From vintage shopping in a museum and a celebration of punk in Brighton to snowdrop walks in some of England's finest gardens and stargazing along the coast, Danielle Jones suggests 10 ways to make the most of your weekend.
As winter progresses, the English countryside fills with snowdrops. These little white wonders are not only beautiful to walk amongst, but are also an indication that spring isn’t too far away. Head to Burton Agnes for their Spectacular Snowdrop event with its stately backdrop to these pretty flowers. £7 admission (4-5 February)
For a wizarding good time this weekend, this free event is a must. Filled with magical activities, plus a chance to meet some of the characters straight out of the pages of the books, you can even get sorted by the famous Sorting Hat into a Hogwarts’ House! (4 February)
Nestled on the Dorset coast, you can look out to the water and then gaze up and explore the night sky in this beautiful setting. For just £3 you’ll learn about the constellations and find out more about what’s above your head. (4 February)
These are a bit different from your usual 50ps and pound coins. This free event gives you the chance to get up close and personal with these ancient tokens, and find out more about the history of currency and some of the fascinating examples the museum holds. (4 February)
For a retro shopping experience with a twist, head to the Royal Armouries Museum. Grab your bag at the door and pick out as much, or as little, as you want from the 6 tonnes of top vintage wares. When you’re finished, get your bag weighed and pay about £15 per kilo. (5 February)
Alternatively, you could forget about winter all together, and instead join in this Celtic celebration of spring. Focused around the ancient Round House, this pagan festivity contains fire lighting, poetry and tales of the old to chase out winter and welcome back spring. For your £12 you also get a hot meal too. (4 February)
Celebrating 40 years of the birth of this iconic and anarchic musical movement is an exhibition of 40 images of punk royalty. The images, taken by renowned photographers Ian Dickson and Kevin Cummins, capture the essence of bands like The Clash, The Buzzcocks and X-Ray Spex. Entrance to the museum is £5.20. (22 November 2016 – 5 March 2017)
See in the year of the Rooster with a magical Chinese New Year gala this weekend. With music, dance, costumes and perhaps the odd dragon, you can experience the colour and magic of this annual celebration for just £10 a ticket at the Colchester Mercury Theatre. (5 February)
Don’t be surprised if you bump into Michael Myers in Birmingham this weekend, but don’t worry; Tony Moran the actor who plays him is just in town for Horror Con! As well as special guests from the horror genre, you can also find some amazingly scary memorabilia to take home at this great event. Entrance is £10. (4 February)
Put on your winter coat and take a stroll around the impressive grounds of Dunham Massey at one of their curated series of winter walks. With the backdrop of the impressive Georgian house, plus the vast Deer Park, your magical stroll will make you forget about the chill in the air. Entrance to the grounds is £8 (30 January –10 February)
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