Bank holiday fun for all the family; Stuck for ideas for something to do this bank holiday weekend. DAVID BENTLEY has come up with his top picks to keep everyone entertained.
WHAT: With a relaxed performance at noon and a regular showing at 2pm.
HOW MUCH: Tickets PS3.
Miss Clara's Special Day at the Barber Institute WHERE: The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, B15 2TS. WHAT: Celebrate Save the Rhino Day, as Anna Conomos launches her new children's book, Clara: The Rhinoceros Who Wanted to be a Film Star, inspired by a sculpture.
Dress up as Clara in the art workshop and watch Clara-inspired films curated by Flatpack Film Festival. Hear exciting tales in the galleries and go on the hunt for animals and exotic lands in the paintings. 11am to 3pm.
HOW MUCH: Free, drop in anytime.
Community Spirit at the Town Hall WHERE: Town Hall, Victoria Square, Birmingham, UK, B3 3DQ.
WHAT: Community Spirit is a project run by Town Hall Symphony Hall in partnership with associate artist Black Voices. The project offers local community choirs in Birmingham the opportunity to share repertoire and perform as a collective in a large concert.
It aims to build confidence, empower community choir leaders and encourage choir members to try new repertoire. This concert will celebrate the wealth of choral talent within the Birmingham area.
Performing alongside Black Voices will be Lutley Community Voices, Brandhall Community Choir, Quinton Community Choir, Lichfield Gospel Choir, Bournville Young Singers and Town Hall Gospel Choir.
Exploring the themes of war and peace, with styles ranging from gospel, folk, pop and classical, it aims to be a night of reflection, unity, hope and friendship, as well as joy and celebration. Concert starts at 6pm.
HOW MUCH: PS5 plus PS3 transaction fee. More details here about Community Spirit at the Town Hall.
Open House at Birmingham Repertory Theatre WHERE: Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Centenary Square, Birmingham, B1 3AH WHAT: Aimed at parents with children aged six months to two, Open House invites the very young to discover a house with kitchen, living room and bathroom. Experience interactive performance, music, puppets and other surprises.
Open House is very informal. You can wander around the house as quickly or as slowly as you like and, if you need to take time out for doing those things that babies need to do, you can. HOW MUCH: Adults PS9, children PS6, babes-inarms PS2. (Family discounts available).
Family Saturday at the Ikon Gallery WHERE: Ikon Gallery, 1 Oozells Street, Brindleyplace, B1 2HS.
WHAT: Open to all ages (adults very welcome), these afternoons of creative activities aim to engage, challenge and delight. Explore the Artists for Ikon exhibition and make original artwork. On from 1pm to 4pm.
HOW MUCH: Free, suggested donation PS2. No need to book, stay for as long as you like.
Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair at the Custard Factory WHERE: The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Birmingham, B9 4AA.
WHAT: Setting up shop in the Market Hall from 11am to 4pm, Judy's will be bringing together the best vintage traders for the day for a shopping extravaganza. Expect huge discounts, up to 75 per cent off and bargain rails.
Founded in 2005 and shopped by the likes of Pixie Lott, Florence and the Machine and Chloe Sevigny, Judy has a mantra of providing unique, affordable vintage that has taken them to over 30 cities.
HOW MUCH: Entry PS2. Under 12s free.
The Pirates of Penzance at the Crescent Theatre WHERE: The Crescent Theatre, Sheepcote Street, Birmingham, B16 8AE.
WHAT: Tinkers Farm Opera presents "a brand new, riotous and colourful version of Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance that the whole family will enjoy.
"With Sullivan's beautiful music delivered with precision and enthusiasm by our fantastic chorus and cast of excellent soloists, follow the romance of awkward Frederick and beautiful, independent Mabel against the backdrop of hen dos, 70s seaside resorts and biker gangs."
Performances at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Last day of this show.
HOW MUCH: Adults PS15, children under 16 PS7.50.
Newcomen Engine in Steam at Black Country Living Museum WHERE: Black Country Living Museum, Tipton Road, Dudley, DY1 4SQ.
WHAT: See the only full-sized working replica of Newcomen's steam engine of 1712 in steam and chat to the staff and volunteers who run the engine. Owing to the unpredictable nature of the Newcomen Engine, please check running details with the museum prior to travelling to avoid disappointment. Also Sunday and Monday.
HOW MUCH: Adults PS16.50, concessions PS13.20, young people PS8.25, children up to age of four free. Online prices are cheaper.
Conkers WHERE: Conkers, Rawdon Road, near Swadlincote, South Derbyshire, DE12 6GA WHAT: Go and see Flip the Clown perform his circus skills in the covered amphitheatre from 11.30am to 4pm (Monday May 4). From Saturday to Monday, come and take part in the Ranger Craft Activity from 11am to 4pm where you can make king and queen masks. Pond dipping will also be available with the ranger team at 10.30am, noon, 1.30pm and 3pm. All included within the admission price.
HOW MUCH: Standard prices are adults PS8.87, children PS7.23, children up to two free, concessions PS7.23.
May Day Celebrations at Shakespeare Birthplace Trust WHERE: Mary's Arden's Farm, Station Road, Wilmcote, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 9UN. WHAT: Celebrate May Bank Holiday in Tudor style at Mary Arden's Farm from until Monday. See Palmer's Farm decorated with beautiful May blossom, watch the May Day feast being prepared and help to decorate Jack-in-thegreen by weaving ivy into the willow frame. Become part of the parade to bring in the maypole and join in with the Tudor dancing before they crown the May King and Queen. Be sure to make a flower head garland or Jack-inthe-green mask to take home with you too. HOW MUCH: Adults PS12.50, children PS8, concession PS11.50, family PS33. These events are included as part of normal admission, so if you already have a ticket come along for free.
SUNDAY Music Maze at CBSO Centre WHERE: CBSO Centre, Berkley Street, Birmingham, B1 2LF.
WHAT: Music Maze is a series of fun, creative, participatory workshops for children aged eight to 11 inclusive, organised and run by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. Here young people will create their own piece of music inspired by the works of David Sawer, composer of the music drama Rumplestiltskin. Young people do not need to be able to play a musical instrument in order to take part.
Music Maze participants are entitled to a free ticket and a concessionary ticket for an accompanying adult to the Fantasmagoria concert on Saturday, May 16.
HOW MUCH: Places are free but must be booked in advance on 0121 616 2616. Booking opens three weeks before workshop.
Drive and Dine - Stratford Festival of Motoring WHERE: Stratford Leisure Centre, Bridgefoot, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6YY WHAT: Drive and Dine is a new series of exclusive drive-out events organised by Coventry Transport Museum for owners of classic cars (over 30 years old) to visit specially selected locations and events around the region. The first Drive and Dine event will take place in Stratford-upon-Avon, where participants will take part in the spectacular Stratford Festival of Motoring. Drive and Dine participants will gather in the car park of Stratford Leisure Centre from 7am, along with up to 300 other vehicles taking part in the festival, and will then go on one of two runs through either Warwickshire or Gloucestershire, departing between 8am and 9.45am.
HOW MUCH: PS25 per person - includes entry into the run, champagne and canapes with the CTM team, a Drive and Dine window sticker per car and souvenir car plate from Stratford Festival of Motoring. This is an exclusive offer and is limited to just 30 vehicles, so booking early is recommended.
Spring Plant Fair at Weston Park WHERE: Weston Park, Weston-under-Lizard, Shifnal, TF11 8LE.
WHAT: The Plant Hunters Fairs will once again make Weston their home over the Bank Holiday weekend showcasing award-winning plants on Sunday and Monday. Whether you are a green-fingered professional or just like to potter in the garden there will be a wide selection of top quality nurseries attending. HOW MUCH: PS3 per person. House admission PS2 per person. Weston Park Annual Pass holders enter free of charge.
Guided Walk and birds of prey at Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre WHERE: Bosworth Battlefield and Heritage Centre Country Park, Sutton Cheney, Nuneaton, CV13 0AD. WHAT: Go on a 2km guided walk exploring the battle of Bosworth, the death of King Richard III and the unlikely victory of Henry Tudor. There are guided walks at 11am and 2pm. Also, visitors can meet and watch the falcons in a fast-paced aerial display, meet and fly the resident hawk in the country park and see an owl display with plenty of handling and flying opportunities.
HOW MUCH: Guided walk: Adults PS4.50, children PS3.25. Birds of prey activities: Adults PS2.50, children PS1.50. Purchase tickets on arrival.
Newcomen Engine in Steam at Black Country Living Museum WHERE: Black Country Living Museum, Tipton Road, Dudley, DY1 4SQ.
WHAT: See the only full-sized working replica of Newcomen's steam engine of 1712 in steam and chat to the staff and volunteers who run the engine. Owing to the unpredictable nature of the Newcomen Engine, please check running details with the museum prior to travelling to avoid disappointment. HOW MUCH: Adults PS16.50, concessions PS13.20, young people PS8.25, children up to age of four free. Online prices are cheaper.
MONDAY May Day Celebrations at Black Country Living Museum WHERE: Black Country Living Museum, Tipton Road, Dudley, DY1 4SQ WHAT: Visitors are invited to take part in May Day celebrations as Maypole dancers weave their magic in Folkes' Park, demonstrating an age-old tradition. Grab a traditional dance lesson from the professionals in the school or enjoy some old-fashioned fun as Punch and Judy entertain the crowds.
You can also discover the delights of playtime in the last century, banish boredom with traditional street games including hopscotch and skipping. Take up the challenge to see how long you can keep the hoop rolling in the hoop and stick game and test your skill with a cup and ball and the whip and top.
Plus, it's full steam ahead as the world's only full-sized working Newcomen Steam Engine will be in action.
HOW MUCH: Adults PS15.50 online, PS16,50 at the door. Concessions PS12.20 online, PS13.20 at the door. Children aged five to 16 PS7.25 online, PS8.25 at the door. Children aged up to four free.
Family tickets PS45 online, PS47 at the door.
Storytelling at Tamworth Castle WHERE: Tamworth Castle, Tamworth, B79 7NA. Holloway car park is closest but can be very busy. The Jolly Sailor car park (B78 3JJ) which is PS1.50 per day and five minutes walk from the castle usually has plenty of spaces. WHAT: Great fun for the kids with a storytelling session. Come and listen as the storyteller enchants the children with tales of knights, dragons and princesses in the surroundings of a real medieval castle. Meet Ruby the Tamworth Castle dragon, dress up or get hands-on with craft activities. You are also invited to come in costume.
HOW MUCH: Adults PS7, OAP/Concessions PS6, children 5+ PS4.50, children 2-4 years PS1.50, children under two years free. Family ticket PS21 (2 adults, 2 children).
A Party Fit For A Queen - Elizabethan Revels at Kenilworth Castle WHERE: Kenilworth Castle, Castle Green, Off Castle Road, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 1NE.
WHAT: It's 1575 - Queen Elizabeth I and her colourful court are coming to Kenilworth. Be spellbound by the plays, music and entertainments Elizabeth would have enjoyed, marvel at displays of falconry, Tudor dressage and swordsmanship, and practise your curtsy for the arrival of Gloriana herself. A party truly fit for a queen.
HOW MUCH: Standard prices for non-members are: Adults PS9.60, children aged five to 15 PS5.80, concessions PS8.60, family PS25.
Blists Hill in Steam at Ironbridge Gorge Museums WHERE: Blists Hill Victorian Town, Ironbridge Gorge, TF7 5UD.
WHAT: See Blists Hill Victorian Town's eclectic collection of steam machines in their full working splendour.
You'll also be able to chat to the townsfolk in their shops and cottages, find out about curious remedies in the pharmacy, see traditional skills in action at the printers, candle makers and decorative plasterers and join in the singalong in the New Inn.
There are plenty of places to eat at Blists Hill Victorian Town including the Fried Fish Dealers where you can buy a portion of traditionally prepared fish and chips or the Bakers where the smell of freshly baked bread is sure to tempt.
Demonstrations vary from day to day and normal admission charges apply.
HOW MUCH: Adults PS16.95, over-60s PS13.50, children PS11.50.
Clockwise from far |left, Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair at the Custard Factory; the Sea Life Centre which is holding a Turtle Fest; Blists Hill Victorian Town; meet Queen Elizabeth I at Kenilworth Castle and there will be storytelling sessions at Tamworth Castle
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|Publication:||Birmingham Mail (England)|
|Date:||May 2, 2015|
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