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

22 October 2014 by

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

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!

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!"

Bristol 20th- 26th October

This week, the world's most prestigious wildlife festival is coming to the [a href="http://www.wildscreenfestival.org/" target="_blank">Bristol harboursid[/a]e. 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.

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.

Now Monday is well and truly over it's time to plan something fun to do. This week, our bloggers give us the need to know and have recommended an array of things to do from food festivals to glam events that will hopefully inspire you to take advantage of our beautiful country. 

Scroll through the gallery above for 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.


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

www.thestylerawr.com @StyleRawr


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

www.blackberrysherbet.blogspot.com @blackberrysherb


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

www.ropesofholland.com @lindseydholland


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

www.therattleblog.com @therattleblog


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


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