Things to do this weekend: Free thinking and toe-tapping jazz

by Melissa Brobby

Category: Weekend ideas
March 13 2017

This weekend is packed with cultural, and fun, things to do across England, whether it’s discovering the glamour of the ‘30s, or learning about one of Brighton’s most iconic buildings, says Danielle Jones. 

1) See yellow in Gloucestershire

Daffodils outside St Mary's Church © KennysArmy

Get ready to march into spring this weekend, with ten miles of beautiful Gloucestershire countryside, festooned with wild daffodils and heritage buildings. If ten miles seems a little too much, there are also a selection of shorter, guided walks over the weekend as well as refreshments and the Daff’n’Ride bus. 

Things to do in Gloucestershire

2) Sparkle and shine in Liverpool

Discover a historic world of glitz and glamour at an exhibition dedicated to some rather fabulous frocks and frills in Liverpool. Putting On The Glitz, is a collection of striking 30s evening wear from the wardrobes of fabulous people during a fabulous era. Entrance is free. (Ends 26 March) 

What else is on in Liverpool

3) Don’t tap out in Cornwall


Whether you view your body as a canvas waiting to be drawn on, or you have untouched skin, the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth launches an exciting exhibition this weekend all about the rich, and colourful, history of British tattooing. With historic displays and a chance to see The ‘100 Hands Project’. Entrance is £12.50 for adults. (17 March 17 – 7 January 18)

Escape this weekend to Cornwall

4) Have a wee dram in the West Midlands

Cases of whiskey on a shelf © Danny Nicholson

Visit Stourbridge this weekend for a little bit of a snifter and a very good time at the Midlands Whisky Festival. Take your love for Scotch to another level by enrolling on one of the masterclasses or by purchasing a Dream Dram Tokens to try some super fancy tipples. 

Plan your time in the West Midlands

5) Tap your toes in Bristol

Macy Gray © Bruce

Head to one of England’s most unique cities this weekend for an equally unique array of talent from the world of Jazz and Blues. Discover the gravelly voice of Macy Gray, and a vast range of musical events that include members of legendary acts like Portishead and Goldfrapp. Events are individually ticketed (16-19 March) 

Take a trip to Bristol

6) Open your mind in Gateshead

Angel of the North

Appeal to your inner philosopher as BBC Radio 3 hosts a range of talks and events in Gateshead. As part of their Free Thinking Festival, you can ponder some of life’s big questions with well-known personalities such as Damon Hill and Simon Armitage. Events are free but booking is essential. (17-19 March)

Discover more of Tyne and Wear

7) Sail to Kent to defeat the Armada

Penhurst Place, Kent © Rita Willaert

Travel back to England in 1588 where a fleet of 130 Spanish ships are poised to attack our shores, and if you head to Penhurst Place in Kent, you can meet some of the staff, and even the Queen herself, as they prepare for a battle that will go down through history. 

Find things to do in Kent

8) Explore Brighton’s Royal Pavilion

Brighton Pavilion

The Royal Pavilion in Brighton, is one of the most recognisable sights on the South Coast, and this weekend there’s a chance to discover even more about its history. The tour will transport you back to King George IV’s era, a time of flamboyant parties and impressive concerts, to learn about the building and its conception. Tickets with admission are £16.80. (18 and 25 March)

Spend a weekend in Brighton

9) Taste your way around Sunderland

Bring your appetite to Sunderland’s inaugural Eat Drink Sunderland Restaurant Week. Here you can discover a vast range of cuisines across the city with specially priced menus, as well as a £5 lunchtime offer. You can find tasty delights with everything from gourmet Scotch Eggs to Bavarian Bratwurst. (11-19 March)

Plan your gastronomic adventure

10) Scope up and coming talent in Warwickshire

Belgrade Theatre © Coventry City Council

SHOOT Festival in Warwickshire is a brand-new event bringing together shining new talent from the region. Whether you want to laugh at the exploits of Hot Mess or immerse yourself in a tale by the Bootleg Puppets, there’s a huge range of free events and activities to entertain you this weekend. (17-18 March)

Find more things to do in Warwickshire

Melissa Brobby

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