What to do this bank holiday
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
RIVER STAGE South Bank
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
LONDON STREET PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL Stour Space, Hackney Wick
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
NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL Notting Hill
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