Three exciting and colourful events this weekend. Enjoy!
This Sunday will see the celebrations to welcome in the Year of the Rabbit take place in Chinatown and Shaftesbury Avenue. Festivities begin at 12noon with an official opening ceremony in Trafalgar Square, followed by a variety of performances featuring music, dance, Chinese dragons, lions, acrobatics and firecrackers. Chinatown will be filled with cultural and food stalls and displays. See this website for more details.
Grimaldi Service, Holy Trinity Church.
Sunday 3:00pm. The annual service in which around 60 clowns, dressed in full costume, gather to honour the king of the clowns, Joseph Grimaldi (1778-1837), will be conducted by the Rev Rose Hudson-Wilkin. After the colourful service a free clown show takes place in the school hall over the road. Arrive early to get a seat – it’s a popular event and the church often overflows. Travel to Highbury and Islington tube station then get the overground towards Stratford and get off at Dalston Kingsland. Holy Trinity Church Beechwood Rd, London E8 3DY. Map here
Saturdays. This is SPECIAL! Go an learn about cells in a REAL scientific laboratory. See scientists doing their jobs, learn about biomedical research, explore scientific equipment, carry out experiments and ask questions. This should be amazing… There are 3 sessions to choose from on Saturdays: 11:00am, 1:00pm or 3:00pm. Each session starts off with a Pod show (1 hour long) then moves onto another activity such as a workshop or a science theatre show (each 1 hour long). The current activity is the fabulously disgusting interactive show “Snot, Sick and Scabs”. Tickets are free, but you need to book a place. Click here to find out more. Travel to Whitechapel Tube station. Centre of the Cell, Newark St, London E1 2AT.