Top 10 things to do this August bank holiday
Carnival, cider tasting and outdoor cinema – staying at home is not an option this bank holiday
Forget about work, shift yourself from the sofa and make the most of the long weekend. Plan your August bank holiday to the minute with our round-up of the very best events taking place in the capital from Saturday August 24 to Monday August 26.
If you're longing for some proper seaside city vibes this bank holiday, head to The Book Club's annual Bookstock party, this year with a nautical theme. It's an outdoor, street event, held outside The Book Club and featuring '70s NYC disco-funk band Odyssey, hip hop duo Nextmen, Disco Bloodbath man Ben Pistor and brilliantly named Prince tribute Princeless. There'll be other fun and games as well, including a Baywatch slo-mo running competition, a knobbly knees contest, a Punch and Judy show, donkey rides (let's see how they pull that one off), fish and chips, sticks of that insanely sugary rock that destroys teeth in seconds and more. All together now, Oh... we do like to be beside the Book Club...
Europe’s biggest street festival, Notting Hill Carnival is a vivid spectacle representing London's multicultural past and present. Since 1964 the capital's Afro-Caribbean communities have celebrated their culture and traditions with a two-day festival of fantastic live music ranging from reggae to dub to salsa, soca floats, steel bands, uplifting beats, jerk chicken and fried plantain food stalls, and much more.
Back in May, the Dulwich Picture Gallery and Street Art London teamed up to curate the Dulwich Street Art Festival, a 10-day 'live art' affair that saw 20 of the world's best street artists paint SE21 red – along with a bunch of other colours – using pieces from the gallery as inspiration. Three months later they've teamed up again, this time to lead a series of tours along the festival route to show off the results. Tours start at East Dulwich Station, wind through the streets, then end at the gallery, where a guide will explain the works that inspired the artists.
Celebrate the wonder of apples and their alcoholic properties with 20 premium varieties of English cider and perry, plus DJs and live music, during the August bank holiday weekend.
Paw Pageant, the third annual pooch parade raising funds for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, is set to be the biggest fashion event of the summer for London's dashing doggies. The first show sees happy hounds donning designer duds and trotting down the 'dog walk' in Lilly Shahravesh's canine couture, and the second is open to the public for you to enter your pet in the Paw Pageant awards for the chance to win prizes from LoveMyDog - and don't neglect your own wardrobe, as there are prizes in eight categories, including best dressed dog and owner. If your prized pup doesn't take home the big title, you can always pamper him with goodies, treats, and toys from the pets' market on site.
Players from around the world compete for medals in mental skill games including chess, poker, draughts, Scrabble, and backgammon. Card games figure too, with an amateur poker world championship and bridge, along with a general knowledge quiz, stratego, shogi, and dominoes. There are also opportunities to learn games and play uncompetitively for free, as well as a series of free lunchtime talks.
Now in its seventh year, this popular free exhibition highlights the most memorable photographic images used in the UK media in 2011 and 2012. Categories include news, portraits, sports, arts and entertainment, and the results often offer a snapshot of a year in history.
Examining our relationship to the world's ever-advanced design innovations, this show celebrates product design and manufacturing techniques. Organised in collaboration with the Technology Strategy Board (a public body that supports business-led innovation), 'Making the Future' also aims to preview some of the technological inventions of tomorrow.
Mirroring the fabulous African textiles used for the sails of Yinka Shonibare's 'Nelson's Ship in a Bottle', now guarding the park entrance to the NMM, these workshops show you how to make a traditional West African head wrap by printing your own fabric using just hot wax and dyes. The workshops are free, but you must collect a ticket from the ticket desk; under-8s cannot be admitted.
If you're looking to escape London for the day, this outdoor sculpture trail in Surrey could be just the ticket. The flagship garden of the Royal Horticultural Society, Wisley covers more than 200 acres and features richly-planted borders, rose gardens, trial fields and a state of the art glasshouse. This summer, Surrey Sculpture Society have dotted the gardens with more than 60 works of art to view as you follow a trail that meanders around the grounds. If you're inspired by the installations and have the space to accomodate them, many of the exhibits are for sale.
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- Secret Cinema: The Grand Budapest Hotel
- Silent Disco at The View from The Shard
- The Alternative London Tour
- Vikings: Life and Legend
- Mind Maps: Stories from Psychology
- Dale Chihuly: Beyond the Object
- London Super Comic Convention
- Gingerline: The Hideout
- Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story