Pleasure Dome Theatre are back in the summer of 2017 after the success of their critically acclaimed production of Macbeth in The Valley of the Rocks. This year they are turning their attention to the story that runs through the heart of Exmoor: Lorna Doone.
Helen Payne, Creative Director of Pleasure Dome Theatre said: “What could
be more compelling than experiencing this timeless tale of love and loss immersed in the environment that inspired it? To help bring R.D.Blackmore’s vision to life we are recruiting local talent to swell the ranks of our professional cast.”
All ages, abilities and levels of experience are encouraged to attend the open auditions on 15th and 16th of April at Lynton Town Hall. There will be four sessions: 15th-10:00-1:00 and 3:00-6:00 and 16th-10:00-1:00 and 3:00-6:00.
Please only apply if you have good availability for the run August 29th-September 2nd and the preceding three weeks rehearsal. The audition will comprise of: an introduction to the team and the project, some drama games to get everyone working as an ensemble, some text work and scenes that will be workshopped with the director Scott Le Crass.
“Please arrive in good time to register before the sessions begin. We’re really looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible. Kindly RSVP with your preferred session to email@example.com,” Helena added.
For further information, please contact Elke Winzer, Tel 07881 504863 or firstname.lastname@example.org
A FOOD festival designed to help showcase Exmoor’s top chefs, growers and producers launches next month (February, 2017), and more restaurants than ever have signed up for the Exmoor Food Fest.
Top pubs and restaurants will be offering specially priced menus on selected days during February to encourage diners to eat out as part of the Exmoor Food Fest.
“It’s an event to showcase the very best the region has to offer diners and it is a celebration of all local produce and the culinary expertise we have here on our doorstep,” explained Paul Berry, patron of award-wining gastro pub The Swan in Bampton, who is also one of the chefs taking part in the VIP launch at the Luttrell Arms in Dunster.
Restaurants are offering a special Exmoor Food Fest deal during February with two courses priced £10 and three courses £15.
The Exmoor Food Festival runs throughout February and is organised by Elke Winzer who is also behind Exmoor4all, an online platform for all things Exmoor related, including an online shop, and the Exmoor Markets.
All participating restaurants are entering the Taste of Exmoor Awards. The public is invited to vote for their favourite dining experience online. The Exmoor Chef of the year will be crowned at an awards ceremony on 27 March at Butlins.
For further information about restaurants participating in the Exmoor Food Fest, please go to www.exmoorfoodfest.com
Join us for a delicious banquet in the splendid setting of Knowle Manor near Dunster prepared by Claire’s Kitchen.
£25.00 per person
Complimentary glass of Prosecco or Elderflower Spritzer
Canapés on arrival
Mini Thai Blue Swimmer crab cakes with Claires Kitchen Chilli Jam and micro Basil
Vietnamese Tiger Prawns on a fragrant Asian salad
(V)Vietnamese Wild Mushrooms on a fragrant Asian salad
Little Oak Farm Free range double cooked Char Siu pork on a spring onion and Szechuan soba noodle stack
(V)Thai sweet potato curry with coconut pilau rice and a pineapple, cucumber and coriander salad
Cinnamon, ginger and star anise poached pineapple upside down cake, pineapple syrup with a vanilla creme fraiche
There will be a licensed bar.
NEWS FROM EXMOOR NATIONAL PARK
Anyone not yet into the Christmas spirit should head for the Christmas Fayre at Lynmouth on Sunday 11 December from 10am to 4pm where a host of delights will await them.
The National Park Centre team at the Lynmouth Pavilion ran a similar event in a small way last year which was so successful that more and more people wanted to be involved so this year there will be 15 stalls inside the Centre including arts, crafts, books, pottery, woodcraft items, jewellery and other seasonal items. In addition to these, a further 15 market stalls will be open along the Esplanade outside selling food, Christmas trees, Christmas wreaths, the contents of a seaside gift shop which will be sold in aid of Unicef, a scout stall, calendars, artisan items and a host of Christmas items.
Inside the Pavilion there will also be an elf workshop where children can make a Christmas tree decoration for free; they can also make a Christmas card in a competition that will be judged by Suzette Hibbert, Mayor of Lynton & Lynmouth, later in the afternoon.
Santa will be on hand and children are welcome to come and pay him a visit – the numbers able to do this are limited so places will need to be booked by phoning the Dining Room on 01598 753484 prior to the day. There will be plenty more to see and do with Lyntones Ladies’ choir singing seasonal songs at 11am and 2pm, plus face painting for a donation to Children’s Hospice, a raffle for a £75 Christmas hamper kindly donated by Marsden Devon Cottages who are also sponsoring the event, and a special festive menu in the Dining Room.
National Park Centre Manager Dave Wilde said: “Entry is free so everyone is invited to come along and sample the special Christmas atmosphere. All this is in addition to the normal National Park Centre retail area where there are local books, jewellery, art items, Exmoor Christmas Cards and other local items for sale.
“Proceeds from the raffle and the £5 hire fee for the stalls and market stalls outside are all going to CareMoor for Exmoor* – especially to support the Dormice boxes appeal.”
For further information please call the National Park Centre at Lynmouth on 01598 752509.
Photo: Lynmouth Pavilion by Ken Blakey
Michael Jordan, author and chairman of the Association of British Fungal Groups, will lead fun and informative walks through the gardens to discover and identify the many different types of mushrooms and toadstools to be found at Hestercombe.
There will be two walks during the day:
10.30am – 12.30pm & 2 – 4pm.
£12 online, £13 offline.
FInd out more and book here: http://bit.ly/2cxAd0X
Celebratory Dinner to countdown to Exmoor Food Fest 2017
Join us on 21 September 2016 at 7pm for the
Exmoor Food Fest 2017 Media Launch
5 courses for £50.00
Claire’s Kitchen Elderflower Cocktails on arrival
including crispy wonton with blue swimmer crab, poached pineapple, spring onion and chilli jam
Vietnamese Poached Duck Leg on an Asian salad
with a fresh coriander and sweet chilli dressing
Local Braised Shin of Beef
with melting onions, Rosemary Boulangere potatoes, leek gratin croquetas
Blackberry and White chocolate Cheesecake
with a Sloe Gin ice cream and Brandy Snap Crumble
served with Claire’s Kitchen homemade cider shots
Vegetarian options will be available.
A celebratory dinner on 21 September 2016 at Knowle Manor near Dunster will launch the countdown towards the 2017 Exmoor Food Fest which will take place across Exmoor during February 2017.
Media and the public are invited to join the Exmoor Food Fest team for an Exmoor Feast served up by Claire’s Kitchen, a local catering company run by Exmoor Ambassador chef Claire Lynch.
“2017 will be our third year,” explains festival coordinator Elke Winzer, who runs Exmoor4all, a social media platform for all things Exmoor, and also works for Visit Somerset and Exmoor Tourism.
“We have just been advised that the Exmoor Food Fest is a finalist in the Somerset Life Food & Drink Awards as best food event in Somerset. This is an extraordinary achievement for such a young festival, and we are grateful to our sponsors Arthur David whose generous support made it possible to get the Exmoor Food Fest off the ground.”
During February, restaurants, including several with Michelin stars and numerous awards, across the region offer 2 courses for £10/ 3 courses for £15. In addition, a range of foodie events take place, from tastings through to gourmet dinners at unique locations. A food and drink festival in Dunster on the last weekend of February will yet again be the grand final.
“We estimate that the hospitality sector in the region was boosted by £450,000 during February, a traditionally quiet month, by the Exmoor Food Fest 2016. We hope to increase this figure in 2017 by working closely with travel and food bloggers as well as Visit Somerset and Exmoor Tourism, raising awareness of the event further afield. We will also work with the West Somerset Railway to make certain events more accessible for visitors from Taunton,” explained Elke Winzer.
The Pleasure Dome Theatre Company production of Macbeth, set in the dramatic scenery of the Valley of Rocks, has still tickets available. Performances run until 20 August at 7:30 with no show on Mondays and 3:00 Sunday matinees. Helen Payne is the Creative Director, Scott Le Crass directs Macbeth who is played by Chris Clynes. You can read more about them here.
Remember to bring rugs or picnic chairs to ensure your comfort. Bring along a picnic or sample the delights of Mother Meldrum’s Tea Garden and join us for a brilliant play in an astounding location!
Get your tickets now.
Photos by Julia Amies-Green.
Visitors to Minehead can now get a bird’s eye view of the town, coast and countryside from this new the observation wheel which will be at the seafront for 8 weeks this summer.
The wheel, standing 33m high is open 10am-8pm. Tickets £5 for an adult, £4 for children and senior citizens and £15 for a family ticket.