Things to do: Scrummy pies and a festival of colour

by Melissa Brobby

Category: Things to do
March 3 2017

Things to do: Colourful festivals and scrummy pies

There’s so much to keep you occupied this weekend, whether you’re looking for a yummy activity or something a little bit more leftfield. With the chance to eat some insects (!) in Kent or celebrate spring with a splash of colour, there’s all this and more to look forward to, suggests Danielle Jones.

1) Pout at Glamour Beauty Festival, London

Saatchi Gallery © Dave Pearce

Get yourself selfie ready with a trip to Glamour’s Beauty Festival this weekend. Not only does your ticket get you a goodie bag of top brand swag, you’ll learn tips and tricks from ‘baking’ to contouring like a queen and meet top YouTubers like Niomi Smart and the Pixiwoo team. Tickets start at £45 (11-12 March) 

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2) Burst with colour at Holi in Leicester

Hindu festival of Holi © Marco Zielske

Banish those dreary winter shades with a huge splash of vibrant colour this weekend in Leicester. The Hindu festival of Holi celebrates the victory of good over evil and the arrival of spring, by pelting people with bright colours. Don’t worry, it washes out and it’ll put a spring in your step for the season ahead. Free to attend (11 March)

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3) Chomp on creepy cuisine in Ramsgate

Fried Crickets © Frank Fox

You don’t need to be in the jungle to give some “interesting” culinary creations a try. Insects are, in fact, a really good source of protein and believed to be the future of our diets. Get ready by testing a few fried crickets and silkworms for yourself for free. (11 March) 

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4) Hear things differently in Nottingham

Nottingham Albert Hall © Angela Connelly

Listen to songs in a completely new light with the first National Signing Choir Competition in Nottingham. Bringing classic songs to life with the use of British Sign Language, this fully accessible event will uplift, entertain and celebrate talented choirs from across the country. Tickets cost £7.50 (11 March)

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5) Sip tea Regency style in Staffordshire

Home of Erasmus Darwin © Hugh Llewelyn

This event, arranged by the Lunar Society, brings together Georgian history with an English national pastime; tea drinking. With a talk from Gaye Blake-Roberts, director of the Wedgewood Museum, you can discover more about how the concept of tea became an art form, along with the excessive fine dining of the age. Tickets are £5 and booking is essential. (11-12 March)

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6) Tense up for Bristol Film Festival 2017

After a successful first year, the Bristol Film Festival returns for 2017 with a brand new theme; Tension. With events across the city in quirky venues, the launch this weekend includes numerous short film screenings, as well as showings of absolute classics such as Dr Strangelove, A Clockwork Orange and Pyscho. Events are individually ticketed (9-12 March)

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7) Explore the sketches of Quentin Blake in Newcastle

Drawing of Matilda by Quentin Blake Matilda by Quentin Blake © Meilock

Discover more about the pictures that accompanied our childhood favourites, including Oompa Loompas and the terrifying Witches, as this exhibition of Quentin Blake opens this weekend. Entrance is £8 for a dose of childlike wonder.  (11 March – 8 July) 

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8) Look at odd things in Cambridge

Cambridge University Library © Steve Cadman

For a step into the weird and wonderful, a visit to Cambridge University Library will definitely amuse. Make sure you check out Charles Darwin’s beard hair (sent through the post!) and gander at some ectoplasm. Spanning the length of human history, there are objects to interest, amuse and confuse. Entrance is free. (Ending 21 March)

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9) Sample Beers from around the world in Staffordshire

National Brewery Centre © Elliot Brown

The International Festival of Beer features the largest collection of beers and ciders from across the world in the UK. Some come as far as Russia, South Korea and Kazakhstan. There’s also a range of talks and music, and the chance to sample some of the 1,000 entries to the awards. Tickets are £10 (10-12 March)

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10) Tuck into perfect pies in Devon

A plate of pie and mash © Tredok

If you’re fond of a pie, Hannah’s in Devon is really rolling out the crust with British Pie Week. With meaty masterpieces and voluptuous veggie options, you can grab a slice whilst also contributing to charity. Have a go at the super messy Pie Face game for more pastry themed fun.  (6 – 12 March)

Head to beautiful Devon

Melissa Brobby

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