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As autumnal weather officially arrives, we're sharing activities and exhibitions to keep you warm and active in South Ken until November. 

Trails, tours, talks, exhibitions, workshops and films: make South Kensington your one-stop shop for half-term experiences this October! Check out our list of what's on this October Half-Term in South Ken, giving you the low-down on everything on in the area - from a walking trail sharing the fascinating story of the area to clay modelling and a theatrical climate change adventure.

Catch WAVE before it closes at Japan House on Sunday 22 Oct. And visit Crown to Couture at Kensington Palace, the Serpentine Pavillion 2023 by Lina Ghotmeh, and ANTIFURNITURE at the Design Museum before they close on Sunday 29 Oct.

Feeling lucky? Enter for a chance to win VIP tickets for ICE at Kensington Palace

Win VIP Tickets for Ice at Kensington Palace
Kensington Palace
Until 17th Nov
One of London's finest ice rinks is coming to South Kensington and it is set to be a truly magical skating experience set in the stunning surroundings and historic views of Kensington Gardens. We are delighted that thanks to ICE at Kensington Palace, we have a pair of VIP tickets to give away.
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October Half Term in South Ken
Discover South Kensington
Half term in South Kensington is packed with plenty of great events, exhibitions, performances and films to keep the kids entertained - from music, films, drop-in workshops, discovery days and activities at the museums, and so much more!
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  Special Offers  
Journeys Talks
Royal Albert Hall
21st & 25th Oct

Use code Journeys23 to book your free ticket*

Musician Natin Sawhney dives into themes of journey, identity and food with special guests in these talks - part of Journey's Festival, Journeys Through Food and Journeys and Identity 

*Please note: this offer is subject to availability and there is a 4 tickets maximum per person

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  What's on  
'Making Together' & Collaboration - Artists in Conversation
The Royal Society of Sculptors
18th Oct 6.30pm - 7.45pm
The curators of Making Together lead a conversation with exhibiting artists on their collaborative experience.
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Music and Ideas: Sound as a Physical Object
Royal College of Music
19th Oct 5.15pm
Discover music as an acoustic space with Composer and Royal College of Music professor Gerardo Gozzi - who is fascinated bythe tactile qualities of sound.
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Music Lates
Science Museum
19th Oct 6:30pm-10pm
Music Lates is a celebration of Turn It Up: The power of music, a new blockbuster exhibition coming to the museum this autumn.
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WAVE Late with Artist Hiro Sugiyama
Japan House London
20th Oct 6pm - 9.45pm
Join special guests including artist and WAVE exhibition co-curator Hiro Sugiyama for an evening of art, VJ and DJ sets, workshops, drawing demonstrations and spotlight talks celebrating the creativity, colour and chaos.
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'Making Together' Kids Craft Day
The Royal Society of Sculptors
21st Oct 12pm - 4pm
Get crafty and creative at Dora House with a day of multisensory activities!
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Avatar Building: Clay Modelling for Young Adults
Leighton House and Sambourne House Museum
21st Oct 2p, - 4pm
Inspired by Maha Ahmed’s exhibition Where Worlds Meet, learn how to sculpt imaginary creatures using wire frame support and clay. Explore themes of self and imagination as you create your own avatar.
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Spooky Season: Half Term Fun!
Hyde Park
23rd - 26th Oct 11am - 3.30pm
Head to the Royal Parks this half-term for their spook-tacular Nature Roadshows and Discovery Days. Take part in a host of Halloween themed activities.
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The Puddle at the End of the World
Royal Albert Hall
24th Oct 11:00am & 1:30pm
Jamie and her Nanna’s home has disappeared under rising sea levels – join them on an exhilarating adventure to rebuild their lives and stop climate change in its tracks.
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Pop Up Performance: School of Confidence!
25th - 27th Oct 11am - 3.40pm
Class is in session! Join the School of Confidence to explore your inner diva in this fun family-friendly performance workshop.
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Design Camp: Skateboard Deck Making for 11 to 14 year olds
Design Museum Kensington
26th Oct 10.15am - 4.15pm
Learn about the unique skill of deck pressing using the vacuum press – a hands on experience designing, decorating and making a skateboard deck to keep.
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Wild Life Drawing: Mythical Owls
The Royal Society of Sculptors
26th Oct 7pm - 9pm
Meet a spooky Spectacled Owl, a beautiful Barn Owl and a stunning Great Grey Owl in a special drawing class led by artist Jennie Webber.
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RCM Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Royal College of Music
26th Oct 7.30pm
Sir Andrew Davis, one of the UK’s most celebrated conductors, leads a dramatic programme of lesser-performed 20th-century works.
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Black History Month
Institut français
Until 29th Oct
Ciné Lumière presents a small section of African film heritage with short playful films by Djibril Diop Mambéty, Henri Duparc, and Abderrahmane Sissako.
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Friday Late: Radical Imaginaries
27th Oct 6.30pm - 10pm
This Friday late brings together artists, architects and creative practitioners involved in this year's Venice Architecture Biennale, which has put Africa and the African diaspora at its centre.
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Halloween at the Museum
Natural History Museum
31st Oct 18.45pm -22.30pm
Calling all fright night fans and museum lovers, join the Museum after hours this Halloween to explore its spooky side.
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The Viy: Gogol's Vampire
Leighton House and Sambourne House Museum
2nd Nov 7pm
Join London Dreamtime for a night of terror and wonder, all set to a live score in this performance based on a proto-vampire tale by 19th century Ukrainian author Nokolai Gogol.
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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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