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The 3rd Sandstone Ridge Festival opened with two glorious Preview evenings at the Cheshire Art Hub in Burwardsley on Tuesday and Wednesday.

At 11.00 this morning the Ridgefest travels back in time to the Peckforton Village Hall to hear about the Beeston Castle roundhouse which is being recreated. After lunch and down to the Lockgate café at Beeston to hear about author, Jasper Winn's slow travel along the canals of Britain; and then this evening to St Boniface's Church in Bunbury for 'Songs of Summer'.

Tomorrow, Friday, sees the Festival at Cholmondeley Castle. The 'Oldie' lunch and the Garden Tour are both sell outs but there are tickets for 'What Makes a Great Gardener?' at the beautiful St Nicholas's Chapel, Cholmondeley. And then in the evening back to Tattenhall for the folk band 'Merry Hell' at the Barbour; Lesley in Tattenhall Post Office had just six tickets left last night.

On Saturday, the Festival moves to Malpas with 'The Inside Secrets of Film Locations' at 2.00 and ' Four Brookside scriptwriters in conversation' at 3.30 — both events in the High Street Church. And to round off the day ' Dance to the Brass Monkees' in the Jubilee Hall from 8.00 til late. The Brass Monkees played at the Flacca a fortnight ago and many who heard them there reported back that they were 'absolutely brilliant' .

And the final day brings the Festival back to Tattenhall and Bolesworth. Tattenhall Hall garden will be open from 2.00pm until 5.30 under the auspices of the National Garden Scheme. At Bolesworth Castle, also at 2.00pm. is a talk by Paula Sells about her new book 'The Tack Room'. Tickets have to be bought in advance as there will be none available at the castle or at the entrance gate on the A41.

And the final event of the Festival is at St Alban's Church when four young professional opera singers from London in 'A Beginner's Guide to Opera' will provide a light hearted introduction to the evolution of opera from the seventeenth century through to modern times; they will be assisted by children from the Park School.

For more details, visit the festival website by CLICKING HERE. Alternatively pick up a leaflet and buy tickets from Tattenhall Post Office.

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