Sunday, 18 November 2012 – Free shows and activities in London


Hello there! For Sunday, we have collected 18 free events taking place in and around London. Here are some ideas:
Collage/Illustration of children, a red cross and musical instruments (double bass, drums, keyboard)

  • free drop-in event (Horniman Museum, 2pm-3.30pm) where you have the opportunity to explore with the assistance of the museums Explainers, thousands of real objects from around the world that the “Hands On Base” Gallery holds (e.g. sari, shark’s teeth, West African thumb piano). You don’t have to be a child or to have children to attend! (but children must be 3+ and accompanied by an adult)
  • Illustration of childrenfree drawing workshop where children (5-11 years old) will experiment with fast squiggles and slow lines (The National Gallery, 11am & 2pm). PLUS storytelling sessions, suitable for children 2-5 years (10.30am & 11.30am)
  • if you are still there at 4pm, there is a free 10-minute talk/introduction to Pollaiuolo’s painting “The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian” (Room 57).

The London Jazz Festival is on its last day and free events include:

  • Illustration of a keyboardfree gig by jazz musicians, including pianist Yaron Herman and his new quartet featuring Emile Parisien (saxophone), Stephane Kerecki (bass) and Ziv Ravitz (drums), performing from their new ACT album “Alter Ego” (Southbank Centre, 2pm). Find more about Yaron Herman and listen to his music here.

Other ideas include:

View of Medicine Man exhibition

View of Medicine Man exhibition – Image Credit: Rama Knight/Wellcome Images

  • at 2.30pm, at Wellcome Collection there will be a guided tour related to medicine and health (historical objects)
  • the daily free guided tours of the Victoria and Albert Museum (highly recommended) and the National Gallery ones are a good option too. There is also a free, ticketed, guided tour exploring more about Southbank Centre’s roots, architecture and some memorable moments in its 60-year history (2.30pm)

Have a fantastic Sunday!

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Sunday, 11 November 2012 – Free shows and activities in London


Hello there! For Sunday, we have collected 19 free events taking place in and around London. Here are some ideas:
Collage/Illustration of children, a red cross, a vintage microphone and musical instruments (trumpet with mute), keyboard, double bass, drums)

  • free drop-in event (Horniman Museum, 2pm-3.30pm) where you have the opportunity to explore with the assistance of the museums Explainers, thousands of real objects from around the world that the “Hands On Base” Gallery holds (e.g. sari, shark’s teeth, West African thumb piano). You don’t have to be a child or to have children to attend! (but children must be 3+ and accompanied by an adult)
  • Illustration of childrenfree zoetrope and flick-book workshop where children (5-11 years old) will discover how to make a picture move (The National Gallery, 11am & 2pm). PLUS storytelling sessions, suitable for children 2-5 years (10.30am & 11.30am)
  • if you are still there at 4pm, there is a free 10-minute talk/introduction to Pollaiuolo’s painting “The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian” (Room 57).

The London Jazz Festival is on its third day (lasts until Sunday, 18 November) and free events include:

  • free gig by multi-vocal solo artist Hyperpotamus performing music using only his voice, a few microphones and a loop pedal (artsdepot, 1pm). Watch his music video “De Camino
  • Illustration of a keyboardfree event where composer and pianist Alexander Hawkins and vibes player Corey Mwamba discuss and debate their own perspectives on the history of jazz, combining lively chat with excerpts from albums they’ve grown up listening to and occasional live interjections. On this second part (first part was on Saturday) Alexander and Corey move from 1950s cool and hard bop to the politically charged avant-garde of the ’60s and finally onto the genre-defying world that is jazz in the 21st century (Southbank Centre, 5.30pm)
  • not part of the London Jazz Festival but jazzy enough, free gig with Kevin Fitzsimmons (Jazz Wurx Trio)  performing jazz standards and American Songbook gems (National Theatre, 1pm).

Other ideas include:

View of Medicine Man exhibition

View of Medicine Man exhibition – Image Credit: Rama Knight/Wellcome Images

  • at 2.30pm, at Wellcome Collection there will be a guided tour related to medicine and health (historical objects)
  • the daily free guided tours of the Victoria and Albert Museum (highly recommended) and the National Gallery ones are a good option too.

Have a fantastic Sunday!

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Sunday, 14 October 2012 – Free shows and activities in London


Hello there! For Sunday, we have collected 19 free events taking place in and around London. Here are some ideas:
Collage/Illustration of children, cheese, a glass of wine and a red cross

  • Illustration of a class of wine and a slice of cheeseif you love cheese and wine you shouldn’t miss The Cheese and Wine Festival at Southbank Centre (11am-6pm). There will be lots of free cookery demonstrations, talks, tastings and other events related to cheese and wine
  • free drop-in event (Horniman Museum, 2pm-3.30pm) where you have the opportunity to explore with the assistance of the museums Explainers, thousands of real objects from around the world that the “Hands On Base” Gallery holds (e.g. sari, shark’s teeth, West African thumb piano). You don’t have to be a child or to have children to attend! (but children must be 3+ and accompanied by an adult)
  • Illustration of childrenfree creative workshop where children (5-11 years old) explore the unexpected layers of a painting and create their own book (The National Gallery, 11am & 2pm). PLUS storytelling sessions, suitable for children 2-5 years (10.30am & 11.30am)
  • if you are still there at 4pm, there is a free 10-minute talk/introduction to Cuyp’s painting “River Landscape with Horseman and Peasants” (Room 21)
View of Medicine Man exhibition

View of Medicine Man exhibition – Image Credit: Rama Knight/Wellcome Images

  • at 2.30pm, at Wellcome Collection there will be a guided tour related to medicine and health (historical objects)
  • free ticketed event (you have to book online) where Nils Fietje in conversation with Dr Sara Pennell will explore a mystery object (from Wellcome Collection) and its relation to rabies (3pm)
  • free discussion about the premiere of ‘Decasia’ and this year’s Ether Festival from Gillian Moore CBE, Southbank Centre’s Head of Classical Music, and award-winning musician Oliver Coates. They are joined by Bill Morrison and Michael Gordon (Southbank Centre, 6.15pm). After the discussion, Oliver Coates will perform Michael Gordon’s “Industry
  • the daily free guided tours of the Victoria and Albert Museum (highly recommended) and the National Gallery ones are a good option too.

Have a fantastic Sunday!

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Sunday, 30 September 2012 – Free shows and activities in London


Hello there! For Sunday, we have collected 16 free events taking place in and around London. Here are some ideas:
Collage/Illustration of children and a res cross

  • Illustration of childrenfree creative workshop where children (5-11 years old) explore the unexpected layers of a painting and create their own book (The National Gallery, 11am & 2pm). PLUS storytelling sessions, suitable for children 2-5 years (10.30am & 11.30am)
  • if you are still there at 4pm, there is a free 10-minute talk/introduction to Cima’s painting “The Incredulity of Saint Thomas” (Room 61)
  • free session offering an insight into the rhythmic foundations of Indian classical music presented by two young percussion maestros on drums and tabla (Southbank Centre, 5.30pm)
View of Medicine Man exhibition

View of Medicine Man exhibition – Image Credit: Rama Knight/Wellcome Images

  • at 2.30pm, at Wellcome Collection there will be a guided tour related to medicine and health (historical objects)
  • the daily free guided tours of the Victoria and Albert Museum (highly recommended) and the National Gallery ones are a good option too.

Have a fantastic Sunday!

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Sunday, 23 September 2012 – Free shows and activities in London


Hello there! For Sunday, we have collected 18 free events taking place in and around London. Here are some ideas:
Collage/Illustration of children, houses, a map of Africa and a red cross

  • last day of the Open House London. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit some exciting buildings in London!
  • Illustration of childrenfree drawing workshop suitable for 5-11 year olds where children explore a city from different points of view and then construct their own personalised paper city (The National Gallery, 11am & 2pm). PLUS storytelling sessions, suitable for children 2-5 years (10.30am & 11.30am)
  • if you are still there at 4pm, there is a free 10-minute talk/introduction to Cima’s painting “The Incredulity of Saint Thomas” (Room 61)
  • free drop-in event (Horniman Museum, 2pm-3.30pm) where you have the opportunity to explore with the assistance of the museums Explainers, thousands of real objects from around the world that the “Hands On Base” Gallery holds (e.g. sari, shark’s teeth, West African thumb piano). You don’t have to be a child or to have children to attend! (but children must be 3+ and accompanied by an adult)
View of Medicine Man exhibition

View of Medicine Man exhibition – Image Credit: Rama Knight/Wellcome Images

  • at 2.30pm, at Wellcome Collection there will be a guided tour related to medicine and health (historical objects)
  • Illustration of a map of Africafree ticketed event (you have to book online) where Steve Martin in conversation with Timandra Harkness explore a mystery object (from Wellcome Collection), its use and significance, its stories and its links to the wider history of Africa (3pm)
  • the daily free guided tours of the Victoria and Albert Museum (highly recommended) and the National Gallery ones are a good option too.

Have a fantastic Sunday!

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Sunday, 16 September 2012 – Free shows and activities in London


Hello there! For Sunday, we have collected 18 free events taking place in and around London. Here are some ideas:
Collage/Illustration of film, children, musical instruments (acoustic guitar, keyboard) and a red cross

  • Illustration of childrenfree zoetrope and flick-book workshop where children will discover how to make a picture move (The National Gallery, 11am & 2pm) suitable for 5-11 year olds. PLUS storytelling sessions, suitable for children 2-5 years (10.30am & 11.30am)
  • if you are still there at 4pm, there is a free 10-minute talk/introduction to Cima’s painting “The Incredulity of Saint Thomas” (Room 61)
  • free drop-in event (Horniman Museum, 2pm-3.30pm) where you have the opportunity to explore with the assistance of the museums Explainers, thousands of real objects from around the world that the “Hands On Base” Gallery holds (e.g. sari, shark’s teeth, West African thumb piano). You don’t have to be a child or to have children to attend! (but children must be 3+ and accompanied by an adult)
View of Medicine Man exhibition

View of Medicine Man exhibition – Image Credit: Rama Knight/Wellcome Images

  • at 2.30pm, at Wellcome Collection there will be a guided tour related to medicine and health (historical objects)
  • the daily free guided tours of the Victoria and Albert Museum (highly recommended) and the National Gallery ones are a good option too.

Have a fantastic Sunday!

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Sunday, 9 September 2012 – Free shows and activities in London


Hello there! For Sunday, we have collected 24 (so far!) free events taking place in and around London. Here are some ideas:
Collage/Illustration of children, film and a French flag

  • Illustration of childrenfree workshops (The National Gallery, 11am-12.20pm & 2pm-3.20pm) suitable for families with children of all ages, led by artist Robin-Lee Hall. You and your family will experiment with fast squiggles and slow lines in this drawing session PLUS storytelling sessions, suitable for children 2-5 years (10.30am & 11.30am) and a family “walk and talk” event (12.30pm)
  • if you are still there at 4pm, there is a free 10-minute talk/introduction to Cima’s painting “The Incredulity of Saint Thomas” (Room 61)
  • don’t miss The Mayor’s Thames Festival with lots of free outdoor events
  • free opportunities for the cinephiles too (Portobello Film Festival)
  • “The Garden”: free accessible (Audio Described and BSL interpreted) outdoor storytelling, theatre & acrobatics (four-metre-high sway poles) show (Southbank Centre, 1pm & 6pm). To get into the mood watch this promo video
View of Medicine Man exhibition

View of Medicine Man exhibition – Image Credit: Rama Knight/Wellcome Images

  • at 2.30pm, at Wellcome Collection there will be a guided tour related to medicine and health (historical objects)
  • free, ticketed, guided tour exploring more about Southbank Centre’s roots, architecture and some memorable moments in its 60-year history (daily 11.30am & 2.30pm until 9 September 2012)
  • the daily free guided tours of the Victoria and Albert Museum (highly recommended) and the National Gallery ones (two extra of the latter will be in French at 12 noon & 2pm) are a good option too.

Have a fantastic Sunday!

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Sunday, 2 September 2012 – Free shows and activities in London


Hello there! For Sunday, we have collected 22 free events taking place in and around London. Here are some ideas:
Collage/Illustration of children, a red cross and an Italian flag

  • Illustration of childrenfree storytelling sessions (2.15am & 3.30pm) most suitable for children 3+. Experience the Horniman Museum & Gardens in a very special way!
  • free drop-in event (Horniman Museum, 2pm-3.30pm) where you have the opportunity to explore with the assistance of the museums Explainers, thousands of real objects from around the world that the “Hands On Base” Gallery holds (e.g. sari, shark’s teethg, West African thumb piano). You don’t have to be a child or to have children to attend! (but children must be 3+ and accompanied by an adult)
  • a free (booking in advance is advised), practical hands-on, costume design workshop suitable for families and children 6+ where with craft paper, scissors, sellotape and glue you will have the opportunity to create a costume (National Theatre, 12 noon)
  • for older children (13-18 years) there is a free (booking in advance is advised) workshop, led by a National Theatre Assistant Director, where you will get a taste of how a professional actor develops a character through voice, movement and text (3pm)
  • if you are there (National Theatre) at 1pm or 3pm, there are free performances of “Spun Productions” show; a dance theatre show exploring star making and retro TV shows. You could get an idea about the show by watching this clip.
View of Medicine Man exhibition

View of Medicine Man exhibition – Image Credit: Rama Knight/Wellcome Images

  • at 2.30pm, at Wellcome Collection there will be a guided tour related to medicine and health (historical objects)
  • free, ticketed, guided tour exploring more about Southbank Centre’s roots, architecture and some memorable moments in its 60-year history (daily 11.30am & 2.30pm until 9 September 2012)
  • free 10-minute talk/introduction to Cima’s painting “The Incredulity of Saint Thomas” (The National Gallery, Room 61, 4pm)
  • the daily free guided tours of the Victoria and Albert Museum (highly recommended) and the National Gallery ones (two extra of the latter will be in Italian; at 12 noon & 2pm) are a good option too.

You could also check out the disability arts Liberty Festival 2012 with lots of free events in the capital.

Have a fantastic Sunday!

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Sunday, 26 August 2012 – Free shows and activities in London


Hello there! For Sunday, we have collected 22 free events taking place in and around London. Here are some ideas:
Collage/Illustration of children, musical instruments (double bass, acoustic guitar, trumpet, violin, keyboard, oboe) and a red cross

  • Illustration of childrena free workshop (11am-3pm) suitable for families with children of all ages, led by Marc Woodhead, Sarah Tombs and Viyki Turnbull. Discover a world of landscapes filled with flowers, plants and insects and create a meadow in the Gallery. Take a closer look at the changing world around you and find inspiration in The National Gallery’s Art Labs PLUS storytelling sessions, suitable for children 2-5 years (11.30am & 12.30pm)
  • if you are still there at 4pm, there is a free 10-minute talk/introduction to Reynolds’s painting “Lady Cockburn and her Three Eldest Sons” (Room 34)
  • free activity where the Ark made from recycled scenery and riverside findings, invites you two by two to contribute to the Ark-ive with memories, stories, images, photographs and any other media, of animals that you have had some kind of interaction with (National Theatre, 12pm-evening). The event also takes place on Monday, 27 August 2012
  • as part of the above event, there will be a free alternative village party (1pm – 7pm) with activities, games, music, dance, performances and more!
  • free, drop-in, practical workshop for families and children aged 6+ where you will have the opportunity to design a set and create a model box for Hansel and Gretel; get inspired by The Cat in the Hat and make a fish puppet out of a sock; or create a character with costumes from the NT store (National Theatre, 1pm-3pm)
  • free drop-in event (Horniman Museum, 2pm-3.30pm) where you have the opportunity to explore with the assistance of the museums Explainers, thousands of real objects from around the world that the “Hands On Base” Gallery holds (e.g. sari, shark’s teethg, West African thumb piano). You don’t have to be a child or to have children to attend! (but children must be 3+ and accompanied by an adult)
  • Illustration of an acoustic guitarif you are more into music and while still there (Horniman Museum) why don’t you attend at the bandstand a free gig with Branco Stoysin Trio (acoustic guitar, electric bass, drums) performing a fusion of jazz and Balkan folk music (3pm-5pm). You could get an idea about the trio and their music by watching this video from a past performance
  • a free BBC Proms Plus performance (Royal College of Music, 5.45pm) by musicians from the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester joined by Andrew McGregor to give some musical insights into the night’s programme (Wagner, R. Strauss, Berg, Ravel)
View of Medicine Man exhibition

View of Medicine Man exhibition – Image Credit: Rama Knight/Wellcome Images

  • at 2.30pm, at Wellcome Collection there will be a guided tour related to medicine and health (historical objects)
  • free, ticketed, guided tour exploring more about Southbank Centre’s roots, architecture and some memorable moments in its 60-year history (daily 11.30am & 2.30pm until 9 September 2012)
  • the daily free guided tours of the Victoria and Albert Museum (highly recommended) and the National Gallery ones are a good option too.

Have a fantastic Sunday!

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Sunday, 19 August 2012 – Free shows and activities in London


Hello there! For Sunday, we have collected 21 free events taking place in and around London. Here are some ideas:
Collage/Illustration of children, small houses, a double bass, an acoustic guitar, a folk drum, and a pan flute

  • Illustration of childrena free workshop (11am-3pm) suitable for families with children of all ages, led by Marc Woodhead, Sarah Tombs and Viyki Turnbull. Discover a world of landscapes filled with flowers, plants and insects and create a meadow in the Gallery. Take a closer look at the changing world around you and find inspiration in The National Gallery’s Art Labs PLUS storytelling sessions, suitable for children 2-5 years (11.30am & 12.30pm)
  • if you are still there at 4pm, there is a free 10-minute talk/introduction to Reynolds’s painting “Lady Cockburn and her Three Eldest Sons” (Room 34)
  • free outdoor activity where you become a resident of London’s smallest suburb in Theatre Square and you get to develop your house and community. When you leave you can take your home, home. Think something like an analogue version of “SimCity” (National Theatre Square, 12 noon – 7.30pm). Watch this video to get an idea about what is going to happen!
  • free drop-in event (Horniman Museum, 2pm-3.30pm) where you have the opportunity to explore with the assistance of the museums Explainers, thousands of real objects from around the world that the “Hands On Base” Gallery holds (e.g. sari, shark’s teethg, West African thumb piano). You don’t have to be a child or to have children to attend! (but children must be 3+ and accompanied by an adult)
  • Illustration of a pan fluteif you are more into music and while still there (Horniman Museum) why don’t you attend at the bandstand a free gig with UK-based South American band Kausary performing music from traditional Andean through to Fusion Latin (3pm-5pm). You could get an idea about the band and their music by watching this video from a past performance
  • keeping the South American spirit, at National Theatre, there is a free gig with Mauricio Velasierra Quintet (featuring Marta Acosta) performing jazz music influenced by Andean rhythms and sounds (starts at 6pm). You could get an idea about Mauricio Velasierra Quintet and their music by watching this video
  • a free BBC Proms Plus musical exploration of Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta “The Yeomen of the Guard” by musicians from the BBC Concert Orchestra and the BBC Singers (Royal College of Music, 5.45pm)
View of Medicine Man exhibition

View of Medicine Man exhibition – Image Credit: Rama Knight/Wellcome Images

  • at 2.30pm, at Wellcome Collection there will be a guided tour related to medicine and health (historical objects)
  • free, ticketed, guided tour exploring more about Southbank Centre’s roots, architecture and some memorable moments in its 60-year history (daily 11.30am & 2.30pm until 9 September 2012)
  • the daily free guided tours of the Victoria and Albert Museum (highly recommended) and the National Gallery ones are a good option too.

Have a fantastic Sunday!

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