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What’s on at the weekend? – 11, 12 August 2012

Posted by on Thursday, 9 August, 2012 in What's on at the weekend?

What’s on at the weekend? – 11, 12 August 2012

Two weeks of Olympic fun draws to a close on Sunday and, while you may now have an impressive knowledge of cycling tactics, gymnastic routines and dressage movements, what will you do when it’s all over? Here are babydaytripper’s suggestions for making the most of the final days of the Games, and what else is on in London this weekend…

Catch the last weekend of the Olympics

The Olympic Games reaches its conclusion on Sunday.  The men’s marathon takes place in Central London on Sunday morning and you can watch for free along the route.  Catch the rest of the action (and the Closing Ceremony where available) on the big screens located on BlackheathPotters FieldsHyde Park (partially ticketed), Victoria Park (partially ticketed), Greenwich PeninsulaWoolwichWaltham ForestShoreditchGreenwich (Centre), Camden RoundhouseBroadgate (City of London).

Designed to win, Design Museum, until 18 November 2012

Inspired by the success of the Olympians?  Check out Designed to Win at the Design Museum, which celebrates the ways in which design and sport are combined.  Focusing on the themes of safety, performance, fashion, new materials and technology, the exhibition considers the design of sporting paraphernalia and equipment from bikes and Formula 1 cars to running shoes, bats and balls.  Tickets cost £8 (adults), under 12s free.  More details here.

Floating Market, Mile End Park, until 16 August 2012

Visit Mile End Park and go shopping at the Floating Market – a series of barges moored on the canal until 16 August, when they will move on to Little Venice (20 August to 9 September).  More details here.

Another London: International Photographers Capture City Life 1930 to 1980, Tate Britain, until 16 September 2012

A new exhibition at Tate Britain explores the capital city through the eyes of some of the biggest names in international photography.  Featuring 180 classic photographs, Another London explores the city’s diversity from familiar British scenes of pearly kings and red buses to contrasting images of London’s urban poor.  Tickets £10 (adults), under 12s free.  More details here.

Don’t forget to check out the other great free activities happening in London this summer: Ten Budget Family Activities

For details of special exhibitions and events celebrating the Olympic Games, many of which continue until the autumn, click here.

Don’t forget…

Many museums and galleries run regular workshops and activities for children at the weekends.  Check out your local museum’s website for details.

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