Our guide to the south bank's summer-long comedy and cabaret festival
What is the Udderbelly Festival?
Ever wondered what that giant purple cow grazing behind the London Eye is? It's the Udderbelly! Each summer the 400-seat temporary venue provides a vast array of entertainment, from outlandish cabaret to daytime children's shows and the biggest selection of comedy in London.
Beside the big moo is a large outdoor bar and selection of upmarket food stalls which can be enjoyed without a ticket. Plus, next to the upturned cow is another temporary venue – the London Wonderground – a huge spiegel tent playing host to circus, cabaret and much more. What better way to spend the summer?
Who's performing at the Udderbelly Festival?
© Elisabeth Blanchet
This year's programme features a massive list of brilliant stand-ups, plus theatre, music, cabaret and kids shows. Highlights include a three-week run from silent comedy sensation The Boy With Tape On His Face, bewildered Irishman and 'Father Ted's own Dougal McGuire Ardal O'Hanlon and rapper-turned-comedian Doc Brown.
Click here to see the full list of shows on offer for the 2013 Udderbelly Festival.
When is the Udderbelly Festival?
The Udderbelly Festival runs April 12-July 14 2013.
The London Wonderground runs from May 6-September 29 2013.
What sort of thing can I expect?
People telling jokes and being funny, more or less. Plus lots of circus and cabaret acts.Don't believe us? Here's a highlights package from Time Out Live's opening gala.
How can I buy tickets to Udderbelly Festival shows?
Tickets for this year's Udderbelly Festival are available online here or by phoning 0844 545 8252.
How do I get to the Udderbelly Festival?
To get to the Udderbelly Festival, take the Bakerloo, Northern or Jubilee line to Waterloo, take the south bank exit, follow signs to the Southbank Centre, turn left just before Hungerford Bridge and you'll see the Udderbelly on your left in Jubilee Gardens.
Udderbelly Festival's address is: Jubilee Gardens, off Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX.