Things to do this weekend: wombling free and geeking out

by Melissa Brobby

Category: Things to do
February 13 2017

Enrol in butler school in Northumberland, head outdoors and feed some beautiful creatures on a trip to Shropshire, or for something a little more adult, head to London for gin galore this weekend, suggests Danielle Jones.

1) Shine the silver at Butler School in Northumberland

Belsay Hall, Northumberland

Bring out the elbow grease and press that collar because you’ll be working hard this weekend. Head to the Victorian Belsay Hall to find out about life in service and just how exacting standards in a grand house were. Learn a trick or two at £8.80 a ticket. (18-26 February)

What's happening in Northumberland?

2) Munch popcorn at the Keswick Film Festival in Cumbria

Keswick, Cumbria

It’s that time of year again where Cumbria becomes Hollywood incarnate. Lose yourself in the silver screen with viewings of La La Land, Casablanca and many more, all for the bargain price of £6 a ticket. There are also talks and debates for film buffs.  (16-19 February)

Discover more of Cumbria

3) Expect the unexpected at Coastival 2017

Scarborough, North Yorkshire

Head to sunny Scarborough this weekend for a festival “with a twist”, as Coastival shouts loud and proud for 2017. Fill your hours with free film, music and art events, as well as the accompanying Rollercoastival for the kids. (18-19 February)

Things to do in North Yorkshire

4) Prepare for battle at Beachhead in Dorset


For the tacticians and secret strategists amongst us Beachhead 2017 in Bournemouth is a weekend of excitement. Brought together by a committee of gamers, military enthusiasts and hobbyists, this tournament of wargames has high stakes and thrills for the devotee, but also a chance to learn for the uninitiated. Tickets are £35 for the over 13s and booking is essential.  (18 February)

Plan your weekend in Dorset

5) GEEK out at Dreamland, Margate

Dreamland, Margate

Head down to one of the trendiest places to be, Margate, for Dreamland’s epic GEEK. Filled to the brim with games of all types, you can meet and play new friends on a range of games from Pac-Man to brand new indie titles, plus a bit of LARPing (Live Action Role-Play) thrown in for good measure. Entrance is £12 (17-19 February)

Spend the weekend in Kent

6) Celebrate all things Gin in London

Tobacco Dock, London © Davide D'Amico

Adults, sneak away to Tobacco Docks for a Gin Festival of botanical bliss. Here you can sip a range of gins from a range of distilleries, of all flavours and types you can imagine. One to enjoy with friends and responsibly. Tickets are £15.21 (17-19 February)

Make the most of your London getaway

7) Enter the world of Narnia in Liverpool

St George's Hall, Liverpool © Andrea Vail

Enter Narnia via a wardrobe in Central Liverpool, as the Crosby charity “In Another Place” brings their immersive Narnia experience to the beautiful St George’s Hall. Follow the story through the eyes of Lucy or Edmund, and see CS Lewis’ classic tale come to life before your very eyes. Tickets are £6. (10 -25 February)

More fun in Liverpool

8) Have a wombling free time in Derbyshire

The original eco-warriors, the Wombles spent their days collecting the “things the everyday folks leave behind”. This weekend they’ve taken a little trip to Derbyshire and left a trail of fun to discover in the grounds of Sudbury Hall. Collect a trail sheet and discover what’s been left behind, whilst also enjoying the fantastic building. Entry is £16.00 for adults and £8.00 for children (11-19 February)

Things to do in Derbyshire

9) Feed some furry friends in Shropshire

Deer at Attingham Park © Melanie Heywood

In the grounds of the breath-taking Attingham Park, the deer live and graze throughout the year. And following in the tradition created by the eight Lord Berwick, you can get the chance to feed these beautiful animals and help them through the winter months. Entrance is £11.25 for adults, and £5.60 for children. (11 February – 5 March)

Explore Shropshire

10) Chomp on some rhubarb in West Yorkshire

Brunches of rhubarb

Whether you enjoy it in a crumble, a pie or in your gin, there is nothing more quintessentially English as rhubarb. The town of Wakefield celebrates this pink stalked wonder every year, with their food and drink festival. Make a weekend of it and take part in the activities, tasting and cooking demos. Entrance is free. (17-19 February)

Fun activities in West Yorkshire

Melissa Brobby

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