Jacksons Wold garden is open for the National Garden Scheme on Sunday, July 4th, from 1pm-5pm. We visited this garden last year and were really impressed. It has been evolving since 1984 when Sarah and Richard Cundall moved here. It's a three-acre site with plenty of different areas to enjoy; a walled garden, woodland paths, a kitchen garden with an Elizabethan-style knot garden, perennial borders and a wild flower meadow. Not only all this but it also has a lovely setting with panoramic views toward the Yorkshire Wolds and has been praised by gardening guru Alan Titchmarsh as one of his favourites. Oh, and the Chalk Barn tea room too is worth staying on for!
A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, until July 31st. Chris Monks directs Shakespeare's popular comedy charting the magical antics of four star-crossed lovers .
Botton Village Open Day on Sunday, July 4th, from 11am-5pm. The Camphill Trust at Botton Village near Danby opens its doors once again with musicians, haycart rides, treasure hunts, crafts and a BBQ. The village was established as a charitable community in 1955 where adults could live with other non-handicapped people as a family and develop their full potential. Super setting right up on the moors.
The Wind in the Willows at Helmsley Arts Centre of Friday & Saturday, July 2nd & 3rd at 7pm. Exciting new version of the family classic. Physical theatre and humour abound with Dominic Goodwin starring as Toad.
The Buddhist Retreat and Meditation Centre at Kilnwick Percy, nr Pocklington is holding its Summer Fayre on Sunday, July 4th from 10.30am to 4.30pm. Live entertainment and magic, the biggest inflatable slide in Yorkshire, water slide, stalls, talks and tours and meditation is on offer. And all this is free entry. It's a few years since I visited this lovely place but I remember being made so welcome. The centre is housed in a beautiful old building and set in 40 glorious acres of grounds and parkland.
Malton Cinema is showing Letters to Juliet, Wild Target and at the weekend How to Train your Dragon, Tooth Fairy and Furry Vengeance. And for all the millions of Twilight fans out there (not just its teen market - it appears that their mums are getting in on it too!) there is a special preview on Saturday & Sunday, 3rd & 4th July before the film is released on the 9th.
A Single Man in the Lounge at Malton Cinema
I missed this film when it came out earlier this year so was thrilled to see its reappearance at Malton Cinema this week in the Lounge as part of the film club. I was curious to catch it for two reasons. I'd read the previews and it sounded visually sumptuous having fashion designer Tom Ford as its director.
Secondly, it stars Colin Firth, who I was lucky enough to meet just before Christmas when I was working on a film that was being shot in Leeds, The King's Speech, that he was starring in. I was obviously hanging about in the right place at the right time as I found myself chatting to him and his co-star Helena Bonham-Carter in between takes. And believe me, he is as handsome in the flesh as he is on screen with a personality to match.
In A Single Man, he plays an English professor who is mourning the death of his male partner. His grief is almost too much to bear at times as he tries to continue with his own life, now without purpose. There are glimmers of hope in his friendships, a boozy English divorcee played by Julianne Moore, and one of his students who tries to befriend him. The cinematography is indeed sumptuous. Every aesthetic detail has been thought through with care. It did remind me a little of those Chanel perfume adverts that are on TV from time to time in its beautiful but unreal take on the world.
The Lounge at Malton Cinema is a little room downstairs with a screen on which the films are shown. It costs £2 a ticket. It's worth booking your seats as you're more likely to get the comfy armchairs that we both sank into with our glasses of wine. The lady in the box office did say that if there was ever a film anyone wanted to see, they could ring up and the cinema would put it on for the film club in this room. What a wonderful little set up! I think this would make for a great evening out with a group of friends. It's clear that the people who run Malton Cinema do so with a lot of care for their customers. It's definitely a place worth supporting and so much nicer than the big out of town venues.
Here's a photo of Colin and Helena that I took on set. The location was the Queen Street Textile Museum in Burnley. It's a fascinating place anyway but looked spectacular with all the bunting and decorations up. The king in question in the film, by the way, is King George VI, the Queen's father.
Brundibar Children's Opera and Ampleforth and Ryedale Concert Choir
I enjoyed two evenings of music last weekend, firstly with my eldest son at Brundibar Children's Opera, a performance by The Ampleforth Children's Choir put together through a singing partnership between Ampleforth College and The North Yorkshire Music Service and staged at St Martin's, Gilling. Moreover my son enjoyed this short opera, which was first performed by children in a Czech concentration camp and is written specifically for children's voices. The tale was easy for a young audience to follow, a triumph over tragedy theme, with music drawing on both classical and folk traditions. The 100 or so children taking part sang beautifully and they genuinely seemed to enjoy performing.
My Saturday evening took place in the beautiful surroundings of Ampleforth Abbey where The Ampleforth and Ryedale Concert Choir were performing Handel's jubilent The Dettingen de Te Deum and the moving Adagio for Organs and Strings by Albinioni. The choir comprises of members of the Schola Cantorum and Schola Puellarum at the college with soloists from around the country. However, many of those singing didn't come from a professional music background but again this was a professionally executed performance of music that fitted perfectly with the serenity of the setting. I believe the community part of the choir is looking for male singers so if it is something you have always wanted to do then follow the above link and I might see you there next year!
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