Things To Do In London This Weekend: 20-21 July 2013

Lambeth Country Show by teddave

Lambeth Country Show by teddave via Flickr

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BROCKWELL PARK: It’s Lambeth Country Show, the annual village fete cum urban festival combining reggae, boy scouts, jousting, fun fair, beer, vegetable sculpture, sheep, Punch & Judy, charity stalls, racing camels, breakdancing and much much more. Free entry, 11am-7pm

KENSINGTON & CHELSEA: InTransit Festival begins with arty, participative and grass-roots events happening across the borough. Tour a UFO crash site, explore Trellick Tower through immersive theatre, follow a chewing gum trail and see Leighton House Museum transformed by the Arabian Nights. Check the website for programme, prices and booking.

LOVEBOX: Twitter bigmouth Azealia Banks and Blogosphere darlings AlunaGeorge join the annual outdoor, three-day disco party, which climaxes with the ever excited Goldfrapp. Due to line up changes, Sunday tickets are now available for just £45, while weekend tickets (Fri-Sun) are still on sale for £99. Victoria Park is where it’s at.

GARDEN GAMES: Croquet, Punch & Judy, tombolas and lawn picnics await visitors to Ham House this weekend, with help from Jaques Games. Normal entry price applies. 11am-6pm (Sat), 11am-4pm (Sun)

FOLK MUSIC: The Bedford in Balham hosts The London Folkfest from Thursday to Sunday. Three-day tickets £30, day tickets £12. On Saturday and Sunday it kicks off from 12-late

ARCHAEOLOGY: Museum of London’s Archaeology Festival (Sat/Sun) offers free access to little-known Roman remains, a medieval charnal house in Spitalfields and tours of its bone store. Some site visits are free and just-turn-up, others are paid and pre-booked.

NON-CONFORMISTS: Whitecross Street Party is a weekender full of street art, street theatre, street food and live music on Whitecross Street and in Fortune Street Park, EC1. Free, just turn up, 12-6pm 

MOVIES OUTDOORS: Backyard Cinema presents seven films at London Fields Brewery, including The Hobbit, Jurassic Park and Four Lions, plus live music, BBQ and beer. Tickets £10 per screening, £15 if you want food included. Check the website for programme and booking.

ART IN ISLINGTON: IslingtonExhibits is a huge programme of exhibitions, events and walks running until the end of the month. Check the website for what’s on.

BLUES FESTIVAL: Ealing Summer Festivals sing the blues in Walpole Park with the biggest blues event in Britain, headlined by Dr Feelgood. Check out the full line-up here. Tickets £5 a day, £8 for both days, 2-20.30pm.

INDIAN FILM: There’s more to it than Bollywood – discover indie Indian cinema at this diverse festival, running till 25 July at various venues across town. Check the website for full programme and booking.

LONDON LINES: Add your poetic thoughts on London to a ballroom sized map of London. London Lines is a project that has commissioned a new poem for every London borough as part of Southbank Centre’s Festival of Neighbourhood. Head to the Clore Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall and take part. Free, just drop in, 10am-5pm

ALL THINGS COCKNEY: Have a knees up with the Cockney Heritage Festival - one in Whitechapel on Saturday and in Poplar on Sunday. Free, just turn up. Check the website for the full programme.

LONDON PAINTINGS: Last chance to see Marc Gooderham’s colourful paintings of the East End at the Town House, 5 Fournier Street, Spitalifelds. Closes Sunday.

BEER: The Lamb in Holloway celebrates London breweries in their beer festival, on till Sunday.

PROMS: The Proms roll on with Viva Verdi! and the National Youth Orchestra of America. Here’s how to prom. Tickets from £5.

TOUR DE FRANCE: As the Tour nears its conclusion, join other cycling mad fans at the Tour de France fan park in Wood Wharf, Canary Wharf and watch it on a giant screen. Free, just turn up, 11am-10pm

ARTIST FILMS: Portobello Pop-up Cinema is screening rarely shown artist films that came out of 1960s Americana on Saturday and Sunday night under the Westway. Tickets £7.50+bkg, 7.30pm

Sunday 21 July

SUMMER TUMBLR: The Garden Museum in Lambeth hosts a day of creativity, with designer maker stalls plus hands-on workshops inside and outside the museum. The gardens are beautiful and the cafe serves excellent veggie food so make a day of it. Entry £2.50, 10am-5pm

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALEXANDRA PARK: Join the 150th birthday celebrations of Alexandra Park with a free community event celebrating what the park has seen over the last 150 years. There will be a bandstand, a farmers’ market, archery, a funfair, face painting, park walks, an activity zone and more. Free, just turn up, 11am-4pm 

PICNIC: West Norwood Cemetery’s common burial ground is the setting for a Grand Picnic held by the Living for the Dead. There’ll be cemetery tours, feasting, music and art and a Victorian Coffin Cake. Free, just turn up, bring a picnic, 11am-5pm

TANGO: Join a mini-milonga with Tango in Spitalfields, dancing under the canopy. Free, just turn up, beginner taster lesson at 12.30, then tango from 1-4pm

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