Street Life, Park Life, Human Life.
Posted by Boundary Community Launderette on 13/04/2012
April is living up to its showery reputation, but the BBC London weather forecast for this weekend appears to show London having sunny spells and fewer showers… We’ve found a few free things taking place locally, (and a great festival at the South Bank Centre too), plus there’s a small feature on Mile End Park – a great open space within easy reach on the number 8 bus. If nothing here tempts you look at our ‘Local Place and Events’ links – the might be something there you’d like to do instead. Whatever you do enjoy your weekend, and don’t forget we do service washes so you can make the most of your precious time!
Rich Mix hosts the Adobe Youth Voices: Live, an exhibition of work created during the 2011/12 Adobe Youth Voices programme. The Adobe Youth Voices programme in London is now in its fifth year and includes over 20 sites around the UK reaching nearly 400 young people. The exhibition runs until 29th April, open every day from 10am until the centre closes. For more information visit the Rich Mix website.
The Museum of Childhood has active re-telling of some of the classic tales children have enjoyed for over 100 years each day until Sunday 15th April, with afternoon sessions of dragon mask making hosted by Art Smarts. For more details of the stories and times please visit the Museum of Childhood website.
The Museum of London is holding storytelling sessions this Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th April: Tibs the cat – employee of the month. Employed to catch mice and rats, Tibs worked for the Post Office for 14 years. Follow his adventures in this fun storytelling session at 1, 2 and 3pm each day. Also, on Sunday 15th at 11.30am and 2pm is Museum Explored, where you can join one of the Museum’s Hosts and explore the galleries through fun, hands-on activities. Suitable for the whole family. This weekend is the last chance to see the Roman Galleries until the 21st June, when a new exhibition ‘Our Londinium 2012’ will open. There are loads of things to see and do at the museum, so check out their website.
The Southbank Centre Alchemy Festival is on until 22nd April, and has lots of free events. The Southbank Centre can be easily reached on the 26 or 243 buses from Shoreditch to Waterloo Bridge. Alchemy is an annual festival celebrating the best of music, debate, film, dance, literature, fashion and design from India and South Asia.This weekend has the Taste of India market, The London Jungle Book, morning yoga, ‘Yoga Jam’, Bollywood dance workshops and Charity Shop DJ to name a few! Check out the Alchemy pages of the Southbank Centre website.
A short ride on the number 8 bus will take you to Mile End Park, 90 acres of green running through the centre of Tower Hamlets alongside the Grand Union Canal. It’s well worth the quick trip and has lots to offer, with wildflower meadows, manicured lawns and leisure facilities – truly something for everyone! There are lots of events held throughout the year from wildlife walks to extreme sports, so check out the Mile End Park facebook page and the park’s webpage to see what’s happening Amongst the varied landscapes are: a Play Arena for children, Ecology Park, Arts Park, Terraced Garden, South Park, Adventure Park, Sports Park, Mile End stadium, and a Children’s Park. There are, for the adventurous, a climbing wall and a skate park, and the Leisure Centre has a great pool and gym. (There are free swim Fridays and Family Swim Saturdays offered, check out the centre’s website). The Art Pavillion hosts exhibitions throughout the year, and it’s available for private hire. See the Art Pavillion webpage for details of what’s on. The Green Bridge spans Mile End Road and was built so that the northern and southern parts of the park were joined, enabling visitors to enjoy the park without having to dodge the traffic. There are cafes within the park and picnic spots if you’re taking your own food. If you want a full day out and enjoy walking, you could stroll from Victoria Park to the north of park then wander through Mile End Park to the Ragged School Museum at the south-west of the park at Copperfield Road, and the fantastic Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park is a short walk away to the east of the park.
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