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Help is needed to help a business owner start up a quirky new venture.

Wendy Baird, owner of Carriages Café, Newark, has teamed up with writer Robbie Taylor and actor Steve Cawte to launch Mis-Guided Tours, a walking tour taking in the sights of Newark — but with a twist.

Mis-Guided Tours offers an hour-long tour of the town that visits all Newark’s attractions, including the castle, historic Market Place and town hall, Trent Locks and the National Civil War Centre.

L-R Robbie Taylor, Steve Cawte and Wendy Baird launching Mis-Guided Tours. 081019DD4-1. (18868022)
L-R Robbie Taylor, Steve Cawte and Wendy Baird launching Mis-Guided Tours. 081019DD4-1. (18868022)

However their guide, Professor Bryan, played by Steve, is prone to telling fibs so participants need to guess which facts about the town are made up.

Wendy said: “We are all used to the town coming alive when the Sealed Knot stage battle re-enactments. However, independent businesses like Carriages would welcome even more reasons for tourists to come to the town, week in, week out.

“I believe that the unique and quirky nature of a Mis-Guided Tour could really put Newark on the map.”

The first tour takes place on Saturday, October 19, and tickets cost £15, which includes a breakfast roll and hot drink at Carriages Café.

The initiative has support from NatWest Bank’s Crowdfunding Back Her Business initiative, which allows start-up businesses to turn the first sales of a project into funding to help the business become a reality.

People and businesses are encouraged to make a donation towards the project in exchange for rewards, which range from a place on one of the tours to becoming part of the tour.

Steve Cawte said: “Everyone will be provided with a map that highlights all the important landmarks, such as the castle, Trent Locks, the Civil War Centre and The Royal Market.

“However, for a small donation, businesses can also have a prominent marker on the map and, where practical, their business will be pointed out to participants along the way.”

Crowdfunding for Mis-Guided Tours ends on Monday.

For more information, go to https://natwestbackherbusiness.co.uk/mis-guided-tours/backers#start or visit Carriages Café, near Newark Castle Station.

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