7 things to do this August Bank Holiday weekend
Published 22/08/2016 by Pinar
Hooray! It’s time for another Bank Holiday weekend! Will it rain? (Probably) Will the sun come out? (Hopefully) We’ll never really know so we’re hedging our bets and giving you lots of ideas to inspire you to get out this August, whatever the weather.
Foodies Festival at Alexandra Palace - 27-29 August
Rosemary Shrager and Aldo Zilli will cook their signature recipes at this huge food festival at Alexandra Palace. See MasterChef’s Dhruv Baker and Tony Rodd doing cooking demonstrations, eat your way along Street Food Avenue, learn to bake in the Cake and Bake Theatre, take afternoon tea in the Vintage Tea Tent or see what you can uncover at the Artisan Market. There will also be live music, a rum bus and a chilli eating competition.
Painters’ Paintings at the National Gallery
There are just a few days left to catch Painters’ Paintings From Freud to Van Dyck at the National Gallery. The exhibition looks at artists and the paintings they owned and why artists liked to acquire each others’ works. Paintings once owned by artists such as Lucian Frued, Matisse, Degas, Lawrence and Van Dyck are among those exhibited. The exhibition ends on Sunday, 4 September.
Georgia O’Keeffe at Tate Modern
This is the first major retrospective of O’Keeffe in the UK for more than 20 years. The ‘Mother of American Modernism’ is renowned for her paintings of large flowers, New York skyscrapers and New Mexico landscapes. The exhibition spans six decades of her work and shows what an important artist she was.
The Hive at Kew Gardens
The latest attraction causing a buzz is The Hive - a 17m-high lattice structure designed to reveal what it’s like to be a bee. The hive is covered in hundreds of LEDs and the whole thing lights up, hums and vibrates when it is triggered by the activity in a real-life bee hive elsewhere in Kew. So the light and sound surge and subside exactly as a real hive does, re-creating its energy. The Hive is only there until October so catch it before it buzzes off.
Sunny Afternoon at the Harold Pinter Theatre
This musical, showcasing the story and hits of The Kinks, has been such a smash hit that it won the 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Musical. Set in the 1950s and 1960s, the show looks at how The Kinks exploded onto the Sixties’ music scene with a raw new sound that rocked a nation. The show features favourites You Really Got Me, Waterloo Sunset, Dedicated Follower of Fashion, All Day and All of The Night, Lola, Sunny Afternoon and many more.
Sunken cities: Egypt’s lost worlds at The British Museum
The Egyptian cities of Heracleion and Canopus have been submerged under the sea at the mouth of the Nile for over a thousand years and were only recently discovered. Now their story is revealed through some amazing objects that have been preserved. They range from colossal statues to intricate gold jewellery while ritual objects reveal the cult of Osiris – the god of the underworld. Exhibition ends 27 November.
Kidzania at Westfield
If you’re looking for something to do with the kids this Bank Holiday Weekend how about taking them to a city just for children? And in this city they can be anything they want to be - a surgeon, a scientist, a policeman, a pilot, a radio DJ - there are more than 60 role-playing possibilities to choose from.
2FOR1 Admission for 2 people only (in 1 of these 3 combinations: 2 x children 4-14; 1x child 4-14 + 1x adult; 1x child 4-14 + 1x early years)