Spring Bank Holiday Weekend

What’s on across London for you and the whole family this Spring bank holiday

 

Saturday 23 May 2009

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Traffic Free Oxford Street

  • Need a little retail therapy?  Here’s some incentive. On Saturday 23 May 2009 Oxford Street will host a traffic-free street party from Oxford Circus to Marble Arch.
  • West End shops including Selfridges, Marks & Spencer, Debenhams, John Lewis, House of Fraser, Boots and Primark will provide a feast of free family entertainment, including live music, in-store promotions and kid’s entertainment celebrating the UK film premiere of Night at the Museum 2.
  • Families will be able to shop at their leisure without traffic from noon through to 5pm with many stores opening late until 9pm.
  • For full details see the website.

Sheep Shearing Day at Battersea Park Zoo

  • Saturday 23rd May
  • Come along to the zoo and watch our sheep get shorn!
  • Starts at 11 am
  • Usual entrance fee applies
  • Call     020 7924 5826     for further details.

Treasures of the Rainforest at the Polka Theatre (SW 19)

  • Saturday 23 May
  • Discover the uniqueness of the Guyanese rainforest. Fly high above the trees with parrot, Woodpecker and the Birds of Paradise, and join in the antics of Spider, Monkey, Leopard, Snake and Crocodile. A participatory fusion of music and storytelling to engage and ignite the imagination.
  • Suitable for children ages 3 – 6 years (40 to 50 minutes long)
  • Contact the Box Office on     020 8543 4888     or at boxoffice@polkatheatre.com.
  • The Polka Theatre, 240 The Broadway, Wimbledon, London, SW19 1SB

 

Alice in the Walled Garden in Battersea Park, SW11

  • Saturday 23 May  at 11.30am, 2.30 and 5pm
  • An exceptional adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland as a promenade performance that will charm and engage children and adults alike.
  • Tickets £5 / £2.50 children and concessions. Booking recommended as places are limited. Call the box office on     07961 100 006     or     020 7326 4417    
  • The Old English Garden, Battersea Park, SW11
  • Part of the Wandsworth Arts Festival

 

Little Woman: the Story of the Corset at the V&A Museum (SW7)

  • Saturday 23 May at 11:30 and 13:30
  • This light-hearted performance explores the life of a 19th-century lady as she wears her corset and dares to march for the female vote!
    Presented by Little Lights Theatre Company
  • Victoria and Albert Museum Cromwell Road, Kensington and Chelsea SW7 2RL
  • For further details call     0207 942 2211    

 

Half Term fun with Creative Workshops at Somerset House – Profile Piece

  • Saturday 23 May 2009
  • Draw inspiration from the collections, exhibitions and magnificent architectural surroundings at Somerset House, then create your own masterpieces from what you learn. Explore some very different portraits, then discover how to create a cut-out silhouette likeness of someone special to you…
  • All holiday drop-ins run from 11.00-13.00 and then 14.00-16.30, the activity lasts about half an hour. They are suitable for families with children of all ages, children must be accompanied by an adult. If the workshop is full, families are welcome to wait until spaces become available
  • Spaces are limited, so tickets are allocated on a first come first served basis. Meet in The Learning Centre, Embankment Level, South Building, Somerset House.

 

Indian Strings & Dance Performances at the Museum of Croydon, CR9

  • Saturday 23rd May  at 2.30 – 3.15pm  – Kuchipudi dance by Chaittanya Unni and Shiju Menon
    • Famous for its grace and elegance, the Kuchipudi dance originated in Andhra Pradesh. Chaittanya Unni and Shiju Menon perform with beautiful costumes, enchanting music and vivacious dance techniques.
    • 3.30 – 4.15pm – Manipuri dance by Roshni Mallick
      • Roshni Mallick presents one of the most beautiful classical dances from North East India.
      • Surbahar performance by Baluji Shrivastav, 4.30 – 5pm
        • Experience the beauty of the rarely heard Surbahar'(bass-sitar), performed by Baluji Shrivastava, accompanied on the Pakhawaj by Naseem Irfan and on the Tanpura by Linda Shanovitch.
        • Free events.
        • Katharine Street, Croydon CR9 1ET
        • For further details call     020 82531030    

 

Hands-on Animals at the Horniman Museum, SE23

  • Saturday 23 May at 11 – 11.45am and 12.15 – 1pm
  • Part of the Hands On Family Workshops  – Touch real museum objects from all over the world in these family sessions.
  • Horniman Museum & Gardens, 100 London Rd, Forest Hill, London, SE23 3PQ.
  • Call     020 8699 1872     for further details.

 

Garden Bells at the Horniman Museum, SE23

  • Saturday 23 May at 13.30 – 14.15pm and 14.45 – 15.30pm
  • Art and Craft in the Education Centre
  • Free admission
  • Open, un-ticketed sessions. All other sessions for families with children aged 3+. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets available half an hour before the session from the Information Desk.
  • Horniman Museum & Gardens, 100 London Rd, Forest Hill, London, SE23 3PQ.
  • Call     020 8699 1872     for further details.

 

Sunday 24 May 2009

 

The Man who Planted Trees at the Arts Depot (N12)

  • Sunday 24th May 2009 at 12:00 and 15:00
  • Accompanied by his faithful dog, a French shepherd sets out to plant a forest and transform a barren landscape. Hear the wind, feel the rain, smell the lavender in this multi-sensory theatrical delight.
  • Ages 7+. Tickets cost £7.
  • ArtsDepot, 5 Nether Street, Tally Ho Corner, N12 0GA

 

Hands-on Puppets at the Horniman Museum, SE23

  • Sunday 24 May at 2 – 2.45pm and 3.15 – 4pm
  • Part of the Hands On Family Workshops  – Touch real museum objects from all over the world in these family sessions.
  • Horniman Museum & Gardens, 100 London Rd, Forest Hill, London, SE23 3PQ.
  • Call     020 8699 1872     for further details.

 

Drop-in Design: Walking the Line at the V&A Museum (SW7)

  • One thousand lines have escaped in the museum overnight. See if you can spot some lines in design. Use your discoveries to create an imaginary door to a fantasy world made entirely of lines.
  • (Lunchroom, Sackler Centre)
  • Sunday 24 May from 10.30-17.00 
  • Victoria and Albert Museum Cromwell Road, Kensington and Chelsea SW7 2RL
  • For further details call     0207 942 2211    

 

Bank Holiday 25 May

SEE THE LISTING BELOW FOR HALF TERM EVENTS THAT START ON 25 MAY

 

London-Mums_Baby-BibNational Family Week Picnic in Regent’s Park

  • 25 May 2009
  • A free event in Regent’s Park (Queen Mary’s Gardens, Holme Green and Marylebone Green)
  • Pack up your hamper, rug and relatives and head down to Regent’s Park on Monday 25th May and join thousands of families across the UK in the National Family Week attempt to set the Guinness World Record for the largest picnic across multiple venues.
  • Many towns and cities across the UK are already joining the attempt and Regent’s Park is having a slice of the action. The world record attempt will take place in the beautiful setting of the Queen Mary’s Gardens, Holme Green and Marylebone Green. Regent’s Park will be spearheading the picnicking action with a fun-filled picnic extravaganza with registration opening at 11am and entertainment from 12pm. Plus, families will be able to enjoy free strawberries and cream courtesy of Sainsbury’s whilst being a part of a world record attempt.
  • For further information, see the National Family Week Website. And pre-register your attendance at the Regent’s Park picnic.

 

Half Term fun with Creative Workshops at Somerset House – Fantasy Fountains

  • Bank Holiday Monday 25 May
  • Draw inspiration from the collections, exhibitions and magnificent architectural surroundings at Somerset House, then create your own masterpieces from what you learn. Take inspiration from our fabulous fountains, the Thames, and naval history here at Somerset House and design and make a model of your very own water feature.
  • All holiday drop-ins run from 11.00-13.00 and then 14.00-16.30, the activity lasts about half an hour. They are suitable for families with children of all ages, children must be accompanied by an adult. If the workshop is full, families are welcome to wait until spaces become available
  • Spaces are limited, so tickets are allocated on a first come first served basis. Meet in The Learning Centre, Embankment Level, South Building, Somerset House.

 

Nature Nests at the Horniman Museum, SE23

  • Monday 25 at 11am– 3.30pm. Last entry 2.45pm.
  • Art and Craft in the Gallery Square
  • Free admission
  • Open, un-ticketed sessions. All other sessions for families with children aged 3+. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets available half an hour before the session from the Information Desk.
  • Horniman Museum & Gardens, 100 London Rd, Forest Hill, London, SE23 3PQ.
  • Call     020 8699 1872     for further details.

 

Big Batty Walk at the WWT London Wetland Centre, SW13

  • Monday 25 May 2009
  • The WWT London Wetland Centre is an excellent site for bat watching, with nine UK species recorded on the reserve. Our Bat Walks consists of a talk by one of our bat experts before heading out to the wild reserve, complete with bat detector, to see and hear which species are swooping around.
  • Times vary with sunset. Adults and children over 8 years.
  • Children should be accompanied by an adult. 
  • £10- booking is essential. Price does not include day-time admission to the centre.
  • To book this event or for more information please call     020 8409 4400    
  • Queen Elizabeth’s Walk, Barnes, London, SW13 9WT

 

Nature Explorers at the Horniman Museum, SE23

  • Bug Behaviour and Nature Walk
  • Monday 25 May at 2–3.30pm
  • Investigate bug behaviour and find them in the wild in the Horniman Gardens and Nature Trail.
  • Free admission
  • For families with children aged 7+.
  • Horniman Museum & Gardens, 100 London Rd, Forest Hill, London, SE23 3PQ.
  • Call     020 8699 1872     for further details.

 

A Fishy Tale at the Horniman Museum, SE23

  • Monday 25 May at 11.30am– 12.30pm, 1.15 – 2.15pm and 3 – 4pm
  • Come and hear a story about a very special fish and make an amazing miniature aquarium. Sing some fishy songs and a special sea shanty.
  • For families with children aged 5 and under. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets available half an hour before the start of each session from the Information Desk. Limited spaces.
  • Horniman Museum & Gardens, 100 London Rd, Forest Hill, London, SE23 3PQ.
  • Call     020 8699 1872     for further details.
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