The Wonder Inn is a community events space situated in the dishevelled grandeur of a former paper factory. It hosts talks, music sessions and lessons, tarot readings, photography exhibitions, art installations, yoga and martial arts classes, art and craft classes, dance evenings, open mic nights, etc.
On the ground floor there’s an organic café decorated with Edwardian-style umbrellas, recycled objects and lots of fairy lights.
The monthly ceilidh was getting danced upstairs that evening. I’d never danced at a ceilidh before and the man who checked my ticket reassured me that I wouldn’t need to gyrate my hips – unless I wanted to.
Before too long the ceilidh got underway. A caller with a mic gave instructions to groupings of pairs and guided them through the steps and stages of the various dances. Live folk music was then played and high energy dancing ensued. I joined in, trying my best to follow the caller’s instructions and not get lost or confused. It was lively work and good fun.
During the breaks, I saw that Jo (who had referred me to Wonder Inn, from Band on the Wall) was on hand serving refreshments.
I asked Jo if there was anyone particular she wanted me to approach for the next referral but she said that I should just wait and go with the next person who turned up.
The next person who approached me was Debs. She’d been told about my project by a friend who I had talked to earlier and was curious to know more about the project.
I explained about what I was doing and Debs gave the assemblage her business card. She then told me to “go to Airkix in MCR and meet Rachel and the gang! Defo have a go in the Tunnel. 🙂“. Debs told me that she loves flying in the air tunnel.