26.10 – 01.04

Things get goolishly good at Pop Brixton this Halloween with Pop Fright’s spooktacular events line-up.

All Hallow’s Eve gets the worldwide treatment with a Mexican Day of the Dead themed celebration spanning the whole half-term week of 26th October. The entire site will be transformed with Day of the Dead decorations and spooky tunes setting the tone.

There’s a whole host of fun for adults and kiddies alike with Day of the Dead themed workshops – Skull Making by Make Do and Mend and Mexican Bunting Papel Picado by Maria Sabina.

Thursday 29th Popbox sees a free screening of “Hocus Pocus” for the little ones.

Friday 30th sees Donostia host a pumpkin carving workshop in the main square and Saturday afternoon offers the young ones a chance to have their face painted before bobbing for apples with patisserie Supercute and watching a dance performance by Norwood School.

Traders will bubble bubble toil and trouble lots of festive menu additions. Foodie favourites like Kricket will be serving pumpkin based dishes and “freaky cocktails” with Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen conjuring up Okra spook aka soup, Hells Fire Beef Shoka(owww) and Akara Frigthers. Fish and Chip supremos Hook will have a trick or treat “Hell Dish Challenge” – sure to fire up the foodies. Queen of the Harpies will be offering free ginger bread skeletons with every purchase and Mama’s Jerk will be keeping it Brixton with jerk spiced pumpkin soup! Even japan gets festive with pumpkin curry via Kyonohca, their in house sushi supremos.

For a full schedule of events visit: http://www.popbrixton.org – family-friendly highlights below:

Thursday 29th

Popbox ‘Pop Fright Cinema Experience’

16:30 – Free screening of “Hocus Pocus”

18:30 – Make Do and Mend – Sugar skull making workshop

Friday 30th

14:30 – Pumpkin Carving Main Square

Saturday 31st

Trick or Treat with our Traders – All day

12.00 – 14.00 Face Painting

12.00 – 15.00 Candy apple bobbing

14.00 – Norwood School Street Dance Performance

14.30 – Make Do and Mend – Sugar skull making workshop

16.00 – Rugby World Cup Final

Sunday 1st

14.00 – Papel Picado Mexican Bunting Workshop by Maria Sabina

Love West Dulwich Christmas Fair

Saturday 28th November 2015 – 10.00am – 5.00pm

Following the success of the Love West Dulwich Spring Fair in May and Christmas Fair in 2014, plans for the Love West Dulwich Christmas Fair are in full swing. The Love West Dulwich Christmas Fair will take place on Park Hall Road, Croxted Road and Rosendale Road in West Dulwich on Saturday 28th November from 10am to 5pm and promises to be a wonderful way to support local businesses and get your Christmas shopping all wrapped up whilst enjoying a fun day out for all the family in our special area of London.

Across West Dulwich there will be:
• Special in-store activities for all the family to take part in.
• Santa’s Grotto and face painting at Wigwam Toy Shop
• A visit from Miss Christmas
• Christmas trees for sale at Alleyn Park Garden Centre – 10% off and book free delivery.
• A Find Santa treasure hunt and storytelling session at Dulwich Books
• Arts and crafts market on Rosendale Road.
• Street food market on Croxted Road.
• Entertainment tent on Croxted Road.

In addition to this many local businesses will be running unique family friendly events, experiences and promotions throughout the day.

For more information visit: http://www.Facebook.com/LoveWestDulwich

Half-term in London is simply spook-tacular!

Smiley pumpkin

London really spoils us in terms of fun stuff to do with our kids, don’t you think? If you haven’t got half-term sorted, check out Time Out’s half-term guide and MyKidsy’s ideas for half-term for inspiration.

Kew Gardens is IncrEdible!


Last week we made the most of the sunshine and spent the day at Kew. Quite possibly the loveliest botanical gardens in the world (having experienced at least TWO others 😉 ) it is particularly good at the moment because (a) the leaves are changing colour, (b) the IncrEdibles Festival is on, (c) kids under 16 go free, and (d) the cakes are pretty tasty, too!

Discover some of the many weird and wonderful species we can feast on – there’s an exciting programme of activities and artistic installations to start you on your journey, including a giant fungi fairy ring and a spectacular pumpkin parade.

Aside from the special events, Kew has put lots of thought into making it as fun for kids and easy for parents as possible:

Climbers and Creepers – explore our unique indoor play zone, where children can wiggle through tunnels and slide down our giant pitcher plant. Suitable for children aged 3 – 9, children must be accompanied by an adult

School holiday activities – click here to find out what’s happening this October half term

Xstrata Treetop Walkway – climb 18 metres high into the treetops on to this circular walkway, to learn about trees and enjoy an exciting birds-eye view over the Gardens

Stag Beetle Loggery – insect lovers should head here during May to try and spot some of these giant beetles

Aquatic Displays – as well as incredible plants, the Palm House and the Princess of Wales Conservatory also feature aquatic displays where you can see piranha, enormous catfish, freshwater stingrays and water dragons.

Treehouse Towers – Located outside Climbers and Creepers, children (from 3 – 11) can play on giant swings, zip wires, scramble nets and slides.

Glasshouse galleries – climb up high inside the Palm House or the Temperate House to tower above the palms and plants and experience the huge scale of these historic glasshouses

Evolution House – learn about the theory of evolution by travelling through time back 3,500 million years, on the way you pass a fuming volcano with glowing lava and even dinosaur footprints

Arboretum – run off some energy in amongst the trees of Kew’s arboretum; children in particular will enjoy the area around the Lake and the Sackler Crossing, where they can see duck, geese and occasional peacocks or golden pheasant

Trails – look out to see if there are any children’s trails at the time of your visit, details can be found at the gate when you arrive, there are also trails to follow in the kids’ guidebook Kids’ Kew

Guided Tours – older children can learn lots about plants on our FREE daily guided tours, which leave at 11am and 2pm daily See our Guided Tours page for more information

Garden tickets – Adults £14.50, concessions £12.50, kids 16 and under get in FREE (detailed ticket prices)
Opening times – the Gardens open daily at 9.30am (detailed opening times)
Location: Royal Botanic Gardens Kew Rd, Richmond, London, Surrey TW9 3AB (how to find them)

Monday 2 September – Sunday 3 November 2013