Last updated on February 13th, 2019 at 12:29 pm

Things to Do This Weekend (8th - 11th February 2019)

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 in London

Chinese New Year Celebrations

Saturday 10th February 2019. Free.

Xin Nian Kuai Le! Welcome in the ‘Year of the Pig’. And if you’re looking to celebrate it in style, then once again central London is the place to be this weekend. A gigantic Chinese New Year celebration will fill most of the West End with music, acrobatic and activities. Things kicking off at 10am with a parade making its way down Charing Cross Road into Chinatown.

At noon, Trafalgar Square’s main stages will become the focus of festivities with traditional dance shows, contemporary hip-hop acts and Chinese performers. For us, though, it’s all about the food, and some of London finest Chinese restaurants and vendors will stationed in the square with special festive treats on their menus. There’s also a family zone in Leicester Square and there’ll be some pyrotechnics at Trafalgar Square to close the event.

Location: Various.

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Orchid Festival

Until Sunday 10th March 2019. Free.

As modern Joes, we’re more than happy to admit we enjoy a leisurely walk around a well put together garden, and this weekend sees the return of Kew Gardens’ Orchid Festival. Back for its 24th year, this time around the Festival with a focus on the plant life of Colombia as the botanical garden’s tropical greenhouse bursts with colourful displays.

The Prince of Wales Conservatory will be where the action takes place, with highlights including a ‘Carnival of Animals’ which will display toucans, sloths and turtles all made up of hundreds of orchids. Colombian multi-disciplinary artist, Vanessa Moncayo Gonzaìlez will also transform the glasshouse film room into a Bogotá-style cafe.

Location: Kew Gardens, Royal Botanic Gardens, TW9 3AB. Nearest Tube: Kew Gardens.

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Things to Do This Weekend in Leeds

Belgrave Feast

Saturday 9th February 2019. Free.

If you’re a foodie in Leeds, then February’s Belgrave Feast at Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen is the place to be this weekend. Taking place every second Saturday of the month, Belgrave Feast brings together the region’s best independent street vendors for one big feast across three floors.

Showcasing the North’s finest street food vendors, art, ales and music, this weekend offers you the chance to sample melted cheese treats from Cheese Sir, Mediterranean street food from The Ottö-Men, and Québec-style poutine from The Blue Caribou Canteen. This is a dog-friendly event and if the weather holds out, make sure you check out the outdoor terrace.

Location: Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen, 1-1a Cross Belgrave Street, LS2 8JP.

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Things to Do This Weekend in Bristol

International Photography Exhibition IPE 161

Thursday 7th February – Sunday 24th March 2019. £7 Standard Admission.

The Royal Photographic Society is opening a new centre for photography in the Paintworks creative quarter of Bristol this week. Set to showcase some of the country’s most exciting photography exhibitions, it’s kicking things off in style on Thursday with the International Photography Exhibition 161.

Featuring 100 images by 54 international photographers, the exhibition will cover a wide range of photographic practices from portraiture and landscape, to the use of photography to comment on contemporary issue and highlight personal stories. If you can’t make it down this weekend, it’ll be running until the end of March.

Location: RPS House, 337 Paintworks, BS4 3AR.

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Things to Do This Weekend in Manchester

Negroni Festival

Sunday 10th February 2019. Free.

The Negroni apparently celebrates its 100th birthday this year, and to mark the occasion, Manchester’s newest haunt YES is throwing a giant festival in its honour. Alongside buckets-full of Negroni’s, the venue will also be serving authentic Italian street food and screening two defining films of Italian cinema in Bicycle Thieves and Cinema Paradiso.

The pop up food stalls include Little Orange Co. who’ll be bringing along their famed arancini, as well as Lupo Caffè with specials from their in house pizzeria Pepperoni Playboy. As well as the film, food and drink, YES have also promised an opera singer. What more could possibly want!?

Location: YES, 38 Charles Street, M1 7BD.

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