Let’s face it – January is the bleakest month of the year. So we are doing our best to bring a bit of light into the darkness by offering a ten per cent discount to players of our time Machine escape room to kick off the New Year. Between now and February all players have to do is to enter the codeword “Timeslip” when they make their booking to earn their winter bonus. Free admission to the castle gardens and grounds are included in the price (great for a walk on a frosty morning) plus entry to the Welsh Owl Garden. Sadly Maria’s cafe is closed until the February half-term holiday but you can still get a delicious cup of coffee or hot chocolate (warmly recommended by me!) from the most marvellous machine in the castle shop.
A busy week this week helping to sort out plans for this year’s Llandeilo Literary Festival. We are still a couple of weeks away from revealing the programme so I’ve got to keep my mouth tight shut for a while longer but it promises to be the usual eclectic mix of contributors plus the prospect of using a couple of venues new to the festival which will help us reach out to even more literature lovers in the Carmarthenshire area. More details of the programme to come somewhere around mid-February.
If you are a fan of Netflix “Black Mirror” series then you are going to love a new production coming the Ffwrnes Theatre this month. The Other Room theatre company are bringing their three plays titled The Violence Series to Llanelli, staged over three days in the intimate setting of the studio theatre. American Nightmare, The Story and Hela explore the darker side of humanity and the themes that divide us. The series is set in a dystopian world that is familiar and yet on fire – and the sets look amazing! With only a handful of seats available for each performance the shows are likely to sell out fast. You can find out more at www.theatrausirgar.co.uk.
Ah, ghost stories! And this is just the right time of the year for telling them. Lovely night at Newton House telling terrifying tales in front of a blazing log fire in the cafe. But I nearly croaked!! Not that I was quite near death’s door but I clearly picked up a nasty bug which laid me low and gave me a really horrible sore throat. I was genuinely afraid that I might lose my voice (it was touch and go) but thanks to ibroprufen, salt water gargles and Vocalzone I made it through to the end but performing with a raging temperature, wobbly legs and muggy head meant that the audience didn’t quite get the delivery I had rehearsed. Luckily no one seemed to notice and one lady – clearly a fan – came up at the end and said how much she enjoyed the show. She had seen several of my performances including Strange Tales. “You’re my hero,” she said, which made my night!!
I hope you have had the most amazing Christmas this year. But now that the big day is over those long, long holidays just stretch into the new year. So what to do when you’ve had your fill of computer games and endless repeats on TV? Why not give Picton Castle’s “Time Machine” escape room a go? Perfect for adults and older children with the added bonus of free entry to the Welsh Owl Garden and the castle’s grounds and gardens to blow away the cobwebs. Book now to gaurantee your place at mansionofmystery.com.
We are now into the last few days of our 2019 Magical Family Christmas event at Picton Castle in Pembrokeshire. This is the third year that we have run the event and by far and away the most successful thanks to our new on-line booking system. It is so brilliant to be part of the Xmas experience for so many youngsters from this corner of Wales who just love the fantasy world we have created for them full of elves and pixies, snow and reindeer, and the most wonderful Santa Claus. Oh, and me, of course, as the Toymaker performing dozens of magic shows for the families who visit.
Whoops – there has been the most enormous gap since I last posted. It is not that I have had nothing to report, in fact quite the opposite, but I just got out of the habit. So my blog has missed out on the opening of the Mansion of Mystery escape rooms, Halloween events at Picton Castle and Newton House, our amazing Magical Family Christmas experience and much, much more. It’s not quite 2020 yet but my new resolution is to keep all of this up-to-date.