Erwyd & Gatling’s Magical Matinee

Erwyd & Gatling

Erwyd and Gatling’s Magical Matinee is a family friendly magic show packed full of comedy, audience participation, juggling, and mild hysteria… There will be some magic in there too, we promise.

The Magical Matinee is part of the North Wales Burlesque and Cabaret Festival that happens every year on the last weekend of January at Theatr Colwyn in Colwyn Bay.

This show is 100% family friendly.

Why have a family show at a burlesque and cabaret festival?

It’s a good question. Basically, over the years the festival has been asked if there was anything people could bring their kids to and until now they’ve had to say no. But thanks to phenomenal support from Colwyn Bay Town Council and Theatr Colwyn, we’re now able to provide a fantastic family show at this fabulous event.

For more information about the North Wales Burlesque & Cabaret festival, visit their website www.northwalesburlesque.com

You can keep up to date with all the latest news on the festival on their official Facebook page.

What you need to know about Erwyd and Gatling’s Magical Matinee

The show will take place on Saturday the 25th of January at Theatr Colwyn, and starts at 2pm.

Tickets for this event cost just £5 for adults and only £1.50 for children and can be bought on the Theatr Colwyn website here.

Read more about Erwyd & Gatling here.

For more information on our family shows, click here.

Gwrych Castle Christmas Fair 2019

Gwrych Castle in snow

In the words of the immortal Slade… “It’s Christmas!” Well, it’s definitely on the way. The nights are drawing in; shopping lists are growing with gifts and food galore; and the time has come to drag the tree down from the attic, and the annual tradition of decorating it whilst watching your favourite Christmas film. (Which we all know is Die Hard!) At least, that’s how it goes down in the Gatling household.

But also for us it is a time to share a lot of magic, Jay will be busy performing at many a seasonal party across December, bringing magic and Christmas cheer to all.

This all kicks off on November 30th and December 1st as we once again return to the magical and mysterious Gwrych Castle as part of the Gwrych Castle Christmas Fair 2019.

This also marks the start of Gwrych’s Christmas season, which runs every weekend until Christmas Eve, with the opening of their Santa’s Grotto! The big man himself will be arriving on the Saturday to begin the festivities and open the grotto ready to greet all the good boys and girls, with the addition of a plethora of stalls bulging with lots of goodies to help get the perfect gift for that certain someone.

And of course the Wizard of Conwy will be in attendance to entertain all as well: Jay will be there both days meeting and greeting one and all, sharing some magic and perhaps performing a show or two, so be sure to keep an eye out for the castle’s resident Wizard and partake in some Christmas magic!

We look forward to meeting you all there, and sharing in the joy of this wonderful holiday season.

Now if you’ll excuse us, it’s not truly christmas until Bruce Willis defeats Alan Rickman… again.

What you need to know about Gwrych Castle Christmas Fair 2019

The event takes place on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st of November.

For full details visit Gwrych Castle’s website

There is also more information on the events page on Facebook

To find out more about the history of the castle and the work being done to restore it, visit their website.

For more details on our outdoor entertainment, visit our outdoor entertainment page.

Chester Wedding Fair 2019

Chester Wedding Show Sunday 3rd November 2019

And so another wedding fair season comes to a close. As the nights draw in and the sound of jingle bells is on the horizon, the last few wedding exhibitions prepare to show off all that is available to budding brides and grooms, before heading into hibernation to start it all again next spring. Our final wedding event for this year is The Chester Wedding Fair 2019

The event on the 3rd of November is a a new one for our calendar. We’re looking to bring our unique style of magic to the brides and grooms of the Cheshire and North West areas. So we’re heading to Chester Racecourse for the Bliss Wedding Shows Wedding Fair.

Having been to Chester Racecourse in the past for other events we know it to be a wonderfully extravagant venue to have a wedding, one that is definitely worth checking out. And as always coming down on the 3rd of November will allow you the chance to speak face to face with a variety of suppliers, a fine selection of the best in their field.

It’s a great chance to chat with Jay to find out how he can bring high quality, memorable entertainment to your big day, plus you can share in some magic and see a trick or two to boot. All in all it’s set to be a grand day full of fantastic wedding ideas. We look forward to chatting with all the excited brides and grooms and helping to build on the positive memories of their special day.

Chester Rececourse Wedding Fair Sunday 3rd November 2019

What you need to know about Chester Wedding Fair 2019

The event takes place on Sunday the 3rd of November, with doors opening at 11am. Entry is free

For more details on the event follow the links below:

Chester Rececourse Wedding Show – official website

Chester Wedding Show Facebook page

For more details of the wedding services we offer, visit our wedding magic page.

Welsh National Wedding Awards 2019 Shortlist

Welsh National Wedding Awards 2019 logo

I perform at lots of different events over the course of the year, from outdoor festivals to corporate functions, and I have a great time at all of them; meeting lots of different folk from all walks of life, and getting them smiling and laughing with my performance.

But one of my favourite type of events will always be weddings: not only are you surrounded by people who are celebrating a joyous occasion, unified by the love they have for the two people they are there to see tie the knot; but it is also an honour to be a part of such a special day, to be one of the elements that helps people build some life-long memories.

There are many different elements that help bring such a day together, and I have had the privilege to work alongside some of the best in the business, from DJs and caterers to venue dressers, make-up artists, photographers and so many more. There are many people behind these special days and each year, to celebrate the best of the best, The Welsh National Wedding Awards are held in Swansea.

Welsh National Wedding Awards 2019 - shortlisted in non-musical wedding entertainment/act

Suppliers from across Wales can throw their hat in the ring and it’s up to their brides, grooms and guests to vote for them. The country is split into five regions and there are twenty five categories. To be shortlisted for the final means you are in the top five for your category in your region. This year I entered Gatling Magic into the running as part of the Non-musical Wedding Entertainment Act category. And recently they revealed who is on the Welsh National Wedding Awards 2019 Shortlist. As you may have guessed by now… I was shortlisted for the final!

It is such an honour to have got this far, and to know that it is thanks to all those who voted for us. I am so happy knowing that all those folks have enjoyed the magic and have allowed me this amazing opportunity. So on November 3rd I’ll be heading down to Swansea to attend the awards ceremony, with everything crossed that we take home the prize. But even if that doesn’t come to pass just getting this far is truly amazing. Thank you all once again.

For more details of the wedding services we offer, visit our wedding magic page.

Rhyl Town Hall Wedding Fayre Autumn 2019 – postponed

24/08/2019: Please note that this event has now been postponed. We’ll post details of the new date as soon as we have them.

Weddings are big events – events that require a lot of planning and putting together; most people have never attempted to organise such a thing and bring to life such a major undertaking. It’s a special day you want to remember for years to come, a day that filled with love and laughter.

But where do you start with such a thing? Well if you’ve read the title of this blog then you know the answer is a wedding fayre; like the Rhyl Town Hall wedding fayre this autumn 2019. These events are designed to help you get an idea of the sorts of things you might want to think about for the big day, and are generally held in beautiful venues where you can get married and/or have the wedding breakfast and evening reception.

Jay Gatling performs close up magic for a bride and groom.

Wedding fayres are also full of fantastic local suppliers who can help you with all your questions, and even inspire you with ideas you may not have thought about. We attend multiple wedding fayres as a wedding supplier twice a year. The two seasons are Spring and Autumn fayres. It’s great to be able to speak face to face with all those budding brides and grooms and help shape their perfect day.

Having worked dozens upon dozens of weddings over the years we’ve seen the beautiful, the unusual, and the astounding. And because of this experience we have a good deal of knowledge concerning our place in the proceedings, and how a little close-up magic added to the day can be an invaluable tool. Keeping guests entertained as you have your pictures taken, or getting whole tables laughing and engaging with each other during the wedding breakfast – these are just some of the advantages of having a walk about close-up magician as part of the day.

Jay from Gatling Magic entertains guests at a wedding.

The autumn wedding fayre season will be kicking off very soon and the first fayre we will be attending is at the fantastic Rhyl Town Hall. This will be on September 1st and will be attended by a fabulous variety of wedding suppliers, all ready and willing to help you with you big day.

It would be great to speak with you about how we can bring high quality, memorable magic to the day also. So come on by and have a chat and see how we can help.

What you need to know about Rhyl Town Hall Wedding Fayre Autumn 2019

The Rhyl Town Hall Wedding fayre takes place on Sunday the 1st of September 2019, and runs from 12pm to 4pm. New date to be confirmed.

Find out more about the event on their Facebook page

For more details of the wedding services we offer, visit our wedding magic page.