Plenty of bank holiday fun for all the family in Bromsgrove

Thursday 22 August 2013 Updated: 22/08 00:12

WITH THE bank holiday weekend approaching, there is plenty to do across Bromsgrove and Droitwich - fingers crossed for some good weather.

Here are a few ideas of how to spend your freetime this weekend.

► THERE will be 15 ciders and perries on offer at the Hop Pole this Sunday (August 25) when the venuie plays host to a music and cider festival.

It opens at 12midday and there will be three acts performing on the day - the town's Dan Greenaway at 3pm, ten-piece Kidderminster ska band Stiff Joints at 5pm and Bromsgrove-based Dilemma Council headlining at 9pm.

Entry is free and there will be food available.

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► VISITORS to Avoncroft Museum on Sunday and Monday (August 25 and 26) will be able to step back to times gone by at the annual Victorian Fair.

The venue will be awash with colourful characters from the time and attractions will include swing boats, coconut shies and a 'test-your-strength' hammer machine.

Traditional Victorian teachers will give those who go along an insight into what lessons were like back then, there will be Victorian carriage rides and the chance to experience an old-fashioned gin shop, magic lantern displays, a Punch and Judy show and music.

Skills such as blacksmithery and lace-making will be on display and those wanting to get in touch with their creative sides can have a go at making corn dollies.

There will also be Victorian refreshments and traditional sweets available.

For more, visit www.avoncroft.org.uk

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► AN ANNUAL bowls competition is being held in Stoke Prior this Sunday (August 25) in memory of dedicated bowler Keith Prescott who died of a heart attack at the age of 49.

Everyone is welcome to enter The KP Trophy Open Tournament, which takes place at The Bowling Green Inn.

Admission is £2 and proceeds from the tournament, which starts at 10am, go to The British Heart Foundation.

Even those who have never bowled before can go along and have a go at Crown Green Bowls.

A barbecue will be available from 12midday.

Peter Bridgman, from Stoke Prior Bowling Club, said: "The tournament is open to anyone of all abilities which we match so everyone has a equal chance of success."

He added anyone who had not played before could be coached before playing and spare woods were available.

"It is an ideal opportunity to try the game and maybe join the club for next season."

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► A GIG is being performed by The Reflections at Hanbury Village Hall tomorrow (Saturday) to raise funds for Arthritis Research UK.

This will be the tenth year the concert has taken place and, during that time, more than £20,000 has been collected for the cause.

Tickets are £5 for adults and free to under 16s.

As well as the music, there will also be a pig roast, licensed bar and a raffle.

The event starts at 7.30pm and finishes at 12.30am.

For more, or tickets, call 07970 457043.

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► WEBBS garden centre will play host to its 18th annual motor show from 10am to 4pm this Sunday (August 25).

The free event will feature vehicles from every decade since the 1920s, including Triumphs, Jaguars, MGs, Morris cars, Ferraris and Daimlers.

Motoring enthusiasts from across the Midlands will descend on the centre in Wychbold for the event, which will have 330 vehicles in total on show, along with 20 bikes from Bromsgrove Motorcycle Club.

And there will also be plenty of fun for younger visitors with an appearance from Professor Pepperpot and his balloon magic and children’s fair rides.

Webbs' executive chairman Ed Webb, said the centre was looking forward to welcoming all the cars and their owners on what was a fun day out for all the family.

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►THE POPULAR film Les Miserables will be screened at Avoncroft at 7.45pm on Sunday (August 25) as part of an open air cinema event.

Tickets are £6 (£5 concessions) and viewers are free to take along a deckchair, blanket and picnic while they watch the acclaimed film, wich is being shown in conjunction with Artrix.

To book, call 01527 577330.

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► THE LATEST Bands in the Park event will see Tenbury Teme Valley band perform at the Jubilee Bandstand in Sanders Park between 2pm and 4pm on Sunday (August 25) .

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► WYTHALL'S Transport Museum will be celebrating 100 years since Birmingham's first blue and cream buses hit the road.

Classic buses from the 50s, 60s and 70s, will be gracing the streets again on Sunday and Monday (August 25 and 26).

Visitors can ride the buses from Birmingham city centre, at the Holloway Circus, near the Alexandra Theatre.

Pick ups will take place at 10.30am and 11.45am, with return journeys from Wythall leaving at 3pm and 4.20pm.

Around 100 classic buses, coaches, milk floats and a 1949 Wolverhampton trolleybus which is powered by electricity through overhead wires, are all on display and there will be a variety of transport memorabilia on sale, while younger children can enjoy the play cabin.

The museum will be open at 10.30am on both days and parking at the site is free.

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