The August bank holiday is almost upon us, with the long weekend stretching from Saturday August 29 to Monday August 31.

With a whole extra day to enjoy in the sunshine (well, we can dream!) we've rounded up some of the best events going on over the weekend from around west London:


Notting Hill Carnival - Sunday August 30 and Monday August 31

London's most hotly-anticipated Carnival is coming to town this August bank holiday! Get your Carnival outfit on and enjoy music, dance and delicious Caribbean food at this festival. Officially, the parade will take place over two days, however, there will also be children's events across the weekend.

Keep up-to-date with all of our Notting Hill Carnival coverage on our dedicated page.


Fame the Musical - Thursday August 27 to Saturday August 29

The Beck Theatre's summer project production this year is Fame!

Based on the hit '80s film, Fame the Musical tells the story of a group of talented young students, striving to be the best in the tough world of show biz. Tickets range from £12 to £15.50.

The Beck Theatre, Grange Road, Hayes, UB3 2UE - 020 8561 8371

Bruises - until Saturday August 29

Bruises is Nadia Cavelle's debut play; a playful yet thought-provoking dramedy about identity and sexuality, with a brilliant cast, including Kirsty Rider and Eva-Jane Willis. Tickets cost from £15 to £17.

The Tabard Theatre, 2 Bath Road, Turnham Green, W4 1LW - 020 8995 6035

Bugsy Malone - until Saturday September 5

This classic musical is brought to you live with talented young local actors, all under-25! Enjoy your favourite tracks, Fat Sam's Grand Slam, My Name is Talulah and many more.

Tickets range from £15 to £40.

Lyric Theatre, King Street, Lyric Square, Hammersmith, W6 0QL - 020 8741 6850


Machel Montano in Concert: On My Way - Friday August 28

Machel Montano is a Soca artist from Trinidad, who is set to supercharge the Eventim Apollo this August.

With musical collaborations with Wyclef Jean, Shaggy, Pitbull, Arianna Grande and Nigeria's Timaya under his belt, this artist is well worth a watch.

Tickets cost £51.75.

Eventim Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, W6 9QH - 020 8563 3800


Watercolour workshop 'In and Out of the Garden' - Friday August 28

A watercolour workshop at Hogarth House with Liz Butler, artist member of the Royal Watercolour Society will be held this summer.

Come along and improve your watercolour and observational skills, while painting indoors from seasonal botanical specimens or outside in the beautiful garden!

Tickets cost £55 per person.

Hogarth House, Hogarth Lane, Great West Road, Chiswick, W4 2QN - 020 8994 6757

GI20 - Saturday August 29

GI20, or 'Gone in 20 Minutes' is a showcase of six brand-new projects from a range of artists, performed in and around Bell Square.

Expect to be transported into new and inspiring worlds, interact with clever installations and meet many eccentric characters in this fun-filled day for the whole family.

This event is free of charge.

Bell Square, Hounslow High Street, Hounslow, TW3 3HH - 020 8232 1019


Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea - daily

Marvel at this amazing new coral reef display at the National History Museum, with incredible marine environments and fish species to look at.

Must-see attractions include a virtual reef dive, where visitors can see coral and fish in the aquarium, the venomous blue-ringed octopus, and the historic coral gathered by Charles Darwin.

Tickets cost £10 for adults, £4.50 for children.

Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, SW7 5BD - 020 7942 5000

Summer fairs

Summer Fair at Eastcote Cricket Club - Sunday August 30

Join in a fabulous summer fair at Eastcote Cricket Club; fair games, stalls, crazy golf course, bouncy castle, facepainting, pony rides, dog shows and delicious food stalls are just some of the great activities on offer.

Eastcote Cricket Club, Southill Lane, Pinner, HA52EG - 07949 587 450

For kids

Teddy Bear's Picnic - Saturday August 29

Bring a picnic and have fun in the sunshine this summer at Hillingdon Pentecostal Church.

Activities include a Bear Olympics, teddy tombola, bear hunt, bouncy castle, crafts, facepainting and more.. Don't miss this fun family event!

Tickets cost £3 for a family group.

Hillingdon Pentecostal Church, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge, UB8 3PW - 07415 924 932

Fowl Play - until Sunday September 27

A puppet foal is born, causing much excitement in this farmyard adventure!

Featuring carved puppets with exciting lighting and soundscape, this is one puppet adventure not to miss out on.

Suitable for ages three plus. Tickets cost £12 for adults, £8.50 for children and £10 for concessions.

Buccleuch Gardens, Petersham Road, Richmond, TW10 6UT - 020 7249 6876


50 Shades of Grey at Kensington Roof Gardens - Monday August 31

See what all the 50 Shades fuss is about by watching the film at a beautiful location. Kensington Roof Gardens has collaborated with Rooftop Film Club to bring you great films with a sunset view!

Tickets cost £22, which includes a delicious barbecue snack!

Kensington Roof Gardens, 99 Kensington High Street, Kensington, W8 5SA - 020 7937 7994

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