Last updated on March 31st, 2016 at 12:18 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

The Oxford v Cambridge Goat Race
Sunday 27th March. £13.

While it’s the Boat Race on Sunday, there’s a far more exciting battle between Oxford and Cambridge going on this weekend. Yes, London’s favourite mammal mayhem, The Goat Race, is back for its eighth year. The Goat Race pits two goats – one representing ‘Oxford’, the other ‘Cambridge’ – against each other to see who can run around Spitalfields City Farm the quickest.

Doors open at noon with the race starting whenever the goats damn well feel like it (though usually somewhere between 2-5pm). This is a proper little festival so there’s plenty of bands providing music, as well as stalls serving up good food and decent booze. There’s also an official bookie on site too. Book tickets now as this event sells out quickly!

Location: Spitalfields City Farm, Buxton St, E1 5AR. Nearest Tube: Liverpool Street.

Until Monday 28th March. Free.

It wouldn’t be a ‘Things to do This Weekend’ without a beer festival, and this week’s is a cracker. Set at Clapham’s branch of the Craft Beer Company, Craft100 offers an extensive range of brews with a selection of 80 cask ales and 20 kegs from breweries all over the country.

It’s a free entry event and everything is done with tokens, so you won’t even need your wallet once you past the entrance. The venue is located about a 7 minute walk from Clapham Common and Clapham North, and there’ll be food on site provided by The Liberty Cheesesteak Company (the best Philly Cheesesteak we’ve ever had), among others.

Location: Craft Beer Company, 128 Clapham Manor Street, SW4 6ED. Nearest Tube: Clapham North.


Things to Do This Weekend in Birmingham

Shaanti’s Holi Rave Festival
Saturday 26th March. £20 (£10 for kids).

This week marks Holi, a spring festival also known as the festival of colours or the festival of sharing love. Returning to Digbeth in Birmingham for a second year, Shaanti’s Holi Rave Festival is one of the best events in the country celebrating the Indian/Nepalese festival.

Expect music, dancing and an incredible explosion of colour at Digbeth Arches. The festivities run between 2pm and 10pm with the coloured-powder ‘fight’ the centrepiece of the day. 2-6pm will be family friendly before things get louder until 10pm. As well as DJs and live music, they’ll of course be plenty of food and drink on offer too.

Location: Digbeth Arches, High Street, B12 0LD.


Things to Do This Weekend in Bristol

Taste Chocolate Festival
Saturday 26th-Sunday 27th March. £4 (£3 Advance).

It’s Easter. And for us, that means one thing: chocolate. For those of a similar mind, there’s one place to be this weekend and that’s Bristol. The city in hosting Taste Chocolate, a two day event dedicated to all things in the world of chocolate.

The event is going on across the weekend and sees 40-odd stalls – with chocolate demonstrations and all – taking over Brunel Square in Bristol’s historic Harbourside. All the South West’s finest chocolate producers and artisans will be there, and there’ll be live music as well as prosecco bar. Children are of course welcome.

Location: Waterfront Square, BS1 5LL.


Things to Do This Weekend in Manchester

Manchester Duck Race 2016
Friday 25th March. Free.

A Northern alternative to the Boat Race, the Manchester Duck Race is back for its seventh year in a row this Good Friday. Thousands of Joes, Janes and their little ones fill the banks of the River Irwell as they watch hundreds of rubber ducks race downstream.

Ducks on the day cost £1 with all proceeds going to local kid’s charity, Brainwave. Racing starts at 2pm, but there’s tons of stuff going on around the Spinningfield area of town all day, with film screenings, street food, craft workshops, music, fairground rides, and even an Urban Farm petting zoo on duty.

Location: Spinningfields.



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