Things to do this weekend: battling knights and nettle eating

by Louie.kenyoncrockett

Category: Things to do
June 13 2016

Feel as if you’ve walked onto the Game of Throne’s film set, see an eccentrically English tradition first-hand or dance to lively African beats in Liverpool this Father’s Day Weekend.

1. Don your best hat for Ladies Day at Hexham Racecourse, Northumberland (19th June)

Missed out on Ascot? Never fear! Dust off your fascinator and make your way to Hexham Racecourse for a day of races and best-dressed competitions, including Best Dressed Dad. Prizes up for grabs include spa packages and bottles of prosecco. Tickets start from £23 and packages are available.

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2. Reach for the skies at The Great North Fly In at Felton, Northumberland (18th - 19th June)

Great North Fly In Great North Fly In

With a mixture of classic aircrafts, vintage cars and much more, The Great North Fly In is set to be a fantastic free experience for old and young alike. Crank your neck for majestic aerial displays at the historic Spitfire airfield or sup a local ale at the beer tent, all whilst raising money for charity.

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3. Celebrate all things Mancunian at this year’s Manchester Day (19th June)

Manchester Day Manchester Day © Man Alive / Flickr

Famed for its culture and music, celebrate a city that always dances to the beat of its own drum at the ever-popular Manchester Day. With street performances, food stalls and a grand parade through the streets, it’s worth checking out all the fun things to do at this annual free event. ‘Ave it!

See what else is on in Manchester this weekend


4. Move your feet to Africa Oyé festival in Liverpool (18th-19th June)

Africa Oye Day Africa Oye Day © Mark McNulty

With music from top African and Caribbean artists such as Sona Jobarteh and Baloji, this free festival of African music and culture enters its 14th year at Liverpool’s Sefton Park. Why not try your hand at Capoeira – a Brazilian martial art originating in Angola – or have a go at using instruments from round the globe at one of the many on-site workshops.

Check out what else is on this weekend in Liverpool

5. Gain some street cred at the City of Colours Festival in Birmingham (18th June)

City of Colours, Birmignham City of Colours, Birmignham © Janssem Cardoso / Flickr

With over 120 street artists and ten music stages across the city, learn more about urban culture and graffiti at this free, family-friendly event in Birmingham. There is everything from rap battles, to break-dancing and a market where you can shop for art.

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6. Swing over to the 1940s Steam Weekend at Epping Ongar Railway, Essex (18th-19th June)

Return to a bygone era of street parties and jiving with the Epping Ongar Railway 1940s Steam Weekend. With re-enactments, food stalls and steam trains, you can relive the golden age in style from £13 per person. Grab your best tea dress and get dancing!

What’s on this weekend in Essex

7. Enjoy English Eccentricity with the annual Bridport Nettle Eating Competition, Dorset (19th June)

Often nettles are a plant to be avoided by most but in this annual free event in Dorset they are eaten with gusto. Come and watch in fascination whilst competitors eat as many of the prickly leaves as possible whilst also enjoying the accompanying live music and Real Ale and Cider festival.

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8. Treat dad medieval style with Clash of Knights at Richmond Castle, Yorkshire (18th -19th June)

Clash of Knights Clash of Knights © English Heritage

Is your dad a fan of Game of Thrones? Then check out the battling horde at this event set in historical Richmond Castle. Watch knights do battle and take in the medieval vibe with stalls and food around the grounds. Make it a Father’s Day for the history books with tickets at £7.50.

See what else is on in Yorkshire this weekend


9. Sample the catch at Fish, Fillet, Feast on the North York Moor Coast (18th June)

Spread across a number of towns on the coast, this celebration of our fishing heritage allows you to see fisherman at work, learn of the culture surrounding them whilst also sampling the freshest treats the sea has to offer. With most activities free of charge this makes for a great family day out in Saltburn, Staithes, Sandsend and other locations.

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10. Catch a wave at Virgin Kitesurfing Armada in Hayling Island, Hampshire (17th-19th June)

Situated on the sunny south coast, this annual gathering of kitesurfers will have you on the edge of your deckchair. Watch the competitors perform megaloops and freeride along the waves at this three-day event and see if they break the record for ‘Largest Parade of Kitesurfers’. Entrance is free and camping is £50.

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