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
Southbank Centre Winter Festival
Until Wednesday 25th January. Free.
The Southbank Centre Winter Festival returns this weekend along with an array of festive shows, pop-ups and activities. This Christmas, highlights include rock ‘n’ roll tributes to music greats like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins with the Million Dollar Quartet musical.
The UK’s leading circus company NoFit State will also be performing on Wednesday 23rd November with their BIANCO show, an immersive promenade show performed above, behind and all around a standing audience. Of course, there’ll also be a load of street food stalls outside and plenty else going on around the site.
Location: Southbank Centre. Nearest Tube: Waterloo.
Lord Mayor’s Show and Fireworks
Saturday 12th November. Free.
One of London’s biggest traditional events, the Lord Mayor’s Show, is back this Saturday with a procession set fill the three-and-a-half mile stretch between Bank and Aldwych. The parade starts at 11am until around 2.30pm and will feature more than 7,000 performers from all over the world.
The river pageant part of the show will set off near Westminster Bridge at 8.30am, floating downriver to pass through Tower Bridge at 9.25am, and to finish things off the riverside fireworks display will take place at 5.15pm. There’ll also be free walking tours being put on throughout the day to keep everyone entertained in the lulls.
Things to Do This Weekend in Manchester
Manchester Christmas Markets
Until Tuesday 20th December. Free.
The famed Manchester Christmas Markets are back for 2016 and are bigger than ever. They’ve grown so big that you won’t be able to avoid gluhwein, sausages, gingerbread and mulled wine no matter where you are in the city.
The main hub as always is the European Christmas Market in front of the town hall in Albert Square, and will feature an on-duty Santa perched on his rooftop. Overall there are ten different wooden hut sites the wooden huts, all of which have a different look and feel but will all have something festive to offer!
Things to Do This Weekend in Birmingham
Birmingham Craft Beer Festival
Until Saturday 12th November. £3.
Birmingham coffee shop Six Eight Kafé is holding the Birmingham Craft Beer Festival this weekend to celebrate the removal of scaffolding that has covered the place for months. Six Eight Kafé has been voted one of the top coffee shops in the UK and in March, they won Best Cafe in Birmingham.
As well as showcasing beers from some of the best local breweries, there’ll also be live music throughout the weekend. The festival will also see some street food served by the Digbeth Dining Club and though tickets are £3, that does include your first beer.
Location: Six Eight Kafé, 6/8 Temple Row, B2 5HG.
Things to Do This Weekend in Norwich
Friday 11th November. £15.
For something a little different this weekend, Joes in Norwich should head down to the Playhouse this Saturday for WiFi Wars, a live comedy game show where audiences compete against one another by playing games on their smartphones!
Hosted by comedian and regular videogames commentator Steve McNeil, Joes login with their smartphones or tablets (iOS or Android compatible) and compete in a range of games, quizzes and challenges to win the show. Sounds bonkers but the concept has been so successful, it’s getting its own show on Dave!
Location: Norwich Playhouse, 42-58 St Georges Street, NR3 1AB.