Last updated on January 11th, 2018 at 12:44 pm

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

Hammer & Tongue National Slam Final 2018
Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th January. From £15.

You may be forgiven for thinking poetry slams are purely for Student Unions and café/bars in East, but this weekend The Royal Albert Hall hosts the grandest of them all in the Hammer & Tongue National Slam Final 2018. The UK’s greatest performance poets and spoken word artists will all be there competing over two days for the National championship.

The Team and Individual Slam titles will be decided across the two day extravaganza which will include performances from invited special guest artists and last year’s champion. If you’ve never been to one, a poetry slam is judged by the audience, so you do need to in the mood for a little participation!

Location: The Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London SW7 2AP. Nearest Tube: South Kensington.

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Farewell to Christmas
Saturday 6th January. Free.

There’s one more chance to say goodbye to Christmas this weekend at the Geffrye Museum. Taking place on the Twelfth Night, ‘Farewell to Christmas’ will feature carol singing, mulled wine, Twelfth Night cake, as well as the ritualistic burning of the holly and the ivy.

It also marks your last chance to check out the Geffrye Museum before it closes its doors for a two year, £18m development project. Though events will still take place on the front lawn, you should really head down this weekend to one last glimpse of London’s quirkiest museum.

Location: Geffrye Museum, Kingsland Road, E2 8EA. Nearest Tube: Old Street.

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Things to Do This Weekend in Manchester

Cathedral Gardens Ice Rink Manchester
Until Sunday 7th January. £10 Adults, £8 Children.

While you may think the festivities ended when you walked into the office this week, there is one more chance this weekend to indulge in Manchester’s Christmas Markets – and that includes the ice rink at the Cathedral Gardens.

The rink is still taking centre stage between 11am to 9pm until this Sunday. Perfect for the family, you can grab a family ticket for four for £30 and the traditional funfair is also still open for last go on the dodgems!

Location: Cathedral Gardens, Corporation Street, M4 3BG.

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Things to Do This Weekend in Norwich

Cryptic Escape Game
Daily. From £45 per Team.

Escape Rooms are not just a London fad, and one that’s quickly gained a reputation is Cryptic Escape, Norwich’s first ever. 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.

There’s three games at Cryptic Escape but we’d recommend ‘The Treasure of Green Beard’. A notorious pirate has buried a piece of valuable treasure – your job is to find it and live to tell the tale! We played the game for our work’s Christmas party, and without giving away any spoilers, we can confirm it’s as good as anything you’ll find in the capital!

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

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Things to Do This Weekend in Bristol

Eat at BOX-E
Open Tuesday – Sunday.

If you’re looking for a bite to eat in the Bristol area, BOX-E has been making some serious waves since it opened in late 2016. It was the first proper restaurant to open within the Cargo development in Wapping Wharf, with room for just 14 seats inside as well as four stools overlooking the open kitchen.

BOX-E serves an ever-changing menu of seasonal modern British dishes invented by chef Elliot Lidstone. The food is incredible and the service is just as good. The relaxed atmosphere of the intimate crate only adds to the experience which proves size really doesn’t matter. Due to the lack of seats, however, booking is strongly recommended.

Location: Unit 10, Cargo 1, Wapping Wharf, BS1 6WP.

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