Things to do this weekend: Roman walls and space missions

by Melissa Brobby

Category: Things to do
March 31 2017

Embrace the spring sunshine and get moving this weekend with a (family friendly) rave in Kent, or taste your way around Brighton’s best bevvy haunts. There’s also some big exhibitions launching to entertain and inform, suggests Danielle Jones.

1) Battle like a knight in West Sussex

Arundel Castle

This weekend the picturesque town of Arundel will reveal the battle and bloodshed of the past as the castle hosts its Warrior weekend. With live re-enactments depicting the history of this impressive castle, you’ll be on the edge of your seat. Entrance starts at £11 for adults (8-9 April)

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2) Taste your way around Manchester’s Northern Quarter

Bring comfortable shoes and a healthy appetite as you join this vibrant tasting tour around Manchester’s buzzing Northern Quarter. With cuisines from around the world on offer, you can sample a selection of six small plates from various eateries whilst learning more about the history filled with superheroes, drag queens and much more. £30 per person. (8 April)

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3) Sip your way around Brighton


Brighton is famous for its epic seafront and eclectic and vibrant nightlife. And what better way to discover more of what Brighton has on offer with this whistle-stop tour around some of its independent pubs and bars, with a few snacks along the way too. A brilliant way to spend a sunny Saturday.   £45 per person (8 April)

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4) Take the kids raving in Kent

This weekend at Margate’s Dreamland, you can dance your heart out complete with toddlers in tow. Brought to you by Big Fish Little Fish and Camp Bestival, there is a range of music, confetti and crafts to keep the whole family entertained and raving. £9.00 for adults, children £6.00, under 18 months free. (8 April)

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5) Walk the plank in Cornwall


Sail the seven seas and head straight to Cornwall for a buccaneering good time this week. Hosted by English Heritage, a visit to the glorious Pendennis Castle will allow you to embrace your inner Long John Silver with a piratey theme directly linked to the castle’s history. £8.40 for adults. £5 for children. (3- 21 April)

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6) Discover the Slow Food movement in Norfolk

Holkham Hall, Norfolk

The Slow Food movement was born in Italy and its main aim is to be the antithesis to fast food. Striving for excellent quality, local flavours and celebrating what is on your plate, it heads to Norfolk this weekend for an amazing Sagra (Italian food festival), filled with producers and wares from the East Anglia region. (8 April)

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7) Blast off in Leicestershire

National Space Centre

This Easter holiday period you can explore even further than you could have imagined with the Pioneering SPACE event at Leicester’s National Space Centre. With the UK’s largest planetarium, exhibitions featuring exciting spacecraft and fascinating space facts, plus the Rocket Tower expect a full day out. Entrance is £14.00 for adults, children £11.00 and can be upgraded to an annual pass for free. (8 – 23 April)

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8) Invade York for the Return of the Vikings

Jorvik Viking Centre

Reopening this weekend after a multimillion pound refit, the Jorvik Viking Centre in York is THE place to learn all about these Nordic warriors. Even if you’re already familiar with the likes of Ragnar Lodbrok and his hoardes, there will be loads more to discover at the relaunch this weekend. Entrance is £10.25 for adults, £7.25 for children, pre-booking is essential (8 April)

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9) Spot Puffins in Bridlington

Puffins at Bridlington

Nesting on the edges of Bempton Cliffs are one of the cutest, and quirkiest of England’s bird species, the puffin. With a host of activities and trails over Easter, you can also head out on some guided walks to spot the birds for yourself. The walks cost £3 for the adults only walk, as well as £4 admission. There are junior walks also available. (1 April – 16 July)

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10) Come face-to-face with Hadrian’s Cavalry

Hadrian's Wall

Tipped as one of the most exciting exhibitions this year, this weekend sees the launch of Hadrian’s Cavalry. Spanning the breadth of England, Hadrian’s Wall is a souvenir of our Roman conquerors and their influence on England. With re-enactments and individual exhibitions along the wall, you can experience first-hand Roman life at many events. Individually ticketed (8 April-10 September)

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Melissa Brobby

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