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So much to do at the weekend; HERE COMES SUMMER.

MIDLAND Air Museum at Coventry Airport houses a unique collection of aircraft, engines and supporting exhibits illustrating the fascinating story of the jet age.

Housed in the Sir Frank Whittle Jet Heritage Centre at Baginton the collection features a Wings Over Coventry gallery with a wealth of Coventry- produced aircraft and exhibits.

If historic buildings are more to your taste then Rockingham Castle can provide a wealth of interest and entertainment.

It was built by William the Conqueror, was used by a succession of English monarchs as a hunting lodge and in 1544 Henry VIII granted it by lease to Edward Watson of Lyddington.

It has been a much-loved family home since then and was the location for the television Civil War drama series By the Sword Divided.

On June 6 the Jaguar XK150 Club holds its rally in the grounds.

Don't forget to visit The Cotswold Falconry Centre where the appearance of some new chicks of boobook owls and peregrine falcons add special interest at this time.

If the thought of more energetic activity appeals to you, Solihull Ice Rink is extending a welcome.

Boasting a regional standard 57m x 27m ice pad and a spectator capacity of 1,600, it is the region's premier ice skating venue.

There is a wide range of ice-based sports and leisure activities on offer, catering for all levels from amateur to professional.

Don't worry if you don't have your own skates. A full range is available to hire along with some hockey sticks.

If you like the idea of a special evening of midsummer madness, check out Bastille's unique 15th century cafe, bar and bistro situated in Coventry's own medieval sector.

You are welcomed with summer punch, served broth and soda bread, and then treated to a feast of game pie, roast chicken, roast hog and fruit platters.

You will be entertained by the Bastille's Medieval Minstrels and tales told by The Wild Man from the Wood.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:May 29, 1999
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