This weekend is the Coronation Festival at Buckingham Palace, taking place in the palace Gardens from 11-14 July. The Coronation Festival will celebrate the 60th anniversary of The Queen's Coronation. This event, hosted by the Royal Warrant Holders Association, will bring together - for the first time on this scale - over 200 companies who hold Royal Warrants of Appointment. The Festival will be open to members of the public who will be able to buy a ticket for the daytime event and have the opportunity to explore the Gardens and buy, sample and experience the wide range of products and services from the exhibitors. The festival will encompass homes and gardens, design and technology and food and drink.
This weekend is also part of the Mimetic Festival taking place at the Dugdale Centre in Enfield, a festival of mime, puppetry and cabaret. Sound fun? A range of events can be found here.
This weekend also sees the start of the summer festival in Grosvenor Square. Returning to Grosvenor Square for the second year, Grosvenor will transform London's second largest garden square into an urban retreat providing a programme of music, theatre, art and other entertainment from 11 July – 28 July. And best of all, deckchairs will be available for those who simply want to come and relax and take in the sunshine. Suitable for all ages. 11am – 8pm daily.
Saturday 13 July
This Saturday is Big Nature Day at the Natural History Museum from 11am to 5pm. There are lots of free activities in the Wildlife garden, Darwin Centre and Courtyard, including worm charming, looking for ladybirds, a tree trail, puppet shows and face painting. Suitable for all ages.
Comedy Club for Kids offers top quality comedy for children 6+, taking place this Saturday at the Southbank Udderbelly at 4.15.
The Golden Hinde is holding a pirate funday for children 4+. Your little pirates will join our crew and during this fun-filled event they will raise the anchor and fire the guns before trying to find the hidden treasure somewhere aboard the ship. Sessions take place at 11am and 2pm. Tickets: £7 Adults, £5 Children, £20 Family.
The Royal College of Music is hosting a Proms Plus Storytime Event at 11.30. This is a new event for families with children aged between 3 and 7. Presenter Hannah Conway will lead the audience through a musical journey based on the wonderful Oliver Jeffer’s book Lost and Found, with the City of London Sinfonia on hand to bring the story to life through music. There will be a chance to join in and sing along, but no prior musical experience is necessary – if you love stories, you’ll love the concert! Admission is free but ticketed - returns only.
If you fancy some shopping, Stoke Newington is holding an arts, design and craft fair at 103 Stoke Newington Road from 2.30 to 6.30pm. There’s also a wonderfully entitled Handbags and Glad Rags Vintage Fair at Bruce Castle Museum, Lordship Lane, Tottenham from 10.30 to 4.30pm. Enjoy vintage & vintage-inspired stalls: Clothes, accessories & jewellery, also china, kitchenalia & collectables as well as lovely home-made gifts, cakes, jams & chutneys. Vintage Cafe with tea, scrummy cakes and sandwiches all day. £1.50 entrance (accompanied kids go free).
Sunday 14 July
For some spectator fun, the Redbull Soapbox race is heading to Alexandra palace this Sunday. is an international event in which amateur drivers race homemade soapbox vehicles. Each hand-made machine is fuelled by nothing but sheer courage, the force of gravity and perhaps a little Red Bull. This unique, non-motorised racing event challenges both experienced racers and amateurs alike to design and build outrageous soapbox dream machines and compete against the clock in a downhill race. Tickets are from £5.
This Sunday is also the Kilburn Festival. The festival celebrates 10 years of Kilburn Grange Park. There will be live music, art, dance and performance, as well a kids zone, a Kids Show Pirate Ship and even a beach!
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