Current events make Refugee Week more resonant than ever. It marks the contributions and resiliance of people who’ve sought sanctuary abroad. Take a seat in one of the Southbank Centre’s boats that showcases refugees’ messages and stories through multimedia art (free, until June 19), or to join in their Refugees Welcome event that includes music and dance performances, readings and poetry (June 19). Alternatively, jead to 19 Princelet Street for a rare, free, public opening of the Huguenots house (June 19 and 26).
It’s Open Farm Sunday on June 5 – hundreds of farms across the UK are throwing open their doors to welcome visitors. Of course, most of London’s farms are open year-round, but this weekend, expect special events. Ride a pony and create art in Kentish Town, and enjoy crafts and games at Woodlands Farm Trust’s Summer Show. Or venture further out of town and explore one of the private farms open to the public this weekend. Ooh, and indeed, aaarrrr. More here
This weekend (May 7–8), London Zoo gives an extra warm welcome to kids with special needs and their families. There will be Makaton sing-a-longs, BSL interpreters on hand, a chill-out room for taking timeout and changing hoists and a reserved picnic area for Special Children’s Day families. More here
Take a stroll along the Thames this weekend (April 22-23), and get an intensive shot of Shakespeare, courtesy of The Complete Walk. 37 specially-made, 10-minute films are to be screened for free at locations between Westminster Bridge and Tower Bridge, each exploring one of Shakespeare’s plays. Grab a map from The Globe theatre and take in a few… More here
There’s not really much to find out about International Pillow Fight Day. It’s wonderfully simple. People hold pillow fights. All over the world, from Atlanta to Zurich.
The London event takes place on April 2 in Trafalgar Square at 3pm. There are only two rules; don’t hit anyone with a camera and don’t hit anyone without a pillow. The fight kicks off at 3pm. Bring your own pillow (you can always use it to nap on the tube on the way home).
It’ll be enjoyable to watch for younger kids, and fun to join in for older ones able to take a few (very gentle) knocks. Find out more here.
Egg rolling is one of our very favourite English traditions. Every Easter Sunday, we go to the top of a big hill and roll our decorated eggs down it. Yes, it’s a batty way to spend a (usually blustery and rainy) Sunday morning, but it’s fun, and, if you’re the lucky winner (getting your egg down the hill or having the best-decorated egg) you get bragging rights until the next roll. Our family used to dye our eggs with onion skins, but this has been replaced with the family tradition of rendering famous people who have died that year in eggy form. We have even been known to take a few packets of salt in our back pockets and sat and feasted on the remains of the eggs, although this is inadvisable in areas where lots of people walk their dogs. Groo. Remember to crush every bit of eggshell so witches can’t use them as boats.