make at home will not only taste better but will be healthier than anything you eat in a restaurant.

Makes 24

ingredients 500g boneless, skinless, fleshy white fish, roughly chopped 3 tablespoons red curry paste 1 teaspoon granulated sugar 2 tablespoons fish sauce 6 kaffir lime leaves, very finely sliced, or finely grated zest of 2 limes 60g snake beans or green beans, very thinly sliced 80ml light-flavoured oil cucumber relish (see recipe below)

Cucumber relish 125ml rice vinegar or white vinegar 125g caster sugar 1 small cucumber, quartered lengthways and finely sliced 1/2 tablespoon finely julienned ginger 1 large red chilli, de-seeded and finely sliced Place the vinegar and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and cool. Pour into a bowl, add the cucumber, ginger and chilli and stir to combine.

METHOD Blend the fish in a food processor until smooth, scraping the sides down once or twice. Add the curry paste and pulse with the sugar, fish sauce and lime leaves. Scrape into a large bowl, add the snake beans and stir to combine. Take a handful of the mixture and throw against the side of the bowl to firm the proteins, repeating a few times until the mixture is noticeably firmer.

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With moistened hands, form slightly heaped tablespoonfuls of the mixture into discs. Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat and fry in batches until browned and cooked through. Drain on kitchen paper and serve hot with the cucumber relish.


Butternut squash & coconut soup I had an unfortunate incident once with an enormous pumpkin we’d had on display at one of the restaurants and then put out the back and forgotten about. I won’t put you off by going into any more detail, but I wish I’d had this recipe at the time as, instead of wasting the pumpkin, I could have made a freezerful of this smooth, creamy soup.

SERVES 4

ingredients 2 tablespoons light-flavoured oil 3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped 1 red chilli, chopped 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon ground coriander 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 tablespoon paprika 1kg butternut squash, peeled, de-seeded and chopped

METHOD 2 carrots, roughly chopped 200ml coconut milk 3 tablespoons fish sauce 2 tablespoons lime juice, to taste extra coconut milk, to drizzle 1 red chilli, finely sliced on an angle 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves

Heat the oil in a medium-sized saucepan. Add the garlic and spices and cook over medium heat for 1 minute until fragrant. Add the butternut squash and carrot and cook, stirring, over medium heat for a further minute. Add 1.5 litres water and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 25–30 minutes or until the vegetables are soft. Cool slightly and purée until smooth. Add the coconut milk, fish sauce and lime juice and season with sea salt to taste. Ladle into four serving bowls, drizzle with the extra coconut milk and dress with the chilli and coriander leaves.

Rather than use the garlic and dried spices you could also try making this with a heaped tablespoon of red curry paste.

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FOOD & DRINK

Massaman lamb curry The more serious foodies among us can be sticklers for staying true to a cuisine, but cultures have been crossing over and fusing flavours since the beginning of time. The name of this curry means ‘Muslim’, as the Thais used Muslim traders’ spices to add depth and enrich its flavour.

SERVES 4

ingredients

METHOD

3 teaspoons dried chilli flakes 1 tablespoon ground ginger 2 teaspoons cumin seeds 1 teaspoon white peppercorns 5 cardamom pods, cracked open and seeds removed (about 1/4 teaspoon) 1 teaspoon sea salt 1/2 red onion, roughly chopped 6 garlic cloves, crushed with the flat of a knife 1 lemon grass stalk, white part only, roughly chopped 2 tablespoons chopped coriander roots 3 tablespoons light-flavoured oil 4 French-trimmed lamb shanks (about 1.3kg) 400ml tin coconut milk 1 tablespoon granulated sugar 1 tablespoon fish sauce 400g new potatoes, halved 1 tablespoon lime juice 2 tablespoons chopped roasted peanuts large handful coriander leaves

Preheat the oven to 160o/gas mark 2–3. Use a mortar and pestle to roughly pound the chilli flakes, ground ginger, cumin seeds, peppercorns, cardamom and sea salt. Blend the onion, garlic, lemon grass, coriander roots and 1 tablespoon of the oil in a blender as finely as possible, then stir in the spice mix. Alternatively, combine all the spices together in the blender.

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Heat the remaining oil in a large flameproof casserole dish over medium–high heat. Add the lamb shanks and brown for 2 minutes on each side or until lightly browned all over. Remove from the dish. Add the curry paste mix and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes or until fragrant. Return the lamb to the dish, add the coconut milk, 400ml water, sugar and fish sauce and bring to the boil. Remove the dish from the heat. Add the potatoes and bake for 13/4–2 hours, turning the lamb 2–3 times while cooking, or until the meat is tender and falling off the bone and the sauce has reduced. Skim any fat off the surface and discard. Stir in the lime juice and scatter with peanuts. Serve with coriander leaves and steamed rice.


perfect rice Rule one for anyone venturing into Asian cooking for the first time is not to be afraid of making perfect, fluffy rice. I used to think rice cookers were the foot spas of the kitchen in Asia and Australia until I discovered that they are actually very handy. Until I get around to buying one, however, here are three foolproof methods of getting rice right every time.

SERVES 4

Steamed rice

Brown rice

Coconut rice

400g long-grain white or jasmine rice 600ml water

400g long-grain brown or basmati rice 1 litre water

Rinse the rice in a fine sieve, preferably until the water runs clear, and drain well. Put the rice and water in a large saucepan with a tight-fitting lid. Bring to the boil, put the lid on the pan, reduce the heat to low and cook for 12 minutes. Turn the heat off and leave to stand for 10 minutes. Do not remove the lid at any time during the cooking and standing process. Serve immediately.

Rinse the rice in a fine sieve, preferably until the water runs clear, and drain well. Put the rice and water in a large saucepan with a tight-fitting lid. Bring to the boil, put the lid on the pan, reduce the heat to low and cook for 30 minutes. Turn the heat off and leave to stand for 15 minutes. Do not remove the lid at any time during the cooking and standing process. Serve immediately.

400g long-grain white rice 500ml water 100ml coconut milk 1 teaspoon sea salt Rinse the rice in a fine sieve, preferably until the water runs clear, and drain well. Put the rice, water, coconut milk and salt in a large saucepan with a tight-fitting lid. Bring to the boil, put the lid on the pan, reduce the heat to low and cook for 20 minutes. Turn the heat off and leave to stand for 5 minutes. Do not remove the lid at any time during the cooking and standing process. Serve immediately.

Bill’s Everyday Asian by Bill Granger (Quadrille £16.99) Photography: Mikkel Vang For more recipes from Bill Granger visit our website www.50plusmagazine.co.uk

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WILLIAMSON ART GALLERY & MUSEUM, BIRKENHEAD Williamson Open, April 8th - May 7th An open exhibition has been part of the local art scene for as long as most of us can remember. The Williamson exhibition has gone from strength to strength. The show usually has many pieces for sale, there will be a catalogue available and prizes will be announced at the private view for the friends and exhibitors. The People’s Choice for the Kriterion award is announced towards the end of the exhibition.

Expressive Art on the River Mersey, April 22nd - May 21st Vibrant colours, light, shapes and movement of paint, are expressively used throughout Liverpool artist Claire McCarthy’s artwork based on the River Mersey.

Wirral Potters Exhibition, May 13th - June 25th The Showcase Exhibition within the historic Della Robbia pottery collection at the Williamson Art Gallery by Wirral Potters, allows each member of the group to exhibit 4 pieces of work over the six weeks of the exhibition, whilst the Table Sale will enable the group to display for sale a greater range of work over the weekend of 20/21 May. During the course of the weekend, members will hold a series of demonstrations of how to produce their, ranging from throwing, hand building and decorating. The Dinner Party 24 June - 3 September 2017 The Dinner Party exhibition celebrates the work of five Liverpool painters as instigators of a distinctive art practice from the early 1960s to the late 1970s: local, international and seldom metropolitan. The exhibition at Birkenhead’s Williamson Art Gallery and Museum this summer focuses on the achievements and relationships of five friends depicted in Sam Walsh’s 1980 painting The Dinner Party: Sam Walsh, Don McKinlay,Arthur Ballard,Adrian Henri and Maurice Cockrill.

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WIRRAL Around the World in 80 Days Trains, boats and steamer ships; elephants, Indian princesses and a suspicious detective - it’s the original global adventure! Phileas Fogg thinks he can travel the world in just 80 days. The fellows at the Reform Club in London disagree. On the very day that a £20,000 wager is made between the men, Fogg sets sail. Taking only his new servant for company, the pair race against the calendar, from the West to the East, taking on the world in the most literal sense. On their journey they interrupt a sacrifice, are arrested, stampeded by bison, victims of a falling bridge, attacked by Sioux Indians, and accused of being bank robbers, all before they reach Japan! Dates and times - Friday 28th July 2017 Tickets - £12.50 and £8.00 conc £5 for under 21 available through www.offtheground.co.uk

Have you visited Birkenhead Priory? The small place with a big history?

A site now wholly enclosed by modern Birkenhead, the Priory has the oldest standing buildings in Merseyside and is usually a haven of tranquillity, until the shipyard next door starts banging! The Undercroft Museum tells the story of the mediaeval Priory and the Chapter House dates back to 1150, still in use as church since St Mary’s parish church closed forty years ago. Upstairs in the Scriptorium is the museum dedicated to HMS Conway, the training ship stationed on the River Mersey off Rock Ferry for many years: this is open by arrangement.   St Mary’s Tower offers unrivalled views across the River Mersey to Liverpool; watch the ferry sail in front of the site of its original passage – did you know that for 200 years the Priory of Birkenhead operated the ferry from Birkenhead to Liverpool? Look the other way, across Cammell Laird shipbuilders where ships are regularly in the dock next door, and, on a fine day, you can see all the way to Helsby and Runcorn.

Please note that some areas of the Birkenhead Priory site are only accessible via steps.

Birkenhead Priory

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HOME of these extensions is that they can be tailor-made into even the most testing of spaces, letting in an unrivalled amount of daylight. TILED ROOF EXTENSIONS are also designed to look and function like a permanent part of the property. This additional space makes your house a more desirable place to live and, should you come to sell your property, it immediately allows would-be buyers to envisage using that extra room for their lifestyle needs. To open up kitchen and living areas, how about installing BIFOLDING DOORS? These clever additions not only look stylish but offer a large area bringing in light, and they can easily fold back to allow in fresh air and the beauty of your garden.

Bringing the outside in... NATURAL light and space are among the popular hallmarks of modern homes in 2017 whatever size your property. When we investigate new apartments or houses with a view to moving, a feeling of space with plenty of natural light in evidence is what we are searching for. It not only makes us feel better but it’s a great way to help reduce energy costs. Architects and developers know that these elements sell their homes to the public and plan accordingly. But, it may not be quite so easy to harness plenty of natural light and create more space in less modern properties. Most of the homes built in the UK after World War II favoured smaller, more intimate rooms which were relatively cheap to heat, and this legacy has continued to a lesser extent into the early Noughties. However, in the last 10 years or so in particular, more of us are demanding open plan living areas with as much natural light as we can get. In fact, through solar panels in the roof more and more of us even turn natural sunlight to domestic energy to cut household bills. Getting more fresh air into your home along with that vital light and creating more space for growing families - or simply giving yourself more room to breathe - can be costly if you have to think about remodelling homes or building on large extensions or wings.

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So, more and more people are going for a range of other options that still help to bring the outside inside. CONSERVATORIES are particularly popular for this, not only because they come in such a variety of sizes and styles to suit all kinds of properties but because they are now cheaper and more efficient than ever. Conservatories enlarge homes and can genuinely enhance the look of a property. They offer a private, bright space for hobbies, for family time or just for reading alone. They also bring people closer to their gardens, both physically and emotionally, and allow a new perspective on greenery without having to suffer from the vagaries of the British climate. ORANGERIES are another popular addition to homes, generating extra living space and creating a special place to live – and work if you prefer – in a private but bright room. They tend to contain more brickwork than glass, can be a bigger project to create, but always add elegance to homes. You can add a bold and unique visual element to your property with a GLASS ROOF EXTENSION. The glass naturally creates a light living space and the beauty

These doors come into their own for families and open up the whole house. Socialising in the kitchen – which often predominates at parties - is then less cramped and more easygoing. Cooking smells vanish and individuals can spill out onto the patio to enjoy the best of the outside in convivial company. Another clever way to enjoy the outside and still protect yourself from the less attractive parts of the British weather is to install an AWNING. These handsome, often brightly coloured additions to your home allow you to dine or just sit outside, away from the sun or even drizzle, as an easy extension of your lifestyle. You can get awnings custom-made to look just right on your home. And the beauty of them is that when you don’t need them they simply fold away until the next time. Many of us enjoy our gardens and it’s lovely, not only to see close up the fruits of your labours when it comes to admiring the plants, flowers and other greenery, but also because of the health benefits. Fresh air is good for the digestion, improves your blood pressure and heartrate, strengthens your immune system and cleans your lungs. It also gives you more energy and sharpens the mind – and, probably the most important thing, it makes you happier!

So it’s worth crafting a lifestyle that takes advantage of Nature’s free gifts, and open up your home to all the best possibilities of living. Please note: Planning permission may be required for some cases. Check with your local planning authority.


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HOME AND GARDEN Great start. The top section that has the handle will be flipped upsidedown to become the planting section, and the bottom part of the bottle is now the water reservoir. Fill the reservoir with about 30 mm (1.in) of water. Grab your old cotton t-shirt. It’s time to create your ‘wick’, which will help pull the water from the reservoir to the soil where your seedling will use it. Have you ever dipped a tissue in a glass of water and watched the water travel vertically through the fabric? That’s what your cloth will do, too. Cut a 20 mm hole. Push the wick through the bottom of the planter – where the lid once was – leaving half of it DANGLING.

DIY Gardens

Self-watering milk container got milk? • 1 x 2-litre (68 fl oz/8 cup) empty milk bottle with lid • permanent marker • scissors • old cotton t-shirt • domestic stapler and staples • premium organic potting mix • seedling of choice

I never really came to grips with the scale of the dairy industry until I had kids. Within a couple of years my partner gave birth to two beautiful little girls and before we knew it, both of them turned into milk monsters. Milk is everything for a milk monster. It is their mornings, their nights, their middle of the nights and, when in

doubt, it is any other time of day they start misbehaving and tearing the place apart. I still don’t feel completely comfortable that my children’s main source of nourishment comes from a farm animal that goes moo, but I am comfortable and confident that I am now truly a parent. We now duly pay taxes and contribute to the economy because our kids drink most of our income in milk. Rather than live in fear at the idea of an empty bottle of milk when the monsters are calling, shift your focus to creating a handy planting device, because a bottle can be easily converted into a selfwatering planter. A planter that waters itself you say?! Yes, it is possible to build a mini wicking planter using nothing more than an old milk container and some simple household materials. This could be the beginning of the end of the milk horror story, and the time you start feeding the monsters more vegetables instead.

Staple the top of the wick using a conventional office or domestic stapler. This will keep it from slipping. Cut a cross into the lid. Feed the wick through the lid and screw it back onto the milk bottle. This will allow the wick to DRAW WATER up into the planter, while the cap will prevent soil from falling into the reservoir. Transformation is nearly complete. Now, combine the two sections to create the Optimus Prime of small space gardening. Organic potting mix. You know, the good stuff. The stuff that SMELLS LIKE DARK CHOCOLATE. Now, take your seedling of choice and plant it into your soil. Ideally you want a plant that can mature in this small space, such as a variety of lettuce or a basil plant. Water it in so that the soil is damp. The wick will draw water from the reservoir below and replenish the plant as required. Top up from time to time or as the water level drops. Behold! A thing of inexpensive, functional, unbridled BEAUTY. Wicking beds for everyone!

Cut the plastic milk bottle horizontally about a third of the way down, just underneath the handle. You want this to be even, so rather than free-styling it, make a line and follow it.

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Out & About A guide to the amazing events around Merseyside, Southport & Ormskirk for 2017 6 May 2017 - 7 May 2017

STEAM ON THE DOCK

Steam on the Dock - one of the UK’s only inner-city steam rally - returns to Albert Dock Liverpool - with over 30 steam engines, boats and even a train making the Dock their home on May 6-7 - that’s double the amount that visited in 2016!

23 June 2017 - 25 June 2017

INTERNATIONAL MERSEY RIVER FESTIVAL

Among this year’s highlights include:Steam tug Kerne - a stunning, Titanic-era steamship. A steam showcase including a cavalry of steam engines, traditional brewer’s dray cart and shire horses, and a marching bandLand-based engines and miniatures. A variety of classic steam narrow boats. Story time with The Fat Controller inside Mattel Play! Liverpool. A fully operational steam train from Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways. The Daniel “Danny” Adamson. Special appearance by Roger Dibnah - the son of the late, great TV legend and steam enthusiast, Fred Dibnah. Albert Dock, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool L3 4AA. Tel: 0151 707 0729 27 May - 28 May

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Liverpool Marathon is known for putting local bands and live entertainment along the course to encourage runners as they make their way to the finish line. The musically themed race concludes with a finish festival and headline concert outside of Echo Arena to celebrate the day’s achievements.

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Liverpool Marathon & 1/2 returns for 2017! It's a happening you don’t want to miss. More Music, More Medals, More Fun! Not sure what to expect? Take a look at our blog on what exactly makes this race so Rock 'n' roll!

This year, The Wonder Stuff will headline the marathon and half marathon finish line. The Wonder Stuff have sold millions of albums worldwide and continue to record and tour internationally. During the last 30 years they have remained at the top of their game and play with a passion and an attitude that has set them apart from the majority of their contemporaries.

Runners of all abilities can experience Rock ‘n’ Roll Liverpool and be a part of the weekend’s festivities. The race course allows runners to take in Liverpool's stunning waterfront and vibrant city centre, with loads of great music along the way!

Runners of all abilities can experience Rock ‘n’ Roll Liverpool and be a part of the weekend’s festivities. The 5K race starts along the riverfront, takes in Liverpool’s vibrant city centre and finishes inside Echo Arena. Runner’s are welcomed in with strobe lights, a DJ

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and medal that glows in the dark. And there’s more… Remix Challenge returning in 2017! Run the 5K on Saturday AND a race on Sunday and you’ll earn a third medal – the Remix Challenge Medal. Register online at www. runrocknroll.com/liverpool at any time using the same name and birth date. You’ll receive your finisher medals after crossing the finish lines, and pick up your Remix Medal at the Rock ‘n Roll booth on Sunday in the finish festival. 27-29 May 2017

New Brighton Seaside Festival is brand-new for Spring 2017! The fantastic three-day family festival will take place over the Spring Bank Holiday (27-29 May). It will take over a huge space between Fort Perch Rock and the Floral


Pavilion Theatre on the Marine Promenade in New Brighton. As well as offering an exciting programme of fun seaside-themed entertainment, the event is set to showcase the best of homegrown seasonal fayre featuring a host of regional producers and introducing a raft of new spring menus from local chefs, restaurants and food businesses. The first large scale seaside festival of its kind in the area, the weekender is the brainchild of Liverpool event management company Orb Events, the team behind some of the city’s largest festivals including the awardwinning Liverpool Loves, Liverpool Pride, and Farm Feast. Foodies can take their pick from a plethora of food traders, take a stroll over to the gin garden and artisan market, get involved with the cookery demos or head to the undercover seating area to sample some craft beer or dabble in a cocktail class or two. All the while, they will be serenaded by live music from the main

stage, from buoyant sea shanty choruses to mesmerising acoustic performances, with plenty of pop-up musical entertainment taking place throughout the site to transport visitors into a coastal utopia. For the young at heart, a full children’s activity programme will be taking place each day including Punch and Judy style puppet shows, funfair, an on-site crafter van, planting workshops and bush craft classes to boot. Tickets are on sale via Ticketquarter and are priced £5 for adults and £3 for children. Weekend ticket packages are available for those visiting for more than one day and children under 3 go free. Take advantage of the Early Bird Weekend Family Tickets for just £50. The full programme of activities will be announced on the website. A park and ride service will be available. New Brighton Seaside Festival is brand-new  for Spring 2017!

2 June 2017 - 4 June 2017

Southport Food and Drink Festival If you love food then make a date with the Southport Food and Drink Festival – a ‘foodies’ paradise with a little something for everyone to enjoy which usually takes place over the first weekend in June.  Stimulate your senses and try food from different cultures – you can enjoy crepes, gourmet burgers, hot wings, churros, spiral potatoes, paella and curry from the Street Food stalls. Tantalise the taste buds by sampling the different produce around the event - handmade cheeses, sausages, sweet and savoury pies, chutneys and pickles are just a few of the delights that can be taken home. Traditional British food is celebrated throughout the street food and producers with homemade pies, chutneys, local sausages, hog roast, and ice cream from a local dairy. Set in the beautiful Victoria Park, there will be entertainment from local bands throughout the day so

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Chilli Fest once you have chosen what to eat you can sit on the grass, chill out and soak up the atmosphere. If you are bringing the kids along then make sure you pop over to the ‘kids’ corner’. Throughout the day they can get involved in circus workshops, food themed activities and much more. Food wouldn’t be complete without a refreshing drink to wash it all down with.

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You can enjoy real lemonade, cider, pimms, rum cocktails, craft beer or selection of non-alcoholic and healthy smoothies. Victoria Park, Rotten Row, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 2BZ 17 June 2017

There's also always a great music element to the festival with a great mix of household names and homegrown talent. For the latest information, visit http://www.merseyriverfestival. co.uk/. 17 Aug 2017 - 20 Aug 2017

Chilli Fest UK and Southport BID bring you Chilli Fest – a brand new festival for Southport. With lots of chilli to try and taste, chilli based products to sample and much more it will be a red hot event!

SOUTHPORT FLOWER SHOW

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The festival sees the visit of everything from narrow boats and tall ships, to polo tournaments, jet skiing demonstrations, have-a-go water sports sessions and thrillingly heartstopping air displays.

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For the brave there will be a ‘Clash of the Titans’ chilli competition that will literally blow your mind! With street food and entertainment, it promises to be a brilliant afternoon– and what’s more it is FREE admission.

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historic waterfront in a completely free three day extravaganza of family fun, amazing music and entertainment along the iconic River Mersey.

INTERNATIONAL MERSEY RIVER FESTIVAL The International Mersey River Festival is a celebration of Liverpool's wonderful and

Southport Flower Show is the largest independent flower show in the country, attracting over 50,000 visitors across 4 days. Set to be bigger and better than ever before, we’re delighted to announce this year’s theme as: The Curious Garden.  Inspired by a sense of mystery, wonder and curiosity - this year, you’re invited to something very peculiar… Find your way through the foliage to reveal the strange and delightful secrets of the British garden. Through a twist, a turn and a secret door - what will you discover?  Located in Victoria Park and within easy walking distance of the town centre.


Southport Flower Show, the UK’s largest independent flower show and a great day out. There are fantastic group discounts and incentives available for groups of 10 or more. Tickets are available and priced from just £17.50 until the end of May. After this date, they will increase to £19. Gate price £24, concession £22. Buy your tickets early and save. Victoria Park, Rotten Row, Southport, Merseyside,  PR8 1RX Tel: 01704 547147 26 Aug 2017 - 28 Aug 2017

FOLK FESTIVAL ON THE DOCK

17 Aug 2017 - 20 Aug 2017

SOUTHPORT FLOWER SHOW

The Albert Dock's Folk Festival on the Dock began in 2016, presented by the BBC's Janice Long. The event welcomed over 100 folk, roots and sea shanty acts making almost 450 performers. With last year's inaugural event being so successful, the FREE event is back over August Bank Holiday weekend to celebrate Liverpool's rich musical heritage.

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Albert Dock, Liverpool Liverpool, Merseyside, L3 4AA Tel: 0151 707 0729

WONDERLAND

THEATRE GUIDE Tuesday 30th May to Saturday 3rd June 2017

THE WEDDING SINGER Step back in time and get ready for the biggest party in town! A sparkling new production of The Wedding Singer will play the Liverpool Empire Theatre. Jon Robyns, Ray Quinn, Cassie Compton, Roxanne Pallett and Ruth Madoc will star in the hilarious musical based on the hit film. Empire Theatre, Lime Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 1JE TICKETS: www.liverpooltheatres.com/ empire.htm Friday 9th June 2017

THE DREAMBOYS If you're looking for the very best girls night out in the UK, look no further than these incredible stripping hunks. An action packed 2

Empire Theatre, Lime Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 1JE TICKETS: www.liverpooltheatres.com/ empire.htm Monday 12th to Saturday 17th June 2017

Following sold out seasons in Tampa, Texas and Tokyo, the multi Grammy, Tony and Drama Desk Award nominated Frank Wildhorn's Wonderland receives its UK and European premiere in this brand new British production. Empire Theatre, Lime Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 1JE TICKETS: www.liverpooltheatres.com/ empire.htm Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th July 2017

2017 BRITISH GYMNASTICS CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES Four days of non-stop gymnastics action is on offer showcasing the amazing skill of Britain's best gymnasts and the diversity of our spectacular sport. You'll be treated to an incredible feast of gymnastics with multiple disciplines and age groups uniting under one roof competing for prestigious British medal titles.

ECHO Arena, Kings Dock, Liverpool Waterfront, L3 4FP TICKETS: http://www.liverpooltheatres.com/ echoarena.htm Tuesday 21st November 2017

JIMMY CARR: THE BEST OF, ULTIMATE, GOLD, GREATEST HITS TOUR A man who has devoted his life to crafting perfect jokes and has left a trail of laughter in his wake, Jimmy Carr 's new tour will distil everything we love to laugh at and be shocked by, into one incredible, unparalleled night of entertainment. Southport Theatre, Promenade, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 0DZ TICKETS: http://www.liverpooltheatres.com/ southport.htm Thursday 23rd to Saturday 25th November 2017

GOOD MOURNING MRS BROWN Their 2017 Tour follows a very busy twelve months for Mrs. Brown’s Boys. After a sell out Tour of Australia and New Zealand and following the “Live” Episode of Mrs. Brown’s Boys as a special for BBC’s 60 Years of Comedy with an Audience of over 11m in July – SHE’S BACK. ECHO Arena, Kings Dock, Liverpool Waterfront, L3 4FP TICKETS: http://www.liverpooltheatres.com/ echoarena.htm

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A guide to the amazing events at the Port Sunlight Museum, Wirral Wednesday 31st May & Thursday 1st June 2017 Toys of the Past – Victorian games and crafts in the Lyceum Sunday 18th June 2017 Port Sunlight 10K Race – throughout the village Saturday 1st July 2017 Handmade Fair – Vintageinspired crafts at the Old School Room in the Lyceum Wednesday 2nd August 2017 Soapy Spaceships – Family crafts at the Old School Room in the Lyceum Sunday 6th August 2017 Fun Dog Show on the Museum Green

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Tuesday 8th August 2017 The Princess and the Pig  Open air theatre in The Dell Wednesday 9th August 2017 Twelfth Night  Open air theatre in The Dell Wednesday 16th August 2017 Pirates of Port Sunlight – Family fun and crafts at the Lyceum and The Dell Wednesday 23rd August 2017 Safari around The Dell – animal trail and family crafts at the Lyceum Sunday 10th September 2017 Open Village – Explore buildings across Port Sunlight

Port Sunlight Museum 23, King George's Drive Port Sunlight, Wirral, CH62 5DX Tel: 0151 644 6466

Sunday 10th September 2017 Handmade Fair – Vintageinspired crafts at the Lyceum and Church Hall Wednesday 25th & Thursday 26th October 2017 Creepy Crafts and Spooky Stories – Halloween themed family fun in Bridge Cottage


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