What’s On This Weekend. 23-26 August 2013


It’s the August Bank Holiday weekend – get set for three days of colourful parties, family activities and, hopefully, summer weather!

Notting Hill Carnival

There are always lots of great parties during the August bank holiday weekend, but nothing beats the Notting Hill Carnival. This incredible, Caribbean-themed spectacle sees thousands of colourfully-dressed people take to the streets for a parade that features dancing, themed floats and lots of great music. Head to the area on Sunday for the family-themed day, or turn up on bank holiday Monday for the main event, which is always followed by a wide range of after-parties! 25-26 Aug

Rugby League World Cup Fan Zone in Trafalgar Square

Don’t miss this free Rugby League event in Trafalgar Square, which takes place shortly before the Tetley’s Challenge Cup final. Between 10am and 4pm you can see the World Cup trophy up close, meet big names such as Steve McNamara, Martin Offiah and Kevin Sinfield, and watch the England Wheelchair Rugby League squad play an exhibition game. Families can also take part in interactive activities, which might just inspire the next generation of Rugby League stars! 23 Aug

Strictly Summer Ballroom at the Southbank Centre

Ballroom dancing expert Nicky Miles is waltzing into the Southbank Centre for a glorious afternoon of traditional dance on Monday. Between 12pm to 3pm, you can learn how to perform dances such as the tango and foxtrot, before demonstrating your new-found skills to the sounds of the Ross Mitchell Combo. This is followed by a live show from professionals between 4pm and 5pm, after which you’ll have another chance to try out your moves. The event is free. 26 Aug

The Paw Pageant at Old Spitalfields Market

Love dogs? Head to Old Spitalfields Market at 1pm on Bank Holiday for the most fun you can have on four paws! Visitors can see a glitzy canine fashion show, browse the pet product market and see the top dogs awarded prizes at the end of the day. Entry is free. 26 Aug

Family Fun Days at Islington Boat Club

Families will have a great day on the water at the Islington Boat Club this Saturday thanks to their range of fun activities. You can enjoy a narrowboat trip, hire a pedalo, take part in a workshop or just relax with some tasty BBQ food and live music! Entry is free, although there will be nominal charges for activities and the BBQ. 24 Aug

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