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
Pergola Paddington Central
Until Saturday 23rd December. Free.
Though alfresco dining halls are all the rage in London summertime, they often go in hibernation for the winter. But the trademark urban gardens of Pergola Padding Central returns this weekend and with some important winterproof improvements; the site is heated, fully enclosed, and comes with a brand new clear roof for some star gazing! Think low level lighting, snug blankets, dark woods, winter greenery and mulled wines.
There’s seating for up to 850 diners, 7 giant day beds, 2 mouth-watering self-service restaurants and 2 bountifully stocked bars. There’s also Pergola’s brand of street food dining from five of London’s top independent eateries: Patty & Bun, D/F Mexico, Made of Dough, Tonkotsu and Little Ghost bagels.
Location: 5 Kingdom Street, W2 6PY. Nearest Tube: Paddington.
Quarter of Curiosity Fright Night Party
Thursday 26th October, 5pm – 9pm. Free.
With Halloween just around the corner, there’s plenty of events going on in and around London. But if you want to coincide your scares with some shopping, The Quarter of Curiosity is coming to the Newburgh Quarter, just off Carnaby Street. The two-week celebration will see bespoke Halloween installations appearing throughout the Quarter, as well as The Quarter of Curiosity Shop, which is hosting a Halloween fright night party this Thursday.
The Quarter of Curiosity Shop will features a spook-tacular Halloween florist who’ll be offering posies and bouquets in spooky shades; think black roses, black Asparagus Fern, deep purple Calla Lillie’s and Love Lies Bleeding. Plus there’s an exclusive series of free workshops, from Halloween Headdress making, potion cocktail making, pumpkin planters, to Halloween makeup masterclasses and more.
Don’t forget to check out Guide to Shopping in the Newburgh Quarter.
Location: Newburgh Quarter. Nearest Tube: Oxford Circus.
Things to Do This Weekend in Birmingham
Birmingham Beer Festival
Thursday 26th – Saturday 28th October. From £4.
With October drawing to a close, it’s our last chance to suggest to some beer festivals. This weekend Brum is the place to be with the Birmingham Beer Festival at the Custard Factory. Whether you are a regular drinker of real ale, occasional sampler or you have never tried real ale before this is a great day out with more than 200 real ales and ciders and perries on offer.
Tickets to Friday have already sold out but there’s no advanced tickets for Saturday, so you can gain entrance by just paying on the door. CAMRA Members will receive £2 of beer tokens, while non-members who join at the festival will receive £5 of beer tokens. A nice little incentive!
Location: Custard Factory, Gibb Street, B9 4AA.
Things to Do This Weekend in Manchester
Grub Food Fair
Friday 27th October. Free.
One of Manc’s favourite street food pop-ups is finally getting a roof over its head. Starting this weekend, every Friday & Saturday Grub Food Fair will be bringing its beer, wine, spirits, DJs, good times and plenty of street food to their new full time events space and live music venue Fairfield Social Club. And this Friday they’re throwing a party to celebrate!
Also coinciding with their third birthday, Grub at the Fairfield Social Club will open for a weekend-long party with lots of special treats and good vibes. There will be birthday hats, and while there might not be a birthday cake, there will be a birthday beer courtesy of The Runaway Brewery. Food will come in form of Diamond Dogs’ hot dogs, The Ottomen’s mezze and wraps, and some awesome eclairs, tartes and petits fours from the queen of French patisserie Chou Choux, among others.
Location: Fairfield Social Club, 6 Temperance Street, M12 6HR..
Things to Do This Weekend in Norwich
2017 Norwich Beer Festival
Until Saturday 28th October. From £1.
While it’s not an Oktoberfest event as such, the 40th Norwich Beer Festival does return this weekend, and it’s a real gem. Organised by the Norwich & Norfolk Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), the festival will once again be held at St. Andrew’s and Blackfriars’ Halls.
With over 200 cask-conditioned real ales from Britain’s independent brewers as well as draught and bottled beers from continental Europe. There’ll also be a large range of traditional ciders and perries too, with over 70 varieties, mostly from East Anglia.
Location: St. Andrew’s and Blackfriars’ Halls, St Andrews Hall Plain, NR3 1AU.