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Weekend Picks: Fine Food and Craft Market

Penkridge, Staffordshire: Saturday 21st January, 9am to 3.30pm

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Penkridge Market in Staffordshire will be holding it's annual Fine Food and Craft Market this weekend.

There'll be a range of regional produce and luxury food on offer plus local crafts on sale in the indoor market place this Saturday.

On display there's likely to be a wide range of goods from local cheeses, breads and olives, to homemade cakes, pies and preserves.

There will also be local farms, selling their meat, poultry, eggs,game, and pies, fresh from the farm.

So why not go and support local small businesses this January. Entry to the market is free!

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Peterborough man in Nene swim for cancer charity

A man from Peterborough has swum eight miles up the River Nene to raise money for charity.

Dan Edgerton braved near freezing temperatures to complete the swim from Wansford in Cambridgeshire to Peterborough.

He has so far raised over a thousand pounds for MacmillanCancer.

Dan at the finish. Credit: ITV Anglia.

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Weekend Picks: Going Green for 2017

Various locations, all weekend, read on for charity collection option.

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Christmas may be over and while it may have left a footprint on our waistline, it needn't leave a footprint on the O-Zone, so this weekend why not take some time out to recycle your Christmas tree.

Figures show over 150,000 tonnes of green tree waste will be sent to landfill this winter, the cost to the council to dispose of trees can run in to the millions of pounds, but the cost to the environment is thought to be much more significant.

So, where can you take your tree this weekend?

  • Coventry recycling centre, Bar Road, Coventry
  • Burton Farm recycling centre, Bishopton, Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Woodgate Valley Country Park, Birmingham
  • Whetstone Recycling and Waste Site, Enderby road, Leicester
  • The waste and recycling centre, Raynesway, Derby
  • Bourne househeold waste recycling centre, South Fen Road, Lincs

Some local charities also offer a pick-up recycling service for a small donation, so your tree could keep on giving a gift to others, well in to the new year.

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Weekend Picks: Birmingham Donkey Sanctuary

Town Gate, Sutton Park - Sunday 10am-3pm

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Reindeers are so last month, so this weekend why not pay the Donkeys a visit instead.

Birmingham's Donkey Sanctuary offer 'donkey assisted interaction' to children who may have additional needs as well as rides and a free day out to anyone else.

The animals love to meet new people and you can discover their unique characters and stories, theres also a gift shop if you do feel like taking a souvenir home.

Parking and entry is free, for more information visit the website.

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Weekend Picks: A day out with the dinosaurs

New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester: Saturday 11am - 1pm

It's still some time before Dippy the Dinosaur gets to the Midlands as part of his UK tour but if you can't wait that long and are looking for something free to sink your teeth in to this weekend with the kids - try this.

Head over to Leicester and drop in to the Dinosaur Gallery to discover the Fossil in Focus series.

The event features selected pieces from the museum collections, with the opportunity to handle it and learn a fact or two about life before us.

Read more: Dippy the dinosaur: Where can you see him on tour?

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Weekend Picks: Beauty and the Beast

Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering: This weekend until January 2nd 2017

A fun-filled family event featuring a range of household names, set to get you in the mood for Christmas. The Kettering Lighthouse promises their production of Beauty and the Beast to be a 'rip roaring Beast of a Panto' adventure.

Join star of Eastenders, Cheryl Ferguson as she takes to the stage as Malevolent with the hilarious Potty Pierre played by Mark Pearce. They are joined by Lucie Downer as Beauty, Claire Rickard as Fairy Formidable and Kettering’s 'favourite' panto dame Michael Neilson playing Dame Dotty.

It follows the success of last year's Jack and the Beanstalk and promises you an epic Panto that will make your family Christmas complete - Oh yes it does! For performance times readmore.

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