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Syon Park are making their woodlands even more magical for a ninth year in 2014, illuminating the gardens to create a colourful trail for visitors to wander along. The route can be completed in half an hour by those with a brisk pace, but better to allow longer for taking photos, admiring the installations and playing with the interactive lights along the way.
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One brilliant head-fuck of a night that combines the pleasures of clubbing with a game of bingo-turned-stage show. There'll be foul-mouthed number calling, prizes (which have previously included guitars, bikes and jukeboxes), glitter cannons and heaps of hedonistic energy. The events have exploded in popularity over the last fews, so you'll have to be quick off the mark to get tickets, as they always sell out. Music could be anything from rock to '90s jams to old-school garage to hip hop to '80s cheese, and maybe even a bit of... HOUSE!
The Grinch would have a real job stealing all the Christmas from Hyde Park's massive tribute to festive fun, which is back for 2014 from Friday November 21 at 5pm. Entry to Winter Wonderland is free, and a wander past the fairground rides, around child-friendly Santa Land (including Santa's grotto) or through the Christmas markets is a real treat for anyone feeling the spirit of the season, as long as you're ready to hear all those songs as you potter. Other attractions at Hyde Park's annual sparkly Christmassy addition include a Giant Observation Wheel and two circuses, the biggest outdoor rink in the UK, the Magical Ice Kingdom and fairground rides to keep thrillseekers happy.
All the evidence suggests that tickets for this Sherlock-themed late opening will go fast. At the event, artist and filmmaker Amy Sharrocks’ participatory ‘Invitation to Fall’, inspired by the Reichenbach Falls in Switzerland, the dramatic waterfall location of the confrontation between Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty in ‘The Final Problem’, will explore the fear, and the art, of falling. If that appeals and you fancy immersing yourself in an evening of the gentlemanly martial art of Bartitsu and the science of memory, do yourself a favour and book now. Dress code: pretty damn obvious. Tickets should be pre-booked but note that there is a special combined price that includes entry to the museum's Sherlock Holmes exhibition.
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There are several interesting things about this new club night. Firstly, it's co-run by one Mike Skinner, formerly everyman rapper The Streets and now a successful solo DJ. Secondly, the other name running it is Murkage, the renowned Manchester-based collective of musicians and artists including several hot-topic grime names, such as Madam X. Thirdly, Skinner has posted a few tracks on his SoundCloud recently which show a very different direction to the easygoing urban musings of The Streets – the new material mashes-up rave, bashment, grime, jungle and other leftfield flavours in a very enticing way. Finally, Tonga is held at The Victoria in Dalston, a delightfully raw and roughed-up pub.
What you need to know today
GYPSY JAZZ MASTER DORADO SCHMITT is playing @TheQuecumBar tonight!
Very rare and amazing concert! So come down and listen to some world class music!
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The film Philomena, 10 points. The freezing conditions at Cineworld, Piccadily, where a small sign telling us they were sorry to say they were having some problems with the heating was not accurate, there was in fact no heating in screen 1..nil points and minus temp! Shivering whilst you watch.....never good.....