Chinese New Year- Year of the Rat

Chinese New Year- Year of the Rat

Chinese New Year is also known as the Spring Festival and is the most important date in China’s traditional calendar. Chinese New Year always commences on the lunar new year which, this year, falls on Saturday 25th of January 2020. Celebrations usually last for seven days and this year is the Year of the Rat. The Rat is the 1st animal of the Chinese zodiac. Representing luck and wealth, people born in 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008 and 2020. Chinese New Year Parade Location: Chinatown, London, W1D 5QA Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus The parade starts through Chinatown before passing through Charing Cross Road and Shaftesbury Avenue. .The parade ends at Trafalgar Square with the main stage where spectators will witness the official opening ceremony. Be sure to stick around for  the grand finale at Trafalgar Square and an explosion of Chinese New Year fireworks in London! Leicester Square Family Fun Location: Leicester Square,Cranbourn St, Covent Garden, London WC2H 0AP Nearest Tube: Leicester Square If you stop off at  Leicester Square during the official Chinese New Year Parade, you’ll find plenty to keep the kids entertained while they take part in Chinese cultural activities.Teach your children about the art of calligraphy, dance to Chinese music and watch family-friendly street performances. There’s also the chance to dress up in traditional Chinese attire.If you want to fully embrace Chinese New Year, then take your family to Leicester Square and add a bit of culture to your weekend. Shaftesbury Avenue Location: 29 Shaftesbury Ave, Soho, London W1D 7ES Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus If you take a trip down to Shaftesbury Avenue on Sunday 10th February, then you’ll witness a showcase of...
Brush off your January Blues

Brush off your January Blues

Congratulations, you have made it to 2020! Doesn’t that have wonderful ring to it? Good things are going to happen and you’re going to treat yourself to some fun things to do. Let’s keep the delight of Christmas wonder and positivity going into January. Winter Lights  Location: Canary Wharf Website: canarywharf.com/arts-events The award-winning Winter Lights returns to Canary Wharf in January for a sixth year running from the 16th January to the 25th January. Canary Wharf will be transformed by over 25 spectacular installations, leaving the dark winter evenings aglow. The spectacle will showcase light art and interactive installations by some of the most innovative artists across the globe working in light art today. Cirque du Soleil at Royal Albert Hall Location: Royal Albert Hall,Kensington Gore,London,SW7 2AP Website: www.royalalberthall.com Running from the 12th January to 01 March 2020.This year, the world famous Cirque du Soleil returns to the Royal Albert Hall with the show Luzia. See incredible acts by talented artists, including contortionists who twist their body into astonishing shapes, scuba diving clowns and trapeze artists who fly as rain falls around them. Book your tickets now to experience this world renown show first hand. Ice Skating at Somerset House Location:Strand, London WC2R 1LA Website: somersethouse If you missed your chance to go skating during the Christmas period, fear not because Somerset outdoor ice rink is open to the 12th January and in my opinion is the best time to go as there will be less people to worry about. Now in its 20th year, this popular icy experience is set against Somerset House’s stunning neoclassical facade and is open all day and well into the evening....
Christmas Markets Galore

Christmas Markets Galore

It is only November, but the Festive season is in full swing and I don’t know about you, but I am fully embracing it. The festive lights, the mulled wine and all the late-night shopping. One of the best places to get all your Christmas present and feel very festive is going to Christmas markets which Europe is famously known for. Lucky for us, England offers some of the most magical Christmas markets and I have put together a list of the Top five must visits Christmas markets this year!    Bath Christmas Market  Dates: 28th November – 15th December Website: bathchristmasmarket.co.uk/   Opening hours differ Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays will be open from 10AM–7PM, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays will be open longer 10AM–8PM while Sundays will be open 10AM–6PM. Bath is probably one of the best know and most popular Christmas Market in the UK , it is the largest Christmas shopping event in the South West. This year there will be over 150 chalets stalls , all selling high quality artisan products and home made British goods. The market itself covers the streets around the Bath Abbey, this is accessible via train or car. Set among the romantic roman cobbled streets it’s easy to tell why the Bath Christmas Market is so beloved. Birmingham Christmas Market Dates: 7th November – 23rd December Website: www.thebfcm.co.uk/ Open daily from 10AM-9PM, the Birmingham city market is known as the Frankfurt Christmas Market, as it is one of the largest authentic German Markets outside of Germany and Austria. This year there will be over 180 chalets stalls offering a wide range of artisan products, don’t miss...
Spectacular and Spooky Halloween Events

Spectacular and Spooky Halloween Events

As another month draws to a close, it brings us one step closer to Halloween! This day where the veil between the living and the dead is the thinnest…and a massive excuse to dress up and go out dancing. A night full of ghouls and scares, be sure to find yourself at the best event this weekend. Have a look at some of the spookiest events in town and be sure to grab your tickets and costume before! Halloween Ball at The Mansion Location: Secret Venue Nearest Tube: Secret Venue Website: www.themansionlondon.com/next-event It’s Halloween, so that calls for costumes, candy and creepy ghouls! Well at the Halloween Ball, it will tick all the boxes! The private venue is top secret and will only be revealed 48 Hours before the event (Easy access within London Zone 2). This quirky venue will have 3 dance floors, 1 art room, 2 lounges and 2 bar areas for you to choose from! If you are looking for something scarier there is a real back yard graveyard! Come dressed to the nines as you could win a flight to New York City for best costume. Book your tickets in advance, you don’t want to miss this party! The Dark Circus Party Location:13 Stoke Newington Road, London N16 8BH Nearest Tube: Dalston Kingsland Website: www.darkcircusparty.com At the Dark Circus you’ll be in for a real treat with show stopping entertainment acts such as caged curiosities breathing fire and swallowing swords, ethereal silks performances, treacherous trapeze acts and bizarre sideshow oddities. Grab a signature cocktail and enjoy stepping into another world for the evening. Please note there is a strict...
Pumpkin Patch Picking

Pumpkin Patch Picking

Ahhhh Autumn, that means crispy leaves, darker night and the return of the pumpkin season. On the 26th October it is National Pumpkin Day, and we have put together a list of some Farms where you can pick your own pumpkin in time for pumpkin pie and Halloween. Also, it’s a great fun for the whole family and very Instagram worthy. Priory Farm Location: Priory Farm, Sandy Lane, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 4EJ Website: https://www.prioryfarm.co.uk/whats-on/halloween/ Pumpkin Picking Dates are 12th -13 October and 19th -20th October 10AM-16:30PM (Lunch between 1-1:30PM) Entry is £2.50 and then the cost of the pumpkins.  Take a tractor ride out to Priory Farm’s pumpkin field and choose your Halloween table topper. Depart from the Discover walk entrance open from 10:30-4:30PM. Closer to Halloween, other events take place at the farm, including a spooky trail, and a pumpkin carving experience in a witches’ cave. Perfect for all ages! Secretts Farm Store and Shop Location: Secretts, Hurst Farm, Chapel Lane, Milford, Surrey, GUB 5HU. Website:   http://www.secretts.co.uk/pumpkin-week-2017/ Pumpkin Picking Dates are 26th – 31st October. Free parking brings your own bags and £1.50 entry, which covers the cost of the tractor ride to and from the pumpkin field. There are no card facilities. Open from 11AM – 3PM. Come down to Secretts Farm for their annual Pumpkin Week where you can take a tractor ride out to the pumpkin field to pick your goodies, then let the kids play in the tractor and haystack play areas, or get their faces painted. There’s also a special pumpkin refreshment menu available with pumpkin curries, soups and cakes, as well as...
Bank Holiday Fun- 5 things to do this long weekend

Bank Holiday Fun- 5 things to do this long weekend

Another bank holiday is quickly approaching, and if , like me ,you’ve completely forgotten all about it then fear not! We have made a list of some brilliant events and festivals happening over the long weekend, so  you can really make the most of your extra day off. Notting Hill Carnival Location: Main parade Great Western Road finishing at Ladbroke Grove. Website: https://nhcarnival.org/  Dates: 25th-26th August 2019 Nearest Tube: Notting Hill   A free carnival? A free carnival that is also one of the largest street carnivals in Europe. Well it’s a no brainer really. This annual event celebrates London’s Caribbean culture and traditions, which last year about 2 million people attended. This parade takes up 10 neighborhood so please do download the handy carnival app before hand which will have loads of information and handy map and travel information for you! With live music  , floats and gorgeous mas bands dancers you can understand why this is such a renown carnival, a true celebration of culture. On the Sunday they offer a more family friendly day , while Monday will more of a party. There will be traditional food and activities throughout the day so its caters for everyone!   South West 4 Festival Location: Clapham Common, Windmill Dr, London SW4 9DE Website: https://www.southwestfour.com/ Dates: 24th-25th August 2019 Nearest tube: Clapham Common   Ticketed event so be sure to get your tickets in advance, tickets start from £62.50. One of the coolest festivals hosted by Capital FM with names such as basement Jaxx, Craig David, Idris Elba, Mabel and so many more. The line up has over 90 different artist ...