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Bags of fun for the weekend!

Yey- it's the weekend! As the weather looks set to pick up, here are our picks of what's on this weekend for children and families.

All Weekend

The CaLo Festival arrives this weekend, from 19-21 August at Alexandra Palace, N22. This is the first ever Caribbean Festival hosted here- celebrating art, music and food. The festival will offer a showcase of Caribbean music and arts, including 21 live band performances, the Grand Carnival Splash costume show, and a "WorldFoods" Caribbean food, drink and lifestyle extravaganza.  Sunday is designated children and young adults day and will start from 1pm and finish at 9pm.

The Southbank Centre's Festival of Britain continues with Land Weekend,  celebrating all things rural, and combining a number of events. Enjoy the Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden featuring a wild flower meadow, fruit trees, allotments and a roof-top cafe. On Saturday 20 August there are performances by the Choir with No Name and Streetwise Opera. Both choirs were invited by the gardeners and all three groups have experienced homelessness in London.

On Saturday, as part of this event, there's also an urban fox hunt for kids, with artists in residence Hide and Seek, and performances from Britain's Roma, Gypsy and Traveller community in the Traveller's Got Talent show.

Also at the Southbank Centre all weekend, fresh fruit and vegetables will also be on sale at the The Real Food Market.

If you fancy venturing further afield, Oxburgh Hall Garden and Estate is holding an archery weekend, where Armour makes Ancient Armourers  run their knights’ school training, where children can learn how to wield a sword, get knighted and receive a scroll (additional charge). More information here.

Hatfield House is hosting the Hatfield Country Show from 19-21 August. Children under 16 go free on Friday. The event promises a whole range of events to entertain the family, from arena displays, fine foods,  children's farm, countryside shopping, rural crafts and country pursuits. £12 for adults, £6 children over 5.


The British Museum is offering kids ages 7+ to create their own comic strip to take home using artwork from the Museum’s collection. The activity runs from 11.30-15.30 and is free to drop in.

An Art, Design and Craft Fair is taking place from 1pm at T Chances, Tottenham, N17.  This is an opportunity to view and select creative and unique items from local artists and craft makers living in the community. More information here.

Highgate Library, Shepherds Hill, N6 is hosting a Woodland Garden event from 10am- free to all - to help improve the library garden!

Swiss Cottage Library and Gallery is hosting a "Poets off the Shelf" event from 2.30- 3.30 where children can listen to poetry readings and also write their own poems. More information here.

The Phoenix Cinema, East Finchley, has a morning kids club viewing of Mars Needs Moms! Activities start at 11am. More details here.


For those with a sweet tooth, take a trip to The London Honey Festival which takes place at the Royal Festival Hall on Sunday from 12-5pm (free). The event supports the 60th anniversary celebrations for the Festival of Britain.  The event is designed for the whole family, with children’s bee mask-making workshops, observation hives, and education stalls.  

Kentish Town City Farm is hosting a table top sale (details here) from 11.30 to 3 and promises great bargains on second hand riding gear.  Bric-a- brac and clothes.  Children can make a shadow puppet, ride a pony & cafe too.  Entry 25p.

Precious 4ever will be at Butterfly World, St Albans on Sunday 21st August 11.30am-2.30pm. At Precious 4ever you can capture your children’s fingerprint in 99.9% solid silver and have them made into beautiful pieces of personal keepsake jewellery.

Visit the London Canal Museum and enjoy a trip by boat through Islington tunnel on the Regent's Canal.  There are 12 places on each trip and early advance booking is very highly recommended.  Prices are £8.00 adult, £6.00 children, inclusive of admission to the museum. More details here.

Last chance to catch:

This is the last weekend for the Gorilla Circus Flying Trapeze Classes, Regents' Park. The 90 minute classes take adults and children (6+) through the basics of aerial skills. Classes start with some simple warm ups, before students complete some basic tricks and then attempt to get caught by a catcher on a separate swinging bar. Heady stuff. Classes cost from £22.50. Booking recommended.

The fantastic Falconry Fortnight at the RAF Museum also ends on Sunday.

This Sunday is also final curtains for Le Cirque Invisible at Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank Centre, featuring illusions, playful tricks and fantastical costumed transformations performed by Jean-Baptiste Thiérrée and Victoria Chaplin.Tickets range from £15-£27.

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The Rewind Festival at Henley August 19-21 August. Unbeatable trip down in time with artists including UB40, Bucks Fizz, Human League, Billy Ocean and many more! Full line up here.

The Parliament Hill Farmer's Market takes place on Saturday 10-2 at William Ellis School, off Highgate Road with a fantastic range of produce to tempt foodies!

Finally our website of the week is When I Was a Kid which features a fabulous selection of traditional and wooden toys- perfect for unusual presents. The site is cleverly organised into style of toy and also age category, and promises to suit every budget and provide stylish and well made classic toys. We love!

Do you have any recommendations for this weekend? Do let us know? Have a great one!

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