Written by Hannah Dolan


The Weekend’s Top 5

Need a plan for the next few days? Will hugs, donkeys and records do it for you? Hannah Dolan tells us more.

Hygge Tipi Cafe Pop Up Bar
Where: Cannon Hall Museum, Barnsley
When: All weekend
Cost: FREE
According to this, following the sudden 2016 winter trend us Brits are embracing the Danish way of living known as ‘Hygge’, which is related to our word ‘hug’ and is about comfort, or more accurately, comforting others. Now, I know I’m not the only one that had a super shitty 2016 but I was 100 per cent not aware of this trend.
‘Tipi’ I can’t help you with though; you’ll have to ask somebody. So this is a cosy, chilled-out pop-up cafe, where they’ll probably have big cushions for you to scream into (or sit on I guess) and I think I want to live there.
Tell me more: here

Cover Stories – What Binding Says About Books
Where: The Sir Duncan Rice Library, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen
When: All weekend (ends 28 May)
Cost: FREE
They say, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” but you totally can; don’t let anybody tell you how to live. The University of Aberdeen has obviously been stewing over that phrase for quite some time and finally flipped a bunch of tables and are now slamming this exhibition gently into people’s faces.
You’ll see examples of the finest luxury coverings, through to the purely utilitarian. A fine leather volume with lions tooled in gold for Prince Henry Stuart; a mathematical text wrapped in waste manuscript for daily use by the Renaissance scholar Duncan Liddel; a work of fiction bound in an Arts and Crafts chintz designed by William Morris.
The exhibition also presents covers that illustrate the moment in the mid-1800s when the art of bookbinding changed from being the means of customising a text for an individual into a new graphic art of book design aimed at the mass market. Judge away.
Tell me more: here

Record Store Day
Where: Nationwide
When: Saturday
Cost: Various
MAGICAL DISC DAY! I used to run a little record shop and I’m still amazed and befuddled at how the music comes out of the little scratchy ridges! Or a magnet or whatever cassettes are. It is witchcraft I tell you.
Anyway, you must know what Record Store Day is by now, it’s been going for years. If not, it’s your yearly reminder to support local and independent businesses, specifically on this occasion the ones that sell music. There are usually extra special limited releases to tempt you in because you don’t want to be the only person who didn’t get that one ace thing on the weird coloured vinyl.
Tell me more: here

The Donkey Sanctuary Spring Fair
Where: The Donkey Sanctuary, Leeds
When: Saturday, 10am-3pm
Cost: FREE
If you don’t like donkeys then NO BISCUITS FOR YOU! Go sit in the corner, bad human, you have no soul. Let’s be honest, you should want to visit the Donkey Sanctuary any day of the week but I guess an added fair is always a bonus.
The good donkey folks have laid on an indoor craft market of local traders, stalls and games for the kidlets who maybe aren’t as keen on the donkeys as they thought they’d be. There will also be a food hall for you to gorge on homemade yums. All with added bouncy castle (I love me a bouncy castle).
For the donkey lovers, the website speaks of a “Donkey interactive yard” which I’m assuming is somewhere where you can touch a donk on the badonk-a-donk. *leans into mic* ON THE BADONK A DONK.
Tell me more: here

What: What Do I Need to Do to Make It OK?
Where: National Craft and Design Centre, Sleaford
When: All weekend (ends 14 May)
Cost: FREE
Something I say to myself every fucking day, weeping and hyperventilating as society crumbles a little more and my life slips past at an ever increasing speed. Am I oversharing? I have no other outlet for this.
ANYWAY this is a touring exhibition of specially commissioned pieces of work by five artists who have used a variety of skills to explore damage and repair, disease and medicine, and healing and restoration of landscapes, bodies, minds and objects. Just don’t go expecting any answers because there aren’t any, RIGHT GUYS?
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.