Whether you're a fully-fledged gourmand or a fan of contemporary art, this weekend promises a host of cultural delights - and the best thing is your credit card won't take a hit. As the sun comes out (temperatures are set to hit 20°C) and Mother's Day gets underway, here are a few ideas on where to spend your time in London and across the UK.
From taco-tasting and hibiscus margaritas in East London to cutting edge animation on the streets of Birmingham and a free screening of award-winning drama Blue is the Warmest Colour in a Camberwell pub, there's something here to please everyone. Enjoy and Happy Weekend!
Taco Wars - Cambridge Heath, London
There are some incredible foodie treats in store at the closing party for Hawker House's epic taco wars this weekend. Rock up from 6pm to sample the winning entries, with competitors working to give the typical salsa-tortilla-toppings formula a twist via influences from Japan, Korea and the Deep South. There's also a tequila bar, raspberry and hibiscus margaritas, and chilli chocolate with Jose Cuervo Paloma ice cream scoops.
The Chapel Down Winery - Tenterden, Kent
Fine English wine at the Chapel Down vineyard has been making waves in the industry for some time now and there's no better way of spending a day then heading to its glorious headquarters in the heart of the Garden of England. Grab some artisan biscuits, homemade chutney and local cider at the vineyard's Wine and Fine Food Store (open all weekend), before tasting the wine, touring the working winery and exploring the beautiful local countryside.
Flatpack festival - multiple venues, Birmingham
Birmingham's Flatpack festival is in full swing this weekend, bringing a host of cutting edge audio-visual experiences to venues all around the city. This weekend's highlights include the UK premiere of animator Miwa Matreyek's new show (pictured), combining shadow puppetry with incredible imagery and special effects, a screening of The Great Flood, (telling the story of when Mississippi’s banks broke in 1927 to music from jazz legend Bill Frisell), a Korean-style DVD lounge and canal-side walks.
Camberwell Film Festival - Camberwell, London
After the runaway success of last year's debut event, the Camberwell Free Film Festival returns once again this year with a fabulous line-up of archive and indie films screened at pubs and churches in the area. Ones to watch include award-winning and graphic French drama Blue is the Warmest Colour (at The Flying Dutchman pub from 8pm on Saturday 29 March) and a series of original Charlie Chaplin shorts (the Salvation Army, William Booth College, from 2pm on Saturday 29 March).
Joyce Pensato - Lisson Gallery, London
One of London's pioneering contemporary galleries has just opened an exhibition of American artist Joyce Pensato's work and her exuberant, explosive pieces would brighten up anyone's day. Look out for the surreal floating heads inspired by everything from Southpark to Gotham and pop culture influences including The Simpsons and Elmo from Sesame Street. With hints of pop artists such as Andy Warhol and abstract expressionists like Jackson Pollock, her art is a diverse joy to behold.
Edinburgh Farmers' Market - Edinburgh, Scotland
Taking place in the shadow of Edinburgh castle, this enormous farmers' market draws together 55 specialist producers. Feast on quality artisan breads, locally sourced smoked salmon and homemade Cheddar from Arran's Cheese Shop, as you wander around the scenic confines of Castle Terrace. Aberdeen Angus Beef, Scottish trout and fresh shellfish are all worth sampling here.
Kyoto Japanese Garden - Holland Park, London
With the Mercury mark set to hit 20°C this weekend, it's a good time to head to the Royal Borough’s largest park. Holland Park has around 22.5 hectares of gardens and woodland and it's awash with a canvas of spring-time daffodils and crocuses right now. The Japanese Kyoto Garden, donated by the Chamber of Commerce of Kyoto in 1991, is a lovely spot for a Mother's Day picnic and the Fukushima Garden, opened to thank the British for their support of Japan in wake of the 2011 tsunami and earthquake, is especially tranquil.
Bridget Christie at Knock2Bag Comedy - Shoreditch, London
"A superb stand-up with a powerful voice" is how emerging comedy talent Bridget Christie has been described by critics. You can see the 2013 winner of the Edinburgh Comedy Award in action at Knock2Bag Comedy, a social arts enterprise and charity, in Bethnal Green this weekend. Other headline acts include Cardinal Burns and Phil Kay, in what promises to be a riotous and provocative night of comedy.
Cardiff Bay Trail - Cardiff, Wales
One of the best ways to explore the magnificent Welsh capital is via its 10-kilometre Bay Trail, with breathtaking views of the city's harbour and coastline. This circular route, best tackled on foot or by bike, is a brilliant showcase for Cardiff’s rich heritage, with iconic buildings, waterfront cafes and the seaside town of Penarth via Pont y Werin. Look out for the magnificent Victorian Pierhead (pictured), the People Like Us bronze sculpture by John Clinch and the Water Tower (as featured in BBC show Torchwood).
Keats House Poets - Keats House, London
Calling all poetry fans. This Sunday, Keats House in Hampstead hosts a Keats House Poets Present… event, with an afternoon of poetry and spoken word. This month's headliner Indigo Williams - poet, film-maker and educator - will lead discussions and there'll be an open mic session if you fancy getting creative yourself. The event is free, but pre-booking on Eventbrite is recommended.
Words: Anna Brech, Photos: Rex Features