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What’s on at the (bank holiday) weekend? – 24, 25, 26 August 2013

Posted by on Thursday, 22 August, 2013 in What's on at the weekend?

What’s on at the (bank holiday) weekend? – 24, 25, 26 August 2013

Celebrate the last bank holiday of the year with a Village Fair, an African Market, a trip to Caravania, a Carnival or some free theatre…

Southbank Village Fair, Saturday 24 August 2013 and Sunday 25 August 2013

Check out the Southbank Centre’s village fair this weekend. There will be stalls offering knitting and cakes, crafting activities, a vegetable sculpture competition and a bake-off. Take part in traditional games such as hoopla and ‘hook the duck’ or take a ride in the helter-skelter. Elsewhere, enjoy Southbank Centre’s dog show, display of owls and falconry birds, brass bands, traditional folk music and Saturday evening ceilidh. Free. More details here.

Africa Market Spitalfields, 11am to 5pm, Saturday 24 August 2013 and 10am to 5pm, Monday 26 August 2013

There’s an Africa Market at Spitalfields this weekend, showcasing original & ethical fashion, accessories, jewellery, shoes, arts & crafts, homeware, natural beauty products, books, music, and more. Local & international charities will also be represented, promoting their actions and raising awareness and funds by selling goods. Free. More details here.

Caravania, The Bone Ensemble, outside National Theatre, Saturday 24 August 2013

Caravania! is a micronation formed of a real-life old touring caravan and its awning. Children (aged 4 upwards) and their adults can enter the caravan for a tour of Upper Caravania, where they can play on the beach, journey into space and pay a trip to the chemical loo – which turns everything blue. Everyone else is invited to take part in a range of fun activities in Lower Caravania (the awning), where they can design their own country and laws, create a flag, and vote on important matters of state. Free. More details here.

Prince of Thebes, The Scoop, 6pm to 7pm Wednesday to Sunday, until 1 September 2013

The Scoop outdoor amphitheatre at More London (on the South Bank between Tower Bridge and London Bridge) is staging free theatre throughout August. Prince of Thebes is aimed at a family audience and those encountering Oedipus for the first time. It blends comedy, adventure, music and puppetry, introducing the audience to the young Prince as he thwarts magical and mortal enemies in his quest to lift an evil spell. Free, seats allocated on a first come first served basis. Bring your own picnic. Performances may be cancelled due to bad weather. Free. More details here.

Notting Hill Carnival, parades start from 9am Sunday 25 and Monday 26 August 2013

If it’s the August bank holiday then it must be the Notting Hill Carnival. West London will be awash with music, dancing, food and more. The parades start at 9am on Sunday and Monday. Sunday is children’s day and Monday is adults’ day. Free. More details here.

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