The ever-popular Warner Brother Harry Potter studio tour gets a very special festive twist this winter with Hogwarts in the Snow. The magic of the festive season played a big part in the Harry Potter series and this year fans will have a chance to experience Hogwarts as a breath-taking winter wonderland courtesy of a comprehensive seasonal makeover. Many of the experts behind Harry Potter have contributed to this festive transformation, with the stunning Hogwarts Castle model set to be covered in a wintery blanket of snow – in fact a light dusting of dendric salt – just as it was at various points in the Harry Potter film series. Visitors will also get a chance to discover first-hand how the film’s epic Christmas feast scenes were created and enjoy a fascinating insight into the seasonal transformation of the Harry Potter film sets. The festive season is a magical time and there can be few more bewitching family days out than a tour of the Harry Potter studio, especially now it’s been given a very special wintery makeover
Winterville is nearly here and that means Christmas in the capital is set to get a whole lot more fun. For those of you not in the know, Winterville promises to be an alternative, independent, intimate and creative experience for the whole family to enjoy. Winterville will be held in London’s oldest purpose-built recreational space; Victoria Park, and is shaping up to be an altogether different take on the festive season. Entry is free and a lot of the attractions are too. Included in the free entertainment in the spiegeltent are free gigs, club nights, comedy and cabaret. Winterville is a pop up town packed with exciting things to see and do. The kid’s quarter is a dedicated area for children and there will be street food traders and a special craft beer area and a food market serving the very finest take away food and drink. When the evenings roll around, Winterville becomes party central, combining Kicking Club Nights and a Roller Disco and boasts curated club nights form Bugged Out and Guilty Pleasures.
The London Illustration Fair 2014 showcases the work of fifteen young, emerging illustrators, selected by an esteemed judging panel made up of some of the UK’s leading figures in the illustration and graphic arts scene. To mark The London Illustration Fair’s first birthday, special guest and featured artist Jean Jullien presents, alongside prints of his best-loved classics, a selection of new prints inspired by his recent relocation to New York. The London Illustration Fair print shop will feature fresh work from Affiliated Artists Rob Lowe (aka. Supermundane), Mr Bingo and Louise Zergaeng Pomeroy. During the fair Lowe and Pomeroy will be taking their pens, paints and stencils to the entrance walls of Hoxton Arches to create new works exclusively for the opening of the fair. There will be two outside areas at the fair which will feature live lino printing from the Print Wagon, pop-up street food stalls, live DJs, a festive bar and a whole lot more!
Over 4000 people are expected to take part in this years DIFC sponsored run in Victoria park and it promises to be a fun way to raise money and support your favourite charity. Even if you’re not in peak shape this run is still possible, with a little training and a touch of determination anyone can join in. There is a 5k and a 10k option so all ability and skill levels are covered and, most importantly, the spirit of the event is all about taking part rather than winning so anyone involved can choose to run, jog or walk, it’s entirely up to you. If you fancy doing something good and making sure you’re not on Santa’s naughty list in time for Christmas, register on the DIFC site and pick your charity from the list. Then dig out those running shoes and get warmed up. All runners will be provided with a free Santa suit before the starting gun is fired and once everyone is on their way, this sea of Santas is something to beho ho ho hold!
The Olympia London International Horse Show plays host to an amazing equine line-up this year and boasts many exciting events including a Medal Parade and some unmissable Masterclasses from British riders. The very first show features an appearance from Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro and will include a very special guest, former record-breaking racehorse, Kauto Star who will be showing off his newfound dressage skills. Visitors to Wednesday’s show will get to see a stunning Masterclass from one of Britain’s leading dressage riders, Laura Tomlinson who returns to Olympia riding one of her up and coming horses, Unique. Thursday’s show includes Individual Women’s World Vaulting Champion, Joanne Eccles who will be performing a Vaulting Display with her sister Hannah Eccles in the Olympia Arena. The demonstration promises to leave the audience in a state of awe as they perform handstands, tumbles and plenty of other acrobatic moves all while riding their horses. The London International Horse Show already holds the reputation for being world’s biggest and best equestrian party and this year is set to be the biggest and best yet.
The East London Design Show (or ELDS) is an annual event that plays host to the very best of the UK’s independent product, interior and jewellery designers. ELDS is the place to be if you want to discover emerging talent, featuring over 38 brand new designers – many launching new products. The EDLS is also proud to bring together more established designers working with glass and ceramics and makers of jewellery, women’s and men’s fashion and accessories, children’s clothing and toys, stationery, home-wares and furniture. The ELDS is seriously child friendly and you’re encouraged to bring the whole family along. There will be a dedicated create space, play area and baby changing facilities so there’s no need to leave the kids at home. Initially set up by glassmaker Della Tinsley and photographer Gideon Cleary, the East London Design Show has become an eagerly awaited annual event and celebrates its 21st anniversary this year.