Summer at Great Alne Park

Three days of events celebrating music, books, hobbies and living-well curated by Stratford Literary Festival in the beautiful setting of Great Alne Park, Alcester

Join us for a varied programme of sparkling events from soul music to wine tasting and advice on how to get the best night's sleep. And it all takes place in the Events Marquee, adhering to the prevailing Government distancing and venue capacity guidelines and, if we're lucky enough to have good weather, we can raise the sides for people to overflow onto the natural amphitheatre that surrounds it.

Wednesday 7th July
7.00pm-8.30pm

Miss Baby Sol

Settle back with a drink and a picnic for a fabulous evening of sultry soul and jazz music from one of the most exciting emerging singers in the UK. Miss Baby Sol has appeared on ITV’s The Voice and worked with Paloma Faith, Florence and the Machine and Rebecca Ferguson. She is a name to watch.

£10 with a glass of Prosecco
Bar also available.

Thursday 8th July
10am-11.30am

Calligraphy Workshop - SOLD OUT

Join Jane Lappage of Calligraphy Arts as she teaches you a brilliant new hobby - how to achieve beautiful writing you can use on cards and gifts. Create your own bookmark with your new found skills.

£10 (max capacity 10 people)

Thursday 8th July
2pm-3pm

Look Your Best with Fiona Ingham

As we get older, we need to re-think how we dress and the colours that suit us. Leading style guru Fiona Ingham shares tips and great advice on how to increase your confidence and make the very best of you.

£5 including tea or coffee

Thursday 8th July
4pm-5pm

Did you Sleep Well? Heather Darwall-Smith

Poor sleep is a significant problem for many people and lying awake in the wee small hours can be bad for our physical and mental health. Heather is a psychotherapist, and author of The Science of Sleep, who specialises in sleep and the issues that many of us have with it. She’ll arm you with techniques to ensure more restful nights and a happier future.

£10 including tea and scones

Thursday 8th July
7pm-8pm

Words and Music for a Summer’s Evening

An evening of beautiful classical music played by the very talented Coull Quartet with poems and readings that celebrate summer read by leading RSC actress, Hannah Young.

Mozart, Quartet in B flat K458 'The Hunt'
Haydn Serenade Andante cantabile
Mendelssohn, Quartet in D Op 44 no 1
Villa Lobos, a selection of short pieces from his Quartet no 1
Beethoven Quartet in C Op 59 no 3 'Rasumovsky', Menuetto grazioso - Allegro molto

£10 including a glass of Prosecco. Bar also available.

Friday 9th July
2pm-3pm

Your Gardening Questions Answered with Pippa Greenwood

We are joined by the leading gardening expert and BBC Radio 4 Gardeners’ Question Time regular who will share the best tips for summer gardening and answer your questions on plants, pests and planning.

£5 including tea or coffee

Friday 9th July
4.30pm-5.30pm

A Lifetime of Flowers with Simon Lycett

Simon is a world-renowned florist whose amazing creations have graced Royal weddings and leading celebrity events. Join him for an unmissable opportunity as he creates a display whilst chatting about his work, dropping in anecdotes, and sharing his latest book People of the Flower Market: A Year at New Covent Garden Flower Market.

£10 with tea and scones

Friday 9th July
6.30pm-7.30pm

Wine Tasting with Jamie Goode

An evening exploring summer wines with the wine columnist of The Sunday Express, established wine judge including the International Wine Challenge and winner of the Glenfiddich Wine Writer of the year award. Jamie will talk you through the best wines for summer with the opportunity to taste his suggestions and buy his book Wine Science.

£15 including wines

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