London events in July

Here’s your definitive guide to the best events and things to do happening throughout London in July 2018

July in London may not offer up the hottest weather (thanks to the unreliable British summer), but make sure you're ready for a scorcher. July in London dishes up a sizzling line up of events. Make a splash in one of the city’s lidos and wild swimming spots, dine alfresco, or sip on a cocktail in one of London’s best rooftops bars. As well as Wimbledon tennis, we’re also deep into festival season - Lovebox, Citadel and British Summer Time Festival are just some of the musical treats in store. July is also the month of Pride in LondonLambeth Country ShowRHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, the RAF's 100 anniversary celebrations, Art Night and the Athletics World Cup. Here’s our guide to the best exhibitions, events, pop-ups and things do in this July 2018 in London.
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Movies on the River
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Movies on the River
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What is it? London’s first ever cinema on the Thames is back. Watch your favourite movie under the stars on the top deck of a boat, after a cruise along the river. 
Why go? To see classics and recent hits while docked up in the shadow of some of London's most awe-inspiring sights. 
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A Monster Calls
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Theatre, Drama
‘A Monster Calls’
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What is it? The Old Vic is marking its 200th birthday with ‘A Monster Calls’ is an adaptation of Patrick Ness’s novel. It's a tale that weaves magical realist elements into the narrative of a grieving youngster.
Why go? It's bound to stir up childhood memories of imaginary (and real) fears and might just wake up some new ones too. 
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Things to do, Film events
‘Sex and the City’ Sunday Screenings
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What is it? Twenty years have passed since the ‘Sex and the City’ fabulous foursome first collided onto our screens. Raise a cosmo to Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda during these Sunday screenings of the series.
Why go? Each week is dedicated to a different theme including the most brutal breakups and best celeb cameos. 
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Theatre, Musicals
‘Fun Home’
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What is it? The wildly praised musical adaption of Alison Bechdel's graphic novel. 
Why go? It's gorgeous, funny and incredibly moving. 
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Things to do, Exhibitions
‘Scoop: A Wonderful Ice Cream World’
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What is it? The British Museum of Food’s founders Bompas & Parr present this exhibition dedicated to all things ice cream. Why go? Try scoops made with intriguing flavours like candied fruit and an all-day-breakfast flavour, taste a glow-in-the-dark concoction and stand in a cloud of vanilla-flavoured fog.
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Things to do, Games and hobbies
Zip Now London
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What is it? The biggest and fastest city line in the world, beginning 35m above the ground – the height of nine double-decker buses.
Why go? Because zooming mid air at 31mph is bloody exhilarating.
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Theatre, Comedy
'The Importance Of Being Earnest'
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What is it? See Oscar Wilde's most famous play as part of the Vaudeville Theatre's season celebrating the Decadent writer.
Why go? The timeless comedy of frivolous romantic entaglements overseen by the perma-disapproving Lady Bracknell won't have any problem shifting tickets.
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Imperium, RSC
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Theatre, Drama
'Imperium'
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What is it? A few years on from the RSC’s terrific ‘Wolf Hall’, here comes another meaty two-part literary adptation from the venerable company.
Why go? Adapted from Robert Harris's bestselling ‘Cicero’ trilogy, this stage version by Mike Poulton divides the three books into two three-part plays entitled ‘Conspirator’ and ‘Dictator’. 
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Things to do, Food and drink events
Moonshine Saloon
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What is it? An immersive wild west cocktail experience where you and your best cowboys and gals can BYOL - that's Bring Your Own Liquor - into an undercover saloon.
Why go? Inside you'll find a recreation of a dusty frontier town, card and dice games and be able to sip on personalised Moonshine cocktails. 
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Music, Music festivals
Kaleidoscope Festival
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What is it? The mighty Ally Pally has a lot of strings to its cultural bow, and this year it’s adding another in the form of Kaleidoscope, a new one-day music and arts festival. 
Why go? We’re promised a ‘world where music, performance, theatre and comedy embrace in a collision of beautiful noise, brilliant ideas and brazen colour.’ Sounds like a pretty experiential affair.
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Ken Watanabe and Kelli O’Hara star in 'The King and I'
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Theatre, Musicals
'The King and I'
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Why go? Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical is a swoony love story set in 1860s Bangkok, where the King of Siam falls for his children's strait-laced Victorian governess.
Why go? This Broadway revival comes to London with an impressive crop of reviews, and with its star cast intact. 
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Bank of England Museum
Things to do, Exhibitions
Stories from the City: The Bank of England in Literature
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What is it? To mark the launch of the new Jane Austen £10 note, the Bank of England Museum’s exhibition ‘Stories from the City’ is celebrating the big ol’ bank’s fictional appearances and connections to literature.
Why go? To see it before it closes this month. 
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Theatre, Comedy
The Penetration Play
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What is it? Typically, a night at gay theatre Above the Stag is all about the blokes. But, they've made a rare foray into lesbian drama with American playwright Winter Miller's dark comedy.
Why go? It'll show just how fluid sexual identity can really be.
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Emily Allchurch. Grand Tour II Homage to Soane (after Gandy)
Things to do, Exhibitions
Emily Allchurch
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What is it? The Museum hosts a presentation of three works by renowned artist Emily Allchurch.
Why go? Allchurch’s calling card typically revolves around recreating historic works in a contemporary style, using digital collage of her own photography.
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Summer Streets, Regent st
Things to do, Festivals
Summer Streets on Regent Street
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What is it? Enjoy the rare spectacle of a traffic-free street in zone one every Sunday in July, as Regent Street's classy curve is pedestrianised from Oxford Circus all the way to Piccadilly Circus for a street party.
Why go? The festivities take on a different theme each week, with free entry, installations, demonstrations, food and drink and activities. 
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The Village Butty
Things to do, Markets and fairs
Mile End Floating Market
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What is it? Step aboard The Village Butty to pick up vinyl, vintage clothing, art, herbal remedies, food, cakes and handmade jewellery and make the most of that boat life before the weather turns. 
Why go? To say no to shopping centre crowds and a big fat floating yes to markets on barges. 
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Things to do, Walks and tours
The Making of Harry Potter: ‘Behind the Seams at Warner Bros Studio Tour’
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What is it? Get whisked off into the world of the Costume Department at Harry Potter at this exclusive summer extra on the Warner Bros Studio tour.
Why go? See costumes that haven't been seen before on the Studio Tour including those of Professor Sprout, Triwizard champion Cedric Diggory and even Lord Voldemort's robes. 
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Lambeth Country Show
Things to do
Lambeth Country Show
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What is it? This show has brought countryside pursuits to Brockwell Park for the last 42 years.
Why go? For home grown a veg carving competitions, sheep shearing, sheep dog and owl displays, an on-site mini farm and plenty of banging tunes. 
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The Village Butty
Things to do, Markets and fairs
Mile End Floating Market
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What is it? A floting, alfresco market nestled on The Village Butty barge.
Why go? To pick up vinyl, vintage clothing, art, herbal remedies, food, cakes and handmade jewellery. 
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Museums
‘Life in the Dark’
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What is it? This exhibition dishes the dirt on the lives of animals that come out at night.
Why go? Enter the shadowy world of a bat cave, lock eyes with a vampire squid or come face to face with a Mexican blind cave fish. 
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The Houses of Parliament, Fog Effect (Le Parlement, effet de brouillard), 1904 © Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL
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‘Monet and Architecture’
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What is it? This exhibition shows Monet's work in all its glory. His seascapes shimmer in whites and blues and greens against stuttering, bitty hillsides. Stark lines of buildings effervesce into banks of cloud or ghost away into mountains. 
Why go? Because Monet really was a genius.
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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Donmar Warehouse, Lia Williams
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Theatre, Drama
'The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie'
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What is it? Catch this major new stage version of Muriel Spark's most famous novel, celebrating the author's centenary. 
Why go? To see a brilliant Lia Williams in the title role. 
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Pipilotti Rist, 'Trust me' (2016). Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth
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‘Spiegelgasse (Mirror Alley)’
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What is it? A show of Swiss art from surrealism through to today named after the street where Dadaism was invented in Zurich. 
Why go? It paints a bizarre, twisted and hugely expressive picture of Swiss visual culture.
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Auguste Rodin, 'The Kiss'. Copyright Musée Rodin.
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‘Rodin and the Art of Ancient Greece’
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What is it? See Auguste Rodin's revolutionary sculptures whacked right next to the ancient sculptures the French master was obsessed with.
Why go? Most shows that put ancient perfection next to modern radicalism do a disservice to both. But, this is a gorgeously put together exhibition.
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Walthamstow Marshes blackberries
Ben Rowe
Things to do, Festivals
London National Park City Week
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What is it? London’s first ever National Park City Week with over 270 events and activities all celebrating the city’s green spaces, trees, waterways and natural environment.
Why go? There’ll be urban wildlife walks, talks, explorations of London’s lesser-known green spaces, family activities, workshops, opportunities to look after green spaces, boat trips, bike rides, tree trails and more. 
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Things to do, Sport events
Ride London
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What is it? The world's largest festival of cycling returns to the capital. More than 100,000 people are expected to take on eight miles of empty London roads for this weekend feast of cycling aimed at riders of any age and ability.
Why go? If you're more of a spectator, give your hands and vocal chords a workout by cheering those amateur riders taking part in the 100-mile fundraising challenge and the pros whizzing past in the Grand Prix event.
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Things to do, Festivals
Festibowl
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What is it? Festibowl is taking over Finsbury Square once again with DJs, food, cocktails and – yep – lawn bowls. 
Why go? If you think all sports should involve cocktails and dancing. 
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Richard Prince “WHAT A KID I WAS” (3 TIMES), 1989. © Richard Prince. Courtesy of the artist and Skarstedt.
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Richard Prince: ‘Early Joke Paintings’
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What is it? Early works by the arch prankster of contemporary art. 
Why go? The joke might be on you, but it's still pretty damn funny. 
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Things to do, Markets and fairs
Crafty Fox Market
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What is it? Stock up on prints, cards, ceramics, textiles and homeware at this market showcasing work from independent makers and artists across the UK.
Why go? New traders are always featured and markets you'll find crafty workshops, street food and DJs there too. 
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Photo of Flavor FLAV and Chuck D and PUBLIC ENEMY
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Things to do, Exhibitions
‘Beat Positive’
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What is it? Get into the spirit of New York hip hop’s early days at this show revisiting the b-boys, graffiti and music that defined the period between 1982-93. 
Why go? To see images recently uncovered from the Getty archive. 
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Things to do
World Gallery at Horniman Museum
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What is it? The Horniman Museum's new World Gallery is sharing stories from cultures across the globe - from all countries in all time periods. 
Why go? It contains some truly fascinating exhibits, including a figurine of a defecating man and a mole's foot. 
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Theatre, Outdoor theatres
River Stage
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What is it? Free live music, dance and theatre at the National Theatre's outdoor mini-festival weekends.
Why go? Discover new performers, join in workshops, or just slump back in a deckchair and soak up the sun.  
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Things to do, Exhibitions
Sea Creatures
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What is it? Missing ’Blue Planet’? Dive into the anatomy of some of the ocean’s most iconic marine life at this exhibition all about life out at sea.
Why go? With 50 ethically sourced and painstakingly preserved specimens on display, you can explore the internal organs and structures which enable watery life to survive.
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© Nøtel Corporation, Lawrence Lek & Kode9
Art
‘Nøtel’
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What is it? Artist Lawrence Lek and electronic musician Kode9 have teamed up to create a site-specific installation based around a fictional luxury hotel.
Why go? The multimedia installation examines ideas of property ownership, marketing, retail and the modern urban community. Oh, and it looks pretty cool too. 
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Pablo Picasso, 'Woman on the Beach', the Penrose Collection. Copyright Succession Picasso. /DACS London 2018
Art, Painting
‘Picasso 1932: Love, Fame, Tragedy’
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What is it? See the first solo exhibition Tate Modern has ever held for the Spanish master focusing entirely on 1932.
Why go? It was a pivotal and prolific year for Pablo. 
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Photo: Wolfgang Volz © 2018 Christo
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Christo & Jeanne-Claude
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What is it? An enormous installation from the masters of enormous installations. 
Why go? It might piss off the swimmers, but it's a delight for the eyes. 
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Félix Vallotton 'Quatre torses'. Courtesy Michael Werner Gallery
Art
‘Vile Bodies’
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What is it? Not Evelyn Waugh's interwar novel, but a show bringing together works by 24 different artists shining a light on  the human body. 
Why go? See how the human form (in all its wobbly, bumpy glory) has been recreated in art. 
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Othello, Shakespeare's Globe, 2018
Theatre, Shakespeare
‘Othello’
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What is it? The Globe's talismanic former artistic director Mark Rylance returns to his old theatre to star as the villainous Iago in Shakespeare's great tragedy 'Othello'. The actor playing the eponymous general is André Holland, the US actor known for his roles in 'Moonlight' and 'Selma'. 
Why go? Because it's a bloody big deal.
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Image from Frieze Sculpture 2017 © Stephen White/Frieze
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Frieze Sculpture 2018
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What is it? Frieze return with their annual outdoor display of contemporary sculptures in the English Gardens of Regent's Park.
Why go? To see afrofuturistic flags by Larry Achiampong, a 14-metre-high needle woman tower by Kimsooja, and a 2017 work by Tracey Emin. 
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David LaChapelle 'An illuminating path' (1998) Courtesy of the artist
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‘Michael Jackson: On the Wall’
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What is it? It’s a pretty off the wall idea: a whole exhibition of contemporary art inspired by the king of pop.
Why go? it features work from the likes of Andy Warhol and Isa Genzken. 
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<p>'The Jungle' at Playhouse Theatre</p>
Theatre, Interactive
‘The Jungle’
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What is it? The acclaimed drama about the Calais Jungle hits the West End. 
Why go? It's well-meaning, yes, but also craftily subversive. 
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Frida Kahlo
Things to do, Exhibitions
Frida Kahlo’s Wardrobe
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What is it? A V&A exhibition dedicated to the incredible collection of personal artefacts and clothing belonging to iconic Mexican, Frida Kahlo.
Why go? Expect some exceptional dresses and envy-inducing possessions.
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© Estate of Otto Dix 2018
Art
‘Magic Realism: Art in Weimar Germany 1919 - 1933’
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What is it? This free year-long display brings together loads of big names of the inter-war period in Germany, showing how the art that crept out of that era is full of surreality, weirdness and seriously unsettling. 
Why go? For a twisted look at the art of societal upheaval. 
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Things to do, Classes and workshops
The London Loom
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I’m not going to lie, I didn’t know what I had signed up for. I thought I was going ‘looming’. In a ‘sorry, can’t come to the pub tonight, I’m going looming’ kind of way – which, in hindsight, sounds pretty sinister. A trip to The London Loom in Hackney Downs Studios quickly corrected my hobbie-to-be. Turns out, I went weaving. On a loom. Gotcha.  I rock up on a rainy Wednesday evening. My mood is instantly lifted by the rainbow of multicoloured threads and psychedelic fabrics on display like a sweetshop. Francesca – one of the two founders – was just as colourful and welcoming, introducing us to the looms with an obvious love for all things weave. Workshops vary in length and expertise, from freestyle weaving for beginners, to tapestry and warp measuring for more advanced loom-lovers. In our two hours, we’re aiming to weave a small wall-hanging. Sure. Francesca explains how to prepare our yarns and pass them through open threads, switching to each new row with a wooden foot pedal. ‘I will definitely break this’, I think, as I settle in front of the delicate-looking contraption.   There are just three of us in the class and we’re soon let loose on the wall of threads, free to experiment with whatever we fancy. The choice of colours is overwhelming. After my first couple of rows, I seem to get the knack of it. Francesca is on hand to help with more complex designs, but I find the real joy comes from the zoned-out moments of focus. It’s incredibly relaxing. There’s a definit
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Our children's freestyle weaving classes are available for children aged 6+, kids love using our floor looms and being let loose on our yarn

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