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Critic's choice events in Wimbledon

Wimbledon Bookfest

Located in a big tent on Wimbledon Common, the brilliant annual Bookfest features an array of literary figures and personalities including Juliet Stevenson, Ian McEwan, Paul Merton, Josh Widdicombe and Jacqueline Wilson. There's also a children's programme featuring, among others, the common's most famous residents, the Wombles, as well as CBeebies presenter Cerrie Burnell who reads from her book, 'Snowflakes', (Sat Oct 4, 11.45am; age 4+). Highlights include internationally

  1. Big Tent on Wimbledon Common junction of Southside Common and The Green, SW19 5AX
  2. Fri Oct 3 - Sun Oct 12
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Wimbledon Park Fireworks

The details of Wimbledon Park's annual display are yet to be announced for 2014, but last year saw two displays – one family friendly, one very loud – as well as a bonfire and a funfair. Find more fireworks displays in London

  1. Wimbledon Park Revelstoke Road, SW19 7HU
  2. Wed Nov 5
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Peter Pan

Less your regular panto and more Christmas show affair, Polka Theatre offer up an adaptation of JM Barrie's classic tale by artistic director Peter Glanville. Catch singing, flying and dancing as they bring the tale of lost boys and girls, fairies and pirates to life. Ages 6-plus. Find more family Christmas shows in London

  1. Polka Theatre 240 The Broadway, SW19 1SB
  2. Fri Nov 21 - Sat Feb 14
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It's panto time in Wimbledon and this year promises to be as raucous as every other. Matthew Kelly returns as an ugly sister alongside Matthew Rixon, and we're promised song and dance numbers with real Shetland ponies no less. The two Matthews are old hands, having starred in  Wimbledon's production of 'Aladdin' last year. More cast to be announced. Find more pantomimes in London  

  1. New Wimbledon Theatre The Broadway, SW19 1QG
  2. Fri Dec 5 - Wed Dec 31
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Santa Claus and the Magical Christmas Journey

A family-friendly Christmas show with songs, nursery rhymes and stories where kids get to meet Father Christmas himself after the show and maybe, if they've been very good, get a present. Ages 2-plus. Find more family Christmas shows in London  

  1. New Wimbledon Theatre The Broadway, SW19 1QG
  2. Mon Dec 1 - Wed Dec 24
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