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Weekend Picks: A free Christmas at the Castle

Throughout December: Stafford Castle and Visitor Centre, Newport Road

First built by William the Conqueror to subdue the rebellious population, the Castle here has dominated the Stafford skyline for over 900 years, and over 900 Christmases.

Now you can uncover the secrets of the ancient site through the Norman times, the medieval period, the English Civil War and right up to the present day, as part of an alternative Christmas experience.

Take a walk through the castle woodland and solve a Christmas riddle for a chance to be entered in to a free festive prize draw.

Cookies and hot chocolate will be available in the visitor centre throughout the free event and there are some unique gifts available with all proceeds helping to maintain this impressive symbol of our regions heritage.

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No trains at Stafford after signalling failure

All lines are blocked at Stafford train station due to a fault with the signalling system, causing serious disruption this evening.

Virgin Trains confirmed that coaches were being ordered for several services, and directed customers to their website for live updates.

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Weekend Picks: Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show

Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show: Sat 15th - 16th Oct (Staffordshire County Showground, Stafford)

Credit: Joe Dick

The Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show takes place this weekend.

This year’s show will welcome former racers Dave Aldana, Don Emde, Mert Lawwill and Gene Romero who’ll be sharing their stories with showgoers.

There will be a dedicated Suzuki area at this year’s event where Barry Sheene’s 1976 and 1977 world championship-winning bikes will be on display for visitors to take a look at.

For times, prices and more information: www.classicbikeshows.com/event/carole-nash-classic-motorcycle-mechanics-show/

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Weekend Picks: Stafford Blues Festival

Fri 2nd - Sun 4th Sept (Lower Drayton Farm, Penkridge)

Organisers say musicians from all over the UK are expected to attend. Credit: Paul Milgate-Scarrott

Organisers say musicians from all over the UK are expected to attend the second Blues Festival in Stafford this weekend.

From Friday night and throughout the weekend there will be a mixture of blues and rock mixed soul, jazz and funk.

It’s not just music, there’ll be a variety of food available throughout the weekend, children’s entertainment including animal feeding in the petting farm to a Maize Maze children can have a wander around in.

“We have an amazing lineup of artists playing over the weekend all types of rock and blues many returning again this year as they blew everyone away last year. - Lorraine Conkey, Event Director

The weekend line up includes: Rainbreakers, Cold Flame, Used Blues, Rain Acoustic Duo from Stoke, Narn, Barrelhouse Jukes.

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

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