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
Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th September. Prices vary.
Every Londoner knows Tooting is where it’s at these days, and to emphasise the point the fourth annual Tootopia returns this weekend, celebrating the glorious food, drink and entertainment that keeps the area thriving. 2017’s theme is ‘Eat the World’, with local pubs and venues become hubs for the festival, hosting parties, beer evenings and live entertainment.
The Street Food Takeover has long been the stand out of the festival and that looks set to continue with eats from around the world being placed alongside DJ’s and intermittent live acts. Street food kings such as Le Bao, Raclette Brothers, My Pies and Gyoza Guys headline, while Tooting’s very own Bake Off and Handmade Fair make Tootopia 2017 a must on your weekend schedule.
Location: Various. Nearest Tube: Tooting Broadway.
Movies on the River
Until Saturday 30th September. From £29.
This week sees the return of London’s first ever river cinema with Time Out’s Movies on the River – a boat heading down the Thames after dark while showing much-loved movies on its top deck, including the likes of Jaws, Clueless and Grease. Each evening will begin at Tower Pier near the Tower of London, where film-goers will board a cruise boat for a short trip through the centre of the city.
The boat will eventually dock in the shadow of Big Ben and the London Eye to show the night’s film on a big screen on the open deck. Being September, it may get cold, so wrap up warm – though blankets are included in case it gets really chilly. There’ll also be a fully stocked bar with drinks and snacks to ensure you don’t get thirsty or famished.
Location: Tower Millennium Pier, Lower Thames Street, EC3N 4DT. Nearest Tube: Tower Hill.
Things to Do This Weekend in Birmingham
Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th September. Free.
Brum’s biggest and best arts festival is back this Friday with the Birmingham Weekender. Launched two years ago, the festival returns with a whole host of performances and activities taking place throughout the city. There’ll be over 600 artists and 160 performances in total – and the best thing is, it’s almost all completely free.
Highlights this year include the Birmingham Royal Ballet dancing in the Bullring, the Rangeeli Colours of Birmingham Parade on Saturday and the Alternative Village Fete on Sunday. Victoria Square will naturally be a hub for the Weekender with dances and a drumming and firework spectacular headlining.
Things to Do This Weekend in Manchester
The Crystal Maze
Daily. From £31.50 per player.
If you’ve not had the chance yet, we can’t recommend enough heading to The Crystal Maze in Manchester. Based on the 90s TV show, the ultimate team challenge tests your skills in different challengers to earn a crystal for your team. The more Crystals you earn, the more time you’ll get in the final challenge: the Crystal Dome!
If you’ve not ever watch the show (why!?), there are four adventure time zones: Aztec, Industrial, Futuristic and Medieval. In each Zone individual members of your team will take on 2-3 minute long games of either the Physical, Mental, Skill or Mystery category. For each game successfully completed your time will earn a crystal. Simple!
Location: Old Granada Studios, Stage 2 (Off Lower Byrom Street),M3 4JP.
Things to Do This Weekend in Bristol
Mrs Potts Chocolate House
Daily from 11am.
In case you missed the news of the opening last weekend, a new ‘chocolate house’ has just opened in Bristol city centre. Hosted by Mrs Potts, the Chocolate House is a contemporary take on the traditional 17th century English chocolate house serving a selection of chocolates, hot chocolates, coffee, tea and cakes.
Alongside a line-up which includes indulgent Eton mess, softly-set chocolate pots with whipped cream, and chocolate hazelnut tart made with a crumbly hazelnut pastry, the real standouts are Mrs Potts’ pure melted chocolate dipping pots. Cocoa heaven.
Location: 20 Park Street, BS1 5JA.