Fantastic Free Fun In Kensington And Chelsea with InTRANSIT

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 28 months ago
Fantastic Free Fun In Kensington And Chelsea with InTRANSIT

Illustration by Martina Paukova

Get ready west London: InTRANSIT is back. The (mainly) free festival hits Kensington and Chelsea between 19-28 June with all kinds of pop-up performances, art installations, exhibitions, walks and workshops. There's tons to explore or just to happen upon accidentally, but we've picked some of our favourites for you here.

Go to the beach

The beach? In Kensington and Chelsea? The National Trust will transform the space under the Westway at Acklam Village into a bucket-and-spade, carousel-riding, bunting-flapping urban beach. Deckchairs will be available but sunbathing is very much at the mercy of the British weather. 26-28 June

Learn how to be an artist

Head to Powis Square for free workshops with practising artists in a pop-up art school. You'll need to book yourself onto a workshop but if you don't feel like getting hands on, you can 'pop' by every evening from 6pm to see the works created. 19-28 June

See the bird men of Mexico

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Totonac men and their ritual of flying head first from a 20m pole is such a stunning sight that UNESCO has deemed it a practice of Intangible Cultural Heritage. The performances in Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance will be the first time it's been seen in the UK. 20-21 June

Go on a scavenger hunt through Portobello Market

To celebrate 150 years of the market, traders have teamed up with illustrator Gill Bradley to create a scavenger hunt. Discover tastes your mouth hasn't experienced before. Could be a new way in to a place which is these days more tourist than Bedknobs and Broomsticks? From 19 June

Watch a web being spun

Artist Denise Bryan will turn the walls of Kensington Town Hall into a temporary sculpture, consisting of a web of threads. Performers will weave the threads in a mix of dance, traditional North African spinning techniques and May Day celebrations. 21 June, 3pm

Take a walk

Tom Vague leads literary walks around Portobello and Golborne, uncovering the lives of James Joyce, Thomas Hardy, George Orwell and more. 19, 21, 26 and 28 June, 2.30pm

If your tastes run more to the architectural, book yourself onto a tour around the Design Museum and Kensington Palace, exploring the geography, history and style of the area. 19 June, 10.30am and 2.30pm, £25

Consider your commute

Fast Moving Consumables is a theatrical experience taking place over five days during the morning rush hour at Ladbroke Grove station. Go to work, come home again: repeat ad infinitum. Is it worth it? 22-26 June, 8.30am-9.30am

Last Updated 10 June 2015