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Podcasts - Talking The Walk Series
Talking the Walk, a series of podcasts for Shakespeare Country, has just picked up a silver award in this year's Excellence in Tourism Awards. The podcasts take you to the heart of some of England's loveliest historic towns. They are made to complement the Heritage Walk maps - not as traditional audio guides to get you from A to B - but to add colour to the history and life of the place. You don't even need to do the walk to enjoy it!
Warwick - the county town of Warwickshire in the heart of England - is well known for its fabulous castle but there's much more to the town than that and visitors will be missing out if they don't venture outside its mighty walls. Much of the Tudor part of the town was destroyed by a catastrophic fire at the end of the 17th century and what grew from the ashes was a delightful Georgian town. But the tomb of Elizabeth 1st favourite Robert Dudley survives and what about the run away tram! Join Warwick's Town Crier, Graham Sutherland, his wife Mo (both Blue Badge Guides) who take us on a walk around this lovely town and get a local's eye view.
Southam - Talking two walks in Southam in South Warwickshire. Now a quiet market town but once on a major crossroads as a coaching stop between London and Glasgow and a crossing point on the old drovers' route from Wales to the livestock markets of the capital. We walk the Town Trail and the Holy Well Walk to the ancient well that was reputed to cure eye ailments
Shipston on Stour - Talking the Walk in Shipston on Stour. Mike Ashley and Dick Burge have been gathering artifacts and anecdotes from this ancient market town on the edge of the Cotswolds for more than 40 years. They are the ideal people to throw some light on some of Shipston's local secrets from the old school bell to the old jail cells!
Compton Verney - Lancelot Capability Brown laid out the grounds of this grade one listed mansion house in the heart of Warwickshire not far from Stratford-upon-Avon. This Talking the Walk takes us on a stroll round the lake with John Schumann - the head groundsman who took over from his father 30 years ago - and historian John Phibbs who has made a particular study of Capability Brown's work. When you've done the walk why not visit the house which is now an art gallery housing the Peter Moore's Foundation collection.
Podcasts - Royal Shakespeare Company
The Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford Upon Avon is one of the world's best-known theatre ensembles. These podcasts look at what makes Shakespeare's plays exciting to today's audiences as well as following the transformation of the famous Royal Shakespeare Theatre over the next three years.....
RSC Memories - The famous Royal Shakespeare Theatre, designed in the 1930s, has now closed its doors to the public while it undergoes a major transformation - and in this mp3 we'll get the view from the stalls! From those whose passion drove them to keep a caravan in Stratford for their regular visits from Devon to those who came by bus from Birmingham to queue for standing room only in the 1960's ! Today the audience speaks.
The Courtyard Theatre - The RSC's famous Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford Upon Avon is being transformed over the next three years and while work is underway the company is performing up the road in a temporary theatre which is a working prototype for the new RST. Find out more from the RSC's artistic director, one of the the UK's top theatre designers and the architects.
Podcasts - George Eliot Country
The George Eliot Country podcasts are take you to the birthplace and childhood home of one of England's best - some would say the best - novelists of all time. George Eliot was born Mary Ann Evans in the early 19th century who went on to write Mill on the Floss - based on places she knew as a child and Middlemarch
Nuneaton Driving Tour - George Eliot was born Mary Ann Evans on the Arbury Estate near Nuneaton in North Warwickshire. Her father was the estate manager to the powerful Newdigate family (who still own Arbury today). This driving tour skirts the estate and visits places that feature in her first published fiction Scenes of Clerical Life which was published 150 years ago this year. This mp3 is part of 150th anniversary celebrations and Jane Markham is joined by local historian, and George Eliot fan, John Burton on a trip that takes us from Chilvers Coton Church, where she was baptized to Griff House - now a restaurant - where she grew up.
Nuneaton Walking Tour - Nuneaton forms the backdrop to George Eliot's first published work of fiction, Scenes of Clerical Life, and it's the publication of the three stories in this book in 1857 - 150 years ago - that we are celebrating in this series of podcasts. Jane Markham is joined by local historian, and George Eliot fan, John Burton, Kathleen Adams, secretary of the George Eliot Fellowship and students of Nuneaton's King Edward the Sixth College to explore the town and how it relates to the town George Eliot called 'Milby' in one of the stories in the book - Janet's Repentance.
Podcasts - Rugby Walks
A short series of guided walks around this historic town in the heart of England - the home of Rugby Football and the famous Rugby School, the setting for the classic 19th century novel Tom Brown's School Days.
Pathway of Fame - The Rugby Pathway of Fame follows fifty brass rugby footballs set in the pavements of this historic town. Former England Rugby star Les Cusworth and Blue Badge Guide Roger Bailey are our guides on part one of this fascinating walk.
Pathway of fame - part two - The second part of this two part audio tour following the trail of rugby balls set in the pavements of Rugby town. Today we start at number 19 - on Church Street outside St Andrews Church. Former England fly half Les Cusworth leads the way with the help of Blue Badge guide Roger Bailey
The Blue Plaque Tour - This short guided walk takes in some of Rugby's 'Blue Plaques' commemorating the town's famous buildings, people and events from the poet Rupert Brook to the father of the jet engine Sir Frank Whittle.