Written by Hannah Dolan


The Weekend’s Top 5

Got a plan for the weekend? No? Then let Hannah Dolan tickle your fancy.

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What: Liverpool Comedy Festival
Where: Various venues, Liverpool
When: All weekend (ends 2 Oct)
Cost: Various
It’s always a winner when a big old comedy nerd sets up a comedy festival JUST so he can book a shit ton of comedians that he loves. HI GAV CROSS! Gav’s gang of funny fuckers will smash their skills right down your mouth hole. Just like I did to that muffin I had yesterday.
As an added bonus, our very own social media gremlin, Kath Hughes, is on day release from her Standard Issue box as she’s one quarter of awesome sketch group Gein’s Family Giftshop who are performing on Sunday. Also one of our founders, Kiri Pritchard-McLean (pictured) will be performing her solo show, Hysterical Woman. I saw it in Edinburgh during the festival, one of my fave shows all month. She’s also a quarter of Gein’s Family Giftshop (a different quarter to Kath’s quarter).
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Belldenden Road reserve
What: Bellenden Road Open Day
Where: Bellenden Road Nature Garden, London
When: Saturday
Cost: FREE
Try your best to ignore the childish urge that the name Bellenden Road inspires in you and enjoy the work the London Wildlife Trust has done on this former bomb site in Peckham. The site isn’t normally open to the public as it is a nature reserve, but the open day gives you the opportunity to check out the wildflowers, try to spot some toads, chat with the volunteers that keep it all together and just generally pretend that you aren’t in Peckham.
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FuturefestWhat: FutureFest
Where: Tobacco Dock, London
When: Saturday and Sunday
Cost: £25-£80
A festival about the future, but today! A bit like those world’s fair/futurama things that people in American fiction are always holding, Futurefest is a whole mess of exhibitions, talks and ‘experiences’ looking at what life will be like 10, 20, a million years from now.
As anybody who’s ever seen old episodes of Tomorrow’s World will tell you, all these predictions will almost certainly be WRONG AS HELL but that won’t stop all the fun of the speculation. There might even be robots and who doesn’t love a robot?
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wool-against-weaponsWhat: Wool Against Weapons: 100 Years of Women Campaigning for Peace
Where: Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh
When: All weekend (ends 1 Oct)
Cost: FREE
Ahahaha, what? Oh, OK, that does make sense. Wool Against Weapons promises storytelling, songs and knitting all in celebration and service of WILPF (which stands for Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, NOT Woodpecker I’d Like To Politely Fuck). They’ll be showing off their seven-mile peace scarf, which is crazy impressive. I mean, how long is your peace scarf? EXACTLY.
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What: Festival of Thrift
Where: Kirkleatham Museum, Redcar
When: Saturday and Sunday
Cost: FREE
The FOURTH annual Festival of Thrift is upon us, if by us you mean the pretty much just people of Redcar and surrounding areas. It’s well known these days that millennials are broke, broke, broke.

The festival aims to address this as well as the ecological and environmental damages of endless consumerism with a celebration of homemade foods and secondhand shit, or upcycling as people insist on calling it now. They’ve also got music and art and stuff, you know; it’s a festival. OF THRIFT.
Tell me more: here


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Written by Hannah Dolan

Hannah Dolan is getting better at making eye contact but only just. She likes biscuits and knitwear, even in summer, and quietly sings to herself if she forgets where she is.