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Weekend Picks: Jazz Festival

Jazz and Blues Festival: Fri 27th - Mon 30th May (Newcastle-under-Lyme Town Centre)

Jazz performer Roy Forbes Credit: Purple Sprout

Dozens of live jazz and blues bands will take over Newcastle-under-Lyme town centre to celebrate its 11th annual Jazz and Blues Festival.

More than 80 live bands will perform at the festival including leading acts: Courtney Pine, Tipitina and Kent Duchaine.

Gigs will take place across 20 venues in town from Friday right through to Monday.Some of the venues are The Old Brown Jug, Lymestone Vaults,Revolution, Bar Social, The Full Moon, The Blackfriar and Blakeys.

As well as music, there will be a record fair on the Sunday and a charity market & fun-day on the bank holiday Monday.

“From swing or funk, bebop to blues, Newcastle under Lyme’s Jazz and Blues Festival never fails to deliver and delight music lovers of all ages and genres - and this year’s event will be no different!”

– Eddie Leligdowicz, BID Chair

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

  1. Maya Patel

Weekend Picks: Jazz and Blues Festival

Jazz and Blues Festival: Fri 27th - Mon 30th May (Newcastle-under-Lyme Town Centre)

Jazz performer Roy Forbes Credit: Purple Sprout

Dozens of live jazz and blues bands will take over Newcastle-under-Lyme town centre to celebrate its 11th annual Jazz and Blues Festival.

More than 80 live bands will perform at the festival including leading acts: Courtney Pine, Tipitina and Kent Duchaine.

Gigs will take place across 20 venues in town from Friday right through to Monday.Some of the venues are The Old Brown Jug, Lymestone Vaults,Revolution, Bar Social, The Full Moon, The Blackfriar and Blakeys.

As well as music, there will be a record fair on the Sunday and a charity market & fun-day on the bank holiday Monday.

“From swing or funk, bebop to blues, Newcastle under Lyme’s Jazz and Blues Festival never fails to deliver and delight music lovers of all ages and genres - and this year’s event will be no different!”

– Eddie Leligdowicz, BID Chair

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

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Weekend Picks: Fertility Fest

Fertility Fest: Sat 28th May (Rep Theatre, Birmingham)

Creatives will discuss what it means to start a family Credit: Birmingham Repertory Theatre

In the first UK event of its kind, Fertility Fest brings together twenty of the country’s leading writers, visual artists, theatre makers, film directors and composers in one day of performance and debate, to discuss starting a family.

“Fertility Fest will be a unique and uncompromising look at the pursuit of parenthood in the modern world … It’s a topic that has to be talked about more because despite affecting so many people it’s still a taboo.”

I hope Fertility Fest 2016 will begin to change this because I fundamentally believe that great artists tell it like it is and this is a subject that the world needs to hear more about.”

– Jessica Hepburn, Festival Director

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

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Weekend Picks: Summer Food and Drink Festival

Summer Food and Drink Festival: Sun 29 May (Leicester Market)

There’ll be street food from local producers and farmers Credit: Rui Vieira / PA Archive/PAImages

A Summer Food and Drink Festival will take place at Leicester market this weekend.

There’ll be a host of street food from local producers and farmers, a licensed drinks zone, cooking demonstrations and live music to keep visitors entertained.

TV chef and actress Rustie Lee will also be attending the Festival as a special guest conducting cooking demonstrations throughout the event.

There’ll be delicacies from around the world as well as local treats including burgers, gourmet hot dogs, American-style smoked meat, cupcakes and baked goods.

For prices, opening times and more information visit: http://www.leicestermarket.co.uk/all/news/

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Weekend Picks: Birmingham Pride

Birmingham Pride 2016: Sat 28th - Sun 29th May (Birmingham City Centre)

A picture from Birmingham Pride 2014 Credit: ITV News Central

Birmingham’s annual pride festival takes place this weekend starting with a carnival parade of floats and costumes from Victoria Square.

Organisers say it’s the largest LGBT two day festival in the UK which features a Carnival Parade through the city centre, plus the Main Pride Festival Site featuring the main stage, dance arena, cabaret marquee and funfair.

Birmingham Pride is a celebration of the city's diverse LGBT community and is open to all.

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

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Weekend Picks: Classic Car Motor Show

Classic Car Motor Show: Sun 29th - Sat 30th May (Ragley Hall, Warwickshire)

Performer Jayne Darling will be at the Classic Motor Show this weekend Credit: Ragley Hall

The new look classic car motor show takes place at Ragley Hall this weekend.

Organisers say thousands are expected over the two days to see more than 600 vintage, classic, American, kit and custom cars as well as motorcycles and commercial vehicles.

New for 2016 is an interactive arena where visitors can find out more about the vehicles, as well as listen to live music and classic memories from the 1940’ to 1980’s.

Several car clubs will be in attendance at the event including the Metropolitan Owners Club and Austin 10 Driver Club celebrating the history of local car production at Longbridge.

The Lotus Drivers Club will be celebrating their 50th anniversary with a special display on the Sunday.

“We are delighted to host the classic car show over the May bank holiday weekend … With something for everyone, the show is a great day out for all the family and not just motor enthusiasts!”

– Hilary Philpott, House Manager at Ragley Hall & Gardens

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

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Weekend Picks: Warwick Food Festival

Warwick Food Festival: Sun 29th May (Market Square, Warwick)

There'll be street food, vegetarian friendly dishes, craft beers and wines Credit: Warwick Food Festival

There'll be more than 60 stalls offering some of the finest produce around Warwickshire when the Warwick Food Festival returns this weekend for the second year.

The festival celebrates all things local to the town and will host a range of food and drink producers from across the region.

Traders will be selling everything from street food, vegetarian friendly dishes, craft beers, wines and soft drinks.

There’ll also be music, dance performances, and children’s activities, plus cookery demonstrations for aspiring chefs in the area.

This year's food festival is going to be an action packed day. We have a great range of food, drink and entertainment on offer.

This event is a fantastic showcase of the local produce available in our area and this is a festival you don't want to miss."

– CJ's Events Warwickshire spokesperson

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

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Weekend Picks: Food and Drink Festival

Food and Drink Festival: Sat 28th - Mon 30th May (Nottingham Castle, Nottingham)

Celebrity chefs Tom Kerridge and Gregg Wallace will be handing out cooking advice Credit: Edward Smith / EMPICS Entertainment /PA Images

All things food and drink will be celebrated this weekend at Nottingham Castle.

There'll be a medley of stalls adorning the castle grounds, selling everything from local produce and hot food, to home and kitchen goods and artisan crafts.

Visitors can expect to see a whole host of celebrity chefs handing out cookery tips and tricks including Tom Kerridge and Gregg Wallace.

Local producers will also be demonstrating their skills such as cheese making and beer and wine masterclasses.

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

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Weekend Picks: Great Malvern Food Festival

Great Malvern Food Festival: Mon 30th May (Priory Church, Malvern)

There’ll be more than 60 stalls of locally produced food, drink and crafts Credit: Malvern Hills District Council

The Great Malvern Food Festival takes place this Bank Holiday weekend in the grounds of Great Malvern Priory Church.

Organisers say the event will celebrate the wide range of high quality food and drink produced in the town and surrounding area.

Chefs will be on hand to offer visitors advice on how to eat well on a budget as well as share their skills on bread making, vegetarian cooking and world cuisine.

There’ll also be activities and entertainment for children including a bushcraft cookery workshop, biscuit decorating and solving food related puzzles.

“The festival is now in its sixth year and always attracts thousands of visitors, we are really looking forward to seeing the town buzzing with people having fun and enjoying everything that the food festival has to offer.”

– Simon Smith, Malvern Hills District Council

For prices, opening times and more information visit: http://www.visitthemalverns.org/the_great_malvern_food_festival

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