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April, 2018

THINGS TO DO IN LONDON THIS WEEKEND

Here’s our Friday Five line-up of things to do with the family in London this weekend

With the weather set fair this weekend, we’ve found five things to do which involve the outdoors, family fun and food.

 

Tomorrow & Sunday
ACTON DEPOT OPEN WEEKEND: CAPITAL DESIGN
Acton Depot – www.ltmuseum.co.uk

The Spring Depot Open Weekend is jam-packed with things to do. Discover a treasure trove of vintage vehicles, poster art and a vast array of transport ephemera. The theme is the greatness of design and the museum has curated a selection of activities and highlights for adults and children alike.

 


Tomorrow & Sunday
FEST-TEA-VAL
Chiswick House – www.nationalteaday.co.uk

Fes-Tea-Val is coming to West London this weekend to celebrate National Tea Day. And they’ve lucked out with the weather! This family friendly event will take you on a journey of all things British in the world of food and drink. You’ll discover celebrity bakers, music, mixology masterclasses and so much more to keep everyone entertained. To top it off is the opportunity to view Lord Nelson’s teapot in a once in a lifetime opportunity to view the world famous Chitra Collection.

 

Sunday
ST GEORGE’S DAY CELEBRATIONS
Borough Market – www.boroughmarket.org.uk

This is a family-friendly day filled with food, music, storytelling and theatre, celebrating the influence Saint George has had around the world. His cross is on the England flag but he’s also patron saint to countries ranging from Lithuania to Ethiopia and Catalonia as well as butchers, shepherds and farmers too. As well as food, there’s theatre, a maypole and the construction of a human tower from the Castellers of London.

 

Daily
THE MAGIC GARDEN
Hampton Court Palace – www.hrp.org.uk

Staying outside, head to The Magic Garden at Hampton Court. Come face to face with mysterious mythical beasts, storm the battlements, besiege the towers and explore the secret grotto. Each area of the garden represents myths, legends, stories and even real objects that can be found at Hampton Court.

 

Sunday
WE LOVE CHEESE FESTIVAL
Dickens Yard, Ealing – www.eventbrite.co.uk

Expect exactly what the name suggests – cheesy street food, special menus and cheese sellers from around the globe. You’ll also find a large selection of stalls selling everything cheese related, from bread and charcuterie to olives and cheesecake, plus talks from producers. Try out pairing suggestions at pop-up bars from wine & beer specialists and enjoy some live music or keep the kids occupied in the ‘Little Artisans’ craft and games area.

 

 

 

THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND IN LONDON

Here’s our Friday Five line-up of things to do with the family in London this weekend


Today & Tomorrow

LONDON ON THE MOVE
Museum of London – www.museumoflondon.org.uk

At the beginning of the 20th century there were over 50,000 horses transporting people around London each day. In 2017, Londoners made roughly 5.7 million car trips on an average day. This free workshop looks at how our transport needs are changing and the new possibilities to keep everyone on the move. 


Tomorrow
GAMES CHARACTER PARADE
City of London – www.games.london

The final Saturday of London Games Festival will once again see hundreds of games characters take to the streets of London in the very special Games Character Parade.
Welcoming both video games-inspired cosplayers of all experience levels plus official mascots and characters, this one-of-a-kind games event will see iconic interactive entertainment heroes in even more iconic London locations.

Until Sunday
FERDINAND THE BULL
The View from the Shard – www.theviewfromtheshard.com

London’s tallest attraction is hosting a range of fun-filled daily activities, all FREE with a general admissions ticket.  Children and adults alike can take part in a Ferdinand-inspired treasure hunt to help find his favourite flowers, and spot some of London’s most iconic landmarks along the way!

Until Sunday
LIVE AT TELEVISION CENTRE
White City – www.televisioncentre.com/festival

For three days, the forecourt at Television Centre will be transformed into an all-out festival to mark the official reopening. From food and music to live entertainment, it’s a festival befitting the building, and it’s not to be missed.

Sunday
SIMON MOLE IN FRIENDS FOR ALL
Watermans – www.watermans.org.uk

A story about having the confidence to be yourself and stand up for what you believe in.
8 year old Lexi doesn’t make friends as easily as some. If only her school would allow a non-school uniform day then she could be herself and find others like her.
Poet and rapper Simon Mole performs in this humorous and moving piece, co-created with theatre maker Peader Kirk.

 

Credit: Photography by Ash

ONE TO BOOK
19-22 April

CANTERVILLE GHOST
Peacock Theatre –  www.peacocktheatre.com

London Children’s Ballet returns to the West End with a ballet based on Oscar Wilde’s witty novella. Sir Simon Canterville has haunted his ancestral home successfully for centuries. That is until an American family moves in. While the youngest family members gleefully torment the indignant ghost, their older sister bravely decides to set him free forever.
Set in the roaring 20s, The Canterville Ghost is performed by an all-child cast and set to the music of a live orchestra. Perfect for ages 5-12 years.

DISNEY ON ICE

DISNEY ON ICE
4 TO 8 APRIL
DISNEY ON ICE

Wembley SSE Arena – www.disneyonice.com
Another truly magical Disney on Ice experience with Lightning McQueen, The Little Mermaid, Toy Story favourites and loads more characters.

WINNIE-THE-POO: EXPLORING A CLASSIC

WINNIE-THE-POO: EXPLORING A CLASSIC
NOW UNTIL 8 APRIL
WINNIE-THE-POO: EXPLORING A CLASSIC

Victoria and Albert Museum, South Kensington – www.vam.ac.uk
Experience the timeless and universal appeal of Winnie-the-Pooh, brought to life through sketches, letters, photographs, cartoons, ceramics and fashion.

PINOCCHIO

PINOCCHIO
UNTIL 10 APRIL
PINOCCHIO

National Theatre – www.nationaltheatre.org.uk
World premiere! From the director of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and the writer of Matilda the Musical, this classic features music and songs from the Walt Disney Film.

PETER RABBIT AT KEW

PETER RABBIT AT KEW
NOW UNTIL 15 APRIL
PETER RABBIT AT KEW

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew – www.kew.org
This Easter festival includeds an interactive trail inspiring children to connect with nature plus workshops, games, storytelling and crafts.

DEFEND THE TOWER

DEFEND THE TOWER
NOW UNTIL 27 APRIL
DEFEND THE TOWER

National History Museum – www.nhm.ac.uk
The tower is under attack! Relive the life and death struggles to overcome its mighty defences in this performance drama.

IMPERIAL FESTIVAL

IMPERIAL FESTIVAL
28 & 29 APRIL
IMPERIAL FESTIVAL

Imperial College London – www.imperial.ac.uk/festival
Imperial College’s free annual festival returns this year, featuring interactive experiments, new technology demonstrations, lab tours and much more.

VENOM KILLER & CURE

VENOM KILLER & CURE
NOW UNTIL 13 MAY
VENOM KILLER & CURE

National History Museum – www.nhm.ac.uk
Encounter some of the world’s most venomous creatures and discover their surprising connection to human health. Specimens include snakes, centipedes, snails, scorpions and the unassuming platypus.