Every week we’ll be giving Joes the best Things to Do This Weekend in some of the biggest cities in the UK, including London, Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, Bristol, Norwich and Brighton. Whether it’s the best new bars, restaurants, films or events, we’ve got you covered no matter where you are!
Things to Do This Weekend in London
Sunday 28th April 2019. £3.
Now in its seventh year, the Chilli Sauce Championships return to Balham this Sunday and it does exactly what it says on the tin… Contestants from all over London submit their own homemade Chilli Sauces to be sampled and judged by the public, which means you can either enter your bottle or just head along for some sampling.
The event takes place at Balham Bowls Club and there’s also a second judging category for “Chilli Condiments”, which will cover jams, pickles, chutneys and preserves. Previous entries have had influences from around the world, so expect to see flavours of India, Thailand, Jamaica and Africa at this year’s event.
Location: Balham Bowls Club, 7-9 Ramsden Road, SW12 8QX. Nearest Tube: Balham.
Friday 26th April 2019. From £17.
With Season 8 and winter finally here, the Master of Coin has signed off on a mega party at the Electric Castle of Westeros this Friday. Yes, Electric Brixton is hosting the ‘Rave of Thrones’ this weekend, an immersive music experience with Whitewalkers, thrones and even sword battles.
Electric Brixton will be transformed with live actors and performers all around the venue and on-stage throughout the night at this one-off Game of Thrones-inspired event. White walker entrances and blizzards will fill the castle stage creating impromptu sword battles the Nights Watchmen would be proud of. There’ll even be cast members on duty with Kristian Nairn AKA ‘Hodor’ himself headlining the event.
Location: Electric Brixton, Town Hall Parade, Brixton Hill, SW2 1RJ. Nearest Tube: Brixton.
Things to Do This Weekend in Manchester
Saturday 27th April 2019. Free.
Manchester street food kings GRUB are heading down to Salford this weekend for a new monthly residency at Islington Mill. Every month, GRUB will be head to Salford with 8 of the best street food vendors in the region, alongside top notch local craft beer, great booze and smashing tunes.
The first instalment this Saturday features Purely Pizza, Indian spice gurus Goody Gujarati, ice cream from Ginger’s Comfort Emporium, beefy offerings from Wagyu Lookin’ At?, and plant based treats from Vegan Fried Chicken. Alongside the food vendors, local brewers such Track and Blackjack will be on duty.
Location: GRUB, Islington Mill, James Street, M3 5HW.
Things to Do This Weekend in Bristol
Saturday 27th April 2019. Free.
This Saturday, Bristol’s Colston Hall will be geared up for Takeover 2019. Showcasing the city’s best bands, DJs, musicians, labels and emerging artists, this free one-day mini festival will have stages throughout the foyer hosted by some of the South-West’s most exciting home-grown brands.
Bristol’s dedicated new music magazine ‘Bristol In Stereo’ will be hosting a live stage with independent DIY record label Breakfast Records bringing their artists; Saffron Records, BIMM and Multi-Track will be presenting a showcase of local talent; while Bristol-based speaker manufacturer Minirig are hosting a mini ‘house-party’ in a secret corner of the foyer.
Location: Colston Hall, Colston Street, BS1 5AR.
Things to Do This Weekend in Glasgow
Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th April 2019. Prices vary.
From the makers of Cage-a-rama & Weird Weekend, KeanuCon is Scotland’s first ever film festival completely dedicated to the legend that is Keanu Reeves. Yes, eight films will be screened over the weekend at CCA Glasgow, tracing Keanu’s career from babe to baba yaga.
On Saturday, you’ll be able to watch the likes of The Matrix and John Wick, as well as one of his first films Permanent Record, while of Sunday there’s screenings of Constantine and Man of Tai Chi, as well as a must-not-miss Bill & Ted double bill + ‘Wyld Stallyns’ after party. Finally, rom-com Destination Wedding will close the festival.
Location: Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow, 350 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3JD.