This month we bring you exciting news of the new National Videogames Museum in Sheffield, the UK’s only permanent gaming museum celebrating 40 years of this popular pastime. And, although winter’s beginning to set in, you can also have fun in the open air as the Skylight rooftop destination at London’s Tobacco Dock announces its winter season. The colder months certainly call for comfort food and pop-up restaurant The Meet in nearby Clapham will make sure vegans aren’t left out of foodie indulgence – they’re even offering a 50% discount to celebrate World Vegan Day on 1 November.
Looking ahead, if you prefer to create your own vegan delights try the forthcoming tofu-making workshops at Norwich’s micro soya dairy, Tofurei. Now’s also the time to bag a ticket for spring’s Brick Bar in London’s Shoreditch, which will pop up in a secret location for just three nights and be made from a million Lego bricks!
Please see below for more information, plus a round-up of other news just in from around the country.
Manchester International Festival/Warehouse Project 'Special Edition', Manchester
3–11 November 2018
Taking over Manchester’s cavernous Mayfield Depot, ‘Special Edition’ is a series of dynamic music events by musicians at the top of their game. Bonobo opens proceedings with his ‘Outlier’ show, in which he DJs alongside the likes of Gilles Peterson and Shanti Celeste while electronic musician George Fitzgerald performs live. Grime star Bugzy Malone will contribute two homecoming dates, and Northern Irish producer-DJ duo Bicep will close the series with a one-off set of propulsive dance music. The shows are part of a series trailing Manchester’s forthcoming large-scale arts venue The Factory, which is set to open in 2020. From £22.
MIF has just also announced its first artists for 2019’s festival: Yoko Ono, Idris Elba and Skepta – mif.co.uk
New National Videogames Museum, Sheffield
24 November 2018
The UK's only permanent gaming museum opens in Sheffield in late November, celebrating 40 years of videogames and the people and studios that make them. The National Videogames Museum will feature scores of playable consoles and arcade machines, alongside innovative exhibitions, festivals, clubs and events. Videogame creators will visit the not-for-profit venue to meet players and discuss their games, and its test lab will launch with Boneloaf's party multiplayer, Gang Beasts.
Skylight Winter, Tobacco Dock, London
November 2018 - 27 January 2019
Rooftop destination Skylight’s winter season will see the return of its rooftop ice rink and a host of festive food, drink and activities, all against the backdrop of the iconic London skyline. Heated après skate bars will serve warming winter cocktails and cosy igloos and huts will transport guests to a wintry wonderland, where they can enjoy mulled wine, roasted chestnuts and seasonal dishes from Raclette Brothers and YIRO. Tables, igloos and huts can be pre-booked, and events and parties will include DJ-sessions, New Year’s Eve celebrations sponsored by Möet et Chandon, and a Burns Night Ceilidh in partnership with Monkey Shoulder.
Inner-city beach huts, Bristol
Following the success of their quirky indoor caravan park, independent Bristol enterprise Towed Town Camping is launching a collection of beach huts in a warehouse. The new venture takes the seaside sleepover to urban south Bristol with a collection of cosy beach huts, ideal for parties of friends. Towed Town Camping’s original campground features five up-cycled retro caravans on fake-grass lawns with sun umbrellas and deck chairs and a games area - all under one industrial warehouse roof.
Artist Residence, Bristol
Late November 2018
Artist Residence will open another of its eclectic boutique hotels in late November/early December, this time in an old boot factory on Bristol’s Portland Square. Artist Residence already has fun, eccentric hotels in London, Brighton, Oxford and Cornwall: their arty interiors created by artists in return for board. Room only from £120 B&B.
Vegan pop-up restaurant The Meet, Clapham, London
Soft launch 25 October, official opening 2 November 2018
The Meet will offer indulgent, plant-based comfort food and playful vegan cocktails in the urban-industrial setting of Fu Manchu’s railway arch in Clapham North. Dominic Taylor, formerly Executive Chef of London favourite The Jam Tree, will use the latest in meat-free alternatives to create delights that will appeal to committed vegans, experimental foodies and the health-conscious alike: from sharing plates and burgers to bottomless vegan brunches and Sunday roasts. Open Tuesday to Sunday, with 50% off food 25 October to 2 November to celebrate World Vegan Day on 1 November.
Roald Dahl Museum (re-opening), Buckinghamshire
From 20 October 2018
The Roald Dahl Museum in Great Missenden, the village where Dahl lived and wrote, has re-opened its Willy-Wonka-style doors following flooding in May. Featuring three interactive galleries exploring real-life influences on the writer’s work, it also houses his quirky archive and world-famous Writing Hut. The Museum’s trails allow you to walk in the author’s footsteps, exploring local places that inspired him and appeared in his stories, while its newly rebuilt Story Centre aims to inspire your own writing and story-making. On 24 November Great Missenden Christmas Festival will add seasonal stalls, old-fashioned fairground music and rides into the mix, offering a day out bursting with festivity and fun.
New Tofu-making workshops, Norwich
The UK’s first shop-based micro soya dairy, Tofurei, is about to launch new tofu-making workshops to complement its range of vegan based food. Based in Norwich’s picturesque lanes, Tofurei incorporates a shop and café with a vegan deli counter offering soysages, burgers, loose tofu and a unique fresh tofu, all produced using their own Norfolk tofu. A range of workshops in its new premises will each last just over two hours, and showcase a fun, practical route to a dairy alternative. Costs include all materials and use of equipment, and you get to take home a litre of soya milk and a free set of ingredients for your next batch.
New Year’s Eve with Pendulum DJ set, Dreamland, Margate
31 December 2018
Drum & bass and electronic rock band Pendulum will perform a headline DJ set at Dreamland Margate’s Hall by the Sea venue, to top off its celebrations this New Year’s Eve. Hailing from Perth, Australia, Pendulum’s roots range from drum & bass and breakbeat to hardcore metal and punk, and DJ El Hornet and MC Verse have DJed at international clubs and festivals including Glastonbury, Download and Global Gathering. Tickets from £30 (plus booking fee).
Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, the V&A, London
2 February 2018 - 14 July 2019
February will see the opening of the biggest, most comprehensive exhibition on the fashion House of Dior ever mounted in Britain. The show will trace the history and impact of one of the 20th century’s most influential couturiers and the six artistic directors who have succeeded him, from 1947 to the present day, through over 500 objects: from rare Haute Couture and vintage cosmetics to period illustrations and Christian Dior’s personal possessions. For the first time it will also explore Dior’s fascination with British culture, including grand houses and gardens, ocean liners and Savile Row suits, and investigate the house’s collaborations with British manufacturers. There will also be a focus on early British clients, including author Nancy Mitford, ballet dancer Margot Fonteyn and the young Princess Margaret.
Lego-themed Brick Bar, Shoreditch, London
26 - 28 April 2019, slots on sale now
A bar made from a million Lego bricks will pop up in a secret East End location for just three nights next April. Tickets are available now for 90-minute slots in which you can drink, eat and play – either with Lego itself or on the bar’s ping pong table made from 22,500 bricks. Meat or veggie Brick Burgers, in the shape of Lego bricks, will be on offer, and local DJs are expected to pop up in the brick-made booth. Tickets cost £25-£30.
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