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What’s on at the weekend? – 19, 20 May 2012

Posted by on Friday, 18 May, 2012 in What's on at the weekend?

What’s on at the weekend? – 19, 20 May 2012

If you want to do something different in London this weekend why not have a look at our pick of what’s on.  Festival season has begun in London’s villages, parks and riverside; elsewhere, new exhibitions celebrate British Glamour, the Queen and London Transport maps…

Dulwich Festival: Dulwich Park Fair and Dulwich Village Fun Day, Sunday 20 May 2012, 12pm to 6pm

There’s fun to be had in Dulwich Village this weekend courtesy of the annual Dulwich Festival.  Dulwich Park will host falconry displays, Punch and Judy and the Vauxhall City Farm amongst other attractions, food and craft stalls and live music.  Dulwich Village itself will be traffic free with a fancy dress pram race and more live music and dancing.  Admission free. No parking, use public transport.  More details here.

Ballgowns: British Glamour since 1950, Victoria & Albert Museum, until 6 January 2013

The V&A’s fashion galleries have been renovated and reopened this week with the V&A’s new exhibition, Ballgowns: British Glamour since 1950.  More than 60 creations from British designers will be on display, including gowns worn by the Queen Mother, Princess Diana and a number of iconic movie stars and celebrities.  Tickets cost £10 (adults), £7 (children) aged 12-17. More details here.

The Queen: Art & Image, National Portrait Gallery, until 21 October 2012

The National Portrait Gallery’s latest exhibition marks the Queen’s Jubilee by bringing together images that have been created of the Monarch during her reign. Tickets cost £6 (adults), £5 (children aged 12-18), admission free for children under 12.  More details here.

Mind the Map: Inspiring art, design and cartography, London Transport Museum, until 28 October 2012

The Transport Museum unveils a new exhibition this week exploring the inspiration, history and creativity behind London transport maps.  Admission costs £13.50 (adults), £10 (concessions), children under 16 enter for free.  All tickets allow unlimited admission to the museum for a 12 month period.  More details here.

Animal Art Fair, Riverside Walkway, South Bank, 17 to 20 May 2012, 11am to 6pm

If you like animals and art, head down to London’s South Bank this weekend to satisfy both interests at the Animal Art Fair.  The fair operates as a direct marketplace between artists and buyers. Tickets cost £10 on the door (£8 in advance).  More details here.

And before next weekend…

It’s the Chelsea Flower Show this coming week (22-26 May) for those of you with green fingers.  More details here.

For creative types, check out the Clerkenwell Design Week (22-24 May).  More details here.

Don’t forget…

Many museums and galleries run regular workshops and activities for children at the weekends.  Check out your local museum’s website for details.

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