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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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Weekend Picks: Santa comes early to Buxton

Buxton Spring Shopping Centre: 17th & 24th December

It’s just over a week to go until the big day is upon us, but if your clan cannot wait that long to see what Santa has in store then why not take them along to Buxton this week and meet the man himself, a few days early.

Buxton and District Lions Club have asked Father Christmas nicely if he can come along and help support the many activities and projects they do to raise funds to help both individuals and organisations within the community, a visit to Santa will help these little helpers go a bit further this Christmas.

Prices start from £1.00 and there is parking on site, but there's only room for one sleigh!

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Weekend Picks: Birmingham Charity Concerts

Saturday 10th and 17th December: Birmingham

It's a festive filled Weekend Picks this week and to kick off, Brindley place in Birmingham is spreading the Christmas cheer with two free charity concerts in aid of Heart Research UK.

Special guests Santa and his elves will be there to join in the fun as local choirs and musicians perform traditional Christmas carols alongside a number of festive favourites.

Children on the nice list will be able to get an early Christmas present with a visit to Santa’s Grotto.

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Weekend Picks: Natural Christmas Ornaments in Stately surroundings

Kedleston Hall, Derby: Weekdays and weekends throughout December

When we begin to buy our festive decorations or think about different themes we often want to try to perhaps match a new decor or colour scheme in our homes with shop bought accessories.

We often think immediately of glistening baubles and twinkling fairy lights - but before they came along Christmas decorations were a very different affair and the more traditional look is now making something of a comeback.

This weekend, you can drop in to the beautiful Kedleston Hall and learn how to make some of the festive decorations which may have once adorned the grand house itself in a self-led, family-fun activity.

Make more of a day out of your trip with a visit to the grand state rooms and see how Christmas was celebrated by the halls Curzon Family since they moved in around the year 1200.


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Weekend Picks: Dementia Friendly Carols by Candlelight

Northampton: Saturday December 10th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

A magical evening of 'Dementia Friendly Carols by Candlelight' is being held in Northampton this weekend.

The event, which is in consideration of the areas 8000 dementia patients -will feature traditional readings and winter treats as event organisers, The Alzheimer’s Society have organised a line-up of local musicians to take part.

Lively musical performances from Classical Reflection and the Northampton Male Voice Choir will take place at the All Saints Church.

There will be stewards on hand and clear signs in the venue to help people find their way around.

So help spread some charitable cheer and bring the whole family along for a magical evening and help transform the lives of people affected by dementia, all proceeds will be donated to helping improve their lives within the community.

Weekend Picks: The Snowman tour comes to Coventry

Coventry Cathedral: Saturday December 10th (2 showings)

‘The Snowman’ and ‘The Nutcracker’ is a live orchestra production guaranteed to get viewers of any age in to the festive spirit.

This timeless classic is brought to life on stage during two special screenings this weekend, as part of a national tour, where you can expect:

  • Christmas Overture
  • A Festive Guide to the Orchestra
  • The Nutcracker Suite – Tchaikovsky
  • Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
  • Waltz of the Flowers The Snowman Waltz

The live orchestra element is enhanced whilst playing out in the beautiful surroundings of the New Coventry Cathedral.

The event is promised to be a perfect winter outing for all of the family. Performances begin at 4pm and again at 7pm, to book your place head over to the Cathedral website.

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