Last updated on January 7th, 2016 at 01:37 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

Laugh Out London’s Big Christmas Weekend for Shelter
Friday 18th-Saturday 19th December. £10.

Well, Joes – it’s almost here. So naturally this week’s edition of TTDOTW (as the kids on the street are calling it) will naturally feature festive-heavy events. The first of which is the annual Laugh Out London Big Christmas Weekend in aid of the Shelter charity.

The bill is ridiculously good this year with the Friday standing out with acts including big-collared doctor Harry Hill, German funny man Henning When and our favourite comedian probably of all-time Stewart Lee. Saturday sees Foster’s Award-winner John Kearns, Radio 4 star Robert Newman and Peep Show’s Isy Suttie take to the stage for some light relief before the Christmas rush!

Location: Throgmortons. EC2N 2AQ. Nearest Tube: Bank.

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Christmas Past Exhibition
Until Sunday 3rd January. Free.

We love an exhibition here at Average Joes and one of the most accessible and Christmas-related ones around at the moment in the capital is the Christmas Past exhibition at the Geffrye Museum. The free installation usually sees a range of East London living rooms decorated in range of period-appropriate designs and filled with products from various eras.

For Christmas, the exhibition keep the middle-class interior design ideas from 1600 to the present day but simply gives them a festive twist with tinsel and baubles. It’s not going to blow your socks off but there’s something magical about Christmas Past and it should get you well in the mood for pies and mulled booze.

Location: Geffrye Museum, Hoxton. E2 8EA. Nearest Tube: Hoxton (Overground).

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Things to Do This Weekend in Manchester

Cinderella Panto
Until Sunday 3rd January. £11-£42.

We know some of you may roll your eyes at the suggestion but we’re a fan of the panto and Manchester regaularly sees one of the grandest in the country. This year Torvill & Dean make their pantomime debut as the Fairy Godparents in this tale of rags to riches for an orphaned girl.

A wicked stepmother and handsome prince are all on hand as well as the show’s real selling point – actual Shetland ponies will be on stage! Then there’s the small fact that T & D will be putting on their skates.

Location: Opera House, Quay Street. M3 3HP.

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Things to Do This Weekend in Birmingham

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Sunday 20th December. £16.50.

What could possibly be more Christmassy than Scrooge and Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol? It was written way back in 1843 and 10 years later Dickens chose the Christmas classic for his first ever public reading at the Birmingham Town Hall where it’s said nearly 2,000 persons attended.

This Christmas, Clive Francis recreates the occasion, bringing to life Dickens’ most famous characters to life on stage. The first half of the show features an introduction by Francis who will explain more about that first reading at Town Hall and Dickens’ exploits in Birmingham. Perfect!

Location: Town Hall, Victoria Square. B3 3AA.

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Things to Do This Weekend in Bristol

A Winter Tale at Yurt Lush
Friday 18th-Sunday 20th December.

If you live in the Bristol area and haven’t checked out the Yurt Lush on Temple Quay yet, we can’t implore you enough to get down there, especially this Christmas. The cafe within three interlinked Mongolian-style tents is hosting a winter retreat packed full of festive treats, craft classes and music.

Perfect for after-work drinks or an evening with your Jane, Yurt Lush and the outside space at Temple Quay will be transformed as Eat Drink Bristol Fashion and The Cider Box provide a Christmas pop-up village complete with everything yule. Expect roasted chestnuts, carol singing, spiced cider and even wreath making-classes, as well as British Christmas trees on sale if you’re leaving it late!

Location: Yurt Lush, Creative Common. BS1 6DG.

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