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Weekend Picks: Carnival

Arnold Carnival: Sat 18th - Sun 19th June (Arnot Hill Park, Arnold, Nottingham)

There’ll be a food and drink court at the festival Credit: Fredrik von Erichsen/DPA/Press Association Images

The annual Arnold Carnival returns to Nottingham this weekend with activities and entertainment for all the family.

There’ll be sports taster sessions and competitions, street entertainers and a food and drink court. Favourites include a fun dog show, BBM Flypast, children’s fun fair and activity marquee.

Over the two days there’ll be a mix of professional and community music, dance, local school bands, choirs and solo artists.

For opening times and more information visit: www.gedling.gov.uk/arnoldcarnival

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Weekend Picks: Coventry Pride

Coventry Pride: Sat 18th - Sun 19th June (Fargo Village, Coventry)

A ‘Walk for Pride’ will take place on Saturday outside the Cathedral Credit: Samathy Barratt, Coventry Pride

Coventry Pride takes place this weekend. It will begin with a walk through the Coventry City Centre, starting from outside the Cathedral ruins.

Some of the forty entertainment acts of music, dance and poetry will feature across the two music stages. There’ll also be stalls around the FarGo Village venue selling food, craft products and delivering information on issues affecting LGBT+ people.

Coventry Pride 2016 is going to be an unforgettable event for Coventry. We're very happy to be making it happen!"

– Chair, Paul Desson-Baxter

For opening times and more information visit: www.coventrypride.org.uk

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Weekend Picks: Family Day

Dad’s Day Barbecue and Family Nature Trail: Sun 19th June (Barnsdale Gardens, Rutland)

Children can explore the garden nature trail to find birds, butterflies and insects Credit: Sharon Seele

Families are being invited to Barnsdale Gardens this weekend to celebrate the magic of summer's longest day with a round-the-garden nature trail.

Children can explore the gardens with the aid of a round-the-garden nature trail, to find some of the birds, butterflies and friendly minibeasts that live in the different habitats. There’ll also be events taking place throughout the day to celebrate Father’s Day.

These gardens have been organic for more than 20 years and it really shows in the abundance of wildlife… The ponds and streams are home to frogs and dragonflies too, and we've even spotted great crested newts in the Country Paradise Garden, so come and see what you can discover!"

– Catherine Hamilton, Barnsdale Gardens

For opening times and more information visit: http://www.barnsdalegardens.co.uk

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Weekend Picks: Model Air Show

International Model Air Show: Fri 17th - Sun 19th June (Weston Park, Shropshire)

Pilots Andy Johnstone and Tristan Stirling Credit: Weston Park

Pilots from all over the UK and Europe will take off from Weston Park this weekend at the International Model Air Show.

On display and flying will be the latest equipment from small micro-copters to larger professional machines.

There will be the Battle of Britain pyrotechnic display and the Swift Glider display team performing mid-air acrobatics. Children can also take part in free model building workshops.

For opening times, prices and more information visit: www.westonparkmodelairshow.co.uk

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Weekend Picks: Vintage Festival

The Vintage Years Festival: Sat 18th June - Sun 19th June (National Brewery Centre, Burton upon Trent)

Some of the WWII military vehicles that will be on display Credit: National Brewery Centre

Fashion, music and classic cars of the 40s will be celebrated this weekend as the National Brewery Centre host a Vintage Years Festival.

Visitors are being asked to attend the event dressed in their favourite vintage styles.

The action packed weekend will include: heavy horse demonstrations, classic cars & WWII vehicles, vintage model railway layouts and children's entertainment.

To celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday visitors can also enjoy a classic street party complete with music and food from the era.

All the team are very excited to once again bring the vintage year’s festival to all our amazing guests. The event is for all the family, kids go free and it’s a great treat for all the dads out there for father’s day so we look forward to seeing you all there”

– David Edwards, General Manager
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Weekend Picks: Dragonboat Festival

Dragonboat Festival: Sat 18th June (Brindleyplace, Birmingham)

The event will see boats race along the Birmingham and Worcester Canal Credit: Brindleyplace

In teams of 11, more than 200 of the city’s professionals will take to the water in 30ft traditional Chinese longboats this weekend for the annual Dragonboat festival in Birmingham.

Now in it’s 17th year the event will see boats race along the Birmingham and Worcester Canal.

In honour of Father’s Day, on Sunday 19 June, and as part of the Cure Leukaemia team, former footballer and blood cancer survivor, Geoff Thomas, will also be competing in the race in a ‘boat of dads’.

This is a totally unique event to the city and nowhere else in Birmingham can you watch this fantastic spectacle for free.

There’s also plenty for the whole family to enjoy throughout the day… there will be performances from traditional Chinese Lion Dancers in between the racing.”

– Alex Perrins, Marketing Executive at Brindleyplace

For opening times and more information visit: http://www.brindleyplace.com/event/dragonboat-race-2016/

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Weekend Picks: Aviva Women's Tour

Aviva Women's Tour - Stage 4 Start: Sat 18th June (Nottingham)

Stage Three of the 2015 Aviva Women's Tour of Britain Credit: Joe Giddens / PA Archive/Press Association Images

Nottingham will host the penultimate stage of the Aviva Women’s Tour this weekend.

Those who wish to watch the the race can take up a spot at the Old Market Square where racers will begin around 10:30am. The tour will then head west into Derbyshire at Long Eaton and on towards the Staffordshire Moorlands the stage finish in Stoke-on-Trent.

There’ll be free activities and entertainment for all the family. The Aviva women’s tour will be the first time it has visited the city.

Stage Four will connect two cities which both have a rich cycling heritage and have never before hosted the Aviva Women’s Tour.

Nottingham has become a centre hosting major women’s sporting events, making it a logical choice to host the Aviva Women’s Tour, while Stoke-on-Trent this year celebrates being the UK’s European City of Sport, with the stage finish being one of their major events for the year.” -

– Mick Bennett, Aviva Women’s Tour Race Director
  • Stage Four Saturday 18 June Nottingham to Stoke-on-Trent, 119km
  • Stage Five Sunday 19 June Northampton to Kettering, 133km

For opening times and more information visit: http://www.womenstour.co.uk/

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