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29 Oct 2009

London Freeze at Battersea Power Station


The UK’s ultimate snow sports and music festival is back for 2009! Taking place in London’s Battersea Power Station from Friday 30th October to Sunday 1st November, FSO4 Freeze combines the World’s best snowboarders and skiers with a massive music line up to match. This winter we'll be transforming Battersea Power Station into London’s very own ski resort.

We've got the London leg of the LG Snowboard FIS World Cup, International Freestyle Ski Comp, alpine themed bars and 2 live music stages including the Main Stage Tent and the all new and exciting Relentless Energy Pyramid Stage. Tickets are now on sale and selling fast so be sure you don't miss out on the biggest snow sports and music festival to ever hit the UK!

Oct 30-Nov 1

Battersea Power Station, Kirtling St, SW8 5BP

27 Oct 2009

Festival of Remembrance



Each year on 11 November, we remember the men and women who gave their lives in the two World Wars and subsequent conflicts.

During the First World War, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare.

First held in 1927, the annual Festival of Remembrance honours those who risked their lives for their country. The Royal British Legion welcomes members of the Royal family, Government and the public to join in the service and two-minute silence. The event is shared by millions watching on television and listening on radio worldwide.

When: 7 November, 2pm
Where: Royal Albert Hall

22 Oct 2009

The Affordable Art Fair at Battersea Park




The Affordable Art Fair (AAF) is the place to discover and buy paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography and original prints – all priced between £50 and £3,000.

With 120 carefully selected galleries from across the UK and Europe exhibiting there is contemporary art on show to suit every taste and budget.

The forthcoming Autumn Collection (22 – 25 October) in Battersea Park, London, marks AAF’s 10th anniversary.

When Will Ramsay founded the fair in 1999 his aim was to make contemporary art accessible to everyone, and to show you don’t need to be an art expert or a millionaire to enjoy and buy art. Ten years on the fair is still a relaxed and fun way to browse a huge variety of art at one time.

AAF is a great place to spot fresh, new talent – look out for the Recent Graduates’ Exhibition at the front of the marquee which features our selection of this year’s fine art graduates.

The Education Programme offers free activities suitable for all ages, including hands-on printmaking workshops, sculpture demonstrations, an open access drawing space and kids activity packs. And for those who prefer to listen The Contemporary Art Society are running a series of talks about collecting art.

Tickets available on the door.

Battersea Park,Queenstown Rd, London, SW11 4NJ

Transport Battersea Park

Times 11am-5.30pm Thur Oct 22; 11am-6pm Fri Oct 24, Sat Oct 25, and Sun Oct 26

Prices adv (before Oct 18) £10, concs £8; on door £12, concs £10, under 16s free, drinks reception Thur Oct 18 5.30-9.30pm £20

Legoland Fireworks in Windsor




Help Indiana Jones™ lift the curse at LEGOLAND Windsor's Fireworks Spectacular!

Dark forces are set to fall upon LEGOLAND Windsor this October half term unless young adventurers can help Indiana Jones defeat the Mummy’s curse and return an artefact to its rightful place. But this is not just any artefact; it’s the Headpiece of the Staff of Ra, last seen in Indy’s very first adventure - Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Fans of the Indiana Jones movies can catch an exclusive Indiana Jones audio adventure featuring the voice of actor John Rhys-Davies, who reprises his role of Sallah especially for the Park’s biggest event of the year. Don’t miss this exclusive performance - which precedes the fireworks show each night - and hear if the ‘best digger in Egypt’ can come to the aid of his trusted friend and make the perilous journey to the Temple of Ra.


As dusk falls, you can catch the breath-taking Indy-themed firework display which promises to be the Park’s best show to date. For an added treat, there’s the chance to enjoy some of the most popular rides under the cover of darkness when the Park stays open for an extra hour after the main fireworks display.

LEGOLAND Windsor will open as usual from 10:00 and the show will commence at dusk. This is all included in the normal LEGOLAND ticket price and is FREE to Full Annual Pass holders. Rides will close approximately one hour before the show begins.


Address: Windsor Park, Berkshire, SL4 4AY


Transport: Windsor Central/ Windsor & Eton Riverside rail then shuttle service (small chg)

Prices Day tkts £37, children & seniors £28; online £33.30/£25.20

Thorpe Park Mania



Thorpe Park is one of Europe's most exciting theme parks! For a special occasion or just a fun day out with friends or family, Thorpe Park provides a truly exhilarating experience!

Visit the thrilling roller coasters, including SAW - The Ride, the first ever horror themed roller coaster, the fun starts long before you get here!





Head out of town to catch end-of-season events at the theme park, which include late-night openings offering the chance to experience the rides after dark, and a series of Horror Mazes featuring a disturbing crime scene and freakish performances renacting the seven deadly sins from 'Se7en' . Late-night events are unsuitable for under-12s and booking is essential.


Thorpe Park, Staines Rd, Surrey, Chertsey, KT16 8PN

Transport: Staines rail then 10min bus ride,by car just off the M25 at Junction 11 or 13

Times Oct 19-23 10am-8pm; Oct 17, 18 & Oct 24-Nov 1 10am-10pm

Prices £34, £24 seniors, £20 disabled & helper, £21 under-12s, £88-£105 family; online bookings are discounted

16 Oct 2009

The London Craft Fair at Somerset House




More than 150 established designers and rising stars take part each week in this showcase for contemporary craft in the UK, held in a pavilion in the courtyard. Available to buy or commission are works in disciplines spanning glass, ceramics, jewellery, metal, furniture and textiles; there are also workshops, demonstrations and talks for kids and adults, this year with a focus on basketry. Eight basket makers present their work, which includes such surprises as Laura Ellen Bacon's large-scale, bird's nest-style structures on one of the exterior pavilion walls.



In the Crafting Space area, visitors including families can take part in basketry workshops involving weaving and reconstructing familiar objects in new forms - all designed to show that basketry is a vital and contemporary craft.


At the Thursday Lates, visitors can Meet the Stylists (including Linda Barker) for fashion and interior design tips.

9 Oct 2009

The Splendour of India's Royal Courts at the V&A




Courtesy of the Maharana Mewar Charitable Foundation - © David Dunning

Thrones, gem-encrusted weapons, a Rolls Royce... there's nothing particularly subtle about the world of the maharajas as explored in this major exhibition at the V&A, which covers the period from the collapse of the Mughal empire in the early eighteenth century to the end of British rule in 1947, when Indian princes acceded their territories into the modern states of India and Pakistan. But, as well as bringing on the bling, the show looks at the changing role and influence of the maharajas - politically and socially, in India and Europe - through their patronage of artists and designers. Paintings, photography, textiles, jewellery, metalwork and furniture are on show, many coming to the West for the first time, giving an indication of princely life and ideals, court culture and alliances.

Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Rd, London, SW7 2RL