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ST GEORGE'S DAY celebrations, Victoria and Chamberlain Squares, Birmingham. Today, 11am-5pm followed by Symphony Hall concert from 6pm-9pm.

The annual celebrations to commemorate England's patron saint will be held in Birmingham city centre today.

Victoria Square will host performances by leading tribute band Like A Rolling Stone Other musical guests include Jake Henry and Britain's Got Talent star Rosie O'Sullivan, with Morris dancing provided by the Glorishears Morris Dancers.

There will also be free face painting, craft making workshops and a balloon modeller producing roses and swords.

MG cars will be displaying their latest range of vehicles and there will be a mini farm experience with miniature horse, rabbits and lambs.

An English food and drink area will include a bar serving traditional English ales and ciders.

Walkabout characters will include St George and his Dragon and a St George with free giveaways.

Over in Chamberlain Square from 11am-5pm, there will be a p Norman Living History Encampment exhibiting different crafts such as coin striking, plus a number of small combat displays featuring English knights.

The Birmingham St George's Day Association celebration concert at Symphony Hall will include Malcolm Stent and Don Maclean.

Tickets cost from PS5, available from Symphony Hall and the Birmingham Town Hall box office on 0121 780 4949 or visit either or www. online.

EASTER Funday, Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Tomorrow.

Easter Sunday heralds an Easter petting farm with animals including ducks and ducklings, chickens and chicks, rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchilla and a skunk! There will be animal feeding sessions, keeper talks, photo opportunities and ask the keeper sessions. Plus children's trail, egg hunt, crafts, pony rides, and face painting. Under-16s free.

Details: ? RICHARD Long: Prints 1970.2013, Walsall New Art Gallery. Until June 22.

The first chance to see in one place all of the artist's prints that have been made over a 40-year period, including No Footprints, a new limited edition print created expressly for this exhibition following a ten-day walk in the Ellsworth Mountains in Antartica.

Details: ? HOW did their gardens grow? Black Country Living Museum. All week.

Explore the different types of seeds and seedlings at the Toll House and take a walk around the garden to see what families during the 1900s would have been growing.

Find out about the Dig for Victory campaign during the Second World War at the Cast Iron House to see how the community shared and grew vegetables to help the war effort.

Details (and 10 per cent discount by booking online) from: ? WILLIAM Shakespeare's 450th birthday. Wednesday. Celebrate Shakespeare's birthday milestone with fireworks and activities for the whole family.

Wednesday's events in Stratford include an Ask Greg: Twitter Interview from 10am - artistic director Gregory Doran will be taking to Twitter to answer questions submitted using #AskGreg From 10am-12.30pm there will be a drop-in Birthday Party Craft session in the Swan Reading Room for children aged three to seven and their parents.

After the evening performance of Henry IV, Part I there will be a fireworks display outside the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

On Saturday April 26, Shakespeare's 450th Birthday Celebrations Procession will leave the Great Garden of New Place in Chapel Lane at 10.30am.

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Date:Apr 19, 2014
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