Three to see this weekend: collecting treats, artistic meets and turning up the kitchen heat

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This weekend’s events will fill your schedule with craft goodies and artistic flair aplenty and there’s some of the best spoken word in town going down on Friday.

And if you’re hankering for a curry come Saturday but are sick of calling the takeaway, Zouk have put on a cookery school that’ll spice up your life without the need for a jar of Pataks.

Here’s this weekend’s three to see, in no particular order.

Zouk Cooking School

Leave the Uncle Ben’s microwave rice at home and put the Homepride chicken tikka masala back in the store cupboard because Zouk have set up a cookery school where curry lovers can learn a thing or two from expert chefs. Each course takes half a day and teaches you how to prepare and cook two starters, two main courses, a rice side dish, and either a naan or roti bread. The Zouk cookery school will have you whacking together all kinds of herbs and spices in a fragrant creation fit for the gods. It’s on Saturday from 10am till 1.30pm. It’ll set you back 80 quid but think of all the money you’ll save on takeaways. More info here.

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair

If you’re a fan of arts and crafts and all sorts of little knick knacks, this one is for you. The prestigious and award-winning Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair celebrates its tenth year with a move to its new home at Upper Campfield Market with over 150 of the UK’s most talented designer-makers taking part. Opening with a preview evening on Thursday 12 October, the event will then open to the public from the 13-15 October. You can peruse a selection of designer-makers displaying everything from fashion textiles to glass, jewellery, ceramics, metalwork, furniture, print-making and so much more. So forget the Home section of Primark, get yourself here instead. Tickets here.

Lemn Sissay: Something Dark

A rare chance to see a dramatic reading of the acclaimed one-man play by celebrated performance poet, Lemn Sissay. Something Dark tells the story of his upbringing in children’s homes and foster care, and the ongoing search for his family and true identity. It’s as intimate as it is powerful and if you want your Friday night with a side of inspiration, this would be the way to go. Get your tickets here.

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