Things to do this weekend 21/4


Things to do this weekend 21/4

What's on and where to go this weekend

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By Emily Baker on

What's on and where to go this weekend

By Emily Baker on
  • Travel to Indonesia

    Michael Morpurgo’s 2009 children’s book, Running Wild, has been adapted into a stunning stage show and it’s showing at The Lowry in Salford this weekend. Lilly is excited to travel to Indonesia with her mum, but even more excited to ride an elephant. However, once atop Oona the elephant, a devastating tsunami hits – sending Lilly and Oona charging into the jungle. Tickets are available here.

  • Learn about tea

    Apparently, there’s a National Tea Day on Saturday, but Britons would be hard pushed to drink more of the stuff. Instead, pay homage to tea by brushing up on your history and leaf knowledge with Louise Cheadle and Nick Kilby of Teapigs’s Book Of Tea. There are also recipes and a guide to growing your own tea, though I wouldn’t give up on the PG Tips just yet – tea leaves need a lot of looking after.

  • Watch, don’t run

    If you’re one of the brave people running the London Marathon this weekend, you’ve already sorted your weekend plans. For the rest of us comparatively lazy people, we’ll be spending our Sunday morning on the sofa with an egg sandwich, looking out for the best charity costumes. Broadcast starts at 8:30 in the morning on BBC2 but, if you’re not a morning person, don’t worry, the highlights are shown at 6pm and 11:30pm the same day.

  • Remember Prince

    It’s been whole year since The Purple One passed away and, since then, things have gone from bad to worse. Spend the weekend listening to his back catalogue, donning your most extravagant purple outfits and partying like it’s 1999. For those who aren’t satisfied with the classics, a new and unheard Prince EP is currently in a legal battle with his estate, but due soon!

  • Step into spring

    Spring is well and truly here, so there’s absolutely no excuse to stay indoors all weekend. To encourage you out even further, the Chepstow walking festival is on all weekend, with ramblers flocking to the Wye Valley, which has been classed as an Area of Outstanding Beauty. Tickets to the official festival are essential and can be booked here, but there are plenty of trails detailed on the Chepstow walking website, too.

  • Listen to vinyl

    Saturday is Record Store Day, so time to get down to your local record shop to see what special releases they have on offer – over 500 special releases are due on the day, from a David Bowie re-release to the Space Jam soundtrack. You might also find a gig going on at any given record store – Rough Trade East in London have Valerie June and Maximo Park playing live and signing records. You can find out about other Record Store Day events here.

  • Meet your new sporting hero

    The Happiest Day In The Life Of Olli Mäki isn’t your typical sports movie and there’s certainly no Rocky protagonist. Instead we follow Olli Mäki, a Finnish lightweight boxer who almost won the Featherweight Championship in the 60s. The film is shot in black and white, adding a romanticism not only to Mäki’s sport, but also his love story with Raija. If The Happiest Day In The Life Of Olli Mäki is good enough to win at Cannes, it’s certainly good enough for us.

  • Learn about lies

    Lies – or “fake news” – have been a hot topic for a while now, making comedian Katie Bonna’s new Soho theatre show all the more interesting. She’s giving a TED talk on the science of lying, an interesting format since it’s a lie in itself – TED haven’t asked her to do any such thing. Bonna attempts to explain how lies can stem from tiny white lies into international issues, like Trump and Brexit, all with a wicked sharp wit. The show ends on May 6 before going on tour around the UK.

  • Book now for later

    This year marks the 10th anniversary of Liverpool Sound City, so they’ve pulled out the big guns in terms of headliners with The Human League, The Velvet Underground and Metronomy on the main stages. It’s not all about the music – there are digital installations and films to be seen, too. What’s more, you don’t have to book whole weekend tickets, as individual tickets for the headliners are available, too.

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