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ummer’s here and it’s our favourite time of the year at Shire Magazine as it means we have longer days and better weather for getting out and about across the patch! Here’s hoping some of the glorious sunshine we’ve enjoyed this spring stays with us as we’ve got a lot to fit in to the next two months as you can tell from the pages of this packed edition. As always our What’s On guide is bursting with bright ideas of what to do and where to go, but on top of that we’ve put together a guide to just a few of our favourite outdoor events, special occasions and fun family festivals you might like to enjoy. With everything from produce promoting food festivals to musical marathons and sporting highlights, there really is something for everyone and probably so much more that we didn’t manage to fit in our pages. Let us know what you enjoy over the summer too – we love getting your letters and feedback and maybe we’ll discover a new and exciting On the cover: Aberdovey beach event to add to our calendar for next year! As well as keeping you entertained over the summer, we know that for a lot of you this is the perfect time to take a break and whether it’s for a day or a week – we know so many of our readers love nothing more than hitting the beach. So we’ve put together out ultimate beachgoer’s guide that should help you decide where to go, how to stay safe, what to do, what to look out for and of course, a round-up of our favourite cosy coves and beautiful bays. On top of that this edition is packed with all the usual favourites – great content from expert contributors and plenty of pets and pictures from you too – keep it up, keep in touch and have a great summer! Best wishes from everyone at SHIRE

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Contents J U LY & AU G U ST 2 01 8 PAGES 6 to 53: Whats On Our ultimate guide to everything that is going on across the region is the most comprehensive listings section around – it’s the only way to plan ahead for the next two months! 54 Reviews Get some ideas of what to see and do with our reviews of local shows and events.

PAG E 6 8 We walk along the very best beaches across the Shire patch

56 Big City Take a look slightly further afield and check out what’s going on in the big cities on our doorstep. 58 Celebrity Our celebrity interview is will well-known comedian Ed Byrne.

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The finest home décor complete with rustic charm

60 Festivals How better to celebrate the summer than by getting out and about? We’ve put together our guide to the best local festivals and outdoor events taking place. 67 Tarporley In the first of our town visits for this edition we visit Tarporley in Cheshire, home to boutique stores and a couple of castles.

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68 Beaches A great guide to hitting the beach for everyone planning to head to one of our local shores this summer. 72 Abersoch The next town we visit is a top spot for summer as we explore the coastal resort of Abersoch. 74 Activities It’s easier than ever to keep busy in the summer and out active section gives you some great ways to make the most of some physical fun. 77 Holidays Most of us will be looking forward to a bit of time out over the summer – so check out our holiday section to help you decide where to take your break.

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85 Food Our resident chef Graham Tinsley is sharing a great recipe for the ultimate summer fruit – the strawberry – and we’re introducing a new column focusing on local food producers. 93 Homes & Interiors As usual we have a packed

homes section – full of property news and style suggestions as well as our favourite shopping trends in interiors. 103 Plants & Gardens Summer is the season for gardens, so find out which to see, what to do and plant in your own and how to make the most of your outside space. 106 Aquariums We’ve rounded up some fishy favourites with a selected suggestion of day trips to our various local aquariums. 107 Wildlife & Pets If you’re an animal lover don’t miss our regular columns from the Wildlife Trust and RSPB as well as pictures of your own pets. 110 Arts A prize-winning painter is the focus of our arts section in this edition, as well as events in your area and the winners to our hotly contested photography contest. 115 Weddings Everything you need to know if you’re heading to a wedding this season is included in our blissful feature in this edition. 120 Fashion What are the on trend musthaves this season for men and women in the high street? 126 Health & Beauty Our health, beauty and wellbeing guide will keep you and your family at your best with advice from medics, professionals and experts. 133 Education Make sure to take a look at what’s going on in education with our round-up of news from schools across the patch. 138 Books & Poetry Our guide to book events, signings, writing workshops and new releases as well as a feature on the country’s biggest poetry festival at Ledbury. 140 Volunteering As always we’ve made space to celebrate some of the voluntary and charity organisations that do so much across the area, as well as ways you can do your bit too. 142 Letters Have you written to Shire? See if you letter is one of the ones we’ve chosen to print… 144 Horoscopes Look ahead to what the future holds for you with our horoscope forecast provided by Gloria Mans. 146 Coming Next Issue What’s in store for the next fabulously packed issue of Shire?

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Antiques Roadshow is in town!

1st July, Snowdon Trek, Llanberis Challenge yourself on a nine-mile walk and raise charity funds following the Llanberis path up the northern side of Snowdon to the summit. Registration £20, minimum sponsorship £100.

1st July – 31st August, Llangollen Museum Over the summer, Llangollen Museum will be open every day between 10am and 5pm. Discover more about the local history and heritage of the area in the volunteer-run museum, through its articles, artefacts, information and displays. There’s a child-friendly section and a family history section.

1st July, Gala on the Park, Llanwrst A community parade and fun day with the Cymru Carnival Association majorettes, fancy dress competition, Simon’s fun fair and rides, performances from The Anglesey Hussars, Mr Bimbamboozle children’s entertainer, dog show, stalls and plenty more. Everyone welcome. Refreshments available. 10am-6pm. Free.

BBC One’s Antiques Roadshow will be filming at Erddig, near Wrexham on Thursday 26th July. Fiona Bruce and the team of experts will be waiting to welcome you, so dust off your family heirlooms and dig out those car boot bargains and bring them along for free advice and valuations. Robert Murphy, series producer, said: ‘Erddig is a much-loved property with great character and we’re looking forward to seeing cherished objects and hearing personal stories from the people of Wales and beyond.’ Erddig general manager Jamie Watson added: ‘We’re thrilled to be hosting the Antiques Roadshow this year and can’t wait to welcome visitors – and their family treasures – to

Wrexham Symphony Orchestra perform Nature, Life and Love •

2nd-6th July, Fort Belan Chamber Music Festival, Caernarfon Join a chamber music residency at the magical coastal fortress of Fort Belan. There will be two concerts during the weeklong festival.

4th July, Gardener’s Walk, Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens, Anglesey Join one of the gardeners for a tour of the gardens, including areas not yet open to the general public. Find out about some of the interesting plants and the gardens’ history and recovery at 2pm.

Wrexham Symphony Orchestra welcomes back Nic Fallowfield, with Dvorak’s trilogy of overtures. They are joined by Fenella Humphreys performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. 14th July, 7.30pm at the William Aston Hall, Glyndwr University, Wrexham. www.wrexhamorch.co.uk

Bryngwyn Summer Fayre returns Showcasing the best of regional food and drink, unusual plants and trees, vintage garden tools, glass blowing, wood turning, blacksmith, refreshments and entertainment. 21st22nd July. £5 entry. www.bryngwyn.com

Erddig in July when our gardens will be at their best. The biggest challenge for the team will be deciding which item in our 30,000 collection we dig out on the day to share with the experts!’ Doors open at 9.30am and close at 4.30pm. Entry to the show is free. Visitors are welcome to just turn up on the day but they can also share their stories about the special items they are bringing along using Share Your Story on the Antiques Roadshow website. Alternatively, email: antiques. roadshow@bbc.co.uk or write to Antiques Roadshow, BBC, Whiteladies Road, Bristol BS8 2LR. For other Erddig events this summer, check online at www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Show time in Anglesey From 14th-15th August, Anglesey Agricultural Show offers animals and livestock, shopping, equestrian events, craft exhibitors, food hall, vehicle stands and much more. The two-day event is held at the Mona Showground. The Anglesey Agricultural Society began hosting annual shows in 1872. Over the years, it has grown and now attracts around 60,000 people. Open from 8am-6pm both days. Tickets £16 for adults, £5 for children over five. www.angleseyshow.org.uk

Jump on board for evening of jazz The 2018 season of jazz party trains to Tan y Bwlch run on 2nd, 9th and 16th August, departing from Porthmadog Harbour Station at 7.15pm. www.festrail.co.uk

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Buzzing for Bee Month at Plas Newydd

What’s on at Galeri Caernarfon Gethin Fôn a Glesni Fflur, 5th July Gethin and Glesni are regularly heard on BBC Radio Cymru and have appeared on S4C’s Heno and Noson Lawen. Their first album is Talsarn. Tickets £6. The Gentle Good / Patrick Rimes, 13th July The Gentle Good is the stage name of Gareth Bonello, from Cardiff. He won the Welsh Music Award in 2017 for his latest album Ruins / Adfeilion. Patrick Rimes is supporting. Tickets £10.

Edinburgh Fringe Previews, 19th-21st July Three comedy shows preparing to take on Fringe Festival audiences. Choose from Mark Simmons and Jayde Adams, Edd Hedges and Alice Marshall or Desiree Burch and Matt Rees. Tickets from £8.

Rhys Meirion, 2nd August Early booking is recommended to see the tenor Rhys Meirion. Galeri Caernarfon’s resident appears on stage, this time Sinatra & Me, DID YOU joined by his daughter. 27th July KNOW? A concert for all the Richard Shelton Rhys Meirion is family, with a cup of tea dons Sinatra’s one of the Three to follow. 2.30pm start. tuxedo and pulls Welsh Tenors/Tri Tickets £6. out some of the Tenor Cymru www.galeri greatest Frank caernarfon.com songs, supported by

On track for fun at Bala Lake Railway Alice the Little Welsh Engine, 28th July Come along and meet Alice the Little Welsh Engine from Pauline Hazelwood’s beautiful children’s books. Pauline will be at Llanuwchllyn station reading the stories and signing books. ‘Alice’ will be giving rides in the special Dinorwic Quarry carriage that was once used by royal visitors. Activities start at 10.30am and finish at 3.45pm. Normal train fares apply for rides, with trains departing Llanuwchllyn at 11am, 12.45pm, 2.20pm and 3.55pm.

the fabulous Denmark Street Big Band. Richard even wears Sinatra’s actual tuxedo in the performance – this is no cheap imitation. Starts 8pm. Tickets £20.

BBQ 2nd, 9th & 16th August Make the most of a summer evening with steam and sausages on a return journey departing Llanuwchllyn at 6.15pm. Stop for a barbecue at Llangower and watch the sun go down. The ride takes in the full length of the railway, with an extended stop by the lake on the return. Pre-book. Mini Steam Gala, 25th-27th August A must-see event for steam enthusiasts, Bala Lake Railway’s home fleet of engines will be taking part in the annual mini steam gala. Wannabe train drivers can have a go themselves with the ‘Driver for a Fiver’ initiative. www.bala-lakerailway.co.uk

Raising funds with pedal power

Cycle the North Wales Coast Bikeathon for Bloodwise, a blood cancer charity, on 7th July. The 16-mile sponsored bike is a family event for all ages and abilities starting from 9am. The route follows Cycle Route 5 of the National Cycle Path, which hugs the shoreline between Prestatyn and Abergele. The event is organised by the Bloodwise Flint Branch. £10 per adult, children free. Visit online at www.bloodwise.org.uk to book your place.

Plas Newydd marks Bee Month, with activities and information for all ages from 2nd-31st July. Over the past two years Plas Newydd has welcomed hives full of native bees into the gardens with the help of local beekeeper and National Trust tenant Katie Hayward. Throughout Bee Month, young explorers can pick up a special tracker pack from reception and explore the gardens, woods and wildflower meadows that are home to the Plas Newydd honeybees. Katie and her team will also host bee talks every Saturday and Sunday from 11am-4pm. Visitors can also visit the newly opened Coronation Meadow. Once a rugby pitch, this five-acre meadow was allowed to grow wild and is now a wealth of grasses and flowers. www. nationaltrust. org.uk

Fairy tale setting at Chirk Castle Experience the magic of outdoor theatre at Chirk Castle, with a production of The Princess and the Giant in the gardens on 7th August. Filled with music, puppetry and wonderful characters, this family show, produced by Folksy Theatre, is one not to be missed. Starts at 2pm. An admission ticket is needed to enter the castle and gardens. Tickets are priced at £13.50 for adults and £8 for children. Book online at www. nationaltrust.org.uk

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Family fun at Llangollen Motorcycle Festival

Eats and treats at Beaumaris Food Festival

Beaumaris Food Festival, from 1st-2nd September, is always a great day for families and foodies. Now in its fifth year, the weekend event has some fantastic local, national and international producers and a great choice of amazing street food to enjoy. Admission from £5. www. beaumarisfoodfestival.co.uk You don’t have to be a motorcycle fanatic to enjoy a and youngsters from the Llangollen and District Motorcycle Club will revive the popular TV Kick great day out at the Llangollen Motorcycle Festival Start competition. – LlanBikeFest – on 4th-5th August. Now DID YOU in its fourth year at the Llangollen Younger children are catered for with Royal International Pavilion. a mini fairground, while older visitors KNOW? As well as hundreds of bikes The world’s first can try their skills at pulling wheelies on a 150bhp motorbike in safety. And to look at, from race machines to motorbike was chromed customs and historic classics, built in Germany everyone should enjoy the stilt walkers, there is non-stop action in the site’s fire eaters, bird-of-prey display and in 1885 choice of food and drink. There will outdoor arena. Trials exhibition rider be live music both days, with a beerSteve Colley will perform impossiblelooking stunts. Mountain bike display and-bands party on Saturday evening from 6-10pm. www.llanbikefest.co.uk team Savage Skills will demonstrate their skills,

All aboard for family fun at Llangollen Railway Cheese & Wine Evening Train, 7th July From 6.30-8.30pm. Tickets include return train travel to Carrog, a glass of wine and a serving of cheese and crackers. Tickets £30 per person. Real Ale Train, 14th July From 6.30-9.30pm. Tickets £18. Advanced ticket price including a free Llangollen Railway pint glass. 1960s Weekend, 4th-5th Aug Relive the sights and sounds of the 1960s.

Day Out with Thomas, 10th August Thomas is back! From 10am-5pm. Adult tickets £19, children £11.50. Steam & Jazz Train, 18th August An evening of live jazz music in the function coach. Barbecue will be available before departure. 7pm9pm. Book in advance, tickets £20 per person. www.llangollen-railway.co.uk

Trot along to Aberaeron Festival The Aberaeron Festival of Welsh Ponies and Cobs is held on 12th August, to celebrate Britain’s most versatile native breed. Held in the Square Field, in the centre of Aberaeron, anyone who has a registered Welsh pony or cob is invited to come along and take part. Dressage, scurry driving, jumping, fancy

dress and the Pony Grand National all promote how Welsh ponies and cobs are suitable for all ages for both fun and performance. Adults £7.50. Children, horses and ponies are free. www.aberaeronfestival.co.uk

Get a flavour of new Menai Bridge Food Festival

A brand-new food festival offering some of the best tastes of Wales and beyond drops in at Menai Bridge, Anglesey, on 4th August. Showcasing an array of artisan foods, an eclectic mix of music and crafts marquee. Open 9.30am-6.30pm. Admission £3 per adult and children go free. Visit www.menaifoodfestival. com for more information.

Happy Birthday Techniquest! On Saturday 21st July Techniquest Glyndwr, North Wales’ No.1 science discovery centre based in Wrexham, is celebrating its 15th birthday with a special Family Fun Day that is completely free of charge to families from 11am to 4.30pm. Lots of special additional activities have been planned and you will also be able to see the special ‘Celebrating 15 Years’ live science show, which includes some of the very best science demos from over the years. www.tqg.org.uk

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Cinderella, 7th July Ballet Cymru prides itself on being different and Cinderella will be no exception, with a specially commissioned music score and circus elements combined with the finest classical dance. Ballet Cymru will be working with awardwinning composer Jack White, circus company Citrus Arts and choreography by Darius James. Recommended for those aged seven and upwards. Starts 7.30pm. Tickets £13.

Festival fun at Graig Aid

The Graig Aid Music Festival returns to The Three Pigeons Inn, Graigfechan, 20th-21st July. The festival offers a weekend of live music, with green fields campsite, real ale bar and hot food. The music begins at 6pm on Friday and at 1pm on Saturday and ends at 11.30pm each night. The line-up includes an eclectic range of music. Tickets £7 for Friday, and £10 for Saturday. Camping extra (£5 per night), must be booked in advance. www.graigaid.com

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Centenary Concert of Remembrance, 14th July A concert of remembrance to mark 100 years of the RAF, with the Band of the Welsh Guards and the Military Wives Choir from RAF Valley. This is a fundraising concert in aid of SSAFA, which provides practical, emotional and financial support to those serving in the forces, and their

families. Starts 7.30pm. Tickets £16.

National Theatre Wales & Migrations’ NHS70: Touch, 27tht-2h8 July This tactile show is created by a powerhouse of international, national and local artists and organisations – National Theatre Wales, Llanrwstbased Migrations, French choreographer and dancer Julie Nioche, choreographers Filiz Sizanli and Mustafa Kaplan from Turkey, and a cast of local dancers. NHS70: Touch is one of seven nationwide events staged by NTW in July to celebrate the NHS’s 70th birthday. Age recommendation: 14+. Various times. Tickets £12. www.pontio.co.uk

Shiver your timbers at Rhuddlan Castle There’s fun for all the budding buccaneers in the family at Ye School of Pirates, from 4th-5th August at Rhuddlan Castle, Join Jolly John the Pirate Trainer and his co-trainer as they recruit a new crop of young pirates. Allow time for your intrepid seafarers to explore the castle

7th-8th July, Model Railway Show, Ysgol Porth Y Felin, Conwy Visit more than 12 layouts on display plus trade support and second-hand sales. Disabled access and large payand-display car park. 10am-4pm.

7th July – 8th September, 136th Annual Summer Exhibition at Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy The Royal Cambrian Academy of Art is a charity aiming to create enjoyment of art through a lively exhibition and education programme. Its annual summer exhibition is from 11am-5pm.

and grounds before returning to home ground. From 11am to 4pm. Normal admission prices apply: adults £4, children £2.40. www.cadw.gov.wales

Experience the Middle Ages at Beaumaris Castle On 22nd-27th August, Beaumaris Castle will be transformed back to medieval times. Knights will do battle, jesters and musicians will entertain, and the townsfolk will demonstrate how life was in medieval Wales. There will be

7th July, SIKU Arctic Ice Fun Day, Anglesey Sea Zoo The SIKU Project aims to design and build a machine that can rebuild melting Arctic ice, by harnessing wind power to pull water from under existing ice to the surface, where it will freeze as a new layer. The day itself will be run as a competition on the Tan-YFoel beach at Anglesey Sea Zoo, with engineers competing to create a device that will shoot a jet of water as far as possible.

demonstrations of medieval life, crafts, games, talks, a chance to try out some armour, archery displays and have-a-go archery, sword fighting, music and more. From 10am-5pm. Adults £6.90, children £4.10. www.cadw.gov. wales

14th July, Leeswood Carnival, Flintshire Leeswood Carnival starts at noon with a parade through the village leading on to the funpacked carnival field. There you will find a funfair, donkey rides, face painting, food and drink stalls, Morris dancers, games, and live music. Lots for all the family! Entry £2, under 11s free.

14th-15th July, White Water SUP Fest, Llangollen Daytime paddleboarding activities will be held at Mile End Mill, the White Water Centre, and evening activities will be held at the campsite in Glyndyfrdwy. Tickets required and available from www. standuppaddleboarduk.com

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What’s on at Rhyl Pavilion

15th July & 19th August, High Voltage Jam Sessions, Skerries Inn, Bangor An informal, supportive and friendly musical evening. Everyone and anyone is encouraged to join in and have a go at playing. Experience not necessary. 7-9pm.

17th July – 4th August, Boeing Boeing, Criccieth Memorial Hall Boeing Boeing is a 1960s French farce adapted for the Englishspeaking stage. Parisian lothario Bernard has three fiancées. When all three arrive at his apartment at the same time chaos ensues. Showings on Tuesdays, 7.30pm. Tickets £8.

18th July, RSC Live: Romeo & Juliet, Neuadd Dwfor Cinema The most famous story of love at first sight explodes with intense passion and an irresistible desire for change, but leads all too quickly to heartbreaking consequences.

21st July, North Wales Half Marathon at Conwy This incredible race starts and finishes on the beach next to the Mulberry marina and crosses into the Snowdonia National Park along the way. This half marathon may not be the easiest, but will be one of the most stunning you will ever do.

21st-22nd July, Pregnancy & Baby Fair, Boddrhyddan Hall, Rhuddlan Products from leading brands at Boddrhyddan Hall. No more struggling around huge baby shows, no more feeling overwhelmed by the massive product selection, lugging your bags around, coping with crying toddlers, back ache or sore feet. Hand-picked exhibitors will be available to offer product demonstrations all day. Open 10am-4pm. From £12.95 a ticket, children under 12 are free.

Milkshake! Live The Magic Story Book, Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, 20th July, 7.30pm 2nd August, 2pm Starring Milkshake! favourites Bob the Builder, Featuring special guest 1980s pop legend Marc Almond, this evening with Jools Holland Little Princess, Noddy, Fireman Sam and DID YOU more. The Milkshake! cast will be singing and his Rhythm & Blues Band will KNOW? songs and sharing stories that audience be one to remember. In his 36-year career, Marc has sold over 30 million In her career, Cilla members, young and old, will know records worldwide. Tickets £45. Black released 15 and love. Adults £16, children £14.50, studio albums and family ticket £57. Let’s Hang On, The Music of 37 singles Cilla the Musical, 21st-25th August Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, A spectacular and heart-warming musical 28th July, 7.30pm telling the extraordinary story of the girl from The world’s first and longest-running Liverpool whose teenage dreams of stardom led tribute to the music of Frankie Valli & The her to becoming one of Britain’s best-loved Four Seasons celebrates 10 years at the top. This entertainers of all time. Starring Kara Lily critically-acclaimed theatre production takes you Hayworth. Performances at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. on a musical journey through the prolific career Tickets from £32.50. of ‘rock ’n’ roll hall of famers’ Frankie Valli & The www.rhylpavilion.co.uk Four Seasons. Tickets £24.

Hands up for the Llandudno Jazz Festival The Llandudno Jazz Festival, from 27th-29th July, takes place at Bodafon Farm Park, overlooking the Promenade with a truly wonderful star line up. The fourth festival takes place over the weekend, offering three days and nights of live jazz. The popular Fringe event also returns to cater for wider tastes and more on a separate stage and marquee which is all included in your ticket. This year, the festival is delighted to have Claire Martin OBE headlining on Saturday with the brilliant and popular Alan Barnes hosting the festival as well as performing. The superb line up features Alan Skidmore, Art Themen, Dave Newton and many more. The Fringe also features a bar, cafe menu, barbecue and children’s entertainment. Entry from £10. www.llandudnojazzfestival.com

Weekend of rock Prepare for a wild weekend with some of the best music tribute acts at Rock the Park Music Festival, Wrexham, from 17th-19th August. Headliners include Iron Maiden (Hi-On-Maiden), Def Leppard (Hysteria), Madness (Badness) and Green Day (Green Date), Oasis (Oacesis) and many more. The festival will feature two main stages and has a crowd expectancy of 10,000 people. Drink and shop to your heart’s content at the festival village. Weekend tickets £55, camping tickets £90. For information go to www.rockthepark.co.uk

Nurture nature at Bodnant Gardens Beefest, 7th-8th July National Meadows Day, 10am-3.30pm. Normal admission charges apply. Poetry Workshop, 11th July Join local poet Garry Chilton for a nature-inspired poetry workshop. 10.30am3.30pm. Cost £5 per person. www. nationaltrust.org.uk

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What’s on at Theatr Clwyd


26th-29th July, Holyhead Maritime Leisure & Heritage Festival Featuring Ariana Grande and Ultimate Boy Band tributes, carnival parade, funfair, dance troupes, an American Wrestling show and lots of local talent.

Harold Pinter Commission, Comedy previews, 9th-12th July promises an intense evening of Eight top comedians try out theatre. Times 2.15pm, 7.15pm. their new shows before heading Tickets from £10. to Edinburgh Festival. The star-studded, award-winning Richard & Adam, 22nd July list of comedians comprises: Following sell-out tours and Rob Kemp; Adam Rowe; wowing the nation with Danny McLoughlin; Chris their extraordinary Washington; Harriet DID YOU harmonies on Dyer; Kiri PritchardKNOW? Britain’s Got Talent, Mclean; and Tom Richard and sensational Welsh Little Various dates Adam started their singing brothers and times. Book career singing on Richard and Adam one show for £6 or are back. A number eight for £28. cruise ships of VIP tickets are available which include Tremor, 3rd-7th July a meet & greet. Starts at This thrilling new play by 7.30pm. Tickets from £25. Brad Birch, recipient of the

A night to remember – Underneath the Arches

Celebrating the ninth year of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct & Canal becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The event offers a family-friendly night out with great food and music finishing with a spectacular lighting and firework show.  The event supports the local area by donating all the profits back into the community. Tickets, priced from £6.49 to £32.99 are only available online at uta2018.eventbrite.co.uk

Welsh National Sheep Dog Trials, 9th -11th August, Pen Bedw There are hundreds of local trials throughout Wales, where competitors attain points to qualify to enter the National Trials. Vying for a place in the Welsh team this year will be the crème de la crème of sheepdog handlers, shepherds and their dogs. The event will be held over three days, where up to 150 Welsh contenders compete for 15 placings. In September, in Ireland, the team competes for the Supreme International Trophy. Go to www.welsh nationalsheepdogtrials.org.uk for more information.

The Doodle Dance Show, 28th-29th July Grab a pen and kick off your shoes for this playful, interactive show that will get the whole family doodling, moving and imagining together. The most fun you can have with a giant piece of paper. For ages three and up. Times: 1pm and 3.30pm. Tickets £2. www.theatrclwyd.com

27th-29th July, Llandudno Jazz Festival, Bodafon Farm Park Enjoy a weekend of live music including jazz, soul, swing and blues. Weekend camping tickets are also available.

28th July, Music Fields, Penyllan Farm, Wrexham Family-friendly festival with top tribute acts featuring the music of Electro 80s, T-Rex, Rihanna, Queen, Ed Sheeran and many more. 10.30am-11pm. Early bird tickets only £15.

Kangaroo Kid jumps into action

The Denbigh and Flint Show on 16th August offers a wonderful day out with a variety of attractions and entertainments for families, exhibitors and traders alike. Don’t miss world-class stuntman Kangaroo Kid all the way from Australia! Other attractions include a food festival, trade stands, vintage machines, livestock and BSJA showjumping.  Go to www.denbigh andflintshow.com

28th July, Wrexfest, Queen’s Square, Wrexham A multi-venue family friendly festival which will be celebrating its sixth year in 2018. Wrexfest is a fantastic community event putting the heart back into Wrexham town centre. Come along and enjoy a great day out!

29th July – 3rd August, Superhero Week, Llanberis Lake Railway Kids, come dressed as your favourite superhero, cartoon or Disney character and you can travel free of charge on Llanberis Lake Railway. Best dressed on each day wins a prize. Look out around the stations for the railway’s very own superheroes. Telephone 01286 870549 for details.

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On stage at Venue Cymru

David Bowie – Starman, 12th July The best Bowie sounds you will hear by Blackstar, the world’s finest Bowie band. Starts 7.30pm. Tickets £25.50. Let’s Twist Again, 13th July A show combining music and laughter with the hits of yesteryear. Starts 7.30pm. Tickets from £21.50. The Proclaimers, 22nd July Don’t miss Scottish twins Craig & Charlie Reid aka The Proclaimers.

Kevin & Karen Dance, 26th July Strictly stars Kevin and Karen weave their ballroom magic. Starts 7.30pm. Tickets from £35. Fame The Musical, 6th-11th August

Based on the 1980 pop film phenomenon. DID YOU Starts 7.30pm. Tickets from £16. KNOW? David Bowie’s Shrek, 21dt August – 2nd September real name was Following a record-breaking UK Tour, David Robert the smash-hit blockbuster is back. Starts Jones at 5pm and 7.30pm. Tickets from £30. www.venuecymru.co.uk

Star-studded line-up at International Musical Eisteddfod

Wild for the outdoors at Penrhyn Castle

Big names, including indie pop band The Kaiser Chiefs, bestselling artist Alfie Boe, and Sir Van Morrison will be performing at Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod (LIME) from 3rd-8th July. The Kaiser Chiefs headline Llanfest – the finale party of LIME on 8th July – and will perform with The Hoosiers and Toploader. Llanfest is a recent addition to the International Eisteddfod, which is already renowned for its choral music, opera galas and classical concerts. One of the world’s most inspiring and multicultural festivals, LIME welcomes more than 4,000 performers across the week. Go to www.llangollen.net

Penrhyn Castle, in Gwyneth, is the perfect summer destination. With views over Conwy Bay and Snowdonia, the unfussy lawns at Penrhyn are a perfect spot for a picnic. Nature trails through dark woods, an adventure playground and even an outdoor gym will keep mind and body active and enthralled Monstrous gunnera plants dominate the jungleesque bog garden. Lose yourself among its leaves or head up to the thatched hut for an elevated view. Peace and tranquillity can be found in the precise topiary, geometric lines, bubbling fountains and meticulous planting of the walled garden. Here, Walter Speed’s 19th-century vision for one of Britain’s top three gardens of the time can really be appreciated. www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Experience The Jerry Lee Lewis Story at Stiwt The Jerry Lee Lewis Story is an explosive, rock ’n’ roll, hit-filled show that charts the rise and fall of the first wild man of rock. Taking place on 31st August at Stiwt Theatre, Wrexham, it stars the sensational Peter Gill. The Jerry Lee Lewis Story is a must-see show for all lovers of

rock ‘n’ roll, boogie woogie and 1950s/1960s pop. Starts 7.30pm. Tickets £12.50. Visit www.stiwt. com for more information and bookings.

Stunts, falcons and sculptures at Rhug Country Fair Rhug Country Fair returns this summer from 7th-8th July, with something for everyone to enjoy over the weekend, including Up Force death-defying motorbike stunt team. North Wales Falconry will also be demonstrating its majestic birds and The British Ironwork Centre will showcase its amazing iron sculptures. The event will also include 170 stalls and exhibits, including food, craft, antiques and a licensed bar. There will be a wood-carving arena, a fishing area, a shooting area, a dog show, and Dei Bando terrier racing will be held on both days. Tickets priced £3 children, £10 for adults. For more information, visit www.rhugcountryfair.com

Celebrating trees and more at Woodfest Woodfest Country Show serves up arts, crafts and a host of delicious food stalls from 28th-29th July in a celebration of all thing timber. The two-day spectacular is spread over 50 acres in Caerwys, Flintshire. Along with timber competitions, the show features a host of other family fun activities. One-day tickets, £12. Camping priced separately, available from 26th-30th July. Go to www. woodfestwales.co.uk

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Denbighshire Heritage


Opening times April to September Every day 10am-5pm except Tuesdays

Ruthin Gaol is the only purpose-built Pentonville style prison open to the public as a heritage attraction. People can spend time exploring its nooks and crannies and learn about life in the Victorian prison system. See how the prisoners lived their daily lives: what they ate, how they worked, and the punishments they suffered.

There are over 200 bicycles on display of all ages and types spanning around 200 years of bicycle history GRAND MID WALES CYCLE JUMBLE & AUCTION Sunday 22nd July, 2018 At the Royal British Legion, Tremount Road, Llandrindod Wells LD1 5EB


8.30am to 1pm Stalls cost: £7

(set up before 8.30am)

Public admission: £3 (before 9.30am), £1 (after 9.30am)

Auction of surplus museum stores cycles at 11am


LLANGOLLEN Lady Eleanor Butler and Miss Sarah Ponsonby captured the imagination of Regency society. They received a stream of visitors to the unpretentious little cottage which, over the years, they transformed into a Gothic fantasy of projecting stained glass and elaborately carved oak. Visit the house, gardens & café.

Opening times 30 Mar - 30 September, Every day, 10.30 - 5pm

For a list of machines for auction and to book a stall please contact Steve Griffith on 07740 923630 or email griffith531@hotmail.com

YOU WILL BE AMAZED AT WHAT THERE IS TO SEE. The National Cycle Museum The Automobile Palace, Temple Street

Llandrindod Wells, Powys LDl SDL

Tel: 01597 825531 www.cyclemuseum.org.uk Email- curator@cyclemusem.org.uk Open days are normally Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 10am-4pm plus other days/ times by arrangement for groups.

Wrexham Symphony Orchestra Orchestra in Residence at Glyndŵr University

Wrexham Symphony Orchestra is one of the most progressive orchestras in the North Wales and North West England area.


Music for a Summer Evening Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto Conductor: Nic Fallowfield Dvorák: Nature, Life & Love Trilogy Leader: Craig Clewley Liadov: Kikimora & Baba Yaga Saturday July 14th 2018 Soloist: Fenella Humphreys (Violin) at 7.30pm William Aston Hall, Mold Road, ‘Winner 2018 BBC Music Magazine Instrumental Award’ Wrexham. LL11 2AW Tickets for all WSO concerts are available from www.wrexhamorch.co.uk; Glyndŵr Box Office (0844 888 9991; online at www.glyndwr.ac.uk/events) and Wrexham Tourist Information Centre in Lambpit Street, Wrexham (01978 292015). Llangollen Tourist Information Centre (O1978 860828). Family Ticket: £20 (2 Adults and up to four children), Balcony: Adults £12 (No concessions). Stalls: Adults £10 (concessions £8); Children U16 and FT Students: £2.


Take a trip through the seven ages of Nantclwyd y Dre, Wales’s oldest dated timbered town house. The house was started in 1435 and has been added to, updated and upgraded throughout the centuries, and now has been beautifully restored. Visit the house and gardens.

Opening times April, May and September Saturday - Monday June, July and August Saturday - Wednesday (opening times vary, see website for details)


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What’s on at William Aston Hall


29th July – 3rd August, Colwyn Bowling Festival at Stadiwm Zip World (Park Eirias) The Colwyn Bowling Festival has developed into one of the largest bowling festivals in the UK, hosting seven major tournaments, with prize money in excess of £5,000.

Jason Manford: Muddle Class, 7th & 19th July Muddle Class promises to feature a wealth of new material delivered with Jason’s amiable charm and captivating wit. A show not to be missed. Doors open 7pm. Tickets £27.50.

DID YOU KNOW? The Dreamboys have been going for over 25 years now!

Dvorak Trio: Nature’s Realm, Life and Love; Liadov – Kikimora; Baba Yaga. Doors open 7pm. Tickets £10-£25.

Tom Allen: Absolutely, 26th July Tom Allen embarks on his debut solo tour this autumn. In the last year Tom has supported

Music for a Summer Evening, 14th July Featuring Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto;

Breaking records at Theatr Colwyn Theatre school Stagecoach presents Beauty & The Beast Jr on 1st July as part of a World Record attempt, with numerous Stagecoach franchises from across the world performing the same show at the same time. Shows at 2pm and 6pm.

The 6pm showing will be the Guinness World Record performance. Tickets £8.50. www.theatrecolwyn.co.uk

Paloma Faith live at Colwyn Bay BRIT-award winner Paloma Faith brings her stunning live show to Stadiwm Zip World, Colwyn Bay, on 14th July. The concert features support from Jack Savoretti and Welsh artist Nia Wyn. Tickets from £49 at www.ticketmaster.co.uk

Flying high at Rhyl Air Show The spectacular Rhyl Air Show celebrates a decade of action from 25th-26th August at Rhyl Promenade. The Red Arrows and

Team Rave aerobatic display team are set to top the bill in the air, alongside events, entertainment and food stalls on the ground. www.rhylairshow. co.uk

Sarah Millican around the world, sold out his Edinburgh and London runs and even passed his driving test! Doors open 7.30pm. Tickets £15.40

The Dreamboys, 28th July The Dreamboys are the UK’s top male strip show, perfect for a girls’ night out. Doors open 7.30pm. Tickets £22.50-£37.50. www.glyndwr.ac.uk

4th August, Sense and Sensibility: Outdoor theatre at Erddig, Wrexham Step back in time for an evening of outdoor theatre as Elinor and Marianne Dashwood make their first forays into the exciting world of regency society. Picnic in the picturesque rose garden and lose yourself in this unforgettable love story. Booking essential.

Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th August, Welsh Highland Heritage Railway Lace on the Train: a unique attraction for the railway; lace-making demonstrations throughout the weekend – come and join in! Plus Wednesday 15th August: An evening of Steam & Song: an evening steam train ride followed by a performance by the Ardudwy Welsh male voice choir. Refreshments available.

Big Wild Sleepout at RSPB Conwy Grab a fantastic opportunity to spend a night on a nature reserve on 4th-5th August at RSPB’s Big Wild Sleepout. RSPB brings the wildlife and lots of amazing adventures, you just need your tent and some food. The event runs from 6pm on Saturday to 11am on Sunday. Price: adult RSPB members £23, non-members £30. Child RSPB members £12.50, non-members £16. Booking is essential. Go to www.rspb.org.uk for information and bookings.

12th August, The Movable Feast, Bodnant Welsh Food Centre, Conwy Join this great celebration of North Wales food and drink. Fun for all the family – eat, drink, be entertained and enjoy a veritable feast of a day. It’s new, it’s exciting and it’s all about the local producers of North Wales; food, drink, crafts, artists, entertainers and much more. Tickets £3.

18th & 19th August, Open Farm Weekend, Mulberry Alpacas, Red Hall Lane, Higher Penley Come and meet the new babies, enjoy strawberries and Pimms, learn about the alpacas and visit the shop for special offers and demos. 10am until 4pm. Call 01978 710224 to find out more.

31st August, Late August Meeting, Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse has two enclosures to choose from and prices start from £7 for adult racegoers in advance of raceday. Children aged 17 and under and accompanied by a responsible adult are admitted free of charge. First race 2pm.

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What’s on at Aberystwyth Arts Centre

1st July, 1 Church Bank, Welshpool – Open Garden for NGS A jewel in the town. Explore the ground floor of this 17th-century barrel-maker’s cottage. Its large garden room houses a museum of tools from different trades. 12pm5pm. £3.50, children free. Homemade teas.

1st July, Cwm-Weeg – Open Garden for NGS, Newtown Two-acre garden set within 24 acres of wildflower meadows and bluebell woodland with a stream, centred around a 15thcentury farmhouse. £5, children free. Homemade teas. 2-5pm.

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, 5th July, 7.20pm Inspired by a true story, Jamie is 16, lives on a council estate in Sheffield and doesn’t quite fit in. He overcomes prejudice, steps out of the darkness, into the spotlight. Broadcast live from the Apollo Theatre in London’s Shaftesbury Avenue. Tickets £10-£15. Old Herbaceous,12th July, 7.45pm This is the humorous love story of a single-minded yet gentle man with a passion for plants. A charming one-man play sprinkled with witticisms. Tickets £10.

Fun in the sun at Talyllyn Railway

Teddy Bears’ Picnic, 26th July Children, their teddies and their families can take any of three trains from Abergynolwyn Station in time for a fun-filled teddy bears picnic which will take place from 1pm-3pm.

7th July – 4th August, Petals and Claws, Y Tabernacl Penrallt Street, Machynlleth Exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of Cheshire writer Alan Garner’s The Owl Service, a children’s classic. 10am-4pm. Free.

Beer and Cider Festival, 3rd-5th Aug A beer festival featuring 20 real ales and eight ciders from across Wales and Shropshire will be available for £3 a pint from 10.30am until 11pm at Tywyn Wharf. Find out more at www.talyllyn.co.uk

Glyndebourne Live: Saul, 26th July, 6.30pm Barrie Kosky’s sensational staging of Handel’s oratorio marries spectacle and psychology. £10-£15. The Story of The Beachboys, 1st September, 8pm Beach Boyz Tribute Band present a unique opportunity to hear a comprehensive selection of chart hits from America’s biggest-ever pop band. Tickets £20. www.aberystwthartscentre.co.uk

What’s on at Wyeside Arts Centre The Royal Shakespeare Company LIVE: Romeo and Juliet, 18th July, 7pm, Market Theatre What if your first love was someone you’d been told you must hate? Tickets £13.50. André Rieu: Maastricht 2018, 23 and 26th August, 7.30pm, Market Theatre Unforgettable concerts from André’s hometown. £16 (£15 concession).

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6th-8th July, Supernovas, Plas Heli Hafan, Pwllheli The Supernova Dinghy Class Association will hold its sea event at the Welsh National Academy and Events Centre, Plas Heli on 6th-8th July 2018. The Supernova is a ‘one design’ single-handed sailing dinghy.

14th July, The Stick-Maker Tales, Welshpool Town Hall, Broad Street, Welshpool National Theatre Wales: A Love Letter to The NHS – part of the NHS70 Festival. The third of five new solo shows by five writers, performed the length and breadth of Wales. 5pm and 8pm. Tickets £15, concessions £10.

Now in its sixth year, Newtown Food Festival returns to its lovely riverside park location on 1st-2nd September. A free two-day celebration of food and music in the heart of Wales, featuring around 40 independent food and drink producers, a fantastic music programme and a mini family festival of activities in the children’s village. As well as championing local produce, the festival has an international flavour, including a French village, Spanish tapas and traditional Syrian dishes. The music performances continue into Saturday night with the Festival Bar. Saturday 1st September 10am – midnight. Sunday 2nd September 10am – 5pm. The Park, Newtown, Powys, SY16 2NZ www.newtownfoodfestival.co.uk

Seiswn Fawr

The fabulous Welsh folk festival Sesiwn Fawr in Dolgellau returns from 20th-22nd July. Held every summer at Eldon Square in Dolegallau, the festival hosts a variety of fun heritage events across several formats, such as music performances, comedy shows and literature recitals. Of course, there are also activities especially for little revellers, and delicious food and drink from local shops. Plenty to keep you occupied across the weekend. Reports are 2018 tickets are sold out, so look early for next year.For a full lineup see www. sesiwn fawr.cymru

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Mid Wales Opera summer performances

On 22nd July, join the Friends of Mid Wales Opera in the magnificent Music Room at Gregynog Hall near Newtown. This specially devised concert is led by the superb pianist Charlotte Forrest and features talented young singers from MWO. Tickets cost £16 from Hafren Box Office, call 01686 614555 or visit www.thehafren.co.uk.

Storytelling and music at Bleddfa Centre

magnificent castle grounds. Then Then, on 18th August, Mid Wales Opera takes over the explore the gardens and enjoy a gardens of Powis Castle near picnic with musical entertainment Welshpool for an exclusive from Quindici Chamber Choir, evening opening filled with Whitton Voices and saxophone quartet Monty Misfits. Gates musical delights. Machynllethbased tenor Robyn Lyn Evans, open 6.30pm, with performances who toured with MWO as 7-9pm. Tickets cost £12.50 in Lensky in their spring advance and £15 on the production of Eugene gate (children £5) DID YOU and include a glass Onegin, joins soprano KNOW? of bubbly sponsored organ Prawang and Powis Castle was by Tanners. To harpist Ruth Evans built by Prince book, call 0344 249 to open the show Gruff udd in the from the Orangery 1895 or visit www. 13th century nationaltrust.org.uk Terrace in the

A summer of fun at Llanerchaeron

From 21st July – 1st September there will be regular family summer days for everyone to enjoy. With splat flowers and fern art in the garden, 50 Things Fridays and the traditional working farm, there is plenty to

keep everyone entertained! Children can get involved in farm life and watch a live milking demonstration or become a plant detective for the day. You can even make your own jewellery, or why not give the cook a hand in the kitchen with her baking? Daily events run from 11am until 4.30pm and are free, although the usual entrance fee applies. www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Joining Forces at the Community Open Day The Infantry Battle School, at Dering Lines, Brecon, is opening its doors to the public on 8th July, between noon and 5.30pm. Organised by The Armed Forces Covenant Regional Partnership Powys, this is a fun and informative day out for all ages. Entry is free and visitors have the opportunity to try their

All Of Me: Focusing Workshop for Creative and Life Blocks, 8th July, 9.30am-4pm Find the freedom to live and work creatively. Led by BACP-registered counsellor Elizabeth Halls. £40 including lunch.

hand at many organised activities throughout the day, including a weapons simulator, assault course, paintball, jungle lane and pony rides, with many of the activities free. Military vehicles and weaponry will be on display and kit will be available to try on. There will be activities provided by Dyfed Powys Police, Wales and West Fire Services, art workshops, military and civilian choirs and dance performances on the day. Shuttle buses provided to and from Brecon by Dering Lines. www.growinpowys.com

Storytelling courses Freeing the Voice: 12th-15th July, £280. Performance Intensive: 26th-29th July, £280. The Bleddfa Week of Storytelling, 16th-22nd August, £375. Padraig Lalor Band, 10th August, 7.30pm Original and Irish traditional tunes and songs. Tickets £8. www.bleddfacentre.org

National Library of Wales

Ceredigion’s Oldest Houses, 25th July The Royal Commission architectural historian, Richard Suggett, describes the challenges of writing about Ceredigion’s oldest houses for the forthcoming medieval volume of the Cardiganshire County History. Free event, held in English.

Celtic Knot Conference, 5th July The Celtic Knot Conference 2018 is the second Wikipedia language conference focusing on supporting Celtic and indigenous languages. £50 per day, which includes refreshments and lunch. Medieval Wall Paintings in Wales, 18th July Steffani Davies discusses the ‘who’, ‘what’ and ‘how’ of medieval wall paintings in Wales. This is a free event held in English.

Arts and crafts workshop with the RNLI, 6th August Create nautical-themed items to take home with you while learning about sea safety. Suitable for ages 6-11 years. Free admission by ticket. Go to www. library.wales

A busy summer at Welshpool and Llanfair Light Rail

On 28th July there’s a members’ special at 2.15pm, followed by the company AGM. Then on 4-5 August it’s Lace on the Train – lacemaking demonstrations throughout the weekend – so come and join in!

Finally, on 15 August, enjoy an evening of Steam & Song which includes an evening train ride followed by a performance by the Ardudwy Welsh male voice choir, with refreshments. www.whr.co.uk

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What’s on at Theatre Hafren

14th July, Nicky Grist Stages, Royal Welsh Showground, Llanelwedd This summer’s Nicky Grist Stages hosts a round of both the Pirelli MSA British Rally Championship and BTRDA Rally Series.

15th and 22nd July, Broniarth Hall, Open Garden for NGS, Welshpool Powys Broniarth Hall is a 17th-century farm house with bijou cottage garden. Unique and quirky features including a collection of approx 70 heucheras. 2-5.30pm. Admission £3.50.

Opera Gala Concert, 22nd July, 6pm Rob Dunsford & Neve Spencer Moller, At The Music Room, Gregynog Hall, join the 31st July, 7.30pm Friends of Mid Wales Opera for their annual Rob and Neve perform some original songs as fundraising evening of opera. Led by well as covering various classics in their DID YOU own, stripped-down acoustic style. £2.50. pianist Charlotte Forrest and joined by KNOW? young talented singers. Tickets £16. The highly Movie Matinee: The Shape of Water acclaimed film (15), 29th August, 1.30pm National Youth Brass Band of Shape of Water Wales, 28th July, 7.30pm An otherworldly fable set against the won four The NYBBW welcomes back Philip backdrop of Cold War-era America, Oscars circa 1962. In the hidden high-security Harper as conductor and Daniel Thomas as soloist. Featuring a fantastic government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and variety of music, played with NYBBW’s co-worker Zelda discover a secret experiment. traditional energy and first-class musicianship. www.thehafren.co.uk Tickets: £10, concessions £8, under 25s £5.

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17th July-28th August (Tuesdays), Boeing Boeing, Criccieth Memorial Hall Gwynedd Boeing Boeing is a 1960s French farce adapted for the Englishspeaking stage. 7.30pm. Adults £8, children £6.

With over 40 exhibitors, including many new stands and delicious regional produce. Also a variety of exhibitors such as a working artist blacksmith, wood-turner, willow-weaving, stick maker, alongside garden plants, ceramics, clothes and jewellery. Teas by Bwlch-y-Cibau WI. Children’s attractions include a face and body painter, Paul Hand will be exhibiting and building his medieval house among other attractions. Andrea Atherton, head gardener, will take garden tours, to include the poison garden. Admission £5 under 12 free.

21st July, Discover butterflies, Roundton Hill Nature Reserve Enjoy a ramble round Roundton Hill National Nature Reserve and discover its beautiful butterflies, in the company of MWT expert, Clive Faulkner.

22nd July, Grand Mid Wales Cycle Auction, Royal British Legion, Llandrindod Wells A unique chance to purchase surplus items from the National Cycle Museum. Public admission £3 before 9.30am, £1 after. The auction will take place at 11.00am. Stalls cost £7, to book a stall contact Steve Griffith on 07740 923630. The Cycle Museum will also be open from 10am-2pm.

The Big Tribute Festival

The Big Tribute festival weekender is back again in the idyllic setting of Lovesgrove, Aberystwyth, on 24th-26th August. Get ready for three days of live music and family friendly entertainment, including three nights of free on-site camping and parking. Main Stage acts include tributes to Stevie Wonder (Godfrey

Llanwyddyn Folk and Acoustic Weekend Head down to Llanwyddyn Village Hall from 31st August to 2nd September for a weekend of folk and acoustic music. Featuring Chris While and Julie Matthews, Elbow Jane, Les Barkerm The Often Herd, Scolds Brindle, Owen Shiers, Ruth and Ken Powell, Twmpathology, The Llansilin Choir and more! Weekend tickets £36. www. llanwddynevents.co.uk

The Royal Welsh Show 2018

The pinnacle event in the agricultural calendar, the Royal Welsh Show, will be held on 23-26th July at the showground in Llanelwedd. This is one of the most prestigious events of its type in Europe, bringing together the farming and rural community in celebration. www.rwas.wales

Gayle); ACDC (Whole Lotta DC); Tina Turner (Totally Tina); Oasis (Ohasis); Tom Jones (Andy Wood); Kasabian (Kazabian); Little Mix (Little Chix); U2 (U2UK) – plus many more. www.thebigtribute.co.uk

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Music and Dance at the Andrew Logan Museum of Sculpture


29th July, RNLI ‘Come & Visit Us’ Day, Barmouth. Visit the Lifeboat Station on the prom and view the two lifeboats and the tractor, see the equipment and speak to the volunteer crew members. 10am-4pm.

19th July, Brazil Nuts Trio, gentle bossa nova songs. Vocal, guitar and double bass. £12.50 featuring Linda Angelis, Roy in advance and £15 on the door, Sainsbury & Simon Tebb Roy is a globally which includes light supper renowned guitarist of gazpacho with DID YOU and Angelis is a white beans and KNOW? headline entertainer ALMoS is the only herb croutons. aboard Cunard museum in Europe cruise liners and 26th August – dedicated to a Annual Jewellery sang at Prince living artist Extravaganza! Charles’ private birthday party. Simon Volunteer models, led by the wondrous Andy D plays a unique five-string (creator of the music for Andrew upright stick bass, producing a Logan’s Alternative Miss World’s warm sound to match the velvet tones of Linda’s vocals and and these annual extravaganzas),

Wild West comes to Corris Railway The Wild West comes to Corris Railway on 4th-5th August. On these special days, any child wearing a cowboy or cowgirl outfit gets a free ride. Yee-haw! Then, on 25th-26th August, the Model Railway Exhibition returns and fans can come along to Y Plas, Machynlleth, to see the model set-ups, browse the stalls and immerse themselves in all things model railway! For more information on the timetable and tickets for these events, visit www.corris.co.uk

dance interpretively to Andy’s specially created music, adorned in Andrew’s jewellery in a jewellery performance you won’t forget in a hurry – all building to a glorious crescendo. Guaranteed smiles. £6 on the door, first drink included. Doors 6pm. Please contact ALMoS if you would like to be a volunteer model. Cash bar at all events. Prebooking is essential. For more information. Telephone: 01686 640 689 or see www. andrewloganmuseum.org

Craft demonstrations at Trefriw Woollen Mills Rag rug-making techniques are demonstrated every Tuesday in July and August in the craft studio at Trefriw Woollen Mills. Weaver Christine upcycles old woollen sweaters into rag rugs and smaller items such as flowers

and wreaths. Then, on Wednesdays and Thursdays in July and August, hand spinning is demonstrated by Wendy who will show how the wool is spun into yarn on a spinning wheel. Outside, the Weaver’s Garden contains plants which provide fibres, natural dyes, soaps, textile tools and moth repellents. Admission free. www.twm.co.uk

Machynlleth Festival 2017 The 2017 Machynlleth Festival, is back from 20th-27th August, with a packed programme of music, art and culture. All events are presented in the Tabernacle, a converted Methodist chapel, which has one of the finest

acoustics in Britain and Europe. A highlight this year is a recital by the world-famous Vienna Piano Trio, who will be performing Schubert’s Piano Trio in B flat Major. www.moma.machynlleth.org.uk

3rd-28th July, Celebration of Colour and Life – Glyn Baines, St John’s Hall Gallery, St Johns Hill, Barmouth Eisteddfod gold-medal winner Glyn Baines will be exhibiting a selection of his mixed media abstract collages at St John’s Hall Gallery in July. 11am to 4.30pm, Tuesday to Sunday, closed on Mondays.

18th & 25th July, Junior Rangers, Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre, Ganllwyd, Dolgellau These activities are suitable for children aged 4-10. Adults must accompany children, and booking is advised; please contact Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre to book your place. Meet at the Visitor Centre reception at 10.30am. Finish at 12pm.

4th August, Brecon County Show, The Showground, Watton, Brecon This show is based around the cattle, sheep, horse and pony, and goat classes, and a poultry show, which attract exhibitors from all over the country. Open from 7.30am-6pm. Adult £10, child £5 (5-16 years old) under fives free, family £25 (2 adults & 2 children aged 5-16).

4th August, As You Like It, Willow Globe, Llandrindod Wells A new production by the Wet Mariners. This outstanding company has earned credits at the National, Theatre Royal Bath and with many other leading companies in the UK. 7pm10pm. Adults £10, under 16s £5.

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Green Man 2018

4th-5th August, Paranormal Investigations, Silver Mountain Experience Ponterwyd, Aberystwyth Are you a believer? Get ready to take on a night like no other at The Silver Mountain Experience. 8pm-11.55pm, and 12am-6am.

10th-13th August, Solarsphere 2018, Builth Wells/Llanfair ym Muallt Learn about space-related topics at the astrocamp, which consists of a dark site, talks, bands and workshops. Tickets £45, 14-16 years ticket £20, under 13s go free. Tickets include camping.

27th August, Llanfechain Show, Llanfechain Hall Llanfechain Show is the perfect day out. Local art and craft. Also many stalls and sideshows, food and drink, bouncy castle and vehicle displays. Starts at 11am. £4 for adults and £1 for children.

18th August, Pontrhydfendigaid Show, Cae Dolfawr, Ceredigion Agricultural show. Classes for horses, sheep, vintage machinery, shearing, dog show and horticulture. Various trade stands. Starts 11am.

18th & 27th August, Llandrindod Wells Art Exhibition, The Metropole Hotel Spa Llandrindod Wells Art Exhibition is a collection of art work from local talented artists who are members of the Art Club.

Nestled in a scenic valley of the Brecon Beacons National Park, is Wales’ largest music festival, Green Man, from 16th-19th August. This year’s line-up includes Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear and The War on Drugs. With 10 areas for guests to explore, Green Man 2018 looks to be another popular event. Green Man has carved a name for itself as an ethically-minded festival that focuses on community spirit over profit. It also prides itself on selecting food

Workhouse Festival

The popular festival of music, arts and crafts returns from 13th-15th July to Llanfyllin. This family friendly weekend, has an outdoor cabaret, live music stage, DJ setup in the Venue and the Dub van in the courtyard. It also has tons of tasty food, a big bar and chill-out area, kids’ area and cinema. The event is run by the Workhouse volunteers to raise money to continue the renovation of the building for the community, arts, education and the environment. This year there will again be a number of workshops, including green crafts, healing, fabric and knitting. A happy weekend aimed at people who want to relax and have a good time with friends and good music. Go to www.the-workhouse.org for tickets and information.

26th August, World Bogsnorkelling Championships, Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys The 33rd annual World Bog Snorkelling Championships is an event Lonely Planet described as one of the top 50 ‘must do’ things from around the world. Hundreds of participants will be there to join in the muddy fun.

Mawddach Paddlesports Festival

This two-day waterbased festival runs from 30th June to 1st July in Barmouth. There are races for canoes and rafts, and opportunities for novices to try canoeing and paddleboarding. Also performances by the Batala Band and Liverpool Hope University Silver Band. www.merioneth yachtclub.co.uk

and drink suppliers with local provenance, so the money goes straight back into local communities. The cider selection is particularly strong, with offerings from Blaengawney Farm and Gwynt y Ddraig DID YOU Cider Company, KNOW? to name a few, all The first Green served on site. Man Festival in For tickets, visit www.green 2003 had an man.net audience of


What’s on at Elan Valley 14th July, All is Aflutter and Aglow, 8pm Join Sorcha Lewis to see bats, moths and glow worms. Bring torches. 21st July, One Day Spoon Carving Workshop Learn to carve greenwood spoons using traditional tools. Book in advance. £60 for 18 or older. 1st August, High Ropes Challenge, 10am-1pm Platforms, zip line and adrenaline! Alongside Caban Coch Reservoir. Adult £18, 8-18s £15. 11th August, Credit Cards and Toothpicks – Fun with Oil Paints without any brushes £30. 29th August, Dragons and Damsels A fun afternoon of pond dipping. Booking is essential. www.elanvalley.org.uk

Fish & chips and flapper fun at Rheidol Railway

Step back into the world of the Great Gatsby on 4th August. Dance the night away to jazz and enjoy a 1920s-themed buffet. Dress code strictly 1920s. Then, on 1st, 4th, 8th, 11th, 15th, 18th, 22nd and 25th August, there’s evening excursions along the Rheidol Valley, departing Aberystwyth at 6pm. Meals £6 per adult, £4 per child and include a drink. www.rheidolrailway.co.uk

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Summer Wine Tasting with Montgomery Wines Friday 6th July, 7pm

Join us for an afternoon of Music performed by the Montgomeryshire Youth Music Group. Tea & Cakes will be on sale in the Blayney Room and High Teas will be served in the Café. Booking not required.

Join us for a relaxing Summer evening in our Courtyard, sample 10 wines perfect for a summers evening. Woody Lennard owner of Montgomery Vineyard will take you on a personally guided tasting experience from vine to wine describing what it takes to produce award winning wine on a local and Bonhams Valuation Day international scale. Simon Gatley who has for the Wine Society will accompany Monday 2nd July, 11am - 3pm worked Woody along with Dylan Rowlands who Specialists will be at the Hall for free auction regularly presents on S4C and is a judge for valuation for pictures, silver & jewellery, the prestigious Welsh Wine Awards. £20 works of art, furniture and general antiques. per ticket and include an antipasti platter. Bonhams fine book department will also be Booking essential. on hand to advise on books and manuscripts. Tea & cakes will be on sale in our Blayney Chocolate Making Experience Room. Booking required.

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Sunday 17th July, 6pm

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Coco Pzazz from Caersws are putting on a Chocolate Making Experience in our Courtyard Café, you will make and decorate your own chocolate to take home with you as well as learning how chocolate is produced All of the chocolate is vegetarian and we can cater for vegans. £15 per ticket to include a glass of Pimms or Sparkling Elderflower. Booking Essential.


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The very best Classical, Jazz and Welsh music, Exhibitions, Lectures & Talks, featuring... Dame Evelyn Glennie & Trio HLK Ann Murray DBE Elin Manahan Thomas & Jocelyn Freeman Christine Rice & Julius Drake Aleksandar Madžar Jessica Walker & Joseph Atkins Marmen String Quartet Rosalind Ventris & Marcin Sieniawski Maya Irgalina Alexander Sitkovetsky & Maxim Rysanov Dóra Kokas & Wu Qian Plamena Mangova Mihaela Martin & Frans Helmerson

August 19 - 26 Awst 2018 Y Tabernacl, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8AJ www.machynllethfestival.co.uk - 01654 703355

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Private Charters ChesterBoat private charters offer unique floating venues on the beautiful River Dee, cruising upstream from the Groves in historic Chester through the Duke of Westminster’s stunning Eaton Estate. Create your own bespoke cruise with a choice of vessel, sumptuous menus, welcome drinks, entertainment and decorations. Impress your guests with cocktails and canapés or a delicious dinner and drinks.

Vintage afternoon tea cruises 12.00 noon and 3.00pm Bank Holiday special 6th May times as above Fathers Day, June 17th Gentlemen’s afternoon teas times as above Grandparents Day 9th September times as above With delicious home-made sandwiches, scones and cakes, tea and Prosecco Adults £27.50 children £15

Fish and chip cruise Two-hour cruise on the first Friday of the month, with fish and chips and optional Bingo. 4th May, 1st June, 6th July, 3rd August, 7th September Sailing at 7.30 Adults £21 children £10

Curry and quiz With Indian buffet and fun general knowledge quiz Last Friday of the month 29th June 24th August 26th October Adults £27.00 children £14.00 Group of four £102.50

Two-Hour Iron Bridge Cruise to Eaton Estate Weekends in June Daily 1st July - 7th September Weekends September Sailing 12 Noon and 2.30pm

Half hour city cruises daily 12th March - 4th November 11am-4pm

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Annual Steam Gala at Fairbourne

Culture at Gregynog Hall

Bonham’s Valuation Day, 2nd July, 11am-3pm The specialists will be at the Hall for free auction valuation for pictures, silver and jewellery, works of art, furniture and general antiques. Booking required.

Wine Tasting with Montgomery Wines, 6th July, 7pm Woody Lennard owner of Montgomery Vineyard will take you on a personally guided wine tasting. £20, including an antipasti platter. Booking essential.

Montgomery Street Festival

Pop down to the centre of town on 7th July from 10am for the annual variety showcase of talented local dancers, musicians and performances, covering a spectacular range to suit everyone! There will be over 30 stalls with a selection of crafts to tempt you and, whether you are browsing or enjoying the shows, you can tuck into some delicious hot or cold food and drinks available from a number of local businesses to help keep the levels high on the day. Stalls close around 4.30pm, and there will be a lively evening. Experience the Monty magic as the community welcomes you to participate in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, live music, food, dancing and an opportunity to catch up with friends or meet new ones.

Chocolate-making Experience 17th July, 6pm Coco Pzazz from Caersws are putting on a Chocolate-making Experience in our Courtyard Café. You will make and decorate your own chocolate to take home with you as well as learning how chocolate is produced. £15. Booking essential. Mid Wales Opera Gala, 22nd July, 6pm Join the Friends of MWO for their annual fundraising summer

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evening of opera. This concert, featuring talented young singers, will be led by pianist Charlotte Forrest, whose previous concerts for MWO have been hugely enjoyable. Bring a picnic. The bar will be open. Tickets £16, available from The Hafren (01686 614556) or on the door. See www.midwalesopera.co.uk and www.gregynog.org

The annual Steam Gala roars into the station at Fairbourne Railway from 27th-29th July. Fans of the vintage locomotive will love the engines on show this year. With the visiting 15-inch gauge steam engine St Egwin from Evesham Vale Light Railway, 121/4-inch gauge steam engine Naomi from Exbury Gardens Railway, and a special appearance from Rachel, the 15-inch gauge diesel engine from Windmill Farm Railway. With plenty to see including stalls, refreshments and attractions to keep the family entertained, www.fairbournerailway.com

Powis Castle

A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Powis Castle, 24th July Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents Shakespeare’s best-loved romantic comedy at 7pm. £10. Booking essential, call 0344 249 1895. Refreshments. Bring low-back seating, blankets or rugs. Al fresco opera at Powis Castle, 12 August Mid Wales Opera takes over the gardens. Tenor Robyn


Mighty Meadow’s Day, 7th July, 11am-2pm Celebrate International Meadows Day at Lake Vyrnwy. £10 adults, £5 children with discounts for RSPB members. Booking essential. In Search of Nightjar, 21st July, 8.30pm Evening walk

Welshpool Country Music Festival

Lyn Evans joins Soprano Organ Prawang and harpist Ruth Evans. 7-9pm. Tickets £12.50 in advance and include a glass of bubbly. To book, call 0344 2491895. www.nationaltrust.org.uk

through the woodlands to listen and hopefully watch Nightjar! Booking is essential. £10 adult with discounts for RSPB members. Wild Wednesdays, from 1st-29th August, 11am-2pm From bug hunts, and pond dipping to building bug hotels, discover the wild side of Lake Vyrnwy. Family activities suitable for children aged 4-11 years, Must be accompanied by an adult. £5 children. Booking essential. www.rspb.org.uk

This fun-filled weekend returns to the Powis Castle Showground on 13th-15th July. The lineup includes the Castle Belles, The West Country Duo, Pedro, Gambler, Donna Wilde, The Nashville Numbers and Hayley Oliver Band, to name a few. The show starts on Friday evening in the beer tent and continues through to Sunday evening. The festival is a fundraising event brought to you by the Heulwen Trust, which is a charity dedicated to providing boat trips for those who are less able. For ticket info and a full line-up, visit www.countrywestern.org.uk

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What’s on at Crewe Lyceum

1st July, Raft Race, River Dee, Chester Charity raft race where amateur crews race homemade rafts. Colourful, fun spectacle. Best viewing points are the Groves by the suspension bridge and the Chester meadows. Free to watch but donations to the collection boxes are appreciated. Starts at 10.30am.

1st July, The Greatest Showman •Outdoor Cinema, Wychwood Park Hotel & Golf Club The musical which has taken the world by storm celebrates the birth of showbusiness and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

4th July, Wines of the USA featuring Bogle Vineyards, The Tasting Room at Corks Out, Knutsford American Independence Day is no better date for an American wine tasting. Join wine lovers for a big wine night out. The Bogle Vineyards are family owned and take advantage of unique growing regions across the state of California. 7.30-9.30pm. £35.

Lyceum Ghost Hunt, 6th July Dare to explore the most haunted buildings in Cheshire. Ghost hunt starts at 8pm and ends at midnight, but guests are free to leave any time. Tickets £27.

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Born to Perform, Aspire Dance and Feel the Rhythm, 15th July Irish word for a Theatre Academy, 7th-8th July competitive step Fink Theatre Academy presents its The show will feature an array of students performing ballet, tap, modern dance event and musical theatre. Starts 3.30pm. talented performers from as young as two Tickets £13.50. years old, from the Aspire Academy. 1pm & 6pm. Tickets £15.50. www.crewelyceum.co.uk

Drama in the courtyard at Little Moreton Hall

Little Moreton Hall once again hosts a production by awardwinning local amateur company, Alsager Community Theatre. ACT stages six performances of an adaptation of The Two Noble Kinsmen, written jointly by William Shakespeare and John Fletcher, in the courtyard of this beautiful Elizabethan hall. The play will be performed on 12th-14th and 19th-21st July at 7.30pm. Audience members are free to picnic on the lawns at Little Moreton Hall beforehand, and there is a marquee for performances in the event of wet weather. Adult tickets are £14. www.nationalturst.org.uk

5th July, A Taste of Our Own Medicine, The Old Medicine House, Blackden Celebrate 70 years of the NHS. Hear the Johnson family stories of medicine preparation from the 1860s onwards and view displays of the Johnson Archive, including tools and ledgers. From 2pm to 4pm. £10.

6th July, East Meets East – A Journey Through Music, Worleston Village Hall, Nantwich Bringing an International vibe to the rural reach, with highly acclaimed artists from Taiwan, India and UK. Cheng Ying Chuang will be coming to Nantwich fresh from a US and intercontinental tour. Hanif Khan is a highly soughtafter UK-based Tabla player, currently on tour across the UK. Starts at 7pm. £10.

Rhythm of the Dance, 11th July This stunning Irish spectacular celebrates Irish culture through music and dance. One of the DID YOU most popular and successful Irish step KNOW? dance shows. 7.30pm. Tickets from £25.

Comedy at the Cloisters

Chester Cathedral hosts a Chester Comedy Festival Special, featuring Tom Wrigglesworth and Andy Askins on 1st July, from 8pm. Join the laughter at the Refectory Café in the cathedral, doors open at 7pm. Over 18s only. Tickets £11. Find out more at www.chestercathedral.com

Animal magic at Blakemere Village From 21st-22nd July, Blakemere Village, Northwich, hosts its eighth annual Countryside Fair. Enjoy animals, a fun dog show, artisan stalls, craft activities, arena displays, local clubs and associations, delicious food stalls, outside bar, live music, fair rides for all the family and much more. There is also chainsaw carving, circus skills and live music. Last year, 10,000 visitors arrived over the two-day event, and this year promises to be even busier. www.blakemerevillage.com

Best bits of Broadway in Chester

This is my Musical: The Best Bits of Broadway comes to the Vanbrugh Theatre, The Kings School, Chester, from 8th-11th August. Now in its ninth year, This is My Musical is a fast-paced, energetic review of the best musicals on Broadway and in the West End – whether it’s Hamilton, West Side Story or Mary Poppins. Showings at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets from £7. To book, telephone 01244 341296. www.tiptopproductions.co.uk

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Bring on the blues at Jodrell Bank An award-winning festival of discovery is set to return to Jodrell Bank from 19th-22nd July. Set against a backdrop of the iconic Lovell Telescope, Bluedot 2018 combines a truly stellar line-up of music with a ground-breaking programme of live science experiments, expert talks and immersive artworks.

Music headline acts for 2018 include The Chemical Brothers, The Flaming Lips and Future Islands, among many others. Meanwhile, new for 2018, a special event on 19th July will see Blue Planet in Concert, performed by the Halle Orchestra. The show combines live music against a backdrop of

Open-air theatre at Arley Hall

Walled Garden Theatre: The Importance of Being Ernest, 19th July This energetic and musical production from the critically-acclaimed Pantaloons infuses Wilde’s witty words with snappy new songs and frantically funny physical theatre to give this perennially popular play a hilarious

contemporary twist! Enjoy The Importance of Being Earnest in the beautiful outdoor setting of the Walled Garden at Arley Hall. Bring along a picnic and chair and maybe a blanket for later in the evening. Gates open at 6.30pm, performance 7.30pm. Tickets £5-£14.50. www. arleyhallandgardens.com

Everyone’s a superhero at Stockfest Stockfest is the annual two-day festival at Stockley Farm Park, which is actionpacked with family friendly fun. This year, on 11th-12th August, Superheroes & Fairytales are taking over the farm to transform it into a magical wonderland. This year’s line-up includes a silent disco and art workshop, ukulele workshop,

storytelling, forest school and more. Those more mature superheroes can enjoy all the entertainment from bar. Stockfest also offers evening entertainment and activities for campers, including a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, barbecue and dusk batwalk. Day tickets from £12.95. Camping from £25 per night. Go to www. stockley farm.co.uk

footage from the original Blue Planet 2001 television series. Bluedot welcomes some of the UK’s best-known scientists and writers, discussing developments in areas ranging from quantum biology to wildlife conservation. Weekend tickets are priced at £159. www.jodrellbank.net

All the fun of the fair at the showground

Cheshire Game & Country Fair brings all the fun of the outdoors to the Cheshire Showground, near Knutsford, from 25th-27th August. A great day out for all the family, the fair also hosts the English Open Chainsaw Carving Competition. There are three main arenas at the heart of the show offering first-class entertainment. Watch the thrills and spills of Horseboarding UK, admire country skills such as falconry, shire horses and working ferrets, then watch the array of dog displays and the Shadowquest Dog Display Team. Tickets £12.50 for adults, children £4. www.cheshiregame andcountryfair.co.uk

6th-8th July, On the Hill Festival, Frodsham Hill Greatvalue music festival with free camping and live bands. Cast and Dodgy headline, supported by tribute acts and local talent. A stunning location on the top of Frodsham Hill. Midday11pm. One-day ticket £20, full weekend £30.

7th July, trAction Crewe, This free weekend of futuristic fun is pitched at all the family, with actionpacked live performances, gaming projects and STEM workshops. The most eyecatching event will be the Great SpareParts Parade. Free.

7th July, Party in the Park, Sandbach Park Celebrate summer in style at a Party in the Park with Foden’s Band. Bring your picnic, rug and chairs and settle down to enjoy the easy-listening music. Arrive from 5.30pm. Entertainment from 6.30pm with Sandbach School Big Band. Adults £10.

8th July, Plant Hunters’ Fair, Abbeywood Gardens, Northwich Plant Hunters’ Fairs come to Abbeywood Gardens in Cheshire just as the gardens reach their peak. With a special reduced entry for the gardens and plant fair of just £3. It’s just the right time to pick up some summer flowering plants.

8th July, Open Garden, Cogshall Grange, Northwich A contemporary garden, set in a late Georgian country house, designed by the internationally renowned garden designer, Tom Stuart-Smith. The gardens contain informal and formal elements, Opens 11am-5pm. Admission £6, children free.

Colourful life celebrated at Nantwich Museum An exhibition acknowledging that life is a game of chances has opened in the Millennium Gallery at Nantwich Museum. A Life in Colour by local artist David Jewkes runs from 1st-14th July. The exhibition represents everything that Jewkes loves about life

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Say cheese and smile at Nantwich Show

8th July, Darnhall Show, Court House Farm, Winsford Fun dog show, farmers’ market, shopping tent, trade stands, main ring entertainment, weaving demo, family funfair, tractor road run and display, 10am – 4pm. £3 per adult, children free.

13th July, Chester Races – Ladies & Gents Evening Start the weekend with an evening to remember at Ladies & Gents Evening. From 11.30am – 6.30pm. General admission prices start from £12.

14th July, City of Manchester Opera Concert: A la Francaise! St George’s Church, Altrincham City of Manchester Opera are delighted to perform at St George’s Church in Altrincham, and promise a concert of music and song incorporating everything French, on Bastille Day. From 7.30pm. Tickets £10.

14th-15th July, Northwich River Festival A family event with dragon boat, raft and duck racing on the river, boats, entertainment, food and music. Based at Barons Quay, where both rivers meet. Evening entertainment to be announced soon. Free all-day parking. 10am-10pm.

15th July, Yeomen of the Guard, St Mary’s Creative Space, Chester Come join Chester Operatic Society for this year’s concert, The Yeomen of the Guard. Tickets cost £10 and can be purchased by calling 01244 375662. For £10 you can attend the day workshop and perform with the society in the evening. For further information please email info@chesteroperatic. co.uk. Starts 7.30pm.


The annual Nantwich Show, on 25th July, has 10 hours of continuous entertainment scheduled for the main ring, including Bolddog Lings Freestyle Motorcycle Stunt Display Show. Held in a beautiful parkland setting, the day will include: the largest cheese show in the world, showcasing over 5,500 entries; celebrity chefs, James Martin, Will Holland and Sean Wilson undertaking live cookery demonstrations; over 450 trade stands; shopping and craft marquees; and food hall. In addition there will be displays of cattle, horses, sheep, poultry, pigeons and dogs; a

More than motors at CarFest North CarFest North, at the Bolesworth Estate, presents a fabulous weekend of music, cars and fun from 27th-29th July. For car lovers, organisers have packed in as much four-wheeled action as they can, with Cartopia, Car Club displays, vintage village and the ever-popular Sporting Bears Dream Rides.

Live music is provided by musicians, including Burt Bacharach, Razorlight, Status Quo, Bananarama, Rick Astley, Reef, and The Proclaimers. Food is always a big draw at CarFest. Add to all that horse jumping, camel racing, stunt displays, kids’ theatre, an authentic Oktoberfest German village and the Car-nival. Limited tickets are available. Go to www.carfest.org for details.

KNOW? countryside pursuits area; vintage cars, tractors, Over 700 named commercials and machinery British cheeses section; and are produced in an afternoon the UK parade in the main ring. With public catering, licensed bars and children’s entertainment to top off the offering, there is truly something for everyone. Adult tickets £5, children £5. Tickets to Chefs’ Theatre are sold separately. Find out more at www.nantwichshow.co.uk

What’s on at Tatton Park

Foodies Festival, 13th-15th July The UK’s biggest food festival returns to Tatton Park with the launch of a brand-new Musicians Against Homelessness music stage. Toploader and The Hoosiers perform on Friday 13 July, and Dodgy plays live on Saturday 14 July. www.foodiesfestival.com The RHS Flower Show, Tatton Park, 18th-22nd July Different garden categories each designed to give visitors a thoughtprovoking slant on gardening. Florists and nurseries are there with expert tips and advice. And, of course, there’s wonderful gardens, gorgeous plant displays and fabulous shopping. ww.rhs.org.uk Viking Sunday, 12th August Vikings of Middle England invade Tatton’s Old Hall! Experience combat as well as domestic life, trades and skills such as coin striking and calligraphy. Have a go at archery, try on armour and enjoy storytelling. 12-5pm adult £7, child £5, family £19. Passion for Power Classic Motor Show, 18th-19th August A powerhouse event in the UK classic car events scene, famous for the unique and eclectic mix of powerful performance cars with rare and exciting vehicles featured every year. Showgoers can experience the gathering of these world-famous vehicles and enjoy plenty else on offer – beer tent, food bars, kiddies’ rides and live entertainment. There’s a large undercover display area for the finest high-performance competition and supercars! 10am – 4pm. Adults £9, 10-15 years £6, under 10s free. www.cheshireautopromotions.co.uk

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Eaton Hall Gardens Charity Open Days 2018

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Introducing a limited edition, celebratory, small batch gin. This gin is produced as part of the 30 year Summer of Celebration Party Gras event. 600 bottles have been made, each with a unique batch number, to mark this very special occasion. Expertly distilled in small batches, AT 30 is an Artisan gin with signature smoothness and fabulous, fruity hints of raspberry and blueberry.

AT 30 will be launched in conjunction with Party Gras thanks to the support of Rodney Densem Wines and all profits will go directly to St Luke’s Cheshire Hospice. The gin also will be stocked by the award-winning Rodney Densem Wines in Nantwich and distributed by them to fabulous food and drink outlets in Cheshire and beyond. A full list of stockists can be found at www.partygras.co.uk. The exciting label design of AT 30 Gin is thanks to an ongoing in-kind collaboration with trCREATIVE of Nantwich. Their ideas and support have helped turn two great fundraising initiatives into reality.


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19th July, Walking to Health: Lantern and Garden Walk, Lyme Park A three-mile walk, taking in Calves Croft and the Lantern, and ending with a visit to the garden. Keep active and improve your health by joining an experienced Lyme Park volunteer on a guided walk. These easy-to-moderate walks take in beautiful scenery and explore lesser-known areas of the park. 10.30am-12.30pm. Normal National Trust admission charges apply.

On stage at Pyramid & Parr Hall Celebration, Florida, 13th July Featuring two unrehearsed performers who have never met, Celebration, Florida is a quietly surreal show for anyone who has ever missed anyone or anything. Writer and performer Greg Wohead will speak to you through two performers, using pre-recorded audio and headphones. The performers know almost nothing about the show when they walk on stage. Starts 8pm. Tickets £10.

Things is told by the father of the genre himself, Joseph Saddler – the one and only Grandmaster Flash. Starts 7pm. Tickets £25.

repertoire consisting of covers and original material, they have established their reputation as an act with uplifting music infused with exquisitely crafted vocal harmonies. Starts 7pm. £25.

The Overtones Summer Grandmaster Flash, Special, 15th July 26th July Number one vocal DID YOU Hip-hop’s founding harmony group KNOW? father is heading The Overtones Grandmaster Flash to town to tell us are hitting the is inducted into more about how road once more the Rock and Roll he changed music this July for their Hall of Fame forever. Hip Hop, Summer Special People, Places & 2018 tour. With a

Discover Lake Malawi at Blue Planet

The Damned, 24th August The Damned formed in 1976, and played their first gig supporting The Sex Pistols at the 100 Club. They were the first of the London punk bands to release a single, New Rose, on the independent record label Stiff Records. The Damned have never stayed in one place for long. Colourful, anarchic, yet propelled by an indefatigably urgent creative motor, they’ve evolved and expanded to become one of the top UK groups. Starts 7.30pm £24.50. www. pyramid parrhall.com

The Boss himself. Starts 7pm. Tickets from £10. Michael Bublé (tribute), 6th July Luke Hingley is a leading Michael Bublé tribute act – a fine substitute for the real thing. Starts 7pm. Tickets from £12. www.theliverooms.com

A walk with Congleton Museum Join Congleton Museum on a fascinating heritage walk and discover little-known facts about Congleton. Walks start at 2pm. Cost is £6 per person, including a cream tea (£3.50 for Friends of the Museum).

21st July, Chester Male Voice Choir in Concert with Miss Beau Dermott, Chester Town Hall The City of Chester Male Voice Choir proudly presents a concert with principal guest artist Miss Beau Dermott. She may be just 14 years old, but Beau’s astonishing voice is already insured for £1 million pounds. Beau was picked by Dame Vera Lynn to open her 100th birthday celebration concert at the London Palladium last year. Starts 7pm. Tickets £15 for adults and £10 for under 18s. 22nd July, The Greatest Showman, Crabwall Manor Hotel & Spa Pop-up cinema showing of The Greatest Showman. Guests are invited to settle in for an evening of entertainment in the sprawling Cheshire countryside. Sit back and relax, with views across the rolling hills, at the outdoor cinema event of the summer. Starts 7pm. Tickets from £12.

Tribute to the greats at The Live Rooms

The Boss UK, 5th July Doug Freeman brings all of Bruce Springsteen’s worldwide hits together with all the emotion, passion and fun of At Blue Planet Aquarium, experts have replicated typical habitats to be found in Lake Malawi, Africa’s third largest lake and home to over 1,000 species of fish. There are an amazing 600 different species of cichlids, 100 of which can be seen at the Blue Planet Aquarium exhibition. In 1980 Lake Malawi was designated a World Heritage Site. Adult tickets £16.43, children £11.66 online. www. blueplanetaquarium.com

19th July, Tom Jones, Chester Racecourse See Tom perform his favourites from across the decades, with support from Into the Ark. Doors open 5pm, under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. From £44 per ticket.

On 1st July, Lyndon Murgatroyd takes vistors on a ‘Mill Walks and Industrial Yarns’ heritage walk to show the extent of the town’s textile heritage. Then, on 5th August, Ian Doughty explores ‘Congleton and the Age of Enlightenment’, examining how the Industrial Revolution changed the architecture of the town. www.congletonmuseum.co.uk

28th-29th July, Gathering of Historic Boats, Audlem Mill Don’t miss this gathering of 30-35 historic ex-working canal boats dating from around 1895 to 1960. These are moored among the canal locks at Audlem on the Shropshire Union Canal.

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Summer shows at open air theatre

4th-5th August, Knights Tournament, Beeston Castle, Swords will be wielded, archery skills tested and helmets battered as these skilled men are put to the test in each nail-biting round. Soak up the sights and sounds of daily life in a medieval encampment and let your little knights feel the weight of real armour.

10th-12th August, The Decorative Home & Salvage Show, Cheshire Showground, near Knutsford There’s set to be around 80 traders from all over Europe exhibiting at this event. Expect to find the best in reclaimed and salvaged materials, garden furniture, period home fixtures and architectural antiques.

•11th August, Chester Pride 2018, Castle Square, Chester

Join or cheer on the parade, buy merchandise and food and drink at the Chester Pride marketplace.

12th August, Open Garden at Abbeywood Gardens, Northwich Superb setting near Delamere Forest. Total area is 45 acres, including mature woodland, new woodland and new arboretum all with connecting pathways. Admission £5, children free. Telephone: 01606 889477

17th-19th August, Just So Festival, Rode Hall, Scholar Green, Cheshire This is an intimate, weekend-long family festival like no other. The Just So Festival enables families to step out of their day-to-day lives and into a wonderland of world-class literature, arts, theatre, dance, music and comedy. Adult tickets from £45.

From 6th July – 26th August, Shakespearean comedy returns to Grosvenor Park with Much Ado About Nothing – the Bard’s masterpiece of merriment, wooing and winning of hearts. And for all the family, there’s a new stage version of Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons, featuring endless summer days, pirates and treasure maps. Captain John and his crew; Susan, Titty and Ship’s Boy Roger, set sail for Wildcat Island to do battle and

Grin and bear it at Cholmondeley Castle gardens

The ever-popular Teddy Bears’ Picnic returns to Cholmondeley Castle gardens on 8th July. This year’s chosen charity is The Wingate Centre, providing holidays for disabled children and young adults. Bring a picnic and of course teddy and support a fantastic charity. On-the-day prices £7 adults, £4 children, under 3s free. 11am to 4pm. www.cholmondeleycastle.com

Journeys of Quarry Bank

Pack your bags for an adventure as you discover the incredible journeys made by the people of Quarry Bank Mill in Wilmslow until 28th October. Normal National Trust admission prices apply. www.nationaltrust.org.uk

All aboard for Chester Boat fun

1990s to Now: Party Night, 1st & 20th July, A musical celebration for the MP3 generation! This is when pop got slick and funk is most definitely uptown. Mamma Mia Party Boat, 6th & DID YOU 28th July, and on the 17th KNOW? & 24th August For Dancing Tickets include Queens (and Kings) on this a glass of wine Super Trouper of a cruise and BBQ-style One Hit Wonders, 4th August supper Remember Pump up the Volume; the Macarena and Spirit in the Sky? A fantastic one-off party. 60s and 70s Night, 14th July Step aboard the love boat for some retro fun All online tickets £32.50. www.chesterboat.co.uk

Welcome to Gladfest 2018 It’s the sixth year of Gladfest from 7th-9th September. Bringing together the most exciting contemporary writing from all over the country, with history, poetry, comic strips, memoir and fiction of all kinds. This year is the all-new Gladfest Fringe which will be packed full

23rd-26th August, Creamfields, Daresbury Make some noise. This is Creamfields, and it’s all about the music! A weekend you’ll never want to forget. Tickets from £85.

26th August, Charity Open Garden, Eaton Estate Open gardens all in aid of the charities Nightingale House Hospice, Neurotherapy Centre and Three Villages Project. Gates open at 10am. Adults £8, children £2.

find adventure on the lakes in this new adaptation by Tony-award nominated Bryony Lavery. Finally, there’s Shakespeare’s last and most magical play, The Tempest. Prospero, Duke of Milan, usurped and exiled by his own brother, is banished to a mystical island. He raises a storm to shipwreck the men who wronged him to take his revenge. Tickets priced from £22.50-£45 and under 12s go free. www.grosvenorparkopenairtheatre.co.uk

Wonderland at Dunham Massey Take a trip down the rabbit hole on the 4th August with Chapterhouse Theatre Company this summer as they present the classic tale of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.Join Alice as she stumbles into a magical world and meets a host of colourful characters. Play

of music, spoken-word poetry, family entertainment and refreshments. Plus, there’s a drop-in programme of comic book crafting activities A snapshot of the names this year include Sunday Times bestseller Joanna Cannon, Sally Magnusson and Stylist journalist Lucy Mangan, plus an exclusive preview reading of the forthcoming Lord of the Flies production from North Wales’ premier theatre, Theatr Clwyd. www.gladstoneslibrary.org

starts at 6.30pm. Adult tickets £16, children £10. Call 0344 249 1895 to book tickets. www.nationaltrust.org.uk

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Something for everyone at Floral Pavilion

1st July, Race for Life, Birkenhead Park Choose from the 5km or 10km route, pop on a pink top or tutu, then run, jog, skip or walk to raise as much money as you can for life-saving research.

1st July, Wallasey Food Fair and Makers Market, The Mosslands School This market is held on the first Sunday of the month. Open 10am to 2pm, there’s 35+ stalls of foods and crafts, from jewellery to bread and pastries, to books and fruit.

4th July, Burford Bluebell Wood – Volunteer Task Day, Wallasey Join the Rangers to improve the bluebell woods. Tea and coffee provided.

6th July, Evening Cruise with The Poor Boys, Mersey Ferries Ferry, singing and dancing with friends and family – what more could you want? 7.30-9.30pm. Tickets £14.95.

7th July, Wirral Orchestra,St Hildeburgh’s Church, Hoylake Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1 with some of the best-known music of the time. In aid of Clatterbridge Cancer Charity and the Royal British Legion. 7.30pm-9.30pm. Tickets £8.

Little Baby Bum, 3rd-4th July Join Mia, Jacus, Twinkle and their Nursery Rhyme pals at the world premiere of a brand new live show. Little Baby Bum is the world’s largest educational YouTube channel, with over 13m subscribers. Shows at 10.30am, 12pm and 2pm. All tickets £14.

An Evening with Pete Waterman, 20th July The man behind more than 100 Top 40 UK hits and 40 million records, Pete Waterman OBE will take centre stage and share anecdotes about his fascinating life and the stories behind some of the biggest artists and songs in the world. 7.30pm. Tickets £23.50.

Jason Manford: Muddle Land of Hope and Glory, 25th July Class, 5th July This nostalgic afternoon is filled with It’s been a few years DID YOU memorable songs from the 1940s, for Jason since his last KNOW? 1950s and 1960s. 2pm. Tickets £13. smash-hit standPink Floyd’s The up show, but Muddle Class promises Wall is the third Pink Floyd’s The Wall Live, 10to feature a wealth of new material delivered with Jason’s amiable charm best-selling album 11th August The Pink Floyd Show UK performing The Wall live, plus and captivating wit. 7.30pm. Tickets £29. of all time 90 minutes of classic Pink Floyd complete with multimedia projections, An Audience lasers and light show. 7pm. Tickets £20. with Eddie Hall – The World’s Strongest Man, 8th July Desperate Scousewives, 31st August – 1st September Hit comedy play by Lynne Fitzgerald After winning Britain’s tells the tale of four Scouse women living in four Strongest Man, Eddie terraced houses in the back streets of Liverpool, and Hall AKA ‘The Beast’ an insight into their lives in the days leading up to starred in the hit Netflix documentary Strong Man. He went on to win and following the wedding of Vanessa to a prisoner World’s Strongest Man in 2017, the first Brit for she has never met. For ages 18+. Shows at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets £16.50. 24 years. He talks through his incredible journey. Go to www.floralpavilion.com Arrive from 6.30pm. Tickets from £26.50.

8th July, Parkgate Carnival in aid of Northern Lights, Neston Cricket Club Enjoy a range of musical talent, creative performers, children’s amusements and delicious artisan foods and fine wares from some of the best in the area.

12th July, Wallasey Historical Society, Wallasey Central Library Discussions and talks on the history of Wallasey. Meetings at 7.30pm on the second Thursday of each month from September to April.

Pirate adventure at Ness Botanic Gardens Hold fast and don your goggles as Treasure Island comes to Ness Botanic Gardens on 8th July. A spectacular steampunk-inspired re-imagining of Robert Louis Stevenson’s pirate epic will be performed in the gardens at 6pm and 8pm. Award-winning MATE Productions presents its stunning outdoor production of Treasure Island. This nautical odyssey boasts live music, stunning Victorian futuristic costumes, swashbuckling battles, and a disreputable crew of marauders, actors, dancers, singers

and musicians. This year’s buccaneering adventure promises a thrilling voyage for all the family. Come dressed in your finest pirate regalia, board the Good Ship Hispaniola and join the quest of a lifetime to Treasure Island – X marks the spot! Doors open at 5.15pm. The performance has a running time of 95 minutes, with a 25-minute interval. Please bring a camping chair or picnic blanket (and a picnic if you wish). Suitable for 8yrs+. Tickets £12 for adults, £8 for children, family ticket £30. Visit www.nessgardens.org.uk to find out more.

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Bring on the bling for Bike and Boats Festival

Festival of Firsts at West Kirby Arts Centre Jackie Kay, Wirral Festival of Firsts: Poetry, 1st July Jackie Kay is a poet, novelist and playwright, currently the third modern Makar (Scottish poet laureate). Jackie will give a reading and sign books. From 6pm-7.15pm. Tickets £10-£12.

Tony Husband, Wirral Festival of Firsts: Writer, Artist, 3rd July Tony returns to give a talk based on the story of his father and how dementia slowly took him away from his family. This is documented in his illustrated book Take Care, Son: The Story of My Dad and his Dementia. Doors open 7pm. Tickets £8-£10. Cats, Fiddles and Sylvia Plath, Wirral Festival of Firsts: Poetry, Music, 7th July A double bill of unique biographies. The first tells the story of one of Wirral’s greatest but almost forgotten poets,

Arthur Seymour John Tessimond. The second takes Sylvia Plath as its subject. The Belfry is set in the final weeks of Plath’s tragic life. 7pm-10pm. Tickets £6.

Kete Bowers – folk singer, Wirral Festival of Firsts: Music, Folk, 11th July Don’t miss Kete Bowers, a singer-songwriter from Birkenhead. His music crosses genres from country, folk, rock, Americana and blues. 7pm10pm. Tickets £6. Pros and Coms, Wirral Festival of Firsts: Comedy, Theatre, Sketch, 12th July A comedy-based, theatre-style event headlined by Improquo, an improvised comedy sketch group with comedian, Siân Davies, wordsmith Ged Thompson, MC

Zervas and Pepper, Wirral Festival of Firsts: Music, Folk, 28th July Welsh folk rock band Zervas and Pepper play as an acoustic trio. Described by Lauren Laverne of BBC 6 Music as ‘so, so good!’, the performance is part of the Wilderland tour. 7pm-10pm. Tickets £12. www.westkirby artscentre.org.uk

Decorate your bike and join the Bikes and Boats Festival parade from Whitby Park, Ellesmere Port, to the National Waterways Museum, where there will be lots of bike and boat activities to take part in on 15th July. Following last year’s success, organisers are once again recreating the popular early 1900s Bike Carnivals of Ellesmere Port. So ‘bling your bike’ and join a decorated musical bike ride with live music to the free festival at the National Waterways Museum to celebrate Ellesmere Port’s rich historic past of bicycles and boats. Come ready ‘blinged’ or use the Bling Station at Whitby Park to decorate your bike. The bike ride is 2.5 miles along a flat trafficfree canal towpath and marshalled roads, suitable for all ages. Plus, there’ll be prizes for the bestdecorated bikes. There are competitions for everyone from 10am, plus Danny Butler’s Extreme Mountain Bike Show with death-defying feats. 10am-5pm. For more information, visit www. canalrivertrust.org.uk

then heads out into the beautiful Wirral Country Park where you’ll get a head

start on the hunters. Beware of spies on the course that will alert the hunters of your location! While your family await your victorious return they can take advantage of the farm shop cafe and say hello to some of the farm’s furry friends. Registration open at 8am. £25. For information, see www.event-hungers.co.uk

Danny Cali, and music from Simon McKelvie. 7pm-10pm. Tickets £6.

The Curator, Wirral Festival of Firsts: Theatre, Play, 13th July The Curator is a play written by Alexander Bishop and Christopher Sutcliffe. At the dawn of the 20th century, a former librarian finds himself in consideration for the job of his dreams. But when the interview takes an unexpected turn, secrets are revealed… 7pm-10pm, £6.

Hunted at Church Farm Can you escape the hunters from the Royal Marines? Wirral Hunted is an exciting new pursuit race coming to Church Farm on 29th July. Walk or run the 6.5 mile-

long course, which takes in paths, natural obstacles and the stunning Wirral coast. Don’t be too slow, however, as you’ll be followed by an expert team of hunters who will be using spies and drones to track you down. Escape them all and you get a special limitededition medal. Starting at the amazing Church Farm, the route

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Focus on photography at Williamson Art Gallery

13th July, ABBARELLA: A tribute to ABBA, Heswall Hall, Heswall A fabulous tribute to ABBA. Great music, costumes and atmosphere guaranteed! Abbarella’s pre-show DJ will entertain you from 7pm. Arrive early and enjoy the fun. 8pm11pm. Tickets £10.

26th July, Wirral Bird Club: The Natural Beauty of Costa Rica, Kingsmead School Hall, Hoylake Hugh Stewart’s illustrated talk will take you on a journey around this wonderfully biodiverse country, featuring an array of its colourful birds, as well as fascinating animals and plants. Tickets on the door, £4.

28th July, West Kirby Farmers Market, St Andrew’s Church Hall A traditional farmers’ market, with local producers selling dairy products, vegetables, meats, breads, honey, preserves and more. On the fourth Saturday of every month.

8th August, Memories Afternoon Tea, Irby Library Afternoon tea held monthly every second Wednesday of the month. 2-4pm. Free refreshments. A dementiafriendly event.

Photographic exhibition Cynosure showcases the work of six photographers from 30th June to 28th October at Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead. The Festival of Firsts exhibition focuses on the work of five Wirral-based photographers, Ian Chantler, George Evans, Barry Quatermass, Mike Waring and Barbara Singleton. The sixth photographer is Wigan-based Neil Hulme. Each of the six exhibiting has been recognised for the excellence and originality of their work. Photographer Neil Hulme is a self-taught black and white photographer who often uses long exposures to focus on the essential elements of the scene before him. Ian Chantler was recently guest photographer at Birmingham Horror Con and Liverpool Comic Con. He also loves aviation photography. George Evans is highly skilled in infra-red photography. He is a member of

Hoylake Photographic Society and has had his work nationally recognised by the National Trust, which is using one of his images in its 2018 handbook. Barry Quatermass has taken photographs since being given his first camera aged 10. While enjoying both wildlife and people photography, his passion is landscape.Barbara Singleton is working on new multimedia textile hangings for the exhibition. She uses a combination of printing and painting to celebrate the beauty of trees. Mike Waring’s images are entitled From Here and are just that, giving the distance and bearing from the Williamson. They aim to demonstrate the beauty that surrounds us. The exhibition is free. Go online to visit the gallery website for opening times and more information at www. williamsonartgallery.org

Open air theatre at Port Sunlight

•11-12th August, Beginners Woodcarving, Ness Botanic

Gardens Get started on this fascinating craft with expert guidance from wood carver John White. The course is taught over two days, from 10am to 4.30pm, covering the basics of all types of carving. Phone Carol White on 07930 332227 for details.

12th August, Mini Forest School at Eastham Country Park Join the Eastham Country park ranger for a miniature forest school with fun activities and games. Aimed at children aged five to 12 years, who must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the ranger’s office. 10.45am-noon. For details, contact christopherwerney @wirral.gov.uk.

Folksy Theatre brings its outdoor productions to Port Sunlight this summer with productions of The Princess and the Giant and Love’s Labour’s Lost. On 17th August, The Princess and the Giant tells the story of Princes Sophie who just can’t sleep because of a noisy, grumpy old giant. Filled with music, puppetry and wonderful characters, this family show, based on the children’s book by Sarah Warburton, is one not to be missed. Starts 2pm. Then, on 30 August, Folksy performs Love’s Labour’s Lost in the Port Sunlight Dell, on the spot where Victorian villagers once enjoyed outdoor theatre, yards away from where a replica of Shakespeare’s birthplace once stood. Starts 7pm. Tickets for adults are £13.50, children £8. www.portsunlightvillage.com

Bushcraft skills at Claremont Farm

Let your children explore the great outdoors at Claremont Farm, Birkenhead, this August, for a day of super-fun bushcraft skills and exciting nature games. This one or two-day event, organised by Littlefoot, takes place from 10am to 3.30pm, and is available every Wednesday and Thursday throughout August. Activities include fire-lighting, denbuilding, rope knots and games, tracking and nature games, and pioneering games. The day includes a fantastic bushcraft lunch cooked on an open fire, with wild teas, bacon sandwiches and hot-dogs, marshmallows and even a bush-tucker trial. The age range for most attendees is between seven and 12 years of age. £32.45 per day. For information, email info@littlefoothq.com

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WHAT’S ON IN BRIEF 29TH JUNE – 1ST JULY •29th June-1st July, Writing as Alchemy, Wem An inspiring long weekend retreat, tapping into the elements and your potential for transformation through the use of poetry, creativity and meditation. Food and refreshments provided. Cost is £195 per person. •1st July, Go Underground at Snailbeach Lead Mine Pre-book a guided underground trip into old workings, walk around the site with a self-led trail leaflet and see inside the locomotive shed, blacksmith’s shop and visitor centre. Site free, but pre-booked underground £7.50 adult, £3 child.

Car boots, plays and bush crafts at Aldeford Lake

Relay for Life, 30th June-1st July This is a fantastic event raising money for Cancer Research.

Company will be performing the magical tale of Peter Pan. Book via www.seetickets.com

Car boot supporting Whitchurch Relay for Life, 1st July Gates open to sellers at 9am.Cars, 4x4s, small vans – £8; large vans – £12; trailers – £3. Starts 9.30am. Adults £1; children free.

Campfire Cooking and Wildlings with Shropshire Wildlife Trust, 31st July From 2pm-3.30pm kids can enjoy campfire cooking for 6-11 year olds and Wildlings for all the under 5s.

Peter Pan, 29th July The Immersion Theatre

Mud Mayhem and Wildlings, (Wildlife Trust) 7th August

Porth-ywaen Silver Band, 1st July, 2pm4pm Free family music in Cae Glas Park. Oswestry Food and Drink Festival, 14th-15th July, 9am-4pm Huge free town centre event boasting the best local food producers.

•1st July – 12th August, Guided tours of Stokesay Court on various Sundays in July and August Stokesay Court is a magnificent Grade II* lateVictorian mansion imposingly set within extensive landscaped grounds, with far ranging views towards Ludlow.

The Tempest, 25th August The Lord Chamberlain’s Men perform Shakespeare’s classic. Gates open 6pm, performance 7pm. Tickets £14- £16.50 adult; children £9-£11. www.alderford.com

Family summer events at Oswestry Town Market

•1st July, Ellesmere Antique and Collectors Fair, Town Hall A wide variety of antiques and collectables including ceramics, jewellery, postcards, clocks and furniture, militeria, vintage textiles. Free parking, full disabled facilities and refreshments.

•1st July, Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life at The Quarry Park, Shrewsbury The Race for Life is a series of womenonly events raising money for research into all 200 types of cancer. Walk, jog or run. Raise valuable funds for research. 11am-1pm

From 2pm-3.30pm children can enjoy either Mud Mayhem for 6-11 year olds or Wildlings for under 5s. Book the Shropshire Wildlife events via www. shropshirewildlifetrust.org.

TNS Fun Day, 14th July, 10am-3pm Cae Glas Park hosts local football team TNS who provide plenty of activities.

Reggae Music Day, 15th July, 12pm-7pm Family music in the park. Guide Dog Event, 3rd August, 9am-3pm This event promotes the essential work of the local guide dogs giving everyone the chance to pet them and experience a blindfold run all on the Bailey Head.

Artisan and Vintage Market, 31st August, 9am until 3pm A collection of quality local craft and food producers held in Bailey Street. There will be a Vintage theme with music, stalls and entertainment. www.oswestrymarket.co.uk

Oswestry Balloon Festival and Continental Market, 25th-26th August Over 25 balloons launch from Cae Glas Park. Food and craft stalls, live music.

Rock out at Retro festival for free! If you love live music and love the 80s, then why not volunteer at Let’s Rock retro festival? By signing up to do a four hour shift with festival charity partner, Child Bereavement UK, selling wristbands and raffle tickets on the day, you will gain entry to the festival. Let’s Rock Shrewsbury will take place at The Quarry

on 14th July and will include live performances from UB40, Marc Almond, Kim Wilde and many more. Child Bereavement UK supports families when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child faces bereavement. Email femke. bekker@childbereavementuk. org or call 01494 568932.

Summer Festival at St Laurence’s Church, Ludlow 1st July, Edward V: England’s Lost King Drawing on extensive research, Alison Weir explores the mysteries that surround Edward V who was never crowned and disappears from the pages of history at the age of twelve. £10, 5pm-6pm. www. ludlowassemblyrooms.co.uk

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WHAT’S ON SHROPSHIRE Wine tasting and steam with the Severn Valley Railway

Films with Arts Alive 9th July, Darkest Hour (PG) at The Edge Arts Centre, Much Wenlock, 7.30pm Winston Churchill must face his most turbulent and defining trial: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom DID YOU of a nation. Starring Gary Oldman. KNOW? Adult £5, child £4.

after part of his force falls back under fire in an impossible attack. Tickets £3. The Wine Train, 21st July Travel through the spectacular Severn Valley in the 1936-built first class carriage (once hauled by the Flying Scotsman), whilst sipping a selection of wines and enjoying an informative overview of the drinks you are tasting by professional staff. The experience includes a welcome glass of fizz, a brief overview of each wine and the tasting experience. Age 18 plus. Tickets £50.

27th July, Peter Rabbit (PG), Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, Craven Arms Peter Rabbit and his naughty sisters Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton Tail and cousin Benjamin get more then they bargained for when a new Mr Churchill escaped McGregor takes over from a South the farm. Tickets 10th July, Paths of Glory (PG) at £5 adult, £3 child, SPARC Theatre, Bishops Castle African prison family £15. For more A unit commander in the French camp in 1899 information visit army must deal with the mutiny of www.artsalive.co.uk his men and a glory-seeking general

Cosford Food Festival A tasty line-up of over 90 local producers will be heading to this year’s Cosford Food Festival from 21st-22nd July which promises to serve up the very best food and drink the Midlands has to offer. Held in the spacious grounds at the RAF Museum Cosford, with the VC10 and Hercules aircraft acting as a backdrop to the bustling food market, the festival line-up includes over 90 local producers, top chef cooking demonstrations, live music including performances from the Military Wives Choir, kids cookery classes, face painting, circus skills and a STEM play bus. Festival is open 10am-5pm. Tickets £6 adult, child (5-15 years) £2, family (2 adults and up to 4 children), £14, under 5s free. Kiddy Cook workshops cost £2.50 plus booking fee (suitable for ages 4-11 years). www. rafmuseum.org.uk

Ludlow Magnalonga Food Walk This foodie event is a different kind of day out for all the family! The Magnalonga on 12th August is a food and drink walk of between 8-10 miles. During your journey, you make several stops to enjoy a meal based mostly on the local produce of Ludlow and across the Welsh Marches, all washed down with local real ale, perry or cider. It’s very popular to don’t forget to book via www.magnalonga.co.uk

Music at Follies Fest, Hawkstone Park

Follies Fest, 29th June-1st July Come and experience the world’s number one Michael Jackson soundalike in this authentic, lively and powerful re-creation of the iconic superstar. A Night at the Musicals & West End Jerseys, 1st July Four of the West End’s leading vocalists, recreate all your favourite musicals including Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, and many, many more. Tickets £20 - £99. www.hawkstoneparkfollies.co.uk

Last Days of Steam, 4th August On August 4th 1968, British Railways ran its last timetabled mainline steam service with engines Black 5 No. 45110 and 8f No. 48773 in service, and they are still going strong today. Come along and commemorate the 50th anniversary with attractions including a photography exhibition, service of steam and diesel trains, re-enactments and an evening ‘Fifteen Guinea Special’ recreation, trade and memorabilia stands, visiting locomotives on the Coalyard Miniature Railway. Fares from £13. Steam on the Road, 11th-12th August A weekend showcasing the very best of steam on the road, and steam on the rails! Attractions include full-size engines and miniatures, road run through Kidderminster with a climb up the hill to Kidderminster station, return of Plimsoll, the road-rail Land Rover plus live entertainment on Saturday evening. Tickets from £13. www.svr.co.uk

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Step into the past at Attingham Park this summer

The College Series – Anglo-Saxon Discoveries at Attingham, 19th July In 2017 the remains of two Anglo-Saxon Halls on the Attingham estate were excavated. Janine Young, National Trust Archaeologist for the West Midlands, will outline the work that took place while the artefacts discovered during the dig will be on display. Booking essential, 6.30pm-8.30pm. Tickets £8, includes a glass of white wine. The Importance of Being Earnest with the Pantaloons, 27th July Join The Pantaloons for a

unique and hilarious take on The Importance of Being Earnest. Tickets £15, child £10, 7pm9pm. Suitable for children over five, accompanied by an adult.

Severn Hospice Classic Car Rally, 12th August, 12pm-4pm Vintage and classic cars will be on show to raise funds for the local Severn Hospice charity.

Summer Holiday Wild Times: back to nature, 2nd-30th August, 10am-4pm Leave the technology behind and join WildLife Survival School this summer. Learn some new bushcraft skills and get your hands dirty! Suitable for ages 5-11 years old. Tickets £5.

Summer Nights Film Festival, 31st August and 1st September. Bring a picnic and enjoy a late summer evening watching a film on the big screen. 6.30pm-10pm.

Willow Art Gallery Embroidered Garden Birds with Suzette Smart, 7th July, 10am-4pm Embroider one of your favourite garden birds using fabric collage and free machine embroidery on vintage fabrics. Booking essential, cost is £45. Shropshire Guild of Contemporary Craft Exhibition, 21st July-8th Sept Formed in 2001, the Shropshire Guild of Contemporary Craft promotes, displays and sells the work of designer makers working in Shropshire. Members use traditional skills and techniques, alongside innovative modern methods to produce exquisite, contemporary pieces. www.willowgalleryoswestry.org

For info and to buy tickets visit www. nationaltrust. org.uk.

Afternoon Tea and courses at Derwen College

Afternoon Tea, 14th July, 12pm-3.30pm Enjoy afternoon tea in the Orangery with a variety of sandwiches, scones with jam, butter and cream, cakes plus a choice of tea or coffee. £7.95 per head. Call 01691 661234 or email carol.daviesrs@ derwen.ac.uk to book. National Pool Lifeguard Qualification, Royal Life Saving Society 25th July – 1st August This course will qualify you to work as a lifeguard in any public swimming pool. Cost is £199. Email Caroline Morris Learnwith@derwen. ac.uk or call 01691 661234. www.derwen.ac.uk

Singing, Dinosaurs and Drama at The Place Theatre

Oswestry Food Festival 2018 The Tempest, 5th July Shakespeare’s tale of illusion and revenge is brought vividly to life in Oddsocks’ musical, sci-fi adaptation. Tickets £15 concession/child £14, family ticket (minimum of two children) £52.

Dinosaur World Live! 7th-8th August, Place in the Park Big Top Experience the dangers and delights of Dinosaur World in this interactive new show for all the family. Tickets £9.50-£14. Ages 3+.

Black Magic: The Little Mix Russell Watson, 4th August, Show, 25th August Place in the Park Big A highly energetic tribute Top The UK’s best-selling show that follows in the classical crossover artist of footsteps of the award all time returns to the winning girl band, DID YOU stage featuring a Little Mix featuring stunning collection all of their chart KNOW? of our best loved topping hits. The Importance of Tickets £15, child songs along with Being Earnest was £12, family of tracks from his new studio album first performed on four £48. www. True Stories. theplacetelford. 14th February com £35-£45.


From 14th-15th July, Oswestry Food Festival will once again take to the streets from 10am4pm. This year’s streetfeast is the 12th event and it’s probably the most chilled food festival on the planet featuring some of the best food and drink producers in the country on our doorstep! The festival will be situated around Bailey Street and Cross Street and Festival Square. www.oswestryfoodfestival.co.uk

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1st July, Rounders England, •Longden Village Hall,

Shrewsbury Watch this friendly against Shrewsbury Rounders League. 11am-2pm. Spectators welcome and there will be drinks, cakes and the Nippy Chippy van!

5th July, Paddle into the •Past, River Severn, Shrewsbury

A unique historical tour of Shrewsbury around the Severn loop, exploring the Welsh wars, Vikings, floods, Victorian healthhazards and the relics of the river trade with archaeologist Dr Nigel Baker. 6pm-8.30pm.

Church Stretton: festival fortnight Church Stretton Arts Festival, 28th July – 12th August The Festival begins with an opening concert at Concord College on 28th July by the London Mozart Players who will present a programme of music for string sextet by Mozart, Schoenberg and Tchaikovsky. Then on 31st July, The Aquarelle Guitar Quartet – a dynamic and innovative ensemble known for its extraordinary ensemble in performance and expansive repertoire, will delighting the audience at Church Stretton School. In complete contrast, on 1st August, Kathleen Ferrier -Whattalife! by professional contralto Lucy Stevens presents a staged dramatisation of Kathleen Ferrier’s life story. On 2nd August audiences can enjoy the acclaimed Onyx Brass, then at 3pm on 3rd August it’s Phil Rickman – In Conversation at the Parish Centre. At

Shrewsbury charity Dragon Boat Festival Race Severn Hospice’s popular Dragon Boat Festival returns on 7th-8th July. Each day will see 30 teams battle it out as they race 40ft dragon boats along the River Severn between the Shrewsbury School Boat Club and Pengwern Boat Club from 9am-6pm. Registration for the event costs £300 per team. To register email events@ severnhospice.org.uk or call 01743 354450.

Have a go at Shrewsbury Steam Rally Have you ever wanted to drive a steam engine or roller? Or ride in a vintage lorry? Then come along on 26th-27th August to Greenhous West Mid Showground from 9.15am. With trade stands, exhibits, food and drink! www. shrewsburysteamrally.co.uk

7.30pm in Church Stretton School hear Serbianborn violist Milena Simovich accompanied by Russian pianist Olga Sitkovetsky. Fans of The Blues Brothers, can hear all their greatest hits on 4th August in an all-singing, all-dancing, high energy show. On 6th August clarinettist Robert Plane and The Gould Piano Trio perform a programme of chamber music. Kosmos’ trio of violin, viola and accordion play on 7th August. The ever-popular and annual Teatime Concert (and cream tea!) takes place at 3pm on 8th August at the Methodist Church. There will be many more performances, talks and much more across the second week. To bring the 2018 Festival to a memorable close, A Complete and Utter History of Jazz will take place at Concord College. For a full programme visit www.strettonfestival.org.uk.

7th July, Beat and Bells, •The Square, Shrewsbury

A free day of entertainment hosted by The Shrewsbury Morris Dancers plus the Kit and Caboodle Puppet show from Thingumajig Theatre, and music from The Shropshire Youth Folk Ensemble and Shropshire Ukulele Massive. 10am-4pm.

The Place in The Park Big Top Come along from 4th-19th August and celebrate 50 years of performance, culture and entertainment as The Place turns half a century! To mark the theatre’s landmark birthday, it is moving to the QEII Fields In Trust Town Park Arena this summer and will showcase an extravaganza of entertainment from music to comedy and performance. The arena will also host a magnificent Big Top venue that will seat up to 1,000 people and will be called The Place In The Park. This unique entertainment experience includes comedy, music, dance and children’s shows. The Place in the Park will be held in Telford Town Park from 12pm-10pm. For more information and a full programme of show dates visit www.telford50.co.uk/bigtop.

7th July, Guided Walk of •Oswestry, Oswestry Borderland

Tourism Join the volunteer guides who will show the hidden corners of Oswestry and tell you stories from the town’s past. Adults £2, children 50p. 11am-12pm.

8th July, Macmillan •Summertime Walk, Telford

Town Park Enjoy a 12 mile walk, past many of the notable and interesting parts of Telford while raising money. Open to all over 14 and starts at 10am-6pm.

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8th July, Whittington Castle •Car Boot Sale, 9am-12pm

£5 per car if you are selling items – free entrance to visitors to the sale. Cars from 8.30am onwards. No need to book.

14th July, Cardington Country •Fete, The Old Vicarage, Cardington Lots of games and activities, classic vehicles, birds of prey, duck racing, homemade afternoon teas, BBQ, beer tent, Pimms and Prosecco, face painting, cakes, coconut shy, produce, books and more.

Plays, music and dance at Theatre Severn Beauty and the Beast JR, 1st July Stagecoach Performing Arts Shrewsbury will participate in an attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous performance of one show. Celebrating Stagecoach’s 30-year anniversary, the students will join up with schools nationwide and abroad (including Germany and Canada) to stage Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Junior. Performing simultaneously at 6pm GMT on Sunday 1 July. Stagecoach aims to have 200 schools taking part, Tickets £10 and child £5.

Butterflies and outdoor theatre at Dudmaston Estate

14th-15th July, Shropshire •Handmade and Creative

Summer Fair at Salop Leisure, Shrewsbury Browse up to 45 stalls from carefully-selected traders, offering you handmade and locally-designed products, crafts and creations. 10am-4pm. Admission and parking are free.

15th July and 19th August, •Delbury Hall Walled Garden,

Craven Arms Open Garden for NGS A two acre early Victorian walled garden with large herbaceous borders, herb garden, shrubbery, demonstra vines and very old fruit trees.

19th July, Shrewsbury Town •Sleepout supporting The

Shrewsbury Ark Pack your sleeping bag and camp out under the stars at The Montgomery Waters Meadow Stadium to raise funds and awareness for homelessness across Shropshire. £20. Min fundraising target £80.

Butterfly walk, 1st July A walk in the woodland to see if you can spot these beautiful insects. Meet Roger, the butterfly enthusiast in the car park in Comer Woods. 11am12.30pm. Booking not needed. The Importance of Being Earnest, 25th July Bring a chair and a picnic and spend the evening watching Wilde’s comedy masterpiece performed by Immersion Theatre. Gates 6.30pm for a 7.30pm start. £15, child £8.50, family £42-£45. 10+. www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Skipinnish, 11th July Skipinnish is the sound of bagpipe, accordion and violin and a stylish assortment of modern Celtic music, they perform a unique and sublime mix of highland tradition and contemporary music. Tickets £19. Rhythm of the Dance, 15th July A stunning live spectacular that celebrates Irish culture through

music and dance, featuring world champion dancers, a traditional Irish band, singers, and a gifted cast who have been wowing audiences all over the world since 1999. Tickets £23.50-£25.50. Little Red Riding Hood, 24th July This much loved story is reinvented as a playful panto. Suitable for age 3+. Tickets £11/ £9. www.theatresevern.co.uk

Music and tribute acts at The Theatre on the Steps

The Paulus Schafer Trio, 14th July, 8pm Paulus is a true master currently defining the modern sound of gypsy jazz – a must for lovers of real acoustic music. Tickets £13/12 concessions. A New Flame – Simply Red Tribute, 20th-21st July, 8pm The exceptional nine-piece band recreates every slick groove and perfect melody

from Mick Hucknall’s remarkable global career. Tickets £20. Funny Faces, 27th July, 7.30pm This double bill invites you into the real lives of two of the best loved British comedy performers of the 20th Century – Joan Sims and Sid James. Tickets £12/£10 concessions. www.theatreonthesteps. co.uk

Exhibitions and events RAF Cosford Cosford at 80 is a new exhibition on display in Hangar 1, created by a small team of personnel from RAF Cosford. It explores the fascinating history of some of the units that are currently based at RAF Cosford.

Large Model Air Show, 7th8th July Hundreds of scale models of iconic aircraft will be taking to the skies at this annual show from biplanes to modern jets. Adults £8/£10. Under 16s free. www. rafmuseum .org.uk

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Oswestry Street Band 5th August, 2pm until 4pm Free family music in the award winning Cae Glas Park.

Shropshire Produce Market 18th August, 9am until 3pm

Handpicked Shropshire based food and craft producers selling the best the County has to offer in the town centre.


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TNS Fun Day - 14th July,

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9am until 3pm A collection of quality local craft and food producers held in Bailey Street and the Bailey Head.

For further information call 01691 680222 or visit: www.oswestry-tc.gov.uk


The Hertiage Cup with Battle Heritage

Monday 27th August, 10.00am - 5.00pm

FUTURE EVENTS Ludlow Christmas Medieval Fayre 24th & 25th November, 2018 For details www.ludlowmedievalchristmas.co.uk www.ludlowcastle.com • Castle Square, Ludlow Shropshire SY81AY

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Cosford launches vintage and handmade festival


20th July, Whalebone: •Mirabilia Tour at Wenlock

own bag to take home using recycled It’s chocks away for a brand-new vintage DID YOU festival taking place at the Royal Air fabrics. These 30 minute sessions are KNOW? Force Museum Cosford this Summer Over three million suitable for children aged 7-14 and from 11th-12th August. cost £3pp. For those who really want blooms feature to get into the vintage vibe, why not The event will showcase over 50 at Shrewsbury visit The Blusherettes’ Vintage Poplocal creators with a passion for their Flower Show handmade, handcrafted products and up Parlour who create divine, authentic vintage looks. Gents can get a beard carefully selected vintage wares. Held at RAF Museum Cosford, the and neck tidy and a MAN-i-cure while exhibitor marquees will be nestled amongst the youngsters can enjoy a Mini Blusherette makeover, with curled hair, glitter gloss and mini manicure. VC10 and Hercules aircraft and packed with all Live music erformances from The Ronnies, things retro including live music, a vintage photo a four-piece close harmony group singing swing booth and even a beauty parlour! Plus, a highlight style songs from the 1940s, plus, Gloria Sunset, an for visitors both days will be a spectacular flypast acoustic duo playing jazz and blues and Joe Conner from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight playing his Banjo in a tribute to the wartime Spitfire! For families, head to the ‘Mini Makers’ comedian George Formby. tent and take part in workshops including pom For ticket prices and more details on the festival pom pilots and planes, or a make-do-and-mend visit www.rafmuseum.org/cosford. session where youngsters can decorate their very

What’s on in Whitchurch Wildlife Photography with Ben Hall, 6th July, Bickley Hall Farm Leading wildlife photographer Ben Hall leads this one-day workshop. Participants must bring their own camera. Costs £80 to include lunch. Call 01948 820728. Butterfly Survey at Greenfields Nature Reserve Friday, 20th-27th July 9am-10am, Friday, 17th-24th August 9am-10am Peter Pan, performed by The Immersion Theatre Sunday, 29th July 2pm, Alderford Lake, call 01948 665914 for tickets. Fabulous family outdoor entertainment. Come and watch this enchanting theatre production of Peter Pan, in a beautiful setting at Alderford Lake. Bring the family and a picnic and enjoy the story of Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, and Hook. The Tempest by William Shakespeare at Alderford Lake Saturday, 25th August 6pm, Alderford Lake, call 01948 665914 for tickets. Come and watch acclaimed theatre company The Lord Chamberlain’s Men perform this drama, fantastic outdoor theatre. A great summer evening’s entertainment not to be missed. Bring a picnic and low chairs and lap up the atmosphere. Gates open 6pm, performance is 7pm-10.30pm.

Pottery, Much Wenlock An evening of eclectic acoustic music from critically acclaimed trio Whalebone. The award winning instrumental trio, whose blend of celtic folk music interwoven with strands of rock, americana and eastern european tradition has earned them a devote fanbase

22nd July, Cheswardine •Fete & Dog Show, Parish Hall,

Podmore Road Dog Show entrants registration is at 12pm.Show starts 1pm. There are four pedigree classes and six novelty classes. Fun rally session practice 12.30pm-1pm. Competition 2-4pm. Fete 1-4pm.

23rd July, Guided Walk: •Kinlet Hall and Park, Bridgnorth

The Eckford Sweet Pea Show

Join the ranger on this guided walk. Explore the parish of Kinlet, Kinlet Hall and parkland before returning to the Country Park through New England.

The Eckford Sweet Pea Show Society of Wem holds its 30th show in celebration of Henry Eckford V.H.M in Wem on 21st-22nd of July. In addition to all the various classes and prize-giving, there will be sweet pea adorned gifts, cards and china plus stalls with gardening accessories, plants, souvenirs, collectibles, jewellery, willow weaving demos and crafts. Entry £3, children free. Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm. For info call 01948 840779.

July, Live Music – Open •Mic26th Night at the Crown Inn,

Shrewsbury Flower Show The Shrewsbury Flower Show returns to The Quarry from 10th-11th August. As always it features TV personalities, celebrity chefs, singers and spectacular arena acts entertaining the crowds for 12 hours on each day, ending with a magnificent finale and firework display. With lots for all the family including craft tents and plenty of local food and drink, it’s an event not to be missed! www.shrewsbury flowershow.org.uk

Oakengates Hosted by Howard Bell and Clare Bennett, get your 15 minutes of fame, normally on the last Thursday of each month in front of a live audience at Shropshire’s longest-established open mic event.

28th-29th July, Shrewsbury •Flea Market, West Mid

Showground Antiques, collectables, furniture, vintage clothing, fabrics, architectural salvage, £2.50, concessions £150 and children free.

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28th-29th July, Living History •Event, Whittington Castle

Live satellite performances at Festival Drayton Centre

Come along and witness life as it was in medieval times! With archery demonstrations, authentic stalls and costumed participants!

1st August-5th September •(various dates), Open Gardens for NGS, Goldstone Hall Gardens Five acres with highly productive beautiful kitchen garden. Unusual vegetables and fruits. Large polytunnel with alpine strawbs, heritage tomatoes and crammed with salad, chillies and celeriac.

Everybody’s Talking about Jamie ‘Live’ via satellite, 5th July. Inspired by a true story, this is the new award-winning five-star hit musical for today. Jamie New is 16 and lives on a council estate in Sheffield and doesn’t quite fit in. He is terrified about the future. He is going to be a sensation. Supported by

Ironbridge Gorge Museums

2nd August, Den Building at •National Trust, Wenlock Edge,

11am-2pm Use your imagination to create your perfect woodland hideaway then top it off by creating a personalised flag. Why not bring some nibbles to enjoy inside your finished den? Children must be accompanied by an adult.

4th-5th August, OzConUK •Comic Con 2018 at Oswestry

Leisure Centre, 9am – 5pm Introducing OzConUK Oswestry’s first ever Comic Con! With professional and amateur cosplayers, autograph-signing, photo opportunities and plenty for comic fans.

his brilliant loving mum and Andre Rieu, Maastricht 2018, surrounded by his friends, Jamie 28th-29th July overcomes prejudice, beats the One of the most popular live bullies and steps out of the acts in the world, the King darkness, into the spotlight. John of the Waltz André Rieu will McCrea, Josie Walker, Tamsin screen his Maastricht concert in Carroll, Lucie Shorthouse and over 2000 cinemas worldwide Phil Nichol lead a twentyalong with the Johann four strong company Strauss Orchestra, DID YOU and an eight-piece with which he has KNOW? band in this funny, performed for over Shropshire can fabulous, feel-good, 30 years. Tickets boast no less than £18.50, Friends £17. musical sensation. 32 castles and 25 For more info visit Starts 7.30pm, hillforts tickets £13, £13 for www.festivaldrayton Friends. centre.com.

An event as part of ‘Ironbridge Lates’ Grease, the 1970’s classic will be shown on a huge inflatable screen on 6th July at the Green at Blists Hill Victorian Town. Film will start around 9.30pm. During the evening you can have fun at the fairground and grab something to eat and drink - there will be catering available or you can bring your own. You can treat

4th August, Shrewsbury •Vegan Fair at the Wightman

Theatre The next Vegan Fair hosted by Shropshire Veggies and Vegans is to be held from 10am-4pm. Stalls at the event include hot and cold food, cakes, books, clothing, jewellery, gifts and charity stalls.

11th August, Chicago Bytes •R&B band at The George Hotel, Bridgnorth Rip roaring, high tempo rhythm and blues from Chicago Bytes R&B band. Get those dancing shoes on and get ready to boogie!

Singer Songwriter Jason Byrd Wightman Theatre Jonathan Byrd – toted as ‘one of the top 50 songwriters of the last 50 years,’ will be performing many of his famous songs along with the talented Luke Jackson. For more information and to book tickets visit www. thewightman.co.uk

yourself to one of the limited ‘comfy’ tickets, which includes a pillow and a blanket (50 available) or bring your own rug, low-back chair or beanbag. Tickets £14 or £20 for the ‘comfy’ option. From 21st July – 2nd September enjoy full on fun at Blists Hill. Make a mini-steam machine, draw with charcoal, make a brick and follow the Industrial Trail. Different themed activities will be taking place each day over the summer holidays. www.ironbridge.org.uk

Music for all the family at Farmer Phil’s Festival From 10th-12th August, enjoy this family friendly music festival complete with free on-site camping, two stages, 50 live acts, three bars, children’s activites, food vendors, hot showers and clean toilets. www. farmerphilsfestival.com

Feeling folky at Shrewsbury this August The Shrewsbury Folk Festival, returns from 24th-27th August. Once again it will be bringing some of most established artists from the UK alongside acts celebrating folk traditions from across the world. They’ll take you on a voyage of discovery, bringing you ever-changing musical colours with their breath-taking performances.

The line-up includes Richard Thompson Electric Trio, Steeleye Span, Turin Brakes, Show of Hands, The Fitzgeralds, Blowzabella Vertical Expression and dozens more. With shops, caterers, bars, a craft fair, free buses into Shrewsbury town centre and a great campsite. Visit www. shrewsbury folkfestival. co.uk for details.

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30th Annual Sweet Pea Show Saturday 21st July, 10am to 5pm Sunday 22nd July, 10am to 4pm

Come and visit this small market town and experience the heady atmosphere of colour and perfume produced each year inWem, North Shropshire... ...‘The Home of the Modern Sweet Pea’. Over 70 classes of glorious sweet peas will include:

Formal Vases, Floral Art & Children’s Section. Various stalls to include: Sweet Pea Seeds & Gifts, Willow Weaving, Crafts, Plants, Collectables, Jewllery and Foodstuffs. Thomas Adams School Stanier Hall, High Street,Wem SY4 5DS Admission: Adults £3 Members & Children Free All undercover with wheelchair access to all areas including refreshments. Disabled parking at venue - Town parking 500yards. Schedules available with with A5 SAE

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Train rides Every Sunday afternoon from Easter to Sept (subject to weather conditions)

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Visitors are also welcome to enjoy a leisurely train journey which invokes an ambiance of intriguing reverie as you travel through the changing landscape around the plant nursery and its gardens. Our miniature Railway is ideal for all ages, families, grandparents and Railway enthusiasts. Children parties by arrangement. Homemade teas and cakes by arrangement. For further details, please contact us on 01630 653161 or visit our website at www.woodseavesminirail.co.uk

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Scented, old fashioned, historic to modern roses: • Climbers and Bush Roses • Cottage Garden Plants • Perennials • Shrubs - Basket Plants examples of our plants grown within our gardens. Friendly advice and knowledge is keenly passed on. Specialist Plant Nursery of Tree Lupins, many unusual and traditional plants. Open every weekend. For weekdays please phone us first on 01630 653161 Awarded silver

and silver gilt at the RHS Tatton 2006 and 2007 for the CGS

Saturday 7th July & Saturday 1st September Starts 10am in Whitchurch High Street

Land of Hope & Glory Monday 23rd July at 2pm

Festival at the Edge 20-22 July 2018, Alderford Lake, Tilstock Road, Whitchurch, Shropshire, SY13 3JQ www.festivalattheedge.org

Neil Sands presents a spectacular afternoon of patriotic nostalgia celebrating the Best of British songs Purchase tickets from Whitchurch Civic Centre, 01948 665761. We accept card payments. Adults £12.00 Concessions (60 plus) £10.00 Groups: purchase 10 tickets and receive 11th free.

Whitchurch Monthly Craft Market Whitchurch Civic Centre

Woodseaves Garden Plants, Sydnall Lane, Woodseaves, Market Drayton, Shropshire, TF9 2AS

Saturdays 7th July, 4th Aug and 1st Sept, 10am to 2pm in the Civic Centre Main Hall. Stall galore, from your local crafters and traders

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Oswestry goes on show! Come along and enjoy a celebration of local agriculture on Saturday 4th August, when people from far and wide will gather at the Park Hall Showground to celebrate this prestigious event that dates back to 1862. Spectators can enjoy a packed programme including judging of horse breeds, parade of vintage vehicles and machinery; inter club young farmer’s competitions, and a motorbike display by the Jamie Squibb freestyle stunt team. There’s the Tanatside Hounds, and a display of Farming through the Ages; judging of cattle and sheep classes and the grand

DID YOU KNOW? Oswestry used to be called CroesOswellt (meaning Oswald’s cross)

parade of prize winners. Don’t miss the Sheep Shearing Competition, Welsh Lamb Shearing Circuit, Horticultural Marquee with displays of vegetables and flowers, floral art arrangements, photography, wine and the imaginative children’s classes. Visit the Small Livestock Building plus Women’s Institute and Young Farmers areas and ride on the Oswestry Model Railway on the village green! Visit www.oswestryshow.co.uk

12th August, Garden Opening, •Cardington, near Church Stretton A chance to see the secret gardens of Cardington, Shropshires loveliest village, open in aid of the Shropshire Historic Churches trust. Homemade teas in village hall, plus plant sale. 12-6pm £5, kids free, dogs on leads.

27th August, Hawk Lake Air •Ambulance Event, Hawk Lake, Shropshire Fun for the family and a chance to raise funds for charity too.

27th August, Vintage Fete, •Whittington Castle The village

goes retro for this fun fete, with stalls, competitions, games, activities and lots of cake!

Wildlife and dragons at Hawkstone Park and Follies Fur & Feather at the Follies, with Robert Hare, 7th-8th July Two days of wildlife fun with Shropshire Falconry and Mammal Society. Take part in a bird hunt around the Follies with a prize at the end – £2 per hunt and try den building with a star prize up for grabs! The Reluctant Dragon, 19th August An enchanting adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s book – a sweet and funny tale of bravery, friendship and derring-do for all the family. 6.30pm. Visit www. hawkstoneparkfollies. co.uk for ticket info

First colour run at The British Ironworks Centre and Sculpture Park Oswestry is gearing up for its first Colour Run on 1st July. Set at The British Ironwork Centre, the 3K run, walk or jog around the Ironworks sculptures will be full of surprises. Throughout the course, multi-coloured paint throwers, whose main aim is to make sure you leave covered in paint, will be doing their best to ensure you have a fantastic time! The course will be like nothing you have seen before and is un-timed. Races at 9.30am then every hour until 1.30pm. Adults £16.50, child (four to 12 years) £12.50. Visit www.britishironworkcentre.co.uk for more info.

24th-27th August, ‘Shropshire •Beano’ Cycle Tour, Ellesmere

Live screenings at Kino Culture RSC Live: Romeo & Juliet (12A), 18th July, 7pm The most famous story of love at first sight explodes with intense passion and an irresistible desire for change, but leads all too quickly to heartbreaking consequences. Andre Rieu’s Maastrict Concert (U), 28th July and 4th August, 7pm and 2pm Andre performs his hometown show in Maasticht, with the theme of ‘Love’. www.kinokulture.org.uk

Tall tales at the 27th storytelling Festival at the Edge This festival offers superb storytelling and music in the beautiful unspoilt landscape of North Shropshire. An eclectic mix of artists from around the globe bring their art to the ears of visitors from all over the UK on 20th-22nd July at Alderford Lake, Whitchurch. There’ll be tremendous tales, from terrific tellers aplenty! Tickets £24-£115 for adults, under 7s free. www. festivalatthe edge.org

A friendly, relaxed threeday group cycle tour in rural Shropshire and the Welsh borders, based at a Grade II listed Georgian mansion near Ellesmere. Discover the landscape and history of this fascinating area with its lakes, canals and peaceful rural lanes. Routes suitable for a wide range of cycling abilities. Vegetarian catering. Booking essential.

27th August, Full contact •Battle Heritage, Ludlow Castle

Witness the battle – who will win the Heritage Cup? 10am-5pm.

1st September, Antiques •Fair, Ludlow Castle Pick up

something unusual for your home at this popular fair. Entry is £1 and children are free.

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The Shire team has been at work visiting as many shows as possible (tough job, but someone’s got to do it). You can read what our hard-to-please reviewers thought here… BBC BIGGEST WEEKEND AT SINGLETON PARK, SWANSEA


What better way to kickstart the summer than with a weekend spent in the glorious sunshine, enjoying an amazing music festival in Wales? We joined the 26,000 festival goers who packed into Singleton Park, and were treated to a masterclass in event management. Security was visible and reassuring. ‘Look after each other,’ said the big screens between performances, while front-row bouncers handed out water and ear plugs, and litterpickers kept the arena tidy. From the minute Ed Sheeran opened proceedings, the top names kept on coming. All the current chart favourites did great sets, with each singer having a 30-40 minute slot. George Ezra had the crowd singing along with every tune, Craig David was the consummate entertainer and Sam Smith closed the first night in style. Day two featured more highly professional performances, with Jason Derulo a particular hit and Shawn Mendes a favourite with the crowd, before Taylor Swift delivered an almost ruthlessly efficient, but entertaining, Sunday night set. We sang, we danced, we screamed, we waved, we cheered and we left smiling from ear to ear. KS

DAN OWEN, THEATRE SEVERN, SHREWSBURY Singer-songwriter Dan Owen sung his socks off at Theatre Severn in front of a sell-out crowd for the Mayor’s Charity Concert in April. Dan, Shrewsbury’s own home-grown talent, is only 25, but he’s on his way to great things. His single Icarus is already getting radio air-play, and he has scores of fans already behind him.

Dan was preceded by the equally talented support artist Zac Said – a singersongwriter with the ability to command the stage with just his voice and a guitar. Dan himself was accompanied by a pianist, and proved his guitar and harmonica playing are of the highest order, especially in his rousing, foot-stomping

song Little Red Rooster. His bluesy, gravelly voice can adapt from song to song and deliver incredible power and character, while also being softer and clearer in songs like Icarus. Dan is now working on a new album and hoping to tour next time with a full band, so expect an even louder and more robust performance in future! CB

Henry Blofeld has broadcast cricket commentary live to an international audience of a hundred million but at 78 he has retired and the 200 or so packed into the Festival Centre to hear him talk suited him just fine. ‘The best things in life are wonderful,’ he began. ‘But they do tend to make you fat, drunk or pregnant.’ Or laugh, of course. The man is a great raconteur and his generous tributes to his early colleagues on BBC Radio 4’s Test Match Special, John Arlott and Brian Johnston, were full of character and humour. He casually dropped names like Ian Fleming and Noel Coward into his recollections, but cricket has been his lifeblood and he never strayed far from his wicket. The acute observation and humour which endeared him to TMS listeners gave way eventually to a justified sentimentality. ‘Blowers’ spoke movingly of leaving for the last time the dressing room from which he himself had ‘slogged a hundred’ in his youth; of walking through the same door as WG Grace; and even of a colleague saying he looked like ‘a cross between Winston Churchill and Dame Edna.’ JH

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CIRQUE BESERK AT THE FLORAL PAVILION THEATRE, NEW BRIGHTON Still fresh from the The Greatest Showman, any chance to immerse ourselves in the world of circus was always going to be popular. So catching the Cirque Beserk on the Wirral was top of the list for the whole family and certainly didn’t disappoint. The show was full of mind-blowing acrobatics and edge-of-theseat daredevil stunts. From elegant aerial feats to the deafening engines of motorbikes, the entire audience was captivated. One definite highlight was the four motorbike riders who managed to spin round and round inside a metal sphere – managing to stay in their seats despite making complete 360-degree loop-the-loop circuits. All four roared around the tiny space without toppling each other, and it was truly stunning. Light relief was provided by some slapstick clowning, and old circus traditions of knife throwing and juggling were not forgotten either. All in all, an energy-packed, awe-inspiring night of dramatic theatre. KS

Singing along to ‘summer nights’, swooning over John Travolta, and trying to memorise the words to ‘We go Together’… these are the memories of the original high-school musical movie I share with many of my peers. Grease has been a rite of passage for many adolescents since it was made in 1978, and judging from Thursday’s audience, that still seems to be the case. Many (hopelessly) devoted young fans sported the highly-coveted ‘pink lady’ jackets, adding to the already electrifying atmosphere. Having never seen a stage production of Grease, I was delighted to find that Get Your Wigle On’s adaptation brought something fresh to this musical masterpiece. The young cast did a sterling job, not only for their fantastic singing (not a bum note all show), tricky dance routines and impressively accurate American accents, but also for putting their own spin on the much-loved characters we all know so well. Notable performances were by Bethany Bryan (Jan), James Archer (Roger) and Katie Crosland (Patty Simcox), who injected terrific comedy moments to the show. Particular mention needs to go to Rizzo (Louise Browning) and Doody (James Broxton) for their outstanding vocal talents. Frustratingly, a few mic issues meant we couldn’t fully enjoy some of the performances – oh, the joys of live theatre! But for a first performance by such young local talent, this was a brilliantly executed show. VG

LONDON HANDEL PLAYERS, HOLY TRINITY CHURCH, OSWESTRY Early music sounds from the 16th and 17th centuries were the offerings to a delighted audience, as the Oswestry School Recital Series concluded its 28th year with the wonderful music of Telemann, Vivaldi and Bach. Telemann’s Concerto ‘Polonaise’ for Flute and Strings in D Major opened this gorgeous concert. Then Vivaldi’s Violin Concerto in G Major set our feet tapping in the lively first and last movements. The final piece before the musicians’ much deserved break took us into Bach country: his Double Violin Concerto in D Minor. Telemann’s Concerto for Flute and Recorder in E Minor opened the second half – the melody a mixture of pagan yearning and refined classical dance. The sopranino, a tiny instrument with a beautiful high warbling bird-like sound, was the star of Vivaldi’s Concerto for Sopranino Recorder in C Major. The final piece was Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G Major. This piece contains some of the most difficult concerto writing Bach ever provided for the violin – true virtuoso whirlwinds for the soloist. JG

HAIRSPRAY AT VENUE CYMRU When it comes to feel-good factor, it is hard to beat a top-quality production of musical theatre – and when it comes to top-quality productions of musical theatre, it is hard to beat the stage adaptation of Hairspray. This production was packed with energy, with one slick dance routine after another, and every popular show tune belted out to an exceptional standard. The story of teenage angst and ambition set against the racial tensions of 1960s Baltimore was told with humour and sensitivity. Stand-out performances came from Brenda Edwards as Motormouth Maybelle, and Rebecca Mendoza as lead character Tracy Turnblad – the standing ovation the crowd in Llandudno gave on the night we visited was well deserved.

PSYCHIC SALLY I’m intrigued by those who claim to have psychic abilities, but I’m sceptical. However, I’m open-minded and thought I’d let Psychic Sally try and convince me otherwise. Charismatic Sally claims to receive messages from the departed through visions and sounds. She received these serendipitous messages thick and fast throughout the evening. Anyone laying claim to a message would then be handed a mic and their face projected onto a massive screen, Some of the ‘messages’ did seem rather vague, but there were definitely some ‘wow moments’; spine-tinglingly accurate details which make you think that this could be the real deal. It was an entertaining, engaging and emotive evening, even if I still had my doubts by the end! VG

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Fastlove – A Tribute to George Michael, Birmingham Alexandra Theatre, August 9th Direct from London’s West End, this is the world’s favourite George Michael tribute show. Get ready for an unforgettable evening celebrating the global superstar that is George Michael.

Hangar One, RAF Museum Cosford, July 7th To mark the Centenary of the Royal Air Force (1918-2018) and the 75th anniversary of the Dambusters raid a special concert and dance will be held at the RAF Museum Cosford, following on from previous sell out musical events

SOLEX, Birmingham NEC, July 10th – 12th The Summer Outdoor Living is an annual three-day event that brings together all the leading manufacturers of garden products – furniture, barbecues, gazebos, parasols, outdoor lighting and play equipment.


Summer Holiday The Musical, The Wales Millennium Centre, August 14th -18th Ray Quinn stars in the happiest musical around and the hit iconic 1960’s film starring Cliff Richard is now the feelgood musical of the year, bringing music, laughter and fun to the stage. .

Il Divo: Castles And Country Tour, Motorpoint Arena, July 10th Il Divo are a global phenomenon achieving over 30 million album sales worldwide, more than 50 No 1 records, 160 gold and platinum sales awards and four ground-breaking world tours. This is one not to miss!

Kevin and Karen Dance, St David’s Hall, July 8th Following their tour last year, Kevin and Karen Clifton are back with a brand new show. Featuring music that has inspired them – Roxanne, Smooth Criminal, Respect, it’s a hip-swinging journey with heart-pounding choreography.


Jason Manford – Muddle Class, Liverpool Empire Theatre, July 15th It’s been a busy few years for comedian Jason Manford since his last smash-hit stand up show but fans of his Absolute Radio show will know this nationally acclaimed comedian hasn’t changed a bit.

Walking With Dinosaurs - The Arena Spectacular! Liverpool Echo Arena, July 31st & August 1st Seen by over nine million people in more than 250 cities around the world, Walking with Dinosaurs is back. Be amazed and as the greatest creatures to walk the earth return before your eyes.

Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, July 12th Jools Holland continues to dazzle, involve and impress audiences with his 20-piece Rhythm & Blues Orchestra and their exuberant live performances. With special guest Marc Almond.



An Officer and a Gentleman The Musical, Manchester Opera House, August 13th-18th A new musical that will simply sweep you off your feet! An Officer and a Gentleman The Musical follows the Oscar-winning film and includes all the hit songs from the movie.

Fame the Musical, Palace Theatre Manchester, July 20th -28th Based on the 1980 phenomenal pop culture series, Fame The Musical is the smash hit sensation following the lives of students at New York’s High School For The Performing Arts as they navigate their way through life.

Paul Simon – Homeward Bound, Manchester Arena, July 10th World-renowned singer/songwriter Paul Simon will perform in a fitting culmination of a performing career that began in the early 1960s and has coincided with his artistic journey as a songwriter and recording artist.

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LAUGHTER A favourite on TV shows such as Mock The Week, Father Ted, The One Show and All Star Mr & Mrs, comedian Ed Byrne may have been in the game for 20 years but he still gets a buzz out of live shows. We caught up with him on his whistlestop tour of North Wales...

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Ed compares and contrasts the old-school child-rearing days with 21st century methods and suggests that there are different ways to learn how to be a mum or dad. ‘I grew up in what I would call an aspirational household in that my parents bettered themselves over the course of my childhood. My mother was a radiographer and ended up a lecturer in radiography, while my dad was a sheet metal worker and went up to a supervisory role. I’d still say that you are expected to do a lot more parenting than our parents did and that’s weird because you tend to think that your parents are where you learned parenting from. But you don’t, really, it’s d Byrne is a family man these days and more that you look around you to see what’s firmly of a belief that the current breed going on with other parents.’ of parents spoil their kids rotten whether it’s As well as stories about his two to do with the ever-increasing size of young sons, Ed weaves in routines garden trampolines, or his own kids’ about running out of petrol in the ‘I keep a tour demand for elderflower cordial. This diary of places most awkward place imaginable, comes across in his current material where the helping rescue an injured man in and provides one of the main themes curries are the Cairngorms, and the nationfor his latest stand up show, Spoiler disappointing dividing campaign and result of the Alert. He explains: ‘My dad wasn’t and where EU referendum. His way of tackling a bad dad, he was just a 1970s dad. they’re good!’ Brexit is to draw an analogy with If I never see my children ever again the time his son was determined to from this moment on, I’ve already touch an electric fence with his dad trying to done more parenting then he did in my warn him of the dangers. ‘I was telling the entire life. But, of course, I made a conscious

story of the electric fence for a while, and then suddenly it struck me that it was Brexit in microcosm; the government told you not to do this and that it would be a terrible idea, but you said ‘no, we want to do it anyway’.’

A class act

Ed also confesses to his own gradual shift from being a working-class Dubliner to a fully paid-up rural-residing member of the middle classes. Where once he would do routines slating 4x4 owners, he is now the proud(ish) owner of such a vehicle. Middle class he may be, but when it comes to being funny Ed is definitely a class act and with no plans to put down his stand up mic. ‘I keep a tour diary now of places where the curries are disappointing and where they are good and where audiences have been good before.’ So chances are he’ll be back then.

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decision that I was going to be an awesome dad. My wife will come back with tales from her friends of how awful their husbands are and she’ll see me smiling and say ‘alright, stop congratulating yourself just because such and such can’t be left alone with their children for two minutes’.’


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As soon as the summer social season starts, the vast array of festivals, fairs, events and occasions that we’ve come to expect start popping up all around us. Here’s a flavour of the variety on offer locally


ow you enjoy your summer fun and make the most of the better weather and those later, lighter nights is a personal choice. Whether you want to while away your days at a three-day festival of music or pick and choose a few select evening events over the season… Luckily, no matter your preference, there is something for everyone going on across the Shire patch. Over the next few pages we’ve rounded up the very best of the events on offer, celebrating music, food and fun in general – all in the midst of the Great British summertime.

Be a sport

If the World Cup has inspired a celebration of sports in your family – then why not let it continue through the summer? And where better to start than with a day out at the polo? It’s an ancient sport that was brought to this country in the 1860s, and offers spectators an exhilarating mix of equine and human action. Check out Cheshire Polo Club, which has origins of many hundreds of years and still meets throughout the summer in Tarporley. Or, if you are a big fan of the

horses themselves, consider a day at Chester Races. The summer season there includes Ladies’ Nights, packed race fixtures, family fun days and serious competitions – all with the chance to place your bets, play the odds and win big… Or at least enjoy yourself in the sunshine! And if you prefer your entertainment on the water rather than on land, there are summer season events for you, too. What about joining the crowds, or even participating teams, for the Shrewsbury Dragon Boat Festival on 7th and 8th July? This popular event is a great day out and raises vital funds for Severn Hospice. Alternatively, watch the classic racing boats in action around the waters of North Wales at the Menai Strait Regattas, raced over the fortnight from 30th July.

Flower power If a calmer, more sedate day out appeals, what could be more bloomin’ beautiful than

DID YOU taking in one of the KNOW? amazing flower shows Each year, we have locally? The Tatton Park ultimate day out, hosts over 100 and garden shopping events opportunity, has to be the RHS Show at Tatton Park from 18th July – covering acres of parkland with stalls, exhibitions and gardens. This year’s show is set to be better than ever as it marks 20 years of Tatton events and will be celebrating that proud legacy with extra special parades and presentations. Further south, the horticultural heritage will also be celebrated at the annual Shrewsbury Flower Show over 10th and 11th August. This epic event includes plants, stands, exhibitions and all things floral, as well as a combination of music and performances all finished off with a jaw-dropping firework display. Whatever you decide, there’s so much going on your best bet is to keep our What’s On guide handy, and check the following pages for music, food and fun round-ups!

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Another top feature of our local summer season is the arrival of the food festivals that celebrate all the amazing growers, producers and preparers across the patch Show pros

award-winning sparkling wine, and mouthwatering chocolates made in Newtown and There has been a market in Nantwich since sold all over the world. There are live music 1720, so it is no surprise that the Nantwich performances to enjoy all weekend and into Food Festival, held on 31st August to 2nd Saturday night, and a jam-packed menu of September, is a highlight of the local culinary activities for children, including pizza-making, calendar. Nantwich is a small town with a campfire building and the Mad Hatter’s big tradition of organising amazing festivals, Tea Party. There will be inspirational dishes including the Jazz and Blues Festival each and demonstrations in the Festival Kitchen, Easter weekend, the Words and Music including renowned local chef and hotelier Festival each October, Holly Holy Roger Stevens who is bringing Day each January, and the famous back his popular masterclass – The Nantwich Show and International ‘It’s is the Perfect Sunday Lunch. With Cheese Awards. The Cheshire perfect recipe performers and activities from the town knows how to throw a party of exhibitors, local community, and craft stalls and activities, and for 2018 the food festival is music and a varied programme of fringe events set to continue this tradition with cookery’ leading up to the weekend, it’s not to exhibitors from all over the world, be missed. food and drink from Mexico, America, Germany, Iran, India and Thailand, as well as artisan producers from Firm favourite all over the UK. Mold Food and Drink Festival will return for the 13th year in 2018, bringing with it the very best exhibitors, cookery theatres, produce and Powys power leading names in the culinary world. Attracting One highlight of the local food scene is more than 13,000 visitors, the festival is held the Newtown Food Festival on 1st and 2nd on Mold’s New Street car park on 15th and 16th September. Festival chairman John Les Tomos said: ‘It’s is the perfect recipe of exhibitors, activities, music and cookery demonstrations – something for everyone with a little dusting of Mold magic.’ The festival draws visitors from across the country with a packed programme of activities, including masterclasses with well-known chefs. And this year will be no exception, with Celebrity Masterchef winner, author and actress Lisa Faulkner to headline Enjoy local produce the festival. Now a successful author with five books to her name, Lisa will make her September, in the town hall grounds of this first visit to North Wales on September 16th, pleasant Powys town. There is plenty to when she will cook for festival-goers and do over the weekend for all ages. Visitors share her tips of the trade. can sample Welsh delicacies, including

New to the scene

Following the spectacular success of the nearby Beaumaris Food Festival, the organisers of that event have been tasked with starting a new one – Menai Food Festival. The festival will be held from 9.30am to 5pm on 4th August in the centre of the town, on the recreation field. This is sure to be an action-packed and food-filled culinary treat if Beaumaris is anything to go by, and a percentage of the profits will go to local charities and Lisa Faulkner organisations. Beaumaris Food Festival has improved year upon year, with this year promising to be the best yet, as organisers embrace the

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unique stunning seafront location with the picturesque Snowdonia range as a backdrop. This year the focus is on ‘The Year of The Sea’. Both festivals definitely deserve a note in the diary for 2018.

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Shrewsbury Folk Festival

The Kaiser Chiefs, playing Llanfest

World music at Eisteddfod

One highlight of the summer is the sudden arrival of outdoor music events – either one-off concerts or those that turn into festivals and last several days. Across the patch there are celebrations of all different types of music lined up for all different types of audiences… SHROPSHIRE The Shrewsbury Folk Festival is definitely one not to be missed for 2018 – running from August 24th to 27th at the county showground. Not only is it one of the country’s biggest and best celebrations of folk music, this amazing event is about so much more besides. Promising a relaxed atmosphere with time for you to explore the four sound stages, dance tent and specialist venues, the festival is set to be a welcoming, happy and inspiring event for all ages. There are shops, caterers, bars, a craft fair, free buses into Shrewsbury town centre and a great campsite available, with a huge list of events and attractions laid on for younger visitors too. Another great family event nearby is the Farmer Phil’s Festival – celebrating its 20th year in 2018 with a packed week of entertainment from August 6th to 13th. This famous family music event takes place in the Shropshire hills and promises a boutique gathering for music lovers of all styles and genres. The eclectic mix of acts ranges from ska to classic rock, from dance to acoustic folk and everything in between! The cost of tickets includes the full week of camping, and with everything from animal experiences to circus entertainment and loads of arts and crafts, there will be plenty to keep children

busy. Farmer Phil’s bespoke revolving stage – created from an old rotary milking parlour in order to cut down the changeover times between bands – will be back in action once again as over 50 live acts perform.

combination of competition, performance and international peace and friendship that has gained it a well-deserved and admirable reputation. It has drawn international stars and crowds of thousands to the town for over 70 years now. And this year is certainly no exception to the rule, with global legend Alfie Boe headlining the main event alongside prolific recording artist, Van Morrison, renowned baroque instrumental group, Red Priest, and award-winning Welsh folk band, Calan. Music director of the festival, Vicky Yannoula, said: ‘We are proud that this year’s festival line-up spans genres and generations, crossing the boundaries of age, culture and creed. There really is something for everyone.’ The festival will run from 3rd July to 8th July, when it will close with the oneday, fun-packed family friendly Llanfest celebration. This year’s star-studded line-up includes multi-platinum English indie poplegends, Kaiser Chiefs, headlining on the main stage, supported by renowned pop rock band Hoosiers and 1990s icons Toploader, as well as a host of emerging local talents. If those musical marathons sound a bit too full-on for your tastes, why not take a look at a couple of other more low-key

It’s hard to compete with a festival that sets itself up surrounding an interstellar telescope

NORTH WALES There can be no greater celebration of all things musical on the Welsh summer calendar than the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod. The festival offers six days of the very best in music and folk dance, in a unique

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Alfie Boe headlines Eisteddfod

The Blue Dot Festival at Jodrell Bank

Flaming Lips at Blue Dot

festivals? The Sesiwn Fawr Folk Festival from 20th to 22nd July is set to entertain a smaller crowd at Dolgellau, while the Machynlleth Festival of classical and jazz music, from 19th to 26th August, is another worth checking out. CHESHIRE When it comes to music festivals that are out of this world – it’s hard to compete with one that sets itself up surrounding an interstellar telescope that really can take you, well, out of this world. The Blue Dot Festival is held at Jodrell Bank from 19th to 22nd July. This year’s incredible and always funky line-up includes The Chemical Brothers, Gary Numan and Flaming Lips, amongst others. Meanwhile, the ever-present scientific focus is brought in for a special Blue Planet homage performed by The Hallé Orchestra to the backdrop of spectacular footage from the BBC archives. This family-friendly camping festival is packed with WHAT’S ON? information and inspiration For more great alongside a pretty impressive outdoor events and entertainment offering. festivals, turn to What’s On starting on page 6!

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DID YOU KNOW? The Royal Welsh Show attracts over 200,000 visitors annually

Get ready for Telford carnival!


nother great day out for all the family this summer is the Telford 50 celebrations in the Shropshire town. Marking 50 years of Telford and looking back at some of the things which have made Telford terrific over those decades, the Telford Carnival 2018 will be a feast for the senses with a parade of colourful large-scale extravagant hand-made structures which will all be walked, pushed, pulled or wheeled on local roads around the town centre. The parade will be brought to life with music, dance and carnival costumes. The procession includes many sections made up of volunteers, community groups and organisations from around the borough. Each group is being supported by a team of professional carnival makers, choreographers and a mass-movement director to create the structures, costumes, music and dances to bring the procession together. Not to be missed on Sunday July 15th.

Now in its 18th year, WoodFest Country Show is a celebration of all things wood, located in the heart of the North Wales countryside, on 28th and 29th July. Spread over 30 acres, the festival showcases a variety of wood-related activities, crafts and forest industries. Timber professionals and competitors from around the world come together for a range of skilled competitions. Younger kids will be busy on fairground rides and activities such as a climbing tower, quad bikes, jeeps, karts, edible art, fun dog show, craft and felt workshops, pyrography, owl experience and ferret handling. It’s billed as the best family fun this summer. The Llangollen Motorbike Festival, better known as LlanBikeFest, is back this summer, and will take place at the Royal International Pavilion on August 4th and 5th. Back by popular demand – John McGuinness will be appearing and he will be joined by BSB champion John Reynolds, plus British

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A wing trike at LlanBikeFest

Supersport winner Steve Plater. John McGuinness said: ‘I had such a good time at LlanBikeFest in 2017 – and I will definitely be there again in August. It’s a weekend of fun and a great family affair. Hopefully I will be in better shape this year so I can get out and meet people and look at all the great bikes. I will be bringing more of my bike collection with me and will just enjoy it.’ And if you have time for one more event, then be sure to include the Royal Welsh Show. The pinnacle event in the agricultural calendar, the Royal Welsh Show, will be held on 23rd to 26th July at the showground in Llanelwedd. Along with an exciting four days of livestock competitions, with entries from far and wide, the show has something to interest everyone through its wide range of activities, including forestry, horticulture, crafts, countryside sports, shopping, food and drink, and a 12-hour programme each day of exciting entertainment and displays.

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Liz ‘I’ve lived in the area for 12 years (I’m an organiser for The Little Birdhouse art market for local artists). Tarporley is a very pretty village and everyone here is very welcoming.’


Diane ‘I’m Cheshire born and bred and live in Tattonhall. Tarporley is well kept, has a lovely community, nice restaurants and is one of the best villages in Cheshire!’

On the hunt for Cheshire’s treasure The much sought-after town of Tarporley is a great location for those wanting rolling countryside, good transport links, excellent schools and a thriving high street


he 2,600 people who call Tarporley home are a lucky bunch. The village is made up of properties that range from chocolate box cottages to new builds and barn conversions – all reflecting the feel of a genuine Cheshire town. Created as an urban district in 1894, it has Wander around the pretty streets remained popular ever since, particularly with families drawn hunt club in the country, to its excellent local schools. founded in 1762. They still The centre also boasts four pubs, meet annually and name Prince plenty of independent boutiques Charles as their patron while and St Helen’s Church. It’s members of the prominent attractive built environment Cheshire families the is thanks to having no Egertons, Cholmondeleys DID YOU fewer than 39 buildings and Grosvenors, have all KNOW? with listed status – been active participants Tarporley holds from imposing manor over the years. In the an annual carnival beginning the club houses and market in the streets halls, to thatched went hare coursing each July cottages and even an at Delamere forest but ancient well! quickly switched to fox hunting until the practice was Traditional times banned. Today’s gatherings are When it comes to historical largely social, and normally held pastimes, Tarporley has one at their headquarters The Swan controversial claim to fame: it Hotel, with more of a focus on is home to the oldest surviving fine dining than chasing animals.

Classy castles

Another prominent feature of the Tarporley landscape is the stunning Beeston Castle, perched high on Beeston Crag, one of a chain of rocky hills stretching across the Cheshire Plain. The site has been either a dwelling or gathering place since the Neolithic period and evidence suggests there was an Iron Age hillfort on the site. The castle was originally designed and built in the 1220s by by Ranulf de Blondeville, 6th Earl of Chester, as a strong fortress to reflect his power at the time. Over the centuries since it has been used as a prison, seized by Parliamentarians, regularly searched by those listening to rumours of a hidden treasure and is now mainly in ruin and preserved by English heritage. Just a few miles further away is Peckforton Castle, several centuries younger but no less impressive than Beeston. Built for the Tollemarche family in 1844, it remains beautifully intact and is a hugely popular wedding venue.

Anastasia ‘I run the Chester Arts Centre opposite the Storyhouse, but come to Tarporley quite often. The people here appreciate good art, they want to buy nice things and like to meet local artists.’

Marie-Louise and Mary ‘I’ve been here for over 30 years, and our new store Baile House has recently opened. Tarporley is just the right size – small enough to know everyone, but big enough to have all the things you need.’


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Whether you’re sunbathing on sandy shores, crabbing in calm coves or boating off a beautiful bay – if there’s one thing we’re all likely to do at some point this summer, it’s hit the beach. So here at Shire we’ve had a look at our Great British obsession with going to the coast


s an island nation it’s no surprise that the British love of the seaside goes back centuries. Historically, and to some extent still to this day, seawater has been believed to have curative and therapeutic powers. The earliest recorded day trippers to the beach were probably going for the medicinal reasons of ‘taking the waters’. This was evident from medieval times, when people began visiting spas for beneficial effects. The practice became

increasingly popular, but more for enjoyment than for healing, through the 18th century. While people embraced the idea of visiting beaches for pleasure, authorities were concerned for morals, and introduced elaborate (and compulsory) bathing suits, as well as encouraging the development of bathing machines and huts to ensure minimal exposure.

Beside the seaside

Our much-loved spa and seaside towns followed the crowds, developing around the coasts, and incorporating the features we still enjoy today, such as promenades and piers. The Victorians managed to make a day at the

beach an elaborate affair, but while we might approach such a trip more simply these days, we have them to thank for many of our favourite coastal locations. As decades passed and travel transformed our access to the rest of the world, the British seaside dropped in popularity, with many opting for the guaranteed weather of a beach break in Spain or Greece. But in recent years, with the rise of the staycation for reasons of budget, ease and a desire to embrace our own culture, the great British seaside has seen a boom. This has led to some much-needed redevelopment, and once again the country has an array of beaches, bays, coves and coasts to be proud of.


We spoke to the curators of the Blue Flag Awards, Keep Britain Tidy, about what makes a beautiful beach and which of the North Wales region’s beaches are the top scorers this year


eep Wales Tidy has unveiled soared to 47, including three award-winning marinas and one the 91 sites across the country that have met the high standards boat tour operator. Wales now has more Blue Flags per mile than needed to receive Blue Flag, Green Coast and Seaside Awards anywhere else in the UK. – a total of 149 awards Global for Wales. This year’s recognition announcement Minister for is particularly Environment, special as it Hannah Blythyn marks the 30th said: ‘We’re anniversary lucky in Wales of Blue Flag to have some in Wales. of the world’s Cefn Sidan in finest beaches. Hit the beach this summer Carmarthenshire It’s fantastic to see was the only site to achieve Blue so many of them receiving these Flag status when the programme awards, which is testament to the launched in 1988. In the three work being done by our partners decades since, this number has and communities across Wales

to keep our beaches and waters make the most of the fact we have clean. The Blue Flag is a mark more Blue Flag beaches per mile of the high coastal environment than anywhere else in Britain. standards, which is trusted This is a fantastic achievement around the globe.’ and a true team effort. It shows A further 19 beaches in Wales how Wales is committed to have gained the Green Coast safeguarding our amazing Award – recognising DID YOU natural assets.’ the ‘hidden gems’ along KNOW? Speaking about our coastline – and 83 The Welsh the significance of the beaches have achieved coastline is huge, awards, Lesley Jones, over 750 miles the Seaside Award for long! Keep Wales Tidy chief their good water quality executive, said: ‘We and facilities. must recognise the Minister for Culture, importance of the awards in Tourism and Sport, Lord attracting tourism to support Elis-Thomas, said: ‘Year of the the local economy, giving Sea 2018 is the perfect time to our communities a rightful celebrate the success of 30 years of sense of pride and promoting the Blue Flag programme – and environmental awareness.’ gives us a fantastic opportunity to

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Central Beach is located between the Ffrith and Barkby Beaches, half a mile from the town centre. It is popular for watersports, including surfing, sailing and windsurfing, and has a large tidal range.


Below the Great Orme limestone headland, Llandudno West beach looks over Conwy Sands. The expanse of shallow water makes it good for kite surfing and the sands at low tide are good for kite buggying.


Church Bay beach is located between Carmel Head and Holy Island on the North West of Anglesey, and is so called because of the nearby St Rhuddlad’s Church, Llanrhuddlad, which is visible from the bay.


The beach has a very picturesque setting, with the backdrop of Snowdonia’s mountains to the east. It is popular for bathing and a range of watersports.


Criccieth’s two beautiful beaches are separated by its prominent medieval castle, perched on a small headland. The eastern beach is sheltered and its shallow water makes it a safer place for paddling and swimming.


The long promenade follows the vast sweep from Old Colwyn to Penrhyn Bay and gives easy access to all of the town’s beaches, the pier and the harbour.


A gently shelving, mainly sandy beach, backed by a high grass-covered cliff. Good for paddling and exploring rock pools, while other popular activities include surfing, windsurfing, kayaking and sailing.


Llanddwyn Island is located at the far end of a beach near Newborough Warren. This narrow finger of land is an ideal picnic site during fine weather, but also an exhilarating place when the winter winds blow.


A mile-long sandy bay at the end of the Llyn Peninsula within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Plenty to explore including sea caves and rock pools, the coastpath leads to small beaches in both directions.


Sandy beach catching westerly swells so popular with surfers. Good walks with spectacular views of Cardigan Bay. Spans four miles of the coastline, from Tywyn Town in the north, to the harbour at Aberdyfi in the South.

As this is just a small selection of those available, check out www.keepwalestidy.cymru for the full list of winners

Each spring, applications are examined by an independent national and international jury made up of expert coastal stakeholders. During peak season, each site is assessed to ensure the criteria are met. Each category has its own specific set of criteria that must be met to gain this prestigious award. For beaches, the criteria includes: Environmental education activities must be offered and promoted to beach users. In accordance with the EU Bathing Water Directive, an applicant beach must be classified as ‘Excellent’. A beach management committee should be established.

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beach must be clean and recycling facilities available. • The Adequate must be provided and kept clean. • Public safetytoilets control measures must be implemented. •Seaside Award criteria include: Information displayed about bathing and facilities. • Safety equipment and services •possibility of harm to beach users.must minimise the • Bathing water must have achieved ‘Sufficient’ standard under the EU Bathing Water Directive. beach and adjoining facilities must be clean. • The Toilet • facilities must be provided and cleaned.

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Mermaid’s purse

Another vital role our beaches and coastlines play is to provide a rich variety of habitats for our native flora and fauna, as explained by the Wildlife Trust


here is no wonder, with hundreds of miles of coastline stretching from the banks of the Dee Estuary to Aberdyfi, that we are lucky enough in North Wales to experience a large range of coastal and marine habitats, from saltmarshes to tidal rapids and mudflats to rocky reefs. The various and often unique physical characteristics formed over thousands of years as land and sea evolve have given rise to diverse wildlife in this area. While we can often see marine mammals surfacing and seabirds arriving to lay their eggs, the swirling currents beneath the waves allow for a colourful array of weird and wonderful marine life, only seen by those lucky enough to dive. Those of us who don’t can still search DID YOU beaches for clues of KNOW? Dolphins and what lies beneath, from

the remnants of creatures washed up by storms and by making the most of low tides.

Wildlife wonders

Whether you have to don a bobble hat or slap on the suncream, there are endless opportunities for year-round coastal activities. Blow away the winter blues with a bracing walk along a stormy beach and look for sea mice, sea potatoes, mermaid’s purses and all sorts of other treasures. Vast estuaries and mudflats such as the Dee, Lafan Sands and the Glaslyn are good spots to watch for the wildfowl and waders that flock here in winter, while vast seacliffs of places such as the Great Orme and South Stack provide amazing spots in the summer to spot seabirds. The same areas are great to while

away the hours watching out for seals and porpoises, and you may even see some dolphins. In spring it’s time to take off your shoes and wander along the sand barefoot – it’ll help you to build up the courage for the first plunge of the summer, when you can swim among the seaweed and look out for jellyfish and other creatures. If you’re not inclined towards getting into the sea you can walk for hours along parts of the Wales Coast Path, stopping for a rummage on the beach or in the rockpools now and again as the path wheedles its way along the coast. We are spoilt here in North Wales that we don’t have to go abroad to see colourful or alien-looking marine life, it’s all right here on our doorstep.

porpoises are often spotted off the Welsh coast

Snorkelling fun


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We are lucky in our region to have so many beautiful beaches to enjoy, and even luckier that thanks to the dedication of the RNLI many of them are supervised by lifeguards to ensure our summer safety. Shire spoke to the experts about staying safe on the beach this summer

The RNLI rescued 1,219 people in Wales last year

RNLI lifeguards will patrol 38 beaches across Wales this summer. Last year they responded to 1,075 incidents in Wales and rescued or assisted 1,219 people. When they are on patrol, between 10am and 6pm until the end of the season on 2nd September, members of the public are encouraged to go and speak to them to get valuable tips about seaside safety.

cools the skin further and lets air escape from any clothing, which then reduces buoyancy. ‘Although it’s counter-intuitive, the best immediate course of action in that situation is to fight your instinct and try to float or rest, just for a short time. The effects of cold water shock will pass quite quickly, within 60-90 seconds. Floating for this short time will let you regain control of your breathing and your survival chances will greatly increase. It’s our goal to half the number of accidental coastal deaths by 2024.’


he distinctively clad red and yellow Don’t make a splash RNLI lifeguards have begun their The RNLI recently launched its Respect summer safety service at key locations in the Water drowning-prevention campaign, North Wales, providing daily safety patrols with advice for anyone who finds themselves across the region’s most popular beaches. unexpectedly in cold water. Most people Their presence means we can relax, not who die around the UK coast never expected only as local day-trippers but also visitors to enter the water at all, and the RNLI is from further afield such as Cheshire, urging anyone who falls into cold water to Shropshire, Greater Manchester fight their instincts and remember and Merseyside. Matt Jessop, ‘Although one simple skill – floating – which it’s counterRNLI Lifeguard supervisor for the could save people from drowning. intuitive, fight North Wales hotspots, is expecting Even in the height of summer the your instinct another busy season for his team. water can remain surprisingly cold. and try to float He said: ‘North Wales has a Matt said: ‘We often rely on or rest, just for coastline with many attractive our instincts, but our instinctive a short time’ beaches, for example those at Rhyl response to sudden immersion in and Prestatyn, and we would always cold water – gasping, thrashing encourage anyone planning a trip to the and swimming hard – is potentially a killer. seaside to visit a lifeguarded beach and always It increases the chances of water entering swim between the red and yellow flags.’ your lungs, increases the strain on your heart,

There are over 350 RNLI lifeboats around the UK

The RNLI has a few simple rules to stay safe on the beach this summer:

• If possible, swim at a lifeguarded beach. • Always read and obey the safety signs,

usually found at the entrance to the beach. These will help you avoid potential hazards and identify the safest areas for swimming. • When on a lifeguarded beach, find the red and yellow flags and always swim or bodyboard between them. • Never swim alone. • If you see someone in difficulty, don’t attempt a rescue. Tell a lifeguard or call 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard. For more information and advice on all aspects of beach and coastal safety visit www.rnli.org/safety Stick to lifeguard-patrolled beaches July/August 2018 | SHIRE MAGAZINE 71

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Soch it to ’em The Welsh coat is blessed with many attractive and appealing seaside resorts. These charming places have not only stood the test of time but also continue to draw new crowds and none more so than the gorgeous village of Abersoch

Sun, scenery and the sea

The iconic beach huts

Abersoch was named one of the best places to live in Wales in 2017 but holidaymakers too rate it highly with people returning year after year. It has a packed calendar of events including the RNLI fundraising New Years’ Day Dip, which is not for the fainthearted and various sporting endeavours such as The Abersoch Regatta, the Raft Race, the Abersoch Triple Crown including a 10K Race, Sprint Triathlon and Half Marathon, local national and international sailing events and the annual North Wales Open Surfing Contest.


erched on the edge of the stunning Llyn Peninsula in North Wales, Abersoch is one of the area’s most popular seaside resorts. Boasting great beaches, internationally recognised sailing waters, an all-round pleasant climate and beautiful scenery it ticks all the boxes for visitors, especially at this time of year. There is also a 1,000-strong community of permanent residents and the village lies seven miles south-west of Pwllheli, at the point where the river Afon Soch reaches the sea and gives the area its name.

Watersports are popular at Abersoch

Sandy beaches attract the tourists

Fishy foundations

surfing, wakeboarding, competitons, food and music over an actionpacked weekend in July. The waters also provide opportunities for powered boating, fishing, canoeing and more recently paddleboarding.

Village amenities

Abersoch was originally a fishing The main shopping area of port, but is now established is Abersoch has a variety of small now a tourist centre with retail outlets as well as bars, a reputation for excellent restaurants, cafes and hotels as dinghy sailing, windsurfing well as a busy primary school, an and jet-skiing. Nearby Porth 18-hole golf course and its own Neigwl, or Hell’s Mouth, lifeboat station established with its large swells and DID YOU in 1896. Visitors enjoy steady winds is also KNOW? boat trips around St popular for surfing The Abersoch Tudwal’s Islands to and for several years Regatta has only see the seals and other Abersoch was host to been running for wildlife and the area is Wakestock, the UK’s 125 years! also popular for its close premier wakeboarding proximity to Snowdonia event, before the event National Park, with ceased in 2015. Now a regular Snowdon being visible from fixture is the Glass Butter Abersoch Bay on clear days. Beach event which combines

All year round

Abersoch has an obvious appeal in the summer months but more and more people are visiting out of season too. Many businesses are remaining open throughout the year - including cafes and restaurants and shops, which often have winter sales offering bargains you would not find during the high season. The quieter streets offer a peaceful escape; with its temperate climate and sheltered sun traps, its just as appealing throughout the winter months. THINGS TO SEE AND DO Tourist information www.abersochandllyn.co.uk Abersoch Golf Club www.abersochgolf.co.uk The Abersoch Regatta 7th to 12th August 2018 www.abersochregatta.co.uk

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Abersoch Boatyard Services Ltd.



f any part of your summer holiday is going to involve having fun on the water, then take note of Abersoch Boatyard Services. The experienced team will make sure your enjoyment isn’t ruined by faulty equipment, and that everyone’s safety is ensured at all times. Based at The Saltings, there has been a boatyard of sorts on the site for many years, and before the leisure boating revolution of the late 1950s, the yard accommodated the local fishing fleet and coal boats. In the early 1960s the yard was established properly and

geared itself towards servicing the emerging leisure market. It could supply you with anything you needed. From copper nails to look after your planking, to a fully fittedout sailing boat ready for adventure, this yard had it all. As time went by, the yard changed hands several times, and in July 2004 it was bought by Tim Long. It now caters mainly for powerboat owners between March and October. During the course of Tim’s ownership it has seen a number of developments which have kept it running in a competitive marketplace where good, honest service counts for a lot.

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Unique aronia and shiitake mushroom business in Gwynedd Hazel and Gwilym Jones live on a farm on the Llyn Peninsula. They invite you to come and see their artisan products with a difference! Visit the on-site shop, visit the aronia field and learn about shiitake mushrooms Aronia

The Jones are one of only three major aronia growers in the UK and the only grower in Wales of this amazing super berry (commonly known as the black chokeberry). Aronia berries have the highest concentration of antioxidants present in any fruit and it grows on their farm in Chwilog. There’s 1,200 aronia bushes from which they produce their unique products, including the only liqueur made with aronia in the UK, an old-fashioned shrub syrup, fruit jellies, jelly jam, chocolates and pure 100% cold-pressed juice. Only natural ingredients are used in the products – no juice from concentrate, artificial colourings or preservatives are used. Hazel and Gwilym pride themselves in saying, ‘Produced in Wales by the Joneses’.

of Shiitake fruiting blocks. The fruiting blocks are made and shipped out to growers throughout the UK. Open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, and Saturday and Sunday 12 to 4pm ( July to September). Tel: 01766 810387

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Shiitake mushrooms Gwilym is one of the UK’s experts in the production

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GetActive Shropshire Sailing Club A sailing club that’s been going in the heart of Shropshire for nearly 70 years is a great place to get started if you fancy taking to the water…


ust half a mile south of Ellesmere, near the hamlet of Spunhill, you will find a 65 acre mere, Whitemere, in idyllic surroundings. In 1951, a small group of dinghy sailors established a club, which has continued to thrive,

New members can hire dinghies to get started

whilst retaining the quiet surroundings Packwood Haugh encourage their which first attracted those sailors students to sail regularly during nearly 70 years ago. Many the week as part of their extra club activities are organised curricular activities. To help new DID YOU throughout the year for members to further their sailing KNOW? around 120 members and The Royal Yachting the club has a number of their families. dinghies available for hire until Association has over 110,000 UK they choose and purchase To help new novice members members the sailing a boat of their own. There is club offers individuals always lots of help and support and families of all ages the provided in a very friendly way. opportunity to learn to sail through You’ll receive a warm welcome if its popular RYA sail training courses you would like to visit, or you can whilst nearby schools, Ellesmere find out more at the club’s website: College, Oswestry School and www.shropshiresailingclub.co.uk

The Mawddach trail In this edition, Clive Potter takes us on a visually stunning walking route with views on all sides

Rapid thrills at the National White Water Centre


points and is flat and traffic-free, so he Mawddach Trail suitable for wheelchair users. is a mind-blowingly One option for a bike ride, or very beautiful walk, with a long walk, is starting at the Pont y backdrop that is stunning Wernddu car park (free parking), in all directions. There are mountainous views on the A470 junction with the A493 of the Rhinog mountains and Cadair outside Dolgellau, and continuing until you cross the wooden railway Idris on both sides of the bridge into Barmouth to Afon (river) Mawddach. ‘Personally enjoy views of the Mawddach The 9.5 mile (15km) long I love the opening out into the sea. multi-use path follows Mawddach a section of the disused Personally I love the trail and Ruabon to Barmouth railway cycle it twice Mawddach trail and cycle it twice a year – add in a tea between Dolgellau and a year’ stop at Penmaenpool with its Barmouth. However, you old signal box and signals still can start either end, with the freedom of walking or cycling in situ, and you’re reminded of the old there and back, or travelling in one railway line you are following. Visit www.mawddachtrail.co.uk direction and returning by bus. The for more information. route can be accessed at different


xperience the thrill of white water rafting at the National White Water Centre. Set on the River Tryweryn in South Snowdonia, it was the first rafting venue in the UK and remains the most popular. The dam-controlled river levels mean raging rapids all year round. The centre caters for all ages from 10 years old. No experience is necessary but a sense of adventure is essential!

Rafting full session: Ages 12+, lasting roughly two hours, £67-£71 per person. Rafting taster session: Ages 12+, lasting roughly one hour, £37 per person. Tryweryn Safari: Ages 10+, lasting roughly one-and-a-half hours. £45 per person. See www.ukrafting.co.uk or www. nationalwhitewatercentre.co.uk Spectacular views from the Mawddach Trail 74 SHIRE MAGAZINE | July/August 2018

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Based on the stunning Menai Strait, Plas Menai offers a wide range of technical courses and activities for adults, children and families. Find out more by visiting www.plasmenai.co.uk


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f you can’t decide where to go for and drop off seven days a week. your next holiday… don’t! Consider There is a range of layouts and berths available in the fleet. booking a motorhome holiday with Touring Cars at ES Hartley instead There are two-, four- or six-berth options and even pet-friendly and enjoy your journey as much as the destination. vehicles available. With Whether it’s a beach ES Hartley’s unlimited Enjoy your mileage policy, you don’t break with the family or journey a peaceful week in the just have to stay in the UK. as much You are insured to visit Scottish mountains, a as the any European country if motorhome from Touring destination Cars will make your holiday you have specified your travel arrangements when even more special. All booking your hire. rentals include a luxury motorhome For information, call 0151 350 no older than two years, unlimited 6871 or manchester@touringcars. mileage, luxury bed linen and towels, fully-furnished kitchen, free eu and quote Shire to receive a free welcome gift on collection. Brit Stops stopovers, and collection

he seaside town of Prestatyn, North Wales, has a little bit of everything, from vintage nostalgic seaside activities to a fresh, modern town centre. It is the perfect coastal holiday destination and although it remains a tourist resort town, it is diversifying in response to the decline of the British seaside holiday. There are new businesses and schemes of redevelopment to ensure the area continues to thrive, and attractions are planned, such as tenpin bowling, quad bikes, dance studio and yoghurt bar. The town is at the northern end of the Offa’s Dyke Path, and also marks the eastern end of the North Wales Path, a long-distance coastal route to Bangor, and the western end of the Clwydian Way. Other attractions include the remains of Roman baths and the nearby Neolithic mound, the Gop.

Great for golfers

Pennant Park’s beautiful golf course


et among the beautiful Pennant Park Golf Course in Flintshire, the Pennant Lodges will delight those looking to relax and enjoy some of Flintshire’s picturesque countryside. The development has a limited number of 15 fully-furnished luxury lodges complete with large decked veranda and two parking spaces. So if you’re looking to combine the perfect holiday location with a beautiful golf course, then check out

to all golfers, from beginners to this stunning park in gorgeous North professionals. There is a beautifully Wales surroundings. It’s the ideal location to maintained and well-manicured 18hole golf course complete explore the historic towns of Chester and Conwy, with practice putting green which are just 25 minutes and a six-bay driving range. Combine So if you want to combine away. And walking, fishing, a relaxing a relaxing holiday in a horse riding and cycling are holiday with stunning setting with the a few of the activities the the chance chance to play a few rounds, surroundings have to offer. to play a few The area also has plenty then Pennant Park could be rounds perfect for you. of pubs and restaurants, serving excellent food all year round. Not only will these lodges allow you to escape the stresses of day-today life and provide you with time to relax in the most beautiful location, it also boasts the park’s challenging golf course, with breathtaking views out over the Dee Estuary. The course was designed and built by its present owners in August 1998 and based in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Picturesque waterside location parkland course offers a challenge July/August 2018 | SHIRE MAGAZINE 77

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Get to the point stunning mountain backdrop. The park offers a selection of holiday homes for sale, as well as touring pitches and top-of-the-range waterfront lodges. Residents enjoy an excellent service, with combined experience of more than 55 years. The friendly staff, panoramic views and premium pitches make the West


Spectacular coastal views


his small, select park at West Point Beach Resort offers holidaymakers an escape from the hustle and bustle. The site is the perfect sanctuary – ideal for those seeking peace and quiet among some of the most spectacular views in Snowdonia. West Point is a luxury sea-front caravan and lodge park set on its own stretch of beach and with a

Snowdonia is on the doorstep


Luxury caravans and lodges

Point Beach Resort the perfect home-away-from-home. Holiday home owners have the opportunity to explore the stunning Llyn Peninsula, Anglesey and Snowdonia National Park – all a short drive away. Closer to home, there are mountain walks and coastal paths on the doorstep. www.westpointresort.co.uk

ust off the coast of the Llyn Peninsula is a small archipelago of islands at the western end of Tremadog Bay – well worth visiting if you are boating in the area. There are two main islands: Saint Tudwal’s Island West and Saint Tudwal’s Island East and they are known for wildlife and in particular the seal population. The western island houses the St Tudwal’s Lighthouse, and the eastern has the remains of a priory referred to in the 1291 tax rolls. Small boats sail from the nearby town to take passengers to view the wildlife. The island is believed to be the original hermitage of Saint Tudwal. The West island was recently purchased by adventurer Bear Grylls.

New future for holiday homes T he second phase of development at the stunning Paddocks Lodge Park has now been completed, and offers the discerning holidaymaker a choice of nine new premium bases – all of which face south. A mature semirural park, The Paddocks is just minutes from the beach and all that Towyn can offer. It has been designed to give each plot privacy, space, a car parking area for two cars per unit, and a sunny aspect all day long. Each plot is 20 foot wide – large enough to fit the largest lodges with plenty of space to benefit from a large decked area. It is a safe and secure site, accessed along a private gated road, through private access security gates. Once inside, visitors will feel like they are entering an idyllic oasis of peace and quiet, an ideal location to unwind and enjoy those precious moments with your family and friends. Units are already available to view, and with prices starting as low as

£51,995, now is the perfect time Rhyl, and the local area and scenery are well worth exploring. to grab your own special place in the sun. All units are An ideal base Rhyl is an ideal touring base built to a high specification, from which to visit many from which benefiting from double attractions and places of to visit many glazing and central heating, scenic beauty within North attractions and should prove to be low and places of Wales. It’s also the ideal maintenance and easy scenic beauty place to simply take a break to heat. from the hustle and bustle The Paddocks Holiday and enjoy your Paddocks Lodge Park is located near Lodge Park holiday.

All units are high specification and low maintenance

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Lake View Log House, pictured above, accommodates up to 10 people with a hot tub and stands in its own grounds. Overlooking an unspoilt valley are two Scandinavian houses, each accommodating up to six people.

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Dine in style

Kitchens come with all mod cons



ummer is now upon us and when start – even overwhelmed to pick all you want to do is head to the just one holiday home. This is where Lloyds Caravans and Roy Kellett beach, it’s time to start thinking about making that dream more of Caravans come in to help narrow down and shortlist your a permanent reality, with your very own holiday home. potential holiday home. Ready to Lloyds Caravans and Roy With six manufacturers take your to choose from and array Kellett Caravans, the leading first step into holiday home dealerships for holiday home of modern holiday homes, whether you’re after a North Wales and Cheshire ownership? contemporary styling or a are on hand to help you every step of the way. more country style, a holiday home with just the basics or one With so many options out there with all the mod cons, there really is you may be unsure as to where to something for everyone! What’s even more special is that Lloyds Caravans and Roy Kellett Caravans have joined forces to bring you an Exclusive Designer Collection, collaborating alongside some of the top manufacturers to bring you holiday homes you won’t find elsewhere. From the Willerby Impression, which brings you amazing style at an affordable price, A home away from home

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Ready to take your first step into holiday home ownership? Visit Lloyds Caravans in Abergele and Talacre or Roy Kellett Caravans in Towyn, where friendly staff are on hand to help narrow down your dream holiday home. Call 01745 832050 to arrange a visit today.

Ocean’s heaven


art of the renowned Thornley years. It is, without exception, the Leisure group, the five-star Ocean best holiday park in Wales. We love the time we spend here. It is Heights park on the southern coast Heaven on Earth.’ of the Llyn Peninsula, North Wales, Another repeat visitor added: is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy a caravan holiday in ‘The park is great for children – it’s tranquillity. There’s a children’s play friendly, safe and welcoming. The park is lovingly cared area, football pitch and for and beautifully expanse of grassland presented. We loved offering an ideal spot our holiday.’ for family ball games and picnics. ‘Brilliant as always,’ The caravan park is says another Ocean Heights fan, adding: open between March ‘We’ve had a lovely and November, and week. The site is offers an impressive range of caravans to quiet and peaceful, Playground at Ocean’s Heights hire or to buy, within and we have very much enjoyed our stay. It is also a well-kept secluded area. It’s no very good value for money.’ To surprise guests keep coming back. find out more, go online to www. One happy customer said: ‘We thornleyleisure.co.uk have stayed at Ocean Heights for

The spacious Lyons St Mary’s

Holiday haven


ith a large number of touring pitches, all with electrical hook ups, and a newly refurbished shower and toilet block, Lyons St Mary’s offers a comfortable base near the beaches of North Wales. Lyons St Mary’s provides a friendly, family atmosphere. Guests enjoy a large amount of space, access to a private fishing lake and children’s adventure play area, all set in peaceful and relaxing surroundings.

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An ideal stop-off in the Dee Valley

Linda welcomes guests at Bryntirion’s friendly bar

THE BRYNTIRION INN A warm welcome and extensive menu awaits at this historic inn


‘We’re a proper country pub,’ says Linda, his has been an inn for travellers ‘and that’s why the bar area is so important. since 1695,’ says Linda, owner of the We serve good, home-cooked food and people Bryntirion, meeting us at the door. ‘It was want to eat in the bar because it’s cosy and built for people travelling from Ruthin to friendly. We’re a free house, and we’re in the Bala – this was the main route then, before CAMRA guide – we always have two real the new road into Bala was built. And today ales on, one is always Welsh (usually Purple is our 15-year anniversary of taking it over! Moose) and the other can be from anywhere ‘We actually won the best dog-friendly pub in the British Isles.’ in Wales, and as part of the prize they gave use In come the main courses. The Bryn bara some dog beer (non-alcoholic) and a box of is tremendous, the size of a small rugby ball, poo bags!’ One well-behaved dog is welcome a lovely soft white loaf filled with chunks of per room, and Linda and Martin love having beautifully soft beef in thick, tasty ale gravy. dogs around. ‘We don’t have one of our own You can see why it’s famous. The chicken, – only Screwfix the cat – so we love making a covered in crispy bacon and fuss of our doggy visitors. cheese is also terrific. Both are ‘I was a wine merchant and ‘The Bryn bara is served with plates of vegetables met Martin (who’s worked in tremendous – a with a ratatouille side. Even kitchens since he was 16) on lovely soft white then, we couldn’t resist trying holiday in Lundy Island. We loaf filled with the dessert special – an Eton started looking for the right chunks of beautifully mess of meringue, cream and place to buy, no more than soft beef in thick, tart homemade raspberry coulis. two hours’ drive from Chester, tasty ale gravy’ Martin says: ‘In the last five including northwards in the years, we’ve seen an increase in Lake District. It was lucky we the number of visitors coming here for the found this place – the brochure for it arrived activities in North Wales. We have space for on our last day, just before we left Lundy. We camper vans in the back – they can stay free saw straight away it had loads of potential – as long as they have something to eat and it’s on the doorstep of Bala and Corwen, and drink. We’re part of the Brit Stops network, we’re less than an hour from all the activities which is a great scheme for motorhome across North Wales.’ owners. We’ve also got a big storage lock-up With drinks in hand, we settle down in the on site for visitors’ bikes and canoes.’ atmospheric old bar. The menus are extensive, After a comfortable night’s sleep in a large with something for everyone, including sirloin ensuite room, with Georgie the lab on her steak, salmon, lamb, whitebait and duck, bed on the floor, we wake to a good cooked featuring Welsh influences throughout. The breakfast – the bacon rind was crispy on lean starters are generous and well put-together. rashers, the eggs were poached perfectly, The pâté and chutney were excellent, and the black pudding slices were thick, and the the apple chutney and redcurrant jelly served coffee was hot and strong – just the start you with the deep-fried trio of cheeses are all need for a day of adventure in North Wales. homemade at the Bryntirion.

The Bill Starters Three deep-fried cheeses (Brie, Camembert, Mozzarella), £5.50 Brandy and herb chicken pâté with toast and chutney, £6.25 Main courses Famous ‘Bryn bara’ filled with Welsh black beef, mushroom and ale casserole, £12.95 Grilled butterfly chicken with cheese and bacon, £10.25 Dessert Raspberry and white chocolate meringue with cream and raspberry coulis, £5.50

The Bryntirion Inn, Llandderfel Bala, LL23 7RA Tel: 01678 530205 www.bryntirioninn.co.uk Food is served daily between noon and 3pm, and again between 6pm and 9pm. (Sundays between noon and 8pm.) An overnight stay including breakfast is £95 per room for two sharing. Open mike night third Friday of every month, with a compere and house band, music, comedy and poetry are all welcome.

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Dee • Personalised Candles, Cards & Lovespoons DayRiver Tickets • Welsh Crafts & Souvenirs • Jewellery • Café Available • Wool Shop • Fishing Tackle, Maggots & Worms

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• Function room available • Dogs welcome too • Free wi-fi

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uilt within the walls of World Heritage site of Conwy, Wales, the Albion is regarded as one of the finest examples of a 1920's public house in Britain. There is an exquisite original 1920's back bar in the main bar room with a rare hatch linking it to the rear snug. Of the ten


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hand pulls on the bar today, four are originals from the 1920's. Whether you decide to sit in the Lounge with its baronial fireplace, relax in the tranquil snug or partake in lively conversation in the Bar, we hope you, like many others will enjoy the unique setting that the Albion Ale House has to offer. Get yourself a nice drink, grab some nibbles, pull up a seat, take in the atmosphere, read a paper, have a chat or play a game, but most important of all, enjoy yourself and feel at home.

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Jamie’s Butchers and Deli offer a wide range of delicious local produce! Call in and ‘meat’ our friendly butchers and see what delights are on offer

Part of the Harlech Foodservice Group

Bellis Brothers Farm Shop & Garden Centre, Holt, Wrexham, LL13 9YU T: 01829272030

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Rosie’s Award Winning Ciders. Pressed and fermented here in Llandegla since 2005



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Rosie’s Triple D Cider Available dry, medium or sweet bottled and in medium or dry in Draught 7.2% abv

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Food&Drink Strawberry feels

Graham Tinsley

With summer in full flow, there’s only one fruit on the mind of Graham Tinsley MBE, executive chef at Cheshire’s Carden Park, and it’s the perfect way to celebrate the sunshine!


ith the newspapers and television now at their best. What could be more full of Wimbledon, I thought I symbolic of a wonderful British summer? In fact, the Brits are so passionate would go with the flow and talk DID YOU about this fruit that 12th June about another great tradition KNOW? at the tennis – strawberries. is now designated as British There are One famous high street store Strawberry Day. 200 seeds on Where I lived in Cheshire was will sell a staggering 25 million an average strawberries during the two surrounded by pick-your-own strawberry fruit farms. One field my family weeks of Wimbledon alone. Although I’m not a great made an annual pilgrimage to tennis fan, I adore delicious sunwas the strawberry field, and the ripened British strawberries, which are children ate far more than they actually

put in their baskets. It was fabulous to see them munching their afternoon’s work and one of nature’s ultimate healthy fast-food snacks. Strawberries are rich in vitamins B, C, folic acid, iron and fibre. They contain more vitamin C than oranges, have no fat and very few calories, 100g being only 33 calories. The Romans cultivated strawberries as early as 200BC and in medieval times this fruit was regarded as an aphrodisiac – it was made into a soup with borage and sour cream, and served to newlyweds. In the 16th century, strawberries were sold in cones made from straw, so one of the first ready-to-go foods. Strawberries’ unique flavour, texture and scent combine perfectly to make sensational desserts such as soufflés, pavlovas and summer puddings. The dish I have chosen for you this month is a great British classic – summer pudding. Enjoy!

Summer pudding Ingredients 300ml water 150g caster sugar 300g raspberries 50g icing sugar Dash of crème de cassis, or crème de framboises (berry liquor) 500g fresh berries (strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries) 8-10 slices of thin white bread (alternatively, for you could use brioche or sponge) Clotted cream or vanilla cream to serve

6. Next, fill the moulds with the berry mix right up to the top and cover with another piece of bread. 7. Leave to set overnight in the fridge. 8. To serve, dip the moulds in hot water to loosen, then turn out onto a plate. Serve with a little raspberry coulis and the cream.

Method 1. Make a stock syrup with the water and the caster sugar by boiling them together until the mixture clears. 2. Blend the raspberries and the icing sugar together in a liquidiser to make a raspberry sauce. 3. Reserve half the raspberry sauce for decoration and mix the other half with the stock syrup. Add the liquor and the fruit to the syrup mix and poach gently for two minutes, and then allow to cool – the berries should still be quite firm. 4. Line one large or four small pudding basins with cling film, cut the crusts from the bread and cut into strips. 5. Dip each strip of bread in the syrup mix and line the moulds, overlapping each piece. July/August 2018 | SHIRE MAGAZINE 85

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The price of a perfect pint A new column on real ale from the local experts at the Wales branch of CAMRA (The Campaign for Real Ale). Group director Chris Charters looks at the fair price for a pint The big news this week is research undertaken by YouGov UK, who asked some 40,000 people what they considered a reasonable price for a pint. The answer was £3 a pint, but the survey found the cost veered from £2.30 to £5.75, with the highest being in the London area, where a pint can cost over £5. The best-value areas were Herefordshire and Worcestershire, with prices well below £3. But it’s not necessarily as simple as that. As the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) director for Wales, I spend a lot of time looking at the cost of a pint of real ale (caskconditioned ale) and real cider (still-fermented apple juice). I see pubs all over the country, and receive feedback from CAMRA members and the general public. It has been a fact for a long time that if a pub is charging excessive prices, people vote with their feet and trade will fall. Making sure the price is right Part of CAMRA’s work is to assist pubs and publicans to offer a good pint for sale and look after their customers. Pubs often contact us to ask why their trade has dropped off. One of the first questions we ask is what they charge for a pint, and whether they have checked the prices charged by other pubs in their area. We will then join them in an exploratory pub crawl to find out what their ‘unique selling point’ could be. This is usually based on lowering the price of a pint. Recently, we helped to set up two micro pubs, one in South Wales and one in Mid Wales, and advised them to sell at £3 pint. The trade of these micro pubs has continued to grow since they opened. They have also expanded into other areas of the drinks trade, taking in new gins, and stocking beverages not normally available in an average pub. The sooner pubs realise that if they charge reasonable prices for a pint they will make more money. The customer calling in for a drink, if the price is reasonable, will probably have two or three pints, but if it is expensive they will just have a half, and sip it very slowly. www.camra.org.uk

Local beer produced in support of Wildlife Trust


erlins Micro Brewery has teamed up with Cheshire Wildlife Trust to create a new beer which will be sold in support of the Trust. The beer is a 4% amber ale made using English malts and hops and will be sold in bottles and on draught. The family-run micro-brewery has been brewing craft ale for eight years. Since 2010, they have won 10 awards, including several wins at The Champion Beer of Cheshire annual competition.As part of the production process, a competition was run to select a name for the new beer and Kathryn Pilling was the lucky winner with her suggested name ‘Squiffy Duck’. ‘We loved the name Squiffy Duck and it is already proving a real hit with our venues,’ said Sue Peart from Merlins Micro Brewery. ‘Our brewery has always strived to be as environmentally-friendly as possible; we only use renewable energy, and have on-site reed beds to return waste water to the earth. We are proud to now go one step further and show our support for Cheshire Wildlife Trust.’ Cheshire Wildlife Trust manages around 40 nature reserves and inspires thousands of people to get close to wildlife every year. 15% of each sale by Merlins Micro Brewery will support Cheshire Wildlife Trust’s conservation work.


Harlech steaks


e were lucky enough to try a Cote de Boeuf 24oz steak from local suppliers in North Wales. Laura Foskett of Harlech Foodservice says: ‘This steak is inspired by classic French butchery traditions and is taken from a prime piece of the beast. It is a well-marbled steak that offers naturally tender meat with an outstanding flavour. Perfect for steak dinners and special occasions!’ The steaks were large, plenty for two to share. They were surprisingly thick, with the bone on (making them easy to handle on the grill). We cooked them on a hot griddle with only a little salt as seasoning. The thickness of the cut makes it easier to achieve the right finish – we went for the rare side of medium-rare – giving a piece of lean but juicy steak, running with clear juices and pink in the middle. The meat was tender, had a velvety texture, was soft, and melted in your mouth. Simply one of the best things you can eat!

24oz (680g) Cote de Boeuf Steak, £14.50 Readers offer, 20% off, making the incredible price of £11.60 Go to www.harlech.co.uk, or call 01766 810810 Harlech Food’s new website launch will also offer 20% off the whole range throughout August and July. The customer offer code to quote is BWYDLYN20. Are you a local producer and want your foodie treats reviewed on these pages? Get in touch now at editorial@ shiremagazine.co.uk or just call (01691) 661270

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THE STATION, COLWYN BAY Welcome to a brand new, family dining experience for Colwyn Bay. Great food and real ale in a warm, welcoming environment Our selection of real cask ales will tempt fans of cask beer, managed by our experienced and highly skilled, hand picked team.


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A bottle to bond over BBQ LAMB We talk to Elliot Knox, head chef in the Bison Grill Bistro at Lord Newborough’s Rhug Estate in Denbighshire, about the best meats for great summer barbecues ‘When shopping for a barbecue, most of us head for the chicken drumsticks, beef burgers and pork sausages. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with these options, as we sell barbecue packs on the butchers’ counter in our farm shop, however, I enjoy working with Welsh organic lamb in the Rhug Bistro, and love the flavour of salt marsh lamb. ‘Rhug salt marsh organic lamb comes from the Rhug’s coastal farm near Caernarfon and it has a very distinctive flavour. The fields on the farm are washed by the sea in the winter and therefore grow special grasses and herbs. This unique environment imparts the lamb with its special sweet, light flavour. ‘You could serve Welsh salt marsh lamb steaks at your barbecue for the adults in your party and I’m sure they would love the break from the traditional barbecue offering. Don’t cook the steaks for too long. Keep them so they are pink in the middle as that is how they taste best. For medium-rare steaks, the heat should be about 54°C. Cook for about 25 minutes and then it’s important to rest them for about 10 minutes. Serve with a simple mixed-leaf salad and mint yoghurt. ‘If you have children coming to your barbecue, then I’m sure they would love Welsh lamb kebabs. They are easier to make than you think. Simply use 800g of boneless Welsh lamb neck, cut it into chunks and marinade it in: 3 tbsp sumac powder (a tangy, lemony spice often used in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cooking); 2 tbsp oil; rind of one lemon; juice from half of a lemon, and seasoning. ‘To make the kebabs, mix the ingredients for the marinade, add the lamb, and leave for at least 30 minutes. Then thread the lamb chunks onto wooden skewers. Cook on the barbecue for approx 10 minutes, turning and basting with the marinade. Enjoy!’

Pip Gale, who runs Gales Wine Bar in Llangollen, talks about how to choose the perfect drink to share with friends. Pip tastes and travels around the world’s wineries, and in 2013 was admitted to the prestigious Academie du Champagne Drinking wine is the greatest! It brings people together, injects a lighter mood and tastes complex enough to make each bottle an experience. Rather than straight investment, I’m going to talk about planning for a great bottle of wine to have with friends on a future special occasion. What could be better than that? A bottle you have kept and nursed through its adolescence until it has reached perfection. Mature wine is a great thing. I can tell you that no matter how prestigious the liquid, it always tastes better if it’s from your own cellar. Here are some tips:


Pick a wine that will age. Although you don’t have to stick to the usual Bordeaux, port or classic ageing wine, there is no point in holding on to a wine that will not stand up to the test of time. No one wants an old Beaujolais nouveau or pinot grigio.


Become familiar with the wine: find out the story of its creation, learn anecdotes to pass on, and tell of the wine’s long passage as you present it at the table.

DID YOU KNOW? 8-13°C is the optimum temperature to store wine


If you can, buy other vintages of the same wine – known as a vertical tasting. This makes for an extra special treat, tasting and discussing the differences between the years.


Pick a wine that is special to you: a vineyard you have visited, a wine you have followed for a long time or just a special deal that you picked up, that you haven’t seen before or since.


Pick your guests: nothing is worse than the built-up expectation of decades of self-control to share that moment with someone who, in reality, would prefer a rum and coke.


Most importantly, don’t just drink it. We have all been there – you’ve been saving a special bottle for the future but have had a few bottles and need another – it’s just sitting there tempting you, so you guzzle it away without enough planning to do it justice. Just don’t! Looking for some suggestions? Château Musar from the Lebanon – it ages well and is made differently each year, a joy to discover or keep. Keeping vintage champagne too can yield fantastic results. www.galesofllangollen.co.uk

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DINNER AT THE WHITE HOUSE Not where Donald Trump currently resides in Washington, but rather a restaurant in North Wales he would certainly enjoy visiting…

Clockwise: Black pudding and smoked haddock; goat’s cheese bon bons; baked swordfish; and fillet of seabass

Photography: P. Parker


crunchy, with the beetroot pieces made a lovely ituated conveniently just off the A55 near sweet accompaniment to the sharper goat’s St Asaph, the White House is easy to find cheese. A really nice, original, fresh starter. and very accessible. A stylish refurbishment The main courses arrived and again were has been undertaken by the owners, the wonderfully presented, a treat for the eye. The Parry-Jones family (creators of the Fifth fish and chips satisfied the most demanding Wheel caravan tourers and the Rhuallt fan of gourmet fish and chips, with crisp, nonCountry Park behind the restaurant), who greasy beer batter, and a thick piece of white have added eight well-appointed bedrooms fish, with all the sides spot on in every way. It’s for guests wishing to stay overnight. feel-good food, done very well. The restaurant has been well designed, with floor-to-ceiling windows looking out on to fantastic Sumptuous seafood views across the Clwydian The swordfish and seabass ‘The surprise and Range, an Area of Outstanding signature dishes were altogether delight item was the different in their own ways. Natural Beauty. There’s a wellpotato scone, which maintained garden area with The swordfish plate was a had a tasty, soft plenty of seating, where you can South East Asian creation, with centre, was filled dine outside with table service, chilli, noodles, a Thai broth with flavour and and an activity area for children. and dumplings. The fish itself held the whole dish Perusing the new menu, we was a beautiful steak, and the together’ found it a good balance between dumplings were substantial, classics many diners would hope herby and delicately flavoured, to find, and ‘signature’ dishes all sitting in a tasty clear where the chef has given free reign to his fish stock broth with fresh lima beans, creativity. Service was prompt and efficient, courgette, spring onions and tiny pieces with drinks arriving immediately and starters of fresh coriander. A nicely balanced dish no longer than 10 minutes after we had with a variety of Asian flavours that never ordered. The starters are good example of the overpowered the fish. balanced menu – the classic salt and pepper The seabass took a different approach, squid rings were very good, with a light with the fish pan-fried with the skin on. batter that melted as you bit into the soft and Seabass has a stronger flavour that stands slightly chewy cooked quid, served with a up well to more powerful accompaniments, sweet, curried soy sauce dip. such as the olive tapenade, and the sturdy base of asparagus tips, peas and lima beans. The surprise and delight item was the potato Surf and turf scone which had a tasty, soft centre, was filled The black pudding signature starter took a with flavour and somehow held the whole ‘surf and turf ’ approach, with a thick slice dish together. Scone with seabass was a new of homemade grilled pudding, crisp on the experience for us and we thoroughly enjoyed outside and soft inside, with a fair-sized portion this winning dish! Visiting The White House of smoked haddock, which came off in big for dinner was a real treat, easy to soft and juicy flakes. It was all get to and very good food – the topped with a runny yolk poached signature dishes were original, of egg and hollandaise – this was expert quality, and creatively put incredibly good value, and a together – giving diners a new, hearty starter indeed. The goat’s tasty experience to savour. cheese and basil bon bons were a Shire heartily recommends. novelty – the cheese was fresh and

The Bill Starters Salt and pepper squid rings – £5.95 Grilled homemade black pudding, smoked haddock, poached egg and hollandaise – £6.95 Goat’s cheese and basil bon bons, confit beets, beetroot purée, scorched goat’s cheese mousse and toasted pine nuts – £6.95 Main courses Fillet of beer-battered fish, chunky chips, homemade mushy peas and light salad – £13.95 Baked supreme of swordfish, Thai king prawn broth, sautéed greens, coriander and chilli dumplings – £16.95 Pan-seared fillet of seabass, spring onion and potato scone, fricassée of peas, broad beans and asparagus, with black olive tapenade

The White House Restaurant and Rooms Holywell Road, Rhuallt, Denbighshire, LL17 0AW Tel: 01745 530000 whitehouserhuallt.co.uk July/August 2018 | SHIRE MAGAZINE 89

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We visit a newly launched eatery at the heart of the Snowdonia Nurseries and Garden Centre in Glan Conwy


The afternoon teas for two people sharing e walk through the wonderfully look really special, featuring home-baked situated Snowdonia Garden Centre scones, a sandwich selection and cakes. The to the Olive Tree Coffee Rooms and meet Olive Tree Coffee Rooms may be offering a Hannah, part of the family that founded lot more than cake and sandwiches, but the and run the whole operation. Hannah says: coffee cake was still very good indeed, with ‘My dad, uncle, sister Cat and brother are a moist, almost heavy sponge, a subtle coffee all huge foodies. So we felt it was high time flavour and surprisingly creamy middle. our eatery here at Snowdonia Nurseries reflected that. It was very much just cake and A family affair sandwiches before. ‘The renovation only took six weeks. We see it ‘The coffee side is really important to as an extension of our home, really. The food us,’ she adds, ‘so we buy all our beans from at the Coffee Rooms is important Heartland Coffi in Llandudno to the garden centre as people Junction. The coffee here is spend the day here. We’ve added really good!’ The menu explains ‘The food is rustic a half-portion Welsh breakfast that all coffees are made with and also ‘cheffy’ – to the menu, which is proving two shots of espresso and the every dish looks popular, and the specials board is milk is not boiled – all of which like something working really well. We change improves the flavour. Hannah special, a treat, these every day, depending on is right, the flat white we had which is what what is good seasonally, and they with our meal was excellent – an people want’ tend to be main dishes. The food intense flavour, very strong, with is rustic and also ‘cheffy’ – it’s all quite a dark roast on the beans. served on Churchill plates and ‘Damien is our head chef, every dish looks like something special, a treat, and when we were introduced in October which is what people want. 2017 we knew we would we able to take ‘We’ve now been here for 35 years – I the business to the next level,’ says Hannah. grew up here – my dad Tim Evans bought ‘Damien has worked in garden centre the premises, and his brother Richard is a catering and also in gourmet food, so we horticulturist. They ran it with the help of all seemed to be on the same page. Our their parents, adding greenhouses as they mission statement is all about breaking the went along. We all went to university, and it mould for a garden centre cafe. We wanted wasn’t intentional to come back and work for to take it from sandwiches and cake to the family business, but we are a close family somewhere that can be a food destination and it just happened!’ for everyone at any time of the day.’

Deliciously moist coffee cake; tomato and mozzarella salad; and bacon, Brie and cranberry ciabatta

The Olive Tree Coffee Rooms at the Snowdonia Garden Centre Breakfast from 9-11.30am, lunches 11.30am to 4pm, and afternoon tea 2.30-4.30pm. Sunday hours: 10.30am to 4.30pm Tel: 01492 580665 Snowdonia Nurseries & Garden Centre, Glan Conwy, Conwy LL28 5SR www.snowdonianurseries.co.uk

Photography: P. Parker

The Olive Tree offers much more than cake and sandwiches

Tomato and mozzarella salad, £7.25 – from the specials board With lightly roasted cherry tomatoes still on the vine, set on top of soft, torn buffalo mozzarella, on a bed of cress with pea shoots and big pieces of sweet fresh basil, this is a really summery salad and just right for this time of year. The small pieces of red onion gave a welcome bite, and the dressing was light, with pieces of sweet pepper. Bacon, Brie and cranberry ciabatta, £6.75 – from the lunch menu The warm ciabatta loaf, with the ripe Brie melting into it, was light and delicate, and the bacon was a thick slice, with slightly crippled rinds – just right. The cranberry sauce avoided being too sweet, and tasted homemade, with pieces of cranberries for texture. This sandwich, big enough for a hearty appetite, was served with a nice salad garnish – the sweet balsamic just the right complement. Breaded scampi with chips and peas, £8.50 – from the specials board The deep-fried scampi are coated with breadcrumbs and also seeds, giving a nice ‘nutty’ texture. Excellent large scampi, which was soft on the inside and cooked without being oily or greasy. The dill sauce was excellent – like the cranberry it felt homemade and was clearly high quality. The home fries were really good, salted and cooked with the skins on, and the fresh peas were served with pea shoots, which was a nice touch.

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Welcome to The Penrhos Arms Hotel near Machynlleth, Mid Wales

Arrive as a guest and depart as a friend...

A traditional Welsh welcome awaits you at the Penrhos Arms Hotel in the heart of Machynlleth. Enjoy a relaxing short break or overnight stay in one of our rooms, which are all furnished to a high standard and with en suite facilities. Dine in our homely restaurant and choose from a comprehensive menu that changes on a daily basis, with local produce, meat, game and fish. G W E S T Y ’ R P E N R H O S A R M S H OT E L C E M M A E S , M AC H Y N L L E T H , P OW YS S Y 2 0 9 P R

Mellington Hall Country House Hotel and Holiday Home Park offer peace, tranquility and utmost comfort in 270 acres of park and farmland. This is a perfect place to relax, unwind and enjoy yourself. Mellington Hall Country House Hotel is a Grade II Listed 19th Century house set in beautiful landscaped grounds Mellington, Churchstoke, Powys SY15 6HX

Telephone: 01588 620056 Email: info@mellingtonhall.co.uk

TEL: 01650 511 243 • www.penrhosarms.com

Visit the garden centre and discover inspirational flower displays and choose from a wide range of fresh plant stock including roses, colourful bedding and fruit trees. You will find the perfect additions to brighten and enrich any garden. Snowdonia Nurseries & Garden Centre

Glan Conwy, Conwy LL28 5SR T: 01492 580703 F: 01492 573559 info@snowdonianurseries.co.uk

Olive Tree Coffee Shop:

T: 01492 580665

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with spectacular views in every direction. The Hotel is open all day, every day, all-year round. Cosy bars with local ales, piping hot food and blazing log fires in winter, with al fresco dining for those who want it when the weather permits. We have 11 spacious bedrooms, all with en suite facilities. Because of the character of the building, each of them is different but all the rooms are spacious: sunny in summer, cosy in winter. Mellington Hall Country House Hotel has been shortlisted for the finals of the 4th Food Awards Wales 2018 in the Hotel Restaurant of the Year – Mid Wales category.

The brand new servery counter is ready and waiting to offer cold drinks and freshly baked cakes as well as being the base for our friendly baristas to perform their coffee magic.

You can also take a break and relax at the newly refurbished Olive Tree coffee rooms.

The rooms are divided into modern yet cosy areas including a snug with sofas, and a white-picketed corner where young children can enjoy toys and activities.

Opening Hours Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

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Homes&Interiors Taxman’s historic home goes green A derelict barn on an historic farm built by a royal tax collector has been transformed into a luxurious holiday let by a dedicated Denbighshire woman Caerfallen has been in the Henderson family since 1955


aerfallen, just north of Ruthin was built in 1559 for Robert Turbridge, the Queen’s surveyor of North Wales, who collected Elizabeth I’s taxes. It is now owned by Zoë Henderson, whose grandfather bought it in 1955. Zoë, a former businesswoman with American giant Dow Chemical, has transformed the old barn which was in danger of collapsing and turned it into a beautifully appointed threebedroom, three-bathroom holiday let with sweeping views across the Vale of Clwyd.

The house has a rich history

The timber dates back to 1560

barn’s milking stalls – and the oak floors upstairs. That heating is powered by heat generated by the summer sun and stored in the ground in a nearby field, where sheep and Zoë’s horses now graze. Four feet below the grass, water flowing through 2,000-feet of pipe is heated by the soil’s residual warmth and is fed back into the barn. There, in the boiler room, is a heat exchanger capable of transforming the winter chill of ground temperatures as low as 4°C into a positively tropical 35°C, so when the latest blast of Siberian air has Britain shivering, inside it’s a balmy 25°C.

The old farm building, dating back over 460 years to the reign of Elizabeth I is now warm as A family affair toast thanks to a Zoë said: ‘My sophisticated heating ‘The old farm parents, David and system which uses building dates back Wendy Henderson, the natural warmth over 460 years to the farmed here for of the rich soil of reign of Elizabeth I’ many years but it the Vale of Clwyd. was time for them It was installed by to move somewhere award-winning Denbigh-based warm, and the last thing we firm Hafod Renewables and wanted was to sell the house and has the added benefit of earning owner Zoë Henderson £4,000 a year income from the Renewable Heating Initiative. Central to the air of luxury is the underfloor heating, which is fitted under the slates downstairs – slates which once lined the

Caerfallen Farm, Ruthin

have transformed it using local tradespeople and suppliers. It will be open to paying guests from May because I could do with an income from it.’

The interior has been transformed

There has been a house on the land since at least 1324 and dendrochronology dating of the

timbers carried out by Discovering Old Welsh Houses at Caerfallen date it to 1560, two years into Elizabeth I’s reign. The barn is believed to be the same age. The house later belonged to the Ruthin Castle estate from 1661 until it was sold in 1913 to William Godfrey Lecomber, then Mayor of Ruthin, before being bought for Kathleen and George Hooson in 1925, with Zoë’s grandfather, William Henderson, a businessman, buying it in 1955. David Jones, managing director of Hafod Renewables, said: ‘We’ve done similar work but this was such a historic property it was pretty special.’

Original features remain

The barn was derelict

see someone else renovate it. The barn was virtually derelict and just about falling down but we

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One of the company’s temporary kitchens

Emma and Stephen Trollope

Pop-up pods win enterprise award A company that manufactures temporary kitchens and bathrooms has scooped the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation


he Temporary Kitchen Company, based in Deeside, supplies innovative temporary kitchens and bathrooms to allow people to continue living in their own homes in the event of flooding, fire, renovation or refurbishment work. In addition to temporary kitchen and bathroom pods, including a specialist bathroom for disabled people, which can be set up on a driveway, the company’s latest development is a pop-up capsule kitchen that is installed inside the home.

The company’s principal clients are insurers, but it is also working with housing associations and student accommodation providers across the UK. Husband-and-wife owners, Stephen and Emma Trollope, have been invited to attend a Buckingham Palace reception in the summer to collect their latest honour – The Queen’s Award for Enterprise. The award is the highest official UK award for a British business. Stephen said: ‘It’s a huge honour to be recognised by this

prestigious business award. Our success is due to our continued investment in our people, plus our ongoing product development.’ Emma said: ‘We are so proud of what everyone associated with The Temporary Kitchen Company has achieved. A growing number of insurers are recognising the benefits of enabling people to remain in their own homes, rather than having to relocate. Not only does it avoid massive disruption in people’s lives, but there is also a substantial cost saving.’

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are for outstanding achievement by UK businesses in the categories of innovation, international trade, sustainable development, and promoting opportunity through social mobility.





oin Grosvenor Shopping Centre from Saturday 28th July to Sunday 2nd September for a summer of fun in the sand. Don’t miss out on sand sculptures of some of the city’s finest landmarks, including the famous Eastgate Clock and Chester Cathedral. What’s more, the centre will encourage

new interiors and homewares retailer, The Interiors Shop, has launched in Chester’s Westminster Park, with a collection of quality interior design products. The store stocks modern and vintage pieces, influenced by owner Rosalind Ellis’s interior design style, and predominately focuses on quality and individuality. Rosalind said: ‘Opening the store is the realisation of a life-

long dream. Despite the rise of online shopping we feel there is an important place for physical shops, and we have designed a retail space we hope people will enjoy visiting. You can’t beat being able to see, feel and size things up before committing to the purchase. However, for those unable to visit the shop, our items will also be available online so that no one misses out!’ For more information, visit theinteriorsshop.co.uk

shoppers to create their own sand masterpieces when it becomes home to two giant sandpits. Children will also be able to enter a host of competitions for the chance to win one of many prizes in-centre over the holidays. For more information on activities, visit www. thegrosvenorcentre.co.uk

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Fine Antique Beds in Metal and Wood Comprehensive Range of Mattresses Luxurious Bed Linen

Come & visit us Our visitors love to see the alpacas on the fields while they browse in our shop for: • Alpaca socks • Luxurious Alpaca Duvets and pillows • Exclusive knitted and felted alpaca items traceable to our alpacas • Exclusive Alpaca Yarn produced from our herd. Our Farm Shop is open every Saturday from 10.00 until 4.00 or by appointment at other times - just call us. Groups of up to 16 are welcome - please contact us for details. We also sell good quality alpacas as: Pets, Guard animals and Starter herds Please contact us for details Mulberry Grange, Red Hall Lane, Higher Penley, Wrexham, LL13 ONA Tel: 07713 639 447 Email: mulberryalpacas@btconnect.com We’re 4 miles north of Ellesmere

Don’t miss our Open Farm Weekend Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th August, 2018

Open 7 Days a Week at: Chirk Mill, Chirk, LL14 5BU

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Strawberries & Pimms • Meet the new babies Learn about alpacas • Visit our shop • Special offers • Demonstrations


Derwas of Welshpool Our family run business has been established for over 50 years in Welshpool. We are not afraid to evolve with the times, but still hold firm to the traditional key principles of friendly service and quality products.

Our services

We stock

Aga, Arada, Bronpi, Dean stoves, Dovre, Esse, Flamerite, HWAM, Jotul, MCZ, Mendip, Nestor Martin, Oak, Percy Doughty, Scan, Stovax, Termatech, Wiking, Woodwarm, Yeoman.

• Installations of wood/multifuel appliances and fireplaces • CCTV camera services • Chimney Lining • Chimney sweeping • Stove servicing • Cowls and birdguards fitted.

You will find the Derwas Group showrooms at: Derwas of Welshpool Dragon Works Henfaes Lane Industrial Estate Welshpool Powys SY21 7BE T: 01938 552246

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New owners hunting down history The new residents of a landmark building, the former Wrexham Brewery, are appealing for insights into its past, with help from the daughter of a previous worker on the site The brew house is being transformed into offices


he owners of Wrexhambased Hadlow Edwards Wealth Management have signed a lease on the original Wrexham Lager brew house and have started a major transformation project to turn it into state-

of-the-art finance offices. The team are keen to help preserve as much of the building’s history as possible and would like to showcase photos, artefacts and other items from the brewery business to celebrate of its

Hadlow Edwards is appealing for artefacts from the old brewery

which my Dad contribution to had, but they the town. already had a Dominic copy, so I am Richmond, delighted I Hadlow Edwards happened to see operations director, Dominic, and said: ‘When you have been pleased take over the A building steeped in history to donate the lease for a historical picture to Hadlow building like this, Edwards for display once the you feel a certain sense of duty to offices are finished. look after its history and preserve ‘My Dad was based in the it in some way for generations brew house for 24 years and I to come. So we are on a bit of know he made a lot of good a mission to find anyone who friends there. He was proud has old photos, artefacts and of the brew they created and memories from the brewery in its enjoyed drinking it.’ Leslie, a heyday to get in touch.’ grandfather-of-three, passed Dominic’s chance meeting away in November 2015 aged 77 with Hilary Neil-Williams, at Nightingale House Hospice. whose late father Leslie Neil of Do you have memories, Hightown worked at the brewery, photos or artefacts which relate sparked the idea for an appeal. to the Wrexham Lager Brewery? She said: ‘I was on my way back Contact Claire Garner on 01244 from Wrexham Museum with 680385 or claire@ceidiog.com an old picture of the brewery

Somnus explain the benefits of a quality mattress for good posture and a good night’s sleep

Is it time you invested in a new mattress?


mattress is one of the most used pieces of furniture in your home, with the majority of people spending a third of their lives in bed. The first step to a quality night’s sleep is by

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Add some pretty colours to your home with these stylish picks for summer

Lovely lilac: Chester armchair £898, www.dfs.com

Shed some light: Cosmo table lamp, £40, www.debenhams.com Heaven scent: Yankee Candles available in a variety of scents and colours, Tweedmill Shopping Centre, www.tweedmill.com

Colour pop: Mason Cash Baker’s Authority range from £5.49, www.claresofllandudno.com

Feeling toasty: Dualit Classic Vario two-slot toaster in light pink, £119.60, www.claresofllandudno.com

Bedtime chic: Corndell Cheltenham nightstand in painted finish, www.shannonsales.co.uk

Cooking in style This is one of the most innovative, eco-friendly cookers on the market and benefits from ‘power share’ technology. The EL 13Amp is unique in that it ‘shares’ the total amount of energy available to the whole cooker. What’s more its stylish looks and colour make it a wonderful addition to your kitchen. Esse EL 13 Amp, find out more at www.ironcraftfires.co.uk

Cocktail o’clock: Oro small drinks cabinet £445, www.oliverbonas.com

Best of Coffee tables

Boho metal: Green metallic coffee table, £99, Marks and Spencers, www.mands.com

Wonderful wood: Shay coffee table, £349, Oak Furniture Land, www.oakfurnitureland.com

Modern and chic: The G-CT coffee table, UK Contemporary Furniture, £490, from Hafren Furnishers, www.hafrenfurnishers.co.uk

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Huge Range of Mattresses | Faux Leather Beds | Metal Beds Wooden Beds | Rest Assured | Slumberland | & Much More


Many Special Offers! Ask in store

Ternhill Farm House Wild Shropshire is taking root! Whilst ‘Pop ups’ were fun and a great opportunity to visit beautiful venues around the country we have decided to get all grown up and open permanently at The Farm House at Ternhill. Whilst we may be dropping the ‘Pop up’ label everything else remains the same, if not better! You’ll still get the very best of Shropshire on several plates, along with matched wine flights all compiled by James and his team.

We will be open every FRIDAY and SATURDAY. We look forward to welcoming you to our next chapter. A RESTAURANT by JAMES SHERWIN

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Specialists in Water Boreholes and Ground Source Heating

Dragon Drilling is the largest environmental drilling company in the UK and specialises in water and ground source heating borehole installations.

Their services are ideal for most applications, including leisure facilities, care homes, caravan parks, farms and rural homes. A water borehole enables you to become independent of mains water, whilst ground source hearing is a sustainable energy which allows your property to have a constant heat whilst earning money from the Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive scheme. If you have high water or energy bills why not contact Dragon Drilling today for a free site assessment to see how they can start saving you money!

Come and see us at the following shows:

North Wales Country Fair 7th-8th July; Oswestry Show 4th Aug; Angelsey Show 14th to 15th Aug; Denbigh Show 16th Aug; Merioneth Show (Corwen) 22nd Aug

For more information about our services, please call today 01824 707 777 or visit our website on: www.dragondrilling.co.uk

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Man & Van Services

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Country chic

Light and bright Costa dome pendant light, First Light, from www.dclightingoswestry.co.uk

Natural materials, painted wood, pops of florals and woodland motifs create a relaxed country style

Soft grey: Painted Edwardian bed in a slatted Shaker style with carved panels from circa 1910, £995, www.divinedreams.co.uk

Sleep tight: Luxurious Alpaca Bedding, from Mulberry Alpacas, www. mulberryalpacas.co.uk

Keep it tidy: Oak Marlborough fourdrawer chest, £319, www.dialamattress.com

Pretty perch: Carved wooden hall seat, £285, Afonwen Crafts, www.afonwencrafts.co.uk

Beautiful bouquets: Cath Kidston antique rose wallpaper, £25 per roll

Heading: Grey nightstand, from Shannon Sales, www.shannonsales.co.uk Lap of luxury: Country garden leather sofa by Stokers Fine Furniture, £2099, www.stokers.co.uk


Shire Loves

Friendly fowl: AGA pheasant textiles from £10, www. rnwilliams.co.uk

Super stop: Chicken door stop in ‘elements’ fabric, £32, www.melin tregwynt.com

Across the fields: Hare print, £10, Mad March Hares, www. madmarchhares. Sweet rose: John Derian, the rose cushion, Tuberose, £95, www.amara.com Sweet motifs Softer and Wild tea towel, £12.50, www.softerandwild.com

Farm-tastic: Dunoon Sheepies Hill Nevis mug, £16.99, www.tw-m.co.uk

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Jacksons Boutique Garden Centre Winners of six national awards

get ready for Summer Helping you

Garden Centre | Interiors | Cafe | Fashion | Gifts Jacksonsgardencentre • www.jacksonsgardencentre.co.uk • T: 01745 570680 Jacksons Garden Centre, Trelawnyd, Nr Dyserth, North Wales LL18 6EB


Taste the difference Grow your own Many sizes available

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Plants&Gardens Garden visits with a difference

DID YOU KNOW? To make soft fruit last longer, don’t pull off the stalks as you pick

The various local gardens we like to visit often develop an added attraction over summer – the chance to come away with a punnet of produce! We’ve rounded up a few of our favourite destinations to pick your own… in Holt since Charles Bellis planted his first strawberry plant ‘Black Prince’ in 1860. Today, they grow strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries, tayberries, loganberries, redcurrants, blackcurrants, rhubarb, peas, beans and pumpkins, all available for you to pick when in season. The pick-your-own opens mid-June for most produce, with pumpkins later in October. CHESHIRE Claremont Farm’s PYO

Hawarden pumpkins are ready in time for Halloween


Claremont Farm, Wirral At Claremont Farm, pick-your-own has been an annual event for all the family for over 40 years now. The strawberry fields – that really do go on forever – boast several varieties that you would never find at the supermarket, and the experts are on hand to guarantee you will find the juiciest, tastiest fruit around. At the At the weekends, free tractor rides will take pickers to the weekends, prime spots and the whole area is open and perfect to let free tractor the kids fill their punnets and run around. rides will Alongside the strawberries, which tend to be the most take pickers popular, Claremont also has a good range of raspberries, tayberries, red and blackcurrants, green, red and golden to the prime gooseberries – all of which should be available right up spots until the end of July, depending on the weather.

Hawarden Estate Farm For five months or so during summer and early autumn, from now right up until October, if the weather has been good, the Hawarden Estate Farm orchards and fields are abundant with beautiful fruit. This is when visitors flock to the fields to enjoy a bit of pick-your-own action, a lovely family pastime and a great-value way of buying nutritious fresh fruit. First up, there are rows of gooseberries - 75 bushes to be precise which are ready to be picked from May, followed by the redcurrants and blackcurrants, which are in plentiful supply by June. August brings the Victoria plums, which are always a favourite. Next, you will find a variety of English apples, including Russets, Katys and Discoveries, and by the time September arrives, the 125 trees are groaning under the weight of all the apples. Those that are taken down the road to the local press will be turned into the award-winning Hawarden Estate Apple Juice. Autumn also means Conference pears, Bramley cooking apples and autumn raspberries in abundance. This year, for the first time, the It’s apple season from September team will be planting 1,000 corn-on-the-cob plants, perfect for roasting over the campfire at The Good Life Experience festival. And last of all come the pumpkins, in all shapes and sizes, and a rainbow of colours. This year, the Hawarden Estate Farm team has planted a bumper 5,000 seedlings to make sure nobody is without when Halloween comes round.

Delicious juicy strawberries

Bellis Brothers Farm Shop & Garden Centre Bellis Brothers is an independent family business located between Wrexham and Chester, with a garden centre and farm shop, a restaurant, gift area and seasonal pick-your-own. Bellis Brothers have been growing strawberries

SHROPSHIRE Bearstone Fruit Farm, Knighton Bearstone pick-your-own was started by the Roberts family in 1971, with a small field of strawberries for visitors to pick and other fruit sold from the back of the farm van. Now the farm has expanded and attracts customers who come and pick their own fruit and vegetables for eating fresh or for home freezing, jamming and bottling from the immediate locality, and from as far afield as Stoke-on-Trent, Stafford and even Manchester and Birmingham. The fields grow eight varieties of strawberries, available at various times during the season, as well as two different types of raspberries and a firm favourite, the ‘invictor’ gooseberry. There are also tayberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants (to be picked in bunches like grapes) and blackberries all to be enjoyed, as well as a range of vegetables to be gathered throughout the season.

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Advice from Holly Farm Garden Centre Long, warm, sunny days are the perfect opportunity to get into the garden, sow, plant and get growing for bountiful crops and beautiful floral displays throughout the summer Get growing in the veg garden May is the month to plant up the veg garden. Plant a variety of lettuces, tomatoes, beetroot, radish and peppers for homegrown summer salads. Some varieties of tomatoes can be grown in a hanging basket if you don’t have a greenhouse, such as Sweet Million or Tumbling Tom. Simply empty a grow bag into a hanging basket, plant the tomatoes, then water and feed regularly with Tomorite. For a sweet treat Planting raspberries, blueberries and other soft fruits in your garden will provide you with berries bursting with flavour. Glen Ample raspberries produce a good crop of plump, juicy berries from late June through July. As well as fruit cages and

vegetable gardens, soft fruit can be planted in mixed borders or pots. Keep on top of borders Regularly hoe borders to rid them of weeds before they become overgrown. Keeping on top of borders and clipping the edge of the lawn will keep your garden neat with minimal effort. Plant baskets and garden pots A blooming summer hanging basket or colourful ceramic garden pot adds a splash of colour to any garden. Here at Holly Farm Garden Centre we offer a range of pre-mixed basket and container plants with colour schemes from bright to pastel. For longlasting baskets choose a Gro-Sure container and basket compost with added water-retention agent and feed. Or opt for a pre-planted hanging basket or container.

BLOOMING ENORMOUS! Portmeirion has a treat for visitors as its impressive seven-foot lily is in bloom – something that doesn’t happen often 2018 is a special year for visitors to Portmeirion as the Cardiocrinum Giganteum (giant lilies) are blooming. This rare plant from the Yunnan Valley in Tibet only flowers every four to seven years. But this rare beauty is well worth the wait, as they grow to more than seven-foot tall and boast heart-shaped leaves and large vanilla-scented trumpet-like creamy white flowers. The giant Himalayan lily, a truly spectacular plant, is the largest species of any the lily. Originating in the Himalayas of India, Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, Pakistan, China and Myanmar, it was introduced into commercial production in Britain in the

1850s. The Cardiocrinum Giganteum was planted at Portmeirion in 2011.

Don’t miss it

They will be in full bloom from the middle of June, so be quick to catch a glimpse of these giant specimens before they begin to fade. And there is plenty more to see, as Portmeirion boasts one of the finest collections of Himalayan plants and is well known for its collection of rhododendrons, including the Portmeirion Red Rhododendron known as the Gwyllt King. The beautiful rich-red, lateflowering rhododendron was a hybrid raised at Portmeirion in 1938.

Harvesting herbs for a sizzling summer

Summer is time for celebrating outside with friends and family. So get the barbecue fired up, put the prosecco on ice and give your entertaining a tasty touch with this edible table centre, made for us by Dave Billington, a floristry technician from awardwinning Reaseheath College in Cheshire

Dave says: ‘There’s nothing nicer than adding a selection of freshly picked herbs to your barbecue plate. It takes no time at all to create a really eyecatching design using produce out of your own garden and greenhouse.

‘You can do this even if you only have a couple of planters or a window box. Add to your collection by buying a few herbs from your local garden centre - and you could always send the kids to raid granddad’s greenhouse if you need extra plants!’

To create the design shown here you will need: • A selection of herbs of different heights, textures and colours. Here, Dave has used rosemary, mint, growing salad leaves, violas for edible flowers, parsley and chives, but you could incorporate small chilli or pepper plants, trailing cherry tomatoes and nasturtiums. • Compost, either bought or homemade. • Small bag of gravel. • Shallow serving platters. A hunt through kitchen cupboards should yield suitable containers. Here, Dave has used baking trays and ceramic pots. • A pair of kitchen scissors for snipping leaves.

• Step 3: Place your herbs on the surface and mix together, creating interest through colour, height and texture. Pack in salad crops and low-growing herbs like parsley and chives, and dot in taller herbs such as rosemary and mint. Add flowering plants for colour. You’re aiming for a packed look. • Step 4: Take time to view your display from all angles. Remember, if it’s going in the centre of a table it has to look good from every seating position. • Step 5: Plant up, adding more compost carefully to hide any roots. If some herbs have to be returned to the kitchen you could keep these in their pots, just disguise the containers with compost and foliage from other plants. • Step 6: Continue to build in height and plant up your central container. • Step 7: Water in lightly. • Step 8: Serve and enjoy! Interested in learning more? Reaseheath College in Nantwich, Cheshire, holds a variety of floristry workshops and short courses suitable for complete beginners through to professionals, plus a range of more in-depth, industry-recognised courses for the career florist. Visit www.reaseheath.ac.uk/floristry

Top Tip Use any container for a temporary arrangement, but if you’re intending to leave your design outside for reuse throughout the summer you’ll need to drill holes in the bottom to allow water to drain out. • Step 1: Herbs hate having wet feet, so provide good drainage with a layer of gravel in the bottom of your container. • Step 2: Add a layer of compost and a central pot to give a focal point.

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With school holidays upon us and children to be entertained, where better to take them, whatever the weather, than some of the fabulous aquariums and sea life centres around the Shire patch… Blue Planet Aquarium Ellesmere Port, Cheshire CH65 9LF, www.blueplanetaquarium.com Undoubtedly the ultimate experience when it comes to getting up close and personal with underwater wonders, Blue Planet Aquarium has been keeping visitors entertained for 20 years this year and shows no sign of losing its appeal. Split into areas focusing on different habitats – lakes, corals, tropical waters etc – each section is packed with exhibits in tanks, although some are easier to spot than others. Fish range in sizes and colours of every imaginable shade, while turtles, mini crocodiles, crabs and starfish also put in an appearance. There are also displays of frogs, snakes and spiders to keep up the creepycrawly count but the main draw is obviously the big tank with its abundant underwater life. Walking underwater Daily feedings are carried out by divers in front of a big screen. Watch from the safety of the auditorium while the experts introduce the breeds and offer snacks to passers-by, whether it is the sharks, rays or fish that crowd round for food. Once visitors have ‘met’ the residents, the best is next – the underwater tunnels. DID YOU KNOW? Walking along the Perspex tubes feels as though you are deep sea At Blue Planet, diving yourself as sharks glide overhead and rays sweep around you. you can book It is a captivating way to spend time with an array ahead for 10% off of sea creatures without even getting wet. ticket prices.

Anglesey Sea Zoo Brynsiencyn, Llanfairpwll LL61 6TQ www.angleseyseazoo.co.uk Anglesey Sea Zoo is a unique aquarium with over 40 tanks displaying the best of British marine wildlife. You’ll be able to meet the local legends of our UK coasts, including octopus, lobsters, seahorses, cuttlefish and catsharks. Visitors also learn about British marine habitats and the research and conservation work helping to save them both here and further afield. As an unusual and lasting souvenir, visitors can choose their very own pearl oyster in the shop, watch while it is opened, cleaned, valued and even set in jewellery.

SeaQuarium Rhyl East Parade, Rhyl, Denbighshire, LL18 3AF www.seaquarium.co.uk SeaQuarium Rhyl has an open seafront location on the beautiful North Wales coastline. It features species from around the world in nine different zones, plus the amazing outdoor Sea Lion Cove where you can meet delightful harbour seals in their 33,000 gallon pool. New explorers can travel beneath the waves, from tranquil fresh waters to the cold depths of the abyss. Along the way, guests will encounter sturgeon, sharks, lobsters, conger eels and mystical axolotls, followed closely by the entrance to Lethal Reef, home to some of the most venomous animals on our planet.

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Pets&Wildlife Rare finds at ancient hillfort A wildlife survey carried out at the Old Oswestry Hillfort has revealed that the 3,000-year-old monument is a magnet for some rare species

CUTE PETS Emily with Ruby the cockapoo

Handsome Paddy the cocker spaniel as a pup Jack embracing the spring, by Jacqueline Pedley

Collating data

The hillfort is rich with insect life


ooking out over rolling landscape, the ancient hillfort at Oswestry has been attracting visitors for centuries. Last year, a full ecological survey of the area took place, and the findings have now been published, showing it has over 500 species, including 290 types of invertebrate. The inventory was organised by Turnstone Ecology in association with English Heritage, guardians of Old Oswestry, and hillfort conservation group, Oswestry Heritage Gateway.

Special species

Clare Knight, the event organiser, said: ‘We had a number of exciting sightings such as the ghost

moth. It was also a bonus to see the larvae of the thistle tortoise beetle.’ Among the highlights were six species of bat, including the lesser horse- Newt and frog-spotting shoe and Leisler’s bat. Lepidopterists were on hand to record no fewer than 85 butterflies and moths. And more than 30 types of arachnid were identified, with weird and wonderful names such as the spotted wolf spider and the turf running spider. A team from the Shropshire Botanical Society led the task of plant identification, recording an impressive 166 species. Several types of lizard, newt, frog, grasshopper, dragonfly and millipede were also observed, as well as some 30 bees and wasps among a strong showing of pollinators. It was no surprise that the hillfort provided numerous bird sightings: 37 different species in all, eight of which appear on the RSPB’s red list of birds at highest risk of decline.

Maple enjoying the beach in West Kirby

Simba ‘catching fish’ in Pwllheli

Six-year-old Willow the cockapoo

WE WANT YOUR PETS! Send us a picture of your pet and we’ll include them in the next issue! Email your picture, with the name of your pet, to editorial@shiremagazine. co.uk with ‘Pets’ in the subject line.

There are 37 bird species in the area

FOR PEAT’S SAKE Cheshire Wildlife Trust is delighted with news of a country-wide strategy to protect and restore the nation’s peatlands


with partners to restore mossland habitat through heshire Wildlife Trust has a long history of scrub-clearance, rewetting areas of peatland working to create healthy peatlands. This and controlling invasive species. This has included work across the Delamere DID YOU work provides wider environmental landscape, and it has recently received KNOW? benefits. Peat bogs are great for carbon funding from the Defra Peatland Peat is composed storage, and there are also natural Restoration Fund to restore peatland of 90% water flood management benefits. Improving at Holcroft Moss in Warrington and and 10% solid conditions at the sites helps increase Danes Moss near Macclesfield. material bog plants such as sphagnums, bilberry Martin Varley, director of and sundew, and a whole host of conservation at Cheshire Wildlife Trust invertebrates and birds. said: ‘Over the last few years, we have worked July/August 2018 | SHIRE MAGAZINE 107

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radeley Green Pet Store, two miles north of Whitchurch, stocks a range of quality products for your pet’s needs, including everyday essentials, dog food, as well as specialist canine grooming equipment. As temperatures increase, our canine friends can really feel the heat. Bradeley Green has some great offers in store at the moment and can provide helpful advice about keeping your dog cool this summer. Cars retain vast amounts of heat, therefore increasing ventilation is a must. Try a peta cool-coat can keep your dog comfortable. cooling fan, which can clip on to crates and These clever coats are activated by water and carriers. Be vigilant for signs of dehydration. are light, cool and soft to the touch. The Thirsty Milo acts as a water store and New to the store are mixes and treats for bowl in one handy container – useful on the rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils and go. Alternatively, try a collapsible wild birds, as well as small animal and portable silicon travel bowl for bedding and accessories. Exercise your when you’re out and about. On 4th August, come to the dog in the It’s vital to keep dogs cool Bradeley Green summer fun day! early morning when inside, too! Cool Mats are Bring your pooch and take part in and late filled with a non-toxic gel, keeping the dog show, proceeds of which will evening when typically 10ºC cooler than room go to Grinshill Animal Rescue. Take temperatures temperature – and there’s no need advantage of the special offers and are lower to refrigerate. Try to exercise your treats in-store. Follow on Facebook dogs in the early morning and late @BradeleyGreen for further evening when temperatures are information or visit the store, open Monday lower – if you do go out in the heat of the day, to Saturday, 9am to 5pm, 01948 668100.

ISLAND LIFE FOR SUMMER ON THE SKERRIES In our regular RSPB column, one of the charity’s rare breed island wardens explains what living on the Skerries to monitor terns entails

The Skerries Lighthouse


iving alongside a rare species on a remote island for four months is truly amazing. The terns are my family and I would never miss a chance to see them up close,’ Ben Dymond emphasises as he eagerly awaits another summer of being a warden on the Skerries. A group of rocky offshore islands off Anglesey, The Skerries are home to a feisty colony of breeding Arctic, common and, up until 2016, rare roseate terns. Thanks to additional funding from the Roseate Tern LIFE Project, they have extended warden season on the islands and received new equipment to help bring back the breeding roseate terns.

DID YOU KNOW? Arctic Terns have one of the longest known migration routes of all animals

‘Our main duty as Skerries wardens varies,’ Ben explains. ‘From making tern decoys, checking rodent bait stations and monitoring all species that breed on, and even just visit, the island. This can take a lot of time when there are several thousand terns to count.’ ‘Unfortunately, there were no successful breeding roseate pairs last year,’ says Ben. ‘While we caught glimpse of a pair of roseates looking rather intimate in flight, nothing came of it. This year I hope we’ll be lucky enough to see a pair of roseate terns arrive and fledge young.’ Keeping count of the islands’ terns, as well as protecting them, wasn’t the only thing keeping Ben busy last summer, as an unexpected visitor took a liking to the Skerries. ‘Last summer, a racing pigeon decided to take a pit-stop on the island,’ says Ben. ‘This caused mayhem in the tern colony, as they seemed to think Pige was a peregrine. We eventually lured Pige into a box with a trail of crisps and he made it safely back to the mainland.’ Ben will be making video blogs through the summer to document his work on the Skerries. These will appear on @RSPBCymru Twitter and RSPB Cymru Facebook.

Summer finds for our furry friends

Snuggle-up This innovative cat bed that can be folded into a snug cave, high backed or traditional bed. Machine wash at 30°C. Three-in-one cat bed, £23.95, www.shop.rspca.org.uk Happy holidays This stylish birdhouse looks great and offers the perfect shelter for small birds to pop in and visit! Caravan Birdhouse, £16.95, Rex London

Fetch DOOG Sticks are made from recycled materials, float in water and glow in the dark. Best of all, they’re splinter-free. DOOG Stick, £7.99, www.petcetera.co.uk Plenty of bite Solid, durable latex, safe on gums and teeth, Gum Gum Bone, £4.99, www.pdsa.shop. co.uk Pretty pooch Made on the coast of Kenya in the Simba Jones workshops, these gorgeous collars are produced by hand. Leather beaded dog collar, £25, www.notonthe highstreet.com What’s the buzz? This biome provides nesting tubes for bees and shelter for other insects in your garden. It should be hung in a sheltered, sunny position. Dewdrop Bee Biome, £17.99, www. shopping.rspb.org.uk

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Arts&Crafts NURTURING A LOVE FOR NATURE From an early age, David Finney was inspired by the beauty he saw in nature all around him. He made capturing and reproducing that beauty his life’s work, and that inspiration is just as strong today as it was in his teens


avid Finney is an established wildlife Winging it artist who, for the last three years, has David decided been chairman of Chester’s Grosvenor Art to stick with Society. Before stepping down, he won the what he did David Finney’s award-winning picture Willow public’s ‘favourite painting’ award at the best and, having his illustration work has been used in three Society’s spring exhibition, with Willow – turned professional on his 25th birthday, he children’s books. David lives with his partner featuring a jewel-like kingfisher painted on began creating images of local birdlife, as Janet in Alsager and is a member of the handmade paper. Full of life and attention well as other animals. He added: ‘Three years South East Cheshire Ornithological Society. to detail, Willow is typical of David’s work, later, I received my first RSPB commission Also a member of The Wildlife Art Society combining his two passions of for a set of Christmas cards. It was International, he was recently awarded the painting and birdwatching. the ornithological seal of approval I’d ‘best British wildlife’ prize at the annual David said: ‘I was bought a been looking for. I have since designed ‘I am still exhibition for his picture Pheasant. set of acrylic paints when I was plates for Spode and Danbury Mint, finding He said: ‘I’ve always worked on thick 15 and began to teach myself to as well as hundreds of greetings cards stimulating watercolour paper, building up the image in make the most of this flexible for publishers like Royles, Medici subjects, fresh layers, from the smooth, wet-on-wet washes medium. It has become my life’s and Webb Ivory. Charities such as ideas and of the background to the fine details of the work. Following A-levels, I the British Heart Foundation and the new ways to main subject. But recently I have also been hugely enjoyed my year-long art Musicians Benevolent Fund have also express myself’ painting on canvas, with knife, brush and foundation course at what was used my designs on Christmas cards.’ extreme enthusiasm! This year I will have then Manchester Polytechnic, been 32 years as a professional artist and am throwing myself into 3D work and abstract Cheeky side still finding stimulating subjects, fresh ideas painting for the first time. Yet, at the David captures the character and features and new ways to express myself.’ weekend, I would paint and sell small studies of every animal he paints. But his work of garden birds, having already developed a has a cheeky side to it, too – never more so To find out more, see www.davidfinney.co.uk keen interest in birdwatching.’ than in his Naughty by Nature range - and

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SUMMERTIME SHOW FOR RCA The Royal Cambrian Academy is launching its annual summer exhibition once again, inviting visitors to enjoy a wide range of work from the organisation’s many talented members

14th-15th July – Painting on canvas with Thelma Evans Come and watch Thelma at work, she has a wonderful collection of originals and prints which may be purchased on the day. 17th-18th July – Jewel crafts Jackie is showing her collection of beaded and semi-precious stone jewellery. While with us, she will be working and is happy to take on commissions and repairs. 19th-20th July – Pen and ink art with Huw Vaughan Jones Huw has his own distinctive style working with pen and ink. 21st-26th July (closed 23 July) – Traditional book binder, Paul Broadbent A fascinating craftsman to watch, Paul uses his traditional book-binding skills and tools, as well as working with gold leaf. 4th-5th August – Encaustic art with Linda Morris Come and have a go at encaustic art using hot wax and irons. Linda will guide you to create your own piece of work. Ideal for all the family. Proceeds go to brain tumour research. 11th-12th August – Fused and slump glasswork Lorraine and Pam will be working on small pieces of fused glass, as well as showing a fantastic array of larger pieces they have fired at home. 24th August – Trevor Blackburn: Weaving by hand Trevor has three looms that he brings with him and will be working as well as encouraging you to have a go yourself. He also has handmade purses and wood-turned items. 25th-26th August – Di Brown With her felt stich work and wall art Di has developed her own style of art from hand-pulled felt. She creates fabulous pieces and will be demonstrating. 27th-28th August –Gillian Benjamin Local artist Gill will be painting both days. She takes much inspiration from the local area’s coastal paths and landscapes, working in many bold colours.

landscapes and portraits in oils something for art lovers to put and watercolours, digital art, in the diary. The RCA currently boasts sculpture, woodcuts, ceramics and textiles. over 100 artist members whose RCA president Jeremy work is exhibited and sold, many of whom Yates said: ‘We are proud of the will be featured in the summer contributions made by the spectacular, with Academy’s well-known artists Graham Cox alongside the artists. Now in he RCA was established our 136th year, group’s up-andin 1882 and has grown to coming creatives. we continue to become a unique institution in encourage and This year will be David Lloyd-Griffith Wales - an independent charity the RCA’s 136th nurture art of all supporting Welsh art and Annual Summer Exhibition types and traditions in Wales.’ artists, where art is encouraged, The show runs from 7 July and has the title Epic Shores made, exhibited and debated. and Inner Worlds. This has to 8 September at the Royal With no public funding, Cambrian Academy, Crown been inspired by Wales’ Year the RCA depends on the Lane, Conwy. See www. of the Sea, and features an generosity of visitors, friends eclectic mix of art from the rcaconwy.org/exhibitions for and the art-buying more information. huge variety of public – so when members. Gallery it puts on a full visitors can expect exhibition, where art of all genres, all work is also for from traditional sale, it is definitely Christine Kowal to the surreal,


ANDREW LOGAN MUSEUM OF SCULPTURE OPENS FOR THE SUMMER ‘Andrew … ought to be the most revered of artists, (he) has made no distinction between his life and art,’ said Derek Jarman. The joyful, sparkling Andrew Logan Museum of Sculpture (ALMoS) in Berriew, Powys has opened its doors for its 27th season in June


LMoS is a wonderland, tall Cosmic Egg is, this season, on loan to the National Trust’s a fantastical treasure trove housing a glittering selection Buckland Abbey property in of Logan’s signature sculptures Devon, but in its place is the and jewellery: original costumes 2009 towering Alternative and memorabilia Miss World throne, and visitors are from his renowned ‘Visitors are Alternative Miss encouraged to sit in encouraged to sit in the World, a ‘shrine’ to the it and take selfies. Alternative late Divine - one of Andrew Logan’s Miss World many works inspired sold-out 2018 throne and by Andrew’s friends Psychedelic Peace take selfies’ Alternative Miss and muses - and other dazzling sculptures, World will take place portraiture, jewellery, photos at Shakespeare’s Globe on Saturday 20 October. and costumes. The four-metre

ALMoS is open from June to September at weekends (and August Bank Holiday Monday), from noon to 4pm. Admission £3 adults, £1.50 children, students and concessions.

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23rd June to 7th July – Shropshire Art Society Summer Exhibition, St Mary’s Church, Shrewsbury The Shropshire Art Society presents two annual exhibitions of members’ work, when both framed and unframed art works are for sale to the public. An excellent chance to see and buy pieces in a wide range of styles. 8th July to 9th September – On the Edge of…, Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead, Wirral The latest exhibition from Textile 21. Members come from a variety of backgrounds to produce and exhibit highquality, innovative, creative work of a professional standard. Until 7th October – Whistler and Pennell: Etching the City, The Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight, Wirral This exhibition captures the changing landscape of New York and London in the final years of the Industrial Revolution. Featuring 38 prints from two of the most influential etchers – James McNeill Whistler and Joseph Pennell, it highlights an important period known as the Etching Revival. Explore how both artists championed a declining art medium, and their motivation to create a definitive technique and style.

West Kirby by Emily Jones

Shades and reflections by P. Parker

Batsman on a sunny day, Anon

30th June to 19th August – Wrexham is the Name, Ty Pawb, Market Street, Wrexham This new exhibition features six artists selected by Tŷ Pawb to develop a souvenir inspired by a specific story from Wrexham’s past. The six stories that inspired the souvenirs were chosen by the public last summer from a long-list of 25, and were developed by artists Sophia Leadill, John Merrill, Marcus Orlandi, Nicholas Pankhurst, Martha Todd and Bedwyr Williams. The project resulted in a collection of artefacts, from printed publications to football scarves, which will be exhibited at Tŷ Pawb.

Cuckoo by Ryan Williams

Surfs up! By Roger Fox

Thank you all for entering our photo competition with your brilliant pictures. They have certainly captured the spirit of the theme Summer Fun. We’ve printed our favourites above and hope you enjoy seeing them in the magazine as much as we do. Keep snapping, if yours wasn’t printed this time, then maybe next time you will be selected. We have decided on Favourite Faces as the theme for next edition. See what you come up with and send them to editorial@shiremagazine.co.uk.

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When it comes to picking the perfect wedding venue there is something for everyone across the Shire patch, whatever the budget. Our current favourite four are…

Maenan Abbey is a charming hotel full of character. Guests will arrive at the grand entrance hall, with its galleried landing and blazing log fire in winter, and feel welcomed to your wedding in style. A great deal of refurbishment has been carried out recently, including to the magnificent lobby, elegant bar, several of the bedrooms and the exquisite dining room. The team has years of experience and will leave you with the peace of mind that no detail has been overlooked, so your special day will leave you with many happy memories for years to come. The team can also recommend florists, photographers, chauffeurs, cake decorators, pianists, harpists, musicians and bands, and will go to great lengths to ensure that every detail of the day is perfect.

Plas Isaf offers a stunning wedding venue in the 17th-century listed barn, which is ideally situated with the most spectacular views of

the Dee Valley. Elegant surroundings and a warm ambience set the scene for your day, while the barn offers a wealth of versatility. Its impressive oak trusses and slate floors make it a blank canvas. A marquee is positioned next to the barn, which overlooks the open countryside, creating the opportunity for an intimate gathering or a celebratory party, from 30 to 300 guests. With the help and dedication of the team, every effort is made to ensure that your wedding will be the most memorable day of your life.

Gregynog Hall is a grand location that will impress your guests with the exquisite good taste of the Davies sisters, in a building where Renoirs, Monets and Picassos once hung, and Rodin’s sculptures still stand. It really is the most romantic location, laced with symbolism from the earliest times of the Princes of Wales. The glorious Grade I-listed gardens offer inspirational opportunities for photographs, with a majestic backdrop of fountains, trees and rhododendrons. The team offers a genuinely warm Welsh welcome, focussing on providing the best service available. Gregynog prides itself on

its flexibility and imagination, helping to create individual weddings and personalised packages. There are even two helicopter landing positions for those who want to fly in or out from local airports. Portmeirion offers the ultimate ‘wow’ factor, if that’s what you’re after. The setting of this enchanting Italianate village in the heart of rural Wales is like no other. Apart from the colourful buildings and iconic architecture, it is surrounded by acres of gardens and miles of sandy beaches. Portmeirion is the perfect backdrop for romance. The team offers a variety of wedding packages to suit individual requirements. The Castle Package includes exclusive use of Deudraeth Castle, including 11 rooms and suites, drinks reception, wedding breakfast, evening buffet and disco, and full Welsh breakfast included. Choose between three private function rooms for your civil ceremony – the historic Hercules Hall boasting a barrel-vaulted Jacobean ceiling, the Tudor Room with its oak panelling and private terrace, or the elegant Mirror Room overlooking the estuary.

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GET ME TO THE CHURCH It’s wedding season once again. Whether you’re going as a guest or even planning your own, there are so many things to consider. But first things first, make sure you arrive in style

black or white, and even peacock blue. Each luxury classic wedding car is painstakingly prepared and dressed with colourcoordinated bows and ribbons. On the leather upholstery beside you, you will find beautiful silk flowers and you may pop open the complimentary half bottle of champagne to enjoy en route, sipping from one of the crystal glasses provided.

Grosvenor Classic Cars has an impressive range of elegant classic and vintage vehicles, all well maintained and low mileage, driven by experienced chauffeurs in full uniform. With vehicles available from leading manufacturers such as Daimler,

Mercedes, Beauford and Jaguar, the team can recommend cars for different groups, including the bridesmaids, groomsmen and the special couple themselves. The cars are finished to exacting standards both inside and out, and available in cream, gleaming

The train leaves Llangollen Station and will journey to Corwen, then back to Carrog where it stops for approximately 15 minutes. The whole journey takes approximately one hour and 40 minutes. There is also the option to charter your own private train at an added cost.

Llangollen Railway offers an alternative wedding for the even more dedicated transport fan. Instead of just choosing the right way to travel to your wedding, why not consider actually getting married on the move? The railway is licensed for wedding ceremonies and the happy couple

can make their vows in their own exclusive train carriage, with seating for a maximum of 64 people (including the happy couple). Tables will be laid out with a chosen menu choice and will be modestly decorated for the occasion with white tablecloths and fresh flower bud vases.

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Pizza Pedlars is a catering option worth considering if getting the right food to your venue is an issue! This small Shropshire business has been operating for over five years, and alongside attending music and food festivals, the main income is from catering for weddings, corporate events and private parties. The homemade stonebaked pizzas are sure to be a hit, especially later in the evening when flagging guests need a tasty little something to keep them going into the early hours. Wedding couples and guests love the informal and sociable aspect of having the Pizza Pedlars vintage van. Guests are able to come up to the van to see the wood-fired oven and how the pizzas are made, which adds a bit of theatre to any event. Many couples want to ditch the boring buffet and offer their guests something more original – and who doesn’t love pizza! Double Vision mobile bars are a good way of bringing the right mix of people and products together with a catering offering that does the travelling so you don’t have to. Double Vision was set up in 2012 with the view of offering quality mobile bars, hog roasts and candy carts for all events covering Shropshire and the surrounding areas. The business has gone from strength to strength over the years. On top of bars, hog roasts and candy carts, Double Vision

now also offers afternoon tea and hot dogs. The team specialises in creative, custom menus. Whatever the event, a Double Vision presence, with friendly, experienced professional staff, will make it special and suit all occasions, from weddings, anniversaries and village fêtes, to corporate events.

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The best-dressed guests

…and eat it with bread and crackers, if you like! Why not consider one of these great alternatives to a traditional sweet pudding, from Porter’s Deli. It’s a stack of cheeses in as many tiers as you want, with a huge range of flavours and varieties to make sure your big day is totally cheesy.

Whether you’re the mother of the bride or groom, or just a guest that wants to impress, why not check out Daniella of Nantwich for a great selection of styles. The staff will make sure you’re looking your best and have all the accessories to complete your look under one roof.

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Beach ready: Barbour Twine jacket, £189, Barbour Kelp jumper, £99.95, Barbour City Neuston shorts, £59.95, www.barbour.com

Whether it’s the town, countryside or beach, channel some coastal style wherever you go… Earn your stripes: Joules Skipper striped cotton t-shirt, £24.95, www.joules.com

The whole package: Check shirt, £18 shorts £24, hat £12, all M&Co, www.mandco.com

Protect and serve: Marvin waterproof jacket in pepper, £90, www.regatta.com

One of the crew: FatFace Bryce crew neck jumper in grey marl, £45, www.fatface.com

ACCESSORIES Stay shaded: Kirk Originals ‘Bexhill’ polished sunglasses, £225, www.pockets.co.uk

Fancy footwork: Dune London Firmino shoes, £45, www.dune.com

Red leather: Filson leather passport and card case, £119.95, www. outdoorandcountry.co.uk


Country gent: Hoggs of Fife Trevose short sleeve shirts, two for £32, www. cherrytreecountryclothing.com

Stay looking sharp all summer with our pick of the three best summer shirts Classic style: Black stripe cotton classic grandad shirt from Magee of Donegal, £35, www.woodsofshropshire.co.uk

Rebel with a cause: Red floral revere short sleeve tape shirt, £28, www.riverisland.com

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Martin Jones, owner of Vaughan Davies: ‘Everything we stock must be of the highest quality.’

VAUGHAN DAVIES, MOLD We visited a shop that’s been serving customers from the heart of Mold for 60 years, and speak to owners past and present about how a gentleman’s outfitters has changed with the times


artin Jones, owner of Vaughan Davies since 2008, says: ‘I started at Vaughan Davies in August 1994. I was doing a similar job elsewhere but had to travel, and Richard Vaughan Davies was looking at opening a branch in Denbigh, so he asked me to work there.’

‘Upstairs is still where we display the formal wear, but now the ground floor areas of the store are more colourful, with lifestyle clothing – and we added a section of ladieswear in 2004 with brands like Barbour and Joules. We don’t stock a huge amount of ladieswear as Vaughan Davies is primarily a gentleman’s outfitters, but it’s nice to have.’

The customer is always right

‘After a couple of years, Richard offered me the job of running Vaughan Davies in Mold as general manager. The store in Mold was effectively three stores joined together, with two floors of display and a third floor of offices and workrooms – a much bigger enterprise. The next 10 years we spent transforming the business gradually from a reliance on men’s formal clothing to include a mix of lifestyle clothing, and introducing household names like Barbour and Gant. ‘When I joined the business it was ‘topheavy’. By that, I mean the business on the ground floor was reducing gradually. So we introduced new brands, like Rockport shoes, Burberry and so on. It took time for younger men to come into the store, Vaughan Davies used to be seen as ‘the place my father buys his clothes’, but gradually we changed that perception, and the introduction of ladieswear also helped in this regard. So now the business is more balanced.’

‘Every customer is different,’ says Martin. ‘Some want to browse and some know exactly what they want. I instil in the staff that we must at least greet everyone who steps in to the store. It’s really important to welcome them inside. ‘When you’re buying clothes, and especially a suit, it’s important to have someone there with expertise to help. We do adjustments on site and they can often be done the same day. I’ve got 50 years in the job, and so does George. All of the staff are very experienced, having been in clothing retail their whole working lives. If you go to a high street chain, there’s no one there to help with buying suits, and it can be quite a technical affair. ‘In April 2008 I took over the business from Richard, which seemed like a natural progression. What we’ve done in the meantime is consolidate the brands we have, and not rested on our laurels! We’re always in the market for new items and, above all, everything we stock must be of the highest quality, which is something we never compromise on. We’re seeing a few more European brands now, and we put a lot of effort into buying stock for the store, travelling to exhibitions in the UK and abroad.’

Previous owner Richard Vaughan Davies: ‘My father founded the Vaughan Davies store in Holywell in 1938, and opened in Mold in 1958. I took a year off before going to university, worked at the little shop, and never left! I ended up running the store for the rest of my working life. After time in London, I realised the power of press advertising. So we spent a lot on full-page ads and saw phenomenal growth – we had a real boom in the late 1980s. ‘Before the late 1970s you had to be measured to get a suit made, but thanks to the modern engineered suit it did not have to be madeto-measure. We stocked over 2,000 suits of all sizes – 34-64 chest in short, regular and long – so you had a job getting out of the store without one to fit! ‘Vaughan Davies is a unique shop, a proper gentleman’s outfitters, and still going strong after all these years. I think it’s because of the high-quality service, huge selection and good quality. The staff have been there for many years and they’re so good at what they do.’

Vaughan Davies, The Cross, Wrexham Street, Mold, CH7 1ET Tel: (01352) 752632 www.vaughandavies.co.uk

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Embrace the season of alfresco fairs and festivals in style Hats off: Nellie festival flower fedora, £24, www.oliverbonas.com

Stay dry: FatFace Roseanne jacket in dandelion, £65, www.fatface.com

Pretty and practical: Denim pinafore dress, £35, www. missselfridge.com

Dance in comfort: Esska Hype silver shoes, available from So Chic, Bangor www.sochicbangor.co.uk

Chic and comfy: Yaya trousers with tie belt, £89.95, www.petticoatlaneshop.co.uk

Boho bangles: ChloBo Strength, Love & Harmony set of three bracelets, £170, www.mococo.co.uk

Folk style: Joules Otille embroidered top, £39.95, www.claresllandudno.com

Dry feet: Spotty short festival wellies, £21.95, www. cherrytreecountryclothing.com

Nifty necklace: Belle and Beau rose and gold luck and guidance charm necklace, £22, www.corwenmanor. moonfruit.com

Best of three Roomy enough for essentials but still pretty to look at, here are our top three beach bags

Coastal style: Anchor beach bag in red, £15, www.seashoreno4.co.uk

Awesome organic: Ferm Living spear organic cotton basket, £49, www.fermliving.com

Woven wonder: Woven beach bag by Therapy London, £35, www.houseoffraser.com

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Sunshine brights: Yellow floral midi skirt, £40, www. dorothyperkins.com

Ditsy, painterly or embroidered – colourful florals are the print to be seen in this summer

Get shorty: Monsoon floral print shorts, £35, www. monsoon.co.uk

Talking Japanese: Green floral kimono top, £50, www.wallis.co.uk

Stepping out: Ruby Shoo Madeline floral shoes in slate, £65, www.tweedmill.co.uk

Folky florals: Embroidered shoulder shirt, £10, www.apricotonline.co.uk

True blue: Gerry Weber floral jeans, £85, www.gerryweber.com

EDITOR’S CHOICE Under my umbrella: Soake multicolour umbrella, £23, www. applebyandshaw.co.uk

Take your style from day to night with a stylish summer maxi dress


Nautical but nice: Marble cerise and white stripe maxi dress from Daniellas of Nantwich

Pretty blooms: French Connection Christy Bloom maxi dress in sea breeze from So Chic, Bangor

Summer style: Sunshine stripe maxi dress, £79 by Monsoon

Evening glamour: Hermione floral evening dress, £350, www. mywardrobebyteresajayne.co.uk

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Many of us make the most of summer months by getting out and about more than usual. Karen Rhys Jones, specialist in physical education at Glyndwr University, explains to Shire readers why being active is so important

any of us resolve to get more physical activity and then fail in Active for life our ambitions. The reasons why can be many. Some goals are Children and young people’s physical wellbeing is everyone’s just too great and targets too unachievable. There are many reasons responsibility. Parents, carers, friends and relatives can positively why individuals do not partake: time, motivation, confidence, poor impact on children and young people’s physical wellbeing by showing experiences, finance, or it is just ‘not their thing’. interest and offering encouragement and, if they participate alongside, Wellbeing is high on education, health and sociological agendas, can reap the benefits for their own wellbeing. It is important to create and is also multi-dimensional. Categories of wellbeing are positive habits. The Active Lives Adults Summary (2017) varied and may include social, emotional, physical, mental, measured physical activity levels in time, as well as type, and ‘Approach life choice and relational considerations. highlights that doing something is better than nothing at all. being physically One approach to influence this change is perspective. active from Rather than adopting a negative outlook - if you are not Best health for everybody the positive physically active you have a higher chance of experiencing ill There should be no hierarchy to wellbeing, and if the term perspective of what you health - approach it from the positive perspective of what you were to be approached holistically there should also be could gain’ could gain socially, emotionally, physically and mentally. no omissions. One aspect often approached with caution Try setting yourself, your family and friends small STEPS: is physical wellbeing. The association that it can only be Set yourself achievable goals, ideally ones that will become part of addressed through sport often detracts from its wider potential and your daily routine. the multitude of activities on offer. Time - increase as your confidence grows. Start with 10 minutes a It is well documented that obesity levels in the UK are alarmingly week and aim to increase this. high, and increasing, which puts immense pressure on an already Enjoy – it needn’t be strenuous, moderate will do, and time outside, overstretched NHS service. It has been highlighted, however, that it is especially in a green space, can have lasting impact on your wellbeing. not obesity that is the big killer, but a lack of physical activity. As well Persevere until it becomes a habit – a threshold of 150 minutes a as mitigating against the occurrence of hypokinetic diseases, including week does not have to be all in one go. coronary heart disease and diabetes linked to obesity, attending to Start – just make a start! physical activity also impacts on all other aspects of wellbeing.

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High brow We’ve all got them, and they come in every colour, shape and size… but there are so many different ways to shape and groom them… Your eyebrow’s main function is to prevent sweat, water, and other debris from falling down into the eye but they are also a vital tool for the human being in communication and facial expression. We raise them in question, shock or surprise and furrow them in concern or concentration. But most of us at some point want to change the ones we’ve got, so we’ve taken a look at the various ways to do this to avoid the dreaded mono-brow or caterpillar look.

and can be done relatively easily and cheaply at home. However, there are ways to make it easier, and less painful, such as always making sure to soften the skin around your brows first. When the skin there is soft and supple, the hairs slide out much









Threading more easily. Plan to pluck your brows right after you take a shower too as the warm water and steam will have left your skin moist and supple. Just be sure to dry off your eyebrows before plucking or it may be hard to grasp your eyebrow hairs. Threading is a method of hair removal originating in Asia. In this method, which you would need to get professionally done, a thin thread is doubled, then twisted. It is then rolled over areas of unwanted hair, plucking the hair at the follicle level. Unlike tweezing, where single hairs are pulled out one at a time, threading can remove short rows of hair, so can offer more precise control in shaping eyebrows and is gentler on the skin.


Like threading, waxing is a very quick method of hair removal. Basically wax is applied to the unwanted hair, pressed over the top and then ripped off, pulling the hair of the follicles. The benefits of waxing are that it’s quick and the



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A traditional favourite method of brow control, plucking is still the most common form of management

If none of these options appeal you’re in luck as the current trend for bigger brows means you can carefully construct what you want with a good quality eyebrow pencil. Choose a colour darker than your own and, making sure to stay symmetrical, draw in the sweeping curve you’ve always dreamt of…



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Later known as microblading, it’s essentially tattooing, but it involves using a specialised manual hand tool. Rather than giving you a block of colour like traditional tattooing, fine strokes are done by hand to create the illusion of real hairs, which is why those on the search for brow perfection prefer it. Many beauticians class it as semi-permanent, but with regular top-ups and great aftercare, it can last a lifetime.

finish gives sharp, clean lines. If you have fluffy brows it’s a great option to get blanket coverage and likewise if your hairs are coarse, waxing can be a less painful choice than having each individual hair threaded. On the downside there is the sensitivity issue. If you are prone to redness or reactions waxing may not be the best choice as it pulls at the skin, not just the hairs.


The technique involves implanting pigment into fine incisions in the skin and goes back thousands of years, but gained popularity for use with eyebrows in Asia with the feathering or embroidery trend.

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We all have it, most of us complain about having too much or too little, so let’s look at the myths surrounding human hair! 1) Wearing hats causes baldness This old wives’ tale is based on the idea that a hat could cut off the circulation to the scalp and cause hair loss. However. male pattern baldness is caused by genetics, exacerbated by high testosterone and stress. It’s rumoured that hair loss is inherited from the maternal side of the family but evidence shows it’s the combination of genes that leads to baldness. 2) Cutting your hair frequently makes it grow faster Regular trims do not in any way make it grow faster. However, if hair gets so long it frays and breaks at the ends it starts to look thinner and weaker so when it is cut, it gives the appearance of being thicker and fuller. 3) You should brush your hair 100 times before you sleep This theory was popular to encourage little girls to detangle their knotty mops and practise counting at the same time, but can actually cause damage and excess grease!

Festival favourites Whether you are jetting off on holiday or staying put to enjoy all this region has to offer, here’s our pick of the best beauty must-haves for your summer adventures

Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter liner These arresting glittery eyeliners are easy to apply and won’t budge once dry. £13, houseoffraser.co.uk

DiorShow Waterproof Mascara Avoid mascara melt-downs. This stays put rain or shine! £32.99, www.dior.com

Clarins Beauty Flash Balm 50ml Brightens, tightens, moisturises and protects – pretty nifty! £32, www.boots.com

NARS Velvet Matt Lip Pencil This lip crayon doesn’t budge! Give it two layers for maximum durability. £18, www.johnlewis. com

Mac Mini Strobe Cream This travelsized highlighter brightens and boosts tired-looking skin. £12, www. maccosmetics.co.uk

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WITH COMPLEMENTS WHAT? Aromatherapy is a popular treatment that uses plant materials and aromatic plant oils, including essential oils, and other scented compounds to improve a patient’s psychological or physical well-being. There has been some evidence that aromatherapy can help improve general well-being, but no good medical evidence that it can prevent or cure any disease. WHERE? The origins of aromatherapy seem to be pretty far flung with the use of essential oils for therapeutic, spiritual, hygienic and ritualistic purposes going back to a number of ancient civilizations including the Chinese, Indians, Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans who used them in cosmetics, perfumes and drugs.

and short-term memory, hair loss prevention, and reduction of eczema-induced itching. HOW? Two basic mechanisms are offered to explain the purported effects. One is the influence of aroma on the brain, especially the limbic system through the olfactory system. The other is the direct pharmacological effects of the essential oils. In both cases oils are usually well massaged into the skin to offer deep tissue treatment as well as encouraging over all relaxation.

WHO? It is suitable for most people – with certain restrictions in place depending on every individual and their circumstance. Some oils should not be used on pregnant women – and the treatment can be used by people hoping to either help or prevent certain conditions. Some people find it helpful for pain and anxiety reduction, enhancement of energy TRIED & TESTED

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Health&Beauty TIME TO TOP UP ON THE SUNSHINE VITAMIN? Dr Sohail Mushtaq, senior lecturer in Nutritional Biochemistry and programme leader for MSc Human Nutrition at the University of Chester, explains why we all feel so much better in the sunshine…


itamin D is important as it helps the body absorb calcium to maintain healthy bones and teeth, and protects against diseases such as rickets and osteomalacia. However, evidence suggests it plays a role in boosting our immune system as well as linking vitamin D deficiency to increased risk of heart disease and cancer amongst other conditions. So how do I get it? Unlike other vitamins which we obtain from dietary sources, our body can synthesise vitamin D itself by the action of sunlight on skin. It is produced when skin is exposed to a particular wavelength of sunlight – UVB which happens when when the sun is high in the sky, so in the UK we only make vitamin D between early April and

October. As a result, the vitamin D we make during these months has to get us through the winter. How long do I need to be out in the sun? Many factors affect how much vitamin D we make, such as age and skin colour, so it is difficult to be specific, but experts believe around 10 minutes a day in the summer months, with forearms and lower legs uncovered, between 11am and 3am should be sufficient. This needs to be without sunscreen as this blocks out UVB, however, you should ensure that you protect your skin with sunscreen for the remainder of the day. Glass also blocks out UVB, so unfortunately, sitting in your car on sunny day won’t top up your vitamin D levels! Also people of African or Asian origin, will need longer sunlight exposure

one year should be given to produce the same amount a daily supplement of vitamin D as someone containing 8.5-10mcg with lighter skin as DID YOU • Formula-fed babies the pigment melanin KNOW? shouldn’t be given inhibits synthesis of the Oily fish like a supplement until vitamin. mackerel and they’re having less salmon contain than 500ml of formula Should I be taking vitamin D per day, as infant supplements? formula is fortified with Recently the government’s vitamin D Scientific Advisory Committee • Children aged one to four on Nutrition (SACN) years should be given a daily recommended we consume supplement containing 10mcg. 10 micrograms (mcg) or 400 Here’s to a summer of sun! International Units (IU) daily. Currently, only around 30 per cent of the UK population achieves this from their diet, therefore Public Health England recommend these supplements: • Adults and children over five years should take a daily supplement of 10mcg during autumn/winter • Breastfed babies from birth –



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This edition we’re getting a sneaky peak into the life of one of Shropshire’s leading ladies – the Madam Mayor of Shrewsbury herself, who is dedicating her time in this special role to supporting charities and championing the town

QUESTIONS ‘I’d come back as an octopus, because they’re super intelligent, inventive and wriggle out of impossibly tight situations. I know that would come in useful to me!’










Full, real name


Jane Mackenzie Current job title/role

The Worshipful the Mayor of Shrewsbury or just Madam Mayor. I’m also county councillor for Bayston Hill, Column and Sutton, town councillor for Column Ward, a specialist speech and language therapist and an art therapist.


Home life

I’m married to Tony. In fact, I married him during my mayoral year which took a lot of careful planning! I have three daughters and a son, who all still live in Shrewsbury. I also have two grandchildren, and Tony has two children and two grandchildren as well. Highlight of the last 12 months?

Personally, it was getting married to Tony. Worst moment of the last 12 months?

I can’t think of any bad moments over the past year, so I think it’ll have to be when I hand back my chain and give up my role as mayor.





What is your desert island disc?

Moonlight by Dan Owen, a talented musician from Shrewsbury. When I first became mayor, I decided to raise awareness about addiction and alcohol, and he performed at Theatre Severn in April, with all proceeds going towards my charity fund.



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I’m not a practising Christian, but I’d have to say Jesus Christ. You don’t need to have a religious faith to believe in caring about others. 10

What is your worst fear or phobia?

A fear of heights, but it doesn’t hold me back.

I’ve raised over £23,000 this year for my charity fund, and I plan to use this to set up a new local charity where people share their talents with those who need their help. So that’s the next dream. What Olympic sport would you choose?

I’d choose halfpipe snowboarding because it’s so exciting and I get a buzz from being out on the slopes – even though I’m not good at it... yet! What is your favourite drink?

A classic gin and tonic or margarita hits the spot. Which reality show would you have best chance of winning, Strictly, Bake Off or I’m a Celeb?

What is your weakness or guilty pleasure?

Cadbury’s Dairy Milk and Walkers crisps, but I must also confess a weakness for bleak, psychological crime dramas such as The Bridge, and also Breaking Bad. When did you last laugh uncontrollably?

Watching comedian Stewart Lee at Theatre Severn. You’re hosting a celebrity dinner party for four guests – who’s on the list?

Dawn French, Russell Brand, Lord Neil Kinnock and Charles Darwin.

What superpower would you choose?

Who is your all-time hero and how have they/ do they inspire you?

What would be your dream job?

Probably Bake Off. I enjoy baking, and it would be fun to challenge myself creatively. I’m a Celeb looks fun… but I don’t generally enjoy being buried with creepy crawlies, being starved or dining on bugs!

What animal would you come back as and why?

I’d come back as an octopus, because they’re super intelligent, inventive and wriggle out of impossibly tight situations. That would come in useful to me!

What would you buy if you won the lottery?

My first big purchase would be a holiday for the whole family to somewhere warm and relaxing, where we could spend time together and talk about how the win would affect our lives.


Where is your favourite place in the world?

Aberdyfi is where I go to find peace. My family had a caravan on the beach there, then a holiday home, for as long I can remember. What is your best achievement so far?

Apart from my children, I’d say becoming mayor of Shrewsbury. It is a privilege to serve the town.

Do you know someone who you think we should feature? Let us know as editorial@shiremagazine.co.uk

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Top of the Class PUPILS ON THE RUN

Gavin with Daisy and Ben


bbey Gate College pupils Ben Mason and Daisy Lawson, accompanied DiAthlete Gavin Griffiths on the Chester leg of his challenge to run 25 marathons in 30 days last month. The challenge, which took place across various locations in the UK, aimed to inspire the

type 1 diabetes community, raise funds for educational awareness and to help people with type 1 across the world, living in places with inadequate healthcare. Year 9 pupil, Ben ran a half marathon alongside Gavin, from the gates of Abbey Gate College to the finish. While Daisy, Year 5, ran three miles with Gavin, then cycled eight miles alongside him from Chester Racecourse to Eccleston, before crossing the finish line with him, carrying his Olympic torch. Both Ben and Daisy have type 1 diabetes. Gavin was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was eight. He now travels across the UK raising awareness and inspiring young people living with type 1, spreading the message that having the condition needn’t hold you back.



world-famous ballerina who’s turned her hand to writing visited a Shropshire school as part of a project on authors. Students at Ellesmere College were tasked with interviewing someone who had written a book, and Year 8 pupils Zoë Mabaquaio Lennox and Abi Manford chose Dame Darcey Bussell to quiz. The ballerina, who danced with the Royal Ballet for more

than two decades and appears on BBC show Strictly Come Dancing as a judge, paid a visit to Ellesmere for the interview. Assistant head Stephen Mullock said: ‘We were delighted when Dame Darcey Bussell agreed to visit as part of the Year 8 project. The pupils were thrilled to meet her and it was fantastic for Zoë and Abi to have the chance to quiz her on her career.’


Left to right: Oliver Naylor, Bankole Smith, Eleri Bartlett and Annalise Longman with two of the guinea pigs


upils at The Firs School have welcomed three new members to their house teams. Scrambles, Bubbles and Popcorn the new school guinea pigs were given a warm welcome and will live in the new pre-school garden area. The Firs School has three team houses – Hawks, Falcons and Eagles – and each team house has been awarded one of the guinea pigs and voted for their favourite name.

Lucy Davies Headteacher of The Firs School comments: ‘The children have really enjoyed welcoming the guinea pigs to their new home and have been learning about how to look after them. They are receiving lots of cuddles and given lots of time in their outdoor run. We have a Firs Farm and the arrival of the guinea pigs is part of our aim to educate children all about the environment and animals.’

Glowing praise from school guide


recent visit from the Good Schools Guide has resulted in a review full of praise for one of Shropshire’s leading schools. Haberdashers’ Adams, a selective state boarding school in Newport, was presented with a Good Schools Guide Award back in 2015 and a return visit has led to more great comments. The Guide describes Adams as ‘a wonderful state grammar school with stellar academic standards and a multitude of enrichment activities on offer.’

After interviewing headmaster Gary Hickey, the editor toured the main school site, including both boarding houses, and contacted parents.

Headmaster Gary Hickey

New leadership for Shrewsbury


hrewsbury High School is delighted to announce that Ms Jo Sharrock has been appointed as its new head, starting from September 2018. Ms Sharrock is currently deputy head pastoral

Zoë and Abi meet Darcey Bussell

Jo Sharrock

at Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital School in Bristol. Ms Sharrock said: ‘I am delighted to be taking up the role of head at Shrewsbury High School and to be joining such a vibrant community. From my very first visit to Shrewsbury High School I was struck by the warmth and friendliness of the school. It will be a privilege to lead Shrewsbury High through the next stage of its development and I am really looking forward to meeting everyone in September’.

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hoebe Shaw, a Year 8 pupil at the Marches School, has reached the national final of a Peace Poster Competition organised by the Lions Club. Phoebe, whose tiger and deer drawing wowed the judges has previously beaten off competition in the local and regional stages. Phoebe defeated competition from Staffordshire, Shropshire, Cheshire and North Wales in the Peace Poster Competition, which has been running for 31 years, and is the first Oswestry entry

to reach the National Finals. Alison Pearson, head of the Marches School, commented: ‘We are so proud of Phoebe and her accomplishments in this competition. Bill Bowen, Peace Poster officer of the Oswestry Lions Club, added: ‘Phoebe has done exceptionally well to get to this stage, being the first Oswestry entry to reach the national finals since the competition started 31 years ago. This means a great deal to us at the local Lions Club as it is the centenary year.’

Moreton Hall’s Race for Life event

Sporting event to fight against cancer


Maureen Ross, Phoebe Shaw, Alison Pearson and Bill Bowen

oreton Hall students recently joined the fight against cancer with a special event that raised over £2,500. Emily King, a Lower Sixth student, organised Moreton’s Race for Life for Cancer Research UK. She commented: ‘Sport is a big deal at Moreton Hall, so it seemed an obvious choice to combine raising money for Cancer Research with a nice run! Cancer Research UK supported the school with staging the event,

which saw over 200 people taking part – most dressed in pink and all with big smiles on their faces!’ Alison McDonald, director of sport at Moreton Hall said: ‘It was such a positive and happy event. Everyone pulled together for a fantastic cause – the grounds team worked hard to get the course ready, and our catering manager Stephen Conroy and team provided a really lovely BBQ for everybody afterwards in the sunshine.’

Leading letter writers get remarkable replies


ir David Attenborough, best known for his commentary on nature documentaries such as Blue Planet, replied to a request to attend an assembly from Year 5 students at Moreton Hall with a handwritten letter. Zinnia Evans and Cecily Tyne were preparing an assembly on the topics of recycling and ‘saving our oceans’. The girls took the initiative to write to Sir David Attenborough and the Prime Minister, Theresa May.

Sir David Attenborough responded with a handwritten letter, stating he was ‘so glad you are telling people about the dangers of plastic waste’. Zinnia said, ‘I don’t think it is right that plastic is hurting and injuring ocean animals and the planet. When I sent a letter to David Attenborough, I was hoping he would come but I never thought he would send a handwritten letter to me with his famous signature on!’ Ben Simpson prepares for success



Cecily and Zinnia with their letters

orth Shropshire College (NSC) student, Ben Simpson, has received sponsorship from the Oswestry Cambrian Rotary Club to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Award, which runs from 19th to 24th August 2018. The course helps young people aged between 14 and 30 develop their leadership abilities, increase self-confidence and improve their career skills and knowledge. The award also gives participants the chance to gain exposure to a variety of issues

and meet new people, including community leaders and mentors. Jill Cawthray, access coordinator at NSC said: ‘This is a fantastic opportunity for Ben, which I am sure he will thoroughly enjoy, and I wish him every success.’ Ben is studying Level 3 Uniformed Public Services and added: ‘I am grateful that Oswestry Cambrian Rotary Club have sponsored me. I am looking forward to developing my leadership skills.’

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Gold gong at palace for pupil


Oswestry School’s 1st XI football team


swestry School’s 1st XI football team were crowned The Society of Heads U18 cup winners recently against Bristol Grammar School. The game was held at the New Saints of Oswestry Town FC and it was a comprehensive victory for the independent school winners, with an 8-0 final score. The Society of Heads is a dynamic and vibrant community of independent schools who share innovative ideas and approaches to learning. The aim is to help provide an appropriate and balanced curriculums within

schools, which actively fosters and develops key attributes in pupils, offering them the best chance of thriving in tomorrow’s future. The 1st XI team are coached by Alun Morris, an ex-pupil of the school, current PE teacher at the school and defender for Cefn Druids AFC. He commented: ‘I am extremely proud of the squad. The boys had to work hard to get to the final. It was a comprehensive win for them and one that was well-deserved. We are all looking forward to a rest before the season begins again in September.’

ixth Form pupil at Rydal Penrhos, Jenny Johnson, has visited Buckingham Palace to collect her Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. The 18-year-old received her certificate from rugby star Johnathan Davies, and also got the chance to meet Princess Anne at the lavish garden ceremony. Jenny, said: ‘It was beyond everything I was expecting and all the hard work to get my Gold Award was definitely worth it. I would recommend it now more than ever as it really is a once-ina-lifetime opportunity to meet royalty and gain a qualification that stays with you for the rest of your life. Princess Anne was lovely and we spoke about what I had to do throughout the process to get the award, and she was really nice.’ Deputy head Tim Cashell, added: ‘Jenny can be enormously

he Rhug welcomed pupils from Ysgol y Gwernant, Llangollen, to the estate recently. The group of almost 50 children were eager to learn about the different types of animals on the farm. The Years 3 and 4 pupils were given a tour by Gareth Jones, Rhug farm manager. On their way round the farm they saw the Rhug’s herd of deer, bison, chicks, Aberdeen angus cows, and sheep with their lambs. Anna Smith, Year 3 teacher, who organised the trip, said:

‘We are grateful to the staff at Rhug for accommodating our visit. The children had a great time and haven’t stopped talking about it since!’ Lord Newborough said: ‘I believe it is part of our job as custodians of this land to impart the knowledge we have to the next generation. I am horrified by newspaper articles that state children do not know where their food comes from. I want our future generation of consumers to make an educated choice when it comes to where they buy from.’

Jenny Johnson with her award

TOP CHOICES FOR STUDENT SUCCESS students. It is Shropshire’s largest A Level provider, with over 30 A Levels and a huge range of vocational courses in over 25 different subject areas. Mike Jones, 30, from Shrewsbury, graduated from the Level 5 Foundation Degree in Sports and Physical Education last summer and then did a one-year top-up to a full BSc in Coaching and Physical Education at Staffordshire University, the college’s partner university. Mike said: ‘The Foundation Degree at Shrewsbury College was perfect, and I could continue to earn and save money on fees. I really enjoyed it and the teaching was great. I would definitely recommend it.’



proud of her ongoing commitment throughout the Duke of Edinburgh scheme, and her day at Buckingham Palace was richly deserved when you consider just how hard she worked to achieve the qualification.’

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Ysgol y Gwernant pupils enjoy the Rhug playground

elford College students pitted their wits against the power of Mother Nature on an actionpacked expedition to Wales. The 13 Diploma in Sport (Outdoor Education) students, from the King Street campus, were pushed out of their comfort zones in a host of activities including white water rafting, surfing, mountain biking, tobogganing, caving, gorge walking and coasteering. Tutor Nikki Cameron-Small said: ‘I am passionate about the importance of adventurous activities, as they offer an

Not for the faint-hearted!

alternative to the traditional team and individual competitive sports which dominate schools. Participants get a chance to challenge themselves against each activity, as well as the natural environment.’

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Books&Poetry It’s rhyme time In this edition, we’re bringing you news of a very special event. We’re within striking distance of the UK’s biggest poetry festival in Ledbury, which takes place for the 22nd time this summer…

Owen Sheers

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Zaffar Kunial

Ledbury, Herefordshire

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Sinead Morrissey, Liz Berry and Jane Commane. The 2018 poet in residence is Zaffar Kunial; his debut collection Us is published by Faber in July and he will curate events. Global glory The festival will also have a strong international focus, including an event with US poet Major The festival has something for everyone Jackson. he Ledbury Poetry Festival is a Unshaken world-class event running from by Brexit, 29th June to 8th July. It attracted Versopolis, the audiences of 15,000 people last year Major Jackson platform for and returns this year with an extra emerging feather in its cap, having won European poets will ‘You can rely Best Community Festival return and continue for a on poets at the prestigious Visit further four years, backed for strong Herefordshire Awards 2017. convictions by funding from the EU The area is steeped in and visionary Creative Europe Programme. poetic history as the former thinking!’ Versopolis poets from home of William Langland, across Europe will join Elizabeth Barrett Browning three UK poets – Sasha and John Masefield, and the Dugdale, Sandeep Parmar and Welsh festival attracts some of the biggest language poet Mererid Hopwood – names in the world of poetry. It has for a highlight event. Chloe Garner, been dubbed by the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy as ‘one of the most artistic director, says: ‘Ledbury exciting and important literary festivals in England’.


Back with a boost The festival is powered by an army of volunteers, and all the local shops are involved in a themed shop window competition. Ledbury Poetry Festival 2018 will welcome a host of poets, with confirmed names so far including: Jackie Kay, Hollie McNish, Wendy Cope, Owen Sheers,

Sandeep Parmar

Expect inventive performances

Poetry Festival 2018 presents a world of poetry at a time of change and upheaval. Events will explore a range of themes, so expect lively discussions because you can rely on poets for strong convictions and visionary thinking! ‘There will be a Poetry Brunch, Herefordshire food and drink, poetry and music at the town party, eccentric street performances, a Poetry Juke Box, How to be a Poet workshop and more! Whatever you think about poetry, come along and let Ledbury Poetry Festival entertain and surprise you!’ The full festival line up and tickets are available at www.poetryfestival.co.uk

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Once again, our friends at Linghams bookshop in Heswall have rounded up their top reads for the coming months. From The Corner of the Oval by Beck Dorey-Stein

BUDDING POET by Jack Woods I really wish I had the time To put some words down that would rhyme. A poet I should like to be, And write perhaps Woods elegy. I’d like to see my words in print Through glasses of a pinkish tint. I really am a silly ass… However could I be so crass, To think that anyone might read A poem, verse or even screed That’s penned by me full of conceits. I am no Gray or budding Keats. I think these lines quite well do scan. I think I’ll be a Betjeman. I showed this poem to a friend. At least, I thought he might pretend To like my poetry or verse. Instead he gave a muttered curse. He looked at me with scornful gaze, His eyes and lips no smile could raise. He said, with much malicious spite, ‘I think your work is rather trite. Your substance here is rather thin. I’d throw it in the rubbish bin. You could, I think, if you tried hard Write verses for a birthday card. Alas! my friend, it’s plain to see A Betjeman you’ll never be.’

Beckie is a regular twenty-something living in Washington DC, who sees an advert on Craigslist for a stenographer to work in a law firm. Because Beckie is Beckie (who you will grow to love), she doesn’t go for the interview but calls the recruitment firm and they rearrange the interview, which is actually in the White House! The story is fascinating and it is intriguing to see what happens on Air Force 1, how she manages her travelling, avoids falling in love and still retain her funny, witty style. Dear Mrs Bird by AJ Pearce Debut author AJ Pearce has written this wonderful story set in WWII. It starts with a young lady, Emmeline, going for a job interview at Women’s Life magazine. Emmeline has dreams of becoming a war correspondent and doing her bit for the country, but ends up helping Mrs Bird on her agony aunt column. Mrs Bird will have no nonsense letters and anything containing unpleasantness is sent straight to the bin. Emmy takes matters into her own hands with the ‘bin pile’ and what happens next is the story of Dear Mrs Bird. A light-hearted read which will make you laugh and cry. The Man Who Didn’t Call by Rosie Walsh You meet a man, fall in love in seconds and think this is it! After a blissful week of togetherness, he leaves to go on a pre-booked holiday, promising to call as soon as you leave his peripheral vision. But he doesn’t. You text, call… everything bar going to the hotel and knocking on his door. So where has he gone? Why is he not getting in touch? A fast-paced twisted tale of love and loss. One for those late summer nights, beach life or just sitting in your front room, reading a good book!

THE GARDENER by Patricia Parker Gardening gloves and muddy shoes, Watering can and tools to use. Seeds to plant and pots to fill, Pests to sort and slugs to kill. Blight on leaves and carrot fly, Treating plants before they die. Too much sun and little rain, Pots to fill and crocks to drain.

Lawns to mow and hedges trim, Veg to pull and plantlets thin. Coils of hose and water butt, Watering can and flowers to cut. So much work as weeds grow tall, A constant battle to keep it all Looking at its level best, Without a weed, without a pest.

We want your poems… Please keep sending us your poems, we will share your creative spirit with our readers! You can send by post to Poetry Page, Shire Magazine, PO Box 276, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY10 1FR, or by email to editorial@shiremagazine.co.uk. Get inspired, get writing! BOOK EV E N TS 28th June to 1st July Be quick and don’t miss the RS Thomas and ME Eldridge Poetry and Art Festival in Aberdaron, at the Pontio Arts Centre and Bangor Cathedral. This celebrates the creative genius of these two wellloved locals, as well as their lives, loves and inspirations. Poetry readings, presentations, musical performances, meditation and talks take place across the weekend. 7th July Social media sensation Gill Sims, creator of the hilarious Peter and Jane blog and now novelist, is visiting the Wirral. Hosted by Linghams bookshop, the event takes place at Heswall Hall and is guaranteed

Library in Hawarden. Big names this year include Joanna Cannon, Sarah Perry and Richard Holloway, plus a host of returning friends and breakthrough talents. Tickets are on sale now.

to be an entertaining evening. Tickets £14 from the bookshop and include a copy of her latest book, Why Mummy Swears. Dors open 12.45pm. 7th to 9th September Gladstone’s Library is delighted to announce the lineup for Gladfest 2018, the sixth edition of the fabulous literary festival that takes place at Gladstone’s

16th July In five short years Dan Toombs has taken The Curry Guy from an idea to a reliable brand. His recipes are developed and tested in his own home kitchen. And they work. The 130,000 curry fans who visit his blog every month can testify to that fact. He’s coming to Linghams bookshop to present his latest book, The Curry Guy Easy, and tempt your taste-buds with a cooking demo too!

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Charities&Volunteering Businessman hopes to help hospice A Flintshire businessman is launching a renewed fundraising drive for a Wrexham hospice, in memory of his much-loved father


avid Catherall is managing director of passed away from bowel cancer aged 72. David, TDC Services, based on the Ewloe whose firm was set up with his father and roundabout, which celebrated its 35th gained its name from their combined initials, anniversary last year and supplies said: ‘We had valuable support from the caring nurses who helped look industrial cleaning equipment ‘My dad always to firms across the world. TDC put others first. He after my father. has a long track record of ‘My dad always put others first. was a great father and the support supporting the Wrexham-based He had a successful road haulage we received Nightingale House Hospice business and I went to work with during his illness and has reignited its pledge this him from an early age. We set up as has never been year as the vital hospice service TDC Services and expanded from forgotten by me approaches its own landmark there. He was a great father and or my family’ terrific to work with. I miss him very anniversary of 25 years. David and his wife Steph, much, but the support we received who live in Nercwys, cared for his father Ralph during his illness has never been forgotten by me or my family, so I’m keen to push forward Edward Catherall, known as Ted, before he

with our fundraising for Nightingale House this year.’ Debbie Barton, area fundraiser for the hospice said: ‘To have the support of David and Stephanie means so much to us at Nightingale House. We are so grateful for all their efforts and hard work.’ For more information: www.nightingalehouse.co.uk

Celebrity support for Montgomery Canal Restoration


imothy West and Prunella Scales, stars of the Channel 4 TV series Great Canal Journeys, have shown their support for the Bridge the Gap appeal for the Montgomery Canal. The current project is restoration to Crickheath Wharf, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and being undertaken by volunteers of Shropshire Union Canal Society. Michael Limbrey, Montgomery Waterway Restoration Trust chairman said: ‘It is vital to rebuild Schoolhouse Bridge if we are to bring boats back to Llanymynech. Timothy West has visited the canal on a number of occasions and he and his wife have been vice-presidents of the Trust since 2009. We are delighted they are supporting this latest appeal.’ See www.restorethemontgomery canal.uk for details.

Guests have a ball and raise £30,000 A charity ball has raised £30,000 to help children with a rare degenerative disease


he seventh A-T Spring Ball, at Chester Racecourse Pavilion, was organised by Wrexham businessman Vaughn Rawson, managing director of Rawson Digital, and his wife Joanne, to help families coping with the rare genetic condition known as ataxiatelangiectasia (A-T). The children of Vaughn’s close friends have the disease and Vaughn and his wife have been on a mission to raise funds for medical research. To date, they have raised a staggering £230,000 for the cause. There were 320 guests at the latest ball and their fundraising received a major cash boost via Darren Mercer and David Wall of Mercer & Associates Wealth Management, one of the main sponsors, who donated a further £5,000

on the night. Around £13,000 was generated via a charity auction. Vaughn, from Gresford, said: ‘Organising the ball each year is a big undertaking and it is the terrible circumstances that the families of children with A-T face which drives Joanne and I to keep doing it. It was a fantastic night. I must thank the two main sponsors specifically, Mercer & Associates Wealth Management and Jolliffe & Co Solicitors.’ Most children with A-T appear healthy during the first years of their life before developing problems with motor coordination. A-T does not affect the mind and there are no learning or social difficulties. For more on A-T, see www.actionforat.org.

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CHARITY TO REMEMBER NICOLA GAINS £32,000 FROM 1960s BALL A charity set up to remember a much-loved teenager who died of a brain tumour has received a £32,000 boost to achieve her wish of sending seriously ill children on unforgettable holidays


he money was raised when hundreds of supporters turned out at the Racecourse Pavilion in Chester for the 1960s-themed A Groovy Kind of Ball, in aid of Nicola’s Fund. The charity was started by Debbie and Steve Riley, parents of musically talented Llay teenager Nicola Riley. Nicola tragically passed away from a brain tumour on 20 April 2005, five days before her 15th birthday. The event was sponsored by local businesses, as well as many individuals who knew and loved Nicola. The main sponsor was Wrexham-based Hadlow Edwards Wealth Management. Dominic Richmond, operations director for Hadlow Edwards, said: ‘The amount

raised at the ball was remarkable. It is a real credit to Nicola’s vision that this bi-annual ball continues to be such a success. Before she died she had the tenacity to make sure her dream would go ahead – to give other severely ill children and their families a much-needed holiday.’ The ball marked its 12th anniversary this year, and Nicola’s father, Steve said: ‘It was a wonderful night. We cannot thank people enough for the fantastic response we had.’ To date the fund has raised more than £600,000 and helped about 650 children and their families go on holiday to its two caravans in Porthmadog and to Centre Parcs. Visit www.nicolasfund.co.uk to donate.

Cancer scheme gets relaunch


hropshire Council’s ‘Get Active, Feel Good’ programme is celebrating a relaunch after partnering with local cancer charity, Lingen Davies Cancer Fund. Lingen Davies has pledged £240,100 to fund the programme for the next three years, ensuring that people around Shropshire, Telford and Mid Wales are supported to feel better through their cancer treatment and beyond. Physical activity is shown to improve a patient’s experience of cancer treatment and can impact upon their treatment outcomes. However, only 23 per cent of people living with cancer are active to recommended levels, so this new scheme hopes to change that. The programme is delivered by Lifestyle Fitness, on behalf of Shropshire Council. Gareth Mapp, managing director said: ‘The programme provides important



charity that offers canal boat and canal-side holidays for people with disabilities has just taken delivery of The Shropshire Maid – a brand-new 70-foot stateof-the-art narrow boat. The latest launch to join the Lyneal Trust will accommodate up to six people, and has the very latest facilities. All of the Trust’s boats have a ramp and lift to enable access for wheelchair users or other passengers with impaired movement to all parts of the boat. As well as a wet room and disabled toilet, the boat is centrally heated, has a galley and dining area with TV, and DVD facilities. The group also has a day boat, The Shropshire Lady, which provides days out for families and groups with special needs or vulnerabilities. There is also a canal-side cottage and chalets that sleep up to 10 people.

Owls about that then? positive support for cancer patients to help them obtain the huge benefits that being physically active offers.’ Councillor Lee Chapman added: ‘We are delighted to be relaunching Get Active Feel Good. Being more active can help reduce the side effects of treatment such as fatigue, stress and anxiety. It will help individuals with cancer to become more physically active.’ Visit www.lingendavies.co.uk/ getactivefeelgood for more information.

A magnificent European eagle owl found in terrible conditions is now spreading joy, thanks to the dedicated owner of a bird sanctuary

the eagle owl was rescued from St Luke’s nurses celebrate 30 years of care Bobo neglect by Geraint and Margaret Roberts, taff and volunteers tucked into tea and support their family and carers. Each year its who run an owl sanctuary in Talsarnau.


scones in May as St Luke’s Hospice celebrated its 30th birthday. An incredible achievement for the charity, as 84% of its care is funded by donations and fundraising. St Luke’s helps people from the moment they are diagnosed with a lifethreatening illness, as well as

services help over 1,000 local people. In celebration of the 30 years St Luke’s Hospice has provided, local supporters have planned a summer of fun fundraising activities. To find out more about how you can join in, visit www.stlukeshospice.co.uk or call 01606 551246.

Geraint and Margaret often show their birds to local groups and recently met up with residents at the Bodawen Nursing Home in Porthmadog. Director Ceri Roberts said: ‘We’re grateful to Geraint and Margaret for bringing Bobo along. The residents clearly get a lot from seeing and stroking the birds.’ For more about Bodawen Nursing Home, visit www.cariadcarehomes.co.uk

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hank you once again to all readers who have been in touch with the Shire team over the last couple of months. We love hearing from you and enjoy reading your letters, poems, submissions and suggestions, so do keep putting pen to paper, snapping pictures, composing poems and whatever else you want to do to keep in touch with us. We’ve printed some of our favourite contributions below and, as always, we’re happy to get them. so do keep them coming. Send your emails to us at editorial@ shiremagazine.co.uk or contact us by post at the following address – the same place to send us an A4 SAE, for £1.60, if you have missed an issue or would like to buy an extra

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On page 69 of your last issue, in an article about Aberystwyth, you showed an image of Llandudno Pier along with the legend Aberystwyth. Maybe you are not familiar with Llandudno and our beautiful iconic pier? Aberystwyth Pier is entirely different.I notice that an advert by Megabus is also claiming our pier for that town (not published in Shire). I think if in any doubt it’s sensible to always double check any info gleaned from the internet before going to press. I’m guessing that I will not be the only

Llandudno resident to point out this faux pas to you, which somewhat spoils an otherwise excellent publication. Mike Jones •Thanks for pointing that out Mike, much appreciated.In order to publish high-resolution and quality images in the magazine we use a professional online image bank – which unfortunately had captioned this image incorrectly! But you’re absolutely right, we should have double checked!

Balloon Ventures in Kenya Thanks to Shire Magazine for your support towards my International Citizens Service (ICS) placement in Kenya with Balloon Ventures. I completed some voluntary work with Shire and you kindly contributed to my £1,500 fundraising target. It allowed me to participate in a government-run scheme that took me to Kericho in the west of Kenya for three months. Balloon Ventures is a developmental charity that supports entrepreneurs and established businesses in promoting sustainable development. They do this through education, innovation support, and a loans programme that uses young people like myself, but also volunteers and staff from the countries in which they work. It was a wonderful opportunity for me to connect with young people across the globe. We worked alongside Kenyan volunteers and gained a real insight into the problems faced in East Africa. I would highly recommend an experience like this to anyone in my position. I recently graduated from university and have used the opportunity to broaden my horizons on both a personal and professional level. Furthermore, to make friendships across the world is a real privilege and forms part of an experience that I will never forget. Thank you, Shire!

I thought your readers might be interested in an event coming up – the Practical Classics Annual Classic Car Show on 8th July. It is held at Barlows Caravan Park, Caerwys, which is clearly signposted from the A55 and the Denbigh road. This gathering is always a good day out, with over 600 vehicles in attendance and all profits going to The Stroke Association. Onday admission is £4, and children accompanied by a paying adult are free. Please come along and support us. Christine Webb

Pretty in pink I wonder if your readers would like to come to Penmaenmawr Community Centre for a Pretty In Pink Afternoon Tea on 27th July? The event is running from 2-4pm and will feature music from the Tenovus Cancer Care Choir, as well as a chance to sample a homemade afternoon tea. Raffle prizes are lovely: meal vouchers, theatre tickets, a year’s subscription to Shire, wine, chocolates and more! Tickets £5, and can be booked on 07709 844 089. Money will go to Breast Cancer Care and Tenovus Cancer Care.

READER F E E D B AC K I just wanted to say how much we enjoyed the performance on Saturday night at the Drayton Centre, Market Drayton. The Simon and Garfunkel act was excellent. So many thanks for my prize! Celia Bett I have just finished reading your wonderful Shire Magazine from May and just wanted to tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is packed with good ideas of things to do. I am certainly going to keep it handy as the summer holidays draw nearer as I have two very energetic grandsons to entertain! Keep up the good work! Wendy Jones Shire Magazine has just been delivered to me by a wellmeaning neighbour who thought I might be interested to read it. And how right they were! What a truly informative and well put-together publication – and quite unbelievably, all for free. I shall certainly be making a point of hunting it out for myself from now on and look forward to future editions – this is just what the area needs. Name supplied

Proud poet Thank you so much for publishing another of my poems. The magazine is excellent – could you please let me know where it is distributed on the Wirral? I live in Thornton Hough which is Wirral, Merseyside and I haven’t seen it in Tesco at Heswall, for example. I went early last time and got six copies for friends – already eagerly snapped up! Edna Cosby Thanks for getting in touch Edna. The magazine is available from supermarkets in Neston, Upton, West Kirby and Ellesmere Port… If you don’t want to miss a copy, you can always take out a subscription – see the page opposite for details!

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What’s in your Stars? Aries: 20th March – 20th April

Whenever I work with your sign I feel that amazing energy pushing forward: irritated in the slow lane wanting the fast lane and the destination without the journey interfering. You’re missing out on so much around you, too focused on what’s ahead. That’s why brakes are being applied so you can appreciate what you have and disregard what you don’t need!

Cancer: 21st June – 23rd July

A wise old owl lived in an oak; the more he saw the less he spoke; the less he spoke the more he heard, why can’t we be like that wise old bird? This says much about being a good listener this summer. A partial solar eclipse in Cancer on Friday 13th July could be high octane, so ears need to be useful, tongue less so!

Libra: 23rd September – 22nd October

Observations of horoscopes collated through aeons of time have created an identikit of traits and trends applied to qualities and flaws in the human psyche. You’re known for your agreeable nature which can change if someone behaves badly. High voltage in the air presently envisages an occurrence out of character but who better not to judge than you?

Capricorn: 21st December – 20th January

JM Barrie wrote in Peter Pan that when the first baby laughed for the first time the laugh broke into a thousand pieces sparking the beginning of the fairies. Any Capricorn reading this, take note because behind that serious nature the fairies have hidden much laughter and it’s about time you allowed their gift to be shared more often!

Taurus: 20th April – 21st May

With high summer approaching a break from routine’s required and it’s possible it’ll happen. Giant Jupiter’s moving direct again, take it as a sign that great strides can be taken to plan something bigger than usual that’ll not only transform your life for a while but also your relationship. Change the pattern and the pattern will weave some magic!

Leo: 23rd July – 23rd August

Be true to yourself but let others touch you with their wisdom as you pass, your pride can sometimes manifest as knowing best when in fact you don’t. If you’re punching above your weight Mars in Aquarius can show you the need to cool down particularly at the end of July. Don’t be too high handed to do this!

Gemini: 21st May – 21st June

Being a sign connected to the element of air you’ll want to float and do that best in the realm of social exchange and the variety of ideas which hanging out with others brings. Your wonderful vivacity and versatility knows no bounds this summer, but can I give you one word of warning when mingling? Don’t give up the substance for the shadow!

Virgo: 23rd August – 23rd September

Your shyness often holds you back when communicating thoughts and ideas, be more daring during these summer months and converse with more drama and colour adding a new dimension to your highly intelligent mentality. Then, when the Sun begins it transit of your sign on 23rd August you won’t be seen as a shrinking violet but a vibrant sunflower!

Scorpio: 23rd October – 22nd November

Now Uranus is in Taurus it’s going to be the mover and shaker if life has become routine. Don’t regard this as negative because changes being introduced are much needed even if you don’t think so. The most significant factor’s the probable disappearance of anything restricting your own self-expression. A break with tradition can be expected or happen unexpectedly!

Aquarius: 20th January – 19th February

A powerful lunar eclipse in your sign in July and a solar eclipse in August in Leo create a highly-charged atmosphere in which a combination of opposites and attraction creates a bridge to greater empathy. How can this be? When idealism, originality and truth meet generosity, affection and kindness it’s an alchemist’s dream.

Sagittarius: 22nd November – 21st December

It’s said life can only be learned backwards but it must be lived forwards. This means discovering through experience which can be costly that’s why repeated habit patterns keep creating the same result. A straightforward manner can result in a tactless remark in other words your quality can easily become a fault. Improve on this and keep the costs down!

Pisces: 19th February – 20th March

Your sign rules the feet. In Ancient Egypt the foot as well as footwear was a sign of authority so pay attention to this because you could put your foot in it with someone who has influence. Tread carefully and you’ll avoid stepping on another’s toes especially with so many power surges in the atmosphere in July. Warning!

Gloria studied astrology and astronomy over an intensive two year period at The Faculty of Astrological Studies in London twenty seven years ago. She has since written for many publications, appeared numerous times on television and has an impressive client list. The legendary Fay Weldon calls her ‘magic’ and the BBC’s icon Valerie Singleton calls her ‘sensitive’. You can reach her on starglow@pc-q. net or through her website: www.gloriamans.com 144 SHIRE MAGAZINE | July/August 2018

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COMING NEXT ISSUE It’s hard to imagine, but here at Shire we’re already thinking ahead to the autumn and our next magazine, the September and October edition, is already being put together! So once you’ve made the most of your summer months here are a few things to look forward to as the nights start to draw in…

Wedded bliss


If you’re planning your big day or have a stack of invitations to weddings in the next few months, then don’t miss our feature in the next edition of Shire that will help you get those all important weddings decisions all wrapped up.



FEELING FINE Everyone at Shire loves their food – and we especially love the fact that we’re surrounded by so much amazing local produce. So we’re looking at the food festivals, farmer’s markets, producers, breeders and growers that make this region such a culinary capital.

Graham Tinsley MBE will be back again with more mouthwatering suggestions for delicious dinners.

Let us help you stay looking good and feeling great with our health, wellbeing and beauty section.


Our fashion guide will inspire you and keep you up to date with the latest trends.

Spooky season

Home sweet home

As Halloween approaches we’ll have all the scary special events and creepy goings on to keep and your little ones entertained.

Don’t miss our look at the best ways to make your home the place where your heart always is…

In a flash

D O N ’ T F O R G E T…

We interview the wellknown female actresses, stars of stage and screen, who are about to bare all in a new production of Calendar Girls. YO U R T OW N

As always we’ll be taking a closer look at a couple of local towns from the Shire patch, and next time it will be West Kirby on the Wirral and Mold in North Wales.

Show Reviews

On the wild side All our usual experts will be keeping us up to date on the flora and fauna that surrounds the Shire patch.

As always the next edition of Shire will include a 60-page guide to all the events and activities that are going on across the region this autumn. Don’t go anywhere until you’ve checked our What’s On Guide for September and October!

GET IN TOUCH! Find out what the team think of the shows and events going on over the summer with our reveies section. H O L I DAY H E AV E N

Our round up of the top spots to while away your holidays or even buy your own bolthole.

…at Shire Magazine, we want to hear from you! 1. Tell us about your upcoming events: Just remember that we work in advance so 1st June is the deadline for events news for the next issue, July/August 2. Share your reader stories: Have you got an extraordinary or exciting story to tell? We’d like to feature it in the next issue to share with our readers. Send us an email, and don’t forget to include a picture or two! 3. We have lots of pages for readers to contribute to: Send all your submissions and pictures by email to editorial@shiremagazine.co.uk or just call us on 01691 661270. You can also get in touch via social media just search for ‘Shire Magazine’ on Facebook or Instagram

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Your very own holiday home in North Wales Site Fees Included Until

2020* On Selected Models

Lyons offer a safe and secure environment in which to enjoy the luxuries of holiday home ownership. Our parks offer a peaceful setting in which to unwind and relax. Escape as often as you want, with a season of up to 50 weeks, including Christmas and New Year. We stock a wide range of luxury holiday homes. What better way to decide whether or not to buy yourself a holiday home than to test it with our no-obligation ‘Try Before You Buy’ scheme? Spend the night at any of our parks and enjoy complimentary use of all our facilities during your stay. If you decide to buy, we will give you double the value of your stay back towards the cost of your new holiday home!

Lyons Woodlands Hall Caravan Park • Ruthin

Lyons Eryl Hall Caravan Park • St Asaph

✓ Bar and restaurant ✓ Guest accommodation ✓ Gym & sauna ✓ Tennis court

✓ Heated indoor pool ✓ Country Club ✓ Gym ✓ Bar and restaurant

✓ Wifi internet ✓ Adventure play area ✓ Children’s play room ✓ Launderette

Brand new Holiday Homes From


✓ Adventure play area ✓ Laundrette ✓ Wifi internet ✓ Live entertainment

Brand new Luxury Lodges From


Lyons Mounds Holiday Home Park • Talacre

Lyons Pendyffryn Hall Caravan Park • Conwy

✓ Library ✓ Award winning beach ✓ Picnic area ✓ Adventure play area

✓ Country Club ✓ Bar & lounge ✓ Family room ✓ Snooker lounge

✓ Wifi internet ✓ Free shuttle bus to use facilities at Lyons Robin Hood

Pre - loved Holiday Homes From


✓ Adventure play area ✓ Kids zone ✓ Wifi internet ✓ Launderette

Pre - loved Holiday Lodges From


Call our team today: 03333 700 700 • www.lyonsholidayparks.co.uk * Selected plots, parks and models only. Terms and conditions apply.

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WOOD BURNING STOVES, GAS FIRES & FIREPLACES We’re renowned in North Wales as the place to go for woodburning stoves. Established over 60 years ago and with the most experienced team in the area you’re sure to get all the advice you need. With over 150 stoves and fireplaces to browse in our showroom, many exclusive to the area, you won’t find a larger selection locally.





Quality, hand painted kitchens in any colour you choose. Made in the UK and computer designed in store to suit your lifestyle.

All the best names in range cooking under one roof, including AGA, Rayburn, Everhot, Esse, Lacanche, Britannia, Rangemaster & Smeg.

If it’s a power shower to wake you up in the morning or a haven for relaxed bathing, we’ve got the perfect new bathroom just for you.

We’ve got plenty of inspiration for outdoor living, from barbecues and firepits, to paving, decking, artificial grass and garden furniture.


01745 582254

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