Your guide to this weekend in the Midlands

Your guide to what's going on across the Midlands for December 12th and 13th

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Weekend Picks: Christmas at Nottingham Castle

Christmas at Nottingham Castle: 12th - 13th December (Nottingham)

Christmas at Nottingham Castle Credit: Andrew Matthews/EMPICS Sport

Nottingham Castle are offering free entry this weekend as they celebrate Christmas at the Castle. The event will feature a festive theme and a traditional Christmas gift fair. Visitors can also meet Santa in the Castle’s Bastion (gatehouse) where children will receive a small gift.

For prices, times and more information visit: http://www.nottinghamcastle.org.uk/

Weekend Picks: Christmas Days Out at Alton Towers

Christmas Days Out at Alton Towers Resort: 12th - 13th December (Staffordshire)

Rides and Christmas activities for all the family Credit: Alton Towers Resort

The Alton Towers Resort’s Christmas experience kicks off this weekend with a combination of rides and Christmas activities for all the family.

Visitors are invited to go along and meet Santa and Mrs Claus as well as joining the Elves in the new ‘Elf Emporium’.

For prices, times and more information visit: www.altontowers.com/things-to-do/christmas/#christmas-days-out

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Weekend Picks: Moseley Old Hall 17th Century Christmas

17th Century Christmas: 12th December (Moseley Old Hall)

17th century Christmas at Moseley Old Hall Credit: Jens Buettner/dpa

Join in with celebrations of a 17th century Christmas at Moseley Old Hall this weekend. Visitors will get the opportunity to taste traditional Christmas recipes, explore the house decorated with traditional greenery, toast the festive season with spiced drinks and play games from the past.

For prices, times and more information visit:www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/8ade0851-29d6-47ad-9a88-8bb2cb70dbee/pages/details

Weekend Picks: Winter Wonderfarm

Winter Wonderfarm at Lower Drayton Farm: 12th - 13th December (Penkridge)

Meet Santa at the Winter Wonderfarm Credit: Lower Drayton Farm

Lower Drayton Farm has transformed its farm into a Winter Wonderfarm and is inviting the whole family for a festive day out.

On arrival children will be presented with a ‘Santa’s little helper passport’ allowing them to take part in a range of festive activities including icing a festive cookie, making a snow flake, taking part in a Christmas quiz, enjoying a festive farm trailer ride and writing their own letter to Santa.

For each complete activity they will gain a stamp in their passport. Children can also visit Father Christmas in his Grotto taking away a small gift and a photo as a token of their visit.

“The Winter Wonderfarm has proved a real success over the past two years, and we’re determined to make it even better for families this year. We’re now offering a full package of activities as well as the visit to Santa’s Grotto… visitors can look forward to a day packed with festive fun.”

– Val James, Attraction manager

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

Weekend Picks: Christmas at Sandwell Valley

Christmas at Sandwell Valley: 12th - 13th December (Sandwell Valley Farm)

Victorian Yuletide at Sandwell Park Valley Farm Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

A traditional Victorian Yuletide is coming to Sandwell Park Valley Farm this weekend. There will be festive crafts, gifts, fresh local produce in the farm shop and carols alongside music from the brass and jazz bands. Children can enjoy activities from Punch and Judy, pony cart rides, face painting, street performers and magicians.

Weekend Picks: Donington Christmas Fayre

Donington Christmas Fayre: 12th - 13th December (Derby)

Fairytale festive scene at Donington Park Credit: Donington Park Racing Ltd

Donington Park is transformed into a fairy-tale festive scene this weekend to raise money for Nottingham-based children’s charity ‘When You Wish Upon a Star’. The event will feature over 100 stalls selling Christmas arts and crafts gifts, as well as festive food and drink.

Young visitors will have the chance to meet Santa himself and will be taken on an enchanting journey from the Engine Room to Santa’s secret grotto.

“We’re thrilled to be supporting and raising money for such a caring children’s charity and hope to see thousands of people come to Donington Park for our first Christmas Fayre. We’re really hoping to kick start the Christmas celebrations, and the Fayre will have something for all ages.”

– Alison Nicholls, Donington Park Chief Operating Officer

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Weekend Picks: Coventry Christmas Concert

Coventry Christmas Concert: 12th December (Coventry Cathedral)

Christmas choir at Coventry Cathedral Credit: Martin Williams

Coventry’s Saint Michael’s Singers are hosting their annual Christmas Concert in Coventry City Centre this weekend. There will be music from Eastern Green Junior School, the Cathedral Choristers, the Coventry and Warwickshire Youth Orchestra and Jaguar Land Rover Band.

“The Cathedral is such a significant building in our city, we thought it would be really special to hold the concert here while raising money for the NSPCC at the same time… There will be a whole range of entertainment to start the festive season”

– Les Ratcliffe, chairman of the Coventry and Warwickshire business group

For prices, times and more information visit: www.saintmichaelssingers.org

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