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The weekend ahead- it's open house!

This weekend is "We Love Hackney" weekend featuring food and drink, children's entertainment, makeovers, films, live music and performances, architecture and the return of Hackney One Carnival.

Highlights include a food festival  hosted by Hackney Homemade Markets on 17th Sept 10am–6pm at St John-at-Hackney Churchyard Gardens, Lower Clapton Road. Eat your way around the globe and be entertained by world music with food on offer ranging from   Japanese pancakes to Indian curries, Spanish tapas and British burgers. Children’s theatre, juggling and giant board games will also be taking place on Narrow Way.

On Sunday the Hackney One Carnival (postponed after the Tottenham riots) is taking place- from 12pm at Ridley Market. This is the fourth annual event and will feature hundreds of performers from carnival and community groups across the borough as part of the Cultural Olympiad - giving residents the opportunity to celebrate arts and culture alongside sports in the run up to the 2012 Games.

Open House London, the capital's architectural showcase, also takes place this weekend. A large number of architects homes, eco and retrofit buildings, tours of major regeneration projects, landscape projects, government buildings, historic landmarks and towers, major infrastructure sites are taking place this weekend, including Sutton House, Hackney Empire, Stoke Newington Town Hall,
and St Augustine’s Tower, all in Hackney, and Myddelton House, Enfield. It is worth checking out the website for the full listing and details of advanced bookings.

For a trip out of London, the Creative Craft Show is taking place at Sandown Park Exhibition Centre, including workshops and make and take sessions.


Alexandra Palace is also opening its doors between 10 am and 5pm, giving visitors the opportunity to visit the historic BBC TV Studio A and the Victorian Theatre. Combine your visit with a stroll in the beautiful park!

Saturday sees the start of the run (until 25 September) of the Magician's Daughter  at the Unicorn Theatre, Tooley Street, London, by the Little Angel Theatre in association with the RSC. Inspired by Shakespeare’s story of The Tempest, Little Angel Theatre blend puppetry and song in this captivating story of the adventures of a young girl, aimed at children 3-6. Written by former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen, follow Miranda’s daughter as she discovers the magic of the 'isle of noises' for herself.

A bit closer to home, Jackson's Lane Centre is starting two kids classes this Saturday: Under 5s ballet from 12.15- 1 and 1 to 1.45 (£7 per class, £84 per term), and also the fab sounding Crazee Kids  which runs fork 10-10.50 for children 3- 5 years and costing £114 per term. Crazee Kids combines music, dance and drama  education, in a unique way to encourage children to build confidence and develop their interests.

It's storytime at Lauderdale House, Highgate, for kids 3-7 at 10am. This week is the story " The Tell Tale of Mollie Whuppie and costs £4.50.

This Saturday also sees the start of the weekly Perform  drama workshops for 4-8 year olds at  Christ Church Hall, Church End, between 9.30am - 11am and 11.15am - 12.45pm. The theme this terms is Explore the Jungle. 

This week's kids club movie at the Phoenix Cinema, East Finchley, is the fabulous Cars. The programme starts at 11.  Booking is recommended.


Japan Matsuri 2011 is taking place at the Riverside Building, County Hall. This festival of Japanese culture promises music, dance, food, drink, arts, crafts and clothing stalls and events including Taiko drumming, a Nodojiman singing contest, martial arts display, cosplay, anime and manga.

The Stoke Newington Common Fun Day takes place between 1 and 5.30pm, with lots of food, fun, and entertainment for all the family accompanied by an array of diverse musical talent from the neighbourhood.

Interactive Story Sessions also take place each Sunday at the National Gallery for under 5's, between 10.30–11am and 11.30–12pm. For children aged 5-11 there are free arts and crafts workshops between 11 and 12.20 and 2-3.20. The theme for this week is 5-leafed vista.

The Jewish Museum is hosting a  Young Artists Craft Studio between 11 and 1 where children can design and decorate Rosh Hashana cards.

This Sunday also sees the Magic Carpet storytime session a the National Gallery- a free drop in story session from 10.30 to 11 and 11.30 to 12. 

The Kids Kitchen is running its monthly Sunday class from 10am - 12:30pm, for children aged 5+. The children cook their own lunch which they take home to eat and for the family to taste (joy!). The cost of the session is £25 to include all ingredients, utensils, use of aprons and tuition. Places are limited to 8 children.

If you fancy some retail therapy, there are farmer's markets on at  Parliament Hill from 10 to 2pm at William Ellis School, NW5 1R, and in St Johns Wood at St John's Wood at Barrow Hill Junior School, Bridgeman Street, London. NW8 7AL.

We'd love to hear what you are up to this weekend!

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