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Summer at Somerset House


Home to one of our favourite water fountains, there's plenty to do with the kids before and after you've had a splash around.

Our faves include:

Circus Originals

 © ASH

© ASH

25 July – 7 August

10.00 – 18.00 daily

Accompanying the activity across the site is Circus Originals, an exhibition exploring the history of contemporary circus from the beginnings of modern circus in the 1800s through to present day, featuring a new installation from Rose English.

Circus Sampler

  • 28 – 29 July and 4 – 5 August
  • 12.00 – 17.00; times of performances vary

The biggest free outdoor contemporary circus event in central London this summer, Circus Sampler will present two weekends of distinctive and original contemporary circus to celebrate 250 years since Philip and Patty Astley pioneered circus in the capital.

 © JP Masclet

© JP Masclet

Joining forces with Somerset House-based visual theatre producers Crying Out Loud, Circus Sampler will showcase compelling, large-scale work from 65 artists, including outdoor performances from experimental hip hop theatre collective Far From The Norm, hoola hoop acrobat and twelve times Guinness World Record holder Marawa the Amazing and the Majorettes, and juggling maestros Gandini Juggling with live brass music from French circus company Circa Tsuica.

Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House: Sleeping Beauty

 © James Bryant Photography

© James Bryant Photography

  • Sunday 19 August
  • Doors open 18.30
  • Tickets: £19.75
  • 13.30-16.30: Drop in workshop for families - Free

For a magical family Sunday film night, Film4 Summer Screen features a Disney animated classic for the first time with 1959’s Sleeping Beauty. During the day, families are invited to attend a free workshop, hosted by animator Lauren Orme, to help realise Sleeping Beauty’s dreams by creating dream like figures through drawing and 3D modelling.

More info here.