Weekend Picks: What's on this weekend in the Midlands

Your guide to what's on across the East and West Midlands for October 1st and 2nd.

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  1. Maya Patel

Weekend Picks: Melton Mowbray Food Festival

Melton Mowbray Food Festival: Sat 1st - Sun 2nd Oct (The Cattle Market, Melton Mowbray)

Credit: Leicester Shire Promotions Ltd / Melton Mowbray Food Festival

Organisers say they are expecting record numbers at the Melton Mowbray Food Festival this weekend.

More than 160 food and drink producers from across the East Midlands, UK and Ireland are expected to exhibit at this year’s event.

Now in its 13th consecutive year, the Festival is one of the largest in the Midlands.

As well as the old favourites including the world-famous Melton Mowbray Pork Pies and Stilton Cheese, all produced locally, there will be many new stands with delicious food and drink for people to see, taste and buy.”

– Matthew O’Callaghan, Melton Mowbray Food Partnership

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

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Weekend Picks: World War I History Weekend

World War I History Weekend: Sat 1st - Sun 2nd Oct (British Motor Museum, Warwickshire)

Credit: British Motor Museum

The British Motor Museum will be transformed into World War I Britain this weekend as it commemorates the centenary of the First World War.

Visitors will be able to explore the B2737 Battle Bus, learn about the conditions soldiers lived in on the front lines and take part in activities include decoding secret messages and bandaging wounds in the ‘Casualty Clearing Station’.

We’re really thrilled to be holding this WWI Family Weekend and are delighted to be hosting ‘B2737 – the Battle Bus’.

Our school visitors will have had a great week of WWI activities and now it’s the turn of our family visitors.”

– Caroline Reid, Education Officer at the British Motor Museum


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Weekend Picks: Harvest Fair

Harvest Fair: Sat 1st - Sun 2nd Oct (Bewdley Museum and the Jubilee Gardens, Bewdley)

Credit: Wyre Forest District Council

Bewdley Museum and the Jubilee Gardens will be hosting free live music this weekend to celebrate the town’s harvest festival.

Saturday’s line-up features local folk musicians Bethan and the Morgans.

Duck houses, decorated by community groups and businesses will be on show in the Jubilee Gardens.

The displays will last throughout the month and visitors can vote for their favourite duck house. Activities for the children include an apple hunt and arts and crafts.

“It’s a wonderful time of the year, with so much to celebrate. Whether you just pop into the town to listen to the free live music or get your apron on and get baking for the apple pie competition, Bewdley will definitely be worth a visit. ”

– Councillor Sally Chambers, Wyre Forest District Council’s Cabinet Member

For times, prices and more information: www.bewdleymuseum.co.uk/whats-on/harvest-fair

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Weekend Picks: Derby Folk Festival

Derby Folk Festival: Fri 30th Sept - Sun 2nd Oct (Various locations, Derby)

The Young'uns will open the festival Credit: Derby City Council

The 10th Derby Folk Festival takes place in the city centre this weekend with a line-up of performers.

Events will take place in the City Marquee, Guildhall Theatre, The Old Bell Hotel and Derby Cathedral.

There will also be dance displays and free performances throughout the streets on both days.

For times, prices and more information: http://www.derbyfolkfestival.co.uk/

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Weekend Picks: Festival of Flighton

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

Credit: Ragley Hall / Marketing Aloud

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: Para-Rowing Party

Para-Rowing Party: Sun 2nd Oct (Holme Pierrepont National Watersports Centre, Nottingham)

Credit: Dom Somner

Following the success of ParalympicsGB rowers in Rio who returned with three golds and one bronze, the National Watersport Centre in Nottingham will be holding a celebratory event this weekend.

The free event will give all ages a chance to have a go at rowing, either on the water or indoor rowing machines.

Visitors will also get to hear from renowned speakers about disability Sport, health and well being.

For times, prices and more information: www.britishrowing.org


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Weekend Picks: British Dog Grooming Championships

British Dog Grooming Championships: Sun 2nd Oct (Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, Leamington Spa)

Credit: The Pet Industry Federation

This weekend the British Dog Grooming Championship will determine this year’s Groomer of the Year and the Newcomer of the Year.

Last year 120 groomers competed and hundreds more watched as groomers clipped, trimmed and scissored their way to success.

For times, prices and more information: http://www.petcare.org.uk/index.php/british-dog-cship

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Weekend Picks: Nottingham Canal Festival

Nottingham Canal Festival: Sat 1st Oct (Castle Wharf, Nottingham)

Credit: Canal & River Trust

Nottingham Canal Festival returns to the city’s historic Castle Wharf this weekend to celebrate all that’s great about the local canals and the River Trent.

Last year more than 3,000 people descended on Castle Wharf to take part in the festival’s activities.

The first Nottingham Canal Festival was a great success – it brought thousands of people down to the canalside to enjoy a boat trip, try their hand at fishing, enjoy some of the traditional music or just have a bite to eat in a really friendly atmosphere.

“This year will have all those really popular attractions again but we also want to build on last year’s success and encourage more people to come down and experience what life is like by the waterside.”

– Danny Brennan, Canal & River Trust’s East Midlands Waterway Partnership

For times, prices and more information: https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/

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