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The top 10 creative/artsy/design events happening all over London this bank holiday weekend

The recent bout of warm weather has got the team at Landmark Group’s creative juices flowing. We’ve put together a list of the top 10 fun and creative things that are on our collective lists to do over the long weekend. From colourful fetes and design fairs to the Air Guitar Championships, there’s bound to be something here that will satiate your creative side and maybe even give you some ideas to implement in your own home! We only wish the long weekend was longer so that we could attempt all of them…

  1. Grand Designs Live, the UK’s leading contemporary home show, is a must for anyone who’s thinking about building a new home or improving their current home (perhaps by finally converting that unused loft of yours!). For only £12, you’ll have at your disposal over 500 exhibitors offering products and services that will help you build, design, decorate or visualise home improvement ideas. Design guru Kevin McCloud will be giving some talks over the course of the show, which runs from 4th – 12th May.
  2. We’re not sure if it’s the nature of this festival or the fact that it takes place within a huge overturned purple cow that intrigues us so much, but either way we’re all udderly dying to check out the Udderbelly Festival at the Southbank Centre! The festival, which kicked off in April and runs until mid-July, includes an assortment of comedic acts, live music, theatre, bingo, and events for kids.
  3. The colourful gathering of boats that is Canalway Cavalcade is happening over the long weekend and is a must for boat enthusiasts, budding photographers and avid pageant-watchers! There’ll be fun for all the family with a boaters’ gathering, trade shows and stalls, kids’ activities, competitions and a real ale bar.
  4. The Brockwell Lido Movement Design Fair is high up on our list because it features an eclectic range of 20th century design dealers with stalls set up around the famous open-air pool that’s an attraction in its own right. In addition to bagging some vintage jewellery, clothes and furniture, modern design fans can also elect to take a dip… weather permitting!
  5. We couldn’t not include this one! The Air Guitar UK Championships, which sees all of the best air guitarists from all over the UK (apparently there are many) come together to compete for a place in the world championships in Finland, kicks off at 8pm tonight. Tickets are £12 and in our opinion, worth every penny.
  6. The World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House features the best images captured last year from professional and amateur photographers from all over the world. The entrants come from all walks of life… it might even prompt you to take a closer look at some of the ‘masterpieces’ you’ve taken this year (and we don’t mean the selfies you’ve taken using your iPhone at your local pub!).
  7. A Fête Worse than Death isn’t as bad as it sounds – we promise! In fact, the whole arty a-fair promises to be a fun-filled Sunday outing, complete with live folk and traditional music, a spot of Morris dancing, fortune telling and some truly hilarious character actors that will foster a traditional village fête feel.
  8. If the last event doesn’t satisfy your creative needs, be sure to check out Streetfest, which is also taking place in Shoreditch on Sunday. This urban cultural festival showcases emerging talent from all over the UK in the form of singers, poets, performers, skaters, painters and musicians.
  9. The Wandsworth Arts Festival and Fringe, which runs up until the 19th of May and features plenty of free events, is definitely worth checking out. The community festival has something for everyone, including installations, spoken word recitals, pop-up performances and sculptures along the riverside between Putney Bridge and Wandsworth Park.
  10. Us Londoners are often so busy that we forget that there are a wealth of free museums and galleries that are open to the public year-round, like the National Gallery, Tate Modern and the V&A Museum. So, why not spend a day over the long weekend exploring one of these gems?

Can you think of any other great festivals or events that are taking place over the long weekend that we’ve missed? If so, be sure to let us know!

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