Weekend Picks: What's on this weekend in the Midlands

Your guide to what's on across the East and West Midlands for June 11th and 12th.

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  1. Maya Patel

Weekend Picks: Food and Drink Festival

Coventry Food and Drink Festival: Sat 11th June (Broadgate, Coventry City Centre)

More than more than forty traders across the region will be at the food festival Credit: Fredrik von Erichsen/DPA/Press Association Images

The first Food and Drink Festival at Broadgate in Coventry takes places this weekend.

There’ll be a selection of hot and cold food and drink from more than 40 traders across Warwickshire and the rest of the Midlands.

There’ll be international delicacies, street food and top quality produce to take home to your kitchen, fizz and ales for adults as well as entertainment for children.

“Other towns and cities across the country have such events and so it seemed natural to us that Coventry and the wonderfully renovated Broadgate should have its own event...

We also aim to focus and champion local businesses and the exhibitor list for this first event in Coventry really is impressive.”

– Louise Davis, Managing Director LEAD Event Management

For opening times and more information visit: http://www.coventry.gov.uk/events

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Weekend Picks: RHS Flower Show

RHS Chatsworth Flower Show: Mon 7th – Sat 11th June (Chatsworth Estate, Derbyshire)

Students and new designers will showcase their design skills Credit: RHS/Chatsworth Estate

RHS Chatsworth Flower Show runs until Saturday this weekend.

Set within the 1000 acre parkland, cutting-edge design will be the focus of the garden content, with many different fresh ideas being showcased.

There will also be a focus on ‘Future Heritage’, which looks to incorporate local crafts and skills such as dry stone walling and use it in a contemporary way.

Students and new designers will also have a chance to get their design skills noticed in a new competition ‘Gardening in a Changing World’.

"Our aim is to create a new show that champions the horticultural innovation of today and the future, and encourages exhibitors to be progressive and think outside the box"

– Nick Mattingley, RHS Shows Director

For opening times and more information visit: https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-chatsworth-flower-show


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Weekend Picks: Let's Rock Birmingham!

Let's Rock Birmingham!: Sat 11th June (Sandwell Valley Country Park, West Bromwich)

British Pop singer Kim Wilde performs on stage in 2012 Credit: Revierfoto / DPA/PA Images

Let’s Rock Birmingham! takes place at Sandwell Valley Country Park this weekend.

The line-up of artists including Holly Johnson, Kim Wilde, Jimmy Somerville and ABC, will bring visitors some of the very best music from the 80s.

The event is aimed at the whole family, with entertainment for everyone. Children can enjoy a range of activities including a circus workshops, face painting, crafts, tricycles and the “Disco Shack”.

VIP tickets allow access to a funky 80s themed VIP enclosure, where you can sit back and relax in the comfy chill out zone or enjoy the outdoor seating area.

For opening times and more information visit: www.letsrockbirmingham.com

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Weekend Picks: New Mills Carnival

New Mills Carnival: Sat 11th June (New Mills, High Peak, Derbyshire)

Visitors can have a go at learning some circus skills Credit: New Mills Carnival

Thousands are expected to join the New Mills Carnival Parade in Derbyshire this weekend.

The theme this year will be Theatre and the parade will set off at 1pm from High St, making its way along Market Street.

Among those taking part are New Mills Brass band, Urban Gypsies, Kinder Mountain Rescue, the Tin Man and The Wicked Witch, as well as New Mills Army Cadets, all local schools, and community groups including The Art Theatre and New Mills Festival.

As well as the traditional fairground and organ, visitors can have a go at learning some circus skills, bushcraft survival skills and get up close with the Majestic owls.

"New Mills Carnival attracts thousands of people from the surrounding area and this year will be no different as the long musical parade winds its way through the town centre...

Culminating in a festival of fun on the Carnival field with food stalls from around the world, local beers, live music, market stalls and huge fun fair"

– Jan Smith, Carnival volunteer

For opening times, prices and more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/NewMillsCarnival/timeline

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Weekend Picks: Classic & Vintage Commercial Show

Classic & Vintage Commercial Show: Sat 11th - Sun 12th June (British Motor Museum, Gaydon, Warwickshire)

More than 400 classic and vintage vehicles will be on display Credit: British Motor Museum

Step back in time to days gone by as more than 400 classic and vintage vehicles will be on display at the British Motor Museum this weekend.

On display will be an array of commercial vehicles including the lightweight Morris J Type and Ford Transit van through to the Scammell Heavy Haulage Tractors. There will also be an indoor model show within the Museum with more than 160 tables of models on display.

Organisers say the event is one of the largest classic commercial shows in Europe, attracts a number of overseas visitors.

“This show is a real step back in time and a fascinating nostalgia trip, even for those not interested in commercial vehicles. We’re expecting around 4,000 visitors to attend and around 400 vehicles on display for everyone to enjoy”.

– Tom Caren, Show Manager, British Motor Museum

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

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Weekend Picks: World Gin Day

World Gin Day: Sat 11th June (National Space Centre, Leicester)

Visitors will get to sample and purchase new types of gin Credit: Jared Peters

The National Space Centre is hosting an adults only Taste of Science evening this weekend to celebrate World Gin Day.

Visitors will get the chance to learn about gin from all over the world, sample and also purchase new types of gin.

This year the in house team are joined by even more gin brands, tonic and mixer producers, as well as live entertainment and cookery demonstrations.

“This is the third year we have celebrated World Gin Day and the event just keeps getting bigger and better.

This year we have added more amazing brands, a local live band, cookery demonstrations and even a session thanks to the Royal Society of Chemistry, where visitors can make their own gin!”

– Malika Andress, Head of Marketing at the National Space Centre

For opening times, prices and more information visit: http://spacecentre.co.uk/event/world-gin-day


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Weekend Picks: Food Festival

Food Festival: Sat 11th - Sun 12th June (Ragley Hall, Warwickshire)

Headline chefs are expected to attend Ragley Hall this weekend for the Great British Food Festival Credit: Ragley Hall

This weekend sees the return of the Great British Food Festival to Ragley Hall.

Alongside wonderful food and drink producers, there’ll be headline chef demonstrations, foodie talks, live music and entertainment for the children.

The Chef Demo stage will be welcoming Great British Bake Off finalists Luis Troyano and Miranda Gore Browne, who’ll later e judging the popular Cake Off competition where amateur bakers compete in three baking categories.

“We hope that people will head over to Ragley for some summer foodie fun this event brings.”

– Dan Maycock, Director.

For opening times and more information visit: http://www.greatbritishfoodfestival.com/

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Weekend Picks: Music in the Park

Music in the Park: Sat 11th June (Wistow Maze, Leicestershire)

Firework finale at Music in the Park Credit: Wistow Maze

This weekend take along a picnic and enjoy an evening of music in the park at Wistow Maze.

There’ll be local musicians and bands including the 'Double Yellers' and the award winning 'Hathern Brass Band’ providing entertainment. This highly popular annual charity concert is takes place on Saturday and is a great night out for all the family. The evening finishes with a fireworks display in front of Wistow Hall.

"It's a wonderful evening of music and fireworks for all the family with all proceeds going to charity”.

– Diana Brooks, Event organiser

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

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