Things to do this weekend: Penny Farthing races and cheesy treats

by Melissa Brobby

Category: Things to do
June 12 2017

Spoil your dad this Father’s Day weekend with a spot of retro cycling, copious amounts of cheese and singing old sea shanties suggests Danielle Jones. 

1) Keep pedalling in Shropshire

The Great Penny Farthing Spectacular, Shropshire

Many people explore the country on two wheels, and this weekend is no exception but certainly has a bit of a twist. Bringing together the nostalgia of the past with the thrill of racing a visit to The Great Penny Farthing Spectacular will be a sight for all. Entry is free and there is also free camping for participants. (18 June)

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2) Get arty in Northumberland

Alnmouth Festival

The scenic Northumbrian coast has a little extra beauty this weekend with the Alnmouth Arts Festival this weekend. Boasting over 70 artists from the area and beyond, there are workshops in everything from fabric work to pottery, plus exhibitions and entertainment galore. Pop from venue to venue to really immerse yourself, all free of charge. (17 – 18 June)

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3) Tune up for Cornish Sea Shanties

Falmouth Sea Shanty © Kev Korev

Discover the ancient art of sea shanties on the Cornish coast, which were traditionally sung by seafarers to keep up morale and tell stories. Enjoy entertainment from the likes of The Spinners and Femmes de la Mer, as well as some excellent local food and drink.  Many events are free, with some ticketed events (16 – 18 June)

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4) Spread some love for Manchester Day

Manchester Day © Phil King

Celebrating the greatness of one of England’s major cities, this year’s Manchester Day promises to be a bigger, better and brighter event than ever. Mancunians and tourists alike will be able to enjoy music, dance, street performance on the streets of the city, culminating in a show stopping parade. Entrance is free and not to be missed. (18 June) 

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5) Ship out for a Summer Show in Hampshire

HMS Sultan © Royal Navy Media Archive

Hampshire knows when summer has arrived when HMS Sultan in Gosport opens its gates for its annual Summer Show. This summer fayre has aerial displays, a huge funfair and live demonstrations from the Navy themselves. It’s all then topped off with an amazing firework display over the Solent cost. Tickets are £8 for adults and £4 for children. (17 – 18 June)

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6) Cuddle dogs in Cheshire


DogFest arrives at Arley Hall for a weekend of entertainment, education and gorgeous pups. There’s lots for you and Fido to, including agility courses and a puppy chill out parlour. You can also find out more about caring for your precious pooch, and discover the world of working dogs. Entrance is £16.05 including booking fee, camping is also available too. (17 – 18 June)

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7) Wang your wellies in Devon

This Father’s Day, why not give dad a chance to show off his epic skills with a spot of Welly Wanging, the sport of competitive wellington boot throwing. With prizes up for grabs, a whole host of animals to see and even a spot of Ferret Racing, there’s a good chance your dad could end up leaving a champion. £12.90 for adult admission, dads and grandads go free. (18 June)

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8) Have a seaside break with Jane Austen in Brighton

Royal Pavilion in Brighton

As 2017 celebrates Jane Austen’s bicentenary, an exciting new exhibition launches at the iconic Royal Pavilion in Brighton. Jane Austen by the Sea explores seaside places featured in her books such as Brighton itself. There’s also a chance to see some artefacts of Jane’s and King George IV, one of Austen’s biggest fans. Free with £13 entrance to the Pavilion (Starts 17 June till January 2018)

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9) Have a sneaky bite in the Yorkshire Dales

Nothing accompanies a great meal better than an amazing view, and that is precisely what The Dales Festival of Food and Drink in Leyburn has. With a huge range of stalls, selling pies to Piccalilli, and gin to local mineral water, you can chomp your way round whilst looking at the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. Entrance is free. (17 – 18 June)

Explore the Yorkshire Dales

10) Try a spot of fondue in Staffordshire

Stafford Cheese and Ale festival

From cheddar to Wensleydale, the Stafford Cheese and Ale Festival is rammed to the brim with all the cheesy treats you could imagine. As well as an impressive selection of cheeses, both local and from around the world, there’s also a huge selection of ales, special afternoon tea sessions and a Gin Festival. Free entry. (16 – 17 June)

Set your sights on Staffordshire

Melissa Brobby

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