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Visitors to Goscote Greenacres this weekend will enjoy a wicked afternoon of Halloween tricks and treats - with the Mayor of Walsall on hand to cast a spell on angling prize winners!

The free Halloween event will run from 1pm-4pm on Sunday 26 October 2014 and people will be able to enjoy pumpkin carving, apple bobbing, ghost stories and a treasure hunt.

There will also be a barbecue and visitors are invited to attend in fancy dress.

Walsall will be alive with music and entertainment this weekend thanks to daytime and evening events that will really get the party started.

Family fun will be the order of the day on Saturday 1 December from 11am to 5pm in Gallery Square, while Walsall Music Festival will get the town rockin' from  6.30pm that evening.

Walsall Council's leisure services and town centre management team have been working with Breeze Experiential Marketing Ltd to host both events.

The free daytime party features Christmas craft making, rides, an inflatable ice slide and a rodeo Rudolph.

Live bands will be playing at The Wharf Bar nearby, while a craft fair will be running at the New Art Gallery.

The evening's Walsall Music Festival will take people back to the time when the likes of Slade and Black Sabbath played at the town hall.

A display of iconic works by internationally renowned artist Damien Hirst will be on show at The New Art Gallery Walsall for a full year from October 2012.

Art gallery bosses say it is a major coup for the borough, attracting visitors from across the globe and will be a major boost for tourism and local businesses.

The New Art Gallery Walsall was selected to present the very first year-long display of key works by Hirst as part of the ARTIST ROOMS national tour, a collection of modern and contemporary art donated by Anthony d’Offay to Tate and National Galleries of Scotland for the nation.

Walsall Police are holding their annual Open Day at Walsall Police Station, Green Lane on Sunday 23 September.

An RAF helicopter will be arriving to open the event followed by a welcome by the new police commander for Walsall, Chief Superintendant David Sturman.

Despite bad weather last year over 3,000 visitors attended the event.  This year, they are hoping to exceed those numbers as it's set to be another popular free family day out for the local community.


Keen photographers have snapped up the chance to capture the village of Aldridge over the next 12 months as part of a project with Walsall Council and businesses.

Aldridge Photographic Society members will be taking pictures of Aldridge through the seasons with a view to creating an exhibition and calendar.

The project has been developed by Aldridge Village Business Partnership and Walsall Council’s District Centre Management Team.

Images being captured will vary from well-known landmarks such as Aldridge Parish Church to views across the countryside along with scenes from Hay Head Wood and The Dingle.