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Weekend Picks: Birmingham Chilli Festival

Credit: Brindley Place

Birmingham’s hottest festival returns this weekend for its fifth year. At the chilli eating competition 20 participants will eat their way through some of the world’s hottest chillies in a battle to be crowned Birmingham’s Chilli King or Queen.

The Chilli Festival isn’t just about all things hot and spicy. It aims to showcase milder chillies and demonstrate how the colourful fruit can add depth to everyday dishes, regardless of whether you’re a spice fan or not.

As well as numerous food and drink stalls – all of which will be selling chilli-inspired produce – the family friendly festival will boast a variety of street entertainment and live music throughout the day."

– Alex Perrins, Marketing Executive at Brindleyplace

£2.5 million home to be built for Birmingham penguins

The Gentoo penguins will be moving in to a specialised £2.5m centre Credit: SeaLife Centre

A £2.5 million pound project will see a colony of Gentoo penguins move in to a specialised enclosure at the SeaLife centre in Birmingham. The new enclosure will be home to the penguins from next Easter .

Gentoo penguins are normally found in the Antarctic and their new enclosure will try to reproduce the conditions found there. Some of the £2.5 million pounds is going towards the creation of several viewing platforms and a controlled visiting area where temperatures will stay around 8C.


Hundreds of Santas run in Birmingham for charity

Santas warming up to run from Brindley Place Credit: James FX - Twitter

The streets turned red today in Birmingham City Centre, as hundreds of people took part in a fun run dressed as Father Christmas.

The charity race began and ended in Brindley Place, where runners started their 5km at 11am, and walkers lined up at the start line at 12pm to complete their 2km stroll.

The charity event was organised by Acorns Children's Hospice Trust, who are raising money this Christmas for local children with life limiting or life threatening conditions.

Another event is organised for tomorrow (Sunday December 9), where the Santas will leave and return to the Walsall Arboretum.