Things to do this weekend: Autumn colours and stately visits

by Melissa Brobby

Category: Things to do
October 28 2016

Looking for things to do this weekend?  You can visit one of the most iconic buildings in England to see the masters, or head to Essex to learn about creating things from wood. For something a bit cute and cuddly, then why not head to Birmingham for a show all about pets suggests Danielle Jones. 

1) Take a royal visit to Portrait of the Artist, Buckingham Palace, London

Buckingham Palace

For a truly spectacular weekend, take a visit to the Queens Gallery at Buckingham Palace. This new exhibition has self portraits from some of the most famous artists that ever lived including Rembrandt, Da Vinci and Hockney; has talks explaining how royalty commission and collect artwork and gives you a rare opportunity to step inside one of the world’s most famous buildings. Tickets are £10.30 (5 November – 17 April 2017)

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2) Take a glimpse at the decadence of the Victorian Era at Palmeira Mansions, Brighton

Take the opportunity this weekend to visit a building not often open to the public. Palmeira Mansions’ Victorian interior has been perfectly preserved and has achieved Grade II listed status, with its décor echoing the splendour and flashiness of the nouveau riche of the Victorian era. Expect highly decorated walls, interesting curios and intricately detailed furniture. Tickets are £8. (6 November)

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3) Pop up at Best of Britannia West, Bristol

With over 100 brands made on the doorstep, the Best of Britannia West show is a shopper's paradise. This event will showcase everything from clothing, homewares, accessories and even cycling paraphernalia, all whilst supporting and showcasing local trades people. So whether you’re after a tipple from Black Cow Vodka to a snazzy new bag from the Leather Satchel Company; you’ll be able to shop the best of the bunch this weekend. Entrance is £4 (5-6 November)

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4) Spoil your pets at The National Pet Show, Birmingham NEC

The National Pet Show

Showcasing the greatest products in the pet world, the National Pet Show opens its doors in Birmingham this weekend. For a great day out you can browse the stalls and take in some interesting talks and showcases, all whilst sorting out Tiddles and Rover’s Christmas presents. Tickets are £17 (5-6 November)

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5) Discover the fascinating history of Wrest Park, Bedfordshire

A beautiful shot of the gardens at Wrest Park

The impressive Wrest Park was once owned by Auberon Herbert, a notable Lord who lived a rich and extraordinary life. This weekend you can learn about his life and legacy, from war correspondent to government minister, philanthropist to pilot, as well as touring his beautiful home which he opened as a hospital during the First World War. Tickets are £9.80 (6 November)

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6) Solve the mystery at Agatha Christie’s Spider Web, Wymering Manor, Hampshire

Bring your sleuthing skills to Portsmouth this weekend for a reimagining of Agatha Christie’s classic play, Spider Web. Not only is this production guaranteed to exercise your mind and nerves, it’s also set in the impressive Wymering Manor, a building often dubbed one of the most haunted buildings in the UK. Tickets are £15 with refreshments. (6 -15 November)

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7) Experience the beauty of autumn at Hinton Ampner, Hampshire

Hinton Ampner © Henry Burrows

If you want to get out in the fresh open air this weekend, a guided tour around the beautiful autumn colours of Hinton Ampner should be on your to do list. This two hour tour, headed by the estate’s head gardener, will show you the remarkable foliage and give insight about estate and how its teams manage it. Tickets are £10 (5 November)

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8) Be spoilt for choice at the Canterbury Festival, Kent

The Canterbury Festival draws to a close this weekend, with its programme of music, art and events. This weekend you can see works by Turner Prize winning Grayson Perry, collections of Matisse prints and even create your own pottery. (15 October- 5 November)

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9) Whittle your very own spoon at Hyde Hall Woodfest, Chelmsford, Essex

In Hyde Hall gardens this weekend, the grounds are transformed into a celebration of all things carved, whittled and sawn, at WoodFest. Here you can learn traditional woodcrafts and create your own spoon or whistle, as well as see some impressive displays of creating sculptures with chainsaws. There’s also archery, papermaking and heavy horse log pulling to entertain the whole family. Entrance is £11 (5-6 November)

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10) Feel a chill down your spine at Dracula, Whitby Abbey, North Yorkshire

The ruins of Whitby Abbey © Barnyz

Whitby is often associated with a pilgrimage for those who like all things Gothic, and is deemed to be the “birthplace” of Dracula. This weekend English Heritage is bringing new life to the Dracula story, with an interactive storytelling event around Whitby Abbey to tell you the real story of Bram Stoker's infamous figure. Tickets are £7 (5 – 6 November)

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Melissa Brobby

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