Spring has OFFICIALLY arrived and kicked winter squarely in the jingles. Amen. So, on this first official weekend of spring, what are you up to? If you’re not sure, I’ve scooped up some of the best spring events and activities happening around the country for you to enjoy.
Of course, there’s also my Weekend Directory to visit for extra weekend inspiration. Have a great weekend – I’ll be back next week.
Theatre: Richard III | Bristol Old Vic, Bristol
Until 13th April | Daily, 2:30pm – 7:30pm
The story of Richard III has always fascinated me. He was not born to be king, but set his sights on the crown of England. Shakespeare told his story in a unique way, full of deceit, manipulation and violence.
This revelatory new production directed by Headlong Associate Artist, John Haidar, stars Tom Mothersdale (The Glass Menagerie and Peaky Blinders) playing Shakespeare’s iconic villain. A must for all theatre lovers!
Event: Blenheim Palace Charity Run | Oxfordshire
Sun 24th March | 10:30am start
The OX5 Charity Run is Blenheim Palace’s biggest annual fundraiser for the Oxford Children’s Hospital. Last year, the event raised £150,000 and helped buy state-of-the-art equipment at the children’s ward at the Horton General Hospital, Children’s Critical Care Unit at the John Radcliffe and Oxford Children’s Hospital.
Join in the fun this year and you can help raise even more! Runners and walkers of all abilities (aged 14 and over) are welcome. And you can run, jog or walk the five-mile course around the beautiful Blenheim Palace Parkland. £20 to enter.
Drink: Edinburgh West End Gin Festival | Scotland
Sat 23rd and Sun 31st March | From 4:00pm
This weekend the West End of Edinburgh transforms into one almighty gin palace for lovers of the aromatic tipple. This year’s festival promises to be the biggest ever with no fewer than 20 of the Capital’s most popular bars taking part, along with some of Scotland’s best loved gin brands.
Come along and enjoy £5 cocktails and £4 perfect serves across the West End’s participating venues. Each drink will be unique and will bring out the very best flavours in each of the gins on offer. You can also book in for one of many of gin workshops happening throughout the festival.
Hell, I’m in!
Comedy: The Lost Voice Guy | Camberley Theatre, Surrey
Frid 22nd March | 7:30pm
As soon as The Lost Voice Guy heads to my region of the country I am booking tickets! If you haven’t heard of Lee, then Google him immediately. Winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2018, BBC New Comedy Award winner and star and writer of BBC Radio 4’s comedy series, Ability, he proves you don’t need a voice to be funny!
Lee is the first stand-up comedian to use a communication aid to tell jokes. He has performed in some of the UK’s most popular comedy venues as well as in solo shows at festivals including the Edinburgh Fringe, the Brighton Fringe, and the Glasgow International Comedy Festival.
Food: Avocado Show | Bluebird Cafe, Chelsea,London
23rd and 24th March | All day
I’m a late convert to the humble avocado, but now that I am, boy do I love them. If you’re an avo-addict, too, then head to the Bluebird Cafe this weekend. It’s hosting it’s first pop-up with very special guests The Avocado Show – all the way from Amsterdam.
The Avocado Show, is the world’s first all-avocado concept. They will be taking over the Bluebird menu to share some of their most delicious and healthiest dishes, including The Avo Garden, an avocado cut in half and covered with sesame seeds, cumin, smoked paprika and chilli with hummus piped into each half finished with Ghoa and Daikon cress and edible flowers. Hello!
Exhibition: Christian Dior | V&A Museum, London
Until Sun 1st September | Limited tickets
Spanning 1947 to the present day, this exhibition traces the history and impact of one of the 20th century’s most influential couturiers.
It explores the enduring influence of the fashion house, and Dior’s relationship with Britain, featuring some of his most iconic creations and original sketches.
There are also a number of related events running alongside the exhibition – but, unsurprisingly, they too are very popular!