Last updated on October 13th, 2016 at 09:37 am

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

Letters Live
Until 8th October. From £39.50.

London’s hottest literary event is back this October, with Letters Live returning to the incredible Freemasons’ Hall in Covent Garden. If you’re not familiar with Letters Live, the concept is far simpler than you’d imagine: a whole load of celebs will come on stage at the breathtakingly beautiful Freemasons’ Hall to read out funny, sad, often poignant, and historically significant letters of note.

The bumper crop of actors, comedians and musicians who’ll perform across the nights include the likes of Gillian Anderson, Matt Berry, Edith Bowman, Jarvis Cocker, Lily Cole, Julian Clary, Jamie Cullum, Mariella Frostrup, Michael Palin, Nicholas Oarsons and Juliet Stevenson. Letters Live has been on since Tuesday and this weekend marks your last chance to experience the genuinely unique event, so get booking quickly!

Location: 60 Great Queen Street, WC2B 5AZ. Nearest Tube: Covent Garden.

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Jim Beam & Bodeans Double Oaked & Double Smoked Pop-Up
Until Sunday 9th October.

This week marks London Cocktail Week, so what better way to spend the weekend than sampling some cocktails with a difference? That’s where Jim Beam comes in. The whiskey connoisseurs have partnered with London’s Original BBQ Smokehouse, Bodean’s BBQ, for a ‘Double Oaked & Double Smoked’ pop-up at the LCW16 Village in the Old Spitalfields Market.

Jim Beam will naturally be providing the exclusive bourbon cocktails – such as an array of Old Fashioneds – while Bodean’s will be serving up the Pulled Pork Sandwiches and award-winning Soho Special Sandwiches, both with the choice of Jim Beam infused BBQ sauce for the ultimate Southern experience. There’s tens of other boozey stalls at the LCW Village to check out too.

Location: Old Spitalfields Market, Horner Square, E1 6EW. Nearest Tube: Liverpool Street.

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Things to Do This Weekend in Manchester

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair
Until Sunday 9th October. From £6.

The annual Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair hits the Old Granada Studios this weekend, with over 160 designers and makers packing the place with their ceramics, woodworks, jewelleries, and everything else in between.

Whether you’re out on the shop or just browsing, the GNCCF always has a good vibe and is great place to aimlessly stroll around if nothing else. And if you’re really into your crafts, there’s ample opportunity to meet the makers and to learn about the processes and stories behind the works.

Location: Old Granada Studios, Quay Street, M3 3JE.

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Things to Do This Weekend in Norwich

Cryptic Escape
Daily. From £45 per Team.

Yes, we know we keep banging on about escape games. But they’re not just a London fad, they’re everywhere. And one that’s quickly gained an amazing reputation is Cryptic Escape, Norwich’s first ever real-life escape game. If you’re not aware of what an escape game actually is – it’s a physical adventure game in which you and a group of friends are locked in a room and have to use elements of the room to solve puzzles, codes and locks, and escape within a set time limit – usually 1 hour.

Cryptic Escape has two different games currently running but we’d recommend The Lab of Dr. Lev Pasted. This is the secret hideout and laboratory of the mysterious Romanian geneticist and biologist Dr. Lev Pasted. In his late years he focused his experiments on some kind of blood elixir. The formula is gone and so has the doctor. Your job; find the blood serum!

Location: Augustine Steward House, 14 Tombland, NR3 1HF.

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Things to Do This Weekend in Birmingham

Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses
Sunday 9th October. From £34.

As self-confessed geeks who enjoy the finer things in life, we cannot recommend enough heading to the Symphony of the Goddesses concert this weekend in Birmingham. The acclaimed concert is based upon the fantasy-adventure video game series, The Legend of Zelda.

Through beautifully orchestrated four-movement symphonic works, fans can relive all of their favourite moments from a fully developed and thoughtfully structured program including memorable, beloved melodies from titles including Ocarina of Time, The Wind Waker, Twilight Princess, A Link to the Past, Link’s Awakening and more.

Location: Symphony Hall, Broad Street, B1 2EA.

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