Things to do

Rush to new Cowbit ropes attraction

Cowbit has an exciting new play area after roping in a £20,000 donation from a house builder. The new Rope Rush was officially opened by parish councillors on Tuesday, February 19. The village’s Parish Council says it was disappointed to be denied the chance to fund the equipment from Section 106 money. But Ashwood Homes, which is building near the ...

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Film review: Alita – Battle Angel (12A)

As a fan of the science-fiction genre, the all-star team-up between Robert Rodriguez (director) and James Cameron (writer) for Alita: Battle Angel isn’t far off as good as it gets (hype-wise). With those two working on the iconic manga story of Alita, this is a film that many have been looking forward to for some time. There’s an abundance of ...

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Film review: Green Book (12A)

Green Book is one of those films that makes you shudder at the state of the supposedly civilised world in the not so distant past. Set in 1960s America, it’s the true story of Tony Vallelonga (Lip to his friends) and celebrated pianist Dr Don Shirley and how two people from very different backgrounds bonded during the latter’s multi-city tour ...

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Film review: Vice (15)

Much hype surrounded the release of Vice, given that it has scored a huge eight Oscar nominations. Adam McKay’s (The Big Short) new film tells the story of former American Vice President Dick Cheney, who is regarded as one of the most influential political figures in recent times. Not as notorious to those of us with limited interest in American ...

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Film review: Glass (15)

Ever since that tease at the end of Split, it’s fair to say that Glass is a film there was a sizeable clamour for. Seeing Bruce Willis’ David Dunn make an appearance at the end of the well-received 2016 hit was a pleasant surprise, some 19 years after the success of Unbreakable. Dubbed the The Eastrail 177 Trilogy, Glass is ...

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Film review: Bumblebee (PG)

Although mostly Box Office hits, the Transformers films have been on a steady downward spiral since the largely enjoyable live action original back in 2007. Often unpopular with the critics for being bloated, CGI action heavy and, well, directed by Michael Bay, it’s fair to say that all five films have had their moments. I personally enjoyed the first two, ...

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Film review: Spider-Man – Into the Spider-Verse (PG)

Visually stunning, hilarious, heart-warming and end-to-end thrilling, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is the radioactive shot in the arm our formulaic superhero movies have needed. An incarnation of Spider-Man is currently hanging around in the sprawling Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) series, which continues to trundle on like a superhero-packed soap opera that long left behind the casual viewer who might not ...

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Film review: Aquaman 3D (12A)

If you could pinpoint any reason why Marvel have upstaged DC over the past decade, it would be that they’ve found the perfect mix between action and humour. Sure, there’s a place for darkness and grit in the crowded comic book world (see Captain America: Winter Soldier), but finding that sweet spot has proved elusive for the DC Extended Universe ...

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Film review: Mortal Engines (12A)

If you’ve ever wondered what the child would look like if Star Wars and Mad Max got together and had a baby, the answer is probably Mortal Engines. That’s quite a big statement to make straight out of the gate – maybe because it never reaches the uber high standards of either series – but bear with me. Mortal Engines, ...

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Film review: Robin Hood 2018 (12A)

I must admit to being very surprised when I first saw the trailer for the latest Robin Hood film. Looking more like the Green Arrow than Nottingham’s favourite son, my first impression of Otto Bathurst’s new rendition was more Assassin’s Creed than Prince of Thieves. That being said, with Taron Egerton, Jamie Foxx, Ben Mendelsohn and Jamie Dornan all attached ...

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Film review: Fantastic Beasts – The Crimes of Grindlewald (12A)

If the original Fantastic Beasts offering laid the foundations for the newest corner of J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world, The Crimes of Grindlewald certainly fleshes out the wider story. Picking up shortly after the conclusion of 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, the second slice of the five-part series introduces a number of key characters and sets the tone ...

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Film review: Widows (15)

Every now and then a film sneaks up and you. Granted, Widows is helmed by Oscar-winning British director Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) and boasts an incredible ensemble cast. But the heist thriller arrived in cinemas with very little fanfare, nicely highlighted by the fact it was the first film I’ve seen in Boston Savoy’s smaller fifth screen for ...

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Film review: Bohemian Rhapsody (12A)

I’ll be honest from the off; I’ve never really been that enamoured with Queen and their music. That being said, the tragic story of lead singer Freddie Mercury was something that I was keen to learn more about – ensuring that Bohemian Rhapsody was a film very much on my radar. A dazzling performance from Rami Malek aside, this biopic ...

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Film review: Halloween (18)

It’s fair to say that fans of the original Halloween movie have been waiting 40 years for a genuine sequel. The string of follow-ups to John Carpenter’s original – including the largely rubbish Halloween H20 back in 1998 – never got close to the lofty heights of the 1978 classic. However, this David Gordon Green-directed offering serves as a direct ...

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Film review: First Man (12A)

Landing on the Moon is perhaps the most impressive achievement the human race has managed in all of history. To think that two men were able to walk on the moon is beyond the comprehension of most people – and the fact mankind hasn’t been back for nearly 50 years suggests that it’s a mighty tough task. You’d think, then, ...

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Film review: Venom 3D (15)

As far as the hype train is concerned, Venom seemed to come full-circle in a very short period of time. When the trailer dropped, it came with seemingly universal approval from the notoriously hard-to-please comic fan crowd (myself included). Sure, Sony wasn’t able to incorporate Spider-Man into Venom’s origin story, but having Tom Hardy as the title character went some ...

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Pop to popular Pumpkin Festival

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Spalding’s popular Pumpkin Festival is back for its 17th year tomorrow (Friday, October 12). Crafts, carving, fireworks, fancy dress, a parade and plenty of pumpkins will take centre-stage as the horticulture and harvest in South Holland is celebrated. The festival will run from 11am to 8pm in Spalding town centre and has an array of thing to see and do ...

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Film review: King Of Thieves (15)

Upon first glance, you could be forgiven for thinking that King Of Thieves is essentially an Ocean’s 11 spin-off featuring a team of pensioners. The latest film to tell the tale of the 2015 Hatton Garden heist, which saw an eye-watering £14million worth of loot pinched by a gang of golden oldies, certainly does do a good job of capturing ...

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Film review: The Predator 3D (15)

Like many, I’m sure, I was a fan of the first two Predator films back in the late 1980s. I mean, what wasn’t to like about action heroes Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny Glover going toe-to-toe with blood-thirsty aliens? However, after the dreadful Alien versus Predator spin-off, I’d left the series behind (and wasn’t even aware that three films have been ...

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Pinchbeck goes live this weekend

Pinchbeck Live returns this weekend with attractions across the village. Saturday will see a host of attractions at the Community Hub and Library between 10am and 4pm including a talk by the Spalding Gentlemen’s Society, a pinball competition, historic displays, live music from Peppermint Junction and a demonstration by Spalding Amateur Radio Society. Sunday sees St Mary’s Church Harvest Festival ...

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