The Handbook
The Handbook

While the weather outside is looking rather drizzly and dreary, book into one of these virtual events to keep yourself entertained this weekend. 

From virtual film festivals to cooking masterclasses designed with Mum in mind, here’s what to get up to this weekend.

Moominvalley: The Hobgoblin Trilogy, Steve Box

Uncover a new film favourite at the New York International Children’s Film Festival

If you’re scrambling to find things to do with the kids this weekend now that the weather is looking as dreary as ever, why not book in a few film screenings at the New York International Children’s Film Festival and make a movie day of it. 

Beans, Tracey Deer

The children’s film festival has become a favourite amongst the film scene, providing an appreciation for the arts and actively inviting younger audiences to become involved and immersed in the world of film. 

Running until Monday 15th March, the festival will be hosted online this year, allowing audiences from around the world to get further involved in the selected films.

A few film highlights include Beans, the film follows a young girl as she’s forced to act as a warrior as a battle between her indigenous community and the government erupts; My Dad is a Heel Wrestler, a Japanese film following a young boy and his father’s wrestling journey; and Moominvalley: The Hobgoblin Triology, another instalment of the famous Moomin adventures. 

Book in now and inspire the future generation of filmmakers.

Running until Monday, 15th March
Book in tickets at: nyicff.org

Celebrate Mother’s Day from afar with The Milestone Hotel & Residences 

Mother’s Day is looking a little different this year, but you can still celebrate your favourite person virtually thanks to The Milestone Hotel & Residences’ intimate masterclasses. 

Running in partnership with Lanson Champagne, the Mother’s Day masterclass will run on Sunday, 14th and will see you embark on a virtual Champagne tasting experience, led by General Manager, Andrew Pike and Ashley Wilce from Champagne Lanson. 

Following this, you’ll then be taken on a theatrical mixology masterclass, headed by Head Mixologist Angelo Lo Greco, who will teach you and your mum how to mix up signature cocktails at home, before learning how to whizz up moreish white chocolate truffles at home with Executive Chef Daniel Putz.

When? Sunday, 14th March
Book your tickets at: milestonehotel.com

Perfect your cooking skills with this Mother’s Day cooking masterclass 

If you’re missing your Mum’s home cooked dinners this Mothering Sunday or you’re on the search for a fun, yet challenging cooking class to take part in, reconnect this weekend with Sissi Fabulous Food’s virtual masterclass. 

Running on Sunday, 14th March, join mother and son chef team Sissi and Gregory for an action packed two hour workshop rusting up three delicious courses. On the menu is no waste Seeded Crisps and Sweet Potato Hummus, Melanzana Parmigiana, and Sissi’s famous Bread and Butter Pudding.

It’s the perfect opportunity to connect with your Ma over an exciting, virtual foodie session or to take part together for a little bonding session if you’re isolating together. 

When? Sunday, 14th March 6-8pm
Book your slot at: order.storekit.com

Continue celebrating Women’s History Month with this online exhibit 

Celebrating women doesn’t have to end on International Women’s Day, continue on the inspiring talks and conversations with friends through the Museum of London exhibition dedicated to Women’s History Month. 

Delve deeper into the histories of women, from exploring the previous Votes for Women exhibition held at the museum in 2018-19 marking the centenary of votes for (some) women, to joining livestreamed discussions, including the Herstories: Women’s voices in our Heritage series. 

Continue to honour the women from the past to present day in this inspiring exhibition.

Take part at: museumoflondon.org.uk

Take part in the Women of the World Festival

In line with International Women’s Day earlier this week, why not continue celebrating women this weekend with the Women of the World Festival. 

Created by The WOW Foundation, a charity that believes a gender equal world is desirable, possible and urgently required, the festival is hosting inspiring and interactive talks, conversations and workshops throughout March. 

Listen to interesting talks from inspiring women, including Kimberlé Crenshaw, the woman who coined the term ‘Intersectionality’ in 1989, and #SayHerName campaign she fights for the forgotten women who have died at the hands of police, and Ruby Wax and Fearne Cotton, as they chat about optimism and lead a guided meditation. There are also several empowering workshops to get involved with too.

Running until 21st March
Tune in at: thewowfoundation.com

Add some spice into your relationship with this private members’ club experience

Looking to add some spark back into your relationship after a year of binging Netflix and eating too many snacks together? Meet HedonX, the private members’ club that’s renowned for creating private and intimate spaces for couples to get the most out of their relationship. 

The HedonX team works hard to create the most intimate experiences for their members, taking the hassle out of the small details, allowing you to give your partner your full attention. Experiences can include a welcome glass of Champagne, an online shibari session in the privacy of a luxury bedroom, an intimate evening of fine dining, and breakfast to finish off your little lovers retreat. You’ll be able to choose your favourite city – from London to Geneva, Zurich to soon to be Paris – and they’ll arrange the venue and finer details for you.

The application process is really fun and engaging too. Fill out the questionnaire with your partner and if your application piques their interest you’ll both be asked in for a virtual interview before being selected.

As well as romantic escapes, HedonX also hosts social events too with live edutainment. So if this sounds intriguing to you, apply at hedonx.com

Order in a Mother’s Day afternoon tea delivery

Afternoon tea and Mother’s Day go hand in hand. While we can’t treat our mums to the finest afternoon tea selection London has to offer, we can still spoil her rotten with savouries and sweets with one of the best afternoon tea deliveries. 

You can now rejoice in the simple pleasures of afternoon tea, cakes and all, with one of these 17 restaurants, cafés and shops bringing their savoury delights and sweet treats to your door. Order in your mums favourite and really treat her like the queen she is.

Check out Netflix’s psychological thriller series, The One 

Based on the popular novel by John Marrs, Netflix’s new psychological thriller, The One will make you question everything you thought you knew about love. 

The eight-part series follows DNA researchers and CEO of MatchDNA, Rebecca (Hannah Ware) as she uncovers a new way to genetically pair individuals together with their soulmates in an all new matchmaking service. 

It’s a series about love, lies and loss, and one that you’ll no doubt binge in one sitting.

Release Date: Friday, 12th March
Watch it on Netflix

Listen to our album of the week, Valerie June – The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers

Blending soulful blues with her intoxicating, raspy tones, Valerie June’s fifth studio album, The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers, sounds as though it’s been plucked from the 1970s. It’s big, bold and full of life. 

The American singer-songwriter from Memphis, worked alongside Jack Splash, known for working with some of the greats including Kendrick Lamar and Alicia Keys, and has created a perfect album to pop on for a soulful Sunday session.

Release Date: Friday, 12th March
Listen on Spotify


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