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Weekend Picks: Christmas Kingdom

‘Enchanted Christmas Kingdom: Sat 26th Nov - 24th Dec (Hatton World, Warwick)

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From Saturday Hatton Adventure World’s ‘Enchanted Christmas Kingdom’ returns every weekend up until Christmas.

Visitors of all ages can experience a magical Christmas as well as a visit to see Father Christmas in his Grotto. Organisers say well behaved children will receive a special present, they will get a Golden Key to unlock Father Christmas’ workshop and choose their own gift to their toyshop.

Visitors can see and do a range of things including a Christmas cracker show, fair rides and Christmas decoration making workshops.

For times, prices and more information: www.hattonworld.com/adventure-world

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Weekend Picks: Hearing Dogs Celebration

Hearing Dogs Celebration: Sat 12th Nov (Chase Meadow Community Centre, Warwick)

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Hearing Dogs for Deaf People are holding a celebration event this weekend in Warwick.

There’ll be a hearing dog demonstration during the event so visitors can see first hand how these very clever dogs work to sounds for their deaf recipients.

There’ll also be a number of stallholders selling dog bandanas to pickles and homemade jewellery through to knitted goods.

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People train dogs to help deaf people with everyday sounds that hearing people take for granted, such as the alarm clock, doorbell and smoke alarm.

In addition, the dogs offer independence, confidence and companionship and act as a bridge back into the communities that deaf people are so often isolated from.

This is the fifth year we are holding this event, but this year we are at the new venue of Chase Meadow Community Centre and are very much hoping that the local community will join us too.

There will be stall holders, an auction and perhaps most importantly – lots of cake!”

– Vicky Ryan, Community Fundraising Manager for the Midlands

For times, prices and more information: hearingdogs.org.uk

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Weekend Picks: Festival of Flighton

Festival of Flighton: Sat 1st - Sun 2nd Oct (Ragley Hall, Warwickshire)

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Ragley Hall in Warwickshire will hold it’s first Festival of Flighton event this weekend a family air show with top displays from pilots from around the UK and Europe.

There’ll also be a boating regatta, model car racing, aerobatic displays and a World War II pyrotechnics display. On the Saturday night a laser lights and fireworks show will take place.

“We are delighted to host another fantastic new festival at Ragley Hall. This unique event has something for everyone and the spectacular Saturday show is sure to provide a memorable evening for all the family”.

– Hilary Philpott, House Manager at Ragley Hall

For times, prices and more information: www.festivaloflight.uk.

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Weekend Picks: Warwick Folk Festival

Warwick Folk Festival: Thurs 21st - Sun 24th July (Warwick School, Warwick)

Thousands are expected at the Warwick Folk Festival this weekend Credit: Warwick Folk Festival / Marketing Aloud

The 37th Warwick Folk Festival takes place this weekend and it is expected to attract thousands of visitors.

For the first time, the organisers are offering one-night camping options for those that can only attend for one night.

This year the Festival is organising a dedicated programme of workshops, performances and activities for those aged 12 - 25. Also new for this year is the Kids Zone which has been moved into one space on the main stage, close to the craft fair & food stalls.

"Ticket sales are going exceptionally well and I would strongly urge those who want to attend to book their tickets now.

With many superb headline acts and something for everyone, the Festival promises to be a fantastic fun-filled 4 day weekend of first-class entertainment for all tastes and ages”.

– Dick Dixon, Festival Director

For opening times and more information visit: www.warwickfolkfestival.co.uk

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M40 Southbound is blocked Credit: PA

The M40 Southbound is blocked with stationary traffic. Warwickshire Fire and Rescue service are at the scene tackling a grass side verge fire between Junction 16 A3400 (Henley In Arden) and Junction 15 A46 / A429 (Longbridge Island/Warwick).

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