Let’s cut to the chase, the weekend is upon us. Praise be. And if you’re struggling for ideas for things to do this weekend (the weekend of lurve, you could say), I’ve a few that might flutter your heart.
Remember, there’s also my Weekend Directory to visit for extra inspiration if you need it. Ps: If you do end up going to one of these sweet things below, swing by the comments below and let me know!
Professor Brian Cox Live | Manchester Arena
Sat 9th | 6:30pm
Having set two Guinness World Record titles with his previous sell-out live UK and Ireland tour, Professor Brian Cox, OBE is heading back out on the road with a brand new show for, Professor Brian Cox Live 2019.
I’ve included him in my list, because Prof. Cox is my secret geeky crush (don’t judge me) and I’d love to spend an evening with him – so to speak. In this show he’ll be taking audiences to the edge of our current understanding about the origin and evolution of our Solar System and the Universe.
Brian will also be joined by co-host of The Infinite Monkey Cage and award-winning comedian Robin Ince to oversee an audience Q&A, giving fans the chance to ask any questions they have and making every show unique.
Valentine’s Dog Walk | Hampstead Heath, London
Sun 10th | 11am – 12pm
Take your much-loved best friend for a walk this Sunday and help raise funds for the charity, All Dogs Matter, for their rescuing and rehoming work. The walk leaves from the Garden Gate pub on Hampstead Heath (NW3 2QE) , it’s £5 per dog for the walk, and the most loved-up human and pooch wins a prize.
Register at the Garden Gate pub from 10.00am and grab yourself a hot drink. Afterwards, take the weight off your paws with a hearty pub lunch. Woof woof.
BFG in Pictures | York Art Gallery
Sat 9th and Sun 10th | 10am – 5pm
The BFG is one of my all time favourite children’s books. If I was near York this weekend, I’d definitely be going to this: an exhibition of original Quentin Blake illustrations, prepared for Roald Dahl’s classic story The BFG.
Curated by Quentin Blake, the exhibition contain 40 original artworks, including rarely seen unpublished illustrations of The BFG, that were included in first designs but then, after consultation with Dahl, were not used when the book was published for the first time in 1982.
They provide a unique insight into the character development of one of the most iconic characters in children’s literature. On until 24th Feb.
Les Miserables on Tour | Festival Theatre Edinburgh
Sat 9th and Sun 10th | Showtimes range from: 2pm – 7:30pm
When I saw Les miserables in the West End is was incredible. If you haven’t yet seen it, now’s your chance: Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed Broadway production of Les Misérables is now touring the UK.
The show is hitting 5 venues this year, starting at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh. It’ll then move on to Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham and Milton Keynes.
Sleep Magic Workshop | National Museum Cardiff
Sat 9th Feb | 2pm
Anyone who knows me knows that sleeping is one of my favourite past-times. I think I’m part tortoise. So spending a Saturday exploring the sleep state with lucid dreaming expert, Sarah Janes, certainly plumps my pillow.
The workshop is inspired by the tradition of ‘dream incubation’, practiced in sleep temples across the ancient world. And gives you the chance to try simple tricks and techniques that will help you become conscious whilst in a dream.