You’ll have a hard time choosing what to do this weekend with food, drink and music festivals kicking off. Expect top bands in Brighton, saucy so-and-so’s in London and scrumptious sausages in Leicestershire, suggests Danielle Jones
Expect top entertainment with a cheeky grin this weekend as the London Burlesque Festival shimmies its way around the capital. Expect sensual acts, lots of gin, jazz, sequins and a lot of laughs. With acts like Coco Deville, Lily Laudnam and a host of performers from the world over, bring your pasties and expect to be entertained. Tickets start from £14.62. (18-28 May)
Beautiful art always carries a message, and this is certainly the case of the Unnatural Borders installation appearing in MediaCityUK this May. Set to illustrate the plight of endangered species from across the globe, these 3D animal sculptures will light up at night bringing attention to their beautiful forms and an important message as well. Entrance is free. (20-29 May)
East Anglia is abuzz this weekend as the Norfolk and Norwich Festival is in full swing. With circus acts, literature, dance and more, this weekend’s highlights involve a garden party with giant origami, a cottage with chicken legs, tea dances and a whole host of entertainment. Event are individually ticketed with many events free. (12-28 May)
Sausages, cider, good music; if these float your boat then head to Oadby for the Sausage and Cider Festival. Highlights will include over 30 types of cider (including the amusingly named Badger’s Arse), plenty of sausage, chorizo and kielbasa, plus the knowledge that the event is supporting a grass roots charity in the area. Tickets are £8. (20-21 May)
Spend your weekend with spectacular music on the sunny south coast. The Great Escape Festival returns to Brighton with chart toppers like Slaves, Rag’N’Bone Man and acts from across the world gracing the stage. This is one of the hottest events on the English music calendar and even has its own convention alongside. Tickets start from £42 a day. (18-20 May)
Enjoy a slice of English country life at The Watercress Festival in Alresford. This celebration of rural country life will be filled with local market stalls, steam train, traditional children’s entertainment and cooking displays, plus you can get the chance to taste the first watercress of the season. Entrance is free (21 May)
Have a truly enlightening experience by exploring Dover Castle after the lights go out. At this rare event, you’ll be able to explore the interior of the castle and head up to the rooftop to see for miles around. The castle will be lit up with a special audio show throughout the building as well. Tickets are £10. (20 May)
Leads at the ready; explore the grounds of Kedleston Hall on The Great British Dog Walk this weekend. Raising money to train hearing dogs, there are two walks available in this amazing parkland, and a BBQ for participants afterwards. It’s a great reason to get out in the fresh air. Entry is £12 (20 May)
Head to the Northumbrian countryside this weekend to see the most amazing natural lightshow. At Kielder Observatory you can find out about our amazing universe, how it began and what’s out there. Plus, you can even look for yourself through one of the telescopes. Tickets are limited and cost £26.95 per person (20 May)
There’s no sight more striking than Bath’s Royal Crescent. This collection of buildings is as iconic as many of England’s other landmarks, and this year they are celebrating their 250th year since construction started. To celebrate there are parties, poetry readings and a family day exploring the history and lives that have passed through the doors. Free to attend. (19-21 May)
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