Last updated on November 6th, 2018 at 03:44 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

Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival

Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd November. From £8.50.

Once again, north London will be the place to be in the capital this Bonfire weekend. 50,000 people are expected to attend the Alexandra Palace Firework Festival with the biggest display in the city offering stunning panoramic views across London and a spectacular firework display unlike any other.

Alongside the fireworks, there’ll also be German Bier Festival, circus acrobats, ice skating and a giant street food festival too. Be warned, though, it gets incredibly busy and Ally Pally isn’t exactly the easiest of places to get to either. Having said that, the views alone are fully worth the trip. Find out more here.

Location: Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7AY. Nearest Station: Alexandra Palace.

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True OriGINs: The Scottish Gin Festival

Thursday 1st – Sunday 4th November. £14.50.

Think Scotland’s is just about whisky? Think again. True OriGINs is a brand-new four-day festival showcasing the very best gins Scotland has to offer. Taking place at the Tobacco Dock, the festival will be hosting 8 different bars which are split up into different regions of Scotland, from the stormy shores of Shetland to the windy Western Isles.

Alongside the very best tartan juniper around, there’ll also be masterclasses from some of the country’s top producers and distillers, as well as live music, and Scottish-inspired street food. Tickets include a festival glass and a Scottish Gin Bible. Get your tickets here.

Location: Tobacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk, E1W 2SF. Nearest Station: Shadwell.

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Things to Do This Weekend in Manchester

Cocktails in the City

Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd November. £12.

One of the UK’s best touring boozy pop-ups, Cocktails in the City, is heading to Manchester’s New Century Hall this weekend. The iconic venue will be hosting some of Manc’s finest bars, who will each be serving up some innovative concoctions, as well as some staple classics.

Highlights include immersive Tasting Rooms hosted by 31Dover.com and an espresso martini masterclasses with Tia Maria & The Coffee Project. 25 of the city’s best bars are getting involved, including 20 Stories, Arcane, The Fitzgerald and Science + Industry, and all cocktails on the evening are £6.50 all night. Find out more here.

Location: New Century Hall, Mayes Street, M60 4ES.

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Things to Do This Weekend in Bristol

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018

Until Sunday 24th February 2019. £6.

Having launched in 1965, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition is always a must see whenever it rolls into town. Well, until February 2019, once again Bristol’s M Shed is premiering the 2018 exhibition alongside the Natural History Museum.

The competition received nearly 50,000 entries from 96 countries this year, and M Shed will be showcasing 100 of the very best images from breath-taking animal portraits and dramatic landscapes, to bizarre species and endangered habitats.

Location: M Shed, Princes Wharf, BS1 4RN.

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Things to Do This Weekend in Leeds

LS6 Cider Festival

Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd November. From £6.60.

Beer may have taken centre stage for much of October but heading into November, cider will be the focus at the LS6 Cider Festival. Left Bank Leeds will be celebrating cider season with a line-up of over 30 ciders, as well as tasting sessions, two DJs and some of LS6’s favourite food vendors.

This year’s cider menu covers a range of local, regional and national breweries, some special blends, one-off brews and a few familiar favourites. They’ll also be serving up some hot mulled and alcohol-free options and, if you’re not into cider, there’ll be a range of beer, prosecco and gin too. Find out more here.

Location: Left Bank Leeds, Cardigan Road, LS6 1LJ.

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