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Weekend Picks: Overnight ghost hunt in Stratford-upon-Avon

History tour, ghost hunt workshop and vigils in Stratford-upon-Avon this weekend. Credit: UK Ghost Nights

Join the ghost night this Saturday where you’ll be able to take part in a history tour, ghost hunt workshop, vigils using the latest ghost hunting technology and traditional methods such as spirit boards, table tipping and glass moving.

The building dates back to the 1400's and over the years there have been many reports of paranormal activity.

Note the event is for over 18s only.

See more here: UK Ghost Night


Weekend Picks: Shakespeare Fun Palace

Shakespeare Fun Palace Credit: The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

This weekend families are invited to go back in time and enjoy Shakespeare inspired events as you’ll get a glimpse of what 16th century England was like.

There’ll be lots for children to enjoy from dance and music workshops, dressing up, quill writing or even listen to speeches from legendary Shakespeare plays. The fun palace is open to all ages and entry is free.

See more at the Shakespeare Fun Palace

We’re thrilled to bring the Fun Palaces project to Stratford-upon-Avon this year where local people can come along and take part in a huge variety of creative and science-related activities, with a Shakespearian twist!

There really is something for everyone and we hope that people will come along and be part of this wonderful celebration of creativity and community.

– Dr Anjna Chouhan, Shakespeare Fun Palace team

Pedestrian hit by car and seriously injured

The car after the crash Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

A man has suffered suspected back, head and pelvic injuries after a car crashed into him as he walked in Warwickshire this morning.

It happened on Warwick Road in Stratford at 9.35am.

The pedestrian - a man in his fifties - was immobilised and given pain relief and then flown to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire. Doctors there were alerted about the severity of his injuries.


Weekend picks: Blue Rodeo Country and Western Festival

Blue Rodeo Country and Western Festival Credit: Redditch Westerners

Some of the UK’s leading country and western artists will be heading down to Stratford-on-Avon Racecourse this weekend for the Blue Rodeo Country and Western Festival.

Not only will there be amazing live music but also arena displays, native American Tipi's, an American civil war encampment, western stalls and pioneers and settlers log cabins.

The Redditch Westerners 17th annual Blue Rodeo country and western festival, takes place this weekend at Stratford upon Avon Racecourse. Live country music on Saturday 11 am till 11pm and on Sunday 11 am till 6.30pm...

Also featuring authentic cowboy camps, log cabins, native American village, American Civil war camps and an array of western stalls”

– John Hopkins (chairman)

Medical student saves canoeist who has heart attack and capsizes boat

A general view of the newly rebuilt Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford on Avon. Credit: David Jones/PA Archive/PA Images

A defibrillator from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford was used by a third-year medical student on a canoeist who suffered a suspected heart attack and then a cardiac arrest.

It happened near the theatre and West Midlands Ambulance Service was called shortly after 8pm.

The man, who is believed to be in his fifties, became unwell in his boat which then capsized and he was submerged.

"Other canoeists got him out of the water and dragged him to the side. When our crews arrived, the medical student had used the defibrillator from the theatre and was giving CPR.

“Crews then administered advanced life support and he was sedated by the air ambulance doctor before being flown to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire and its awaiting trauma team.

“It’s another example of why we want as many defibrillators in public places as possible.”

– A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman
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