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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.

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Dudley bomb threat believed to be hoax

Dudley bomb threat believed to be hoax Credit: PA

Police are investigating after a bomb threat was made to a school in Dudley this morning.

School children had to be evacuated from Earls High School, however officers believe it was a hoax.

Superintendent Phil Dolby said:

We are investigating after a bomb threat was called through to a school in Dudley this morning (Friday 27 May). Earls High School received the call at around 10.30am.

Pupils have been moved out of the main buildings but remain on school premises at this time and officers are currently at the scene.

At this early stage police believe the report to be false and malicious.

– Phil Dolby


Leathers save motorcyclist's life

Paramedics say the driver of this motorcycle would have died if not for his leathers Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

Paramedics who treated a motorcyclist after a road accident on Thursday 26 May say the full leathers he was wearing saved his life.

The 24-year-old man was involved in a crash on Witton Lodge Road in Erdington at 11.20pm on Thursday.

He was taken to Birmingham Heartlands Hospital.

A spokesperson from the West Midlands Ambulance Service said the value of wearing motorcycling leathers cannot be underestimated:

The 24-year-old was found some distance away from where his badly damaged bike was. A parked car was also damaged nearby.

The man had suffered chest injuries but the full ‘leathers’ that he was wearing had done their job and protected from many other injuries.

– A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman
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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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Weekend Picks: Ashby Gusto Festival

Ashby Gusto Festival: Sat 28th - Sun 29th May (Bath Grounds, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire)

Ashby Gusto Festival takes place this weekend Credit: General / Topham Picturepoint/PA Images

There’ll be over 60 exhibitors showcasing food and drink from around the region this weekend at the Ashby Gusto Festival.

Take a look around the stalls selling meat, cheese, artisan bread, jams, pickles and patés. Visitors can also watch demonstrations, get involved with wine tasting and enjoy entertainment and live music.

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