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Weekend Picks: Nottingham Green Festival

Nottingham Green Festival Credit: Tash, Alan Lodge

Nottingham Green Festival: 6th Sept (Nottingham Arboretum)

The city’s 23rd Green Festival will come to Nottingham Arboretum this Sunday.

The event will see performers and entertainment throughout the park, live music and poetry on the bandstand, as well as around 100 local environmentally friendly stalls.

Festival organisers hope the event will be a fun, educational and entertaining day for all the family.

Old phone box turned into giant hanging basket

The old phone box in Orston Credit: ITV News Central

Green-fingered villagers in Nottinghamshire have created what they reckon must be the Midlands' largest hanging basket - in an old phonebox.

The redundant kiosk on the Green in the village of Orston near Bingham has been turned into a blaze of colour using hundreds of hanging plants.

The floral display is featuring as part of Orston's entry for this year's Best Kept Village competition.

The old phone box in Orston Credit: ITV News Central


Katie Hopkins says Birmingham is 'hell'

Katie Hopkins Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Katie Hopkins has hit out at Birmingham in her weekly Sun column this week, saying New Street station is her idea of hell.

The controversial TV personality wrote:

This week I had to go to Birmingham.

I make a point of never going there.

People say karma will get me in the end. If it does, I feel pretty sure my hell will look like Birmingham New Street railway station at 5pm ... An endless circle up and down the crowded escalator, just off platform 2.

– Katie Hopkins, writing in The Sun

Weekend Picks: Nottingham World Music Festival

Nottingham World Music Festival Credit: Starz Falade

Nottingham World Music Family Festival: 5th Sept (Sneinton Market Square, Nottingham)

The first World Music Festival in Nottingham will be taking place this Saturday.

The new music festival aims to unite people within the city by celebrating and learning about their differences.

Organisers are hoping the festival will attract new people into the Nottingham area and encourage different communities to have a better understanding of one another.

“We have decided to create this outdoor festival as we believe it will encourage people from different cultures and backgrounds to unify together through the love of live music.

"This festival will shine a positive light on the city of Nottingham and highlight the musical diversity of many of the bands who will be performing.”

– Rastarella Falade, Chair of NOMAD & Founder of Cultural Vibrations

Weekend Picks: Birmingham International Fashion Week

Birmingham International Fashion Week Credit: Asa Slatford Photography, Birmingham International Fashion Week

Birmingham International Fashion Week launches this weekend and some of the most talented emerging and established designers from around the world will showcase their 2016 Spring/Summer collections.

The Runway show will be opened on Saturday by Nigerian Womenswear designer Rich & Tita La Diva.

A Fashion Lounge and Showroom will be open this weekend for fashionistas to shop the catwalk trends, mingle with designers and take home fashion inspiration.

“We are very excited to be opening our 3rd season of Birmingham International Fashion Week, showcasing the very best of the Spring/Summer 2016 season Collections and trends from worldwide and British designers."

– Eliis Ashley Ruus. Founder and Director of Birmingham International Week


Weekend Picks: Stafford Blues Festival

Stafford Blues Festival Credit: Stafford Blues Festival

Bands and musicians from all over the country will be playing over two stages this weekend at the town’s very first Stafford Blues Festival.

There’ll be a beer marquee, food throughout the day and plenty of entertainment for the children to enjoy including disco domes, bouncy castles and swing boats.

“We are thrilled to be hosting this event in Stafford and looking forward to seeing all the bands from across the country that are coming to play at the festival.

"If you've never attended a festival this is ideal for you. We’ve already booked the dates for next year!”

– Lorraine Conkey, Event Organiser
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