There’s loads to see and do around the Midlands this weekend, so we’re going to highlight a few interesting events you and your family can enjoy.

First up, there’s the East Midlands Chilli, Beer & Artisan Festival on Saturday and Sunday. After the success of last year’s event, the exciting world of chillies is returning to the East Midlands with a tasty two-day extravaganza for chilli, non-chilli and beer enthusiasts and their families at ChilliBobs Farm in Rolleston, near Nottingham.

There will be over 70 stalls with spicy and non-spicy street foods, gifts, plants, demonstrations, competitions, entertainment for the children and music from East Midlands acts.

The usually-serene surroundings of Chatsworth House in the Derbyshire Dales will come to life with the roars of finely-tuned Lotus engines on Sunday. Lotus In The Peaks will see more than 100 luxury cars and their owners gather in the park under the Bastion Wall for the Midlands Lotus Owners Club annual event.

Starting tomorrow night and running until August 20, a series of outdoor theatre productions begins with The Three Musketeers at Wollaton Hall, Nottinghamshire. Take along your own picnic with blanket and/or chairs (seating will not be provided) and there will be a bar and refreshments will be available on site.

There will also be Pride And Prejudice on August 13 and Much Ado About Nothing on August 20 at Wollaton Hall, and plenty of other outdoor productions at Newstead Abbey and Nottingham Castle over the summer. For more details, click here.


The Forest Live concerts continue this weekend at Cannock Chase in Staffordshire as part of the Forestry Commission’s annual concert tour of UK forests. The line-up is similar to last month’s in Nottinghamshire, but instead of The Vamps, West Midlands music lovers are treated to Robert Plant And The Sensational Space Shifters on Saturday, July 11. Paloma Faith (above) kicks the weekend off on Friday (which sold out ages ago) and Tom Odell and Rae Morris bring it to a close on Sunday. There are still tickets available for the Saturday and Sunday nights here.

Tomorrow, the streets of Nottingham will be taken over with performers entertaining crowds as part of The Big Busk 2015 event, which will be broadcast live all day on BBC Radio Nottingham. Street performers, entertainers and musicians will be at Trinity Square, Brian Clough Statue, outside Primark and on the corner of Thurland Street and Pelham Street from 11am to 4pm.

The British Automobile Racing Club (BARC) get into gear with their meeting at Donington Park this weekend for two days of sports car action on the track. Over 80 cars will take part in the races, including Porsches and BMW. For more details, click here.

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