ELL’s ‘What’s On’ guide to the best of the Bank Holiday

Future Shorts

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At a loose end this Bank Holiday? Check out our What’s On guide for the best of the weekend’s entertainment

Prepare yourself a rich schedule of activities and make the most of it!


. Film in the Fields – Future Shorts Summer Festival

How about giving the sofa a break and relaxing with a cocktail in your hand while taking in a great movie?

This Friday and Saturday (August 22 and 23) the BrewHouse at the London Fields Brewery, hosts two nights of screening eight short movies alongside  Jamaican food, drinks and live music.

Later on, the mood will shift from the screen to the dance floor with an after-party.

Starts at 8.30pm.Tickets: £20 full access (includes craft-beer tasting, cocktails popcorn, candy floss entry to after-party),

The BrewHouse 369-370 Helmsley Pl, E8 3SB

More information here: Night Spot Cinema


. Blues and soul music live and free

The Grape and Grain have a double music package deal this weekend. On Friday (August 22), the Sydenham Blues Club present the band Blues Patrol. Fronted by the ‘Soulman’ Andy Roberts, you can expect the best in blistering blues.

Here is a little taster:

Saturday night  (August 23)  features the Chris Corcoran Trio, an instrumental group of top-flight musicians, who recently released the album “The Getaway”.

Both gigs start at 9pm and entry is free.

The Grape and Grain Anerley Hill, Crystal Palace, SE 19 2AA

More information here: The Grape and Grain

. Football match: Croydon FC x Fisher FC

Foootball fans wanting to miss out on the Palace controversy can take in the less rarefied atmosphere at Croydon FC  which kicks off at 3pm.

Croydon Sports Arena, Albert Road, South Northwood, SE25 4QL

More information here: Croydon FC


. Dacres Woodlian’s World

How about a walk through this  beautiful and intimate nature reserve? An afternoon activity to lead children on journey of mythical creatures and new worlds build by their own imagination.

For over five years old. From 2pm to 4pm.

Price: £7 per child. Adults free

Dacres Road, Forest Hill, SE23 9QD

More information here: Secret Adventurers Club

Tower Hamlets

. Old Spitalfields Paw Pageant

Monday (August 25) will be that day of the year to show off the beautiful dress or the the dapper suit worn by… your dog. This is the forth year of Paw Pageant, a barking competition for the coolest canines in town.

The eight categories are just as fun as seeing dogs doing the catwalk. There’s a doggie celebrity lookalike contest titled Dog-el-ganger, and Dog’s Got Talent competition.

£ 8 pre-registration, £ 10 on the day.

Old Spitalfields Market, 16 Horner Square, E1 6EW

More information here: Paw Pageant 2014

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