Keep this weekend cheap and cheerful with a frugal festival in Yorkshire, or head to central London to see an army of gorillas run by. If you’re near Norfolk then why not step back in time to the 1940s suggests Danielle Jones
For years River Cottage have been heralding the importance of fresh English produce, and this weekend they’re bringing that message to Devon for their first festival filled with music and family fun. Festival goers will enjoy musical highlights including Hunter & The Bear and some tasty treats like gourmet marshmallows to accompany the fun. Day tickets are £35 for adults and £10 for children. (17th-18th September)
The streets of Dorset will be transformed to a living, breathing masterpiece courtesy of InsideOut this week. Head to Weymouth to be amazed by the moving UFO sculptures that sing, spin and glow. On Sunday (18th) Le Cirque du Platzak heads to Gillingham School, for a hectic and spectacular performance of circus acts. These are just a few of the visual treats in store at this free celebration. (16th-25th September)
If you want a surprising sight this weekend, then the capital has that sorted. Now it’s 14th year, the annual Great Gorilla Run transforms central London into a total menagerie. With a sea of runners in gorilla costumes all raising money for these endangered creatures, it’s something you definitely don’t see everyday. Free to watch.
The crown for top patty is up for grabs this weekend in Newcastle. Attendees are invited to try a range of different sliders to see who will be top burger. Once the winner has been decided, head to the after-party where DJ Yoda will be spinning the decks to work off all those calories. Burgers are £3 and tickets for the after-party are £12.10. (16th-17th September)
Get active this week with over 25 different sports to choose from, no matter your age or abilities. This Saturday’s Multi Sports Taster day includes rugby and cricket, and is designed specifically for those with autism and their families. Each event is ticketed, but many are free of charge. (17th-25th September)
As part of their Alice In Wonderland exhibition, its curator will be giving a talk about hats and all things that can adorn one’s head. In addition to the informative talk is the chance to create your own Alice inspired fascinator. Using provided materials, or anything special you want to bring along, you can sculpt and manufacture a piece to impress even the Queen of Hearts. This workshop is free but has limited availability so book in advance. (17th September)
Step back to an age of austerity and national pride this weekend in Norfolk. Here you can explore the town and shops via the Ration Book trail, and browse through an array of vintage shops; there will also be a 1940s fashion show, plus look out for the Carrier Pigeon Race. You’ll be spoilt for choice with this free celebration of the era. FREE (17th-18th September)
Leisure time can often end up being quite costly, so why not take a frugal approach this weekend and visit the Festival of Thrift? This annual event will not only help you stretch your paycheque, but also introduce you to some sustainable lifestyle tips. With their workshops and talks, plus stalls and entertainment it would be costly not to take a look. Entry is, obviously, free of charge. (17th-18th September)
Picking wild mushrooms is often discouraged, but this weekend at Killhope you can learn about the ones you can eat. Take sturdy shoes and venture into the woodland with the on-hand expert to see which are delicious treats and which should be avoided at all costs. Then it’s back to base for a BBQ sampler of some of your tasty woodland picks. Tickets are £1 for adults, 50p for children (17th September)
Situated just 12 miles from Manchester, Ramsbottom Cricket Ground hosts some of the greatest acts in indie music this weekend. Headliners including Gaz Coombes (of Supergrass fame), The Fun Lovin’ Criminals and Public Service Broadcasting will enthral festival go-ers and their families with some epic sets. You can even take a moment to chill with a family yoga session. £75 for the weekend £32 per day (16th-18th September)
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