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Although 40 years may have passed since the release of Mike Oldfield’s ground-breaking and best-selling Tubular Bells album the music still has the power to inspire and amaze.

Tubular Bells tours the UK

If you listened carefully during the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony you will have heard a brief re-arrangement used in the piece celebrating the NHS.

Fast forward from 1973 and the three sequels Oldfield released in the 1990’s to 2008 and Australia. Picture two musicians, Aidan Roberts and Daniel Holdsworth, who are long-time friends, sat around a camp fire, trying to play Tubular Bells the whole way through, using only their two guitars. That’s how Tubular Bells For Two, the multi-award winning musical show was born.

It took them nine months of rehearsal and the introduction of nineteen other instruments, but eventually the pair were able to perform the album live and its no exaggeration to say that their show has gone from strength to strength since. After wowing audiences Down Under and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Tubular Bells For Two is ready to hit London, with its premiere at Union Chapel in Islington on May 25..

When Mike Oldfield released his 1973 classic, it required more than 30 musicians to perform it. But now, exactly 40 years later, it just takes two musicians, albeit massively talented ones, to recreate the album on stage, in real-time and in a unique and compelling theatrical experience.

The original album shot to number one around the world, throwing its young composer into the international spotlight whilst kick-starting Richard Branson’s Virgin empire.

You really must get tickets to the show to witness the herculean feat of Daniel Holdsworth and Aidan Roberts racing from instrument to instrument , juggling pianos, organs, guitars, mandolin, drums, glockenspiel, loop pedals, synthesizers and, of course, Tubular Bells.

These amazing musicians  recreate the beauty and playful lunacy of one of the most important albums of the 20th Century … with just four hands and four feet.

For more information on Tubular Bells for Two tickets go to www.britevents.com 

MAY 
WED 22 St David’s Hall Cardiff
THU 23 De Montford Hall Leicester
FRI 24 Royal and Derngate Northampton
SAT 25 Union Chapel London
MON 27 Eden Court Glasgow
TUE 28 City Halls Glasgow
WED 29 King’s Theatre Edinburgh
JUNE
SAT 1 Harrogate Theatre Harrogate
TUE 4 The Orchard Theatre Dartford
WED 5 South Hill Park Bracknall
THU 6  Palace Theatre Newark
FRI 7 Town Hall Birmingham
SAT 8 Corn Exchange Cambridge
SUN 9 The Anvil Basingstoke
TUE 11 Opera House Buxton
WED 12 The Stables Milton Keynes
THU 13 St Georges Bristol
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FRI 14 New Theatre Oxford
SAT 15 Venue Cymru Llandudno
SUN 16 The Lowry Salford Quays
TUE 18 Mill Voilvo Tyne Theatre Newcastle
WED 19 Grand Opera House York
THU 20 St Georges Hall Bradford
FRI 21 The Venue Leeds
SUN 23 The Grand Theatre Blackpool
TUE 25 Wonderground London
WED 26, Whire Rock Theatre Hastings
THU 27 Kings Theatre Portsmouth
FRI 28 Queens Theatre Barnstaple
JULY 
TUE 2 Hall for Cornwall  Truro
WED 3 Princess Theatre Torquay
FRI 5 Playhouse Norwich
SAT 6 Mike Oldfield Convention Reading
SUN 7 The Marlowe Theatre Canterbury
MON 8 Theatre Royal Brighton
WED 10 Palace Theatre Southend On Sea
THU 11 The Hawth Crawley
FRI 12 Henley Festival Henley
SAT 13  Corn Exchange Ipswich
SUN 14 The Alban Arena St Albans
FRI 19 Deer Shed Festival Thirsk
SAT 20 Philharmonic Hall Liverpool
SAT 27 Arts Festival Galway
AUGUST
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The Color Run is 5K of running madness in the US and great news for the UK it is on it’s way over here!!
Only loveliest 5K run on the planet!!

Color Run’s Facebook page needs 500 shares before they will tell us they UK event news!!!

This unique paint race ”The Color Run’ is known also as  the happiest 5K on the planet and celebrates healthiness, happiness, individuality and giving back to your community.

This untimed race is not how fast you can run or what time you can do your mile in, but more about having fun and the time of your life.

This is a fantastic 5K run in which thousands of participants are drenched from head to toe in different colours at every kilometer , ending at the finishing line with an amazing “Color Festival” using even more coloured powder, including millions of vivid colour combinations, giving you the best post 5K party on the planet!

Since its debut in January 2012 in the US the Color Run has gone from 50 events and 600,000 participants in the US to over 100 events and over a million people taking part for 2013 all over the world.

Organisers focus on giving back to the community by choosing a charity for each city they visit, so far they have raised donations for over 60 local and national charities.

Love is in the air!

The Color Run caters for everyone from 2 years to 80 year olds, from beginners to professional athletes.

Some runners participate to remember loved ones who have passed away or to celebrate loved ones who are still with us or fighting diseases.

In the wake the Boston Marathon bombings what we need is a reminder of the love that the world has to offer. The Color Run events are all about love and since it started there have been approximately 10 marriage proposals and one wedding!

The Color Run have been using Facebook to advertise their Color Run UK, but as yet they are just teasing us!

Until they receive 500 shares, they won’t be releasing any dates….SO come on guys what you waiting for? Go to Facebook and get sharing.

As soon as the UK events are listed BritEvents will let everyone know of the towns and cities where you can join the colourful party!!

The Color Run is expected in the UK for 2013. Who's joining them?

Color Run UK!!!!!!!!!!

Members of the public will get a unique opportunity to test their ball skills and try to get one passed football ace David Seaman.
Now TV will transform Trafalgar Square this week

Test your ball skills against soccer ace David Seaman

Now TV will be bringing their Pop Up Pitch to Trafalgar Square in London for one day only on Thursday 4 April, offering football fans a unique opportunity to test their ball skills against English former professional goalkeeper David Seaman.

The Now TV Pop Up Pitch will be transforming Trafalgar square for just one day only to celebrate the arrival of Sky Sports on Now TV. Everyone will be given the chance to test their skills during a penalty shoot-out taking place throughout the day.

Football fans who would like to take advantage of this unique football day must register for their chance to take part on www.facebook.com/NOWTV.

A lunchtime drop in session will be available from 1pm – 2pm to members of the public on a first-come-first-served basis. Entry is subject to capacity.

So, make sure you check out BritEvents for more information for a great Easter holiday day out for all the family.

 

You can apply to take part in this totes amaze run, where you are literally running for your life through a 5Km course dodging the undead.

Run for your life

During this scary run, you will have to navigate your way around a multitude of obstacles, specifically designed to slow you down, while you try to escape from the Zombie horde who will be trying to run you down and eat your brains.

There are two ways to partake in this hilarious race. Either by escaping the dead or become one of the zombies hunting for their next meal.

The Zombie Evacuation Race takes the brave participants through a terrifying running journey of their lives. You will have to navigate through a 5k forest with a series of obstacles, whilst being chased by a relentless horde of Zombies.

Race participants will have to make strategic choices along the course to find the quickest and safest route to the finishing line.

This crazy Halloween event uses Hollywood SFX makeup artists and pyrotechnicians in making this Zombie experience  as realistic as possible and an event that you’ll never forget!

I do?

If you are lucky enough to complete the course uneaten, than participants can celebrate at the Post Evacuation Party with  ‘Zombie Target Practice’ and other Zombie inspired games. The prizes, contests and delicious food will  make you feel glad to be alive.

If you feel that you’ll be too afraid to be chased but the undead  (to be fair who’d wouldn’t be), you could join the cast in various roles or simply attend as a spectator.

Race schedules and registration packages are available for individuals and teams on The Zombie Evacuation Race site for dates and times got to www.britevents.com

Happy running!

 

 

 

 

 

 

A family friendly festival in Gloucestershire

As  massive fans of the family music event Nibley Festival, BritEvents is looking forward to a fab weekend and this year is going to be a corker with some massive bands, big names and some up and comers in the music industry.
Size Of A Cow?

Let’s get Dizzy!!

Headlining this year’s Nibley Festival is alternative rock group The Wonder Stuff.

The Wonder stuff are Famous for their hit track ‘Size of a Cow’ and for teaming up with comedian Vic Reeves, with their successful hit single Dizzy which  went straight to the top of the charts. They have had 5 top 40 albums and 13 top 40 singles in the UK. The band have never been tempted to follow a celebrity image or lifestyle, but their gigs are  about having fun and delivering great music, what a perfect match for Nibley Festival!

A right Royal welcome goes to the next headliner King Charles.

This classically trained singer has been writing music from the age of 17. In 2009 King Charles was awared the International Songwriting Competition in Nashville, which resulted in the Glam-Folk Pop artist being signed by Universal Republic/Island.  I, for one, am looking forward to seeing King Charles perform live at Nibley – what a treat!

All bow to the King

A right royal knees up at Nibley

Another band performing at this years festival is the first Ukulele Supergroup The Rinky Dinks.

Formed in 2006 the band’s philosophy has always been about borrowing songs and giving them a Ukulele twist. They have an eclectic mix of music from ska, swing, bluegrass and house. The band were called “one of the highlights of the year” when they appeared on BBC Radio 6 Music Breakfast show with DJ Shaun Keaveny.

The Three Kings are f*cking amazing said Craig Charles.

Heralded by Craig Charles, who called them ‘f**king amazing’ Three Kings High will be joining the Nibley line-up.  Even the band themselves are unsure of the genre of music they fall into, but as Nibley Festival say, think of bass slapping funk, lyrically rich hip hop mixed with a dash of indie, stir in some energy and fun and you may well have found the perfect summer music cocktail.

Joining King Charles in Three Kings High at Nibley!

These are just a few of the awesome bands that I am looking forward to seeing at Nibley festival this year. For the full line-up and more information on one of BritEvents top ten best Festivals in the UK then go to their website nibleyfestival.co.uk or check out the details on Nibley Sponsors BritEvents.com.

The dreaded February half term is upon us, and parents all over the UK will be scratching their heads for ideas to keep little ones busy.
Low cost half term fun ideas for children

Low cost half term fun ideas for children

February half term is always the most dreaded school break for parents as the weather can be dreadful, and kids are left to hang around the house bored and eating you out of house and home.

But with a bit of forward planning and careful thinking, there are loads of things up and down the country to keep kids occupied this February.

BritEvents.com have some great ideas for Half Term just for you. So no stressing… the sun is out, the sky is blue, grab your coat, perhaps a Zoo?

1. The Wheels on the bus go round and round.

Catching the bus doesn’t sound that interesting, but kids are so used to be ferried around in cars nowadays that taking a ride into town on a bus can be quite exciting. Do you need to pop in town during the week? Well, this will be a perfect opportunity to take the bus instead of the car. If it’s a dry day, why not plan your journey to arrive just before lunch time, taking a simple picnic with you to be eaten in the park.

If it’s raining, there are plenty of coffee shops that you could pop into and treat yourselves with a warming bowl of soup.

2. National Trust properties and days out

National Trust properties nearly always have half term events for children. These can include pond dipping, walks, snowdrop spotting, family trails, winter milling and baking or you could try your hand at bird box making.

Normal entrance charges apply, but if you are members of the National Trust children go free. There maybe a small charge for each event. Check out what’s on by clicking here.

3. Story time

Most libraries have craft, story telling or children’s events on during the week for the under fives. But during half term some libraries offer these craft or story telling events to older children. All these activities are normally free, but can get quite messy, so remember to get your kids to wear old clothes. Some libraries offer a games mornings, craft events and most offer a story time. Children aged 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

4. Free football coaching in association with the FA and Tesco

During the school holidays FA Tesco is offering FREE football coaching at skill centres throughout England. This is a great way of introducing your children to try the programme for the first time. FA Tesco Skills holiday football coaching is a great way to develop football ability for girls and boys aged 5 – 11 and is available for all levels of abilities. Check out the FREE football coaching sessions by clicking here.

5. Splash sessions at local swimming baths

If you live in Wales, then you are very lucky as children in Wales swim free. Lots of leisure centres in the UK offer cheap ways of keeping your kids occupied in the holidays, and if it’s a rainy day, then at least you are under cover and don’t have to spend a small fortune.

Most centres have splash sessions in their swimming pools, which include fun packed sessions with fun shaped floats, toys and inflatables. There are some leisure centres out there offering crash course swimming lessons from just £10 per day or a whole week for £45. Check your local Leisure centre for more details.

6. On yer bike 

Another great idea on a dry day is to pack up your car with bikes, skates, scooters, skateboards, bats and balls and arrange to meet in the local park with some other mums and dads. Kids will be happy to spend time with their friends and enjoy trying out each others toys. Perhaps whilst they are busy playing you could grab a well-earned coffee!

7. Walking off the winter cobwebs

Even if you live in a town, there is always somewhere where you can walk. It is fun to wrap up warm in coats and wellies and see where your feet can lead you. It is surprising how much you miss by travelling by car day in day out! Look up! There are so many things we miss whilst going about our busy everyday lives. Even walking around a town and looking up at buildings, statues or bridges can teach your children so much about their surroundings and even takes their mind off how far you have walked!

8. Fun at home

Sometimes a day at home, just chilling out and recharging the batteries is what kids and parents need once in a while. Why not plan a day at home, either baking, drawing, painting or even a games day. Dust off those board games and enjoy an afternoon of competitive fun playing games such as Snakes and Ladders, Ludo or even simple card games such as snap. You could even enjoy making your lunch together, which is a great way of getting picky eaters to eat their lunch! Always try to finish off the day with some exercise perhaps a race around the garden or even get the Wii out for some fun zumba dancing!! Haven’t got a games console? Why not check out YouTube for exercise or dance clips you can all join in!

What ever you do, keep safe and warm and always enjoy the rare opportunity you get to spend time together as a family! For more ideas go to www.britevents.com for What’s On. When It’s On

This Friday sees the US hit musical Madagascar LIVE! visit the LG arena in Birmingham and BritEvents.com will be there to enjoy this lively colourful show.
Magagascar Live! hits the UK

Madagascar Live! tickets at BritEvents.com

Audiences of all ages will enjoy the wild and action packed adventure story of the hit movie Madagascar, which will be touring the arenas of nine cities in the UK.

The stage show will relive the fun and the humour of the animals and their escapades, brilliantly created in an arena production, with lively storytelling, dance and music.

Why not join the crew by dancing in the aisles to ‘Move It. Move It’…Don’t worry no one will know you!!

Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the Hippo and the plotting penguins as they escape the confinements of  New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves landing in the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar.

In this colourful and lively song-filled show, the 25 loveable characters will take you and your family on a  journey from the Central Park Zoo in New York to the sun, sand and the madcap land of Madagascar.

The Penguins are ready to be delivered to the LG arena on their unexpected journey

Join the Penguins on their unexpected journey to Madagascar Live! UK Arena tour!

The arena show is presented by Stage Entertainment Touring Productions and Bill Damaschke, Chief Creative Officer for DreamWorks Animation, said: the show “brings together all the energy, wit and fun of the films to make an inventive entertaining live experience. Along with the classic track ‘Move It. Move It.’ we have added a selection of new songs, along with sets and costumes, dance and movement that bring the whole experience to life in spectacular fashion.”

Caspar Gerwe CEO of Stage Entertainment Touring Productions, also said:  “Family members of all ages will love this live staging of DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar. A perfect treat for everyone – the show entertains, delights and amuses in equal measure”.

He added: “This UK tour brings the live version of this much-loved story to a venue near you. Don’t miss it.”

The show is suitable for everyone over the age of 3 year-old and the  LG Arena in Birmingham will play host to the show this weekend, Madagascar Live! tickets for all dates in the UK are available through www.britevents.com now!

So don’t miss out on what is going to be a fab live show, we’ll be there on Friday so look out for the review over the weekend on BritEvents.com

The county town of Shropshire, Shrewsbury is set to host a huge new food festival this summer in the grounds of the Quarry Park.

Shrewsbury will play host to  the first food festival in the town on 9 and 10 June

Shrewsbury will play host to the first food festival in the town on 9 and 10 June

As readers of my event ramblings, you’ll probably know that I enjoy foodie events, with Ludlow food festival being one of my favourites.

So I was chuffed to be told that the organisers of the Ludlow food festival will be bringing their magic to Shrewsbury this June.

The organisers have predicted that the food event could bring in tens of thousands of pounds for Shrewsbury’s economy, and are expecting thousands to descend on the Shropshire county town.

This event will run separately from the towns other major festival, The Shrewsbury Flower Show which will be held in the park on 9 and 10 August, for more information on tickets to  the flower show go to BritEvents.com.

The food festival is being scheduled for 29 and 30 June 2013, where scores of the best restaurants in the town and dozens of producers to suit all tastes and budgets will be taking over the top end of the Quarry Park, from The Dingle to St Chad’s Church, which is within easy walking distance of the town centre.

The stalls are expected to be arranged in a courtyard style setting with 70 hand-picked artisan producers, and a marquee for cooking demonstrations.

There will also be plenty of talks and demonstrations, with ‘have-a-go’ at baking and a chance to learn some of the skills that local food producers use day-in-day out.

There will be plenty for the kids to do with music, entertainment and a crafts area during the event weekend and for the parents there will be a chance to try fine food and wine from across the county.

Some of the many great restaurants that Shrewsbury has to offer will be taking part in this unique experience, with menus to suit all tastes and pockets, with many taking part in the restaurant safari. The participating restaurants will be offering low-cost dishes that will give you a chance to sample their menus.

It’s also nice to see a great website called www.findmyfood.co.uk being involved in what is going to be an exciting and tasty weekend!

Entry to the Food Festival in Shrewsbury will be just £5 and for more information on tickets go to BritEvents.com

The BBC’s Good Food show at the NEC in Birmingham was the biggest food event of 2012

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The last-minute decision to pay a visit to the NEC in Birmingham to the Good Food Show Winter was a great idea of mine, even if I say so myself.

With a host of celebrity chefs at every corner, this food show was a must for foodies. On entering the arena, the show had a great buzz with lot’s of foodies enjoying a great day out.

Amazing shows in the Supertheatre

This year the Supertheatre was host to some amazing shows, including MasterChef Live, The Hairy Bikers, James Martin and John Whaite, the finalist from the Great British Bake Off.

There were hundreds of great exhibitors happily letting visitors taste their wares. The great thing about visiting the BBC Good Food Show during the week, is the amount of people attending is far less than during the weekend, therefore enabling you to move around the NEC comfortably and enjoy tasting more of the fine wines, beers and specialist whiskey, vodka and gins on offer.

Fancy bumping in to you!

There was plenty opportunity to meet some wonderful producers of some of the tastiest food the UK has to offer. It was also a lovely surprise to bump into a friend of mine Julia, from Shrewsbury who owns the amazing Sweet shop Toot Sweets, her stand looked amazing as did all her wonderful home-made chocolates.  It was also nice to see TV chef from This Morning, Marcus Bean owner of The New Inn in Baschurch (my local) on the M&S stage doing what he does best!

I didn’t manage to catch any of the shows in the Supertheatre as time was limited, and I was on the hunt for some great real ales for an upcoming real ale review for www.britevents.com. But I wasn’t disappointed as there was so much to see, and plenty of cookery demonstrations from top chefs in the UK on the M&S stage and various other stages dotted around the venue.

One of the best demonstrations was from Masterchef winner Shelina Permalloo and Andy Peters, they were very entertaining and great to watch.

The BBC Food Show is always a great day out and tickets for the Summer show in June 2013 are now available.

For more information on BBC Good Food Show tickets, dates and prices go to http://www.britevents.com

 

 

 

Valentino – Master of Couture

Posted: November 28, 2012 in Attractions
A major new exhibition celebrating the life and work of Valentino will showcase at Somerset House in London from tomorrow.
Celebrating Valentino's life and work at Somerset House in London

Celebrating Valentino’s life and work at Somerset House in London

Valentino started designing women’s clothing back in the 1950’s when he designed gowns for Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy Onassis.

The Italian designer is also famous for dressing Elizabeth Taylor, Gloria Guiness, Queen Paola of Belgium, Grace Kelly, Sophia Loren and Princess Margaret.

The wedding dress worn by Princess Marie Chantal of Greece is on show during this haute couture showcase, the gown took 25 seamstresses over four months to sew each minute stitch by hand.

Valentino would regularly make up to 30 – 40 drawings in one day when he was designing his haute couture designs.

This major new exhibition is divided into three sections; Visitors will start with a look into the world of Valentino with photographs from his personal and private collection, which will offer visitors an intimate insight into the life of the iconic master.

The exhibition then unfolds into a couture fashion show, where the roles are reversed and visitors are made to walk the catwalk to view the 130 breathtaking Valentino designs.

With the 1950’s seeing a renascence this is a thrilling way to see the original designs from an iconic fashion era.

The last section will show the painstaking process into the making of each design which is demonstrated by the beauty of the work done by les petit mains who sewed the stunning wedding dress for Princess Marie Chantal of Greece.

This final section will also allow an insight into Valentino’s life with a specially commissioned group of films.  Visitors can also discover more about the original jet set designer by exploring the Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum.

For more information on dates, times and tickets for Valentino: Master of Couture go to www.britevents.com

The exhibition will open tomorrow (29 November) until 3 March 2013.