It’s Chinese New Year this weekend and the West End will be abuzz with festivities to usher in the Year of the Snake. Elsewhere, go to see a vast display of orchids, go to a family barn dance or a family concert…
Chinese New Year, Trafalgar Square to Chinatown, from 10am, Sunday 10 February 2013
Celebrate the Year of the Snake this weekend in Central London. A Chinese New Year Parade will travel from Trafalgar Square to Chinatown from 10 am to 11 am. Chinatown will play host to food and craft stalls all day. At midday in Trafalgar Square there will be a traditional Eye Dotting ceremony, followed by a dramatic firecracker display, and a feast of Chinese music, dance and acrobatics. Over 100 artists and performers will take to the stage in Trafalgar Square from 1pm including Emmy The Great, Lightspeed Champion, Noah and the Whale, the Chen Brothers and Paul Potts. A fireworks display will mark the end of the celebrations at 5.55pm. Free. More details here.
Orchids at Kew Gardens, until 3 March 2013
Kew Gardens’ Princess of Wales Conservatory has been transformed this month into a vast display of exotic orchids. Walk through archways of ornate flowers, see towering pillars of floral displays and a water-borne centre piece. Finally, get a behind the scenes glimpse of the orchid nursery with the help of Kew’s volunteer guides. Tickets cost £14.50 for adults, free for under 16s. More details here.
Family Barn Dance, Cecil Sharp House NW1, 3pm, Sunday 10 February 2013
Get in the mood for dancing at Cecil Sharp House’s Family Barn Dance this weekend. Featuring fun, lively dances from the British Isles, the live band and caller will help everyone through the simple moves that are specially selected to suit children and adults of all ages. Tickets cost £5 for adults, £3 for children, free for under 2s. More details here.
Funharmonics Family Concerts: Roaring Twenties, Royal Festival Hall, 10.30am to 2.30pm, Sunday 10 February 2013
The Royal Festival Hall is hosting a family day on Sunday. Arrive early to have a go at playing an orchestral instrument, join a Human Orchestra workshop, have your face painted or learn some circus skills. Elsewhere, experience the London Philharmonic Orchestra playing live at a midday concert of music from the Roaring Twenties, presented by Chris Jarvis of CBeebies. Tickets cost £5 to £18. More details here.