What to do this bank hol­i­day

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THE IN­SECT CIR­CUS Cross­rail Place Roof Gar­den, Ca­nary Wharf

For­get re­al­ity and be­come im­mersed in the strange and beau­ti­ful world of in­sects.

Bee­tles and grasshop­pers, wasps and drag­on­flies, demon­strate their dex­ter­ity with great skill and hu­mour in a show which breathes new life into the tra­di­tional tech­niques used in Vic­to­rian trick mar­i­onettes.

The In­sect Cir­cus is brought to the Roof Gar­den as part of the Shuffle Fes­ti­val, an an­nual event in Mile End. Au­gust 26, 11-11.30am, free

WALALA X PLAY Now Gallery, Green­wich Penin­sula

Green­wich Penin­sula’s res­i­dent gallery has been taken over by an im­mer­sive maze that aims to cap­ture the imag­i­na­tions of all that en­ter.

Known for her highly colourised prints and pos­i­tive dig­i­tal graph­ics, Walala X Play al­lows vis­i­tors of all ages to ex­plore, ex­am­ine and en­joy a labyrinth of cor­ri­dors and en­closed spa­ces.

A key part of the in­stal­la­tion is an imag­i­na­tive puz­zle which in­vites the solver to iden­tify the in­con­sis­ten­cies be­tween two other­wise iden­ti­cal images. Un­til Septem­ber 24, free but book­ing re­quired

GLA­DI­A­TOR GAMES Guild­hall Yard, EC2

Cheer on your cham­pion as glad­i­a­tors take to the stage for a dis­play of strength and skill in Guild­hall Yard, which sits above the re­mains of Lon­don’s Ro­man Am­phithe­atre.

Swords, shields and spears will clash in an epic bat­tle of strength and skill, as com­peti­tors fight to win ul­ti­mate glory.

Pick a side and de­cide which fighter walks free: will it be your choice or the em­peror’s?

Hosted by the Mu­seum of Lon­don and staged by Bri­tan­nia, the col­lec­tive that worked on Ri­d­ley Scott’s Gla­di­a­tor film, each one-hour show is based on re­search into glad­i­a­to­rial com­bat.

Tak­ing place along­side each game is a Ro­man fes­ti­val, which will show­case what life was like in the bustling Ro­man town of Lon­dinium founded around AD 50.

This event is part of the Lon­dinium sea­son which cel­e­brates the City of Lon­don’s Ro­man her­itage. Au­gust 25-28, £22.

THE BEAST Alexan­dra Palace

Make your TV game show dreams come true by tak­ing on the world’s largest in­flat­able ob­sta­cle course.

Jump, bash and clam­ber your way through 32 in­flat­able ob­sta­cles across a 272 bouncy me­tres. This is no or­di­nary blow-up cas­tle. Au­gust 25-28, 10am-10.45am 11-15 years old only, 11am–11pm over 16 years only, £22


The Na­tional The­atre event con­tin­ues with a line-up of free live mu­sic, dance, per­for­mance, work­shops and fam­ily fun.

The Bank Hol­i­day Week­end will be cu­rated by the the­atre and will fea­ture mu­sic from Hack­ney Col­liery Band and The Fon­tanelles, per­for­mances such as Gob­lin The­atre’s Peter And The Wolf and a live screen­ing of Twelfth Night star­ring Tam­sin Greig. Au­gust 25-28, free


Three days of ex­hi­bi­tions, talks and work­shops for emerg­ing pho­tog­ra­phers be­gins with an Open­ing Party on the Fri­day and con­tin­ues with events such as Martin Hart­ley on Aven­ture Photography, a photo cri­tique open ses­sion and an in­for­mal walk around the Not­ting Hill Car­ni­val. Au­gust 25-27, free

SHUFFLE FES­TI­VAL Tower Ham­lets Ceme­tery Park

This is a week­end-long cel­e­bra­tion of com­mu­nity and cul­ture in and around Tower Ham­lets Ceme­tery Park.

The pro­gramme fea­tures films in­clud­ing In­side Out, per­for­mances such as Mem­oirs Of A Geezer, in­stal­la­tions, mu­sic, food, talks, walks, work­shops and more. Au­gust 26-27, from £14


Around two mil­lion vis­i­tors are ex­pected over the three days which be­gins with the Panorama event from 6-11pm on Satur­day.

Sun­day (9am to 8.30pm) is Fam­ily Day with a Chil­dren Pa­rade and Mon­day (9am to 8.30pm) is The Grand Fi­nale. Make sure you visit the World Mu­sic Stage at Powis Square Au­gust 26-28 Com­piled by Laura En­field

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