Things to do this weekend: museum sleepovers and an art deco fair

by Katie Rowe

Category: Weekend ideas
May 14 2015

Looking for things to do this weekend? From an afternoon with Ray Mears to a sleepover in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard, we've got the next two days covered.

Find more things to do this weekend at, where locals in the know are tweeting the best events, offers and new openings as we speak.

Drink up culture after dark

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Bring your pillow to the Historic Dockyard

Museums at Night is back for another year of cultural shenanigans after dark and Liverpool is pulling out all the stops with over 100 ‘Light Night’ events taking place tomorrow evening. Other highlights include a torchlittour of the Bronte sisters’ home in Yorkshire, a 1980s cocktail night at the National Glass Centre in Sunderland, and a sleepover at Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard.

Eat your way through Leeds

New to the scene, Leeds Indie Food Festival  showcases the city’s booming indie food and drink scene with a wide range of events held in independent restaurants, bars, cinemas, art galleries and breweries until May 24. There’ll also be pop-up events where you can pick up tips from those in the know, cheer on your favourite kitchen in a burger slam and learn your IPAs from your Imperial Stouts.

Bag vintage goods in an art deco gem

the Living Room in Eltham Palace, Greenwich Admire art deco delights at Eltham Palace

Revel in the glamour of the 1930s at Eltham Palace near Greenwich and browse vintage stalls aplenty at the stately home’s first ever Art Deco Fair. While you’re here, be sure to take some time to admire five newly-restored art deco rooms, including a luxury wartime bomb shelter complete with bar and sound system, a basement billiard room and a luxurious walk-in wardrobe and gold tiled bathroom. 

Meet Llamas, owls and a gruffalo! Oh my!

White Post Farm’s Big Farming Weekend is like a Glasto, but with sheep, cows and other farmyard favourites. Located in the Nottinghamshire countryside, highlights include the bird of prey demos, appearances from the Gruffalo himself and the BAA-rmy sheep races.

Climb every mountain

A couple look over Derwent Water in Keswick Explore a natural playground in Keswick

Ease yourself into adrenalin-pumping adventures at the annual Keswick Mountain Festival in the Lake District. Try guided stargazing hikes, strap up for family abseiling, and savour wild cooking in the woods – something special guest Ray Mears will no doubt talk about when he takes to the stage! 


Make the most of your weekend…













Katie Rowe

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