Things to do this weekend: Roman soldiers and a chocolate safari

by Louie.kenyoncrockett

Category: Things to do
August 15 2016

Why not march to Hadrian’s Wall to experience Roman military life this weekend? Or if you want a full on party, visit Staffordshire or Essex for a chart-topping bonanza featuring Rihanna. Words: Danielle Jones.

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1) Dig in to Summer Pudding, Appleby Castle, Cumbria

This yummy sounding festival has real vintage flair. Set in the grounds of an ancient castle, it’s filled with a retro funfair, a marquee choc-full of artisan crafts and an after-party featuring the likes of The Correspondents. Tickets start at £10 for adults and proceeds go to assisting flood recovery for the area. (20th August)

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2) Discover the next big thing at Wigan Live, Greater Manchester

Now in its 4th year, Wigan Live showcases some of the best upcoming and unsigned talent from the North West. With over 60 bands and artists from across all genres, you’re bound to find your new favourite tune. (19th-21st August)

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3) Seek adventure at Just So Festival, Rode Hall, Cheshire

Just So Festival Just So Festival © Just So Festival

There’s a world of excitement to be had at Rode Hall this weekend. Visit the Spellbound Forest, sail the High Seas, or chill out at the Village Green. With Gruffalo hunting, arts and crafts and an array of activities, the whole family can have a magical weekend. Day tickets start at £50. (19th-21st August)

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4) Organise the troops at How To Be A Roman Solider, Birdoswald Roman Fort, Hadrian's Wall

With the imposing backdrop of Hadrian’s Wall, you can experience exactly what it was like to be a Roman solider based in Britannia. See and touch precious objects that were used at the time and even enrol in sword school. Tickets are £6.10 for adults and £3.70 for children. (20th-21st August)

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5) Lose yourself at Saffron Walden Maze Festival, Essex

Saffron Hedge Maze Saffron Hedge Maze © Walden Tourism

There is no simpler pleasure than navigating yourself around a maze. Left or right? Avoid the dead ends to reach freedom. In Saffron Walden this weekend you can experience their three famous hedge mazes and try your hand at the various challenges around the town, free of charge. (20th-21st August)

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6) Party like a local at Brunswick Festival, Brighton

Tucked away on Brighton seafront, locals have gathered together to put on their own community festival in Brunswick Square. With activities and performance acts from the area, plus food and drink stalls, pop over and check out the people and communities that make Brighton such a vibrant place. (20th-21st August)

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7) Eyes to the skies for the Bournemouth Air Show, Dorset

Red Arrows over Bournemouth Red Arrows over Bournemouth © Bournemouth Tourism

The skies above Bournemouth will once again play host to some of the great and good in aviation. With appearances from the Red Arrows and The Blades, as well as a Battle of Britain Memorial flight, this spectacle will have your head in the clouds and your jaw on the floor. (18th-21st August)

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8) Do a double take at Tribfest 2016, Sledmere, East Yorkshire

Why see just one band when you can see over 50? At this ultimate tribute act weekender check out acts such as the Antarctic Monkeys, Green Date and Meet Loaf, as they belt out the classic songs you know from the bands you love. Weekend tickets start at just £85 with free camping.  (18th-21st August)

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9) Bring your appetite for the Foodies Festival, Harrogate

Harrogate Foodies Festival Harrogate Foodies Festival © Lanyard Media

If cooking (or eating!) is your passion then head to Harrogate for The Foodies Festival, this weekend. With demonstrations from top chefs Rachel Green and Aldo Zilli, music, and a range of workshops such as “Chocolate Food Safari”, it’s a great day out, with tickets starting at £10. (19th-21st August)

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10) Get your glowsticks ready for VFestival, Chelmsford & Staffordshire

With huge acts like Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Bastille and more, the annual V Festival is set to be bigger and better than ever. Pack your tent, your best festival fashion and head to either Chelmsford or Staffordshire to experience a star-studded line up at one of the biggest festivals around. Day tickets start at £89. (20th-21st August)

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