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Things to Do This Weekend (11th - 13th January 2018)

Things to Do This Weekend in London

Welcome to the Forest

Friday 11th – Sunday 13th January. Free.

Waltham Forest is the Mayor’s first ever London Borough of Culture and celebrations are kicking off in 2019 with ‘Welcome to the Forest’, a free three-day-long festival which will see various locations in the area transformed into artistic hubs. Highlights include Gods Own Junkyard illuminating Forest Road and Waltham Forest Town Hall will be transformed into an audio-visual, site-specific film by artists Greenaway & Greenaway.

Lloyd Park will naturally be a hive of activity too and will be home to ‘Nest’, a huge lighting installation from artists Marshmallow Laser Feast choreographed to a soundscape by composer Erland Cooper working with local schools and choirs. Everything across the weekend is absolutely free so it’s perfect for families.

Location: Various. Nearest Tube: Walthamstow Central.


London Short Film Festival

Friday 11th – Sunday 20th January. From £8.

The London Short Film Festival celebrates its 16th birthday this Friday with ten days of bite-sized movies. The festival takes place over seven different venues across the city, each screening incredible new films from up-and-coming directors competing for Best UK Short award.

Things kick off this Friday with ‘Now! That’s What I Call ’80s Short Film’, a look at some of country’s best directors who began their craft in the decade, while other festival highlights include ‘Behind the Wall: Short Films from the GDR’ – commemorating 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall – and ‘History of Hyperdub’, featuring a set by DJ Cooly G.

Location: Various.


Things to Do This Weekend in Leeds

Brew-denell Beer Festival

Friday 11th – Sunday 13th January. £6.50 per day, £8 weekend.

If you’re more of a TryJanuary sort of Joe, Leeds is the places to be this weekend. Three days of beer, music and street food hit Brudenell Social Club for the Brew-denell Beer Festival. Now in its 7th year, the small independent Beer and Ale Festival features some of the best small independent breweries in the UK.

Expect a host of beers from local and international breweries, including Magic Rock, Kirkstall, The Kernel, Northern Monk, Thornbridge, North Brew Co, Verdant and more, as well as one-off collaborations, all soaked up with Pieminister pies and The Pizza Van.

Location: Brudenell Social Club, 33 Queen’s Road, LS6 1NY.


Things to Do This Weekend in Norwich

Redwell Brewery Tour

Saturday 12th January. £19.31.

Join Head Brewer Belinda Jennings and get to know the story of Norwich’s very own Redwell Brewing this Saturday with a special tour around the brewery. As well as learning the brewing process, you’ll also learn about different styles of beer while tasting brews straight from the tank.

You’ll be able to taste beers at all different stages of fermentation and tickets also include a branded pint glass and a free pint on arrival, plus tasters from the tanks – we’re assured she’s pretty generous!

Location: Redwell Brewing, 1886 Bracondale, NR1 2EG.


Things to Do This Weekend in Manchester

Beatnikz Republic

Open Daily.

Manchester’s craft beer scene has been thriving for a good few years now and one of the latest breweries to open a bar in the city is Beatnitz Republic. Having brewed from beneath the railway arches of Red Bank since 2017, Beatnikz opened their Northern Quarter bar in late 2018 and it’s a must if you haven’t had the chance to visit yet.

The 120-capacity bar has 14 kegs, split between Beatnikz’ own beers and a rotating selection of guest beers, as well as a great selection of gins and some mezcals/tequilas too. If you want to swat up on your beer you can also enrol at Brew School, a tutored tasting session giving you the chance to sample and learn about different styles.

Location: 35 Dale Street, Northern Quarter, M1 2HF.



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