Things to do this weekend: Giant leeks and pasty festivals

by Louie.kenyoncrockett

Category: Things to do
August 29 2016

With dark evenings creeping closer, we’ve been on the hunt for things to do this weekend. Whether you want to see out the summer with one last festival on the Isle of Wight, or perhaps return to English roots with some monster crops in Durham, you’re bound to find something to make this a fun weekend. 

1) Finish festival season with a bang at Bestival, Robin Hill, Isle of Wight

Bestival Acts Bestival Acts © Bestival

September means one of the biggest and best festivals in England is back. Live performances include legends such as The Cure and modern acts like Major Lazer. You can also sneak away from the hustle and bustle to explore the magical woods, toboggan run and other hidden gems around the park making this a festival to remember. Weekend tickets are £197.50. (9th-11th September)


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2) Get digging at World Ploughing 2016, York, North Yorkshire

Horse Ploughing at World Ploughing Festival Horse Ploughing at World Ploughing Festival © World Ploughing 2016

With a number of competitions, bringing together farmers from across the world, World Ploughing is a major event in the agricultural calendar. Here you can see vintage displays, impressive working animals, as well as craft stalls, stands and exhibitions showcasing England’s agricultural history, making this a great day for anybody who loves the countryside. Tickets start at £10 for adults and under 11s go free.


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3) Wet your whistle at the Yorkshire Whisky Festival, York, North Yorkshire

If you’ve always been interested in whisky but never been sure where to start, then a ticket to the Yorkshire Whisky Festival would be money well spent. For £30 a session you can sample a range whiskys in your complimentary Glencairn tasting glass, plus you can purchase tokens for a chance to taste some of the rarer “Under The Counter” wares. (10th September)


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4) Pop a wheelie at Wheels & Fins Festival, Broadstairs, Kent

In the sleepy seaside town of Broadstairs you may expecting just to chill on a deckchair, but definitely not this weekend! With skaters, BMXers and surfers descending to the coast for this free festival you’ll be able to see amazing stunts, the nail-biting soapbox race, plus live music, food and drink. (9th-11th September)


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5) Treat the grandparents at Ticklechin’s Terrific Tea Party, BeWILDerwood, Hoveton, Norfolk

BeWILDerwood Ticklechin’s Terrific Tea Party BeWILDerwood Ticklechin’s Terrific Tea Party © James Rouse

If you head down to the woods this weekend, you’re in for a magical surprise with some curious characters, deep in the Norfolk countryside. Whilst there you can also tackle the jaw-dropping sky maze, crafty activities, face painting and more. Plus grandparents go free. (11th September)

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6) Explore England’s past at Heritage Open Days Festival, Countrywide

The historic landmarks of England will be celebrated in true form this weekend with the Heritage Open Days Festival. With literally hundreds of activities and events on this weekend, wherever you are in the country there is something to check out. Some of our picks include Moseley Hall and its buildings in Birmingham and the Magpie Mine in Bakewell, Derbyshire. (8th-11th September)


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7) Get into position at Defend the Fort, Fort Nelson, Fareham, Hampshire

Defend the Fort Defend the Fort © Stefan and Sara Venter

Experience life in a Victorian Garrison this weekend. This family friendly weekend is full of activities such as gun drills and marching practice in a historic fort. You can even sign up the kids to the ‘Volunteer Army’ where they can learn to load and fire a 3-pounder mountain gun. (10th-11th September)


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8) Gasp at giant vegetables at the Beamish Leek Show, Durham

Beamish Leak Show Girl holding Leak at the Beamish Leak Show © Beamish Leak Show

It’s a time-honoured English tradition to grow gigantic vegetables around this time of year, and the Leek Show at Beamish will not disappoint. With humongous leeks and other assorted vegetables, brass band performances, and traditional English stalls and refreshments, this is a true snapshot of rural English life throughout the ages. (10th-11th September)


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9) Fill your boots at Redruth International Pasty and Mining Festival, Cornwall

Did you know that the humble Cornish pasty was created as a meal for miners? The pastry casing protected the contents from the atmosphere of the mines. At Redruth they celebrate their past with a whole weekend dedicated to the mining industry and pastry treats. Highlights of the weekend include the Pasty Eating contest, live music and, of course, lots of different types of pasties. Free entry (9th-11th September)


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10) Strut the catwalk at Curve Fashion Festival, Liverpool

Louise O'Reilly, Tess Holiday, Nicolette Mason, and Hayley Hasselhoff at The Curve Fashion Festival © Simon Wisbey Louise O'Reilly, Tess Holiday, Nicolette Mason, and Hayley Hasselhoff at The Curve Fashion Festival © Simon Wisbey

Plus size fashion is taking Liverpool by storm this weekend. Here you can shop the new collections from names such as Boohoo, River Island and M&S, plus be in with a chance of meeting Hayley Hasselhoff, Face of Curve Fashion Festival 2016 and Gogglebox’s Sandi & Sandra. Tickets for the day are £30. (10th September)


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