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Bank Holiday Weekend Round Up - welly wanging, dandys and moths!

Wow, where did August go? Hard to believe that we are already at the end of the month, and almost at the end of the summer. Fingers crossed for some sunshine this weekend as there are loads of lovely things going on. We round up the best. 

All Weekend

Hampton Court is putting on an amazing summer festival - Jolly Day Out - act fast and you can get 40% off tickets through Time Out deals if you attend on Friday. This truly is not to be missed with Zingzillas opening the stage every day, Charlie and Lola, storytelling from the Roald Dahl Museum, welly wanging, Jamie Oliver providing food and much, much more. What is more, children under 12 go free!

South Bank Centre is commemorating the Festival of Britain with Weekend 51, lots of events including a bicycle parade and Punch and Judy show. 


Keats House has the fantastic sounding Beau Brummell's Regency Promenade. Awaken your inner dandy with our Regency fashion crafts and be the beau or the belle of the ball. In true Regency style, the afternoon will end with a promenade of the Keats House garden.Suitable for ages 7 plus.

Foyles at Westfield has a visit from everyone's favourite elephant Elmer, and some fun circus activities. Email to book. Details here

Freightliners Farm Special Family Show - there is an open air production of Robin Hood at 3pm.

The beautiful and almost secret, Long Lane Pasture in Finchley has a day looking at moths to tie in with European Moth Night (who knew..?)


The biggest party in town is Notting Hill Carnival, and today is Children's Day - ostensibly a quieter and calmer day. 

The Jewish Museum has a sing-along Oliver! Please sir, can I have some more.....Bring along your family and friends and join singer and actress Claire Benjamin for an afternoon of joy and tears, singing along to the famous songs from Oliver!, the classic 1968 British musical, starring Ron Moody as Fagin with music and lyrics by Lionel Bart. 3pm.

Further afield, Harrow Museum has Harrow in Leaf Day - market stalls, archery, children's rides, children's face painting and much more! A greaat family day out.

Adelaide Nature Reserve, Hampstead has a day focusing on Grasshoppers and Crickets. Discover more about these amazing insects. 11am - 3pm. Free.

There is a Mad Hatters Tea Party at Bruce Castle Museum. Discover the world of Alice in wonderland and become the March Hare or Mad Hatter!

British Museum has Aztec Animations, a digital workshop suitable for 7+ and free. Booking advisable. Details here.


Butterfly World Project has a family fun day for the bank holiday. There will be guided tours, storytelling, barbecue, treasure hunt and fancy dress pageant. Children dressed as insects or bugs will get in for free! Details here.


The lovely Can't Buy Me Love vintage fair returns to The Boogaloo in Archway on Saturday.

And finally our website of the week this week is the fantastic find Whippet Grey, which has lovely things for your house, garden and children. We particularly like the prints that feature all of a book on one page (as well as Alice featured above you can get Pride and Prejudice and Wind in the Willows and more) and the fantastic range of interesting children's toys.

Have a lovely weekend and do tell us if we missed anything. We always like to hear about other events and to hear if you took us up on our recommendations.
Outlier 29 August 2011 at 16:20 said...

Thanks for the tip about Long Lane Pasture which we visited today. I must have driven past about a thousand times, but had no idea it was there.

Good destination for a not too ambitious outing this afternoon.

North London Mums 29 August 2011 at 22:05 said...

Great! Really glad you liked it, it's a hidden gem definitely.

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