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What’s on at the weekend? – Paralympics special edition

Posted by on Wednesday, 29 August, 2012 in News, What's on at the weekend?

What’s on at the weekend? – Paralympics special edition

It seems like ages since the Olympic Games finished, but thankfully the Paralympics are finally here to perk things up again.  Head along to one of the big screens located across London to watch the action, or take in one of the London 2012 Festival events.  And when you’re tired out from admiring all of that sporting prowess, pop over to King’s Cross for this weekend’s ice cream festival…

Watch the Paralympics on a Big Screen

Catch all the Paralympics action at one of the big screens in place across London.  Trafalgar Square (details here), Potters Fields (details here), Woolwich (details here), Walthamstow (details here).

Unlimited, Southbank Centre, 30 August to 9 September 2012

Southbank Centre is hosting a high profile festival, Unlimited, to coincide with the 2012 Paralympics. 29 commissions from a range of art forms will be presented across the Centre as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.  The festival aims to highlight the artistic vision and originality of deaf and disabled artists, giving them space to present their work and share their practice more widely.  Free, but some events are ticketed.  More details here.

Watch This Space, Liberty Festival 2012, National Theatre, 1 September 2012

Look out for free events including music, circus, juggling, dance and theatre performances outside the National Theatre this Saturday.  Free.  More details here.

King’s Cross Ice Cream Festival, Granary Square, 11am to 6pm, 1 and 2 September 2012

This weekend’s free festival showcases the best ice creams available in London and the South East and celebrates the history and production of ice cream in the region.  Get involved by milking one of the cows in the petting farm; helping to make ice cream using the latest in nitrogen technologies; or learning how ice cream was first brought to London from Europe.  Elsewhere, watch and take part in ice cream art, relax on the Granary Square beach, plus experience a taste of history as the festival brings back the infamous penny lick.  More details here.

Paralympic torch relay

Olympic medals, British Museum, until 9 September 2012

You’ve seen them on the television, now head to the British Museum to get a closer view of the Olympic and Paralympic medals.  Also on display, are medals and other objects from the previous Olympic Games held in the UK.  Free.  More details here.

Floating market Little Venice

The Floating Market has completed its stint at Mile End Park and has moved on to Little Venice.  Visit the market – a series of barges moored on the canal – until 2 September.  More details here.

Borough Market, 10am to 5pm Sunday to Friday, 8am to 5pm Saturday

Borough Market is opening every day until the Paralympics draw to a close on 9 September 2012.  Grab a picnic and set off to watch the sport on the Potters Fields big screen.  More details here.

Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style, Barbican Centre, until 5 September 2012

It’s your last chance this weekend to catch the Barbican’s 007 exhibition.  From Bond’s famous gadgets and his adversaries’ weapons to the costumes that made style icons of “Bond girls” over the years, all manner of 007-related paraphernalia is on display.  Tickets cost £12 standard, £10 concessions, £8 under 16s.  More details here.

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