The Strictly buzz is well and truly in the air! With the celebrity line up for this year’s Strictly Come Dancing finally confirmed and the names of its professional dancers revealed this week too, ballroom fever has been reawakened across the nation.
With millions of viewers each week, Strictly’s biggest stars have now achieved close to superstar status. With that, demand to see them performing live has meant many of your favourites are cha cha cha-ing out on tour – and Guildford’s G Live is delighted to welcome them to town over the coming months.
First up, two Ballroom legends, Ian Waite and Vincent Simone are preparing to dazzle on the G Live stage on Saturday 30 September in their new show The Ballroom Boys. Appearing alongside their professional dance partners they will perform signature dances such as the Waltz, Paso Doble and of course, the Argentine Tango. And mega-fans can even pick up VIP passes to meet the duo and maybe grab a selfie.
The popular entertainment venue on London Road, Guildford has also just announced a trio of Strictly wonderful shows for 2020, with the return of Anton Du Bec and Erin Boag in Anton and Erin Dance Those Magical Movies on Saturday 1 February; one of the show’s most exciting young stars, AJ Pritchard performing in AJ Live 2020 at G Live on Tuesday 17 March and the welcome return of everyone’s favourite, Kevin Clifton and sister, Joanne Clifton in Burn the Floor on Wednesday 1 April.
Anton and Erin, who were professionals on the very first season of Strictly, have waltzed into the hearts of their fans with timeless grace and elegance. Set to music from all your favourite films such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Singin’ in the Rain, Casablanca, The Wizard of Oz, The Greatest Showman and Moulin Rouge, they plan to take you on a magical ballroom dancing journey as they glide across the floor with other worldly grace.
Meanwhile, AJ Pritchard will be lighting up the G Live stage with his high energy performance. Unleashing new choreography alongside his talented handpicked dancers, this exciting new show is sure to be a treat for all AJ’s mega-fans and one that all the family can enjoy.
April sees the return of a fiery production, as Kevin Clifton, a confirmed professional dancer on this year’s Strictly, and his sisterJoanne Clifton, a Strictly star herself, are ready to wow the crowds in their show Burn the Floor which will return to the G Live stage by popular demand.
But it’s not just the professional dancers to look forward to at G Live, as comedian and confirmed contestant on this year’s Strictly Come Dancing line-up, Chris Ramsey will make a very welcome return to Guildford with a brand new stand-up show next May that is already selling fast.
More information and tickets to all of these productions, and many more can be found online at www.GLive.co.uk or purchased via the G Live Ticket Office on 01483 369350. But please book early to avoid missing out!
The hugely popular Hampton Court Palace Food Festival will be returning this August Bank Holiday, giving visitors the opportunity to sample some delectable treats within the palace’s stunning formal gardens.
For those looking to learn from the greats, former Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain and cooking legend Michel Roux Jr will be demonstrating their skills in live cookery demonstrations. They will also be joined by a host of culinary experts in The Kitchenthroughout the weekend as part of both free and ticketed sessions.
This year, the Hampton Court Palace Food Festival welcomes more exhibitors than ever before. From tempting treats to devilishly delicious street food, the wide range of stalls on offer will ensure everyone will go home with a full belly and a smile on their face. For our adult visitors, Hampton Court Palace will see a brand-new Thatcher’s Cider bar for this year’s festival, providing the perfect summer tipple. While the adults relax in the sunshine, children will be treated to entertainment including circus performances, dance classes and much more. For aspiring little chefs, the special Kids’ Cookery School will allow children to try their hand at pizza making or creating sweet treats to take away. The popular Lexus Lunch Club will also be back for 2019, with local Restaurant One One Four and No.97 presenting a menu inspired by their new restaurant in Surbiton, Cento Uno. Expect delicious authentic Italian street food! The Music Stage is also back and will be filling the gardens with music and adding to the festival atmosphere. Visitors can enjoy the Festival in style with the VIP Package including complimentary Champagne PIAFF, access to the VIP area, goody bag, cookbook and more!
Once appetites have been satisfied, visitors can head inside Hampton Court Palace; the former home of one of history’s most notorious foodies, King Henry VIII. Here, visitors can walk through the Great Hall where the famous king once dined and entertained his guests, then pay a visit to his Kitchens, taking in the sights and smells which have the power to transport people right back to the 1500s. After wandering around the palace, getting lost in hundreds of years of history, visitors can explore the magnificent grounds, including the world’s oldest puzzle maze and the fun-filled Magic Garden.
Hampton Court Palace admission tickets include free entry to the Food Festival, while Historic Royal Palaces members can enjoy free entry across the sites throughout the year.
For further information and to purchase tickets visit: https://www.hrpfoodfestivals.com/