New Year, new start
Book a fabulous show at the Concordia Theatre or go to the town cinema
IT is the season to be jolly, put up with family members you don’t like or see for 12 months, drink loads and eat even more. And that is not mentioning the shopping, queuing and horrible presents you get.
But don’t worry as Christmas will soon be over and you can turn your thoughts to the New Year and perhaps making a resolution or two which may last a week if you are lucky. Anyone for joining a gym? Here are a few ideas for things you can do to make you life a little better or more interesting in 2018. 1. Turn your phone off Try and switch your smartphone off a bit more. We’re pretty sure your family would rather you looked them in the eye and told them about your day than rattled through another level of Candy Crush at teatime. Ignore this if you are read- ing this article on your phone.
I would like to say this applies only to the children but the adults are just as bad.
They sit there in front of the TV not really paying any attention to anything but the small phone screen in their hand as they watch yet another idiotic video of a cat doing something stupid.
Why don’t you just switch off your phone and do something less boring instead. Hang on, that sounds like the title for a good kids TV show. 2. Read a book Whether it be through supporting your local library or via that Kindle you were given by Santa, why not hit the classics? Try Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island or one by J.R.R. Tolkien, for some rewarding escapism. You could even try and track down one by Hinckley author from years ago Char- lotte Brame who lived in Castle Street while one by Nuneaton’s own George Eliot might be easier to come by. 3. Dryathlon It’s the month where you are likely to most need a drink but you could join thousands of Dryathletes dropping the drink this January and raising money to help beat cancer. Sign up now for all the support you need.
4. Trying something new every day
A very loose idea but we are thinking more having a roasted cauliflower for dinner than trying to become an astronaut or abseiling from the top of The Crescent. 5. Grow something to eat A packet of seeds costs a few pence and in a couple of months and a warm windowsill you can have your own salad leaves or the start of something far more impressive like tomatoes, squashes or beans come mid spring.
6. Get fit and enter a local race.
We have a fun run which takes place in the town centre in June for Loros. It is only a short distance so does not need much training.
However, we also have the more challenging Bosworth half marathon which is normally in April and there is a 10k run in Leicester in September and the Leicester Marathon and half marathon in October. Yes, this could be the year you really do get fit.
7. Go and visit an independent store in Hinckley.
We have some very nice small stores in town so why not go to one.
Yes, I know you might have to say hello to the owner on the way in but you will be sur- prised at how good they are - and how reasonable the prices can be.
8. Eat somewhere new in town
And, while you are at it, eat somewhere new in town. We now have a foodie culture which is the envy of other small places around and especially Nuneaton. Have you been to Cafe Espanol or one of the new chains such as Wildwood. 9. Cinema trip Why not make it a day and stay for a film - as long as you realise that Sainsbury’s only offers free parking for a few hours.
The cinema in town is actually very good and you can book tickets in advance. It is doing well and thousands have visited - but we suspect many still have not. 10. Walk not drive Why not walk into town for a change as well and get fit? Or just in general put your car keys away, put some walking shoes on and get some fresh air. Or even get on your bike.
Hinckley now has quite a few cycle paths which are pretty under-used. And they also stretch along Normandy Way towards Earl Shilton and along the bypass. You can ride for miles without meeting a car. 11. Go to the theatre The town has one of the best theatres in the county and it puts on shows that appeal to everyone.
What other theatre would dare to put on The Vicar of Dibley? You would not find that at the Curve or the Belgrade.
If that is not enough to tempt you, what about Dolly Parton’s famous 9 to 5 The Musical. Everyone needs a bit of Dolly in their lives and you can see it on stage in Hinckley in March.
Pictures of the colourful Cinderella panto at the Concordia Theatre in Hinckley. Pictures: Rich B Photography www.richbphotography.co.uk