• A – Z

    A Four Shires A-Z of Christmas   A – Advent calendar Traditionally in the run up to Christmas, children will open one door a day until the 25th December. This will help them to channel their excitement on the build up to Christmas. If you are after something a...
  • Capturing the Festive Spirit at Warwick Castle

    Having lived in the area my whole life, I have visited Warwick Castle on many occasions both as a child with my parents and as an adult with my husband and now as a mother with my Children writes Cathy Black. You would be forgiven for thinking that I...
  • The Mill Arts Centre

    Below is just Some of the wonderful shows that you can look forward to seeing at The Mill Arts Centre this December:   The West End At Christmas 13th December, from £19.00 Stars from the West End present a magical evening of entertainment featuring hits from the musicals and the...
  • What to do in the December Garden

    December signals the end of another year. It’s traditionally a time to party and for celebrations but let’s not forget the garden. It is surprising what there is to do at this time of year. There is the never-ending task of sweeping up leaves and twigs that keep on...
  • Christmas Carnival

    During the Christmas Carnival at Waddesdon manor – Both inside and out, the displays take inspiration from the wondrous festivals and celebrations conjured up by Waddesdon’s treasured artworks – from sumptuous feasts, lavish gifts and masked balls to theatre, fancy dress and fairy tales – there is something for...
  • Step by step snow scene

    Step By Step Snow Scene  You will need: Watercolour paints – Cerulean Blue, Cadmium Red, Burnt Sienna (I used Mondeluz artists quality) 300gsm Cold Pressed (NOT) surface watercolour paper (I used A5 Bockingford) Brushes – Size 18 round, size 4 round, size 2 round, size 1 rigger (I used...
  • DECEMBER ISSUE OUT NOW

    The December issue of the Four Shires Magazine is out now and is full of plenty of Festive Cheer – Inside this month you will find: Books: Christine Bridger of Old Hall Books in Brackley offers up plenty of books to enjoy this month Forging Ahead: A New book...
  • Knock, knock who’s there

    Walking in almost any street in the Four Shires you will be greeted by any number of interesting architectural details but one small addition may go unnoticed. The door knocker of someone’s home or business can be a work of art all on its own. Door knockers are more...
  • In the Night Garden Live

    This February 2019, the smash-hit In the Night Garden Live begins a first ever tour of UK theatres with a brand-new show and will play at the Royal Spa Centre on Saturday 15 June at 1pm & 4pm, and Sunday 16 June at 10am & 1pm. Take a spectacular...
  • Tactile interiors

    Most of us will be drawn into the touchy, feely elements of any design scheme. For example you will probably be hard pushed to find someone that will look at the John Lewis building in Birmingham, adorned with thousands of shiny discs and not instantly want to touch it....