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The Guide: weekend things to do

A few suggestions to help you plan your weekend (21-22 Nov)

Arts & Culture

Go Penguins
Go Penguins is a touring exhibition and will run throughout December

Liverpool will be transformed into an Antarctic wonderland this weekend with the arrival of over 100 penguins across the city.

The penguins, each one with its own design, are part of Go Penguins, a free public art trail around the region's streets and aim to raise awareness about local and global environmental.

Artists, schools and community groups have designed the penguins which will also include sound, video and poetry.

For more information visit the Go Penguins website.


The North West masters takes place at Haydock and Aintree.

The fifth Northwest Racing Masters takes place this weekend with top-class horseracing at two of Britain's favourite racecourses, Haydock Park and Aintree.

On the first day Haydock Park will stage seven races with the main highlight being the £200,000 Grade One Betfair Chase.

The second day at Aintree will see six races take place, with two contests over the world-famous Grand National course.

For tickets and badges for the whole weekend or either event call 0844 579 3001 or visit the Aintree and Haydock Park race course websites.

Nature & Outdoors

Black Headed Gull
Black Headed Gull at Martin Mere, Burscough

The North West Bird Watching Festival takes place this weekend at the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) in Martin Mere.

Martin Mere Wetland Centre is home to over 100 species of rare and endangered ducks, geese, swans, flamingos and beavers and the weekend includes a number of talks on local wildlife from guest speakers.

There will also be a range of stands selling outdoor clothing, birdwatching holidays and wildlife artists and photographers.

Whether you have an interest in bird watching, photography, conservation or simply enjoy nature, the North West Bird Watching Festival.

For more information and full festival listings visit the Martin Mere website.

Arts & Culture

Ramesh Meyyappan
Ramesh Meyyappan will be taking part in the workshop

Join mime artist Ramesh Meyyappan from Singapore for the Deaf Culture Event this Sunday.

Learn how to create your own expressive skills in the workshop led by Mary-Jayne Russell de Clifford who has worked with Tyst Theatre (Sweden) and Deafinitly Theatre (London).

BazzaDeaf, the comedy writer from British Deaf News will also be there to help.

The free event takes on Sunday 22 November at Merseyside Society for Deaf People (MSDP), Queens Drive, Liverpool, L13 0DJ from 1400GMT - 1700GMT. Suitable for all the family.

For more information and full festival listings visit the DaDaFest website.

Arts & Culture
lantern parade
The lantern parade takes place on Runcorn Hill

Wrap up warm and join the lantern parade and on Runcorn Hill, Halton this Sunday for 'Stories best told in the dark'.

Families are invited to join the procession of light by carrying hand-made lanterns on the special guided walk.

Parks and Countryside Service and Friends of Runcorn Hill will lead the procession which will includes a storytelling session.

For more information call 01928 560793 or visit Visit Halton website.


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