What's on in the UK: Things to do in the next week

Whether you want to finally check out this year's award-winning films, or get fit through the joy of dance, we've rounded up some of the best events around the UK over the next seven days.


Friday 13 March - Northern Ballet Gala

For one magical night only, the Northern Ballet dancers will be joined by international ballet star Xander Parish, as well as guest artists from The Australian Ballet, The Royal Ballet, Hamburg Ballet and Phoenix Dance Theatre. Their world exclusive 45th anniversary Sapphire Gala held at the Leeds Grand Theatre on Saturday 14 March is a rare opportunity to see exceptional dance talent from across the globe.

Visit northernballet.com for more information

Saturday 14 March - Backyard Cinema's Awards Season

Following on from their hugely successful summer of classic films in back yards, Backyard Cinema are back with a selection of the 2015 awards season's best films. Kicking things off is Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel, but on Saturday there's a great double bill - the Oscar, BAFTA, and Golden Globe winner The Theory of Everything starring the Oscar, BAFTA, and Golden Globe winner Eddie Redmayne, and the incredible indie drama '71, which stars rising actor Jack O'Connell, the lead in Angelina Jolie's most recent blockbuster.

See backyardcinema.co.uk for more information

Sunday 15 March - Savage Beauty at the Victoria and Albert Museum

Alexander McQueen was truly one of the greatest fashion design talents the UK has ever produced, and so it seems fitting that in 2015, his amazing work will be showcased in his beloved hometown of London. The Victoria & Albert museum will be hosting the exhibition Savage Beauty in May but tickets are quickly selling out already - so act fast.

Visit vam.ac.uk for more information

Monday 16 March - Champneys Dance Retreats with Kristina Rihanoff

Are you looking for the real Strictly Come Dancing experience? Held on the last weekends of March and May, professional finalist Kristina Rihanoff (partnered with Simon Webbe) will be running luxury weekend dance retreats at Champneys Resort, offering ballroom classes, and a focus on beauty and improving personal health.

Visit champneys.com for more information

Tuesday 17 March - St Patrick's Day celebrations

It's the one national holiday celebrated widely around the world but this St Patrick's Day, why not head to the country that started it all - Ireland. The annual festival taking place in Dublin runs for four days, and on Tuesday, St Patrick's Day, culminates in a huge parade through the city centre. Bursting with colour and theatrics, amidst the pageantry will be bands from the USA, Germany and Ireland playing uplifting scores and inspiring rhythms for the crowds and dancers.

Wednesday 18 March - London's first Pignic

Love pigs? Love picnics? For five days only, the world's first Pignic comes to London. Enjoy an evening of food, drink, education - and of course time spent with the world's cutest micro pigs. As well as an evening of piggy fun, all the proceeds go to charity.

RSVP at theproudarchivist.co.uk

Thursday 19 March - Ideal Home Show

The Ideal Home Show is back, and returning to a bigger and better venue. Held across four days beginning on Friday 20 March at London Olympia, the exhibition will feature seven different dedicated sections and includes talks by fashion and beauty ambassador Katie Piper, TV presenter and architect George Clarke, gadget expert Suzi Perry, food critic Gregg Wallace, interiors icon Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and returning favourite Alan Titchmarsh as this year's gardening expert.

Visit idealhomeshow.co.uk for more information