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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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Weekend Picks: The Museum of Childhood

Sudbury Hall, Derbyshire: Saturday from 10:30am until December 23rd

The Late 17th-century house at Sudbury boasts lavish interiors and the Museum of Childhood and The National Trust are now inviting you and your family to go and discover two contrasting experiences sitting side by side.

The Museum of Childhood is 'a delight for all ages' with something for everyone. You can let the kids discover something new, or relive nostalgic memories by exploring the childhoods of times gone by, make stories, play with toys and share your childhood with others.

You can be a chimney sweep, a scullion or a Victorian pupil, and be captivated by the halls vast archive film and interactive displays. And if that all get too much then the outdoor woodland play area could offer you and yours a little R&R after a busy day out.

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Weekend picks: Treasures from the Glass Collection

Dudley Museum & Art Gallery: Until December 22nd - 10:00am - 4:00pm

The skill of glassmaking came to to Midlands many years ago, those working in the industry were drawn to the region by an abundance of raw materials, inventors, industry and labour.

A display of the weird and wonderful from this rich heritage and world of glass is on show In Gallery 3 this weekend and forms part of the Dudley Museum collection.

You can view the items which have made it through the centuries to their final resting place here at the gallery. Learn about the history of glass and how the Midlands helped shape the shapes you see before you.

To find out more visit: Dudley Museum & Art gallery.

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Weekend Picks: Leek Fine Food Festival

Leek: Saturday December 17th, 09:00-15:00

The Fine Food Market in Leek brings together local Staffordshire Moorlands and Peak District specialist food producers each month.

This month is a day of dance and music where you can take part in the rock and roll jive workshop and demonstration provided by Synchronicity Dance.

Music will be provided by local radio stations with additional entertainment from Morris Dancers.

Or why not pitch up and hold your own sale as part of the market, see more details here.

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Weekend Picks: The Reindeers of Warwick

Hatton Adventure World, Warwick: every weekend until 24th December.

It's a busy time for all of those who help Santa as he prepares for the biggest day of his year later this week, and we mustn't forget his reindeer.

To give them a little rest before the big day they will be joining all the other animals down on the farm at Hatton Adventure World in Warwick, this weekend, and you can come and see them there too.

But it's not just Rudolph and Prancer, you can also visit the Guinea Pig Village, join in with some Christmas Caroling or take a ride at the fun fair.

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