Things to do: Transylvanian fun and tots of rum

by Melissa Brobby

Category: Things to do
May 10 2017

Get ready to party this weekend with a fantastic music event in central London or a folk festival in Yorkshire. Whilst foodies can sample tasty wares in Bristol, Portsmouth or Norwich suggests Danielle Jones. 

1) Ride the ArtWaves in Bridlington

Bridlington © Cheryl Tooth

Forget about watercolours on gallery walls and throw yourself into modern art, contemporary mediums and exciting new ways of taking in visuals. ArtWaves is a mix of exhibitions, workshops and talks, plus a host of free activities to get your interest piqued and your creativity flowing. Events are individually ticketed, with many being free.  (13– 14 May)

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2) Fortify yourself with spot of rum in Norfolk

Yo ho ho, and a bottle of rum! Sing a merry shanty as you sip fine examples of rum in Norfolk this weekend. Whether you like your rum dark and part of a mojito or light and straight up, there’s plenty to choose from and test as the Rum Festival descends on Norwich. Tickets for sessions are £12.50. (12-13 May)

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3) Stroll around Clandon Park House, Surrey

Clandon Park House © James Stringer

Clandon Park was sadly ravaged by fire back in April 2015, but the National Trust have worked tirelessly to restore many of its rooms to their original 18th Century glory. The doors are now open for a first-hand look at the restored Marble Hall, State Bedroom and many other beautiful rooms.  Entrance is £4.50, and booking is essential. (6 April – 29 October)

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4) Party at Peckham Rye Music Festival, London

Peckham is fast becoming one of THE places to be seen, and this weekend sees an event that resonates with modern tastemakers and hipsters alike. With techno and house performances, a rich smorgasbord of visual artistry, plus the local flavour and culture, grab yourself a ticket (starting from £15) and immerse yourself in the vibe. (12 - 21 May)

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5) Celebrate Hungarian culture in Manchester


If you’re looking for a bit of globetrotting this weekend, then a visit to Manchester will transport you into the Hungarian part of Transylvania. With its own unique sense of identity and society, Góbéfest will be bringing together the food, music and culture of this distinct community. Events are individually ticketed, some free. (12-14 May)

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6) Taste your weekend away in Bristol

Forks at the ready as the Foodies Festival steams into Bristol this weekend. Expect a whole host of exciting dishes and cuisines to try, celebrity chefs demonstrating, plus GBBO’s lipsticked maven, Candice Brown baking up a storm, you’ll be more than satisfied for your £14 ticket. (12-14 May)

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7) Celebrate the written word in St Ives

St Ives, Cornwall © Nana B Agyei

Attempt to tear yourself away from the beautiful costal scenery this weekend and discover amazing places in written word, as the St Ives Literature Festival kicks off. There is poetry and music aplenty, discussions and events, comedy and tragedy, plus a few other emotions in-between. Events are individually ticketed, some free. (13 – 20 May)

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8) Explore Secret Gardens in the Wirral

Peek behind the garden wall to discover some well-tended private gardens the Wirral has to offer. Oxton is a Conservation Area and, with the help of the Oxton Society, protects the beauty and character of the area whilst raising money for charities and village improvements through events like Secret Gardens Day. Tickets are £8. (14 May) 

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9) Appreciate a bit of folk in West Yorkshire

Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire © Craig Wilkinson

Head to West Yorkshire this weekend to hear the strains of acoustic guitars and traditional lyrics at the Hebden Bridge Folk and Roots Festival. With acts like the Baghdaddies and Thunderbridge, plus spoken word and workshops, it’s a little slice of folk heaven in the Yorkshire countryside. Tickets start from £5. (13 – 14 May)

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10) Spring for some ale in Portsmouth

Portsmouth Beer Festival

Whether a card-carrying member of CAMRA or you just like the odd pint, you’ll have plenty to pick from at the Pompey Beer Festival. With hundreds of beers to try, as well as ciders, gin, food and music, you can also enjoy the many amusingly named ales and puns on offer too.  Session tickets are £11. (12-13 May) 

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Melissa Brobby

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