Written by Hannah Dolan


The Weekend’s Top 5

What are you up to in the next few days? Don’t know? Then Hannah Dolan has a treat for you.

Young urban red fox (Vulpes vulpes) poking its head up over a wall. Bristol, August. Photo by Sam Hobson.

Young urban red fox (Vulpes vulpes) poking its head up over a wall. Bristol, August. Photo: Sam Hobson.

What: Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Where: Natural History Museum, London
When: All weekend (ends 10 September 2017)
Cost: Various
Pictures of dogs and cats and stuff, but like, THE BEST pictures of dogs and cats and stuff. A hundred-ish images chosen from 55,000 entries, photos so real you feel like you could reach in and touch the fur but you can’t.
Try your best not to laugh about the fact that this year’s competition is sponsored by DONG ENERGY as you browse; it’s a proper gallery you know, very highbrow.
Tell me more: here

What: Broomstick Workshop
Where: Crombie Country Park, Angus
When: Sunday (plus Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 October)
Cost: £3.10 per broomstick
This is about 250 miles from where I live but I might go anyway because you get to MAKE YOUR OWN FUCKING BROOMSTICK. Mine would, of course, be just like the ones off of cartoons and not at all a sparse, amateur effort. I will see you there, yes?
Tell me more: here

Grand Designs Live
Where: NEC, Birmingham
When: All weekend
Cost: Various (but 2 tickets for £22 with the code gdl22)
I like the episodes of Grand Designs where it’s hippies and they’re making their house out of yoghurt pots and elephant shit. I much prefer them to the smug fuckers who spend 800 grand on something that has to be PERFECT.
Anyway, there’ll be none of that here but there will be talks, experts to grill and so many light fixtures to choose from, it’ll send you into a brain cramp so bad you’ll just have to live where you’re stood.
Tell me more: here

Boo at the Zoo
Where: ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, Dunstable
When: Saturday & Sunday (ends 31 Oct)
Cost: Various (SPECIAL OFFER: Free pumpkin carving with every child ticket booked online)
I know they name these things so they’re attractive to children but they’re attractive to me too, goddammit. I want to Boo at the Zoo; why do kids get to Boo at the Zoo?
The zoo are doing (boo-ing?) Halloween themed versions of their animal talks; there’s a ghost hunt; it says here there’s a ghoul school, whatever that is. I want to go to ghoul school. It’s probably not ghouls in the traditional sense where they rob graves and eat the dead BUT YOU NEVER KNOW.
Tell me more: here

What: CSF Wrestling: Saturday Night SLAM!
Where: Hutton Moor Leisure Centre, Weston-Super-Mare
When: Saturday
Cost: £10 (Family ticket £35)
Wrestling is having a bit of a renaissance at the minute, loads of homegrown WWE contenders have been springing up, bringing the showmanship and glamour of semi-naked men grappling to places like Hutton Moor Leisure Centre on Saturday. The CSF has been operating since 1998 and as such they should know exactly what they’re doing, even if their website looks like it was also made in 1998.
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.