Events to help you make the most of summer
FANCY doing something fun in London this August, but don’t have a lot of cash to spare at the moment?
Well fear not, as there are loads of events and activities going on in London this summer that cost absolutely nothing.
From relaxing on a giant boat, to free yoga, to the legendary Notting Hill Carnival, there’s something for everyone.
Why not treat yourself – and your wallet! – and head down to one of these fun events near you?
YOGA IN THE PARK EVENT
Why not relax and enjoy a free outdoor community yoga session in Eastcote?
People are advised to bring their own yoga mats for this beginner’s yoga session, perfect for if you’ve never tried the activity before. When: Saturday August 14, 2pm-3pm Where: Woodlands Avenue Field, Eastcote, HA4 9QX Details: 020 8429 8017
SCREENING OF THE RIO OLYMPICS IN HAMMERSMITH
The biggest sporting event on the planet will be shown live on a giant screen in Hammersmith as the Olympics comes to Rio this August.
Lie back and enjoy the impressive athletic skill from a deck chair right by Hammersmith’s Lyric Theatre. When: Friday August 5 to Sunday August 21 Where: Lyric Square, King Street, Hammersmith, W6 0DA
INSTITUTE OF CRAZY DANCING: LIFE BOAT
Climb aboard the “Life Boat” in Hounslow Bell Square, and relax in a hammock as the boat gently rocks.
Listen to the sounds of gentle drumming and the Life Boat Alphabet and make conversation with fellow travellers and the friendly crew as together you watch the world go by. When: Saturday August 13 Where: Hounslow Bell Square
EXHIBITION BY THE VILLAGE SCHOOL AND ANDREW OMODING IN WILLESDEN
A sculptural and textile display by students at The Village School in Brent, in collaboration with Action Space artist Andrew Omoding. When: Runs throughout August Where: The Library at Willesden Green, 95 High Road, Willesden, NW10 2SF Details: 020 8937 3400
ARGENTINE TANGO AND MINDFULNESS CLASS
Effraspace in Brixton is offering a free introductory class in Argentine Tango and Mindfulness this August.
In the class, participants will study the physical techniques of balance and walking in the tango manner, both forwards and backwards, and explore the sensual partner dance. When: Friday August 12 Where: Effraspace, 21 Effra Parade, Brixton,
SW2 1PX Details: 020 7737 6868
NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL
Notting Hill Carnival takes place annually on the August bank holiday to celebrate Caribbean culture.
London’s AfroCaribbean communities have been celebrating their culture and traditions with the two-day festival since 1964. Around 500 people came then, and now around one million people attend the carnival annually, with the event getting bigger and better every year. When: Saturday August 27 to Monday August 29
Head to intu Shopping Centre in Uxbridge for a free face painting session!
Turn into a beautiful butterfly or scary tiger from 11am to 5pm with no need to book; this event is going on throughout the year. When: August 14, 20 and 27 Where: intu Shopping Centre, High Street, Uxbridge, UB8 1LA Details: 01895 819400
NO FIT STATE/ MOTIONHOUSE: BLOCK AT HOUNSLOW BELL SQUARE
Twenty massive blocks of varying shapes are arranged for performers to play on, move around on, and explore with terrific dance and circus skills in this Jenga-style game that is sure to make for captivating viewing.
Head to Bell Square in Hounslow to witness this incredible performance about the challenges of living in the city. When: Saturday August 27 Where: Bell Square, High Street, Hounslow, TW3 3HH Details: 020 8232 1019
ART AND ALCOHOL AT THE TATE BRITAIN
Visit a fabulous display at The Tate Britain museum in Westminster to examine the UK’s relationship with alcohol from the 19th century to the present day.
A spokesman for the exhibit said: “Cutting across time, generations, class and gender, reflecting changing tastes and attitudes, alcohol and its consequences are shown to exert a catalytic effect. Never have the nation’s drinking habits been so captivating.” Date: Runs throughout August Where: The Tate Britain, Millbank, Westminster, SW1P 4RG Details: 020 7887 8888
Photo: Daniel C Sims/Getty Images PAINTED FACES: Youngsters can become butterflies and lions at intu Uxbridge this summer holiday – see below
n FUN DAYS: Enjoy the Notting Hill Carnival, Tate Britain and far left, yoga in the park