Things to do this weekend: ancient Wessex and Cotswold cosplay

by Melissa Brobby

Category: Things to do
October 3 2016

This weekend you can prepare for adventure in Bristol; for a slightly tamer voyage of discovery, head to Suffolk to try different types of sausages, or relax and unwind by flying a digital kite over some beautifully recreated landscapes in Manchester, suggests Danielle Jones.

1) Have fun at the fairground at The Goose Fair, Nottingham

Goose Fair Goose Fair © Ian Plumb

Not only is the Goose Fair home to some exciting, white knuckle rides but it is also one of the most historic and culturally important fairs in England. Dating back over 700 years and appearing in art and literature, there are over 500 rides for all ages and food and drink from across the globe. Entrance is free.  (5 – 9 October)

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2) Fly a digital kite at Manchester Museum Takeover

Manchester Museum Manchester Museum

Part of the Journeys Festival, this Saturday Manchester Museum will be the place for amazing sights, performances and art installations, all created by refugees and asylum seekers from the area. With music, spoken word and the chance to fly a digital kite over the homelands of some of the artists, this family day out will entertain and educate at the same time. Entrance is free. (8th October)

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3) Dance in the city at Neighbourhood Festival, Manchester

Spread across 11 venues and with over 100 artists, including indie champions such as White Lies and Pigeon Detectives, this brand new festival is a celebration of music in a city setting. Unearth venues you never knew about and dance the day away. Tickets are £30. (8th October)

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4) Live for adventure at the Women’s Adventure Expo, Bristol

Women's Adventure Expo in Bristol Women's Adventure Expo, Bristol © Kathryn Yenge

There are parts of this world yet to be truly explored, and this expo brings together some of the most fearless women who have scoured the globe in the name of adventure. Whether you are planning your own expedition, or just want to hear stories from those slightly more intrepid than yourself, there are talks and workshops galore. Tickets are £35. (8th October)

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5) Muck in at HarFest, Norfolk

Norwich Cathedral Norwich Cathedral © Jason Brown

This weekend’s HarFest will transform central Norwich into a rural farm. At this free, family event you can take the kids to see the animals and sample local food and drink, as well as take part in fun activities like Egg Collecting and the Cowpat Games, all without needing to put on a pair of wellies! (8 - 9 October)

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6) Grab a banger at the Great Framlingham Sausage Fest, Suffolk

Framlingham Framlingham © Nick Rowland

Whether they’re in an old-fashioned fry up or a classic Bangers & Mash, sausages are a staple of the English diet. So why not visit Suffolk this weekend where you can follow The Sausage Trail to try links of all shapes and sizes? Plus when you’re full up, you can also check out the dog agility course and take a ride in a limo. Tickets are £5. (8th October)

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7) Geek out at Gloucester Comic-Con, Gloucester

This weekend Gloucester will be totally out of this world as its very own Comic-Con opens its doors. Guest include cast members of Red Dwarf and Colin Baker from Dr. Who fame. Here you can meet the greats of sci-fi and fantasy, and indulge in total fandom. Don’t forget to sort your cosplay costume out! Tickets are £5 on the door. (8 - 9 October)

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8) Step back in time at BBC History Weekend, Winchester, Hampshire

With guest speakers from the likes of Jonathan Dimbleby, plus Dan and Peter Snow, you can immerse yourself in the world’s rich past whilst seated in the historic capital of Wessex. The BBC History Weekend allows you to discover why the Norman Conquest was so important, find about the private lives of Tudors, plus much more. Events are ticketed individually and start at £14. (8 -9 October)

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9) Enjoy lively discussions at Regeneration, part of York Castle Museum‘s Book Club Special - York, Yorkshire

York Castle Museum York Castle Museum © James F Clay

Selected as the Big City Read for 2016, Pat Barker will be discussing her book, Regeneration, at this special event. Revolving around the experiences of shell-shocked soldiers returning from World War I, you can then view the exhibitions to get a true feeling of what it must have been like for those coming home. The event is free with your £10 entry to the museum. (8th October)

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10) Savour African culture at the Taste of Africa Festival, Middlesbrough

Visitors to Middlesbrough will be treated to traditional African culture this weekend. Visitors can enjoy native dance, music, a range of food stalls with flavours from across the continent, fashion and performances across the day. Starting off in the streets and finishing up at the university, you can experience the colour and diversity on offer, all free of charge.  (8th October)

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