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
Vauxhall Street Food Garden
Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd July. Free.
Vauxhall Street Food Garden, the weekday food garden oasis, will now be opening up for selected weekend dates across the summer. Tucked away behind one of London’s main arteries, the free-to-enter, open-air urban space will be open this Saturday and Sunday for Joes and Janes to enjoy food, drink and an eclectic line-up of entertainment.
This Saturday is all about indulging with the line-up featuring an array of bbq stalls, microbrewery beers, a ball pit and photo booths for retro-style selfies. While this Sunday sees the Vauxhall Street Food Garden’s Sunday Family Festival with family-friendly entertainment like face painting, ball pits, kids discos, and kids movies in the Red Bull Lodge, as well as the Vauxhall Farm petting zoo.
Location: 6A South Lambeth Place, SW8 1RT. Nearest Tube: Vauxhall.
Wednesday 28th – Friday 30th June. £25 per person.
Barefoot Bowls is back for a third year at Finsbury Square and for 2017 it’s hosting the inaugural Festibowl in association with St-Germain. A modern twist on the quintessentially British game, Festibowl is a quicker form of the quintessentially British game of lawn bowls. But this is no village fete!
Open for 3 days only, Finsbury Square will be turned into a bowling oasis as the cool and quirky Festibowl rolls in to London for the first time. The all singing, all dancing Festival of Bowls (with a twist) will bring to life the age old game in a fun, colourful and wholly different way with DJs, street food and cocktails to keep you entertained throughout the day.
Location: Finsbury Square, EC2A 1DX. Nearest Station: Moorgate.
Things to Do This Weekend in Birmingham
Colmore Food Festival 2017
Friday 30th June & Saturday 1st July. Adults £14, Children £7.
One of Birmingham’s premier culinary events, the annual Colmore Food Festival at Victoria Square, returns this weekend. The food festival is free to attend and allows venues from around the city to showcase their dishes and talents, giving Joes and Janes a flavour of what they offer all year round.
The best bit about the Colmore Food Festival is all dishes are capped at £4, which means you can get around and try as much as possible. This year’s highlights include celebrity chefs Glynn Purnell and Aktar Islam who’ll be on the Kitchen Stage cooking up a storm, as well as local restaurants joining the stage to show you how they cook their mouth-watering dishes.
Location: Victoria Square, B2 4AJ.
Things to Do This Weekend in Manchester
Manchester International Festival 2017
Until Sunday 16th July. Prices vary.
The Manchester International Festival 2017 is back, bringing with it a fortnight of art, music and theatre across every venue from theatres, galleries and concert halls to railway depots, churches and car parks. For the festival, various artists from different art forms and backgrounds create dynamic, innovative and forward-thinking new work.
Headline events for MIF 2017 include an open-air show by Arcade Fire at Castlefield Bowl; Fatherland, a new play by Stockport director Simon Stephens at the Royal Exchange Theatre; and a catwalk down the middle of Piccadilly Gardens. As always MIF’s Festival Square and Pavilion will also be taking up residence in Albert Square again with a line-up of street food, drink and entertainment throughout the event.
Things to Do This Weekend in Bristol
Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd July. From £18.
If you like your music and you love your BBQ, there’s no place you’d rather be this weekend than at the eighth annual Grillstock Festival. This Saturday & Sunday, Bristol’s Lloyds Amphitheatre will be hosting a full blown weekend of drinking beer, eating meat and foot-stomping live music.
This year’s Sunday music night headliners will be The Darkness, and there’ll be more than 30 acts playing across the weekend. But having been to the festival when it was in London, you’re really there for the grub – and it is a haven of slow cooked meats as far as the eye can see. Plus, the eating competitions are worth the admission fee alone!
Location: Lloyds Amphitheatre, Canons House Canons Way, BS1 5LL.