Fancy trying out different cheeses in Leeds or a hot Thai curry on the south coast? Perhaps burn off those extra calories consumed by dancing the summer nights away in Chelmsford or searching for the White Rabbit around Oxford City Centre. There’s lots of things to check out this weekend, whatever you are into, we’ve got you covered.
Words: Danielle Jones
Celebrating 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl, the annual Roald Dahl festival in Aylesbury, is filled to the brim of free things to do. Whether you want to see the parade or experience the storytelling sessions. And, if you’re brave enough, Katy from CBeebies “I Can Cook” will give you the chance to sample some of the truly revolting recipes from the pages of Dahl’s books.
Bring the world of Lewis Carrol’s tales to life at this fun and interactive day at the Story Museum in Oxford. Explore the city centre on the White Rabbit’s Scavenger Hunt and find the Caterpillar for some sage advice. Don’t be late, it’s a very important date!
Understand what Britain was like 100 years ago this weekend at the Beamish Museum, with their Somme Centenary. For £18.50 you can walk the cobbled streets, visit the shops and see what life was like for a solider at the front line. A truly interactive and humbling experience.
Sawadee-khap! This festival of Thai culture is a must see event. Sample some Tom Yam whilst gasping at the live Muay Thai demonstration– Traditional Thai Kickboxing – or just enjoy being surrounded by the splendour of the ornate silk costumes for just £3 entry.
Know your Bourbon glaze from your Southwest rub? This celebration of all things barbeque, is a delight for foodies and families alike. See who will be crowned the King of Grill and check out the music stage to see acts like The Fratellis. A day out for both your senses and your stomach.
This annual event dates back to medieval times and sees the Beast rampaging the streets whilst being chased by the Ragadaziow and Helliers. If catching a large cat isn’t quite your cup of tea, then the live music and stalls are also definitely worth taking in at this free event.
If you’ve ever watched the Great British Sewing Bee and thought, “I’d love to do that!” then take a trip to this biannual event of all things hobbycraft. With hundreds of stalls and experts to speak to at just £10 a ticket, you’ll be inspired to create and sew your own wardrobe in no time.
With a performance from Turin Brakes and a range of other music and comedy acts, you can embrace the summer festival vibe for just £27.50 a ticket. Take a picnic or grab a bite from one of the many food stalls, throw some shapes to the bands and then make yourself dizzy on the ferris wheel.
You don’t have to be a farmer to appreciate our wooly friends. Sheep Day in Skipton does just this by bringing back the bygone era of town markets with stalls and activities, at this free event. Enjoy watching our fluffy friends wander the streets and also get a feel for the essence of everything that makes the Yorkshire Dales great.
If you are a fan of food then you’re probably going to love either cheese or chilli. Bringing together a wide selection of both these elements, Fromage & Fire will have your tongue burning and your stomach growling with its myriad of stalls and Chilli Challenge Cup, all free of charge to check out.
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