What's on this weekend in the Midlands and Shropshire

It's festival fever this weekend with V Festival, Green Man and FordFest just a few on offer, as well as a host of outdoor film screenings, concerts and car rallies... There's something for everyone across all areas.

What's on this weekend in the Midlands and Shropshire

V Festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday at Weston Park in Staffordshire

Friday

Knights and Princesses Academy - Stokesay Castle, near Craven Arms

Children will be transformed into Lords and Ladies at the Knights and Princesses Academy, with tips on everything from curtsies to combat at the landmark fortified Shropshire manor house.

This is the last in a series of family events held at the attraction over the summer holidays.


Kidderminster Arts Festival

Magic Live: Featuring psychic entertainer Jay Adkins, president of Great Britain's Magic Club Eugene Matthias and RODAN International Escape Artists, this live show will be held at Kidderminster Town Hall from 7.30pm till 10pm. Tickets cost £5.

Full Beam Drive-In Cinema presents Annie Hall and The Big Lebowski: Woody Allen's romantic comedy Annie Hall (recommended for children aged 13+) and The Big Lebowski (18+) will be screened at Aldi car park on New Road. Annie Hall starts at 8.30pm and The Big Lebowsk begins at 11.30pm. Tickets cost £20 per car in advance and £22 on the day. Live music will be performed between screenings at the Secret Garden.

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FordFest - Fordhall Farm, near Market Drayton

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Becca Cartwright, the event organiser, gets set for the annual festival at Fordhall Farm, near Market Drayton

Fordhall Community Farm near Market Drayton will host the sixth annual Fordfest this weekend featuring local bands, family competitions and circus skill workshops.

The event will be held on Friday and Saturday and will raise funds for the farm’s community land initiative and the education programme it puts on throughout the year.

The farm will be hosting local bands at the festival, as well as supporting local breweries, cider producers and local wine producers.

On the Friday evening there will be a chance for any musicians to bring their instruments and join in the Acoustic Singaround.

The following day, live music will start at 1pm with Bang On! Street Band before the rest of the line-up including Rowan Robinson featuring James McLaughlin, the Bootleg Boys and headliners Shrewsbury based Booyaka.

Camping will also be available for visitors and festival breakfasts will be served in Arthur’s Farm Kitchen on the Sunday morning.

Gates open for the event at 7pm on Friday for an acoustic singaround and will open at 11am on Saturday with the first live band on at 1pm.

Tickets can be bought in advance for £8 per person, or for £10 on the gate. Children aged 16 years and under go free.

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Eric Martin (Mr Big) - The Temple at the Institute, Birmingham

Mr Big frontman Eric Martin, best known for the band's hit in the early 90s with 'To Be With You', will be performing to crowds in Birmingham on Friday night.

Tickets cost £12.50 in advance. Doors open at 6.30pm. 10pm curfew.


Top Gun screening at outdoor movie night - Merry Hill shopping centre, Brierley Hill

The classic Top Gun will be part of a double bill in Telford
Top Gun

Fans of 1986 Blockbuster Top Gun can enjoy an outdoor screening at the film at Merry Hill shopping centre.

The film, starring Tom Cruise, is being shown in the main car park at the Brierley Hill shops complex on August 21 starting at 9.30pm.

Tickets are being sold in advance from the customer service desk at the shopping centre with proceeds going to local charity Promise Dreams.

Gates will open at 7pm on the night and the sound will be picked up through car radios.


Green Man Festival - Brecon Beacons, Mid Wales

Now in its 13th year, the independent music festival is guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser, with acts including St Vincent, Hot Chip and Super Furry Animals, taking the headline spots on The Mountain Stage. 

The line-up also includes Goat, Calexico, Courtney Barnett, Jamie XX and many more.

For more information click here


Saturday

V Festival - Weston Park, Staffordshire

Fans of Sir Tom Jones were disappointed when a technical glitch curtailed his show
Sir Tom Jones

From Tom Jones, to the Stereophonics, Olly Murs, Kasabian, James Bay and The Charlatans - this year's V Festival promises to be a fun-filled weekend jam-packed full of musical talent.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the festival has a wide array of acts performing on Saturday and Sunday across all four stages. There will also be a variety of attractions including Frankie Boyle and Seann Walsh at the Comedy Tent, as well as a range of grime, indie, soul and hip hop acts at the Our House tent.

For more information click here.


Outdoor screenings of Frozen, Paddington and Grease - Shrewsbury Quarry

They’re magic moments of cinema – think of Paddington surfing down the stairs in the bath, Olivia Newton-John turning up in her sexy new leather jacket in Grease, and Queen Elsa singing the inescapable Let It Go in Disney’s modern classic, Frozen.

And all three will be presented on a big screen in Shrewsbury’s Quarry this summer with the launch of a one-day outdoor cinema season.

The day will begin with Frozen at 10.30am, followed by Paddington at 2.30pm, and concluding with an evening showing of evergreen musical Grease from 8pm.

The event will be staged on the banking below The Dingle.

Cost is £12 per film for adults, with proceeds from the screenings will go towards counselling charity Relate.

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FordFest - Fordhall Farm, near Market Drayton

Fordhall Community Farm near Market Drayton will host the sixth annual Fordfest this weekend featuring local bands, family competitions and circus skill workshops.

The event will be held on Friday and Saturday and will raise funds for the farm’s community land initiative and the education programme it puts on throughout the year.

The farm will be hosting local bands at the festival, as well as supporting local breweries, cider producers and local wine producers.

On the Friday evening there will be a chance for any musicians to bring their instruments and join in the Acoustic Singaround.

The following day, live music will start at 1pm with Bang On! Street Band before the rest of the line-up including Rowan Robinson featuring James McLaughlin, the Bootleg Boys and headliners Shrewsbury based Booyaka.

Camping will also be available for visitors and festival breakfasts will be served in Arthur’s Farm Kitchen on the Sunday morning.

Gates open for the event at 7pm on Friday for an acoustic singaround and will open at 11am on Saturday with the first live band on at 1pm.

Tickets can be bought in advance for £8 per person, or for £10 on the gate. Children aged 16 years and under go free.

For more information click here


Q in the Park - Victoria Park, Stafford

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Dirty Rotten Souls will be at Q in the Park

This year the event, which features entertainment, live music and stalls, will be held on both the Friday and Saturday of the V weekend. 

Billed as ‘the world’s first free festival entertainment queue’ it features live music from 10am to 6pm on August 21 and 22.

Performers include Dirty Rotten Souls, Pistol Pete Wearn, Kenny and the Energy and After Dark Fonksters. There will be various stalls, arts and crafts, face painting, children’s rides and festival food. The fun also includes workshops such as Brazilian drumming, circus skills and learning the ukelele. 

For more information click here


Green Man Festival - Brecon Beacons, Mid Wales

Green Man - St Vincent
St Vincent

Now in its 13th year, the independent music festival is guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser, with acts including St Vincent, Hot Chip and Super Furry Animals, taking the headline spots on The Mountain Stage. 

The line-up also includes Goat, Calexico, Courtney Barnett, Jamie XX and many more.

For more information click here


Sunday

V Festival - Weston Park, Staffordshire

V Festival Audience
Crowds at V Festival

From Tom Jones, to the Stereophonics, Olly Murs, Kasabian, James Bay and The Charlatans - this year's V Festival promises to be a fun-filled weekend jam-packed full of musical talent.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the festival has a wide array of acts performing on Saturday and Sunday across all four stages. There will also be a variety of attractions including Frankie Boyle and Seann Walsh at the Comedy Tent, as well as a range of grime, indie, soul and hip hop acts at the Our House tent.

For more information click here.


Classic Car Rally - Bantock House, Wolverhampton

An annual rally celebrating classic cars built in Wolverhampton returns to Bantock House Museum this Sunday.

The Turner sports cars were built locally between 1955 and 1966. Jack Turner initially created a few bespoke chassis at his family home before opening a factory in Merridale Street which later moved to Pendeford Airport. On Sunday, some of these vehicles will male their annual pilgrimage to the landmark attraction.

For more information click here


Green Man Festival - Brecon Beacons, Mid Wales

green man - hot chip
Hot Chip

Now in its 13th year, the independent music festival is guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser, with acts including St Vincent, Hot Chip and Super Furry Animals, taking the headline spots on The Mountain Stage. 

The line-up also includes Goat, Calexico, Courtney Barnett, Jamie XX and many more.

For more information click here


Q in the Park - Victoria Park, Stafford

This year the event, which features entertainment, live music and stalls, will be held on both the Friday and Saturday of the V weekend. 

Billed as ‘the world’s first free festival entertainment queue’ it features live music from 10am to 6pm on August 21 and 22.

Performers include Dirty Rotten Souls, Pistol Pete Wearn, Kenny and the Energy and After Dark Fonksters. There will be various stalls, arts and crafts, face painting, children’s rides and festival food. The fun also includes workshops such as Brazilian drumming, circus skills and learning the ukelele. 

For more information click here

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