Plans for Independent Bookshop Week 2019 (15-22 June) have been revealed, including author tours and special events, illustrated windows, limited edition and early book releases only in indies, prizes – and much more.
Celebrating independent bookshops, and their vital importance to communities across the country, Independent Bookshop Week (IBW) events will be taking places at bookshops across the UK and Ireland, with 442 bookshops taking part.
Authors touring indie bookshops during IBW include:
- Kerry Daynes, a Consultant Forensic Psychologist, will be at Rogan’s Books (Bedford) on 19th June, talking about The Dark Side of the Mind – Book tickets here.
- Ed Docx will lead a section titled How To Write A Book in An Hour on 16th June at Rogan’s Books (Bedford), with 10 practical tips on how to turn your ideas into a book – Book tickets here.
About Independent Bookshop Week (IBW)
Independent Bookshop Week (IBW) was launched in 2006 and is part of the Books Are My Bag campaign. It is a celebration of independent bookshops nationwide, and the role ‘indies’ play in their communities. Last year, the number of independent bookshops in Booksellers Association membership grew to 883 shops, up from 868 in 2017. The thirteenth annual IBW will take place from 15 – 22 June 2019, with hundreds of events taking place around the country.
Follow #indiebookshopweek / @booksaremybag to learn more about the campaign, or visit: indiebookshopweek.org.uk
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 car opens Silverstone’s Festive Experience
Silverstone’s Lap of Lights Christmas experience was officially opened this evening by the World Championship winning Mercedes-AMG Petronas W10 Formula 1 car driven by Anthony Davidson. The Mercedes-AMG Petronas team embraced the Christmas spirit and decorated the car in festive lights which caused quite a spectacle for those fans who were lucky enough to be at the preview event and included NHS and Emergency Service employees and their families as well as staff from Silverstone.
On completion of the opening laps Anthony was delighted to meet Santa who, having given a cheery wave to the passing 2019 Formula 1 World Championship-winning Mercedes, took a short break from his busy schedule to get a closer peek at the F1 car as it came to a halt on Hamilton Straight.
In addition to the spectacle of the opening laps, visitors got to experience the Lap of Lights Ice Trak and Lodge which were open to all and bursting with festive atmosphere. Ice Trak is the first ever skating rink to feature at the world famous motor racing circuit and many took to the ice to enjoy the novelty of skating around the Formula 1 pit lane and garages. The Lodge was buzzing with the sound of families enjoying activities such as axe throwing, curling and musical entertainment and the children’s cinema and Santa letter corner were particularly popular.
Speaking to Sky F1 David Croft as he got out of the car Anthony Davidson said “That was really exhilarating in the dark following the lights around the circuit although it was a bit scary at times! The team has really enjoyed getting into the Christmas spirit and putting on this very sparkling show for everyone who has joined us here this evening!”
Silverstone Managing Director, Stuart Pringle, commented “Anthony and Mercedes-AMG Petronas have put on a great show for us tonight and I could not think of a more fitting way to open Lap of Lights. I have had to reassure Father Christmas that the rest of our nights will be run at a more subdued pace as I think he got a bit of a shock this evening when he saw the stunning W10 approach his grotto at speed! After 11 months of planning it is great to see so many families here having fun and I look forward to welcoming many more over the festive period.”
Lap of Lights ticket prices start at £30 per car including all occupants. Ice Trak is from £8 for adults, £6 per child. Entry to the Lodge is free with a Lap of Lights ticket. The event opens on 26 November and runs through to 3 January (closed on 29, 30 November and 25 December). Full details and booking at www.silverstone.co.uk
Enjoy St Albans Food & Drink Festival returns this September
The St Albans Food & Drink festival, now in its 14th year, features an exciting programme of events across September including Tom Kerridge’s Pub in the Park, Stars at the Bars and the Oaklands Farm to Fork.
St Albans, in Hertfordshire, has a remarkable history and reputation for food and drink and the month-long event is hugely popular with locals and visitors looking for an incredible foodie experience.
There will also be a 24-hour photography challenge, pub quizzes and iconic film nights, livestock events, street food nights, Bollywood dancing, live radio events and pop-ups a plenty – it truly is a jam-packed festival with something for everyone.
Manager of St Albans Bid, Denise Parsons, said…
“We are delighted to sponsor the festival which celebrates our food and drink heroes who have gone above and beyond during lockdown. There is something for everyone to enjoy, including live music which is hugely welcomed and adds to the vibrancy of our outdoor events.”
Tom Kerridge’s Pub in the Park event on 10th-12th September in Verulamium Park brings together special chefs, artisan products and top musicians for one big party- with live music from big names such as All Saints, Basement Jaxx, Gabrielle and the Lightening Seeds.
The awards for the district’s best food and drink businesses are one of the festival highlights but due to the pandemic have been scaled down to one prestigious award this year. Nominations for the Kate D’Arcy Award, recognising an individual who has given exceptional customer service to their community during the pandemic, are open until Monday 23rd August and the nominees will be invited to a presentation event on Monday 20th September at St Michael’s Manor Hotel.
The festival culminates with the incredible FEASTIVAL street event on Sunday 26th September. The central streets in the town centre will be peppered with over 100 food and drink stalls, street entertainment, bars with live music, art and crafts activities, cookery demonstrations, face painting and fun for all ages.
Just 20 miles and 20 minutes by train from London St Pancras International and excellent road connections, St Albans is easily accessible, making it the perfect day or staycation destination.
Where to stay?
Accommodation in the city centre ranges from small and intimate bed and breakfasts to large hotels including the stunning country style Manor hotel, St Michaels Manor, the luxurious Sopwell House and the Victorian Grade II listed Torrington Hall.
Find out more details about the St Albans Food & Drink Festival and where to stay at EnjoyStAlbans.com
Foodie Related Notes:
- An historic inn-keeping city, St Albans has the most pubs per square mile in the country and is home to England’s Oldest pub, Ye Olde Fighting Cocks, as confirmed by The Guinness Book of Records.
- Did you know the hot cross bun originated in St Albans. The ‘Alban Bun’ was created by Brother Thomas Rocliffe, a 14th Century Monk at St Albans Abbey, who developed the recipe and would feed the poor on Good Friday.
- The city is famous for its café and pub culture with a fantastic range of award-winning eating and drinking establishments.
About St Albans:
- St Albans is one of the best-kept secrets in UK tourism. A historic gem of an English Cathedral City just 20 miles and 20 minutes by train from London is easily accessible by road with links to the M25, M1 and A1(M).
- The city’s colourful history and heritage can be seen in the Roman remains and the beautiful medieval architecture and picturesque buildings that look spectacular all year round.
- A fabulous shopping destination, St Albans is home to an array of innovative independent retailers and well-known chains.
- There are lots of green, open spaces and parks, making St Albans a family-friendly destination.
Treat yourself this October to Halloween Town Festival tickets
Look who’s coming to Bedford for Halloween Town Festival… We have no tricks but we do have this treat for those who wish to enter our exclusive competition. TrendLife Magazine are giving away a pair of tickets to Halloween Town Festival at The Great Meadow Bedford.
Halloween Town Festival or simply HTF Bedford is a three day festival taking place from Friday 29th October to Sunday 21st October. We have also got the best tickets in town for Friday’s Craig David Presents TS5.
It’s been a minute since the launch of HTF & everything is shaping up to be a sensational weekend of music for Bedford residents. HTF has grown from a 2 day festival into a 3 day show-stopper adding in The Levellers, Peter Hook & The Light & Dreadzone on Sunday 31st October.
Over the coming weeks we’re going to be revealing what to expect from Halloween Town Festival, the experience inside and how you can participate with the festivities.
Halloween Town Festival Dates
Craig David heads up Friday at Halloween Town Festival Bedford with his world renowned TS5 party experience! Expect massive old-school anthems, chart-topping house hits & garage classics from the man himself. Special guests Nathan Dawe, Majestic, Sean Harvey and DJ Wreckdown will join the event.
Purchase limited tickets –> Click here
Andy C and DJ EZ co-headline Saturday night at Halloween Town Festival Bedford, delivering an unmissable evening of ‘Drum & Bass’ and ‘Garage’. Special guests Shy FX & Stamina MC, David Rodigan, Kings of the Rollers and Katalyst will join the lineup.
Purchase tickets –> Coming soon
Experience The Levellers live in The Big Top at Halloween Town Festival, The Great Meadow, Bedford on Sunday 31st October 2021
Levellers are still going strong after 30 years in the game; and are celebrating the anniversary of their seminal platinum-selling album Levelling The Land with a new live performance date in Bedford. During the summer of 1991 Levelling The Land redefined the UK’s musical landscape.
Purchase tickets –> Coming soon
Halloween Town Festival tickets Competition
TrendLife Magazine are giving away a pair of tickets for two lucky friends to attend Halloween Town. For a chance to win, find our Halloween Town Festival post on Instagram and tag a friend in the comments. Make sure both you and your tagged friend are both following us.
- Visit our Halloween Town Festival post on instagram.
- Tag ONE friend in the comments section. You can tag as many friends as you want as long as you use a new comment.
- Ensure both you and your tagged friends are following @trendlifemagazine