Our pick of events to help you make the most out of your weekend...
An Evening of Burlesque
Leave your inhibitions at the door and prepare to experience the UK’s biggest burlesque extravaganza, with a bevy of beautiful burlesque stars, speciality variety artists and fabulous costumes.
Millfield Theatre, Silver Street, Edmonton, N18 1PJ, Friday, February 10, 7.45pm. Details: 020 8807 6680
Hackney Colliery Band
The swinging brass nine-piece from East London will provide the ultimate soundtrack to your night out. They bring the brass band tradition bang up to date with an eclectic repertoire that spans funk, hip-hop, rock, Balkan brass, electronica and contemporary jazz, with unexpected covers of Adele, The Prodigy, Kanye West, Toto and more.
Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, RM11 1QT, Friday, February 10, 7.30pm. Details: 01708 443333
Professor Nitrate’s Mission to Mars
Professor Nitrate demonstrates some of the science of sending a rocket into outer space in exuberant science shows that all can enjoy. The space theme continues with families enjoying an array of activities on offer throughout the nine days. Further activities include decorating space suits, taking selfies at a Space Window, and testing skills for outer space by making and launching model rockets with the help of the Professor’s assistants. Then there is the Royal Gunpowder Mills’ Rocket Vault where real rockets and satellites are kept, with a quiz that families can complete as they learn.
Royal Gunpowder Mills, Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1JX, Saturday, February 11, to Sunday, February 19, 10am to 5pm. Details: 01992 707370
Boogie among the animals
Fun games, arts and crafts and a children’s 70s disco, all in a setting taking visitors back to the 70s to mark the farm’s opening 40 years ago. Special activities for the day include a chance to jump and jive on the farm’s Rainbow Jumping Pillow, a Flashback Farmyard Trail and animal shows throughout the day. There are also plenty of adventure activities, with play areas, toboggan rides and a chance to conquer the slopes of the Alpine Adventure or become an archaeologist, discovering the ancient bones buried in Dino-chicken World.
Lee Valley Park Farms, Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey, EN9 2EF, Saturday, January 11. Details: 01992 892781
Someone Like You – The Adele Songbook
Celebrate one of our generation’s finest singer-songwriters with a soul-stirring performance of Adele’s finest hits. Journey from break up to make up with all the favourites including Chasing Pavements, Set Fire To The Rain, Someone Like You, Hello, Rolling In The Deep and much more.
Millfield Theatre, Silver Street, Edmonton, N18 1PJ, Saturday, February 11, 7.45pm. Details: 020 8807 6680
Discover London Children’s Book Swap
The Queen’s Theatre will open its doors to anyone wanting to recycle their children’s books and give children new books to read. For one day only, literally thousands of books will be swapped in an action-packed day of free activities. Families attending the event can bring an old book along with them to the theatre and swap it for a different book to take home for free. Suitable for children aged 3–16.
Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, RM11 1QT, Saturday, February 11. Details: 01708 443333
The alphabet is reinvented in this display of critically acclaimed photographers exploring new notions of the age-old teaching tool for children – the alphabet book. The display brings together a collection of international photography heroes and acclaimed photographers from various walks of life.
V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, Bethnal Green, E2 9PA, Saturday, February 11, to Sunday, June 4. Details: vam.ac.uk
Chris & Pui
CBeebies’ favourite double act is coming to town! See Chris & Pui from Show Me Show Me’ in their very own stage show with the toys and characters from their hit TV programme. With songs, comedy sketches, a dash of magic and heaps of joining in.
Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, RM11 1QT, Saturday, February 11, 11am and 2pm. Details: 01708 443333
50 Shades of K – Chris Marco K
A hilarious new comedy show where Chris talks about online dating and those embarrassing dating scenarios.
Dugdale Centre, Thomas Hardy House, London Road, Enfield EN2 6DS, Saturday, February 11, 7.45pm. Details: 020 8807 6680
Searching for Ghosts
Working with the museum and photographer Tom Hunter participants undertook an exploration of some of the housing in East London. An intergenerational journey of discovery, unearthing stories of home and photographically bringing the past to life, offering a glimpse into the lived experience of several generations of east Londoners.
V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, Bethnal Green, E2 9PA, from Saturday, February 11. Details: vam.ac.uk
Come Mek We Larf – Valentine’s Day Special
Come Mek We Larf promises a night of funtastic entertainment featuring the best in African Caribbean comedians. This show will highlight the ecstasy and mystery of romance.
Millfield Theatre, Silver Street, Edmonton, N18 1PJ, Sunday, February 12, 7pm. Details: 020 8807 6680
Lily and The Little Snow Bear
When Lily sets off to explore in the snow, she finds a lost little snow bear who’s really missing his mummy. Lily decides to rescue the baby bear before it’s too late. With exquisite puppets, enchanting music and a magical snowy setting, this modern day fairytale is especially for children aged 3+.
Millfield Theatre, Silver Street, Edmonton, N18 1PJ, Sunday, February 12, 11.30am. Details: 020 8807 6680
Walkers can explore a guided walk through the historical and scenic landscapes of the River Lee Country Park. This 1,000-acre park has a huge variety of wildlife and history.
Fishers Green Car Park, Waltham Abbey, Waltham Cross, EN8 9SU, Sunday, February 19, 10am to 12pm. Details: visitleevalley.org.uk
Pre-recorded from the Royal Opera House. The pioneering literary work of Virginia Woolf is the inspiration for multi-award-winning choreographer Wayne McGregor’s brilliant triptych for The Royal Ballet.
Chelmsford City Theatres, Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1JG, Sunday, February 12, 2pm. Details: 01245 606505