May Day Weekend Things…
Posted by Boundary Community Launderette on 04/05/2012
It’s the May Day Holiday weekend, with many people having a lovely 3 days to relax, (please remember the launderette is closed on Monday 7th May). We’ve found a few free things to do locally, but as it’s a bank holiday we’ve also found a couple of great events a little bit further away but easily reached by bus or by tube. The BBC London weather forecast says it will be cloudy and cool this weekend, but thankfully it might stay dry. Whatever you do this weekend, enjoy yourselves!
Geffrye Museum has its First Saturday Family Day on Saturday 5th May. There’s something for everyone with quizzes, and young people aged 5-11 can have a great time tasting drinking chocolate and painting a mug with 17th-century style patterns. Sessions are 10.30am – 12.30pm and 2.00 – 4.00pm. Young people aged 11-19 can take inspiration from Chinese, Dutch and English ceramics and decorate a plate to take home and use. This session is from 2.00 – 4.00pm. For more information visit the Geffrye Museum website.
This year is the 150th anniversary of the birth of Henry Croft, the original Pearly King who covered his trousers with pearl buttons to draw attention to his charity fund-raising activities, and on Sunday 6th May the largest event of its kind in decades will see the crowning of a new generation of Pearly Kings and Queens. After a blessing at St Martin in the Fields, hundreds of friends, family members and followers, many wearing the famous button-covered outfits, will travel to the Carpenter’s Arms, 135 Cambridge Heath Road to arrive at 2pm. For more information visit the Time Out web page and The Pearlies website
Rich Mix is hosting ‘The Best of British’ festival until Sunday 6th May, which includes the exhibition ‘A Portrait of British Sub-Culture’ by Paul Spencer. Incorporating music, fashion art & film – our greatest exports – Paul Spencer captures the edge and essence of cult with his oily blue-green otherworldly portraits and atmospheric black & white documentary images of rare and unseen photography. There’s also street artist Cityzenkane’s first solo exhibition. Over the past five years Cityzenkane has added a new dimension to the genre of street art, creating sculptures and attaching them to walls all around London. For more information visit the Rich Mix website.
The Museum of London Docklands is a great place to visit, and is easily reached on the 135 bus. They have a weekend of activities, with Saturday 5th May being Bring Your Grandparents Day, you can also meet a local resident to find out how Docklands has changed in the past century and find out about local crafts – including having a go at making some yourself . On Monday 7th May there are a whole range of traditional May Day customs and celebrations, with Morris Dancing, making a Jack in the Green and a traditional May Day procession and lots, lots more. You can also hear the legend of Elizabeth Montagu whose young son was allegedly kidnapped for his fine clothes. Years later, she found him working as a chimney sweep and every May Day after that held a feast for all the young chimney sweeps of London. Visit the Museum of London Docklands website for more information.
Way out west, at Little Venice, Saturday 5th to Monday 7th May sees the wonderful Canalway Cavalcade. Besides the fantastic processions and pageants of canal boats, each day there’ll be loads of other fun for all the family with a boaters’ gathering, stalls, bands, kids’ activities, competitions, Morris Dancers, a real ale bar, a wide variety of snacks and food…and much, much more! It’s well worth the trip. By bus you need to get the 26 to Aldwych then the 6 to Maida Vale, or by tube from Liverpool Street to Paddington then change to the Bakerloo line for Warwick Avenue. Visit the IWA Canalway Cavalcade webpage.
Don’t forget that we have links to other free places of interest locally, just check out the links to the right of the web page.
Finally, we still need your help. As a not-for-profit community enterprise our charges are kept to the minimum. This means that we need to fundraise for major expenditure. We have been chosen in the final five of the Creme of Nature Community Action Awards for 2012, and we need your votes. If we win we will be able to start to replace and upgrade the 20 year-old machines. To help us please Text ‘Caa Vote1’ to 0778 620 0690 – texts are charged at your usual rate. For more information visit the Community Action Award webpage. Thank you!
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