It’s All Happening at Hatton and Gaydon
Whilst things are changing on a daily basis due to Covid-19, three Covid – safe events are planned for the coming weekends around Warwick. Ann Evans has the details.
Firstly, Hatton Shopping Village, the quintessentially English shopping village near Warwick is to host two exciting events this autumn. These are a Harvest Festival and a Vintage themed weekend and they will take place in a COVID safe environment. The Shopping Village has installed measures that include social distancing markers, hand sanitiser stations, one-way systems, till screens and contactless payments.
The Harvest Festival will take place alongside the popular outdoor markets on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 September from 10am – 5pm. Visitors can visit the Alfresco Style Farm Shop which will be stocked with an array of fresh, locally sourced produce. They can also enjoy tasting delicious fresh foods including pumpkin soup and pumpkin cake. There will also be displays of fresh fruit and vegetables in the Farm Shop and displays of autumnal plants in the garden centre offering visitors plenty of inspiration for their own gardens.
The Vintage Themed Weekend will take place on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 October from 10am – 5pm. Visitors can step back into yesteryear and enjoy displays from the 1940’s and 1950’s.
Lottie Newitt from The Alfresco Style said, “We are delighted to be hosting a Harvest Festival and a Vintage themed weekend when visitors can step back in time and enjoy a range of activities from this bygone era. We’ve also got several great events taking place this winter, including a Christmas craft fayre, Food Festival and Christmas markets for our visitors to enjoy!”
Entry and parking to both events is free of charge. During both weekends’ visitors can also browse the outdoor markets as well as shopping for unusual gifts and crafts from Hatton’s unique independent shops. For more information please visit www.hattonworld.com/shopping-village
Music Treat at Gaydon
Over at the British Motor Museum at Gaydon, they are preparing to host a new innovative production ‘Voices of the West End’, the organisers are keen to stress how COVID safe and secure the event will be. The outdoor event will take place in the grounds of the Museum on 25, 26 & 27 September and showcase music from the West End’s greatest musicals.
2,000 people recently watched the performance at Broadlands in Hampshire. Audiences greeted West End stars John Owen-Jones, Earl Carpenter, Kerry Ellis, and Katie Hall with a rapturous reception as they delivered a succession of hit numbers from favourite musicals including Chess, The Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables. The audience praised not only the incredible performances but also the safe and secure organisation of the event.
Earl Carpenter, performer and producer said, “From the outset we wanted people to feel entirely safe. Every group of up to four guests occupies their own 3m square marked out socially distanced plot, with metres of space between each one. But that did not dampen the atmosphere and enthusiasm one bit. Everyone was incredibly excited to hear a live performance and, as four performers, we loved singing for an audience again.”
Along with an option of a four-person pitch from no more than two households or support bubbles there is now also the option of a two-person picnic or car pitch. The performances are 90 minutes long with no interval and will take place on Friday 25 September at 7pm, Saturday 26 September, when there are two performances at 2pm and 7pm and on Sunday 27 September at 6pm. Gates open 2 hours beforehand.
The box office for the concert is managed by Birmingham Hippodrome and tickets can only be booked via their website at www.birminghamhippodrome.com. Roped pitches are from £59 for a 3 square metre pitch and car pitches are from £96.50, where performances can be watched from inside the car or set up next to it.
On the event day there will be a small food and drink area serving gourmet burgers with vegetarian/vegan options, coffee/teas, ice creams etc. and a bar selling alcoholic and soft drinks along with a Pinnock’s Artisan Gin Bar.
For more information about the event please visit https://www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk/whats-on/voices-of-the-west-end