Things to do this weekend: Autumn leaves and ugly animals

by Louie.kenyoncrockett

Category: Things to do
September 26 2016

With autumn well and truly here why not visit Kent to experience a spectrum of coloured leaves, or if you’re on the South Coast swing by Southsea for some indie beats. If you can’t decide then head to the Wirral for a massive selection of arts and culture, suggests Danielle Jones

1) Delve into a tale at Lincoln Book Festival, Lincolnshire

View of Lincoln Cathedral View of Lincoln Cathedral © VisitEngland Images

Escaping with a good book is a brilliant way to relax, and if you are a fan of the literary world then Lincoln is playing host to some particularly spectacular authors during their annual book festival. With a range of evenings and talks about the written word you’ll be able to discover more about what is between the pages. Visit their website for tickets.

(27th September -2nd October)


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2) Strap on your air guitar for Oxjam Manchester Takeover, Chorlton

Grab a wristband and experience over 40 artists this weekend at the Oxjam Takeover. Raising money for Oxfam you can help out your fellow man and enjoy a weekend of great live music from the likes of Naughty Corner, Gallivantes, Mama Goose and more.  Wristbands are just £10.

(30th September – 2nd October)


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3) Expand your horizons at Wirral Arts Festival, Wirral

If you can’t decide between literature and music, then you don’t have to. This weekend sees the start of the Wirral Arts Festival, bringing together live entertainment, cultural activities and more. With over 100 different events across the Wirral, you can try whatever takes your fancy, be it a workshop, talk or a spot of Scottish Country Dancing.

(1st– 15th October)


Things to do around Merseyside

4) Sip beer in beautiful surroundings at the Eden Project Beer Festival, Cornwall

Eden Project Beer Festival Eden Project Beer Festival © Emily Whitfield-Wicks Hops

Beer is brewed from natural ingredients, and where would be better to discover new tipples in one of the most natural places in England? Set in the Eden Project you can try amazing brews, eat locally sourced kebabs (no greasy donners here!) and enjoy live music. Tickets are £12.50 per person and you can even camp overnight to save on taxi fare.

(1st October)


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5) Check out emerging talent at Southsea Fest, Portsmouth

Albert Road, Portsmouth Albert Road, Portsmouth © THOR, Flickr

Situated on Portsmouth’s uber trendy Albert Road, this year’s Southsea Fest has some top acts you’ll know and some brilliant acts you’ve yet to hear about. Set across a number of venues you can check out the likes of the Mystery Jets, British Sea Power and local legends Clayton Strange and Kassassin Street. Tickets are £21.60.

(1st October)


Things to do in Hampshire

6) Discover Secret Music at Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk

Oxburgh Hall Chapel Oxburgh Hall Chapel, home of Tudor music © Ray Gressieux

A lost soundtrack of Tudor era music is brought back to life this weekend in Norfolk. Hosted in the chapel of the stunning Oxburgh Hall, you can take an audible journey into the past with the performance from Eboracum Baroque. Tickets are £10.

(1st October)


What’s on in Norfolk?

7) Take on the Supermarket Wine Challenge, York

York Food Festival York Food Festival © VisitYork

As part of the York Food Festival, you can learn how to identify the best wines that won’t cost you the earth. With a sampler table from each high street supermarket chain, you can talk to the experts, find out about how they select the best tipples and discover new favourites to add to your weekly groceries. Tickets for the event are £20 per person.

(1st October)


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8) Try something new at the How To Festival 5, Leeds, Yorkshire

If you’ve ever wanted to learn a new skill or try something different, then this one-day event in Leeds will be right up your street. Try your hand at Horror-gami or learn to create the perfect “Zipper-Face” with make-up. Each activity is Pay What You Decide and suitable for a range of ages.

(2nd October)


What’s happening in Leeds?

9) Marvel at the hues on the Autumn Colour Trail, Hever Castle, Kent

Kids Enjoying Hever Castle's Autumn Walk Kids Enjoying Hever Castle's Autumn Walk © Hever Castle

Take in the beauty of autumn with a scenic walk through the grounds of Hever Castle. Here you can see a rainbow of autumnal leaves and get excited about all the things that the new season has to offer. Take your wellies and a warm coat to enjoy the crisp October air.  Tickets to the castle and gardens are £16.50 for adults

(1st – 30th October)


Things to do in Kent

10) Open your eyes for the Ugly Animals Roadshow, Life Science Centre, Newcastle

Ugly Animals Roadshow at the Life Science Centre The Life Science Centre, host of the Ugly Animals Roadshow © Life Science Centre

Visit Newcastle this weekend to learn all about these amazing endangered animals, who often get overlooked for their unusual appearance. Presented by TV’s Simon Watt you can see how important these creatures are to the world’s ecosystem, how they are being protected and why the cuter ones shouldn’t get all the attention. Tickets are £14 for adults and include full access to the Life Science Centre’s permanent exhibits. 

(1st October)


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