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Whatever the weather this bank holiday weekend there's plenty of activities on offer to keep the whole family entertained.
Here at What's On we've made a list of the region's best activities to make the most of the long weekend...
The Big Feast - Stoke-on-Trent City Centre
The Big Feast ’19 will be the most jam-packed yet with a programme for all ages, from cutting-edge circus and dance to musical walkabout acts and interactive shows created by local, UK and international artists.
From mesmerising juggling that has wowed global audiences and hilarious bicycle-powered musicals, to gentle puppetry and circus to get you thinking and wild marching bands parading musical magic. There’s something for the whole family.
The Big Feast will take place Friday 23rd & Saturday 24th August. For more information, CLICK HERE.
Have-A-Go Archery - Shugborough Estate
Visitors to Shugborough Estate on 24th, 25th & 26th August can try their hand at archery with a qualified instructor in the historic grounds.
For more information, CLICK HERE.
Comedy in the MET - Stafford Gatehouse Theatre
The MET’s comedy nights are regular sell-outs - hardly surprising when you look at the quality of comedian who appears there. Greg Davies, Jon Richardson, Patrick Monahan and Paul Chowdhry are just some of the top performers who’ve grabbed the mic and tickled funnybones. The venue has also become a regular stop-off for comedians travelling to and from the Edinburgh Fringe.
Comedy in the MET is returning this Saturday 24th August. For more information and to book tickets, CLICK HERE.
SPACE: God, The Universe and Everything - Lichfield Cathedral
Lichfield Cathedral’s Great Exhibition is this year celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing with a show that reveals ‘the universe, galaxies, space, creation and light’.
Space: God, The Universe And Everything is a stunning visual spectacle created by the award-winning Luxmuralis artistic collaboration, featuring internal Son-et-Lumiere, artworks and sound & light installations.
The exhibition is available to view until 26th August, making the upcoming Bank Holiday weekend the perfect opportunity to witness the exhibition while you still can!
For more information and to purchase tickets, CLICK HERE.
Spirits of the Railway - Churnet Valley Railway
Once again over the August Bank Holiday Churnet Valley Railway are holding a spirits infused festival!
The event is a unique opportunity to sample from a selection of up to 30 different gins, 10 Rums, 5 Vodkas & 5 Whiskies whilst using the train to travel to your next bar. A full timetable of passenger trains will operate over all four days, with an additional discounted evening service on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings.
Select one of the various spirits on offer and watch it mixed with your chosen mixer in front of you, then decide which fresh garnish to complement your tipple. All of this whilst being able to enjoy an 11-mile round trip on Staffordshire’s Premier heritage railway.
Spirits of the Railway will take place 23rd - 26th August. For more information and to purchase tickets, CLICK HERE.
Lichfield Food Festival
The 2019 Lichfield Food Festival Market is set to be the biggest yet with three days to showcase over 320 specialist artisan food and drink traders. From Prosecco to Pies, Tipples to Truffles, Chutneys to Charcuterie, Towering Burgers to Traybakes, from Gin tasting to Gluten-free indulgences, Vegan to Vietenamese, the festival has everything every visitor could wish for!
Lichfield Food Festival will take place 24th - 26th August. For more information, CLICK HERE.
Bank Holiday activities elsewhere in the Midlands:
Insomnia65 - NEC
Insomnia returns to the NEC for another four-day games-fest this August bank holiday, bringing together e-players from across the country and beyond and welcoming all levels and ages.
Featuring UK first plays of the latest games like Ghost Recon: Breakpoint and Just Dance 2020 as well as hands-on gameplay of Borderlands 3 and more! Meet internet sensations WillNE, Seapeekay, Dangthatsalongname, Jacksucksatlife and more to be announced.
Huge Esports tournaments including Insomnia Masters and Belong Arena Clash finals will battle out on the Esports stage and witness the best gaming entertainment on the Main Stage. If that isn’t enough, hang out in our VR, Indie, Retro, Competitive & Battle Royale zones and prepare yourself for 4 days of non-stop gaming!
Insomnia65 will take place 23-26 August. For more information and to purchase tickets, CLICK HERE.
Dragon Slayer - Warwick Castle
Following a hugely popular run last year, Dragon Slayer is back for 2019, with this Bank Holiday weekend marking the final performances of the year.
Performances feature displays of fearless horseback fire-jousting, perilous stunt riding and a ‘dazzling’ confrontation between Guy - a heroic figure likened to Robin Hood and Saint George - and his nemesis, the fire-breathing dragon.
Unique to the Midlands, Dragon Slayer’s finale features a projection canvas measuring 31 metres by 80 metres and lit with 150,000 lumens of light - the equivalent to more than 500 house lightbulbs.
For those wishing to experience even more medieval merriment, the venue also offers a hog roast or period-themed banquet to accompany the show.
Dragon Slayer is at Warwick Castle until Monday 26th August. For more information and to book tickets, CLICK HERE.
Unicorn Rides - Arley Arboretum
Back again by huge popular demand! Join the unicorn themed pony rides through the enchanted woodland in the grounds of the beautiful Arley Arboretum, and tuck in to Unicorn Treats at the Unicorn Bar!
This activity will suit children from the age of 3 – 12 (depending on size and height of the child), all riding children must be accompanied by at least 1 adult.
Unicorn Rides will be available until Monday 26th August. For more information and to book tickets, CLICK HERE.
Historic Heroes - Black Country Living Museum
Uncover inspiring stories and follow in the footsteps of Black Country heroes.
Enjoy the delights of traditional family fun and 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.
For more information about BCLM's Historic heroes event and to book tickets, CLICK HERE.
Shrewsbury Folk Festival - West Midland Showground
A highlight of any folk fan’s calendar, this four-day fest brings together centuries of musical tradition in one picturesque setting.
Take along the whole family for dance and workshops as well as live music.
Line-up includes: Kate Rusby, Andy Fairweather Low and the Low Riders ft the Hi Riders Soul Revue, Oysterband, Eddi Reader, Martyn Joseph, Skerryvore, Faustus, Martin Barre, Steve Knightley, Mankala, Blair Dunlop (pictured), Grace Petrie and Jiggy.
Shrewsbury Folk Festival takes place at the West Midland Showground, 23-26 August. For more information and to book tickets, CLICK HERE.
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