Guy Fawkes Weekend

It’s that time of year where we celebrate the almost distraction of Parliament again, that point aside if you love fireworks then here are some events you maybe interested in.

 

 

Wembley Park

Enjoy the displays of Bonfire night and the celebrations for Diwali in this joint family event on Sunday 4th Nov. Food stalls & community activities will kick off proceedings from 4pm, 6pm will see a light parade fill the streets of Wembley Park and at 7 pm the fireworks display will begin.

The event is free, organizers have asked that you leave your cars at home and travel to Wembley via local transport.

 

 

Southwark Park

One of the only displays in the Capital to fall on the Nov 5th Southwark Park’s fireworks show will help displace those Monday blues. 

Synchronized to music the display  promises to be one of the best in the last 15 years.

  • Southwark Park, SE16 2UA
  • Display starts at 5.30pm and is free for residents
  • For more info click here eea.org.uk

 

 

Victoria Park

Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein will be the inspiration behind Victoria Park’s 2018 display, in celebration of the novel’s 200th anniversary the pyrotechnics, soundtrack and visual displays will all pay homage to the Science-Fiction Classic.

The event on Nov 4th will be free for all and starts from 5.30pm, however due to the closures of the Hammersmith & City Line and District Lines over the weekend please leave enough time to account for the travel delays.

  • Victoria Park, Grove Road E3 5TB
  • For further details regarding the event and travel disruptions click here towerhamletsarts.org.uk

 

 

Wimbeldon Park

Wimbeldon Park will be housing 2 displays on Monday 5th, the first starts at 6.30pm and the second from 8.15pm.

Along side both shows will be a funfair and food stalls to make sure everybody is entertained.

Tickets start from £5.35, under 4s go free.

  • Wimbledon Park, Home Park Rd, SW19 8AU
  • For more info click here merton.gov.uk

 

 

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Queen on Carnaby Street

 

No not The Queen, Queen, as in the 80s British Band, where Lady Gaga got her name, Bohemian Rhapsody (one of my fav bands of all time), well on 21st Oct (today) at 7pm Brian May, Roger Taylor, Rami Malek and a host of others will be on Carnaby St for the official turning on of the Bohemian Rhapsody light installations to celebrate the release of the Queen movie on 24th Oct.

To attend you will need a wrist, see details below on how to get your hands on one:

– Please collect your wristband from 74 Broadwick Street (just Off Carnaby Street) on Sunday 21 October.
– Wristbands will be issued first come first served.
– Strictly only 1 wristband per person.
– Wristband collection point opens at 11am
– Please note there will be bag searches so please do not bring large bags.
– No glass or cans allowed on Carnaby Street. 
– Wristband holders need to be in the designated area by 6.45pm. Switch on begins at 7pm
– Please kindly note there will not be any musical performances at this event. 

 

Enjoy the evening and ‘look up to the skies and see’ the lights… ya I am shamed of that, I’m not deleting it though.

 

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Pancake Day Races

 

It’s the season of love…love for PANCAKES, bring on the batter.

 

London Pancake Races

What better way to work up an appetite then racing in a costume with a pan in your hand, brilliant fun. There’re a number of races happening across the capital today, get down to your closest, whip your phone out and get to filming.

 

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LONDON INTER LIVERY PANCAKE RACE

Watch the 4 tradesman teams of the City of London race for the pride of the City, the proceeds go towards a number of different charities. 

Guildhall Yard, London EC2V

calendarcustoms.com/articles/london-inter-livery-pancake-race/

 

GREAT SPITALFIELDS PANCAKE RACE

Teams of 4 will race to the bitter end to raise funds for the London Air Ambulance. Races start at 12.30, free admission.

Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, Spitalfields E1 6QL

alternativearts.co.uk

 

BETTER BANKSIDE PANCAKE RACE

Upto 25 teams of 4 will be racing for the championship of the pan (I made that up) who will win brag rights over all all others, get yourself over to Borought Market at 12.30pm to find out. All proceeds go to Paintings in Hospitals

Jubilee Place Borough Market, SE1 9AA

betterbankside.co.uk/events/13-february-better-bankside-pancake-day-race

 

FLIPPIN’ GOOD FUN FOR A GOOD CAUSE – THE GREENWICH MARKET PANCAKE RACE

Teams, pairs of friends or solo mission persons are all welcome to take part in this race, medals up for the winning, free pancake for all participants. Race starts at 12pm all donations go to The Greenwich and Bexley Hospice. 

Greenwich Market London SE10 9HZ

greenwichmarket.london/events/detail/flippin-good-fun-for-a-good-cause-the-greenwich-market-pancake-race

 

2018 REHAB PARLIAMENTARY PANCAKE RACE

Even PMs, Lords & the Media get in on the racing action.  Watches these Westminster lot don their costumes and battle it out, pan in hand for the right to rub it in the faces of the LOSERS for the next 365 days. Funds go to Monument Skills, a charity that helps those with brain injuries and neurological conditions. Race starts at 10am

Victoria Gardens, Millbank, Westminster, London SW1P 3JA 

rehab.ie/fundraising/pancake-race

 

 

All info used from: rehab.ie, greenwichmarket.londonbetterbankside.co.uk, alternativearts.co.ukcalendarcustoms.com

Image used from: metrouk2.files.wordpress.com

 

Solar Eclipse 2017

 

On August 21st North America will see it’s first total solar eclipse in almost 100 years, lucky them, we won’t be so fortunate (I’m not bitter), but we will see a partial eclipse so not all is lost.

The partial eclipse will be visible throughout the UK (weather permitting) in the early evening, for Londoners it will start from around 7.40pm, will reach maximum eclipsieness at just after 8pm and will end at roughly 8.25pm.

 

Viewing an eclipse with the naked eye can be dangerous, watch the vid below for handy hints and tips on how best to view the event:

 

The next total solar eclipse won’t be visible in the UK until 23rd September 2090, so enjoy this while you can!

 

 

 

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Street Sweets

 

Sweetie lovers rejoice (& pre-book an appointment with your dentist) a street market dedicated to all things sugar, pastry and cake has made a temporary home on Covent Garden’s Mercer Street.

 

Just desserts is a fortnightly street market selling a variety of cakes, brownies, tarts, pavlovas, gelato, basically everything you might want as an after meal treat (because no meal is truly complete without a dessert). 

So if you have an addiction to the white powder (SUGAR, I’m talking about sugar!) or just feel like checking out a new market head on over to Covent Garden. Why not, right :0)

 

Dates: August 24th & September 14th

Time: 11am – 6pm

Where: Mercers Walk, Mercer Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9QR

contact: Twitter @justdessertsldn

 

* info used from Londonontheinside.com, Eventbrite.com

* images used from twitter.com

 

 

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How to seeing a shooting star

On the 12th August the UK will bear witness to the most active meteor shower all year, with up to 80 meteors streaking through the sky..if we’re lucky, this sodding “summer” whether is doing my ******* head in, but I digress. 

The duration of the shower is actually from the 17th July – 24th August, however the event will reach it’s peak on the 12th due to the earth passing through the most dense part of comet Swift-Tuttle’s trail.

According to timeanddate.com the best direction with which to view the shower is as follows:

“Made of tiny space debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle, the Perseids are named after the constellation Perseus. This is because the direction, or radiant, from which the shower seems to come in the sky lies in the same direction as the constellation Perseus, which can be found in the north-eastern part of the sky.”

 

The best place to see the shower well be up high and away from artificial lighting, not the easiest thing to do in a city, so if you have access (legally) to a flat roof or can get to a hill/open late park (again legally) then that’s your best bet.

The meteors will start to be visible from the early evening, so grab a blanket (hopefully not an umbrella), a buddy, some snacks and enjoy the show.

 

 

 

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Smart Birdy Street

Fancy generating some electricity while breathing in cleansed air, doing a bit of shopping all on your lunch break, then head over to Bird Street.

Located next to Selfridges Oxford Street, Bird Street has been transformed into a techie smart oasis.

A row of pop up shops and eateries where Good Mood Food, smoothies, environmentally friendly & tech based accessories can be purchased.

 

Smart paving that helps generate power for the pop up shops & street lights (plus data collecting).

 

Andddd a bench that purifies the air around you while you sit in it, to help clear the lunges and the soul.

 

All surrounded by greenery & peaceful sounds to make your lunch break a serine experience, before you head back to the madness of the office. Perfect.

 

 

  • Images used taken by one’s self
  • Info used from birdstldn.com and pavegen.com

 

 

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A Taste of Barbados

During these days of minimal sun we could all do with a dose of Caribbean culture and warmth, so this Saturday and Sunday head over to South Molton Street by Bond Street Station for some Bajan 5 star cuisine, a mixture of live music including Calypso and Jazz, Art, health and wellness demonstrations and last but not least Rum masterclasses.

Not a bad way to spend a chilly Saturday in May.

 

  • The Time:  From Friday 5th – Sunday 7th May, all day
  • The place:  South Molton Street, London, W1K 5QE
  • Price:  It’s free baby (thought so attractions maybe have a cost)
  • Contact:  Google search!!!

 

  • Images used taken by yours truly
  • Info used from eventbrite.co.uk

Indie Saatchi

For all lovers of indie games, get your backsides over to the Saatchi gallery on Thursday 16th Feb for the finally of the Google Play Indie Games Contest.

From 3pm the 20 finalists will showcase their games for public voting, the event continue with the top 10 with the most votes will then be announced, those 10 pitching their games and then the awards ceremony.

If this sounds like your kinda thing, plus you like free-ness, click here to pre-register your attendance.

 

  • The Time and Date: Thursday 16th February from 3pm
  • The Place:  Saatchi Gallery, Duke Of York’s HQ, King’s Road, Chelsea, London SW3 4RY
  • Tickets:  Are free baby, register your attendance here for the event
  • Contact:  Go here for more details events.withgoogle.com

 

Go show your support for Indie creators, it could be you one day! 

 

 

  • Info used from events.withgoogle.com
  • Images used taken by Pigeon Talks

Remember remember…

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…The 5th of November, like anybody in the UK could ever forget. Year after year we’re told of the story of Guy Fawkes’s attempt to restore a Catholic Monarch to throne by blowing up half of London, but was caught with a crap ton of gun powder just before lighting the fuse (there were 60 barrels of the stuff, so this was obviously a suicide mission as no one was escaping that), and later died by throwing himself off of the scaffold he was to be hanged drawn and quartered from.

It’s was all downhill after the 80 years war really.

So now we celebrate this foiled terror attack by letting off fireworks and burning Guy Fawkes effigies (what a magical time this is), and to be honest I f***ing love it.

So here are a few bonfires you can check out around the Capital:

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Southwark

  • Where: Southwark Park, Southwark, London, SE16 2PA
  • When: Saturday 5th November
  • Time: Gates open from 5pm, last entry 6.30pm
  • Price: It’s free baby!…but you still need a free ticket to enter, get them here
  • More info: www.southwark.gov.uk

 

Crystal Palace

  • Where: Crystal Palace Park, Thicket Road, London SE20 8DT
  • When: Saturday 5th November
  • Time: Gates open from 6pm, Kiddy friendly display starts at 7pm, Main display starts at 8.30pm
  • Price:  Kids tickets (3-10 yrs) £5.10- £5.60, Adult tickets £7.50-£8.50, Family tickets (2 adults & 2 children) £19.80-£23.80 get them here
  • More info: www.crystalpalacefireworks.co.uk
  • Further info: Sparklers, alcohol and dogs are stricly prohibited from this event, with the exception of assistant dogs

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Finchley

  • Where: Finchley Cricket Club, 33-45 East End Road, London, N3 2TA
  • When: Saturday 5th November
  • Time: Gates open from 6.30pm
  • Price: Individual  Ticket £5, Family of 3 tickets £10, Family of 4 tickets £15
  • More info: facebook.com

 

Bayswater

  • Where: Cleverland Square, 30 Chilworth Street, Bayswater, London, W2 6DB
  • When: Saturday 5th November
  • Time: Gates open from 6pm, display starts at 7.15pm
  • Price: Kids tickets £5, Adult tickets £10
  • More info: www.clevelandsquare.org
  • Further info: Display set to music, BBQ and bar available at the event

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Kensington

  • Where: The Roof Gardens, 99 Kensington High Street, London W8 5SA
  • When: Saturday 5th November
  • Time: Doors open from 7pm, display start at 11.45pm
  • Price: Tickets from £15, book in advance
  • More info: www.virginlimitededition.com
  • Further info: Display set to music by inhouse DJ, BBQ available, complimentary cocktail with ticket

 

Forest Gate

  • Where: Wanstead Flats, Forest Gate, Centre Road, London, E7 0DJ
  • When: Saturday 5th November
  • Time: Gates open from 5.30pm, display starts at 7.30pm
  • Price: It’s free baby!
  • More info: www.newham.gov.uk
  • Further info: This event will be hosted by Heart Radio DJ Roberto, display set to music. Sparklers, alcohol and dogs are stricly prohibited from this event, with the exception of assistant dogs