Things to do this weekend: tattoo tea parties and historic underthings

by Melissa Brobby

Category: Things to do
February 28 2017

Spring is just round the corner, so why not get out into the warmer air and give yourself a bit of TLC in Leeds or channel your inner Jedi in Southport, suggests Danielle Jones.

1) Shop for art in Lincoln

Lincoln Castle

Back for its first week after the winter months, Lincoln’s Artists Market is the perfect place to while away a Saturday. Nestled between the Castle and Cathedral you can find something quirky to put on your wall whilst taking in the beauty of the city. The market is free to attend (First Saturday of the month till December).

Things to do in Lincoln

2) Sway to the beat in Frome

Lee Scratch Perry © Preetam Slot

The Somerset countryside isn’t where you’d normally expect to hear the strains of a Reggae chorus, but this weekend Frome will transform into the sun kissed shores of the Caribbean. With the likes of Lee Scratch Perry performing and a market complete with Jamaican food and beats, loosen up and get in the vibe. Events are individually ticketed (3-5 March).

Plan a weekend in Somerset

3) Celebrate a decade in Middlesbrough

MIMA in Middlesbrough © Diamond Geezer

One of the best places to experience modern art in England, MIMA, opened its doors ten years ago this year. To celebrate they have curated a special day of talks, exhibitions and events about the history of the museum, the future of museums and the art that is contained within its walls. Although the event is free, booking is essential by emailing the museum. (4 March).

Places to go in North Yorkshire

4) Use the force in Southport

Star Wars Toys © Ben Christian

The Star Wars films are a point of excitement for many (big) kids, and ending this weekend in Merseyside is “May The Toys Be With You”. This exhibition provides an insight into how this film franchise became such an important piece of pop culture and the chance to see some super valuable toys. Entrance is £3 (19 November – 5 March).

Heading to Merseyside?

5) Meet the masters in West Sussex

Petworth House, West Sussex

Enter the doors of the grand Petworth House this weekend to see an exhibition that is, at its very essence, a representation of the English masters. With works by Turner himself, Constable, Dayes and more, the beauty of the building is on a par with the beauty of the watercolours.  Booking is essential and entrance is £15.60 (24 February – 12 March).

Make the most of your weekend in West Sussex

6) Eat cake with Jane Austen, Hampshire

Winchester Cathedral © Charles D P Miller

This is the year marks 200 years since Jane Austen’s death, and her final resting place is in Winchester Cathedral. On the first Saturday of each month you can explore Jane’s Winchester and discover more about her life and final days. The tour is then finished off with complimentary tea and cake in the cathedral café. Tickets are £12.50. (First Saturday of the month till November 2017).

Uncover more that Hampshire has to offer

7) Feel good in Leeds

Leeds city centre

Sometimes we put our bodies and minds under tremendous pressure, and this weekend in Leeds, there is the chance to counteract at the Wonderful World of Wellbeing Festival. With exhibitors and workshops for a healthier lifestyle, your £5 entrance will be money well spent. (4 - 5 March)

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8) Get inked in Manchester

Tattoo Tea Party 2016 © Richard P J Lambert

Fascinated by the art of tattooing? Want a weekend of entertainment and artistry? Then the Tattoo Tea Party in Manchester this weekend ticks all those boxes. With a list of top industry artists, plus bumper cars and fairground rides, whether you get inked or not you’re bound to have a lot of fun. Entrance is £20 (4 – 5 March).

What’s happening in Manchester?

9) Talk pants in London

A Brief History of Underwear at the V&A © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Everybody (hopefully!) wears them, and we often take them for granted, but a Brief History of Underwear at the V&A is all about the wonderful world of knickers. See early examples of lingerie and how the humble undergarment has developed into the comfortable garments we have today.  Sexy AND practical! Exhibition entrance is £3 (Till the 12 March).

Looking for things to do in London?

10) Dive into a magical world in Cumbria

Axel Scheffler

The whole family can delve into the National Trust’s Children’s Book Festival this weekend. With prolific authors and illustrators, including Axell Scheffler (co-creator of the Gruffalo) and Will Mabbitt, you will be whisked away by the beautiful scenery of Wray Castle and the tales inside the festival. Booking is essential and events are individually ticketed (4 – 5 March).

Explore scenic Cumbria


Melissa Brobby

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