Things to do this weekend 12/08


Things to do this weekend 12/08

What's on and where to go this weekend

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By Kuba Shand-Baptiste on

What's on and where to go this weekend

By Kuba Shand-Baptiste on
  • Watch a show and grab a free drink at Edinburgh Festival

    Get a Round, the shameless comedy about friendship, belonging and big, messy nights out from cabaret trio Eggs Collective, is one of many shows generating interest at the Edinburgh Fringe this month. Running until August 25 at Summerhall, the show will later form part of BBC Two's upcoming arts showcase, Performance Live, so catch it now while it's hot.

    And if you're still parched after hitting up all the shows that Edinburgh has to offer, Hendrick’s Gin have been putting punters’ scientific skills to the test with cocktail-related experiments. For a chance to get a free gin and tonic, head down to the next ‘lab session’ at Assembly George Square Gardens, Edinburgh. Entry (from 12pm-11pm until August 13) is free with no ticket required.

  • Party in the park

    Disco Loco, Hackney Showrooms’ free annual festival complete with live music, performance art and a cabaret stage, returns to Springfield Park in London this Saturday. Check out Destiny’s Child drag tribute act, The Michelles; world record-breaking hula hooping troupe, Marawa's Majorettes; and Afro-Fusion group K.O.G and the Zongo Brigade.

  • Go Vegan for a day

    In addition to attempting to expand vegan culinary knowledge beyond beans and dairy substitutes, Liverpool’s Viva Vegan festival boasts cruelty-free cosmetics, talks on vegan activism and of course, lots and lots of food stalls. The festival runs from 10am-5pm this Saturday. Entry is £3 for over-16s.

  • Live out your Parisian fantasy in London

    Immerse yourself in all things French as Covent Garden becomes “Covent Jardin” for the last time this year. Take a conversational French lesson at Aubaine’s, drink signature French 75 cocktails at a number of bars and restaurants and head over to NARS for a beauty masterclass’ run by their lead make-up artist.

  • Wish upon a star

    The peak of the annual Perseid meteor shower is set to be a stunning affair. With 150 meteors expected to whizz across the night sky per hour, the best display is anticipated to take place on Saturday night, although the shower may still be visible on the nights of the 11th and 13th. Head out to the nearest open space venue far from trees and buildings, set up camp and star gaze.

  • Make a Cornish pasty

    Cornucopia, the UK’s first Pasty Heritage Centre and self-described “Box Park meets Chelsea Market, New York”, is the Cornwall-based hotspot for all things pasty, this summer. Opening this Friday, visitors can tuck into the range of traditional pasties on sale, bake their own pasty or learn about the history of the popular snack. More information here.

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    Celebrate women in film

    We may be used to accepting continually poor representations of women in the film industry, but not next weekend. The London Feminist Film Festival is hosting a slew of brilliant films and insightful talks that are sure to serve as refreshing breaks from bog-standard summer blockbusters. There will be 18 films and seven events between August 17-20 , including sessions on visibility and a BFI screening of the 1977 Iranian classic, The Sealed Soil, so take your pick.



    Release your inner warrior

    Swap your gym trainers for spikes and take to the rugby field with these introductory contact rugby “Warrior Camps” for women. Hosted by the Rugby Football Union, the camps will be available all over England. Participants can sign up for more information here.

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