Magical Wedding Days at Swancar Farm

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Swancar Farm has developed a sterling reputation as one of the Midlands’ finest wedding venues. Located in close proximity to Nottingham city centre, yet situated in several acres of idyllic rolling countryside, it offers unique rustic charm coupled with accessibility.

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Couples can enjoy their dream wedding day in the seclusion and privacy of the garden, courtyard and spacious function suites. The diligent events team and exceptional in-house caterers will also ensure it truly is a day to savour and enjoy. It also offers immaculate accommodation for those who may prefer to remain in situ.

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Swancar Farm is a venue I always thoroughly enjoy performing magic at. I have many fond memories of mingling with guests outside on glorious summer days, and of performing parlour magic in the elegantly furnished orangery. Most recently, it was a massive privilege to provide entertainment during Dave and Kerry’s evening reception immediately after the speeches. This is a venue which truly offers many exciting opportunities for my style of magic.

If you are currently seeking a wedding venue in the East Midlands, visit Swancar Farm’s website at: www.swancarfarmcountryhouse.com or for friendly support and advice telephone: 0115 930 6528.

For magic on your wedding day, please visit: www.magician-midlands.co.uk or text/call: 07946686258.

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Life in the Fast Lane – Barry Sheene, Silverstone and Seventies Nostalgia

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Barry Sheene. Copyright/ Nick Elliott Photographer

‘It was a more open time all round, and heroes like Barry Sheene were touchable, human, and keen to interact with everyone’

Nick Elliott on the 1970s

The 1970s was a definitive decade socially, culturally and politically. By Nick Elliott’s own admission, it was a great time of exploration and experimentation. Having been an avid motor-sport fanatic in his youth, Nick was in dreamland when top end magazines such as Motorcycle News and Motorcycle Racing commissioned him to capture the action on race days.

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Nick Elliott has always had a passion for racing. Copyright Nick Elliot/ Photographer

A passion for racing has resonated within Nick since childhood, and he and brother Gary frequently raced motorbikes and cars throughout the UK during their adolescence. Some of the Peterborough photographer’s earliest and fondest memories involve off-road biking with friends and family. A devil-may-care attitude, and propensity for risk taking quickly evolved, and this is clearly reflected in Nick’s exceptional and unique brand of photography.

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Steve Parrish (now a well respected commentator for motor-sport) in action back in the 1970s. Copyright/ Nick Elliot Photographer

Nick often fondly recalls memories of iconic venues such as Silverstone and Donington Park in the 1970s when legends such as Barry Sheene and Giacomo Agostini graced the track. Such superstars burned the candle at both ends, and Nick enjoyed rubbing shoulders with these larger than life characters before and after their sensational performances. The champagne flowed – along with the incredible tales of past glories – in the race course bars where Nick became privy to the personal strife and struggles of the world famous stars of motor racing.

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Nick Elliott was able to get close to the stars in the 1970s. It was a different world. Copyright/ Nick Elliot Photographer

Nick Elliott was present for Barry Sheene’s sensational World Championship victories in 1976 and 1977. He also fondly remembers the indefatigable Englishman’s clashes with Kenny Roberts in the 1979 Grand Prix at Silverstone. These profound experiences have left a massive impression upon Nick, fashioning him onto the distinctive lens-man he is today.

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Lucky 7! Nick with Barry Sheene’s iconic bike. Copyright/ Nick Elliot Photographer

More details about Nick Elliott and his work can be found at: www.nickelliott.photography or phone him on: 07881 650883.

The author of the article is David Fox, a professional magician and freelance writer based in the UK. Visit David’s website at: www.magician-midlands.co.uk or phone him now on: 07946686258.

All images copyright of Nick Elliott Photographer.

 

James’s Holy Communion Party at Bestwood Lodge

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‘Fabulous day thank you David! Everyone thoroughly enjoyed your magic!!’

Lorraine Roberts, 9th June 2018

It was a massive privilege to perform magic at Bestwood Lodge for James’s First Holy Communion party. I was delighted when Mark and Lorraine (James’s Mum and Dad) contacted me after having seen a little of my magic several weeks before.

James’s family had travelled from far and wide to share in this once-in-a-lifetime occasion and everyone was in good spirits. It was a real pleasure to entertain everyone in the comfort of the bar area at this beautiful venue, and then continue with some table-side magic during the meal.

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It was wonderful to entertain James and his family at Bestwood Lodge Hotel.

I always enjoy performing my parlour show of magic. This is a different style of magic and caters for a larger audience. To have an opportunity to deliver a special show after the meal for James, and his family and friends, was an exceptional experience indeed.

Congratulations to James on your First Holy Communion. And thanks again to Lorraine, Mark and all of the family for being such a fantastic group to entertain. I hope to see you all again in the future!

Are you planning an event in Nottingham?

Visit the hotel’s website www.bestwoodlodgehotel.co.uk or phone Jodie and the events team now on: 0115 920 3011.

Looking for something special for your wedding, party or special occasion?

Visit David’s website at: www.magician-midlands.co.uk or phone him on 07946 686 258.