The Nightingales, Telfood Feastival, Don Broco and more: What's on this weekend in the Midlands and Shropshire

With the summer holidays now in full swing, there's lots to do in the Midlands and Shropshire to keep you and your family occupied - from Caribbean food festivals, theatre productions, rock shows and so much more.

The Nightingales, Telfood Feastival, Don Broco and more: What's on this weekend in the Midlands and Shropshire

Birmingham band the Nightingales make a triumphant return to the Slade Rooms this weekend.

FRIDAY

Dinosaur Experience - Telford Shopping Centre

From Pterosaurs to Pterodactlys – follow the dinosaur footprints and see what surprises lie in store at Telford Live's Dinosaur Experience.

Meet Dorothy the Tyrannosaurus Rex and look out for selfie opportunities too as you get up-close and personal with these Jurassic creatures.

This event is totally free of charge.

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The Nightingales - The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton

The Nightingales with Robert second right
The Nightingales are set to play The Slade Rooms this Friday

Birmingham band The Nightingales are set to play a one-off West Midlands date at Wolverhampton's Slade Rooms this weekend.

In the 1970's and '80's The Nightingales became the Midland's most independent, critically acclaimed, alternative rock'n'roll band. The band appeared on the legendary Radio One DJ John Peel's radio show.

After parting ways in the later '1980s the band reunited in 2004 and re-issued their first three albums the year later.

Tickets are priced at £8.44 with doors opening at 7.00pm

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Birmingham Caribbean Festival - Centenary Square

Birmingham Caribbean Festival
Crowds at last years Birmingham Caribbean Festival sampling delicious cuisine and free entertainment

This weekend's Birmingham Caribbean festival treats thousands of visitors to great food, rum punch and fresh tropical fruits and juices championed by ambassador Levi Roots.

This year, the festival will see the incorporation of number of current issues and social debates such as, health , HIV and AIDS, and children’s welfare alongside it's regular activities to raise awareness for various charities.

The festival creates an environment in which Caribbean arts, culture, food and drink, in their various forms, are promoted and made accessible to an increasing proportion of the British population through various traders, demonstrations and talks.

This is a free event and runs from 11.00am until 9.00pm

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Taming of the Shrew - Crescent Theatre, Birmingham

The Little Arden Theatre Company brings their interpretations of Shakespeare classic the Taming of the Shrew to the Crescent Theatre this Friday.

In the smoky setting of the night club Padua, see the twists and turns of rebellion and romance unfold as sisters Katherina and Bianca face the challenges of men. 

Tickets are priced at £10.50 with doors opening at 7.00pm

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Rent - The Old Rep, Birmingham 

Rent 3
Rent is set to wow fans at Birmingham's Old Rep Theatre

Smash-hit Tony Award winning Broadway musical Rent is gracing the stages of Birmingham’s Old Rep Theatre this weekend, directed by Michael Neri.

Set in the East Village of New York City, Rent is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today.

Tickets are priced at £24 with the show starting at 7.30pm

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Black Country Festival - Sandwell, Dudley, Wolverhampton and more

Our region is known for its distinct dialect and industrial heritage that helped build Great Britain in the industrial revolution, which is celebrated annually at the Black Country Festival.

In Dudley from July 29 to 31 the festival will close with the inaugural Dudley Beer Festival, a three-day celebration of real ale at Brierley Hill Civic Hall.

In Sandwell from July 29 to 30, SHOUT! will perform their fun, fab and frivolous show that tracks five girls as they come of age during the 1960s, with hits from Petula Clark, Cilla Black, Dusty Springfield and Lulu. The show will be at Rowley Regis Learning Campus. 

Tickets are priced at £12

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SATURDAY

Telfood Feastival - QEII Arena, Telford

Shropshire Festivals’ Beth Heath, front, and Alex Massey Telfood
More than 130 of the region's best traders are set to descend on Telford for Telfood Feastival

More than 130 of the region’s best food, drink and craft producers will descend on the amazing new Southwater development in Telford for the huge Telfood Feastival.

The event features demonstrations from the region's best chefs on the Lanyon Bowdler Demonstration stage, music from local unsigned bands on the Woods Brewery huge live music stage and talks, and tastings. 

Children will be able to enjoy getting mucky in the hands-on cookery area, learn circus skills in the big top, handle creatures large and small with Exotic Zoo, practise football and tennis skills, have a go at go-karting, try eating bugs, colour in a BMW and MUCH more.

Tickets are available in advance and are priced at £5 for adults, £1 for children with family tickets available at £10 covering two adults and three children.

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Tax the Heat - The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton

Tax The Heat
Ahead of the release of their brand new album, Tax the Heat will hit the stages of Wolverhampton's Slade Rooms

Rhythm and blues band Tax the Heat are set to wow crowds at Wolverhampton's Slade Rooms this weekend.

The band have hit the stages of the likes of Download Festival, Calling Festival, Steelhouse Festival and Camden Rocks.

In September 2015 the band announced plans for their upcoming début album Fed To The Lions, which is set to be released in the Spring of 2016 after penning a deal with famed record label Nuclear Blast.

Tickets are priced at £7.88 with doors opening at 7.00pm

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Stone Broken - O2 Academy, Birmingham

Stone Broken
Walsall band Stone Broken are set to rock the stages of Birmingham's O2 Academy this Saturday

Walsall hard rock band Stone Broken are set to make a home town appearance this weekend at Birmingham's O2 Academy.

Stone Broken are known for their anthemic sound which led to them being nominated for the Planet Rock Awards 2016 Best New Band.

Tickets are priced at £7 with doors opening at 7.00pm

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Farmhouse Blues - Wheathillcourt Farm, Bridgnorth

In aid of Cancer Research UK, Wheathillcourt Farm in conjunction with South Shropshire Blues Club in proud to host Farmhouse Blues - showcasing some of the best blues acts from across the local area.

The event features the likes of Lucy Howells, Pistol Pete Wearn, Tetrachords, Tom Walker Trio, Jack Brett & Blue Moon and the Stevie Nimmo Trio.

Tickets are priced at £20 with the event running from 2.00pm until 10.00pm

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Shakespeare's Avengers Assembleth: Age of Oberon - Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham

Enter the weird world of Shakespeare's Avengers Assembleth this weekend at Birmingham's Blue Orange Theatre.

The fate of Shakespeare and his mystical infinity quill in the balance as he is kidnapped by a gang of crazed fairies, can Shakespeare's heroes save their creator from the evil actions of Oberon, Lord of Midsummer? 

Tickets are priced at £8 with the show starting at 7.00pm

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SUNDAY

Don Broco - O2 Institute, Birmingham

Don Broco at the Civic
Don Broco treat fans with full renditions of albums Priorities and Automatic at Birmingham's O2 Institute

Don Broco embark on a two date tour that will feature at Birmingham's O2 Institute where they will play their hit albums Priorities and Automatic in full.

These dates follow a European tour supporting 5 Seconds of Summer and a performance at Download Festival 2016.

Tickets are priced at £20 with doors opening at 7.00pm

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La Boheme Puccini Opera - The Marches School, Oswestry

Heritage Opera, Northwest England’s Professional Touring Opera Company visits Oswestry for the first time this weekend with La Boheme Puccini Opera.

The opera will be performed in 19th Century period costume, accompanied by 5 piece ensemble and sung in a new English translation. 

Tickets are priced at £26 with discounts available for students and concessions. The show begins at 6.00pm.

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Ricky Cool and the In Crowd - Brasshouse on Broad Street, Birmingham

Ricky Cool of The Inn Crowd
Ricky Cool has teamed up with some of the Midland's most talented musicians for a very special Birmingham show

In his new line up, Ricky Cool has teemed up with some of the Midlands most talented musicians to rock the Brasshouse and Broad Street in Birmingham.

Their music presents an explosive mixture of ska, bluebeat, rhythm and blues and rock ‘n’ roll, coupled with charismatic and jaw-dropping on-stage entertainment.

This is a free event with doors opening at 3.00pm

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Hacienda Classical - The Rainbow, Birmingham

Hacienda Classical at work
After a string of sell out shows, Hacienda Classical is set to appear at Birmingham venue The Rainbow

After completely selling out two dates in Manchester and one at the Royal Albert Hall Haçienda Classical will come to Birmingham with a show at the Rainbow Open Air Arena this weekend.

The show will bring dance hits from the old Hacienda nightclub performed by the 70-piece live orchestra Manchester Camerata.

Peter Hook, of Joy Division and New Order fame, will open the show with his new musical act Peter Hook & The Light playing one of their electronic New Order sets.

Tickets are priced at £35 with doors opening at 3.00pm

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The Beautiful Sound - The Robin 2, Bilston

2016 will see The Beautiful South tribute band The Beautiful Sound embark on their Perfect 10 tour that will appear at The Robin 2.

Paying tribute to The Beautiful South with a few Housemartins favourites for good measure, they perform fan favourites such as Rotterdam, A Little Time, Song for Whoever, Perfect 10, Old Red Eyes, Don’t Marry Her, Happy Hour, Build, You Keep It All In and many more.

Tickets are priced at £10 in advance and £12 on the door with the show starting at 8.30pm

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