Things to do this weekend: Comic art and cocktails galore

by Melissa Brobby

Category: Things to do
October 7 2016

Chase off the autumn chill with a few tasty cocktails in Leeds, then scare your socks off with a nail biting experience in Staffordshire. If you prefer your villains in 2D form, then a trip to Kendal will show you some of the most amazing comic art the world has to offer suggests Danielle Jones.

1) Shake it up for The Leeds Cocktail Experience, Leeds


Bringing together the best of the city’s cocktail bars under one roof, the Leeds Cocktail Experience is a must for any fan of mixology. With your £15 entry you can sample an array of different tipples created with everything from Absinthe to Advocaat. (14th October)

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2) Taste the sea at the Falmouth Oyster Festival, Cornwall


Now in its 20th year, the Falmouth Oyster Festival continues to entertain this Cornish seaside town and its visitors. With an oyster shucking contest, seafood bars and Grand Oyster Parade, it’s a yummy celebration bringing together all the flavours of Cornwall. Entrance is free of charge. (13th – 16th October)

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3) Save the day at The Lakes International Comic Art Festival, Cumbria

This weekend the scenic town of Kendal will become the epicentre of a comic book revolution. Celebrating graphic novel and comic art from across the globe, the Comic Art Festival will host artists such as Bryan Lee O’Malley, Gareth Brookes and Steve McGarry, in a series of exhibitions talks and workshops. Each event is individually ticketed. (14th – 16th October)

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4) Don’t look back in anger at Oasis – The Manchester Exhibition

Take a step back to the 90s when Britpop was king, with an exhibition documenting the early life and times of the band Oasis. Hailing from Manchester themselves, this collection of early photography, memorabilia and artefacts is a must-see for any fan and will reveal more behind the people that brought us modern classics such as Wonderwall. (14th – 25th October)

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5) Get picking at the National Apple Festival, Kent

National Apple Festival, Kent National Apple Festival, Kent

For a true sense of autumn, take a stroll around the orchards of Brogdale this weekend during its annual National Apple Festival. See a record-breaking display of over 1,000 varieties of apple, and there’ll be 70 types to try and take home with you. On top of all the fruity fun there are arts and crafts, cooking demonstrations and live music on offer for just £9 entrance. (15th – 16th October)

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6) Prepare for terror at PrimEvil, Norfolk

Primevil, Norfolk Primevil, Norfolk

October is the month of things that go bump in the night, so if you feel like testing your nerve then take a trip to PrimEvil this weekend. With its CarnEVIL of Terrors and Forest of Fear, plus a whole host of bone-chilling experiences, you can scare yourself silly all in the name of fun. Entry is £15.95 and is unsuitable for the under 12s. You have been warned!

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7) Get creative at the Heritage Skills Festival, Durham

If you fancy something a little bit creative this weekend, then a trip to Auckland Castle will give you the opportunity to attempt some historic crafts, all free of charge. Whether you want to give stone carving a bash or prepare for winter with a spot of felt weaving, these ancient handicrafts are something that you’ll be hard pressed to find at your local hobby shop. (15th -16th October)

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8) Step back in time to the Medieval Household at Bolton Castle, Yorkshire

Bolton Castle Bolton Castle

This weekend discover what life was like during the War of the Roses, and find out how this ancient castle was torn apart by family feuds over the true monarch of England. Whilst touring the castle you can meet soldiers of the garrison and see what life was like for those living and working in pre-Tudor England. Tickets are £8.25 and include children’s costume hire. (15th – 16th October) 

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9) Scream your lungs out at Screamfest, Staffordshire

Screamfest promises to be a terrifying experience to beat all others. If you’re looking for love then why not try out Dr Heart’s speed dating, though a broken heart may end up being the least of your worries. Or give yourself a fright by entering the corn maze, rumoured to be filled with the souls of lost children. Tickets are £17.50. (13th October – 31st)

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10) Blow out the candles at the Grand Pier’s 6th Birthday, Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset

Weston-Super-Mare's Grand Pier Weston-Super-Mare's Grand Pier

Come and celebrate the Grand Pier’s birthday with a day of family entertainment. Activities include face painting, arts and crafts, as well as live music and hilarious shows from CBeebies’ Cook and Line. Plus you’ll also get unlimited rides on the amusements with your £12.50 ticket. (15th October)

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