FESTIVALS & EVENTS
Fair in the Square
17 Jun: The pretty north London village of Highgate comes alive with a tropical theme at this quaint local festival, complete with Punch and Judy puppet shows, fire engines, a sheep shearing show, fair rides and circus workshops. There will also be 100 stalls selling street food and crafts. It’s a fun family day out, in which thousands of people are expected to attend. Free, though charges for rides etc. 12.30pm5.30pm. www.fairinthesquare.co.uk. Pond Square & South Grove, N6 6BS. Off map. Station: Archway/Highgate.
London Bridge City Summer Festival
To 31 Aug: This free festival between London Bridge and Tower Bridge returns for a third year to London Bridge City. Large screens show films and live screenings of Royal Opera House performances, Wimbledon tennis, the World Athletics Championships and the ICC Cricket Champions Trophy. The cycling café Look Mum No Hands also screens the Tour de France at a pop-up bar and hosts Cycle Speed Dating. You can take part in fitness and dance classes and urban gardening. Kids can enjoy a lawn library, workshops and a Mad Hatter’s tea party. Free. www.londonbridgecity.co.uk. London Bridge City, SE1 2DB. E11. Station: London Bridge.
Open Garden Squares Weekend
17-18 Jun: Explore more than 230 private, secret and little-known gardens across 27 London boroughs (p. 22). This event grants you access to spaces that are usually private while promoting little-known spaces that you might not otherwise hear about such as private gardens, roof gardens, community allotments, gardens belonging to historic buildings, institutions, cafés, schools, shops and cemeteries. The weekend is run almost entirely by volunteers, and was founded in 1998 by Caroline Aldiss with the support of the London Parks and Gardens Trust and English Heritage. Booking required. Adult £15; child £12. www.opensquares.org. Various locations.