This weekend celebrate the anniversary of London 2012, go to a quirky village fete, head to an urban beach, try some archaeology or get scientific…
Open East Festival, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, 1.30pm to 10pm, Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 July 2013
The new Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park celebrates the anniversary of the London 2012 Olympic Games this weekend with music, performers, family activities, art and food. Acts include The Waterboys, Amadou & Mariam, Wire and Viv Albertine plus many others. Children will enjoy The House of Fairy Tales and the Discover Children’s Centre in the Timber Lodge Café as well as bouncing on an inflatable Stonehenge. Sample London’s best street food with goodies from some of the Capital’s best-known restaurants and celebrity chefs. There will also be big screens to watch the action from the Anniversary Games. Tickets cost £9.50 (adults), £6 (5 to 16 years), under 5s go free. More details here.
Camden Beach, Roundhouse, 12pm to 11pm, until 24 August 2013
Camden Beach is back with 150 tonnes of sand, deckchairs, ping pong, end-of-the-pier amusements, food, drinks and more. Children are welcome, along with their buckets and spades. Free. More details here.
Tower of London Open Foreshore 2013, 11am to 4pm, Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 July 2013
Go along to the Tower of London this weekend for two days of free events and activities, including a rare opportunity to visit Tower Beach. The City of London Archaeological Society will have stands displaying museum-quality artefacts and handling collections, as well as replicas, activities and games relating to archaeological finds made on the shore of the Thames. Activities include making a mosaic and dressing-up as a Roman Londoner. Activities are held in the open space between Tower Moat and the river wall. More details here.
Science Museum Summer Activities, until 1 September 2013
There’s a packed programme of activities at the Science Museum this summer. Highlights include The Energy Show (at 11.30am and 1.30pm every day except Monday, £14.50 adults, £9.50 concessions) – a theatrical live science show following two students as they prove their knowledge of energy through live experiments using gadgets and chemicals such as liquid nitrogen, hydrogen rockets and electricity (age 7 and up). Elsewhere, drop in to the free Pop Up Museum sessions (1pm to 2pm weekends, 12.30pm to 1.30pm weekdays) to create your own pop up Science Museum filled with some favourite objects from the collection; or try the free 3D Spec-tacular (3pm to 4pm) where you can make your own 3D glasses, try them out and see the world in a different dimension. See the daily calendar of events here.
Brick Lane Village Fete, St Matthew’s Church, Bethnal Green, 12pm to 7pm, Sunday 28 July 2013
St Matthew’s Church Bethnal Green plays host to a “Village Fete” this Sunday. There will be live entertainment, BOWOWOW’s ‘Fido Fiesta’ Dog Show, quirky sideshows and entertainers including the Insect Circus Mobile Museum, traditional games, a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses and personalities such as Tracy Emin, and local traders providing fresh food, vintage clothes, vinyl and art. More details here.