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Weekend Picks: Harvest Weekend

Harvest Festival at Black Country Museum Credit: Patrick Pleul/DPA/Press Association Images

A number of special activities taking place at Black Country Museum this Saturday and Sunday as part of it’s Harvest weekend. There will be traditional apple pies being baked in the Back to Back House, fruit biscuits being made in Gregory’s kitchen and a harvest loaf being prepared in the Bakery.

Visitors will also get to learn how harvests were picked in the 20th century and how families preserved apples over the winter months. A traditional Harvest Festival Service will take place on the Sunday and visitors are invited to join the service.

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Weekend Picks: Melton Mowbray food festival

Traditional pies and locally brewed ales this weekend at Melton Mowbray Food Festival Credit: Leicester Shire Promotions Limited

Visitors of the 12th annual Melton Mowbray Food Festival will be able to enjoy local, traditional Melton Mowbray Pork Pies and Stilton Cheese, artisan cheeses, gold-infused bubbly, steamed puddings, chocolate kebabs, gourmet British game, locally-brewed ales and lots more.

See more here: Melton Mowbray Food Festival.

The Festival continues to grow and we’re confident that 2015 will be our best year ever.

We’re looking forward to welcoming back some of our most popular and favourite exhibitors and introducing some new ones to offer different tastes to a knowledgeable crowd of food lovers.

– Matthew O’Callaghan, Melton Mowbray Food Partnership


Weekend Picks: Birmingham Comedy Festival

Over 100 performers appearing at 20 venues across the city Credit: Tangram Theatre PR

The city will be full of laughter this weekend as the annual comedy festival returns for another year.

Chris Ramsey, Frankie Boyle, Lee Nelson, Rob Beckett, Tom Stade, Henning Wehn and US musical comedy superstar 'Weird Al' Yankovic are just some of the comedians you can see at the 8-day festival.

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There'll be over 100 performers appearing at 20 venues across the city in a line-up that mixes multi-award winning international comedians with fast-rising names and the best acts from across the region.

We've also got classic Laurel and Hardy films, science inspired theatre, magic, cabaret and burlesque, music, sketches, podcasting, improv', and an exhibition.

– Dave Freak, Birmingham Comedy Festival

Weekend Picks: Derby Folk Festival

Over 40 acts and six dance at the Derby Folk Festival this year Credit: David Tiernan

The festival returns this weekend for another year of performances in the heart of the city.

Dance displays will take over the city's streets throughout the weekend, and free "fringe" performances will be held in various venues open to all. Concerts will take place in the City Marquee, Guildhall Theatre, The Old Bell Hotel and Derby Cathedral.

More here: Derby Folk Festival

This is the ninth year for Derby Folk Festival, and we continue to grow, not just in size, but in the whole buzz that a great event creates.

This year we have over 40 acts and 6 dance sides accounting for well over 200 performers, appearing in 14 different locations (indoor and outdoor) throughout the city.

– Bob Rushton, Programme & Venue Manager, Derby LIVE

Weekend Picks: Shakespeare Fun Palace

Shakespeare Fun Palace Credit: The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

This weekend families are invited to go back in time and enjoy Shakespeare inspired events as you’ll get a glimpse of what 16th century England was like.

There’ll be lots for children to enjoy from dance and music workshops, dressing up, quill writing or even listen to speeches from legendary Shakespeare plays. The fun palace is open to all ages and entry is free.

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We’re thrilled to bring the Fun Palaces project to Stratford-upon-Avon this year where local people can come along and take part in a huge variety of creative and science-related activities, with a Shakespearian twist!

There really is something for everyone and we hope that people will come along and be part of this wonderful celebration of creativity and community.

– Dr Anjna Chouhan, Shakespeare Fun Palace team

Weekend Picks: Goose Fair in Nottingham

Nottingham Goose Fair Credit: Nottingham City Council

With 720 years of history, the Goose Fair will return to the city this week from Wednesday running through till Sunday.

For the first time in recent years there will be new attractions and facilities on offer including a new licensed entertainment venue – the Moose Bar, free live music performances, old favourite family rides including waltzers, carousels and Hook-a-Duck.

See more: Nottingham City Council Goose Fair

Goose Fair is a very popular event in Nottingham which attracts over four hundred thousand visitors every year. For 2015, we’ve decided to allow a bar to operate with the intention of it providing a place for people to take a break from the crowds.

It is specifically designed to be family-friendly and will see live musicians playing

– Councillor Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture at Nottingham City Council


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