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YOUR WEEKEND

YOUR WEEKEND

The three-day weekend has arrived. Time to plan some fun...

BIRMINGHAM

GET CRAFTY

Let the experts at People Shop guide you through a creative crash course, turning scraps of old curtains and tablecloths into fun vintage decorations in their one-day bunting workshop. 25 August; 10am-4pm; £45; Mac Birmingham, Cannon Hill Park, B12

STREET FOOD

Digbeth Dining Club is bringing the street food concept to Birmingham. Head over and indulge in wood-fired pizza, pulled pork and Spanish churros. There will be music and drinks until late. 24 and 25 August; 5pm; free; Spotlight Bar, Lower Trinity Street, B9m

TEA TIME

The Wet Picnic tea ladies will be sweeping through the city’s streets offering a cuppa with a twist. The tea trollies may look tempting, but expect a surreal performance along with your milk and two sugars. 25 August; 1.30pm, 3.30pm and 6pm; free; Arcadian Centre, Hurst Street, B5

GLASS ART

Check out the British Glass Biennale, a sparkling exhibition of excellence in contemporary glass. More than 80 new glass works by artists, designers and craftspeople will be on display. 24 August-15 September; free; Lower Glasshouse, Ruskin Glass Centre, Wollaston Road, DY8

MUSICAL EXCELLENCE

Conductor Andris Nelsons’ first performance of Beethoven’s Ninth with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra promises to be one of the highlights of the city’s musical calendar. 23 August; 7.30pm; £10-£39.50; Symphony Hall, 32 Broad Street, B1

LEEDS

LEEDS FEST

Leeds Festival brings the likes of The Cure and Florence and the Machine to Bramham Park this weekend. Friday tickets are already sold out but you can still get weekend ones. 24-26 August; £93/£206; phone Crash or Jumbo Records for more info; Bramham Park, Wetherby, LS23

SING ON STAGE

Choral arranger for X Factor, Ken Burton, will be teaching a gospel workshop on Saturday morning. Participants will then sing in the evening at the Choral Spectacular! concert. 25 August; £15; 10am-1pm; Leeds Town Hall, The Headrow, LS1

OUTDOOR THEATRE

Part promenade, part static open-air performance, Black Beauty Live reimagines the life of Anna Sewell’s iconic horse in a touring theatre production in the grounds of stately home, Harewood House. 26 August; £18; 6pm for 7.30pm; Harewood House, Harewood, LS17

DINNER AND LAUGHS

The Hifi Club and Malmaison have teamed up for a Saturday comedy and meal event. Enjoy two courses in the hotel’s brasserie before heading to Hifi for an evening of live stand-up and the Boogaloo clubnight after. 25 August; £17.95; Malmaison and Hifi, LS1

MINI MUSIC FEST

The Light has come up with a more central, probably less muddy festival of its own with this Saturday’s Switched On. The Young Knives headline the courtyard-based charity event. 25 August; £10; 6pm until late; St Anne’s Gardens, The Headrow, LS1

MANCHESTER

BOYS ON THE CATWALK

We don’t like gazing at male models parading in their underwear but, from time to time, we just have to. The Big British Bang Fashion Show is one of those times. 23 August; 6pm; free; Selfridges, Exchange Square, M3

AHEAD OF THE CROWD

Fat Out Fest is a DIY music festival with over 30 experimental acts on the margins of the mainstream. Expect all the usual festival shenanigans including a late-night party or two. 25-26 August; £15-£25; Islington Mill, Salford, M3

SUNDAY SCENES

The Edge Street Party is set to deliver a good old-fashioned bank holiday shindig with live music and DJs all day, a barbecue, a charity raffle and a dog show. 26 August; 12pm-9pm; free; Edge Street, Northern Quarter, M4

CANALSIDE CINEMA

Walk-in, drive-in or float in on a barge for a waterside screening of The Life Aquatic as part of the Canal Festival. Make sure you bring an FM radio so you can tune into the sound. 23 August, doors 6pm for 8.30pm start; free; Ducie Street Car Park, M1

CULTURE CRUISE

While the rapturous clamour of the Pride Parade takes over the city streets, check out the diverse bill of exhibitions, film, theatre and performance that makes Pride Fringe the more cerebral alternative. 17-23 August; prices and venues vary

SCOTLAND

HEAR THE HOFF

David Hasselhoff tells all with the help of song, dance and audience interaction. Love him or loathe him, it’s a show you’ll discuss for a long time after. Until 27 August; £17.50; 6pm; Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance, Edinburgh, EH8

KING OF SHOCKS

You’ll probably gasp as much as you giggle at Jim Jefferies' stand-up. The controversial comedian covers everything you could possibly find offensive – and more! Until 26 August; 9pm; various prices; Assembly Hall, Mound Place, Edinburgh, EH1

TIMELY ART

Just after the daily One O’Clock Gun, listen for Turner Prize winner Susan Philipsz’s work Timeline as her siren-like voice sings out across the city. Until 2 September; 1pm; free; see website for locations, Edinburgh

DRUNKEN DRAMA

Sh*t-faced Shakespeare is an entirely serious production of A Midsummer Night's Dream – with a genuinely drunk cast member. Until 27 August; 10.20pm; various prices; C Venue, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1

BE A TOURIST

Take a walk with Glasgow School of Art City Walking Tours and an art student will show you the city’s most creative and stylish spaces. Until October 2012; Wednesday-Saturday; 10.15am and 2.15pm; £24.50; GSA, 11 Dalhousie Street, Glasgow, G3

LONDON

SUNDAY PARTY TIME

Paradise By Way Of Kensal Green is where we’ll be kicking up our heels to celebrate an extra night off. At its Notting Hill Carnival afterparty, Ninja Tune will be enlisting Coldcut, Zed Bias, 2 Bears and other special guests. 26 August; 12pm-3am; £15; Paradise, 19 Kilburn Lane, W10

CLASSIC MUSICAL

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel is one of the best-loved musicals of all time. Set on the New England coastline, it follows the ill-fated love story between Billy Bigelow and Julie Jordan. See it on stage at the Barbican before it moves on to Paris. Until 15 September; from £12.50; Silk Street, EC2Y

NIGHT MARKET

An evening market makes sense, when most of us work in the day. At Red Market you can sip delicious cocktails, eat street food and experience an impressive array of art and entertainment. Daily (except Sundays); until 11pm; free; 288-299 Old Street, EC1V

HORSING AROUND

The Contemporary Equine Art Fair celebrates horses in sport, art and education and includes contemporary paintings, photographs and sculptures. The work is available to buy and there’s also a pop-up brewery on site. Until 2 September; free; Wandsworth Museum, 38 West Hill, SW18

BEYOND CLUEDO

Project X at the London Transport Museum is an interactive theatre experience in which there are clues to solve and characters to find at locations around Covent Garden. Until 4 November; Saturdays and Sundays; 11am-3pm; £30; Covent Garden Piazza, WC2

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