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Things to do this weekend: Moonraking and catwalking

by Melissa Brobby

Category: Things to do
February 20 2017

In need of new ways to brighten up the short winter days and long winter nights? This weekend, check out a procession of glowing lanterns in West Yorkshire. Or for something more relaxing, try a spot of yoga in a Georgian country estate, suggests Danielle Jones.

1) Unearth ancient animal mummies in Liverpool

Liverpool World Museum © Calflier001

The Egyptians doted on their pets, and even thought they could take them to their next life. This exhibition at the World Museum in Liverpool gives you the chance to see the remains of some of these mummified furry companions and discover how the Egyptians began the trend of domestication that paved the way to us having our own pets. Entrance is free. (Until 26 February 17)

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2) Meet some killer women in Nottinghamshire

Events in Nottingham © Nilufer Gadgieva

This weekend sees three of the most talented women in contemporary crime writing come together to debate in Mansfield Library. Erin Kelly, MJ McGrath and Helen Smith of London’s Killer Women collective will question whether women are deadlier than men in crime books.  Watch the panel discuss, debate and decide, and find out about some great new reads as well. Tickets are £4. (25 February)

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3) Strum along at Boxstock, West Midlands

Cigar Box Guitar © Steve Lodefink

Forget about fancy Fenders and let the Boxstock festival in Wolverhampton opens your eyes to the niche of Cigar Box Guitars.  Showcasing the best Cigar Box musicians and their creations, marvel at the amazing sounds that can be achieved with these home-made creations. Tickets are £13.50. (25 February)

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4) Get cosy and sip a pint in Norfolk

Ale barrel © Steven Guzzardi

If you love to curl up in a country pub, pint in hand and roaring fire on the go, this is the beer festival for you. This weekend in Norwich, the Campaign for Real Ale will be showcasing the best winter brews at its National Winter Ales Festival. Go test as many as your taste buds can handle. Entrance is £2. (21 – 25 February)

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5) Admire rare blooms at Kew

Kew Gardens

Bring some colour into your life with this vibrant event at Kew Gardens. Blooming with all manner of flowers from India, The Orchids 2017 exhibition offers striking floral displays and a rainbow of colours, (rickshaws, soundscapes, films and more) as well as comprehensive information on the plants and their cultural significance.  Entrance to Kew is from £15. (Until 5 March)

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6) Stretch out in Middlesex

Osterley House, Middlesex

Sundays are meant for relaxing, and what better way to chill out (in style) than by practicing yoga in a stately setting. Every Sunday, the doors of Osterley House’s Georgian manor open for an hour of perfect zen in grand surrounds. Advance booking is essential, and tickets are £5. (Sundays from 19 February)

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7) Taste an historical treat in Kent

Quebec House, Kent © Richard White

Forget nouvelle cuisine and fancy foams and take a journey into the past with an historical cooking event at Quebec House in Kent. Courtesy of Mrs Wolfe, via the Regency Period, you’ll sample all manner of dishes and treats that you wouldn’t find anywhere else. Entrance is £6.10. (Sundays from 26 February - 29 October)

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8) Go Moonraking in West Yorkshire

Moonraking, West Yorkshire © Dan Hughes

The annual Moonraking has been taking place for 30 years in the town of Slaithwaite and was created to lift townsfolk’s spirits during the dark February nights. Comprised of lantern-making workshops as well as music and performances, the event culminates in the finale procession and an evening of light and dancing. Entrance is free. (17 – 25 February)

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9) Get squirmy at Bug Fest in Dorset

Not for the faint hearted! If you’re fascinated by fanged reptiles and blown away by bugs and grubs, get yourself down to Dorset this weekend to see more creepy crawlies than you can imagine. They’ve got spiders and snakes galore, plus a chance to meet some animal experts. Entrance is £4. (26 February)

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10) Shop till you drop at London Fashion Week Festival

London Fashion Week Festival

Maybe you weren’t on the front row at the catwalk, but that doesn’t mean you can’t reap the benefits of London Fashion Week. From Thursday through Sunday, The Store Studios on The Strand plays host to THE pop-up shop of pop-up shops. Get your fashion fix with over 150 designers offering their wares at bargain prices and take in talks by industry experts. Tickets start at £20. (23 – 26 February)

Why not treat yourself?

Melissa Brobby

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