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The BBC have introduced an irresistible offer on advance ticket bookings.
A tasty winter warmer!!

Visit the BBC’s GoodFood Show a winter warmer!!

The winter has arrived with dark mornings and dark evenings, and what a better way to lift your spirits than a trip to the Good Food show at the NEC in Birmingham between 28 November to 2 December.

The organisers of this ever popular Food Show have an irresistibly tasty ticket offer! Book your tickets in advance and you can get 2 tickets for just £39 (excluding Saturday). Go to for more information.

This show is packed with celebrities including The Hairy Bikers, Gino D’Acampo, Brian Turner and Saturday Kitchen presenter James Martin.

The organisers of this popular show have announced a new line up of sponsors, with Tesco Real Food sponsoring the all new Supertheatre in Birmingham as well as the Interview Stage in London. ( well, they say Tesco’s are taking over the world?).

The Supertheatre is brand new for 2012, and general admission tickets include a standard seat in the Supertheatre hosted by Strictly Come Dancing, A Question of Sport and The Voice warm up guy, Stuart Holdham.

Appearing on the new stage will be celebrity chefs in live cooking demonstrations including James Martin, Italian Stallion of cooking Gino D’Acampo and the slimmed down pair the Hairy Bikers.

There is also great news for the dampened spirits in the UK, as Island Cuisine’s range of authentic Creole curry-style sauces will be bringing some much-needed warmth to the proceedings with their mouth-watering  Yellow, Green, Red, and Sweet & Spicy Creole Curry sauces.

Drawing influences from Asia, Africa and France the sauce company offers a quick and mouth-watering way to add some Seychellois seasoning to mealtimes.

Tickets are fast selling for Friday, Saturday and Sunday so make sure you book your tickets now to avoid disappointment.

For more information on tickets for the BBC’s Good Food Show, go to

Bonfire night is almost upon us and BritEvents have a great new page advertising all the firework displays and bonfires around the UK.

Nearly every town in the UK now has a professional bonfire and firework display, a great idea, as not only is it safer, but it is cheaper to go along to an organised bonfire and let the professionals take the strain, sometimes charging  just a few quid for a great night out.

Bonfire Night

Bonfire Night

Bonfire Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Night, is an annual event, which began with the events of 5th November in 1605, when Guy Fawkes was arrested whilst he guarded explosives that were placed beneath the House Of Lords.

The bonfires and firework displays, which occur mainly in England, are to celebrate the fact that King James I had survived being blown to smithereens.

Just months after the plot was thwarted there was the  introduction of Observance of 5th November Act,  an annual day of thanksgiving  celebrating the failure of a plot to blow up the House Of Commons.

BritEvents have thousands of Bonfire and Firework displays added to the site each year, so this year with a new look site that was relaunched just a few weeks ago, we decided to have a page dedicated to the  5th November celebrations in Britain, which includes an easy to use map of events.

Many of the events up and down the country not only have spectacular fireworks and bonfires, but some include fairground rides and food stalls ready to entertain the whole family.

BritEvents also has a comprehensive list of bonfires and Firework displays from all over the country, which is still growing.

If you are organising your own celebrations, why not add your bonfire events to, it’s not just easy, it’s free!

Trust  for What’s On. When It’s On.

The weather was warm and dry, the atmosphere was friendly and the food as usual tempting and delicious.
Ludlow Food Festival welcomes thousands of visitors to the town

Ludlow Food Festival welcomes thousands of visitors to the town

BritEvents were pleased to be invited back to the Ludlow Food Festival, which is now the longest running food festival in Britain.

The Food and Drink Festival started in 1995 and has prospered ever since, famous for the diverse independent food and drink producers and suppliers surrounding the beautiful market town of Ludlow in the stunning county of Shropshire.

This year the festival welcomed over 20,000 visitors into the town and they were treated to a spectacular weekend of warm, dry  weather and, consequently, a brilliant atmosphere.

One of the reasons that enjoy visiting and writing about this particular festival, is the fact that this is a very laid back affair, there are no elitist people wearing their committee badges and expecting you to move out the way, while they make their way around the stalls. There are no PR companies sitting around quaffing champagne and there are certainly no so-called celebrities that come across as aloof and unapproachable.


Local celebrity chefs dominate the Ludlow Food Festival.

Talking of celebrities, the cooking demonstrations at the Ludlow Food Festival are not performed by the same old TV chefs, but local chefs from some of the top restaurants in and around Shropshire, which included the Head Chef, Will Holland, from the Michelin Star restaurant la Becasse in Ludlow and Marcus Bean owner and chef and the New Inn in Baschurch, who has recently been the chef of the day on This Morning with Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby.

Marcus Bean from The New Inn Baschurch

Marcus Bean from The New Inn Baschurch


This year there was a surprise visit from the Hairy Bikers, although the visit was kept a secret as they are both under contract with the BBC, but this didn’t  stop some people taking the opportunity of taking photos of the newly slimmed down TV chefs.

Another celebrity who stopped off to do a book signing was Only Fools and Horses  star John Challis, who is famous for his role as Boycie in the popular BBC sitcom.

After the festival, I spoke to John Challis, who now lives in Shropshire,  he told me that he arrived on a very busy day – Saturday, and that he unfortunately did not have chance to even look around any of the food stalls, I think he was disappointed.

A change to this years proceedings was the introduction of an international theme, with food from Italy, Malaysia and Persia.

Malaysian Chef, Norman Musa who owns the Ning restaurant and cookery school in Manchester and is also a  TV personality and author, was on hand to help pupils try their hand at Malaysian food. By just walking past the inner bailey of Ludlow Castle, you could smell the spices cooking coming from Norman’s free cookery courses, which looked fun, enjoyable and very tasty!

Again, most of the food suppliers were giving away free samples for you to try before you buy. Unfortunately though, this does bring out the worst in people, where samples of food, which are offered on plates and bowls are greedily snapped up by some of the longest arms and biggest hands I have ever seen!

Real Ale Judging – a difficult task for beer lovers

For the second year running two members of staff from (which included me!) took part in the Real Ale judging. This is a task that we do not take lightly, but obviously enjoy.

We had 15 local Real Ales to choose from and this year the standard was extremely high, although some of them were exceedingly hoppy in taste.

A deserving winner

A deserving winner

After much deliberation, and a few laughs along the way, the winner of the Real Ale competition was the the Charlton Arms’ clean, crisp and tasty  ‘Stairway’, from the Ludlow Brewing Co in the town.

This particular beer  which was awarded silver for the SIBA regional beer for Strong Bitters in 2011, is made from Sladek hops and has a sharp, sweet and full bodied taste with a clear crisp complexion…. A fine and deserving winner! Well done to Floyd at the Charlton Arms and Ludlow Brewing Co.

The delights return to Ludlow in 2013

On the 11 and 12 May 2012 Ludlow looks forward to the Ludlow Spring festival, with over 150 beers to choose from it’s no wonder BritEvents will be back there in 2013.

The Ludlow Food Festival will return to the town on 13, 14 and 15 September and will again feature over 160 top quality independent food and drink producers, so for a weekend of top chefs, food trails and great beer, food and wine join food lovers and enjoy this celebrated food and drink festival

The London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony was a hard act to follow.

The Opening ceremony for the London 2012 Olympic Games was certainly going to be a hard act to follow. I think I am fair saying that the closing ceremony didn’t have the same magical and tear jerking feeling of the opening ceremony, although there were a few parts of it that were funny and amusing… Russell Brand miming to “I’m a Wulrus” on a VW campervan, how random was that?

Emeli Sande made more than one appearance during the ceremony, I did actually wonder why, yes she is very talented, but what has she done to help the music industry in the short time she’s been on the music scene?

Then there was Madness, their second appearance at a major event in London this year, I found them out of tune and quite boring to be frank.

The Pet Shop Boys… What were they wearing? They looked as if they were part of the Ku Klux Klan, it was very bazaar indeed. This is where I was losing the will to live, and still it got worse, we then had to listen to the likes of Ray Davies from the Kinks and then shocking..not in a nice way…One Direction, who were ALL miming, it was all very embarrassing.

George Michael sparks Olympic row

George Michael started off well in his part in the ceremony, delighting the crowds by singing ‘Freedom. The second track he sang was a new song that had been released just last week. The single ‘White Light’ is based on his near death experiences earlier this year.

I think using the closing ceremony to plug your new single was a very bad idea, there were so many other of his fantastic tracks that the singer could have chosen to perform. I have been reading today that it was agreed he would sing his new track in return for singing at the closing ceremony.

This bad move has sparked an Olympic row as the singer has now been slatted for using the London 2012 closing ceremony to promote his new single.

An album containing songs from the closing ceremony has been released and reportedly contains the new single from George Michael and not Freedom..whoops.

George Michael kick starts his UK tour next month, George Michael tickets available from

London 2012 Closing Ceremony

London 2012 Closing Ceremony

Wish You Weren’t here..So do I

The most disappointing moment for me was when Ed Sheeran joined Pink Floyd’s drummer Nick Mason, Mike Rutherford and Stereophonics bassist Richard Jones to perform one of the most iconic songs in British music history, ‘Wish You Were Here’ by Pink Floyd. Where was Dave Gilmore? Pink Floyd is one of the most legendary British bands of all time.

Who’s idea was it for a hoody wearing performer to sing a rendition of Pink Floyd’s ‘Wish You Were Here’. The music choice was excellent, it is a tear jerking track, but most definitely lost its magic along the way when Ed Sheeran sang it.

Ed Sheeran will be touring the UK  from 13 October starting at the Hammersmith Apollo, BritEvents have Ed Sheeran tickets available now.

Jessie J and Queen, what can I say? She was excellent if a little over emotional in her performance, Jessie can sing, there is no doubt about it, but I would have preferred George Michael to sing with the remaining members from Queen, his heartfelt rendition of ‘Somebody To Love’ at the Freddie Mercury concert still gives me goosebumps.

Jessie J has had a very busy summer and is still touring around the UK grab Jessie J tickets from

Muse were the best band of the night, which was not surprising, they are one of the best British bands around at the moment and they are best seen live. They put on a show to make us all proud, their track Survival was the official track for the Olympic games. have Muse tickets available for their UK leg of their European tour of 2012

Now, forgive me for asking but I thought that the closing ceremony was to celebrate 50 years of British music, So, what had that got to do with flaunting skinny models up and down a catwalk?

It got more bazaar as the show went on, but there were times when I was very close to tears, the first time was watching John Lennon sing ‘Imagine All The People’. Wouldn’t he have loved to be part of this momentous occasion?

A pat on the back for London’s Olympic Volunteers

The second time was the applause given to the  volunteers over the past two weeks. They have been amazing, where ever you looked smiling volunteers were having the time of their life whilst behaving in a professional manner, they deserved their massive pat on the back from the UK and the biggest cheer of the evening went to them!

The Queen had luckily steered away from the closing ceremony, and had sent Prince Harry to represent the Royal family along with Kate Middleton. Watching the young Royals throughout the evening, I felt slightly sorry for them as they were probably thinking that they could have joined in at Hyde Park at the BT London Live Closing Ceremony where Blur, New order and The Specials were having a ball, but then they have had the best seats in the house for the last two weeks!

The UK needs heroes not celebs!!

This ceremony was in stark contrast to the opening ceremony, instead of a symbolic show, we got celebrity mediocrity.

Thank you Team GB

Thank you Team GB

It was a shame and very disappointing, but it has to be said that the last fortnight has definitely made up for the boring closing ceremony.

Go Team GB!!

The last two weeks have been the most incredible, memorable and exciting two weeks I have ever seen. Even the most cynical among us have loved Britain as the Olympic Games host, it  bought a well earned pick me up to a lackluster country.

Take an historic market town, 160 producers under cover in huge marques, Michelin Chefs and great food and drink it’s no wonder that the Ludlow Food Festival won a Shropshire Business Awards this year.
Ludlow Marches Food and Drink Festival

Ludlow Marches Food and Drink Festival

Now in its 18th year the Ludlow Food festival takes place this year on 7, 8 and 9 September.

This is the longest running food festival in Britain and attracts visitors from all over the UK as well as from overseas. The whole of the small market town embraces this annual festival, and as you walk through the town centre you can see the many shop window displays which have been entered into the Festival’s Window Dressing Competition.

The food festival kicks off on Friday 7 September, this is always the most favourite day of the festival for my family and I, as it is always so much quieter than Saturday or Sunday. Although Saturday is the infamous Sausage and Ale trail, which is such a hit with visitors to the festival.

After visiting this fantastic festival most years, would recommend that you plan your day, this way you will not miss any demonstrations, Taste Workshops or talks.

There’s lots of food and drink to try before you buy. For a lunchtime treat my family just loves to pick out and buy our favourite foods of the festival along with a bottle of wine, grab a table and have an amazing impromptu picnic, thank goodness there are undercover picnic areas for when it rains.

Real ale trail

Real ale trail

And talking of wine… well during the festival there is plenty of wine to be tasted, along with liqueurs, vodkas and best of all the real ales.

This year two members of the BritEvents team will be judging the real ales in the Real Ale competition… It’s a hard job but someone has to do it!!

I look forward to The Ludlow Food Festival every year, and it never disappoints, as far as I can remember it has hardly rained, but this year it WILL be dry as July and August have used up all the rain, so fingers crossed for an Indian summer.

For more information or  the Ludlow Food Festival tickets and what’s on, go to and we will see you there, come and say hi!!

Shrewsbury Flower Show is ‘The Longest Running Flower Show’ and this year celebrates its 125th year.
25th Shrewsbury Flower Show

25th Shrewsbury Flower Show

This year the Shrewsbury Flower Show will be held on the 10 and 11 August and with appearances from James Martin, Oysterband, Chris Beardshaw, hundreds of trade stands and 12 hours of arena activity, it promises to be the best show ever to help celebrate it’s 125th anniversary.

James Martin Cooks Up A Storm

Celebrity chef and Saturday Kitchen television presenter James Martin will be delighting the crowds with his cookery skills in the Marches Food Hall, where the focus is on ‘Food Glorious Food’. James Martin will certainly be cooking up a storm using a wealth of fresh local produce to showcase a selection of his latest recipes.

The celebrity chef will join a host of local chefs who will be demonstrating their skills at regular times throughout the two days.

Gardening Advise From Chris Beardshaw

Chris Beardshaw is an award-winning gardener and presenter of Gardener’s World, he will be taking a break from filming to judge the displays and show gardens as well as handing out gardening advice to visitors and keen gardeners.

Oysterband haven’t lost their Mojo!

Helping to celebrate 125 years of the Shrewsbury Flower Show are folk rock band Oysterband, whose recent album, Ragged Kingdom, was named Folk Album of the year by Mojo Magazine.

They have also been nominated for three awards in the BBC’s Radio 2 Folk Awards. Oysterband will be calling in on the Shrewsbury Flower Show during a hectic tour with June Tabor before jetting off to tour Canada this October.

Don’t Miss This Years Stunt Show

Motorbike rider Jason Smyth and his spectacular Quad and Motorcycle Stunt show will be putting on a fantastic stunt show which is really not to be missed. This Motorbike and Quad Stunt Show is loved by children and adults alike.

Marvel at their skill as they cram spectacular tricks on various quad bikes and motor bikes, which includes quad freestyle, a skill most uncommon in the UK and hands free jumps over huge ramps.

Show Jumping is not just for the Olympic Games

If you have been following the horsemanship of the Olympic Games this year, then you are going to love the showcase of professional riders from some of the top international leading horse and rider combinations in BSJA Grade A Competitions.

Joining these incredible riders will be inter-branch competitions from some of the hottest pony clubs in the country.

Music By The Military Rounds off a Perfect Day

Performing on the bandstand each evening in the Arena Finale, will be the bands of The Royal Corps of Signals and the Honourable Artillery  Company.

In Tune With Their Voices

The Shrewsbury and City of Chester Male Voice Choirs will be coming together on Saturday night to bring you a touch of class as they sing for your pleasure. This year The Shrewsbury male Voice Choir was presented with a silver award for outstanding services to the community.    Since the formation of the choir in 1959, thousands of pounds have been raised for worthy causes and charities. So help the two male choirs celebrate the end of what is going to be a memorable couple of days.

Out With A Bang

Both of the feature packed days will be rounded off with the Shrewsbury Flower Show’s famous first class firework display.

At the end of both days at around 9.45 the Flower Show put on a spectacular Musical and pyrotechnic display which lasts for about 15 – 20 minutes. This is a first class display and has become famous in its self.

This year is no exception as the Grand Arena Finale not only features the fireworks but also a marching display by massed bands who will present a performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. This is then followed by a ‘Last Night Of The Proms’ Finale, for which the bands will be joined with the Male Voice Choirs.

So there you have it, there is something for everyone and a fantastic day out for all the family. Visitors to the Flower Show will be pleased to know that they are able to come in and out of the Quarry Park, enabling visitors to the area to take a trip into Shrewsbury Town centre to explore Shrewsbury’s beautiful cobbled alleys and squares, where you will be astounded by the number of unique independent shops for which the town is famous for.

For What's On. When It's On.

For What’s On. When It’s On.

For more information on Shrewsbury Flower Show tickets and prices, go to

The first week of the school summer holidays are with us, let show you how to have fun on a budget. 

Low cost summer fun ideas for children

Low cost summer fun ideas for children

This economic climate makes it very hard for parents to keep their children occupied during the summer holidays. But with a bit of thought and imagination, you and the kids can have a fantastic summer to remember.

Lets face it we all hate saying no to our little angels,but these days even the smallest of outgoings have had to be put on hold. It does take a bit of planning and digging but there are ways to keep even the most demanding child entertained throughout the summer holidays.

As an ex-childminder, and having two kids of my own I am only too aware that there will be some amount of spending which will include petrol and eating out. But the way around this is by car sharing with other parents and splitting the petrol bill between you and planning picnics at the beginning of the week by bulk buying drinks, crisps and snacks.

Here are few ideas to keep the little ones and big ones amused and keep parents from going totally insane!

Library summer challenges 

1. Most libraries in the UK have a FREE summer reading challenge.

Basically these schemes reward children for reading. All that is needed to compete in this fun and rewarding way is to read at least 1 book per week. The child will then be rewarded with stickers, badges and fun things to do.  Most of the libraries that participate in this summer event will have a summer reading challenge launch.

This launch is normally held in the first weekend of the holidays, where children can go along and register their interest and take part in any launch activities. Don’t be disheartened if you are away during the launch children can join the challenge at any time during the holidays.

Why not make a day of visiting the libraries each week by taking the bus instead of the car and taking your picnic to the nearest park before catching the bus back home.

At the end of the challenge the library will present the child with a medal, which is brilliant for taking into school in the new term for show and tell!

Keep a diary of summer activities

2. Children love to look back at what they have packed into the summer holidays and how much they have achieved. A great way is to record each day in a scrap-book with things that they have collected on their days out.

This is particularly great for children who can’t yet write and also gives children something to do together on those rainy days.

For example, postcards can be picked up from anywhere at a small cost, even most villages have their own postcards, so a trip down to the local shop on foot can be easily be recorded by a postcard, ice lolly paper or something interesting found on the way.

Remember museums are free
Some museums and galleries are free

Some museums and galleries are free

3.  Some museums and galleries are now free. This is a wonderful way to keep the children entertained by tying in what they have learnt at school with a hands on approach during the holidays. Not only is this fun, but the practical side of these activities can really fire up the child’s imagination and bring to life what they have learnt during the school term.

Take along a picnic, you will always find somewhere to sit down and eat, and together talk about your findings and remember pick up a postcard for your summer scrapbook!

A walk in the park

4. Boring! I hear you say… Not at all, the more children the better for this activity, take along tennis rackets, cricket bats, balls and loads of rugs.

On the way ask the children what they would like to play and ask an older child to write down a list. This could be a game of rounders, mini tennis tournament, football with jumpers as goal posts or older children could play a game of dodgeball.

This is an ideal time to take along a picnic, remember though children are always thirsty so pack as much water as you can for when they are playing and save the nice drinks for lunchtime.

Finish off the day with a visit to the nearest shop or supermarket where you can pick up a pack of 4 ice-creams/ ice lollies for the same price as a single one at an ice-cream shop!

BritEvents love the National Trust
National Trust Summer Fun!

National Trust Summer Fun!

5. We at BritEvents just love the National Trust, yes you have to pay to be a member, but during the summer you will reap the benefits as children entering National Trust sites with parents and grandparents are free.

Although, just recently were informed by the National Trust that children are free to visit National Trust sites FREE in August, a great saving on a family day out. Just download and print out their voucher before you visit. Simply register your details to get your voucher from this link: –

There is ALWAYS something to do at National Trust properties from cake baking, rock pool rambles, art exhibitions, walks, food festivals, bee keeping to moth mornings and Music in the Park.

There maybe a small charge for children to partake in these activities, but they are always very popular so booking is essential.

In most National Trust Properties there is a tea room, but if finances don’t stretch to that then take your own neatly cut sandwiches and cake along with flasks of coffee or tea and sit on the lawn for an old-fashioned Victorian themed picnic of your own!

Catch up on chores with a bribe or two

6. Now all these days out mean that your home may be neglected over the summer weeks. But remember being out means that your home is less likely to get wrecked.

But the ironing and washing needs to get done…so what is the plan? I hear you ask hysterically. Well a bit of thought went into this. A bribe or two doesn’t do any harm does it? So, grab a load of magazines, glue, glitter, paper, cardboard and paint and lay an old sheet in the garden and let the kid’s imagination run riot, if they behave and play nicely then reward them by having their own art exhibition and a trip to the pictures at the next Saturday Matinee; most cinemas have a Saturday morning children’s film showing from just £1 per person!

Seaside fun and frolics 

7. A trip to the seaside is always a treat, and apart from the petrol, this can be a relatively cheap day out. If you live  a distance from the nearest seaside, then an early morning start is a must. As a family we have always found it easier to pack a disposable BBQ, this saves on time as food can be thrown in a coolbox and cooked on the beach. There is nothing better than a hot-dog or burger cooked on the beach in the sunshine.

Remember though to take windbreaks, buckets, spades, swimming costumes, towels, a change of clothes, sun hats and suncream with you.

But best of all when the tide is out and the kids are playing in the sand this is a particularly good opportunity for  parents to catch with their favourite novel!

Emulate the London 2012 Olympic Games
Emulate your own Olympic games

Emulate your own Olympic games

8. The London 2012 Olympic games kicks off in just four days. There is no better way for children to learn about how important it is for them to join in with sporting activities.

Why not ask the children to pick a favourite sport to watch on the television during the Olympics, but make sure that you can emulate the experience!

Once children have got engrossed in a sport on television most want to try it out for themselves. Almost all towns now have a sports centre where children can try out their favourite sport or activity from swimming, athletics, basket ball, cycling, volleyball and table tennis. Why not join in with another family or two and make a  day of it with a mini Olympic games day.

If the weather is particularly nice, then meet up with some like-minded children and parents and organise your own Olympic Games day at the local Village Hall or recreation ground. Take along bikes for a bike race, use water bottles as batons for your own sprint relay teams, use ropes on the ground for long jump and a cricket ball for your own shot put competition. Record all the events on a flip chart!

You could round off the day with a joint BBQ and award ceremony! Cadbury are doing some chocolate Olympic Gold medals to get your teeth into!

It won’t rain!!…But if it does…

9. Let’s be totally honest, we are going to have some days when we can’t get out and about. Therefore planning ahead for those rainy days can save tears and tantrums and that’s just from the parents!

So, with a little imagination and some clever trickery, you can keep your little ones happy for hours!

You’re going to love this one. Tidy your room competition! This ingenious idea not only saves you from the dreaded task, but when children are given a certain amount of time to finish a task or project, you will not believe how much more you can get out of them.

So, set the timer and get them tidying, they’ll be amazed at what they have found stuffed in the back of a wardrobe, from old board games to dressing up clothes, the kids will forget they are being timed…time for a cuppa and feet up I guess!

Make your own movie

10. When I was a child, I used to play out my favourite story with my brother and sister. We would practice and practice the play and then my poor Mother would have to sit through the finished article!

This got me thinking, that with all the technology around it would be very easy for children to star in their own movie.

The first thing to do is for them to pick a favourite story that they can act out. If they are older children they may want to write and direct their own play, and take the video camera outside. Make sure your video camera is insured!

Secondly, pull out the dressing up box and get them to rummage through and pick out their character’s clothing. Then let the fun begin.

Once they have finished practicing the play, let them loose with the video camera (if they are very young get an adult to film it). Now watch their faces as they replay the video on the television and see themselves staring in their own movie!

Choose for all your summer events

Choose for all your summer events is one of the biggest event listing sites in the UK. We have hundreds of thousands of events listed all over the UK, so if you are stuck for something to do this summer with the kids can help you out!

Jessie J wowed over 10,000 fans when she played at Shrewsbury’s Quarry Park in Shropshire.
Jessie J leaves behind a mud bath

Jessie J leaves behind a mud bath

It was always going to be Shrewsbury’s biggest outdoor concert as tickets to see Jessie J perform in the beautiful Quarry Park sold out within a day.

The organisers KAL Music and Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn could not keep up with the high demand as tickets sold out faster than anticipated.

So could you believe it that when the day came and it was the wettest day you can imagine with many parts of the Midlands experiencing extreme weather conditions and major flooding.

Crowds had been queuing outside the Quarry Park for more than eight hours in the rain, but nothing was going to put a dampener on one of Shropshire’s biggest outdoor events of 2012.

Luckily for the thousands of people attending the concert, which was supported by 17 year-old A*M*E and Jay James Picton, the clouds broke to reveal a warm, dry and balmy Friday evening.

I say balmy because the atmosphere at this outdoor gig was amazing, with the rain gone fans of the singer started to peel off their wet clothes and break open their bubbly.

When ‘The Voice’ star came on stage at 9 o’clock the crowds were in very high spirits and just about all of the 10,000 revellers were on their feet dancing.

A muddy aftermath

Unfortunately with a crowd over 10,000 people all stamping on ground that has been rained on for over 12 hours you can imagine the aftermath.

Shrewsbury has had many outdoor concerts with a few in the rain, but I must admit when everyone had left and I was standing in front of the stage even I was devastated by what had been left behind.

Not only did it look as if the Quarry Park had been excavated but the rubbish, which included umbrellas, picnic baskets, picnic chairs, clothing and litter, was totally catastrophic.

It now becomes a race against time to get the park back to its original glory before the 125th Shrewsbury Flower Show, the world’s longest running flower show.

A spokesperson from Shrewsbury Town Council told me today they are confident that the park will be “back to normal in two weeks” ready for the Flower Show on 10 and 11 August 2012, she also said this is exactly what they had been expecting following the amount of people at the outdoor gig and that it wasn’t as bad as it had been made out.

On Friday night the whole of the Quarry Park looked like a landfill site, but by Saturday it looked totally different, the litter was gone the mud had been rolled and shoots of greenery were starting to poke through, so well done Shrewsbury Town Council, gardeners and managers of the Quarry Park.

Good news for the Flower Show fans and the residents.
Flower Show 2012

Flower Show 2012

The Shropshire Star have had a torrent of complaints on their report following the concert, many of whom are totally devastated by the damage, one person commented by saying “what a complete mess to one of Shrewsbury great tourist traps. the cost of repairs must be 20x ticket sales, so was it worth having a so called celeb in shrewsbury” [sic].

Another saying: “Our lovely Quarry now looks like Passchendaele Battlefield. – So who’s going to foot the bill for the repair job?”  Mmm, a slight over reaction I think!

Lots of other residents have left comments saying that the Shrewsbury Flower Show leaves exactly the same mess but over a longer period, and quite right too, many a year has this attraction been a mud bath and it is always sorted out effectively and efficiently.

Following her performance in Shrewsbury Jessie J wrote on her Twitter account: “Tonight was emotional. Thank you Shrewsbury :)xxx”.

So, put aside what ever you think of the mess left behind, the town not only got a well needed boost from the concert, it cheered up thousands of people who are all looking forward to hearing if this will be repeated next year and with whom, and hopefully without the rain!!

For more information on the 125th Shrewsbury Flower Show go to and we’ll see you there!!!

Just days before the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Shropshire Council present a family evening of the Last Night of the Proms performed by the RPCO
The Shropshire Proms

The Shropshire Proms

The orchestra will be playing a full programme of the most popular classical tunes including the flag waving tunes of some of the Best of British anthems including Jerusalem, Rule Britannia, Land of My Fathers and the heartwarming Land of Hope and Glory.

At The Shropshire Proms night The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra will be made up of 50 players on a 15 metre Orbit stage and there will be masses of room for families to pitch up, lie back and enjoy the evening in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

This family affair will have plenty for the kiddies to do, including a funfair and food stalls, mums and dads can look forward to the several bars on site.

So grab your tickets for this special celebratory occasion and enjoy a night of World famous entertainment which will be topped off with a rousing fireworks finale hopefully under the Summer night sky!

For more information on ticket prices and information on tickets for The Shropshire Proms, go to – for What’s On. When It’s on.

Watch this and check out the lyrics in advance!!

It has been 60 years of the Queen’s reign.
The Queen's Diamond Jubliee

The Queen's Diamond Jubliee

To mark this a Diamond Jubilee will be taking place around an extended Bank Holiday weekend which falls on the 2,3,4,and 5 June 2012.

The Queen came to the throne on February 6 1952, her coronation took place a year later in June 1953.

I remember 25 years ago when we celebrated her Silver Jubilee, with street parties galore, the nation had a joyous occasion, I have even kept a scrap-book of newspaper cuttings and memorabilia from 1977.

Her Golden Jubilee was in 2002 which celebrated 50 years of The Queens reign, this sort of passed me by.

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee a celebration that won’t be forgotten.

But The Diamond Jubilee couldn’t have come at a better time for the United Kingdom and one that we will never forget, as we are also set to host the London 2012 Olympics which kicks off with the BT London Live Opening Ceremony Celebration on 27 July 2012. This celebration has a fabulous line-up with four bands representing the four home nations.

Buckingham Palace Concert with Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Elton John.

Buckingham Palace concert

There will be Diamond Jubilee celebrations in abundance, which will include The Epsom Derby, a Thames River Pageant, a Carriage Procession, Jubilee Beacons being lit all around the world on 4 June and a concert at Buckingham Palace with some of the biggest names in the music industry helping to mark the occasion, including Sir Paul McCartney, Take That star Gary Barlow, Sir Elton John, JLS and The Voice star Jessie J.

Diamond Jubilee Festival in Battersea Park

A Diamond Jubilee Festival in Battersea Park has been organised for Sunday 3 June which will celebrate design, music, art, film and fashion from the last 60 years.

Service of Thanksgiving
St Paul's Cathedral

St Paul's Cathedral

A service of thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral will take place on 5 June. A prayer has been written at The Queen’s direction by the chapter of St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Diamond Choir to sing specially composed song.

Children from all around the UK will join together to sing at the service of thanksgiving as part of the Diamond Choir. This choir will be made up of 40 lucky children from the age of 10-13 who were chosen from a selection of  churches, schools or other choirs. The Diamond Choir will perform the song specially composed for this prestigious occasion.

Museums and galleries.

Museums and galleries will also be helping to celebrate this occasion which will include The Royal Collection exhibition at Buckingham Palace, a touring exhibition of images of The Queen at the National Portrait Gallery and The Victoria and Albert Museum will showcase an exhibition of portraits of The Queen by photographer Cecil Beaton, which will also be touring the UK.

Apart from these exiting Diamond Jubilee celebrations, thousands of people around the UK will be marking the occasion by holding their own street or village green party or fete.

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