May 2014

Festival Holi Festival

Without a doubt the brightest and most vibrant festival of the year; Holi Festival of Colours has recently announced a second date – Sunday 29th June – after a quick sell out on the Saturday. Thousands come together to celebrate the Holi Festival of Colours every year and have since its inception in Germany in 2012. Vibrant, mesmerising and with a real sense of community and togetherness, the festival is a happy and exciting place to be. Those who attend the festival are always exhilarated and leave feeling energised and jubilant. Everyone comes together to throw all colours of the rainbow all over themselves and each other to create the most incredible display of colour. The powders are safe for the environment and tolerable for skin, eyes and lungs. Germany was the first host to the festival when it gripped the cities of Berlin, Dresden, Hannover and Munich. Since then, it has spread across Europe, landing in London in 2013 and coming back as strong as ever for 2014’s two day festival. For more information and to buy tickets, visit the website here.

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Festival Hampton Court Palace Festival

Taking place in the breath-taking Tudor Base Court, several world class acts will be performing at The Hampton Court Palace Festival this summer for the festival’s 22nd year. This year, over two weeks, several world-renowned performers will take the stage in the beautiful palace grounds including, to name a few: Jools Holland, Van Morrison, Rick Astley and Jason Donovan and The Beach Boys. Some shows are already sold out but waiting lists are available and some extra shows have been added. In addition to the musical acts, a spectacular fireworks display and sumptuous dining experiences are all a part of what’s on offer. The views of and from the castle are the perfect setting for a midsummer night out. The beautiful East Front Gardens provide a perfect place for relaxing, drinking and picnicking before settling in for the night’s entertainment.  There’s a full range of bar drinks and specialty food stalls so there’s something to satisfy everyone’s taste buds but also room for a picnic if you want to bring along your own picnic to enjoy on the grounds, the entrance to which is included in the price of the ticket. Hampton Court Palace is a historic venue and therefore has a few uneven surfaces so visitors are advised to take caution. There is a step-free route and staff are available to lend a hand. Getting to and from the venue is easy and can be accessed by car, train, boat and bus. For more information and to buy tickets, visit the website here.

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Festival Field Day

Field Day is a festival in London’s East End with some of the world’s top alternative acts taking the stage over two spring days. This year’s impressive Saturday line-up includes Metronomy, Courtney Barnett, Jagwar Ma, Moxie and Pawws (to name only a few). On Sunday, Future Islands, The Horrors, Temples and The Pixies will perform and for The Pixies, this will be their only London show all year. Victoria Park has been a favourite London park since it opened in 1845. It is over 86 hectares and situated in London’s trendy East End. It borders parts of Bethnal green, Hackney and Bow so there’s always something new to see and places to visit. It’s also really easy to get to with the Overground and National Rail servicing three stations. For more information and to buy tickets, visit the website here.

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Exhibition Night Safari and the Natural History Museum

A night safari at the museum is sure to educate and delight as the museum’s scientists give first-hand accounts of their most recent research expeditions. These scientists work in the field, and their knowledge gives an in-depth, background look at those exhibitions that fill the museum and can really bring the stories of those exhibitions to life. You will have the opportunity to meet the scientists, look at specimens and have a drink the in museum’s magnificent surroundings. The Natural History Museum is fanatical about education and nights like these are a perfect, unique way to learn more and to experience a world from an older time. For more information and to buy tickets, visit the website here.

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Exhibition Zoo Lates: Late night at London Zoo

Every Friday night in June, London Zoo extends its opening hours and invites visitors to explore the urban jungle. There are animal talks from experts, comedy shows, performances, pop-up bars, street food festivals and carousel rides. In addition to this, the Zoo Lates tickets include access to Tiger Territory  where visitors visit the Indonesian jungle and get up  close with the Sumatran tiger – one of the world’s most magnificent animals. What makes this even more special is that earlier this year, on February 3, three triplets were born! Visitors can walk through the enclosure with floor-to-ceiling windows and spot the tiger cubs exploring their new home. Tigers are amazing climbers so the Tiger Territory is packed with trees for the cubs to climb. The Tiger Territory is aimed to educate people on tigers and inspire generations to treasure these amazing creatures. It also helps to fund tiger conservation work and stabilise the tiger population around the world. For more information and to buy tickets, visit the website here.

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Theatre Clarence Darrow at the Old Vic

The role of pioneering lawyer Clarence Darrow is portrayed by Kevin Spacey in the Old Vic’s critically acclaimed production. This one man play is directed by Thea Sharrock and is lauded as a compelling tour-de-force performance from Mr. Spacey. A legendary wit, courtroom giant and civil rights hero, Spacey relives Darrow’s most pivotal experiences including the ‘Scopes Monkey’ and ‘Thrill Killers’ trials. Kevin Spacey, most recently known for his chilling performance as corrupt and criminal Frank Underwood in House of Cards, is thrilled to be returning to the Old Vic where he recently wrapped up Shakespeare’s Richard III. The actor is also a huge fan of Clarence Darrow Director Thea Sharrock calling her “one of the most exciting directors of her generation”. The Old Vic is 195 years old and has been home to many a great play and many a talented thespian. Judi Dench, Richard Burton, Peter O’Toole, Laurence Olivier, Anthony Hopkins and Maggie Smith are counted among them. This play is not to be missed and will surely be a production of with immense presence. For more information and to buy tickets, visit the Old Vic website here.

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