The Big Chill is a multi-media festival, bar, club event, record label and lifestyle "dedicated to transforming the spirit of our times"... and they're taking over Tate Britain for the monthly Late at Tate. DJs will play live sets dotted around the artworks, there's a bar, animation, live performances and readings, and entry to the Holbein in England and the Turner Prize exhibitions are half-price. Late at Tate - The Big Chill, Friday 1 December, 6.00pm until 10.00pm, entry is free. For more information, go to the Late at Tate website here.
They did it in the summer and they're doing it again for Christmas: Clerkenwell Green Association is holding an open studios event for the enjoyment of the public and visitors to the two historic buildings can purchase or even commission unique handmade artworks. Contemporary and traditional crafts, art and design are supported by the studios so there's something for everyone - and a great way place to get that special something for a special someone this Christmas. Made in Clerkenwell, Friday 1 December 12.00pm until 8.00pm, Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 December 12.00pm to 6.00pm, entry is £2.50. For more information, go to the Made In Clerkenwell website here.
And as if you needed any more encouragement to embrace the Christmas season (it's the end of November, after all...) take a trip through the Enchanted Woodland at Syon Park. Syon House itself is closed over winter but the grounds, full of trees and beautifully landscaped gardens will be lit by over a thousand lights and a special walking tour will take visitors through a series of specially designed scenes - just one of the things to see (and smell) is a swirl of dry ice enveloping the japonica Katsura tree which smells of candyfloss. Wrap up warm and prepare to walk for about an hour in order to see everything. Enchanted Woodland, Syon Park, until Sunday 3rd December, 5.00pm until 8.30pm (last entry 8.00pm), entry is £4.00. For more information, go to the Enchanted Woodland website here.
Thanks to regular reader Michael Reeve for letting us know about this event!