Written by Hannah Dolan


The Weekend’s Top 5

A three-day weekend; what joy. What are you going to fill it with? Hannah Dolan has some suggestions.

What: The Artisan Cider Festival
Where: Brogdale Farm, Kent
When: Saturday and Sunday
Cost: £5-£9
The website for this INSISTS that it’s great to take your kids to but then cites archery as one of the activities, so take that as you wish. There’s also a miniature railway, a tractor tour (because who doesn’t love a tractor), and loads and loads of cider.
Tell me more: here

essential oils
What: Festival Chillout
Where: Neal’s Yard Remedies, Edinburgh
When: All weekend (until 4 September)
Cost: FREE
Not so much a festival itself but a welcome addition to the Edinburgh Fringe. If you’re a performer, a flyerer or just a tired arts fan you should venture away from all the noise and take sanctuary in Neal’s Yard Remedies. Get your hands and arms rubbed nicely, with oils, by professionals in an oasis of calm.
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salvage fairWhat: The Berkshire Decorative Salvage Fair
Where: Beale Park, Reading
When: Saturday and Sunday (finishes on 29 August)
Cost: £5, Under 16s FREE
Just as jumble has been rebranded as vintage, so rag and bone has been upcycled into salvage. You’ll know what to expect here if you’ve ever watched Salvage Hunters on the telly: loads of old furniture at wildly variable prices. Maybe you’ll find a bargain; maybe you’ll spend £800 on one of those wooden chairs you used to sit on at primary school; WHO KNOWS?
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What: The Room
Where: The Electric Cinema, Birmingham
When: Friday
Cost: £5-£14
See the worst film of all time in the oldest working cinema in the country. Feels like something of a travesty put like that.

The Room
The Electric in Birmingham has cheap standard seats or fancy-pants expensive seats with waiters and booze, and if you’re not familiar with the film itself, then you’re in for an experience you won’t forget. If you have seen The Room before, then you know exactly what to expect: spoons.
Tell me more: here

Photo: Amalia Yusta.

Photo: Amalia Yusta.

What: The Notting Hill Carnival
Where: Notting Hill, London
When: Sunday and Monday
Cost: FREE
Founded 50 years ago to showcase the steel band musicians who played in Earls Court every weekend, the carnival has grown into the largest street festival in Europe. Music, food, history, culture and a Children’s Parade. What more do you want?
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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.