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Weekend Picks: Robin Hood Beer and Cider Festival

Robin Hood Beer and Cider Festival 2016: 12th - 15th October (Nottingham Castle)

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Nottingham CAMRA's annual beer festival takes place this week.

There'll be more than 1,000 different real ales and 200 real ciders at the event. Visitors can enjoy live entertainment on the Victorian Bandstand.

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Weekend Picks: Great Electric Train Show

Great Electric Train Show: Sat 8th - Sun 9th Oct (British Motor Museum, Gaydon, Warwickshire)

There’ll be more than 25 layouts and 30 traders at the event Credit: British Motor Museum

The Great Electric Train Show returns to The British Motor Museum this weekend for fourth year. Organisers are expecting thousands of enthusiasts to visit the popular show.

The popularity of this show continues to grow and this year’s show is expected to attract record crowds.

With 25 layouts, 30 traders and a group of skilled demonstrations, this show caters for the whole family.”

– Tom Caren, Show Manager at the British Motor Museum

Demonstrators will include Alan Buttler from ModelU offering his laser scanning demonstration, Hornby Magazine contributor Paul Chetter on the subject of digital sound and weathering regular Mick Bonwick.

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Weekend Picks: Food Fayre

Food Fayre: Sun 9th Oct (Brocks Hill, Oadby, Leicester)

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Brocks Hill Country Park will hold their annual Food Fayre this Sunday.

Organisers say there will be lots going on including food tastings and opportunities to speak to master gardeners about growing your own food.

There’ll also be activities for children including cake decorating using fresh fruit raw vegetables.

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Weekend Picks: Big Apple Harvest

Big Apple Harvest: Sat 8th - Sun 9th Oct (Much Marcle, Ledbury, Herefordshire)

Pressing at Gregg's Pit, Much Marcle Credit: Big Apple

This weekend, join the Big Apple, an event which celebrates the autumn countryside on the Marcle Ridge in Herefordshire.

Visitors will be able to learn about cider making from local producers, each with their own style, scale and method of production.

There’ll also be the chance to see cider fruit and perry pears being grown, milled and pressed in different orchard settings, at Woodredding, Avenue Cottage, Westons and Gregg’s Pit.

This is a fantastic seasonal opportunity to enjoy this special corner of Herefordshire through its tradition of orchards, apples and cider making.

Each year, we welcome visitors to a number of our farms and orchards which are open specially for this one weekend."

– Jackie Denman, Secretary, Big Apple Association

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Weekend Picks: Telling Tales Kids' Festival

Telling Tales Kids' Festival: Sat 8th Oct (West Bridgford, Nottingham)

Credit: Telling Tales Nottingham

A children’s reading festival takes place this Saturday in Nottingham.

The Telling Tales Festival features an educational and entertaining schedule of workshops and readings.

Authors, animators and illustrators will give children the opportunity to explore the world of literature outside of the classroom.

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Weekend Picks: Horse Trials

International Autumn Horse Trials: Sat 8th - Sun 9th Oct (Weston Park, Shropshire)

The course will run over a thousand acres of rolling wooded parkland Credit: Matt Nuttall Event Photography

The International Autumn Horse Trials takes place this weekend in Shropshire.

The two day event will feature the National Junior Championships, National under 21 Championships, and dressage, cross country and show jumping classes.

Olympic riders Mark Kyle and Alex Hua Tian will be amongst others competing to win.

“We are delighted to welcome the Blue Chip North West Final Challenge, with qualifiers from all over our region. We have built a new cross country course and have fabulous prizes across all sections over the weekend.”

– Janet Plant, Organiser

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