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
Hendrick’s Gin H.E.R.B.E.R.T Bus Tour
Until Friday 29th July. £2.50.
In this weather, we don’t think there’s many better ways of recovering from a traumatic Central Line journey than by tucking into a refreshing G&T. So what could be more perfect than avoiding public transport altogether WHILST sipping on a Hendrick’s and tonic? Introducing H.E.R.B.E.R.T aka. Hendrick’s Extraordinary Roving Bus for Exceptionally Refined Travel.
That’s right, Joes and Janes get the chance over the next week or so to roam central London on a double decker bus (turned into a cucumber), where you’ll receive travel etiquette tips and, most importantly, a G&T – all for £2.50! The bus runs between 4pm and 9pm, with stops at Victoria Street, Westminster; Southbank; Theobalds Road, Holborn; and Euston Road, Kings Cross. Head to the Website for booking details. No Oyster required.
Alexandra Palace Summer Festival
Saturday 23rd July. Free.
With the summer in full swing, it would seem appropriate to soak up the rays while they last, and there’s few better ways of doing it than at a summer festival. Alexandra Palace is this weekend’s location and following its successful launch last year, the Palace’s summer festival returns with DJ Yoda and an incredible 100m waterslide! The day-long festival also offers a silent disco, ice-skating, family raving, and an outdoor screening of E.T.
Best of all, this year will see the inaugural Great British Pram Race, which essentially involves bombing it around with a pram in a race to the death. We’re not sure whether children will be in said pram, however… There’ll also be plenty of good craft beers on offers and an abundance of food provided by Arancina (pizza), Bodeans (BBQ) Grill My Cheese (ultimate toasties), among others. It’s free but booking is recommended.
Location: Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7AY. Nearest Station: Alexandra Palace.
Things to Do This Weekend in Manchester
Manchester Jazz Festival
Until Sunday 31st July.
This weekend marks the start of the 21st Manchester Jazz Festival. Thousands of visitors will hit the Festival site in Albert Square alone, but there’s also tons of performances spaces and venues dotted around the city for the next week or so, with plenty of free events going on.
In total, MJF will see around 80 performances taking place in some of the best live music venues in the city, as well as some in more quirky, unexpected spaces. With the festival, there’ll of course also be plenty of food and drink dotted around too. What better way to spend a summer’s day!?
Things to Do This Weekend in Birmingham
Film & Live Music: The Blue Brothers
Saturday 23rd July. £15.
We love an interactive film experience, and while this might not be on the scale of a Secret Cinema, Nadafilm are yet again bringing live music to the Mockingbird Theatre at Birmingham’s Custard Factory for a screening of the Blues Brothers!
The 1980 comedy classic will have its soundtrack brought to life by the accompaniment of a live band before, during and after the film screening. As well as the music and the film, there’ll also be at-seat service of craft beer and delicious food!
Location: The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, B9 4AA..
Things to Do This Weekend in Norwich
Traditional Garden Party at Norwich Cathedral
Saturday 23rd July. Free.
Nothing screams ‘British summer’ quite like a Traditional Garden Party, and Norwich Cathedral provides the backdrop for probably one of the most picturesque ones in the country this weekend. This family-friendly event will see the Cathedral Garden filled with a Royal parade as well as children’s fancy dress competitions.
There’ll be range of games taking place throughout the day for all ages, and there’ll be grub in the form of cream tea, as well as a BBQ going on throughout the day. Other activities include Zumba, face painting, a bouncy castle, beer tasting and a table-top sale.
Location: 65 The Close, NR1 4DH.