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Weekend Round up - lots of dragon slaying fun!

With St Georges Day coming up on Monday, there are lots of events to celebrate it this weekend. So don't stay at home moping about the weather, get out and slay those dragons!

Wrest Park, Luton has a fantastic weekend of events marking St Georges Day including medieval jousting demonstrations, a living history encampment, minstrels and fools (pictured above). See more details here.

This weekend is also National Trust Free Weekend where you can get entry to selected National Trust properties for free all weekend. Near to North London are Fenton  House (Hampsted) and Sutton House (Hackney).


There is a fantastic family day called What The Dickens at Coram's Fields where you can step back in time and learn more about Charles Dickens and his stories. Families will be able to take part in Victorian dancing, create their own crest and wax seal, join in fun stories and songs in the story den and follow the clues on the Dickens word trail. 1-5pm, for children up to age 12. Free.

The Mayor of London is putting on a great party to celebrate St Georges Day and for one day only, Trafalgar Square will be turned into a beautiful English garden. There will be a bandstand, music, origami making, face painting and a treasure trail for children. For more details see the site here.

There is a very fun sounding baby rock n roll disco in Belsize Park (full details above) at 4pm.

Museum of Childhood also has a great programme for St Georges Day including live music and dance, storytelling, traditional games and arts & crafts activities. Free, drop in, all ages. This museum is worth a visit on any weekend but with this much on you'll definitely have a great time.

Lauderdale House, Highgate has Singalonga Showtune with the unusual nun Sister Mary Macarthur - Join in with all your favourite songs from the musicals, such as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast, and loads more.  10am and 11.30am for ages 3-8. Book in advance.

There is a Mini Maestro concert at St Martin in the Fields - Find out why Mozart's last symphony was nicknamed The Jupiter and enjoy all the pomp and majesty of this 'king of symphonies'. £8.50, 4.30pm.

There is a Barnet NCT Nearly New Sale at 9.45am at St Stephens Memorial Hall, 620 High Road, North Finchley, N12 0NU. It costs £2 per family. A wide variety of pregnancy, baby and young children’s items for sale. Clothes, toys, books, games, nursery furniture, bedding and equipment.

Phoenix Cinema, East Finchley is showing Underdog at its Kids Club at 11am. 


Jacksons Lane, Highgate is showing The Elves and The Shoemaker. Beautifully crafted puppets, sublime music, miniature shoes and a comic mouse make this re-heeled classic fable a magical must-see. 3pm for ages 3-8.

Arts Depot, North Finchley is showing Red Riding Hood - With music and songs from Julian Butler (Charlie and Lola), Red Riding Hood is a magical treat for children aged 4-8 and their families. 3pm for ages 4-8.

Soho Theatre is showing The Girl With The Iron Claws - Following a critically acclaimed, sell-out success at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2011, The Wrong Crowd bring you this captivating, dark fairy-tale, which shares its roots with Beauty and the Beast. Stunning puppetry, enchanting music and deft humour combine to dazzling effect in this coming-of-age tale to enthral audiences young and old. For older children.

Pop Up Vintage Fair is returning to Hampstead - come along for lots of great vintage shopping and delicious food.

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Have a really great weekend!

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