Two Birthday Celebrations Not To Be Missed!

Written by: Elmtree Press

In case you didn’t know, Dalby Forest will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Forestry Commission this coming Sunday 1 September. They will be holding a special open day to welcome the public which is FREE!  

So come along and bring the family for the day and enjoy the forest. There will be exhibits and stalls around the Visitor Centre and in Low Dalby courtyard with lots to see and do. Learn about the animals and birds that live here and their habitats.

Discover the wide range of activities happening in your forests every day.  From planting trees to exploring the impact of beavers on flood prevention, this open day is a great chance to come and find out more about what the Forestry Commission and Forestry England do.

Find out how forestry has changed throughout the years and how we’re now moving into the next 100 years, including checking out our centenary exhibition. There will be forestry machinery on display along with other kit we use and forestry staff from operations to planning to recreation sharing their knowledge and experiences. For more information visit Dalby Forest.

Across the way is Go Ape for those who want a bit of hire wire fund and adrenalin.  Bring your bikes or hire one on site and enjoy a picnic in the great outdoors.

We look forward to welcoming you to our celebration!  

The Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough are celebrating Alan Ayckbourn’s 80th birthday called ‘80 Years 

Alan will host a gala evening, 80 Years Young, on Sunday 29 September from 6pm, featuring extracts from a selection of his plays for families and children, read by actors from the SJT’s summer company. 

They are, from the theatre’s current production of Alan’s play Season’s Greetings, Matt Addis, Eileen Battye, Rachel Caffrey, Bill Champion, Andy Cryer, Michael Lyle, Frances Marshall, Mercy Ojelade, Leigh Symonds, and from his next show at the SJT, Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present, Jamie Baughan, Jemma Churchill, Russell Dixon and Naomi Petersen.

The 80 Years Young company is completed by SJT youth theatre actors Ruby Hilton and Hugh Stanway, and by Denis King at the piano.

The evening will feature extracts from favourites ranging from Mr A’s Amazing Maze Plays (1988) to Miss Yesterday (2004), plus a few lesser-known earlier ones such as Dad’s Tale (1960) and Christmas v Mastermind (1962). 

Alan says of his plays for families and young people: “Many of them I consider amongst my best, most innovative work and today they still remain amongst my favourites.”

Tickets cost £15, £35 or £75 (the latter to include a program, a glass of prosecco and post-show reception).  All the proceeds from the event will be invested in the next generation of talented writers and directors, securing the future of the unique SJT ethos.

To book, please call the box office on 01723 370541 or visit the website: