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Head over to South Kensington's cultural district and try something different this summer.

Join the Mad Hatter's workshop at the V&A or throw some moves to the beat of a silent disco at the Natural History Museum. Download the South Ken Green Trail and explore the biodiverse installation pop-ups along Exhibition Road or head over to Hyde Park and learn to fly through the air with the greatest of ease on the Gorilla trapeaze.

If you need to cool off, dip your feet in the Serpentine Lido followed by a bite to eat at The Rooftop. And what better way to end of your day than a trip to the iconic Royal Albert Hall for the much-anticipated Proms.

  What's on  
Dino Snores for Kids
Natural History Museum
Have you ever wanted to have a sleepover with a giraffe? Or spend the night camped beneath a blue whale? This unique sleepover gives kids aged 7 to 11 the chance to explore the Museum after dark while taking part in fun and educational activities.
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Gorilla Circus Flying Trapeze School
The Royal Parks
Until 5 September
Anyone can come and learn to fly in one of the two-hour classes provided, the youngest students are 8, and oldest (so far) 78! You will start with a warm-up, moving on to simple tricks and as your confidence grows, attempt the star trick on the Flying Trapeze. There is a variety of drop-in sessions, classes and courses to choose from.
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The Luna Cinema at Kensington Palace
Kensington Palace
12 - 15 August 2021 Doors 7pm; Film 8:30pm
The Luna Cinema returns to Kensington Palace with a line-up of classic and feel-good films to brighten your summer evenings. Head outside for a memorable cinematic experience under the stars. Add great food and a full bar (both with click and collect service) and you have the perfect summer night out.
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Morning yoga at the Natural History Museum
Natural History Museum
6 March 8am-9:15am
Find your zen at the Natural History Museum with a unique yoga class hosted in collaboration with East of Eden. Rise and shine with an invigorating yoga class followed by a live gong bath and exclusive access to the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition while it is closed to the public.
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South Ken Green Trail
Discover South Kensington
South Ken is coming alive with exciting new installations and a green trail for visitors. Pop-up nature hubs and installations created by architects, artists and garden designers will leave you buzzing with new ideas and inspiring visions for a greener future. Download our trail map
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Visit the Science Museum this summer
Science Museum
Tuesday-Sunday 10am-6pm
Spark your imagination this summer and explore the Science Museum’s incredible galleries and exhibitions. Whether it’s Exploring Space or Science City, Medicine or the Information Age, there’s no shortage of objects, stories and experiences to ignite your curiosity.
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Tokyo 1964: Designing Tomorrow
Japan House London
Thurs 5 Aug - Sun 7 Nov 2021 Mon-Sat 10am-8pm; Sun 12noon-6pm
The Tokyo 1962 Olympic games, is often seen as a turning point for Japan. This exhibition explores the pioneering design of a group of young Japanese designers and architects who harnessed the opportunity to reframe the country’s profile and tell a fresh story to the world.
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Silent Disco at the Natural History Museum
Natural History Museum
28 Apr, 26 May, 30 June 2023 10pm - 1am
Choose your side as three DJs do battle over separate wireless channels, playing the best in pop, rock and party classics. Don a headset and carry on the party into the night in the spectacular Hintze Hall.
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Families at the V&A
Dates Vary 11am - 3.40pm
Families can enjoy free activities and events at the Museum every day. At weekends, join in with Pop-up Performances on Saturdays and making activities on Sundays. During the school holidays there are additional events to inspire families and to get involved.
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Discovery Days in Hyde Park
Hyde Park
5, 9 & 12 April 2022 11am-3pm
Out of school and full of boundless energy! There is no better way to get the kids outside and engaged in nature than on one of the Royal Park's popular drop-in Discovery Days. Choose from a variety of nature-inspired activities from pond dipping, bug hunting, painting, sweep netting and more.
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Summer Events in South Kensington

This summer there are lots of things to do in South Kensington if you are looking for a great day out - from boating on the Serpentine, following our South Ken Green Trail, exploring the Serpentine Pavilion, visiting a great exhibition - then take a look at our summer highlights.
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How to get here while South Ken station is closed

Over the next few months there will be several planned closures at South Kensington Tube Station so here are all the dates you need to help you plan your journey to minimise disruption. There is more information available on the TfL website. This means that South Kensington station will be closed on the following dates: 4-12 Aug 4-5 Sept 18-19 Sept.
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  Go Digital  
Create a Crochet Dinosaur
Natural History Museum
Crochet your own Sophie the Stegosaurus with an online class from TOFT. You will receive everything you need to make your dino, including wool, stuffing, crochet hook, sewing-up accessories and pattern, as well as expert tuition. During the workshop you will learn how to read a crochet pattern, start and finish each body part and sew them all together.
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Series 2 Secrets of the Museum
From Tuesday 20 July 2021 BBC Two @ 8pm
In the second series, delve even further into the lives of the V&A's objects. The series will follow the work of the curators, conservators and technicians, who preserve and care for these priceless objects, including the the delicate Michelangelo wax sculpture and Shirley Bassey's stage costumes.
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Climate Pledge Calligraffiti workshop
Great Exhibition Road Festival
Thurs 26 August 2021 Online 11.00-12.00
Join artist Linett Kamala for this creative workshop and take inspiration from her signature style – calligraffiti – to express your wishes for the future of the planet. Make a pledge with environmental researchers and activists from Imperial and the V&A to change the future.
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  And from our friends  
Kensington+Chelsea Festival
Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
21 June-31 August Times vary
As part of this year's Kensington + Chelsea Festival, their theatre programme has a host of events across the borough, from one-person performances and comedy to cabaret and musicals.
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Van Gogh Alive
The Royal Parks
June 4 - September 26, 2021 10am-8pm
This summer, the stunning Kensington Gardens will host Van Gogh Alive, ‘the world’s most visited immersive, multi-sensory experience’ that exhibits the life and work of the seminal Dutch artist.
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Discover South Kensington is an initiative of the Exhibition Road Cultural Group, a partnership of the cultural and educational organisations in and around Exhibition Road, South Kensington.

Our partners include:
The Design Museum
Imperial College London
Institut franҫais
The Ismaili Centre
Kensington Palace
Natural History Museum
Royal Albert Hall
South Kensington Estates
Royal College of Art
Cromwell Place
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Royal College of Music
Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
The Royal Parks
Serpentine Galleries
The Science Museum
V&A South Kensington
The Royal Society of Sculptors
Japan House
Westminster City Council
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