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Things to Do This Weekend

Things to Do This Weekend in London

Lumiere London
Thursday 18th – Sunday 21st January. Free.

The UK’s largest light festival is back this weekend, and it’s bigger, brighter and bolder than ever before. More than 40 UK and international artists will reimagine London’s iconic architecture and streets, transforming the city into a dazzling nocturnal art exhibition, including the likes of Regent Street, Mayfair, King’s Cross and Westminster.

Various installations will be seen across the city including the interactive The Wave on the Southbank, TILT’s surreal take on King’s Cross’ corporate environment with Lampounette, which pays homage to the iconic office desk lamp in giant form, and 448 special Kilner jars forming Stéphane Masson’s Supercube installation in St James’s Market.

Location: Various.

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The History of Video Games
Until Sunday 11th February. £15.

Celebrating the importance of video games within youth culture, The Subculture Archives on Carnaby Street has transformed its upstairs space into a pop-up arcade. Harking back to the arcade as an important hangout space within 80s & 90s subcultures, this pop-up arcade is both a nod to Soho’s past and a celebration of the early technologies that paved the way for today’s smartphone games and VR.

Original vintage machines will be dotted around, including the likes of Track and Field, Joust, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Donkey Kong, Space Invaders, Pac Man and much more. In addition to the retro pop up arcade, there’ll also be a load of consoles and games from the 70s through to the PlayStation, including the Atari, NES, Sega Master System SNES, and Megadrive. 2 hour slots can be booked for gaming.

Location: The Subculture Archives, 3 Carnaby Street, W1F 9QG. Nearest Tube: Oxford Circus.

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Things to Do This Weekend in Manchester

GRUB Winter Beer Fest 18
Friday 19th – Sunday 21st January. From £3.76.

The crew behind the renowned GRUB Food Fair swung their doors open at the Fairfield Social Club to the Manchester music scene last weekend, and this weekend they’re back for a Winter Fest 2018, featuring 24 keg and 8 cask lines of winter beers from breweries near and far.

Local legends such as Cloudwater Brewing Co., Beatnikz Republic Brewing Co., and Neptune Brewing will be showcasing their brews, as well as international brewers like Norway’s LERVIG Brewing and Stone Brewing Berlin. Street food traders will also be on duty, including Raceltte Brothers, Vaso Kitchen, Get Wurst & Sugar Spun Sisters.

Location: Fairfield Social Club, Archway 6, Temperance Street, M12 6HR..

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Things to Do This Weekend in Cardiff

Bingo Lingo 2018
Friday 19th January. From £6.50.

One of Cardiff’s best venues, DEPOT, is back for its first event of 2018, and it’s a DEPOT staple with the return of Bingo Lingo! A night full of crazy giveaways, surprises, and of course, liquid bingo.

If you’re not familiar with the concept, Bingo Lingo isn’t like you’re a night with your Nan at Gala. Expect dance-offs, twerking, joke prizes and the dreaded wheel of misfortune. Like all DEPOT events, as well as the bingo, there’ll be craft beer, cocktails, DJs, and some of Cardiff’s best street food vendors to boot.

Location: DEPOT Cardiff, 22 Dumballs Road, CF10 5FE..

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Things to Do This Weekend in Bristol

#Tryanuary at Love To Brew
Saturday 20th January. Free.

Now in its fourth year, #Tryanuary is a nationwide campaign to encourage support for the beer industry throughout January rather giving up the booze. Various Bristol businesses are taking part in the campaign this weekend, with tastings and showcases dotted around the city. The best of all will be taking place at Love To Brew this Saturday, where there’ll be beer tastings completely free of charge!

If you’re not acquainted with Love To Brew, you should be. Home to brew supplies, stocking everything you need to make home brewed beer, cider, wine and liqueurs at home, as well as stocking some incredible local crafts, their #Tryanuary event will feature beers from the likes of Left Handed Giant, Moor Beer, Wild Beer and Lost and Grounded.

Location: 7 Brislington Hill, BS4 5BE.

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