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Explore South Kensington's extraordinary history on foot this Half Term!

It's almost Half term and South Ken is filled with fun events, workshops, exhibitions and films to shake off those winter blues! From exploring brand new exhibitions, delving into a design workshop, getting on hands-on at an animal show and so much more- there's always something to entertain the family here in South Ken.

With Valentine’s day coming around fast, here's some inspiration with a list of all the perfect things to do with your spouse or friends this February 14th. Cozy up for a movie night at Institut français,  or perhaps you’re looking to do something more extravagant this year like discovering the breath-taking talent of Cirque du Soleil at the Royal Albert Hall… Either way, we have you covered!

And if you’re planning your trip, why not take a look at Discover South Kensington’s brand new walking map, created in collaboration with Footways, where you can discover a range of wonderful routes to take a quiet stroll.

 
 
  What's on  
 
 
 
Valentine's Day in South Kensington
 

 
With Valentine's Day just around the corner, love is in the air in South Kensington. Whether you’re looking to impress a new beau, surprise your other half or you’re spending February 14th spreading the love of friendship, we have you covered!
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February Half Term in South Ken
 

 
Head over to South Ken during half term for a fun-filled week of events, workshops, exhibitions and films. From discovering the weird world of ASMR, delving into a design workshop or getting on hands-on at an animal show- there's something to fire up everyone's creativity!
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Nights of Ideas
 
Institut français
9th Feb 6pm-10pm
 
Join institut français for the Night of Ideas, a night of thought-provoking and free debates, films and workshops exploring the question “More?” under the lens of societal challenges on 9th February.
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Donatello: Sculpting the Renaissance
 
V&A
Until 11th June 10am-5:45pm
 
The first major UK exhibition to explore the exceptional talents of the Renaissance master Donatello, arguably the greatest sculptor of all time. Experience a fresh vision of the artist and his influence on subsequent generations.
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Tai Chi at the Museum
 
Natural History Museum
25th March, 22nd April 8:00am-9:15am
 
Combine deep breathing and relaxation with slow and graceful movements with a unique Tai Chi class hosted in collaboration with Dao Lu C.I.C. Join the Museum bright and early for a Tai Chi class underneath Hope the blue whale followed by exclusive access to the galleries before it opens.
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Cirque du Soleil - Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities
 
Royal Albert Hall
13th Jan- 5th March 2023 Times vary
 
Discover a world of wonders at Cirque du Soleil’s European Premiere of Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities. Gasp at the daring acrobatics, clever contortion and breath-taking talent of Cirque du Soleil that will delight all ages.
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Coronation Celebration: The Choral Society's 150th Anniversary Concert
 
Royal Albert Hall
7th May 2:30pm
 
Music fit for a king! On coronation weekend, join the Royal Choral Society for a choral music extravaganza as it celebrates the crowning of our new king and marks the choir’s own 150th anniversary.
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Chamber Festival Spring 2023
 
Royal College of Music
11th-12th Feb Times vary
 
From stunning string quartets to vibrant percussion duos, join the Royal College of Music for an inspiring weekend of chamber music performances! Why not make a day out of it and drop into their beautiful Museum while you’re there to browse their unique collection of musical treasures.
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Science Fiction Film Festival
 
Science Museum
8th-12th March Times vary
 
To celebrate their blockbuster exhibition Science Fiction: Voyage to the Edge of Imagination, the Science Museum invites you to explore realms beyond your reality at their epic Science Fiction Film Festival. Films include Alien, Blade Runner & X Files.
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Jurassic Encounters: Animal Show
 
Natural History Museum
13th &17th Feb, 5th & 12th April Times vary
 
Delve into the Jurassic and meet the modern-day relatives of the animals that lived alongside Dippy in this fantastic animal handling show. Meet incredible creatures, including snakes, lizards and tarantulas, and learn more about them in this 45-minute, ethical experience.
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Make Your Own Biomaterial Embellishments (18-26 years)
 
V&A
11th Feb 11am-5pm
 
Create your own recipes to make a range of colourways, textures and thicknesses for biomaterial embellishments to take home. Taking inspiration from the V&A’s collections, design and apply biomaterial embellishments using applique and embroidery.
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Women in the Parks: Protest and Power
 
Hyde Park
4th March 10:30am-12pm
 
In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Royal Parks will be giving a special guided walk of Hyde Park. From queens to pickpockets, petticoat duellists to protesters, this historical walk will explore the hidden stories of women in the park from its inception to date.
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Discovery Days: Brilliant Birds
 
Hyde Park
14th-16th Feb 11am-3pm
 
As we all emerge out of winter and the days get longer, you will find that birdsong increases and preparation for the nesting season begins. Shake off any winter blues and register your interest for a range of free bird-inspired interactive activities that will have you and the family enjoying the fresh air.
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Tinyjohn Terrarium workshop
 
The Royal Society of Sculptors
16th March 6pm-7:30pm
 
Learn about the history and science behind these self-sustaining ecosystems, before watching a quick demonstration where you will learn about the tools and plants that are on the table, before getting stuck in to make your own terrarium!
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Drop-in Design: Digital Tal-nori
 
V&A
15th-17th Feb 11am-4pm
 
Join the V&A for this creative families workshop created by Seoul-based digital and design studio, Commoners. Get inspired by the Hallyu! The Korean Wave exhibition, K-Pop and Korean TV as you use your creative skills to design a traditional Korean mask, called Tal-nori or Tal.
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Cromwell Place x Philharmonia Orchestra: Women in Art
 
Cromwell Place
11th March 2:30pm
 
Alongside Women’s History Month, Cromwell Place and their Members are celebrating women and female-identifying artists across all geographies and époques. The programme showcases female composers past and present, and memorable female characters from film and opera.
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Valentine's at the Museum
 
Natural History Museum
14th Feb 6:45pm-10:30pm
 
Calling all love bugs, solitary bees, flocks of friends and significant otters! Join the Natural History Museum after hours to explore all things love and relationships in the natural world.
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Ardagh Young Creatives 2023
 
Design Museum Kensington
March- July Times vary
 
The Ardagh Young Creatives programme welcomes a group of young people (14–16) from underrepresented groups to explore all aspects of design & how it can be used to help solve issues. The vibrant programme creates pathways for them to experiment & imagine a better future together.
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I Want My Hat Back Trilogy
 
Royal Albert Hall
13th-14th Feb 11am & 1:30pm
 
Following their hit digital series, lockdown sensations Ian Nicholson and Sam Wilde are back with more of their trademark cardboard design. Jon Klassen’s beloved books, I Want My Hat Back, This is Not My Hat and We Found a Hat, will be performed live in the Royal Albert Hall!
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South Kensington ZEN+ Programme Manager
 

 
We are looking for a brilliant Programme Manager to manage a unique & ambitious new collaborative project with the world-leading cultural & educational organisations in South Kensington which is a response to the climate emergency.
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Kensington and Chelsea Creative Conversation
 

22nd Feb 10:30am-12:30pm
 
The Creative Conversation series is open to anyone living, working or studying in the borough. The session offers an opportunity to talk about what Culture in the borough means to you, and how together we can achieve cultural recovery. Hosted at Chelsea Theatre.
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Pay What You Want at Leighton House
 
Leighton House and Sambourne House Museum
First Monday of Every Month 10am-1pm
 
Set your diaries for Monday 6 February for the start of a new Pay What You Want scheme at Leighton House. Visit the museum on the first Monday of each month (from 10am to 1pm) and take the chance to only pay what you want to see inside the iconic historic house interiors.
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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
Goethe-Institut
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
Victoria and Albert Museum
The Royal Society of Sculptors
Japan House
Westminster City Council
 
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