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Weekend Picks: Science LIVE

Auto Science LIVE: 19th March - 10th April (British Motor Museum, Warwickshire)

There'll be a range of events throughout the East holidays Credit: British Motor Museum

The British Motor Museum are putting on a range of craft, interactive workshops and science shows as part of its Auto Science LIVE event over Easter.

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

Weekend picks: Birklands Ringing Group

Sat 19th March (Sherwood Forest Country Park, Nottingham)

Sherwood Forest Credit: Nottinghamshire County Council

Birklands ringing group are operating a bird ringing station at Sherwood Forest Country Park this weekend.

“It is a great opportunity for the everyone to come and see this activity taking place. It takes place each year and is important as it enables us to keep track of, and understand more about the age and populations of different sorts of birds in the forest which include blue tits, redpoll and goldfinches."

– Charleen Case, Nottinghamshire County Council Warden at Sherwood Forest

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

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Weekend Picks: Bournville BookFest

Bournville BookFest: Sat 19th - Sun 20th March (Birmingham)

Professor McGinty, writer behind Time Travels Adventures Credit: Dan Cottle

Birmingham’s children’s book festival, Bournville BookFest, is back for another year this weekend. More than 80 events will take place in 13 different venues from Bournville to Library of Birmingham, Longbridge, Yardley Wood and Shard End.

The festival will celebrate the fun of storytelling with everyone from babies to young adults.

Authors, poets, illustrators, storytellers, actors, journalists, cartoonists, historians, dancers and performers will be inspiring youngsters to read, write and get passionate about stories.

“Bournville BookFest 2016 is going to be full of fresh ideas, laughter, music, and fun. We have something for everyone, from musical story sing-alongs for babies to Gangsta Granny drama workshops and poetry rap for older children.

“Many of our events are entirely free and we’ve taken the festival to new areas of the city so as many families as possible can join in the fun”

– Festival director and founder Sarah Mullen

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

Weekend Picks: X Factor Auditions

X-Factor Auditions: Sun 13th March (Leicester)

X Factor auditions come to Leicester this weekend Credit: X Factor/Syco

X Factor auditions are coming to Highcross shopping centre in Leicester this weekend. Auditions will take place next to McDonalds on the Upper Mall. Doors open at 10am and will close at 6pm prompt.

For prices, opening times and more information visit: http://www.highcrossleicester.com/events/x-factor-auditions

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Weekend Picks: St Patrick’s Day Parade

St Patrick’s Day Parade: Sun 13th March (Birmingham)

St Patrick’s Day Parade will take place in Birmingham this Sunday Credit: PA Images

This year’s St Patrick’s Day Parade will take place in Birmingham city centre this weekend. The parade has been organised by the St Patrick’s Festival Committee and Birmingham City Council.

The parade will begin at Camp Hill at noon and make its way into Digbeth High Street. The parade will finish around 2PM, with the massed pipe bands marching down to the Irish Centre at 2.30PM, led by St Patrick.

For prices, opening times and more information visit: http://stpatricksbirmingham.com/

Weekend Picks: Disabled Access Day

Disabled Access Day: 12th March (Anne Hathaway's Cottage & Gardens, Stratford-upon-Avon)

Visitors are being invited to Anne Hathaway’s Cottage for a fun day of multi sensory activities Credit: The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

This Saturday visitors are being invited to Anne Hathaway’s Cottage for a fun day of multi sensory activities.

The family friendly event includes making lavender bags, braiding and weaving, brass rubbing, identifying bird song, and playing Tudor games. Activities will take place in the cottage, in the accessible marquee and around the grounds.

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is putting on the event to provide opportunities for vulnerable older people and anyone with disabilities to experience all that the cottage has to offer.

“One of our main aims of the day is to provide opportunities for vulnerable older people and those with disabilities, together with their families and carers, to find real enjoyment from their visit to the cottage and gardens.

Working with iconic historic venues creates some challenges in terms of access, however the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is focussed on making sure Shakespeare can be available to and enjoyed by all.”

– Becky Cund, Director of HR & Administration at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

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

Weekend Picks: Chocolate Festival

Chocolate Festival: 11th - 12th March (Coventry)

Chocolate festival in Coventry this week Credit: FarGo Village

FarGo Village in Coventry will host a chocolate festival this weekend. There’ll be over 25 chocolate producers from all over the country at the two day festival.

Visitors can expect to sample sweet treats including American chocolates, cheesecakes, chocolate cocktails and chocolate body butter.

“People love chocolate and as we are so close to Easter we decided to run the first event and the reaction has been so more than we could have imagined. It’s going to be a fun weekend, with a great selection of street food and music too. Chocolate is always the answer, whatever the question!”

– Kelly Iles, Director off Spangles Candy

For prices, opening times and more information visit: http://www.fargovillage.co.uk/fargo-events/

Weekend Picks: Pie Festival

Great British Festival of Pies: Sat 12th March (Market Place, Melton Mowbray)

Who'll be crowned Supreme Champion in the Great British Pie Festival Credit: Melton Borough Council

This Saturday some of the best pie makers in the country will be hoping to be crowned Supreme Champion in the Great British Pie Festival grand finale.

Pie producers will be coming to Melton Mowbray showcasing their multi-award winning game and meat pies to deliciously sweet fruit pies. There’ll also be an opportunity for visitors to buy the finest pies that the country has to offer at the festival. There’ll be live music and dancing to keep visitors entertained throughout.

“We are hoping that the event will become the grand finale of both British Pie Week and the British Pie Awards, by providing the public with the opportunity to buy some of the UK’s most acclaimed pies. We will be hijacking the Market Place to celebrate everything that’s good about pies !”

– Lisa Brown, Town Centre Manager

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

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