Boyle’s Pages of the Sea to be washed away at Weymouth
FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR 2018 DORSET TOURISM AWARDS BOURNEMOUTH’S
FIRKIN SHED CELEBRATES
A former Blockbuster shop turned independent micropub has been named the National Cider Pub of Year 2018 by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).
The Firkin Shed in Bournemouth, which opened its doors in 2015, is run by ex-painter and decorator Paul Gray and his wife, Lisa. The venue on Holdenhurst Road has already won a number of accolades for its wide range of real ciders and perries, six The finalists have been announced for the 2018 Dorset Tourism Awards. The glittering awards ceremony, hosted by BBC Breakfast in Dorset presenter Steve Harris at Lighthouse Poole on 8 November, will feature some new categories including ‘Tourism Innovation & New Business’ The Dorset-based company Activate Performing Arts are taking part in Pages of the Sea, Danny Boyle’s commission for 14-18 NOW to mark the centenary of Armistice Day. On 11 November, the public is invited to gather on beaches across the UK for an informal, nationwide gesture of remembrance for the men and women who left their home shores during the First World War.
Activate Performing Arts will be leading events at Weymouth Beach, where a drawing of a large-scale portrait of a casualty from the First World War, designed by sand artists Sand In Your Eye, will be washed away as the tide comes in. The public will be asked to join in by creating silhouettes of people in the sand, remembering the millions of lives lost or changed forever by the conflict.
Danny Boyle said: “Beaches are the perfect place to say a final goodbye and for communities to come together to remember the sacrifices that were made.” Find out more at pagesofthesea.org.uk constantly-changing cask ales, mead and rum, including local Cider Pub of the Year and Beer Drinker’s Pub of the Year for the East Dorset branch area both in 2017.
Paul Gray said that they are thrilled with the award. “We actively buy from traditional cider makers and small producers, many of whom have cultivated their own orchards and share the same ethos. We hope that our success has shown there is a place for real cider in all pubs.” Find them on facebook.com category and ‘Responsible and Ethical Tourism’ to reflect the increasing concern about single use plastic. Successful businesses in the Dorset Awards will be fast tracked into the South West Tourism Excellence Awards in February 2019, with the possibility of representing Dorset in the 2019 National Visit England Awards later in the year. See the list of this year’s finalist at dorsettourismawards.org.uk
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Pages in the Sea is coming to Weymouth Beach on 11 November
The Firkin Shed’s impressive roll call of real ciders and perry