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Things to Do This Weekend

Things to Do This Weekend in London

The Five Points Brewery Taproom Launch

From Thursday 27th September. Free.

One of London’s best breweries, The Five Points Brewing Company, is throwing open the doors to its first tap room this weekend. Situated in the heart of Hackney on the ‘five points junction’ from which the brewery takes its name, to celebrate the official relaunch of The Pembury Tavern, Five Points will be offering locals a free pint and a slice of pizza from Thursday 27th – Saturday 29th of September!

The tap room will showcase Five Points core range of beers including Five Points Pale, XPA, their craft Pils lager, Railway Porter, and Brick Field Brown, and will also feature an ever-changing selection of other beers with over 20 draughts, as well as bottled and canned brews, from some of the best UK independent breweries.

Location: The Pembury Tavern, 90 Amhurst Road, E8 1JH. Nearest Station: Hackney Downs.

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The Whisky Show

Saturday 29th – Sunday 30th September. From £110.

For the tenth year running, one of the UK’s best whisky events returns to London this Saturday and Sunday. From the team behind leading spirits retailer The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Show is back in the capital to showcase more than 600 whiskies from around the world and take a look at what the future of whisky holds.

The likes of Fevertree will be running their Perfect Pairings Bar, which celebrates the classic whisky highball, while ScotchWhisky.com invite visitors to their Future Trends Lab to experience whisky like never before. Rum also makes a guest appearance this year by way of a curated rum zone. Tickets include a two-course lunch, one Dream Dram token (old and rare whiskies) and over 600 whiskies to try. Get your tickets here.

Location: Old Billingsgate, EC3R 6DX. Nearest Tube: Monument.

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Things to Do This Weekend in Manchester

Manchester Food & Drink Festival 2018

Thursday 27th September – Monday 8th October. Prices vary.

The much-loved annual Manchester Food and Drink Festival returns this Thursday for its 21st edition. MFDF promise a new chapter for the Festival, with a packed programme of events taking place across the whole city. As always, however, much of the festivities will be taking place at the Festival Hub on Albert Square, where a huge ‘food and drink village’ is being specially built.

The line-up in Albert Square will be split across two sessions, giving festival-goers plenty of reasons to return. Other highlights include the Live Cookery Theatre which takes place on the next two Saturdays – this weekend Simon Wood and Jack Monroe will be doing live demos. Restaurants around the city will also be offering signature small plates along with a beer, house wine or spirit for just £5 every day throughout the festival. Find out more here.

Location: Various.

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Things to Do This Weekend in Cardiff

CAMRA Beer Festival

Thursday 27th – Saturday 29th September. £7.

CAMRA is taking over one of Cardiff best events spaces this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, DEPOT, for one giant beer festival! Over 120 beers and 60 ciders/perries will be lined-up, with brews coming from all over Wales and this year’s guest regions, Cheshire, Shropshire and Staffordshire.

Alongside a range of ales, there’ll also be a dedicated craft bar showcasing the best craft breweries in Wales, as well as an all new foreign beer bar. The Champion Beer of Wales Competition (CBOW) will be decided too, and there’ll be a host of tasty Streetfood stalls to make sure you don’t get famished. Tickets for the festival will only be sold on the door.

Location: DEPOT, Construction House, Dumballs Road, CF10 5FE.

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Things to Do This Weekend in Glasgow

Scot Gin Festival

Saturday 29th September. From £15.

A Scot Gin Festival is taking place at the Trades Hall in Glasgow this weekend, showcasing over 25 of the best Scottish gins around. As well as tasting their creations, visitors can meet the producers and also purchase any of the gins on the day from the makers themselves.

Making the day extra special, guests will be able to indulge in freshly landed oysters from Wilson’s Catch of the Day and the event’s signature Scot Gin Fest cocktail will be created by UK bar consultant Tom Jones. Get your tickets here.

Location: Trades Hall of Glasgow, 85 Glassford Street, G1 1UH.

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