Everything You’ll Want to Do this Weekend
Check out our top picks of things to get stuck into this weekend — from doing something good, to chilling out at the cinema, and getting well ahead of that Mother’s Day rush
Do something good, and help these brilliant causes gather support for Ukraine…
Voices of Children
Voices of Children aim to help children affected by war in Eastern Ukraine, using art therapy, psychological support and video storytelling amongst other things. To continue the crucial work, they need donations and volunteers to help them with everything from translating videos to co-ordinating their vital support. Find out what you can do to help at voices.org.ua/en.
Yorkshire Aid Convoy
The Yorkshire Aid Convoy are delivering crucial supplies to Ukrainian refugees by driving rented trucks full of donated goods to the border. Always in need of more help, Yorkshire Aid Convoy is gratefully welcoming both donations and volunteers, ranging from people helping to pack the trucks before departure, to driving one yourself. Their next trip to Ukraine is this Friday, but as always donations are welcome week-round ready for their next big trip. Head to yorkshireaidconvoy.co.uk to help, donate or find out more.
Head to the cinema and chill…
When The Riddler (Paul Dano), a sadistic serial killer who speaks in devilish clues, begins to hunt political figures in Gotham City, vigilante detective Batman (Robert Pattinson) is forced to investigate the city’s hidden government corruption. With sweeping praise from critics and fans alike, this most recent reimagining of the caped crusader is a Gothic noir thriller, full of deception, violence, and drama. Rated a strong 15, don’t be fooled by its comic book origins. This isn’t a spectacle for the faint of heart.
Finally making its way to UK cinemas, The Duke is a biography-comedy based on the true story of a famous gallery heist. In 1961, Kempton Burton (Jim Broadbent), a 60-year-old Geordie taxi driver, stole Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London. He refused to give it back until the government began to invest properly in care for the elderly. This heartwarming comedy, directed by Roger Michell, is a compassionate and poignant film about the lengths people will go to look after their community.
Try your hand at something crafty…
Mother’s Day Floral Workshop, Durham
This Sunday, Lanchester Garden Centre are hosting a wreath making workshop just in time for Mother’s Day. Whether you’re bringing along your mum to join in too, or plan to give a handmade wreath as a gift, this hour and a half course is sure to be fun. Pre-booking is required and places are limited, so make sure you check it out quick if you like the sound of an all-natural, handmade Mother’s Day gift.
Lino Print Your Own Coasters, Bingley
Tomorrow morning, The Craft House are running a session that lets you try your hand at making your own coasters. Led by Andy of Saltaire Printmaker, the session intends to teach newcomers how to make coasters using lino cut techniques. You will leave with four different wooden coasters to call your own, adding a drop of personal flair to your interior decor.
Check out the Open Studios, Newcastle
Not feeling very much like making your own? Luckily, this weekend, you have a chance to check out the crafting and design skills of artists and designer makers. The Ouseburn is the creative heart of Newcastle and this weekend their Open Studio Event (Saturday and Sunday) offers a rare chance to glimpse into their working world and the opportunity to buy a huge variety of affordable and original works, from paintings and ceramics to furniture and jewellery. ouseburnopenstudios.org