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an you believe it’s autumn already? At least this year we can honestly say we had a sunny summer, so we don’t have much to complain about as the leaves start to fall. In fact, autumn is a lovely time of year in which to make the most of the area. We’re lucky to be WOODLAND W H AT ’ S O N GUIDE surrounded by gorgeous countryside, hills, valleys and coastlines; in this issue we’ve focused on our wonderful woodlands, with a look at where to find WIN the best ones and what you can discover within. Show tickets, annual passes and a night of indulgent PERFECT luxury…Turn to page 145 Autumn is also a great time of year for food festivals. We’ve given in to our hearty appetites and WEST KIRBY For sun, sand, sailing and seaside living compiled an in-depth guide to the area’s food. Who MOLD The market town at can blame us, when we have quality producers all the gateway to Wales around, from award-winning estates and butchers We talk to the stars of the Calendar Girls stage show to niche distilleries and icons of the ice-cream world. We also round up the best of the food Go down to the woods today… festivals taking place over the coming months. This issue, we’ve been lucky enough to chat to household names Fern Britton and Ruth Madoc, who are baring all on stage at Llandudno’s Venue Cymru next month. We’ve also got all our regulars, including news on local writers and artists, charities and schools. Make sure you check out our education section as you get ready for the new academic year and, as always, don’t forget to keep our What’s On guide handy while planning your days out. It features all the shows and events taking place over October half-term, as well as spooky specials for Halloween and everything else you could possible want to see or do across the Shire patch. Enjoy! Best wishes from all the team. SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018








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Contents S E P TE M B E R & O C TO B E R 2 01 8 6 What’s On Our 31-page events sections covers North and Mid Wales, Cheshire, including the Wirral, Shropshire and into Herefordshire. Check out what’s happening and when, including half-term and Halloween events PAG E 6 4

56 Big City A round-up of the main events happening further afield

Discover the secrets of our ancient woodlands

57 Celebrity We speak to TV legends Fearne Britton and Ruth Madoc before their appearance in Calendar Girls: The Musical in Llandudno

PAG E 9 2 PAG E 1 2 4 Brighten your autumn wardrobe with pops of block colour

58 Reviews The Shire team has been busy reviewing and reporting from local shows and events 62 Twenty Questions We turn the spotlight on stage star Elena Valentine 63 Days Out Read the tales behind the legend of King Arthur in Wrexham 64 If You Go Into The Woods… As autumn transforms our woodlands into seas of red and orange, we take a closer look at the wonderful walks that surround us

Top local days out guaranteed to get your heart racing

WIN! WIN! WIN! We’ve got EIGHT great competitions for you to enter this issue. See pages 144 & 145

PAG E 1 0 9 Be inspired by a visit to a local Open Garden near you

71 West Kirby We pop to the Wirral and find a town that offers residents sand, sea and sailing opportunities 72 Food Glorious Food Shire celebrates the brilliant farmers, growers and producers on our patch 78 Food & Drink Regular favourites, tempting treats and a tasty recipe from top chef Graham Tinsley 81 Get Active Make the most of our great outdoors with a cycling holiday or walk for charity 82 Day Trip We visit the National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port

PAG E 1 1 9 Take a look at the best wedding venues in the area, plus fashion tips for mothers of the bride

PAG E 5 7 We talk to Fern Britton about her role in Calendar Girls: The Musical

PAG E 7 8 Make the most of mussels with our fantastic recipe

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84 Mold We focus on the foodie town in North Wales famed for its markets and festival 87 Holidays Plan a last-minute getaway or think ahead to next year 92 Theme Parks Seeking thrills for all the family this autumn? Check out these local attractions 95 Hotel Review Shire books in to Rossett Hall Hotel to check out its refurbished brasserie

97 Homes & Interiors Top interiors, the best choices of flooring, plus colourful accessories to brighten your home for the coming winter 104 Arts & Crafts We speak to an artist inspired by the region’s coastlines, and give you a rundown of exhibitions and events 109 Plants & Gardens It’s not too late to visit some glorious gardens, or get your own in shape before winter with our expert tips 115 Pets & Wildlife We take a close look at the work at RSPB Lake Vyrnwy, plus good news for birds and photos of our readers’ four-legged friends 119 Where To Say I Do Whether you’re getting married or helping someone celebrate their big day, we’ve got advice on everything from where to tie the knot to what to wear 122 Fashion Embrace the colourful shades of autumn with these high-street finds for men and women 126 Health & Beauty Top advice, practical tips and great products from our experts 128 Back To School Whether your child is just starting school or heading off to university, follow these tips for a smooth transition 129 Personal Finance What pension freedoms could mean for you and your family 131 Top Of The Class All the latest news from the area’s schools and colleges 138 Books & Poetry A close look at three new releases by Welsh authors, book recommendations and a listing of local literary events, plus readers share their poetry 140 Charities & Volunteering Be inspired to make a difference with the latest sector news 142 What’s In Your Stars? Check out what’s coming your way with our horoscope forecast by Gloria Mans 143 Letters To The Editor We hand over to our readers to discover what they thought of our last issue, plus invitations to even more local events 144 Competitions You chance to win some brilliant prizes, including a night of luxury at Palé Hall Hotel, three events at the Welshpool 1940s Weekend, tickets to Shropshire Oktoberfest and much more

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Llandudno’s annual arts festival promises to be out of this world

1st September, SciFi Wales, Venue Cymru, Llandudno Celebrity guests, talks, Q&A sessions, traders, prop displays, cosplay, competitions, photo opportunities, autograph room and much more. Opens 9.30am. Tickets from £10.

•1st-30th September, Shiftwork, Ty Pawb, Wrexham

Four artists who tease out a number of aesthetic and political issues concerning Gypsy, Roma and Traveller lives through cultural representation.

2nd September, Snowdon Sunrise, Llanberis Join the Wales Air Ambulance team for a trek to the summit of Snowdon in the moonlight. Leaves Llanberis at 2am. Bring a head torch. £50 per person.

4th September, Boeing Boeing, Criccieth Memorial Hall 1960s French farce adapted for an English-speaking stage. Self-styled Parisian lothario Bernard has three fiancees, each one a beautiful airline hostess: American Gloria, German Gretchen and Italian Gabriella. Unexpected schedule changes bring all three to Paris and Bernard’s apartment at the same time. 7.30pm. Tickets £8.

4th September-18th October, concert season, St John’s Methodist Church, Llandudno A series of concerts featuring male voice choirs from North Wales and further afield, singing in a mixture of Welsh and English. Concerts take place most Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the season, starting at 8pm. Tickets £7. For information, call 01492 860439.

entrancing concert reminiscent of a peel of bells, LLAWN06, 14th-16th September delivered by loudspeakers in eight metal towers. Art exhibitions, street performances and creative A sea monster will also take to the coastline, hubs bring colour and fun to Llandudno during to deliver a clean-seas message and returning LLAWN (Welsh for ‘full’), Mostyn art gallery’s unwanted plastic waste to the land. A giant whale free multi-arts event. will further link the seaside with the town. At Museum Of The Moon at St John’s Church Mostyn, an exhibition of paintings, sculptures, is set to be one of the festival’s showstoppers. drawings and photographs – She Sees The Shadows – The installation features imagery of the moon’s will feature more than 40 contemporary artists surface accompanied by music – a heavenly re-examining familiar objects and materials combination. And it isn’t only the moon in unexpected ways. The gallery also that will be captivating. Visitors to DID YOU hosts artist Chris Lewis-Jones of LLAWN06 can also take a trip back KNOW? Nu-Urban Gardeners, with participants in time to witness the arrival of Llandudno’s Queen Boudicca, riding a Roman Grade II pier is the helping to create a piece of artwork. CALL (Culture Action Llandudno) chariot built around a mobility longest in Wales will welcome visitors to explore the scooter. She will bring comedy and at 2,295ft town’s ‘lost spaces’, and there will also music as she encourages others to join be outdoor cinema and music from Old her on a tour of Llandudno. Colwyn’s Tape Community Music & Film and Award-winning sound artist Ray Lee brings the transformation of beach huts to include art his monumental outdoor interactive sound installations will form part of the activities. sculpture to Holy Trinity Church, creating an

Prepare to be scared on the Bala Lake Railway Most of the year, Bala Lake Railway offers a delightful nine-mile journey through Snowdonia National Park. But on 27th and 31st October, you may find the trip more hellish than heavenly. Dare you ride the ghostly train to the witches coven? Will your train make it through to the end of the line or will one of the ghosts force it to turn back? There’s only one way to find out – get on board for an evening of ghoulish fun. This event is suitable for the whole family. Halloween trains depart from Llanuwchllyn at 5.15pm and 6.30pm – it’s not possible to board these trains at any other station. Tickets £11 adult return, £26 family. www.bala-lake-railway.co.uk

Be inspired at Plas Newydd Whether you’re an experienced artist or a beginner, you can’t fail to be inspired by the picturesque views on offer at Plas Newydd House & Garden, Anglesey. On 6th, 7th, 13th and 14th October, you can join special guest artists for an Autumn Art workshop at the National Trust house in Llanfairpwll and let the autumn colours and views of Snowdonia inspire you to create works of art. Under the guidance of a local artist, you will be encouraged to let your imagination run free. All the art materials you’ll need are supplied – just bring your artistic flair! 11am-3.30pm. Booking not necessary. The event is free but admission charges apply. www.national trust.org.uk

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Medieval feast at Beaumaris Castle

Taste the treats of the Middle Ages at Beaumaris Castle, Anglesey, from 1st to 2nd September. As part of Beaumaris Food Festival, you can see how medieval food was prepared and what lords and knights ate. With classic proportions and symmetry, Beaumaris Castle is worth a visit at any time. Constructed according to an ingenious ‘walls-within-walls’ plan, it was state-of-the-art castle building in the 13th century. 10am-4pm. Entry £6.90 adults, £20 family. www.cadw.gov.wales

Celebrate Welsh talent at Galeri Caernarfon Cofio Traed Wadin, 7th September A night of music and reminiscence to celebrate 40 years since the release of the country and western band’s first record. 7.30pm. Tickets £12. Aberration, 14th September An evening of music, drag, spectacle and spoken word with Maggi Noggi, Mêr Gan, Archibald Tactful, Sarah McCreadie and more. Suitable for 16 years and over. 7.30pm. Tickets £10. Stifyn Parri: Cau Dy Geg!, 28th September An honest and outrageous account of the

Gear up for Wales Rally GB The 11th round of the 2018 World Rally Championship, Wales Rally GB, takes place from 4th to 7th October, with each day divided into a number of special stages, when drivers race against the clock. For the rest of the event, they have to follow a schedule on public roads to get them to the next check point on time. The event, which is organised and promoted by International Motor Sports Ltd, is based

out of a central service park in Deeside, with competitive stages taking place throughout North and Mid Wales. Tickets are available for Conwy Tir Prince and Llandudno Grandstand, priced from £15 for a day ticket. For information and tickets, visit www.walesrallygb.com.

Eats and treats at Beaumaris Food Festival Set between Beaumaris Castle and the beautiful Anglesey coast, Beaumaris Food Festival, from 1st to 2nd September, is a great

day out for families and foodies. It promises great local, national and international producers, and a wide range of crafts, artisan goods and amazing street food. There will also be live music, children’s entertainment and chef demonstrations. Entry £5 adults (£7 for both days), children free. www. beaumarisfoodfestival.co.uk

Beethoven, Brahms and Schumann. 3pm. Tickets £20.

untold story of a larger-than-life TV and showbiz personality who has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry. Suitable for 12 years and over. 7.30pm. Tickets £12. Llyr Williams, 29th September Galeri’s pianist-in-residence performs a special concert featuring compositions by

Nye & Jennie, 26th October The story of a partnership that became one of the outstanding political marriages of the 20th century. 7.30pm. Tickets £12. Ralph McTell, 30th October A gifted songwriter known for his virtuoso guitar style, Ralph McTell is one of the great storytellers. He is celebrating more than 50 years on the road and here makes his Galeri debut. 7.30pm. Tickets £20. www.galericaernarfon.com

Open sesame! Discover the hidden treasures of Wales for free as part of Cadw’s Open Doors initiative. Sir Henry Jones Museum, Llangernyw, 1st September Uncover the story of the 19thcentury educational reformer and visit his home. 2pm-5pm. Penrhyn Castle, Bangor, 8th September A 19th-century fantasy castle with spectacular surroundings. See the unique architecture, opulent interiors and fine art. 10.30am-5pm. St Grwst’s Church, Llanrwst, 15th September The first church was erected around 1170, and the current building has been in existence since 1470. The building’s grade I listing reflects the exceptional

interest of the medieval fabric here. 10am-4pm. Yr Ysgwrn, Llan Ffestiniog, 30th September Discover the epic story of poet Hedd Wyn, his home, the area’s heritage and the spectacular landscape that inspired him. Entry is by guided tour only, on the hour from 11am to 4pm. Booking essential. Call 01766 772508 or email yr.ysgwrn@eryri.llyw. cymru. www.cadw.gov.wales

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Get into the spirit of beer and fear at Llangollen Railway

Oktoberfest, 15th September A live oompah band, German beers, lagers, wines and food on Llangollen station. Not suitable for under-18s and no travel included. 6.30pm-11pm. Tickets £5. Real Ale Train, 6th October Step onboard and enjoy the atmosphere while enjoying real ales. The double return journey boards at 6.30pm to arrive back approximately 9.30pm. Tickets £18 in advance (includes free pint glass), £20 on the evening. Beers £3 per pint. Wines and soft drinks also available Autumn Steam Gala, 12th-14th October A festival of steam featuring an intensive timetable, visiting locomotives and special attractions along the line. Starts 9.30am. Tickets from £23.

Day Out With Thomas, 25th October A fun event offering children and their families the opportunity to take a ride with Thomas The Tank Engine. Meet the Fat Controller, enjoy trips on Thomas up and down Llangollen station, ride in Rickety and Clarabelle, and take Daisy the heritage railcar to Carrog for a puppet show. Opens 10am. Tickets £19 adults, £11.50 children. Family tickets also available. Halloween Train, 28th October Join Llangollen Railway for Halloween – if you dare. Enjoy spooky storytelling as you travel through the dark and creepy Dee Valley. Not suitable for under-threes. Departs 6.30pm. Tickets £19 adults, £12 children. www.llangollen-railway.co.uk

Indulge yourself in a feast in Conwy

Gwledd Conwy Feast 2018, from 26th to 28th October, has a menu to satisfy all tastes. Enjoy delicious street food on the quay and local beers and wines in the Feast Bar. There are also kitchen demonstrations, the chance to sample dishes and enjoy wine tastings, while more than 150 producers showcase the best Welsh foods in the River Food Hall marquee. www.conwyfeast.co.uk

Tree-mendous facts at Chirk Castle

On stage at Pontio Now Or Never by Circa Tsuica, 13th15th September, Friars Field, Coleg Menai Watch a vibrant band of international acrobats and musicians fly, fling and swing across their beautiful big top on trapeze, cyr wheels, trick bicycles, trampolines and seesaws to the thundering sound of brass. 6.30pm. Tickets £15. Rhondda Rips It Up!, 16th October This thigh-slapping romp through the world of suffrage and song from the Welsh National Orchestra is told through the lens of music-hall and fittingly sports an all-female cast and creative team. 7.30pm. Tickets £18. Rich Hall’s Hoedown, 18th October Hall’s precision dismantling of the relationship between the UK and the US is as freewheeling and accurate as ever. Hoedown begins as a withering dissection of Trump’s America, but ends up being a celebration of Americana. Expect stand-up, improvised ballads and cracking musicianship. 8pm. Tickets £17. www.pontio.co.uk

Join Chorus for Proms In The Park One of Wales’s most loved music and family events - BBC Wales’s Proms In The Park – returns to Stadiwm Zipworld, Colwyn Bay on 8th September as part of Proms 2018. The BBC National Orchestra and Chorus Of Wales will be performing an array of popular music, along with classical pieces and traditional Welsh songs, and will be joined on stage by special guests. Proms In The Park is part of the culmination of the BBC Proms, as the Last Night celebrations spill out from London’s Royal Albert Hall and thousands of people come together at venues DID YOU across the UK to be KNOW? part of the magic. The Proms have For tickets call 01492 872000 or visit www. never missed a year, venuecymru.co.uk/ not even during bbc-proms-park. wartime

Join Chirk Castle’s head ranger for an Autumn Veteran Tree Walk on 22nd September between 1pm and 4pm. The Chirk estate in Wrexham is rich in biodiversity and was recognised as a Site of Special Scientific Interest in 2011. There are more than 650 veteran trees on the estate, many dating back to the 18th century The walk is free but booking is required. Call 0844 249 1895 or visit www.nationaltrust. org.uk for more information.

Go ghosthunting at Llanberis Lake Join in the ghostly goings-on at Llanberis Lake Railway from 28th to 31st October. Trains run at 11am, 12.15pm, 1.30pm and 2.45pm, alongside the normal service trains. Tickets £9 adults, £4.50 children. www.lakerailway.co.uk

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Foel Farm Park near Brynsiencyn on Anglesey offers a great family visit to experience the sights, sounds and smells of a real working farm. We invite all visitors to meet and feed the animals. Foel Farm is situated in a beautiful beachside location on Anglesey in North Wales with stunning views of Caernarfon Castle, the Menai Straits and Snowdonia. There are tractor & trailer and quad bike and mini-trailer rides, pony rides, chances to feed and meet the farm animals, and a lot more! There is also a Café & Bar, Gift Shop and even a Chocolate Workshop where you can see chocolates being made – something for everyone.

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Laughs, lipstick and leotards at Rhyl Pavilion


5th & 19th September Open Garden for NGS, Aberclwyd Manor Your chance to visit this four-acre garden overlooking the Upper Clwyd Valley and enjoy its Italianate garden and mass of cyclamen. Cream teas available. 11am-4pm. Entry £3.50, children free.

and tumbling in a dynamic Lipstick On Your Collar, 6th spectacular. 7.30pm. Tickets September Put on your dancing £26 adults, £13 children. shoes – this show is packed with over 40 hits from Joe Pasquale, 27th the 1950s and 1960s DID YOU September Pasquae’s from the likes of 30th anniversary Connie Francis, KNOW? tour, A Few Of My Brenda Lee, Connie Francis Buddy Holly, The won TV’s Startime Favourite Things, is a celebration Beatles and many Talent Scouts of his best bits, more. Performed aged 12 plus some surprises. by a full live band. 7.30pm. Tickets £21. 7.30pm. Tickets £22. The World Famous Shaolin Warriors, 21st September Direct from China, the legendary Shaolin Warriors return, punching, kicking

Roy ‘Chubby’ Brown, 4th October Chubby doesn’t hold back from sharing his outlandish views, sailing so close to the mark even the most seasoned

Go for family Halloween fun this October at ScreamAcres Head to GreenAcres Animal Park in Deeside this October for a fun family Halloween experience for all the family. ‘ScreamAcres’ has been growing year on year, and this year it is going to be aimed at families rather than just the over 14s, so children

of all ages can join in the fun. ScreamAcres aims to give its customers a continual experience with a queueonce policy. Under-16s must be accompanied by an adult. For more information including prices and times, visit www.screamacres.co.uk.

fans will be left gob-smacked! Over-18s. 7.30pm. Tickets £21. Swan Lake, 11th October After last year’s sold-out performances of The Nutcracker, the Russian National Ballet is back with the most famous ballet of all time. 7.30pm. Tickets £21.50. 10cc, 25th October 10cc are one of the very few acts to have achieved commercial, critical and creative success in equal measure, selling more than 30 million albums . The band’s longevity is testament to their timeless songs. 7.30pm. Tickets £36. www.rhylpavilion.co.uk

Erddig’s apple harvest 6 to 28 October, 10am to 5pm It’s apple harvest time at Erddig! Enjoy a feast for the senses this October with apple talks and trails, cider press demonstrations and a variety of music and entertainment throughout the month. Normal admission applies (free to NT members). Wheelchair and buggy friendly. To find out more, go to www. nationaltrust.org.ouk

6th September, Remember When, Llandudno Town Hall A fabulous fun show full of singalong favourites from the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s and musical theatre. All proceeds to Happy Faces Children’s Charity. 7.15pm Tickets £7.50 adults, £6 children. Call 07968 957177.

8th September14th October, Destination Space, Techniquest Glyndwr Spacethemed event offering fun, facts and expert advice. Weekends only. 11am-4.30pm. Tickets £5.70 adults, £4.90 children.

8th September, Mold Record & CD Fair, Daniel Owen Community Centre, Mold Featuring 23 stalls of rare and collectable music, DVDs and memorabilia. 10am-4pm. Entry 50p. Call 07904 688739.

8th September, Caernarfon Real Ale Trail Award-winning one-day event visiting seven real ale pubs and a microbrewery. Buses every 30 minutes from each pub – hop on and off between 11am and 11pm. Tickets £15 in advance, £18 on the day.

8th September, Ffrith Duck •Race & Fun Day, Playing Fields, High Street, Ffrith, Wrexham Duck races, decorated ducks, bar, barbecue, stalls, bouncy castle, live music and the Royal Buckley Town Band. Great fun for all the family, with prizes available in the main race. From noon. Entry £2.

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9th September, Hector’s Greyhound Rescue Teddy Bears Picnic, Promenade, Llanfairfechan Come and meet Teddy, one of Hector’s rescued greyhounds. Teddy will be enjoying a picnic with his friends Jojo, Percy and Ruby, along with their human companions. Bring a blanket and a picnic and gather on the grass near the pond. 1pm-3pm. Call 07599 406198.

•9th September, Llandudno 5k Colour Run, West Shore

Beach Be prepared to look like a rainbow when you celebrate healthiness, happiness, friendship and having the time of your life. Hundreds of colour runners start the day in a white T-shirt, getting covered from head to toe in colours at each kilometre. 1pm. Entry £15 adults, £10 children. Call 07769 958671.

12th September, walk with the head gardener, Bodnant Garden, Conwy Find out about head gardener John’s plans for the garden. 10am-noon. Guided walk £15, lunch £10. Booking essential. Call 01492 650460.

12th & 26th September, Red Squirrel Walk, Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens, Anglesey Find out about some of Plas Cadnant’s most charming residents with red squirrel ranger Holly. 2pm-4pm. No extra charge (donations to Friends Of The Anglesey Red Squirrels welcome).

13th September, Conwy Honey Fair Join in the buzz around this 700-year-old fair, with honey stalls, plant crafts, home produce and a farmers’ market. 9am-4pm.

Duet For One, 3rd-8th September A brilliant violinist is struck by an unforeseen tragedy and consults a psychiatrist as she faces a future without music. A gripping, poignantly funny and ultimately life-enhancing tribute to the human spirit. 7.30pm, matinee 2.30pm. Tickets from £10. Gin & Prosecco Festival, 8th September The finest selection of gins, sparkling wines and prosecco, complemented by cocktail masterclasses. Featuring live music. 2pm-6pm. Tickets £10. Iolo Williams: A Career In Conservation, 8th October Iolo Williams has been a familiar face on our TV screens for nearly 20 years and before that spent 15 years working for the Royal Society For The Protection Of Birds in Wales. Here he recounts tales from his childhood and career. 7.30pm. Tickets £20. My Mother Said I Never Should, 16th-20th October A bittersweet story about love, jealousy and the price of freedom, following four

Festival fun at Portmeirion Portmeirion is home to Festival Number 6, a multi-award-winning music, arts and culture festival, from 6th to 9th September that is a celebration of the location, arts and culture, music, food and drink. With a line-up including Franz Ferdinand, Friendly Fires, Jessie Ware, Everything Everything and The Charlatans, this year is set to be the best yet. The main stage is a Mediterranean-inspired, grade II fantasy village, surrounded by estuary, mountains and woodlands. During the festival, the village and surrounding woodlands come alive as a unique series of surreal and inspiring venues. Tickets from £180. VIP and camping tickets also available. www. portmeirion-village.com

women through the social changes of the 20th century. 7.30pm and 2.30pm. Tickets from £10. Chit Chat Chalk Show, 31st October Kiko is struggling DID YOU to understand how she KNOW? feels about the strange A gimlet – gin new world she lives in. and lime – was Can you help her? An first made to interactive show for threeto eight-year-olds. It can avoid scurvy get a little chalky, so wear suitable clothing. 11am and 2.30pm. Tickets £10 adults, £8 children. Port Sunlight Sea Dogs, 5th October Come and join the Sea Dogs on their return. Steeped in Merseyside’s proud musical traditions, stirred up in a panful of Scouse humour, the band will have you on your feet with your hips moving in no time! 7.30pm. Tickets from £7. www.theatrclwyd.com

Full steam ahead at Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways Super Power Weekend, 14th-16th September Celebrate the 21st anniversary of the commencement of services between Caernarfon and Dinas with extra trains and a display of models. Tickets £39.80 adults, £19.90 children. Victorian Weekend, 5th-7th October Dress up or just soak up the nostalgia. Three-day adult ticket £52, single day £25. Halloween Trains, 25th, 26th, 27th & 31st October Four evenings of fiendish family frolics. For train times and ticket prices, call 01766 516024 or visit www.festrail.co.uk.

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Ruby Turner, 29th John Owen-Jones, September Soul 4th October West DID YOU singer Ruby End and Broadway KNOW? Turner has star Owen-Jones, Ruby Turner is released 17 also an actor and who has played the albums and Phantom more than starred in Love any other West End appeared on Actually actor and was the releases by the likes of Brian Ferry, youngest actor to play Jean Valjean in UB40 and Mick Jagger. Les Misérables, is on She is also one of the main singers in Jools Holland’s R&B tour to promote his new album, Spotlight, orchestra, and features on many which features his take of his albums. Don’t miss her on musicals and more. return to Theatr Colwyn this 7.30pm. Tickets £26. autumn. 7.30pm. Tickets £23.

Culinary delights at Mold Food Festival Author and Celebrity Masterchef winner Lisa Faulkner headlines in the Cookery Theatre at this year’s Mold Food & Drink Festival, which takes place from 15th to 16th September. Held on Mold’s New Street car park, the festival is the perfect recipe of exhibitors, activities, music, and cookery demonstrations. There will be outstanding produce, a sprinkling of new faces and a welcome return for some firm favourites, including the ever-popular children’s cookery school. For more details, visit www. moldfoodfestival.co.uk.

The Houghton Weavers, 13th October With their unique blend of popular folk music, humour and audience participation, the Houghton Weavers guarantee a wonderful evening of entertainment that is suitable for all the family. Their style and professionalism ensure that, as their motto says, they always ‘keep folk smiling’. 7.30pm. Tickets £16. For more events and tickets, visit www. theatrcolwyn.co.uk.

Photography fun at Erddig The Erddig Beginner Photography Group, Sunday 7th October Join volunteer photographers to get the most out of your digital hobby and be in with the chance of winning a special photography competition. The monthly digital photography group offers a relaxing one-hour walk around Erddig’s grade 1 listed garden with as much or as little guidance as you wish to improve your images. Afterwards meet in the Hayloft restaurant to discuss the images you have taken. Following the final walk, a winning image will be picked from one of the six sessions. The prize is a year’s free National Trust membership

for one. Full details of the competition and how to enter will be given at each session. Booking essential. Free event (normal admission applies). To find out more, go to www.nationaltrust.org.uk

13th-15th September, Crying Out Loud present Now Or Never by Circa Tsuica!, Friars Field, Bangor A vibrant band of international acrobats and musicians invite you to share in their circus spectacle, Now Or Never. Join in the feast as trapeze artists, trick cyclists, acrobats and musicians mingle, make and share pancakes before launching into an exhilarating fanfare of music and circus. Crazy, colourful and chaotic. 6.30pm. Tickets £12-£15.

15th September, Baby & Children’s Market, Glyndwr University, Wrexham Excellent quality nearly new baby and children’s items from birth to eight years, including clothing, toys, books, nursery furniture, car seats, pushchairs and much more. Pushchair and buggy friendly. Plenty of free parking. 10am-11.30am. Entry £1, children free.

16th September, Helfa Gelf Open Studio Event: display and sale of artwork by Rachel Harris, The LookOut, RSPB Conwy Meet Rachel Harris – who creates visual expressions of her poetry using flotsam and jetsam washed up on beaches – and see her artwork. 10am-4pm.

16th September, Celebrating Owain Glyndwr, Rhuddlan Castle Join the castle storyteller as he brings to life the legend of Owain Glyndwr through story, music and song. 11am-4pm. £4.

21st-23rd September, Make a Difference Weekend, Craflwyn Estate, Beddgelert Fun-packed weekend of diverse volunteering tasks across Snowdonia, with optional overnight camping, barbecue and live folk music on the Craflwyn estate.

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G4, 9th September Having won the public’s hearts on the first series of The X Factor, G4 continue to blow people away with their unique style. You have to hear them live to truly appreciate the power of their voices. 7.30pm. Tickets from £27.50.

DID YOU Dreamboys featuring Jake KNOW? Quickenden, 22nd September The 3.5 million people Dreamboys are back and hotter than applied for tickets ever with a new show including Jake Quickenden from hit TV shows The to Abba’s 1977 X Factor, I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out UK tour

Jane McDonald, 19th September One of the nation’s most loved entertainers celebrates 20 years since appearing on The Cruise with an anniversary tour. 7.30pm. Tickets from £29.50. Thank Abba For The Music, 21st September Journey back in time to when Abba dominated the charts and ruled the airwaves with a two-hour theatre spectacular that captures the magic and excitement of one of pop history’s most successful and entertaining bands. 7.30pm. Tickets from £24.

Silver voices at Neuadd Dwyfor The annual Capel Llwyndyris concert is at Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli on 29th September at 7.30pm. Taking part are the award-winning Oakeley Silver Band, who have been impressing audiences for more than 150 years. They will be joined by Wil Tân – a popular singer and firefighter from Anglesey, whose tracks are played regularly on Radio Cymru and is a familiar face on Welsh TV channel S4C. Also joining the chorus are Genod Enlli and others yet to be announced. Tickets are available from the box office for £10. For further details and booking information, visit www. neuadddwyfor.com.

Of Here! and Dancing On Ice. Over18s only. 7.30pm. Tickets from £21.50.

Cor Meibion Maelgwn Male Voice Choir, 23rd September An evening with the award-winning choir, alongside international opera singer Wynne Evans and TV star and singer-songwriter Elin Fflur. 7.30pm. Tickets from £18. Welsh National Opera: La Cenerentola, 18th October Gioachino Rossini’s delightful retelling of Cinderella, with a few twists along the way. 7.15pm. Tickets from £16.50. www.venuecymru.co.uk

Let Ruthin Gaol capture your imagination this Halloween Discover spooky goings-on at Ruthin Gaol from 27th October to 2nd November, where there is Halloween fun from 10.30am to 4pm. Wear your scariest outfit and enjoy fun arts, crafts and activities for all the family. Ruthin Gaol is the only purpose-built Pentonvillestyle prison open to the public as a heritage attraction. Visitors can explore its nooks and crannies and learn about life in the Victorian prison system: what the prisoners ate, how they worked and the punishments they suffered. Explore the cells including the punishment, ‘dark’ and condemned cells. Find out about the Welsh Houdini and William Hughes, who was the last man to be hanged at the prison. There’s no need to book. Entry £5 adults, £4 children. www.denbighshire.gov.uk

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It’s Railway Museum Month from 1st to 30th September at Penrhyn Castle, near Bangor. For the whole month visitors can discover more about the industrial railway collection housed in the castle. Penrhyn Castle’s Railway Museum is dedicated to industrial locomotives, some of which were once used in the Penrhyn quarry. You can meet Charles, a saddle tank locomotive that has close connections with Penrhyn, and the Fire Queen, among the first engines to be used on the Padarn Railway. Find out more about their working lives and how they found their way to the castle. Talks and tours take place daily between 10.30am and 4pm, subject to availability. Booking isn’t needed and the event is free, but normal admission charges apply. www.national trust.org.uk

It’s time for a Halloween Special at Gypsy Wood Family Fun Park, in Bontnewydd, Caernarfon, from 29th October to 4th November between 3.30pm and 7pm. Creep through the dark woods, look out for mischievous imps and ride on Woody’s haunted train if you dare. Brave visitors are advised to wrap up warm as the woods can get chilly. Tickets from £7.15, children £6.08. www.gypsywood.co.uk

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Come and enjoy a truly unique weekend, as the Ffestiniog Railway returns to its 19th Century heyday

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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. www.ruthingaol.co.uk

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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.

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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.

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21st-22nd September, Llanbedr Beer Festival, Ty Mawr Hotel Enjoy a wide range of beers and ciders from North and Mid Wales and a great lineup of entertainment. £3 before 6pm, £5 after. Price includes souvenir glass and tasting notes. All beers and ciders £3 per pint.

Danny Baker: Good Time Charlie’s Back!, 22nd September Following the success of his Cradle To Grave tour, comedian, writer and broadcaster Danny Baker embarks on another ‘farewell’ tour. 7pm. Tickets from £20. Psychic Sally: 10-Year Anniversary Tour, 28th September The UK’s favourite medium, Sally Morgan, is back with her 10-year anniversary show. Funny, entertaining,

French frolics at Stiwt Theatre

The autumn production at Stiwt Theatre is the superb comedy drama April In Paris at 7.30pm on 18th October. Bet and Al lead a quiet, humdrum life until Bet wins a romantic breaks to Paris. It’s their first experience abroad and has profound effects on the way they look at the world around them. They bicker over French cuisine, wrestle with their phrasebook and fend off would-be muggers on the Metro in this hilarious depiction of the British abroad. Starts at 7.30pm. www.stiwt.com

sometimes heart-breaking and often controversial. 7pm. Tickets from £21.

Suitable for the whole family. 7pm. Tickets from £18.

Jason Byrne: You Can Britain’s Got Magic, Come In But Don’t DID YOU 6th October Start Anything, 20th KNOW? October Byrne Experience the Psychic Sally takes you on a trip sensational magic of Christian Lee, Morgan read for of mad routines and who reached the bonkers stunts. As Princess Diana live finals of Britain’s seen on Live At The for four years Apollo and The Royal Got Talent in 2016. Variety Show. Over-14s Lee leads the way with his wacky performances and only. 7.30pm. Tickets £19.50. www.glyndwr.ac.uk tongue-in-cheek humour.

Class acts at International Music Festival North Wales International Music Festival, a series of evening concerts from 15th to 30th September, features world-class names such as Jonathan Pryce, Raphael Wallfisch, Craig Ogden, Jacqui Dankworth, Elin Manahan Thomas and the Welsh National Opera. The evening and daytime concerts are held in St Asaph Cathedral in St Asaph, Denbighshire. The festival was founded by William Mathias in

1972, with the aim of fostering the appreciation, understanding and enjoyment of classical music among as wide an audience as possible across North Wales. For details of evening and day concerts and for ticket and booking information, visit www.nwimf.com.

Kitty comes to Gwaenysgor Village Hall Following an extensive national tour in support of Kathyrn Roberts and Seth Lakeman, singer-songwriter Kitty Macfarlane takes to the stage at Gwaenysgor Village Hall on 6th October at 7pm. Tickets from £11.07. www.eventbrite.co.uk

22nd-23rd September, Anglesey Sandman Triathlon, Newborough Forest Starting and finishing in an exclusive area within the 700-hectare woods adjacent to Llanddwyn Beach, this event offers a challenge for everyone regardless of fitness and experience. Comprises two distances: Full Sandman and Sandman Sprint. You can also compete as a relay team. Call 01248 723553.

29th September, Ocean Film Festival, Venue Cymru, Llandudno A collection of short films celebrating divers, paddlers, surfers and oceanographers who live for the sea’s salt spray. 7.30pm. £15.

20th October, War & Peace, Welsh National Opera, Venue Cymru, Llandudno David Pountney’s production of Prokofiev’s opera promises to be as epic in scale as Leo Tolstoy’s novel. 6.30pm. Tickets from £16.50.

20th-27th October, World Shore Angling Championships, Conwy The world’s top shore anglers compete in the 35th World Championships for men and the 26th World Championship for women.

27th October, Halloween on Welsh Highland Heritage Railway Ghosts and spirits take over the Porthmadog railway. Muah ha ha! Tickets £8.95 adults, £4.50 children.

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World-class rally creates a buzz

1st September, Presteigne Food Market, Memorial Hall, Presteigne A varied mix of craft and local produce stalls, with artisan apple juice, free-range chicken produce, preserves, bakery, smokery produce, cheeses and olives. 9am-1pm.

1st September, Finding Your Way: Introduction To Navigation, Brecon Beacons Visitor Centre This one-day course is for anyone who has ever looked at a map and wondered where to start. With a little knowledge you can open up a whole new way of enjoying your walks, safely and competently. £35 per person.

2nd September, Planetarium Show: The Solar System, Elan Valley Visitor Centre Take a free and fascinating tour of the solar system with Martin Nelmes from the University of Aberystwyth. Martin will reveal research by planetary scientists and what it tells us about outer space. Shows at 11am, noon, 2pm and 3pm. Places are limited, so to book call 01597 810880.

4th September, Acoustica: Sonya Smith, The Hafren, Newtown Sonya’s songwriting is influenced by the traditions of blues, roots, rock and country music, and her lyrical words are driven by songwriters such as Joni Mitchell and James Taylor. Her voice has been compared to artists as diverse as Tracy Chapman and Joni Mitchell. 7.30pm. Tickets £2.

5th September, An Evening Talk With The Brecon Mountain Rescue Team, Elan Valley Hotel Hear Kevin Harding of the Brecon Mountain Rescue Team talking about the work of the specialised team, which is staffed entirely by highly trained volunteers who provide land-based search and rescue in the Brecon Beacons and the Elan Valley areas. 7.30pm.

Thousands of spectators are expected to line Wales – Myherin, Sweet Lamb, Hafren, Dyfi and the forests of Mid Wales to see two proven Gartheiniog. The forests are the best places for hardcore fans to witness the action. Newcomers, British driving talents – Elfyn Evans and Kris Meeke – in action at the Dayinsure Wales meanwhile, are advised to head to Sweet Lamb, a rally complex with amenities, a public Rally GB from 4th to 7th October. DID YOU The long-awaited rally offers 85 address system, jumps and water splashes. KNOW? The stages will be captured by a miles of top-class driving. Last year’s Last year’s new live TV stage in Dyfnant Forest, record-breaking event – which was won by Evans, who is from in the shadow of the Cambrian Wales Rally GB Dolgellau – attracted more than winner averaged Mountains. A lunchtime regroup on the streets of Newtown promises 100,000 visitors and delivered £9.4m 103km per of economic benefit to Wales. to be an exciting spectacle too. hour! ‘There aren’t many sports where The 2018 route has 23 stages and more amateurs compete alongside their heroes,’ says than 200 miles of electrifying competition Ben Taylor, managing director of Wales Rally GB. The gruelling Super Saturday schedule on 6th www.walesrallygb.com October focuses on the legendary legs of Mid

Grab your binoculars at RSPB Lake Vyrnwy Twitchers of all ages are invited to RSPB Lake Vyrnwy for three open weekends this autumn, on 1st and 2nd September, 6th and 7th October and 3rd and 4th November. You can get some valuable hands-on experience and see what you can spot with the RSPB’s own binoculars and telescopes. You should be able to hear pied flycatchers and redstarts, see dippers and goosanders, and may even spot a peregrine falcon. There are also an abundance of finches, tits and tree creepers. You can visit the RSPB visitor centre on the other side of the dam. Staff are standing by to offer help, and dogs are welcome if they are kept on a lead. www.rspb.org.uk

Theatr Brycheiniog Pip Stewart: Reflections From The Amazon, 7th September Adventurer Pip has spent the past two years getting a firsthand view of the impact of gold mining, cattle ranching and deforestation on the Amazon. Here she shares her adventures. 7.15pm. £11.50. A Child’s Christmas, Poems & Tiger Eggs by Dylan Thomas, 12th October A new ballet by Ballet Cymru, narrated by Cerys Matthews. Step into the imagination of a genius and go on a journey through snow, cats and melancholy. 7.30pm. £15. For more, visit www. brycheiniog.co.uk

Antiques aplenty at the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells Around 1,000 stallholders from across Europe will come to Mid Wales for the International Antiques Fair of Wales at the Royal Welsh Showground, Llanelwedd near Builth Wells, on 1st and 2nd September. The event takes place in two huge exhibition halls, with almost half of both halls fitted with stands and a large balcony also used to display all of the

items for sale. With eight huge drive-in undercover buildings plus marquees, you are sure to find a unique antique that catches your eye. Entry £10 Saturday, 8.30am to 10am; £5 both days from 10am.

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Little folk festival that thinks big

The Llanwddyn Folk & Acoustic Weekend takes place from 31st August to 2nd September, with performers including Chris While and Julie Matthews, Elbow Jane and the Llansilin Choir. The organisers want everyone to have a great time, which is why you can camp for the weekend near beautiful Lake Vyrnwy. The weekend starts on the Friday night with a ceilidh in the main hall. There is also a welcoming supper, included in the price of the weekend ticket. On Saturday, kick-start the day with a sing-around in the bar from 11am, with live music continuing throughout the day and into the night, alongside craft stalls and barbecues. Weekend tickets cost £36, and camping is £2 per person per night. Booking is essential. www. llanwddynevents.co.uk

Beat a path to Brecon Baroque Festival This year’s Brecon Baroque Festival, from 19th to 22nd October, is inspired by angels and archangels – from the divine and heavenly to the maverick and diabolical. VOCES8 make their festival debut, joining Rachel Podger in a programme interweaving music for violin with choral masterpieces by composers including Thomas Tallis, JS Bach, Heinrich von Biber, Nicola Matteis and Owain Park.

Oktoberfest comes to Montgomery micro brewery. Its visitor centre on the edge of Montgomery is well worth a visit too, to see how the hops are turned into ales. At the brewery, which has been featured on BBC’s Countryfile, a warm welcome is guaranteed. www.montysbrewery.co.uk Mid Wales is to host its own Oktoberfest, so you don’t have to go all the way to Germany to enjoy some fine ales. Monty’s Brewery is holding its mini festival at the Cottage in Montgomery from 5th to 6th October. The growth of Monty’s Brewery from a family-run startup to an established enterprise exporting beer all over the world, has been a fast and exciting journey for owners Pam and Russ Honeyman. With more than 16 regular, seasonal and specials brews, Monty’s has firmly established itself as Mid Wales’s premier

The Society Of Strange & Ancient Instruments, plus lutenist James Bramley, also feature in the long, chilled weekend of relaxing culture. The baroque theme will resonate throughout Brecon, with a dance workshop at Theatr Brycheiniog’s studio on Saturday from 10am and guided walks in the Brecon Beacons National Park exploring the landscape that inspired 17thcentury poet Henry Vaughan. Visitors can also gather at a pop-up café at the Muse, with live chamber music.

On the Monday from 7pm, a celebratory final concert with Handel’s Harp Concerto played on triple harp and music by Corelli, Geminiani, Handel and others will round off the entertainment at Theatr Brycheiniog. www. breconbaroquefestival.com

Take a ghost train to Devil’s Bridge… It’s going to get frightfully exciting at the Vale of Rheidol this October. New for 2018 is their Monsters Ball, a themed event on 27th October just for adults. A spooky steam train ride will take vampires, ghouls and other fiendish friends up to Devil’s Bridge with frightening encounters on the way! At the Hafod Hotel, high up in the mountain, the Monsters Ball begins where local band ‘Smokin Guns’ will be playing. Tickets are £45 including return travel to the ball, or £30 without.

Kids won’t be left out as the Halloween Train will be running again this year from 29th to 31st October. Watch out for things that go bump in the night! Train departs Aberystwyth at 6.00pm and returns at 9.30pm. A Halloween feast will be served at Devil’s Bridge station with competitions for the best dressed costume, entertainment and free goody bag for the kids. Adults £28, Children (aged 3 – 15) £13. Visit www. rheidolrailway.co.uk or call 01970 625819 for more.

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Get your fill in the Brecon Beacons

5th September, Aspects Of Ceredigion’s Maritime History In The 19th Century, National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth Privateers, smugglers and shipwrecks have all played their parts in the life of Ceredigion’s coastal communities, and this free talk by William Troughton will illuminate the roles they played, plus hidden aspects of the Ceredigion coast. 1pm. Free.

5th September, street market, Machynlleth Taking place under the gaze of Machynlleth’s Victorian clock tower, the weekly market on Maengwyn Street has a friendly, community feel and is brimming with books, funky beads, organic fruit, speciality cheeses and cottage garden plants.

6th September, The Hannah Lockerman Band, Andrew Logan Museum Of Sculpture, Berriew An evening of music, including a light supper, in the glittering art gallery. 8pm. Tickets £12.50 in advance, £15 on the door.

8th September, Heart Of Wales Lorry Rally, Barmouth Dozens of colourful, classic lorries and vintage commercial vehicles will arrive in convoy in Barmouth as part of their 240-mile run. Barmouth main car park, from 1pm.

Brecon Beacons Food Festival on 6th October includes local food and drink and demonstrations from S4C TV chef Nerys Howells and Colin Gray, captain of the Welsh Olympic Chefs Team. More than 50 amazing local producers will be at Brecon Market Hall on Brecon’s High Street. Browse their wares, taste their delights and learn how they produce DID YOU each product. There will also be KNOW? live music, information stands 2018 marks the and activities for children. For 20th year of the more information, visit www. Brecon Beacons breconbeaconsfoodfestival.co.uk

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Lace up your boots for Barmouth Walking Festival

Around 200 walking enthusiasts are expected to head to the hills around Barmouth from 15th to 24th September to enjoy an extensive programme of walks led by knowledgeable, local guides. With more than 30 graded walks, from half-day rambles to full-day hikes, the festival has something for ramblers of all abilities. There are also evening events where you can mingle with other walkers. barmouthwalkingfestival.co.uk

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8th September, Builth Male Voice Choir Gala Concert, Pavilion Mid Wales, Llandrindod Wells This festival of music celebrates the 50th anniversary of Builth Male Voice Choir, and features guests including Mousehole Male Voice Choir from Cornwall, Shan Cothi and Martha Powell on harp. 7.30pm. Tickets £15.

Enjoy a red castle that glows at sunset The famous gardens and Italianate terraces of Powis Castle are at their best in the glorious glow of an autumnal sunset, when the vibrant scarlets and golds of the gardens frame the beautiful red stone of the castle. As you stroll along the attractive terraces and through the woodland, you can admire the rich colour of the sedums, asters and deep-blue aconites, flowering against the vibrant yellow and orange of the acers. You can also wander along the Italianate terraces blasted from the solid rock and marvel at the spectacular yew hedges being cut in early September. Dan Bull spends 10 weeks a year on a cherrypicker trying to tame these 55ft-high hedges! For more information, including opening times, visit nationaltrust.org.uk.

The National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth is offering a rare opportunity to see treasures from one of the finest private collections ever formed in Wales. The manuscripts from Mostyn Hall, Flintshire, include the Chronicle Of Elis Gruffudd, listed as an item of international importance by Unesco, and the work of naturalist Thomas Pennant. The Mostyn Manuscripts: A Centennial Celebration runs until 8th December at Hengwrt. Visit www.library.wales for more information.

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REMEMBERING MORFYDD In a change to its format, this year’s Gregynog Festival features a series of collaborations led by artistic director Dr Rhian Davies to commemorate the centenary of the death of the Welsh composer, singer and pianist Morfydd Owen. Commemorations began on 20th July when the BBC National Orchestra of Wales

played Owen’s Nocturne at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the Proms. Owen was also an ethnomusicologist, transcribing and arranging Welsh folk songs. The Welsh Folk-Song Society invited Rhian to give the Amy Parry-Williams Memorial Lecture at the National Eisteddfod about this lesser-

Funghi, rambles and dams in Rhayader Fungi Fascination, 13th October Join a short walk to take a closer look at the fascinating world of fungi with Ray Woods. There are 12,500 types of fungi in Britain and autumn is the best season to spot them. Elan Valley, which was flooded a century ago to provide safe drinking water for Birmingham, has a wealth of different habitats where fungi thrive. The valley is also home to some of our rarest wildlife, from red kites to otters. 2pm-5pm. Meet at the Elan Valley Visitor Centre. Entry is free (car park charges apply). Powys Ramblers Walk, 29th October Peter Loughran leads a 7.5-mile moderate, circular walk around Carn Gafallt and Coed y Mynach. The walk starts at the Elan Valley Visitor Centre at 10am.

Wear suitable footwear and clothing and bring a packed lunch. Free entry.

Dam Open Day, 1st November Join the Elan Valley Rangers to get an exclusive bird’s-eye view of the valley. Venture into Pen y Garreg Dam and up to the central tower, where you can see the dam wall and learn about the feat of engineering that made Elan Valley possible. Meet at Penbont car park and walk through the woodland to the dam entrance. 1pm-4pm. Minimum entry £1 for adults and children. All proceeds go to the charity WaterAid.

DID YOU KNOW? Morfydd Owen produced 180 compositions in her life

known aspect of Morfydd’s work, illustrated by leading folk singers Siân James and Steffan Rhys Hughes. The event will be repeated in Llanbrynmair on 29th September, following a week of community concerts across Gregynog Festival’s Powys heartland by the harpist Llywelyn Ifan Jones. Full programme details are available at gregynogfestival.org.

12th September, RSC Live: The Merry Wives Of Windsor, Wyeside Arts Centre, Builth Wells Down on his luck in the suburbs, John Falstaff plans to hustle his way to a comfortable retirement by seducing the wives of two wealthy men – but things don’t go to plan. Live from Stratfordupon-Avon. 7pm. Tickets £13.50.

15th September, spinning and weaving demonstrations, Newtown Textile Museum Come along to ask local spinners and weavers all those ‘woolly’ questions, and also try out the crafts for yourself. Free.

Build your own home in a week Budding builders have the rare chance to learn how build a tiny house at Machynlleth’s Centre For Alternative Technology from 1st to 4th October. Tutor and master craftsman Carwyn Lloyd Jones will teach you how to make a bespoke small house from the ground up, including the timber frame, interior and renewable systems. You can also create functional fitted furniture, harvest rainwater and include a compost toilet with basic plumbing. Packed with hints and tips, the course will leave you feeling ready to exert your artistic flair on a tiny house of your own, whether that’s an off-grid home, garden workspace or a glamping pod for summer getaways. For more details, visit www.cat.org.uk.

15th-16th September, Teddy Bear Weekend, Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway, Llanfair Caereinion Bring your teddies, spot their friends in the woods along the railway line and meet Big Ted for treats. From 10am.

19th-30th September, Andrew Logan Museum Of Sculpture, Berriew The only museum in Europe dedicated to a living artist, this is a vibrant space in which to display a visual feast of glittering works and is well worth a visit. Noon-4pm.

Until 22nd September, A Sense Of Place, MOMA, Machynlleth Matthew Wood produced each painting in this exhibition on location and, impressively, in one sitting. This is Matthew’s response to the publication of Wales’s Best One Hundred Churches by TJ Hughes, and focuses on the Mid Wales section of the book.

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Travel back to the 1940s in Welshpool


22nd September, Sophie Willan: Branded, Wyeside Arts Centre, Builth Wells Brutally honest Sophie is a breakout star who is already popular on BBC Radio 4. Following a sellout at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe, she is now bringing her unapologetic, raucous style to Mid Wales. 7.30pm. Tickets £13.

22nd & 23rd September, Llandovery Sheep Festival, Llandovery Vikings will be invading the ancient Drover’s town, setting up camp and having battles, so batten down the hatches! There will also be plenty of sheep, wool craft, sheep-dog trials and loads of entertainment.

22nd & 23rd September, Orange Service, Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway Travel on replicas of the original 1903 Great Westernliveried bogie carriages, with goods wagons and brake van attached, and watch the shunting at each end of the trip. Featuring freight movements, heritage steam-powered road vehicles and agricultural displays. Trains depart Llanfair Caereinion at 11.10am and 2.45pm and Welshpool at 1.05pm and 4.20pm.

•29th September, behind-thescenes tour, Talyllyn Railway

Get up close and personal and take a peek behind the scenes of Talyllyn Railway in the heart of Snowdonia, including a trip behind one of the charming locomotives. Tickets £30 adults, £14 children.

29th September, An Evening With Iolo Williams, Gregynog Hall, Tregynon Come and enjoy the natural world with naturalist, writer and television presenter Iolo Williams, who has travelled to many corners of the world to monitor conservation. A luxury buffet will follow the talk, with a chance to ask questions. 7pm. Tickets £35. Booking essential.

Anyone driving through Welshpool from 28th to 30th September may be forgiven for thinking they’ve travelled back in time, as Welshpool 1940s Weekend takes place. Visitors are encouraged to attend wearing period dress for a lighthearted look at life in a small rural town in the 1940s. Imagine you’re in a small town where evacuated children are arriving from the major industrial towns of the North West, soldiers are going back to their barracks after being on leave and aircrew are heading to the airfields of Shropshire.

Head to Newtown’s Hafren Jethro: The Count Of Cornwall, 14th September Following 60 sold-out shows last year, the Count Of Cornwall returns with his unique style of comedy. Considered by many of his fans as the greatest comedy storyteller who ever lived, Jethro has 20 DVDs to his name, and there are some old favourites to be heard alongside new tales. 7.30pm. Tickets £20. Roy Orbison & The Traveling Wilburys Experience, 26th October Back to commemorate 30 years since the Wilburys first album and pay tribute to Roy Orbison, who died the same year, this show takes you on a musical journey through the story of the Wilburys, whose line-up also featured Jeff Lynne, George Harrison, Tom Petty and Bob Dylan. All the band’s hits are here, including Handle With Care, End Of The Line and Wilbury Twist. There are also solo hits from the ‘famous five’, including Mr Blue Sky, Pretty Woman and Here Comes The Sun. 7.30pm. Tickets £22.50. April In Paris, 27th October This superb comedy-drama follows Bet and Al, who lead a quiet, humdrum life in their small rural home until Bet wins a magazine’s romantic break competition. The resulting holiday to Paris has profound effects on the way the couple look at the world once they return home. 7.45pm. Tickets £12, £9 drama special. www.thehafren.co.uk

DID YOU KNOW? Around 3.5 million people were evacuated during WW2

There will be re-enactors and entertainers, vintage vehicle displays, music and dancing, as well as children’s activities, a variety show, the Blitz Ball, a tea dance and a concert featuring the RAF Cosford Band and Shawbury Military Wives Choir. General admission is free, although charges apply for the main concerts and dances. For more details, visit welshpool1940sweekend.co.uk.

Overhauled Sir Haydn returns to Talyllyn Railway Locomotive No.3 – Sir Haydn – has returned to Talyllyn Railway after a 30-month overhaul at the Vale of Rheidol Railway in Aberystwyth. Built in 1878, it was last seen on Talyllyn rails in 2015 when it made an appearance at the railway’s 150th birthday celebrations. Sir Haydn will undergo trials before being formally handed back to the railway. The overhaul has been paid for in part by a special fund that has raised more than £100,000. The locomotive should be in full service from mid-May.

Half-term Halloween fun at Borth Wild Animal Kingdom Join the keepers at Borth Wild Animal Kingdom from 21st October to 5th November for two weeks of Halloween fun! There will be colouring competitions, face painting, spooky Halloween lucky dips (not for the squeamish!), and a Halloween Hunt. Spooky Night Tours starting at 8pm are also available at £15 per person, including hot homemade soup and roll. Fancy dress is optional but all children in fancy dress will receive a Halloween treat! Go along for a fun day out.Visit www. borthzoo.co.uk

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onferences 9pm dential6pm/ –Day Weddings elebrations ents • Tours & Breakfast • Café Evening with Iolo Williams ed Gardens Saturday 29th September, 7pm Wedding Open Evening

We are opening our doors for you and your loved ones to take a magical tour around Gregynog. Set in beautiful countryside Gregynog Hall is a perfect setting for any wedding or event. Meet our staff to discuss our packages and special offers available. Cookery demonstrations will be running throughout the evening. Booking not required.

Open Doors Sunday 9th September, 12pm – 4pm

Gregynog Hall will be open free of charge today as part of the Heritage Open Day initiative. Come & explore the Hall and enjoy the exhibitions on display. Our Librarian Mary Oldham will be on hand to tell the story of the Hall and of those who have lived here. Tea & cakes will be on sale in our Blayney Room. Booking not required.

Join us for some frightening fun. Hear a spooky tale or two and head out on a Halloween challenge trail. Follow clues and keep your eyes peeled for creepy cut outs around the grounds. £5 per child which includes a gift. Booking not required.


FRIDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2PM WELSHPOOL TOWN HALL TICKETS FROM £6.50 01686 614555 | www.thehafren.co.uk A heart warming tribute to the indomitable spirit of war torn Britain FRIDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 7.30PM BAYTREE VINTAGE TEA ROOMS EARLY BOOKING ADVISED 01938 555456 1, 2 or 3 course dinner with entertainment from Joules Noble “Harmony Belle”




SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER 2PM CHURCH HOUSE WELSHPOOL TICKETS £5 (inc refreshments) 01686 614555 | www.thehafren.co.uk Make your afternoon go with a swing




SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER 7.30PM WELSHPOOL TOWN HALL EARLY BOOKING ADVISED TICKETS £12 01686 614555 | www.thehafren.co.uk Featuring the Ashby Little Big Band plus guest singer and dance instructors



SUNDAY 30 SEPTEMBER 7.30PM METHODIST CHURCH, WELSHPOOL EARLY BOOKING ADVISED | TICKETS £10 01686 614555 | www.thehafren.co.uk Featuring RAF Shawbury Military Wives Choir and RAF Cosford Band




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guest speaker Iolo Williams, Naturalist, gynon, NrTV Newtown, Presenter, conservationist, writer and tour guide. The evening will begin with a 3PL • 01686talk650 224 by Iolo followed by a luxury buffet and a chance for you to meet him and ask any regynog.org questions. Tickets £35 per person. Booking required. g.org

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Halloween Ball Saturday 27th October, 7pm This year we are hosting a Halloween Ball, come in your scariest outfits and enjoy the ghostly fun. Prizes for the best dressed table. £35 per ticket (minimum of 8 tickets) includes 2 course buffet, disco, ghost hunt and lots more fun. Booking required.

Come and enjoy a really spooky weekend... House Visits Sundays at 3pm 30th September, 21st October Explore the Hall with our Librarian Mary Oldham. Discover the history, its heritage, treasures and the characters who have lived here for 600 years. £10 per person includes tea & cakes after the tour. Booking required.

Sunday Carvery Arrival 12.30pm, sit down 30th September, 21st October, 25th November Come and enjoy a Sunday lunch at Gregynog, famed for centuries for its hospitality. Using the best of British and local produce we can ensure that you will have a wonderful dining experience. £11.95 (1 Course), £15.95 (2 Courses) per person, £6.95 (1Course), £8.95 (2 Courses) per child (under 12). Booking required.

www.gregynog.org 01686 650224 enquiries@gregynog.org Located near Newtown Powys SY16 3PL

Courtyard Café Open from 10am – 4pm every day.

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30th September, Talon: The Best of the Eagles Greatest Hits Tour, Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon The world-class seven-piece tribute band are respected by the music industry and dearly loved by their expanding fan base. Fans can look forward to classics such as Hotel California, Take It Easy and Life In The Fast Lane.

A feast of food and music in Newtown Award-winning products The idea behind the festival made in Mid Wales and sold is to celebrate food and music across the world will be on in the heart of Wales, and offer at Newtown Food it will appeal to everyone with a passion for the Festival on 1st and 2nd September. There good things in life. DID YOU will be sparkling Alongside live music, KNOW? wine, handmade chef Roger Stevens The world’s chocolates and tasty will show visitors largest Welsh cheeses at the event, how to prepare cake was over held in the grounds the perfect Sunday 1.5m wide of the town hall. lunch and there will

Catch the Tour Of Britain in the Brecon Beacons

Cycling fans can glimpse the world’s elite cyclists as the Tour Of Britain sweeps through Brecon, Usk and Crickhowell on its first day, 2nd September. The 2018 OVO Energy Tour Of Britain Grand Depart takes place in Pembrey Country Park, Newport. The 175km route then takes cyclists through the Brecon Beacons, before finishing back in Newport. One of the highlights of stage one will be the climbing of Belmont Hill (800m, 9% average gradient), which will be tackled inside the final 10km of racing. For more information on the stage – including estimated arrival times at various points – as well the competitors who will tackle the 1,140km full tour, visit www.tourofbritain.co.uk.

be a campfire, pizza making and Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. This is the sixth time the festival has taken place, and its success has grown year on year. In that time, it has evolved into a valued marketplace and showcase for producers, businesses and community organisations, as well as providing fun for families. For more details, visit www. newtownfoodfestival.co.uk.

5th-7th October, Montgomery Walking Festival As part of this year’s festival, the popular 24mile challenge walk is back on the Saturday, taking in parts of the Severn Way, Kerry Ridgeway and Offa’s Dyke. No scrambling is involved and a refreshment stop is included. Starts 7.45am.

Farming and apples at Llanerchaeron Spend the day with the Young Farmers’ Club at Llanerchaeron in Ceredigion on 22nd September and learn all about the ins and outs of farming life. The free event runs from 11am to 5pm. You can also join a festival to celebrate the apple harvest from the ancient espalier trees, which date back to the 1800s, on 7th October from 11am to 4pm.

The events includes walks, food and craft stalls, and you can also pick up tips from experts. Make sure to bring your own apples to identify their variety – and take them home as freshly pressed apple juice. There will also be events every day of October halfterm, with pumpkin carving, Halloween trails and ghostly tales until 27th October.

17th October, Bird Group Talk, Welshpool Methodist Hall An illustrated talk with Simon Boyes, and a chance for birdwatchers to hear some fascinating facts about their feathered friends. 7.30pm.

It’s full steam ahead for Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway’s Gala Weekend The biggest event of the year at Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway takes place on 31st August,1st and 2nd September. Visitors will be invited to hop on board traction engines, steam cars and lorries as plumes of steam fill the air. There will be also be a model railway exhibition,

13th & 14th October, Open Garden for NGS, Dingle Nurseries & Garden, Welshpool Take a tour around this enchanting garden from 9am-5pm. Entry £3.50, children free. The NGS is hosting another event on Sunday at Gregynog, Tregynon, from 11am-4pm. Adults £3, children £1.

demonstrations and trade stands, all celebrating the age of steam. On the Saturday and Sunday, a shuttle bus will take passengers to the associated Llanfair Garden Railway Show up the hill at Llanfair High School. For more information and prices, visit www.wllr.org.uk.

27th October, Mid Wales Model Railway Show, Welshpool Town Hall A family friendly show, organised by the Newtown Model Railway Society, promises to have something for everyone. 10.30am-4.30pm. Entry £4, accompanied children free.

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1st September, Family Healthy Eating Workshop, Tatton Park, Knutsford Discover how much sugar is in food and drinks to help you make healthier choices, plus how to make tasty snacks without adding sugar. 10am11.30am. Tickets £25 (one adult, one child). Booking essential. Call 07976 619648.

1st September, Ladies Day, Chester Races Enthusiastic racing fans and those looking to up the style stakes flock to Chester to witness history unfold before their eyes. 11.30am. Tickets £95.

1st & 2nd September, Viking Invasion, Anderton Boat Lift, Northwich Meet the seafaring Scandinavians at their encampments on the lawned terraces of the magnificent Boat Lift. With mini Viking skirmishes and weapons displays, it’s an action-packed and educational day out for the whole family. 10am-3.30pm. Free entry.

Dylan Moran: Dr Cosmos, 8th September Moran’s famed style - deadpan and witty - promises an unmissable journey through his interpretation of the world. 8pm. Tickets £28.50. The Golden Age Of Steam, 18th September Talk about the revival of steam railways in England and Wales. A celebration of the men and women who saved some of the country’s most picturesque branch lines. 7.30pm. Tickets £14.

1st September-31st October, Letters Home: Communications On The Front, Lion Salt Works Museum, Marston The award-winning museum near Northwich launches a poignant exhibition. Tickets £6.25 adults, £4 children.

Jason Donovan & His Amazing Midlife Crisis, 3rd October See Jason Donovan like you’ve never seen him before as he celebrates his 50th birthday with a wealth of tantalising tales about Neighbours, Kylie, Joseph and more. 7.30pm. Tickets £28.50.

DID YOU KNOW? Jason Donovan has sold over three million records in the UK

Shaolin Warriors, 25th September Be amazed by the troupe’s incredible synchronization and their proficiency with 18 dangerous traditional weapons. 7.30pm. Tickets £28.50.

Lyceum Ghost Hunt, 14th October Explore one of the most haunted buildings in Cheshire and find out for yourself what roams the Edwardian theatre at night. From 8pm. Tickets £27. www.crewelyceum.co.uk

Woodland magic at Blakemere Village

Who’s at Chester Comic Con

1st & 2nd September, Betty Butterscotch, The Ice Cream Farm, Tattenhall Join Betty and her friends in the Playhouse and be in with a chance of winning a year’s supply of ice cream! Two years and above. Noon-3pm.

Madam Butterfly, 29th September The story of a doomed love affair between a US naval officer and his young Japanese bride. 7.30pm. Tickets £32.50.

Stars of Doctor Who are among the famous faces expected at Chester Comic Con at Chester Racecourse on 23rd September. Peter Davison, who played the Fifth Doctor, will be signing throughout the day, as well as taking part in a Q&A and photo opportunities. He’ll be joined by Terry Molloy, who as well as playing Mike Tucker on The Archers since 1973 also played the Doctor’s nemesis Davros. There will also be comic book and collectables traders, artists, guest talks, a fairground and a stage featuring sing-a-longs and Jedi combat shows. Tickets from £9. Visit chestercomiccon.co.uk.

Fall head over heels for new play A new comedy by Liverpool writer Gail Young, Head Over Heels, comes to the Forum Studio Theatre, Chester, from 17th to 20th October. It addresses the phenomenon of ‘silver splitters’ retired divorcees. Performances at 7.30pm plus a

A fantastical outdoor experience complete with dazzling lights and supreme sounds visits the depths of a Cheshire woodland from 20th October to 2nd November. Magical Woodland 2018 at Blakemere Village uses the wood as a natural backdrop. Visitors experience the magical lighting and audio effects as they walk through the 15-acre magical woodland. Features include a number of interactive areas and a food court serving hot drinks and refreshments. The weather brings a whole different element to the show, adding to the overall experience, so make sure you dress for the conditions. Shows take place at regular intervals from 5pm to 8.20pm. Tickets costs £14.95 for adults and £12.50 for children. Tickets are available from www. magicalwoodland.com or by calling 01606 882223.

Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets from £7. www.tiptop productions.co.uk

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2nd September, The Cheshire Bazaar, Adlington Hall, Macclesfield A new venue for the Cheshire Bazaar, an outdoor fair with a spectacular range of antiques, vintage and artisan stalls. 9am-4pm. Entry £3.

Music at the Live Rooms, Chester tribute to Adamson, who died in 2001. 7pm. Tickets £22.

Electric Six, 6th September The Detroit band mark the release their 13th album on Metropolis Records, How Dare You. 7pm. Tickets £15. Big Country, 22nd September Formed in 1981 by Stuart Adamson and Bruce Watson, the band broke worldwide with the release of their classic singles Fields Of Fire, Chance and In A Big Country. This tour pays

Joanne Shaw Taylor, 6th October The girl with the big voice from the Black Country has toured extensively around the world, released critically acclaimed albums and gained a global fan base. 7pm. Tickets £22.50. Hogjaw, 9th October For more than 10 years, Hogjaw have immersed themselves in music they completely believe in, defying the boundaries of country and rock, and aligning themselves with what they believe to be southern rock, or at least what

they figure that genre should sound like in 2018. 7pm. Tickets from £10.

Paul Foot, 26th October Winner of the BBC New Comedy Award and the Daily Telegraph Open Mike, Paul has also been nominated twice for a Barry at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Recent TV and radio appearances include Never Mind The Buzzcocks on BBC2 and BBC1’s Would I Lie To You. 7.30pm. Tickets £14. For more events and tickets, visit www.theliverooms.com.

4th September-27th October, Paint & Print, Nantwich Museum Millennium Gallery Showcasing the works of local artists, including Margaret Gill and Barbara Barlow, with still life, studies and local subjects.

5th & 19th September and 3rd & 17th October, The Panama Jazz Band, Irby Club, Irby Enjoy the best live Dixieland/Chicago jazz on the first and third Wednesday of every month, with occasional visits from Chester Swing Cats. 8.30pm. Entry free.

7th September, The Paint Republic Paint Party, Garret Theatre, Chester An evening of relaxed painting hosted by the Paint Republic. The jokes are bad, the music’s loud and the banter’s high. Over-18s only. 6.30pm. Tickets £25, including free drink and nibbles.

Ruffling feathers at Chester Zoo Cheshire Dance will stage a piece of dance inspired by the movement of flamingos on 1st September at Chester Zoo. Performed by two professional dancers to music composed by Gary Lloyd especially for the dance, the breathtaking duet draws on the simplicities and complexities, beauty, grace and quirks of flamingo life. Super Senses: Flamingo Dance Duet is performed at 11.30am, 12.30pm and 2pm at Madagascar PLAY! Usual zoo entrance fees apply. www.chesterzoo.org

4th September, Organic Wines Dinner, Brasserie Abode, Chester Enjoy a five-course tasting menu and matching wine flight, paired by an expert from award-winning importer Hallgarten Wines. 7pm-11pm. £45 per person.

All set for a roaring success at Quarry Bank The Tiger Who Came To Tea exhibition tour leaps into Quarry Bank in Wilmslow from 9th September to 28th October. The special pop-up exhibition at the National Trust property celebrates 50 years since the publication of Judith Kerr’s classic children’s book, in association with Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books. The exhibition include 10 high-quality framed facsimile illustrations, graphic panels, a

recreation of Sophie’s kitchen – complete with giant tiger – dressing-up costumes and film content about Judith’s life. Marking the book’s 50th anniversary and more than five million copies sold, The Tiger Who Came To Tea exhibition features storytelling, a family trail, a fully interactive play kitchen and a life-size model tiger knocking at the door for tea. There are also arts and crafts and tiger-themed yoga sessions. www.nationaltrust.org.uk

7th-9th September, Tom Kerridge Presents Pub In The Park, Knutsford Amazing food from pop-up pubs, including Tom’s The Hand & Flowers, demos, shopping and cracking music. Tickets from £26.75.

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Live entertainment at Storyhouse Theatre Summer Holiday, 11th-15th September X Factor singer Ray Quinn stars in a stage version of the hit 1960s film. Don and his fellow bus mechanics journey through France, Italy and Greece, picking up a girl group and a young US pop star along the way. 7.30pm. Tickets from £20.50.

embark on their Heresy II Heritage tour, charting the Uke’s rise from village hall to the Royal Albert Hall. 7.30pm. Tickets £25.

The Full Monty, 24th-29th September Featuring an all-star cast, including former Hollyoaks actor Gary DID YOU Lucy, this hilarious KNOW? and heartfelt George Michael Parkinson production won Hinchliffe’s had a trial at the UK Theatre Ukulele Orchestra Yorkshire Award. 7.30pm, plus Of Great Britain, Cricket Club 2.30pm matinees. 23rd September Tickets from £20.50. The global sensation

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Literary festival Gladfest is back for its sixth year at Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden, from 7th to 9th September, bringing together the most exciting contemporary writing from all over the country. Names at this year’s event include Sunday Times bestseller Joanna Cannon and author Sarah Perry. The all-new Gladfest Fringe will be packed with music, poetry and family entertainment. Day tickets £30, individual talks £7. www.gladfest.co.uk

Oliver!, 11th-13th October One of the best-loved British musicals, packed with unforgettable songs. 7pm, plus 2pm matinee. Tickets from £12. An Evening With Sir Michael Parkinson, 14th October Celebrate the life and career of a man who has interviewed more than 2,000 of the most important cultural figures of the 20th and 21st centuries. 7.30pm. Tickets £28.50. The Gruffalo’s Child, 30th-31st October Songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged three and up. 11am & 2pm. Tickets £14. www.storyhouse.com

16th September, Crabwall Manor Hotel Wedding Fair, Mollington Meet local wedding suppliers who will can make your big day extra special. 11am-3pm. Entry free.

16th September, Wedding Fayre, Macdonald Craxton Wood Hotel & Spa, Chester Enjoy bucks fizz and canapés on arrival, then chat with up to 40 exhibitors about your wedding plans. Noon-4pm. Entry free.

18th September, Whitley Neill Gin Distilled Masterclass, Brasserie Abode, Chester Enjoy the best gins, spirits and cocktails with five courses and an expert masterclass. 7pm-11pm. Tickets £45.

All aboard for fun with ChesterBoat Party Nights Afloat: 90s To Now, 29th September Relive your not-sodistant youth and release your inner Beyoncé. There may be a bit of Oasis and Blur to mix it up! 7.30pm. Tickets £32.50. Party Nights Afloat: Motown, 8th September Get your groove on and enjoy a night of Motown from the resident DJ. Strut your funky stuff with The Drifters, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and more. 7.30pm. Tickets £32.50.

Mamma Mia 70s Special, 15th September Calling all dancing queens (and kings)! Take a chance on board this super trouper of a cruise. 7.30pm. Tickets £32.50. Fish & Chip Frydays, 7th September You can’t beat a chippy tea – unless it’s a chippy tea on the river. Enjoy with a drink as you sail along the River Dee. 7.30pm. Tickets £19 adults, £9 children.

22nd September, Pokeingham Murder Mystery, Crabwall Manor Hotel, Mollington A fully interactive, live-action evening of dining and deaths with professional actors and flavoursome food. 7.30pm10.30pm. Call 01244 851666.

22nd & 23rd September, Tudor Mop Fair, Little Moreton Hall, near Congleton Autumn was a time for hiring new staff in Tudor times. Join the National Trust property for their weekend fair with living history group Amicorum. 11am-4pm. Event is free, but normal admission charges apply. For more details, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk.

60s, 70s & 80s Rewind, 6th October From Motown to Funky Town, with glam, disco, soul and pop along the way. 7.30pm. Tickets £32.50. www.chesterboat.co.uk

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26th September, Stars & Stones, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, Macclesfield A rare opportunity to explore the Blackden Trust and Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre on the same day. Discover the science and stories that link the sites. 10.30am-4.30pm. £32.50.

29th September, Scott Brothers Piano Duo, Holmes Chapel Leisure Centre, Crewe Jonathan and Tom Scott studied at Chetham’s School Of Music and the Royal Northern College Of Music and perform as soloists all over the world. 8pm. Call 01477 537769.

29th September, North West Kids Fun Duathlon, Barony Park & Nantwich Swimming Pool, Nantwich Join hundreds of children taking part in the run, bike and run event. A fantastic way to get kids active and outdoors. 11am-1pm. Entry £13.

30th September, Tough Woofer, Capesthorne Hall & Gardens, Macclesfield A fun 5k obstacle course organised by East Cheshire Hospice to enjoy with your four-legged friends. Include 15 obstacles, including water, mud and climbing challenges. There will be stalls selling dog treats and accessories, an agility course and a doggy shower and pampering area. 10am. Call 01625 861221.

30th September, Foamtastic Colour Blast Fun Run, Chester Racecourse Go from white to bright and raise money for a local hospice on this fun run. As you make your way around the track, powder paint is thrown and you’ll be blasted with foamy bubbles. Event opens at 10am, race starts at noon. From £12.50 adults, £7.50 children, including T-shirt and medal.

An Evening With Brian Blessed, 20th September The British actor talks about his career on stage and screen, as well as his conquests of Everest and Kilimanjaro. 7.30pm. Tickets £25.

Echo & The Bunnymen: The Stars, The Ocean & The Moon, 14th October The band return to their back catalogue to reinterpret 13 of their most beloved songs. 7pm. Tickets from £21.25.

Milkshake! Live: The Magic Storybook, 23rd September A musical masterpiece starring Bob The Builder, Little Princess, Noddy, Fireman Sam, Shimmer & Shine, Milkshake! Monkey and more. 11.30am & 3pm. Tickets from £14.50.

The Magic Of Motown, 20th October Celebrating the sound of a generation. Prepare yourself for 40 back-to-back classic hits. 8pm. Tickets from £25. Flawless: Chase The Dream The Reboot, 26th October High-energy, acrobat-fuelled family show following the 10 Big Dreamers seeking the opportunity to live out their dance fantasy on the Intergalactic Dream Ship. 7.30pm. Tickets £25. www.pyramidparrhall.com

Paul Young: 35 Years Of No Parlez, 9th October Eighties crooner Paul Young performs tracks from his debut album No Parlez, including the singles Wherever I Lay My Hat and Come Back & Stay. 7.30pm. Tickets from £30.

Gear up for Cholmondeley Castle Visit Cholmondeley Castle for the Festival Of 1,000 Classic Cars & North West Classic Motorcycle Show on 2nd September. The largest one-day classic event in the North West has an unparalleled selection of classic cars and bikes. The day attracts more than 1,000 vehicles, more than 50 stalls and over 5,000 visitors. As well as the arena, commentator and expert judges, there’s children’s entertainment and quality DID YOU catering from 10am. Tickets cost £9 for KNOW? adults, £3 for children Cholmondeley (under-sevens free). castle is a gothic RHS members free villa and was entry is not valid. built in 1801 www.classicshows.org

Open-air shows at Dunham Massey QUAD’s Outdoor Film Festival returns to Dunham Massey in September with two films – a 1980s classic and a recent blockbuster. 1st September: Tom Cruise takes to the skies in Top Gun. Featuring a raft of acting talent, including Kelly McGillis, Anthony Edwards, Val Kilmer and Meg Ryan. 8.15pm-10.30pm. Tickets £15.50. 2nd September: Hugh Jackman tackles the legendary figure of PT Barnum in the (mostly) true tale of his life, The Greatest Showman Jackman stars alongside an allstar cast including Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya and Rebecca Ferguson. 8.15pm-10.30pm. Tickets £15.50. For more details and tickets, visit www. nationaltrust.org.uk.

Don’t miss the last of the season at Chester Racecourse Autumn Festival: 14th & 15th September This festival, which is also the penultimate meeting of the 2018, is not to be missed. The last Friday fixture attracts crowds of enthusiastic racing fans and those looking to up the style stakes. There are also seven races on the afternoon of Saturday the 15th to enjoy.

Season Finale, 29th September It’s the final hurrah of the season and your last chance to experience racing at Chester before the 2018 season draws to a close. Chester Races will be raising a toast to all the runners and riders of 2018.

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WELCOME TO A HAVEN OF RURAL RELAXATION Close your eyes and picture your dream holiday park, what is it you think of ? An idyllic countryside setting? Stunning coastal view? A place of peace and serenity? Would you believe me if I told you, you can get all this at one holiday park?! Tan y Bryn Caravan and Lodge Park combines all you could want for a relaxing and tranquil holiday in the most stunning of locations. Situated in North Wales, just minutes from the seaside town of Llandudno, Tan y Bryn is a holiday park located on a small, peaceful working farm in the quaint village of Bryn Pydew. A true haven of relaxation, Tan y Bryn is a family run park waiting to welcome you with open arms. For 2018, Tan y Bryn Caravan and Lodge Park has seen a new development taking place, creating space for 11 new lodges to be based on the park! Each lodge plot features exceptional views towards the North Wales Coast and the Snowdonia Mountain Range. Not forgetting that each of these lodge plots will include a decked area, helping turn your holiday home into your home away from home.

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Tan y Bryn Caravan and Lodge Park is the perfect base for you to explore the beauty of North Wales for yourself. With stunning beaches and mountain walks all within a short distance from the park, you’ll never be shy of something to do or a new area of North Wales to explore.

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Weekend of food and fun in Nantwich Nantwich Food Festival takes place from 31st August to 2nd September. Guests at the weekend event include chef Paul Rankin, former Coronation Street actor and cook Sean Wilson and The Great British Bake Off’s Sophie Faldo. The DID YOU 200-plus KNOW? traders There has in two been a market indoor in Nantwich gourmet market since 1720

Words and music in Nantwich The Words & Music Festival in Nantwich from 8th to 14th October boasts bands, singers, writers and poets in venues across the town. Audience members travel from across the UK, as well as Japan, France, Scandinavia, Germany and Spain, to enjoy the unique intimacy of the gigs and the beauty of Nantwich. Headliners include Los Pacaminos featuring Paul Young, award-winning folk performer Cara Dillon British Sea Power, Thea Gilmore and Matt Owen, Judie Tzuke and Steve Hogwarth of Marillion. For more details and tickets visit www.words andmusicfestival.com.

halls include street vendors from across the world. There are also chef demonstrations, live music, street entertainment and, of course, lots of great food to enjoy. There’s plenty to drink as well, with a mini-gin festival. The centre of Nantwich, with its exquisite architecture, including a 14th-century church, makes a wonderful backdrop

It’s a dog’s life at Lyme Park

Lyme Park near Disley is celebrating all things canine on 9th September with its doggy fun day, Lyme Bark. Take part in the dog show, ‘have-a-go’ agility sessions, dog portraits and obedience demonstrations lead by an expert from Dogs Trust. There will also be plenty to get those tails wagging with stalls selling food and gifts, as well as a host of exciting activities from Lyme Park rangers. Wear suitable outdoor footwear and clothing, and bring lots of dog-waste bags and water provisions for you and your dog. The event takes place from 11am to 3pm and is free, but normal admission prices apply. www.nationaltrust.org.uk

to all the amazing local food, artisan producers, drinks and the music too. With more than 40,000 visitors expected over the weekend, things can get a little crowded but park and ride schemes are in place to ensure the centre of town is reserved for festivalgoers and wonderful street entertainment, rather than cars. www.nantwichfoodfestival.co.uk

Be inspired by war and peace at Chester Cathedral Cheshire Artists Network presents a War & Peace exhibition in Chester Cathedral from 29th August to 25th September. The free exhibition, which is open from 9am to 5pm, is the last event in the Cheshire Artists Network World War I commemorative project. War & Peace intends to mark the cessation of hostilities and celebrate the coming of peace. This allows the artists – including those from Germany and Spain – to show some of their previous work and to add to it with more joyful images within the legacy of the war. For more information, visit www.chestercathedral.com.

5th-22nd October, Goosfest, Goostrey Village Hall and other venues A not-for-profit arts and music festival offering a diverse programme of events, including classical, folk and contemporary music, theatre, stand-up comedy and crafts. Choose from more than 25 events, including comedy with Barry Cryer and Colin Sell, music from The Christians and a talk by explorer Benedict Allen. Tickets from £5.

6th October, Autumn Folk, Clonter Opera Theatre, Congleton Findlay Napier takes part in this double-header event, joined by Sam Kelly & the Lost Boys, winners of BBC Radio 2’s Folk Awards Horizon Award. 7.30pm. Tickets £22.50.

7th October, MBNA Chester Marathon Participants will run past Chester’s iconic landmarks before heading into the countryside. Starts and finishes at Chester Racecourse. From 9am. Entry £30.

13th October, Mad Hatter’s Ball, Chester Town Hall Drop down the rabbit hole for a sumptuous, elegant but fun evening of food, drink, entertainment and dancing. The ball includes a drinks reception, three-course dinner, live band, raffle and auction. Wear your glad rags or Alice In Wonderland-inspired glamour. 7pm-1am. Tickets from £41.55.

13th October, Ventoux, Pyramid Arts Centre, Warrington Mont Ventoux is the most fearsome mountain encountered on the Tour de France. It’s also the story of Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani – whose drug-fuelled race on the mountain in 2000 was the greatest cycling had ever seen. Join 2Magpies as they restage the race using video and a pair of road bikes. 7.30pm. Tickets £14.

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Get out and about at Tatton Park


20th October, Mexon Street Market, Middlewich A fabulous array of unique, traditional goods, food products and quality crafts, as well as a variety of family entertainment and plenty of free parking.

Harvest Festival At The Farm, 15th-16th September See the steam engine running, have a go at scarecrow-making and spinning, make your own corn doll and watch sheep racing. Harvest blessing at 2pm. Feel free to bring your own pets to be blessed. 12pm-5pm (last entry 4pm). Normal admission charges apply.

26th-31st October, ghost tours, Chester town centre You can enjoy a spooky tours of Chester throughout the year but in the lead-up to Halloween there’s frightfully good fun and phantoms every evening (except 28th). 7.30pm-9pm.

26th October, Halloween Burlesque: Clash Of The Titans, St Mary’s Centre, Chester Celebrate celluloid terror with a fine cast of feisty females and memorable monsters. Over-18s only. 8pm11pm. Tickets from £22.25.

27th October, Anderton Firework Spectacular, Anderton Boat Lift, Northwich Watch the display from the lawned terraces overlooking the picturesque River Weaver and majestic Boat Lift. With food and a licensed bar, as well as a play area for children. 6.30pm-11pm. Tickets £7 adults, £5 children. Family tickets are available.

27th October, Chester Antiques, Collectors & Vintage Fair, Northgate Arena, Chester A favourite with traders from across the UK. With up to 120 tables of exemplary variety, the fair promises to have the perfect pieces to complement your home or collection. 9am3.30pm. Entry £2, car park £1.

Pride In The Park picnic, 16th September A standout celebration of the LGBT+ community, welcoming visitors from across Cheshire East and beyond. There will be a wide range of entertainment, activities and performances on display, so get ready for a fun-filled day. Free entry. www.prideinthepark.com Apple Day, 7th October Enjoy scrumptious Sunday in the gardens to celebrate the wonderful apple. Join in games and children’s activities and

Food, fungus and fireworks at Arley Hall & Gardens Fireworks Champions, 15th September Three of the UK’s best firework companies compete against each other with 10-minute displays choreographed to music, followed by a finale by organisers MLE Pyrotechnics. 5pm-10.30pm. Tickets from £19 adults and £9 children. The Great British Food Festival, 22nd-23rd September Amazing artisan producers, scrumptious street food and brilliant bars. Top up your culinary skills and watch Man vs Food challenges. 10am-5pm. Entry £9. Mushroom Walks, 14th October See and hear about the 196 varieties of mushrooms at Arley. Booking essential. Walks at 11am and 2pm. Entry £8. Entry to the Gardens is additional. www. arleyhallandgardens.com

taste delicious varieties from Tatton’s historic orchards. Apple goods on sale. 10am-6pm (last entry 5pm). Normal admission charges apply. Fungal Foray, 21st October Join Fungal Punk Dave and a Tatton ranger on a guided walk of Tatton’s parkland. All are welcome on the fun walk. Bring a packed lunch and dress for the outdoors. 10am-1pm. Booking essential. Tickets £10. Food & Gift Fair, 27th-28th October Want to tickle your tastebuds? Don’t miss the mini shops filled with DID YOU specialist retailers from the KNOW? North West. 10.30am-5pm. Apples have been Free admission. Normal park admission applies. grown as a crop For details on further events, visit www.tattonpark.org.uk.

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Time to live the Good Life The Good Life Experience at Hawarden Estate Farm Shop in Flintshire brings a unique mix of music, adventure, food, books, workshops and everything outdoorsy to life from 14th to 16th September. Founded by Cerys Matthews, Steve Abbott, and Charlie and Caroline Gladstone, this nature-inspired event celebrates all that the great outdoors has to offer. The eclectic line-up includes DJ Trevor Nelson, adventurer Ben Fogle and Andrew Roachford. There are also chefs, campfire cooking sessions, fire walking, an adventure playground, yoga, ale and cocktails. Expect a low-impact and sustainably responsible event, with locally sourced entertainment, foods and craft beers. Tickets start from £15 for workshops to £149 for a weekend ticket. For details of the full line-up, visit www.thegoodlife experience.co.uk.

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6th-16th September, Wirral Heritage Open Days Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate the buildings we pass every day without a second glance. Discover the heritage that shaped the lives of our forefathers and how it affects where we live now.

8th September & 13th October, Wirral Farmers’ Market, New Ferry Village Hall This awardwinning market, held on the second Saturday of each month, is possibly the largest of its kind in the North West and offers a variety of food including cheese, fresh fish and free-range eggs, as well as seasonal vegetables.

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Ashton Park Concert, Ashton Park, West Kirby Port Sunlight Lyceum Brass performs in the Upper Park Arena from 2pm-4pm. Bring a chair, mat or blanket. Donations welcome.

16th September, Hoylake 10k Coastal Fun Run This annual run is held to raise funds for the Wednesday Special Needs Club, which runs and maintains a Soft Play Sensory Resource for people of all ages with special needs. Starts at 11am. Call 0151 625 9505.

17th-21st September, Wirral Golf Classic The ninth annual 72-hole competition for amateur golfers takes place on four golf courses: Caldy, Heswall, Wallasey and the magnificent Royal Liverpool Golf Club at Hoylake.

20th September, Autumn in the Perennial Garden, St Michael & All Angels Church Centre, Queensbury, Newton Gardener Sue Beesley addresses Hoylake & District Gardening Society as part of its varied programme of monthly speakers. Starts at 7.30pm. £2 for non-members.

Past delights at Floral Pavilion Theatre Evita, 11th-15th September Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical tells the story of Eva Peron, wife of Argentina’s former dictator Juan Peron, and follows her journey from humble beginnings to extraordinary wealth and power. It features some of musical theatre’s most iconic songs, including Don’t Cry For Me Argentina and Another Suitcase In Another Hall. 7.30pm, plus three matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets from £31.50. Joan Collins: Unscripted, 18th September Hear Dame Joan reveal some of the stories and secrets from her long career, and participate in a Q&A session with the chance to ask the global superstar about her life and career. 7.30pm. Tickets from £40. Joe Longthorne, 26th September Join TV and recording star Joe Longthorne and his sensational live band as he takes you on a rollercoaster ride of songs and impressions including Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. 7.30pm. Tickets £24.50.

Carmen by the Russian Stage Ballet & Opera House, 30th September Feel the thrill of passion, jealousy and violence of 19th-century Seville in Georges Bizet’s opera. Love, treachery, passion and betrayal – Carmen has it all. 7.30pm. Tickets £32.50. Horrible Histories: Terrible Tudors and Awful Egyptians, 10th-14th October Using actors and 3D special effects, these two shows are guaranteed to thrill adults and children alike. Discover the fate of Henry VIII’s wives, meet Bloody Mary and survive the Spanish Armada as it sails out into the audience. Shows at various times. Tickets £19 adults, £14 children. Cilla: The Musical, 23rd-27th October A spectacular musical adaptation of the critically acclaimed ITV mini-series based on the early life of Cilla Black. The musical score is the ultimate soundtrack to the 1960s. 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets from £31.50. For more events and bookings, visit www.floralpavilion.com.

Dance to the beat of your own drum at Claremont Farm Join the Wellbeing Campus for an African drumming workshop in the grounds of Claremont Farm in Bebington. On 4th and 18th September and 16th October at 7.15pm you can take part in a 60-minute djembe drumming workshop. Participants will be guided through the drumming techniques and a variety of different rhythms by multi-talented musician Ged, so no experience is necessary. You will also get the chance to be part of an African drum circle, which can put you into an hypnotic state of mind. The class costs £7 per person, which includes the hire of a djembe drum. The class is open to adults, plus children over the age of 10 who are accompanied by an adult.

For details of all events at Claremont Farm, visit www.claremontfarm.co.uk.

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Music through the eras at West Kirby Arts Centre

All I Have To Do is Dream, 1st September Celebrate the music and harmonies of the Everly Brothers with Tennessee Waltz, featuring Jimmy Rae and Sarah Lou, who will be joined by special guests. 7pm. Tickets £8 in advance, £10 on the night.

An Evening with Kevin Armstrong, 14th September Guitar player Kevin Armstrong has accompanied stars including David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Morrissey, Prefab Sprout, Sinéad O’Connor, Roy Orbison, Brian Eno, Grace Jones and Paul McCartney. Armstrong guides the audience with wit and candour through his career, with selected film clips, outrageous

anecdotes and inspiring stories. He will also perform selected songs. 7pm. Tickets £10. Troubadours, 22nd September With songs handpicked from his own record collection, singer and guitarist James Sills brings his one-man show to the Wirral to celebrate the golden age of songwriting, from 1965 to 1975. Recreating the intimate atmosphere of LA’s Troubadour Club and London’s Les Cousins folk and blues club, the show features songs from iconic albums Sweet Baby James by James Taylor, Blue by Joni Mitchell and Tapestry by Carole King, alongside the music of Nick Drake, Paul Simon and Tom Waits. 7pm. Tickets £8. Henry Priestman, 29th September In 2009, Henry Priestman (who was a member of Yachts in the late 1970s and The Christians during the 1980s and 1990s) reinvented himself as a singer-songwriter and

released his debut solo album, The Songs of Nick Drake, 6th The Chronicles Of Modern Life, to October Following Nick Drake’s critical acclaim. Tracks from death in 1974 at the age of the album (including just 26, the music of the Grey’s The New singer-songwriter DID YOU Blonde) made it almost disappeared KNOW? on to BBC Radio into obscurity. Nick Drake’s 2’s playlist. His Now, thanks to albums have sold a resurgence of latest album – Six over 2.5 million Of One And Half interest worldwide A Dozen Of The and a re-evaluation copies Other – is a joint of his genius, Drake venture with guitarist has become a national Les Glover and this set will see treasure. This haunting and the pair performing songs from immaculately crafted concert the new album, as well as songs by singer and guitarist Keith from Priestman’s solo albums James features a set of timeless and even a couple of his old hits songs by brilliant songwriters, from way back when. Expect all contemporaries of Drake, special guests, including West including Richard Thompson, Kirby’s own Dr Nick Silver on Roy Harper, Sandy Denny, Al violin. 7pm. Tickets £12. Stewart, Vashti Bunyan, John Martyn and Bert Jansch. Also featured are poems by William Blake, set to guitar arrangements based on Drake’s unique style. 7pm. Tickets £12. For more details of all events at the centre, visit www. westkirbyartscentre.org.uk.

Discover the method in the madness at National Waterways Museum A performance of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet will be staged as part of Boaty Theatre Company’s Where There’s A Will… Shakespeare season at National Waterways Museum Ellesmere Port, from 28th-30th September. Considered among the most

powerful and influential works of world literature, and with a story capable of seemingly endless exploration, research, retelling and adaptation, Hamlet is believed to have been one

of Shakespeare’s most popular works during his lifetime and still ranks among his most performed across the globe. With its many famous speeches, scenes and moments, the play is a powerhouse for performers, directors and audiences alike. Join the Boaty Theatre Company and Chalice Productions

for an adaptation that will challenge preconceptions of this exploration of the human condition, as it looks at ideas surrounding gender, identity, power, deception, envy, lust and much more. 7pm. Tickets £9.50. Tickets can be bought from the museum reception, by calling 0151 355 5017 or online at www.canalrivertrust.org.uk.

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23rd •September,

The High Tidiers at West Kirby Beach Join the West Kirby clean-up crew as it tidies up the local area. All the necessary kit is provided. 10am-noon, meet at Hilbre Tides noticeboard.

23rd September, Wedding Fayre, The Holiday Inn, Ellesmere Port With up to 40 exhibitors, this fair allows brides and grooms-to-be to chat with the region’s leading wedding specialists, who can offer advice on everything wedding related. 12pm-4pm. Free admission.

27th September, A Spoonful Of Thailand, Kingsmead School Hall, Hoylake This year’s Hilda Truesdale Memorial Talk is a lavishly illustrated and detailed look at the very best birds and wildlife Thailand has to offer. From 7.30pm-9pm. Tickets £4.

Hook up with your community Head to Williamson Art Gallery & Museum in Birkenhead for an exhibition of textile drawings with a social conscience by artist Beth Barlow, from 5th September to 14th October. In Like It. Lump It. We Are All Connected, Barlow works with community collaborators to consider how people, animals, actions, minerals and vegetables are deeply connected to one another, and explores these ideas through crocheted artworks inspired by the news. The ideas around connectivity have found their expression in the creation of circles, each one a distinct body but bound to the next to create a striking installation. The work

at the Williamson Art Gallery & Museum will continue to grow as further connections are made. You can also join Barlow herself in the Williamson Cafe on the 19th September, 13th October and 14th October between 11am and 4pm. If you have a crochet hook or particular yarn you would like to use, feel free to bring it along with you, but selected yarns and spare crochet hooks will also be available. The museum is open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am-5pm. Admission free. Visit www.williamsonartgallery.org for more details.

Need help with those green fingers?

DID YOU KNOW? Ness Botanic Gardens was created over 100 years ago

29th September-13th October, Wirral Arts Festival Live entertainment and artwork in venues across the Wirral. Be inspired to participate in workshops, try something different and make new friends.

6th October, Leasowe Lighthouse Open Day Discover what goes on inside a lighthouse. 12pm-4pm. Tickets £2 adults, £1 children. Booking essential. Call 0151 353 0861.

22nd-26th October, Jedi School, Spaceport, Wallasey Join a Jedi training session and prepare for the attack of the Sith. Characters at the event include Darth Maul, Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. Jedi School is suitable for children from six years. Price is included in the Spaceport entrance fee (£9.40 adults, £6 children) but is subject to availability. Call 0151 330 1003.

Budding gardeners can pick up advice and knowledge on all aspects of gardening on a 10-week course starting on 20th September at Ness Botanic Gardens. The Learn To Garden course runs from 9.30am-12pm on Thursdays and is ideal for complete beginners and those who would like to refresh their knowledge. The

introductory course is a comprehensive guide covering all the basics of gardening, including looking after your soil, choosing plants, pruning, propagation, lawn care, and containers and hanging baskets. No previous experience is needed. Price £75. Booking is essential. Call 0151 795 6300 or book online at www.nessgardens.org.uk.

Half-term horrors at the farm Church Farm park is usually a fun place to visit in Thurstaston with amazing views over the River Dee, but during October it takes on a more sinister guise with Halloween Half-Term horrors on 6th, 7th, 13th and 14th October and 20th October to 4th November. The ticket price includes a full activity timetable, with tractor rides to the pumpkin fields, puppet shows, barrel train rides, animal feeding sessions and more. Opens at 10am. Tickets

cost £7.50 per person (under-twos are free) and must be booked in advance. Pumpkins aren’t included in the admission price. For more details, visit www.churchfarmevents.co.uk.

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THU 13th DEC 7:30pm

Standard Ticket £26.50 VIP Ticket £56.50

VIP price includes arrival glass of Prosecco, a four-course pre-theatre meal and souvenir brochure. Prices include a booking fee of £1.50 fee per ticket.

See all the Elves at the Christmas Village full of wrapping paper, ribbons and lights

With so much Christmas cheer

it’s not to be missed!

Visit Santa in his fabulous Grotto

Mrs Clause’s Movie Room & Elves Craft Workshop

Festive Fairground & Indoor Soft Play Centre

NEW FOR 2018

“Bauble Street” an area alive with the hustle and bustle of a traditional Christmas market with a host of arts and crafts, Christmas traders and tantalising food and drink to explore.

All the good boys and girls receive an early Christmas present and also take one of Santa’s Christmas tree lights home with them too!

Guaranteed SNOW for those magical Christmas family photos


Over the last 10 years the Floral Pavilion has strived to give the people of Wirral night after night of music and laughter. Join us for a celebration of our first 10 years in the new building with the legendary Ricky Tomlinson and many other acts.









Port Sunlight

Help us celebrate Founder’s Day on Sunday 16th September. Come and experience village life! Visit Port Sunlight Museum and the Edwardian worker’s cottage, where you will receive a warm welcome from our staff in period costume. Step back in time and explore the Old School Room and take a peek inside village homes and businesses to experience what life is like in Port Sunlight today. Explore Bridge Cottage, once the home of William Lever and discover village stories past and present. For details of our other Heritage Open Days events please visit portsunlightvillage.com All events are free but it’s essential to book. Please call 0151 644 6466 or email info@portsunlightvillage.com

VILLAGE TRUST Port Sunlight Village Trust is a registered charity (no 1074713) and a registered company in England and Wales (no 3719976). Registered office: 23 King George’s Drive, Port Sunlight, Wirral CH62 5DX

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Flicks in the sticks with Arts Alive

29th August & 5th September, Open Garden for NGS, Goldstone Hall Gardens, Market Drayton Visit the productive and beautiful kitchen garden with its unusual vegetables and fruits, including alpine strawberries, heritage tomatoes and chillies. 2pm-5pm. £4.50 (children free).

31st August-27th September, Association of Animal Artists, Granary Art Gallery, Weston Park The AAA counts many award-winning artists among its members, and a donation from the sale of artworks will be made to its 2018 charity partner, the British Hedgehog Preservation Society. 11am-4pm. Entry free.

31st August-3rd September, Much Wenlock Walking Weekend Routes include the Mayflower Walk, a Walk Via The Plume Of Feathers and a Tree Walk, ranging from one to 17 miles in length.

1st-30th September, Titanic: Honour & Glory, Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery Delve into the story behind the ocean liner’s fateful voyage, including props from the 1997 film.

1st September, late night opening, Shrewsbury Market Hall Stallholders and food and drink establishments throw open their doors for the third late night of 2018.

(The Amen Corner) star in Mrs Beeton, My Sister, 2nd this adaptation of Miss Julie, September, Chelmarsh Parish directed by Carrie Cracknell, set Hall A lively retelling of the in contemporary London. 7pm. entertaining and moving story Tickets £11 adults, £7 children. of Isabella Beeton’s life and how www.sparctheatre.co.uk she came to write the worldfamous Book of Household NT Live: King Lear, Management. 5pm. DID YOU 27th September, Tickets £12 adults, Aston on Clun £8 children. Call KNOW? Village Hall 01746 862850. King Lear was Broadcast live from first performed London’s West End, NT Live: Julie, for James I see Sir Ian McKellen’s 6th September, in 1606 ‘extraordinarily SpArC Theatre, moving portrayal’ (The Bishops Castle Independent) of King Lear in Vanessa Kirby (The Crown, this contemporary retelling of NT Live: A Streetcar Named Shakespeare’s play. Considered Desire) and Eric Kofi Abrefa

Find bats, Lost Boys and fungi at Dudmaston Batwalk, 1st & 8th September Join the ranger on a nocturnal walk around the park to find out more about the bats at Dudmaston. 8pm-10pm. Tickets £6 adults, £3 children. Suitable for children over eight years; no dogs. Wrap up warm and wear suitable footwear. Peter Pan, 2nd September Watch the boy who wouldn’t grow up and his fairy sidekick, Tinkerbell, on their adventures with Wendy, Michael and John Darling. Performed in the open air by Immersion Theatre. Gates open 1pm for a 2pm start.

Booking essential. Tickets £10 adults, £8 children and £32 or £35 for families. Fungus Foray, 30th September Do you know your red cap from your fly agaric? Join experts from the Shropshire Fungus Group on a fungi-spotting walk around the dingle. Discover which species grow at Dudmaston and how to identify one mushroom from another. 11.15am-1pm. Booking essential. Event is free but normal admission applies. Suitable for children over 10 years; dogs on leads welcome. www.national trust.org.uk/ dudmaston

by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, King Lear sees two ageing fathers reject the children who love them, unleashing a tornado of ambition and treachery. 7pm. Tickets £10 adults, £6 children. Call 01588 660493/660893. The Greatest Showman, The Edge Arts Centre, Much Wenlock, 22nd October Hugh Jackman stars as Phineas Barnum in this box-office-busting musical. 7.30pm. Tickets £5 adults, £4 children. Call 01952 728911. For details of further events, visit www.artsalive.co.uk.

Evening of poetry at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery On 6th September, Andrew McMillan reads from his new poetry collection Playtime, which focuses on childhood and adolescence, delving into the development of our adult identities. 7.30pm. Tickets £12.50. Doors are open from 6pm and as part of the evening you can explore the museum and enjoy a question and answer session and book signing with McMillan. www. shrewsburymuseum.org.uk

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Music and laughter at Festival Drayton Centre RSC Live: The Merry Wives of Windsor, 12th September Down on his luck in the suburbs, John Falstaff plans to hustle his way to a comfortable retirement by seducing the wives of two wealthy men. Unknown to him, it’s the women of Windsor who really pull the strings, orchestrating Falstaff ’s comeuppance. 7pm. Tickets £16.50, Friends £15, under-21s £10. A Celebration of John Denver, 19th September A magical journey through the career of John Denver, featuring popular hits such as Annie’s Song, Leaving On A Jet Plane and Take Me Home, Country Roads. 7.30pm. Tickets £17.50, Friends £16. Ricky Ross, 29th September Deacon Blue’s lead singer Ross performs Short Stories Vol. 1, with

supporting act Heidi Browne. As well as playing his new tracks, Ross will revisit well-known Deacon Blue songs. 7.30pm. Tickets £30. Atlantic Ladies, 4th October A musical play based on the tales of daring-do of Shropshire’s three ‘Atlantic Ladies’ who spent 60 days rowing from the Canaries to the Caribbean. See their oar-some story and stay for the talkback session afterwards. 7.30pm. Tickets £15, Friends £14. Maggie Bell & Dave Kelly, 22nd October Two stalwarts of the British R&B scene perform an evening of acoustic blues, soul and good times – with more than a little humour thrown in for good measure. 7.30pm. Tickets £18, Friends £16.50. For details and to book tickets, visit www.festivaldraytoncentre.com.

Halloween experiences at Hawkstone Park Follies Follies Fun Dog Show, 7th October, Grand Valley of the Follies An action-packed day for all. There are 10 dog classes including Perfect Puppy (under 12 months), Glorious Golden Oldies (seven and over), Beautiful Eyes and, of course, Best In Show. Refreshments are available and you can have a go at the adventure trail around the park. Gates open 10am for registration. Season Ticket Coffee Morning, 11th October Caspian’s Cafe offers a complimentary tea or coffee plus a slice of freshly made cake for all season ticket holders. 10am-noon. Halloween Horror Escape Race, 13th October Zombies have taken over Hawkstone Park Follies! Do you have what it takes to survive the 5k route of caves, obstacles and

1st September, Krazy Kites, Severn Valley Country Park, Bridgnorth Make your own kite, decorate it and then launch it into the sky. Noon-4pm. Free.

1st September & 13th October, Antiques Fair, Castle House, Ludlow Castle Entry £1, children free. Car parking is signposted around town. For more information, call Graham on 07784 485347.

mud with your three lives intact? Tickets from £18. Over-14s only. To book, visit bodytechhealthclubs.co.uk/escape-races.

1st September, OakFest 2018, Oak Farm, Ditton Priors A fun family day with live music, craft stalls and dog show. 11am-5pm.

West End Horror Show, 26th October Relive all your favourite scary (and not-soscary) moments from cult horror classics of the stage and screen, including The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Little Shop Of Horrors, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street and many more with this fully interactive musical tribute show. Featuring a sing-a-long and the chance to learn some of the scariest dance moves around. After the break, dance the night away to all your favourite Halloween-inspired chart hits. Package price includes a three-course dinner and live entertainment for £34.95. To book, call 01948 841769 or email enquiries@ hawkstone.co.uk. www.hawkstone parkfollies.co.uk

1st September & 6th October, Open Studio, Participate Contemporary Artspace, Shrewsbury Meet artists in their creative environments, with more than 13 studios open to the public. 11am-5pm.

All aboard the Whitchurch Boat Rally The moorings are filling up for the Whitchurch Canal Boat Rally on 1st and 2nd September, including vessels from the Broken Cross Cruising Club and trading boats selling painted wares and ‘anything coffee-flavoured’. Expect the usual excellent raffle, cakes and crafts, live music and ice cream. www.whitchurchwaterway.uk

Fun filled family day at the Quarry, Shrewsbury Active Severn is a day of fun runs for people of all abilities on 1st September. Events include a 5k, 1k and 100m and you can run, walk, push or be pushed. £10 per runner. 11am-4pm. To register, email june.meagher@ shropshire.gov.uk.

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Ghosts, dance and comedy at Ironbridge Gorge Museums

Freeform Friday tile-making workshops, 7th September, Jackfield Tile Museum Make and decorating your own tiles, with tubelining workshops, encaustic tile-making and a chance to create a freeform tile or garland. £8.50 per person. To book, call 01952 884627. Comedy Night, 7th September, Enginuity As part of Ironbridge Lates, Tony Meresse comperes an evening of comedy headlined by Paul Tonkinson, a former

Dare to be different at the Whitchurch Blackberry Fair On 6th October, Blackberry Fair takes over the streets of Whitchurch. This is a day celebrate ‘local’, with everything from bees, bunting and funky processions to markets, music and lots of mayhem. Expect fun for all the family, with fabulous food, colourful events, live concerts and arts and crafts aplenty for people of all ages. It’s all to raise money for the community and regenerate the area for future generations. www.blackberryfair.co.uk

Time Out Comedian Of The Year and one of the finest stand-ups the UK has to offer. 7pm. Tickets £20. Silent Disco, 5th October, Enginuity A silent disco has much in common with a regular disco, with one difference: there’s no music! Until you put on a pair of headphones. A switch on the side of the headset allows you to choose your preferred tunes. 7pm. Tickets £12. Suitable for over-18s only.

Pomp and pulling at Ironwork Centre

Ghostly Gaslight, 27th October, Blists Hill Victorian Town Wander the streets, shops and houses of Blists Hill, transformed into eerie places that are filled with ghosts, ghouls and monsters for the museum’s annual Halloween fright night. Feel free to hit the fancy dress shops before your visit for the perfect spooky costume! 6pm-9pm. For more events, information and to book tickets, visit www.ironbridge.org.uk.

Immerse yourself in Kino Culture in Oswestry this autumn First Reformed (15), 7th & 8th September Ethan Hawke is parish priest Reverend Ernst Toller. When a pregnant parishioner (Amanda Seyfried) asks him to counsel her husband, Toller is plunged into his past and starts to question his future. 7.30pm. Tickets £7/£5. Oscar Wilde Season Live: The Importance of Being Earnest (12A), 9th October A new production of one of the funniest plays in English, broadcast live to cinemas from the Vaudeville Theatre, London. Jack, Algy, Gwendolyn and Cecily

discover how unsmooth runs the course of love, while Lady Bracknell keeps a baleful eye on the mayhem of manners. 7.15pm. Tickets £15/£10. The Royal Opera House Live: Die Walküre, 28th October This production of the second of four works comprising the Ring Cycle features an array of specialist singers. 5pm. £15/£10. www.kinokulture.org.uk

Put your best foot forward for hospice walk Ladies, grab your trainers and tiaras for the Cinderella Walk for Severn Hospice on 8th September. The walk starts at 10pm and you’re encouraged to be back by midnight to avoid

Proms In The Park, 15th September An evening of music from the worlds of opera, stage and screen to launch the 50th anniversary concert season of the Wrexham Symphony Orchestra. The night will end with a grand finale of traditional flagwaving Proms music and a dazzling firework display. Proceeds on the night in aid of Nightingale House Hospice. 5pm-9.30pm. £20 adults, £10 children.

Clash Of The Titans Tug Of War, 24th September Teams from across the county compete for eternal glory in this gruelling trial of strength and endurance. First pull at noon. Midlands Breakfast Club, 7th October Drivers from arrive in style at the centre. Don’t forget your camera! Follow them on Facebook at @MidlandsBreakfastClub. 9am. Entry free. Halloween Spooktacular, 26th October Bring your little monsters along to experience spooky activities such as a devilish doughnut tree, apple bobbing, face painting and stilt walkers. Fancy dress is encouraged. For details of all events, visit www. britishironworkcentre.co.uk

turning into a pumpkin. There is also entertainment from 9pm. Registration is £15 and the walk is around 9km, so it’s best to leave your glass slippers at home. www.severnhospice.org.uk

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It’s The Place to be at Oakengates Theatre Ross Noble, 6th September Don’t miss this chance to see comedy legend Ross Noble in this intimate venue as he warm ups for his brand new 2018 tour. 8pm. Tickets £18.

The Simon & Garfunkel Story, 5th October Critically acclaimed concert-style show about two boys from Queens who went on to be the world’s most successful music duo. Using video projection, incredible lighting and a full live band, it features all the hits including Mrs Robinson, Bridge Over Troubled DID YOU Water, The Sound Of Silence and many KNOW? more. 7.30pm. Tickets £21.50. Simon &

Re-Take That, 27th September The most authentic tribute to one of the biggest British pop acts performs its Wonderland Show featuring Robbie Live. See Gary, Garfunkel were Howard and Mark perform all the Quadrophenia Night, 13th October originally called 1990s favourites and latest hits, The Atlantics play the hits from the Tom & Jerry including Greatest Day, Back For 1979 film, including Green Onions, Good, Relight My Fire, New Day and Louie, Louie and My Generation, plus a showing of the film. 7.30pm. Tickets £12. Shine, as well as Let Me Entertain You and www.theplacetelford.com more from Robbie Live. 7.30pm. Tickets £22.

Spice it up in Market Drayton The award-winning Ginger & Spice Festival makes a welcome return to Market Drayton from 26th to 29th September, as part of British Food Fortnight. Featuring an eclectic mix of events in and around the town centre, the festival celebrates Market Drayton’s culinary heritage with its links to the ancient spice routes and what is thought to be the oldest gingerbread in the country – it has been baked here for more than 200 years. The fun-packed, four-day festival includes an abundance of speciality food and drink, with plenty of produce featuring a ginger twist. From 10am to 5pm on 29th September, visitors can journey into an exotic and fascinating world of spice, secret recipes, ancient gingerbread guilds and delicious hot and spicy street food at the Spice Exchange Street Market at Clive’s Street Food Court. At the market you’ll be able to find everything from ginger teas, spicy pies, enrobed chocolate gingers and spiceinfused jams to aromatic gin, real ale and cured gourmet meats, as well as a host of other ginger-themed delicacies. There are also live cookery masterclasses from top, regional and local chefs.

Other events over the four days include the Leek United Heritage Spice Trail and competition, which is dedicated to exploring the town’s culinary history and includes tastings in shops, cafes, the brewery, church, museum, Festival Drayton Centre, covered market and more. The competition is free to enter and there will be prizes for the lucky winners. Fringe events include a gin and jazz evening, live music from Deacon Blue’s lead singer Ricky Ross, pop-up restaurants, foraging walks, live entertainment, ginger-inspired competitions, heritage talks and more. The Spice Exchange Street Market is free, but visitors should expect to pay for some events taking place in the evening and at private venues. Booking ahead for these events is essential. For details of all the festival’s events, visit www. gingerandspicefest.co.uk.

1st September, Acton Scott Gardening Club Annual Show, Acton Scott Village Hall If you were inspired by the Great Pavilion at the Chelsea Flower Show, why not have a go yourself. Classes include for vegetables, flowers, floral art and produce. For details email actonscottgc@gmail.com.

1st September & 13th October, Antiques Fair, Castle House, Ludlow Castle Entry £1, children free. Car parking is signposted around town. For more information, call Graham on 07784 485347.

2nd September, Ellesmere Antique & Collectors Fair, Town Hall, Ellesmere Popular monthly event selling a wide variety of antiques and collectables, including ceramics, jewellery, postcards, clocks, furniture, militaria and vintage textiles. Free parking and full disabled facilities. 10am-4.30pm. Entry £1.

2nd September, Open Garden for NGS, Windy Ridge, Telford ‘Stunning and inspirational’ is how visitors frequently describe this award-winning village garden. The strong design and exuberant colour-themed planting – featuring more than 1,000 species, mostly labelled – offer a picture around every corner. Noon-5pm. Entry £5 (children free).

4th September, Leaf Mining Moth Workshop, Severn Valley Country Park, Bridgnorth Leaf-mines are the eating patterns of small moth caterpillars as they eat their way through leaves and enable identification based on their patterns. 10am-4pm. £40.

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Tributes galore at the Theatre On The Steps


4th, 9th, 18th & 23rd September, 2nd & 7th October, guided tour of Stokesay Court, Onibury Visit this grade II* late-Victorian mansion with its landscaped grounds and views towards Ludlow. Booking essential. 2.30pm. £16.50.

6th September, Royal British Legion Beer & Banter, The Crown Inn, Oakengates Retired ex-service men and women meet for at for a pint and chat. Wheelchair access from car park and bus station. 2pm-4pm.

8th September, Saturday Singers, Bridgnorth Baptist Church A monthly singing workshop led by Jane Read. Everyone is welcome – come every time or just when you feel like it! Everything is taught by ear, from scratch. 10am.

8th September, Gel Plate Printing, The Art Centre, Derwen College, near Oswestry Learn to use a gel printing plate to create amazing images. It is a wonderfully accessible technique that produces some lovely stand-alone art pieces or papers to be used in other projects such as covering a handmade book. Course runs from 10am-4pm, priced £50 to include basic materials, refreshments and lunch in The Orangery Restaurant. To book call 01691 661 234 or email bookings@derwen.ac.uk

8th September & 13th October, Arts & Crafts Market, Shrewsbury Made In Shropshire fair showcasing a wide range of inspirational products and produce including ceramics, textiles, jewellery, artwork, photography, glass, wood, food and drink. 9am-5pm.

Money For Nothing, 15th September Europe’s No1 Dire Straits tribute act is a must-see for any rock enthusiast. Featuring songs such as Sultans Of Swing and Walk Of Life. 8pm. Tickets £16. Whole Lotta Shakin’, 29th September This award-winning tribute show tells the rags-to-riches story of 1980s rock ‘n’ roll icon Shakin’ Stevens. Includes a full concert

Calling all foodies to Ludlow festival

With three main stages hosting over 40 hours of chef demonstrations, as well as countless talks and tastings, Ludlow Food Festival on 7th-9th September is not to be missed. The festival champions producers of food and drink from Ludlow and the Welsh Marches. This year’s line-up includes Wahaca founder Thomasina Miers, gardener Alys Fowler and Observer Food editor Allan Jenkins. Events at Ludlow Castle and around the town. Tickets from £12 adults, £2 children. www. ludlowfoodfestival.co.uk

featuring all the hits: Green Door, This ’Ole House and more. 8pm. Tickets £20. The Beatles Unplugged, 3rd October An evening of Beatles songs like you’ve never heard them before – stripped back and acoustic. 8pm. Tickets £11. Are You Experienced?, 27th October Now in its 23rd year, Europe’s premier Jimi Hendrix

DID YOU KNOW? Jimi Hendrix was left-handed and played his guitar upside down

tribute act performs all of Hendrix’s greatest hits 8pm. Tickets £16.50.

The Ghost Walk, 30th & 31st October Let guides lead you through Bridgnorth, where ghosts reveal how they met their grisly ends, then enjoy a Spooktacular stage show. Early booking essential. 7pm. Tickets £12 adults, £6 children. www.theatreonthesteps.co.uk

Find Joy at Ludlow Assembly Rooms Charles Owen, 26th September, St Laurence’s Church Described by Gramophone magazine as ‘one of the finest British pianists of his generation’, Owen performs the inaugural recital on the church’s Festival Steinway piano. 1pm. Tickets £10. Finding Joy, 27th October, Oscars Joy, 83, is feisty, loves to dance and is losing her memory. Her grandson,

Danny, is bright and always getting into trouble. When Danny decides to look after Joy, they discover a shared playfulness and growing love. But is that enough? Approaching the subject of dementia with humour and humanity, Finding Joy has been praised for its full-mask skills, engaging storytelling, physical dexterity and emotional insight. 8pm. Tickets £14.50. www.ludlow assembly rooms.co.uk

Oar you ready to support MacMillan? Coracle Racing returns to Shrewsbury on 14th September for MacMillan Cancer Support. The race starts at 2.30pm at Pengwern Boat Club and it costs £300 to enter a team of four people. www.coracleworld championship.co.uk

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Krono Original flooring and Worktops We stock 30 styles of laminate flooring in our new showroom 5ml up to 12mml, also 5ml Krono Tile. Underlay from £9.99, Scotia and door thresholds to compliment the flooring. An example of the flooring prices shows we are amongst the most completive stockist of flooring in the Shropshire Borders area. Country Oak 7ml, 2.46 sq mt per pack, £15.39 Tawney Chestnut 10ml, 1.75sq mt per pack £17.90 Rockford Oak (grey wood finish) 8ml 2.22 per pack £15.98

Mustang Slate 8ml 2.52 per pack £27.50. 40ml Worktops 10 Finishes carried in stock 40ml x 600 x 3.0 meters long Black Granite, Walnut Block Oak Butchers Block, Venato Glitterstone, Java Blockwood Dark Atelier, Dark Tassili, Portland All above £59.00 Stardust Black (gloss) £69.00. All Prices include VAT Call in store to look at our kitchen, flooring, worktop ranges.

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Oswestry Branch Maesbury Road Industrial Estate, Maes Y Clawdd, Oswestry, SY10 8NN oswestry@jcdykesupplies.co.uk Tel: 01691 670314


Opening Hours Monday to Friday: 7.30am - 5.00pm Saturday: 8.00am - 3.30pm Sunday: 10.00am - 1.00pm

From our Oswestry showroom J C Dyke Supplies offer a comprehensive range of office furniture and supplies. Our showroom features many of our more popular items. Alternatively you can shop for office furniture products using our extensive catalogue, simply contact us to request a copy. Enjoy your work space with our practical and stylish office furniture. Ellesmere Branch Rennet Works , Market St, Ellesmere, Shropshire, SY12 0AN ellesmere@jcdykesupplies.co.uk Tel: 01691 624085 Opening Hours Monday to Friday: 8.00am - 5.00pm Saturday: 9.00am - 4.00pm Sunday: 10.00am - 1.00pm

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Bonfire & Fireworks Saturday 3rd November

Fairground Rides H Candy Floss Hot Drinks H Food H Licensed Bar

5 - 7TH OCT

Gates open 5pm • Bonfire lit 6pm



Award-winning Markets Regular Market Days every Wednesday, Friday & Saturday Charity Market

7th September – 9am until 3pm Bailey Head

Bailey Head Dog Show

8th September Free family event. Small entry fee for classes

Heritage Open Days

8th-16th September Oswestry has a wide number of interesting activities including aetiological digs, St Oswald’s tower, market activities, the Town Museum and the Park Hall trenches. Go to www. oswestrytownmusuem.co.uk for further details

Oswestry Community Games

23rd September 10am until 3pm Large annual event held in Cae Glas Park including tennis, football, archery, martial arts, hockey, rugby.

Artisan Market

28th September - 9am until 3pm A collection of quality local craft and food producers held in Bailey Street and the Bailey Head

Apple Day

13th October - 9am until 2pm Lots of interesting varieties of apples and advice on growing by the local orchard group CROP.

TickeT iNFormaTioN Advance – up to 4pm, 1st November: Adults £7, Children (14 years & under) £4, Family (2+2) £20 All advance tickets to be collected by 1st November Available from the Box Office on 01948 665914 On the gate: Adults £8, Children £5, Family £24, Children 3 & under, free

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THE DOROTHY CLIVE GARDEN Winter membership is available at £5 per person for 6 months entrance into the Garden throughout the Winter Season (October 2018 - March 2019). Membership forms are available in our Gift room. THE 7TH ANNUAL CHILLI FESTIVAL will take place Sunday 23rd September 10am to 6.30pm. This special fundraising event attracts hundreds of visitors and families from the local area. Admission is £6.00 per adult, free for children between 0-4 and £2.00 for children who are between 5- 17 years. There is no pre-booking, just turn up on the day. Members of the Dorothy Clive Garden are admitted for free.

Shropshire Produce Market

20th October - 9am until 3pm Handpicked Shropshire based food and craft producers selling the best the county has to offer

Artisan Market

26th October - 9am until 3pm A collection of quality local craft and food producers held in Bailey Street and the Bailey Head

Halloween Market

27th October Scary goings on on the Bailey Head. Family fun, prizes, scary hunts, children’s rides

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

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Sound sensitive display 7pm • Main fireworks 8pm

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9th September, Blackstar Day, Whittington Castle, Oswestry Time to get medieval at the castle. Castle opens 10am. Castle ghost tours run from 26th to 30th October, and there are Halloween events on the 31st.

Everything from classical and folk to award-winning comedy at Theatre Severn G4 Live, 7th September The UK’s No.1 classical vocal harmony quartet is back. Enjoy hits such as Bohemian Rhapsody, My Way and Nessun Dorma, plus tracks from their recent Love Songs album. 7.30pm. Tickets from £30. VIP tickets £76.50, including a pre-show meet-and-greet. Poppyfields, 13th-15th September Set in 1916, this play takes the audience on an emotional journey from the Home Front to the horror of the Somme. 7.30pm, plus 2.30pm Saturday matinee featuring the Military Wives Choir. Tickets £16.

moving story of twins who grow up on different sides of the tracks. The score includes Bright New Day and Tell Me It’s Not True. 7.30pm, plus 2.30pm Wednesday-Saturday. Tickets from £25. Kate Rusby, 20th October One of folk

music’s brightest stars performs classics DID YOU from her acclaimed back catalogue. KNOW? 7.30pm. Tickets £27.50 adults, £17.50 There were 57 children and students. zeppelin bombing raids on the UK Dylan Moran, 30th October The during WW1 BAFTA and Perrier award-winning

Blood Brothers, 8th-13th October Few musicals have received as much acclaim as Blood Brothers, the

comedian stops off to offer his unique take on love, politics, misery and the everyday absurdities of life. 8pm. Tickets £27.50. www.theatresevern.co.uk

Gangsters and oarsome stories at Shrewsbury’s Wightman Theatre implies, Brecht’s view seems to be that the rise of Hitler was preventable. 7.30pm, plus 2.30pm on Thursdays and Saturdays. Tickets £15 in advance, £18 on the door. The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, 4th-15th September In 1930s Chicago, small-time crime boss Arturo and his men offer protection for workers, jobs and businesses. As the Great Depression hits, Arturo strikes a deal and makes a killing until his shadow stretches from the markets to the docks. Described by its author, Bertolt Brecht, as a ‘history farce’, this parody of the rise of Hitler was kept under wraps for almost two decades after it was written in 1941, and was first performed two years after Brecht’s death. As the title

9th September, Autumn Plant Hunters’ Fair, Weston Park Find some late-blooming plants for your garden. 10am-4pm. £2.50.

Atlantic Ladies, 26th-29th September Sixty days after sailing from the Canaries, Shropshire’s ‘Atlantic Ladies’ finally made landfall in the Caribbean after a recordbreaking row across the Atlantic. Author Chris Eldon Lee has had unrivalled access to Sharon, Di and Elaine, and their crazy tale is dramatically retold in this musical play. 7.30pm, plus 2.30pm on 29th September. Tickets £15. www.thewightman.co.uk

15th & 16th September, The Midland Game Fair, Weston Park Traditional country pursuits in the park’s main arena. 8.30am-6pm. Tickets from £17, children free.

15th & 16th September, Open Garden for NGS, Ruthall Manor, Bridgnorth Explore this garden, which is divided into intimate sections and offset by mature specimen trees. 1pm-6pm. Entry £5, children free.

Grab your tankard for an Oktoberfest in Shrewsbury

Join the fun at the second Shropshire Oktoberfest in Shrewsbury’s Quarry Park and around town on 5th-7th October. You can expect around 150 real ales from local brewers, with experts on hand to guide your choices. If real ale isn’t your thing, there are also bars serving lager, cider and perry, a gin tent and tasting theatre, and a prosecco parlour. Tickets start at £5 in advance. www. shropshireoktoberfest.co.uk

15th September-13th November, Wilfred Owen Festival, Oswestry A series of events to mark the centenary of the Oswestry-born war poet’s death and armistice day. At its heart is the unveiling of a newly commissioned life-size bronze statue of Wilfred Owen by local sculptor Tim Turner.

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Classic cars and leafy adventures at Alderford Lake


18th September, afternoon film show, Birchmeadow Centre, Broseley Tea or coffee and biscuits are served in an interval when there is also time for a chat. 2.30pm.

23rd September & 16th October, Oswestry Community Games, Cae Glas Park A huge celebration featuring all the town’s sporting organisations including tennis, martial arts, cricket and football. Try a new sport, regardless of your ability. 10am-3pm. Free.

Car boot sale, 2nd September Event to raise funds for the Friends of Whitchurch Hospital. Gates open to sellers at 9am and buyers at 9.30am. Cars, 4x4s and small vans £8; large vans, £12; trailers £3. Entry £1, children free. Car boot sale, 7th October To support the Blackberry Fair. Details as above.

range of classic and vintage cars, and enjoy a breakfast butty and a cup of coffee at a super relaxing Sunday morning treat. If you’d like to bring along your vintage or classic vehicle, contact Malcolm Ling on 07889 666477. 9am-noon. £2 per vehicle. A fast-track breakfast – bacon or sausage bap with tea or coffee – costs £5.

Classic Car Breakfast Meeting, 14th October Look at a superb

Leaf Wars with Shropshire Wildlife Trust, 30th October

Watercolour wonders near Whitchurch

29th September, Kit Holmes, Birchmeadow Centre, Broseley An enthralling and energetic live performance of blues-driven roots with a soul sensibility. 7.30pm. Tickets from £10.

3rd–20th October, Wellington Festival Join the town’s annual celebration of arts, culture and literature.

14th October, Open Garden for NGS, Millichope Park, Craven Arms Your chance to visit these historic landscaped gardens, which cover 14 acres and include lakes, cascades dating from the 18th century, woodland walks, wildflowers and a walled garden. Expect roses and the amazing colours of autumn. 2pm-5pm. Entry £5, children free.

Mammals Watercolour Workshop, 8th–11th September, Bickley Hall Farm Develop your skills and confidence in painting mammals, and otters and hares in particular. A lovely ‘switch-off day’. 10.30am-3.30pm. £75. Learn to Nordic Walk, 15th September, Bickley Hall Farm Nordic walking is a full-body workout that provides fast results and is a brilliant way to get out in nature. Qualified instructor Paul will show you the ropes. 9.30am-2pm. £35. For more details of both events, call 01948 820728.

Bring the children down to Alderford for a fun afternoon of leafy activities. 2pm-3.30pm. Book your place at www. shropshirewildlifetrust. org.uk/whats-on. Alderford Bonfire Night, 3rd November Watch two spectacular firework displays and enjoy all the fun of the fair, with plenty of food and drink, at Alderford lake. www.alderford.com

Speciality markets and events at Oswestry Town Market Charity Market, 7th September, Bailey Head To raise funds and awareness for a wide number of local charities. 9am-3pm.

Artisan Market, 28th September & 26th October, Bailey Street and Bailey Head A collection of quality local craft and food producers sell their wares. 9am-3pm.

Bailey Head Dog Show, 8th September Free event in aid of Hector’s Greyhound Rescue. Small entry fee for classes.

Apple Day, 13th October Annual event celebrating the apple and healthy eating, with interesting varieties of apples and advice on growing by the local orchard group CROP. 9am-2pm.

Heritage Open Days, 8th16th September National initiative to open historical places for free. Locations include St Oswald’s tower, the town museum and Park Hall trenches. For details see www.oswestrytown museum.co.uk for details.

Oswestry Community Games, 23rd September, Cae Glas Park Try sports for free including tennis, football, archery, martial arts and rugby. 10am-3pm.

Shropshire Produce Market, 20th October, town centre Local food and craft producers selling the best in the county. 9am-3pm. Halloween Market, 27th October Scary goings on at Bailey Head. Annual Bonfire & Firework Display, 3rd November, Brogyntyn Park Annual event managed by volunteers the Treble 999s. All proceeds to local charities. 6pm-7pm. www.oswestrymarket.co.uk

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Fine Art & Antiques Auction, to include: Historical Documents & Books

Saturday 1st September, 10am – 2pm

Craft Fair at the Civic Centre

A variety of local crafters selling unique gifts and creations in the Main Hall.

Blackberry Fair

Whitchurch Blackberry Fair Saturday 6th October from 10am-6pm Join us for the chilled out street festival that dares to be different! A celebration of music, performance, craft, artistry, sustainability and the world we live in. Throughout Whitchurch Town Centre. www.blackberryfair.co.uk

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Opera on an Autumn Evening

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Sunday 14th October

Classic Car Breakfast

Meeting A chance to look at a superb range of classic and vintage cars. Super relaxing Sunday morning treat from 9am til 12 noon.


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Sat 29th Sept - 10am to 5pm

The Spice Exchange Street Market and the Kadai Food Theatre • Visit the Spice Exchange Street Market -there’s everything from ginger teas, spicy pies, chocolate enrobed ginger, spice-infused jams, aromatic gin, local real ale, cured gourmet meats as well as a host of ginger-themed delicacies! • Watch live cookery master classes from top, regional and local chefs • Take part in the Leek United Heritage Spice Trail around the medieval town. • Enjoy delicious hot street food, plus sweets and treats Free to visit • For children - decorate gingerbread biscuits and Street markets learn about seasonal food cookery Saturday only • Enter the best baker or best ‘red-head’ competition

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Foraging Walk with James Sherwin & Bee McGovern ............................................................................ Clive of India Film and Curry Night ............................................................................ Best of Baking Contest ............................................................................ A Passage to India – Gin Tasting and Jazz Event with the Gintleman ............................................................................

For more events, further info and booking: www.gingerandspicefest.co.uk

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17th October, An Evening with Wildlife Kate, The Edge Arts Centre, Much Wenlock Spring Watch and Country File regular Kate MacRae shares her vast knowledge. 7pm. £15.

Late-night tours, buggy fitness and geocaching at Attingham Park Buggy Active, 5th September-24th October, Wednesdays only 11.15am-noon. £5 pay as you go or £40 for 10 sessions. Price doesn’t include entry to Attingham Park. Booking is essential. Visit Buggy Active Shrewsbury’s Facebook page for more information. Behind Closed Doors, 15th September Take a costumed evening tour of Attingham Mansion led by Lord Berwick. 4.45pm-6pm. Tickets £8. Booking essential and admission applies. Under-16s must be

accompanied by an adult. Call 01743 708165 or email attinghamevents@ nationaltrust.org.uk. Get Geocaching 2018, 31st October

DID YOU Explore Attingham as you hunt for KNOW? geocaches and tick off number 49 on Buggy fitness can the National Trust’s list of 50 things to do before you’re 11¾. Booking be started after isn’t needed but admission applies. your six-week For more information, visit www. check-up

Steam gala and the first Oktoberfest at Severn Valley Railway Autumn Steam Gala, 20th-23rd September Get close to an array of steam locomotives and sample a fantastic selection of attractions up and down the line. Pay once and spend a whole day travelling back in time. Tickets from £17.50. Oktoberfest, 13th & 14th October, The Engine House Expect lederhosen, giant steins and German food as the world’s most famous beer festival comes to the Severn Valley Railway. Experience Bavarian-style oompah music, street food and the best of Bavarian beer. A full service of steam and diesel trains will be running. Tickets from £13. www.svr.co.uk

Get on board the Maesbury Canal Fayre Head to Montgomery on 14th-16th September for the Maesbury Canal Fayre. This gathering of canal, transport and music enthusiasts is really about what you can bring to the party – if you have a hobby or trade you want to share, the event needs you! Pitches are free, but donations to the Friends Of The Montgomery Canal are appreciated. To sign up, call 07941 429980 or visit www.bywatercruises.co.uk.


20th October, Shrewsbury Model Railway Show, United Reform Church, Coleham Head 10am-4pm. Tickets from £2.

20th October, Organ Recital & Afternoon Tea with Scott Phillips, Ellesmere College A recital on the College’s two pipe organs. 3.30pm.

20th October, English Fiddle Workshop, Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, Craven Arms John Dipper focuses on tone and technique. 10am. £48.

Be part of a Guinness World Record-breaking dance event On 22nd September Dance company Revel In Dance is attempting to break the record for the largest number of people dancing the Charleston at one time. The current record is 975 and Revel In Dance is hoping to recruit at least 1,000 adults and children over 10. The attempt will take place at Shrewsbury’s Quarry Park at 1pm on the 22nd. No dance experience is necessary, but all participants must attend at least one workshop to learn the routine. These are held at Sundorne Sports Hall, with four in September on the 8th and 15th. There is a registration donation of £3 for adults and £2 for children, with all proceeds going to Severn Hospice. For more information and to register, visit www.revel-in-dance.com and click on ‘I Can Charleston GWRA’.

20th October, Guitar Workshop, Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, Craven Arms Focus on plectrum-style accompaniment. 10am. £48.

20th & 21st October, Shropshire Craft Guild, Ludlow Castle 10am–5pm. Entry free.

27th October, 22nd-27th October, National Curry Week Celebrate Britain’s favourite dish, and choose from a selection of Indian platters available at The Orangery Restaurant during National Curry Week. A different curry every day from 12 noon2pm, priced at £5.45. 29th October – 2nd November Halloween treats, The Garden Café, Derwen College No tricks but plenty of treats at The Garden Café for half term week. Enjoy some terrifyingly tasty ghoulishly good spicy pumpkin soup with a sandwich. Or sample a themed cakes available in the café and farm shop. www.visitderwen.co.uk

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Matilda The Musical, Birmingham Hippodrome, until 8th September Last chance to catch this amazing production of one of Roald Dahl’s best-loved stories. Matilda is brought to life on stage with an original score and soundtrack to accompany the magical and inspiring tale.

One Night Of Queen, New Alexandra Theatre, 20th September A spectacular live concert that recreates the look, sound, pomp and showmanship of one of the greatest rock bands of all time, Queen. This show will rock you!

Grand Designs Live, Birmingham NEC, 10th-14th October Presented by Kevin McCloud, this show – based on the Channel 4 series – offers visitors top expert advice, new product launches and specialist exhibitors in six project zones. The perfect place to find ideas and inspiration.


Cardiff 10k & Family 2k Run, City Hall, 2nd September The Nation Radio Cardiff 10k & 2k Family Fun Run is powered by leading Welsh charity Kidney Wales. Returning for another year, the 2018 race is expected to be the biggest yet,with 10,000 places available to competitors.

You Win Again, St David’s Hall, 6th September Direct from London’s West End, You Win Again celebrates the music of the Bee Gees. Prepare to experience the distinct sound of one the greatest bands to have ever graced the stage, in this unforgettable concert spectacular.

Harry Potter And The Chamber of Secrets, Cardiff Castle, 16th September The castle’s cinema-underthe-stars events are a firm favourite – and what better movie to enjoy in such a magical setting than Harry Potter? Bring a rug and picnic and settle in for a night of open-air cinema.


Fusion Festival, Otterspool Promenade, 1st & 2nd September Capital FM once again brings a stellar line-up of pop royalty to perform at Fusion Festival. Some of massive names there include Jess Glynne, Shawn Mendes, The Vamps, James Arthur, Zara Larson and more.

Let It Be, Liverpool Empire Theatre, 3rd-8th September Direct from the West End, this hit show celebrates the world’s greatest band. Come together to experience the iconic music of the Beatles with Let It Be, the spectacular new concert jam-packed with more than 40 of their greatest hits.

Disney Magic (Disney Cruise Line), Liverpool Cruise Terminal, Princes Parade, 7th September The most imaginative and colourful cruise ship you’ll ever see is coming to Liverpool. With everyone’s favourite characters in tow, the Disney Magic’s arrival is not to be missed!



Cirque Du Soleil, Manchester Arena, 26th-30th September Catch Cirque Du Soleil’s spectacular new touring show, OVO. Watch the artists soar across the sky in wonderful costumes, laugh at the clumsy clowns and hold your breath as the gymnasts perform incredible stunts.

Grimmfest, Odeon Great Northern, Deansgate, 4th-7th October Now in its 10th year, Grimmfest is a truly independent genre film festival, committed to sharing great horror and cult films from both new and established filmmakers from the world of genre cinema.

Bee In The City, across Manchester, until 23rd September A colony of giant bee sculptures is winging its way to Manchester. More than 100 bees are waiting to be discovered on this free, family fun trail, each designed by a different artist and celebrating the unique buzz of Manchester.

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As Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s awardwinning Calendar Girls: The Musical heads our way for a run at Llandudno’s Venue Cymru in October, Shire catches up with two of its stars – TV legends Fern Britton and Ruth Madoc


t’s a story of shedding inhibitions, real British girl power and turning tragedy into triumph. Calendar Girls has been a hit film, an award-winning play and now a musical with music by Gary Barlow, and is playing at Venue Cymru, Llandudno, this October. The story behind Calendar Girls took place 20 years ago and since then the group of Yorkshire women who stripped nude for a charity calendar have

raised a whopping £5 million for the Bloodwise charity. TV presenter and novelist Fern Britton plays protagonist Marie in the musical. Fern last appeared on stage 30 years ago and took some persuading to tread the boards once more. ‘I wasn’t an actress,’ she says. ‘I did a couple of pantomimes because I was a news presenter in Southampton and was the local girl in the show. To get the call about this was very much off the wall. It wasn’t anything I’d ever considered. So I said no!’

Exciting times

said yes. It’s the most exciting thing. The girls are so lovely and we’ve had such a laugh already. ‘I’m nervous, of course, but the director, Matt Ryan, is the most kind, gentle man. When I finally did a read through with them, he and I worked together for about 20 minutes beforehand on a scene. Tim [Frith] was really kind, too. He said, “I haven’t heard it done like that before,” and suddenly I had a job!’

‘A week later I got a ‘It’s the most message from my agent exciting thing,’ saying they were keen Empowering women says Fern to have me in the show,’ Ruth Madoc, star Britton. ‘The girls are lovely Fern continues. ‘Then of Hi-de-Hi!, Little and we’ve had I got an email saying Britain and Gypsy, such a laugh Gary Barlow wanted to plays Jessie in the new already’ have coffee with me – so musical. She spent what was I going to say four years in the play to that? I’m very, very glad I was of Calendar Girls and admits asked for the third time and the story is now part of her.

‘I know the story like the back of my hand – it’s in my DNA,’ she says. ‘The show empowers women. Twenty years ago these women made this calendar to raise money for charity and since then attitudes towards women have really shifted, it’s still very relevant. I’m excited to have another crack at it. ‘I love going on tour. I love the camaraderie and I’ve been touring for so many years, the places I perform become little homes. Llandudno is one of my favourite places to stay, it’s so beautiful. I was there last year with The Wedding Singer and I’m looking forward to returning.’ Calendar Girls: The Musical is at Venue Cymru, Llandudno, from 23rd to 27th October. Tickets from www.venuecymru.co.uk

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The Shire team has been at work visiting as many local events as possible. You can discover what our hard-to-please reviewers thought of the concerts, events, festivals and live theatre they saw, all at local venues this summer…

MBNA FAMILY FUNDAY, CHESTER RACECOURSE Shire – and 30,000 other racegoers – spent a leisurely Sunday afternoon at Chester Racecourse for the annual MBNA Family Funday on 5th August. Now in its 23rd year, the event is a calendar staple for families and racing enthusiasts alike. The racecourse opened its gates at 9am and a steady flow of traffic continued on to Chester Racecourse

MARY DUFF, MARKET DRAYTON FESTIVAL CENTRE Irish singer Mary Duff has a great line in charming stories. Between sets at this concert, she talked of her early career in Ireland and how her voice was ‘discovered’ when she was 12. Her defining genre is country and western – she fulfilled a lifelong dream when she appeared at the Grand Ole Opry in 2011 – and during her first set she played to her sweetheart image with a string of classics by Tammy Wynette, Merle

well into the afternoon. Families filled the open course to enjoy the free activities and entertainment on offer from the likes of Chester FC, Storyhouse, ParentFolk and local band Yubaba, while seven races took place including the feature race, the Caldwell Construction Queensferry Stakes. Dee 106.3 presenters Dave Phillips and Darren McCoy made sure attendees knew all about the activities on offer. Children enjoyed

Haggard, Willie Nelson and Patsy Cline. The audience lapped it up. Her voice may be sweet rather than sassy, but it has power and her accomplished band gave her an authentic Nashville sound. Her second set was more versatile. She gave us Pete St John’s The Fields of Athenry about the Irishman transported to Botany Bay for stealing to feed his starving family, the inspirational anthem Voice of an Angel and an impromptu version of Danny Boy. My personal favourite was Mary’s unaccompanied version of the 1905 song by James Russell, There’s A Pretty Spot In Ireland Where The River Shannon Flows. Duff ’s singing was hauntingly beautiful and heartfelt, and my ears savoured the rest from the steel guitar. JH

a giant colouring wall, face painting, petting zoo, inflatable zone, giant garden games, football skills, interactive storytelling and crafts. MBNA handed out free activity packs and hosted a prize draw. Over in the paddock, there was a jockey signing session with Paul Hanagan and Eddie Greatrex. Live music from Ally of the Mac Bros on the Pavilion Lawn and Jay and Jon on Paradise Row kept spirits up throughout the afternoon. PP

OSWESTRY FOOD FESTIVAL Thousands of people flocked to Oswestry town centre on 14th and 15th July for this annual festival of culinary delights, now in its 12th year. The UK’s recent bout of hot weather continued throughout the weekend, ensuring it was busy on both days. There was a good range of stands with produce on offer – the most we’ve seen for this event – and there were lots of great things to sample and buy. A fun afternoon! DB

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RSC LIVE: ROMEO & JULIET, KINOKULTURE, OSWESTRY On the 14th July, my family and I made the short trip to KinoKulture to view the highly commended and very promising production of Shakespeare’s iconic Romeo & Juliet, broadcast live to cinemas from Stratford-Upon-Avon. Having spent a term studying the unabridged version, I was looking forward to witnessing the changes made by the director in order to – and I quote – ‘raise modern issues and make their relevance known’. I was apprehensive at first – in my eyes, to change Shakespeare was utterly wrong. Who would dare? Well, director Erica Whyman did and she pulled it off. Not only does her abridged version make it far more gripping and authentic, but the set and costumes are something else. Erica has managed to make a 423-year-

PALOMA FAITH, CANNOCK CHASE Sporting a blonde bob, and wearing a sequinned jumpsuit and platform heels, beaming Paloma looked at home performing to a sell-out crowd in the middle of Cannock Chase Forest. Her star quality shone as brightly as the heatwave. She opened in dramatic style with The Architect, the title track from her first UK No.1 album. She also sang and gyrated with Matt Cardle, while Liam Bailey and his band got us into the balmy summer vibe as her support. Paloma dominated the iceberg stage, topped with a grand piano, in her

old play relevant to modern times, by the wearing of modern attire. In addition, Mercutio – originally male – is in this production a woman, who takes up most of stage with her energy and ego, contradicting the idea of patriarchy that was held so highly in the time of Shakespeare. The majority of the cast in this production are under 17 years of age, a brave decision given the status of the Royal Shakespeare Company but one that has proved to be an intelligent tactic. Since the essence of the play is rebellion of youth against their elders, it makes sense to highlight that aspect with a cast dominated by young people. Furthermore, the use of hip-hop music makes it far more appealing and, at times, humorous. Obviously, the acting is of the highest standard, and I very much look forward to seeing some of the cast in the future – although I doubt they can better these performances. TB

enigmatic style. She sang and danced her heart out to My Body and ’Til I’m Done, and got us all grooving to Lullaby and Everything Is Changing, before winding down with the sublime ballads Warrior and Only Love Can Hurt Like This. Between songs, Paloma revealed how motherhood has changed her, delighting the crowd with funny anecdotes comparing herself to a Skoda of reliability. She urged us all to be more kind and paused to allow a collapsed fan to receive care.

Paloma is a funky and quirky diamond at the top of her game, and it was a privilege to see how professional and polished she is. She also came to the front of the stage to meet fans up close. If you missed her, make sure you catch her brilliance next time. SW

VIVA NEIL DIAMOND, THEATRE SEVERN, SHREWSBURY Bob Drury’s tribute to Neil Diamond is a true celebration of the great man’s music, taking the audience through a wide range of Neil’s songs, starting in the 1960s and including some of lesser-known tracks. Bob also shares many anecdotes, which add to the authenticity of the evening. The first thing you notice is that Bob does not look like Neil Diamond. But he focuses on what matters – the music – and his voice and guitar playing do justice to the huge catalogue of music at his disposal. In the second half of the show, the audience had the chance to participate. During Red Red Wine and I’m A Believer, everyone joined in and some even danced in the aisles. By the time Bob performed Sweet Caroline, most of the audience were on their feet and singing along. CB

If you have a show happening anywhere in Wales and the Borders, we can send a reviewer – and your show can appear under the spotlight on these pages too! Email details to editorial@ shiremagazine.co.uk

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LLANFEST 2018, LLANGOLLEN A ‘festival in a day’ seemed an ambitious promise, if only because of the logistics involved in setting up a festival site and attracting acts. But when I realised that Llanfest 2018 was the finale of July’s Llangollen International

SHREK THE MUSICAL, VENUE CYMRU, LLANDUDNO It’s hard to believe that the first Shrek film was released in 2001 and harder still to get your head around the fact that it has spawned many spin-offs, including a highly successful stage musical. It seems there is no let-up in the eternal appeal of everyone’s favourite jug-eared green ogre, and it was a delight to catch the stage show in North Wales recently. Having toured in various forms for some years, it came as no surprise to find that this is a well-honed and slick production, with a faultless ensemble cast. We laughed, sang and

Musical Eisteddfod, it seemed more plausible. On arriving at the Royal International Pavilion, I sauntered through the array of mainly local traders and had a laugh at the comedy stage, before listening to the full set of a young local band. The Pavilion is modern and its claw shape and

danced as our unlikely hero and his loyal steed Donkey set off on their quest to rescue the beautiful Princess Fiona from her tower guarded by a fire-breathing love-sick dragon. It was a treat to see local boy Steffan Harri in the lead role, one that he performed excellently, and we particularly enjoyed the unashamedly camp Lord Farquaad, as well as the hilarious and hee-hawing Donkey, played by Marcus Ayton. In the audience, both young and old seemed to all enjoy themselves equally and the crowd at Venue Cymru left with a spring in its step – and with a few of the catchy songs ringing in its ears, no doubt. KS

transparent roof create a vast, open and airy space. For the evening concert, the back row seats were removed to increase the venue’s capacity to more than 5,000. As soon as the Hoosiers started their set, I was hooked. They were followed by Toploader, who stuck to all their

hits – I was surprised to find I recognised all of them! Closing Llanfest 2018 was left to Kaiser Chiefs, who thoroughly entertained the crowd. The setting was stunning, the acts superb and the atmosphere warm and lively. What more could you want from a festival in a day? IS


boy looking for a captain to take him abroad to find a missing map. Of course, all the pirates had tricks up their sleeves and just wanted the treasure for themselves. The classic story was told with a lot of comedy and funny songs. The set and costumes were great too, and made you feel almost as if you were on a ship sailing to the island yourself. Among the many great performances on display, Clay Travis as the main character, Jim Hawkins, really stood out. The whole show, which lasted 90 minutes, provided a thrilling evening out that we all very much enjoyed. ES & IM

This version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel Treasure Island, performed by the MATE community theatre group, was a great, family-friendly summer show, full of humour and adventure. The show was performed on a wooden stage surrounded by grass fields, where the audience sat on deckchairs. It was the beautiful place for a picnic, with trees, flowers, a play area and lovely gardens. The story of a group of pirates searching for Treasure Island, a land full of amazing secret treasures, started with a

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In this edition we turn the spotlight on Elena Valentine, a Wrexham-born actor who was raised in Llandegla, Denbighshire. Currently starring in The Play That Goes Wrong, Elena is back in North Wales at Venue Cymru in October and has answered most (there were three she didn’t want to) of Shire’s probing questions…

‘I’d come back as a cat. I could be fed, fussed and worshipped while still doing exactly what I want’






Full, real name


Elena Lucy Jane Valentine Current job title/role

Sandra/Florence on The Play That Goes Wrong national tour. Touring is currently my home life! It’s a new city, new home every week!




Highlight of the past 12 months?

Getting cast in TPTGW. My year could have been very different! Which animal would you choose to come back as and why?

Which reality show would you have best chance of winning: Strictly, Bake Off or I’m A Celeb?

Strictly every time. I’m considering becoming a celebrity just so I can be on it!

Home life

A cat. I could be fed, fussed and worshipped while still doing exactly what I want. 6


What is your favourite drink?

I love a gin and tonic, and Mediterranean tonic is a recent discovery.



What is your weakness or guilty pleasure?

Anything sweet. I’m a dessert fiend. When did you last laugh uncontrollably?

Last night. This show has ways of doing that to you. On or off the stage! Where is your favourite place in the world?

Iona. It’s a place of family, peace and perfection that we’re so lucky to have.

What is your desert island disc?

Our tour anthem is Bruno Mars’ That’s What I Like. That song will forever remind me of this great experience. What superpower would you choose?

Flight – think how much you would save on travel! Who is your all-time hero and how have they/ do they inspire you?

My grandma. She is the most hilarious person I know, and no matter what life throws at her she always keeps laughing. 9

What is your worst fear or phobia?


What would you buy if you won the lottery?

A pretty obvious one – the death of a loved one.

A house. I would love to have my own little space to decorate. 11

What would be your dream job?


If you were representing your country in the Olympics, which sport would you choose?

The hardest part of what I do is touring, so this exact job but in one location.


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Arthur’s legend through history 496 The Battle of Mount Badon between Britons and Saxons – a victory for Arthur, according to Nennius. 595 Aneirin writes Y Gododdin, a poem about the Britons’ failed attack on the Saxons, which includes the first literary reference to Arthur. c.600 Welsh poet Taliesin refers to Arthur. 830 Nennius writes History Of The Britons; refers to Arthur and Battle of Mount Badon. 1100 Mabinogion tale Culhwch ac Olwen is written down – the earliest story (originally told) involving King Arthur.

Join Wrexham Museum on a quest to rediscover the magic of The Mabinogion, King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table fantastic display has been assembled at Wrexham Museum, with medieval manuscripts and the wonderful illustrations of Margaret Jones bringing to life King Arthur and The Mabinogion tales. The exhibition includes original texts, paintings, watercolour illustrations, film animation and even costumes for visitors to try on. ‘We have a partnership with the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth, which offered us various pieces for exhibition,’ says the curator, Jonathan Gammond. ‘People are very interested in King Arthur and his role in Welsh culture, and we all hear the stories in school. We knew we could put on an accessible and family friendly exhibition, but we couldn’t have done this without the help of the National Library.

Hebrew, Persian and Welsh. In 1845, Lady Charlotte finally completed her work,

1180 Glastonbury monks claim to find the graves of King Arthur and Guinevere. 1290 Edward I orders construction of a round table for a tournament. The table is still on display in Winchester. 1485 Sir Thomas Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur first published by Caxton. Further editions follow in 1498, 1529, 1585, 1634 and 1816. 1838 Lady Charlotte Guest starts translating The Mabinogion, publishing it in 1849. 1859 Arthurian legends inspire Tennyson’s poem Idylls Of The King. 1963 Sword In The Stone animation released.

Jonathan Gammond with some of the ancient texts on display, including The Mabinogion

assisted by Welsh scholars in Abergavenny, and published the first modern bilingual edition of the tales in 1849. Without Arthur’s Welsh adventures her contribution, The Mabinogion would The exhibition is all about celebrating, never have become so popular. investigating and explaining Arthur As well as manuscripts, the in Wales. Although the legend of ‘I want people Wrexham exhibition includes a King Arthur was was popularised to hear these stories as they collection of stunning illustrations by Sir Thomas Malory’s Le Morte were – some from Gwyn Thomas’s 1984 update. d’Arthur in 1485, in escapist of the tales ‘The illustrations by Margaret tales of chivalry involving King may go back Jones are so detailed, they draw Arthur and the Knights of the as far as the you into this fantasy world,’ Round Table based on medieval Iron Age’ says Jonathan. ‘Visitors to the French, Latin, English and exhibition can also enjoy readings Welsh sources, he actually first by Fiona Collins in Welsh and English appears as a character in The Mabinogion from the text – her voice really brings tale of Culhwch And Olwen. It was this to life these ancient stories, which were 12th-century tale, originally part of an originally told rather than written down. oral tradition dating back centuries, ‘I want people to hear these stories as that made Arthur a hero in Wales. they were – some of the tales may go back In 1838, Lady Charlotte Guest started as far as the Iron Age,’ Jonathan continues. work on her translation of The Mabinogion ‘They’re among the very first long and from Welsh to English. Lady Charlotte was complicated stories, the earliest the English wife of a Welsh industrialist. form of storytelling, and by She loved languages, teaching herself Arabic,

Here are some local places with links to the legend of King Arthur: Ruthin There is a limestone block in the centre of town where it is claimed King Arthur beheaded the warrior Huail. Mold Carreg Carn March Arthur – a stone bearing the hoof mark of Arthur’s horse – can be found on the A494 between Mold and

1136 Geoffrey of Monmouth writes History Of The Kings Of Britain, includes an account of Arthur and first reference to Merlin and Excalibur. Becomes very popular in Europe.

Ruthin, protected by a stone arch. Chester One of Arthur’s great battles – the Battle of the City of Legion – is said to have taken place near Chester. Alderley Edge Merlin has links to Alderley Edge and Arthur is said to sleep nearby.

1975 Monty Python And The Holy Grail released in the UK. 1984 Gwyn Thomas’s Y Mabinogion, illustrated by Margaret Jones, is published.

chance these tales have survived through the ages. We’re so lucky that monks chose to write them down – the oldest surviving near-complete copy dates back to around 1350, and it is from these stories that the legend of King Arthur was partly born. ‘The 11 tales that make up The Mabinogion all represent enduring themes – honour, revenge, loyalty, betrayal, love, faith and redemption. It’s an amazing piece of Welsh literary culture, and it’s amazing how these stories stretch back to before the Roman times – as the Welsh language does too. This is one of the most important collection of stories in Welsh.’

Illustrations bring the tales to life

Land of Legends: Wales, Arthur And The Tales Of The Mabinogion runs until 3rd November at Wrexham County Borough Museum & Archives. Free entry. Call 01978 297460 for more information. September/October 2018 | SHIRE MAGAZINE 63

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As autumn surrounds us in its golden glow, there can be no better way to celebrate the season than to wrap up and head out on a stunning woodland walk. Shire takes a look at what makes our local forestry so appealing and how it has evolved into the wooded wonderland it is today


here’s something primeval about a without Sherwood Forest? What other setting would be appropriate for Winne walk in the woods. It’s getting back to nature in the best way, connecting with trees the Pooh and friends than Hundred Acre Wood? What would the wind do without its centuries older than ourselves, that have seen more life than we can ever hope to experience. willows? Where else would those infamous There’s no better time to enjoy teddy bears have their picnic? these magical places than now, By inspiring Magic and beauty as the green leaves dramatically poets, writers, Forests provide a magical atmosphere change through reds, browns, singers and golds and oranges, leaving a that has inspired writers for centuries. storytellers, our woods delightfully crunchy forest floor But they’re beautiful places to visit have played an too – where you’ll find dappled light of fallen debris. In Britain, important role through the canopy, tunnels of trees, we’re lucky to have a thriving in our culture and roots and branches taking on population of native and nonshapes that spark the imagination. native tree species, which give us a rich display across our hills and valleys. As the 1913 poem Trees by Joyce Kilmer By inspiring poets, writers, singers or says, ‘ I think that I shall never see, A poem lovely as a tree’. So make sure you get out storytellers, our woods have played an important role in our culture over the and enjoy the woods around us while they’re centuries. Where would Robin Hood be showing off their finest autumn display.

Get out and see the light

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Many of us have worried about the changing landscape of our countryside. Here, the Woodland Trust explains the changes that have occurred to our forested areas over the centuries and the impact they’ve had on the wider population – both animal and human


ur ancient woodland has seen a steady decline for centuries, with large areas grazed out, grubbed up and converted to agriculture long before the Industrial Revolution. In more recent times, there have been bursts of activity and shifts in policy to recognise the value of our woods, whether for raw materials or as places of great beauty. The amount of woodland cover has increased again, particularly in the 20th century. However, this expansion – triggered partly by the setting up of the Forestry Commission in 1919 – was delivered mostly by large-scale planting of non-native conifers on low-value, remote and marginal land. This masked the fact that large areas of our most precious ancient native woodland were being heavily exploited for much-needed wartime timber and replanted with non-native species. Since the 1930s, almost 40 per cent of England’s ancient woodland Native trees are under threat has been lost


hen it comes to information about our woodlands, there is no better source of expertise than the Woodland Trust, the UK’s leading woodland conservation charity. The trust owns and manages more than 1,000 woodland sites across the UK, extending to more than 26,000 hectares. All these sites have sustainable management plans independently assessed and awarded FSC certification. It has more than 500,000 members and supporters, and supports a vision for a UK that’s rich in native woods and trees, for people and wildlife. Through a range of programmes, the trust plants around two million trees

or damaged in this way. In many cases, The character of the British countryside is shaped by its many millions of trees, the rare wildlife and ground flora are struggling to survive under the dense shade the benefits of which, for people and for wildlife, are increasingly cast by introduced conifers. recognised, such as the important Our ancient woodlands are Our ancient irreplaceable. The combination of role they play protecting soil, woodlands cleaning our air and water and undisturbed soils, native trees and are one of shrubs, and the associated ground helping with flood management. the most flora and wildlife are unique – once Despite this, all parts the UK significant are failing to plant enough new lost, they are gone forever. They habitats for are one of the most significant woodland. The government biodiversity in the UK aspiration is for 5,000 hectares habitats for biodiversity in the UK. of new planting per year, but only 1,100 hectares was planted Ancient and irreplaceable in 2016/17. In England, new planting Those woods in England that can be traced rates are at their lowest for a generation. back at least to 1600 are considered ancient. At the same time, we see continued loss These woods have a direct line of descent of existing woodland to infrastructure, from the last surviving areas of wildwood built development, quarries, roads and golf that developed across post-glacial Britain. courses. The government is making little The government has pledged to increase effort to quantify these losses, and with no the protection for our precious ancient woodland, but a loophole still exists that coordination of datasets and monitoring across departments, it looks increasingly allows local planning decisions to see ancient likely that England is slipping unnoticed woods bulldozed for badly located housing, roads and quarries, and into a state of deforestation. DID YOU irreplaceable habitat and ancient For more information about the KNOW? Woodland Trust and its work to save trees removed to allow space The Fortingall and restore our precious woodlands, for golf courses, business parks Yew in Scotland and other developments. visit www.woodlandtrust.org.uk is the UK’s oldest tree

every year across the UK, almost one million of which are planted in and around towns and cities through the ‘free trees packs’ available to schools and communities. It also champions ancient woodland and trees, working to protect our surviving irreplaceable ancient woodland and ancient and veteran trees from further loss, destruction or damage by built development, new infrastructure and inappropriate land management. The trust regularly challenges individual planning applications that will damage or destroy these natural assets, as well as working to influence policy to secure increased protection.

Two millions trees are planted every year

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Inspired to pull on your wellies and waterproofs and head out on a traditional woodland walk surrounded by British nature in all its autumnal glory? Why not start at one of the local sites in this top 10 guide, put together for Shire by the Woodland Trust

DID YOU KNOW? Native trees are those that grew in the UK after the last ice age

ancient woodland site in Wales and was once the hunting ground of Chepstow Castle, so we’re sure you’ll think it’s worth the extra miles. This wood is a haven for wildlife, including dormice, adders, lizards and bats. Many bird species have been recorded here – and in autumn, Wentwood erupts with an incredible array of fungi.



Warrington, Cheshire Lumb Brook is actually a series of connected but different woodlands that consist of both ancient woodland and areas of mixed conifers and broadleaved trees. The mature trees you can see here are mainly oak, silver birch, beech, sycamore and Scots pine. There are surfaced and well-used footpaths, making it popular with locals and visitors alike.

Credenhill, Herefordshire You can glimpse rare, small-leaved limes and early purple orchids as you walk the tranquil paths of Credenhill Park Wood. The Iron Age hill fort that is an integral part of the site is one of the largest hill forts in England and is thought to have

Bluebells are a woodland wonder in spring

5. Llangollen, Denbighshire This wood offers a delightful mix of ancient semi-natural woodland containing pockets of seasonal flowers such as bluebell and anemone, a conifer plantation, archaeological features and some lovely walks.



Abergynolwyn, Gwynedd As you explore this ancient Snowdonian oak woodland, you’ll discover that the

Aberystwyth, Wales This ancient sessile oak woodland surrounds the spectacular and unmissable 100m Keep an eye out for flora and fauna

been an Iron Age tribal capital. The walk to the top is worth the effort, with views to Wales across the autumnal landscape.

4. Newport, Wales Wentwood may be a little further to travel for Shire readers, but it is the largest

Walk around Devil’s Bridge Falls

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It’s important to choose the right socks and boots

Coed Hafod y Llyn

sound of the Nant Gwernol River is never far away as it cascades down from the hills and through this picturesque gorge. The diverse habitats support a wide range of wildlife and, in spring, pockets of bluebell and anemone adorn the woodland floor.


Llangain, near Carmarthen Green Castle Woods contains two ancient oak woods as well as more recently planted woodland. There are also hay meadows, wet pasture, ponds, a stream lined with willow and alder, and a delightful waterfall, all of which make this a botanically rich area. The whole wood is criss-crossed by centuries-old hedges, walls and pathways, including the Camarthen coast long-distance footpath.

Many woods have well-trodden pathways

Sun through the tree canopy in Wales



Maentwrog, Gwynned Explore the extensive network of well surfaced paths through a landscape of rocky ridges, fern-clad gorges and little streams, with some perfect picnic spots along the way. The wood is bordered by the Ffestiniog Railway, so look out for its steam trains as you walk.

Runcorn, Cheshire The woodland of Windmill Hill is alive with birds, including owls, woodpeckers and chaffinches, while frogs, toads and newts inhabit the ponds. Its network of paths links with longer routes, so you can extend your walk to include the Bridgewater Canal and Norton Priory.

10. Pepper Wood

Pick the perfect pair A good pair of socks is vital. Walking socks, such as Horizon Coolmax Hiker, are made with Coolmax, which wicks moisture away from your feet. Wearing thin socks under your walking socks will transfer friction to the sock layers. Liner socks made from Coolmax or Tactel will protect your feet from overheating too. 1000 Mile socks are designed to be a ‘sock within a sock’. The thin inner layer is made from a soft fabric with superior wicking properties, directing perspiration into the more absorbent outer layer.

Boots made for walking Walking boots offer protection from friction and heat through features such as an an ankle-lock system to reduce ankle and foot movement. The Italian-made Grisport boots are designed with a unique five-layer sole unit that DID YOU offers stability, grip, traction and KNOW? comfort. The mid-sole is made 13% of the UK is covered in woods from low-density material that and forests reduces the weight of the boot and enhances a comfortable walk.

Fairfield, near Bromsgrove, Worcestershire Just over Shire borders, this is a stunning fragment of medieval England, alive with butterflies, birds and badgers, still managed much as it was 500 years ago. A community group coppices the hazel, oak and birch, as people have for centuries, and plenty of deer still roam.

Woodland streams bring greater biodiversity

What causes foot blisters? The main cause is friction. As we walk, the bones in the feet move, causing the soft tissue layers to slide across one another. This forces the connections between the layers to break down, resulting in a build up of protective fluid – a blister. This movement can’t be prevented, but it can be directed elsewhere. Wearing a thin inner sock under Socks, £14.50, Cherry a cushioned thicker sock Tree Country Clothing encourages movement to be directed between the socks instead. Overheating is another cause. As feet get hot, they sweat, creating the perfect environment for blisters to form.

For more on staying blister free, visit www.cherrytreecountryclothing.com Hurricane boots, £79, Cherry Tree Country Clothing

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While humans may occasionally venture into the woods for a stroll, for thousands of (often endangered) species they are home. Discover the animals to look out for the next time you take a stroll A red stag appears through the mist

habitats play host to weird and wonderful animals who rely on them for shelter and food. Out of the storybooks The badger is one of our most popular mammals and can often be spotted at dusk in the woodlands, while the beaver – back in Britain after centuries of absence – can prove harder Look up to spot one of the many British species of owl to find. In certain areas you can the Woodland Trust, several is the adorable dormouse, who easily find magnificent red deer, species are making a successful relies on the forest habitat our largest native land mammal, Foxes – at home in town or wood comeback to our countryside. for survival. Common wood or its smaller cousin the roe deer, The elusive pine marten mice also play a key role in known for its speed and agility. s hundreds of children’s can now be spotted in the woodland food chain. These large mammals are storybooks will tell you, various locations and there Flying mammals also need joined by the fox, who is at our woods are home is a particularly successful the cover our trees offer for home in the country to a thriving society colony thriving in Shropshire. nesting and hunting, and the as it is and towns and of creatures. From the Meanwhile, the wild boar, UK’s woodlands are home to cities, similar behaviour adventures of Ratty, which was extinct for centuries, more than a dozen different bat to that prickly favourite Badger and Mole to the is back and roaming UK varieties, as well as a wealth of the hedgehog, whose more recent exploits of woodlands once more. owls and other birds of prey. numbers are in the Julia Donaldson’s Whichever animal magic The native red squirrel, a dangerous mouse in The Gruffalo, DID YOU A dormouse you hope to encounter, make one of our most decline. forest creatures have KNOW? sure you have your camera iconic mammals, has Harder always held a particular The UK is with you if you visit your local disappeared from most to find, and fascination to the British public. home to no fewer woodlands. If you’re a keen of our woods, but its increasingly rare, But it isn’t just fiction – these than 18 species nature lover, a visit at dawn or grey cousin thrives. of bat dusk is usually your best bet, as The stoat – one of the that is when these woodland UK’s top predators – enjoys residents are most likely to a forest hunting ground and be on the move. can take on prey more than five times its size, while its smaller family member, the weasel, makes up for what it lacks in size with its voracious appetite.


Comeback kings

Thanks to the dedication and hard work of conservationists and organisations such as Badgers are most likely to be spotted in the evening

The pine marten has made a triumphant return

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WEST KIRBY Seaside paradise The little-known coast of Cheshire’s Wirral peninsula, nestling between North Wales and Liverpool, is home to a scattering of seaside villages and towns with enduring appeal, DID YOU and West Kirby is the jewel in its crown KNOW?

James Bond actor Daniel Craig went to school in West Kirby


he history of the Wirral is ancient, going back to the Vikings who named many of its towns and villages. West Kirby is no exception – its name reflects its position to the west of a church – and it is proud of its roots, with a small museum with several Viking artefacts and a community group that re-enacts the lifestyles of the Viking. An arts project recently saw a 20m cardboard Viking stave

Explore the town’s Viking past

church constructed in the park in honour of the original Scandinavian settlers. And the town’s newest pub, owned by local lad and TV chef Simon Rimmer, is called The Viking. Today’s town Don’t let this historical culture fool you, though – West Kirby is very much a thriving modern town. Its centre was developed during Victorian and Edwardian eras, reflected in the wellpreserved rows of terraces and semis leading in symmetrical

West Kirby train station

lines down to the seafront and traditional promenade. It is to here that the crowds flock in summer and locals are drawn throughout the year to enjoy the stunning vista across to Wales and, on a clear day, views north as far as Barrowin-Furness. Being at the mouth of the estuary means the tides are extreme and visitors can enjoy long stretches of sand or, when the tides are in, the perfect spot for a paddle or kayak.

awards and titles for their global success. The sailing club also organises an international dinghy competition every May, a dragonboat race and weekly clubs and lessons. The council-run sailing centre enables youth groups and schools to get on to the water, as well as offering training at very reasonable rates. For anyone who doesn’t want to get on the lake, its edges offer prime crabbing.

Family fun West Kirby is popular with families and it is easy to see why. Local schools consistently appear in top 10 listings, and the town has its fair share of parks, a library and a leisure centre, the Concourse. The latter may not be the prettiest building, but it Schooling and sailing has a swimming pool, squash Watersports enthusiasts don’t and badminton courts, a gym, have to rely on the turn of trampolining, the tide, though, football and dozens as West Kirby is of sports clubs. also home to a Add to the mix manmade marine the fact that West lake that ensures the Kirby is at the end perfect surface for of a 30-minute sailing, canoeing, train line directly windsurfing and to the centre of paddle-boarding Liverpool, and at all times. just 10 minutes Windsurfing in from the M53, particular is popular, and it’s easy to with the marine lake see why people hosting international are frequently championships drawn to this and the local team seaside paradise. holding numerous Watersports are popular

TOWNS Desiree Nixon ‘I moved to West Kirby with my family and it’s perfect! I have seven children and they all love the sailing here – two represent Britain at windsurfing, another is a competitive sand-yacht racer. My husband also runs a scuba-diving club in the marine lake. We are a very active family, so this is the perfect place for us!’ Sally Michaels ‘What I love about West Kirby are the birds. The estuary and the conditions mean you can spot some amazing specimens along the front, especially during the breeding season. I’ve been an ornithologist since I was a child, so it’s a very special place to me.’ Zoella Medovniskova (left) ‘I’m just here on an exchange trip but I am really enjoying my time here. The people and the organising committee have all been so welcoming. I have particularly enjoyed playing squash at the Concourse, the amazing fish and chips, and watching the sunsets from the sand dunes.’

Carole Hurstwood (right) ‘West Kirby is the best place to live if you have a family. My children love being by the beach, they go to great schools and there’s a strong, close-knit community. I’m involved with the twinning organisation and it has allowed me to travel to France and Italy, where we’ve exchanged ideas with likeminded people. Living here has given me great opportunities.’ THINGS TO SEE AND DO West Kirby Concourse Leisure Centre Grange Road, West Kirby Tel: 0151 606 2010 West Kirby Sailing Centre South Parade, West Kirby Tel: 0151 929 7707 West Kirby Museum St Bridget’s Lane, West Kirby www.westkirbymuseum.co.uk

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Here at Shire, we all love our food. And who can blame us, when we’re surrounded by some of the nation’s greatest gourmets and most prolific producers? With harvest season upon us, we take a look at the fabulous food available across our patch


inding food was the main pastime of early man, and our natural huntergatherer instincts are still never far away. Whether we put in online orders for supermarket deliveries or roam our local markets for the freshest foods, we all need to eat and feed our families. But to many of us, food is more than just fuel – it’s a joy. Eating together can be a vital social connection and providing meals gives a great sense of pride, while also fulfilling our very basic need to nurture. Over the centuries, our relationship with food has changed remarkably. As explorers returned from far-flung lands, we were introduced to weird and wonderful edibles we now consider commonplace. Herbs and spices added bursts of flavour to our menus, and later technological progress allowed us to preserve, freeze and store foods to enjoy them far beyond their natural seasons. And while wars limited supplies, making sought-after items even more of a delicacy, rationing also forced home-makers to come

Imported foods have enriched our cuisine

and knowing where your food has up with inventive and creative meal DID YOU come from is positively fashionable. plans. For a while in the mid-20th KNOW? There are more century, family allotments and a reliance on growing your own were than 750 farmers’ Know your roots markets in standard practices, and for a long This promotion of provenance the UK time local markets and corner shops has been a huge boost to the UK’s were the sole providers of produce. farming and producing communities, who struggle to compete financially with A world of wonders mass-producing importers, and has seen us In the latter half of the last century there embracing local food markets once more. followed a boom time when food availability There is now a packed calendar of food festivals celebrating everything from garlic and oysters to chilli and sausages. These fun and colourful events are a heady mix of tasty treats, cooking demonstrations and food-gadget shopping, designed to be a day outs for the whole family. With so many festivals taking place on the Shire patch this autumn, over the next few pages we take a look at the best ones to visit and speak to the amazing producers you’ll be able to find there. It makes us hungry just thinking about it! Excellent oysters are found in British waters

was not an issue for most in the UK and, perhaps overexcited by what we could get our greedy hands on, we filled our supermarkets with produce from all corners of the globe and gloried in the limitless possibilities. In recent years, however, that has changed. We have almost come full circle as consumers have been made aware of food miles and the sometimes ridiculous journeys made by food to get to our plates. Even the big supermarkets chains have started to stock locally produced goods alongside imports,

Food is about more than just eating

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Of all the types of produce that put our patch on the culinary map, perhaps none is more noteworthy than the meat we’ve been farming for centuries. We take a look at what makes local beef, pork and lamb so delicious


ith lots of open spaces, rolling hills and perfect pasture, the Shire region is a pretty good place to raise livestock. There’s arguably no better lamb than the Welsh variety, and our beef cattle is well-known for its quality too. Gareth Jones, farm manager at the awardwinning Rhug estate near Corwen, believes good grazing and quality of care are the keys to their success. ‘At the heart of everything we do on the farm is Lord Newborough’s commitment to an organic lifestyle, which I believe plays a big part in explaining why so many chefs tell us the quality is better. We have gained Michelin recognition for the quality and provenance of our meat in this country and abroad. ‘This is due to the way the animals are Gareth Jones looked after at Rhug.

International Cheese Awards, Nantwich

Great grazing conditions lead to more than just marvellous meats. In many of our regions, especially Cheshire, they have led to a proud history of dairy farming

We use the highest standards of welfare and have more acres per animal. All the animals are fed on feed grown right here too.’

Caernarfon, where the fields are washed by the sea in winter and grow special grasses and herbs. This unique environment imparts the lamb with its distinctive and special, sweet, light flavour.’

You are what you eat What we feed our animals affects the flavour of their meat, Pork progress Our region is also pretty so the local natural good at producing pigs, environment plays a bit part in creating as Jamie Ward of local charcuterie company distinctive flavours. ‘The farm at Rhug, Bellis Brothers on which rises to 1,500ft, the Shropshire/Wales border, explains. is ideally situated to ‘Our sausages are made grow the lush grass that our lambs feed on,’ says Perfect pasture equals flavoursome meat to our own special recipe, with quality ingredients Gareth. ‘The pastures they graze are sown with a selection of and 86 per cent of the best lean pork. Another favourite is our bacon, which is herbs and grasses that all contribute to the rubbed with salts by hand, then traditionally award-winning taste and flavour. Our Rhug Salt Marsh Organic Lamb, for example, smoked over oakwood chippings or cured in molasses to make it a sweet treat.’ comes from our coastal farmland near

roducing milk has occurred across the Shire patch for centuries and is still big business for many farmers. However, the well-publicised challenges facing today’s dairy farmers have resulted in diversification, which means one thing for consumers – more dairy delights to enjoy! One particular success has been the growth of ice cream production in Cheshire, with several brands now famous across the UK. One such farm is Daresbury Dairy based at Penkridge Lake Farm in Daresbury, Cheshire, where ice cream is made using milk from the dairy’s cows.

is what gives us some of our great seasonal specials. In July, our gooseberry and elderflower flavour is always popular, while in the autumn, blackberries and cream and apple crumble are a huge hit with customers.’

Feeling cheesy The region also has a thriving cheese industry, with Cheshire cheese being an international favourite, as well as Shropshire Blue and countless Welsh specialities. Nantwich, in Cheshire, plays host to the world’s biggest Ice, ice baby cheese awards every year. The The family has been farming International Cheese Awards in this location for generations attract more than 3,700 entries but only started making ice in 260 categories, making it A Cheshire success cream in 2011. The thriving the ideal celebration where company, which has won several awards, local delicacies can stand their ground now includes an ice cream shop at the farm, against producers from across the world. a successful wholesale business supplying This championing of cheese has local restaurants and cafes, and a given rise to a great selection of DID YOU wedding and events service. delicatessens on our high streets, KNOW? The ice cream is made in such as Porter’s in Llangollen. Cheshire small batches using the finest ‘We keep about 70 different cheese was first ingredients. The most popular cheeses from all over the UK mentioned in flavours include salted caramel, and the continent, including print in 1580 chocolate, honeycomb and vanilla. seasonal specialities, but our ‘We take great inspiration from passion is for artisan-produced Welsh local produce and what’s in season,’ says cheeses. We stock an ever-changing range, managing director Claire Whitlow. ‘This but we always have local favourites.’

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What better way to embrace local produce and sample the finest the area has to offer than by visiting one of the many food festivals that champion the food heroes all around us? Here are a few of our favourites…

26th-29th September Market Drayton, Shropshire, is famous for its secret spicy recipes and delicious traditional gingerbread, and the annual Ginger & Spice Festival celebrates the town’s culinary links to the ancient Eastern spice routes. A popular feature of the festival is the Best Gingerbread House baking contest, sponsored by Billington’s Gingerbread. Gingerbread has been baked for over 200 hundred years in Market Drayton – Roland Lateward, a maltster who built a bakery at the back of his cottage in Shropshire Street, was baking gingerbread here in 1793. Where better to champion this humble delicacy than in its home town? Another highlight of the event is the Spice Exchange street market, which takes place on Saturday, 29th September. Here you can journey into an exotic world of spice, secret recipes, gingerbread guilds and hot and spicy street food. The market includes everything from ginger teas, spicy pies and chocolate-enrobed gingers to spicy jams and local real ale. There will also be live cookery master classes from top, regional and local chefs.

15th-16th September Despite its humble beginnings, Mold Food & Drink Festival has built a huge following and is now a firm fixture in the UK’s gastronomic calendar. The picturesque market town is preparing to welcome 13,000 visitors from across the country to its 13th festival, as well as the very best exhibitors, Lisa Faulkner cookery theatres, produce and leading names in the culinary world. ‘Mold Food & Drink Festival is DID YOU the perfect recipe of exhibitors, KNOW? activities, music, and cookery The first demonstrations,’ says festival Llangollen Food chairman John Les Tomos. ‘There’s Festival was something for everyone, with a held in 1997 dusting of a little Mold magic.’ The festival draws visitors with 13th-14th October its packed programme of activities, Officially recognised as one of the UK’s top 10 food fairs, Llangollen Food Festival pumps around £400,000 into the local economy every year. ‘The festival is all about supporting indigenous producers, and we have a wonderful array of fantastic food producers in the area,’ says committee member Phil Davies. ‘This year, the festival is promising to be a great event once again, with a fantastic choice of produce, along with demonstrations from the region’s finest chefs, so there will be plenty Visitors can sample local produce to tempt the tastebuds. including masterclasses with well-known ‘I’m glad we’re making chefs. This year will be no exception a positive contribution with Celebrity Masterchef winner, author the local economy, with and actor Lisa Faulkner headlining the food lovers travelling festival. Now a successful author with from far and wide. five books to her name, Lisa makes her The festival is now firmly first visit to the North Wales festival on and rightly established as 16th September, when she will cook for a major highlight in the festivalgoers and share her tips of the trade. UK’s culinary calendar.’

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1st-2nd September Set between historic Beaumaris Castle and the beautiful Anglesey coast, Beaumaris Food Festival, now in its fifth year, is a great day out for families and foodies alike. It showcases some fantastic local, national and international producers, alongside a wide range of crafts, artisan goods and a great selection of street food. In addition to the great food and drink on offer, there will be quality entertainment including a variety of live music acts, children’s entertainment and a marquee dedicated to superb chef demonstrations from local, celebrity and Michelin-star chefs. Beaumaris Food Festival has improved 1st-2nd September DID YOU year on year, with this year promising The sixth Newtown Food Festival KNOW? to be the best yet. Organisers takes place in the ground of the Wales boasts have embraced its stunning town hall on the first weekend 165 Great seafront location and picturesque of September. The festival has Taste Award Snowdonia backdrop by putting a a free admission policy and winners focus on Wales’s Year Of The Sea. there’s plenty to do for all ages. The site will be dotted with marquees Visitors can sample Welsh and gazebos offering tantalising foodie delicacies, including award-winning nibbles from the very best of Welsh produce, sparkling wine and mouthwatering alongside award-winning international food. chocolates that are made in Newtown There will be bars selling locally produced and sold all over the world. There is also beers, ciders and spirits, as well as imported live music throughout the weekend, and wines, cocktails, mocktails, hot drinks and a menu jam-packed with activities for soft drinks, with entertainment provided by children, including pizza-making, campfire an eclectic mix of talented musicians, who building and a Mad Hatter’s tea party. will be performing throughout both days. There will be also be inspirational dishes and demonstrations in the state-of-the-art festival kitchen, including renowned local chef and hotelier Roger Stevens, who is bringing back his popular masterclass, the Perfect Sunday Lunch. With walkabout performers, activities from local community groups, craft stalls and a varied programme of fringe events leading up to the weekend, it’s not Beaumaris Festival focuses on the sea to be missed.

10th October This fruity feast – launched 10 years ago to revive community spirit and celebrate the plum variety named after the town – has grown from a small group of local producers gathering in the town hall (when everyone was encouraged to dye their hair plum) to

Producers big and small come to festivals

a renowned festival attracting nationally recognised food producers and TV chefs. The emphasis is on foods and drinks containing the only native Welsh plum, the Denbigh. Such products have included bread, cakes, jams, chutneys, vinegar, cordial, truffles, syrups, cider, beer, vodka, gin, yoghurt, ice cream, sorbet, bara brith, sausages, burgers, pork pies and pasties. The performing chefs always draw large crowds at the festival. This year’s famous faces include Ellis Barrie from the Marram Grass restaurant, who was a finalist in the BBC’s Great British Menu, and Hazel Thomas, the first female chef employed by Anton Mosimann at the Dorchester. At the time of the festival’s launch, the Denbigh plum, which has been has grown in the Vale of Clwyd for more than 200 years, was in decline. Ten years later, a flurry of new trees have been planted. Aim achieved!

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No round-up of the amazing food we produce would be complete without looking at the drinks we can wash it down with. Here are some of the tasty tipples brewed all around us…

Grapes are grown in south-west Shropshire

f you like a tipple to accompany your locally sourced food, you can continue to support local businesses without compromising on quality. There are even great grapes grown on our patch at Kerry Vale Vineyard, a small, family-run vineyard on the Wales/ Shropshire border. It was planted in 2010 and covers six acres of what was the Roman fort of Pentreheyling, just south of Montgomery. The vineyard is passionate about quality, handcrafted goods, which is conveyed in the care and attention it lavishes on its 6,000 vines, resulting in beautiful clean-tasting wine. It produces a range of popular white, rosé and red still and sparkling wines, and has won a number of national and international awards.

Wonder of wine

Kerry Vale’s owner, Geoff Ferguson, believes the success of his vineyard, and the recent boom in other British wines, is down to a

Poor soil results in higher-quality grapes

combination of climate change, growing wine knowledge and increased investment. ‘Much of our success is due to our dedication to producing wines of only the highest quality, using time-honoured viticulture practices to produce the best possible fruit,’ he says. ‘Every part of the vineyard’s maintenance is done by hand, which is a very labour-intensive process. ‘The vineyard has the perfect conditions for growing grapes. The south Shropshire soil at Kerry Vale is rocky and dry, which surprisingly is great news because poor soil yields higher quality grapes. In bad soil, the roots have to work harder to gather nutrients, producing tastier grapes with more pronounced flavours.’

beers and traditional ales that are sold in pubs and bars across the area. A particular local favourite is the range from the renowned Llangollen Brewery,

Llangollen Brewery is a local success story

which is launching a new ale this year in celebration of Wales’s saddest song, Myfanwy. The song tells the tragic story Cider success of the unrequited love of a penniless young The local area also boasts poet, Hywel ab Einion, for a beautiful excellent conditions for growing young noblewoman who lived in Dinas fruit, which has resulted in a Bran Castle high above Llangollen in the thriving cider industry. One 14th century. The new brew – appropriately particularly popular choice enough, a bitter – will be unveiled at is Anglesey craft cider from Jaspels. What Llangollen Food Festival in October and started as a hobby, making cider using is called Hearbreak Hill in tribute excess fruit from friends and family, to Hywel’s spurned passion. grew into a business as the taste DID YOU The beer is the brainchild caught on and demand grew. KNOW? There are 472 of Ynyr Evans, head brewer at When the team at Jaspels vineyards in Llangollen Brewery, who was made a plea on social media England and moved by Hywel’s response to for apple donors, the result was Wales being rejected by the woman who amazing. Soon offers – from had captured his heart. The brewery baskets of excess apples to whole is based at the Abbey Grange Hotel on orchards – were flooding in, while the the outskirts of the town and was set up cider quickly became a firm favourite with by Ynyr and his uncle 10 years ago. They fans. Jaspels now produces five different currently brew 1,000 gallons a week and craft ciders from a range of apple varieties, sell their beers to around 50 pubs, mainly using a traditional wooden hydraulic apple in North Wales and the North West. press. The company still relies on donated ‘The story that inspired Myfanwy is fruit, welcoming contact from anyone with tragic and touching but not well known excess apples and pears every harvest time. today, so I thought Hywel’s ardour and how his heart was broken on the hill above Ale in a day’s work Llangollen should be remembered,’ says In any round-up of local drink producers, Ynyr. ‘Heartbreak Hill is quite hoppy and it would be remiss to leave out beer. fruity and not too strong. It’s perfect for Wales, in particular, has a great range those who want to cry in their beer.’ of breweries of all sizes producing craft

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Food&Drink MUSSEL IN As the seafood season starts in earnest, Graham Tinsley, executive chef at Cheshire’s Carden Park, celebrates the exquisite local delicacy, mussels


very year at one minute past midnight on the third Thursday of November, more than a million cases of Beaujolais Nouveau begin their journey from small villages and towns of France to Paris, and then immediately shipped across the world. Banners proclaim the news – ‘Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé!’ (the new Beaujolais has arrived!) – and one of the most animated rituals in the wine world begins. It’s a worldwide race to be the first to serve the new young wine. By the time it’s over, more than 65 million bottles – nearly half the region’s annual production – has been distributed and drunk. In Conwy, we celebrate our own arrival: ‘Le Moule est arrivé!’ Mussels

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them only lasts the winter months – are Conwy’s oldest industry but, unlike Beaujolais, they don’t arrive on a set or when there’s an ‘r’ in the month. Mussels grow in clusters, attaching date. The weather plays an important role in the time of their harvesting. themselves by a byssus – a tuft of threads – to rocks and other supports Mussels have been gathered in the such as jetties, piers and gravel Conwy estuary since Roman times. They were primarily collected beaches. The mussel men of DID YOU Conwy use 25ft-long rakes to for their pearls, and Conwy KNOW? was once one of the most trawl the mussel beds. Once Fresh mussels important pearl fisheries in the harvested, the mussels are can be kept in country. In the 19th century, put in purification tanks for the fridge for two days before being sold to more than 4kg of pearls were a week collected from Conwy mussels restaurants all over the UK. I look forward to the start of each week and sent to jewellers in London. Nowadays, the mussels are the Conwy mussel season every year. I collected in considerable quantities for never use any other mussels and I’m sure human consumption. They are a popular once you have tried them for yourself, delicacy but the season for gathering you’ll agree they are the best.

Braised Conwy mussels Ingredients (serves 4) 2kg mussels 2 large shallots 1 clove of garlic 100ml dry white wine 200ml double cream 25g chopped fresh parsley Method 1. Clean the mussels by removing all the barnacles and the beards from the outside of the shells in plenty of cold running water. 2. Discard any mussels that are damaged or ones that are fully open and don’t close if you give them a squeeze.

3. Peel and finely chop the shallots and garlic clove. 4. Heat a heavy based sauce pan that has a tight fitting lid. 5. Add the mussels, shallots, garlic and the white wine to the pan, cover with the lid and cook until the mussels open. This should take only 2-3 minutes. 6. Once the mussels are open, remove them from the pan with a slotted spoon. 7. Keeping the pan on the heat, reduce the cooking liquor by half then add the double cream. 8. Bring the sauce back to the boil and add the chopped parsley. 9. Drop the mussels back into the sauce to reheat.

10. Season with freshly ground black pepper and serve with crusty chargrilled white bread spread with pesto.

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No fuss about the fizz


Chris Charters, Welsh director of CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, explains why the UK’s carbon dioxide shortage doesn’t have to mean the end of the perfect pint


efore the beer-drinking world starts to panic about a lack of carbon dioxide, it’s important to remember how traditional brewers make ale and cider. For the former, malted barley is mashed, and the resulting liquid (wart) cooled and a yeast added. Fermentation takes place, producing alcohol, the by-product of which is carbon dioxide. The ale is then put into a cask, allowed to mature and delivered to the pub. Yeast left in the bottom of the cask provides a secondary fermentation, which keeps a fizz in the beer. Cider is made from apples in the autumn when the fruit is ripe. The fruit is washed and chopped into a pulp. This is then pressed and the juice put into vats, where the natural

yeast in the juice starts fermentation, again forming alcohol and carbon dioxide. So why the concern about a carbon dioxide shortage? To understand, we have to look at keg beers, which are made by a more chemical process. After fermentation, the beer is filtered and pasteurised, making it lifeless. Carbon dioxide is then added. At the pub, it is also used to push the beer along the pipes for serving. Cider has gone down a similar path, resulting in a drink very different from traditional cider. The good news is there are many smaller brewers and cider makers producing drinks in the traditional way, so there’s no need to panic about a lack of carbon dioxide just yet.

Where do you buy your wine? Pip Gale of Gales Wine Bar, Llangollen, looks at how to choose the right wine, whether you want to drink it immediately, keep it for a special occasion or make an investment for the future


ine can be a commodity, where price alone is important, to a luxury item akin to a work of art, the purchase and consumption of which can be a minefield. Independent wine shops are set up by wine lovers who want to share their passion, and they are more then willing to help you choose the right wine. Here are some tips to getting the most out of them: • Ask questions It’s fun to explore ancient caves full of amazing wines but the beauty of a wine shop comes from being able to ask the knowledgeable staff for help. • Context Are you buying wine for a special occasion, as a gift or for everyday consumption? These nuggets of information will improve the recommendations you receive. • Don’t be scared of wines you haven’t heard of You may come in for a pinot

grigio and leave with a picpoul de pinet. Don’t get stuck ordering the same wine! • Take advantage of tastings Learning about wine is fun! • Order a dozen Most shops give discounts on a case – and it means you’ll always have wine on hand for that unexpected guest!


A new name for caviar


ooking to create mouthwatering nibbles, beautifully dressed fish dishes or sophisticated breakfasts? We’ve found an affordable alternative to caviar. Onuga is made entirely from natural ingredients: smoked herring, a little added salt, honey, lemon juice and seaweed. It’s a convincing impersonation of caviar, at a fraction of the cost. The tiny black fish eggs burst and pop in the mouth, releasing a deliciously salty and mildly fishy flavour. A spoonful goes well on a blini with a little soured cream, or on smoked salmon. Onuga costs around £4 for 50g, from major Sainsbury’s stores and good delis. For more details, visit www.onuga.co.uk.

PERFECT PUMPKINS Discover how Telford’s Meadowdale Nurseries is dealing with the demand for its scary seasonal favourites Last year’s pick-you-own-pumpkin event at Meadowdale Nurseries in Telford was so popular, the company has planted twice its usual amount of pumpkin plants in 2018 to keep up with demand. The family-run nursery has been growing its own plants for 30 years, but it only recently started growing vegetables of any kind. ‘We were delighted by how popular our pick-your-own pumpkin event went last year,’ says co-owner John Anderson. ‘This year, we’ve not only made the decision to double the number of plants, we’ve also extended our pumpkin-carving event to a week-long activity, to run across the whole of the October half-term.’ The business, which John runs with his brother Rob, also celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. John and Rob’s parents, Bob and Barbara, bought the 7½ acre plot in May 1987 when it was just fields, developing the nurseries from scratch before opening to the public a year later. ‘People say they love coming here because our staff have time for them,’ says John. ‘So if you have a question or need some advice, we’re always around to ask and more than happy to help.’ www.meadowdale-nurseries.co.uk

Are you a local producer? Would you like to see your foodie treats reviewed on these pages? To get in touch, email editorial@shiremagazine.co.uk or call us on 01691 661270.

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One of the country’s finest heritage collections of canal boats and waterway artefacts is on our doorsteps at Ellesmere Port, and the National Waterways Museum is well worth a family day out


on board a narrowboat to explore a small section of the Shropshire ong-established as a local institution, the National Waterways Union Canal, while a tour guide shares stories that bring to life the Museum – known for many years as the Boat Museum – is changing fortunes of the canal and its people. As time slows to the somewhere many of us pass daily as we whizz along the M53. It traditional 4mph, you will travel through a fascinating industrial has come a long way in the four decades since it was established landscape. Spot the grooves on the old Victorian Bridge worn down and is now a fully interactive museum fit for the modern visitor. by the ropes of horses as they pulled the boats, plus Covering seven acres, the museum mixes indoor more recent additions such as the brightly coloured archives and ancient finds with outdoor areas, locks Visitors young and murals that follow traditional narrowboat designs. and boats, blending entertainment and information. old can transport Together with its sister site in Gloucester, the National themselves back more than 100 years Time to refuel Waterways Museum hosts the most comprehensive to when this was collection of artefacts telling the story of Britain’s canals It’s easy to build up an appetite here – mastering the the third busiest and navigable rivers over the past 300 hundred years. interactive ice-breaker boat takes quite an effort. When port in Britain The collection includes more than 12,000 objects and it’s time to refuel, the Waterside Café serves sandwiches, 68 historic boats, plus the national waterways archive. salads, soups and jacket potatoes, with hearty portions that will re-energise even the most flagging visitor. There is also a selection of tempting cakes, making it the ideal coffee stop. Proud past With tables available along the Using the latest technology and interactive displays, visitors young towpath, the café is an integral and old can transport themselves back more than 100 years to when part of any trip to the museum. this was the third busiest port in Britain. Designed by the great civil Ticket prices automatically engineer Thomas Telford, and located just across the River Mersey include the option to return at any from Liverpool, Ellesmere Port was the largest inland waterway time for a whole year. And you’ll dock complex in the UK. Until the 1950s, goods were moved want to come back again and again from ocean-going ships to narrowboats and barges here so they as the centre adds new exhibitions could be moved through the country’s extensive canal network. and events throughout the year. You can still walk around the locks, docks and warehouses of The pumphouse at the museum the port – now a conservation area – and visit the blacksmith’s forge, old stables and workers’ cottages. The row of homes has The National Waterways Museum been recreated to reflect a domestic life through the ages from the South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire CH65 4FW 1830s to the 1950s, allowing children to play with traditional toys Tel: 0151 355 5017 and adults to marvel at the kitchen gadgets (or lack thereof!). www.canalrivertrust.org.uk

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GetActive Cycling holiday business dream comes true for Mid Wales couple

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A new business offering cycling holidays and rides that showcase the stunning Welsh landscape is picking up speed with its new website


Scott, Anwen and their children

fter years of talking about setting up their own business, Scott Tompsett and Anwen Elias took the plunge with Crys Melyn Cycling. Their mission? To help more people discover the delights of cycling in Wales.

Cycling enthusiast Scott gave up Routes can be guided or selfhis job in teaching to run the business guided, and the business also hires in Lledrod, near Aberystwyth, out bikes and trailers. When the while Anwen provides cycling is done, cyclists can enjoy DID YOU support while lecturing at Welsh hospitality at its best at KNOW? Aberystwyth University. great places to stay and eat. The average Crys Melyn provides ‘We are lucky to have the cyclist burns holidays to suit everyone, Cambrian Mountains on our 650 calories from cycling adventures doorstep,’ says Scott. ‘This is an per hour and challenging mountain undiscovered natural wilderness climbs to gentle routes along that offers spectacular cycling.’ country lanes and family rides. www.crysmelyn.co.uk

Going round the Round Shire’s walking guru, Clive Williams, walks the Llangollen Round, a route designed to raise money for charity




eeking a new challenge? Sign up for Cancer Research UK’s Tough 10, a 10k trail run at Heaton Park, Manchester on 10th November. The route is sure to take your breath away – not only with the hills but also with the stunning views. ‘Around 110 people in the North West are diagnosed with cancer every day,’ says Kirsti Thompson from Cancer Research UK. ‘That’s why we need as many people as possible to take on our staminatesting course. Everyone who takes part will know that every thighburning stride brings us one step closer to beating cancer sooner.’ To sign up for the Tough 10, visit www.cruk.org/tough10.

he town of Llangollen proudly proclaims ‘walkers are welcome’, which is confirmed by the sheer number of routes and trails crisscrossing the landscape, including sections of Offa’s Dyke Path, Clwydian Way and North Berwyn Way. But one particular route stands out: the Llangollen Round, a 33-mile circuit around the Vale of Llangollen. I walked the full route, as part of an organised walking event for Cancer Research UK, in nine hours and 44 minutes. But don’t worry – it can be taken at a much more leisurely pace or split into sections. Exhilarating route The Round is one of the most exhilarating high-level hill walks in

Wales, taking in a number of peaks including Moel Fferna (630m above sea level) and a rollercoaster section along Moel-y-faen, Moel-y-Gamelin, Moel-y-Goer and Moel-y-Morfydd, ranging from 549m to 577m. The mixed route means that most walkers can find a section that is suited to their ability. It can also be broken into sections, the longest being North Berwyn Way, so completing the circuit needn’t be a huge challenge. The best way to plan your route is to get a copy of the booklet The Llangollen Round. This is sold at Llangollen Information Centre or online at www.thellangollenround. info, with all proceeds going to Cancer Research UK. Happy walking!

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A flavour of Flintshire

The small market town of Mold is well known to many of us as a place we pass en route to the coastline of North Wales or deeper into the Snowdonia countryside. But it is worth visiting in its own right too, especially during its annual food festival with the aim of improving the quality of life in towns by slowing their overall pace. This is certainly reflected in the relaxed feel Mold currently maintains, but is a far cry from its ancient origins, when the area was no stranger to a skirmish.

Residents’ revolt

A mile west of the town is Maes Garmon, the site of the Alleluia Victory by Britons led by Germanus of Auxerre against the invading Picts and Scots, which took place St Mary’s parish church around 430 AD. The town itself was built old is an ancient town in Flintshire, around the original Mold Castle, another site sitting alongside the River Alyn and of several uprisings. The motte and bailey home to approximately 10,000 people. It were built by the Norman Robert de Montalt is known for its markets, including the circa 1140, during the military invasion of diverse street market that takes place every Wales by Anglo-Norman forces, and the Wednesday and Saturday selling local fresh castle was besieged numerous times. produce and other goods, and Celyn In calmer periods, the area DID YOU Farmers’ Market, held on the first developed alongside the trade KNOW? and third Saturday of the month. between the English and Welsh, The name Mold This foodie reputation has but always with some tension comes from been enhanced by the annual between the nations and regular ‘mont-hault’ or Mold Food & Drink Festival, flare-ups. The growth of the coal ‘high hill’ which in 13 years has grown to industry brought greater prosperity become one of the biggest and in the 17th century, but also an best around. Mold was the also first infamous riot when a colliery owner – town in Wales to be awarded ‘Cittaslow’ who had already banned his workers from accreditation, a mark of its foodie fame. speaking Welsh – announced a pay cut. The Italian-founded Cittaslow organisation Angry employees attacked and were arrested. is inspired by the slow-food movement, During their trial, the crowd revolted, resulting in a riot with some loss of life.

area is complete without a stop-off at the nearby Loggerheads country park. Although Mold’s railway station was lost in the Beeching cuts, regular bus links to Flint and Buckley stations make is easy to access North Wales, Chester and beyond. Its position on the A494 also makes it popular with commuters and businesses.


Today’s town

Loggerheads Country Park

Mold is now a thriving market town, with two high schools and several primaries, as well as a library and museum. The tourist information office for the surrounding area is also based in the town. The 15th-century church of St Mary’s is well worth visiting. It is built in local Cefn sandstone and features stunning architectural details, carvings, stainedglass windows and an impressive organ and ancient font. And no visit to the

St Mary’s church is a grade-I listed building THINGS TO SEE AND DO Mold Food & Drink Festival 15th-16th September 2018 www.moldfoodfestival.co.uk St Mary’s Church High Street, Mold CH7 1AZ Loggerheads Country Park Ruthin Rd, Mold CH7 5LH www.clwydianrangeanddeevalleyaonb. org.uk/loggerheads-country-park

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There are two static caravans to hire and 10 plots for touring caravans at Bryn Bowlio


and Ruthin are on the doorstep, ryn Bowlio Caravan Park is a as well as magnificent Snowdonia. three-star caravan park set in Top of the list for any visitor has to an Area Of Outstanding Natural be the peak of Moel Famau in the Beauty at the foot of Moel Famau nearby country park, which also in the Clywdian Hills. It’s next to boasts 2,000 acres of colourful Loggerheads Country Park, with heather moorland Offa’s Dyke, hill forts and is home of the and Arthur’s Stone all famous black grouse. within easy reach. Other activities The perfect base available locally include for exploring the local birdwatching, cycling, area and North Wales mountain biking, hangcoastline, the site has 10 plots for touring gliding and canoeing, as well as visiting the caravans. Each has an The site is a great base electric hook-up and area’s many country pubs. There are two pubs within the park also has well-equipped walking distance of the caravan toilet and shower blocks, and a laundry room with washing machine site, both of which serve great food. and dryer. The site also has two large Bryn Bowlio is also convenient for access, being just minutes static caravans available to hire. The historic market towns of from the M6, M56, A55 and A5. www.brynbowliocaravanpark.co.uk Mold, Wrexham, Llangollen, Denbigh


nyone visiting the area around Mold or planning to tackle the peak of Moel Famau should also take some time to explore Loggerheads Country Park. Loggerheads, with its beautiful wooded river valley, dramatic cliffs and outcrops, is a great place for a short stroll or the ideal point from which to launch a bigger exploration of the Clwydian Range. There is a well-marked discovery trail and accessible pathways around the park and to the hills and valleys beyond. This was an important lead mining area and evidence of this industrial past still remains partially hidden within the beautiful woodland. The left path follows the line of the old water course, which was built to carry water for the mining operations, and runs the whole length of the Alyn Valley. Many varied activities take place in and around Loggerheads Country Park, from abseiling in Devil’s Gorge to family activities and guided walks. For more information, visit www. clwydianrangeanddeevalleyaonb.org.uk.

Perfect place to pitch up and explore Shropshire N ext time you hitch up the Hall and next to Hawk Lake. The water is home to a good range of caravan and head off to explore the Shropshire countryside, make carp, roach, perch, bream, tench, rudd and pike, and the lake’s banks sure Hawk Lake Caravan Park is on your list of stopping points. provide the ideal habitats With every hard-standing for kingfishers, herons, water Hawk Lake pitch offering electric actually has five voles and woodpeckers. touring pitches hook-up and a central The Ralphs purchased and 45 static location, it’s a perfect spot the park as a farm in 1930. caravans nestled in the magical After a period out of family setting of Hawkstone Park. ownership, Stewart and Despite being conveniently close Irena Ralphs bought Hawk Lake back in 2011. Following substantial to Shrewsbury, this is a peaceful site surrounded by the grounds of the restoration, the park provides a quiet retreat for fishing, relaxing and grade I listed mansion, Hawkstone

observing the wildlife, away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. Hawk Lake has five touring pitches and 45 static caravans. Anglers can make the most of the lake with day and season fishing. hawklake.co.uk

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The new accommodation at Maes Yr Afon

The site includes a private stretch of river

New luxury lodges at popular park A n award-winning site in the heart of Mid Wales has expanded its holiday home collection with new luxury lodges offering breathtaking countryside views, spacious gardens and private driveways. The 35-acre Maes Yr Afon park, next to the River Rhiew, now offers beautiful riverside plots and others with magnificent views over the open countryside and wooded valley. Every new lodge is on a generous plot and is connected to piped gas and satellite TV. Now is the perfect time to visit and take advantage of the chance to own your own little part of this family-run park that has previously won the prestigious Best Park In Wales award. The site is close to Welshpool and in easy driving distance of the Midlands, making it perfectly situated to explore the attractions and beauty of Mid Wales. The site at Maes Yr Afon, which translates as ‘meadow by the river’, is a wonderful location for your holiday home.

Run by members of the British Holiday & Home Parks Association, standards at the holiday home site are particularly high. Not only are the grounds well kept, there is also an outstanding range of facilities, including river and pool fishing, a nature reserve with walking trails, a fully equipped fitness suite, free WiFi, a children’s play area, laundry room and a two-acre dog run. A stone’s throw from National Trust property Powis Castle and the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway, as well as restaurants, shops, golf, horse-riding and, of course, great countryside for walking and cycling, Maes Yr Afon is a perfect place to relax and unwind. It is a great choice for anglers, as the park has a oneand-a-half mile stretch of private river and the opportunity for freshwater fishing with a well-stocked fishing pool. Away from the river, there is also a beautiful wooded walking trail and a bird hide. www.maesyrafon.co.uk


art medieval castle, part grand country mansion, Powis Castle – a National Trust property located in Powys – should be on the list for anyone visiting the Welshpool area. It houses treasures brought home by Robert Clive and his son, Edward, from India, which were obtained during the pair’s service with the British East India Company. The castle was built in the mid-13th century by Welsh prince Gruffudd ap Gwenwynwyn, and was the seat of the Earl of Powis until it was bequeathed to the nation in 1952. The popular visitor attraction is known for its extensive and stunning formal gardens, terraces, parkland, deer park and landscaped estate. Inside, Powis’s great halls and quiet chambers are full of portraits and other artworks. Delve beneath the surface of the exceptional collection of art and discover the secret messages hidden within. www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Explore North Wales from the perfect location


or pre-loved holiday homes at he beautifully situated Tan y Bryn Caravan Park is located on competitive prices, and will happily a small, peaceful working farm in arrange the relocation of holiday homes from other locations. Most Bryn Pydew, North Wales. Perfectly bases can accommodate 12ft positioned for relaxation, the caravans and allow for individuals site is in the heart of the country with spectacular views across to who require easier access, Liverpool Bay, Anglesey and the while family pets are also very surrounding countryside. welcome on the site. The area offers If you’re looking to enjoy The family-run park is a all that North Wales has haven of peace and tranquility something for everyone, from to offer, there are few and is just a 10-minute drive walks to famous from Llandudno, Conwy, better places from which adventure Colwyn Bay and Deganwy. to do so. There are miles of attractions country walks accessible It’s close enough to enjoy getaways as often as you choose, from the site, which is situated in an Area Of Special Scientific interest yet far enough to feel as though renowned for its natural habitat. The you really are away, so you can unwind and enjoy beautiful scenery. surrounding area offers something With 24 static caravans connected for everyone, from walking, fishing, golf and bike riding to nature to all services, the site offers new

reserves, historic castles and world famous adventure attractions. Tan y Bryn Caravan Park is also close by to Bodnant Gardens at Tal y Cafn, the Welsh Mountain Zoo, Surf Snowdonia and fantastic beaches. www.tanybryncaravanpark.co.uk

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table is a designer rise-and-fall hen dreaming of your ideal home away from home, lamp, allowing you to adjust the lighting to set the mood, whether have you ever imagined a holiday you’re entertaining guests or home that encompasses hotel having a romantic meal for two. luxury while featuring all the home The luxury touches continue in comforts you couldn’t do without? Lloyds Caravans and the living area. Outlook On entering the doors and ceiling-to-floor Roy Kellett Caravans, the Abode, you are windows flood the space number-one dealership for greeted by with light, creating a bright North Wales and Cheshire, a spacious, area in which you and your has teamed up with one of high-end the leading manufactures in designer kitchen family can relax and put your feet up at the end of the holiday home industry, the day. Touches of plaid across Atlas Leisure, to create the Abode. the curtains, scatter cushions and The exclusively designed holiday footstool add a warm and cosy home incorporates luxury hotel feeling, tying together the boutique living standards, from boutique hotel hotel look of the holiday home. styling with rich luxurious fabrics This warm and cosy feeling is and a high specification not normally carried through the holiday home found within holiday homes. and into the two bedrooms. The On entering the Abode, you’re main bedroom has many special greeted by a spacious, high-end features not normally found in a designer kitchen and dining area, holiday home, including a walkusing luxurious fabrics and textures in wardrobe/vanity area and a that add a high-class feel to the holiday home. Above the dining small sofa at the foot of the bed,

Make your escape to the country G et away from it all at the Beach Caravan Park on the stunning North Wales coastline, which gives you easy access to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the country, with rugged rolling hills, mountains, lakes and marinas all found nearby. A whole host of exciting outdoor activities are available in the local area, from mountain biking and hill walking to sailing and fishing – all right on the doorstep of your holiday home. The Beach Caravan Park has excellent on-site facilities, so you can make the most of your caravan holiday. The site also commands spectacular panoramic views across the majestic Irish Sea and yet is surprisingly easy to reach. Situated just off the A55 Expressway, and located close

to the village of Llanddulas, the Thornley Leisure-owned site is just a 30-minute drive from Chester and is easily accessible from the North West and the Midlands. Guests can relax and enjoy the friendly atmosphere of the

The Beach Caravan Park

giving you another place to relax and put up your feet when you wanting to get away from the rest of the world for a little. The Atlas Abode holiday home is only available through Lloyds Caravans and Roy Kellett Caravans, so make a trip to one of their showgrounds today to make your dream holiday home a reality. For more details, locations and prices, visit www.lloydscaravans.co.uk.

The Atlas Abode

caravan park’s Lounge Bar or visit the more lively Beachcomber Bar, while the Tides Café & Bistro is the perfect place to relax and unwind with tasty, locally sourced food, fantastic views and, of course, friendly service. For your convenience there’s also an on-site launderette, while younger visitors to the Beach Caravan Park will love the children’s play area and Pirates Locker, which features games, arcade machines, pop counter and television area, ensuring enjoyment for all of the family. The caravan park is open from 1st March to 30th November and offers an impressive range of luxury caravans to hire or to buy. For more details, visit www.thornleyleisure. co.uk/park/the-beach.

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Drayton Manor Park Tamworth, Staffordshire



Autumn is a great time to spend a day at a theme park. Not only is it not as hot or crowded as in summer, the queues are also shorter and yet the adrenaline-fuelled action is as great as ever!


Not far from the Shropshire border and set in 280 acres of parkland, Drayton Manor Park is a guaranteed fun-filled day out. There are more than 100 rides and attractions suitable for people of all ages. For the thrill-seekers, Maelstrom, Apocalypse and Shockwave are some of the adrenaline-pumping rides visitors can experience at the family-owned and -run theme park. For the less adventurous, the park is also home to Europe’s only Thomas Land, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. There are 25 Thomas The Tank Engine themed rides and attractions for both children and parents to discover. It’s not all about rides either. There are also hundreds of animals to be found at the park’s 15-acre zoo and a brand-new film for 2018, Ice Age: No Time For Nuts, is on at the immersive 4D cinema.

GreenWood Forest Park Y Felinheli, Gwynedd

If you’re looking for a theme park that’s friendly to families and the environment, check out GreenWood Forest Park, nestled in a 27-acre site among the trees at the foothills of Snowdonia National Park. It’s a favourite with locals but lesser known further afield, and in many ways this is what makes it special. It is a well-established destination for thrill-seekers but isn’t as brash and bold as many larger-scale theme parks. GreenWood retains an air of old-fashioned fun and at the same time provides a magical setting for a full-on family adventure. Welcoming younger children in particular, the rides are geared towards all ages but the stand-out attractions are the water rides, flumes and activities that guarantee to make a splash. Not only that, but the rides also take the beautiful local environment into account – GreenWood is home to the UK’s only solar-powered water ride and the world’s first people-powered roller coaster. This focus on environmental concern has been a feature of the park since it opened in 1993, and the park boasts its own power-generation system, uses biodegradable food and drink containers wherever

possible, sends all cardboard to a company in Anglesey for recycling, harvests and reuses rainwater around the site, and is committed to planting 500 trees a year in the surrounding area. But back to the action – and there is plenty of it at GreenWood. One highlight is the Solar Splash ride, a huge water slide with two fast orange wave chutes, each approximately 60m long. If you need to build up to the big splash, there’s the slightly calmer yellow spiral chute, but children are allowed on both GreenWood is home to the from the age of three – and once they’ve UK’s only done it once, there’ll be no stopping them. solar-powered As with all the water rides, you can get water ride pretty wet but not soaked through, so GreenWood is a great destination throughout the autumn season. It may be a good idea to bring a change of clothes for small children, but a waterproof jacket should offer enough protection for most. As well as the action-packed rides, there’s also a boat adventure, giant jumpers to play on, the chance to try stilt walking and archery, and treetop adventures, as well as plenty of outdoor play areas and an indoor craft barn if you need some respite from all the adrenaline. From 20th October to 4th November, GreenWood will also be hosting its annual SpookWood event, a Halloween

Gulliver’s World has more than 80 rides

treat not to be missed. With various other seasonal activities planned throughout the year, it’s no surprise the park is consistently scooping awards for being Wales’s best family attraction.

Gulliver’s World Warrington, Cheshire

A favourite with families, Gulliver’s World in Cheshire has more than 80 rides, attractions and shows to see every day, most of which are under cover so the weather can’t dampen your day. Specifically targeting families with children aged between two and 13, the ageappropriate rides and attractions undoubtedly make Gulliver’s one of the best days out for toddlers and older children in the North West. Older kids will love the excitement of the dodgems, log flumes and tree-tops swings, while the younger ones can play around in the Clown School. New for 2018 – and included in the standard ticket price – is the Lost World Of The Living Dinosaurs, a Jurassic experience where visitors can get up close to some tail-thrashing, roaring dinosaurs spread around the site. There are more than 13 animatronic dinosaurs for you to find. GreenWood Forest Park: winning awards for best family attraction 92 SHIRE MAGAZINE | September/October 2018

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Set beside Hawk Lake in the grounds of Hawkstone Park, this Caravan Park is great for a peaceful getaway. Close to the historic town of Shrewsbury, and in the heart of Shropshire, we are ideally located for exploring Shropshire and Mid Wales. We offer both Day and Season Fishing on Hawk Lake. The lake has a selection of fish, from big

Carp up to 30lb, to Roach, Perch, Bream, Tench, Rudd and Pike. If it’s the Shropshire wildlife that you like, the lake is home to Kingfishers, Herons, Water Voles and Woodpeckers. Much of the lakeside is perfectly walkable, and there are places to sit and enjoy your surroundings in peace.

We have 5 touring pitches each with a hook up and on hard standing, as well as 45 static caravan pitches.


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Welcome to The Penrhos Arms Hotel near Machynlleth, Mid Wales

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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

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, Churchstoke, Powys SY15 6HX

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

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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.

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‘Distinctively yours’

Rossett Hall Hotel offers an idyllic setting for you to getaway, combining the grandeur and charm of a delightful Georgian Hall, with the amenities and comfort of a modern hotel.Situated in its own grounds in the quiet and picturesque village of

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Rossett,the hotel offers a secluded location with a tranquil atmosphere, making it a wonderful backdrop for your getaway –and the perfect wedding venue –and is situated within short drive of both Chester and Wrexham.

‘At Rossett Hall, we are passionate about hospitality. We are dedicated to ensuring your stay is a special one and that you enjoy it your way. I look forward to welcoming you soon. Nic Rowland, Hotel Manager

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An overnight review of the dinner, bed and breakfast delights at Rossett Hall Hotel, which is conveniently situated between Chester and Wrexham


When the main courses arrived, the hile waiting at the seabass fillet was served with the skin on, bar, to give us time pan-fried crispy, and the fish inside was to peruse the menu, we moist. Seabass has lots of flavour so can ordered a pre-starter platter of take the fairly strong accompaniments. nibbles. This was no skimpy The battered and fried sea purslane – an selection of bar food snacks unusual side – was absolutely delicious. but a whole platter of olives, The broad beans and bacon were an sausages, feta and sunabsolute delight together and dried tomatoes – went so well with the meaty the perfect Contrary Impressive bar snacks Pan-fried seabass fish. Bean and bacon is a accompaniment to a to common classic combination; a hearty, glass of white wine. sense, we filling complement to the strong and flavourful fish. The The sausages were dressed with an onion relish, giving them just had to delicious plate was filled with flavour and was an absolute a lovely sweet flavour. The green olives were good and firm, order dessert treat as something you’d probably never make at home. the black ones soft and tasty and the sun-dried tomatoes having seen The barbecue chicken was a fairly unusual combination more sun-blushed than sun-dried – much nicer that way. the incredible to find in a hotel By now, we were very much looking forward to our meal… options restaurant, more The starters arrived five minutes after we were shown to akin to African our table, giving us just enough time to appreciate the newly or West Indian dishes. refurbished Oscars Brasserie. When ordering the soup, we asked for The chicken was cooked the anchovies on the side, and the kitchen duly obliged. They were to perfection, moist and crunchy and tasty, and a nice crisp complement. The tomato soup beautifully tender, with was incredibly fresh, with a blackened skin and a lovely oily green basil pesto sweet glaze. The pineapple drizzled into the middle. Not and cherry tomato salad too sweet, not too salty, this and chives were a great soup had a fresh stock base, Barbecue pineapple chicken contrast. Contrary to and was bursting with the common sense, we just had to order dessert having seen the flavour of fresh tomatoes incredible options on the menu – and not being able to decide The smoked salmon on one, we settled for a plate of all three! Each was sweetly starter featured incredibly The newly refurbished Oscars Brasserie delicious in its own way, but our favourite was the pavlova. thin slices of fish, which And so, satisfied by our lovely meal, we retired for a blissful were very light and delicately night’s sleep in a very comfortable room, and in the morning smoked. The vegetable accompaniments were very lightly pickled, wandered downstairs to find fresh coffee and bacon. Heaven. giving a sharp tang to counterpoint the fish, and the dish was held We heartily recommend dinner and an overnight stay at this together with a dill and cress garnish. Both starters were quite lovely, unpretentious hotel – you won’t be disappointed. generous portions, but we were readier than ever for the main event. What’s On at Rossett Hall Fawlty Towers 28th September Join the dinner event of the year, which combines fine food and classic comedy action as Basil, Sybil and Manuel do their very best to look after you the only way they know how. Chaos and mayhem are served in large portions and are very likely to interrupt the proceedings. Booking essential. Tickets costs £34.95 per person, including a three-course meal. Christmas Tribute Nights 30th November-15th December Come along to one of Rossett Hall’s famous tribute party nights. Enjoy a delicious three-course meal and a tribute act until the early hours. The evening costs just £34.95 per person. Acts include Abba, George Michael, Dolly Parton, Bon Jovi and Elvis; see Rossett Hall’s website for the dates on which each act is appearing.

Oscars Brasserie – the bill While you wait Mini sausages, mixed olives, feta cheese and sun-dried tomatoes, £9.25 Starters Roasted red pepper soup, pesto and tempura-battered anchovies, £4.50 Smoked salmon, pickled cucumber, pickled carrots, horseradish crème fraiche, £5.95 Mains Barbecue pineapple chicken with pineapple salsa and house salad, £13.95 Pan-fried seabass, crispy potatoes, bacon and broad beans, deep-fried sea purslane and green pesto, £15.95 Dessert Assiette of desserts: gin marmalade bakewell, raspberry rosewater jelly and dacquoise pavlova, £9

Rossett Hall Hotel, Chester Road, Rossett, Wrexham LL12 0DE Tel: 01244 571000 Email: reservations@rossetthallhotel.co.uk Visit: www.rossetthallhotel.co.uk September/October 2018 | SHIRE MAGAZINE 95

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BANQUET HOUSE ANTIQUES 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.

Specialising in quality 18th, 19th, and early 20th century furniture, ceramics, and silver. History, tradition and beauty tempered by practicality and usefulness. Come enjoy a cup of tea and have a look. Being private dealers we hope to give you the best buying experience. By appointment only.

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

Our Farm Shop is open every Saturday from 10am until 4pm or by appointment at other times - just call us.


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

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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.

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Homes&Interiors Designer brings a modern touch to an ancient hall A stunning manor house, which hides a tragic past behind its lavish style and elaborate fabrics, has been given a new lease of life by its current interior designer-owner, Sarah Cavendish

Sarah Cavendish runs The Loft from More Hall


‘This is something very ore Hall in Shropshire different for us in terms of isn’t short of beauty. a sale of a large collection of But alongside the meticulous stunning fabrics from one of 17th-century architecture, the most admired names in the home has a story to tell. Britain,’ says Sarah. ‘I wanted A former resident, Richard to hold a destination event More, sent four children – the with a unique chance to find illegitimate offspring of his the most sought-after fabrics wife – away on the Mayflower made by an established English as it made its maiden voyage manufacturer at a fraction to the New World in 1620. All of their original price.’ four survived the crossing but three died after arrival because of Curtain consultation disease, dysentery and the poor Sarah has also joined forces conditions the encountered. with Jane Cresswell of Ludlow Today, More Hall, set in a Curtain Company, who will be scenic spot between the pretty on hand at the event to market towns of Much offer one-to-one advice Wenlock and Ludlow, ‘I wanted to those customers is owned by former to hold a who come armed interior designer destination with measurements Sarah Cavendish and event with for specific projects. her husband, Mark, a chance to ‘It’s very important who have brought find the most to have expert advice at the historic hall to sought-after these events so we can life with colour. fabrics made help clients to choose A large area of by a British fabrics that will match the house has been manufacturer’ what they’re working transformed by on or hope to create,’ Sarah, who has added says Sarah. ‘This, we believe, will contemporary accent pieces and be something Lewis & Wood features while also celebrating fans will really appreciate.’ the rich and intriguing history The event, which starts on of the property. It’s no surprise, 25th September, will also include then, that the building has a pop-up café led by Sarah’s son been chosen as the location of George, who previously ran the a unique sale of highly soughtGlutton Club in Shrewsbury. after fabrics this September. Customers have already signed up to attend from across the Fabric of the building Midlands and into Chester, Sarah runs her fabrics business, Wales and Hereford, where The Loft, from the ancient Sarah also works with interior manor and it has now been designers, wedding venues chosen to host a secret sale like and individual clients. no other. One of England’s most coveted brands, Lewis & Wood, will use More Hall as the The sale runs from 25th-30th exclusive outlet for its end-ofSeptember, 10am-4pm. For line stock. Sarah will host the details or to arrange a specific event and says she’s delighted time to attend, call Sarah to have secured a sumptuous on 07968 057873 or email collection for the sale. theloft@more-hall.com

Bright colours have lifted the hall’s decor

The Loft stocks top-quality designer fabrics

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hat you feel beneath your feet is a big part of how you connect with your home – not just literally, but on a deeper level too. A lounge with a deep, soft carpet has a very different ambience from one decked out with cool tiles, for example. As with any aspects of interior design, flooring is subject to the fickle changes of fashion. Here are the top five current choices. 1. Carpet Still the nation’s favourite option, carpet – especially a manmade, easy-to-clean one – is practical, comfortable and can

help with temperature and sound insulation. Available relatively cheaply, it lasts many years. 2. Laminate Providing a more modern, fresher feel than carpet, laminate flooring is still a booming part of the market. Plummeting prices and the ability to self-install helped to make it popular, and it is now available in a wide range of shades and styles. 3. Wood (old) Many people dream of peeling back an old carpet to discover beautifully preserved wooden

flooring, but all too often the introduction of plumbing, wiring and underlay has irreparably damaged the original boards. However, with a bit of work, a lot of sanding and some varnish, they can still provide a great finish to a room. 4. Wood (new) If you like the idea of wood floors but have accepted that your floorboards will never be up to scratch, you can consider installing real wood flooring. With natural and engineered timbers professionally produced and made to the perfect fit,

they ooze quality and have a durable finish that will wow visitors for years to come. 5. Tiles Always popular in kitchens and bathrooms, tiles are also creeping into the other areas of the home. Hallways can be transformed with a dramatic tile pattern, and the range of sizes and styles available means every taste can be catered for whether you’re looking for mock Minton or Moroccan market hall. The ability to mix and match means you can make a jigsaw puzzle out of your floor.

NEW RULES ON THE WAY FOR WOOD BURNERS Recent reports of an imminent crackdown on wood burners sent some owners into a panic. We take a look at what the new legislation may mean to you


all the potential new rules are n May, many newspapers trying to help us achieve. announced plans to ban wood-burning stoves in the UK SMOKY SEASONS from 2025. But as with many The proposed legislation is more dramatically reported stories, about educating homeowners closer inspection shows that this on what to burn and when to is something of an exaggeration. do it. It will offer guidance for There are around 1.5 million manufacturers to ensure any new wood-burning stoves in the UK burners are of the best quality and 200,000 are sold annually, and have the least impact on so an outright ban would be the environment. As these are devastating for the industry. As likely to be more efficient and the heating option of choice for therefore cost less in fuel, many households, they’re bound to be the it would also be an Local councils popular choices anyway. unpopular move. may be Rather than having our Most of us, given powers beloved wood burners however, would to restrict taken away from us, it’s be happy to know burning likely that we’ll see a that while we’re ban on the sale of stoves keeping our homes that don’t meet environmental toasty we are also doing so standards. For those of us who relatively efficiently and without own wood-burning stoves and causing too much harm to bought them in good faith, it’s the environment. And that, expected that there will also when it comes down to it, is

be some promotion of cleaner wood and perhaps initiatives to encourage us to upgrade. CARRY ON BEING COSY Local councils may be given powers to restrict burning of certain fuels, so if there is a spike in pollution it can be kept under control, although it’s not known how this would

be communicated or enforced. For now, though, it seems that stove-lovers can carry on and those planning to invest in a burner can do so without fear of dramatic reprisals. Make sure you buy from a reputable firm with a good energy-efficiency and environmental record, and you’ll be snuggling up in front those flames for a long while yet.

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Artist Ronnie Drillsma takes inspiration from the countryside and coastlines around her, and then reflects that in a rich mixture of colours and textures Ronnie Drillsma is inspired by the British coastline


ollowing her recent retirement, successful artist Ronnie Drillsma, who lives and works in North Wales, is now creating work purely for her own enjoyment. She taught art as a community tutor for 16 years, offering ideas and inspiration to others while ploughing her own creative path. Ronnie now continues to develop her style through experimentation and exploration of materials. Initially, Ronnie studied children’s book illustration, which taught her the importance of drawing. She still uses a sketchbook when out and about, to observe and retain information for use in her paintings, and she

Texture adds interest, says Ronnie

attends a life-drawing class to fine-tune her observation skills. ‘It’s important to move forward so the work doesn’t stagnate,’ she says. Layers and texture Ronnie uses a roller rather than a paintbrush, to create texture. ‘Textural quality adds interest, which encourages the viewer to look a little closer,’ she says, ‘I look for tools to create texture – bits of card, sponges, tape, papers… ‘Collage plays an important part, too. Not all the collaged papers

are painted over, allowing the viewer to see snippets of hidden images or text used in the underpainting.’ It’s the coastlines of Britain, from the local bays of North Wales Ronnie to those further afield in Ireland still uses a and Cornwall, that give Ronnie sketchbook her inspiration. ‘These places are when out made up of the most amazing and about, to observe textures – old boats left on the and retain beaches, rock pools and cliff tops, information frayed ropes and fishing nets,’ she says. ‘For me, there seems to be a painting round every corner.’

Ronnie uses rollers, rather than paintbrushes, to bring texture

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8th & 9th September, Handmade teddy bears, children’s quilts and day bags with Ana & Sonia The ladies make and dress the most adorable bears and rabbits for you to treasure, as well as quilts and bags. 11th September, Wood Be Special with Paula Fabulous wooden keepsakes, handfinished and personalised. Ideal for special gifts and keepsake treasures.


12th September, Hand-weaving with Trevor Blackburn Trevor practises the traditional and wonderful skill of weaving, using various looms that he is happy for you to have a go on.

This September, the seaside town of Llandudno embraces its cultural heritage with a celebration of all things artistic across the town as part of Llandudno Arts Weekend LLAWN06 brings an exciting mix of contemporary art exhibitions and interventions, street performance, stupendous cinema and interactive fun to surprising places, streets and secret locations around the World Heritage town of Llandudno this September. All along the promenade, for example, iconic Victorian bathing huts will be transformed into hubs of creativity by local arts organisations and communities. The energetic and entertaining arts festival is completely free and will be held from 10.30am to 4pm over the weekend of 14th to 16th September at various venues, including: • The Promenade - bathing machines and performances • John Street - ‘Art Street’ • Mostyn Art Gallery, Vaughan Street - contemporary visual arts • Haus, 26 Augusta Street - local artists’ work and installations

• Holy Trinity Church and St John’s Church - incredible installations • Venue Cymru – theatre performances • Tabernacle Chapel - films The event is supported by the Mostyn Art Gallery, Wales’s foremost contemporary gallery and visual arts centre, serving as a place to form and share new perspectives through artistic and curatorial practice and audience engagement. The organisation receives funding from the Arts Council Of Wales and Conwy County Borough Council Art Service, and strives to present international art and culture of our time, activating people’s lives through exhibitions, cultural programmes and commercial activities. More details of the timetable and events at the multi-arts festival will be revealed nearer the time. Keep up to date with the latest developments at www.llawn.org.

14th-16th September, Painting on canvas with Thelma Evans Thelma has a delicate and distinctive style to her paintings, producing lots of floral and landscape pictures. 18th & 19th September, Cherry Bea jewellery by Elaine Pretty jewellery created using crystals and beads. Helen of Corah Henry interior designs will be joining Elaine. Helen has some beautiful handmade cushions, aprons and shopper bags, and also makes curtains and blinds to order. She is happy to take commissions. 29th & 30th September, Encaustic art with Linda Morris Come and have a go at hot wax art! It’s fabulous to do, and Linda will give you all the help you need to create your own picture. Linda will also be working while here, so you can pick up a piece of her work to take home. All proceeds to Brain Tumour Research.

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ARTS & CRAFTS A R T I N YO U R A R E A 1st-8th September, Summer Exhibition, Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy Catch the final days of the academy’s 136th summer exhibition. The diverse show has something for everyone, from traditional watercolours to avant garde sculpture and cutting edge photography. All work is for sale.


Bookworm Charlie pictured outside our static caravan in Guilsfield by Ade Butler

1st-23rd September, Huw Gareth Jones: On The Edge, Oriel Ynys Mon, Rhosmeirch, Anglesey A collection of recent pictures by Huw Gareth Jones of the sea and coast, buildings and mountain scenes. The title refers to the marginal land on the coast and in the mountains, but also to the edges of forms that are so important to the success of a painting. The process of development is shown through sketches in various media.

Daisy on the bed by P. Parker

A nosey cow in a Nantwich field by Jonathan White

1st-30th September, Titanic: Honour and Glory, Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery Delve further into the great ocean liner’s incredible story. From her conception to her premature demise, the legend of RMS Titanic is portrayed through many rare and previously unseen aweinspiring artefacts from the ship itself, as well as props from the popular movie. 6th-14th October, Grosvenor Art Society Autumn Exhibition, Upton-by-Chester Golf Club An opportunity to admire artwork by members of Chester’s largest art society, who range in age from 16 years upwards. www.grosvenorarts.org.uk NEW GALLERY OPENING Visionary artist Lisa Lochhead, who also facilitates art journeys for women from around the world, has opened her own gallery and studio space in Whitchurch. The studio will showcase Lisa’s inspirational artwork and merchandise based on the ‘divine feminine’, and will also have space for one-toone and group workshops. For information, call 07402 363630, email lisa@lisalochead.com or visit www.lisalochhead.com.

My beautiful Willow, whose face I could look at all day by Claire Mottram

We were delighted here at Shire to receive so many of your Favourite Faces photographs – we hope you like the ones we’ve chosen to print. Don’t worry if your image didn’t make it to the page this time. We have another competition for our next edition and we would love to have as many entries as possible – so get snapping! Next issue, our theme is Natural Landscapes. Send your photos into us at editorial@shiremagazine.co.uk. Good luck!

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Old Hall, new blooms If you’re looking for a garden to visit as the summer ends, Shropshire’s Wollerton Old Hall, with its glorious grounds, is well worth the trip…


ollerton Old Hall is a grade 2* 16thcentury manor house to the south-west of Market Drayton. The house The manor house itself isn’t open to the public, but the garden that surrounds it has been developed by Lesley and John Jenkins since 1984 to create a horticultural haven and delightful day out. It is now an important modern garden in the English garden tradition, with echoes of the Arts and Crafts movement. The landscape around the house consists of a series of linked garden “rooms” filled with modern plantings. Covering four acres,

the grounds have been intensely cultivated and, depending on which plants interest you the most, visits can take between two and four hours. The rooms are linked by almost exclusive use of perennials, but there are also recurring themes of oak beech and yew topiary. Design, scale and colour are important, as is a wide range of plants. This has led to a significant collection of clematis, salvias and roses.

Formal vistas

When developing the garden, Lesley Jenkins quickly discovered that the age of the site demanded formality in the garden design, which is why she created three north-south and three east-west vistas. The resulting linearity of the vistas combined with the hedges, walls and paths have created a number of separate gardens, with each one having its own style and ethos. The garden’s planting style is best described as controlled exuberance, with a definite emphasis on perennials. There’s much in the garden for the plant enthusiast, and it is bursting with design ideas. The garden is open until the end of September, and this is the best time to visit if you want to catch Wollerton’s showstopper Upper Rill garden

Step through into a world of wonders

– the Lanhydrock Garden. Hot red, yellows and oranges dominate in large block planting here. The reds are accentuated by dabs of blue from veronicas and agapanthus. You’ll also find many different varieties of hemerocallis, heleniums, helianthus, kniphofias and salvias, and a useful erysimum called ‘Apricot Delight’. All in all, it’s a mass of colour and vibrancy that celebrates the autumn season. For more information, times and prices, visit www. wollertonoldhallgarden.com September/October 2018 | SHIRE MAGAZINE 109

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SEASONAL SHOWSTOPPERS Bright summer blooms are fading, but your garden can remain a riot of colour if you choose the right plants


ar from being a gloomy time in the garden, autumn is when many deciduous plants and bushes give us their best show, just before their leaves fall. Having some in your garden, alongside late-blooming flowers, will keep the winter blues at bay for a little longer. Many shrubs also add interest with berries and seeds, which are perfect for those birds preparing for long journeys or animals about to hibernate. Here are Shire’s top suggestions to include in your garden for the best autumnal displays.

Aster Most varieties flower in late summer and autumn, bringing welcome late colour to borders.

Crab apple

Callicarpa bodinieri Also known as the beauty berry, this produces large clusters of purple berries in autumn, and its leaves turn a purplish colour.


Cotoneaster A member of the rose family, cotoneasters give beautiful displays of red berries in autumn. Cotoneaster horizontalis is a favourite as it features a dramatic herringbone pattern on its stems. Sternbergia lutea

Crab apple With their colourful fruits and foliage, crab apple trees look at their best in autumn.

Snowy mespilus Amelanchier lamarckii is small tree that’s attractive all year, but is at its best in autumn when the leaves turn scarlet and crimson. Judas tree Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’ is a small, attractive tree with purple, heart-shaped leaves that turn yellow in autumn.

sunny spot with good drainage but will reward you with a lovely splash of autumn colour.


Sternbergia lutea These autumn-flowering bulbs from Greece and the eastern Mediterranean need a warm

Dahlia There are so many varieties of the dahlia, it’s easy to find one that suits your garden and conditions. The plants will continue to flower through September and October, until the first frosts begin.

Let’s keep celebrating summer!




Our friends at Reaseheath College in Nantwich are determined not to forget summer now it’s giving way to autumn The days may be getting shorter, but that doesn’t mean we have to wave goodbye to summer. There are still many beautiful late blooms we can use to extend that sunny feeling by bringing them into the house. Dave Billington, a floristry technician at award-winning Reaseheath College, Cheshire, is a fan of the Dutch naturalistic style from the 1600s, well known for its illustrations and oil paintings of flowers in which every petal is painstakingly painted to show it off at its best. To recreate this look for the home, Dave has selected eyecatching flowers that feature a range of colours but share

a similar rounded form. To create his design, you’ll need: • Flowers Sunflowers, dahlias, alstroemeria, poppy heads, stocks, carnations, roses and craspedia • Foliage Stipia giganteum or similar grass, hosta leaves, copper beech, choisia • Materials An urn or similar ornamental bowl, a small plate, half a block of oasis floral foam, floristry tape, scissors, a small sharp knife Step 1 Soak the oasis and use your knife to chamfer the corners. This will give you a bigger work surface while keeping the foam substantial enough to hold heavy flowers. Place the foam on the plate and secure with tape. Tape the plate to the urn (the foliage will cover this). Step 2 Start with a few flowers to map out the shape and height of



your design. Above, Dave uses the stock to dictate height, adds alstroemerias for shape and a rose for the focal point. You’re aiming to create an all-round, symmetrical style that looks fantastic from all angles but is free in its flower placement. TOP TIP “Try to keep to a natural look,” says Dave. “You’re aiming to show off the shape and beauty of each flower. If it naturally wants to lean over or droop, allow it to do so. I let the flowers choose where they want to be placed.” Step 3 Once the shape is decided, start adding hosta leaves and copper beech. As well as giving bulk to your design and disguising the oasis, the foliage will show off your flowers to their best while maintaining that natural look. Don’t pack the leaves in too tightly though – make sure you leave enough room for the next flowers you’re going to add.

The final result!

Step 4 Add sprigs of choisia to hide your oasis further. Introduce roses, alstroemerias and a few sunflowers to the lower level to create a terraced effect. TOP TIP “Take account of the shape, form and colour of your flowers and don’t pack them too tightly,” says Dave. “Remember, you’re aiming to show off each bloom to its best advantage.” Move your design to ensure it looks good from every angle.” Step 5 For a final touch, add poppy heads and crispidia as focal points. “These should act as little punctuation marks to move your eye around the design,” says Dave. Add height with stipia or other grasses. Reaseheath College in Nantwich, Cheshire, holds a variety of floristry workshops and short courses. Visit www.reaseheath.ac.uk

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External spaces aren’t only for the summer. Design your garden, patio and decked area well and the space can be used at any time. Here are some of the great accessories that will make your garden the place to be all year round

Design Project by John Lewis No.160 planter, £55, www.johnlewis.com

Voyage Maison Torrington Pomegranate throw, £117, www.tweedmill.co.uk

Toronto dining set, £1,045, www.dfs.co.uk

Sainsbury’s Home battery light bulb, £5, www.sainsburys.co.uk

Hassett Green large scented candle, £15, from a selection at Corwen Manor

Bloomingville outdoor barbecue, £49, www.amara.com

Bamboo bistro set, www.asda.com

Sainsbury’s Home Shibori outdoor dining set, various prices, www. sainsburys.co.uk

Agate coasters, £40 for four, www.johnlewis.com Marlow aluminium four-seater lounge set, £829, www.johnlewis.com

Cushion, £26, www.debenhams.com

Stylist’s tip Create a warm environment with blankets, cushions and soft lighting in the evenings

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Pets&Wildlife Life on the lake CUTE PETS 11-year-old Oscar

Five-yearold Dewi Meg, freshly groomed

Our friends at the RSPB tells us what makes Lake Vyrnwy such a special habitat for the abundant wildlife found there and a great place to visit ffridd (a variety of vegetation communities linking the uplands and lowlands). Blanket bog is a priority habitat; as well as providing a home for some weird and wonderful plant species, such as bog asphodel, it is important for birds such as the Red Listed golden plover and curlew.

Hal in the sea at Porthmadog Mollie the collie


The man-made lake in Powys


idden in a valley in Mid Wales, RSPB Lake Vyrnwy contains around 12 billion gallons of water, while the surrounding reserve boasts wonderful wildlife. If you’re lucky, you can see swifts and peregrine falcons. The Vyrnwy estate is owned by Severn Trent Water, but the reserve and Ty Llwyd farm are managed by RSPB Cymru. The farm is the largest organic farm in England and Wales, and there is ongoing work to balance the farming needs with the improvement of the varied wildlife habitats, including replacing large stretches of old fencing. The reserve is made up of a mosaic of habitats, principally upland moorland, blanket bog and

KNOW? Water ways Over 300 The mammoth lake looks brooks, waterfalls so natural you can hardly and rivers flow believe it was created in the into Lake late 19th century to provide Vyrnwy water for Liverpool. The forestry around the reserve and immediately adjacent to the lake – predominantly non-native sitka spruce – is owned and managed by Natural Resources Wales, while RSPB Cymru owns the native woodland, which is home to important species, including willow tits, pied flycatcher, wood warblers, lichens and bryophytes. RSPB Cymru’s work in and around Lake Vyrnwy is vital in influencing future land management support in the mountains, moors, hills and valleys across Wales. The work on the farm and reserve provides an important platform through which it demonstrates best practice land management so nature, farming and the community thrives as one.

Vizsla cross pointer Harley striking a pose

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 ‘Cute Pets’ in the subject line.

NEW VENUE FOR CANINE COURSES North Shropshire College expands its dog-training facilities to allow more of the area’s pooches to access canine obedience classes


rom September, North Shropshire College will have a new venue where people can train their dogs. The college currently runs classes in Oswestry, Ellesmere and Whitchurch. The Walford campus is now opening its doors too, ideal for dog owners in the Baschurch, Ruyton-XI-Towns and Shrewsbury areas. ‘Adding Walford campus as a venue is great news,’ says tutor Melissa Nicholson. ‘The courses are available for all dogs – pedigree or crossbreed, young or old – to improve their obedience,

socialise and enjoy learning new skills. Classes are friendly, fun and safe, and incorporate the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme.’ The scheme teaches owners to train their dogs for everyday situations. The four levels – Puppy Foundation, Bronze, Silver and Gold – develop an owner’s understanding while building a dog’s confidence and domestic obedience skills. Courses last 10 weeks and dogs must be up to date with vaccines and happy to work alongside other dogs and people. Visit www.nsc.ac.uk.

Walford campus opens soon

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BOOST TO BIRD LIFE Local groups applaud the breeding success of a number of special birds in Cheshire this year, including owls, kestrels and endangered sparrows

Kestrel chicks in their nest

owls and kestrels don’t usually tolerate each other,’ says Ben Gregory, a member of the conservation team at Cheshire Wildlife Trust. ‘Broxton Barn Owl Group is a voluntary organisation that works tirelessly to erect barn owl nest boxes and monitor barn owl numbers in Cheshire – it is fantastic that we have its support to monitor the boxes.’ A further two nest boxes were successful at the trust’s Gowy Meadows Nature Reserve – with a total of six chicks. There has also been some exciting news about smaller feathered rarities at Bickley A barn owl chick Hall Farm. This is the first year the trust has seen breeding success in tree sparrows at the ach summer, the Broxton Barn Owl farm. Tree sparrows saw a 93 per cent decline Group visits the Bickley Hall Farm in numbers between 1970 and 2008, and are headquarters of the Cheshire Wildlife Trust a Red Listed bird of conservation near Malpas to check the barn owl concern, like the barn owl. boxes positioned around the site. ‘We are ‘As part of our countryside This year is the first time the group thrilled to stewardship scheme at Bickley has discovered two of the boxes confirm that Hall Farm, we do everything occupied with adults and chicks. tree sparrows we can to support a whole host During the visit, the group also have bred at of farmland birds – and tree recorded and ringed a nest of five Bickley Farm’ sparrow are no exception,’ says kestrel chicks located nearby. ‘This Ben. ‘Every year, we plant five was extremely surprising, as barn

acres of seed-rich crops specifically for farmland birds, and last year we also put up 40 tree sparrow nest boxes around the farm. ‘We were thrilled to see that our hard work has paid off and we are able to confirm that tree sparrows have bred here, and not only that they’ve taken up residence in some of our new nest boxes.’

Expansion of wildlife haven In another boost for local wildlife, the Cheshire Wildlife Trust has been able to add more land to its existing nature reserve to increase the amount of species it can support

Meadows are an important butterfly habitat


heshire Wildlife Trust has added a piece of land adjacent to its nature reserve near Holmes Chapel to the area it manages, thus securing even more precious habitats. The existing Quinta and Swettenham Meadows nature reserve comprises ancient woodland, ponds, scrub and meadows. These habitats support an abundance of wildlife including tawny owls, woodland birds, 14 species of butterfly and a number of woodland and meadow plants. The additional 10 acres in Swettenham Valley is not only of benefit to the wildlife of the area but will also provide the possibility for a series of new guided walks and training events through the valley.

‘It has been a long-term aspiration of the trust to acquire further land in this area,’ says Charlotte Harris, chief executive at Cheshire Wildlife Trust. ‘This land will enable us to connect our existing nature reserves, providing us scope to turn this area into one large Swettenham Valley nature reserve.’ ‘Over the next few weeks our team, volunteers and specialist contractors will be working hard to improve the site for wildlife through pond excavation, scrub removal, invasive species control and reseeding work,’ adds area manager Joe Pimblett. ‘We’ll use sympathetic cattle grazing to maintain and enhance the diversity of plant species.’ Cheshire Wildlife Trust has been developing the traditional meadow at Swettenham since 2016. If you would like to support the trust’s work you can donate to its current Meadows Appeal at www.cheshire wildlifetrust.org.uk

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Proposal accepted? Engagement announced? Date set? Don’t go any further until you’ve found the perfect place to stage the day of your dreams. Whether you’re planning a big bash or an intimate gathering, check out Shire’s suggestions of local wedding venues

Carden Park Hotel, Cheshire Take your vows surrounded by 1,000 acres of stunning Cheshire countryside. The team at Carden Park can tailor your wedding to your requirements and will work diligently to make sure everything runs like clockwork on the day, with three options available: the Shooting Suite, the Carden Gazebo and the Carden Suite.

Plas Isaf Country Barn & Gardens, Corwen The superb 17th-century listed barn at Plas Isaf has some of the most spectacular views of the Dee Valley. Elegant surroundings and a warm ambience set the scene for a truly magical special day. The barn has impressive oak trusses and slate floors, creating a blank canvas for you to choose your own look and style. A marquee next to the barn allows for intimate gatherings or celebratory parties of 30 to 300 guests. Come to the open evening on 17th September to find out more.

Palé Hall, Bala, Gwynedd This grand five-star hotel on the edge Snowdonia has a focus on fine dining, with an acclaimed three-rosette restaurant featuring signature dishes from head chef Gareth Stevenson. Palé Hall is the perfect setting for a small, intimate wedding or a romantic first night destination for the happy couple. There are 18 luxurious bedrooms and you can expect to enjoy exceptional standards of service in a friendly, relaxing atmosphere.

Chester Racecourse, Chester According to official records, this is the oldest racecourse still in use in England. Its historical façade is complemented by contemporary interiors and surrounded by beautifully manicured lawns. Flanked by the River Dee, the racecourse provides the perfect backdrop for a truly magical day. With a choice of six licensed ceremony spaces and function rooms of all sizes – from historic stands to contemporary suites – it has the perfect space to suit you. Chester Racecourse has on-site hotel and ample parking. The team of wedding coordinators can help put together all manner of wedding packages, including champagne and canapés, buffets, sumptuous

wedding breakfasts and elegant receptions. From entertainment, wedding photography, hair and make-up and wedding cakes to evening fireworks and a dramatic arrival by hot-air balloon, Chester Racecourse has everything to let your imagination run wild. The event caterer at Chester Racecourse is Horseradish. ‘We promise a bespoke, quality experience like no other, providing outstanding food and service, creating culinary memories for you and your guests to last long after your big day. From traditional wedding breakfasts to lavish barbecue hog roasts, our talented team are experts in designing delicious menus and will work with you to deliver something special, tailored to fit your vision.’ Rossett Hall, Rossett, Wrexham This idyllic setting combines the grandeur and charm of a delightful Georgian hall with the amenities and comfort of a modern hotel. The secluded location and tranquil surrounding make it the perfect wedding venue. It’s situated within a short drive of Chester and Wrexham, within easy access of the main North West motorway network. A range of packages are available, with some excellent discounted deals for winter weddings. Rossett Hall’s experienced team can help you plan the celebration you want. If you’re interested in finding out more on what they have to offer, pop along to the hotel’s wedding open event on 21st October. September/October 2018 | SHIRE MAGAZINE 119

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Maenan Abbey, Llanwrst If your ideal venue is somewhere that will stand out and make an impression on your guests, take a look at the imposing Maenan Abbey. Standing majestically in the heart of the beautiful Conwy Valley, with the foothills of Snowdonia as a dramatic backdrop, the beautiful abbey is a truly striking location. The privately owned hotel is full of character, with a grand entrance hall, galleried landings and decadent detailing. With a fair and open pricing policy, Maenan Abbey can adapt to a range of wedding budgets and can recommend florists, photographers, chauffeurs, cake decorators, pianists, harpists, bands and whatever else you need to make your day complete.

Whittington Castle, Oswestry This impressive slice of local history has a fascinating past that dates back to 1222. The castle is set within ample grounds, including a surrounding lake complete with swans and ducks. The romantic image is complete with the fairytale castle at its centre, ivy-clad ruined walls, a medieval moat and a twin-towered gatehouse

The Shire patch is home to some great boutiques that can help the mother of the bride get the perfect look Out Of Town and Fab Feet, Oswestry This established business, which has been operating since 1991, offers shoppers a wide selection of ladies’ fashions, footwear, millinery and accessories, with styles to suit all occasions. The shop caters for all ages and stocks sizes 8 to 24 in an extensive and ever-changing range chosen to suit current fashions and lifestyles. Out Of Town carries labels only supplied to independent retailers, so you won’t see the collection on every high

entrance, allowing you to walk up the drawbridge to your fairytale wedding. The ideal background for all of your photographs, the castle is only ever booked for one wedding a day so you get the full attention of the team, which can organise the function of your dreams in the Lady Eleanor Room. Situated in the south tower, for many centuries this room served as the manor courthouse and is named after Lady Eleanor who helped to turn the castle into a more comfortable home in the 14th century. Replete with hand-painted silk and velvet wall hangings, it’s the ultimate venue in which to make your vows.

The West Arms, Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog There are few more spectacular backdrops for wedding photographs than the Berwyn mountains. The West Arms is fully licensed for civil weddings and ceremonies, and in addition to the hotel itself, you can make use of marquees offering spectacular views over the North Wales landscape. Weddings can be hosted within the hotel, showcasing its traditional inglenook fireplaces and centuries-old exposed wooden beams, or larger numbers can be accommodated in the spacious garden with a marquee holding up to 220 guests. The West Arms is a charming place, and every wedding is a truly special occasion here – you are encouraged to bring your own creativity to decorate the rooms you use in a way that helps to make your big day unique. The hotel is also available on an exclusive-use basis at certain times. street. There’s plenty of time to browse, with expert advice and an alterations service. There’s no pressure to buy – just an informal and friendly atmosphere. As owner Jeni says: ‘We only carry independent labels for an independent woman.’ Daniella’s, Nantwich, Cheshire Mothers of the bride want to look stylish, and the staff at Daniella’s are guaranteed to help you achieve an elegant and chic appearance. The friendly, relaxed shop is

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Team warm russet tones with pops of block colour for a stylish seasonal wardrobe

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Few things sum up autumn fashion better than a pair of brown leather boots. Here are our editor’s top picks

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Skater dress, £42, and floral tea dress, £28, www.missselfridge.com

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Health&Beauty What #1Change do you want to make? As the autumn wraps around us, Lizzy Deery – a lecturer in exercise physiology at the University of Chester – asks what changes you can make for a healthier future

Why not go for a run…

…read your favourite book…

…or spend more time with friends

Whether you’re patiently awaiting the crisp weather, cosy evenings and chunky-knit jumpers of winter or are wistful for the balmy nights and longer days of summer, it’s important to bear in mind that although autumn days feel shorter, they still contain the same number of hours. And these hours should be filled with a little bit of something that does you good. It’s all too easy to become consumed with run-of-the-mill activities – deadlines that need to be met, bills that need to be paid. But taking time out to take care of ourselves should be just as important. Knowing where to start when it comes to doing ourselves some good can feel overwhelming as we’re bombarded with media messages

telling us we need to go vegan, sign up for a marathon and drink a green juice daily, all while standing on our heads for good health (only joking, obviously!).

tea, practising some stillness colleagues and get a little more and deep breathing on your activity into your day by going commute to work, or scheduling over to speak to them instead. a monthly catch-up with those Your #1Change could be people who make you laugh – a more flexible. Perhaps you could deep belly laugh you don’t even schedule some time in your know you’ve been missing week to do the things until it hits you right that make you feel DID YOU to the core and leaves good – the things that KNOW? you in fits of hilarity. can get neglected Our lifestyles Perhaps you’ve among the madness. contribute to 70% forgotten how to make of long-term time for those things, What works for you illnesses or what they even look For me, it’s a walk like! It isn’t always easy to or run with my friends, find space to fit in these things taking an hour to stretch in among all of the craziness life the morning, sitting in front throws our way, but if you of the fire with a book or set #1Change, your health walking through fallen autumn might thank you for it. leaves and feeling the crunch underfoot. For you, it might be taking five minutes of peace For inspiration, search to enjoy your morning cup of #1Change on social media

Make a change Luckily for us, the British Society Of Lifestyle Medicine recommends making just one change toward better health, as part of its #1Change campaign. Your one change could be to take three 10-minute movement breaks every day, or to sign up for a 5k or try your local Parkrun. It could be to put your smartphone or tablet away for an hour before bed, to go to bed half an hour earlier, or go alcohol free during the week. Or perhaps you could limit the number of work emails you send to office

WITH COMPLEMENTS WHAT? Acupuncture involves the practitioner inserting extremely fine needles at certain sites in the body for therapeutic or preventative purposes. It is used in many NHS general practices, as well as the majority of pain clinics and hospices in the UK. WHERE? It developed from ancient Chinese medicine practices and is based on the belief that an energy, or life force, flows through the body in channels called meridians. This life force

is known as qi (pronounced ‘chee’). Practitioners who adhere to traditional beliefs believe that when qi doesn’t flow freely through the body, it can cause illness. They also believe acupuncture can restore the flow and so restore health. WHO? Acupuncture is suitable for most patients, and practitioners – sometimes called acupuncturists – use it to treat a wide range of health conditions. However, the use of acupuncture isn’t always based on rigorous scientific evidence.

The National Institute For Health & Care Excellence (NICE), which provides guidelines for the NHS on the use of treatments and care of patients, only recommends acupuncture as a treatment option for chronic tensiontype headaches and migraines. However, it’s often used to treat other musculoskeletal conditions and pain conditions. HOW? It involves stimulating sensory nerves under the skin and in the muscles of the body. This results in the body producing

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This issue we take a look at the facts and fiction that surround water – from how much we should drink to what it does for us

SUNLIGHT AND SHADE As summer fades into autumn, Sam Humphreys, a beauty lecturer at North Shropshire College, hopes we’ve all been careful while enjoying the season’s sunshine


inding shade in summer is a potentially valuable means of protection from sun’s ultraviolet rays and their damaging effects. But shade isn’t totally protective. Even when we’re undercover, UVB rays – considered the most harmful part of sunlight – are able to reflect off surfaces, such as glass and concrete. It’s still highly recommended that you apply sun protection with an SPF15 or above, even when you’re in the shade. Any exposed skin should also be covered with appropriate clothing, such as a hat with broad brim of at least 7.5cm, which

1. You need to drink eight glasses a day The Institute of Medicine recommends that women should drink eight glasses a day and men 12, but this is of any fluid, not just water.

equates to an SPF of about five. And your sunglasses should also cover your cheeks. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends reapplying sun protection every two hours. At the very least, be sure to apply sunscreen to exposed areas of the face, neck, and scalp. And don’t forget to apply sun protection before you drive too. While the glass in windscreens blocks UVB radiation and partially filters UVA rays, side and rear windows let in a fairly high percentage of UVA radiation. Think about fitting screens to protect passengers in the back seat.

2. You shouldn’t reuse plastic bottles It’s generally agreed that this is true – plastic bottles can leach chemicals after multiple uses and there is also a risk that bottles can harbour bacteria if not cleaned properly, but refilling a bottle is better than running out of water on a hot day. 3.Tap water is less healthy than bottled Not true. Tap water in most EU countries is as safe or safer than bottled water.

Products to prolong your summer glow With decreasing temperatures and a lot less of that all-important vitamin D, our skin can lose its colour and get dry and sensitive. Here are our favourite products to see you through winter Utan & Tone Coconut Tanning Water, £18, www. utanandtone.com This multi-award winning product is revolutionary! Infused with real coconut extracts and vitamins, the mist develops into a sun-kissed glow.

Pestle & Mortar Balance Facial Spritz, £28, www. pestleandmortar. com An instant refresher to calm your skin in the autumn months.

Chloe Lewis Beauty Lip Gloss, £12.99, www.chloelewisbeauty.co.uk A long-lasting gloss that gives a high shine finish with a hint of colour. There are four shades to choose from, including Flash and Pretty Woman.

Cocoa Brown by Marissa Carter 1 Hour Tan Mousse, £8.99, www.superdrug. com Tanning has never been so quick! A streakfree finish and a gorgeous scent.

Alteya Organics Rose Otto Face Sunscreen SPF 25, £25, www. lovelula.com With anti-ageing properties and sun protection.

Link Nutrition Beauty, £24.95, www.linknutrition. com A unique blend of natural ingredients to target your skin, hair and nails on multiple fronts. Skin Republic sheet masks, from £4.99, www.superdrug.com Encourage healthy looking skin.

TRIED & TESTED These high-impact red lipsticks will take you into autumn in style

Chloe Lewis Beauty Lipstick in Reeva Red, £12.99, www. chloelewis beauty.co.uk Infused with vitamin E and sunscreen.

Sleek MakeUP True Colour Lipstick in Papaya Punch, £4.99, www. superdrug. com Matte lipstick to suit all skin tones.

Urban Decay Comfort Matte Vice Lipstick in Lovedrunk, £16.50, www. urbandecay. co.uk Easy to apply and great staying power.

W7 Cosmetics Mattenificent in Teddy Bear, £4.95, www. w7cosmetics. co.uk A strong evening shade with a hint of glitter.

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It’s that time of year when children up and down the country are off to school – some for the first time, others moving up a year group or school and some heading away from home to university. Shire has put together some top tips to ensure everyone survives unscathed

1. For the first time

If your little one is starting school for the first time, there will probably be worries, nerves and sleepless nights – and that’s just the parents! Familiarise yourself and your child with the school in advance. It may be that they’ve been to nursery nearby, but playdates with fellow new pupils will also help to ease them in. Read books together about school, and walk the route. No doubt they’ll settle quickly, but don’t be alarmed if they cling to you for a few days. Just don’t forget the camera and tissues on day one!

2. Avoid wardrobe malfunctions

Whichever age group you’re dealing with, your child will need to have the right kit. Check whose feet have grown, find out which shirts need replacing, locate that missing tie – and don’t leave it all to the last minute. Catch up with friends to see what hand-me-downs and exchanges can be arranged, and make sure everything has been tried on in case of growth spurts. Then label everything!

3. Reawaken brain power

For many, it is a long summer break. There’s every chance children’s brains are still dozing come September, so as the new term approaches start getting everyone up a little bit earlier – and putting them to bed a bit earlier too. The quicker they can get back into the right pattern, the less of a shock school will be. Encouraging

reading and writing over the break – by keeping a holiday diary perhaps – may help them settle back into their lessons easier too.

4. Take an interest

As a parent, it’s all too easy to breathe a sigh of relief as the term starts. But keep the kids engaged and motivated as the first few months go by and take an active interest in their school day. Ask them what they are learning, look through their books, sign up for extra-curricular clubs and be excited about their school life.

5. Liven up lunches

School dinners can be a great, sociable part of the school day, but if your kids are determined to stick with a packed lunch make sure it’s varied and interesting or by October half-term they’ll be sick of the sight of sarnies. Try pitta bread, bagels, crackers, wraps, pasta salads, sausage rolls or even sushi – anything to make them look forward to their midday meal.

6. Keep talking

Whether your child is off to university or stepping into the classroom for the first time, keep talking to them about their new experiences. Listen for worries and reassure them without judging – this will keep lines of communication open if they need to talk to you about the big stuff as well as the little things, whether that’s bullying, relationships, work or whatever else crops up.

Check whose feet have grown, find out which shirts need replacing, locate that missing tie – and don’t leave it all to the last minute!

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On 6th April 2015, the concept main conditions usually apply: of ‘flexi-access drawdown’ on • Pension benefits can be pensions was introduced. To taken from age 55. benefit from these changes, it’s • A tax-free lump sum up important to understand what to 25% can be paid. these changes means and how you can benefit from them. The remaining balance goes Flexi-access drawdown is into drawdown. Income only available on withdrawals of any personal pension amount can be Changes in death funds. And while taken at any time. benefits mean you all personal If an individual can now leave your pension to your pensions are dies before 75 spouse and/or your obliged to provide with remaining children without you with flexible drawdown funds, paying a ‘death tax’ drawdown, most any lump sum or will only provide income payments the minimum options. to beneficiaries are paid taxIn practice, this means the free. If they die at or after whole of your fund would need 75, any payments made to to be taken as one lump sum, beneficiaries are taxed at the and 75% of it would be taxed as recipient’s income tax rate. earned income on one tax year. Changes in death benefits This means a pension fund mean you can leave your of £100,000 taken in one year pension to your spouse and/ would pay the following: or children without paying a • £25,000 tax-free. 55% ‘death tax’, and it can be • £75,000 taxed at your taken either as a lump sum or marginal rate (assuming as income. However, for this you have a current income to happen you need to have of £20,000 per annum, this your funds in a policy with this would mean £25,461 tax option available. Importantly, deducted from your pension). your children also need to be named For flexi-access drawdowns set on your expression up from 6th April 2015, the of wish form. Craig Roberts, Beaumont Financial Planners For more information on pension freedoms or any financial matter, or for a free initial consultation, call the Beaumont team on 01691 670524 or email craig.roberts@beaumont-financial.co.uk.

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Top of the Class Celebrating sport at Abbey Gate


he annual Sports Awards evening at Abbey Gate College at the end of last term celebrated pupils’ achievements and welcomed back former head girl and Wales netball player Evie Brereton as guest speaker. In the afternoon, Evie spent time with the award winners, sharing her sporting experiences, talking about the demands of elite sport and offering advice. The evening was a celebration of the pupils who continually strive to be the best they can be and who wear the Abbey Gate colours with pride. It

also recognised the enormous benefit and extra sporting opportunities a new all-weather pitch has provided. Opened in January, the floodlit pitch has enabled after-school football and rugby practice during winter and provided a home base for hockey practice and matches. Overall Contribution To College Sport was awarded to Ellie Pearson and Ben Nicholas in Year 7, Maisie Watkins and Kitt Baker in Year 8, Callum Potter and Issy Asbury in Year 9 and Luca Villano and Annabel Smith in Year 10 (pictured).

Shropshire chapel marks special anniversary


chapel that plays an integral part in the everyday life of a Shropshire school has marked a very special anniversary. A service was held to mark the 50th years since the reopening of St Oswald’s Chapel at Ellesmere College following a major fire in the mid-1960s. Former headmaster Ian Beer MBE attended and spoke about the place the chapel

has in the hearts of all those connected with the college. It was an important day and an emotional landmark in the chapel’s history, according to Nick Pettingale, the college’s director of external relations. ‘The chapel still plays a hugely significant role in the life of all those connected with Ellesmere College,’ he says, ‘and anyone who has worked or studied here holds it in the highest regard.’ The chapel was designed in 1926 but only completed in 1959 owing to limited resources through the 1930s and 1940s. A fire in 1966 meant all the woodwork, with the exception of the roof timbers in the Lady chapel and cupboards in the choir vestry, had to be replaced. There is a full open day to be held at Ellesmere College from 1pm to 4pm on 13th October, when guests can enjoy tours of the college.



tudents at a specialist college in Shropshire were recognised for their achievements in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards at an event at the college on 30th June. Sixty pupils from Derwen College, near Oswestry, completed their Bronze, Silver and Gold awards and marked their success at a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award celebration. Several charities supported students’ efforts by donating funds for expeditions and residential activities, such as a walk through Snowdonia and activities in the Lake District. It was a phenomenal achievement for students at the residential and day

college for young adults with learning difficulties and disabilities. Reaching the standard required takes a great deal of time and effort on the part of students and staff. Around 200 people attended the celebration, including students, families and sponsors. ‘We’re very proud of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme we run at Derwen College,’ says Steve Evans, the college’s sports coordinator. ‘The level of commitment needed from the students, their parents and college staff is immense, but it’s worth all the hard work. This event was a fitting celebration of students’ achievements.’

Wrexham union wins another award


rexham Glyndwr Students’ Union continued its award-winning streak with a prize at the NUS Awards 2018, for a campaign tackling period poverty. The WGSU team picked up the Participation Award for the campaign, which brought staff and students together to help provide sanitary products for those in need. ‘I am delighted the campaign has been recognised nationally, and it’s great to see a campaign

that drew so many people together recognised by the NUS,’ says WGSU’s CEO Sarah Ellis. ‘Awards like these help to demonstrate that the work we’re doing to provide a fresh student-centred union is paying off. I’m so pleased for all the team at WGSU – it’s a very well-deserved award.’ The run of awards for WGSU demonstrates its progress since September 2015, when it was a guild and a department of the university.

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Term ends on a high note


orth Shropshire College celebrated a successful academic year with its annual awards evening on its Oswestry campus. The event was attended by staff, students, parents and members of the board of governors,while the awards were presented by Paralympic gold medallist Danielle Brown. Students from across the college received glass

awards to recognise their achievements. For the most prestigious achievements, cups and trophies were updated with this years’ winners. The winners and their families were treated to music from Reece Wiltshire-Fessey, one of the college’s plumbing students, while students from Scholars Restaurant created and served delicious canapes to guests.

First cut to start ground-breaking new community theatre project


Professional cookery student Zak Owen served freshly made canapes from North Shropshire College’s Scholars Restaurant

oreton Hall, Oswestry, celebrated the end of the school year with a literally groundbreaking start to their latest, most exciting project – the Holroyd Community Theatre. Laura Holden, daughter of the school’s founding patrons Bill and Julie Holroyd, was given the honour of cutting the first turf on the theatre. ‘Performing arts are at the very heart of Moreton Hall’s broad curriculum and we’re thrilled to be supporting this ambitious project,’ she says. ‘We hope the theatre will benefit the local community

Primary pupils visit Rhug farm

The pupils of Ysgol Ysbyty Ifan, Betws y Coed visited Rhug farm in July

and enrich the education of the pupils of Moreton Hall.’ The long-time vision of principal Jonathan Forster, the Holroyd Community Theatre will become a new and vibrant arts space for North Shropshire and the Welsh borders. The theatre will provide a purpose-built, state-of-the-art performance space designed to accommodate everything from the razzle-dazzle of musical theatre to the intimacy of a one-man show, and will host everyone from visiting professional theatre companies to local productions.


he Rhug Estate welcomed the pupils from Ysgol Ysbyty Ifan, Betws y Coed, to the farm in July. The group of 18 children and staff were eager to learn about the different animals on the farm. The pupils, from nursery to Year 6, were given a tour of the farm by Rhug’s farm manager Gareth Jones. They saw the farm’s herd of deer, bison, Aberdeen angus cows and sheep, made their own burgers and completed their visit in the Rhug playground. ‘We are very grateful to the staff at Rhug for accommodating our visit,’ says the school’s headteacher, Mrs Jones. ‘We often forget what wonderful resources we have on our doorstep. ‘All the children were fascinated by all the different types of animals they saw. We were even lucky enough to see baby deer and chicks. It’s of vital importance that this young generation understand where their food comes from.’

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taff and pupils at Rydal Penrhos School in Conwy took part in a community action day as part of an ongoing initiative before the summer break. As part of the school’s Activity Week at the end of last term, pupils of all ages went into the local area to help on a variety of projects. One of the projects saw pupils and staff cleaning up a nearby church graveyard on Llanelian Road in Colwyn Bay, resulting in the complete transformation of graves that had been left to ruin. Another group spent time improving the grounds of

Gwrych Castle, a grade I listed building that is currently being restored by a trust led by former Rydal Penrhos pupil and Conwy county councillor Dr Mark Baker. Rounding off the initiative was a group of Year 7 pupils who spent time working at the Bryn Euryn nature reserve in nearby Rhos-on-Sea. ‘We are immensely proud of our overall contribution to our local area here at Rydal Penrhos,’ says the school’s deputy head, Tim Cashell. ‘This year’s community action day once again demonstrated the selfless nature of our wonderful pupils and staff.’

Deputy head Tim Cashell: ‘We are immensely proud of our pupils.’

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levels and A-level-equivalent hrewsbury Colleges Group levels 1 to 3 vocational courses,’ offers a huge range of courses says Catherine Armstrong, for all age groups and it isn’t the group’s vice principal. ‘We too late to apply for full- and prepare students for university, part-time courses starting this apprenticeships and September. The employment, with college’s primary focus Shrewsbury College Group many choosing to stay is helping students offers an on with us after their succeed and progress, increasing full-time programmes whether that’s to a number have ended to study a higher-level course, of higher degree-level course.’ apprenticeship, education The college offers university or courses an increasing number employment. And of higher education with fantastic bus links courses, from foundation degrees across Shropshire and Telford to full BA honours, with 13 and Wrekin and into Wales, the on offer this year. To find out group – formed by the merger more about courses, call 01743 of Shrewsbury Sixth Form 342411 or visit www.scg.ac.uk. College and Shrewsbury College – is closer than you think. There are upcoming advice events for those who did better (or worse) than expected in this summer’s exams, or who want to find out more about courses. These will be held at London Road Campus on 30th August and 4th September from 5pm to 7pm. The events are ideal for students who have received their GCSE and A-level results and want to explore the options available to them. ‘Many students choose to come here after GCSEs, and SCG now offers a huge range of A Catherine Armstrong

Full force ahead at the Firs

Back to school for Old Oswestrian



ear 6 pupils at the Firs School, Chester, put on an entertaining production of May The Force Be With You for pupils and parents at the end of the summer term. The original Firs interpretation was the finale to a busy year which had lots of extra emphasis on science across the curriculum. The show showed off the pupils’ scientific knowledge, and also included singing, dancing and acting. The Year 6 children enjoyed helping

with the costume design, dressing up and performing. ‘The children had a brilliant time rehearsing and performing the show, and the parents and the rest of the school thoroughly enjoyed it,’ says Lucy Davies, headteacher at the Firs School. ‘I’d like to congratulate them for the wonderful performance they put on. All our children have been accepted for their first choice secondary school and I would like to wish them all the best for their future.’

The Year 6 pupils performed May The Force Be With You

swestry School held its annual Speech Day at the end of last term. As the day coincided with Armed Forces Day, the school invited Old Oswestrian Colonel Patrick ‘Patch’ Reehal MBE to speak to the pupils, parents and staff and inspect the school’s combined cadet force (CCF) contingent. Col Reehal was awarded his MBE in 2010 – when he was Major Reehal – having been behind 10 missions in Helmand province. Col Reehal instructed nine combat logistic patrols as commander of 10 The Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment, each of which was said to be highly dangerous and vulnerable to enemy attack. The majority of the missions involved more than 80 vehicles, needed to deliver vital supplies and vehicles to various bases across war-torn Helmand. Col Reehal was joined at Oswestry School by his wife, son and parents, and he took time to show his family his

former bedroom in School House boarding house. Col Reehal also inspected the school’s CCF contingent and presented the Presidents Cup to cadet Peter Taylor, on behalf of Brian Kilty from the Infantry Junior Leaders Battalion Association with whom the school’s contingent has close links.

Colonel Patrick ‘Patch’ Reehal

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Pupil scores with charity efforts


ya Patel, a Year 8 student at the Royal School in Wolverhampton, recently took it upon herself to raise funds for two charities: footballer Danny Batth’s Foundation DB and Cure Leukaemia. Mya organised a non-uniform day and a samosa sale, raising £600, which was split between the two foundations. As an added bonus, Wolverhampton Wanderers’ captain Danny Batth, who established Foundation DB, came to the Royal to meet Mya and accept the cheques on behalf of both charities. Mya first met Batth in 2015 when he was selling The Big Issue in Wolverhampton town centre to raise money for the homeless charity. She has followed his charity work

ever since and been inspired by what he has achieved. Foundation DB supports three charities. One of these is a charity in northern India called Yuwa, which combats child marriage by getting girls into education and sport. Danny recently made a documentary about the charity, Married To The Game, for which he travelled to the charity’s academy. ‘As a Wolves supporter, the recent illness of our goalkeeper Carl Ikeme with leukaemia also inspired me to arrange the non-uniform day along with a samosa sale with the help of my family,’ says Mya. Following her success, Mya has plans to do it again all again next year to raise more money for Foundation DB.

Mya with Danny Batth and Royal School principal Mark Heywood

Top results at MEDICAL INSPIRATION FOR PUPILS non-selective presentations and practical The students – from both taff from the Robert demonstrations to the pupils. schools’ Year 10 cohort – listened Jones & Agnes Hunt SOrthopaedic As an added bonus, a to and asked questions of Hospital, Powys school member of staff from the medical professionals NHS, Stem Learning


oreton Hall is celebrating a stellar set of results, cementing its position as the top non-selective school in the UK. The school’s principal, Jonathan Forster, paid tribute to the hard work and dedication of students and staff. ‘With a third of students achieving straight A*s and As in each of their subjects, and over 90% securing their first choice university, there is much to celebrate. ‘Moreton never rests on its laurels and continues to innovate and develop to ensure we can inspire the next generation of students and prepare them for the wider world. ‘Our investment in science and, more specifically, our medical science faculty are paying dividends. As work begins on Holroyd Community Theatre, it’s a clear statement of our intent to the principle of an all-round education and our role as a regional hub for learning and the arts.’

and Marches Academy Trust all came together recently to give students at the Marches School, Oswestry, and Sir John Talbot’s School, Whitchurch, the opportunity to hear about the exciting career opportunities available to them within the medical industry.

who worked in a wide range of roles, including theatre nurse, research project manager, pharmacist, ward manager, consultant radiologist, medical physicist, physiotherapist and trauma and orthopaedic surgeon. As part of the event, the medical professionals also delivered

As an added bonus, a member of staff from the Marches Academy Trust conducted an evacuation scenario

Marches Academy Trust, who is a former Army medic, conducted an evacuation scenario. ‘This event really exceeded expectations and was a terrific, worthwhile opportunity for our students in the trust to gain first-hand knowledge of the benefits and challenges that there are working in the medical profession,’ says Sian Cooke, Year 10 Progress Leader at the Marches School.

Students listen to a presentation on working in the medical profession

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Books&Poetry TRIPLE WELSH SUCCESS This year has seen a surge of new releases in the book world and one publisher is celebrating the success of three new titles for authors based in Wales


ustin Macauley Publishers has a long history of promoting new talent, and the first of its triple whammy of Welsh success stories is the debut novel from Alex Bogdanov, If Only. Alex is originally from Latvia, where he studied business at college before moving to the UK. He set up his own business in Wales and five years ago married a Welsh woman with whom he now has a son. His writing reflects the challenges and tribulations of everyday people. In If Only, a quirky group of characters meet and mingle in a lighthearted and enjoyable read. Alex has a child and is having problems with his wife. Sara is having problems with her husband. Tim is going through a divorce. Lauren is engaged but isn’t sure about the wedding. Alisha is single and can’t find the right partner. They all bump into each other on holiday in Mallorca and what was supposed be a few days in the sun

to forget about their lives turns into a testing time as they are forced to think about their pasts and futures. Poetry in motion The next title from the publisher is Quirky Verses by Geoffrey Harding. Described as being perfect for the young and the young-at-heart, these poems are highly amusing and perfect for children to enjoy. Some may start in an alarming fashion but all end well, with some clever wordplay and gentle comedy along the way. Geoffrey is a retired architect who lives in the beautiful Vale of Glamorgan with his wife, Rachel. He loves words and when not putting poetry pen to paper, spends his time composing music for the musical group of family and friends called Valhaka. Dangerous liaisons The third author launching their debut novel this year is Ceridwen

Rees, who was brought up in rural Wales and now lives in the Brecon Beacons and is married to a journalist. Her book, Dangerous Places, follows the story of a 19-yearold student who goes on an Interrail trip around Europe. On a hot August day in Amsterdam, she meets a group of individuals. Falling under the charismatic and influential spell of one of them, she is enticed to live with the group in Amsterdam. She then becomes hopelessly and unwittingly involved in the group’s secret life of political protests and anarchy. Travelling perilously through Europe, they sense danger every step of the way. And when confronted with a life-changing event, our heroine is faced with an impossible decision. At Shire, we’re keen to promote new talent and all three of these books are definitely worth a read. Grab your copies from Amazon and help them on their way!


Looking to discover something new? Our friends at Linghams bookshop in Heswall on the Wirral have put together this round-up of the latest good reads for you to enjoy as the nights draw in Bridge Of Clay by Marcus Zusak The latest book from the author of The Book Thief has taken over 10 years to reach our shelves but has been worth the wait. The story revolves around five brothers, known as the Dunbar Boys, who live in a house filled with animals, including a mule called Archilles and a dog called Rosie. The main character, Clay, is known as the quiet one but he is haunted by a devastating secret. The reader only discovers it towards the end of the story, by which time you will be so engrossed you’ll feel every emotion Marcus Zusak puts into words in this haunting tale.

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman If you haven’t yet read this Costa Award-winning debut novel, you must. Eleanor works full-time in an account department. Her hours are nine-to-five, Monday to Friday, and she has set routine of what she eats for lunch and dinner every day, apart from at the weekend when she deviates by buying a two-litre bottle of vodka. Something has happened to Eleanor. She has scars both inside and out, and only when she meets Raymond and Sammy and her rigid routine changes, do we find out what. Heartfelt, funny and with a touch of sadness.

Take Me In by Sabine Durrant This story, from the bestselling author of Let Me Lie, starts with Tessa and Marcus on holiday. Cracks are starting to show in their marriage and they’re not entirely comfortable with each other. While Tessa goes to a changing room to get ready for the beach, Marcus watches their son. Except he doesn’t . It only takes a minute and their son is drowning, until a stranger dives in and saves the boy’s life as Marcus looks on, helpless. Meet Dave Jepsom, saviour and hero… or is he? This is fastpaced, with twists and turns and an ending that races towards you at a 100mph!

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AM I INFERIOR? by Jack V Woods I wish that I was clever. I wish that I could sing. I wish that I would never have to work at anything. I wish I were artistic. I wish that I could draw. I wish that I could understand a full orchestral score. I’d like to play piano, or bang upon the drums, but I haven’t enough fingers and far too many thumbs. I wish that I could write a book, or maybe two or three. The paper in the typewriter just blankly faces me. I wish I could do carpentry and put up peoples’ shelves. I wish I could help other folk who cannot help themselves. I wish I could do many things… however hard I try, I seem to be a failure. I wish that I could die. I wish that I were handy and could repair a car. I wish I were a barrister and practised at the bar. I wish I were in politics; and maybe someone great. Perhaps I’d be Prime Minister or Secretary of State. But if I was a Thatcher, I don’t think I could thatch. Or if I was a Major, umpire a cricket match. If I were in politics, a failure I would be. I would be a Milliband Or perhaps a Jeremy Oh! Yes I am a failure, I wish that I could die, And then I’d go to heaven Where they’d teach me how to fly. They’d have to sew some wings on… But then I know darned well That I’d either crash at take off Or land right down in Hell.

17th September Multi-award winning novelist Kate Atkinson is at Neston Cricket Club for a lunchtime signing event to launch her latest book, Transcription, described as ‘a bravura novel of extraordinary power and substance’. Tickets from Linghams in Heswall. Call 0151 342 7290

FOLLOWING ON by Margaret Bradbury We circled Thiepval, Stopping at the wrong cemeteries To pay our respects and scan the registers, Neatly placed in the oven gateways, Cooking slowly in the sun. So sure was I, of your killing field, I came unarmed, naive, exposed to history. The Somme, I knew, was where you lay. No archive papers were despatched to me; Your collier’s name alone stood proud On the memorial stone at home.

4th October After almost a year and a half of research and writing, Michael Palin’s latest work, Erebus: The Story Of A Ship, is ready to sail. Michael will be entertaining readers and signing copies from 1pm-2pm at Linghams. Tickets £20. For information, call 0151 342 7290. 29th October Birkenhead School hosts Jeffrey Archer as he launched his latest novel, Heads You Win. His latest is bound to have the same mix of drama and intrigue his fans know him for.

Always, if I read the poets of war A shell-burst of response rose From some deep natural source. Churning my guts, Defying words. We almost had you in our sights At Bray-sur-Mer. I found an entry for your boyhood friend And knew you were near. Though Albert threw us off the scent Beaumont Hamel with its lanes Teased us back on course, skirting Dark woods and breasting hills Lined up behind the battlefield. I knew we’d lost you near Those empty crater holes, where rusting Pickets twisted silently away. No trenches near to No Man’s Land, Gave you away. Why then back home, The nagging search for clues? Why when the white stone envelope Dropped on the mat did my fingers shake, My blood boom as I came face to face with you?

29th October Join bestselling author Jodi Picoult at Wynnstay Hotel, Oswestry for this lunchtime event hosted by Booka Bookshop. Jodi will be talking about her latest, A Spark Of Light, a powerful novel about ordinary lives that intersect during a heart-stopping crisis. One of the world’s most popular writers, with more than 25 million books sold, Jodi is renowned for tackling some of the most hotly debated issues of modern society.

They said you were at Miramont waiting for the end. The bullet in mid-August bore your number. You copped it in the final push Round Arras way. For Llewelyn Lloyd, killed August 1918

Please send us your poems! We’ll print our favourites and share your creative spirit with our readers. Send to Poetry Page, Shire Magazine, PO Box 276, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY10 1FR, or email to editorial@shiremagazine.co.uk September/October 2018 | SHIRE MAGAZINE 139

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Charities&Volunteering Spreading shoebox support L

ast year, Teams4U distributed 38,000 gift-filled shoeboxes to Belarus, Bosnia, Ukraine and Romania, and this year the charity will be operating on the Wirral with its own warehouse collecting the boxes. Dave Cooke, founder of the original Christmas shoebox charity, has never been a stranger to risks or the dedication it takes to run a charity. In 1990, after seeing images of the orphans from Nicolae Ceausescu’s regime in Romania, he and some friends drove an aid wagon across Europe to deliver medical supplies, beds, blankets and clothes. No-one could have predicted then that the few thousand shoebox gifts that went across with the convoy from Wrexham would grow into the biggest shoebox programme in the world. In 1994, Dave’s Operation Christmas Child was amalgamated with the US-led Samaritan’s

Famous name boost for owl charity


ir Quentin Blake has become patron of the Llandudno-based Owls Trust. The renowned illustrator has illustrated more than 300 books in his career, including all of Roald Dahl’s children’s stories. He received a knighthood in 2013 for services to illustration. Quentin’s interest in owls began as a schoolboy when he saved enough pocket money to buy a copy of Eric Hosking’s Birds Of The Night. He recently took the opportunity to illustrate an English version of Emmanuele Luzzati’s Three Little Owls. ‘The shapes and behaviour of owls has always fascinated me and they are always getting into my work, from my book Mr Magnolia – which featured some owls who were learning to hoot – to oil paintings with figures and flying owls,’ says Quentin. ‘It’s something very special to be asked to become a patron of the Owls Trust – not only a privilege, but full of interest.’

Purse. Dave became its overseas projects manager, delivering shoeboxes across the world, while also developing its soccer and second chance programmes. Dedication and development It was during those years pioneering new programmes and visiting new countries that the seeds for Teams4U were sowed. Seeing children who have been traumatised by have jobs, families and bills to pay. We can’t abuse, war and poverty, laugh and play again spend months or years abroad. But I don’t empowered Dave to form a new charity. want that to stop people from meeting the He founded T4U in 2006 after taking a needs of the children. Whatever team of volunteers to Beslan – the walk or stage of life you’re in, I Russian town where more than Seeing want to give you the opportunity 300 people were killed in a school children who to travel with Teams4U.’ attack. The experience made Dave have been If volunteering abroad isn’t realised the difference short-term traumatised by for you, the charity has also abuse and war teams can make and wanted to laugh again returned to the model of giving set up an organisation that could empowered shoeboxes filled with gifts to boys, give people the chance to travel Dave to form a girls and families at Christmas. abroad to help children in crisis. new charity For details on how you can help ‘I want to give people who or to volunteer at the Wirral aren’t able to give up their daywarehouse, email anne_preston22@ to-day lives the opportunity to go overseas hotmail.co.uk or call 0151 645 2351. and make a difference,’ he says. ‘Most of us

Man leaves £20,000 to hospital as a thank you for care as a child


man donated £20,000 in his will to the Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, where he was cared for for many years. Norman Barton, who died in 2016, left the money to the Oswestry hospital for the care he received after being born with club feet. Mr Barton, from St Martins near Oswestry, spent much of his childhood at RJAH undergoing treatment. Mr Barton was first admitted to the children’s ward at less than a month old, and spent a large part of his first five years at RJAH, and another year at the age of eight. His brothers, Alan and Leonard, visited the hospital to hand over the donation. ‘Norman really valued the care he received while he was growing up and had such a strong

relationship with the hospital, especially the children’s unit,’ said Alan. ‘He described his time in hospital as a child as frightening, but always said how kind the staff were.’ Mr Barton organised many fundraising events for RJAH and donated significant amounts of money to the children’s unit during his life. In 1980, he raised £840 riding a unicycle. ‘Mr Barton has left an extremely generous amount of money, which will make such a difference to our patients and the time they spend in hospital,’ says Suzanne Marsden, manager of the hospital’s children’s unit. ‘I speak for everyone on Alice Ward and in Children’s Outpatients when I say we’re eternally grateful for his ongoing support throughout his life and his legacy donation.’

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Brave Carys helps fund play area

Shire’s Clive gifts pics to hospital


live Williams, who compiles Shire’s walking column every issue, has donated some of his beautiful prints to the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. The images have been framed and placed in the hospital’s Swan Rooms - side rooms that are painted in blue and light lilac, with recliner chairs for relatives who are staying with their loved ones. The rooms are for patients nearing the end of their lives, allowing their relatives to spend valuable time with their loved ones in a more peaceful and calming environment. The rooms have been made possible by kind donations from various sources, and each of the 11 rooms contains items such as CD players, mood lights and now Clive’s beautiful pictures.


what to do with it, but then I decided that daredevil grandmother was guest of honour at the official opening of a rather than give it away I should do it myself for charity,’ she says. ‘My daughternursery’s outdoor play area after she took on the world’s fastest zip wire to in-law, who works at the nursery, mentioned the plans for a play area raise money for its completion. ‘When I was so I decided to help them out.’ Carys Thomas, 77, raised on the stand £1,500 to help Cylch Meithrin Carys admits that taking on the waiting to mile-long zip wire was daunting in Deiniolen, Gwynedd, fund its start I was £12,000 playground, designed but she was never going to back very nervous. But once I got out. ‘When I was on the stand and manufactured by play experts going, I could waiting to start I was very nervous,’ Creative Play. Carys, whose four have gone on grandchildren attended the nursery, she says. ‘But once I got going I to Anglesey!’ hailed the play area as ‘fantastic’. could have gone on to Anglesey!’ Creative Play’s project manager, ‘It makes it all worthwhile Maldwyn Lewis, has lived in the village for when you see the smiles on the kids’ 25 years. ‘I know Carys and her sons and faces,’ she says. ‘The play area is fantastic the way she used the zip wire prize to raise – it’s just what the nursery needed.’ money for the play area is amazing.’ Carys won the opportunity to take on Europe’s longest zip wire at Penrhyn Quarry, Bethesda, in a raffle. ‘I didn’t really know For more, visit www.creativeplayuk.com.

Great result for Open Gardens

Renate Collins, Janet Roper, Gill Beesley, Sarah Cliffe and Christine Colby from Hoylake Cottage Hospital, with Caldy Open Gardens co-ordinators Rachel and Tony Summers


n the afternoon of Sunday, 27th May, Caldy Open Gardens raised more than £20,000 for Hoylake Cottage’s Dementia Day Care fundraising appeal. The owners of the 13 private gardens that were opened to the public worked incredibly hard to ensure both the gardens and plant sales looked superb. The success was also down to the help and support of Wirral residents, including event sponsor Bradshaw, Farnham & Lea. Several shops also helped by selling tickets, and cafes, shops and garden centres donated raffle prizes. Visitors were able to enjoy an owl display and local artisans showing their work. Caldy Church and church hall opened their doors and gardens, and there was also a delicious range of cakes,

cookies, ice cream, barbecue food and drinks on offer to the 1,500-plus visitors. The money raised will enable Hoylake Cottage’s Dementia Day Care Centre to proceed with the next stage of the creation of a Reminiscence Village. This initiative is the first of its kind in the country, and will benefit dementia sufferers, their families and the wider community. ‘We were delighted to be chosen by Caldy Open Gardens as its charity for 2018,’ says Sarah Cliffe, Hoylake Cottage’s Dementia Day Care manager. ‘Our fundraising target is £100,000, so £20,000 is an incredible boost that will enable us to complete the next phase in the development of the village. ‘We’re passionate about bringing this vision to life. Our mission is to be a lifeline for local people living with dementia, their families and carers by creating new, innovative ways of delivering dementia care.’

Volunteer appeals for more helping hands


enbighshire Home-Start is part of a UK-wide charity providing support and friendship through home visits to families in need, and is looking for volunteers to continue providing its service. Retired specialist nurse Jill Baker has been a Home-Start volunteer for five years. ‘I get so much out of it,’ she says. ‘It’s such a joy to become part of a family and build positive relationships so the support is maximised. ‘Volunteers need patience and a sense of humour, but most important is to love children, listen and be non-judgemental.’ Could you spare two hours a week? If so, please call 01745 814819 or email office@ denbighshirehomestart.co.uk.

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What’s in your Stars? Aries: 20th March – 20th April

When times are difficult, challenging or hostile, it would be good to remember that the rocks on the pathway through life are stepping stones, not obstacles. Therefore you shouldn’t try to vault over a problem you don’t want to deal with – it won’t make it go away. Learn something from it instead. Step by step, see what I mean?

Cancer: 21st June – 23rd July

The world is awash with fake news, but here is a truth – you’re oversensitive. There’s nothing wrong with sensitivity, but taking offence when none was intended is something you need to look at and correct. It’s not possible for everyone to have virtues of the same character, but it is possible for everyone to be equally virtuous.

Libra: 23rd September – 22nd October

You’re having a hard time balancing your life and it’s a sign that critical developments are testing the validation of something you value. You may have to cut your losses – avoid saving something that isn’t worth it. You’re facing a trial, not a defeat, so transfer your energies to something more productive and concentrate on more successful areas.

Capricorn: 21st December – 20th January

Whatever age, our maturity is always questionable and Saturn, currently in Capricorn, relates to growing up. With this comes the task of taking responsibility and ownership of past mistakes. You’re in an energy bubble – it can burst, leaving you feeling empty, or float by recalling achievements not failures. Wrong choices are made as often as right ones.

Taurus: 20th April – 21st May

Confucius once remarked: ‘I complained I had no shoes until I met someone who had no feet!’ Ouch! Has that hit home? This is all about value and what you have being worth so much more than you think. We all get jaded at times, but you do need reminding that even if things could be better, they could also be much worse!

Leo: 23rd July – 23rd August

It’s said that plenty of people despise money but few give it away. That can’t be said of you – one of the most generous signs of the Zodiac that enjoys what wealth has to offer. There’s another type of riches: time, which is something required from you. It’s a precious commodity, but managed well there’s enough to go around – with interest!

Scorpio: 23rd October – 22nd November

You don’t need a psychologist or astrologer to tell you issues exist in your life because of how you express the powerful intensity that drives your famous passionate nature. I’ll use colours to explain: green stands for envy and pink stands for love. But love cannot survive toxic atmospheres. One emotion leaves no room for the other, so think pink!

Aquarius: 20th January – 19th February

Working nine to five is so not you, so abrupt change is probably for the best. It will challenge you but release your great talent for reinvention. The name of the game is breaking down and breaking through, refusing to stay with something that is crippling your self-expression. It isn’t easy, but freedom from monotony is the prize. Hard fought but well won!

Gemini: 21st May – 21st June

You’re so adaptable and can fit into any situation, although your short attention span requires a constant supply of new ideas. With Mars travelling through inventive and unconventional Aquarius, expect some refreshing dialogue with extraordinary people. Some will be so intelligent, you’ll wonder if you can be of interest – you most certainly can!

Virgo: 23rd August – 23rd September

Virgo launches the harvest season, when all is safely gathered in. A new moon in early September symbolises your inner harvest and what the year so far has brought in terms of fulfilment. Have you finished what you set out to do in those far-off frozen depths of January? If not, momentarily renounce everything to accomplish something!

Sagittarius: 22nd November – 21st December

Pythagoras conceived that the universe was a musical instrument, the music of the spheres. Your sign relates to F Major, which has seven tones, and seven is a special number in sacred geometry. The translation for you is be open to opportunities that come your way because good fortune is tracking you when you take them.

Pisces: 19th February – 20th March

You are the last sign of the Zodiac and the oldest soul – and therefore the wisest? That may or may not be the case, but what’s before you are some veils that you just cannot see through. Salome danced with them and got what she wanted, but I suggest you just part them and then you will see what you really do not want!

Gloria Mans studied astrology and astronomy over an intensive two-year period at the Faculty Of Astrological Studies in London 27 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 icon Valerie Singleton calls her ‘sensitive’. You can reach her at starglow@pc-q.net or via her website, www.gloriamans.com. 142 SHIRE MAGAZINE | September/October 2018

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READER F E E D B AC K I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy reading Shire magazine. Not only is it packed with information about what’s going on in the area, it has some great in-depth articles. Well done and keep up the good work! Name supplied

Get booked up I wonder whether you could let your readers know about two events, both run by charities. First is the Pensychnant Book Fair on Saturday 22nd September. There will be thousands of secondhand books, mainly natural history or local interest, for sale in this historic old house. Entry and parking are free, and a selection of tea and cakes will be available, as well as an opportunity to explore the centre’s walks and view the paintings for sale. Contact Julian Thompson on 01492 592595 or email jpt. pensychnant@btinternet. com for more information. Secondly, the Menai Bridge Book Fair takes place on Saturday 13th October and will host 50 tables of books, prints, postcards and collectables at Ysgol David Hughes Secondary School. There will also be a chance to watch a bookbinder at work, plenty of parking and a catering van with drinks and snacks, as well as wheelchair access to both levels. Contact myself or Bruce Griffiths on 01248 371987 for more information or email anncorkett@talktalk.net. Thank you, and I hope some of your readers will be able to come along. Ann Corkett, Bangor


hank you once again to all the readers who have been in touch with the Shire team over the past couple of months. We love hearing from you and look forward to reading your letters, poems, submissions and suggestions, so please keep putting pen to paper, especially now the nights are drawing in. If you would like to tell us about something that’s worth illustrating, do feel free to email us a picture too. We’ve printed some of our favourite contributions below and, as always, we’re happy to receive them so please keep writing! You can send your letters via email to editorial@shiremagazine.co.uk or by post to





I want to ask about signing up for Shire magazine to be delivered to me at home. It’s vanishing off the shelves at my local store before I get one and I’ve enjoyed seeing it when I’ve managed to. I’m happy to pay for postage if it means I’ll get a copy. Please let me know if you can do this. Rob

Garden diary date I’ve recently found your wonderful magazine and was hoping I could use its pages to let your readers know about an event. I’m a volunteer for Gwynedd and Anglesey county for the National Garden Scheme and we have a new garden that has its first open day on 22nd September. Treborth Botanic Garden at Bangor University will open its gates from 1pm to 4pm and admission will

be just £3, with children admitted for free. Treborth comprises planted borders, species-rich natural grassland, ponds, arboretum, Chinese garden, ancient woodland and a rocky shoreline habitat. There will be homemade teas and guided walks, as well as a sale by the Friends Of Treborth. More details can be found at ngs.org.uk. Hazel Bond

Bird club talk I would like to let your readers know about a local Wirral event that may interest those keen on birds and wildlife. There will be an illustrated presentation that we, Wirral Bird Club, will be hosting on Thursday 27th September from 7.30pm at Kingsmead School Hall, Bertram Drive, Hoylake. Entitled A Spoonful Of Thailand, the Hilda Truesdale Memorial Talk will be presented by Alan Davies and Ruth Miller, who say that Thailand is a visual delight with colourful sights around every corner. They intend to explore a variety of habitats, including coasts, saltpans, forest and high mountains, and share with the audience the most vibrant and exciting birds and mammals of this wonderful country. We hope many of your readers will be able to join us for this lavishly illustrated talk around the very best birds and wildlife that

Thailand has to offer. All visitors are very welcome – the cost is £4, which includes tea/coffee and biscuits. This is not a ticket event; please just come along. Keep an eye on our website, www.wirralbirdclub.com, for information about future events or call me on 07795 148140. Bill Wonderley

• Thank you for your feedback, Rob. You’ll be pleased to hear we have a subscription service, so you can sign up and sit back safe in the knowledge Shire will be delivered direct to your door. See page 101 for details. Can I just please let you know how much I love Shire! I really enjoy seeing the photographs readers send in, and I hope you’ll feature one of mine soon. My granddaughter is promising to show me how I can email a picture to you from her phone – something I never would have imagined doing in my lifetime! Having just turned 89, I don’t get out as much as I used to but I still love reading your pages and knowing there’s so much going on locally. How lucky we are to live where we do! Doreen, Llandrillo

PRETTY IMPRESSIVE I just wanted to say thank you to all of those people, including Shire Magazine, who helped us raise an impressive £840 for Breast Cancer Care and the Tenovus Cancer Care Choir at our recent Pretty In Pink Afternoon Tea. The event at Penmaenmawr Community Centre saw businesses and residents support charities that put people at the forefront of their work. The stunning sum of money raised is testament to the great generosity of those who attended, and to the area’s community spirit. Stella and Keith Smithyman

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Win a night of ‘Love’ and luxury Shire magazine has an extra treat in store for two lucky readers this issue – the chance to win the ultimate escape with a night of romantic music followed by a gorgeous getaway in a decadent hotel The festival also features a lecture on ‘Lloyd George & Wales’, piano, vocal and instrumental workshops, children’s concerts and musical steps sessions, a crossgenerational project entitled ‘Forget Me Not’ and the annual community tour.

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e have two premium tickets up for grabs for the amazing Reflections Of Love concert, performed by Jacqui Dankworth and Craig Ogden at St Asaph Cathedral on Thursday 27th September. This night of music is part of the North Wales International Music Festival and our winners will get to meet the artists themselves. The festival, founded in 1972 by Welsh composer William Mathias, is a celebration of classical music held every September at St Asaph Cathedral. The line-up for this year’s festival – which takes place from 15th-30th September – is as stellar as ever, with top names from the music world taking part.

Retreat and relax Once our winners have finished clapping for the show and mingling with the stars, they will make their own way to Palé Hall, an AA Five Star, Relais & Chateaux destination luxury country house hotel where they will spend the night in a master suite. Palé Hall is a destination for quiet retreat, comfort and culinary indulgence. Situated in the tranquil Dee Valley, this grand Victorian mansion has an idyllic woodland garden rolling down to the banks of the river and the spectacular Snowdonia National Park on its doorstep. The hotel features 18 luxurious, individually styled bedrooms with sumptuous décor, each with a beautifully appointed bathroom. Our winners will enjoy exceptional standards of service in a friendly, informal and relaxing atmosphere. Complimentary

homemade chocolates will await them in their room on arrival with a full breakfast buffet the next day. Before leaving they will be invited for a full champagne afternoon tea at the stunning hotel to round off an amazing and luxurious experience. Don’t miss your chance to enter this incredible competition, with entries closing on 20th September 2018.

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SHIRE MAGAZINE’S FANTASTIC COMPETITIONS! Another edition of Shire magazine, another chance to win some of our fabulous prizes – exclusive tickets to local events. Get your entries in by the closing date – and good luck!

You have to be in it to win it! Go on, enter today!

Congratulations to our lucky winners from the July/August issue!

Charlotte, Oswestry Proms In The Park

Elizabeth, Shrewsbury Ludlow Food Festival

WIN: Two tickets to A Salute To The 40s Variety Show at the Welshpool 1940s Weekend. The weekend of events is designed to celebrate Britain’s post-war era, with displays, shows and activities that reflect the times. A Salute To The 40s is a variety show that takes place on Friday 28th September at 2pm, featuring tributes to Gracie Fields, the Andrews Sisters and George Formby, and more. CLOSING DATE: 21st September

Jackie, Whitchurch Shrewsbury Folk Festival

WIN: Four tickets to a traditional tea dance at the Welshpool 1940s Weekend. Dress in your best 1940s outfits and practise your moves to the decade’s top tunes at the dance on Saturday 29th September at 2pm.The refreshments, food and band shouldn’t be missed. CLOSING DATE: 22nd September

WIN: Two tickets to a popup buffet and food heritage demonstration with food scientist Dr Sue Bailey, in character as Fabulous Fanny at Market Drayton’s Ginger & Spice Festival on Saturday 29th September. Sue will be cooking Fanny’s favourite dishes, such as melon balls in King’s Ginger, gingered blue eggs and authentic curries from Fanny’s visits to India in the 1970s. Come and celebrate as we remember one of the first celebrity – and ginger – chefs. CLOSING DATE: 22nd September

Jane, Cheswardine Mold Food & Drink Festival

Jim, Llandudno Denbigh & Flint Show

WIN: Two tickets to the Blitz Ball, the main event of the Welshpool 1940s Weekend on Saturday 29th September at 7.30pm. Get your dancing shoes on and get ready to boogie to the sounds of the Ashby Little Big Band at Welshpool Town Hall, with full dance instruction given. The bar will be open, you are invited to bring your own supper and the large, fully sprung dance floor will be ready for action. CLOSING DATE: 22nd September

WIN: Two tickets to see Frigg at Theatr Bryn Terfel, Pontio, on Friday 9th November at 8pm. A leading act on the Nordic music scene, Finnish band Frigg head to Bangor to wow audiences with their mix of Nordic folk and bluegrass. CLOSING DATE: 20th October

Rosemary, Handbridge Beaumaris Food Festival

WIN: A family ticket to Aladdin at New Brighton’s Floral Pavilion Theatre on Saturday 8th December at 7pm. This year’s pantomime is guaranteed to be an all-singing, all-dancing, fun-packed outing, with all the traditional pantomime ingredients. Aladdin features lots of laughs, beautiful costumes and plenty of boos and hisses. CLOSING DATE: 20th October

WIN: Two tickets to Shropshire Oktoberfest, which takes place from 5th to 7th October in Quarry Park, Shrewsbury, and around town. It will be packed with real ales, comedy, live music and amazing food… not to mention cider and perry bars, prosecco parlours and a gin den. Enjoy a drink alongside great local dishes, while taking in the full programme of entertainment that includes live music with a mix of traditional oompah, skiffle and rock bands. CLOSING DATE 28th September

HOW TO ENTER: Simply fill in the form with your answer circled (you’ll need to read the magazine to find it!), and include your name, address and daytime contact number. Send it by the closing date to Tickets Competition, Shire magazine, PO Box 276, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY10 1FR. Winners will be notified by email, so don’t forget to include your email address and daytime telephone number. Question: Which town boasts the longest pier in Wales? a) Aberystwyth b) Swansea c) Llandudno

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COMING NEXT ISSUE It’s beginning to look a lot like… Christmas?!?! It will be getting close by the time the next edition hits the shelves, so here at Shire we’re already feeling pretty festive. Make the most of the autumn and then snuggle in for some Yuletide fun as we round off 2018 with a look ahead to November and December


Festive fun


Keep up with all the parties, parades and pantos during the Christmas season, plus the markets, movies and magical moments associated with this wonderful time of year, with our comprehensive round-up of the area’s best festive celebrations.

At Shire, our team do their very best to make sure they have seen as many shows and events as possible, so they can report back to you in our packed review section. H O L I DAY H E AV E N


As Christmas markets – selling everything from artisan delicacies and creative crafts – pop up around us, we take a detailed look at what’s on where. Whether you’re looking to sell your own wares or the ideal place to buy locally made gifts, we have it all.

With the year coming to a close, our holiday guide will to help you look ahead to 2019. We have a great list of destinations to visit, as well as lots of suggestions of what to see and do on your holidays.

Home comforts Discover the accessories that will make your home nice and cosy this winter in our guide to interiors, plus heating advice to make sure you stay warm. We also share some intriguing and inspiring property stories.

Present and correct Make Christmas shopping simple with Shire’s gift guide, which focuses on some of the quality and quirky gift options you may not have considered before.

Party perfection

D O N ’ T F O R G E T…

It’s the season to be sociable, and Shire’s fashion section will ensure you look and feel your festive best. As well as a look at what’s hot and what’s not this Yuletide, we have wellbeing advice so you can take Christmas in your stride.

Baker boy We talk to broadcasting legend Danny Baker, who is touring his one-man show around our patch talking about his life and his amazing showbiz career.

Meal dreams

Chef Graham Tinsley adds a festive twist to his regular Shire column, sharing his thoughts on the season as well as offering a recipe that will definitely have your guests asking for seconds at the Christmas dinner table this year.


As always, Shire takes a closer look at some of the prime locations in the area. Next issue, we focus on Shrewsbury, Chester and Betws-y-Coed.

Animal magic Shire’s experts on the flora and fauna you can spot at this time of year on our patch.

…our comprehensive 60-page round-up of all the events and activities going on across the region. Don’t go anywhere until you’ve checked Shire’s What’s On guide for November and December!

GET IN TOUCH! At Shire magazine, we want to hear from you! 1. Tell us about your upcoming events We work in advance, so 1st October is the deadline to let us know about events for our November/December issue. 2. Share your reader stories Have you got an extraordinary or exciting story to tell? We’d love to share it with our readers. Send us an email and don’t forget to include a picture or two! 3. Contribute to one of our pages Send all your submissions and pictures by email to editorial@shiremagazine.co.uk or 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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