IT'S going to be a busy weekend in Southampton.

There are a number of high-profile events you can get involved in, and even the chance to try new activities.

So if you're at a loose end, here's a few ideas.

1. Take part in Southampton Marathon (or cheer runners on). The event brings thousands of runners to the city and takes in the Itchen and Northam bridges, Riverside Park, and the Common. Roads throughout the route will be closed on Sunday - click here to find out more.

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2. Gaze up at a shooting stars passing through the Hampshire skies. If weather conditions hold the Lyrid meteor shower will begin just before dawn on Saturday and last for about three days.

3. Take your children to a roarsome (sorry) dinosaur design workshop. Youngsters will be able to design their own clay creations at the event on Friday, April 21, from 10.30am or 1.30pm at SeaCity Museum in Southampton.

4. Make your own chicken mask - as well as a tail and wings - and do an egg and spoon race at Royal Victoria Country Park. Children must be accompanied by an adult at the event, which will be held at 10am on Friday, April 21.

5. Cast a critical eye on the fashion industry at an event hosted at Gods House Tower in Southampton on Saturday. The Sustainable Fashion Fest, which runs from 10am until 6pm will feature stalls and will screen a documentary.

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PICTURED: Louiza Hamidi and Libby Russell, who is organising the event.

6. Check out auditions for acts hoping to be part of Southampton Pride. Singers, drag queens, drag kings, bands and troupes will be strutting their stuff to have the chance to be on the main stage at Southampton Pride later this year. The event will be held at the Stage Door from 7pm on Saturday.

7. Check out the New Forest at Beaulieu Boat Jumble on Sunday. There will be hundreds of stalls and stands selling new and used equipment and there will also be admission to all Beaulieu attractions. The event runs from 10am until 4pm on Sunday.

8. Take part in patriotic activities at a St George's Day Festival at the Hub in Southampton City College. The event will include films about famous Sotonians and other entertainments. It will be held from 4pm until 6pm on Sunday.

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9. Create artwork inspired by life on the ocean waves at Southampton SeaCity Museum. Artists can sketch in pencil and develop their ideas into watercolour from 11am until 4pm on Sunday.

10. Take part in a new activity at the world's oldest bowling green. Fall in Love with Lawn Bowls is being held at Southampton Old Bowling Green from 11am until 4pm on Saturday. Those attending are asked to wear flat-soled shoes and will be able to look around the historic clubhouse.