Thursday, 29 April 2010


Camden Crawl:

We get not one but two Bank Holidays, on 3rd and 31st May, so enjoy your time off in London listening to live music at the Camden Crawl or enjoying al fresco acting at the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park. The earliest May Day celebrations were in honour of Flora, the goddess of flowers, and the fragrant blooms at the Chelsea Flower Show are certainly an apt modern day equivalent.

Camden Crawl 2010


1st & 2nd May 2010

The early May bank holiday means this year the Camden Crawl will take place on Saturday and Sunday as opposed to the traditional Friday and Saturday. The first proper musical festival of the year, the Camden Crawl may be hit-and-miss with the weather - but always delivers with a cutting-edge list of up-and-coming local bands and established stars, performing in just about every important venue in Camden over two nights of music-fuelled abandon. What makes the Crawl so special is that exactly where and when the bands are playing often isn't announced until the last minute, creating a great buzz as you sprint from gig to gig (though around the 3am mark, sprinting starts to become a bit of a challenge). As this is an event for bands on the way up, it's never an obviously star-studded line-up, but the promoters have a consistent ability to spot the artists who are just on the point of going stratospheric and this is a great way to see them up close and personal before they start playing stadiums.

Venue: KOKO
Address: 1A Camden High Street, NW1 7JE
Phone: 0871 220 260 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 0871 220 260 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Date: 1st & 2nd May 2010
Time: Various times
Pricing: TBC, 2009 prices £50 (two day), £33 (one day)
Nearest Station: Camden Town Tube

Camden Crawl 2010 - Information :

Yinka Shonibare: Nelson's Ship in a Bottle:

Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DS

5th May 2010 - 14th January 2012 - TO BE CONFIRMED

Yinka Shonibare has been chosen as the next artist to fill the empty Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square for his proposal to put a replica of Nelson's ship, HMS Victory, in a giant glass bottle on public display. Using brightly coloured 'African' fabric he buys at Brixton market to fashion into the ship's sails, Shonibare sets out to reflect the story of multiculturalism in London today, which began with Nelson's victory at the Battle of Trafalgar. It's particularly appropriate given that admiral Nelson himself can survey the scene, looking down from his nearby column on the model of the ship on which he died. Shonibare himself was born in London but grew up in Nigeria, returning to Britain when he was 17 and issues of race and class are recurrent themes throughout his work which earnt him a nominated for the Turner Prize in 2004. With this nautical work his message in a bottle is set to reach an even wider audience. The installation of 'Nelson's Ship in a Bottle' by Yinka Shonibare MBE is scheduled for May 2010 until 2012.Yinka Shonibare’s ‘Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle’ and Antony Gormley’s ‘One and Other’ are the next two works that will occupy the Fourth Plinth on Trafalgar Square in London.

Venue: Trafalgar Square
Address: Central London, WC2N 5DS
Date: 5th May 2010 - 14th January 2012
Time: Daily 24 hrs a day
Pricing: FREE
Nearest Station: Charing Cross Tube / Rail

Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival

St Paul's Covent Garden, WC2E 9ED

9th May 2010

He may be nearing his 350th birthday but Mr Punch is showing no signs of slowing down. This annual Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival celebrates the red nosed stick-wielding puppet, bringing together dozens of puppeteers in a colourful, highly entertaining afternoon. The Covent Garden location is appropriately close to the spot where Samuel Pepys first sighted Mr Punch on 9th May 1662 and recorded the fact in his diary - which is why the birthday celebrations fall on or near to 9th May. Puppeteers from all over the country are accompanied by folk music, dancers, clowns and jugglers. The day's events start with a toast to Mr Punch, and a brass band led Grand Procession starting at Church Garden, a beautiful little oasis in the city centre. There follows a special church service at St Paul's Church, with a sermon administered by Rev Mark Oakley and Mr Punch himself. An integral part of British heritage, the puppet with attitude is a wonderful, anarchic figure and this is a top traditional family day out.

Venue: St Paul's Covent Garden
Address: Bedford Street, WC2E 9ED
Phone: 020 7375 0441 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 020 7375 0441 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Date: 9th May 2010
Time: Sun 10am Grand Procession 12noon-5.30pm Punch and Judy Puppet Shows
Pricing: FREE
Nearest Station: Covent Garden Tube

Royal Windsor Horse Show 2010

Windsor Castle, SL4 1NJ

12th - 16th May 2010

Founded in 1943 and attended by King George VI, the Royal Windsor Horse Show at Windsor Castle still has strong royal connections and HM Queen Elizabeth II often enters home-bred horses in the event. The Queen, her sister, Princess Anne, and the Duke of Edinburgh have all previously competed. It's the kind of event that makes you feel like you're taking part in a BBC costume drama, as the impeccably aristocratic competitors put their equestrian skills to the test in events including show-jumping, carriage racing, dressage and even polo. The show takes place inside the private grounds of Her Majesty's Windsor residence, a stunning area of parkland and garden. In the evening the castle is floodlit, creating a suitably grandiose backdrop to the competition. The event is finished in style with a fabulous fireworks display above the turrets.

Venue: Windsor Castle
Address: Windsor and Maidenhead, SL4 1NJ
Phone: 0871 203 5568 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 0871 203 5568 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Date: 12th - 16th May 2010
Time: 7am-7.30pm Daily
Pricing: £13/£16 (Adult advance/door), £9/£12 (Senior concs), £5/£7 (Children), £30/£39 (Family)
Nearest Station: Windsor & Eton Rail

Royal Windsor Horse Show 2010 - Information

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