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Publication: 25th April 2016

It’s World Penguin Day and DZG bird keepers are busy playing mum to an abandoned Humboldt chick.

As well as looking after more than 75 residents in Penguin Bay – the largest parent-reared Humboldt group in the UK - keepers are also handrearing the chick who they found barely alive on the enclosure’s beach.

Publication: 25th April 2016

NEW aircraft added to Open Cockpits Evening line-up

Aviation fans are being given the chance to climb on board a selection of historic aircraft and sit in the pilot’s seat during an ‘Open Cockpits Evening’ event taking place at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford.

Publication: 25th April 2016

Blists Hill Victorian Town celebrates the middle of spring May Day, Sunday 1st May

May Day marks the middle of spring and was celebrated by the Victorians with music, dancing, feasting and games. Join the residents of Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge on Sunday, 1st May as they mark the occasion with much fun and merriment.

Publication: 25th April 2016

Coventry's diverse cultural scene is set to be given its best ever showcase at this Year's Coventry Godiva Festival.

Coventry’s diverse cultural scene is set to be given its biggest ever showcase at this year’s Coventry Godiva Festival.

Publication: 22nd April 2016

Two Rugby League Four Nations internationals to be staged at the home of Wasps – the Ricoh Arena – later this year.

Two mouth-watering Rugby League Four Nations internationals will be staged at the home of Wasps – the Ricoh Arena – later this year.

Publication: 21st April 2016

Birthday celebrations at Dudley Zoological Gardens

We’re sending Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II our very best wishes on the occasion of her 90th birthday, while our own regal resident – lioness Kyra, celebrates her tenth birthday too!

Publication: 21st April 2016

Home Sweet Home: Cadbury World creates chocolate Buckingham Palace for Queen’s birthday

A chocolate creation fit for a queen has been delicately constructed by Cadbury World’s masterful chocolatiers, in honour of Her Majesty’s 90th birthday today (Thursday 21st April 2016).

Publication: 21st April 2016

Shakespeare themed cakes to be displayed in his birthplace

The Hallmark Welcombe Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon has created two Shakespeare-themed cakes to mark the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s creative legacy and his birthday celebrations which take place this weekend.

Publication: 21st April 2016

ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY TO UNVEIL RESTORED SWAN WING ON SHAKESPEARE’S BIRTHDAY, 23 APRIL 2016

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) will unveil the newly-restored Grade II listed Swan Wing on 23 April 2016 – Shakespeare’s birthday, and the 400th anniversary of his death. Built in 1879 and the oldest part of the RSC’s theatres in Stratford-upon-Avon, the Swan Wing has been the subject of a nine month restoration, made possible by a £2.8 million award from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Publication: 18th April 2016

Celebrities join Shakespeare 400 at St Mary's, Warwick.

Dame Judi Dench, Michael Maloney and Alison Wier to name but a few, will be contributing to this exciting celebration.