to Oct 29



We are being joined by the fantastic team from Event in a Tent for the weekend on October 27th & 28th. The Pavilion grounds, overlooking the Old Castle will be home to tipis, stretch-tents and the new and exciting geo-domes so you can see the site dressed and ready to go. This really is the best way to imagine your own perfect day here at the Hawarden Estate. Our team, along with the Event in a Tent team will be on hand to share details and information, answer any questions you may have and show you the many different options you can consider when planning your event at our venue.

There will be food, coffee and entertainment to enjoy and keep little ones busy whilst you take in your surroundings.

Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th October, 10am - 4pm

We Kindly ask that all visitors park in the Hawarden Estate Farm Shop Car Park and follow the signposts to the pavilion.

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9:30 AM09:30



Yoga for Beginners 

£25 inc brunch and a hot drink. 2 hours

This yoga workshop is ideal for complete beginners and anyone who’s just getting into yoga and wants to understand more about benefits, the importance of the breath and key yoga poses. 

We’ll explore key poses, like downward facing dog (and what that actually is!), to give you the confidence and knowledge to attend yoga classes going forward. 

For those with some knowledge of yoga, we aim to give you more understanding of the poses and help with alignment. 

After the workshop, a healthy and delicious breakfast/ brunch, along with tea and coffee will be provided downstairs, giving time to have a chat with your new yogi friends.

Book here

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7:00 PM19:00



We are excited to be joined by Award-winning Wildlife Photographer Sue Flood for an evening to hear all about her travels and latest book, Emporer: The Perfect Penguin.

Tickets are £19.50 and include a drink on arrival and nibbles.

Sue Flood is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker, zoologist, adventure travel leader and public speaker. Her work takes her all over the world but she has a special passion for the wildlife and icy beauty of the Polar regions and is one of the very few women professional photographers who returns again and again to Earth’s harshest and most demanding environments.

Her first visit to the Poles happened during her 11 years in the BBC’s prestigious Natural History Unit, working on such global hits such as The Blue Planet and Planet Earth, with Sir David Attenborough; on National Geographic and Discovery Channel co-productions and on the Disney nature movie Earth.

Since then, Sue’s travels as a photographer have taken her to hundreds of destinations on all seven continents and found her camping at -25°C amid penguins, capturing rare scenes in the African bush, living aboard Russian ice-breakers; exploring the vast Pantanal wetlands of Brazil, guiding trips to exotic parts of Asia and seeking out spirit bears in North America.

Sue was born and brought up in Wales and attended The Queens School, Chester before gaining a zoology degree from the University of Durham. When she is not in some far-flung location Sue lives with her husband Chris Graham in North Wales, UK.

Images and insights from Earth’s coldest places are collated in her two books – Cold Places, showcasing a rich variety of Polar people, wildlife and scenery, and the latest – Emperor: The Perfect Penguin – in praise of her favourite bird and its Antarctic home.

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to Sep 16



In 2018 The Good Life Experience will celebrate its fifth Birthday and it's going to be one heck of a party! Taking place in the shadow of two castles on the Hawarden Estate, the festival is absolutely unique. Founded by four friends –BBC 6 Music's Cerys Matthews MBE, Steve Abbott and Charlie and Caroline Gladstone- if it fits in with their idea of The Good Life, it features at the festival.

Expect raucous music from all over the world curated by Cerys, axe throwing, foraging, campfire cooking sessions with world class chefs, daily feasts, wild children, mass sing-a-longs, over 40 expert craftspeople, beer served by experts, talks by explorers, abseiling, a free 1930s fairground, tree climbing, poetry, literature and endless How To… talks. And everything is aimed at adults and children alike; there aren’t many festivals that truly do that. 

Under 12s go free | Dogs welcome | 15 minutes from Chester.

Early Bird Tickets available here.

Take advantage of our an extra 10% Locals' Discount when you buy your tickets at The Glynne Arms or the Hawarden Estate Farm Shop.

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5:30 PM17:30

Pre Festival Warm-up 🍸


Join us for our pre-festival warm up here at The Glynne Arms. Chef Adam is stoking up the Smokehouse Grill for a special lunch menu of barbecued seasonal vegetables and our Hawarden Estate butchery meat.

Starting at 12.30, Alex from In the Welsh Wind craft distillery will be here for you to create your very own gin & tonic. Choose from a range of handmade distillates to create your perfect blend whilst learning how gin is made and distilled. All for the price of your G&T!


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7:00 PM19:00



Our vodka expert Hassan from Halewood Wine & Spirits will be introducing a number of new and exciting vodkas, come and try them and learn more about the spirit.

£15 per person

Call 01244 569988 to book your tickets in advance. Places are limited 

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7:00 PM19:00


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£15 per person.
Includes drink on arrival and buffet during intermission.
2 x 45 minute sets of music. 
Spaces are limited, call us on 01244 569988 to book.

Featuring the music of James Taylor, Carole King, Joni Mitchell plus many more, ‘Troubadours’ is a celebration of a golden age of songwriting. The decade from 1965 to 1975 saw the flourishing of a new generation of troubadour singer-songwriters on both sides of the Atlantic, whose music was both poetic and deeply personal.

Recreating the intimate atmosphere of LA’s Troubadour Club & London’s Les Cousins, the show features songs from iconic albums ‘Sweet Baby James’, ‘Blue’ and ‘Tapestry’ alongside the music of John Martyn, Nick Drake, Paul Simon and Tom Waits.

With songs handpicked from his own record collection, singer/guitarist James Sills launches ‘Troubadours’ in summer 2018 and is looking forward to bringing his one-man show to festivals, venues and house concerts across the UK. James performs internationally with vocal troupe Spooky Men’s Chorale, including regular appearances at major UK folk festivals, WOMAD, The Good Life Experience and live sessions for BBC Radio 2 & 3.

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2:00 PM14:00



Hawarden Old Castle will be open on Sunday 12th August.

Head to the big red gates opposite The Glynne Arms on foot and on up to the castle for some spectacular views. All entrance fees will be donated to Clwyd Special Riding School.

Adults are £3, up to 2 children are free, and further children are £3. Toddlers go free. All children must be accompanied, and be warned that paths up to the castle are steep. And all dogs are welcome on leads!

Hawarden Old Castle will also be open to the public on 13th March, 13th May and 17th June.

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6:30 PM18:30



Tickets for Jwrnal Presents 02 are now on sale! Following on from the sellout inaugural Jwrnal Presents, you can expect another intimate evening of storytelling with a great line-up of (soon to be announced) guest speakers working across all areas of the creative industries in Wales, each with an interesting and inspiring story to tell! 

We are excited to announce our guest speakers;

Eifion Griffiths, Owner Melin Tregwynt, Pembrokeshire.

Eifion Griffiths is the owner of a small family company, Melin Tregwyn, one of the oldest working Woollen Mills in Wales established in 1912. The Woollen Mill Industry forms a huge part of Wales’ history and heritage, being once one of the largest industries in Wales. Although a number of Mills across Wales are no longer in production, the legacy lives on because of people like Eifion. Melin Tregwynt leads the way in contemporary design with high profile industry collaborations and worldwide notability. It's iconic Welsh Tapestry and double cloth designs can be seen all over the world (including our very own Glynne Arms!)

Today the company employs over 32 people and their fabrics are found in hotels and design led stores worldwide, on film and TV. They have even made an appearance in Dr. Who’s Tardis! Alongside their own stock ranges the company specialize in short runs and exclusive designs for hotels, designers and specifiers and, over the years, have worked with companies as diverse as John Lewis, Heals, Liberty’s, Muji, Margaret Howell, Comme des Garcons and Mulberry who have all commissioned exclusive ranges.

Their blankets and throws have been specified both for the Celebrity Big Brother house and the Apprentice, and they’ve worked on collaborative projects with the Tate Gallery, the Victoria & Albert Museum, National Theatre Wales and the Community Foundation in Wales. In 2008 they successfully wove the largest recorded picnic blanket in the world. This 40 x 45 metre blanket was the star of the Waitrose summer advertising campaign. The mill is currently working on a range of fabrics (including upholstery cloths woven in Cambrian Mountains Welsh wool) chosen for the new BBC building in Cardiff.

Siân Stacey, Island Manager, Bardsey Island.

For the last three years Siân has been the Island Manager of Bardsey Island, a small island off the very tip of the Llyn Peninsula. Siân, and her partner Mark, are two of only four year round islanders. From November until March they share the island with only the farming family, the sheep, birdlife and the hundred strong Grey Seal population. Throughout the summer months the resident population increases to 11, along with the weekly guests of no more than 50 people. The island is completely off grid, relying on solar and wind energy and harvesting water from the island wells.

Siân first visited the Bardsey (or Enlli in Welsh) when she was eight years old with her family, staying at the Bird Observatory. Since then she returned annually to stay, then began volunteering with the Bird Observatory, farm-sitting and eventually becoming the Island Manager for the Bardsey Island Trust. This role is a world away from her previous work in Philanthropy Management with the Community Foundation in Wales, but involves just as much people skills whilst balancing the range of interests and conservation designations the island has. The role of Island Manager encapsulates everything from maintenance, decorating and cleaning of 15 Grade II listed buildings; managing the compost toilet process; meeting and greeting guests; maintaining the drinking water supply; to managing volunteers.

Third Speaker TBC.

  • 6:30 Arrive & Free Cocktail from the Bridge Lodge

  • 6:45 Hear from our guest speakers

  • 7:45 Break to nip to the bar & chat

  • 8:00 Q&A/Chat

Tickets cost £5, including a cocktail from the Bridge Lodge on arrival.

We hope to see you there!

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2:00 PM14:00



Hawarden Old Castle will be open on Sunday 17th June for Father's Day.

Head to the big red gates opposite The Glynne Arms on foot and on up to the castle for some spectacular views. All entrance fees will be donated to Clwyd Special Riding School.

Adults are £3, up to 2 children are free, and further children are £3. Toddlers go free. All children must be accompanied, and be warned that paths up to the castle are steep. And all dogs are welcome on leads!

Hawarden Old Castle will also be open to the public on 13th March, 13th May and 12th August.

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12:00 PM12:00



The perfect opportunity to work your way through some of our extensive range of gins, from Bertha's Revenge Small-batch Irish Milk Gin to Da Mhile Seaweed Gin to Snowdonia, Hepple, Malfy and more! Delicious with a Fever Tree Tonic or straight up on ice.

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