Your Area Events Guide: Kensington, Chelsea & Notting Hill

Friday, August 16, 2013 by Douglas And Gordon

The Premier League kicks off this weekend – if you’re a sports fan, no doubt you’ll be glued to the television or cheering on your team at the stadium. For those of you who aren’t as enamoured with the beautiful game, here’s a selection of other great activities to keep you occupied this weekend.

Great British Beer Festival

Hosted at the London Olympia, the Great British Beer Festival began on the 13th, and ends tomorrow - so if you haven’t yet had a chance to visit, then don’t miss out! From 11am to 7pm, visitors can sample from a range of over 800 ales, ciders and foreign beers. There will also be live music, pub snacks, and tutored beer tasting sessions.

Somerset House

This weekend, Film4 Summer will screen a variety of movies in the 18th century courtyard at Somerset House. Saturday’s line up includes “Badlands” and “Raising Arizona””, whilst on Sunday you can catch a showing of romantic comedy “Crazy Stupid Love”. Doors open at 6.30pm, and visitors and welcome to bring their own picnics and blankets.

Natural History Museum

It’s time for “Dino Snores for Grown Ups”, a sleepover for the young at heart at the Natural History Museum. The event will include a three course dinner, a monster movie marathon, a midnight feast, live music, stand-up comedy and various other activities throughout the museum. And, of course, sleeping in the Central Hall under the watchful eye sockets of Dippy, the Diplodocus skeleton.

Royal Albert Hall

We’re halfway through the BBC Proms, but there’s still some great classical music to be had. Today’s Prom 45 features Tippett’s “The Midsummer Marriage”, whilst tomorrow’s Prom 46 includes pieces from Dvořák, Verdi, Tchaikovsky and Strauss. Saturday evening’s Prom 47, meanwhile, is centred around Brahms’ “A German Requiem”. Rounding off a weekend of magical music is Prom 48, starring the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and composer Matthias Pintscher. For a detailed line up, do visit the official BBC Proms site.

London Transport Museum

If you have younger children or siblings to keep entertained this weekend, bring them along to the London Transport Museum for their “Tackling Tunnels” story time sessions on Saturday, at 11am and 4pm. Children also have the opportunity to dig in the sandpit and see who can build the biggest, strongest tunnel. On Sunday, the museum will be hosting fun science sessions that teach kids all about steam and electricity, and what it takes to keep London powered up and moving.