The Aardvark Blog
One door closes ...
One door closes ...
The Food Fair closed as it opened in bright sunshine, and we had our usual good turnout from stallholders and visitors. Lots of nice comments and lots of full carrier bags. The bookshop was also busy, and such was the brilliant organisation of Carolyn and Sarah that I even had the chance to talk to some customers during the day. Everybody left the site quickly, and the tents and marquee came down yesterday, so that there are no signs that anything happened at all.
Also on Sunday our wonderful exhibition Iceland Seen and Unseen came to an end. The last weekend saw lots of visitors to the exhibition and a good number of sales, and I was delighted with the overall response to the show. It was a pleasure working with Diana Nuttall as exhibition organiser and I will miss seeing her cheerful face on the mornings that she came in to man the show. We are already talking about doing another show with Diana in 2017, so watch this space.
But the world of Aardvark never stops turning and we are now in preparation for our next exhibition Crossing the Border a small group exhibition curated by Robert Cunning. The Private View will be somewhat later than usual at 4.30-8pm on Saturday the 1st of August. This show has been long in the planning and I am very much looking forward to the results.
After 'Crossing the Border' the next events on the calendar will be the annual Scarecrow day on the 2nd of August, and there are many new attractions for this year's event. This is the only day of the year that the ruins of the castle are available for general public inspection, and the tours led by Edward Harley offer an incredibly informative guide to the life of the castle and the two climactic sieges of 1643/1644. Not to be missed.
Two weeks later on the weekend of the 15th and 16th of August the English Civil War Society return to Brampton Bryan for their biennial visit. This year they are bringing cavalry, alongside the usual cannons, muskets and pikes. We also have many offer attractions on site including a Living History Village, models of the battlefield ( and of other local battles including Mortimer's Cross), an original antique Letterhead Printing Press - who will be producing seditious pamphlets over the weekend - and much more. The visits of the ECWS are always special, and we very much hope that you will be able to join us. Entry for adults is £2 and Under 16's and parking remain free.
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