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
Urban Village Fete
Sunday 15th May. Free.
While it’s not officially summer yet, the soaring temperatures and intermittent showers would have you thinking otherwise. So what better way to celebrate British Summer Time that with a good old British village fete? Urban Village Fete is a contemporary take on the English tradition with loads of crafts, food and activities for all the family.
The Urban Village Fete takes place in the Greenwich Peninsula (the area just next door to The O2) and will see some of London’s finest performers, vendors and designers all congregate for some workshops and street food spanning the globe. Radio 6 Music DJ Gilles Peterson will be on duty as will New Orleans-style brass band Mr Wilson’s Second Liners.
Location: Greenwich Peninsula. Nearest Tube: North Greenwich.
Brooklyn Brewery Beer Mansion
Friday 13th and Saturday 14th May. £10.
We love a good beer event and Beer Mansion by Brooklyn Brewery will be one of the better ones to hit the capital this summer. The multi-room experience is designed to give Joes a real insight into the art of brewing, which means the Mansion features areas such as the Barrel Aging Room which aims to give Joes a look inside the magic of barrels with some of Brooklyn’s rarest and most experimental beers.
There’ll be plenty of food on hand too as Brooklyn Chef and Head of Culinary Programming Andrew Gerson pairs up beers with some seriously tasty grub. There’ll also be live music provided by The Graveltones and Messenger, games and fresh pizza from East London’s Voodoo Ray’s.
Location: MC Motors, 76 Stoke Newington Rd. N167XB. Nearest Station: Dalston Kingsland.
Things to Do This Weekend in Derby
World Toe Wrestling Championships
Sunday 15th May. £2.
For those Joes in the Derbyshire area, what better way to spend the weekend than by watching grown adults sit on the floor and wrestle with their toes? Yes, the noble art of toe-wrestling has been knocking around since the 70s and this weekend the World Championships are being held at the picturesque Bentley Brook Inn.
The objective of toe wrestling is for competitors to lock big toes and wrestle their opponent’s foot over onto the wooden area. Englishman Alan ‘Nasty’ Nash will take some beating, however. The local celeb has won the competition for the last 12 years! Bentley Brook is located about a 30 minute drive from Derby but we think it’ll be well worth the trip!
Location: Bentley Brook Inn, Ashbourne. DE6 1LF.
Things to Do This Weekend in Manchester
Nico Vascellari Exhibition
Until Sunday 18th September. Free.
If you’re on the lookout for a leisurely afternoon out and about Manchester this weekend, taking in some art at the famed Whitworth Art Gallery is always as good an idea as any. We’d recommend you head to the latest exhibition by Italian artist Nico Vascellari which occupies the Whitworth’s Landscape Gallery.
The installation Bus de la Lum is said to draw on ‘the arcane powers of the forest and suggests the deep secrets within it.’ Whatever that means, it’s a haunting piece which is based on a real natural cavity which is located in woodland of the Cansiglio plateau, Italy. The void emits a strange light which has long been associated with magic and satanic legend. Spooky.
Location: Whitworth Art Gallery, Oxford Road. M15 6ER.
Things to Do This Weekend in Bristol
Eat at the Ox
Fridays 12pm-2.30pm & 5pm-10.30pm, Saturdays 5pm-10.30pm, Sundays 12pm-4pm.
If you’re looking for a bite to eat in Bristol this weekend, one name which always crops up on any ‘Best of’ list is The Ox, a stylish steak restaurant and cocktail bar located below the Wetherspoons on Corn Street.
While steak and cocktails might not seem like the most natural fit, anyone who’s been to Hawksmoor will tell you it works just fine, and The Ox is right up there – if not infinitely cheaper – with the London restaurant. The food is exceptional and the vibe is perfect with Pre-Raphaelite murals dominating the decor. Booking is highly recommended!
Location: The Basement, 43 Corn Street. BS1 1HT.