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What’s on at the (Bank Holiday) weekend? – 4, 5, 6 May 2013

Posted by on Thursday, 2 May, 2013 in What's on at the weekend?

What’s on at the (Bank Holiday) weekend? – 4, 5, 6 May 2013

We’ve got a bumper crop of events in London this Bank Holiday weekend. Choose from a whole range of festivals: cycling, children’s culture, science, food, canal boats and the Sikh New Year. Should none of those options suit, try interactive children’s theatre or celebrate May Day on the Docks…

 Sensacional, Jacksons Lane, Highgate, Sunday 5 May 2013

What better way to introduce small children to the theatre than an immersive experience for those aged 18 months to three years.  Children put on a white suit and blend in with the white screen on the floor whilst ladybirds, flowers, squiggles and curlicues appear in the digital world all around them. Tickets cost £8.95. Half-hourly shows run between 12pm and 4pm. More details here.

Land of Kids, Dalston, 12pm to 7pm, Monday 6 May 2013

Children aged 2 to 12 with an eye for culture should head to the new Land of Kids one-day festival in Dalston this weekend. The part-indoor, part-outdoor family festival will take place in and around the buildings and outdoor spaces of Ashwin Street E8 and activities include an under 2s soft play area, pirate school, flower-seed bombing, a scooter paint party, pop-up zoo, reggae nursery rhymes, disco loco and more. Tickets cost £19.50, £60 family ticket, under 2s free. More details here.

Imperial Festival, Imperial College London, 12pm to 6pm, Saturday 4 May 2013

If you’ve ever wondered what life’s like on the surface of Mars, why babies kick in the womb or how your brain understands and reacts to music, the Imperial Festival is for you. The Festival has hands-on science demonstrations, music, comedy, dance and art for all ages. Free. More details here.

Canalway Cavalcade, Little Venice, Saturday 4 to Monday 6 May 2013

The annual Canalway Cavalcade is back at Little Venice this weekend. The waterways festival has been running since 1983 and features a boaters’ gathering, a pageant of boats, trade shows and stalls, bands, children’s activities, competitions, Morris Dancers, a real ale bar, a wide variety of snacks and food. Free. More details here.

Real Food Festival, Southbank Centre, until Monday 6 May 2013

Taking over the whole Southbank Centre site in the heart of London, along the river Thames and around the Royal Festival Hall, the Real Food Festival is in town for the bank holiday. See small producers, street food vendors, top chefs, live animals (a sheep show and mini farm), live music and stalls from Barcelona’s famous La Boqueria market. Free. More details here.

May Day on the Docks, Museum of London Docklands, 11.30am to 4pm, Monday 6 May 2013

Go along to the Museum of London Docklands to celebrate May Day in traditional style. Choose from a range of craft, dancing, storytelling and object handling activities. Help to make a Jack in the Green, listen to stories and take part in the May Day procession. Suitable for over 2s. Wear something red, white or black if you can. Free. More details here.

Vaisakhi Festival, Trafalgar Square, 12pm to 6pm, Sunday 5 May 2013

There’s a free festival to celebrate the Sikh New Year in Trafalgar Square on Sunday. The fun starts at noon with music, Bhangra and Punjabi dance, food and children’s activities. Free. More details here.

Spin London, The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 May 2013

SPIN London, the world’s first urban focused bicycle consumer show & festival, makes its debut in East London over the bank holiday weekend. Featuring forward thinking international brands & smaller independent makers in fixed gear, single speed, custom & BMX bikes, the festival also showcases cycle fashion brands, apparel and accessory retailers. There will be live music, art, pedal-powered films and bike racing. Tickets cost £7 (advance), £10 (on the door). More details here.

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