Thought Bubble | Real Ale Wobble | The Big Knitathon | Out & about
Thought Bubble, Leeds
Thought Bubble, the UK’s largest comics festival, provides a forum for superhero cosplayers and manga fiends to brush shoulders with small-press creators. Art workshops abound and more ambitious scribblers can vie to impress Tharg, 2000AD’s green-skinned editor, while next weekend’s convention counts Radio Comix’s Brandon Graham among its international writers. Thanks to a team-up with Leeds international film festival, there’s also a complementary programme of films, from family adventures to Jodorowsky’s provocative Santa Sangre.
Various venues, Sun to 24 Nov
Real Ale Wobble, Llanwrtyd Wells
Uninitiated drinkers may believe that any evening imbibing ales will result in something of a wobble. But in this instance the wobbling refers to the result of the tired legs of cyclists as they traverse the Welsh countryside between beer and food stations. Coffee and soft drinks are available for those who believe Welsh ales may hinder any riding through forests, but as the event is not a competition you’re free to bumble along as you wish. The weekend event marks the start of the ten-day Mid Wales Beer festival, so there is plenty of non-cycle-bound wobbling to follow.
Bromsgrove Hall, Sat & Sun
The Big Knitathon, Nationwide
Unravel your mohair for this mass attempt at the world’s biggest hand-knitted blanket. Needle nifties and beginners alike will be crafting six-inch squares in church halls, community centres, wool shops and museums. Tea and cake feature (naturally), while some gatherings promise bring’n’buy sales. Don’t cast it off as twee; the money raised from the behemoth will directly fund the Big Issue’s support workers, and help spread awareness about rough sleepers.
Various venues, Sat
Out & about
Intergalactic Christmas Countdown, Edinburgh, to 27 Dec
Handmade arts and crafts fair with a yuletide theme.
Red Door Gallery
Twitchers Club, London, Sat
An ornithological-themed dating night offering speed dating and “the chance to find a mate for life”.
Bethnal Green Wokring Mens Club, E2
Clovelly Herring Festival, nr Bideford, Sun
Revel in the wonders of herring with sea shanties, cookery demonstrations and fishy stories.
Whisky Vs Chocolate, Manchester, Tue
Pretty simple formula to this monthly get-together. Last time, beers were matched with cheeses; this month, handmade chocs are paired with four choice whiskies.
German Christmas Markets, Manchester, Fri to 22 Dec
Annual celebration of all things German and Yuletide (mostly revolving around booze and grub).