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

Things to Do This Weekend in London

New Scientist Live
Thursday 22nd – Sunday 25th September. £25.

As self-confessed geek, we’re pleased to report that New Scientist Live hits the ExCeL Centre this weekend bringing with a show which will feature four immersive zones covering Brain & Body, Technology, Earth and Cosmos.

New Scientist’s headline act this weekend is undoubtedly a talk by astronaut Tim Peake, fresh from his six month trip into space. There’ll be over 100 other talks, though, as well as all the interactive displays and experiences you could wish for, such as the chance to meet a social robot who’s improving the lives of children and the elderly and the chance to learn how to code with Microsoft’s Tech Lab.

Location: ExCeL London, Royal Victoria Dock, E16 1XL. Nearest Tube: Canning Town.

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Goose Island LDN Block Party
Saturday 24th September. £10.

We do love a street party and this weekend it’s the turn of American brewer’s Goose Island to do the hosting. Goose Island’s legendary Block Party has been touring the globe and this weekend it hits the capital – as well as a simultaneous event in Chicago – with Everything Everything headlining our leg of the event.

Held at Red Market near Old Street, the Party will be brining top drawer live bands, an amazing line-up of Goose beers, great food, games and more. There’ll be plenty of tasting sessions throughout the day too.

Location: Red Market, 288 Old Street, EC1V 9LA. Nearest Tube: Old Street.

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Things to Do This Weekend in Manchester

British Sound Project
Saturday 24th September. £45.

Manchester and gigs go hand-in-hand and this weekend marks one of the best indoor festivals on the Manc calendar with the British Sound Project. The brainchild of legendary Creation Records guru Alan McGee and record label boss Steven Wood, the British Sound Project features two stages at the Victoria Warehouse showcasing the best of established and emerging British bands.

Celebrating 25 years of tunes, Primal Scream will be headlining the Festival, with other acts including the likes of Scream, Black Grape, Badly Drawn Boy, Reverend & The Makers, Dodgy, Eliza And The Bear, and Glass Caves.

Location: Victoria Warehouse, Trafford Wharf Road, M17 1AB.

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Things to Do This Weekend in Bristol

Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival
Until Sunday 25th September. Free.

Now firmly established as the nation’s leading short film festival, Encounters Festival’s international reputation is such that it attracted over 2,300 submissions this year. The short film and animation festival has whittled these down to the best 231 films, spread across 24 competition programmes, including animations, comedies, science fictions, thrillers and the ever-popular music video showcase.

The main attraction this year, as this is Bristol, is the celebration for Aardman’s 40th birthday. Other highlights include a conversation with ‘punky-reggae’ documentary filmmaker Don Letts, Bristol University alumnus and Starter For Ten/Far from the Madding Crowd screenwriter David Nicholls selecting his favourite films, as well as a celebration of the ‘Bristol Sound’ on screen.

Location: Various.

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Things to Do This Weekend in Birmingham

MinMin Noodle Bar
Open Midday – 10.30pm.

If you love a hidden gem as much as we do, Joes of Birmingham need to grab their dinner at MinMin Noodle Bar. Located in the heart of city, a few minutes’ walk from the Hippodrome, lies one of the best oriental hangouts we’ve been to in a long time.

Predominately serving Chinese cuisine – though Thai, Vietnamese and Japanese are definitely incorporated – MinMin offer up vibrant and colourful noodle dishes that won’t break the bank. Just be warned – dishes can get very, very hot!

Location: Bromsgrove Street, B5 6AB.

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