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THE biennial Birmingham Carnival takes place at Perry Park, Perry Barr, on Sunday, with reggae stars Aswad headlining the main stage.

A vibrant Emancipation-themed procession will be led by the new Carnival Queen, starting at 12.30pm from Holyhead Road, Handsworth and making its way through Perry Barr to Perry Park where celebrations continue until 9pm.

There will be stalls housing everything from arts and crafts, to Caribbean, local and international cuisine, plus non-stop live music.

Park at Alexandra Stadium and Perry Hall Playing Fields. Details: 0121 303 3008 or visit www.birminghamcarnival.co.uk

A WILD READ

THE Summer Reading Challenge moves on to Sutton Park National Nature Reserve, The Visitor Centre, Park Road, Sutton from 2.30pm - 3.30pm on Wednesday.

The nature study aimed at six to ten year-olds is a joint event with Boldmere Library. Booking essential - telephone 0121 464 1048.

CORN DOLLS

PETER Oakley hosts a Corn Dolly workshop at the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, 75/79 Vyse Street, Hockley from 1.30pm - 3.30pm on Thursday. Booking essential - telephone 0121 554 3598.

TOUCHY FEELY

USE all of your senses to engage in and experience a variety of art works through touch, sound and sight at the free Intouch Gallery at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square.

Details: 0121 303 1966.

HORSING AROUND

THE Parelli Natural Horsemanship two day conference event will be held at the NEC Arena tomorrow and Sunday. Tickets pounds 95 plus transaction fee for both days.

NEC Arena Box Office - call 0870 909 4133 or visit www.necgroup.co.uk

MEET THE ANIMALS

THERE are some meet the animal sessions at Birmingham Nature Centre, Pershore Road, Birmingham, daily at 10.30am from Monday to Friday next week.

And, from 2.30pm on Wednesday, discover some of the smaller creatures living wild there. Booking essential for all events - telephone 0121 472 7775.

BERGMAN FILM

THE late Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal plays the MAC on Monday August 20 and Tuesday August 21. Tartan Films is running a competition with our http://icbirmingham.icnetwork.

co.uk/ website to win a special Bergman DVD boxset plus MAC tickets to see the film.

POND LIFE

CHILDREN over five are welcome to try pond dipping at Cannon Hill Park from 11am - 12.30pm on Sunday. Booking essential and children must be accompanied.

Meet at the playground by the boating lake. Telephone: 0121 442 4226.

BUS PAST

THE history bus is back to offer rides all the way round Birmingham's five community museums.

First departure from the Museum & Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square.

First bus 11.30am, then every hour till 3.30pm. Full timetable: www.bmag.org.uk

INCREDIBLE SEATS

THE best seats for The Incredibles Live are now on sale for NIA dates from October 31 - November 11, priced pounds 10.50 to pounds 32.50 subject to booking and transaction fee.

Telephone the NIA Box Office on 0870 909 4144 or buy online at www.necgroup.co.uk

THE TWEENIES ARE PAYING A FLYING VISIT

MILO, Bella, Jake and Fizz are coming to Birmingham Hippodrome for their first theatre shows.

Also featuring Doodles and Max, Tweenies Live! - The Enchanted Toyshop can be seen on Tuesday (2pm & 5pm) and Wednesday (11am & 2pm).

This new production features Bella discovering an old dolls house that her gran says is an Enchanted Toyshop.

Running time 2hrs 30 mins including a 20 minute interval. Tickets: pounds 12.50 & pounds 14.50, booking fees apply. Telephone 0870 730 1234 or click on the website www.birminghamhipodrome.com

DANCE WEEK

DANCE teacher Shantina Allen will be leading a creative dance week for four to five-year-olds at the MAC in Cannon Hill Park from 10.30am - noon next Monday to Friday, August 6-10.

First day registration at 9.40am, with a show for family and friends at 2pm on Friday. Fee: pounds 33.50.

MAC is packed with child-oriented arts and crafts events throughout August, with everything from Fantasy Dragons to Form Your Own Pop Group and Spellbound - the chance to make a Harry Potter outfit.

Tickets and information: 0121 440 3838 or visit: www.macarts.co.uk

BEADWORK

AN American Indian Beadwork Workshop will be held from 11am - 1pm and 2.30pm - 4.30pm at Sutton Park National Nature Reserve, The Visitor Centre, Park Road, Sutton Coldfield.

Hear about the traditions of American Indian crafts. Making your own beadwork will involve sewing - pounds 2.50 charge for materials.

Suitable for adults and older children. Booking Essential.

Telephone: 0121 355 6370.

ROBIN HOOD DAY

WESTON Park, Weston-under-Lizard has a Robin Hood theme on Saturday at its magnificent outdoor play area.

Details: 01952 852100 or visit www.weston-park.com
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