Pugs, rubber ducks and astonishing lego: 5 fabulous things to do this weekend (Jan 10-12)

Posted on 10th Jan 2020. In This weekend.

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How’s your 2020 going? Feeling refreshed and invigorated? Or struggling to get out of bed? Getting back into a routine can be tough after Christmas – but, hell, forget about routine until Monday – it’s the friggin weekend right now.

As always, we’ve some fun things do this weekend and because we know how tight things can be in January, we’ve found free or very cheap events. Happy New Year!

PS: For more ideas on what to do this weekend, there’s also the Weekend Directory. Oh, and if you do go to any of the events below, swing by the comments below and let us know!


Event | Rubber Duck Race, Pittville Park, Cheltenham

Sun 12th Jan | Tickets: Free | 11am – 1pm

Cheltenham’s annual tradition of racing rubber ducks started some years ago and comes back every year because it’s so popular. It’s a fun family-friendly event and, this year, it’s being held in aid of the Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice in the town.

Bring your own little ducklings along to Cheltenham’s beautiful Pittville Park on Sunday morning and join in the quackers action. You can sponsor a duck, hook a duck and, of course, race ducks.

As well as the race there’ll also be plenty of other family fun and entertainment about. Best of all, it’s for a great cause!


Event | Veganuary Kari & Sambal Masterclass, Birmingham

Sat 11th Jan | Tickets: £50pp 

Are you doing  Veganuary? Good for you! Then how does a Sri Lankan kari and sambal masterclass sound? Delish – too right!

Head to Quadas Living in Sutton Colefield this weekend where Gayani Gold Dust HQ will show you how to cook incredible vegan food.

You’ll create a traditional lentil curry, jackfruit mallum, okra baddum, polsambal. For an even healthier option, you can also create muringa and cassava. You just need to bring an apron, knife and chopping board – and an empty stomach!

This fabulous masterclass costs £50 per person, or if you book for two people you’ll save £10. It’s a popular hands-on class and not to be missed for all you plant-based Birmingham folk. Remember to save us a portion!


Event | Pug Walk, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Sun 12th Jan | Tickets: FREE

Their little squished faces, their curly tails, pugs are just the CUTEST. Well, this Sunday you are invited to the monthly Stratford-Upon-Avon pug walk! Whether you have your own little pug or not come along for a January hike to burn off the Christmas calories in the company of hundreds of pugs!

Get on your walking boots or wellies this Sunday and go walkies. The meet-up point is Stratford Greenway at 10am this Sunday. We can’t think of a better way to exercise this weekend to be honest.


Event | Jumble Up Jumble Sale, Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich

Sat 12th Jan | Tickets: FREE

Fancy bargain hunting this weekend? Well, if so, Norwich Arts Centre have teamed up with Fierce Babe Norwich and are running their classic Jumble Sale, Jumble Up! It’s a good old-fashioned jumble sale where you can find second-hand treasures to spend your Christmas dosh on. Think: music, books, clothes, bric-a-brac and more.

Doors open at 11am and shut at 3pm, but a bit of advice, if you want to get the best quality bargains you’ll want to get there as soon as doors open because all the best buys get picked up so quickly.


Exhibition | The Art of Brick, Great Northern Warehouse, Manchester

22 Nov – 20 Apr | Tickets: £14.50

Heralded by CNN as a global ‘must-see exhibition’, The Art of the Brick has returned to the UK after five years touring around the world.

It arrived at the Great Northern Warehouse in Manchester in November last year and the exhibition will run until April this year.

Featuring more than 75 pieces, the exhibition focuses exclusively on the use of LEGO bricks as an art form, with Los Angeles-based artist Nathan Sawaya creating pieces of art ranging from 3D sculptures to oversized portraits.


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