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What's on in London this August

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30 July 2018 | Location

The summer holidays are in full swing and there’s a host of family-friendly events to check out if you’re in the capital this August.

Here are 5 events you should try.


Underbelly Festival at South Bank

Underbelly Festival has returned to London’s South Bank for its 10th year and is hosting more of its range of circus, theatre, and comedy acts throughout August.

Highlights include a night of live swing music and dancing, and a unique take on The Little Mermaid in Metta’s Circus show.

August is also the last chance to catch Circa’s renowned Peep Show – a contemporary circus with spine-twisting acrobatics.

Visitors can pop into the free-to-enter festival grounds to sample some of the wide variety of street food available.


Kids week in the West End

Contrary to its title, Kids Week runs through the whole month of August and gives children aged 16 and under the chance to see a West End theatre performance for free.

There are a range of shows covered by the offer, including Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia, Wicked and Disney’s Aladdin.

And Official London Theatre, which is running the promotion, is also hosting a programme of workshops and Q&A sessions to get more children interested in theatre.

Adults must buy a full-price ticket to qualify for the offer.


Notting Hill Carnival

From the 26th to 27th August, the streets of West London come to life with the vibrant culture and colours of the Caribbean.

The annual event attracts roughly one million visitors each year, meaning it’s one of the largest street parades in the world and the perfect place to celebrate the August Bank Holiday.

It’s advisable to get to the festival early and if you’re in need of any more tips then check out our Notting Hill blog from last year.


Women’s Hockey World Cup

London is playing host to the Vitality Women’s Hockey World Cup at The Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, part of the Olympic Park in Stratford.

England kicked off their campaign with a 1-1 draw with India and will be hoping that they can make it all the way to the final, which takes place on August 5th.


Dinosaur World Live

This August, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is home to the highly-rated Dinosaur World Live show.

Come face-to-face with the iconic Tyrannosaurus Rex and join an intrepid explorer as he travels through this prehistoric world.

Dinosaur World Live runs from 14th August to 9th September and tickets start from £16.50 but act quickly as tickets are getting snapped up fast.


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