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Weekend Picks: Firework and Light Show

Firework & Light Show: 7th November (Rudyard Lake, Staffordshire)

Visitors watch a firework show Credit: Oliver Walker

On Saturday, Rudyard Lake will be the venue for a special display of fireworks and lights.

The fireworks display is usually let off by the Dam, so organisers say this year will be extra special as fireworks will be let off from a special platform on the lake itself.

There’ll be miniature steam trains running visitors to and from the light show and fireworks on the lake.

"Our event has been running for the past 10 years featuring a light show set to music on the Lake along with a fantastic firework display.

It just gets better year on year. This year our entire show will be located on the Lake itself so the reflections should be amazing".

– Ray Perry, Rudyard Lake Trust

Weekend Picks: Textile Fair

Textile Fair: 7th November (Compton Verney)

Visitors can work on a variety of specialist textile designs Credit: John Kippin

This is Compton Verney’s fourth Annual Textile Fair, an event which changes every reflecting what is big in the fashion world and their unique exhibitions and collections.

Visitors can enjoy sewing demonstrations and get the chance to learn and practise techniques and designs with Alison Smith MBE, the UK’s premier teacher of dressmaking, tailoring and corsetry.

"“No two stalls are the same. On sale there will be everything from digitally-printed silk cuffs and specialist dyed threads, to hand-stitched toy animals and vintage clothing. "The fair offers something for everyone, and showcases local suppliers alongside those selling something different from the norm.”

– Lindsey Fox, Retail Buyer and Textile Fair Organiser


Weekend Picks: Fireworks extravaganza

Tamworth Fireworks Extravaganza: 7th November (Tamworth)

Thousands watch the night sky light up with fireworks Credit: Mease Valley Photography

The skies above Tamworth’s Castle Grounds will light up this weekend as the fireworks extravaganza returns for another year. The event has become a hugely popular event on many calendars in Tamworth as it continues to grow each year.

Starting at 6pm the whole family can enjoy an evening of fun and entertainment from fire performers, face painters, a sparkler zone, food stalls and enjoy the fair. The climax of the event will be the dazzling 20-minute pyrotechnic firework display to music from 8pm.

"It’s incredible how popular this event has become and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us this year. We are proud to be able to put on such a fantastic free event that can be enjoyed by thousands upon thousands of people.

It now draws visitors from all over the country. We are lucky in Tamworth to have the resources and facilities to host such an event and I would encourage everyone to come along and enjoy the show. As always we would advise people to get there early because it is very popular.”

– Councillor Rob Pritchard, Tamworth Borough Council Deputy Leader

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Weekend Picks: Comedy Festival

Nottingham Comedy Festival 2015: 6th November - 14th November (Nottingham)

Nottingham’s annual comedy festival kicks off this weekend Credit: Elliott Bower

Nottingham’s annual comedy festival kicks off this weekend for the 7th year taking place in sixteen venues across the city. The eight-day event will feature over 100 shows from stand-up, improvisation, films, sketch, computer games, board games, poetry and family shows. Many high profile names are also expected to attend including Harry Enfield & Paul Whitehouse.

Since the festival began in 2009 the comedy scene in Nottingham has been growing so it is fantastic to be part of that and see so many comedians coming to the city at this one time. This year we have a larger number of local acts performing than ever before so it’s great to see this art form flourishing.”

– Helen Stead, Director of Nottingham Comedy Festival.

Weekend Picks: Fireworks Night

Fireworks in the night sky Credit: Sabine J Hutchinson

Fireworks Night: 7th November (Blists Hill Victorian Town, Ironbridge)

See the night sky lit up over Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge this weekend as the townsfolk celebrate Guy Fawkes’ foiled Gunpowder Plot with a family fireworks display accompanied by music.

Visitors will also be able to explore the town's Victorian streets and building - a look inside the Foundry and you’ll see molten iron being poured into moulds during the iron casting demonstration.

"Fireworks Night at Blists Hill Victorian Town is always an amazing event. Visitors are able to explore the historic streets and shops, watch molten iron being poured in the Foundry and see the night sky illuminated by a spectacular firework display”.

– Paul Gossage, Director of Marketing & PR for the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust

Weekend Picks: Diwali celebrations

Diwali Winter Festival of Lights: 7th November (Market Square, Northampton)

Northampton Diwali celebrations Credit: Kamlesh Haria

Northampton is celebrating the festival of Diwali this weekend with a variety of events. From 10am there’ll be stalls in the town centre selling a variety of food and drink cuisine, authentic experiences to get involved with including the traditional game karom, arts & crafts activities, henna painting and saree dressing.

In preparation for Diwali a cultural procession with lanterns will take place around the town centre from 6pm, followed by the switching on of lights to mark the celebration of the festival of lights.

"There will be something for everyone to take part in and join in the rich experience of this forever popular festival which brings people together from all walks of life."

– Neelam Aggarwal-Singh, Diwali Lights Event Organiser


Weekend Picks: Christmas at Chatsworth

Christmas at Chatsworth: 7th November - 3rd January (Chatsworth House, Bakewell, Derbyshire)

Visitors can enjoy Christmas at Chatsworth with adventures from Mr Toad, Mole, Ratty and Badger Credit: Chatsworth House Trust

As we move into the festive season Chatsworth has taken inspiration from a children’s classic. Visitors can enjoy Christmas at Chatsworth with adventures from Mr Toad, Mole, Ratty and Badger as the house has is transformed into scenes loosely based on Kenneth Grahame's much-loved classic Wind in the Willows.

Visitors are invited to take a look around the house and see the Painted Hall transformed into the Baronial Toad Hall, discover scenes of the riverside folk getting ready to celebrate Christmas at Toad Hall and witness Mole helping to dress Ratty's Christmas tree before loading up his little boat with gifts to take to Toad Hall.

Children and adults alike will love the Christmas at Chatsworth with Mr Toad. With festive decorations galore and Ratty, Badger and Mr Toad making appearances throughout the house, as well as Mr Toad’s vintage car, it is sure to be a treat for the whole family!"

– Stephanie Cliffe, Chatsworth House

Weekend Picks: Bonfire and Fireworks

Lions Club Rutland Firework Display: 7th November (The New Showground, Oakham)

Fireworks show this weekend at Lions Club Rutland Credit: Allan Grey, Rutland Lions

It’s been a tradition for nearly 40 years, and this weekend the annual fireworks event is back. Two displays will be delivered on the night at the New Showground in Oakham. The first display will be for younger children with the theme ‘Reach for the Stars’ in mind. Followed by the second display suited for the whole family, with the big bangs and bright fireworks lighting up the sky to choreographed music.

Last year over 2,000 people enjoyed a spectacular firework display, and so we are delighted that Rutland Agricultural Society and Oakham Rugby Club are continuing to host our annual display at their new venue. As well as the firework display, food and refreshments will be available...”

– Michael Cropper, Lions Club President

Weekend Picks: Bonfire & Fireworks

Bonfire & Firework Display: 7th November (Abbey Park, Leicester)

Bonfire and fireworks display at Abbey park this weekend Credit: Festivals & Events, Leicester City Council

Leicester’s biggest bonfire and firework display will be taking place this weekend at Abbey Park. The family friendly event will have something for all with live entertainment on stage, lighting of the bonfire, the main fireworks show and a quieter children’s themed firework display for the younger ones.

Once again this promises to be a fantastic celebration with something for all ages, including a programme of live music, a children's fireworks and the funfair and food stalls. The lighting of the bonfire and the main fireworks display is always a spectacular event, and I'm really looking forward to this year's events getting underway."

– Assistant City Mayor for Culture, Heritage, Leisure and Sport, Cllr Piara Singh Clair.
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