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What’s on at the weekend? – 26, 27 May 2012, plus a Jubilee preview

Posted by on Friday, 25 May, 2012 in What's on at the weekend?

What’s on at the weekend? – 26, 27 May 2012, plus a Jubilee preview

Summer is finally here so have a look at our suggestions for getting out and about this weekend.  Plus, a preview of what’s on to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee next weekend. 

Big Nature Day, Natural History Museum, 11am to 5pm, 27 May 2012

Go along to the Natural History Museum on Sunday for free family activities in the Wildlife Garden and Darwin Centre, including worm charming, a Bee Puppet Show, pond dipping, nettle knowledge and making a bat box.  Free.  More details here.

Art Car Boot Fair, Brick Lane Yard, E1, 12pm to 6pm, Sunday 27 May 2012

The 9th annual Art Car Boot Fair takes place this weekend at Brick Lane Yard (corner of Brick Lane and Buxton Street).  Pick up pieces created especially for this event by over 70 well-known artists, plus live music, entertainment and top food options.  Entry £3.  More details here.

Chelsea Fringe, various locations across London, until 10 June 2012

The inaugural Chelsea Fringe Festival is underway at locations across London.  Independent from the Chelsea Flower Show, but acting with its support, the Chelsea Fringe brings together lovers of flowers, gardens and gardening, with events ranging from Community planting projects to garden-inspired art, music and London walks.  More details here.

Jubilee Preview

It might be a while before another four-day weekend comes along, so to make the most of the Jubilee Bank Holidays, start planning now!  Here’s a preview of what’s on – there’ll be more to follow in next week’s edition…

Big Jubilee Lunch, coming to a street near you, Sunday 3 June 2012

This year’s Big Lunch initiative will coincide with the Jubilee weekend.  Get together with neighbours and friends for a street party, picnic or other gathering, share lunch and celebrate the Diamond Jubilee. More details here.

Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, 2pm to 6pm, Sunday 3 June 2012

The highlight of the Jubilee weekend will see a flotilla of boats process down the Thames from Battersea Bridge to Tower Bridge.  The Queen and members of the Royal Family will take part, waved on by spectators along the river bank and on London bridges.  Plan your journey ahead, as many central London roads and bridges will be closed to traffic.  More details here.

Jubilee Beacons, various locations, 10 to 10.30pm, Monday 4 June 2012

In further celebration of the Diamond Jubilee, beacons will be lit across the UK from 10pm on Monday 4 June, culminating with the lighting of the National Beacon by the Queen in Central London at 10.30pm.  More details here.

Carriage Procession, Balcony Appearance and Fly Past, from 2.20pm, Tuesday 5 June 2012

The Jubilee weekend will draw to a close with the Queen and members of the Royal Family attending a day of formal celebrations, including a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, official receptions at the Mansion House, Guildhall and a lunch at Westminster Hall, followed by a carriage Procession from New Palace Yard to Buckingham Palace.  The Queen and members of the Royal Family will then make a Balcony Appearance at 3.30pm, followed by a RAF Fly Past and rifle salute. More details here.

That’s all the official stuff covered, look out for next week’s What’s on at the weekend? for details of the unofficial celebrations and other events happening over the Jubilee weekend.

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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