Whats On This Weekend in London October, 4-5th 2014

Dearest Bus Stopper,

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Please don’t forget the events diary on the home page as I update it regularly. For those good at planning there are more Autumn Family Events here. If you fancy a weekend out of town how about fish n chips in Whitstable, or a good stomp on a beach? You could go green and visit a local nature club, sign up to the Woodland Detectives or the RSPB for great ideas first, go bug hunting at one of the cities nature centres, or check into the Clifton nursery gardening club. There’s nothing better than a good explore, how about a secret city garden, or catch conkers in the park.

For those of you that like a man in uniform, see what English Heritage has going on, or treat yourself to a free meal for the kids, whilst you dine like a lord. Finally, if you are opting for a pyjama weekend, how about a little fun on a kids education website, or start chapter 1 of your children’s book, with tips from Polly Dunbar and Booktrust here, and for when you get a cuppa and foot massage read one of the Q&A’s on the blog here, they are full of cosy nuggets of wisdom.

I will be posting and sharing my secrets for the weekend on Friday, which will give you the inside track on some more grown up treats. You can also follow or join in to my instagram feed. Please tag your photos #busdaysout and we can share all the fun times out there. Remember that ‘my bus is your bus’, and be sure to come back for more. Do share this post with your nearest… you will go to crafting-heaven, I promise.

Love xo

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA1. Codasign Workshop : British Museum : Sunday 5th : 10.30-4.30pm : Age 13+

Explore objects from around the Museum, then build your own interactive version using the cutting-edge Arduino toolkit to bring your project to life. This workshop is free, but booking is essential through the British Museum website. The workshop is for ages 13-15.

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2. Fun Palaces, Everyone’s An Artist, Everyone A Scientist : A National Campaign

On 4 & 5 October 2014 over 120 Fun Palaces will pop up across the UK and globally, celebrating theatre director Joan Littlewood’s centenary and her vision shared with architect Cedric Price. Fun Palaces is a campaign for culture that everyone can join – combining arts and sciences, welcoming and free, at the heart of our communities. They will be linked by the digital Fun Palace website and by walks between locations.

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3. Apple Weekend : Fenton House, Hampstead :

Fenton’s very popular Apple Weekend will be on 4th and 5th October between 11am-5pm. There will be lots of free fruity activities, apple tastings and various stalls. Admission to the house and garden will be charged at the gate: Adults £8.50, Children aged 4+ £3, National Trust members £2.

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4. Southbank Centre : Fun Palace celebrations : Various Drop In Activities. Choose from drop in workshop running all weekend ‘Build A Fun Palace‘, where you build, draw and write about your dream Fun Palace and add it to a collaborative installation. Or, on Sunday at 4.30pm – 5.30pm join the Voicelab team for a Oh! What A Lovely War Sing-a-long, and learn three songs from Joan Littlewood’s musical production Oh! What A Lovely War. There are a ton of things to do around the Southbank, and there’s always the real food market, and pay as you go boat trips on the Thames too.

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5. The Big Draw : Drop in : All Ages : Sat October 4, 2014 at 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm : National Portrait Gallery

Read more about The Big Draw, the worlds largest drawing festival here.

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6. The Pump House, Battersea : Sunday Social : The Big Draw : Sunday 5th October : 11:30am – 3:30pm

Join artists Amy Pennington on their first workshop with The Big Draw to explore the hidden world of the Thames. Step into the lab, complete with petri dishes and jars of lake and river water. Become a marine biologist.


7. Daydreams and Diaries : The Story of Jacqueline Wilson : The V&A Childhood Museum : Runs until 2 Nov

This exhibition celebrates all things Jacqueline Wilson, giving you a chance to find out about her childhood, early career and what inspires her to write.

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8. The House of Illustration : Quentin Blake : Inside Stories

This exhibition offers a unique insight into the origins of some of Blake’s most characteristic and popular creations, from his illustrations to Roald Dahl’s The Twits and Danny the Champion of the World to his own Clown and The Boy in The Dress by David Walliams, together with illustrations to books by John Yeoman, Russell Hoban and Michael Rosen.

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9. Discover : Fun Palace Free Day : (See details below for age guidance)

Explore their Story Trail and New Exhibition : ‘Once There Was… The Wonderful World of Oliver Jeffers’. At 12.30 & 3.30pm : Story Science with Dr Bob (Age 4+) : Make a story of your own come alive in Dr Bob’s story laboratory. Mix concoctions, whizz up a potion and watch things go bang. Meet brilliant author/illustrator Chris Judge at 2pm (Age 4+) & Workshop: Science, Supervillians and Stick People with Louie Stowell at 12pm and 3pm (Age 7+).

10. Kids Cinema Club : The Soho Hotel

See Tangled on Saturday 4th, Mary Poppins on Oct 11th, Fantastic Mr Fox on Oct 18th, and The Wizard of Oz on Oct 24th at 1.30pm. Tickets: £20 per person including lunch buffet, or £10 per person film only. Buffet at 1pm, film starts at 1.30pm. Lunch buffet includes kids and adults buffet, popcorn, ice cream, drinks and snacks and a glass of Prosecco per adult. (All children must be accompanied by an adult and all adults must be accompanied by a child.)