Vibe picks out the best things to see and do in south east London and north Kent this weekend.

The Awesome Adventures of Thumbelina at the Orchard Theatre, Dartford, 1.30pm and 6.30pm on Sunday (July 13)

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The enchanting story of Thumbelina tells of a little girl’s musical journey home after being kidnapped by the frog queen. Go to

The Sooty Show at The Woodville, Gravesend, 10.30am and 2pm on Saturday (July 12) 

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TV star Sooty will join Sweep and other friends live on stage for birthday celebrations, although things don’t go quite to plan. Go to

Pamper at The Broadway Shopping Centre, Bexleyheath, all weekend (July 12 and 13)

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Beat football fever this weekend and unwind in the pop-up pamper lounge. Relax with friends, enjoy refreshments, beauty demonstrations, a sneak peak of the latest fashions, free samples and more Go to

An Evening of Music at St Peter’s Church, Pickford Lane, Bexleyheath, 7.30pm on Saturday (July 12)

Young musicians from Bird College showcase their musical talents. Admission is £6 and under 16's £3. Go to

Hansel and Gretel at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley, 5.30pm on Saturday (July 12)

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A modern approach to the classic tale with a funny and chilling performance. Suitable for children aged 5 and over. Go to

Popchoir Big Summer Concert 2014 at Fairfield Halls, Croydon, 7pm on Saturday (July 12)

Enjoy toe-tapping entertainment with a wonderful mixture of beautiful ballads and feel-good music with songs from the likes of Take That to Lady Gaga to Bon Jovi and beyond. Go to

LAMDA Summer Season at Greenwich Theatre on Saturday (July 12)

The LAMDA (London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art) will present two very different shows this weekend including Something Cloudy, Something Clear and Love and A Bottle. Go to

British Summer Time at Hyde Park

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A second weekend of fun at Hyde Park includes headliner Neil Young on Saturday (July 12), while Sunday is the family day with Horrible Histories, Mr Men et al joining the likes of Tom Jones, Little Mix and Boyzone. Go to

Crystal Palace Cheese Crawl, from 2.30pm on Saturday (July 12)

Food fans will love this pub crawl with a difference. Starting at The Paxton at 2.30pm and trailing around seven independent bars, with a different cheese served at each courtesy of Good Taste Food and Drink.

Sydenham Arts Festival

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The cool arts festival continues a-pace with laughs from author Jeremy Strong, poetry workshops, a screening of Lady and the Tramp and theatre on a bus among this weekend’s attractions. Go to

Eltham Choral Society’s Summer Concert at Holy Trinity Church, from 7.30pm on Saturday (July 12)

Enjoy an evening of classical choral music. Tickets £12, £10 concessions and £6 under 16s. Go to

Our Big Gig: Lights Camera Action at Trispace Gallery, Southwark, on Saturday (July 12)

A day to inspire 16 to 24 year olds who have an interest in pursuing a career in the Creative Arts. There will be workshops on poetry, dance, song writing and DJing. An Open Mic night is from 6.30pm to 10pm. Go

Through and Out: Skipping Extravaganza at Greenwich Park at 11.30am and 2.30pm on Saturday (July 12)

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Hundreds of jumpers will join in a hugely entertaining and energetic performance where dance meets skipping at Greenwich Park. Go to or call Greenwich Dance on 020 8293 9741. 

Ahoy Captain! at the Cutty Sark, Greenwich, on Saturday and Sunday (July 12 and 12)

Kids can meet Captain Woodget, the clipper’s longest serving master, to learn about life aboard. At 11am, noon, 13.30pm and 2.30pm. Free with entry. Go to

Chislehurst Open Air Cinema on Saturday (July 12)

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Outdoor films return to Chislehurst common with a screening of The Wizard of Oz. There will also be Oz-themed activities going on alongside the screening, at 7.30pm. Tickets £10 adults and £5 children in advance or £12.50/£7.50 on the day. Go to or

Leefest at Highams Hill Farm, Warlingham from Friday (July 11) to Sunday (July 13)

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The cool festival – originally started in the Beckenham back garden of Lee Denny – is this year headlined by The Cribs, Frightened Rabbit and Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip. Tickets from £40 for the day. Go to

Patrick Monahan and Tom Craine at The Hob, Forest Hill, from 8pm on Sunday (July 13)

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Catch Edinburgh preview shows from the Show Me the Funny 2011 winner, Patrick Monahan, and comedian and writer Tom Craine. Tickets £8 or £5 concessions. Go to

Kent County Show at Detling Showground, near Maidstone, from Friday (July 11) to Sunday (July 14)

The whopping show celebrates 50 years in Detling with a Royal visit and tonnes to look at. Among the highlights are the UK pole climbing championships and a massive horticultural show. Go to