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What’s on at the weekend? – 2, 3, 4, 5 June 2012

Posted by on Thursday, 31 May, 2012 in What's on at the weekend?

What’s on at the weekend? – 2, 3, 4, 5 June 2012

Following on from our summary last week of the river pageant, procession, lighting of beacons and other official events taking place over the Diamond Jubilee holidays, here’s our view of what else is on this weekend…

British Postal Museum & Archive – Diamond Jubilee Party, Spa Fields off Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell, 11am to 4pm, Friday 1 June 2012

Start the holiday weekend early at The British Postal Museum’s Diamond Jubilee Party in Clerkenwell on Friday.  Joined by the Foundling Museum and Museum of the Order of St John, there will be information about the three museums plus games and activities run by the Big Wheel Theatre Company, giveaways, free stamp portraits, talks, workshops and a tombola.  Free.  More details here.

Sainsbury’s Jubilee Family Festival, Hyde Park, Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 June 2012

Sainsbury’s is presenting a Family Festival in Hyde Park to celebrate the Jubilee.  Headline acts include BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing, The National Theatre’s War Horse and a ‘Magic of Disney’ finale.  Entertainment and activities will also be provided across six areas by 40 bands, dance troupes, orchestras, famous kids’ TV characters and more.  Tickets £20 (adults), £12.50 (children over 3), under 3s free.  More details here.

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Family Festival, Golders Hill Park, Hampstead Heath, 3pm to 10pm, Monday 4 June 2012

Hampstead Heath is hosting a Diamond Jubilee Family Festival on Monday.  There will be live music, children’s entertainment, arts and crafts, sports, community stalls and the Festival will culminate with the lighting of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Beacon and fireworks. Free admission. More details here.

World Street Food Festival, Southbank Centre Square, 1 to 5 June 2012

Head down to London’s South Bank this weekend where vendors will be selling street food inspired by cuisines from all over the world.  More details here.

Jubilee Street Market, Church Square, Putney, Sunday 3 June 2012

If you are looking for a vantage point from which to watch the Jubilee flotilla on Sunday, pop along to Putney.  There will be a Jubilee Street Market to entertain you until the pageant arrives with music, food and entertainment.  An ornamental coronation crown is also on display at the Exchange Shopping Centre – guess the number of diamonds in the crown to win your own diamond.

Big British Bang, Selfridges, Oxford Street, until 31 August 2012

Selfridges is celebrating the Jubilee and upcoming Olympics with a festival of all things British, from food to fashion.  Look out for pop-up shops and activities in store.  Free admission.  More details here.

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2012, Burlington House, Monday 4 June to 12 August 2012

This year’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, the 244th in total, starts on Monday.  The exhibition showcases contemporary art by emerging and established artists in all media.  Admission costs £11.50 for adults, entry is free for under 7s.  More details here.

Museum of London, Jubilee weekend/half term activities

There are lots of half term activities available this week for children and families at the fantastic Museum of London.  Children aged 7 and over can go along to talks about London’s connection to the Olympics on Saturday 2 and Monday 4 June at 12pm and 3pm, and the over 5s can participate in creative workshops looking at Olympic venues past and present on Saturday 2 June and Sunday 3 June at 12.30pm and 2.30pm.  On Tuesday 5 June, children aged 5 and over can make a special Jubilee gift inspired by gifts in the Museum’s collection.  Free.  Details of these and other sessions taking place are here.

National Gallery, Jubilee weekend/half term activities

Go along to the National Gallery this weekend to take part in free family sessions.  Children aged 2 to 5 can listen to the Magic Carpet storytelling sessions on Sunday at 10.30am and 11.30am.  A Family Walk and Talk session on the theme of Greek Myths, and suitable for all ages, will take place on Sunday at 12.30pm.  There are also workshops on the theme of Regal Regatta and Jubilee Art Labs taking place on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday from 11am to 3pm.  Free.  Details of these and other sessions taking place over the Bank holidays are here.

Mascots of the Olympic Games, Museum of Childhood, until 18 October 2012

The Museum of Childhood, one of babydaytripper’s favourite London museums, is currently displaying 38 mascots from past Summer and Winter Olympic Games, including the mascots (Wenlock and Mandeville) for the 2012 London Olympics.  Free.  More details here.

Gold: Power and Allure, Goldsmiths’ Hall, 1 June to 28 July 2012

A new exhibition at the Goldsmiths’ Hall, Gold: Power and Allure, tells the story of Britain and gold, featuring more than 400 gold items ranging in date from 2500 BC to the present day.  Free admission.  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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