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Weekend Picks: Warwickshire Pride

Warwickshire Pride: Sat 20th Aug (Pump Room Gardens, Royal Leamington Spa)

Warwickshire Pride takes place in Leamington Spa this weekend. Credit: Leanne Taylor

Diversity will be celebrated this weekend at Warwickshire Pride in Leamington Spa.

The family friendly event will have a Royal theme this year and feature food and drink from around the world, live performances on stage throughout the day, fairground rides and a royal themed Warwickshire Pride Dog Show.

Warwickshire Pride is a fantastic, positive celebration of LGBT culture and diversity.

Anyone is welcome to come to the festival, not just LGBT people. We’ve made sure it’s a whole family friendly event and we’ll have lots going on for people of all ages to enjoy.”

– Daniel Browne, Director of Warwickshire Pride

For times, prices and more information visit: www.warwickshirepride.co.uk

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Weekend Picks: Bus Festival

Buses Festival: Sun 21st Aug (British Motor Museum, Gaydon, Warwickshire)

The festival will feature a display of up to 100 restored, vintage and modern buses and coaches. Credit: British Motor Museum

The Buses Festival, which celebrates one of Britain’s most favourite modes of transport returns for a third year at the British Motor Museum this Sunday.

The festival will feature a display of up to 100 restored, vintage and modern buses and coaches.

Visitors can also take a ride on a heritage bus around local routes and the Museum’s internal road network.

“The Buses Festival is a great day out for bus and coach enthusiasts as well as families.

The Festival’s continuing popularity has made it one of the best classic and modern bus and coach events of the year”.

– Tom Caren, British Motor Museum

For times, prices and more information visit: www.busesfestival.com

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Weekend Picks: Leicester Mela

Leicester Mela: Sun 21st Aug (Various locations, Leicester)

Dancers at Leicester’s Highcross shopping centre Credit: Leicester Belgrave Mela

This Sunday there’ll be a mix of live music, dance, food and fashion at the Leicester Mela.

Events will take place across in various locations around the city centre. Leicester Market will be transformed into the UK’s biggest shopping bazaar featuring a giant Indian Food Court.

The festival will host two live entertainment stages featuring everything from Bollywood and bhangra dancing to Kathak and hip hop music.

“We’re delighted to welcome both international and local artists and give audiences in Leicester a chance to experience these unique art forms for free… From dancers and musicians to singers and poets, the festival will showcase an eclectic mix of Asian talent.”

– Festival Manager, Pravin Mistry

For times and more information visit: http://www.leicester-mela.co.uk/

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Weekend Picks: Gin Festival

Gin Festival: Sat 20th - Sun 21st Aug: Churnet Valley Railway, North Staffordshire

Churnet Valley Railway will host its first Gin Festival this weekend. Credit: Churnet Valley Railway

Visitors will be able to sample a selection of more than 40 different gins at the Railway’s three stations and onboard all of the day’s service trains.

There’ll be a full timetable of heritage passenger trains over both the Saturday and Sunday, with additional live music on each day too. For those not interested in Gin, a small variety of craft ciders will be available.

The prospect of catching a heritage train to move between bars at each of our stations, in order to try all the various styles we have on offer will hopefully capture visitors’ imagination just as it has done with the Rail Ale Festival..."

– – ANTHONY HANCOCK, CHURNET VALLEY RAILWAY DIRECTOR

For times, prices and more information visit: www.churnet-valley-railway.co.uk

Weekend Picks: UK Monster Truck Nationals

UK Monster Truck Nationals: Sun 21st Aug (Santa Pod Raceway, Northamptonshire)

This annual event features head-to- head monster truck racing and monster truck freestyle Credit: Monster Truck Nationals

Some of the greatest monster trucks in Europe will be on show this weekend for the UK’s Monster Truck Showdown which will take place in Northamptonshire.

This annual event features head-to- head monster truck racing and monster truck freestyle, where drivers can crush various obstacles including a bus.

The car-crushing vehincles have giant wheels and stand over 12 feet tall. They weigh over 5 tonnes and have up to 1,500 horsepower.

Spectators can also expect to see Australian world record stuntman where he will be performing unique quad-bike tricks.

“This year we have more attractions than ever - including replica mini Monster Trucks for children to drive, plus 2 full-size Monster Trucks that give passenger rides…

The highlight of the show is always the ‘Freestyle’ contest which this year will feature these giant Monster Trucks jumping over a London bus!”

– Organiser Neil English of National Events

For times, prices and more information visit: www.monstertrucknationals.co.uk

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Weekend Picks: Food & Craft Market

Food & Craft Market: Sat 20th Aug (Penkridge Market, Stafford)

Pickles - Ben Rabbits Credit: Penkridge Market

Penkridge Market will be holding a Fine Food & Craft Market this weekend where visitors will be able to sample and buy local produce from cheeses, breads and olives, to homemade cakes, pies and preserves.

There will also be local farms, selling meat and poultry, as well as a fresh fish counter.

It’s not just food that will be at the market, shoppers will be able to purchase handmade jewellery, vintage gifts and homeware from craft stall holders.

For times and more information visit: www.penkridgemarket.co.uk

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Weekend Picks: Caribbean Carnival

Caribbean Carnival: Sat 20th - Sun 21st Aug (Victoria Embankment, Nottingham)

The carnival parade will run along the Embankment Credit: Denphoto

The annual Nottingham Carnival will take place this weekend at Victoria Embankment.

The two day celebration will begin with a music festival on Saturday and a community-led carnival on the Sunday.

The carnival parade will run along the Embankment, where it first started in 1958. It will feature hundreds of colourful costumes and dancing along the riverside and through The Meadows.

The parade will return to the park for more entertainment and music. The carnival will begin at 2pm.

'United Colours of Nottingham Carnival’ is the theme for this year’s event, which brings together people from all walks of life to experience a taste of Caribbean Carnival”

– Chair, Richard Renwick

For times, prices and more information visit: http://emccan.org/nottingham-caribbean-carnival/

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'Up and away' for Northampton's Balloon Festival

Last year's festival Credit: ITV News Anglia

Hot air balloons from all over the country will gather today for Northampton's annual Balloon Festival.

The popular event at Billing Aquadrome is celebrating its 27th anniversary.

Thousands of people are expected to attend over the weekend.

Northampton Balloon Festival 2015 Credit: ITV News Anglia

"The balloonists are excited about the annual event giving both local and others from further afield the chance to flying above the Northamptonshire countryside. This continues with the support provided by Billing Aquadrome for the last seven years, since the event moved from the Racecourse in 2009."

– Spokesperson for the balloon festival
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