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Bang that drum

Next time you're organising a conference or meeting where people need to let their hair down, invite some drummers. Drum Cafe will turn up with four kinds of drums, from Britain, France and South Africa;

Rockers unite

Relive the Fifties this weekend with Coronation Rock at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent. Information: 01782 232323;

Story time

The newly expanded Manchester Art Gallery is celebrating its opening tomorrow with storyteller Hugh Lupton recounting Tales of Wisdom and Wonder. On Father's Day, June 16, two to five-year-olds can bring their dads to create poetry. Publisher Barefoot Books will show artwork from its picture books in an exhibition for families, with children's workshops from September 21, and in October theatre director Jatinda Verma will launch Barefoot's The Story of Divaali with a workshop. Information: 0161 235 8861;

Queens for a day

To celebrate the Golden Jubilee, meet Queen Elizabeth II's predecessors, spend time with courtiers and soldiers from the days of Boudicca to Queen Victoria and relive the street parties of the Coronation and the Silver Jubilee. At Kenilworth Castle, June 29-30; Marble Hill House, London, July 6 - 7, Richmond Castle,Yorkshire, August 18-19, Ashby de la Zouch Castle, Leicestershire, August 25-26 and Barnard Castle, County Durham, August 31 and September 1.

Arts online

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