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What’s on at the weekend? – 7, 8 January 2017

Posted by on Friday, 6 January, 2017 in What's on at the weekend?

What’s on at the weekend? – 7, 8 January 2017

Happy New Year! The holidays are over but the kids still need entertaining at the weekend. This week you can celebrate the end of Christmas, become a Museum researcher, see new portraits of Roald Dahl favourites, or meet amazing maritime characters…

Twelfth Night Celebration, Shakespeare’s Globe, Bankside, from 1.45pm, Sunday 8 January 2017

The Lions Part company is holding its traditional twelfth night celebration on Sunday afternoon. Go along to Bankside to see traditional midwinter customs such as the Holly Man, the “wassail” toast celebrating good growth, the Mummers’ St George play, the distribution of cake and crowning of King and Queen for the day, and a parade to the historic George Inn in Southwark for further festivities. Free. More details here

Quentin Blake: The Roald Dahl Centenary Portraits, The British Library, until 21 May 2017

To mark the 100th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s birth, illustrator Sir Quentin Blake has drawn special portraits of some of the most celebrated characters from Dahl’s stories including Matilda, Charlie Bucket and the BFG. See the Roald Dahl Portraits for free at The British Library until May. Free. More details here

Great Court games, 11am to 4pm, Saturday 7 January 2017 and Exploring Egyptian Mummies, 11am to 4pm, Sunday 8 January 2017, British Museum

Over 5s and their families can visit the British Museum’s Great Court on Saturday to play digital games, solve challenges and explore trails that will lead to unexpected places in the Museum. On Sunday, there is a digital workshop where you can collect evidence like a British Museum scientist to uncover the secrets of the ancient Egyptians. Use digital microscopes to explore materials used in embalming, and view the CT scans of Egyptian mummies to make your own discoveries. Free. More details here

Character Encounters, National Maritime Museum, hourly from 12pm to 3pm, Saturdays

Go along to the National Maritime Museum each Saturday to meet different characters from history with their own fascinating story about the Museum’s collection. Meet sailor James Robson to find out about trade between Britain and China; join Sea King Neptune to learn about mythology of the sea; or meet Pearl Morris, a Caribbean woman who travelled to Britain in 1948 on the Empire Windrush. Free. More details here

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