Every week we’ll be giving Joes the best things to do this weekend no matter where you are in the country. Whether it’s the best new bars, clubs, restaurants, films or events, we’ve got you covered!

Things to Do This Weekend (18th - 20th January 2019)

Things to Do This Weekend in London

Winter Lights at Canary Wharf

Until Saturday 26th January. Free.

Christmas may be over but that doesn’t mean we need to turn off all the fairy lights. And that’s because Canary Wharf’s dazzling Winter Lights show is back for 2019. Returning for a fifth year, the festival of light brings together some of the most imaginative and exciting international artists working with light art today.

Winter Lights will see state-of-the-art light technology delivering spectacular artworks, installations and experiences – many of which will be interactive. The festival promises to be bigger and brighter than ever, and it’s going on for the next 10 days, so you’ve got no excuse to miss it!

Location: Canary Wharf, E14 8RR. Nearest Tube: Canary Wharf.


Sipsmith’s Hot Gin Roof

Thursday 17th January – Saturday 17th February. From £18.

Back by popular demand, Ham Yard Hotel and London gin pioneers Sipsmith are coming together once again on the hotel’s candle-lit roof terrace for Hot Gin Roof – The Chronicles. Highlighting the very best of Hot Gin Roof’s history, the month-long pop-up will be celebrating all things gin, with workshops and tasting sessions.

Standard Hot Gin Roof tickets include a complimentary welcome Hot G&T, followed by a cocktail of your choice, and over the next month there’ll also be two Hot Gin experience masterclasses with Sipsmith’s Master Distiller, Jared Brown, who’ll be guiding you through the bespoke cocktails and a tasting of special gins from their west London distillery.

Location: Ham Yard Hotel, 1 Ham Yard, W1D 7DT. Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus.


Things to Do This Weekend in Manchester

Winter Beer Fest 2019

Friday 18th – Sunday 20th December. From £5.87.

Manchester’s finest weekly street food and craft beer pop-up GRUB is kicking off 2019 with a bang this week, with Winter Beer Fest 2019! Perfect for those getting involved with #TryJanuary, join the guy’s at GRUB for a weekend of top winter beer tastings, with 30 kegs and 8 casks from breweries local, national and international on rotation.

Breweries getting involved this year include the likes of Buxton, Good Chemistry, Kernel, Magic Rock, North Brew Co., and Wild Beer, while street food will come from the likes of Vaso Kitchen, Get Wurst and Bakeorama. Bear in mind, GRUB have a 100% cashless bar, so bring your card to buy beer tokens. Food traders will still take cash, however.

Location: Fairfield Social Club, Archway 6 Temperance Street, M12 6HR.


Things to Do This Weekend in Birmingham

Nocturnal Animals

Open Tuesdays – Sundays from midday.

Not content with serving some of the most provocative dishes in Birmingham at The Wilderness, last year restauranteur Alex Claridge opened Nocturnal Animals, an 80’s-infused bar/restaurant which is all about fun, playfulness, provocation. And if you’ve not had the chance to head down for even a drink yet, it’s about time you did.

The ground floor plays host to the bar area, where you can sit down for Nocturnal’s uber-modern take on Afternoon Tea or sample something from the innovative cocktail menu which is currently based around 6 fruits. We’d also recommend trying their Yuzu-infused draught house beer. Under the bar is the 42-cover restaurant menu which playfully fuses modern Japanese and Chinese cuisine with a healthy dose of junk food.

Location: 20 Bennetts Hill, B2 5QJ.


Things to Do This Weekend in Cardiff

St Fagans Real Food Market

Saturday 19th January. Free.

If you’re in need of some decent grub in Cardiff this weekend, Riverside Real Food will be once again be pitching up at St Fagans National Museum of History for their monthly pop-up food market in front of the main entrance.

A chance to sample produce and street food from some of the best local producers and vendors around, stall haven’t been officially revealed yet, but expect the likes of The Artisan Portuguese bakery, Bakers Pig Charcuterie, KIMI Indian street food, and the Cheese Pantry to be on duty.

Location: St Fagans National Museum of History, CF5 6XB.



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