The Fantastic Five: 11/12 February 2012

This weekend, we’re all about romance and fashion – take a look at our pick of the creative events and things to do this weekend.


With Valentine’s Day on Tuesday, love is in the air – indulge your inner romantic with these two events.

Cadbury World are hosting a choc-tastic weekend at their factory in Bournville. Life-size Cupids will be wandering around and the experts will be making chocolate hearts all weekend.

To burn off all that chocolate, you can also enjoy a three-hour couple’s photography tour around London. Stroll around the capital with your loved one, whilst learning how to snap like a pro from an expert. The tour kicks off from Eros’ statue – meet you there.

Also! Don’t forget to enter our Valentine’s Day competition – send us your creative interpretation of the day and what it means to you, and you could win 1kg of Thornton’s heart-shaped chocolate truffles. More details here.


This fabulous exhibition showcases the work of Norman Parkinson, one of the most prolific fashion photographers of the 20th century.

Featuring dozens of rare and original prints, these snaps of the beautiful and famous are an insight into the evolution of the fashion image, as well as a great insight into a hugely talented individual.

Until 15 April at Bristol’s M Shed. £5 entry. Click here for more details.


If the gloomy weather is getting you down, the Leicester Comedy Festival will certainly put a smile back on your face.

Billed as Europe’s longest-running comedy festival, the festival is a must-see if you want to spend your weekend LOLing. This weekend’s talent includes: Nathan Caton, Tom Deacon and Tania Edwards, the huge range of acts means that there’s something for even the most reserved sense of humours.

Until 19 February. Find out more here.


It’s London Fashion Week next week, so get yourselves in a suitably sartorial mood by paying a visit to the Walker Art Gallery’s Feathercuts and Flares exhibition.

Depending on what you define as ‘cool’, the 1970s were host to some of the best (or worst) fashions. With everything from platform shoes to disco-tastic dresses, this brilliant exhibition, is, if nothing else, a subtle reminder that the flare should never return to the high streets again.

At Liverpool’s Walker Art Gallery. Click here for more information.


Vladimir Sulyagin has made collage portraits of some of the biggest and best-known international personalities. His subjects include Albert Einstein, James Joyce and a whole host of others – and now a selection of his works are on display in the Paper Spirits exhibition at The Lightbox in Surrey. His imaginative renderings of people are truly remarkable.

For more information, click here.

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