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19 things you must see or do this week
Vibe's picks of what's on in south east London and north Kent this week.
Down House Garden Tours (Noon and 2.30pm on Wednesdays and Sundays until the end of August)
Take an hour long tour of Charles Darwin’s former home in Downe. Hear about the experiments he carried out to prove his theories on evolution and see recreations in the restored gardens and the countryside around. Adults £3.50, children £2. Go to English-heritage.org.uk/downhouse
Sunfayre at Bethlem Royal Hospital, Beckenham, on Saturday (July 5)
There is something for everyone at Bethlem’s fun day, including ceramics workshops, a gallery, tours of the walled garden, complimentary therapies, stage shows, access to archive and museums and a toddler zone. Free entry.
Beatrix Potter adventures at Chartwell, daily until August 31
Step into the world of the children’s author and discover what childhood was like at Churchill’s former home near Westerham with adventures and trails around the gardens and woodland. Normal admission charges apply and trails cost £1 each. Go to nationaltrust.org.uk
The Simon and Garfunkel Story at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley on Thursday (July 3)
It’s 50 years since number one single The Sound of Silence, and this show tracks their career all the way from the start up to the famous 1981 reformation contest. It features a cast of West End talent, full band and original footage and photos. Tickets £20.90 to £22.40. Go to atgtickets.com/Bromley
Free Family Western Day, outside the Churchill Theatre, 11am to 4pm on Saturday (July 5)
A fun day with cowboys and girl, a bucking bronco, cactus hoopla, a bouncy castle, a horse and a line dancing display will celebrate the show Annie Get Your Gun coming to the theatre. It’s free but a bucket will be going round for donations to Caudwell Children.
Fly the Flag at the Cutty Sark, Saturday and Sunday (July 5 and 6), 11.30am to 1.30pm and 2pm to 4pm
Design a flag and learn how to send coded messages using signals. The activity is free with admission. Go to rmg.co.uk/cuttysark
Happy Mondays at the Amersham Arms, New Cross, 8pm on Monday (July 7)
Last year’s big winner in Edinburgh, Bridget Christie, previews this year’s show alongside another preview from Sarah Kendall. Tickets £5 at happymondays.eventbrite.co.uk
Romeo and Juliet in Central Park, Dartford, 7.30pm on Thursday (July 3)
Shakespeare returns to the park courtesy of Changeling Theatre’s production. Tickets are free for Dartford residents, but you’ll need to apply (limited to four per household) by emailing Jeremy@dartford.gov.uk or calling 01322 343244.
Immortal Chi at the Orchard Theatre, Dartford, 7.30pm on Wednesday, July 9
The Chinese team behind Shaolin Warriors has teamed up with the Cirque du Soleil for an all-action show. Tickets £18.50 to £23.50. Go to orchardtheatre.co.uk or call 01322 220000.
Jane McDonald at The Woodville, Gravesend, 7.30pm on Friday (July 4)
The entertainer and Loose Women presenter is back on song with a new live concert tour. Tickets £26 to £46. Go to woodville.co.uk or call 01474 337774.
Mechanica art exhibition at What If Gallery, Dartford, until July 12
Witness the unique work of engineer Dan Lane, aka Mechanica, at his first solo exhibition. He makes dark but beautiful sculptured all hangings and free standing works from unwanted and broken possessions, from typewriters to projectors, jewellery and ornaments.
Go to Mechanica.uk.com
Wadard Morris Men at The Rum Puncheon, Gravesend, 8.15pm on Wednesday, July 9
Be entertained in a uniquely British way by the Wadard Morris Men. Go to wadard.co.uk
Crayside Folk Club at Foots Cray Social Club, 8pm on Monday
The club meets weekly and play acoustic songs and music from all genres, encouraging new players, singers and listeners. Free.
Danson Folk Dance Club at St Mary’s Church Hall in Bexley, 7.45pm on Monday
Take part in a lively evening of English Country and Square Dancing on Mondays. Bring your own soft drink. £2. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01322 435077
Barn Dance at Woodlands Farm, Shooters Hill, 7.30pm to 11pm on Saturday, July 5
Let your hair down at a good old fashioned farm barn dance, with music from Skinners Rats. Tickets £12 from the farm office. Call 020 8319 8900 or e-mail email@example.com
Sidcup Symphony Orchestra at St John’s Church, 7.30pm on Saturday, July 5
A classical concert featuring Schumann, Brahms and Vaughan Williams compositions. Tickets £10. Call 01322 552710.
Design Museum’s 25 birthday on Saturday (July 5)
The Design Museum celebrates its 25th year on the Thames, displaying everything from an AK47 to the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress. From 10am to 5.30pm on Saturday, there will be a party with a barbecue by Mother Flipper burgers, as well as drinks, cakes and a free family-friendly Memory Lane workshop. Go to designmuseum.org
The Dandy Warhols at Brooklyn Bowl, Greenwich, 7.30pm on Saturday (July 5)
The Bohemian Like You singers perform their mix of power pop, garage rock and shoegaze after selling out the first day. Tickets £16 in advance or £18 on the day. Go to London.brooklynbowl.com
Leegate Knitters at Lee Green Community Centre, 2pm to 4pm on Wednesdays
Have fun knitting with others at the sessions for all levels from beginners to advanced, including tuition. It costs £2 to cover centre running costs. Go to leegreenlives.org.uk
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