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.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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