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What’s on at the weekend? – 21, 22 July 2012

Posted by on Friday, 20 July, 2012 in What's on at the weekend?

What’s on at the weekend? – 21, 22 July 2012

School holidays have started and the Olympic Torch Relay arrives in London this weekend, sparking a week’s worth of festivities culminating in the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games next Friday.  Where will you watch the Torch Relay and what else is on this weekend?

London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, 21 to 27 July 2012

The London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay arrives in Greenwich on Saturday and will visit each London Borough over the next seven days.  On Friday, it will make its final journey via boat from Hampton Court, before appearing at the Opening Ceremony on Friday evening.  We’ve got the lowdown on the route the torch will take, day-by-day, and the celebrations happening around London to welcome its passage.  Click here.

Spitalfields International Food Festival, until 9 September 2012

Spitalfields is marking its status as a top gourmet destination with an International Food Festival.  See demonstrations by top chefs this week and enjoy free samples of signature dishes.  Restaurants in the area will also be offering special deals during the festival.  Head to Spitalfields City Farm on Sunday for a food and eco-chic market.  More details here.

BT River of Music, various venues, 21 and 22 July 2012

This weekend River of Music will feature performances by musicians representing all the Olympic and Paralympic nations.  Performances will take place on six stages: Battersea Park (Asia stage); Trafalgar Square (Europe stage); Somerset House (Europe stage); Tower of London (Americas stage); Greenwich Old Royal Naval College (Oceania stage) and London Pleasure Gardens (Africa stage).  Guaranteed entry tickets are free (processing fee of £3 per ticket).  More details here.

The Tanks: Art In Action, Tate Modern, until 28 October 2012

This week The Tanks (the former power station’s fuel tanks) opened to the public.  They have been transformed into a new exhibition space and will host a 15-week festival of performance, film and installation as part of the London 2012 Festival.  More details here.

Liminal, Tate Britain, Saturdays and Sundays, 11am to 3pm

Liminal invites families into a physical, material and social experience of sculpture through touch, interaction and collaboration.  Sessions will also take place on Thursdays and Fridays during the school holidays.  Suitable for all ages.  Free.  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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