Things To Do In London This Weekend: 30 April-2 May 2016

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See Doctor Who art work for the first time at The Cartoon Museum

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BANK HOLIDAY: Yup, it's a three day weekend, so take a look at our bank holiday page for ideas of things to do whatever the weather and whatever your budget. There's also a cute picture of some goats.

BEER FESTIVAL: Want to drink beer all bank holiday? Course you do. Get your pint-based pleasure at The Priory Arm's beer festival this weekend, in South Lambeth. Expect keg bitters, British cask ales — even cider's getting involved. Check their Twitter page for times and prices, until 2 May

DOCTOR WHO:  Fill yourself with Who at The Cartoon Museum at this exhibition of over 30 pieces of original Doctor Who artwork. It's the first public exhibition of these covers, and coincides with the reissue of the iconic books. Expect Daleks, Cybermen and everything in between. £7/£5, just turn up, 10.30am (12pm on Sunday)-5.30pm

CANALWAY CAVALCADE: Ride London's canals this weekend at the IWA Canalway Cavalcade with decorated boats, competitions, parades and Punch and Judy. There are also food stalls, real ale bars and a teddy bear's picnic. We especially like the sound of the procession of illuminated boats. Free, just turn up, 10am

BAFTA: Whether you want to get into TV, film or games — or you're just interested to hear from pros in these industries — head to BAFTA for Guru Live this weekend. This three-day event features masterclasses, panels and keynotes from some of the best in these industries, including previous BAFTA winners. £6 (per session), prebook, 10am-6pm

FOOD MARKET: For a bank holiday Barcelona style, head to Old Spitalfields Market where there's a long weekend of tasty treats at La Boqueria Market. Scoff tapas, street food and loads of other fresh produce. Free, just turn up, 12pm, until 2 May

Saturday 30 April

Mark Dolan's here to change your life... apparently (see below).

WALK EVERY STREET: For the ultimate Soho walking tour, take this almost-10 mile trip through the famous streets of one of London's best-loved areas. Under the expert leadership of award-winning guide Peter Berthould you'll discover over 100 streets in this intimate tour packed with stories you won't find in the guidebooks, and stop-off for a pint or two in local pubs. £35 +bkg fee (over 18 only, due to pub stops), prebook, 10am-5pm

MODERN MOVEMENT: Brockwell Lido hosts a festival of design this weekend. In its ninth year, The Modern Movement celebrates 20th century design with architecture, vintage furniture, jewellery and all types of interesting things for the house. Free, just turn up, 10am-4.30pm, until 1 May

FIRE STATION OPEN DAY: Pretend you're Fireman Sam at this open day at Tottenham Fire Station. Discover the equipment used by firefighters, meet some, and take part in a host of family-friendly activities. Free, just turn up, 10.30am

CRAFT AND CABARET: Turn all Blue Peter this afternoon, with accompanying entertainment at Crafternoon Cabaret Club. Learn how to make wall hangings embroidered with your favourite slogan, while getting inspired by toe-tapping cabaret at The Book Club. £15, prebook, 2pm

THE DARKEST UNIVERSE: Bold, beautiful, witty, dark and surreal — The Darkest Universe is the new film from Will Sharpe (writer and star of new sitcom Flowers) and Tom Kingsley, and tonight it has its world premiere at Picturehouse Central. After you've seen the film, chat to writer, director and cast. £18, prebook, 6.30pm

ERROL LINTON: 50s Chicago blues meets Jamaican reggae rhythms at Camden's Green Note tonight. Errol Linton is a regular feature on British radio with his albums considered 'British blues milestones'. £9, just turn up, 7.30pm

COMEDY: "This show will change your life," claims Mark Dolan with the title of his Udderbelly laughfest. Statistically, he's halfway through his days, after just turning 40, so how's he making the second half of his life even better? He promises self-help books, the pub and no press-ups in this brand-new show. £12, prebook, 9pm

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Sunday 1 May

Take to the skies with Gorilla Circus Flying Trapeze School (see below)

CROYDON AIRPORT: It's the monthly open day at Croydon Airport Visitor Centre so pop down to take a look at the world's oldest air traffic control tower, and interactive displays charting the site's history. Free, just turn up, 11am-4pm

MILKMAIDS: Starting at Islington's Compton Arms around lunchtime, watch the traditional Islington Milkmaids Garland — traditional May Day dancers — as they wind their way down Upper Street bringing in spring. Free to watch, just turn up, check website for times

DEPTFORD JACK: Another traditional British May Day celebration, join the procession with Deptford Jack-In-The-Green and Fowler's Troop as they travel through Deptford and Greenwich. Follow the music on this age-old tradition through south London. Free, just turn up, see website for times and details

GORILLA CIRCUS: Learn to fly this Sunday. Gorilla Circus Flying Trapeze School teaches circus skills high above Regent's Park. Anyone can learn (their oldest student is 78) and it's a great chance to do something completely different this bank holiday and fly through the air with the greatest of ease. £24, prebook, 1pm

JUST LIKE MUMMY'S: Sampling 20 cakes sounds like some sort of dream. But this evening at The Cornerstone Cafe is real and jam-packed with cake creations from baking wizards, Just Like Mummy's. £10, prebook, 6pm

KNIGHTMARE LIVE: Can you handle wearing the iconic Helmet of Justice from the kids TV show we loved (and were a bit freaked out by)? Knightmare Live comes to Southbank challenging you to take on the quests in each room. "Spellcasting." £15.50, prebook, 7.45pm

CAT FACE: A night out with whiskers drawn on your face by a stranger — what's not to love? Big party tunes, good times and lots of whiskers with your drinks. Head down to the Queen of Hoxton. £6/£8, just turn up, 8pm-3am

Monday 2 May

Take to the skies this Monday at the RAF Museum. Image: Aaron

AIR FORCE: Get in the cockpit of a B-17 Bomber at the RAF Museum's 4D theatre. Take on a selection of missions, from flying over enemy territory to the Paris Airshow — you're at the controls for this one. £4, just turn up, 10am

STEAMING DAY: A rare chance to see a Victorian steam pumping engine in action at Markfield Beam Engine and Museum this Monday. This Grade II-listed building has been fully renovated and restored, keeping many of its original features. Free, just turn up, engine steaming from 12.30pm

CAR RALLY: Regent Street will be alive with the sound of revving this bank holiday as Gumball 300 rolls into London. Watch the cars parade through central London on this leg of the Dublin to Bucharest Rally. Free, just turn up, 12pm-10pm

BRIXTON BEER: Brixton Windmill is 200 years old, so why not have a beer and bread festival to celebrate? Windmill Gardens will be crammed with Brixton breweries, pint purveyors and local loaf makers. There'll be a huge range of brews to try and buy, with live music to wash it all down. Free, just turn up, 1pm-5pm

FANTASTIC VOYAGE: 50 years since sci-fi adventure Fantastic Voyage hit screens, The Victoria shows this classic film accompanied by a talk from science fiction scholar Professor Edward James, examining the history of shrinking in film. £3.50, prebook, 7.30pm

DR STRANGELOVE: The inspired pairing of Stanley Kubrick and Peter Sellers, Dr Strangelove Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb, gives nuclear war a black comedy spin. See it at BFI tonight. £6.85-£8.80, prebook, 8.20pm

Nigel Geary-Andrews

Very interesting, but you have your dates wrong. Saturday is the 29th of April, not the 30th, Sunday is the 30th April, not 1st of May etc. As such, some of the information is incorrect. For instance, Croydon Airport Visitor Centre is open on the first Sunday of the month, so will be open on 7th of May.