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Things to do: food festivals and 80s nostalgia

by Melissa Brobby

Category: Things to do
May 19 2017

It’s all go this Bank Holiday weekend with festival season beginning its jam-packed schedule. Whether you yearn for a journey back to the 80s, or you just want to spend the weekend tucking into tasty treats, you’ll find plenty to do in England suggests Danielle Jones. 

1) Electric Slide over to Shrewsbury

Let’s Rock Shrewsbury © Andrew Hurley

Pull on your parachute pants and strap on your legwarmers, as the 80s returns to Shropshire complete with poster boy for mullets, Pat Sharp. Let’s Rock Shrewsbury will be bringing Billy Ocean, ABC and Tony Hadley to the stage, so prepare for many more flashbacks to the era of shoulder pads and mega perms. Radical! Tickets are £50 on the gate (27 May)

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2) Be entertained at the Bath Fringe

Bringing a wealth of culture to an already cultured city, The Bath Fringe is shaping up with some amazing acts and activities for 2017. Some highlights from the opening weekend include Krowd Keepers Magic Theatre, suspending your beliefs, Krater Comedy, plus music and performances across the city.  (26 May – 11 June) 

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3) Cringe your way through history London

Hampton Court Palace

England and Great Britain has a fascinating history, but also some truly horrible moments too. Why not find out more in this amazing (and amusing) live stage show at Hampton Court Palace, as Horrible Histories discovers Barmy Britain. Discover revolting Royal habits, explosive saboteurs and numerous head rolling incidents all at one of England’s most iconic buildings. Tickets are£12 adults, £7 children, you can also purchase combo tickets for entrance to the palace too. (27 May – 3 June) 

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4) Join Dot To Dot Festival around the country

Showcasing fantastic bands from across the country, plus a wealth of local acts, this year’s Dot To Dot Festival is set to be bigger and better than ever. Three days, three cities and over 350 acts including the likes of Honeyblood, The Slow Readers Club to enjoy. Tickets start at £13.20 (26-28 May)

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5) Open your ears in Liverpool

Liverpool Sound City © La Pola

Spend your weekend in the company of some amazing bands by visiting this year’s Liverpool Sound City. On the banks of the Mersey, rock out with the likes of Metronomy, Peaches, The Human League, Carl Barat & The Jackals and more. With great tunes spread over four days, you’ll truly get a sense of Liverpool’s musical soul. Tickets are £38.50 (25-28 May).

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6) Dance your trotters off in Hertfordshire

This micro festival will have you dancing your wellies off, chomping on tasty hog roast and getting involved in a giant piggy paint fight. HogSozzle, with its bright colours, Cosmic Disco theme and countryside vibe, will really set off your Bank Holiday with acts like the Tuba Libres, Fick as Fieves and a whole host more. Tickets start at £55 for a day ticket (26 – 28 May)

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7) Bust a move in Dorset

B-Town Throwdown. © Joel Cottrell

Forget spending a weekend at the seaside eating 99s and sitting in deckchairs, as this weekend Bournemouth hosts the B-Town Throwdown. Here you can get your body popping, your windmills spinning and polish all your best moves, with the free workshops, dance-offs and displays, you’ll be crushing it soon enough. (27-29 May)

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8) Reflect on the 1940s in East Lancashire

Experience wartime England in true technicolour this weekend, as the East Lancashire steam railway hails back to this bygone era with their 1940s Weekend. With military displays, The George Formby Appreciation Society and a whole host of re-enactments and characters, you’ll be whisked away to an important time in England’s history, complete with fun and dancing. Day tickets (including travel on the train) start at £19 per day. (27 – 29 May)

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9) Explore science in Cambridgeshire

A visit to Ely’s Cathedral will often astonish with its fantastic architecture and ecclesiastical surroundings. However, one thing you wouldn’t expect to see is dinosaurs, but that is what you’ll find at the Ely Cathedral Science Festival, with exhibitions on DNA to Dinosaurs, talks from those well-known in the scientific community and much more. Entrance is £5 for the exhibits. (20 May – 18 June)

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10) Love food in North Yorkshire

Malton Food Lovers Festival

Describing itself as ‘Yorkshire’s Food Capital’, the market town of Malton is abuzz this weekend with sumptuous savouries and super sweet treats at the Food Lovers Festival. With guests like Levi Roots to “put some music in your food”, a festival bar complete with local tipples, a food court and a whole host of stalls, this free to attend festival is a delicious weekend escape. (27- 28 May)

Next stop… North Yorkshire

Melissa Brobby

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