What To Do In The UK This Week: Bloggers Tell Us

24 November 2014 by

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Manchester 24th -30th November

"The [a target="_blank" href="http://www.manchester.gov.uk/info/500241/christmas_markets/5687/manchester_christmas_markets_visitor_information_and_travel/2">Christmas Markets[/a] have landed!  The fabulous city-wide markets are bigger than ever this year spreading across town with two new sites.  Get festive with mulled wine, nutella crepes and countless other delicious food and gift stalls.  Locals will know the delights of the markets well and for the out-of-towners - all I can say is that it's the best time of year to pay us a visit!"

Aberdeen 24th – 30th November

"As someone who has grown up with Golden Retrievers for most of my life, going for a walk has become one of my favourite things to do - with a dog or without dog.

One of my favourite local woods is Kirkhill Woods.Located just outside Aberdeen, Kirkhill is a working woodland popular with walkers, cyclists and horse riders. If you do visit, then make a point of following one of the trails and you will be rewarded with spectacular views at the top!"

Belfast 24th -30th November

"Step out of ‘Spare Oom’ and into the magical world of C.S. Lewis as the eponymous [a target="_blank" href="http://www.communitygreenway.co.uk/CSLewisFestival">festival[/a] of the Belfast born writer gets underway this week. The festival celebrates all things Clive Staples from his life to his writing legacy with workshops, theatre, exhibitions, story telling sessions and even a special Narnia breakfast. The festival will take place across various venues in East Belfast where C.S. Lewis spent his childhood and perhaps even got his inspiration for The Chronicles as there are still a few fantastical creatures to be seen around those parts of the city if you’re lucky!"

Bristol 24th – 30th November

"Situated next to [a target="_blank" href="/weblogEntries/%20http:/www.bristol.gov.uk/page/business/st-nicholas-market">St. Nicholas' Market[/a], the Bristol Farmer's Market is back with a Christmas twist. Stall holders will be selling delicious, locally produced treats, allowing you to cut out the middle man and buy directly from the source! This will be held on Corn Street and Wine Street, but it's definitely worth popping into St Nicholas' covered market to browse the independent retailers and (even more) food stalls."

Hull 24th – 30th November

I got married at [a target="_blank" href="http://www.rowleymanor.com/">Rowley[/a], and it's beautiful in the summer.... But if you want a piece of cosy winter luxury right now, this is the perfect place.
Have afternoon tea (with an extra glass of cava!) and relax next to roaring open fires afterwards. So snug and perfect for that festive feeling.

Norwich 24th – 30th November

"On Sunday 30th November why not pop along to Lou Lou's Norwich Vintage Fair - it's a Christmas Special! If you haven't heard of Lou Lou's they've been awarded the best vintage fair in the UK, so it's definitely worth a look if you're free! Get on down to St Andrew's Hall from 11am to check out their amazing vintage fashions and homewears. Also Flamingo amy will be styling hair and makeup and Biddy's tea room will be serving up delights in their pop up tea parlour!

Entry is £2, under 12's go free. Email mail@flamingoamy.co.uk for appointments."

Sheffield 24th – 30th November

"I’ve never seen a Christmas market line up like it. [a target="_blank" href="http://www.simt.co.uk/kelham-island-museum/whats-on/22nd-victorian-christmas-market-kelham-island-museum">Kelham Island’s Victorian Christmas market[/a] will have festive stalls featuring food and gifts from around the world as well as our very own steel city. Plus, there’s a line up of bands on the stage to keep shoppers entertained and Santa with his reindeers in his grotto. It’ll be a real Dickensian affair!"

Surrey 24th – 30th November

"Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park isn’t the only place to go in the South East to start feeling Christmassy. [a target="_blank" href="https://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley">Wisley gardens[/a], owned by the Royal Horticultural Society, launched its Christmas shop last week, and was opened by their ambassador Mary Berry. So you can go for a long walk round the beautiful gardens, enjoy a leisurely lunch made using ingredients grown on site in the abundant vegetable garden, before decking your entire house with Christmas decorations in the shop. Perfect!"


Cheshire 24th – 30th November

"This week if your feeling festive and want to get into the Christmas party swing head to [a target="_blank" href="http://www.theknutsfordwinebar.co.uk/">The Knutsford Wine Bar[/a] in Cheshire. They have live music every Thursday and Friday night along with great food and delicious cocktails. I like to spend my Sundays there too, with live acoustic music to accompany a roast by the open fire."


Aberdeen 10th - 16th November

"A finalist at the National Vintage Awards, Candy Belle Vintiques is fast becoming one of the must-have vintage events to attend in Aberdeen. It is also one of my personal favourites to pick up vintage pieces.With their festive event taking place on Saturday 15th November, it is the perfect place to perhaps pick up a few vintage treats for yourself before the Christmas rush or even to start your Christmas shopping."

Belfast 10th - 16th November

"It’s time to roll out the barrel as [a href="http://www.belfastbeerfestival.co.uk" target="_blank">Belfast’s Beer Festival[/a] approaches from 13-15 November at the Ulster Hall. The event will host an extensive list of crafted ales, cask beers, local ciders and lovingly produced perries from around the British Isles. There will be live music and food stalls to accompany the sampling of 100+ beers from both established and new breweries, a fifth of which are brewed locally. So don’t let the draft outside put you off, just hop on down, it’s the yeast you can do!"

Bristol 10th - 16th November

"Join Union J and Ella Rothwell at [a href="http://www.mallcribbs.com/union_j.php" target="_blank">The Mall Cribbs Causeway[/a] where they'll be switching on the Christmas lights and performing to a crowd of up to 10,000! Tickets are available in exchange for a donation to The Grand Appeal, the official charity of Bristol Children's Hospital. Get into the Christmas spirit and help support a worthy cause!"

Cheshire 10th - 16th November

"One of my absolute favourite ways to spend an afternoon in Cheshire is to hit all the charity shops in Alderley Edge. This area is known for its wealth and glamour, so the charity shops really do not disappoint. Victoria Beckham used to be spotted dropping her used items off years ago. There are at least 6 of them dotted along the main road, and each holds its fair share of treasures; from furs to jewels to designer handbags. Head there this week and I promise you won't be disappointed!"

Hull 10th - 16th November

"I love the after work club at [a href="http://www.bar82.com/" target="_blank">Bar 82[/a]! On a Friday, selected cocktails are just £5 or why not try a cheese and meat board with cocktails for £20. The selection of cheese and meat is perfect - we couldn't decide and had to double up. The bar is cosy and quirky with lovely outdoor areas too. Perfect for relaxing after work."

Leeds 10th - 16th November

"I adore this staggeringly beautiful park in North Leeds with it's captivating gardens and enchanting forest. [a href="https://plus.google.com/115067062471907591595/about?gl=uk&hl=en" target="_blank">Golden Acre[/a] is currently ablaze with the colours of Autumn-beautiful!-With a popular tea room and lakeside walks and bike trails for all the family, it's my happy place."

Manchester 10th - 16th November

"Fancy sipping cocktails at the Hilton Manchester's iconic bar in the sky, [a href="http://www.cloud23bar.com/" target="_blank">Cloud 23[/a]? After being whisked up to the twenty-third floor by an express lift you’ll find yourself surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows and unrivalled panoramic views over the city.  What’s more, the resident mixologists have been working on a whole new menu of delicious winter drinks inspired by the city's heritage.  A truly Manchester experience!"

Norwich 10th - 16th November

"Now Halloween is over we can officially start thinking about Christmas! If you're in Norwich this week on Thursday evening head on down to the [a href="http://castlemallnorwich.co.uk/" target="_blank">Castle Mall[/a] from 5pm for an evening of festive family fun and see the Mall lights being switched on! All stores will be open for late night shopping too, and there will be craft workshops, santa's grotto, reindeers and christmas choirs."

Sheffield 10th - 16th November

"Who doesn't love a Ted Talk? From the inspiring to the funny, TED Talks have become something of a must-see. And this Saturday, Sheffield is holding its own independently organised event. It'll feature talks about the ambition of a 100% digitally empowered nation and the power of sharing life-saving knowledge via film to help women in developing countries give birth safely, amongst others. Something a little different for me this weekend!"

Surrey 10th - 16th November

"The temperature has dropped and Autumn is officially here. Enjoy the beauty of nature’s changing colours at the glorious [a href="http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/winkworth-arboretum/" target="_blank">Winkworth Arboretum[/a] near Godalming. At 110 acres it’s the best place to go for a long country walk through trees, up and down hills and along grass paths. You’ll get a good workout… much better than a trip to the gym!"

GALLERY >>> What To Do This Week...

Aberdeen 3rd- 9th November 

"Take-aways are something that I rarely have, however when I do, 9 times out of 10 it will be sushi. One of my favourite places in Aberdeen to go for sushi is [a href="http://www.oryzasushi.com/" target="_blank">Oryza Sushi[/a]. Oryza pride themselves on making every order fresh, being healthy and also reasonably priced which is why I love them. I can highly recommend that you try the Inari Tofu pouches!"

Belfast 3rd- 9th November

"From Russia with love comes the stunning Bolshoi Theatre costume exhibition to [a href="http://www.crumlinroadgaol.com%20" target="_blank">Belfast’s Crumlin Road Gaol[/a]. Fifty costumes, many of which have never been seen outside of Russia, will be on display until 13 December. It’s a fantastic chance to see beautiful creations such as Swan Lake’s iconic tutus and other 19th century designs highlighting the rich history of Russian culture."

Bristol 3rd- 9th November

"Bristol's favourite market is back! Get into the Christmas spirit and head to [a href="http://www.bristolgermanchristmasmarket.co.uk/" target="_blank">Broadmead[/a] to sample some delicious German food and drink while you shop for festive gifts. If you ask me, it's never too early for a glass of mulled cider and a lebkuchen (gingerbread heart)"

Cheshire 3rd- 9th November

"Make this week a healthy one and head to [a href="http://www.theyardalderleyedge.com/" target="_blank">The Yard[/a] in Alderley Edge for all your essentials. It's refreshing to find such a well-stocked health food shop in the heart of this small community. With organic, raw and healthy food, including their own juice bar, this farm shop/deli has everything and really is a great destination. Stop by and kick start your winter health regime now!"

Leeds 3rd- 9th November

"This half term, we headed to [a href="http://northernballet.com/%20" target="_blank">Northern Ballet[/a] to watch an enchanting performance of Elves & the Shoemaker, a production like so many other award winners there, created especially for children. This Brothers' Grimm story came to life before my mesmerised kids' eyes (and ours). My 4 year old, Oliver actually asked me, "But is this real life Mummy?".

Perfect for 3 years + at only 40 minutes long (even my 2 year old loved it)."

Manchester 3rd- 9th November 

"If you're looking for quality and a shopping experience off the beaten track, pay a visit to [a href="http://www.privatewhitevc.com" target="_blank">Private White VC[/a]'s factory store.  All clothes are handmade on site and visitors can shop by appointment.  Pick up a beautifully made Twin Track wax jacket, marvel at the supercool store interior and take a tour of the factory.  A true 'made in Manchester' experience."

Norwich 3rd- 9th November

"Now Halloween is over we can officially start thinking about Christmas, right? To kick things off in the city get on down to [a href="http://intu.co.uk/chapelfield%20" target="_blank">Chapelfield's Festive Lights[/a] Night! On Tuesday 6th November from 5-9pm there will will be free family fun around every corner of the centre including Bjorn the life-size polar bear, donkey rides, children's activities, and the return of the magical musical christmas tree! What's more, over £3000 of Chapelfield gift cards will be given away to shoppers on the night!"

Rutland 3rd- 9th November 

"Looking for that perfect furniture or homeware piece? Being organised this year and starting your Christmas shopping early? Then head to [a href="http://www.anvilsinteriors.com/index.php?route=information/information&information_id=4%20" target="_blank">Anvils Interiors[/a] in Stamford for the ultimate shopping experience with furniture, upholstery, interiors and homeware for all taste and occasions. It's the perfect one stop shop for all your Christmas gift ideas (as well as stunning Christmas decorations)." 

Sheffield 3rd- 9th November 

"[a href="http://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/event/stomp-14383BFF64-D615-4075-871D-023D0598868B/%20" target="_blank">Stomp[/a] is a show I’ve had on my radar for yonks and it’s coming to Sheffield this week! The dancers perform routines and make their own music using household items, such as bin lids, whilst adding a touch of comedy. They're playing at the Lyceum theatre between Tue 4 – Sat 8 November. Forget  fireworks night, this show has all the bangs, noise and spectacular displays I need!"

Surrey 3rd- 9th November

"[a href="http://www.brockhambonfire.com/%20" target="_blank">The Brockham Bonfire[/a] extravaganza on Saturday 8th November is Surrey’s most famous firework display. Every year between 13,000 – 17,000 people gather around a beautiful village green to see a roaring bonfire and spectacular fireworks. Instead of buying tickets, you can sponsor fireworks and leave a sponsor message online to be read out on the night! The voluntary entry fee is donated to local charities and worthy causes."

Hull 3rd- 9th November

"Treat yourself to a little luxury this week by having lunch at [a href="http://1884dockstreetkitchen.livebookings.biz/#home%20" target="_blank">1884 Dock St Kitchen[/a]. Their lunch menu is small but perfectly formed, and the posh mac n cheese is dreamy! It's well priced and gives you a little taster of what to expect on an evening."

GALLERY >>> What To Do This Week...

Leeds 27th – 2nd November

“Visiting [a target="_blank" href="http://www.farmercopleys.co.uk/">Farmer Copleys[/a] yesterday for the Pumpkin Festival, we picked and carved pumpkins from the fields, the kids had their faces painted and we went wild in the farm shop stocking up on local cheese, toffee apples and pumpkin delicacies. The festival is on until the 31st of October.”

Aberdeen 27th – 2nd November

"Tucked away just off Belmont Street, [a target="_blank" href="http://www.ryeandsoda.com/">Rye and Soda[/a], is somewhat of a breath of fresh air to the local bar scene. With an impressive drink selection and food that could quite easily be served in a fancy restaurant, Rye and Soda is the perfect place to meet friends after work for a cheeky cocktail and a bite to eat."

Belfast 27th – 2nd November

“If the cold and windy autumnal days are getting you down, head straight to [a target="_blank" href="http://www.thespaniardbar.com/">The Spaniard[/a] in Cathedral Quarter for a pick me up. Eclectic and quirky, a treasure trove of knick knacks and the best rum cocktails this side of the Lagan. Go for the Dark and Stormy cocktail, stay for the great tunes and incomparable atmosphere.”

Bristol 27th – 2nd November

“Head to [a target="_blank" href="http://www.bristolzoo.org.uk/fright-night-at-bristol-zoo-0">Bristol Zoo[/a] this Halloween for a spooky showing of A Nightmare on Elm Street followed by an even scarier tour around the zoo! For over 18's only, you may stumble across a familiar face or two... Expect a frightful evening in the dark.”

Cheshire 27th – 2nd November

“This week get the wellies on and get outdoors for a walk in the countryside. There are so many public footpaths in Cheshire, and I love taking the dogs across the fields in Lower Withington and then stopping for lunch in this cosy pub, The Black Swan. The food is delicious, dogs are welcome, and with open fires it's cosy enough to stay all afternoon!”

Hull 27th – 2nd November

“If you're ready to start your Christmas shopping (it's ok to admit it!) gifted in [a target="_blank" href="/weblogEntries/%20%20https:/www.tonycookretail.co.uk/categories/so-gifted">Coniston[/a] is the place to be! I found it by accident and have already been back two weekends in a row; it's just magical inside. There's also a garden centre and cafe on site if you fancy a few hours browsing and cake and a coffee after. The website really doesn't do it justice so take a trip to the country this week!”

Manchester 27th – 2nd November

“Keep an eye on cool hangout space [a target="_blank" href="http://www.twentytwentytwo.co.uk">Twenty Twenty Two[/a] in Manchester's Northern Quarter.   Once you've located the entrance tucked away on a side street you'll feel like you're descending the stairs to a basement speakeasy.  Inside you'll not only find a great bar, but also a changing exhibition of work by local and international artists and a room of ping pong tables.”

Norwich 27th – 2nd November

“Why not celebrate Halloween in Norwich this year by venturing on one of the city's famous Ghost Walks? This year's Halloween event entitled 'Ghost Tales of Olde Endland' will be a spooky mix of local ghost stories with other tales gathered from all over the country. There will be plenty of appearances from the dark side as well as some magic and fun!”

Tickets are £7 and must be purchased in advance from The Adam and Eve on Bishopgate or by phone on 07831189985. Email: norwichmaninblack@yahoo.co.uk for more info.

Sheffield 27th – 2nd November

“There are strange rumours about underground tunnels throughout Sheffield 
- tunnels that house man-eating monsters and that the council has been 
trying to block up over time. An entrance has been found at the [a target="_blank" href="http://www.emergencymuseum.org.uk/caine.html">National 
Emergency Services Museum[/a] and from Mon 27th- Thurs 30th, you can go down 
there yourself. Is this just a fun live action horror for Halloween, or 
is it real? I'm too much of a wuss to find out! But if you're brave 
enough, report back to me?”

Surrey 27th – 2nd November

"For a super spooky Halloween evening go on a guided ghost tour at [a target="_blank" href="/weblogEntries/%20http:/www.hrp.org.uk/HamptonCourtPalace/WhatsOn/Ghosttours">Hampton Court Palace[/a], look around Henry VIII’s apartments and hear terrifying tales of paranormal activity in the chilling Haunted Gallery. Creep through the dark cobbled courtyards and long cloisters to explore the very eerie atmosphere of the historic palace at night!"

Manchester 20th- 26th October

"If you're looking for a delicious Sunday roast in Manchester make sure you head to [a href="http://www.brunningandprice.co.uk/thewharf/" target="_blank">The Wharf[/a].  This traditional style pub is situated in the historic Castlefield part of town so you can go for a stroll along the canal after lunch. My pick is the braised lamb in a red wine and rosemary sauce."

Cheshire 20th- 26th October 

When I found this place I was so excited to have discovered such a hidden gem. [a href="http://www.victoriamillantiques.co.uk/" target="_blank">Victoria Mill Antique and Collectors Centre[/a] is an old mill with 3 floors of antiques, collectibles, jewellery and ceramics; it's the kind of place where you can spend hours exploring, and the more you dig the more you find! They have a cafe too, so you can have a break during your treasure hunt. A series of authentic 60's egg chairs caught my eye, as did a set of gold coffee cups, and a whole wardrobe full of vintage fabric!

Bristol 20th- 26th October

"This week, the world's most prestigious wildlife festival is coming to the [a href="http://www.wildscreenfestival.org/%20" target="_blank">Bristol harbourside[/a]. Featuring filmmaking workshops, seminars and the fantastic Panda Awards - which are also known as the 'Green Oscars'! Guest speakers include industry experts from across the globe, as well as the legendary Sir David Attenborough! Ideal for wildlife enthusiasts."

Belfast 20th- 26th October

"Forget Borough and Spitalfields, this weekend get yourself down to [a href="http://www.belfastcity.gov.uk/tourism-venues/stgeorgesmarket/stgeorgesmarket.aspx" target="_blank">St. George’s Market[/a] for its friendly vibes and delicious victuals. Held Friday to Sunday, I like to arrive early for a hearty breakfast whether it’s a gargantuan ‘sausage soda’, a mouthwatering crepe or an avocado juice with a sprinkling of bee pollen, there is a vast array of continental treats on offer. Grab a table and enjoy the local live band entertainment or take your fare for a wander around the craft stalls and peruse the eclectic choice of fresh produce on offer."

Leicestershire 20th- 26th October

"Last week I visited a gorgeous café in the heart of Leicestershire's stunning villages surrounded by picturesque fields and streams. Stop off at [a href="http://www.thenevillarms.net" target="_blank">Café Nevill[/a] for a delightful afternoon tea experience with a vintage feel with cakes, scones and everything in between. Sit in their summery conservatory, courtyard garden or dining snug."

Leeds 20th- 26th October 

"I adore the tranquil [a href="http://www.boltonabbey.com/" target="_blank">Bolton Abbey[/a], the breathtaking remains of 12th century Augustinian monastery, not far from Leeds, in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. Perfect in all seasons, it brings back idyllic childhood memories of me paddling in the river and playing on the sunny banks. With an upcoming pumpkin trail from Saturday 25th Oct- 2nd of Nov, I'd encourage everyone nearby to visit this autumn!" 

Aberdeen 20th- 26th October 

"One of my little pleasures in life is shopping for locally sourced goods. So whether it is a block of cheese or even some hand wash, I like keep it local and support small businesses. This Saturday will see Belmont Street transform into a Farmers Market with a plethora of goods on sale. From freshly caught seafood to preserves (and even some goodies of the alcoholic variety) there's a huge selection guaranteed make your mealtimes a little more interesting."

Hull 20th- 26th October

"[a href="https://m.facebook.com/camdensclosetuk" target="_blank">Camden's Closet [/a]- I adore this shop so much I don't even want to share it with anybody else! I genuinely believe you will find something you love, for any occasion, in here. From custom made vintage Levi shorts to celeb style dresses and the best accessories ever..... Even if you don't know what you are looking for, Terri will find you something perfect!"

Norwich 20th- 26th October

"If you're the artsy type you should definitely check out [a href="http://www.norwichfringefestival.co.uk/" target="_blank">Norwich Fringe Festival[/a] this week! This annual festival showcasing home grown talent from Norwich and further afield includes something for everyone, there's visual art, comedy, theatre, music and workshops which will be running until Saturday 25th October."

 

Preston 20th- 26th October

"This week I visited [a href="http://strictlycupcakespreston.co.uk/about.html%20" target="_blank">Strictly Cupcakes[/a] on Canon Street, Preston. It's a beautiful vintage inspired tearoom that bakes the most amazing cupcakes. I'm now addicted to their white hot chocolate too! You can even hire their china for events. It's a perfect perfect spot to load up on sugar and catch up with friends"

Sheffield 20th- 26th October

"[a href="http://www.nourishrestaurants.co.uk/" target="_blank">Nourish[/a] couldn't be any more perfect for me. It's a convenient, fast food outlet that only sells healthy food, including gluten-free and dairy-free options. It has eggy and porridge breakfasts, yummy snacks, hot dishes, and super-food salads. Plus, they deliver. The owner is passionate about spreading the 'good food' message throughout the community. I'm on board!"

Southampton 20th- 26th October

"[a href="http://www.thelounges.co.uk/trago-lounge/" target="_blank">Trago Lounge[/a] is a hidden gem in Southampton - off the beaten track on the smaller high-street of Portswood, it caters for every meal of the day...and then some, with a gorgeous selection of sweeties to accompany your pot of tea. It's my fave spot for breakfast - the sausage patties are amazing!"

Surrey 20th- 26th October 

"Famed for its restorative powers, [a href="http://www.themedicinegarden.com/" target="_blank">The Medicine Garden[/a] in Cobham is the perfect place to go for a bit of autumnal rest and relaxation. Whether you’re after a gentle walk through the walled garden or fancy a spot of yoga (or even a Boot Camp style fitness session!) there’s something for everyone. If the mere thought of exercise is enough to whet your appetite, you can visit the restaurant or the vintage airsteam café and take a peek in the farm shop for something to take home."

Cheshire 13 - 19th October 

For a superb supper and mouth-watering cocktails check out [a href="http://www.thebotanist.uk.com" target="_blank">The Botanis[/a]t in Alderley Edge. I love their pick-and-mix deli boards and Welsh rarebit fondue. Save room for desert though, the marshmallow and strawberry kebab with hot chocolate sauce is amazing! And the best bit...the interior! Pared back wood and interesting touches make it an eclectic mix between a natural history museum and a potting shed. 

Hull 13- 19th October

Big Coat Weather is here! Get snug this week at [a href="https://www.facebook.com/Dancinggoathull/timeline" target="_blank">The Dancing Goat Coffee House[/a]. In the daytime, try one of the amazing specialty hot chocolates (from Rocky Road to Oreo Deluxe), or go on an evening and give an Espresso Martini a go. Either way, their new outside area has a roof to listen to the rain fall on, fairy lights to make you feel festive and blankets to keep you cosy!

Aberdeen 13- 19th October

Living in a city 24/7 is all very well and good but sometimes you need to take a trip out to the countryside. One of my favourite places to head to is [a href="http://www.nts.org.uk/Home/" target="_blank">Haddo House[/a]: a beautiful stately home on the outskirts of Aberdeen. 

While you're there, in addition to taking a guided tour of the house, I highly recommend that you take a walk around the beautiful house grounds and then, if you've worked up a bit of an appetite, finish off with something tasty from their delightful tearoom.

Manchester 13- 19th October 

Cycling fans everywhere need to pay a visit to Manchester's new Rapha store.  This supercool three-floor store isn't just a shop for Rapha's cycling clothing, but a cafe, art gallery, and hub for cyclists to meet and ride together.  If you're not a keen cyclist it's still definitely worth a visit to marvel at the vintage posters and have a slice of cake.

Belfast 13- 19th October 

The fash pack are set to strut their stuff this week in aid of [a href="http://www.belfastfashionweek.com/" target="_blank">Belfast Fashion Week[/a]. As well as catwalk events showcasing the best of the high street, world-renowned designer boutiques and local designers you can join intimate events such as Sushi Saturday which bring together the top 36 looks to be enjoyed whilst feasting on sushi and cocktails at Shiro, Brunswick St.

To top it off, a special screening of Mean Girls will be also held in support of the nominated charity’s Pretty ’n’ Pink theme for Breast Cancer Awareness. Get your glad rags on and come on down!  

Sheffield 13- 19th October 

From now until 1st November, us wordy types can enjoy a festival dedicated to the written and spoken word at [a href="http://www.welcometosheffield.co.uk/visit/off-the-shelf" target="_blank">Off The Shelf[/a], which includes author events, workshops, debate, exhibitions, talks, poetry and competitions. This weekend, Weston Park Museum hosts Words & Wonders with Anne Beedham: a look at writings over time that describe experiences of the Peak District.

Birmingham 13- 19th October

You never know exactly what you're going to get at the open mic at [a href="http://www.cherryreds.com/events.html%20" target="_blank">Cherry Red[/a]'s, be it a poet, a musician or a singer. Whatever the entertainment, you can enjoy blends of home made cocktails, cosy mis-matched furniture and eccentric paintings to transport you from the heart of a busy city to a tranquil, laid-back vibe. Enjoy Platform 13 this week with one of their infamous Sailor Cocktails - a sweet mixture of just about everything.

Bristol 13 - 19th October 

This Friday, [a href="http://www.arnosvale.org.uk/search-events/eventdetail/941/-/night-at-the-cemetery-tour" target="_blank">Arnos Vale Cemetery[/a], one of the earliest Victorian cemeteries in the country, is hosting the perfect setting for a spooky guided tour. Experience a night of tragic tales, folk customs and Victorian funeral etiquette... Not for the faint-hearted.

Preston 13- 19th October 

This week I visited [a href="http://www.stratosbar.com" target="_blank">Stratos[/a] in Preston. It’s by far, the most beautiful, elegant and relaxed bar in Preston whose staff is fabulous. The design of this place really is something to behold! It's all the luxury you could want with the elements of a good chill out included. The tapas is incredible with an atmosphere to match. 

Leeds 13- 19th October 

This week I discovered the new [a href="http://allertons.co" target="_blank">Allertons luxe[/a] beauty boutique in the Light, Leeds- the only salon where you can have your hair and beauty treatments done in one go. Genius! (And they'll even pay for your parking too)

Rutland 13- 19th October

How about a spot of site seeing this week? Visit one of Rutland's most beautiful structures in the form of Harringworth's Viaduct. Stretching 82 arches crossing Rutland with Northamptonshire, Harringworth's Viaduct is the longest masonry Viaduct across a valley in Britain and was completed in 1870's.

Pop into Harringworth's 16th Century Inn and traditional country pub The White Swan and choose to sit in a choice of restaurant rooms or in their stunning courtyard garden surrounded by many footpaths to discover more of the gorgeous Rutland countryside by foot.

Southampton 13- 19th October

[a href="http://www.caffemomento.co.uk/" target="_blank">Caffe Momento[/a] is a hidden gem in the centre of Southampton, which isn't usually known for it's independent coffee shops! Italian pastries, coffee and ala carte in the evenings - it's a good find in the art development growing at the top of town. 

Norwich 13- 19th October

This Tuesday (16th October) Jarrold's Beauty Hall is holding a fabulous evening featuring live beauty demo's from big names including Clinique, Jo Malone, MAC and more. There's also bubbly and cupcakes on arrival, gift with purchase offers and the chance to win a beauty hamper worth £200!

Visit [a href="http://www.jarrold.co.uk/rsvp" target="_blank">Jarrold.co.uk/rsvp[/a] to book your place, call 01603 697184 or ask in the beauty hall.

Cheshire 6- 12th October 

“Make the most of the last few days of sunshine and head to [a href="http://www.sevensistersfarm.co.uk%20" target="_blank">Seven Sisters Ice Cream Farm[/a] in Knutsford. I am in love with their cake batter ice cream and like hanging out in their retro parlour style cafe. Perfect for little ones too - keep them entertained in the play barn whilst reading a mag on their comfy sofas.”

Belfast 6- 12th October 

“Celebrate[a href="http://blog.visit-belfast.com/belfast-restaurant-week" target="_blank"> Belfast Restaurant Week[/a] (October 5-12) with a host of special menus at over 60 of the city’s best eateries as well as tours, talks, pop ups and a plethora of foodie experiences, from a Murder Mystery dining event to a Willy Wonka themed tasting menu. As winter is coming and Northern Ireland is the true home of Winterfell, it would be rude not to check out the Game of Thrones Banquet at Ryan’s Bar!“

Southampton 6- 12th October 

"[a href="http://www.thelounges.co.uk/trago-lounge/" target="_blank">Trago Lounge[/a] is a hidden gem in Southampton - off the beaten track on the smaller high-street of Portswood, it caters for every meal of the day...and them some. I love it for breakfast in particular - the sausage patties are DELICIOUS!"

Preston 6- 12th October 

"This week I popped along to hang out at Cowshed in Chorley which is just ten minutes outside of Preston. By day this cool little place is a chilled out café, by night it becomes a bar that serves the most beautiful antipasti platters and the value is unbelievable."

Bristol 6- 12th October 

“The [a href="http://hottubcinema.com/" target="_blank">Hot Tub Cinema[/a] has finally made its way to Bristol! Head to the Paintworks and watch one of your favourite films while sipping on a cocktail, in a hot tub, with a bunch of strangers.  What more do you want from a night out?”

Leeds 6- 12th October

"Chic boutique salon [a href="http://revive-beauty.co.uk/" target="_blank">Revive[/a] in Collingham is my everyday salon! From long lasting spray tans to relaxing massages, Nouveau lashes for special occasions and perfect manis and pedicures all year long  (I even buy my bareMinerals cosmetics there) – It’s a great place to get pampered before a night out!"

Hull 6- 12th October 

"Pull on your bobble hats, fill your pockets with money and don't eat any lunch, because this weekend, [a href="http://www.yorkshire.com/view/events/hull/hull-fair-1215107" target="_blank">Hull Fair[/a] is back! 

Walton Street is one of the only places fish & chips AND a burger is completely acceptable. Make sure you have extra money for brandy snap and pomegranates (Believe me, you will NEVER make a posh dessert out of them. You probably won't even eat them.) And be prepared to spend a good half an hour hammering frogs on to lilly pads!"

Manchester 6 -12th October 

"Relax this weekend and head out to the hip suburb Chorlton for brunch at [a href="http://www.theleadstation.co.uk" target="_blank">The Lead Station[/a]. Nestled on Beech Road amongst antique and gift shops, this is the perfect place to spend a Saturday. My pick is the poached duck egg on smoked haddock and spinach, but if you're feeling indulgent they also do American pancakes with bacon."

Rutland 6- 12th October 

“Cross the county border into South Lincolnshire this week and visit the town of Stamford with its stunning 17th-18th stone architecture and The Sunday Times 'Best Place to Live'. Take a stroll down Stamford's gorgeous traditional High Street and find everything from High Street giants to cute independent retailers and Cafés too situated in picturesque stone cobbled streets.”

Sheffield 6- 12th October 

“Whenever I need my fill of meat, I head to [a href="http://smokebbq.co.uk/" target="_blank">Smoke Barbeque[/a]. It’s spacious, with high ceilings: it’s like one huge, luxurious meat hall. My fellow diners range from dressed-up party-goers to hungry office-workers. I always order the sharing platter and dive in with a jug of beer.”

Leeds 13- 19th October

This week I discovered the new [a href="http://allertons.co" target="_blank">Allertons[/a] luxe beauty boutique in the Light, Leeds- the only salon where you can have your hair and beauty treatments done in one go. Genius! (And they'll even pay for your parking too)

Aberdeen 6- 12th October 

"This week, until 12 October 2014, Aberdeen will play host to the 1st ever [a href="/weblogEntries/www.aberdeenfilm.com" target="_blank">film festival[/a] held in the city. With a wide range of independent movies and documentaries available, there is something for everyone."

Here at Grazia Daily we love to explore the UK whenever we get the chance but with our offices based in London it’s sometimes tricky to bring you the need to know from around the UK. So each week our regional bloggers will be sharing their favourite things to do and see outside of the Big Smoke. Have any suggestions? Tweet the bloggers using the hashtag #WhatToDoThisWeek and let them know which of your fave places they should be visiting next. They might just recommend it next week!

Forget splashing out on an expensive plane trip to an exotic destination, instead why not explore your local area or jump on a train to a UK city you’ve yet to visit? Let our blogger gallery be your guide. After all, our beloved country has been a destination for many an international A-list. Remember Taylor Swift and Harry Styles larking about in the Lake District? Or what about Brand Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s brood hot footing it to Lake Windermere! If it's good enough for them, count us in.

Scroll through the gallery above for this week's inspiration and take a look at our regional blogger profiles below.

Got a recommendations of your own? Feel free to tweet our bloggers using the hashtag #WhatToDoThisWeek.

Bristol 

Tara O'Connor is a Bristol-based fashion blogger with a passion for premium denim, leopard print and travelling!

www.thestylerawr.com @StyleRawr

Manchester 

Christina is a style and fashion blogger from Manchester.  Her loves include travel, art, coffee and New York City. 

www.blackberrysherbet.blogspot.com @blackberrysherb

Aberdeen 

Scottish-based fashion & beauty blogger Amey Slater has an unhealthy lipstick addiction, drinks too many cups of tea, buys more vintage decor than she can possibly fit in her my home and Instagrams more photos of food snaps than she would like to admit.

www.teacupsandbuttondrops.com @ameyjaney

Sheffield

Blogged By Anna does exactly what it says on the tin: life, as blogged by Anna Roberts. Her motto is to ‘live life like a tourist’ so that wherever she visits, or lives, she makes the most out of what’s her doorstep. 

www.bloggedbyanna.com  @TweetedByAnna

Leeds

Vicki Psarias is a blogger and award winning filmmaker. She is also the founder and editor of honestmum.com and mummysgotstyle.com

Southampton

Meet Katherine Priest, a freelance makeup artist from the South Coast of England. She currently writes a lifestyle blog on her latest musings on everything from beauty and fashion to food.

www.katherine-louise.com/blog/ @katlouise

Belfast

Rosie Perry grew up in Belfast and now splits her time between the UK and the Middle East. A general lover of food, cocktails, costume dramas and travel – Rosie can be found blogging every detail of her adventures. 

www.rosiepezz.wordpress.com @rosie_pezz

Hull 

Lifestyle blogger Amy Jackson loves great eyebrows, afternoon tea and photographs (Sometimes fibs on Instagram but NEVER on her blog!)

www.aimsui.co.uk @aimsui

Preston 

Physiotherapist by day and fashion blogger by night, Lindsey Holland can forever be found wearing monochrome and oversized pieces.

www.ropesofholland.com @lindseydholland

Cheshire

You can find Emily Alice writing about all things life, style and everyday inspirations.

www.therattleblog.com @therattleblog

Rutland

Charlie is a ‘born and bred country bumpkin’, bargain hunter, fashion enthusiast, photographer and blogger, who loves her home town of Rutland. 

styledbycharlie.blogspot.com @pallettBLOGGER

Norwich

Michelle is a Norwich based beauty, fashion and lifestyle blogger. She has a bit of a thing for purple lipstick and loves nothing more than reading about, writing about and reviewing makeup (with a brew and a custard cream!)

Thou Shalt Not Covet @tsncblog

Surrey 

Alice Dunn is a freelance journalist with experience working at local newspapers and interning at glossy fashion magazines. She launched her blog The Surrey Edit as a way of exploring her love of literature, fashion, art history, beauty, photography and local Surrey news. 


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