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Narberth’s legendary Aquarian Party celebrates 25 Years

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ENTERING it’s 25th year, legendary Pembrokeshire bash, the Aquarian Party, is set to shake off those mid-Winter blues once more.

This annual post-Christmas antidote will be held at The Queens Hall Narberth on January 19th 2024 from 9pm.

Presented by The Queens Hall Narberth, DJ Shanna as always promising an explosive line-up with some of West Wales’ most exciting DJs. A delicious mash-up of genres, you can look forward to Reggae, Soul, Blues, Afro Beat, Jungle, Dance Hall, Garage and much more in between.

Uncle Funk will open the show, and with 50 years of experience and a deep love for vinyl, you can expect an expert blend of Latin, Funk, Jazz, Soul, Blues and so much more.

Up next will be DJ Shanna herself. This Goddess of Groove founded the Aquarian Party 25 years ago. Bringing new bands to Narberth from the festival circuits from Gentleman’s Dub Club, Momo, Baby Head, Dr Meaker, Phibes, Dub Pistols, Dub Mafia to name a few. DJ Shanna says;

‘The first Aquarian Party went down so well with Joi from the Eastend of London that we did another party the next year! I never imagined it would become so popular, and we just carried on finding the best new acts on the festival circuit!”

DJ Shanna has had a passion for collecting music since her teens; you can expect classic oldies, Disco, Rave, Jungle with some Asian flavours mixed in.

Headlining the show is Timbali, who exploded onto the scene in 2015. A Pembrokeshire DJ/Producer with tight productions and eclectic style, he has become a successful figure in the Reggae and Dance Hall scene, a festival favourite with many BBC Radio plays under his belt, reaching no. 1 on Beatport “Killing Sound” with Scarra Mucci.

Lastly, a veteran on the West Wales scene with hundreds of gigs under his belt! Local hero DJ Rob Why? returns to the Hall as a long-standing member of Back to Bassix, so expect full range of D&B, Jungle and some cheeky Garage to end the night.

The Aquarian Party will be held at The Queens Hall, Narberth, on Friday 19th January 2024. The usual UV décor to add to the festival club vibe from Shanna for a great night.

It is an 18+ event and tickets are £9 plus booking fee if bought in advance but will cost more on the door on the day. Tickets available from www.thequeenshall.org.uk or call Box Office on 01834 861212

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Coastal adventures and home revelations: BBC Wales’ exciting new lineup

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BBC WALES is set to enchant viewers with a fresh slate of programming that spans a rich tapestry of Welsh culture, lifestyle, and adventure. Leading the charge are Wales’s beloved presenters, Wynne Evans and Joanna Page, who will take audiences on a scenic journey with their new show, Wynne Evans and Joanna Page: Lost at Sea. This program promises to be a celebration of the Welsh coastline, packed with culinary expeditions, musical interludes, and the spirit of discovery aboard their motor yacht.

Nick Andrews, Head of Commissioning at BBC Cymru Wales, expressed excitement over the diverse array of new and returning series that aim to mirror contemporary Welsh life in all its vibrancy. From the nuances of cooking and music to the intricacies of interior design and the rustic charm of sheep shearing, there’s an offering for every palette.

Lost at Sea will see Evans, celebrated as 2023’s Celebrity MasterChef winner, and Page delving into Wales’s coastal treasures, from quaint fishing villages to bustling towns, unearthing unique dining experiences and cooking up storms themselves.

Another anticipated return is Wales’ Home of the Year, now in its third season with a special Christmas edition on the horizon. Judges Owain Wyn Evans, Mandy Watkins, and Glen Thomas will traverse Wales to spotlight homes that stand out for their architectural and design ingenuity, culminating in the crowning of Wales’ Christmas Home of the Year.

In a gripping narrative departure, Hunting Mr Nice will chronicle the life of Howard Marks, a Welshman turned notorious cannabis smuggler. This two-part series for BBC Two and iPlayer is set against the backdrop of the War on Drugs, featuring exclusive interviews that piece together Marks’ enigmatic existence.

Music aficionados can look forward to Kelly Jones with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, where Kelly Jones, famed for his Stereophonics legacy, will premiere new solo work alongside timeless hits, reimagined with orchestral flair.

Chris Cooks Cymru introduces viewers to Chris ‘Flamebaster’ Roberts, who embarks on a culinary journey across Wales, celebrating local cuisine against stunning landscapes and communal cookouts.

The lineup also boasts a slew of returning favorites and new ventures that explore Welsh life’s breadth, from the competitive spirit of sheep shearing in Rockstar Shearers to the heartfelt community project in Dream Team, and the spiritual and ecological explorations of Skanda Vale Life.

Nick Andrews lauded the lineup, highlighting the joy and impact talent-fronted shows have on audiences. With such a rich and diverse offering, BBC Cymru Wales is poised to keep viewers hooked to their screens, celebrating Welsh culture, heritage, and the universal themes of exploration, creativity, and community spirit. These shows are expected to roll out on BBC Cymru Wales and iPlayer in the coming months, promising a blend of entertainment, insight, and celebration for viewers across the UK.

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10th anniversary of the Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre

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PEMBROKE Dock Heritage Centre is celebrating its tenth anniversary. Since the museum was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 2014, the centre has gone from strength to strength.

Today the museum is a ‘go to’ for information on the military, maritime and social history of Pembroke Dock, an archive of specialist research knowledge on the role of the Sunderland flying boats, and a beacon for Star Wars fans.

The importance of the Heritage Centre will be celebrated on Saturday April 27th with an Open Day.

The museum will be free to enter, from 11am to 3pm.

The Heritage Centre was the culmination of many heritage initiatives and over the years so many volunteers have given their time, skills, energies and enthusiasm to these – from the Gun Tower Museum to the Flying Boat Interpretation Centre, the Fleet Surgeons House and now in the magnificent Royal Dockyard Chapel.

Those at the Heritage centre look forward to welcoming everyone, especial any former volunteers and family members of those involved in past years.

See the website www.pdht.org also Facebook and X for further details.

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Milford Waterfront major events partnership with Round Table

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FOLLOWING on from its successful partnership in 2023, Milford Waterfront is supporting Milford Haven Round Table as its Major Events Partner this year.

The partnership means that the group of local volunteers will be supported in their calendar of events throughout the year, which will enable them to raise funds for local good causes, as well as creating fantastic events for visitors and the local community to enjoy.

Upcoming events this year include:

  • The Big Beer Festival – Saturday 25th May
  • Milford Haven Carnival – Saturday 6th July
  • Fireworks Extravaganza Event – Tuesday 5th November

Speaking about the partnership, Natalie Hunt, Destination Manager at Milford Waterfront said: “We are very pleased to be continuing our strong partnership with the Milford Haven Round Table.

“The events they arrange for Milford Haven are always showstoppers that bring so much fun to the area. We are sure everyone will join us in our excitement to bring them back this year!”

Rob Allen, Chair of the Milford Haven Round Table added: “We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Milford Waterfront for their unwavering support of Milford Haven Round Table. Their commitment to community involvement enriches our events and fosters stronger connections within Milford Haven.

“We eagerly anticipate collaborating with them on future endeavors to further enhance our community together.”

Former volunteers and family members of those involved in past years are especially welcomed. We look forward to seeing you.

See the website www.pdht.org also Facebook and X for further details.

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