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What’s on at the (Bank Holiday) weekend? – 29, 30, 31 August 2015

Posted by on Thursday, 27 August, 2015 in What's on at the weekend?

What’s on at the (Bank Holiday) weekend? – 29, 30, 31 August 2015

A bumper weekend of free entertainment beckons for those of us staying in London. How will you spend your long weekend? Here are some suggestions:

Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival, Thursday 27 to Monday 31 August 2015

Head to Woolwich Arsenal Riverside this weekend for a maritime family festival featuring 15 tall ships. Take a cruise in a tall ship along the Thames or head to Woolwich for a free family day on Saturday (10am to 10pm). There will be live music, roving entertainers, traditional funfair rides and nautical-themed children’s activities, vintage vehicles, food, a Fire Brigade fire boat, children’s activities at the Heritage Centre and a fireworks grand finale at 10pm on the river. Free entry to festival. Book tickets for tall ship cruises in advance. More details here

10th Anniversary Activities, Unicorn Theatre, London Bridge, Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 August 2015

The Unicorn Theatre is hosting a weekend of activities to celebrate its tenth anniversary. There are dance, storytelling, circus and theatre workshops for children aged 2 and up, as well as the chance to help create a temporary mural. Sign up for workshops in advance to avoid disappointment. Free. More details here

Curious Festival, King’s Cross, Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 August 2015

This weekend, get under the surface of King’s Cross with a two-day festival of knowledge and learning. Curious is a festival fusing science, culture and art; events for all ages will be taking place at venues throughout the local area. There’s just too much to mention it all here – check out the programme of free events for more details.

Sensational Sounds Family Day, National Gallery, Saturday 29 August 2015

In celebration of its Soundscapes exhibition, the National Gallery is hosting a special themed day of free interactive performances and art workshops on Saturday. There’s a Secret Sounds printed trail for all the family and various sessions taking place throughout the day, including Musical Magic Carpet, Sounds and Song from the Stonemason’s Yard, and Noisy Paintings. Free. Places limited and allocated on arrival. More details here

Notting Hill Carnival Children’s Day, 10am to 8.30pm, Sunday 30 August 2015

If it’s the August Bank Holiday, then it must be Notting Hill Carnival time. If you are planning to go along, Sunday is Children’s Day with the carnival team parading in their extravagant costumes to various sound systems and steel bands. There will also be live music performances on the World Music Stage and plenty of refreshments and street food to be found along the route. Free. More details here

Africarnival, Horniman Museum, 12pm to 6pm, Sunday 30 August 2015

Celebrate the end of the Horniman’s African Summer programme with a day of concerts, dance and carnival in the Museum’s gardens. Expect specially-commissioned carnival parades, live music from across the African continent, pop-up performances, workshops, food and more. Free. More details here

Heartbeat, Covent Garden Market, until 27 September 2015

French artist Charles Pétillon unveils his first public art installation in Covent Garden this weekend. Entitled “Heartbeat”, the installation consists of 100,000 giant white balloons filling the interior of the Market Building and incorporating pulsating white light to symbolise the beating of a heart. A pop-up gallery on Covent Garden Piazza also features the artist’s work. Free. More details here

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