Van Gogh Day – for all the family

Local historian, writer and artist Edward Mayor invites you to a day at the Petwood Hotel dedicated to the art of Vincent Van Gogh, one of the world’s most loved painters. You can discover his life and work in the Garden Room, against the background of the hotel’s restored Peto gardens, and view five painted copies of Van Gogh’s great paintings in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, copied by Edward. The date for your diary is July 22, and the event runs from 11am to 4.30pm

At 2pm Edward will give an informal talk about the paintings he has copied and examine the myths which cling to the artist. Also on offer, a sumptuous collection of books and catalogues featuring every surviving Van Gogh painting, print and drawing, and even a chance to win a set of prints and a Petwood voucher by doing your own copy of a Van Gogh drawing.           Continue reading

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Jubilee Park pool in ten best lidos survey

The open air swimming pool in Jubilee Park recently featured in the Guardian’s ten best lesser-known UK Lidos. Well, quite right too. Here’s what they said:

Jubilee Park, Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire. Tucked into the beautiful Lincolnshire countryside, Woodhall Spa has a charm that harks back to simpler times. At its heart is Jubilee Park, featuring recreation grounds, rose gardens, a bandstand and a heated 33-metre pool that sits in its own immaculately manicured grounds. There is a lovely campsite in the park, right next to the pool, so campers can practically roll out of bed into the water. Next to the main pool is a baby pool, and there’s a slide and a fountain to entertain younger swimmers. While lounging on the grass with a good book and some cake from the excellent on-site cafe is another option.”   
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Organ recital: Colin Walsh

Colin Walsh – Organist Laureate at Lincoln Cathedral is returning to St. Peter’s Church Woodhall Spa on Tuesday 3rd July at 2pm for a free recital. All welcome!

 

 

 

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“Colin Walsh is an English organist, who has played many recitals in various religious venues in England as well as two at the Royal Festival Hall. He has also played in many European countries and New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the USA. Some of his work has been released on the Priory label. He has worked as an organist or assistant organist at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle; Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford; Salisbury Cathedral (1978-1985); St. Albans Cathedral (1985-1988); and Lincoln Cathedral. In July 2002 there were plans to sack Walsh, whom The Telegraph described as “one of Europe’s finest church organists”, after differences with the Precentor, Andrew Stokes; however this plan was dropped and he was given a new role. Since January 2003 he has been Organist Laureate of Lincoln Cathedral.” [BBC Music profile]              Continue reading

Petwood Cours D’Elegance

The Petwood Concours D’Elegance returns on Sunday 12th August with Jazz entertainment on the Terrace.

Gates open at 10am. Admission is free for visitors. Entrant charges on the day of £10 cars/£7 motorcycles.

Enjoy a Hog Roast £7.50 or Sunday Lunch available in the Restaurant (booking required).

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Woodhall Spa 1940s Festival and Thorpe Camp 1940s weekend: plan ahead!

“The second weekend in July 2018 will see the very best of our region, as two highly successful events that celebrate Lincolnshire’s unique role in World War II will take place in partnership. Woodhall Spa 1940s Festival and Thorpe Camp 1940s Weekend will – for one year only – take place on the same weekend, 7-8 July 2018. The “Blitz spirit” partnership forged between the two volunteer committees means huge opportunity for visitors to attend two of Lincolnshire’s best summer events in one fantastic weekend.”

Whether or not you have been to this highly successful and popular annual time-warp event before, it’s a very good idea to visit the official festival website, especially if you want to make the most of the wide range of events on offer, contact the organisers or find out where to park. You can also check out feedback from previous years and browse the gallery of photos from last year’s festival – and much besides.

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From the Woodhall Spa noticeboards June / July 2018

Less than a month to go for the Forties Festival, (July 7/8) but in the meantime, there’s plenty going on the village. Here’s our latest What’s On guide, culled from the famous white fence:

 

 

 

June 10

Go crazy at the Cottage Museum’s Mad Hatter’s Tea party. The fun starts at 2.pm and there may well be zany games and an unusual version of croquet on the lawn. Web Page             Continue reading

From the Woodhall Spa Noticeboards, May / June 2018

It’s a shame that Budgens have removed their noticeboard, but there are still plenty of events on the others, so here’s our selection for the month ahead. Take your pick: a trip to the BBC Gardener’s World and Good Food Show, a Big Band Night, a Banovallum Brass Concert, organ music at St. Peter’s or a good old car boot sale. Up to you!

 

May 15

This month’s visiting organist at Music for Woodhall will be Ryan Edwards. “Ryan’s continued popularity on the circuit could be a result of his fresh approach to organ playing which is reflected in the variety of styles of music in his concert programme. He understands the need to awaken new interest in the organ especially in his generation by appealing to both traditional and modern tastes.” He will be on stage at St Peter’s Church Hall, Woodhall Spa, 7.30pm. Contact Philip Groves 01526 353225. Website

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