Things to do this weekend: Gastro grilling and the Beast of Bodmin Moor

by Louie.kenyoncrockett

Category: Things to do
June 27 2016

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

1) Relive childhood favourites at the Roald Dahl Festival, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire (2nd July)

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.


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2) Fall down the rabbit hole at Alice’s Day, Oxford (2nd July)

Alice's Day, Story Museum Alice's Day, Story Museum © Andrew Walmsley

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!


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3) Immerse yourself in the past with the Somme Centenary at Beamish Museum, Count Durham (2nd-3rd July)

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.


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4) Perfect your wai at the Southampton Thai Festival, Hampshire (2nd-3rd July)

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.


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5) Grab your tongs for Grillstock 2016, Bristol (2nd-3rd July)

Grillstock Grillstock © Grillstock, VisitEngland

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.


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6) Seek out the Beast at the Bodmin Riding & Heritage Day, Cornwall (2nd-3rd July)

The Beast of Bodmin Moor The Beast of Bodmin Moor © VisitEngland

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.


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7) Get ready to sew with the Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts Show, Birmingham NEC (1st-3rd July)

Sewing, Stitching, and Hobbycraft Show Sewing, Stitching, and Hobbycraft Show © Hobbycraft Show

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.


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8) Get on your dancing wellies for Fling Festival in Chelmsford, Essex (2nd July)

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.


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9) Herd on down to Sheep Day in Skipton, Yorkshire (3rd July)

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.


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10) Bring your appetite for Fromage & Fire, Leeds, Yorkshire (1st-2nd July)

Fromage & Fire Festival Fromage & Fire Festival © VisitEngland

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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