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Weekend Picks: Royal Party

Right Royal Party: Sat 14th May (Anne Hathaway's Cottage & Gardens, Stratford-upon-Avon)

Celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday party in Stratford-upon-Avon this weekend Credit: The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

To coincide with Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday party at Windsor Castle this weekend, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust are putting on their own celebrations this weekend.

Visitors can enjoy the jazz corner in the gardens of Anne Hathaway's Cottage with 1920s music, traditional English games including a three-legged race and egg and spoon race.

There’ll be royal themed crafts in the family activities marquee as well as food from the BBQ.

"We hope many families will come and join us for this very special garden party to commemorate Her Majesty, The Queen's 90th birthday.

There will be events and activities for all ages to enjoy; period costume is very much encouraged!"

– Ruth Warner, The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

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Weekend Picks: English Wine Takeover

English Wine Takeover: Sun 15th - Sat 21st May (Birmingham)

The English Wine Takeover runs until Saturday 21st May Credit: Food and Drink Events

After a successful event last year, the English Wine Takeover is begins back in Birmingham this Sunday.

The week long celebration culminates in a wine festival at The Bond Company on Saturday 21st May.

The festival will showcase English wines from around the country, giving discerning drinkers the chance to meet producers and experience a range of tastings, food pairings and innovative masterclasses.

"The goal of the event is to encourage people to come and try new things. English sparkling has gained a great reputation but English wine is more than just bubbles.

We’ve created the event to showcase fantastic English producers and to give attendees a great educational and enjoyable day out."

– Amy Seton, Drink Events Company

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Weekend Picks: Food & Drink Festival

Food & Drink Festival: Sat 14th - Sun 15th May (Becket’s Park, Northampton)

Jazz and country bands will provide entertainment at the event Credit: Northampton Food PR

Locally produced food and drink from in and around Northamptonshire will be at the festival this weekend.

The Food Halls will feature a line up of British food, locally reared meats, artisan baking, mico brewing and also a real ale marquee. Visitors can also sit in on live cooking demonstrations at the festival's ‘Chefs of Stage’ area.

On Saturday chefs at the event include Levi Roots, Jean Christophe Novelli and Holly Bell. On Sunday Phil Vickery and Theo Randall will provide entertainment for visitors in the main food theatre.

On the smaller food roadshow stage there’ll be cooking demonstrations by chefs from local eateries. There’ll be entertainment from jazz and country bands at the event.

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Weekend Picks: Open Cockpits Evening

Open Cockpits Evening: Fri 13th - Sat 14th May (RAF Museum Cosford, Shropshire)

Visitors can climb on board a selection of historic aircrafts this weekend Credit: Royal Air Force Museum Cosford

Aviation fans are being given the chance to climb on board a selection of historic aircrafts during an exclusive ‘Open Cockpits Evening’ this weekend.

Each evening 300 visitors will get the chance to sit in the pilot’s seat in some of the most iconic aircrafts, including two research jets which have never been opened to visitors before.

Confirmed aircrafts include the never before opened English Electric P1A. The jet exceeded the speed of sound in level flight and went on to become the RAF’s front line fighter, staying in service for nearly three decades.

“To make sure visitors get the most out of the event, we have a fantastic team of Volunteers on hand to answer any questions they may have.

We have also added two new aircrafts to the list, along with some that haven’t been open for a number of years, so there is something new and exciting for our repeat visitors.”

– RAF Museum Cosford Event Manager, Abi Betteridge

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Weekend Picks: Food Fair

Food and Drink Fair: Sat 14th - Sun 15th May (Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire)

Cookery demonstrations will take place this weekend at the Derbyshire Food & Drink Fair Credit: Derbyshire Food & Drink Fair

Derbyshire Food and Drink Fair will be held in the Kedleston Hall this weekend.

There’ll be local producers, cookery demonstrations, an onsite bar and live music to keep visitors entertained.

On the Sunday ITV’s resident chef on Lorraine, John Whaite, will be providing demonstrations.

“It will be the perfect start to summer, where families & friends can come along and enjoy produce and catering from around the County and beyond.”

– Alan Cartwright, Organizer

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Weekend Picks: Home and Garden Show

Home and Garden Show: Fri 13th - Sun 15th May (Ragley Hall, Warwickshire)

Over 60 exhibitors showcase home and garden products Credit: Ragley Hall

Ragley Hall will host its Midlands Home & Garden Show for the first time this weekend.

Visitors will get the chance to speak to specialists and purchase from garden nurseries, designers and furniture and home ware.

For gardening enthusiasts there’s a Question Time event with Ragley Hall’s head gardener Mark Morrell. Visitors can learn from local experts as well as bring along plant cuttings for identification or advice to improve poor growth.

A Fine Food marquee will feature local suppliers offering a range of food with an emphasis on quality of taste using fine ingredients.

“We are delighted to host the Home & Garden show for the first time. With a range of exciting products to suit everyone’s tastes and entry into Ragley Hall included in the ticket prices, the show is a great day out for all the family!”

– Hilary Philpott, Ragley Hall House Manager

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Weekend Picks: Nottinghamshire County Show

Nottinghamshire County Show: Sat 14th - Sun 15th May (Newark Showground, Nottinghamshire)

Organisers hope it’ll be the biggest County Show yet Credit: Anna Draper

The 133rd Nottinghamshire County show takes place this weekend.

Organisers hope it’ll be the biggest one yet celebrating the best of Nottinghamshire, from best produce and trade to livestock including the popular Sheep Show.

The show offers a variety of things to see and do including a music marquee, extreme sports, cookery demonstrations, a field gun display and urban free runners.

“There really will be something for everyone- it’s the first year we have secured the free runners which is high octane entertainment, we’re working on a new treasure trail for the children and many eclectic music performances to entertain the crowds.”

– Jayne Olney, Show Manager

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