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In this issue, hopefully we can inspire you to try out a new holiday, day trip, activity or event that you had never considered before. With the domestic holiday boom there’s no shortage of locations vying for your attention, whether that’s checking out the hype about ‘glamping, trying out canal boating or hopping on one of the dozens of heritage railway trips you could
take across our beautiful countryside. In every corner of the country, there are parks, beaches, castles, rivers, theatres, markets and more just waiting to be discovered. However far you’re travelling, whether it be within a bus ride from home or a train ride across borders, we hope ‘What’s On & Where To Go’ will help you to plan some awesome days out!
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The chance to get out of our homes for days out and holidays provides so much joy to us all. The pandemic may be a distant memory now but if it did one thing positive it was to remind us how great the Great British countryside and coast really is. Many of us are now fully converted to the Staycation and leaving the stress of airports and overseas travel behind.
This season will see another of the fleet fitted with an electric engine. We know this is not welcomed by all, but the fact is that it has proved itself with many of our customers. It is harder to find space to moor and lower your mast at Ludham Bridge nowadays. The silent power of the Torqeedo pod motor makes life safer as well as easier.
The 2023 season will also see us turning the clock back and re-visiting our history. Many of you will recall that Norfolk County Council bought the yard from the Hunter family way back in the 1960s. It was then run by the Education Authority for the benefit of Norfolk School children. A lot of the school children can be found afloat on the Broads to this day. They got the first sail of their lives either in a Bittern dingy with the Norfolk School Sailing Association or at Hunter’s Yard in either the half-deckers or on the cabin yachts. Things change and over the years the demands of the curriculum, financial pressures; these and other things have seen ‘education’ alter and the number of school children getting the chance to get afloat while at school has dwindled to almost nothing. Thanks to the generosity of two of our local grant making bodies we can go out to schools, both primary and secondary and invite them to bring their young people for a day out on the water and at Hunter’s Yard. These grants will allow us to cover some or even all of the cost to the school. For most it will be just a day afloat, but we hope that some may get the chance to spend a
We all know that things were better in the old days ! The days of our youth are lit by the rosy glow of memory, summers were warmer, it never rained if you went camping and the winter was spent happily building snowmen in the garden.
How do you keep a traditional hire boat yard like Hunter’s true to its roots and yet fresh and moving forward ?
weekend afloat, learning to live with one another as well as going sailing. It is recognised that getting out into the natural world and being close to water can bring great benefits to us all. Post Covid, the need to address the health and well-being of many of our young people is well documented. School budgets are also incredibly tight and so with the aid of the grants and hopefully with some help from NSSA instructors we can offer them the chance to sail, to see their Broads and discover a whole new world of opportunity.
If you have any involvement with schools or with groups of young people who you think might benefit from a day at Hunter’s Yard and enjoy being afloat, please do get in touch with us or tell your contacts to call us to see if we can help. Help us introduce more young people to the waters we love and are lucky enough to have enjoyed for so long.Neville H. Khambatta Chairman
The Norfolk Heritage Fleet Trust
Put your best foot forward for the 2023 YHA Festival of Walking
Get walking – that’s the message from leading outdoor access charity YHA (England & Wales).
To encourage more people to discover the health and wellbeing benefits of walking, YHA has partnered with Ordnance Survey, The Ramblers, The BMC and Cotswold Outdoor to, once again, run its popular sixweek Festival of Walking.
The 2023 YHA Festival of Walking is taking place across England and Wales from 03 September to 19 October, and there’s a tried
and tested walking route near you. It costs nothing to get involved; YHA just wants to get people walking. Walking not only helps improve physical fitness but also provides an opportunity to connect with nature and meet new people, as well as reduce stress, and explore local communities. It’s a low-impact exercise that can be enjoyed individually, with friends and family, or as part of organised walking groups.
James Blake, Chief Executive of YHA (England & Wales) explained: “YHA has more than 90 years of experience working with people of all ages in the outdoors, and we have seen first-hand, the myriad of health benefits associated with walking. The Festival of Walking embodies our charitable mission to increase access for all to the outdoors.”
To inspire new and seasoned walkers, YHA has produced more than 180 free-to-
download circular walking routes – ranging from easy to severe and across a range of terrains, including towns and cities. The routes – which are all tested by experienced walkers, range in length from easy one milers to challenging 20 mile routes. Routes include The Beatles Tour, a 3.6-mile city route which takes in some of the Beatles’ landmarks in Liverpool, including statues, the Cavern Club and the house where John Lennon lived with the sixth member of the Beatles Stuart Sutcliffe. Or the 4.7mile Haroldston and Druidston route in Broad Haven, which covers woodland, country, and coastal terrain during the walk. There are also a number of accessible routes suitable for wheelchair users, including the stile-free beautiful 4.5-mile Gordale Scar and Malham Cove route in the Yorkshire Dales which is suitable for powered wheelchairs and mobility scooters and offers accessible parking and toilet facilities at either end of the walk.
All the routes start from and finish at a youth hostel.
The festival also features a programme of free-to-join social walks taking place across England and Wales. The social walks, led by qualified walk leaders, offer a supported and safe space for people to get involved with walking, meet other walkers, and build their confidence in the outdoors. There’s also a 20% discount on youth hostel accommodation during the festival to encourage as many people as possible to get out and about.
More than 1500 people took part in the festival pilot in 2022 and, this year, YHA wants
to get even more people walking. James added: “Our pilot festival last year proved, as we suspected, that there are many people keen to get walking but lack the confidence. By providing tried and tested circular walking routes, social walks led by experts, and grants to community walking groups, we were able to give people that confidence. I am delighted that our partners have made it possible for us to run the Festival of Walking once again and for it to become a permanent fixture in YHA’s events calendar.”
Rebecca Birrane, Head of Walking Experience at The Ramblers, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting YHA’s Festival of Walking again this year. A good walk doesn’t just make us healthier and happier: it’s also a wonderful
way to meet new people. And through this programme of social walks, we can help people do just that – in a supportive, friendly and fun environment.”
Mariella Sullivan, Project Lead for the Festival of Walking at the BMC, said: “The BMC is proud to once again partner with YHA as the Festival of Walking returns after a hugely successful inaugural event in 2022. At a time when thousands more people are embracing hill and mountain walking, we welcome the opportunity to support and guide people across the country as they discover the health and wellbeing benefits of walking, while encouraging them to care for the hills and trails we love and clean up along the way.”
Jose Finch, Managing Director of Cotswold Outdoor, said “We’re thrilled to support the Festival of Walking again alongside the YHA. Cotswold Outdoor has been helping walkers find the right kit to get outside and enjoy our great outdoors for almost 50 years. We truly believe people are happier outside and we’re proud to support YHA and this fantastic Festival of Walking to encourage more people to get walking again this year.”
Nick Giles, Managing Director of OS Leisure, said: “Helping to get more people outside more often is at the heart of everything we do at OS, and we’re proud to be the official mapping partner again for this year’s YHA Festival of Walking. We’re on a mission to make the outdoors enjoyable, accessible and safe by showing people where to go and how to get there. In doing so, we help keep the nation active, happy and healthy.”
To find out more, join a guided social walk, download a map or book a stay at a youth hostel during the YHA Festival of Walking visit www.yha.org.uk/festival-of-walking
Into the Wild: The best birdwatching breaks across the UK
Experts at birdwatching app, Birda, list the top birdwatching getaways to relax and reconnect with nature
Are you looking for a unique holiday that lets you get closer to wildlife and explore the wonderful scenery of the UK?
Opting to go on a birdwatching getaway is an incredible experience that will allow you to get close to nature while spending less money than you might on an international holiday. Birdwatching holidays are on the rise, with over 6 million people in the UK regularly taking part in the hobby, and Britain has some of the best spots in the world to see wildlife in its natural habitat.
The experts at birdwatching app, Birda, give you an idea of some of the top birding locations in the UK - where many birds have been seen and recorded, meaning not only are they great spots for biodiversity, they’re also great places to flex your birding muscles.
What’s the best time of year for birdwatching in the UK?
When it comes to birdwatching breaks in the UK, birders can enjoy what’s on offer all year round. Bird populations constantly move as they migrate with the changing seasons. Of course, not all birds migrate, and many species stay put, which means you can always see a huge variety of birds no matter where you go.
The Best Birdwatching Breaks in the UK
Rathlin Island, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
When it comes to birdwatching holidays in the UK, Rathlin Island is a wonderful spot. Home to 150 people, this island becomes a hotspot for bird lovers. Hundreds of visitors arrive every April to greet the thousands of
Puffins that make the 1,000 mile trip from Greenland and Iceland. What makes this island special is that it’s inhabited year-round by 150 people. Puffins usually prefer to breed and nest on uninhabited islands, like the Farne Islands in Northumberland, or remote corners of the Isle of May off the coast of Scotland.
As Puffins breed between April and August, this is usually the best time to visit Rathlin Island. You’ll catch the busiest bits of the seabird breeding season and enjoy summery weather.
Star Species on Rathlin:
• Black guillemot
• Red-billed chough
North Uist, Outer Hebrides
Another fantastic holiday destination for birdwatchers is North Uist. This remote Isle in Scotland is home to a diverse array of birds and is very secluded. You will truly feel like you’re in the wild, and this is what makes it a great place for birdwatching. What makes North Uist special is that it has the country’s largest and smallest bird living in the same area! Here you can see both the White-tailed Sea Eagle, with nearly a 2.5 metre wingspan (8ft), and the country’s smallest avian resident, the Goldcrest; weighing the same as a 20p coin. One of the best times to head to North Uist is in May. The island comes alive with Cuckoos and huge numbers of rare birds of prey.
Star Species on North Uist:
• White-tailed Sea Eagle
• Short-eared Owl
• Hen Harrier
Rutland Water, Leicestershire
Although it might be the smallest county in England, Rutland is home to a huge variety of birds. The various lagoons, wetlands and meadows make a great habitat for some amazing species, from Egrets and Kingfishers to Ospreys, and the Anglian Birdwatching Centre is a wonderful destination. There are more than 30 birdwatching hides with experts on hand to answer any avian questions. Rutland Water is a special destination as during the summer, the once rare breeder, the Osprey, comes to nest and raise up to 5 young per year. Each year, they arrive in April and depart for the sunny skies of West Africa again in late August.
One of the best times to visit Rutland Water is in August as you’ll catch plenty of migratory birds stopping over for a drink, or even see the incredible power of the diving Ospreys before they make their big journey south.
Star Species at Rutland Water:
The Wild Boar, Lake District
The Lake District is a great place to put on your birding bucket list as it offers some great views of many bird species. With vast landscapes and lakes stretching for miles, the Lake District has many incredible walks and
birding hotspots to offer.
One of these hotspots is an unlikely recommendation, but The Wild Boar hotel is one of the best destinations in the region, with the 70-acre estate and woodland being home to an incredible variety of over 40 species of bird. If you want to get up close and personal with some great birds of prey, this hotel also offers an unforgettable Falconry experience.
When is the best time to go? For some great bird sightings and to welcome the summer migrant in, head to the Lake District in Spring, between March and May.
Star Species in The Lake District:
• Great Spotted Woodpecker
• Peregrine Falcon
• Mistle Thrush
Guided tours, North Wales
North Wales is a wonderful holiday destination for birdwatchers. With a vast array of habitats to choose, from tall mountains to views of the Irish Sea, this landscape holds over 120 native and migrating birds. What makes North Wales a special holiday destination is the region offers a vast range of guided bird tours. To really boost your birding list, head out with an expert on a guided 5-day tour of North Wales. Let Alan Davies and Ruth Miller guide you through North Wales’ hidden gems and the incredible birds that can be found.
North Wales has great species year-round, but we recommend anytime between August and October. Boost your Bird List with some incredible migrants.
Star Species in North Wales:
• Red-billed Chough
• Manx Shearwater
• Pied Flycatcher
Spurn Peninsula, East Yorkshire
Based at the mouth of River Humber, the Spurn Peninsula is a popular destination for birdwatching breaks in the UK. This 3-mile long sandbar juts out into the North Sea and offers unrivalled views of seabirds. This is not a destination to miss, just remember to bring your best scope to get great views of the migrating seabirds.
To see some great sights, the best time to visit the Spurn Peninsula is anytime between March and September. Rare migrants have a
habit of turning up on the beach. Where is the best place to stay?
Star Species in East Yorkshire:
• Little Tern
The Lake, Cornwall
For those looking for immersive birdwatching holidays in the UK, The Lake in Cornwall is an incredible destination. This off-grid converted shipping container has it’s own private lake, perfect for Canada Geese, Sand Martins and a few species of falcon! You’ll have wild ponies for neighbours, and there’s a rowing boat to rent, plus a cage that lowers into the lake so you can keep beer and wine cold. Other creature comforts include a wood burning oven and solar power, and at night visitors are treated to a spectacular display of stars. Between April to October is the best time. Sand Martins arrive in mid-April.
Star Species in Cornwall:
• Sand Martin
• Canada geese
Birda co-founders, John and Natalie White, discuss the creation of Birda:
“Our mission is to promote the enjoyment and appreciation of birdwatching as a means of connecting people with nature. We believe that people need to experience the natural world before they fight to protect it. We believe that nature is for everyone, and we know that spending time connecting with it makes people happier and healthier. Whether you’re a seasoned birdwatcher or just starting out, we want everyone to feel included and welcomed.”
Birda – an innovative birdwatching app for curious people who want to deepen their connection with the outdoors – aims to create an inclusive community to experience, enjoy, and protect the nature and wildlife wherever you are. Whether you live in the countryside or in the city, Birda allows users to explore and appreciate the nature that surrounds them through a free, easy-to-use tool for logging the birdlife around you – all you have to do is head out and look up.
22nd & 23rd July 2023
IN A FIELD BY A BRIDGE FESTIVAL
A brand new and unique (free) London festival launches this July
Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd July 2023
11am - 7pm
Potters Fields Park, Tooley St, London, SE1 2QX & St. John’s Churchyard, Fair Street, London SE1 2LD
Summer 2023 sees the launch of ‘In a Field by a Bridge’, a weekend festival with a unique backdrop. In a community park, beside an international landmark, this is an event to inspire sustainable living and to celebrate community action.
From when the sun sits high over Tower Bridge until the last pink rays disappear
behind London Bridge, on grassy fields next to the Thames; this free festival showcases the juxtaposition of incredible London landmarks alongside cityscape, nature and one of the world’s great rivers.
Celebrating everything that Potters Fields Park and the London Bridge neighbourhood have to offer; merging green spaces, evocative history, wonderful architecture,
a diverse resident community, thriving businesses, – this is one of the most culturally innovative, sustainable and exciting districts in London. In a Field by a Bridge is the first opportunity to showcase London Bridge as a leading environmentally-focused business district, highlighting the transition to a carbon neutral economy, low impact living and healthy lifestyles. The impact of this festival on the local community is aimed to create positive social and economic longevity far beyond this launch weekend.
Wayne Hemingway, HemingwayDesign, commented: “Great festivals have meaning and a purpose and a team that means it and if you can add an amazing location then BINGO!, In a Field by a Bridge has the aim to be an exemplar sustainable festival and in Team London Bridge, a festival funder that “means it”.
The location is nothing short of spectacular.
Potters Fields is a beautifully maintained public green space overlooking the Thames and with views to the adjacent Tower Bridge, to London Bridge and across to The Tower of London. Across Tooley Street, the festival’s second green space St. John’s Churchyard is a wonderful community park that will play host to the Beyond Food-led “Feast in a Field“ initiative where local “legends in their own
kitchen” will allow Londoners and visitors from all around the UK and the world to get a taste of delicacies that thus far only their families have been able to enjoy .
We are aiming to make In a Field by a Bridge, a must-attend annual event. I would make sure you can say you were there at that first one in July 2023 !”
This free festival aims to enable and encourage education and action on greener living through creative programming. It’s jampacked with an incredible showcase of live performances, interactive workshops, film screenings, architectural tours, activities for all the family and so much more.
In a Field by a Bridge is just a short walk from London Bridge Station and the Uber Boat by Thames Clippers river bus service, and is set amid the attractions of the London Bridge area with its cafes, restaurants and theatres.
Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd July 2023 11am - 7pm
Potters Fields Park, Tooley St, London, SE1 2QX & St. John’s Churchyard, Fair Street, London SE1 2LD
11am - 7pmImages courtesy of In a Field By a Bridge Festival
25th - 27th August 2023
Silverstone's Bank Holiday Festival For All The Family
Welcome to this summer’s sensational Silverstone Festival (25-27 August) – the perfect Bank Holiday staycation for family and friends to enjoy together.
For over thirty years, the home of British motorsport has played host to the event (formerly known as ‘Silverstone Classic’) and while the event continues to boast an unrivalled line-up of the best historic motorsport and thousands of classic cars, its new name celebrates the development of off-track entertainment offered to all festival-goers…
not just petrolheads!
Over three amazing days, all generations will come together to enjoy three nights of live music, an F1 FanZone, extreme sports stunt displays and masterclasses plus a free funfair in the Adrenaline Zone, a buzzing Village Green complete with its very own Foodie Fest, garden games, crazy golf, and much more all included in the standard ticket price.
Accompanied kids aged 15 and under go free. The Festival features a timetable of 20 races showcasing cars from the earliest days of racing through to more recent times, many featuring a 50+ car line-up. These spectacular on-track showdowns relive all of motorsport’s golden eras with packed fields of historic Formula 1, GT, touring and sports
Squat Farm Shop as featured in Jeremy Clarkson’s hit Amazon TV series Clarkson’s Farm.
A festival wouldn’t be complete without a live music line-up and at Silverstone Festival the summer evenings will see McFly, the Sugababes and ABC supported by The Christians headline across three epic nights. The Festival also has one eye on the future
with Switch Live powered by myenergi offering Festival-goers the opportunity to test drive a number of the latest generation of electric cars. There’s also the chance for those aged between 10 and 17 years old to get behind the wheel for the very first time with the ever-popular Young Driver* experience.
Bank Holiday Weekend!
cars all recreating their rivalries on the iconic Silverstone Grand Prix circuit.
Over the Festival weekend, Silverstone will also host thousands of glorious classic cars proudly on display and representing more than 100 car clubs, many celebrating anniversaries.
Following its popular introduction last year, Foodie Fest is back in 2023 with celebrated chefs - including Jack Blumenthal, Michelin
As well as giving access to all the live music, Foodie Fest, the F1 FanZone and Adrenaline Zone, tickets also provide access to both racing paddocks and grandstand seating. Tickets start from £64, visit www.silverstone. co.uk to book.
Images courtesy of Silverstone Festival
chef Mark Lloyd, Great British Bake Off finalist Steven Carter-Bailey and 2021’s Masterchef champion Tom Rhodes – among those taking to the Silverstone Kitchen Live stage. Foodie Fest also features an artisan market celebrating local producers in association with Made in Northamptonshire and more treats are in store at the Tasting Tents. The Foodie Fest will also host a ‘pop-up’ Diddly
WIMIN Festival Paves the Way for Female Artists, Responding to the Call for Equality in the Music Industry
The UK music scene is set to experience a seismic shift this summer.
In response to the industry’s gender disparities, WIMIN Festival unveils the first wave of a pioneering female lineup headlined by unforgettable pop performer Katy J. Pearson, who is revered for her songs that slide effortlessly between lovelorn country, glittering pop, and lo-fi folk. The festival - described as a movement - with an all-female production crew - is managed by Scrapyard Studios CIC, a Liverpool-based non-profit, working with a skilled team of partners across Merseyside and beyond. WIMIN Festival, which is for music-lovers of all genders, is on Saturday 29th July when the extensive ground of the Lock and Quay in Bootle will be transformed into a 3-stage festival site.
Leading the parade of talent from the main stage, festival goers will get to experience Katy’s singles Talk Over Town and Alligator, taken from her album Sound of the Morning described as “captivating” by The Guardian and “a sweet elixir” by NME. No stranger to the festival scene, Katy played the main-stage at Green Man 2022 as well as appearing at Latitude, Deer Shed and Blue Dot. The star’s presence at this grass-roots festival highlights the magnitude of feeling around gender
inequality in music.
Adding to the event’s potent blend of talent is Manchester’s indie-pop prodigy, rising star Abbie Ozard, bringing a uniquely compelling sound to the stage, off the back of her recent UK tour. Having gained recognition through her singles “Growing Pains”, “Heartbreak Radio” and “On A Low”, Abbie Ozard is known for her emotional depth and lyrical finesse. Her emotionally-driven tracks have resonated with fans and critics alike, earning her extensive radio play on stations such as BBC 6 Music.
Fans will also be treated to a fusion of sonic grunge and DIY punk from London-based band A VOID. Known for their raw energy and boundary breaking live performances, a testament to the band’s commitment to challenging the status quo. Embracing non-conformity and progression, this band epitomises the spirit of this maverick music festival and movement,WIMIN Festival. WIMIN Festival is much more than a celebration of music; it’s a determined stride towards an industry that truly values and promotes its female artists such as Brighton’s intriguing dream-pop outfit hanya - another stellar addition to the WIMIN Festival line-up. The band bring a tonne of energy to their live
performances - with a distinct sound drawing comparisons to acts like Beach House and Warpaint. The art-rock trio will impress revellers with their innovative blend of genres that has been described as ‘all consuming and addictive’.
Organised entirely by female talent - from management, marketing, production teams, and artists - the festival represents more than a gathering of talent. WIMIN Festival is a statement of intent and action, making a stand against inequality while nurturing new talent and championing skill and creativity. The festival promises a lot of bang for your buck. Beyond the impressive line up of musical performances, across 3 stages, ticketholders will benefit from industry-expert-led panels, wellbeing and practical workshops, delicious drinks and food and a mini-market to buy from female-founded local businesses in The Garden.
“We have an incredible line-up of trailblazing female artists leading the charge for the first WIMIN Festival - with loads more to come. We are so excited to be working together to forge a more equitable music scene for women,” said Holly Tulloch, Director of Scrapyard Studios CIC.
The festival is a direct response to the needs
expressed by the women who work and create in the music scene as revealed in the results of Scrapyard Studios 2022 Women in Music survey. Shockingly - or perhaps not so64% of women who responded said they feel unsafe in Liverpool’s music venues and 88% sought better career opportunities, marking WIMIN Festival much-needed beacon of progress - as well as an incredible, familyfriendly day out this Summer.
With the impressive first-wave also including Hushtones, Liverpool’s sparkling indie-pop 5 piece, Mica Sefia who melds neo-soul and rock influences, SOFT LAD, a multiinstrumentalist turned pop songstress, Lazygirl, an emerging pop artist with infectious tunes, Seagoth with their ethereal indie rock soundscapes, Americana/FolkRock band Motel Sundown, introspective and melodic performer nil00, dynamic pop artist Micayl, and Liverpool’s own dream-pop singer/songwriter, Niki Kand - WIMIN Festival is set to be the event of the Summer is one not to be missed.
With anticipation building and further artist announcements in the pipeline, the tickets are on sale now, including discounts for teens and bundles, but are set to increase soon, so secure your spot now.
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Yorkshire town hosts a weekend of events for children
Harrogate International Festivals will present a weekend-long Children’s Festival in Harrogate this summer from 15-16 July at The Crown Hotel.
Designed with kids in mind and curated with imagination, the Children’s Festival will stretch everything from brains to toes and includes yoga, interactive storytelling, ballet with the prestigious Northern Ballet, and a family silent disco.
Starting with a beginner-friendly, 45 minute Family Yoga class taught by Ellie from Move Yoga Harrogate on Saturday morning, families can also enjoy a Silent Disco featuring three different music channels especially selected for a family audience with DJ Trev on the decks.
On Sunday, Northern Ballet bring an interactive retelling of the Three Little Pigs as an introduction to ballet and live performance. Suitable for children from 3-7, the sessions offer the opportunity to explore the story whilst learning steps from Northern Ballet’s production with a professional ballet dancer.
The Festival closes with two Sunday afternoon sessions with History’s Maid, exploring the worlds of Ancient Greeks and Anglo Saxons. The first session includes a trip to Agoge (Ancient Greek warrior school) in a world of Spartan brutality, Olympic Games, democracy and/or draconian law. The final session introduces an exciting retelling of one of England’s oldest stories, Beowulf, featuring monsters, mystical swords, swimming and dragons.
Sharon Canavar, Chief Executive of Harrogate International Festivals, said “The Children’s Festival is a fun-filled way to spark young imaginations in the key areas of music, dance, history and storytelling. From ballet with the prestigious Northern Ballet to discovering the worlds of Ancient Greeks and Anglo Saxons, there’s something for everyone at the Children’s Festival this year – and we can’t wait to see families strut their stuff to some fab tunes on our dance floor at the Silent Disco!”
Tickets can be purchased via our website here or through the Box Office on 01423 562303.
Event Programme | All at The Crown Hotel
Family Yoga | Sat 15 July | 11am
Family Silent Disco | Sat 15 July | 2pm
Norther Ballet: Three Little Pigs | Sun 16 July | 10am & 11.30am
History’s Maid | Sun 16 July | 1pm | Ancient Greeks
History’s Maid | Sun 16 July | 2.30pm | Anglo Saxons
All tickets are priced at £5. Please note each child and each adult will need a ticket and all bookings are subject to a £1.75 transaction fee
50 Years of Floyd at Knaresborough's Iconic Grounds
Paradox Orchestra has announced an outdoor concert in an iconic Yorkshire setting, celebrating 50 years of one of the most influential rock groups in history, Pink Floyd.
Paradox Orchestra has made a name as one of Yorkshire’s most groundbreaking acts, featuring classicallytrained musicians who vibrantly reimagine rock, pop, and dance classics. The concert by candlelight on September 3 will feature the 20-strong string orchestra in the stunning grounds of the Grade II listed Conyngham Hall in Knaresborough. Many of the young musicians trained at Leeds Conservatoire and perform in classical settings all over the world and they’ve also worked with some of the biggest acts in pop, including Ed Sheeran, Marc Almond, and
The outdoor concert is the first to take place close to the river Nidd and promises a festival atmosphere in the expansive grounds, which can accommodate up to 2,000 people. A number of food and drink vendors will add to the festival vibe. As seating is not provided, audiences are welcome to bring blankets or their own seating as required to the open-air concert.
Michael Sluman, founder, and artistic director of Paradox Orchestra, said: “Like a sonic time machine, Pink Floyd’s music has taken us on a journey through the past 50
years, capturing the essence of each era and leaving an indelible mark on the history of music. Paradox Orchestra is looking forward to performing their greatest hits in such a stunning backdrop.”
Michael, 32, a graduate from Leeds Conservatoire who is now studying a PhD at the Royal Academy of Music, founded Paradox Orchestra in 2020.
Paradox Orchestra is known for their innovative and dynamic interpretations of classic songs. The orchestra’s expert musicianship and imaginative arrangements will bring new life to hits such as, Wish You Were Here, Money, and Comfortably Numb. Michael added: “We promise audiences an incredibly high-level of musicianship on stage, as well as a showmanship associated with world-class large-scale orchestras. It’s going to be an unforgettable night in the relaxing and beautiful outdoor setting of Conyngham, near to Knaresborough’s iconic riverside.”
50 Years of Pink Floyd: A string orchestral tribute to Pink Floyd performed by candlelight. Tickets: £25 plus Box Office fee from Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite. co.uk/e/50-years-of-pink-floyd-performedby-candlelight-strings-tickets-651032695317 and skiddle.
For more information: www. paradoxorchestra.co.uk
Kynren returns for spectacular summer season
Spellbinding live outdoor show Kynren – An Epic Tale of England, returns for a spectacular seven-week run during the summer holidays.
The 90-minute extravaganza, which is a breathless dash through 2,000 years of British history, will be performed every Saturday from July 29 until September 9.
CEO Anne-Isabelle Daulon said: “We’re thrilled to be able to deliver a pulsating show which retells history in a way which captivates and enthrals our audiences.
“Everyone involved in the production has incredible passion, commitment and talent, ensuring that each performance lingers long in the memory of all those families, friends and loved ones who come along to see it.” Performed by a 1,000-strong cast and crew on a 7.5-acre outdoor stage, the multi awardwinning show follows a young boy, Arthur, on his travel through time. It is packed with
thrilling choreography, amazing stunts, incredible equestrianism, world-class special effects and pyrotechnics.
From Boudicca’s battles with the Romans to two world wars, via Vikings, Tudors and the fate of Charles I, Kynren is a familyfriendly experience delivering thrills, shocks, tears, laughs, goosebumps and gasps on a panoramic scale.
The show is produced by charity 11Arches, which was established together with the Auckland Project by philanthropist Jonathan Ruffer. It has attracted almost 400,000 visitors to the town since its inception in 2016.
Kynren has also put the area firmly on the map for many international tourists, with 40 per cent of its visitors coming from beyond the north east and as far afield as USA, China, South Africa and the Middle East.
Bishop Auckland, which is just 12 miles south west of Durham and home to around 25,000 people, stands high above the River Wear, with commanding views of the surrounding countryside. Other established attractions in the town include the April Food Festival, Mining Art Gallery, Bishop Trevor Gallery and Auckland Tower.
For more information on Bishop Auckland, visit www. thisisdurham.com/exploredurham/durham-towns/bishopauckland
Book tickets for Kynren 2023 at www.kynren.com
ALNWICK CASTLE UNVEILS A SUMMER OF BOOK LAUNCHES AND OUTDOOR CINEMA
Alnwick Castle, Northumberland’s iconic visitor attraction, is thrilled to announce the latest exciting events to be added to its 2023 summer season.
Having hosted two outdoor theatre events in June/July, book enthusiasts will be delighted to attend the launch of “To the Call of Bugles” by local historian Bill Openshaw on August 4, 2023.
The book chronicles the history of the Percy Tenantry Volunteers, a group of amateur soldiers raised by Hugh Percy, 2nd Duke of Northumberland, to defend the North East of England during Britain’s conflict with Napoleonic France. Guests can delve into this intriguing piece of military and north-east history at Alnwick Castle’s Guest Hall.
On August 19, 2023, renowned historian and author Tracy Borman will grace Alnwick Castle with a book talk on her latest work, “Anne Boleyn and Elizabeth I: The Mother and
Daughter Who Changed History.” Utilising original documents and artifacts, Borman unveils new insights into the relationship between Anne Boleyn and her daughter, Elizabeth I, shedding light on the profound influence Anne had on Elizabeth’s character and reign as Queen. Join us for an evening immersed in the captivating world of these remarkable Tudor women.
To top off the summer season, the castle team is excited to offer an enchanting outdoor cinema experience with The Luna Cinema from September 1 to September 3, 2023. Film lovers can immerse themselves in the magical setting of Alnwick Castle – which was used as the location for the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry – to enjoy iconic movies under the stars.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is first on September 1 followed by Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix on September 2 with next box office smash Dungeons & Dragons: Honour Among Thieves to be shown on September 3. Further details, including ticket bookings, are available through the Alnwick Castle website at www.alnwickcastle.com
Victoria Perkins, Marketing Manager at Alnwick Castle, said: “We are thrilled to present a
summer filled with captivating outdoor theatre, fascinating book launches, and magical cinema experiences at Alnwick Castle. Each event promises to bring joy, laughter, and a touch of enchantment to our visitors. We invite everyone to join us and create unforgettable memories in the historic surroundings of the castle. We are looking forward to the summer and hope these incredible experiences will be enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.”
Uncover the best of Leicestershire with new range of trails and maps
New trails cover family fun, history, waterways, beautiful open spaces and more
Visitors to Leicester and Leicestershire can now embark on an exciting exploration of the region with the launch of a range of new trails by Visit Leicester. These trails showcase the best attractions, locations and hidden gems that the county has to offer and the stories behind them.
The trails cater to a variety of interests, including guiding visitors to the finest family attractions, uncovering the region’s industrial and historic past, delving into the
royal roots of Melton Mowbray, navigating Leicestershire’s picturesque waterways, and experiencing the charm of Leicestershire’s scenic landscapes and delightful towns and villages.
The trails include:
Leicestershire’s Industrial Past including Moira Furnace, Conkers, Great Central Railway, Loughborough Bellfoundry Trust, Triumph Visitor Centre, Foxton Locks, Everards, Stoney Cove and more
Uncover Royal Melton including The Anne
of Cleves, St Mary’s Church, Ye Olde Pork
Pie Shoppe, Livestock Market, Melton Royal Mile Walk, Long Clawson Dairy, The Melton Cheeseboard, 8 Windsor Street, Stapleford Park, Belvoir Castle and more
Beautiful Gardens and Landscapes including 1620s House & Garden, The Charnwood Forest, Stoneywell, The National Forest, Staunton Harold Estate, Snibston Colliery Park, Bosworth Battlefield, Everards Meadows and more
Historic Leicestershire including Ashby Castle,
Bosworth Battlefield, Kirby Muxloe Castle, Tithe Barn, Stoneywell, New Walk, Leicester Guildhall, The Newarke, King Richard III Visitor Centre, The Charnwood Forest, Royal Melton and more
Leicestershire’s Historic Towns and Villages including Ashby de la Zouch, Woodhouse Eaves, Quorn, Rothley, Mountsorrel, Kibworth Harcourt, Kibworth Beauchamp, Smeeton Westerby, Loughborough, Lutterworth, Market Bosworth, Market Harborough, Melton Mowbray and Cosby
Fun Family Days Out including Conkers, Great Central Railway, Twycross Zoo, Wistow Maze & Wistow Rural Centre, Abbey Pumping Station, Twinlakes Family Theme Park, Moira Furnace & Ashby Canal, National Space Centre, Leicester Museum & Art Gallery, The Battlefield Line and more
Three Leicester Riverside Maps – created in partnership with the Canal & River Trust as a series of three maps that highlight walking and cycling routes along the River Soar and Grand Union Canal:
The route starts north of the city at Watermead Country Park, a beautiful open
space ideal for bird watching, cycling and gentle walks. The river and canal run their separate paths through the city passing by attractions like Belgrave Hall, Abbey Pumping Station, The National Space Centre, Abbey Park, Newarke Houses Museum, Castle Gardens and King Power Stadium
The southern end of Leicester’s riverside passes by the Great Central Way mile straight, and through Leicester’s largest and richest nature reserve at Aylestone Meadows
The route concludes at Everards Meadows; 70 acres of beautiful green space with pathways and cycleways where you will find Everards Brewery beer hall and shop. You can stop here for a well-earned rest, food and of course local beer.
The new trails can be downloaded from www. visitleicester.info/ideas-and-inspiration/ trails. There are also hard copies of the Riverside Maps available at the Visit Leicester Information Centre (4a St Martins, Leicester LE1 5DB).
Leader of Leicestershire County Council, Nick Rushton, said: “From picture postcard villages to thriving market towns and beautiful
countryside, Leicestershire is a wonderful place to explore. And with the summer holidays approaching, it’s the perfect time to get out and about.
“Leicestershire is also home to a 1,925-mile rights of way network, used daily by walkers, cyclists, riders and joggers. Complete with 40,000 way markers, the award winning paths allow people to explore and enjoy the environment across Leicestershire and can often be found right on your doorstep.”
The trails are based on Visit Leicester’s popular Uncover the Story campaign and aim to shine a light on some of the county’s hidden treasures, allowing visitors to plan their trip with the confidence that they’ll be seeing something worthwhile. The campaign also aims to help people to uncover the fascinating stories behind some of our remarkable attractions and locations. For more information on places to see, things to do and where to stay in Leicester and Leicestershire, visit www.visitleicester.info
Tea in an Idyllic English Country Garden Setting
From 15th June to 31st August 2023, guests can revel in a delectable assortment of handcrafted delicacies, specially curated to celebrate the vibrant flavours of the season.
Priced at just £35 per person, the Summer Afternoon Tea includes a selection of mouthwatering finger sandwiches, a perfect balance of classic and inventive fillings. A warm pea, asparagus, and pesto tart, expertly baked to perfection, showcases the finest seasonal produce.
No afternoon tea is complete without scones, and we serve them in true British style. Enjoy the light and fluffy texture of fruit and plain scones, accompanied by luscious strawberry jam and indulgent Cornish clotted cream,
providing an authentic taste of traditional afternoon tea.
To satisfy your sweet tooth, our pastry chefs have created a selection of exquisite desserts that capture the essence of summer. Savour the delicate strawberry custard tart with a Champagne viola dome, adding an elegant touch to this fruity delight. Discover the harmonious flavours of our honey and lavender financiers, a treat that perfectly embodies the essence of the English countryside. Indulge in the apple, rose, and blackberry mousse, a refreshing and fragrant delight that embodies the vibrancy of the season. And don’t forget to relish the decadence of our chocolate and yuzu cremeux, complemented by a caramelised
white chocolate crumb.
Horwood House Hotel recognizes the importance of catering to all guests, including the little ones. A specially crafted kids’ afternoon tea menu, ensures that everyone can enjoy the memorable experience of a summer afternoon tea.
Moreover, Horwood House’s English country garden setting adds an extra layer of charm to your visit. Immerse yourself in the tranquil beauty of our manicured grounds, enveloped by blooming flowers and the gentle rustle of leaves. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and let the serene atmosphere transport you to a world of relaxation and indulgence.
Horwood House Hotel is thrilled to announce the launch of its Summer Afternoon Tea, offering a delightful culinary experience amidst the picturesque backdrop of their enchanting English country garden.
Bucket List of Things to See and Do in Essex
1. Explore Essex’s 350-mile coastline and estuaries
2023 is the Year of the Coast, so why not explore Essex’s vast coastline. Visit the county’s top seaside resorts or head off the beaten-track and wander around
the county’s estuaries. Step on the Maritime Walking Trail in Harwich, see Grayson Perry’s ‘House of Essex’ in Wrabness, go fossil hunting on Mersea Island or take insta-worthy pictures of pretty beach huts. Paddleboard by inlets and creeks and explore
the swirling saltmarshes and iconic lightship at Tollesbury.
House and Gardens
Take a trip to Audley End House and Gardens, near Saffron Walden, and step back in time. Wander around the grounds,
experience life upstairs and downstairs and discover more about Essex’s history. The county is also home to historic gardens at RHS Hyde Hall near Chelmsford which boasts ornamental horticulture, wild woodlands and majestic meadows, or visit Beth Chatto’s inspirational 1960s dry garden near Colchester.
Southend-on-Sea is one of the UK’s latest cities and there’s plenty to do. Ride a rollercoaster at Adventure Island, catch a train to the end of the world’s longest pier, take in culture at the Focal Point Gallery and enjoy an ice cream at Rossi’s Ice Cream Parlour on the seafront.
4. Tasty Essex!
Essex is renowned for its seafood, visit authentic cockle and oyster sheds along its shores and tuck into freshly caught local produce. Treat yourself to a traditional
the Morris dancing and flitch of bacon customs!
10. Experience rural Essex
cream tea at Tiptree tearooms across the county, or head to Galvin Green Man in Chelmsford, voted the nation’s best pub! Essex is also home to a growing number of vineyards, sip the best on a wine tasting tour in the Crouch Valley or north of the county for award-winning vintages.
5. Sail upon a Thames sailing barge
Hop on a traditional Thames Sailing Barge from historic Maldon and take to sea! The barges are still a familiar sight along the coastline and used to ferry goods from the county to London and further afield. Once the sails are up, you can also take in the local wildlife! The shorelines are home to migrating birds and seals can also be spotted along the Essex coastline.
6. Roman Colchester
Colchester was Britain’s capital in Roman times and there’s lots of historic artefacts to explore around the city. Walk by the Roman walls that run through the city and are lit at night and take in stunning mosaics, or tour the Roman Circus visitor centre. Colchester Castle, the largest Norman Keep in Europe, is built on the grounds of a Roman temple and has many historical
Take a trip to Lakeside and city centres
With over 250 shops, restaurants and leisure attractions, Lakeside Shopping Centre in Thurrock is the ideal place to bag a bargain. Or head into one of Essex’s cities to pick up style on the High Street. Chelmsford is home to Bond Street Shopping Centre where you’ll find lots of retail outlets, restaurants and entertainment complexes, whereas Colchester boasts big brands and a range of independent shops, plus a Fenwick’s in the High Street.
8. Visit Colchester Zoo
A must for animal lovers and families alike, Colchester Zoo is home to 180 species across 60 acres of parkland and lakes. Children love to feed the giraffes and elephants, visit the petting zoo, ride the train to visit the ring-tailed lemurs and watch the lions roar behind their glazed enclosures.
9. Picturesque towns and villages
For scenic, postcard-worthy views, explore the villages of Essex. Dedham is located in the heart of Constable Country and offers independent shops,
pubs and walks by the river. Finchingfield is another must with its picturesque duck pond. Also explore the ancient Flitch towns of Saffron Walden, Great Dunmow and Thaxted, famed for their spired churches, mediaeval architecture, market squares and quaint traditions – check out
Explore Henry VIII’s old hunting grounds in Epping and Hatfield Forests. Get on your bike and head over to Hadleigh Country Park, which played host to the mountain biking events at the London 2012 Olympics. The county has so much space and big skies to offer making it a paradise for walkers. Essex is also home to a growing number of glamping destinations. Stay up an ancient oak tree at Coleman’s Farm near Epping. Head over to Teybrook Orchard, near Colchester, and glamp in an enchanting woodland, or try out a handcrafted Mongolian Yurt. Lee Wick Cottages and Glamping, near St Osyth also offers a stunning mix of stylish cabins and pods.
Essex Wildlife Trust
Top canal boating destinations in Wales this summer
It’s not just the north of England and the Midlands that has great narrowboating.
incredible mountain views. It takes around two-and-a-half-hours to cruise to moorings close to the popular Star pub at Mamhillad, a short walk from bridge 62. *Day boats ‘Robin’ and Rooster’ can carry up to eight people each.
Drifters hire out day boats from 18 narrowboat hire bases across England and Wales, offering the chance to enjoy a family day afloat on the canals this summer.
Wales also has some fantastic waterways to navigate this summer:
• Navigate to The Star Inn at Mamhillad in the Brecon Beacons – on day out boating along on the beautiful Monmouth & Brecon Canal from Goytre Wharf, boaters can enjoy
•Float across ‘The Stream in the Sky’ in North Wales - from Trevor on the Llangollen Canal day boaters can travel across the UNESCO World Heritage status Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. Standing at over 38 metres high above the Dee Valley, this incredible structure offers stunning views of the Dee Valley below. After cruising over the Aqueduct, there are two tunnels and another aqueduct to cross, before reaching the Bridge Inn at Chirk. The journey to Chirk takes around two-and-a-half hours. *Day boats ‘Jacob’, ‘Daniel’ and ‘Lotty’ can carry up to 10 people each.
Full tuition is included, so it’s a great way for newcomers to canal boating to get the hang of steering, mooring up and working the locks.
Boats range in size and can accommodate between eight and 12 people.
Day boat hire prices start at £99 on weekdays, and £150 on weekends and bank holidays. For more information about Drifters day boat hire go to Day Boats. Canal boat day hire. Rent a boat for a day (drifters.co.uk)
For more information about visiting the canals go to www.canalrivertrust.org.uk
Short Breaks Help Mental Health and Wellbeing
The Outjoyment Report included a survey of 11,000 campers and non-campers, assessing attitudes towards the benefits of all types of camping such as pitching up in a tent or motorhome or going glamping.
The study has been welcomed by the directors of Stonham Barns Park - a bustling family complex offering holiday accommodation, attractions and activities based in the heart of Suffolk.
At Stonham Barns Park you can stay in the The Aspal Campsite which hosts touring caravans, motorhomes, tents and even tipis – and offers the ultimate luxury camping experience in the form of glamping which is becoming increasingly popular.
Campsite pitches are available with or without electrical hook ups, all set in a parkland location with a children’s play area and easy access to all the facilities at Stonham Barns Park. Dogs are welcome too. The study showed that 97% of campers said happiness was their top motivator for going camping. 93% said being more connected to nature was important and 93% said they felt benefits to their health and wellbeing. 88% reported being less stressed after a camping experience. New leisure facilities are being added to Stonham Barns Park to enhance the visitor experience including a new sports bar and clubhouse, new children’s play facilities and new adventure footgolf. The venue also
includes fishing lakes, an owl sanctuary and birds of play centre, a nine-hole golf course, adventure golf, footgolf, golf simulators, theatre, and around 40 village shops, a café and restaurant and a garden centre. Visit www.stonhambarns.co.uk for further information.
A major new study undertaken by Sheffield Hallam University has revealed how camping in the great outdoors is good for your mental health and wellbeing.
North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) launches third 'Love Your Railway' nationwide campaign
Heritage railways across the country, including North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR), are joining forces during the lead up to the summer holidays to raise awareness of their importance as a tourism destination, educating and telling the story of Britain's railways whilst also providing local jobs and volunteer opportunities and community engagement.
Following the enormous success of the past two years, the third annual ‘Love Your Railway’ campaign is bringing together over 60 organisations and counting as the campaign continues to gain momentum with heritage railways still being encouraged to sign up. Participating organisations are from as far afield as Isle of Man, Isle of Wight, Snowdonia, and the Lake District for the nationwide campaign which shines a spotlight on heritage railway organisations, encouraging
visitors to support them this summer. Spearheaded by the NYMR, ‘Love Your Railway’ is a six-week campaign which runs from 5th June to 16th July, with weekly themes covering conservation, education, and research.
NYMR and its fellow heritage railways from across the UK carry over 13 million passengers each year, over 560 miles of railway line and contribute £400 million in economic impact. 22,000 volunteers and over 4,000 paid employees keep the UK’s heritage
railways on track, highlighting the significant role railways played through the industrial revolution.
Chris Price, General Manager at NYMR, said: “For the past two years, we’ve been so thrilled by the response to Love Your Railway, as it is bigger and better each year. For the first year there were over 50 heritage railways taking part in the campaign, and last year we saw nearly 100, which is phenomenal, so we have high hopes for 2023. This year, we have some exciting new ideas and elements planned for the campaign, and love that even more organisations have come together to help us spread the word.
Steve Oates, Chief Executive at The Heritage Railway Association, said: “For the past two years, ‘Love Your Railway’ secured collaborations from as far afield as Cornwall, Suffolk, North Wales, North East Scotland and Northern Ireland, with over 50 heritage railway organisations taking part. We’re really proud to back this campaign and look forward to seeing many more rail
organisations get involved in the inaugural campaign.”
The six themed weeks are: Volunteers, Fundraising, Community, Education, History, Restoration. Throughout the campaign heritage railways are encouraging visitors and supporters to get involved and share photos and memories of their visits on social media using #LoveYourRailway www.loveyourrailway.co.uk
Middleton Railway Steam and Diesel Trains every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday between April and October.
Birthday Parties and other organised events by request.
Special events throughout the year
See website for details: http://www.middletonrailway.org.uk
“The aim of the campaign is simple - there are more than 150 operational heritage railways, which protect, conserve and bring to life part of the nation’s rich cultural heritage - giving enjoyment and learning to thousands of people every year and we want to do all we can to raise awareness of every heritage railway across the country.”
20 years of celebrating crime writing
The 20th anniversary
Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, the
The 2023 Festival Chair, award winning crime and thriller author Vaseem Khan, has curated a ground-breaking programme. Alongside the special guests headlining the Festival, including literary legends Lee Child, Andrew Child, Lisa Jewell, Ruth Ware, Ann Cleeves, Jeffery Deaver, Lucy Worsley, S. A. Cosby, Val McDermid, and Chris Hammer, the full programme includes some of the biggest names in crime fiction.
Exploring everything from the perfect murderous opening, police procedurals and dark obsessions to legal thrillers and the golden age of crime, this year’s 20th anniversary programme will see a variety of acclaimed crime and thriller authors discussing the genre
and influences on their writing, including Janice Hallett, Shari Lapena, Louise Candlish, Abir Mukherjee, Steve Cavanagh, Elly Griffiths, Ragnar Jónasson, Clare Mackintosh, Mick Herron, Will Dean, Laura Shepherd-Robinson, Chris Brookmyre, and many more!
The Festival will start with Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award ceremony, where the winner of crime writing’s most prestigious accolade will be revealed alongside the recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction Award.
This year’s Festival also includes two ‘who dunnit?’ themed author dinners, giving a unique opportunity for crime fans to get to know authors in a fun and informal environment. Richard Armitage, Stuart Neville, David
Hewson, Emma Christie, Steph Broadribb, Alex Dahl, Greg Mosse, Leigh Russell, S.E. Lynes and many others will partake in a murder mystery with a twist! The all-star line-up of events includes the return of Val McDermid’s New Blood panel, celebrating four brilliant debut crime writers, and the popular LateNight Quiz, hosted by McDermid and Mark Billingham, armed with trivia, titles and tricks to test the knowledge of crime fiction fanatics. Vaseem Khan, award winning author and 2023 Festival Chair, said: “It’s a privilege to chair this year’s Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival. My late father and I watched Poirot together and we’d never
imagined that decades later I would chair a Festival so closely connected to Agatha Christie. It feels special to be the first British Asian crime writer to chair the Festival, and even more special for the monumental 20th anniversary.
had celebrating the world of crime fiction. In that time, the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival has welcomed some of the biggest names in crime fiction and this year is no exception. In collaboration with our 2023 Festival Chair,
commented: “This year’s Festival will be another monumental event for the world of crime fiction. It has been a pleasure to be a part of the Festival over the past 20 years and following the full programme announcement, I am thoroughly looking forward to celebrating once again at the world’s best crime writing Festival over a pint of Old Peculier!”
Sharon Canavar, Chief Executive of Harrogate International Festivals, added: “This year marks 20 years since the Festival launched in Harrogate, and what wonderful two decades we’ve
Vaseem Khan, we are delighted to announce this year’s full programme for what will be the best Festival yet!”Simon Theakston, Executive Director of Theakston,
Book online, call the office on 01423 562303, or pop in to our box office at 32 Cheltenham Parade, Harrogate HG1 1DB, between 10am – 5pm Monday to Friday.
“The Festival team have pulled together an Avengers Assemble line-up of crime writers to celebrate the monumental anniversary. You’d be (criminally) insane to miss it.”Image courtesy of Mike Whorley for Harrogate International Festivals
Hosted every Thursday and Saturday in the pedestrianised streets of Ormskirk around the famous Clock Tower, Ormskirk Market is renowned for being one of the UK’s oldest and most traditional outdoor markets. Offering around 100 stalls, it attracts hundreds of shoppers each market day. With a friendly, informal atmosphere there is often live music and entertainment which adds to the welcoming town centre.
Ormskirk Market still retains all of its historic charm and has a wide ranging offer with something for everyone. With a great of variety
of food stalls showcasing Lancashire’s local food offer you’ll find fresh artisan breads, homemade pies, olives, fine cheeses, and fresh local produce including fish, meat and vegetables. You’ll also find a variety of clothing stalls, plants and flowers, cards and stationery, cosmetics, bedding, household goods and hardware supplies. Several times a year there are also speciality food and drink and artisan markets and event days such as the Gingerbread Festival also occur throughout the year.
We look forward to you visiting us soon.
Granted a Royal Charter in 1286 by King Edward I, Ormskirk Market is a popular and well-loved twice weekly event that has been held in Ormskirk ever since.Images courtesy of West Lancashire Borough Council