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
London Craft Beer Festival
Friday 4th – Sunday 6th August. From £42.50.
If there’s a beer festival going on in the capital, chances are we’re going to be all over it. Well, one of the biggest of them all is back this weekend with the 5th annual London Craft Beer Festival. This carnival of beer is all about celebrating the very best of the modern craft culture, with over 45 of the world’s finest breweries involved for 2017.
Tickets aren’t cheap, but they are ‘all in’, which means you get total freedom to try what you want, exploring the best beer in the world for the price of entry. On top of this, there are also four incredible headline bands performing DJ sets – we’re talking the likes of Hot Chip and Foals. Naturally, there’ll be a whole load of food vendors to keep you full too.
Location: Shoreditch Electric Light Station, Coronet Street, N1 6HD. Nearest Tube: Old Street.
The London Rum & Reggae Experience
Saturday 5th August. Free.
Jamaica celebrates its Independence Day this weekend, so to mark the occasion Vauxhall Street Food Garden is hosting its very own London Rum & Reggae Experience. Transporting visitors to the sun-soaked shores of the Caribbean, the event will be celebrating rum in all its glorious varieties alongside a myriad of reggae-inspired entertainments.
The day will see everything from informative tastings to themed cocktail making classes, and live entertainment to limbo competitions. Not only will there be rum and reggae, there’ll also be a rum-soaked summer street food menu and a traditional Caribbean cocktail menu. Perfect for a summer weekend in the city.
Location: 6A South Lambeth Place, SW8 1RT. Nearest Tube: Vauxhall.
Things to Do This Weekend in Manchester
Sadler’s Yard Summer Jam
Saturday 5th August. Free.
Nestled in the heart of the Co-op’s NOMA development, Sadler’s Yard square is throwing a free summer music festival on this Saturday. Spanning four stages from 12 noon to 11pm, the Sadler’s Yard Summer Jam will be offering up a line-up full of home-grown acts from across the North West, covering everything from spoken word and jazz to surf rock.
Artists performing on the day include Claire Victoria, Jennifer Reid, Jess Kemp and Jack Conman, while Mancunian poet Tony Walsh – whose poem This is the Place became a symbol for the city after the Manchester Arena attack – will also appear. There’ll also street food provided by the likes of Big Grillie Style and Que Delicia.
Location: Sadler’s Yard, Hanover Street, M60 0AB.
Things to Do This Weekend in Glasgow
IGNITION Festival of Motoring
Friday 4th – Sunday 6th August. From £30.
Scotland’s biggest automotive showcase, the IGNITION Festival of Motoring, returns to the SEC Glasgow this weekend for a three-day extravaganza of cars, bikes and stunts. Building on the success of 2016’s inaugural event, IGNITION 2017 will celebrate all things motoring with a specially constructed street circuit giving fans the unique opportunity to get up close to everything from F1 to motorbikes.
This year’s event will pay homage to Scotland’s rich rally heritage by uniting some of the sports’ most famous icons, including rally legends like Ari Vatanen, Miki Biasion, Juha Kankkunen and Stig Blomqvist. New to the show this year, there’ll also be an outdoor Ride and Drive Zone which will give enthusiasts the chance to test their skills through off-road driving experiences and test drives.
Location: The SSE Hydro, Stobcross Road, G3 8YW.
Things to Do This Weekend in Birmingham
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Screening
Friday 4th August. Free.
Outdoor cinemas are all the rage in the British summertime, and one of the best is located at Birmingham’s St Philip’s Cathedral. It’ll be showing various films across the summer and this Friday it’s putting on a screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens ahead of Episode VIII’s release in December.
As well as the film screening, there’ll also be live music and street food throughout the evening. So bring a blanket and some friends, because come rain or shine the festival will go ahead (if it rains it will be moved inside). The movie starts at 10pm with entertainment starting at 8pm.
Location: St Philip’s Cathedral, Colmore Row, B3 2QB.