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We’re off to… Margate

WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK has been zipping across the country since the tour kicked off in Norwich, serving up syncopated beats and musical treats to audiences across the country. Today we land in Margate, a place ‘as cool as it gets’ according to our good pal Joe from Margate Retro.

Home to Tracey Emin and the Turner Contemporary, Margate was host to ROUNDABOUT last autumn and we had so much fun we came back for another dose of Dreamland (and some fish and chips…).

This isn’t our first time at the Margate rodeo, in fact we think we’re pretty much locals now. Here are our top picks if you’re heading on down to the show this evening – or you feel inspired and fancy a trip to the seaside.

WHERE TO STAY

The holiday apartments on King Street are a unique place to stay with jukebox, space invaders, the lot. Neighbouring Fort Road Yard is home to a collection of studios and galleries to whet your cultural appetite. And if its art you’re interested in Alex Chinneck’s instillation ‘to the knees of my nose to the belly of my toes’ is just 10 minutes up the road.

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WHERE TO EAT

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If you find yourself with a craving for some seafood fare, Hantverk & Found provides a fine selection courtesy of their chef, Kate quick on her feet from Shoreditch (somewhere in London…).

WHERE TO DRINK

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We may have been partial to the odd libation in the Lifeboat pub on a previous trip to Margate… And we must give special mention to Harbour Arms Sunday night – an addition to the weekend that we hear is often better than the two boozy nights before it.

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WHERE TO GET COFFEE

Caffeinate yourself at Fort’s Cafe – enjoy proper, home cooked food, beer and wine in their relaxed, one-stop seafront shop.

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HANG OUT AT

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There’s a lot appearing in the ‘Gate, with multiple exhibitions at the Turner Contemporary or the iconic Dreamland amusement park where you can check out their roller disco or have a wander round the Octopus’ Garden.

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Get the lowdown on what else you can get up to in Margate over at http://www.visitthanet.co.uk/

Garage at The Garage: We’re Off to…Norwich (again)

Where better to kick off Sabrina Mahfouz’s garage musical WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK than at The Garage. We know, it’s almost like we planned it…

This Wednesday our fist pumping, get out of your seat and start dancing, show opens in Norwich. We’re big fans of this city on the river, so here’s a reminder of a few of the top things to do and see before you come rave with us in the evening.

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WHERE TO STAY

The Maids Head Hotel is known for its traditional Tudor style façade, dating back to the 13th century. It’s also more famously known for reportedly being home to a couple of ghosts – one of a lady dressed in grey, and one of the former mayors of the city.

WHERE TO EAT

Head down to the medieval alleyways of the Norwich Lanes (winner of the Great British High Street of The Year Award 2014) which is home to some of the most splendid restaurants, gastro pubs and cafes in Norwich. You’ll find award winning fish and chips at the Grosvenor, Falafel heaven at Moorish, Bedfords where you’ll find one of the best burgers in the city and much more.

WHERE TO DRINK

Norwich was once thought to have a Church for every week of the year and a pub for every day of the year. The figures aren’t quite that high these days but there are still a wealth of pubs to frequent. If you’re after some Norwich history you can find the Adam and Eve nestled down by the river. Dating back to 1249 the pub has a lovely quaint atmosphere and a good selection of ales. If you’re after something a little more modern The Mash Tun is the newest pub to spring up and serves local beer from troubadours Redwell Brewery, as an added bonus the upstairs has been turned into a gin palace serving over 150 different blends.

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WHERE TO GET COFFEE

The Garage is home to Locomotion Coffee who take their coffee making seriously, from traditional lattes and mochas, to concoctions such as the protein vanilla iced-latte banana smoothie. They also serve an array of teas from local tea wizards Wilkinsons of Norwich – you will definitely be tempted by the Smokey Russian caravan or Arctic Fire.

Their skills don’t stop at coffee, barista Jason can solve a rubix cube in less than a minute (it’s all in the algorithms apparently).

HANG OUT AT

Norwich forum is open 7 days a week all year round making it the perfect place to hang out. Much more than just a library, you can also enjoy an eclectic mix of free exhibitions, events activities, and free outdoor film screenings in the summer, or just chill out with friends in Bar Marzano.

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MUST SEE

Must see attractions include Norwich Cathedral, an iconic Norman Cathedral and one of the most complete Romanesque buildings in Europe. Take a stroll around the largest surviving cloister in England and be awed by the stunning Romanesque architecture, highlighted by the Nave and crossing tower…don’t forget to look up! There’s lots to discover at the Norwich Castle from its history as a Norman palace and as a prison, to the many galleries packed with treasures from nationally important collections, from archaeology to fine art, from the ancient Egyptians to natural history. Also a trip to Norwich wouldn’t be complete without stopping at the Norwich market. There are a plethora of market stalls to delve into, you might find yourself a great vintage bargain….or just pick up a commemorative tea towel to take home! Check out Visit Norwich for more ideas!
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We’re off to… TheatreCraft

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We’re really excited to be attending TheatreCraft tomorrow, where Rachel and Simone will be repping Team PP, along with Nadia and Seb.

TheatreCraft is an all day event for people who are interested in a career in the industry and want to find out a little bit more about what actually goes in to running a theatre company. From front of house to marketing and events, producing, stage management and more, there are loads of ways to get involved so come along and see what paths you can take. This year’s TheatreCraft ambassador is Tricycle Theatre’s Artistic Director, Indhu Rubasingham who joins a list of previous Ambassadors that includes Michael Grandage, Jamie Lloyd and former PP Artistic Director, Vicky Featherstone.

The event kicks off at 9am at the Royal Opera House and is split up into three sections – Workshops, Ask The Experts and the Marketplace. Our stall will be in the Marketplace where we’ll be all day – come and introduce yourself, we’d love to meet you!

You can still sign up to attend workshops and a few of the Ask The Expert slots still have availability. What are you waiting for? You can register on the TheatreCraft website here.

See you there!

We’re off to… Bromsgrove

All aboard the EVERY BRILLIANT THING bandwagon as we bound into Bromsgrove. We’re still on a high from last night’s lovely show in Farnham and can’t wait to see what is in store for us tonight.

The lovely team at the Artrix have given us the inside scoop on the best of Bromsgrove and we’re excited to get exploring.

Where to stay

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Both the Premier Inn Central and the Holiday Inn, Bromsgrove are ideal destinations and within easy travelling distance to the venue.

Where to eat

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If Spanish cuisine is your style try Casa Med for delicious tapas, or you can get a taste of the orient from Maekong Thai which does lovely Thai dishes. Get some spice from Zingas, our top-notch, local Indian and there’s also Prezzo which is ideal for a special pre-theatre dinner.

Where to drink

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There’s a wide selection with the Little Ale House to sample the local ales and The Red Lion for a friendly atmosphere. If you’re after something a little more spirited, you can head in to the Slug and Lettuce for cocktails.

Where to get coffee

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We have delicious coffee at the Artrix and if you’re out and about in town you can pop in to Plaza Coffee where you’ll find friendly staff and yummy food too!

Hang out at

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Enjoy a crisp autumn walk in Sanders Park and go for a stroll by the pond. There’s also the Avoncroft Museum where you can find out about the history of local ancient buildings. If sports are more your thing, check out the local David Lloyd gym where you can play tennis and go for a swim, or pamper yourself and have your hair done at Saks.

Must see

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We highly recommend taking a visit to the statue of the poet Housman in the town centre – he’s Bromsgrove’s Bard. There’s also the Farmer’s Market for a wide array of fresh local produce – the next one will be on 31st October.

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EVERY BRILLIANT THING is at the Artrix, Bromsgrove tonight and you can get tickets here. Be fast though – there were only 12 left when we last checked!

We’re off to… Farnham

We’re in to the final week of EVERY BRILLIANT THING on tour (WHAT?!) and today we’re heading to Farnham to share the show with audiences in Surrey. The lovely team at Farnham Maltings have given us their top recommendations on how best to spend our time there and we can’t wait to get exploring!

Where to stay

The Bush Hotel is right in the centre of Farnham but is somehow tucked away to create a beautiful and quiet hotel with a lot of history.

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As a former coaching inn, the hotel has been there for over 400 years but just to warn you one of the bedrooms at the hotel exhibits ghostly manifestations with several guests saying they have seen an elderly Georgian servant lady in the middle of the night.

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We recommend you ask at reception not to have that room if you are a light sleeper!

Where to eat

Not sure whether this is against the rules but we would have to recommend our very own Riverside Café!

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Open all day long, the café is full with people enjoying coffees and homemade cakes and now, as of this season, we are offering pre-show evening meals with every performance.

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For the Every Brilliant Thing performance on Tuesday 27 October, our chefs will be making breaded pork escallops served with apple gravy or ratatouille crumble.

Where to drink  

Farnham was once regarded as having more pubs per person than any other town in England and although numbers might have dropped a little there are still a large number of excellent pubs to choose from in the town.

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However we would have to recommend The Hop Blossom which has been a constant in CAMRAs Good Beer Guide for many years. With great beer and a nice roaring fire, it provides a cosy retreat on a cold evening. If wine bars are more your sort of thing, then Borelli’s is a really great place on Borelli Yard; one of Farnham’s secret corners.

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Where to get coffee

I would be tempted to say our Café once again but guess I should put in a little variety! Caracoli is a high quality coffee house and food store on the very pretty cobbled streets of Lion and Lamb Yard.

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We would have to recommend their mochas as well as their Passionfruit cake which is absolutely delicious and great for those with a sweet tooth.

Hang out at

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Lion and Lamb Yard is the central pedestrianised shopping part of town with lots of independent stores and little cafes and restaurants where you can spend a pleasant couple of hours.

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In the summertime, everyone in town heads to Gostrey Meadows at lunchtime for a picnic down by the river surrounded by the beautiful flowers that are well tended every year by the Farnham in Bloom team.

Must see

Farnham is a town full of history and you can see that around every corner. The Castle may not be open all year round but if you happen to be here when it is open make sure to take a look at the lovely grounds and walk the walls. You can also learn a lot of the town’s history of hoppers and craft-makers as well as its role as an important stopping point on the road west in Georgian Britain in the Museum of Farnham.

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It has free entry and is situated in one of the lovely listed 18th century buildings along West Street. Farnham is also perfectly located for a walking trip of the Surrey Hills with the beautiful villages of Elstead, Tilford and Churt all close enough for a visit.

EVERY BRILLIANT THING is on tour until the 31st October. Next stop: The Artrix, Bromsgrove.

Margate… “a town as cool as it gets”

Roundabout has touched down in Margate and we thought, who better to give us the lowdown on what to see and do around town than the inimitable Joseph Brown of Margate Retro? Here, Joe takes us on a whimsical walk around town, painting a vivid picture of magical Margate that has us itching to go exploring.

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I’ll take it away from here.

Here’s a few photo favourites above for your Margate imagination…

 

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There’s a lot appearing in the ‘Gate, with the new show Risk about to appear at The Mothership (or Turner Gallery for the uninitiated…)

Leaving the Grayson Perry still present in the mind of gallery go-ers, the renaissance or that over used ‘regeneration’ word clearly in evidence, culture led regeneration proven across the world, clearly in Margate it’s happening on the double (see the commanding yard stick above).

Team Margate is hitting big with a wide number of heavyweight creative types having a go on the Platform Margate that they stand out loud on. Aspirations raised amongst the indigenous people who I count myself amongst.

I could have a rant about some of the more vacuous elements that appear, yet refuse to lower my standards to a few of the art world classes. It’s still a great adventure welcoming new arrivals of people from across the nation, Europe even.

Who can blame them, nationwide beard men and women taking the gateway into the South East and them London salaries grabbed by a less than two hour train ride.

Snapping up a drum of their own in a town as cool as it gets, for less than a price of capital rents (who cares about the 5% commuter ticket price rise in this situation?).

The smart traveller takes a coach to Margate for the day for £20 or £220 a month for regular riders .

What’s new at Hantverk & Found next door to me has proven the proposal, chef Kate quick on her feet from Shoreditch (somewhere in London…). Fine seafood available.

Clearly not being one to deal in boring London-centricity, the East Kent coast enjoys its fine beaches and Bruges or Ghent in less of a VW camper ride than Manchester. As much as I love Manchester, Ghent is nearer.

Enough spin, furthering the champions cause of Margate’s recovery, the Lifeboat pub you previously took a few libations in* is joined by at least four others doing a similar thing.

Harbour Arms Sunday night is an addition to the weekend and better than the two boozy nights before it .

Seeing a creative crowd mingling with a local pub crowd is fairly utopian, as is the old town still, swapping goat skins for labour and a quality chair for 70 cups of tea is still the practice.

Despite seeing 70 shops open and close, within the old town, in a four year period it seems sustainability is upon us.

The holiday apartments have gone from a Valium popping home of a crazy man named Jim Moody, to a unique place to stay with jukebox, space invaders, the lot. All on King Street, an atmospheric street with a pulse and vibrant operators and clearly a community that borders on an open air theatre.

Leaving train travellers in more of a spin if that’s possible after they’ve jumped off a train walked arm in arm along a golden beach into a gallery of mind bending art to be met by a man in a brown shop coat saying ‘Welcome to Margate’.

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To King St and Dreamland.

I’m off to eat before the 9pm show at the Winter Gardens, return the radio contact for more Margate reflection.

Regards,

Joseph Brown of Margate Retro, at your service.

* That’s Team PP he’s referring to, partial as we are both to a trip to Margate and the odd libation.

Thanks Joe, you legend. Make sure y’all check out the incredible MARGATE RETRO and follow Joe on Twitter @margateretro.

We’re off to… Kendal

Today our ROUNDABOUT arrives in Kendal with THE HUMAN EAR, LUNGS, OUR TEACHER’S A TROLL and EVERY BRILLIANT THING in tow. The team are super excited to be visiting so we asked our friends at the Brewery Arts Centre for their list of brilliant things to see and do while we’re around…

WHERE TO STAY

The Castle Green Hotel, Castle Green Lane, Kendal, LA9 6RG.© www.stevenbarber.com

Kendal’s only 4 star hotel. The grounds are beautiful and it includes a separate real ale pub and fine dining restaurant so you can relax with a pint or do something a little special. There’s something for everyone.

WHERE TO EAT

The Brewery, Grainstore Restaurant, 122a Highgate, Kendal, LA9 4HE.Grainstore Restaurant

Serving a Mediterranean menu featuring tasty tapas menu with a quirky twist using local ingredients and pizzas. Situated in the Brewery complex, it’s a great spot to enjoy a bite before the show.

WHERE TO DRINK

The Brewery, Vats Bar, 122a Highgate, Kendal, LA9 4HE.Vats Bar

Settle into one of the Brewery’s original brewing Vats and enjoy a fantastic selection of local real ales, beers and wines. Super cosy and casual it’s a great spot to relax and unwind.

WHERE TO GET COFFEE

The Brewery, Warehouse Cafe, 122a Highgate, Kendal, LA9 4HE.Warehouse CAfe

Shabby chic café featuring a homemade cakes, pies, crepes, snacks and local Farrer’s coffees and teas. Treat yourself! There’s also free WiFi available so you can Instagram your treats and make your friends jealous.

WHERE TO HANG OUT

Abbot Hall Park.

Lucky for us, it’s just across the road from the Brewery. A lovely green open space by the River Kent surrounded by trees and historic buildings and with a nearby children’s playground. Ideal if you’re bringing the little ‘uns to see OUR TEACHER’S A TROLL.

MUST SEE

You can’t miss Kendal Castle.

Standing atop a hill overlooking the town, it’s a spectacular ruined castle and the reputed home of Catherine Parr (one of Henry the VIII’s wives). The perfect place for panoramic views of Kendal and the surrounding fells.

If you’re coming to see a show, why don’t you check out some of these spots too?

Now to find some mint cake to take back to PPHQ…

We’re off to… Newbury

We’ve packed away our Irn Bru and migrated down south from Edinburgh to kick off the Autumn leg of Roundabout’s tour of the UK. First stop, Newbury!

Alongside EVERY BRILLIANT THING, OUR TEACHER’S A TROLL and LUNGS we’re super excited to be taking THE HUMAN EAR out and about having premiered at the Fringe. The show received glowing 4* star reviews from The British Theatre Guide, who said it ‘maintains high drama throughout’, and The Guardian who commented that the play ‘reverberates quietly long after it’s over’. It all kicks off TONIGHT, so what are you waiting for? Get involved!

For those of you joining us, here’s a little cheat sheet to make the most of your time in Newbury courtesy of our friends at the Corn Exhange…

Where to eat

Brebis (independent family run French restaurant – AMAZING food)

El Sabio (Spanish Tapas – independent family run)

Tiy Tea Bar (Asian snack – authentic!)

Chilis (Indian – the food is amazing and the staff are lovely!)

Where to drink

Kings Charles Tavern (nice atmosphere)

The Newbury (cocktails and good beers)

The Catherine Wheel (great selection of beers!)

Lock Stock and Barrel (nice outdoor seating on the canal)

Newbury Real Ale Festival on Saturday 12 September!

Mr Moo Juice (milkshakes and juices!)

The famous bridge in the town centre by the Lock, Stock & Barrel which a Troll might live under…

Where to get coffee

All independents…

If nice weather: The Teashop by the Canal – just a 3min walk from the theatre!

Quaint teashop just off the main high street: Weavers Walk Teashop

Top of the high street- Heatherton’s

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101 Outdoor Arts Creation Space

Boat trip on the Kennet & Avon Canal – see Carolyn at the Tourist Information across the Market Place (the building with the big clock!)

Highclere Castle (open until 10 September)

Donnington Castle – great views of Newbury!

Shaw House – historical house

West Berkshire Museum – just 2mins walk from the theatre

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Our cinema! this week we’re showing Irrational Man

We’re off to… Salford

EVERY BRILLIANT THING has been zigging and zagging it’s way across the UK for over a month now – phew! We set ourselves a mission to make the most of each location so asked our friends at The Lowry for the lowdown on what’s good round Salford way! Here’s their suggestions of what ‘brilliant things’ we could get up to…

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Where to stay

The Holiday Inn Express on Salford Quays is great for spotting celebs on their way in and out of the BBC studios…

Where to eat

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The Lowry Restaurant (of course!) Part of the theatre itself it’s ideally located if you’re coming to a show, having a wander round MediaCity or simply want to admire the Quays.

Where to drink

The Kings Arms in Salford is a brilliant little pub theatre – good beer, great shows and the best Sunday lunch in the city!

Where to get coffee

The Lowry’s Tower Coffee shop does great ‘Grumpy Mule’ coffee (it keeps the staff going!), though if you fancy heading a little further afield Pokusevskis café and deli at Mediacity UK is a definite winner!

Hang out

In front of the big screen on the Piazza at MediaCity. In the summer you can lounge round on deck chairs and watch Wimbledon with a cool drink in hand – bliss!

Must see

Take the lift up to the top of the air shaft at the Imperial War Museum North for stunning views across the city and out to the Peak District on a clear day.