Things will get quirky in Southwark by the end of the week as The Elephant and The Nun returns.
For a festival proclaiming ten days of "stuff and nonsense", there's a great deal of fun-sounding, family-friendly, free and creative things going on. From Saturday, go on The Elephant Hunt, find the Bunting Bike, contribute to the Nunhead Tales or get involved in the family flash mob.
On Sunday, there are drawing sessions on the Heygate Estate and a Singaround at the Old Nun's Head. Local World Arts at the Coronet is a Colombian influenced afternoon of arts, crafts, workshops and top musical performances (tickets for this one are £10 for adults, but kids under 14 go free, 14-18s £5).
The climax is Our Grand Saturday, a quartet of free community festivals on 17 August:
- Azucar Flower Festival in St Mary's Churchyard, Newington Butts combines floral loveliness with Latin American music and dance and street art, 12-7pm
- Peckham Peace Picnic takes place in Peckham Square and along the banks of the former Surrey Canal where music of all sorts from local talent will soundtrack an afternoon of urban friendliness, 1-7pm
- ComboNation on Camberwell Green is created and curated by local young people, featuring music, dance and spoken word zones, 2-7pm
- The Village Hall Experience sets up its marquee on Peckham Rye Common and proffers a jumble sale, tea dance, vegetable competition and variety show, with a side-order of local stalls, food and drink, 1-11pm
Feasibly, you could get round all four. Happy elephant hunting!
The Elephant and the Nun festival runs from 9-18 August.