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Derby Quad pays tribute to Sir John Hurt

Sir John Hurt at Derby Film Festival in 2014. Credit: ITV News Central

The Derby Quad arts centre has paid tribute Sir John Hurt after the distinguished actor died aged 77.

He was the centre's first patron and often visited the city of Derby, after spending his childhood in Chesterfield.


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Weekend Picks: The Herefordshire Weir Garden

Kenchester, Hereforshire: Friday & Saturday 28th & 29th January 10:30-16:00

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"Escape to this spectacular riverside garden and be absorbed by natural beauty"

It's time to brush off the winter blues and dust down your walking boots at the Weir Garden in Herefordshire.

With the change in temperatures during January the colour of the gardens change to reveal a dramatic landscape but it doesn't last for long.

You can learn about the four families behind the 10 acre walled garden’s transformation and discover the good old days of the 1920s, seeing the gardens through the eyes of the original gardeners and curators.

The ruins of a Roman temple associated with a high-status Roman villa, lie inside the Weir Garden by the River Wye as an octagonal cistern filled by a spring, and a ruined buttress by the river, make up the highest standing Roman ruins in the area.

It provides both an exciting and educational day out for all so why not join the snowdrops and make an early appearance at the Weir Garden this weekend.


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Weekend Picks: Chinese New Year in Nottingham

Nottingham Civic Centre & Market Square: Saturday 28 January.

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This weekend in Nottingham there are many opportunities to see and participate in activities which regularly feature as part of China’s new year celebrations.

In the Market Square there will be arts and crafts including calligraphy, brush painting and paper cutting, storytelling, music and dance as well as performances by Nottingham Chinese School.

Chinese broadcaster CCTV will also be in attendance at the event to record some of the activities for use in their annual Chinese New Year broadcast.

Gedling Play Forum and Gedling Council will later present an arts and crafts event with a Chinese theme to celebrate the year of the Rooster.

You can join in the event for free and get involved with the oriental inspired arts and crafts activities as well as watching a traditional Lion Dance.

There will be a Chinese story telling session for the children with an opportunity to take part in some musical events.

To all of our viewers, Kung Hey Fat Choi. (Happy New Year)

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Weekend Picks: Wheelchair Basketball Club

Bert Williams Leisure Centre, Wolverhampton: Saturday 28th January, from 10am

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Wheelchair Basketball at Wolverhampton Bert Williams Leisure can provide many pathways for players to either begin or from which to progress.

It's a sport that's on the rise and given that there are very few requirements, there's little surprise its popularity has grown.

Players must be aged between 9 and 99 and be able to self-motivate a manual wheelchair, the centre will however do their very best to accommodate the needs of users in limited situations.

Qualified, Insured and DBS cleared coaches will provide leadership to participants and you can even borrow a wheelchair.

Read more about Wheelchair Basketball.

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Weekend Picks: The Story of Children’s Television

Derby Museum & Art Gallery: 28th & 29th January 10am - 5pm.

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From the earliest days of Muffin the Mule, generations of children have fallen in love with the characters and stories brought to life on the small screen.

This exhibition traces the history of children’s television, bringing together seven decades of iconic objects, memorabilia, merchandise, clips and images.

It's tipped to be an interactive filled event for kids, big and small, or in fact, for any age - the exhibition also showcases original props and characters, from Mummy Woodentop to The Wombles, Morph, Gordon the Gopher, Rastamouse and the singing veggies from Mr Bloom’s Nursery.

The Story of Children’s Television at Derby museum is the story of all of our childhoods, and how television helped to shape the way we view the world around us .

It's a free event and ends on Sunday, so why not join in and take a stroll down memory lane this weekend.

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Weekend Picks: Chinese New Year in Birmingham

Southside, China Town: Sunday January 29, 11am until 4pm

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To celebrate the year of the Rooster this Chinese New Year, a day of free fun-filled family events are due to take place across Birmingham.

Event organisers say the festival will celebrate the very best of Chinese culture in what's being tipped as the biggest event to celebrate the New Year, for 15 years.

Huge crowds are expected to trump last years 25,000 visitors on Sunday as the city's China Town district will host a day of free performances.

Activities taking place include lion dances, Jung-Fu, Martial Arts, fire artists, acrobatics, street food and traditional oriental lantern making.

Be sure to plan your route and parking as many road closures will be in place close to the events.

To all of our viewers, Kung Hey Fat Choi. (Happy New Year)

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