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The weekend ahead- food, fairs and festivals!

Aaah- Autumn is approaching but still lots to do with the kids!

All weekend

For the foodies among us! the Real Food Market is taking place from Friday to Sunday at the Southbank Centre, Waterloo (11-8pm Saturday, 12- 6pm Sunday).


The Liberty Festival - an event that celebrates the contribution of disabled people in London's culture - is being held at London's Southbank Centre (1-5pm) and National Theatre (1-7.30pm). This is a showcase of  new work from deaf and disabled artists and promises an afternoon of music and cabaret, outdoor arts and dance, and fun for children.

The delicious Vintage Tea Party and gift fair is taking place again this Saturday at the Boogaloo in Highgate, from 12 to 5pm. As well as a tantalising selection of cupcakes (and you know we love our cake!) there are a number of new traders including Precious & Treasured, tasty jams and chutneys by The Delightful Pantry Co. and  retro homewares from A Room in my House. We love Pincurls & Pout - who will do your hair and make-up ‘vintage-style’, perfect for a Saturday night out!
If vintage shopping is your thing, there is also the fab North London Vintage Market in Crouch End at St Mary's Church Hall on Cranley Gardens at 10am - 4.30pm. Many of the stallholders come direct from Spitalfields so you can stay in lovely North London and have Spitalfields brought to you! This fair was really fab last time so do go along. 

Stoke Newington Farmers' Market takes place  between 10 and 2.30. This  is the only weekly all-organic farmers' market in the UK.  All the farmers come from within 129 miles of Hackney - and most come from within 60 miles of the market.

Contemporary Applied Arts, Percy Street, is offering a William Morris Printing workshop between 10.30 and 12.30 for children aged 6 to 12. Free, but booking is recommended.

Equally educational, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Bankside, is hosting a workshop for children aged 8 to 11 to learn about the matinee of Much Ado About Nothing while their parents/guardians attend the performance. The workshop includes storytelling, art activities and a sneak peek at the performance. Cost - £15.

A little closer to home, Waterstone's Barnet is hosting a Super Saturday story time at 11.00 am, with the theme of ocean adventures.

An Arts, Design and Crafts Fair is taking place 12-5 at the Islington Link Up- where you can view and select creative and unique items from local artists and craft makers living in the community.


The London Skyride is taking place this Sunday-  a popular traffic-free bike ride which is open to all the family. The Family Zone is open between 9.30 and noon on Horse Guards Parade and kids will have the chance to meet Dora the Explorer and Ben 10's Humungousaur in real life to have their photo taken! Nickelodeon has teamed up with the Skyride to challenge the little ones to spot characters from some of their favourite shows along the route including Victorious, SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer and many more!

The London Mela is taking place from 1-8.30pm at Gunnersbury Park, W3. This colourful celebration inspired by South Asian Culture will feature nine zones including a Kids zone, Outdoor arts as well as food markets and a funfair. The Kids area is a special collaboration between the London Mela and Emergency Exit Arts, and promises a range of activities including costume making, Bollywood dancing and face painting.

The Vision Sound Music Festival  at the Southbank Centre is hosting a family day on Sunday featuring interactive, creative, hands-on fun, exploring video games, music and film

Mini Make Believe for children under 5 takes place at Somerset House from 11.30. The theme is Music Makers and under 5s and their families are invited to come join the fun - create noisy crafts, and wiggle, jiggle and jive to a host of favourite songs. The event is free.

For something a bit active! JCC London is hosting a Scootathon at Edgewarebury Park from 2 to 4pm. Cost of £20 for a family ticket. Open to kids of all ages, families are invited to a fun-filled afternoon of face-painting, carnival games and a light picnic, followed by a scoot race for kids (4 to 6 or 7-9). Finish the day with a family Treasure Hunt!

Friends of Avenue House, Finchley, is hosting a Food and Craft Fair on the Lower Green from 12 to five. 

Last Chance to see:

The Judith Kerr exhibition at the Museum of Childhood finishes this Sunday. This is also the last weekend to catch The Tiger Who Came to Tea at the Vaudeville Theatre, which finishes its run on Sunday.

The Age of the Dinosaur  Exhibition at the Natural History Museum also finishes Sunday- take a journey through millions of years and over dramatic landscapes to discover the truth about these amazing animals.

This is also the last weekend to experience the spectacle of Batman Live  at the O2- which promises a theatrical extravaganza of acrobatic stunts and illusions themed against an original Batman story.

Get a Babysitter for 

A girls night out to a screening of One Day at your local cinema- the film version of the fantastic UK bestseller!

Also the fab Crazy For You at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre  is entering its last week and well worth an evening out.  

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