Notting Hill Carnival
It’s August Bank Holiday weekend, which can mean only one thing, Notting Hill Carnival. The streets of West London will be alive with festival goers. Expect Caribbean food, steel bands, colourful floats and performers and of course one big party! The carnival is free and kicks off on Saturday night with Panorama a free open-air concert involving a steel band competition at Emslie Horniman Pleasance Park, from 6pm until 10pm. Sunday is family day and the parade begins at 10am until 8.30pm. Bank Holiday Monday sees the main parade and festivities continue throughout the day. More info thenottinghillcarnival.com.
Nearest tube, Notting Hill Gate, Holland Park and Ladbroke Grove.
Yelp’s Slide & Scoops
Yelp, the online urban city guide and app, is taking over the KIDS Adventure Playground in Hackney on Saturday 29th August for a day of food, drinks, slides, swings and sweets, just for adults. Expect old school ice cream trucks, alcoholic pops, liquid nitrogen ice cream and more! The event is free to attend and all you need to do is to sign up to Yelp and check-in on the app to get in. Full details of the Yelp playground takeover and Ice Cream Festival can be found here, see you there!
Kids Adventure Play Hackney, Spring Lane, London E5 9HQ
BBC Good Food Festival
This Bank Holiday Weekend the BBC Good Food Festival comes to Hampton Court Palace for the second year running. Visitors will be able to sample food and enjoy expert tips from top cooks and chefs including GBBO’s Paul Hollywood, Michel Roux Jr, John Whaite and winner of the second series of Great British Bake Off Jo Wheatley. Book in to catch the chefs in action, enjoy live entertainment from The Polka Dots and the Riverside Brass Ensemble or catch circus performers in the gardens. Tickets are £17.50 for adults and children under 16 go free. For all prices and info visit bbcgoodfoodshow.com.
Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9AU
Urban Ninja at Hyde Park
Urban Ninja is inspired by the cult hit TV show Ninja Warrior. The Urban Ninja obstacle course has plenty obstacles I don’t think I’d want to face anytime soon, including the ‘Insane Pipe Scrambler’, the ‘Monkey Press’ and ‘Core Crunch’. Urban Ninja combines 15 of 2015’s top street-fitness trends and focuses on upper-body and core strength, combined with short sharp bursts of activities to test leg power. With two levels, Tame – Easy and Insane – Hard, I know which I’d be going for. If you are brave enough to tackle the challenge, the pop-up will be in Hyde Park over the Bank Holiday weekend. Find out more urbanninja.co.uk.
South West Four
Returning for another year at Clapham Common is the SW4 festival. If you love dance music then this could be the festival for you. Headlining on the Saturday this year are Faithless with special guests Basement Jaxx on the Sunday and the main headliner on Sunday will be the awesome Skillrex. Tickets start at £70 and are available at southwestfour.com.