Oh, what to do this weekend. Whether you live in Manchester, Newcastle, Glasgow or London (or anywhere in between), we’ve hunted out the best events taking place around the country over the next two days. So if you’re in the mood for a weekend break in Bath, fancy learning to rock climb in Dundee, or just want to drink cider on a rooftop, read on…
IF YOU’RE HUNGRY…
The Secret Garden Pop Up Restaurant – London
Trees all around, the sound of birds chirping, and a BBQ sizzling away some delicious cuts of fresh meat while you sup on a cocktail. And it’s chucking it down outside. Time to head to the The Secret Garden, a new restaurant in Clapham that specialises in indoor BBQs, fresh cocktails and picturesque surroundings. Whatever the weather. For more info, click here.
The Holyrood Kitchen – Edinburgh
Pop up restaurants might sound like something for the hipsters among you, but this temporary restaurant in the heart of Holyrood Park is much more classy than its bearded counterparts. Serving up a feast of local Scottish cuisine, this is definitely one to wear your kilt to. Click here to find out more.
The Interesting Eating Company – Liverpool
Brand new to Merseyside and featuring the kind of menu you’ll be dribbling over for days afterwards (gluten-free American style pancake stack, anyone?) this new eatery is all about the guilt-free comfort food. Lunches start at £5.97, so your purse will thank you for it too! All the details here.
Indie Food Festival – Leeds
Brand new this year, and featuring hundreds of different street food stalls, pop up restaurants and themed bars, this weekend kicks off the most exciting culinary event we’ve heard about in AGES. And come on, who doesn’t want to go to a candlelit Victorian feast on Sunday night? Exactly. Find out more here.
IF YOU WANT A NIGHT OUT…
Foxygen, Stereo – Glasgow
Our favourite indie duo are in the midst of a tour around the UK, and on Saturday night they’re hitting Stereo, in Glasgow. Claiming it’s their ‘farewell tour’, this couldbe the last time you get to see the Californian kids. Tickets cost £11, and you can find out more here.
Rooftop Queen of Hoxton – London
You know it’s summer when you stop drinking in bars, and start drinking on top of them. Yep, our favourite Shoreditch drinks venue has reopened its rooftop to the public for the sunny season – and with Cuban cocktails a-plenty to enjoy, we’re planning to be there every night. Check it out here.
Folk On The Pier – Norfolk
Dubbed the ‘best gig on the North Sea’, this is a day (and night) festival for those of you who like a bit of Mumford and Sons style music, and love sitting on a pier in the sunshine. With six gigs taking place over the weekend, think craft ales, banjos and lots of checked shirts. Have a peak here.
IF YOU WANT TO SWEAT…
Run Or Dye – North London
Always wanted to do a 5k, but ever so slightly scared fainting from the exertion of it all? Give this fun run a go instead! Taking place in Enfield Park on Saturday at 10am, you’ll not only raise money for Help For Heroes – you’ll also get covered in brightly coloured paint in the process. Dancing round the course is encouraged. Enter here.
Yoga In The Shard – South London
Forget staring at your red face in the mirror during this work out – you’ll be far too busy checking out the horizon instead. This hour-long class is the highest yoga session in Europe – but you won’t half find balancing tricky as a result! £49 for five classes, book here.
Scrambling Lessons – Dundee
Leave your eggs at home, because we’re not talking breakfast (for once). Instead we’re all about this day-long course in rope-free rock climbing. Costing £40, this isn’t for the faint-hearted. But it isfor the fun. Book here.
If YOU WANT TO SPEND MONEY
Rumble In The Jumble – London
Fancy wearing Alexa Chung’s cast offs? Or raiding Caroline Flack’s wardrobe? Head down to Oxfam’s latest celebrity-approved jumble sale on Saturday, which is raising money to help improve gender equality in Myanmar, Burma. (Heads up, Fearne Cotton has donated a Mulberry bag…) Details here.
Seven Dials Spring Shopping – London
We know, we know – braving Central London at the weekend is a mission in itself. But this Saturday between 12-5 it might just be worth it – with 20% off over 120 shops, bars and restaurants around the Seven Dials area, not to mention a deck chair or two. Find out more here.
Festival Of Living Crafts – Hertfordshire
If you’re anywhere near the Hatfield House region, head to the Festival of Living Crafts this weekend, to see hundreds of the country’s best designers display their handiwork. And if you’re feeling arty yourself, there are plenty of workshops to check out too – from rag rugging to wire sculpture making, you’ll be setting up an Etsy shop before you know it. Details here.
LOOK’S PICK OF THE WEEK: Royal Crescent Apartments – Bath
The Tower of London, Big Ben, Edinburgh Castle… We’re all for touring the UK’s top tourist attractions, but what if we told you that you could actually sleep inside one of them?
Bath’s Royal Crescent, located at the top of one of the city’s hilliest hills, is basically a long, curved row of Georgian houses, overlooking the city and surrounding countryside. The buildings are sky high (you’ll hurt your neck trying to see the rooftops) and so magnificent that you feel like you’re stepping onto a 1940s film set. Sure, you couldstop by the museum to have a gander inside the first house on the block, but now English Country Cottages have started renting out a couple of the apartments themselves – and for only £102 per night, it’s waytoo exciting an opportunity to miss.
The apartments themselves are self catering – meaning you can pop down to the bakery on the corner for fresh pastries if you want, or just scoff a bowl of Cornflakes you’ve picked up from the supermarket the day before. But if luxury is more your cup of breakfast tea, fear not – with Royal Crescent Hotel next door, you have full access to their restaurant (and spa!) during your stay, too.
And if that isn’t enough to make you grab your toothbrush and book a train ticket immediately, how’s this for an excitement factor: the beds are huge. And come with SIX pillows.
Toldcha it’d be worth it.