Festivals, Carnivals and Events

Discover Whisky Galore at the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival

Speyside Whisky Festival

Thousands of visitors from around the globe will celebrate Scotland’s national drink this spring at one of the world’s biggest whisky events – the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival. The Festival is a five-day celebration comprising around 500 different events scattered across the beautiful region, which lies directly between the cities of Aberdeen and Inverness. 

Distillery tours, food pairings, whisky tastings, music and fun combine to provide a packed programme. Visitors will have the chance to take exclusive behind the scenes distillery tours, learn how to pair whisky with food, enjoy traditional music and even take a ride on a whisky themed vintage train.

Last Choir Singing Announce Song Writing Contest Shortlist

Last Choir Singing

Last Choir Singing, the premier choir competition for Lancashire Junior Schools, has announced its shortlist of nominees for their song writing award. The competition was open to anyone in the UK. 

Shortlisted applicants will have an acoustic version of their song performed live on BBC Radio Lancashire by the International Vocalist, Duncan Heather, on Friday 24th November. The songs will then be put to public vote with the winner being announced live on the radio on Monday 4th December by sponsors and competition creators and organisers, True Bearing Chartered Financial Planners.

The best places to visit in Birmingham this Christmas

With the festive season right around the corner, this time of year presents many opportunities to spend time with loved ones. Birmingham is a hub of activity during the festive season. Whether spending time with friends, enjoying a family day out or a romantic evening with that special someone, the city has a range of events perfect for everyone this Christmas.
 
This year some of the best places to visit in Birmingham at Christmas time include:
 
Birmingham’s German Market
 

Top 10 spooky UK destinations to visit this October

Churchyard

Love the thrill of being scared and looking for something different to do this month? With Halloween creeping ever closer, last minute rental holiday provider, Snaptrip.com, reveals the top 10 spooky destinations to visit this October:

 

1.       The village of Prestbury 

Located in Cheshire, on the edge of the Cotswolds, Prestbury claims to be the most haunted village in England. Its spooky reputation has stuck ever since the sighting of a hooded monk known as ‘The Black Abbot’ who is said to regularly appear in the church and churchyard. Somewhere to visit before retreating to the safety of your cottage or guest house!

 

2.       Winnats Pass, Castleton 

UK’s best surfers gather inland for landlocked pro surf competition

Major event at Surf Snowdonia draws more than 1,500 surf fans to heart of Conwy Valley
 
More than 1,500 surf fans and curious onlookers made their way to the heart of the Conwy Valley at the weekend to watch the UK’s best surfers take part in a unique inland surf competition.
Against a backdrop of the Conwy Valley’s forests and mountains, the UK’s best surfers came together to battle it out on Surf Snowdonia’s land-locked man-made waves. Thirty elite UK surf athletes competed in all, travelling from all over the country to the UK’s most unlikely break.

Surf Snowdonia hosts international summit on inland surfing

Surf Park Summit takes place 24-25 October 2017
 
Investors, developers, and suppliers from around the globe will converge on North Wales later this week for the first ever European Surf Park Summit.

Around 75 delegates from 19 countries are expected to attend the two-day conference, which takes place at Surf Snowdonia – a world-first inland surf lagoon which lies seven miles from the sea in the Conwy Valley.

The summit’s agenda will showcase Surf Snowdonia’s world-first Wavegarden technology and give industry stakeholders the opportunity to meet the parc’s senior management. The Surf Snowdonia team will share insights from their build and development experience and first two years of operation.

Make a clay ghost at Halloween themed workshops at Coalport China Museum 21st – 29th October

clay making

Sculpt your own ghost, pumpkin or creepy bat from air-drying clay to take home at the Halloween themed ceramic workshops at Coalport China Museum, near Ironbridge.  Part of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums’ 50th anniversary celebrations, the drop-in sessions will take place Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during the October school half-term holiday from Saturday 21st to Sunday 29th October.

 

Every day throughout the holidays young artists can also decorate ceramic money boxes or fridge magnets and paint delicate china flowers. 

 

Tiny Tots Trail of Treats set to enchant little ones at Blists Hill Victorian Town in November and December

Santa grotto

Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge, is putting some magic into Christmas especially for their youngest visitors with an enchanting festive trail for under fives. Available on selected days leading up to Christmas, the fun, new Tiny Tots Trail of Treats will delight children and their grown-ups as they follow clues to find treats around the Town on 22-23 and 29-30 November and 6-7, 13-14 and 20-21 December.

 

Gorgeous things for Gorgeous People…

Gorgeous things for Gorgeous People…

The Gorgeous Christmas Craft & Food Fair at Enginuity, Coalbrookdale 18th and 19th November

 

The long-running Gorgeous contemporary designer craft fair returns to Enginuity in Coalbrookdale, near Ironbridge this November and, for the first time in its history, entry is free.  That means you can save your money for all the lovely things you’ll find there…

 

…and that includes exquisite and unusual jewellery, glassware, ceramics, textiles, fine furniture, prints and metal work from the regions finest designer makers.  With a wide variety of handmade designs and individual artworks on offer, you’ll find a wealth of Christmas gift ideas, from magnificent one-off designer pieces to affordable goods. 

 

‘Life-saving surfing’ helps military heroes overcome trauma and injury

Military heroes who competed in a world-first adaptive surf championship in North Wales say that surfing has helped them to overcome trauma, mental ill-health and serious physical injuries.
 
Sixteen surfers, all either serving military or veterans who have battled physical or mental injury, competed for the top spots in the Help for Heroes Adaptive Surf Championship last Saturday (23rd September 2017). The free-to-attend one-day tournament took place at inland surf lagoon Surf Snowdonia, seven miles from the sea at Conwy.
 
Winner of the open category, Yianni Karakousis, served as a Captain in the Royal Engineers. He suffered horrific injuries in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan in April 2013.
 

Surf Snowdonia to host Help For Heroes Adaptive Surf Championship

FREE one-day event will take place on Saturday 23 September
 
Surf Snowdonia will host another world-first event later this month which will bring together some of the UK’s most impressive military surf athletes.
 
The Help for Heroes Adaptive Surf Championship, which is sponsored by Stance, will see adaptive surf athletes from the UK’s Army, Royal Navy and Air Force compete for top spot in a friendly one-day tournament. The emphasis of the day will be on inclusion and breaking down barriers, and it will be free for spectators to attend.
 

Mrs Beeton’s Christmas

Dr Annie Gray

 An evening with Food Historian and TV presenter Dr Annie Gray Coalbrookdale Monday 27th November

 

Food historian and TV and radio presenter Dr Annie Gray will be giving a festive-themed talk looking at Christmas in mid-Victorian times through the eyes of Isabella Beeton. Taking place in the Engine Shop at Coalbrookdale on Monday evening, 27th November, ‘Mrs Beeton’s Christmas’ is part of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum’s 50th anniversary celebrations. 

 

The Ghosts of War Touch Commonwealth War Graves Historians and Theatre Cast

The Ghosts of War Touch Commonwealth War Graves Historians and Theatre Cast

Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) historians opened their doors this week to the MESH Theatre Co. The cast of Journey's End, were invited to identify with the characters they play in the Centenary revival of RC Sherriff’s WW1 play; to be performed at Kruitmagazijn (Ammunition Store) in Ypres, Oct 10 – Nov 12.

 

The Journey’s End writer was wounded at Passchendaele in August 1917. His famous trench play written a decade later is both a time-piece and a documentation of timeless themes - comradeship, sacrifice, hero-worship, trauma and the recklessness of powers-that-be. All this is told through the simple story of soldiers in a dugout just before a massive attack in 1918 (Operation Michael).

 

Traditional Victorian Halloween

Blists Hill Victorian Town where life over 100 years ago is recreated

Experience a traditional Victorian Halloween at Blists Hill Victorian Town, during half-term 21st – 29th October 

 

Join the residents of Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge as they celebrate Halloween in traditional style during the autumn half-term, 21st - 29th October. The Victorians marked All Hallows Eve with some curious customs and unusual ritualssuch as carving turnips (rather than the modern day pumpkins) into Jack-o-lanternsto frighten away evil spirits.