From Game of Thrones stunt-rider displays and a carnivalesque party pop-up to arts festivals and family funfairs, we round up the best things to do in and around Wimbledon this coming week.
This weekend looks set fair – make the most of the weather, there’s plenty of things to do in SW19, especially if you’re an arts lover, a fan of funfairs or looking for a way to escape the ordinary…
‘DOG DAYS’ OF WIMBLEDON
Clapham’s Northcote Gallery is hosting an exhibition of works by Wimbledon resident and artist Katharine Le Hardy, documenting the closure of London’s last iconic dog track as it is demolished to make way for the brand new home of AFC Wimbledon. In homage to the hounds that once raced around its grounds, each of the expressive artworks is named after one of the competing dogs. Pictured above, from left: ‘A Little Less Slip’ and ‘Benson Express’ – Oil on Board, both Katharine Le Hardy at Northcote Gallery.
When: 19th September – 6th October
Where: Northcote Gallery, 110 Northcote Road, London SW11 6QP
Booking: Free during opening hours – no tickets necessary
More Information: Visit the Northcote Gallery website
SPIRIT OF BRAZIL POP-UP PARTY AT HOTEL DU VIN
Shake your tail feathers, don your cocktail finery and hotfoot it over to Hotel du Vin Wimbledon this Wednesday to experience a taste of Brazil’s famously colourful hospitality, care of Portal Londres & Shikoda. Those lucky enough to have nabbed a ticket will be joining Lady Wimbledon and friends as they’re dazzled by live entertainment from some of Brazil’s leading musicians and spectacular carnival dancers.
A pop-up bar will be mixing and serving Brazil’s refreshing and moreish national cocktail, the Caipirinha, made with cachaça (sugarcane spirit), sugar, and lime. Fine wines and chilled beers will be served throughout the night, and Hotel du Vin’s chefs will tempt your tastebuds with exotic canapés and tasters from their specially created Brazilian menu. Lucky guests will also have the chance to win luxury prizes including designer jewellery in a charity raffle on the night.
The Brazilian Event will be hosted in Hotel du Vin’s stunning Orangerie with breathtaking views of Cannizaro Park, adjacent to Wimbledon Common.
When: Wednesday 25th September, 7pm–10pm
Where: Hotel du Vin Wimbledon, Cannizaro Park
Booking: Tickets essential: book now via Eventbrite
More Information: Read Lady Wimbledon’s blog post about The Brazilian Event
WIMBLEDON ARTS & CRAFTS MARKET
This weekend, there’ll be a colourful array of art pieces on offer, from local artists and designers at the piazza on Wimbledon Broadway. With more than 20 stallholders plotting up, you’ll be able to browse and buy all manner of creative delights, from watercolours and art prints to painted pottery, photography and upcycled gifts.
And it’s not just all about art – foodies can tuck into hot food and drinks from the stands while choosing a new painting to fill that empty wall in your home, and there’ll be live music courtesy of Hanna Pianos, plus a few surprises, too.
When: Saturday 21st – Sunday 22nd September, 11am – 6pm
Where: Wimbledon Town Centre Piazza, The Broadway, Wimbledon, London SW19 1QB
More Information: Visit the Love Wimbledon website
WIMBLEDON MARATHON FEST
With everyone going back to work, school or just celebrating the arrival of autumn, September is the perfect time to get motivated, kickstart a new project and get fit. What better way to jump into action than to go for a run?
Perseverance Events gives you a warm welcome to the Wimbledon Marathon Fest – London’s autumn multi-terrain running festival. Sprint through a mixture of historical common paths, tracks and local roads with fellow supportive runners. You might get the running bug!
Where: Starts at Wimbledon Common, 4 Windmill Road, London SW19 5NQ
Booking: Click here to book tickets
More Information: Visit the Wimbledon Marathons website
‘BRIGHT STARS SHONE FOR US’ BRINGS TCHAIKOVSKY TO LIFE
The Wimbledon International Music Festival brings Tchaikovsky to life with what promises to be a spectacular performance this Saturday night. Half concert, half play, and wholly brilliant, ‘Bright Stars Shone for Us’ is performed by two actors and a dancer, a lyric drama that reveals the deeply human heart of a supreme artist and delivers an unprecedented emotional impact in a fresh theatrical form.
Meet the man behind the music and discover the tumultuous circumstances that drove Tchaikovsky to the heights of creativity and the depths of despair – all performed to the soundtrack of his miraculous compositions. Fighting with his inner demons, Tchaikovsky comes to understand how music can express the deepest longings of his soul, and how he may transcend his own fears and limitations to achieve ultimate meaning and resolution.
Kick your musical theatre night off with a complimentary glass of Prosecco from 7pm, have a chance to meet the cast and settle in for a night to remember…
When: Saturday 21st September, 7:30pm
Where: King’s College School, Southside, Wimbledon Common, London SW19 4TT
Booking: Tickets, from £5–£35. Click here to book.
More Information: Visit the Wimbledon Music Festival website
MERTON ARTS FESTIVAL 2019: OPEN HOUSES & STUDIOS
With 100 artists showcasing an exciting line-up of their best work, Merton Arts Festival 2019 promises a non-stop carousel of artistic inspiration. Go on a rambling adventure in the Wimbledon wonderland of creativity, where you’ll be able to visit artists’ houses, art studios, pubs and churches full of bright colourful works. Plan your trail and learn more about the artists present on the website link below.
WIMBLEDON COMMON FUN FAIR
Speaking of carousels… This weekend is your last chance to enjoy all the fun of the fair: the Kidz World Token Fair is in town until Sunday, so bring your thrill-seeking self, your family and friends, and get ready to eat plenty of candy-floss…
When: Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September, 11am until dusk
Where: Wimbledon Common
THE WIMBLEDON FAYRE
Yeehaw! Last but not least, another brilliant event for Wimbledon: this local take on the Town & Country Show is not to be missed, with a range of displays from the famous stunt rider and horseman Jonathan Marshall (you might have spotted him in Poldark and Game Of Thrones), motorbike stunt teams, heavy horses and falconry displays, and last but not least, Britain’s Got Talent’s Dima and his dogs. There will also be a dog show, a children’s area with a petting farm, Punch & Judy shows, wrestling, and of course, plenty of food, drinks and shopping stalls.
When: Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September, 10.30am–5.30pm
Where: Wimbledon Park
Tickets: Visit the Facebook page
Written By: Eyes of Lady Wimbledon | Editor
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