Last updated on May 24th, 2016 at 10:03 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

Magical Lantern Festival
Until Sunday 16th March. £16.

It’s Chinese New Year on Monday night but as most of us will have work on Tuesday, celebrating the festival this weekend might be your best bet. One of the coolest things going on in London is the UK’s first ever Chinese Lantern festival at Chiswick House and Gardens!

The Magical Lantern Festivals sees light installations, performances, art and theatre all hit the Palladian villa, including over 50 giant hand-sculpted lanterns – one of which is a 60m long glowing dragon spread across the house’s lake. There’ll be plenty of international food on offer and Joes can design and construct their own lanterns.

Location: Chiswick House and Gardens. Nearest Tube: Turnham Green.

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Watch the Super Bowl
Sunday 7th February 11pm-Late.

Super Bowl 50 takes places this weekend as the Carolina Panthers take on the Denver Broncos, and that means Joes up and down the country struggling to stay awake as they tuck into their fifth hot dog while pretending they know what ‘Shotgun Formation’ means!

Staying up until 5am can be a struggle unless you’ve done some tactical sleep pattern planning. So we say get out of the house and go hit one of London’s many venues that will be hosting parties for the event. The atmosphere alone will be enough to see you through until sunlight! Here’s some of the best of venues.

Location: Various.

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Things to Do This Weekend in Manchester

Pitch to Pixel Exhibition
Until Sunday 5th June. Free.

While we might not pull all-nighters with our fellow Joes like we did in our teenage years, we’d be lying if we said we didn’t still love a game of FIFA. If you haven’t lost your love for it either, Joes in Manchester should head to the National Football Museum where the world’s first football gaming exhibition is going on.

Pitch to Pixel features a range of artworks and unique objects alongside interactive gaming experiences. There’s a photo booth where Joes get the chance to put themselves on the cover of Football Manager and lovers of retro games get the chance to play some classics, including Pele’s Soccer on the Atari, Nintendo World Cup on the NES and Sensible Soccer on the Amiga.

Location: National Football Museum, Urbis Building, Cathedral Gardens. M4 3BG.

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Things to Do This Weekend in Bristol

Colston Hall Record Fair
Saturday 6th February, 10am-4pm.

Since 2010, music lovers in Bristol have been piling into Colston Hall for their record fair, which takes place on five weekends across the year. Now spread over four floors, the venue offers the perfect environment for sales with an excellent cafe & bar on site.

Buyers from as far-afield as Japan, Russia & Poland all hit the event, with the best sellers in the South offering up mostly vinyl and a few CD. You’ll find everything in the hall from £1 bargains to expensive rarities, and dealers specialising in most genres of music from the fifties to present day.

Location: Colston Hall, Colston Street. BS1 5AR.

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Things to Do This Weekend in Birmingham

Chung Ying Cantonese Restaurant
Daily until 11.30pm.

As it’s Chinese New Year on Monday, where else are you going to eat than one the country’s best Chinese restaurants? Dubbing itself ‘Birmingham’s favourite Chinese restaurant’, Chung Ying is one of the most established Cantonese eateries in the country, serving food at the heart of Chinatown since 1981.

Chung Ying goes pretty big for Chinese New Year so we’d recommend booking but if you manage to get a table, you can expect a buzzing atmosphere without the fuss. The food is incredible and full of options you won’t find on the takeaway menu. We’d say get experimental with some of the smaller shareable dishes, which are reasonably priced around the £4 mark.

Location: 16–18 Wrottesley Street. B5 4RT.

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