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Things to Do This Weekend

Things to Do This Weekend in London

London Design Festival

Until Sunday 23rd September. Prices vary.

This weekend presents your last chance to check out any of the installations and pop-ups for the 2018 London Design Festival. With more than 400 events taking place across the city, the annual festival celebrates modern design and innovation with 11 designated design districts, as well as a series of landmark projects.

Naturally the South Bank will be a hive of activity this weekend, but there’s plenty going on all around the city. Kellenberger-White’s ‘Alphabet’ by Liverpool Street and the life-size pop-up book experience in Paddington are well worth a visit, while famed designer Es Devlin has been given the freedom to install a flourescent, poetry-spouting lion at the base of Nelson’s Column. Check out 7 of the must-see installations here.

Location: Various.

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Tootopia 2018

Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd September. Prices vary.

Every South Londoner knows that Tooting is where it’s at these days. And to emphasise the point, the fifth annual Tootopia returns this weekend, with local pubs and venues celebrating the glorious food, drink and entertainment that keeps the area thriving. Highlights this year include a ‘Foodie Trail’ showcasing the best new and classic eateries and the ‘Greatest Tooting Tour in History’, where you can listen to tales of Tooting’s fascinating past.

But the Street Food Takeover at Graveney & Meadow 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 Gyoza Guys, Da Ja Street Food and Nha Trang Kitchen will be headlining. Check out the full Tootopia 2018 schedule here.

Location: Various. Nearest Tube: Tooting Broadway.

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Things to Do This Weekend in Birmingham

TAPS Beer, Food & Music Festival

Friday 21st & Sunday 22nd September. From £10.

Brum will be welcoming a brand new beer, food and music festival this weekend, taking place at the Custard Factory. TAPS is a collaboration between Digbeth Dining Club & Craft Beer Rising, which means that this weekend Digbeth will be home to the very best local, national and international breweries, as well as a line-up of DDC’s award-winning street food traders.

Breweries confirmed include the likes of Mondo Brewing, Beatnikz Republic and Fourpure Brewing Co, as well as probably our favourite brewery on the planet at the moment, Hawaii’s Kona Brewing Company. Street food will be provided by Only Jerkin’, Wingmans, Dim Sum Su, Wholesome Junkies and Original Patty Men. Get your tickets here.

Location: Custard Factory, Gibb Street B9 4AA.

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Things to Do This Weekend in Manchester

YES Venue Launch

Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd September. Free.

Manchester is getting a new four storey music venue. The much anticipated YES will officially open on Charles Street at 4pm on Friday and they’re giving away free pizza slices and 5,000 free drinks across the weekend to celebrate. One the freebies run out, there’ll still be plenty to keep you occupied with cheap booze and a NASA-approved soundsystem keeping the tunes going.

As well as a roof terrace, a pizza slice bar, and street food from the likes of Bundobust Manchester and Firebird & Hope to enjoy, there’ll also be live music performances across the weekend from Let’s Eat Grandma and Dutch Uncles, while London Astrobeat Orchestra will be performing tracks from Talking Heads. Check out the full YES programme here.

Location: 38 Charles Street, M1 7BD.

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Things to Do This Weekend in Bristol

Tokyo World

Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd September. From £45.

One of the UK’s most unique festivals, Tokyo World, will take over Eastville Park in Bristol once again this weekend, bringing with it an eclectic line-up of musical acts over 5 stages. As always, the Vulkano Stage will be the cornerstone of Tokyo World, complete with outbursts of fire, volcanic eruptions, and mesmerising projections.

Anyone who’s been to Tokyo World before will know that the line-up is always varied and this year is certainly no different, with the likes of Action Bronson and Lethal Bizzle performing alongside Sunday headliners Sister Sledge. There’ll also be DJ sets from A-listers like Groove Armada. Get your tickets here.

Location: Eastville Park, BS5 6XA.

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