Things to Do This Weekend
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
The Beast Inflatable Obstacle Course
Friday 25th – Monday 28th August. From £22.
Listen up, big kids around London. The world’s largest inflatable obstacle course is heading your way this bank holiday weekend. Aptly named ‘The Beast’, the gigantic course for adults as well as kids is set to roll into Ally Pally standing at 272 metres long with 32 inflatable obstacles, a DJ and epic light displays.
While there are strictly kids sessions each morning between 10am and 10.45am, the rest of the day until 11pm is reserved purely for over 16s who fancy their chances against The Beast. There’ll also be Street food vendors on duty, including Saucy Chip and Taco Revolution, who’ll be sitting alongside bars with cocktails, craft beer and prosecco on tap.
Location: Alexandra Palace, N22 7AY. Nearest Tube: Wood Green.
Shuffle Festival 2017
Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th August. From £23.
East London’s Shuffle Festival is back in 2017 for another weekend-long celebration of community and culture. Set across two days in and around Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, Shuffle’s 2017 programme is packed with films, talks, walks, performances, installations, music and food.
Highlights this year include a ‘Trainspotting’ double-bill with a Q&A from local boy Danny Boyle and the Campaign Against Living Miserably, a talk on The Pyschology of Space, a self-guided Sound Walk, and a Paint Bombs and Potatoes workshop for the kids.
Location: Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, Southern Grove, E3 4PX. Nearest Tube: Mile End.
Things to Do This Weekend in Birmingham
Rub Smokehouse BBQ Festival
Sunday 27th August. £19.95.
With summer nearing its end, you don’t need many excuses to fit it a final barbeque, and this weekend Birmingham’s Rub Smokehouse is hosting an all-you-can-eat BBQ Festival in its courtyard. For £19.95 (£9.95 for kids), they’ll be serving up ribs, chicken wings, pulled pork, sliders and much more, including pulled Jack Fruit and Halloumi Skewers for vegetarians.
As well as the all the charred grub, there’ll also be an outdoor screening of Footloose at 1.30pm, plus live music from buskers. Naturally, booze will also play a role with a Tiki bar on site, and there’s also a planned corn dog eating competition, a bucking bronco contest, and a wet sponge throwing challenge.
Location: Unit 4, Regency Wharf, Broad Street, B1 2DS.
Things to Do This Weekend in Brighton
Big Sussex Market
Saturday 26th – Monday 28th August. Free.
The south of England’s biggest food and drink festival returns to Brighton this weekend for the annual Big Sussex Market. Taking place at Hove Lawns, the free to enter event will feature a range of local restaurants and traders from further afield showcasing hot and cold foods to buy alongside local producers.
The Children’s Food Festival has plenty to keep the kids occupied with badge-making, cupcake decorating and more, and the Live Food Show will feature the city’s top chefs cooking up their favourite dishes for sampling. Of course, locally produced wines, spirits, beers and ciders will also be on offer.
Location: Hove Lawns, BN3 2WN.
Things to Do This Weekend in Norwich
Grand Norwich Duck Race 2017
Sunday 27th August. Free.
The 6th annual Grand Norwich Duck Race returns to St George’s Bridge this Sunday, all in aid of raising funds for children’s charity Break. Running from St George’s Bridge to Fye Bridge, over 3,000 ducks will take part in this year’s individual race, with a sponsored race taking part later in the day.
The festivities start at midday with a duck parade on St George’s Bridge. The Individual Duck Race will then start at 2pm with thousands of little ducks taking to the water, while the Corporate Duck Race of decorated ducks will start at 2.30pm. Once the race is over, we recommend grabbing a drink at The Playhouse!
Location: St George’s Bridge, NR3 1AB.