London Wonderground returns to the South Bank
The weather is hopefully starting to warm up soon so a lot more festivals and special events are taking place alfresco. With May many people’s favourites months thanks to two bank holidays, there’s a host of things on around town.
For a guide to music festivals in London this summer, click here.
- Now until 1 May : Made London – Bloomsbury
A new companion show to Made London Marylebone, featuring craft and art from over 100 designers and makers. Open 10am-6pm (29 and 30 Apr), 10am-5pm (1 May). Tickets: £5 (early bird). Mary Ward House, 5-7 Tavistock Place, Bloomsbury, WC1H 9SN. Nearest station: Russell Square. For more information, visit the Made London website.
- 2 May : Gumball 3000 Rally
The Gumball rally rolls into London with Regent Street closed off to non-Gumball traffic for the whole day for a street festival. Including extreme sports demonstrations, live music, celebrity appearances, kids’ zone, car display and more. Noon-5pm: History of the motorcar and entertainment, 5-8pm: Gumball arrivals. Free. Nearest station: Oxford Circus or Piccadilly Circus. For more information, visit the Gumball 3000 website.
- Now until 2 May : Canalway Cavalcade
A unique waterways and community festival at Little Venice. Features stalls, bands, kids’ activities, Morris dancers, a Real Ale bar, food and pageant of boats. 10am-6pm. Free. Nearest station: Warwick Avenue. For more information, visit the Inland Waterways Association. To read about Metro Girl’s visit to the Cavalcade, click here.
- Now until 2 May : Morden Hall Country Show
Country show in the grounds of Morden Hall, featuring The Sheep Show, Terrier Racing, The Goat Show, birds of prey, Devilstick Peat children’s entertainment plus Circus Workshop, Historical Re-enactment with the Company of 1415 with static & arena displays, Ferret Racing, Morris Dancing, Brass Bands and arts, crafts, gifts and food marquees. Scale steam engines. 10am-5pm. Tickets: Adults £7.50, Children age 5-16 £3, Under 5s free. Morden Hall Road, Morden, Surrey, SM4 5JD. Nearest station: Morden or Phipps Bridge (tram). For more information, visit the Oakleigh Fairs website. For Metro Girl’s post on Morden Hall Park, click here.
- Now until 2 May : Pick Me Up
Graphic arts festival at Somerset House’s Embankment Galleries, showcasing and selling original graphic art, design and illustration. Daily 10am-6pm, late nights on Wed and Thurs until 10pm. Tickets: £10, concessions £8. Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA. Nearest tube: Temple. For more information, visit the Pick Me Up website.
- 3 – 7 May : London Craft Week
Following the inaugural event last year, LCW returns, celebrating craftsmanship, featuring workshops, exhibitions, open studios, galleries and shops. Various venues across the capital. For more information, visit the London Craft Week website.
- Now until 3 May : New Cross & Deptford Film Festival
A free film festival run and staffed by volunteers offering free screenings in venues around New Cross and Deptford. Classics will be screened alongside independent films by new and local talent, including Withnail & I, The Lion King, Julius Caesar, Spice World The Movie, Romeo + Juliet and a bike-powered screening of Labyrinth. At various venues including the Golden Anchor, Deptford Lounge, Telegraph Hill Upper Park and more. For more information, visit the Free Film Festival website.
- 4 – 18 May : Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival
The only UK festival dedicated to pan-Asian writing, featuring book launches, talks and discussions. Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain will open this year’s festival in conversation with Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, while further events will include Dutch historian Frank Dikötter, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mei Fong, Turkish author Elif Şafak and best-selling crime writer Boris Akunin. Ticket prices vary. Most events take place at Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, Marylebone, W1G 7LP. Nearest station: Regents’ Park, Oxford Circus or Great Portland Street. For more information, visit the Asia House website.
- 5 May : Carnaby Style Night
A shopping extravaganza where over 100 shops, restaurants and bars will be offering 20% off. There will also be GQ Style Panel, freebies, activities and prizes. Register online for your free ticket. 5-9pm. Carnaby, Soho,. Nearest station: Oxford Circus or Piccadilly Circus. For more information, visit the Carnaby website. For Metro Girl’s blog on Carnaby Style Night, click here.
- 5 May – 25 September : London Wonderground
The London Wonderground Festival returns to the Southbank for a fifth year – an entertainment extravaganza in Jubilee Gardens, near the foot of the London Eye and by the Southbank Centre. It includes cabaret, children’s show, comedy, burlesque and alfresco drinking. Open daily until 11pm. Free to get in, but tickets required for shows. Nearest station: Waterloo, Embankment or Westminster. For more information, visit the Wonderground website.
The Dulwich Festival returns to SE21 and SE22
- 6 – 15 May : Dulwich Festival
This historic London suburb hosts its 23rd festival, featuring talks, gigs, dance, fairs, concerts, workshops, artists’ open houses and more across East and West Dulwich and Dulwich Village. Includes the Dulwich Park Fair on 15 May. Nearest stations: West Dulwich, East Dulwich or North Dulwich. For more information and tickets, visit the Dulwich Festival website. Read about Metro Girl’s visit in 2013 here.
- 6 – 22 May : Wandsworth Arts Festival & Fringe
Two week festival in the borough of Wandsworth featuring theatre, dance, art, music, comedy, poetry, workshops, talks, markets and more. Highlights include The Ladykillers, Big Art Picnic, Lady Chastity’s Reserve immersive team game, Pop Up A Capella and The Vagina Monologues. For more information, visit the Wandsworth Art Festival website.
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