If you think the pomp and ceremony of London this special year is over- think again as The Lord Mayor's Show 2012 is taking place this Saturday and if you are starting to feel Christmassy, then The Oxford Street lights (surprisingly sponsored by Marmite) are now lit. Carnaby Steeet also has festive lighting.
Saturday 10 November
This year's Lord Mayor's procession is over three and a half miles long and its among its various and remarkable floats you will find over 6500 people, 22 marching bands, 125 horses, 18 vintage cars, 21 carriages, an original American stagecoach, a Japanese Taiko drum band, a steamroller, a boat, a Sherman tank, an F-type Jaguar and some birds we shouldn't mention. It fills the whole space between Bank and Aldwych from 11am until about 2.30pm.
There's a children's interactive music workshop at the Forge, Camden at 9.45 and 10.45am, for children 1-4yrs. Run by experienced workshop leaders, these regular music-making sessions are a great way to introduce and encourage your children into music. Activities will include singing, dancing, rhythm work, movement and percussion playing. Read our review of these workshops.
The Lord Mayor's Festival also comes to the Bank of England Museum - Face painters bring Ratty, Mole, Badger and Toad to life. Professional make-up artists will turn young visitors into the well-known characters from 'The Wind in the Willows' by Kenneth Grahame, a former Secretary of the Bank of England.11am-4.30pm.
In honour of Remembrance Sunday, the RAF Museum has Lest We Forget - Children can decorate a petal to add to our poppy collage. Add a ‘plaque’ to the Wall of Remembrance.
Cartoon Museum hasa family fun day 12-4pm. Drop in at any time and there will be activities going on. Free with admission.
Tricycle Theatre has Mazymeg And The Honeybees - Albert lives alone with his beloved honey bees on Dartmoor, a mysterious land where nothing is as it seems. One day a stranger steals Albert’s bees and it’s as though the light has gone from Albert’s world, but a little Pisky, called Mazymeg, promises to rescue them for him. This enchanting show weaves Dartmoor folklore, an original soundtrack and puppetry. 11.30 and 2pm for ages 4+.
Lauderdale House, Highate has Billy Beware - It’s Billy’s birthday; a special occasion to be filled with fun and adventure. But will he make it through the day unscathed? Our adorable hero is so clumsy and accident-prone he is forever being rescued from near disaster. Packed with humour and songs, and a good deal of audience participation, plus a few important lessons on keeping safe! At 10am and 11.30am, for ages 2-7.
There is a free Family Learning Festival at Eleanor Palmer School in Kentish Town - Bring characters from your favourite books to life! FREE family workshop that will show you how to make fantastic puppets from everyday materials.Two sessions 11am-12pm or 2-3pm. Places are limited and must be booked in advance. Most suitable for children over three years old, and no more than three children per accompanying adult. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
Book lovers should head to lovely new children's bookshop Pickled Pepper Books in Crouch End for author / illustrator Tanya Linch who is doing a reading of her take on the children's classic of the three little kittens. Stay for the workshop to make a pair of mittens.For ages 3+, £5.
There's more fireworks this weekend with a display at Moss Hall School in Finchley. Display at 7pm.
Sunday 11 November
Shopping, shopping and more shopping on today...
The First North West London Mother Toddler & Baby Fair 2012 is taking place at The Village Hotel, WD6 3SB – 10am to 4pm. Featuring hand-picked exhibitors. Free expert and parenting advice from baby & toddler groups and specialist sessions, Consultants Obstetricians and midwives will be on hand to answer any questions and provide information regarding your little ones or pregnancy.Entertainment includes an opportunity for the little ones to meet and greet some of their favourite characters such Peppa Pig. To purchase tickets please visit here:- http://nwlondonmotherbabyandtoddlerfair.fikket.com.
A seasonal gift fair is taking place at Avenue House, East End Road, Finchley from11.30am to 5pm. £1 entry. 30 stalls selling a large selection of quality gifts at discounted prices sold in aid of North London Hospice.
There is a new farmer's market running at Browns Garden Centre on Crews Hill in Enfield. Every Sunday 11-3. Some really lovely food stalls and cakes, gifts, etc. We will be there this Sunday with some natural Aloe Vera health & beauty products too!
There are drop-in arts activities from 2-5pm at the Zabludowicz Collection, 176 Prince of Wales Road London NW5 3PT.
Arts Depot, North Finchley has There's a Monster In My Piano - A delightfully offbeat jazzy tale starring puppets, clowning, animation and a very highly strung monster indeed. At 12pm and 3pm. Suitable for ages 3+.
If you haven't yet got along to a large fireworks display, Stanmore Cricket Club has its first ever fireworks display features a musical display lasting 20 minutes an indoor bar and clubhouse, an outdoor BBQ, glow light and fire spinners and hot food and drink. Space is limited so buy tickets in advance to ensure entry. Entry 6, fireworks 7.30pm. £10 family ticket.
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Have a great weekend.