Mega Spectacle

Are you pining a little for the heady times of last year? This post-Olympic, post-Jubilee year might seem a little flat in comparison to the constant stream of free pleasures that was 2013. But the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival is here to perk us all up. Eight days of outdoor theatre, spectacular aerial shows, major dance events and art installations, will fill south east London with colour, emotion and gasps of surprise. Free outdoor show As The World Tipped opens the festival, and its huge scope and epic production is worth older kids staying up late for (show starts at 10pm). We’re excited about this weekend’sBone Yard Tales, a story set in a magical scrapyard, the Marvellous Menagerie, Aesop’s Fables retold in the style of a Victorian travelling fair, the deeply surreal Brain Collector show, and Titeretu, an installation where kids get to control a giant puppet. There are so many more astounding-sounded things happening, we recommend getting down there early and exploring all day. Shows take place across Docklands and Greenwich – if you live the other side of London, why not make things even more exciting, and take the River Bus east? Free. All weekend. More here