Portstock on Parade in June

Portstock Festival will return to Newport this summer following its successful launch last year. A one-day music event with a diverse selection of local food traders, stalls and workshops, the festival is organised by St David’s Hospice Care to raise funds for palliative treatment for people facing life-limiting illnesses. The hospice also provides care and…

ABK signs up for London Bierfest

A taste of Munich will arrive in London in October, with award-winning Bavarian brewer ABK Beer signing up as official supplier for this year’s London Bierfest and promising a spectacular programme of live performances, unlimited steins and traditional Bavarian cuisine. Taking place in east London’s iconic Old Billingsgate Market from 17-18 October, the two-day event…

Inside the world of Stanley Kubrick

Six days after screening the final cut of his last movie, Eyes Wide Shut, for family and stars of the film, one of the movie industry’s most acclaimed directors died in his sleep after suffering a heart attack. It was 20 years ago today that the curtain came down on the career of Stanley Kubrick,…

Museum celebrates motorcycling heritage

Occupying an eight-acre site in Bickenhill, Solihull, the National Motorcycle Museum is home to the world’s largest collection of British motorcycles. Originally opened in October 1984, the museum resulted from the drive and determination of one man, construction entrepreneur Roy Richards, who began collecting motorcycles in the 1970s. From just 350 motorcycles when it opened,…

Shuttle service on the Real Ale Trail

Wales has a plethora of fantastic country pubs… there’s only one problem, how to visit them without relying on a car? Well… back in 2010 a forward-thinking North Wales marketeer hit upon a good idea to bring new customers to a number of small Flintshire pubs, put on some shuttle buses to take them from…

Applications open for 2020 Voice

The 2019 version of the hit ITV series The Voice is the eighth, with this year’s contestants about to embark on the ‘knockout stages’ having already survived producers’ auditions, blind auditions and the battle phase. Next up are the knockouts when judges Jennifer Hudson, Will.i.am, Sir Tom Jones and Olly Murs have to pick their…

UK sites offer terrific view of night sky

It might come as a surprise to many people in the United Kingdom but South Korea’s Yeongyang Firefly Eco Park, Australia’s Warrumbungle National Park, the Grand Canyon National Park in the United States and Wales’ Elan Valley Estate have a vast amount in common… with all having been granted Dark Sky status due to their…

Top acts about to Hit The North

Now into its third year, Hit The North takes places across 12 venues around Newcastle city centre from 3-5 May 2019. With the main festival taking place on the Sunday, ‘opening parties’ on the Friday are ticketed separately and only valid with a Hit The North wristband. The Friday-night parties see Metronomy playing at the…

Cosmic Puffin spotted near Colchester

It has to be one of the most memorable names for a music festival, but its root stems from the charity gig in 2008 that first inspired it. Now into its second decade, the Cosmic Puffin Festival started out as a fund-raising event for a charity at Basildon and Thurrock Hospital that enables parents of…

Biggest indoor electronic music festival in Scotland

Scotland’s biggest indoor electronic music festival gets underway in Edinburgh in April, when Terminal V Festival returns to the Royal Highland Centre. Taking place on Saturday, 20 April 2019, the 11-hour music extravaganza will feature a carefully curated line-up of legends and emerging international acts over multiple indoor stages in the vast warehouse complex in…