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Weekend roundup

The Classic Car Drive-In Weekend

Drive-ins are all the rage and this one pays homage to classy, classic cars with historic car centre, Bicester Heritage, hosting two drive-in cinemas screening motoring-inspired films (The Italian Job, Fast & Furious, Le Mans ’66) and documentaries (Senna, Rush). There will also be 500 iconic classic cars on display, car parades, car clubs from across the country ensuring their pride and joys are polished and gleaming, an auction and classic car dealers. Expect to hear, ‘They don’t make them like they used to’. A lot. Today-Sunday, Bicester, Oxfordshire,

iHeartRadio Festival

American radio and podcast platform iHeartRadio marks its tenth festival with a virtual show across two evenings. A-list guest include BTS, Coldplay (frontman Chris Martin, right), Bon Jovi, Miley Cyrus, Migos and Usher. Alongside one-off performances, you can expect iHeartRadio Festival’s backstage interviews and the festival’s trademark superstar collaborations — previous years have seen team-ups between the likes of Alicia Keys and Lewis Capaldi, Lorde and Khalid, Britney and G-Eazy, and Ariana Grande and Childish Gambino. Tune in for free via the iHeartRadio app and website. Tonight and tomorrow,

Ronnie Scott’s

The Soho institution and legendary basement jazz club reopens this weekend — at 50 per cent capacity — with The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars. Featuring the venue’s artistic director James Pearson and vocalist Natalie Williams (right), the band will perform The Soho Songbook, mixing up The Great American Songbook of early 20th century jazz standards (think Miles, Ella and Nina) with the music of jazz greats who have performed at Ronnie’s since it first opened in 1959. Tomorrow and Sunday, Ronnie Scott’s, Soho, London,

Virtual Chorlton Book Festival 2020

The 16th edition of the hip south Manchester suburb’s book festival is happening online with a bunch of free events, and a focus on books and writers for children and young people. Guests include Nathan Bryon (left), author of hit kids book Look Up! discussing new book Clean Up!. You’ll also see YA authors Anna Mainwaring, Ruth Estevez and Louisa Reid, with further highlights including poetry readings and a Manchester-inspired crime-writing panel. Plus, comedian Daliso Chaponda reflects on lockdown and finding solace in fiction with themes of isolation such as Robinson Crusoe and The Count Of Monte Cristo. Today to Sep 25,

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The Octagon Theatre in Bolton has teamed up with Guildford Shakespeare Company to produce a special live online adaptation of the 2017 open air production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Expect laughs, magic and wonder in this family friendly production of Shakespeare’s much-loved, impish comedy. Thursday to September 27, Octagon Theatre, Bolton,

Wigtown Book Festival

Wigtown, in Dumfries and Galloway, is Scotland’s National Book Town and hosts a cracking book festival which you can enjoy virtually and for free. Highlights include events with Neil MacGregor (British Museum, National Gallery), journalists Andrew Marr and George Alagiah (above), award-winning novelist Maggie O’Farrell, poet Dean Atta, and award-winning teenage nature writer Dara McAnulty. There’s also live music, a virtual ceilidh, poetry prize and a fab programme of digital events for families and schools. Thu to Oct 4,

Picnic at the Castle

The grounds of Warwick Castle, built by William the Conqueror in the medieval period, is host to a charming, al fresco and distanced picnic, comedy and music series. Select one of three slots (lunch, afternoon, evening), order a lovely hamper and listen to the likes of singer-songwriter Shaun O’Reilly (tonight), folk and country duo Ferris & Sylvester (tonight) and Scouting For Girls frontman Roy Stride (tomorrow). Sunday evening hosts a bumper comedy line-up with Phil Wang, Olga Koch, Michael Odewale and Jenny Bede. Until September 27, Warwick Castle,


The Institute Of Art And Ideas’ philosophy and music fest is back for a weekend of live debate and discussion, with more than 200 events happening across London, Delhi and New York. Guests include Nobel-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, human rights champion Bianca Jagger (pictured), humanitarian David Miliband, spoken-word star George The Poet and Irish novelist Colm Toibin. For light relief, the state-of-the-art digital festival site also features stand-up comedy, live music (Cosmo Sheldrake, Judy Collins, Brendan Benson) and virtual socials. Tomorrow and Sun,

Liverpool Theatre Festival

Liverpool’s beloved Bombed Out Church hosts a theatre festival celebrating local talent with 75-minute shows spanning musical theatre, comedy, cabaret and more. Productions include musical stage show Judy & Liza (above) celebrating Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli, Hurrah For The Pirate King! for the family and the curtain comes down on Sunday evening with one-person show Swan Song, a comedy from local playwright Jonathan Harvey. Until Sun, Bombed Out Church, Liverpool,

ENO Drive & Live

English National Opera has pulled out the stops for its drive-in opera with a specially adapted, modern 90-minute take on Puccini’s much-loved opera La Boheme. Park up at Ally Pally and follow the fortunes of young, star-crossed lovers Rodolfo and Mimi as they discover the bohemian paradise of London, with distinguished performers and musicians taking to a raised and covered stage. Giant screens ensure you won’t miss a beat. Bikes are welcome, too. Tomorrow to Sep 27, Alexandra Palace, London,