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Things to do this weekend: Dragon slaying and goth gathering

by Melissa Brobby

Category: St George's Day
April 13 2017

We’re celebrating St George’s Day (23 April) this weekend with a host of fun things to do around the country, including a fabulous fair in Bedfordshire, musical street parties and retro revelry, suggests Danielle Jones. 

1) Bask in Cornish Blooms

See a sight that very few have seen this weekend, as Tregothnan Gardens in Cornwall opens to the public for one weekend only. Enjoy over 100 acres of beautiful flora, Cornish cream teas complete with Tregothnan tea, as well as a barbeque. Entry costs up to £10, with all proceeds going to charity.  (22-23 April)

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2) Head to York for fabulous vintage

The past descends onto the York Racecourse this weekend, as traders, entertainers and enthusiasts set up for The Festival of Vintage. With music from the 1930s up to the swinging 60s, a vintage pop up parlour, fashion talks, dance workshops and displays, indulge in a little nostalgia for just a £12 day ticket. (22-23 April)

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3) Break out your trench coat for Whitby Goth Weekend

Whitby Goth Weekend© Bryan Ldgard

If you’ve ever loved the romanticism of darkness, or you just really, REALLY like The Cure, then this weekend Whitby becomes paradise. Whitby Goth Weekend is back and better than ever. With live music, the “Bizarre Bazaar”, plus a whole host of melancholia you can fully embrace the darkness of your soul. Tickets start at £18 (21-23 April). (21 – 23 April)

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4) See the Amazing Bubble Man in Bristol

As far as simple pleasures go, the humble bubble will always lift people’s spirits. With a rainbow of colours and their inevitable demise, you’ll be charmed by the astonishing feats of The Amazing Bubble Man as he performs this weekend in Bristol. Hailing from California, watch him manipulate bubble liquid into crazy shapes and amazing sights. Tickets are £9. (22 April)

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5) Slay the dragon with St George in Bedfordshire

Wrest Park

It’s St George’s Day this weekend and the country’s largest celebration kicks off at Wrest Park. Expect a dragon that needs sorting out, Bond-esque code breaking, falconry and a whole host of exciting activities to take part in for England’s saint’s day. If you’re feeling peckish there’s also lots of traditional English food on offer. Entrance is £17.40 for adults and £10.70 for children. 

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6) Sampling in Surrey

Described as a “thoroughly extravagant foodie sensual assault”, the Surrey Food Festival in Richmond-Upon-Thames will certainly be a tasty place to spend a day. With stalls like “The Duck Truck” and “Seafood & Eat It”, plus a Kids Zone, market and live music, you’ll get a lot for your £9 entry. (22 April)

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7) Spin some records in Portsmouth

Record Store Day at Pie and Vinyl, Portsmouth

For the love of vinyl, it’s Record Store Day! There are events up and down the country, including this special street party in Castle Road, Southsea. There’ll live music, as well as stalls from some of the quirky traders of the area (did you say Pie AND Vinyl?) This free event is also family friendly. (22 April)

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8) Get animated in Shrewsbury

Come see the world in 2D as the Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival animates Shropshire this weekend. Hear talks from well-known cartoonists, try your hand at some Stop-Go animation or check out the “big boards” as they are created live in the town. Events are individually ticketed or free to the public. (22 April)

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9) Flap around in Oxfordshire

Flightless birds don’t come much cuter than these, and as it’s World Penguin Day this Sunday why not take the opportunity to pay some a visit? The Cotswold Wildlife Park is commemorating the event in style with some extra special activities and talks for the day. Check out the waddling wonders (plus all the other animals) for your £15 zoo entry. (23 April)

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10) Buy some treats in Barnsley

Gifts & Grub Food and Gift Fair© Rebecca Siegel

If you like to give gifts that are handmade and one of a kind, then check out the Gifts & Grub Food and Gift Fair in Barnsley this weekend. There are over 120 stalls selling artisan treats to stock up for those special occasions, as well as live entertainment and rides for the kids. Entrance is free. (23 April)

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Melissa Brobby

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