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

London Design Biennale

Until Sunday 23rd September. £19.50.

We’re always on the lookout for a great exhibition popping up in the capital, and a month-long festival of contemporary design will fill Somerset House this week. A highlight of the global design calendar, London Design Biennale will see some of the world’s most exciting and ambitious designers, innovators and curators showcase how design impacts every aspect of our lives.

With works from over 30 countries, visitors can discover scratch and sniff wallpaper with scents of Hong Kong, run their fingers over a computer-generated condensation coating a pane of glass from Latvia, and walk through 150 strands of fibre optic light inspired by Australia’s recent legalisation of same-sex marriage. Find out more here.

Location: Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA. Nearest Tube: Temple.


Tower of London Food Festival

Friday 7th – Sunday 9th September. £22.70*.

The historic Tower of London is turning into a foodie hotspot this weekend with the first Tower of London Food Festival! Gathering together artisan producers, top-notch chefs and culinary experts, highlights at the festival include demonstrations from Michel Roux Jr and Nadiya Hussain, as well as cake workshops and gin & cocktail masterclasses.

Naturally there’ll be a load of eating and drinking options too, from street food dishes and tasters to ales and G&Ts! There’ll be plenty to keep the kids occupied too and a bandstand will feature musicians performing throughout the three day event.

*Entry to the Tower of London Food Festival is included in your Tower of London admission ticket.

Location: Tower of London, Tower Hill, EC3N 4AB. Nearest Tube: Tower Hill.


Things to Do This Weekend in Leeds

Leeds International Beer Festival

Thursday 6th – Sunday 9th September. From £7.50.

The brilliant Leeds International Beer Festival returns for its 7th year this Thursday! The annual 4-day festival in the heart of Leeds is one of the best craft festivals in the country, with an array of brews from across the world. You can work your way through over 100 beers in total, with UK breweries on show including the likes of Cloudwater, Gipsy Hill, Mondo and The Kernel.

This year, the festival will also feature the ‘Maine Beer Box’ – a craft beer shipping container pouring beers from over 60 breweries from one of the USA’s top beer producers: the state of Maine. Tickets include access to the festival for a 5 hour session, a commemorative glass and a programme, as well as entry to talks and masterclasses. There’ll also be 4 music stages, free retro gaming and a food market. Find out more here.

Location: Leeds Town Hall, The Headrow, LS1 3AD.


Things to Do This Weekend in Birmingham

Shiine On Festival

Saturday 8th September. £59.50.

Following a run of sold out events with the Shiiine On Weekender and the Shiiine On Minicruise, Shiiine On are bringing a brand new one-day festival to Birmingham’s Genting Arena. Featuring 3 stages, the festival includes a line-up of more than 20 bands and two epic after show parties on a scale never seen before on a one-day event.

The 15 hour party will be headlined by dance pioneers Orbital, with the likes of indie heroes Shed Seven and Happy Mondays joining them on the Main Stage. Other acts playing on Saturday include Glasvegas, Embrace, Julian Cope and a DJ set from Steve Lamacq. Get your tickets here.

Location: Genting Arena, Perimeter Road, Marston Green, B40 1NT.


Things to Do This Weekend in Manchester

Sit & Stay Dog Festival at Sadler’s Yard

Saturday 8th September. Free.

Dogs are better than humans. That’s a fact. And this Saturday, Manchester’s Sadler’s Yard is hosting a Sit & Stay event which will put your pooches in the spotlight, with treats given out and competitions taking place throughout the day. There’ll be a doggo show at 1.30pm, with categories including ‘Smallest Dog with the Biggest Attitude’ and ‘Gentle Giants’.

As well as a load of dogs, there’ll also be booze available and street food served from Wholesome Junkies and Bon Street Food to make sure you don’t get dry or famished. The event is completely free to attend, but humans will need to register for a ticket, and dogs who wish to enter a competition will need to enter via email. Find out more here.

Location: Sadler’s Yard, Hanover Street, NOMA, M60 0AB.