Things to do this weekend: Pagan tales and royal banquets

by Louie.kenyoncrockett

Category: Things to do
September 15 2016

Explore the finer side of dining this weekend with freshly caught mussels in Devon, or a medieval feast in Warwick. Craving some intrigue? Then why not visit Bristol for an education on England’s pagan folklore and ancestry, suggests Danielle Jones. 

1) Spice things up atr the World Curry Festival, Leeds & Bradford, Yorkshire

Devil Curry at the World Curry Festival, Leeds Devil Curry at the World Curry Festival, Leeds © World Curry Festival

Whether you’re keen on Korma or bonkers about Bhuna, this collective of curry will have your mouth watering. Filled with cookery demos, special guests such as Ken Hom and Stephanie Moon, street food and music, celebrate all things spice with free entry to a range of events in both cities.

(15-29 September)


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2) Come out of your shell for Spirit of the Exe: Exmouth Mussel Festival, Devon

Exe Estuary, home of the Exmouth Mussel Festival Exe Estuary, home of the Exmouth Mussel Festival

Celebrate the humble mussel with fresh seafood, music and a range of games and activities, head down to Exmouth this weekend for a yummy summer party. Check out the sand sculpture contest and seashore foraging to make the most of these last days of summer. Entrance is free.

(24 September)


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3) Admire the brushstrokes at the Brighton Art Fair, Brighton Dome, East Sussex

Work by Amanda Avarillo Work by Amanda Avarillo © Brighton Art Fair

Head to Brighton this weekend to take in a range of mixed mediums, beautiful watercolours and talented pieces, created by artists from across the country. Bringing together a number of separate events under one roof, the Brighton Art Fair will allow you to admire, be inspired or purchase beautiful items to take home.

(23-25 September) £7.50 a ticket


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4) Tune up for Hexham Abbey Festival, Northumberland

Hexham Abbey Hexham Abbey © Tomline43

Now into its 53rd year, the Hexham Abbey Festival features an array of artists, established and new, from the realm of classical music. The concerts are set in, and around, the abbey and feature acts such as Red Priest, Renaissance, plus talented local girl, Leah Nicholson, who at just 15-years old has won a string of competitions. For tickets please call the Queen’s Hall Box Office, many events are free.

(16-24 September)


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5) Travel the world at Cornucopia Festival, Skirlaugh, East Riding of Yorkshire

Stuntmen at Cornucopia Stuntmen © Cornucopia

This eclectic festival celebrates the end of summer, with a harvest of amazing music, family activities and quirky comedy. Featuring acts like King Courgette and Jam Sandwich, plus the Land of Green Ginger, an immersive area for kids of all ages. Book your glamping and say cheerio to the summer in style. Tickets start at £25 a day.

(23-25 September)


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6) Hear tales of rural folklore at Equinox, Boiling Wells, Bristol

Wicker Man, shown at Equinox Wicker Man, shown at Equinox © British Lion Films

England’s history and culture has strong Pagan origins, with fascinating stories and legends aplenty. This weekend you can find out all about witchcraft and rituals of our ancient countryside, whilst perusing the streets of Boiling Wells. This free visual storytelling event culminates in evening screenings of the original Wicker Man film for £8.50. Prepare to be spellbound.

(23 – 25 September)


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7) Discover a world of film at Berwick Film & Media Festival, Northumberland

If you’re never happier than when you’re escaping the world through the silver screen, then travel up to Berwick this weekend for a festival overflowing with film and exhibitions. With screenings from the greats such as Cocteau and Warhol, plus many you may not have heard of, this celebration of cinematography from across the globe will enthral and amaze. A day pass is just £10. 

(21-25 September) £10 for a day pass


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8) Brighten up at the Sunderland Illuminations, Sunderland

Sunderland Illuminations Sunderland Illuminations © Liam Swinney

The seafront in Sunderland will be aglow once again with the Illuminations back, and brighter than ever. Stroll along to Roker Park where, for just £1 entry, you can discover The Sea of Stars, pirates, dinosaurs, fairies and more. You can even ride the giant Illuminated Observation Wheel and see the lights twinkling below.

(24 September–4 November) £1 entry


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9) Get strumming at Uke East 2016, Norwich

Ben Rouse at Uke East Ben Rouse at Uke East © Shuttersphotography

The modest ukulele has way more to offer than just comedic skits from yesteryear. Visit Norwich this weekend to see a huge range of acts such as the Mother Ukers and Chonkinfeckle, plus workshops where you can try your hand at fingerpicking. Already a pro? Then head to the Open Mic to get toes tapping to your tunes. Each event is individually ticketed, see website for details.

(23-25 September)


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10) Dine like medieval royalty at The Kingmakers Banquet, Warwick Castle, Warwickshire

Warwick Castle Warwick Castle © CGT Media Services

This weekend travel back to 1471 and sit at the table of the infamous Earl of Warwick. Prepare to be amused and entertained with medieval acts, sip wine (or unlimited soft drinks!) and feast with your friends. Tickets are £60 per person and also give you full access to the Kingmaker attraction. Cheers!

(24 September) £60 per person


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