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
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
Friday 20th-Saturday 3rd January. Free.
It seems this week truly marks the start of Christmas with festivals and pop-ups appearing on every street corner. To illustrate the point, one of the biggest in London will open its gates today at Hyde Park. Winter Wonderland is back and will again feature festive treats for all the family. The biggest ice rink in the UK returns along with two circuses, an observation wheel and plenty of warming food and booze.
Entry to Winter Wonderland is completely free, although you’ll probably want to bring the wallet with you with all the stalls and rides on offer. Other highlights include the Magical Ice Kingdom where you’ll be able to touch some real ice and snow as well as meet some mythical frozen beasts as you explore the icy forest. This is perfect for everyone as long as you’re into Christmas songs which get blurted out on loop!
Location: Hyde Park. Nearest Tube: Hyde Park Corner.
World Press Photo Exhibition
Until Sunday 29th November. Free.
If you want to avoid all the Christmas festivities until December and soak in some culture, one of the best exhibitions going on in London at the moment is the annual World Press Photo Exhibition. The best bit is it’s also completely free.
Since 1955, the World Press Photo foundation has invited photographers around the world to submit their snaps for a competition. This year 97,912 photos were submitted by 5,692 photographers from 131 different countries. The winners are all exhibited at the Royal Festival Hall addressing hard subjects such as the homophobia in Russia and the migrant crises, as well as the best images from the world of sport and nature.
Location: Royal Festival Hall. Nearest Tube: Waterloo.
Things to Do This Weekend in Manchester
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Until Saturday 21st November. £16-44.
If you’ve got an evening free this Friday or Saturday in the North-West, we cannot implore you enough to bag yourself one of the last tickets to The National Theatre’s production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. It’s being performed in Salford at the Lowry for the last time this weekend and it’s one of the best live performances we’ve seen this year.
The multi-award winning show follows the story of a 15-year-old boy who is trying to investigate the killing a neighbour’s dog. Sounds simple enough but the staging, direction and performances are anything but that. The word ‘autism’ is never used and it doesn’t really need to be – Curious Incident is thought-provoking, heart-warming and staggering all at once. Get down to The Lowry!
Location: The Lowry, Salford Quays. M50 3AZ.
Things to Do This Weekend in Bristol
The Apple Cider Boat
While maybe more suited to riverside summer drinking, The Apple cider boat in Bristol is a must all year round. Bringing you some of the world’s finest ciders and perries, this River Avon-side pub is located on a beautifully converted Dutch barge in the heart of Bristol’s Old City.
Showcasing some stunning views of the historic Floating Harbour, The Apple has a large seating terrace on the cobblestone quayside as well as two floors on the boat, so you’re never stuck for space. There’s a good menu of west-country inspired grub too, which means this cider boat really is perfect for a quick bite to eat, a swift pint or a full night out.
Location: Welsh Back, Bristol. BS1 4SB.
Things to Do This Weekend in Birmingham
Frankfurt Christmas Market 2015
Thursday 12th-Tuesday 22nd December. Free.
Christmas markets and festivals will be popping up in pretty much every city in the UK over the next couple of weeks and allegedly the biggest in this country is Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market and Craft Market. Having ran for over a decade, the Frankfurt Christmas Market sees over 180 festive stalls packed into the city’s Victoria Square.
Joes can get their hands on all the regular culinary delights such as pretzels, schnitzels, bratwursts and knoblauchbrot, and of course this can all be washed down with gluhwein, weissbeer, mulled cider or a simple hot chocolate. You can also pick up some stocking fillers from the Craft Market and that makes this a Midlands must!
Location: Victoria Square.