This week, tell a story, warm up in a tropical paradise, see some butterflies or check out some Underground art…
Events taking place for National Storytelling Week:
Meet Grace O’Malley and Joe Brown, Old Royal Naval College Greenwich, 12pm to 3pm, Saturday 8 February 2014
Encounter the pirate queen, Grace O’Malley, and listen to her exploits and life on the ocean wave. Twice widowed, twice imprisoned, condemned for piracy, she was finally pardoned in Greenwich by Queen Elizabeth I. Next, meet Joe Brown and find out about life as a Greenwich Pensioner including what the sailors ate and drank, punishments for breaking hospital rules and stories of the Battle of Trafalgar. Performances are free of charge and suitable for all the family. More details here.
The Forest With The Big Hill, Forest Hill Methodist Church, Saturday 8 February 2014
The Forest With The Big Hill presents Jan Blake performing The Calabash Children and Rich Sylvester telling stories that hop, flap and jump, purr, growl and roar. Jan’s stories are for anyone over 6 years old, Rich’s are for 3-6-year-olds. Tickets cost £1. More details here.
Butterflies in the Glasshouse, RHS Garden Wisley, until Sunday 9 March 2014
Visit the RHS Garden at Wisley at the moment to see exotic butterflies take flight among the tropical plants. There are butterflies of all sizes and colours and gigantic chrysalis sculptures to be seen. Face painting is also available for an additional charge. Entry included in Garden admission tickets. More details here.
Orchids 2014: a plant hunter’s paradise, Princess of Wales Conservatory Kew Gardens, until Sunday 9 March 2014
Fed up with the weather? Head to Kew Gardens this weekend and warm up in the tropical splendour of the Princess of Wales Conservatory for the annual orchid festival. Discover cascades of Vanda orchids, drapes of tropical flowers and a plant hunter’s camp and floating canoe bulging with plants destined for distant lands. Tickets cost £14.50 (adults), children under 16 free. More details here.
Underground Art, Oxford House, Bethnal Green, until 28 February 2014
Ross Ashmore has spent the last three years painting all of the 267 London Underground stations. Visit the Oxford House Gallery to see his collection of paintings which were created to coincide with last year’s 100th Anniversary of the London Underground. Free. More details here.