Five of the best family-friendly activities during Dulwich Festival… 

1 Clowns Without Borders: Laughter-Aid
Saturday 13 May

Clowns Without Borders will share the performance they have been touring to refugee camps in Europe for the first time in the UK. Expect a very silly, highly visual and physical performance with lots of audience interaction! Suitable for 4 to 10 year olds. Proceeds from this performance will contribute to the on-going work of Clowns Without Borders. 3pm. Tickets: £8, under 18s £5, family (2 adults, 2 children) £15.
St Barnabas Parish Hall, Dulwich Village SE21 7BT

2 Children’s Concert: The Biggest Drum!
Saturday 13 May

South London Symphonic Winds, conducted by Bob Bridges, present the excitement of a Latin Extravaganza, WWI marches, Wallace & Gromit and the ‘huge’ drum and percussion section of the band. Children are invited to don fancy dress, join the grand march, conduct the band and play the drums. 11am-12noon. Tickets: £10, concessions £7, children 12 & under go free.
St Barnabas Parish Hall, Dulwich Village SE21 7BT

3 Tangram Theatre: The Element in the Room – A Radioactive Musical Comedy about the Death and Life of Marie Curie
Saturday 13 May

The Element in the Room – A Radioactive Musical Comedy about the Death and Life of Marie Curie, tells the story of Marie Curie’s extraordinary life with breathtaking breakthroughs and seriously silly songs. Tangram’s internationally acclaimed peer-reviewed musical comedies about Darwin and Einstein have delighted audiences worldwide. This brand new show completes their award-winning Scientrilogy. 7pm. Tickets: £12, concessions £10, under 18s £8.
The Great Hall, Alleyn’s School, Townley Road

4 Festival Youth Concert
Thursday 18 May

Head for Kingsdale Foundation School to hear talented pupils from local primary and secondary schools making music of an exceptionally high standard and of an unbelievable variety at the Dulwich Festival Youth Concert. 7pm. Tickets: £5, under 16s £2, family £10.
Kingsdale Foundation School, Alleyn Park, Dulwich SE21 8SQ

5 Festival Fairs
Dulwich Festival Fair: Sunday 14 May
Back for the 12th year running, the Festival Fair on Goose Green is a wonderful day out for all the family with a bouncy castle, face painting, donkey rides, made children’s t-shirts, homemade cakes and more, including the EDT beer tent to keep the grown-ups happy. Nibble delicious food the ever-growing range of food stalls as you listen to the music on The Goose is Out! Stage. 11am-4pm

Love West Dulwich Fair: Saturday 20 May
Celebrating the uniqueness of SE21, the West Dulwich Fair highlights the quintessential character of the area, its people and the exciting mix of independent businesses representing art, culture, fashion and fun for all the family. Browse the craft and food stalls, watch the Maypole dancers perform and take in the live music, while the kids enjoy face painting, fair rides, farm animals and in-store activities. Park Hall Road, Croxted Road & Rosendale Road. 10am-5pm.

Dulwich Park Fair: Sunday 21 May
Dulwich Park Fair, now in its 10th year, is a traditional country-style fair with Steam Fair rides, Vauxhall City Farm, Punch and Judy, a magician and Maypole dancing. The stage by the café will feature local musicians, brass bands, choirs and dance acts of all ages. The arena will have demonstrations of martial arts, football skills and a surprise show! There will also be a great variety of world foods from roast hog to Thai cuisine, craft stalls and the chance to sample local craft beers and cider. 12noon-5pm

For more on Dulwich Festival, see dulwichfestival.co.uk


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