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  • Medieval merriment and a bountiful banquet at Warwick Castle’s new evening events Dine back in time with the all new Medieval Banquet at Warwick Castle, an immersive and interactive evening feast of fun and food set within the ancient castle. Feast on three courses with drinks and entertainment for only £49 per person on six special Saturdays this year, from March to October, ideal for a date ‘knight’ with a difference or a gleeful get together with friends. Upon arrival, guests will enjoy a welcome drink in The Kingmaker attraction, which brings to life the story of the fifteenth century Earl of Warwick whose scheming ensured he was one of the most powerful people in medieval England. Let the feasting commence! Moving to The Undercroft, with its magnificent fourteenth-century vaulted ceiling, guests enjoy their first sight of their elegant banqueting tables, gleaming with earthenware crockery and immaculate silverware. Live music from minstrels, jokes from the Castle’s court jester and swashbuckling medieval knights provide live entertainment throughout the three-course meal, which is accompanied by a glass of beer or wine. Additional drinks may be ordered and enjoyed as starter, main course and dessert are served by attentive and suitably-attired banqueting attendants. Melissa Paniccia, History Team Leader at Warwick Castle, said: “Our six new Medieval Banquets evoke the merrymaking and revelry of a time when Warwick was at the epicentre of English high society, the era of the Wars of the Roses. With fine food and drink aplenty served in a sumptuous setting complemented with live entertainment, our Warwick Castle Medieval Banquet is a great ‘knight’ out for any celebration.” Medieval Banquet at Warwick Castle costs £49 per person including drink upon arrival; three-course medieval style banquet; glass of wine or beer ...
  • Save the date for a summer of fun at Dallas Burston Polo Club   Get ready to saddle up for another impressive year of elegant equestrian events as the ‘sport of kings’ rides back into Southam. Dallas Burston Polo Club has unveiled its packed programme of glamorous games for 2018 – including three of the biggest fixtures in its social calendar. One of the most sophisticated events of the polo season will kick-start this year’s line-up, with the return of the ever-popular Ladies Day, held in association with Live 24-Seven. Taking place on Saturday, June 9th, women from across the region will dress up in all their finery to compete in the style stakes for the seventh annual Ladies Day. As well as showcasing the very best in fashion, the day will be filled with tournaments and matches as well as first-rate entertainment and a charity auction. This prestigious fixture will be followed by one of the finest sporting and social events held annually at the club – the Fine & Country Polo Day. More than just a day of high octane polo, the day presents a great opportunity for family and friends to spend quality time together browsing the shopping village, enjoying fine food or even indulging in a picnic on the lawns. This family favourite takes place on Saturday, July 7th, and features an array of activities and entertainment for visitors of all ages. Last year, the 600-acre site was lined with a range of exhibitors which included the impressive expertise of the Honesberie Shooting School. Car enthusiasts also had the chance to indulge in their passion with a dazzling array of classic cars on show – including La Ferrari, Lamborghini and even James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5. This year’s summer ...
  • Midlands automotive SMEs with drive invited to Le Mans West Midlands-based motor sport, automotive supply chain, transport technology and plastics and composites companies have the chance to join a trade visit to Le Mans, home of the world’s oldest active motorsport endurance race. Organised by West Midlands Chambers of Commerce, the visit will take place between Tuesday, June 12, and Friday, June 15, and is aimed at small to medium enterprises (SMEs). Andy Smith, International Relationships Manager for the EU/ DIT co-financed SME International Growth Project, said funded places were available for eligible West Midlands SMEs, which have the opportunity to win business through a series of high-profile B2B meetings with some of the Europe’s leading automotive and transport companies firms. “This is the perfect opportunity for the innovative motor sport, automotive and supply chain companies in our area to showcase their expertise to a global market,” he said. “The West Midlands has a long and proud heritage in this industry and we’d love to see more businesses introducing their products to markets across the world. These B2B events around the iconic Le Mans race provide an excellent platform for them to do so” The programme includes up to 12 timetabled one-to-one meetings as part of the International Business Days Le Mans 2018, networking opportunities and conferences covering topics such as additives and automotive / mobility innovation. There is  also a parallel one-day multi-sector plastics and composites event Plasti-Ouest, which will cover aerospace, packaging, construction, medical and automotive usage of these materials. Places are strictly limited and to receive a funded place, applicants must be eligible under the DIT’s SME International Growth Project (IGP). To find out more about the Le Mans trade visit, go to: ...
  • Launch of three-day cycling race to replace Shrewsbury Grand Prix A new three day cycling race through the Shropshire countryside will attract riders from across the UK, organisers said today. The event, called the Giro Del Mon, will replace the Shrewsbury Grand Prix for 2018, which has been organised for the past four years by Shropshire business men Ben Lawrence and Chris Pook. It will take place from May 26-28 and includes a day at RAF Shawbury to help celebrate 100 years of the RAF with special permission granted to race on the closed airfield. Organisers revealed they wanted to offer something different for riders but said the Shrewsbury Grand Prix could certainly return in the future. The new race will continue to be hosted by the Shrewsbury based Rhino Velo Race Team, which is run by Chris Pook of Estate Agents Cooper Green Pooks and Ben Lawrence of Beaumont Lawrence Chartered Insurance Brokers. Mr Lawrence said: “This year, we have organised a National B three day ‘stage race’ called the Giro Del Mon that takes in some of the finest scenery in the Shropshire Hills. “We decided to hold the event over three days to encourage riders and spectators from afar to come to Shropshire and see what it has to offer. Many will stay in local B&Bs and hotels and will, of course, eat out so it also offers a boost to the local economy as well as introducing people to some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK’’ The race, supported by Pro Vision Custom Cycling Clothing, founded by former UK road race champion Steve Joughin, will consist of five stages in three days. It is a national level event open to 20 teams ...
  • Falklands War hero Simon Weston opens new disabled motor vehicle showroom   A new £650,000 showroom and offices for a Walsall-based specialist vehicle hire company has been officially opened by Simon Weston, the Falklands War veteran and charity worker. Specialist Vehicle Rental, which is based in Bradford Street, Walsall, is expanding and has opened a newly built facility for its disability vehicles on Birmingham Road, close to junction 7 of the M6. The development marks a new chapter in the growth of the company, which was launched in the town nine years ago by Juggy Kudhail and has become a leading provider of short and long-term specialist vehicle rental for businesses across the UK. Simon was joined by the Mayor of Walsall Marco Longhi and Graham Footer, Chief Executive of Disabled Motoring UK, for the occasion. Juggy said: “We were very pleased to welcome Simon to our new office opening, which are a significant investment and an important development in the growth of the company. Simon spent a lot of time learning about what we do and talking to staff, which was great. We appreciated his taking the time to talk to us and our guests. It was also fantastic to get the support from Councillor Longhi and from Graham Footer for our new endeavour.” The new facility, which is open to the public, comprises a vehicle showroom and a demonstration area where it can showcase various adaptations and accessories for disabled drivers and passengers. The business has grown from one full-time and one part-time staff with five adapted vehicles/converted minibuses to a fleet of more than one hundred vehicles which consist of adapted vehicles, refrigerated vans, wheelchair-accessible minibuses and dual controlled vehicles with a team of ten drivers and eight office staff. Simon Weston ...