The Weekend Planner: Fulham, Hammersmith & Shepherds Bush

Friday, August 02, 2013 by Douglas And Gordon

Keep your cool this weekend with our handy events guide! Whatever you end up doing, have a great one.

Prudential RideLondon

The Prudential RideLondon cycling races will take place this weekend in central London. There is a family FreeCycle race on Saturday, which consists of an enjoyable eight-mile traffic-free circuit. The three RideLondon Grand Prix races, meanwhile, will showcase the talent of future Olympians, professional women’s cyclists and hand-cycle racing, a celebration of London’s Paralympic legacy. The RideLondon Surrey Classic, a 100 mile race beginning at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and finishing at The Mall in central London, will take place this Sunday, along with the Surrey Classic, which features 150 professional cyclists and will pass through 12 London boroughs and the county of Surrey.

Even if you’re not participating, you can still go along and show your support. There will be fun community events taking place on Sunday at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park after the cyclists have departed. For information on the best places along the route to view the race, here’s a link to the RideLondon spectator guide.

Fulham Palace

Illyria will be putting on a performance of “The Mikado” at the Fulham Palace Walled Garden this Sunday afternoon at 2.30pm. “The Mikado” is described as a comic opera by Gilbert and Sullivan, the plot revolving around a town where flirting has been made illegal. If you’re in the mood for some comedy and outdoor theatre, then do come along, but remember to bring your own blankets or cushions.

Riverside Studios

Throughout July and August, Riverside Studios will be showing special screenings of children’s movies on a Sunday. This Sunday’s offering is Wreck-It Ralph, a popular Disney movie from 2012. The show begins at 2.30pm, and tickets cost £4 for adults and £2 kids – a free drink and popcorn is provided with each child’s ticket!

On Friday and Saturday nights, meanwhile, Riverside will be showing a double bill of “Before Sunset” and “Before Midnight” - starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, the movies set are set a few years apart.

In preparation for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, there will also be a month-long exhibition entitled “Jokerface” by Ray Burmiston – a photographer’s tribute to iconic figures on the comedy circuit in the past decade. Riverside also has a number of musical performances taking place over the weekend. For show times and info, take a look at their website.

Ravenscourt Park

It’s the last weekend to visit the fairground at Ravenscourt Park, before it closes this Sunday. The fair opens daily at 12pm and closes in the early evening. Entry is free, and rides are token-operated. If you have young children or siblings to entertain, then don’t miss out!

Lyric Square

Ping!London has returned to Lyric Square! For the entire month of August, ping pong tables will be set up in the square for visitors to enjoy a game or two. Bats and ping pong balls are available free of charge, so show off your skills to friends or compete with complete strangers.

Parsons Green

The Parsons Green Farmers Market takes place every Sunday from 10am to 2pm at New Kings School. Just a short walk from the Parsons Green station, the market offers organic vegetables, delicious pies and rare-breed poultry, among other products.

Jerdan Place Market

A new Fulham market has been launched at Jerdan Place, near Stamford Bridge. The market will be open on Fridays and Saturdays from 9am to 5pm, and also on the days when Chelsea is playing at home. You can sample everything from delicious crepes to Indonesian street food, and much more. There will also be stalls selling merchandise – including vintage Chanel dresses!