Chow down on Leicestershire’s biggest export, or explore the real Winterfell just outside of Belfast. Here are our top things to do this weekend.
1) Get MADE in Birmingham
Head to Digbeth for a day (and night) of big beats and exciting visuals at the famous Digbeth Triangle, as MADE Festival returns for another year.
Expect to be aurally delighted by the likes of Chase & Status, Gorgon City, Sub Focus and other acts from the world of drum and bass and house. Don’t forget your dancing shoes.
Top tip: Get yourself all glammed up for a night out with a visit to Le Keux Vintage Salon in the nearby Custard Factory. Here you can be primped and preened to look like you’ve stepped out of another era.
Dates: 29 July
Cost: £55 entry
Get there: Closest station is Birmingham Moor Street. - 1h42 from London Marylebone and 1h46 from Manchester Piccadilly.
2) Fight the White Walkers in Portaferry
July marks the epic return of Game of Thrones to our screens, and if your thirst for Westeros and the Seven Kingdoms needs to be quenched, why not take a trip to the real-life Winterfell.
Just 50 minutes from Belfast stands the castle, complete with direwolves, tours and more. Prepare for Winter with some archery to protect your house and avoid ending up like 95% of your favourite characters.
Top tip: Heading back to Belfast, throw off your medieval garb and switch up for a modern spot in the city. Made In Belfast serve up top cocktails at three locations to help you rest up before any further battles.
Dates: Ongoing, see website for details
Cost: £29 - £99pp dependant on group size
Get there: Closest bus station is Downpatrick. 50 minutes from Adelaide Street in Belfast on the 215.
3) Eat all the pies in Leicestershire
Flaky, thick and filled with yummy flavours, that is the definition of a decent pie. And so, it makes sense that a celebration of this pastry perfection, UK PieFest, would be situated in the spiritual home of the great British Pork Pie, Melton Mowbray.
As well as plenty of flavours and types on offer, there are talks and demonstrations, as well as beer, cheese, wine and chutneys to try.
Top tip: If you fancy a little something to chase down all the pies on offer, check out the local Belvoir Brewery. This small brewery has been in operation since 1995 and even produced a stilton flavoured beer.
Dates: 29 – 30 July
Cost: Tickets are £3
Get there: Closest station is Melton Mowbray – 1hr36 minutes from London St Pancras, 3h39 from Cardiff
4) Plough down to FarmFest in Somerset
When you think of heading down to a rural country farm, the last thing you’d expect to see is a sea of glitter and revellers. However, if you head down to FarmFest in Somerset this weekend, you’ll be seeing more dancing than dairy cows.
Plan your weekend around acts like Roots Manuva, DJ Yoda and Talking Heads, plus the not-to-be-missed Hat Competition for the best millinery on show.
Top tip: Fed up with the dirt and grime of the festival? For some lovely clean aesthetics take a trip to Caro Somerset, in Bruton. Not only does this place sell awesome Scandi clothing and homewares but they also serve coffee and even have a micro-hotel.
Date: 28 – 29 July
Cost: £89 for a weekend ticket
Get there: Closest station is Bruton – 1hr55 from London Paddington, 1hr41 from Southampton, 1hr10 from Bristol.
5) Explore art around Edinburgh
Launching this week, for a month-long celebration of beauty, aesthetics and more, Edinburgh hosts its annual Art Festival.
Scour the city, exploring nooks and crannies to find exhibitions and events from all walks. From the Stairwell Project to True to Life, all about realist paintings from the 20s and 30s.
So why not make a holiday of it? Explore some new horizons and discover even more of what Britain offers.
Top tip: For a little dose of Americana in the middle of an ancient Scottish city, take a trip over to Wild West, Morningside. This curious place was built in the 90s and provides some unusual backdrops for your pictures. You can even rent an Air BnB round here too.
Date: 27 July - 27 August
Cost: Events individually ticketed, many are free of charge
Get there: Closest station is Waverley - 4hr17 from London Kings Cross or 55mins from Glasgow Queen Street.