Last updated on November 28th, 2018 at 12:11 pm

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

Eat & Drink Festival Christmas

Until Sunday 25th November. From £13.

Whether we like it or not, the festive season is upon us, so we say embrace it in all its glory. For us, that means eating everything in sight. And this weekend we have the perfect opportunity with he Eat & Drink Festival returning to Olympia London with a host of independent artisan food producers, an eclectic selection of street food vendors, and some of the UK’s best mixologists.

The Festival is always one to mark on the foodie calendar and this year there’s be plenty of experts on duty offering advice and tips, including Rosemary Shrager, Aldo Zilli and Ed Baines. The Christmas Kitchen will be showcasing live demonstrations, while the The Great Eat gives you the chance to sample all of your favourite street food. There’ll also be live music throughout the weekend. Get your tickets here.

Location: Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, W14 8UX. Nearest Tube: Kensington Olympia.

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Enchanted Woodland

Until Sunday 25th November. From £10 Adults, £5 Children.

For the 13th year running, West London’s Enchanted Woodland at Syon Park will see the 600-year-old gardens and their 400 specimens of tree transformed by specially designed illuminations and lights. Walk around the gardens and get into the festive spirit even before we hit December.

The Instagram-worthy route around the park can be completed in 30mins if you’re a fast walker, but we’d recommend you take your time. Be warned though, it is a bit of a mission from London – especially if you live North/East – and the nearest station is a half hour walk away. That said, we still think it’s fully worth the trek! Get your tickets here.

Location: Syon House and Park, Brentford, TW8 8JF. Nearest Station: Kew Bridge.

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Things to Do This Weekend in Manchester

The Whiskey Festival

Sunday 25th November. £5.

Manchester’s whiskey lovers, listen up! You probably know The Whisky Jar by now, but you may not know they’re hosting a Whisky Festival every month until February – the first of which takes place this Sunday. The Northern Quarter bar will be showcasing a range of more than 450 whiskies, which will all be available to try and buy on site.

If you want to get some tips from the experts, there’ll be talks and seminars from various industry professionals across the day – though spaces will be limited. Also on the day, there’ll be food from award-winning artisan pie makers, Great North Pie, as well as cheese board sampling. What more could you want?! Tickets includes four 15ml samples. Find out more here.

Location: The Whisky Jar, 14 Tariff Street, M1 2FF.

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Things to Do This Weekend in Bristol

Après Bar Bristol

Until Sunday 5th January 2019. Free.

If you can’t make it to the Alps this winter, why not head to Bristol’s newest après ski bar instead? Aptly named ‘Après Bar’, this cosy winter-themed pop-up has taken residence in Millennium Square right next to the We The Curious ice rink and features log burners, fur lined loungers and Après-style décor, making it the perfect place to enjoy a beer or a boozy hot chocolate.

Après Bar will also be serving up some slope-themed gourmet food, ranging from delicious bar snacks and sharing platters, to a full five course taster menu. There’ll be plenty of musical entertainment, Open Mic nights and performances by popular local artists and DJs throughout the stay too. Find out more here.

Location: One Millennium Square, Anchor Road, Harbourside, BS1 5DB.

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Things to Do This Weekend in Birmingham

Magical Lantern Festival

Friday 23rd November 2018 – Tuesday 1st January 2019. Adults £12.50, Children £8.50 (online).

The Magical Lantern Festival is back in Birmingham this weekend and it’s bigger and better than ever! Once again it’s got a new location at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens but the festival will still be illuminating the park, turning it into a spectacular fusion of dual culture, vibrant colours, and artistic sculptures.

Perfect for the family, there’ll be life-size and larger-than-life lanterns in all shapes and forms, from a 12 metre peacock to a larger than life grasshopper that stands at almost two metres tall. There’ll also be a food and drink area, and a Santa’s Grotto for the kids. Get your tickets here.

Location: Botanical Gardens Birmingham, Westbourne Road, B15 3TR.

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