Entertainment

American trio The Stray Birds come to Spalding

Hailing from south-eastern Pennsylvania, The Stray Birds have crafted an original sound that draws upon the richness of American country/folk music traditions – with tight acoustic arrangements, stunning three part harmonies and heart-wrenching songs. This American trio have quickly become one of the hottest bands on the US roots music circuit, with their latest album “Magic Fire”, produced by the ...

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Naturalist talks about his book

Renowned naturalist and TV presenter Simon King visits Bookmark on Wednesday to talk about his book NatureWatch.   Simon is one of the world’s leading experts in fieldcraft, wildlife watching and photography techniques. He has worked as a natural history filmmaker for almost 30 years on TV programmes such as Planet Earth, Life and Blue Planet.   In NatureWatch, Simon ...

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Film review: Sausage Party (15)

It’s hard to know where to begin when it comes to reviewing Sausage Party, which is perhaps the most bizarre film I’ve seen this (or any) year. Written and produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, Sausage Party is a raunchy animated comedy set largely in a supermarket – with the various items inside starring as the main characters. Set ...

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Comedian Hal takes to stage

Hal Cruttenden: Straight Outta Cruttenden South Holland Centre Friday, 8pm Tickets £18 Box Office 01775 764777 www.southhollandcentre.co.uk Top comedian and Edinburgh Festival veteran Hal Cruttenden makes his hotly anticipated debut on the Spalding stage with his Straight Outta Cruttenden tour. Star of his own Radio 4 sitcom, Hal has also been seen on TV in comedy shows including Have I ...

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St Marks fun dog show

Take your canine companion along to Holbeach St Marks on Saturday where there is a fun dog show. The event in St Marks Road runs from 11am to 3.30pm. Fun classes include prettiest bitch, handsomest dog, scurry, obstacle course and most beautiful eyes, while obedience classes include walking to heel, recall and stay as part of the Kennel Club Good ...

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Fun on the field at Cowbit

Cowbit’s second annual Fun on the Field event takes place on the village playing field on Saturday. The event runs from 3pm-6pm and, for Cowbit residents only, there will be an evening karaoke session. Attractions will include village sports competitions, a circus skills workshop, a climbing wall, bouncy castles, a beer tent, plus a tombola, teas and coffees along with ...

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Film review: The Purge Election Year (15)

I’ve always found the (admittedly horrifying) concept of The Purge films pretty interesting. Imagine a world where the American (or any) government sanctions all crimes – including murder – for one night of the year in a bid to allow the population to let off steam. That’s the dystopian setting all three of the films in the series have served ...

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Step back to wartime at brilliant 1940s event

Step back in time to the era of big bands, World War Two, ration books and The Home Front at Ayscoughfee Hall Museum and Gardens this weekend. The historic Spalding venue is hosting a 1940s Weekend on Saturday and Sunday. Jointly organised by South Holland District Council and the Spalding Memorial Parade, this nostalgic annual event has previously attracted over ...

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Film review: Suicide Squad (15)

Few movies in 2016 have been as hotly-anticipted as DC’s Suicide Squad. Perhaps only Batman v Superman (BvS) – another DC offering – arrived at the cinema with as much fanfare, but that (unfairly in my opinion) didn’t go down too well with the critics. Suicide Squad always looked like being a lot of fun and, in the grand scheme ...

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Free family fun for all at Springfields

Summer has finally arrived at Springfields. The centre’s summer programme of fantastic free family fun includes: Sid Sloane from CBBC doing his one man show along with a meet and greet – today and tomorrow (Thursday and Friday), 12pm and 2pm. Pip Ahoy (Channel 5 Milkshake) will be doing a 20 minutes’ walkabout three times a day – August 8-12, ...

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Film review: Jason Bourne (12A)

If I could have asked for any character to make a cinema return in 2016, it would have been Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne. The original trilogy – Identity, Supremacy and Ultimatum – rank among my favourite ever films and achieved the impressive feat of getting better with every offering. Sure, 2007’s Ultimatum wrapped up the story superbly, but there was ...

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Film review: Stark Trek Beyond (12A)

It’s fair to say that the new Star Trek films have endured something of a mixed reception from both fans and newbies in recent years. Be it meddling with much loved characters or not living up to the general high standards of the hordes of ‘Trekkies’ out there, director JJ Abrams certainly didn’t nail the first two films in his ...

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Film review: Ghostbusters (12A)

I’m not one of the many people who consider the original Ghostbusters films to be all-time classics. But, judging by the (largely negative) response the new film has endured since it was announced that the Ghostbusters were being re-cast as women (shock, horror), plenty of people still hold the two 1980s films near and dear to their heart. It’s largely ...

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Film review: The Legend of Tarzan 3D (12A)

I’ve never really been all that enamoured with the story of Tarzan. I know it’s considered by many to be a classic – you’ll probably like at least one of the many films or stories – but I can’t remember really being bothered by any of them. However, casting the likes of Samuel L Jackson, Margot Robbie, Christoph Waltz and ...

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Music and magic part of churches’ weekend

There’s lots of entertainment lined up over the weekend as part of This Life, Live It. Organised by the churches of Long Sutton, Lutton and Dawsmere, the events take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Leicester’s De Montfort University Gospel Choir kick off proceedings on Friday at 7.30pm. The concert takes place at St Mary’s Church, Long Sutton. Renowned illusionist ...

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Film review: Independence Day – Resurgence 3D (12A)

The original Independence Day remains one of my favourite films. Not because it had a brilliant story or stellar acting, but simply because (way back in 1996) it was perhaps the first blockbuster action film that I saw at the cinema. Fast forward 20 years and director Roland Emmerich is back with Resurgence, a sequel that stays true to the ...

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Film review: Gods Of Egypt (12A)

I do like a film about ancient Egypt, no matter how ridiculous they can be. The Mummy films were full of nonsensical stuff but still worked, while I didn’t mind the more recent Exodus: Gods and Kings despite it being much more serious in tone (while also keeping plenty of crazy threads). Gods Of Egypt cranks up the crazy to ...

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Celebrate the Queen’s birthday

Families are invited to celebrate the Queen’s birthday by enjoying a picnic and Royal-themed fun and games at Ayscoughfee Hall Museum and Gardens. The historic Spalding venue is hosting a special event on Saturday from 11am-2pm to tie in with celebrations taking place across the UK. Families are invited to bring a picnic to enjoy in the gardens and take ...

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Film review: Warcraft – The Beginning 3D (12A)

I wasn’t sure what to expect ahead of watching Warcraft: The Beginning at Boston’s West End Cinema. As somebody that loves video games, it’s a shame that film adaptations of popular gaming titles generally have a pretty rubbish reputation. Although I’ve never played Blizzard’s mammoth PC game World of Warcraft, I’m acutely aware that it’s one of the most popular ...

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Film review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 – Out Of The Shadows (12A)

As somebody that loved the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as a kid, I was relatively excited when Nickelodeon brought the pizza-loving brothers back to the big screen in 2014. I wasn’t overly enamoured with that version, but it did the job in terms of providing a good platform for the next generation of kids to enjoy the Turtles. This second ...

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