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What’s on at the weekend? – 20, 21 October 2012

Posted by on Thursday, 18 October, 2012 in What's on at the weekend?

What’s on at the weekend? – 20, 21 October 2012

Looking for a day out this weekend? Things are getting festive in Bloomsbury or, if you fancy an exhibition, choose from iconic Hollywood film costumes, the intriguing Lost Prince, top wildlife photos and famous sneakers (trainers to you and me)…  

Hollywood Costume, Victoria and Albert Museum, until 27 January 2013

The V&A’s latest exhibition celebrates one hundred years of Hollywood filmmaking by displaying over one hundred costumes belonging to iconic film characters.  From Charlie Chaplin in The Tramp and Judy Garland as Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, to Harrison Ford’s Raiders of the Lost Ark and Kate Winslet’s costume from Titanic, there’s something for visitors of all ages.  Tickets cost £14 for adults, admission is free for under 12s. More details here.

Bloomsbury Festival, various locations around Bloomsbury, Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 October 2012

Head to Bloomsbury this weekend to celebrate all that the area and its many Museums have to offer.  There are events happening all over Bloomsbury, including a programme of activities for families and children. Events include interactive arts and craft workshops, educational activities, the creation of outdoor sculptures, live music and more.  Free.  Tickets required for some events.  More details here.

The Lost Prince: The Life and Death of Henry Stuart, National Portrait Gallery, until 13 January 2013

This weekend sees the opening of the National Portrait Gallery’s latest offering, an exhibition dedicated to Henry Stuart, who would have become King Henry IX were it not for his unexpectedly early demise.  Marking the 400th anniversary of Henry’s death, The Lost Prince will include some of the most important works of art and culture produced and collected in the Jacobean period, including portraits by Holbein, Nicholas Hilliard and Isaac Oliver, designs by Inigo Jones and poetry by Ben Jonson. Tickets cost £11.80 for adults, admission is free for under 12s.  More details here.

Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition 2012, Natural History Museum, until 3 March 2013

The Natural History Museum’s annual exhibition is back to provide a spotlight on the rarely seen wonders of the natural world.  The 100 winning images on show were selected from thousands of international entries and are beautifully displayed in sleek backlit installations.  Tickets cost £10 for adults, £5 for children (under 3s free).  More details here.

Sneaking Into Fashion, Covent Garden Piazza, until 28 October 2012

Go along to Covent Garden this week to catch the free exhibition, Sneaking Into Fashion. It charts the evolution of the sports shoe from functional footwear to fashion statement and features the first heeled trainer, as designed by Vivienne Westwood in the 1980s, Kanye West’s ‘Yeezy’ trainers which fetched $90,000 at auction, and Mo Farah’s 2012 Olympic gold winning Nikes.  Free.  More details here.

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