Spend this weekend laughing at some hilarious animal photos in Devon, or get down and dirty at a metal extravaganza in Birmingham, then kick back in Lincoln with a traditional Japanese tea ceremony suggests Danielle Jones.
Make the most of these last few weeks of winter with a visit to the Beamish Museum, where you have one last sweep on their outdoor ice-rink. Grab your skates and pivot and axel to your heart’s content. Entrance is £10.50 and you can explore the amazing museum too. (Till the 26th February)
The simple pleasures in life are often the best, and this weekend at the South West Puddle Jumping Championships, you could even earn a trophy for it. So, make sure you have your wellies at the ready and puddle jumping game face on. If you prefer to stay dry, there are also some great activities for all ages on offer. Entrance is £13.49 for adults and £7.42 for kids (11-19 February)
If you’re celebrating a certain special day with the one you love this weekend, and fancy a more curious outing, then take your loved one to a special screening at one of Manchester’s premier pop-ups, where you can visit the grand Victoria Baths and watch films like ’10 Things I Hate About You’ in its surroundings. Tickets are £13.50 each. (10-11 February)
See this East Anglian city in a brand-new light this weekend, as the e-Luminate Festival returns to Cambridge. Bringing together love and passion of light technology with some iconic buildings, you can meander yourself for free or head on the curated tour for £15. (10-15 February)
If your idea of a quiet weekend is moshing to the sounds of metal bands, then you’re in luck this weekend as HRH Metal returns to Birmingham in a new venue. With bands like Raging Speedhorn, Lawnmower Death and Evile, performing over the two days, you can rock out all weekend for just £10 a day. (11-12 February)
Head to the Far-East via Lincoln this weekend, as the annual Japan Festival returns with its traditional culture and super kawaii iconography. Most of the activities throughout the week are free of charge, and here you can try your hand at things like Kyaraben (moulding rice into adorable shapes for kids’ lunchboxes) and Origami workshops. (11-18 February)
Rather than pictures of majestic beasts in the animal kingdom, expect hilarious “fail-like” snaps of creatures in embarrassing situations. What’s not embarrassing is the price, as entrance to the exhibition is totally free of charge. (28 January – 12 March)
Why don’t you throw some (pasta) shapes this weekend? This workshop at the beautiful Wynyard Hall will have you making pasta like a pro in no time. As well as the chance to make your own pasta, the £50 class also includes a three-course dinner of your wares. (11-12 February)
Take it back to nature this weekend with a calming, bird-spotting cruise in Poole Harbour, as you get the chance to see some rare winter birds in their natural habitat. This tour around the secluded Brownsea Island is conducted with the RSPB and National Trust and costs just £15 per person. (12 February)
Perhaps it’s not the cheeriest of places to visit on a weekend, but it’s certainly one of the most humbling and interesting. Find out what life was like for those on the breadline at the Workhouse, but also how the conservationists keep the place free from damage from all its visitors. Entrance is £8.65 for adults and £4.30 for children. (11-19 February)
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