1.Browse A Floating Market. Head up along the manor’s prettiest canalways to Little Venice where you’ll catch an array of shops all housed in cute canal boats. This flotilla of vintage stalls, books and foodie delights is around till the 2nd of September. There’ll be the usual cakes and handicrafts – and even an aquatic hairdresser.
2. Shiver At An Outdoor Play. Seeing a play in the park has become something of a summer institution, especially at the lovely Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. Catch dark American fable Ragtime – and hope the rain holds up till the curtain falls. Tickets £20.12-£42.50 Till 8th September.
3.Bookish kids? If you’ve got literary little ones head over to King’s Cross’ British Library children’s festival where there’ll be workshops and authors aplenty. There’s a very plush storytelling tent – perfect for parents with bank holiday fatigue. Storytime is free but other events needs tickets. Fortunately these will also ease those long weekend blues at an afforable £4-6. 25-27th August.
4. Jazz Up Highgate A Bit. Take a hike up that interminable hill for the 2nd annual Highgate Jazz and Soul festival. Tickets start at £5 for events at venues including gorgeous Lauderdale House. There’ll be loads of (apparently) well known acts and surprise guests too. Ooooh. 25th-27th August.
5. More Theatre, This Time With A Roof. Hampstead’s friendliest theatre, Pentameters (just above the Horseshoe Pub) is staging poet and Belsize resident Paul Birtill’s The Lodger. This utterly charming black comedy is definitely worth a visit. Get there before it finishes – Sunday 26th is its final night. Tickets £12 (concs. £10)
6. Book Ahead
Although the four day Ham & High Literary bonanza doesn’t start til the 9th September, now’s the time to get your mitts on tickets. Beg, borrow or pilfer your way into talks and workshops by renowned writers including Gosepl Oak’s own Michael Palin. All the events take place at Golders Greeen’s Ivy House, once home to ballerina and dessert inspiration, Anna Pavlova. Tickets are at an affordable £7-£20. Definitely worth penciling this one in.
Words: Amelia Horgan.
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