Things to do this weekend: Alfresco theatre and vintage bike races

by Katie Rowe

Category: Weekend ideas
June 17 2015

We’ve picked out our favourite things to do this weekend using, a pioneering website where local travel experts around England are sharing hidden gems, top events and special offers as we speak.

Bag vintage treasures at a 15th-century friary

Travel through the ages as you browse an eclectic mix of antiques, second hand homeware and decades of vintage fashion and jewellery at the City Antiques Fair in Norwich this Saturday. This monthly vintage fair takes place once a month at St Andrew's Hall, a mighty medieval edifice beaming with stained glass windows and limestone columns. It’s open from 9am until 4:30pm, so you’ll have more than seven hours to mooch around over 60 stalls selling everything you need to give you or your home a vintage makeover.

Get your Georgian groove on at the Jane Austen Regency Week

Fans in regency dress having afternoon tea at a table

Don your bonnet and flutter your fan for a nine-day celebration of all things regency in Alton and Chawton. From Saturday 20th to next Sunday, these two Hampshire towns will put on a whole host of events that both Austen fans and history buffs will love. Learn regency dance moves at an afternoon workshop before showing them off at a grand Regency Ball come sundown. Or step back in time at the Alton Regency Day, a free heritage festival that sees traditional market stalls line the streets, horse-drawn carriage rides and entertainment from swordsmen, town criers and regency-style singers.

Join Sherlock Holmes for an alfresco murder mystery

Actors posing as Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson

Bring a blanket and an inquisitive mind to Kelham Hall in Nottinghamshire this Friday evening as the stately home’s elegant grounds hosts an alfresco production of The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes. The new adaptation by the Chapterhouse Theatre Company sees Arthur Conan-Doyle’s supersleuth, Sherlock Holmes, and the ever dependable Dr Watson solving a mysterious new case at a nunnery deep in the English countryside, where they join the search for the most elusive piece of treasure known to mankind. With a missing novice, a death in the convent and some very suspicious nuns, Holmes’ newest case promises to be his most challenging yet.

Cheer on the most handsome bike race in the world

Cyclists line up to race at Eroica ©James Brown

Sepia filters at the ready, Eroica Britannia is back for a second year from Friday to Sunday. The star of the show is ‘The most handsome bike race in the world’ which sees 3,000 cyclists on sleek pre-1987 road racing bikes whizz past quaint villages and through tumbling valleys of the Peak District come Sunday morning. Along with the race, there’ll be a vintage-style festival spanning the entire event which includes a British Bazaar, a Bike Jumble, the best of British food and more live music than you can shake a tambourine at.

Make the most of your weekend...













Katie Rowe

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