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Summer Holidays Special – Summer Festivals

Posted by on Friday, 21 July, 2017 in Festivals, News

Summer Holidays Special – Summer Festivals

Want to soak up a bit of festival atmosphere without leaving London? Here are a few of the (mostly free) pop-up festivals happening in the Capital this Summer (no camping equipment required, picnic blanket optional…).

Summertime Weekends at the Southbank Centre

Southbank Centre has a six-weekend programme of events through the Summer. Head to the Riverside Terrace on Saturday and Sunday afternoons for live music on the festival stage. Look out in particular for a weather-themed circus duo on 29 and 30 July and an Urban festival taking over the skate park during the August Bank Holiday weekend. Even during the week there’s fun to be had at the riverside beach, playing in the Appearing Rooms fountain and sitting on the Modified Social Benches. For refreshments, take to the roof top gardens and enjoy the views. More details here

BeachEast Amusement Park, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

BeachEast is back at the Olympic Park until 2 September. £2 gets you a wristband allowing access to the beach, paddling pool and beach bar area (under 3s free). For unlimited rides on the amusement park, upgrade to wristbands costing £7.99 for children under 1.1m and £10.99 for children 1.1m to 1.4m tall (£14.99 over 1.4m). Pay as you go tickets for rides cost £2-£5. BeachEast is open 12pm to 9pm on weekdays and 10am to 9pm at the weekend. More details here

Indian Summer at the Horniman Museum

The Horniman Museum’s Summer Festival will bring the sights and sounds of India and South Asia to south east London. If the opening Tamasha party was anything to go by, it will be worth checking out the varied events on offer. Highlights include the Indian Summer Baaja outdoor music festival on 23 July, followed by Sunday Bandstand music on 6, 13 and 20 August. From 9 August, there will be special workshops, activities and performances for children 3 and over, every Wednesday. The festival culminates with the Horniman Mela on Sunday 3 September. Free. More details here

St Katharine Dock

In the shadow of Tower Bridge, St Katharine Docks is planning to make the most of its picturesque marina with a summer festival of fun. Head along to a screening of Moana (22 July), The Lego Batman Movie (23 July), Finding Dory (29 July) or Beauty & The Beast (30 July) on the outdoor Floating Cinema (£10), or hang out and watch the World Athletics Championship on the free big screen until 13 August. There will also be Zorbing on the marina on 3 August. More details here

Potter’s Fields Park

There are lots of events happening at Potter’s Fields (next to Tower Bridge) over the Summer. Enjoy a range of cultural activities and food stalls at the Indonesian Festival on 22 and 23 July. On 4 and 5 August, London Beach Rugby will arrive for a free 5-a-side touch rugby tournament on temporary sand pitches. Finally, the Comida Fest will be in residence on Saturday 12 August, showcasing Latin American cuisine, music and offering family activities and workshops. More details here

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