Written by Hannah Dolan

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The Weekend’s Top 5

Need a plan for the weekend? Then let Hannah Dolan be your guide.

map
What:
You Are Here: A Journey Through Maps
Where: National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh
When: All weekend (ends 2 April)
Cost: FREE
The copy for this starts with “Maps are everywhere” which I immediately take as a paranoid warning (incorrect assumption to jump to).
I then read, “on our phones, in our cars, on walls, bus stops and adverts. But how much do we really know about them?” which doesn’t help with the red-flag vibe I’m getting. BUT NEVERTHELESS this is an exhibition full of what I like to call science art, and includes the first ever map of Scotland.
Tell me more: here

lego bricks
What:
Brick History
Where: Life Science Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne
When: All weekend (ends 14 May)
Cost: Various
NO! DON’T SKIP THIS ONE! This is NOT about the history of bricks, but the pivotal moments in history made entirely out of Lego pieces! Highlights include huge Lego models of The Big Bang, the onset of the Industrial Revolution and President Obama’s inauguration. Get some history down your kids’ throats without them knowing. THERE IS ALWAYS TIME FOR LEGO.
Tell me more: here

dragon lantern
What:
Magical Lantern Festival
Where: Chiswick House and Gardens, London
When: All weekend (ends 26 February)
Cost: Various
If you’re anything like me, you’ve been to your fair share of lantern festivals, but have you ever been to a MAGICAL Lantern Festival? Now is your chance to rectify that shit out. Celebrating the Chinese New Year, this is a veritable shitstorm of lights and MAGIC and street food and an ice bar for some reason.
This year they’re going with the theme of exploring the Silk Road, but the proper Silk Road trade routes through Asia, not the illegal website Silk Road where you could buy MDMA and a fake driving licence.
Tell me more: here

blue hydrangea jug artworkWhat: Botanica
Where: Sunny Bank Mills Gallery, Leeds
When: All weekend (ends 26 February)
Cost: FREE
Plants are ace, they really are. But this time you’ll see them in a completely different light. Des Pattison and Pat Harvey are painter/print makers who have taken a new look at form, pattern and surface through fusions of print and paint inspired by the, previously mentioned, ace plants. Utterly unique pieces.
Tell me more: here

What: Rock Up
Where: Rock Up, Broadway Plaza, Birmingham
When: All weekend
Cost: Various
This place covers all age ranges for those looking for ACE FUN. For those aged four-104 (they don’t state an age limit), there’s Rock Up & Climb where you’re faced with walls 25ft high and over 70 challenges to choose from.
For the over-twos there’s Rock Up & Play where they have slides, swings, a ball pool, a mini wall climb wall and oodles more obstacles to keep your tigers happy. There’s even a special baby section for the under twos.
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.