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Retro Music Weekend 7!

9th, 10th & 11th March 2018

Retro Music Weekend is a twice a year celebration of music from the “old days”, think 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. Five sessions, night & day of live music from Friday Evening through to Sunday evening. With massive professional stage sound and lighting added to at least 10 fantastic live acts from all corners of the UK, RMW is not to be missed!

This event is for 18 year olds and over.

Weekend Tickets: £55pp. Accommodation available from only £112 for the full weekend!

Line up includes:


Immerse yourself into an all new production. The ultimate charity concert that stood the test of time, performed by a full live rock band with music from Elton John, Status Quo, David Bowie, Queen, Spandeu Ballet and more!


‘A celebration of a generation’

The incredible 7-piece band complete with dancers, will take you back in time to where it was colourful, diverse and cool to be different! So, get out your neon, back comb your hair and remember to wake me up before you go go!


Prepare yourself for classic Motown hits, glittering costume changes, dazzling dance moves and outstanding musicianship. Celebrating music of Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations and more! Now seen by over 1 million people.


Featuring, Dean Richardson from the Legends show in Blackpool, Queen Fever are one of the most authentic tributes to this great band around. Love Queen? Love Queen Fever!

Full information about all 10 acts available online at: www.stanwix.com/entertainment/events

www.stanwix.com | 016973 32666

Stanwix Park Holiday Centre, Silloth, Cumbria, CA7 4HH.



Blackburn Market Set for an Exciting Year

One of Lancashire’s longest established markets is full of optimism for 2017 with a range of events, visitor offers and festivals set to transform a visit to Blackburn Market.

Having just won Coach Friendly Shopping Destination of the Year at the Coach Tourism Awards, the year is off to a great start. The market is open 6 days a week & offers a wide range of traditional indoor stalls linked directly to The Mall Shopping centre with all the big High Street brands you would expect.

With its dedicated food court, the market is also a great place for lunch or a cuppa, with cuisine from traditional cafes and coffee shops to exotic tastes from around the world.

The market, as well as offering long established traditional traders such as greengrocers, butchers and fishmongers also adds a modern twist with high fashion, technology, beauty, fancy dress & even postal services.

This year sees a range of family pleasing events, including children’s TV favourites and large screen movies as well as taking part in the Countryside Comes to Town Festival and the Blackburn Cathedral Flower Festival.

Blackburn Market is more than just a market!


We have a FREE car-park; the best railway bookshop in the UK where a large range of models, souvenirs and Thomas toys are available; the ‘Russell Tearoom’ where the finest home-cooked meals, snacks, and children’s meals are available; steam train rides in traditional carriages; FREE miniature train rides; FREE museum tours where you can climb on locomotives, press buttons and learn all about the history of narrow gauge railways. In the yard you’ll be able to drive a diesel; this is ‘Glaslyn’ a little blue locomotive – climb aboard and take the controls (under supervision) and gently ease the loco down the track. When you get back you’ll get a certificate and a sticker!

Over the Easter weekend the trains will run to Pen-y-Mount; disembark and watch the locomotive uncouple and run round. We’re interactive so you may be asked by the driver to lend a hand! If you’re in the right place at the right time you might be asked to help the Guard operate the points and signals.

When we get back to Gelert’s Farm we reduce in size! Come for a ride on the Porthmadog Woodland Railway; this is our seven and a quarter inch gauge miniature railway. Trains depart from Gelert’s Farm and run over two bridges and through a tunnel before returning to where you started. Your ride is included in your ticket price.

The museum is where we hold our popular Easter egg hunt – see if you can find the eggs and then you can exchange them for some lovely chocolate.

The Welsh Highland HERITAGE Railway is much MORE than just a train ride!


‘The North West Times recognises that families in the UK are always looking for something new and something exciting to try. Our ‘What’s On’ Features have become increasingly popular over the years. We ask our readers; “So you’re trying to plan another day out for the whole family, but just aren’t sure where to start?” And then naturally, we give them some ideas!

Our advertisers range from smaller, more localised attractions or tourist hot spots around the North West through to the bigger, national theatres, theme-parks, castles and events.

A favorite amongst readers have always been the the more subtle atmosphere and educational aspect of the more local parks, farms, zoos and aquariums. Everyone likes a trip to the Zoo – today it’s more about conserving our world wild life and children can learn about the caring aspect, as well as have a super day out. In addition to featuring numerous zoos scattered throughout the UK – there have been plenty of specialized wild life centres specialising in small animals, birds, insects and butterflie that have benefited from their feature in the ‘North West Times’.

One successful feature we ran recently for example was;

“For those who what a change why not visit an exhibition or museum?”

We focused here on the fact that ‘Museums are no longer those stuffy places to visit you might remember when you were younger; instead they now provide hands-on experiences for even the youngest children and cater for all types of genres.’ We explained to readers that; ‘Whether its dinosaurs, a celebrity or certain time period that you and your family are interested, if you look hard enough there is certain to be a specialist exhibition in a museum somewhere to cater for your desires.’ The advertisers featured in this piece commented after the feature that the response was even better than predicted.
Below are some of our regular advertisers who have all benefited from the North West Times marketing their business and their products to the numerous couples, families and groups that pick up our publication.

Inglenook Farm

The farmhouse café serves the very best of British food, using fresh, locally sourced ingredients*.  Whether you stop by for fresh coffee & homemade cakes or linger and enjoy one of the seasonal specials, the cafe offers great value, freshly prepared food, friendly service in a bright fresh farmhouse setting.

The farm shop also sells everything from jams & chutneys to fresh, local fruit & veg – all representing the best of what the region has to offer.  They have sourced hundreds of products from small producers throughout the region, with fantastic seasonal produce available all year round!

Of course, Inglenook is still a farm, and under the expert eye of Steve, they  grow Chamomile and Lavender in the fields. Chamomile has distinctive daisy like plants and is  distilled & bottled in Inglenook’s on-site laboratory to create a unique essential oil. Available in the shop will be over 80 varieties of essential oils, hydrosols, carrier oils, soaps and other distinctive skincare products from shampoos to face creams..

As part of their desire to help the local community they now source all their  fruit & vegetables for the shop & cafe from local community initiative the Neighbourhood Services Company. Larkins Farm is a105 acre community farm located on the urban fringe in Croxteth.  The farm is a community-owned resource delivering a range of activities and services for the local community.

With unique shops such as African Dream, Crafts with Spirit, Phish for Plants, The Wood Works and Fine Feather selling contemporary crafts, jewellery, home furnishing, mystic gifts, plants, shrubs and bird food to name a few, complemented by the Boonric Art Gallery Inglenook Farm is the perfect place to spend an hour or two.

Also on site is Re-Nu therapies. Established for over 3 years, they offer a wide range of beauty, aromatherapy, holistic treatments and pamper days in tranquil and relaxing setting in the farmhouse.

‘Crafts with Spirit’ is a unique combination of fabulous hand made crafts with spiritualist readings & workshops.

There is also a regular Artisan Craft Market selling local and regional food and crafts every second Sunday of the month.  These are proving very popular with swing music playing in the courtyard by the Cotton Town Hot Club.

Barbara and Sarah invite you to come along and visit Whitey the Donkey, Lucky the Sheep, April, Bill and Bugsy the Goats and Mia and Perry the Miniature Shetlands.  Enjoy the farm and café and all it has to offer.  There is no admission cost and there is free parking.  Visit their website at www.inglenook-farm.co.uk  to keep up to date with all their news and what the shops have to offer.

To book your organisation a place within our extensive features on events, shows, concerts and the most up to date guide of what’s on in the North West you can call the advertising department on; 01452 300 700 or email to request further details to whatson@colstonmedia.co.uk

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