Ferrari: Under the Skin
Nov
15
to Apr 15

Ferrari: Under the Skin

Car enthusiasts and wannabe racing drivers will love this new exhibition exploring the history and design of Ferrari.

This ambitious collection, the first outside the Museo Ferrari in Maranello, brings together early design models, drawings, personal letters and memorabilia as well as some of the most famous cars to grace the world’s roads and racing circuits.

The exhibition also looks at Ferrari’s celebrity clientelewho helped establish Ferrari as a luxury brand. The centrepiece of the section is a 250 GT Cabriolet (1957) owned by one of the most famous British racing drivers of all time – Peter Collins. Other cars in this section include an F40 (1988) belonging to Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason and a 166 MM (1950) formerly driven by Gianni Agnelli, head of Fiat.

Ferrari: Under the Skin is a behind-the-scenes look at the design, people and engineering that created one of the most iconic car brands on the planet.

Tickets:

  • Adult £18
  • Student/concession £13.50
  • Family (1 adult + 3 children) £29.30
  • Family (2 adults + 3 children) £41
  • Child (6 - 15 years) £9
  • Children under 6 years free
  • Members free

Find out more here. 

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Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Medicine
Nov
26
3:30 PM15:30

Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Medicine

Did you know that Roald Dahl invented some marvellous medicine of his own? We didn't either!

Enjoy a fun-packed, interactive and truly phizz-whizzing show where Roald Dahl's actual doctor, Professor Tom Solomon, shares Dahl’s fantastical stories and explains how the body works, what can go wrong and how we can fix it.

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Suitable for children aged 7+. Tickets from £10.50.

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Winterville
Nov
25
to Jan 1

Winterville

Be one of the first to try Clapham Common’s first outdoor Ice Rink, Backyard Cinema’s Winter Night Garden, Plonk Golf, a Fairground, a Roller Disco, a Special Family Christmas Show, a Market filled with creations from independent designers and various themed bars.

Kid friendly activities include an ice rink, food and drink, Big Fish Little Fish family raves, Backyard Cinema (they'll love Home Alone and Elf), facepainting, a roller disco and a fairground.

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Classical for Kids: Mellow Cello
Nov
25
10:15 AM10:15

Classical for Kids: Mellow Cello

Classical for Kids concerts are designed to introduce little ears to the world of classical music

Join Albert’s Band cellist Anna Beryl for a concert that showcases the beautiful sound of the cello. Joined by pianist Alexis White, Anna will take you on a tour around the world to hear music written by composers from a variety of different countries.

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Aimed at children of all ages and their families to enjoy, buggies, babies and budding musicians all welcome!

Ticket from £12 Adult/£6 child. More info here

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Three Billy Goats Gruff + Other Furry Tails
Nov
24
to Nov 25

Three Billy Goats Gruff + Other Furry Tails

The Storyteller is on the run from three-headed monsters as he brings fantastic tales from the Magic Land of Three. 

Are you really sure what happened to the wolf and those three little pigs? What about Goldilocks? Why was she walking in those woods? And as for the three Billy Goats Gruff, how did they really deal with that troll?

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All will be revealed in this beautiful show using puppets and props. 

Tickets £7. Suitable for kids age 3 and over. Book here

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The Snowman
Nov
23
to Dec 31

The Snowman

Twinkling with festive spirit and based upon the book by Raymond Briggs, this much-loved classic has transported a generation of children and their families into the wintery world of a boy and his magical snowman.

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With music and lyrics by Howard Blake, including Walking in the Air performed by a live orchestra, The Snowman is a tale of friendship and adventure including a visit to the North Pole and a thrilling escape from Jack Frost.

Tickets from £18. Book here

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The Gruffalo’s Child
Nov
22
to Jan 7

The Gruffalo’s Child

Following hot on the heels of The Gruffalo’s monstrous West End success is the much anticipated sequel, The Gruffalo’s Child based on the award-winning picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

One wild and windy night the Gruffalo’s Child ignores her father’s warning and tiptoes out into the snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn’t really exist… does he?

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Children under 18 months enter free of charge. The show lasts 55 mins (no interval) and is best suited for kids age 3 and over.

Tickets from £13. Book here

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Maritime Music Festival
Nov
18
to Nov 19

Maritime Music Festival

Embrace the area’s proud maritime heritage at this two day music festival.

At the height of the British Empire in 1897, the Royal Navy continuously patrolled the high seas. As well as inventions like the gimlet cocktail and radar detection, Britain’s sailors can also be thanked for spreading their sea shanties to the world, as jolly shipmen sang their way into folklore as they sailed the seas.

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Whether it’s trying your hand at poetry in a rhyming session, learning knot tying skills just like the mariners of yesteryear or learning to sing like a sailor in a sea shanty session, the Maritime Music Festival gives everyone a chance to embrace the naval tradition.

There will be a number of sea shanty crews performing at this free family festival, so bring your best singing voice!

Find out more here

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Treasures from the Archives
Nov
18
to Nov 19

Treasures from the Archives

Discover some secrets from the museum's archive at this free family friendly workshop and uncover the story of Crimean Tom, a cat who survived the Crimean War and was brought back to England as a pet.

Become a detective and uncover some artefacts and stories from the museum’s archives. Can you put all the pieces together to solve the puzzle?

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Open all weekend, drop in from 10.30am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 4pm.

Find out more at nam.ac.uk.

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Dawnosaurs
Nov
18
8:00 AM08:00

Dawnosaurs

This free event allows autistic children and their families the chance to explore the Museum free from the hustle and bustle of the general public. 

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Experienced, autism-aware facilitators will be on hand to assist with a wide-ranging programme of activities. A sensory room will also be available to those needing a calmer space. This event is best for children aged five to 15 and siblings are welcome.

Find out more here

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The Snow Queen
Nov
17
to Feb 4

The Snow Queen

Hans Christian Andersen’s classic wintery fairy-tale of friendship, bravery and self-discovery is brought to life in this contemporary adaption.

Kai and Gerda are best friends. Not brother and sister but as close as if they were. Together, with their friends, they reimagine the thrilling adventure of this classic story and try to save Kai from the cold and evil clutches of the Snow Queen.

Tickets: Adults + children £18.50. The show lasts 1 hour 45 minutes (including interval) and is best suited for children aged 5 to 11.

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More info here

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Winter Wonderland
Nov
17
to Jan 1

Winter Wonderland

Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland has become a landmark event for Londoners and tourists. What started as an open-air Christmas market in Hyde Park, has grown into a seasonal extravaganza with ice skating, shows, rollercoaster rides, street food stalls, festive bars and live music. 

It's free to enter the Winter Wonderland grounds but you pay for its rides and attractions.

This year there's skating on the UK’s largest open-air ice rink, a deep sea adventure in the Magical Ice Kingdom, circus shows, world-class ice dancing in Cinderella on Ice and stunning views across London available in the Giant Observation Wheel.

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Family tickets are available and some rides/attractions have age/height restrictions.

More info and tickets here

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Winter Wonderland Charity Preview Night
Nov
16
5:00 PM17:00

Winter Wonderland Charity Preview Night

Every year, before Hyde Park Winter Wonderland opens to the public, the Royal Parks organise a Preview Night, where all proceeds go to charity.

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For one night only, wristbands will grant the bearer unlimited access to the rides, attractions and fun of the fair for an all-inclusive cost, which will support the vital work of The Royal Parks and other participating charities.

Tickets from £60. Book here.

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Basquiat: Boom for Real
Nov
11
1:00 PM13:00

Basquiat: Boom for Real

This collaborative collage and drawing workshop is Inspired by the street art scene of 80s New York.

Illustrator Maria Midttun will lead a workshop where kids can create collages and drawings, swapping places to continue where someone left off to contribute to an ever-changing piece as the workshop goes on.

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Entry is free with a valid exhibition ticket.

Find out more here

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Celebrate your City
Nov
11
11:00 AM11:00

Celebrate your City

This weekend festival invites you and your little ones to challenge your knowledge of today’s technology in the city.

Celebrate your City, in partnership with Raspberry Pi, will see the museum turned into a technology hub with opportunities to explore coding and GPS tracking through various workshops, storytelling sessions and craft activities. You will have the chance to become a digital maker and create amazing objects, from robots with blinking antenna to digital pixel pets and pieces of wearable technology.

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Families will be able to recreate buildings in London using iPads, go on a self- guided technology tour of the museum, and get involved in interactive story telling sessions. For gamers young and old there will also be a vintage game corner where you can turn back the clock and play some vintage London video games.

Find out more here

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The Boy, The Bees and The Blizzard
Nov
11
to Nov 18

The Boy, The Bees and The Blizzard

The Boy, The Bees and The Blizzard is a mysterious, light and playful mission for children aged 6 and over. 

Ben got lost in a beehive and needs kids to 'bee' brave and help to get him out! Kids will wear headphones to guide them along the way as they dive into the heart of the hive, where a miserable new leader is hosting a party that no one wants to attend. 

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Can they help send out the invitations, make the food and choose the music to get the dance floor buzzing? If they don’t come up with the goods , the whole theatre will be in trouble!

Tickets:  £12 adults, £10 children.

Find out more here.

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Lord Mayor's Show + Fireworks
Nov
11
9:00 AM09:00

Lord Mayor's Show + Fireworks

The day starts at 9 am with a river pageant on the Thames and ends with a fireworks display at 5:15 pm. For the best view head down to the riverside between Waterloo and Blackfriars Bridges, either on Victoria Embankment or on the South Bank.

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Don't even think about driving - the roads are all closed, the whole of London is clogged up and there’s nowhere to park. Public transport needs to be your best friend.

Find out more here

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Fireworks Display
Nov
5
7:00 PM19:00

Fireworks Display

Another fab free fireworks display, award-winning Victoria Park hosts a sci- fi themed display from 7pm.

Organised by the council’s Arts, Parks and Events Team and produced by Walk the Plank, this year’s Guy Fawkes celebration hopes to bring an exciting sci-fi vibe with a mix of contemporary and classical tracks synchronised to fireworks and special effects. 

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No need to book, food and drink will be available from 5:30 pm. Find out more here

 

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Fireworks Display
Nov
5
4:30 PM16:30

Fireworks Display

An evening of family-friendly choreographed fireworks display by multi award-winning Phoenix Fireworks. The theme for 2017 is '80’s Music Night' and the fireworks will be set to iconic tracks from the era. 

Before the fireworks start at 7 pm you can enjoy live entertainment, funfair rides, mulled wine, hot food, candy floss and popcorn stalls and an after-party in the Members Bar. 

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Gates open from 4:30 pm with the fireworks display set to take place at 7 pm sharp.

Tickets from £8 Adults/£5 kids.

Book here

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A Night At The Movies
Nov
4
5:00 PM17:00

A Night At The Movies

Lambeth Fireworks launches at Brockwell Park with the theme A Night At The Movies.

With an incredible fireworks display accompanied by iconic blockbuster soundtracks spanning the last six decades, the festival of fireworks will also include over 20food traders (Porky's, Dough & Deer, and Mac To The Future to name a few) as well as live entertainment on the main stage and a funfair to keep the whole family happy. 

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Package tickets for two adults and two kids are available for £25. Individual tickets are on also on sale at £4 for kids and £8.50 for adults. 

Book here

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Handa’s Surprise
Nov
4
11:00 AM11:00

Handa’s Surprise

Can you resist the sweet-smelling guava? How about a ripe red mango or a tangy purple passion fruit? Travel to Kenya and follow Handa as she journeys to visit her best friend Akeyo in the next village. Handa is taking seven delicious fruits as a surprise – but seven different animals have seven very different ideas.

A blend of physical performance, puppetry, live music and song combine to create an intimate, magical production with audience participation from Little Angel Theatre, based on the hugely popular and much loved Handa's Surprise book by Eileen Browne.

Suitable for kids age 2 to 6. Early booking is advised as the show has limited capacity.

Tickets - £7. Book here

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Fireworks Festival
Nov
3
to Nov 4

Fireworks Festival

Ally Pally's annual family-friendly fireworks festival returns with two evenings of fireworks, a fun fair, a German bier festival, a bonfire, music, food and drink and much, much more.

Under 10s are free but you will need to register them when you buy your ticket. Each adult can register and bring up to 2 under 10s. There's a family area at the lower end of the park which is less congested and has flatter ground.

Bear in mind that the areas closest to Alexandra Palace - the slope and south terrace - get really busy and may not be as suitable for families.

This is London so the weather is likely to be freezing so remember to dress accordingly. The firework display can be noisy and busy so may not be suitable for very young children.

Tickets from £11 Adults/£8.50 kids.

Find out more at fireworks.london.

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Walking With Dinosaurs Tickets
Nov
3
to Nov 30

Walking With Dinosaurs Tickets

Tickets to see WALKING WITH DINOSAURS - THE ARENA SPECTACULAR, based on the award-winning BBC Television Series go on sale today.

The show stars Michaela Strachan as ‘Huxley’ the palaeontologist and it returns to The O2 between 14 - 19 August 2018.

This updated production will showcase spectacular and colourful changes to the dinosaurs based on the latest scientific research, including the likely feathering of some species.

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The one-hour, 40-minute show depicts the dinosaurs’ with almost cinematic realism. WALKING WITH DINOSAURS - THE ARENA SPECTACULAR has scenes of the interactions between dinosaurs and how the herbivores fended off their more agile predators.

Nine species are represented from the entire 200 million year reign of the dinosaurs. The show includes the Tyrannosaurus Rex, the terror of the ancient terrain, as well as the Plateosaurus and Liliensternus from the Triassic period, the Stegosaurus and Allosaurus from the Jurassic period and Torosaurus and Utahraptor from the awesome Cretaceous period. 

The largest of them, the Brachiosaurus, is 11 metres tall and 17 metres from nose to tail. It took a team of 50 - including engineers, fabricators, skin makers, artists and painters, and animatronic experts - a year to build the production.

Book tickets here

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Awful Auntie
Nov
2
to Nov 5

Awful Auntie

David Walliams' most monstrous creation Aunt Alberta - aka Awful Auntie - started her national tour in September and she's set her sights on London and the surrounding areas.

The book has been adapted for the stage by The Birmingham Stage Company, the award-winning producers of David Walliams’ Gangsta Granny which recently finished its sell-out run at the Garrick in the West End.

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When Stella sets off to visit London with her parents, Lord and Lady Saxby, she has no idea her life is in danger. Waking up three months later, only her Aunt Alberta can tell Stella what has happened. But not everything Aunt Alberta tells her turns out to be true and Stella quickly discovers she’s in for the fight of her life against her very own awful Auntie! 

The tour will run until December 2018, visiting over fifty UK venues.

Suitable for kids age 5 and over, the show lasts 2 hours, including interval.

Book tickets here

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Ice Skating
Nov
1
to Jan 7

Ice Skating

Set against the backdrop of the Waterhouse building, the Ice Rink at the Natural History Museum is one of London's most magical places to skate.

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Surrounded by fairy lights and with the smell of mulled wine and toasted marshmallows in the air, it doesn't matter how good (or bad) you are, you're in for a good time.

Tickets:

  • Adult: from £12.65
  • Child: (12 and under): from £8.80
  • Family: (2 adults, 2 children or 1 adult, 3 children): £39.60
  • Members: Save 10%
  • Parent & toddler: £11 - includes a drink

Book tickets here.

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