A SPECIAL birthday celebration will take place at the annual Crick Boat Show – which starts today (Saturday May 28).
The 2016 Crick Boat Show & Waterways Festival will celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birth of James Brindley, Britain’s first great canal builder.
The annual event, which showcases the inland waterways industry with more than 250 exhibitors from across the world, takes place at Crick Marina in Northamptonshire.
Visitors can take a free trip along the Grand Union Canal, try the iconic Roses and Castles canal boat painting and take a boat-handling taster course.
Live bands will be performing throughout the show in the Wheatsheaf Bar Marquee, headlined by Tom Robinson of ‘2-4-6-8 Motorway’ fame who performs at 9.20pm on Sunday.
And children aged 16 and under can visit the show for free where they will find a variety of children’s activities, including a funfair with dodgems and carousel.
Organisers are expecting around 25,000 visitors and it will also be the first time all children can visit any show day for free.
The show takes place from Saturday May 28 to Monday May 30.
Visit www.crickboatshow.com or call 01283 742970 for more information.
THE RUNWAY is cleared for the takeoff of a fleet of cold war jets as Bruntingthorpe Airfield hosts its annual open day this weekend.
Taking place on Sunday May 29, the event will show off a number of resident aircrafts including the Nimrod, Comet, Lightning, Canberra, Buccaneer, Jet Provosts, L29 Delphin and Hunter.
The airfield will also welcome its ‘star performer’, the Vickers VC10 cold war jet, retired from the RAF in 2013, to complete high-speed taxi runs for all to see.
The fleet is made up of vintage heritage jet aircraft, all of which played a significant role in keeping the peace during the Cold War.
There will also be a ceremonial flypast by aircraft from the world famous RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
A wide range of souvenirs and memorabilia, including those of the Victor, Lightning Preservation Group and Vulcan to the Sky Club, will also be available in addition to hot and cold refreshments.
Gates open at 9am. Tickets are £20 for adullts, senior citizens and disabled tickets are £15 and accompanied children under 16 are free to attend.
CREATIVE youngsters can enjoy half-term holiday fun at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum next week.
The SMART programme launches today (Saturday May 28) with a Find The Faces hunt, which runs throughout the holiday week.
Youngsters can search for Colourful Artists hiding out in the Art Gallery, with one lucky hunter winning a prize.
A Magical Masks drop-in session takes place on Tuesday (May 31), and on Thursday (June 2) SMART hosts a Peg People drop-in session, where youngsters can rummage through the gallery’s materials to create a favourite character from history, film or literature.
Next month, the Little Discoveries – Mini Artists sessions return, giving children aged two to five the chance to make a mess and create crafty items to take home.
Little Discoveries – Mini Artists takes place every Thursday from June 30 to July 21.
Visit www.ragm.co.uk for more information about SMART, Little Discoveries and other events and exhibitions.