Preview: Guardian Open Weekend

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 72 months ago
Preview: Guardian Open Weekend

The Guardian newspaper has announced an open weekend for 24 and 25 March, where you can visit their offices and Kings Place to take part in events that are mindboggling in the quantity, variety and quality of guests.

Let's check off the big names first: Charlie Brooker, Matthew Fort, DBC Pierre, Steve McQueen (director, not Great Escape artist), Robert Harris, Mike Figgis, Ian McEwan, Jeanette Winterson, Zac Goldsmith, Jon Snow, Duwayne Brooks, Jon Ronson and Rachel Cusk. Then there's the Guardian writers: Grace Dent, Marina Hyde, Martin Rowson, Simon Hattenstone, Steve Bell, Jonathan Freedland, Alan Rusbridger, Polly Toynbee and Laura Barton doing what might be the most 'Guardian' event ever – an interview with Mumford and Sons. That's just a tiny taster: check out the massive list of speakers yourself.

There's a comedy gig with Colin Hoult, Sara Pascoe and Josh Widdicombe and a pop quiz hosted by John Harris. Anyone desperately trying  to work out the identity of the Secret Footballer should head to a video link interview on the Sunday afternoon and if you have an interest in anything at all (politics? Education? Getting a new job? Technology? Crafts? Food?) there will be a panel discussion to attend.

Got kids? Take them to see authors Meg Rosoff, Sue Monroe, Judith Kerr, get writing tips from Lucy Mangan, drawing and storytelling sessions. And two under-16s go free with each paying adult.

The Guardian Open Weekend takes place 24 and 25 March at the Guardian offices and Kings Place, 90 York Way N1 and Hub King's Cross, 34b York Way N1. A Saturday day pass costs £40, Sunday day pass costs £30 and a weekend pass costs £60. For more information see the Guardian website, and they've made a video as a quick introduction to the project.

Last Updated 02 February 2012

Footprints of London

Im  running a walk around the Kings Cross area on the Sunday of that weekend called All Change At Kings Cross - Apparently the Guardian are producing an iPhone app that will guide you around the area, but if you dont get on with that sort of thing you could join my walk and go to the Guardian Festival later