A London Family Weekend 27-28 Sept 2014


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1. THE COUNTRY LIFE FAIR (All ages) : September 27, 2014 – September 29

Fulham Palace, Bishop’s Ave, London : £23 for 1 adult + 2 kids under 12 Book tickets: 0844 453 9268

2. Horniman Museum (All ages) : Saturday : Drop in Workshop : Artmakers 1.30 & 2.45pm
Horniman Museum & Gardens, London Road, London.

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3. Never Again! World War I in Cartoon and Comic Art: (All ages) Jun – 19 Oct 2014 : Late opening: 17 Oct 2014, until 20.00. Will include two curator talks at 18.15 & 19.00.

Some of the most powerful and memorable images from the First World War are by cartoonists. From the earliest days of the war, British cartoonists such as Alfred Leete, Bruce Bairnsfather, William Heath Robinson and Donald McGill were at the forefront of propaganda battles aimed at bolstering the war effort, ridiculing the enemy and sustaining the nation through the four long years of conflict.

4. Art workshop with Marion Deuchars : Cass Arts : Kingston : Sat 11am – 2pm (Age 6+)

Join multi award-winning author and illustrator Marion Deuchars at Cass Art as they celebrate the launch of her ingenious new activity book ‘Draw Paint Print Like the Great Artists’. Inspired by the famous Japanese printmaker Hokusai, learn how to create your own ‘wood block type’ prints using everyday objects found around the house.

Book signing 12pm-12.30pm : Workshop ticket £15, includes a copy of the book Draw Paint Print rrp £12.95 : Limited capacity, tickets must be booked in advance, children must be accompanied by an adult.  Materials provided, suitable for all ages 6+ : 

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5. The Great River Race : Saturday

The race starts at Millwall Riverside, Westferry Rd, E14 at 12.40pm and finishes at around 3.40pm with a cannon broadside for the winners at Ham House, Richmond. There you’ll also find all sorts of family entertainment, as well as food, drink and music from 12.30pm. Approximate timings for the lead boats are: Tower Bridge 1.10pm; Westminster Bridge 1.25pm; Lambeth Bridge 1.30pm; Battersea Bridge 1.45pm; Wandsworth Bridge 1.55pm; Putney Bridge 2pm; Hammersmith Bridge 2.15pm; Chiswick Bridge 2.45pm; Kew Bridge 3pm; Richmond Bridge 3.30pm.


6. ‘The Art of the Brick’ Lego Exhibition : Truman Brewery : Ongoing

Nathan Sawaya is a New York-based artist who creates awe-inspiring works of art out of some of the most unlikely things. His recent global touring exhibitions feature large-scale sculptures using only toy building blocks: LEGO bricks to be exact. His work is obsessively and painstakingly crafted and is both beautiful and playful.

(Credit : artofthebrick.com)

7. Traffic Free Regent Street : NFL Parade & Football Fun : All Day : Saturday 12-6pm

Shoppers will be able to witness cheerleading and team drum-line performances and get involved with interactive games, food and drink. Football fanatics keep your eyes peeled, as players from both teams will be taking time out from their preparations to celebrate the sport with their fans.

8. See the new Snowdon exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery & Japan Matsuri Festival in Trafalgar Square (Sunday).

Snowdon: A Life in View will showcase portraits from 1950’s – 1990’s. At the start of his career in the 1950’s Snowdon’s subjects focused on theatre, fashion and society subjects, during this time he also began what would eventually span a six-decade career with British Vogue. Then visit ‘JAPAN MATSURI’: The festival of Japanese culture featuring music, martial arts, manga, dance, food and more takes place in Trafalgar Square. Try traditional Japanese street food, and see Yurukyara characters, Japanese popular local mascots, wander through the Square. Free, 11am-9pm

9. Family Day at The Royal Opera House : Sunday : 12-3pm

a unique glimpse into the worlds of opera and ballet. Families are able to come and enjoy our Front of House spaces and get creative as part of the new Family Sunday series.

10. Family Day : Ben Uri Gallery : Age 5+ : Sunday : 11-1pm

Children and adults can learn about Cubism through an exciting art trail and creative activity. Their learning team will be on hand to help but children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Ben Uri Gallery, 108A Boundary Road, off Abbey Road, London NW8 0RH. Sunday 28 September, 11 am — 1pm. This event is free but booking is strongly recommended. Email learning@benuri.org.uk or telephone 0207 604 3991