Living for the weekend….. 11th and 12th of August, all over the UK

Having done lots last weekend, I’m excited about even more adventures this weekend! We have Friday off, so we’re heading to a beer festival in London, then up to Leeds to see family as well as the nearby scarecrow festival!  And as we’re travelling all over this weekend I thought I’d share some ideas for things to do all over the UK…..

The Great British Beer Festival opens its doors this week for five days of boozy fun. You can expect over 800 different real ales, ciders and foreign beers, as well as lots of foods, music and activities.

It’s £8 to get in (£6 for CAMRA members) and runs until Sunday at Olympia.

I am SO excited about going to this! I love a scare crow, and I’ve loved the little festivals I’ve seen before whilst driving through little villages sporting a good collection. The idyllic Dales village of Kettlewell has been hosting fund-raising scare crow events for nearly 20 years, and the residents really do love to get involved. The community works tirelessly to showcase amazing scarecrows and provide fun activities for visitors, as well as arranging refreshments and things. This year there will be a scarecrow trail, with clues and prizes…it’s just £1 for adults and 50p for children. Sounds like a wonderful day out! Can’t wait!

The festival runs until the 19th August and you can find more info here.

Now entering its third year, Strawberry Fields Festival is widely regarded as one of the fastest growing and most exciting new festivals in the UK. Located at the heart of the National Forest in rural Leicestershire, the festival will this year play host to some awesome acts…..including the Charlatans. In fact, that’s what caught my attention….they really are amazing live and it’s well worth a look in with day tickets from just £25.

Still with music….. this weekend also sees the famous Brecon Jazz Festival. There are over 22 concerts programmed, as well as workshops and classes. Legend Dionne Warwick will be performing too, and you can still get hold of tickets for the various events from around £10.

And in Ireland, my pick would have to be the Carlingford Oyster Festival. Featuring competitions, crafts, activities, tastings and entertainment, as well as lots of other yummy foods from Artisan food stalls, there is so much to do beyond scoffing oysters (although that is enough of a  draw in itself). You can expect face painting, sand castle building, kayaking and even a Teddy Bear’s picnic! Lots of events are free, with others costing around €15.  I wish I could go!

Hope you get to enjoy your weekend wherever you are!

Ems x

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