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Weekend Picks: Sam Bailey 'Sing your heart out'

De Montfort Hall, Leicester: Saturday 18th March 2017

Credit: ITV/XFactor

Leicester's Sam Bailey won the X-Factor back in 2013 and has since enjoyed significant success with her debut single and album.

Now three years on, she's embarked on her very own nationwide tour, which this weekend will see her return to her roots with a one night only performance at De Montford Hall.

The 'Sing your heart out' tour opened in Northampton 2 weeks ago, you can book your ticket or read more about the schedule here.

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Weekend Picks: The Bushcraft Experience

Main Road, (Lea) Near Matlock, Derbyshire: Sunday March 19th

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Spring has now officially sprung so what better way to make the most of the milder weather than getting to grips with the great outdoors.

This weekend you can sample the Bushcraft experience, also otherwise known as acquiring 'rural survival skills.'

This event in Matlock allows aspiring amateur woodmen & women to spend the day setting up camp in a natural environment while learning how to build your own shelter, create a fire from scratch and get to grips with other useful ways to survive out in the wild.

You can book a place or read more about the event from the organisers.

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Weekend Picks: The Staffordshire Shire Horse Show

Stafford County Showground: 17th – 19th March 2017

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Last week it was Crufts, this week it's horses, as the Staffordshire Showground gets set to host their annual, National Shire Horse Show.

The event is thought to be the world’s largest gathering of Shire horses and features a variety of events where horses are put through their paces for spectators who visit the region from all over the world.

The show also gives visitors the opportunity to find out more about Shire Horses and the often unheard contribution they have made to human life throughout history, courtesy of the Shire Horse Society.

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Weekend Picks: Medieval Weekend in the Town House

Avoncroft Museum, Bromsgrove: Sat 18th & Sun 19th March

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Have you ever wondered how you would manage without the internet or your other home comforts? if so spare a thought for your Medieval ancestors, for who everyday life was a real world away from how we now know it.

This weekend the Avoncroft Museum in Bromsgrove is set to host its very own Medieval weekend, with the help of local students from King Edward's School Living History Group.

And, if a life of hard labour isn't quite your thing, theres plenty more to do as the museum chronicles 700 years of life in the West Midlands, with much of it open-air.

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Weekend Picks: The Bushcraft Experience

Main Road, (Lea) Near Matlock, Derbyshire: Sunday March 19th

Credit: PA.

Spring has now officially sprung so what better way to make the most of the milder weather than getting to grips with the great outdoors.

This weekend you can sample the Bushcraft experience, also otherwise known as acquiring 'rural survival skills.'

This event in Matlock allows aspiring amateur Woodmen & women to spend the day setting up camp in a natural environment while learning how to build your own shelter, create a fire from scratch and get to grips with other useful ways to survive out in the wild.

You can book a place or read more about the event from the organisers.

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Weekend Picks: The Nottingham Wheel

Nottingham Old Market Square: Saturday - Sunday from 10am.

Credit: Experience Nottinghamshire.

This weekend is your last chance to ride the Nottingham Wheel until early next year.

The popular tourist attraction is a 60m high structure in the centre of the city offering far reaching views.

This year the wheel hosted the 10th annual Light Night which saw the it transformed into a wheel of light featuring 75 thousand bulbs.

The event is free for under 3s, you can find out more here.

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Weekend Picks: An Evening with an Immigrant

Derby Theatre, 11th March - 20:00 - onwards

Credit: Inua Ellams.

Inua Ellams was born to a Muslim father and a Christian mother in an area of Nigeria which is now largely considered to be a territory of the Boko-Haram terror group.

In 1996 the award-winning poet and playwright left Africa for England aged 12. Since moving to the UK Inua has moved around, lived in Ireland and now, in this intimate evening he tells his story of escaping fundamentalist Islam, directing an arts festival and drinking wine with the Queen.

You can hear his story this weekend at the Derby Theatre.

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Weekend Picks: Crufts 2017

The National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham: Saturday & Sunday.

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Crufts is said to be the world's largest dog show and it's held at the NEC in Birmingham every year.

Organised by the Kennel Club, the event takes place over four days and ends with the famous 'Best in Show competition.'

Named after founder Charles Cruft, it now attracts 140,000 dog fans with around 22,000 dogs taking part and 2.5 million watching on TV at home.

This year the event will focus on the plight of homeless and mistreated dogs.

You can see more about what events you can expect to seehere.

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Weekend Picks: Ladies Day at Hereford Racecourse

Hereford Racecourse: Saturday March 11th 2017, 11:40-18:00.

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It's often known as the forerunner to the Cheltenham Festival but Ladies Day at Hereford is equally, eagerly anticipated by many across the region.

Organisers say the prizes this year will be of interest to all and the event isn't just for women.

The ground will be showing the England V Scotland 6 Nations game in the bar area later on in the afternoon to keep the rugby fans entertained.

Why not end the week that saw International Women's Day with a girls day out?

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Weekend Picks: The Buxton Rocks Festival

The Pavilion Gardens, Buxton: Saturday March 11th, 12:45-23:00

Credit: Buxton Rocks.

A mix of bands are set to take to the stage this weekend as the Buxton Rocks festival gets underway in Derbyshire. Confirmed acts include:

  • Tragedy -Glam rock / rock / metal tribute act to the Bee Gees & disco classics
  • Kiss GB - Kiss Tribute Act
  • Glam 45 - Glam Rock tribute
  • Small Weller - Paul Weller tribute
  • Fallen - Evanescence tribute
  • Hey Pixies - Pixies tribute
  • The Indieannas,
  • Monkey Harris

Tickets are available from a variety of locations including the Tradesman Cafe, Musik on the market place and the Tourist Information Centre.

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