Things to do this weekend: 1980s tunes and a wild time at Chatsworth

by Katie Rowe

Category: Things to do
August 1 2016

If you’re trying to keep the kids amused this weekend then why not try den building in the Peak District, or a Viking mystery in York. Just the two of you? Then head to Cornwall for delicious beach banquet suggests Danielle Jones.

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1) Get paddling with National Marine Week, nationwide

Roll up your trousers with a series of events from the Wildlife Trust to celebrate National Marine Week. Explore the shoreline to learn about different plants and creatures that live in the sea and try your hand at rockpooling. (Until 7 August)

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2) Dust off your shoulder pads for Rewind North Festival, Cheshire

This festival is “Never Going To Give You Up” and is certainly going to “Stand and Deliver” with its line up packed with 80s favourites. Camp up and glam up with acts like Marc Almond, Rick Astley and Adam Ant for a walk (or shimmy) down memory lane, at Capesthorne Hall in the rolling Cheshire countryside. Day tickets start at £59.50. (6th-7th August)

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3) Go wild at Wilderness Festival, Oxfordshire

If you like your festivals varied, family friendly and that little bit different, check out Wilderness Festival. Along with a mega line-up including Robert Plant and The Flaming Lips, you can also expand your horizons with talks and debates on every subject imaginable. Tickets start from £177 with camping. (4th-7th August)

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4) Get grossed out by the Revolting Vikings, York

Hosted by Terry Deary, author of the Horrible History books, this one-day event will keep children entertained and learning all at once. Explore streets and houses to help Viking Floki find his lost silver. The event includes disgusting activities such as looking for clues in Viking rubbish and making your own disguise, complete with beard. Tickets are £10 per child. (6th August)

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5) Hear the call of the wild at Family Wildtime, Peak District

Get the kids active by getting them to build their very own den in the woods at Chatsworth. Using only natural materials, teamwork and a bit of creativity, they can create their own fort  and make a mini version to take home for your garden’s creepy crawlies. Tickets start at £15 for adults and £14 for children. (6th August)

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6) Saddle up for Betteshanger Wild West Weekend, Kent

Yee-ha! Strap on your spurs and put on a Stetson as the Old West comes to Kent. Try your hand at wigwam building or a spot of archery, and there’s even a mean, ol’ bucking bronco if you fancy the challenge. No dollars required, as this event is free of charge. (6th-7th August)

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7) Dine al fresco at the Cornwall Beach Banquet, Cornwall

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This unforgettable dining experience at Carlyon Bay brings talented chefs together with the best of Cornish produce. With no menu and just the freshest ingredients cooked on a wood fire, you’re guaranteed top quality dishes and an element of gastronomic surprise. Included in your £30 ticket is live music, entertainment and beach games, as well as two fully licensed bars. (6th August)

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8) Brave the heat at West Dean Chilli Fiesta, West Sussex

The UK’s largest chilli festival encompasses everything from growing the spicy peppers through to cooking amazing dishes with them. Add this to a  vibrant family-friendly festival vibe, complete with Latin music, glamping, a vintage funfair and the £8.25 entry fee, makes this hottest ticket for any foodie and family this weekend. (5th-7th August).

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9) Seek out hidden spaces at Durham Cathedral Open Treasure Exhibition, Durham

England’s landmarks are full of tales and secrets, and this exhibition at Durham Cathedral features some of the most tucked away spaces unseen by the general public. With £10 million recently invested, you can see the Monks’ Dormitories and the Great Kitchen, whilst perusing relics along the way. Tickets start at £7.50.

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10) Earn your sea legs at Cowes Week, Isle of Wight

Bringing together the great and good of sailing, Cowes, will keep you entertained with a full lineup of boat racing and parties. Sip champagne on the shore, take in the electric atmosphere as you watch the Regatta for free and see the Solent filled to capacity with boats and yachts of all shapes and sizes. (6th-13th August)

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Katie Rowe

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