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Weekend Picks: Coventry Oktoberfest

Coventry Oktoberfest: 24th - 28th Aug (Broadgate, Coventry)

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With two gigantic tankers full of beer, sausages and Brezel the Coventry Oktoberfest takes place this bank holiday weekend.

Organisers say they expect 10 thousand guests to celebrate the 206th year of Oktoberfest. Event goers are promised an authentic Oktoberfest experience, just like in Munich.

There’ll be 23 thousand liters of fresh beer, 13 thousand German sausages and 7 thousand Brezel to feed visitors.

For the second year, the German festival comes to Coventry for 5 days of fun, good mood and German food and beer.”

– Carsten Raun, Event Director

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Weekend Picks: Cosmopolitan Carnival

Cosmopolitan Carnival: Sun 27th August (Various locations, Leicester City Centre)

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Live music, dance and arts take over Leicester city centre this weekend for the Cosmopolitan Carnival.

The event celebrates Leicester being one of the most culturally diverse cities in the country. A range of free arts workshops will be available including Chinese calligraphy, origami and dragon making and lantern making.

There will also be a grand finale performance “Cosmocular” in Jubilee Square between 8.30pm and 9.30pm.

This performance will involve a large-scale film projection, French and English pyrotechnic performances, lanterns and giant puppets.

"The Cosmopolitan Carnival, celebrates Leicester being one of the most culturally diverse cities in the country, through hosting a wonderful mix of different cultural art forms.

This exciting free event takes over the city centre with: live music, dance, art, street theatre, comedy, spoken word and much more.”

– Amanda Leandro, Event Manager and Director

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Weekend Picks: Bug Hunt

The Big Bug Hunt: Sat 27th Aug (Anne Hathaway's Cottage, Stratford-upon-Avon)

Credit: Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

This Bank Holiday weekend families are invited to Anne Hathaway’s cottage in Stratford-upon-Avon to become a bug hunter.

Visitors will get the chance to explore the gardens and woodlands in search for wildlife, and learn more about their natural habitat.

The Big Bug Hunt at Anne Hathaway’s cottage is a fantastic family event.

It gives kids a chance to learn about nature in a fun and interactive way whilst allowing adults to unleash their inner child!”

– Paul Hatfield –Anne Hathaway’s cottage & gardens manager
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Weekend Picks: Food & Drink Festival

Great Food & Drink Festival: Sat 27th - Mon 29th Aug (Newstead Abbey, Nottinghamshire)

Newstead Abbey Credit: Rui Vieira / PA Archive/Press Association Images

There’ll be a range of food and drinks, cookery demo's, and everything food related this weekend for the Great Food & Drink Festival in Nottinghamshire.

Based in the grounds of Newstead Abbey, there’ll be demonstrations from chefs and Sunday Brunch host, Simon Rimmer, as well as Michael Caines, Head Chef at Gidleigh Park since 1994 and 2014 Great British Bake Off winner, Nancy Birtwhistle.

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Weekend Picks: Food Festival

Food Festival: Sat 27th - Sun 28th Aug (Lichfield)

Lichfield Food Festival last year Credit: Lichfield Food

The organisers behind the Lichfield Food Festival are inviting food lovers to join them in the historic city for a weekend that celebrates local food producers, top local chefs and the city’s food venues.

Great British Bake Off contestants, Howard Middleton and Ali Imdad, will be among the line-up of chefs presenting cookery demonstrations at this year’s festival.

“We hope festival goers will enjoy the chance to see top chefs and bakers, sharing their recipes and tips all for free in two stunning historic settings.

We’re really pleased to have two famous faces joining a fantastic line up of food and drink experts.” -

– Jon Arrowsmith, Director of Cocker Hoop Creative

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