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Weekend Picks: Vintage Engine Festival

Stationary Vintage Engine Festival: Sat 10th - Sun 11th Sept (Etruria Industrial Museum, Stoke-on-Trent)

Credit: Bernard Lovatt

This weekend there will be a display of vintage engines at the Etruria Industrial Museum.

Shirley’s 1857 Etruscan Bone & Flint Mill will be in steam and operating from 12.30pm.

Visitors will get the chance to try their hand at creative clay and see an art exhibition in the Canal Warehouse.

“Our Sunday classic vehicle rally is very popular…

The addition of vintage stationary engines on the Saturday, and steaming our 1820 beam engine and Victorian mill on both days makes the weekend a must visit for lovers of vintage mechanics.”

– Bernard Lovatt, Event Secretary and Treasurer

For times, prices and more information visit: www.etruriamuseum.org.uk

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Weekend Picks: Northampton Food Show

Northampton Food Show: Sat 10th - Sun 11th Sept (Delapre Abbey Park, Northampton)

Credit: Oakleigh Fairs

The Northamptonshire Food Show will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary this weekend at Delapre Abbey Park.

Visitors can enjoy a range of food and drink from across the region including condiments, artisan cheeses, home cured fresh meat, dairy products, confectionary, bakery, wine and beer.

A full programme of food and cookery demonstrations will be on offer. Celebrity chef Sophie Grigson will be on hand to give visitors cooking tips and advice.

We are really looking forward to bringing Northamptonshire Food Show to the heart of the county and to the show’s success at Delapre Abbey Park for many years to come”

– Charlie Owen, MD Oakleigh Fairs

For times, prices and more information visit: http://www.oakleighfairs.co.uk/NorthantsFood/

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Weekend Picks: Matlock Bath Illuminations

Matlock Bath Illuminations: Sat 10th - Sun 11th Sept (Derwent Gardens, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire)

Matlock Bath Illuminations Credit: Peter Reed

The 2016 Matlock Bath Illuminations will be switched on this weekend and will run until 29th October.

Magical decorated and illuminated boats will parade on the River Derwent every Saturday and Sunday. Firework nights will also take place every Saturday evening from next weekend (17th September).

Sundays will feature special family oriented themed nights and performances by brass bands in the Derwent Gardens bandstand.

Last year’s Illuminations attracted well over 100,000 visitors to Matlock Bath…

We’re hoping visitor numbers are high again for the 2016 season of a fabulous traditional festival.”

– Tom Donnelly, Chairman of the District of the Derbyshire Dales Councillor Councillor
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Weekend Picks: Food and Drink Festival

Children dancing at the Leamington Food & Drink Festival Credit: Mischa Haller

The Leamington Food and Drink festival is back this weekend for the 9th annual year.

There will be more than 150 traders offering culinary delights to visitors as well as a Live Kitchen, Kids Cookery School, competitions and live music.

There will also be a BBQ Masterclass for visitors to learn how to make the perfect grill.

The food and drink festival is always a landmark occasion in Leamington’s calendar which attracts thousands of visitors from across the country.

People can look forward to an exciting programme of demonstrations, cooking and baking competitions as well as sampling a wide range of delicious dishes”

– Stephanie Kerr, executive director of BID Leamington

For times, prices and more information visit: http://www.leamingtonfoodfestival.co.uk/

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Weekend Picks: Nottingham Mela

Nottingham Mela: Fri 9th - Sun 11th Sept (Various Locations, Nottingham)

Credit: Bartosz Kali

Nottingham's annual South Asian celebration returns this weekend.

The Nottingham Mela is a three day event of music, dance, film screenings, sports, family friendly activities and traditional cuisine.

To coincide with the National Heritage Open Days, on Sunday the festival will fill Nottingham Castle with an extravaganza of family activities.

Visitors can expect an array of live music, dance performances, sports and games, family fun, food and craft stalls, as well as tuk-tuk rides around the park.

With a blend of traditional and contemporary, our aim is to provide an opportunity for artists from diverse disciplines to share their immense talents with audiences over the course of the weekend.

We aim to offer a chance for all to relax and delight in the beauty and spirit of this vibrant South Asian festival”.

– Sooree Pillay, New Art Exchange Producer and Mela Co-producer

For times, prices and more information visit: http://www.nae.org.uk/event/nottingham-mela-2016/395

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Weekend Picks: Birmingham Heritage Week

Birmingham Heritage Week: Thurs 8th - Sun 11th Sept (Birmingham)

Credit: Birmingham Museums Trust

Birmingham Heritage Week organisers are encouraging local people and visitors to explore and learn something new about the city.

This year’s heritage programme aims to inspire young people to learn more about its history. Organisers say visitors will be able to learn about some of the city’s hidden gems such as Highbury Hall in Moseley, the former residence of Joseph Chamberlain.

For full event listings, prices and more information visit: www.birminghamheritageweek.co.uk

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Weekend Picks: Food Gusto Festival

Food Gusto Festival: Sat 10th - Sun 11th Sept (Castle Pleasure Grounds, Tamworth)

Food Gusto Tamworth Festival Credit: Food Gusto Tamworth Festival

The annual Food Gusto Tamworth Festival will take place across two days this weekend. Visitors can enjoy live music, cookery demonstrations and a range of local produce from the area.

There will also be locally brewed beers and local English wines in the beer tent.

For times, prices and more information visit: http://tamworthfestival.co.uk/

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Weekend Picks: Grow Your Own Show

Grow Your Own Show: Sat 10th Sept (Woodthorpe Park, Nottingham)

Allotment associations and local food producers will be selling produce, and winter vegetable plant Credit: Nottingham City Council

Food growing, baking, beekeeping and crafts are among a bumper crop of attractions at the Grow Your Own show at Woodthorpe Park in Nottingham this weekend.

The event is an annual fixture on the park’s calendar, celebrating allotments, community gardens and backyard food growing. This year it will also feature a traditional country show, with a baking competition.

New and experienced growers will be able to pick up tips and ideas through a series of free talks throughout the day, put on by the Royal Horticultural Society and local experts.

The Grow Your Own show is always a popular day out and this year promises to be bigger and better than ever with a whole range of new attractions and ways that people can get involved.

We are especially pleased that Notts Bee Keepers are back again with their annual honey show - and that home-baked cakes are on the event menu this year!”

– Councillor Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Culture and Tourism

For times, a programme of all the workshops and more information visit: http://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/allotments

John Barrowman jokes about 'Loose Women tumble'

The television actor and stage performer spoke to ITV News Central about how he recently hit the headlines by falling 'head over heels' behind the desk on the set of Loose Women.

The star of Doctor Who and Torchwood insisted that he was 'fine' and found the whole incident 'hilarious.

Barrowman will appear in a pantomime version of Dick Whittington in Birmingham this December.

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