Summer Events at Great Alne Park


We're delighted to be partnering with Inspired Villages to bring you a summer of events in the lovely setting of Great Alne Park near Stratford with its natural Amphitheatre and 78 acres of woodland.

Live Well: health, happiness and hobbies
How to make the most of the best years of your life | 
Saturday 25th July

Join us for a day packed with events and ideas exploring how to get the very best from our older years.

Calligraphy Workshop
Emma Barnes, Emerald Paper
Learn a brilliant new skill - how to write in a stylish way that will look beautiful on cards, place names and artwork. Emma will be on hand to teach you modern calligraphy basics from how to use calligraphy tools to warm up drills and alphabet practices, before moving you on to writing whole words. Each ticket includes a starter kit full of goodies to help you begin your calligraphy journey.
£10 supplement including materials. (Numbers limited.)

Health with The Age Well Project: Easy ways to a longer, healthier, happier life.
Annabel Streets and Susan Saunders
When two over-worked mothers, Annabel Streets and Susan Saunders, realised they were at risk of developing the same ageing diseases as their parents and grand-parents, they turned to the new science of longevity. After reading hundreds of reports, they have compiled almost 100 short-cuts to health in mid and later life, including: how, when and what to eat; the supplements to take (or not); when, where and how to exercise; the best medical tests for ageing well; how to avoid health-threatening chemicals, and the best methods for evading cognitive decline.

Sleep - getting enough of the right sort
Expert Alice Gregory, Professor of Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London
She has been researching sleep and associated psychiatric difficulties for almost two decades and has published more than 100 scientific papers. The latest research tells us that it’s essential for learning and memory, for mental health and physical well-being, and she’ll take you on a fascinating journey through the science of sleep as it evolves throughout our lives, and how to make sure we are getting enough quality shut eye.

Lunch with a musical accompaniment from the JLR Brass band
Food and drink available - or bring your own picnic!

Making the Most of Retirement
Maggy Pigott OBE and Stuart Turner
Getting older should be something to enjoy and celebrate, and it can be. Research shows that we can make a big difference to how well we age, from staying active to connecting with others. Maggy Pigott CBE, Vice Chair of Open Age and author of How to Age Joyfully. will be sharing what she has discovered about a positive older age, and she’ll be joined by Stuart Turner, editor of the Haynes Retirement Manual, which covers all the practicalities of retirement from finances to legalities and how technology can work for you.

Motionhouse - Dance
The ground-breaking dance company will be with us to bring dance, music and joy! Dance is for everyone, regardless of age, gender or physical ability. No experience necessary.

Scratch Choir
Simon Kemp
It’s long been known that singing has an enormously positive impact on well-being. Join Simon Kemp, a champion of the benefits of song, on an informal scratch choir event. No skills or experience necessary!

Looking Your Best
Fiona Ingham, Style Consultant
The image consultant and personal stylist, Fiona Ingham, is a London based stye guru with many years of experience in helping men and women to look and feel their best. She’ll help you discover the colours and styles which flatter your individuality and the trends which work best - described by Hannah Betts in Sunday Times Style Magazine ‘[She] gives you a sort of Super power!’

Throughout the Day:

Artists at Work
Meet a selection of artists in a whole variety of mediums, from painting to fabrics, who’ll be displaying their work, and actively creating it, encouraging you to discover new skills and learn to discover your inner creative.

Oaks & Acorns Woodland Storytelling for Eternally Young Listeners
Everyone listens like a child when Cat Weatherill tells a story! Bring your grandchildren to hear stories of trees and flowers, gardens and animals in the delightful setting of the woodland dell. Cat is one of Europe’s leading storytellers and a best-selling Puffin author. ‘A masterclass in enchantment’ The Times

Evening Entertainment
Sunset Serenades
A Midsummer’s night picnic with live music from The Simon Kemp Orchestra.
Bar open.

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 The Monarchy: adapt or perish - date TBC 

The House of Windsor has been experiencing some rough times of late, with rumours of relationship splits, sex scandals, and members resigning their posts. What does the future hold for the monarchy - are we on the cusp of radical change, or is the current anni horriblies no worse than former times? Daily Mail Royal commentator Robert Hardman, author of Queen of The World, and Alexander Larman, author of The Crown In Crisis, look to the future off our Royal household.

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 Summertime Words and Music | Saturday 22nd August

A magical afternoon and evening celebrating summer music.
4-5pm Music and Words for Children
Bring a picnic tea and watches the brilliant children’s book illustrator, James Mayhew, creates pictures to music, accompanied by members of the internationally renowned Coull Quartet
7pm A Summer’s Night Picnic
A balmy evening of words and music read by an actor, and a accompanied again by members of the the Coull Quartet
Bring a picnic. Evening tickets include a glass of wine

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  Food and Flowers - Saturday 12th September

Join us for a day of artisan local produce and a love of gardens
2pm BBC Gardener’s Question Time expert and author, Pippa Greenwood
She’ll be sharing her tips on seasonal gardening and answering your questions
4pm Florist to the stars, Simon Lycett
A unique opportunity to meet the world famous Royal wedding florist as he demonstrates his breathtaking skills and shares gossip on being florist to the stars.
Artisan local produce on sale throughout the day

Old Herbatious Theatre performance

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