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Weekend Picks: World Cup ‘66

World Cup ‘66: Sat 30th July (QUAD, Derby)

The film will be broadcast from the SSE Arena in Wembley Credit: World Cup '66: Minute By Minute

This weekend QUAD in Derby will be remembering England’s footballing success from the Summer of 1966.

Fifty years on music, history and football combine into a one-off event re-telling the story of the historic day. Bringing together match footage, stories, appearances from football heroes, and songs from 1966 - performed live by some of today’s artists.

Told in real time, minute by minute, World Cup '66: Minute By Minute will be broadcast live to cinemas from The SSE Arena, Wembley, just yards from where the original game was played.

“It’s a great way to celebrate English sporting success with a mix of live music and archive footage”

– Adam Marsh, QUAD Cinema Programmer

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Weekend Picks: Motor Show

Classic Motor Show: Sun 31st July (Stafford Castle, Stafford)

Ray Herritts with his Austin Standard 10. The motor will feature alongside other classic cars this weekend. Credit: Stafford Borough Council

Thousands of visitors are expected at Stafford Castle this Sunday for the classic motor show.

Now in its twelfth year there’ll be awards for the ‘Best Vehicles in Class’. Competition categories include: Pre 1920; 1920s & 30s, 1940s & 50s, 1960s & 70s, Future Classics, Best Vintage Tractor; Best Classic Commercial, Best Military Classic and Best Vintage Motorcycle.

Organisers of the car show are also inviting owners of veteran, vintage, classic and collectors’ cars to book their vehicles into the show.

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Weekend Picks: The Game Fair

The Game Fair: Fri 29th - Sun 31st July (Ragley Hall, Warwickshire)

Ariel view of Ragley Hall Credit: Marketing Aloud / Ragley Hall

Now in its 58th year, the Game Fair takes place at Ragley Hall this weekend.

The event celebrates British country life and field sports. More than 100,000 people are expected to take part in a range of activities this weekend including gundog handling, clay shooting, archery, fishing, falconry and ferreting.

There will also be food and drink, shopping stalls, as well as outdoor off-road driving.

“We are delighted to be hosting the 58th Game Fair which has always been one of the most popular shows at Ragley Hall.

From those passionate about country pursuits to families looking for a fun-filled day out, The Game Fair it set to be a great day out for everyone”.

– Hilary Philpott, House Manager at Ragley Hall

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Weekend Picks: Silverstone Classic

Silverstone Classic: Fri 29th - Sun 31st July (Silverstone, Northamptonshire)

More than 10,000 cars will be on display over the weekend Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography

More than 100,000 people are expected at Silverstone in Northamptonshire this weekend for the annual Silverstone Classic.

The event is the largest festival of classic cars in the world and celebrates historic British motor racing.

As well as action on the world famous Grand Prix track visitors will get full paddock access, watch track parades and displays from more than 10,000 cars over the weekend. There’ll also be interactive activities, demonstrations, live music, aerial displays and a vintage funfair.

“The Silverstone Classic now ranks as one of the world’s top motor racing festivals and being held at the home of British Motorsport only adds to the sense of occasion”.

– Nick Wigley, Goose Live Events

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Weekend Picks: Family Art & Science Festival

Family Festival of Art & Science: Sun 21st July (British Motor Museum, Warwickshire)

Visitors can learn how to make their own Shaun the Sheep clay model Credit: British Motor Museum

A new Family Festival of art and science will take place this Sunday.

Visitors can learn from an Aardman expert model maker how to make their own Shaun the Sheep clay model to take home.

There’ll also be a Go Kart track for 4-10 year olds, as well workshops, storytelling and drop in activities for all the family.

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Weekend Picks: Country Music Festival

Country Music Festival: Fri 29th - Sun 31st July (Newark Showground, Nottingham)

Band playing at the festival last year Credit: Dan Schofield

The FSA Country music festival is back for the year year and it’s being held at the Newark Showground in Nottingham.

Over the three day event, festival goers can expect to watch and hear music from upcoming modern UK Country artists.

Some of the artists on the lineup include: The Cheapseats, Jess and the Bandits, Luke and Mel and Laura Oakes.

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Weekend Picks: The Big Read

The Big Read: Sat 16th July - 13th September (Birmingham)

The Big Read book bench trail will run until 13th September Credit: Wild in Art

Over 170 BookBench sculptures, decorated by young people in the West Midlands as part of The Big Read, a unique arts project to promote literacy development, will be on public display in Birmingham.

There is also a whole host of literary-themed events and activities taking place around the displays to spark everybody’s interest in reading and writing.

Locations for the summer-long BookBench displays are widespread: Birmingham city centre and surrounding neighbourhoods, Solihull, Walsall, Sandwell and Coventry, with venues including Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Library of Birmingham, Grand Central, Waterstones, Foyles,Sarehole Mill, The Core and Coventry Central Library

Every decorated BookBench tells a special story and, together with a jam-packed summer of book-themed events and activities, we hope The Big Read encourages all generations to rekindle their passion for reading and writing.”

– Ben Reed, Development Director at Wild in Art

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