Don't Miss Alexandra Palace's Awesome Summer Festival

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Don't Miss Alexandra Palace's Awesome Summer Festival

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With a giant waterslide, al fresco cinema, unlimited craft beer and those sweeping city views, you'll get a serious case of FOMO if you're anywhere other than Alexandra Palace's Summer Festival on 22 July.

It's one of London's largest free-entry festivals but ticketed events tend to sell out super fast. With less than a month to go, round up your mates and nab your tickets now to be in with a chance of hurtling down the 100m giant waterslide, snuggling up in front of Austin Powers as the sun sets, or strapping on your dancing shoes for a boogie in the forest at the silent disco.

Now in its third year, this year's festivities are a nod to the venue's hippy past. In 1967, Pink Floyd played to a spaced out audience as part of the legendary 14-hour Technicolour Dream, a gig heralding the start of the Summer of Love era. Though you won't bump into John Lennon or get papped by Andy Warhol this time round, headliner Craig Charles (of Red Dwarf and Robot Wars fame) will be spinning Funk & Soul classics over at the 'stage on the slope'. Plus, two other FREE outdoor live music stages will have you catching rays and throwing shapes all day long — a perfect way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love.

There's plenty here for families too. Tickets are on sale now for the mesmerising, chaotic circus show from Cirque Bordello featuring the jaw-dropping acrobatics of the Jackson's Lane performers. Or let your little ones' twinkle toes loose at Big Fish Little Fish, a family rave featuring parachutes, hula hoops and a lot of bubbles. Then there's free kids theatre from 'Tales from the Shed', where kids can be as loud as they like (it's encouraged, in fact).

History buffs might want to look out for the KinoVan, which is screening old films of London's boroughs from the last century. Or if you'd like to flex your creative muscles, take part in Silent Hobo's graffiti workshops. Both are free, so there's no excuse not to check them out.

Once you've worked up an appetite, it's time to do the rounds of those street food and craft beer stalls. Expect spicy, Caribbean flavours from Mama's Jerk, veggie dishes from Wholefood Heaven, everyone's favourite steamed buns from Le Bao, plus a bunch of other tasty traders. Wash it all down with a glass of Pimms, a cocktail from the Tiki Bar or 20 varieties of craft beer (though not all at once, of course).

So, what are you waiting for? Grab your shades and your swimming cozzie and make a beeline for that hill. Believe us, just the views alone are worth the climb, and that waterslide back down looks like guaranteed good times. Purchase tickets and check out the full line-up of events here.

Alexandra Palace Summer Festival takes place on 22 July from noon-10pm. Entry is free, but some events require tickets.

Last Updated 12 July 2017