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
Colourscape Music Festival
Saturday 16th – Sunday 24th September. From £5.
One of the best festivals you might not have heard of, Colourscape returns to Clapham Common this weekend to celebrate its 28th birthday. Joes, Janes and their little ones will flock to the Common which has been filled with a colourful tunnel labyrinth.
It might be hard to imagine but said labyrinth covers nearly an acre of the common, and this weekend Colourscape will be filling their maze with unusual musical performances, which really make the whole experience something extra special. Definitely one for all the family.
Location: Clapham Common, Windmill Drive, SW4 9DE. Nearest Tube: Clapham Common.
Gimme Shelter x Book Slam
Thursday 14th September. £15
The 2017 Gimme Shelter Cultural Series begins this week with the Gimme Shelter x Book Slam. Taking place this Thursday, the charity book slam features a line-up including the likes of cult author John Niven (Kill Your Friends), The Maccabees’ front man Orlando Weeks, who will exclusively read from his debut picture book ‘The Gritterman’, and Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina, who will read from ‘Riot Days’ her account of her arrest, trial and imprisonment.
Shelter will be hosting a number of cultural events for its Autumn 2017 series. Line-ups to all events are closely guarded until just before the event, but head over to the Shelter Website to check out the schedule and to enter yourself into a ballot for tickets!
Location: The Priory Church of the Order of St John, EC1V 4JJ. Nearest Tube: Farringdon.
Things to Do This Weekend in Manchester
La Tomatina Festival
Sunday 17th & Monday 18th September. From £20.
Who doesn’t love a food fight? Well, Joes in Manchester have the perfect opportunity this weekend when La Tomatina Festival rolls into town. Around 6,000 people are expected to take part in a giant food fight where tomatoes are the weapon of choice. With every ticket you’ll get a bag of squashed tomatoes (to reduce impact), and when the siren sounds, its every man and woman for themselves in 30 minutes of mayhem.
The first battle is followed by a ‘no throw’ section where you get the chance to have some fun with Tomatina’s live DJs and acts, with another 30 minute bout to end the day. There’ll also be plenty of bars and food stall to ensure you’re not parched or famished. Good, far-from-clean fun!
Location: Exhibition Centre, Longbridge Road, Trafford Park, M17 1SN.
Things to Do This Weekend in Birmingham
Blakesley Hall Ale and Cider Festival
Saturday 16th September. From £5.
Another weekend, another beer festival. And this time it’s coming from Birmingham’s Blakesley Hall. Hosting some of the best Brum brewers, the Blakesley Hall Ale and Cider Festival will also feature some live music to enjoy as you sup and food on site should you get a little peckish.
Brewers at the festival include Burning Soul, Two Towers, Thousand Trades, Froth Blowers and Snails Bank. Live music will be provided by ‘The Brazen’ who will be performing semi acoustic sets at 12noon, 2pm and 4pm, while Ukulele Central will also be performing throughout the day. Your entry ticket includes a free glass.
Location: Blakesley Hall, Blakesley Road, B25 8RN.
Things to Do This Weekend in Norwich
Gung Ho! Obstacle Course
Saturday 16th September. From £36.
The world’s biggest inflatable obstacle course and 5K challenge Gung-Ho! is back this weekend as it heads east to Norwich’s Earlham Park. The 5K run includes ten inflatables – three of which are new for 2017, with the five-storey-high, 200ft-long Thriller slide being the highlight. And this year, they’ve even added water!
The inflatable course will be filled with enough air to pump up more than 100 million footballs, making it the biggest course of its kind anywhere. It’s not a timed event, so five ‘waves’ of runners can set off in their own timed slots between 9am and 2pm. Regardless of age, Gung-Ho! is a ridiculously great day out.
Location: Earlham Park, NR4 7TQ.