Vibe’s picks of the what’s on this week in north Kent and south east London.

Miriam Margolyes at Woolwich Grand, from 7pm on Friday (August 15)

News Shopper: Miriam Margolyes

The BAFTA winning actress (for Scorsese’s Age of Innocence), who also appeared in the Harry Potter series and Blackadder, will give a talk at the theatre followed by a screening of Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet, in which she played Nurse.

Tickets £10. Go to

Ugly Bug Safari at Eltham Palace, from 10am to 5pm on Sunday (August 17) to Tuesday (August 19)

News Shopper: Learn about the 1930s at Eltham Palace tomorrow

Hunt out some mini beasts and uncover bugs around the medieval palace. Standard entry fee applies, plus £1 for the activities. Go to

Meridian Time Breach at the Royal Observatory Greenwich from 7pm to 9pm on tomorrow (August 14)

News Shopper: Greenwich Royal Observatory

Bump into a time-travelling astronomer and his human computer and meet artists involved in the Observatory’s Longitiude Punk’d exhibition at this special late night opening.

Come in your best steampunk outfit and take a look through the Victorian Great Equatorial Telescope while sipping Meantime’s lovely ales. Entry costs £12, suitable for ages 18 plus. Go to

Bike around Brands Hatch from 6pm to 8pm on Friday (August 15)

News Shopper: The British Superbike championship returns to Brands Hatch

Pedal around the iconic circuit in Swanley and North Downs Lions’ ninth annual sponsored event. It’s not a race. Minimum sponsorship for adults is £15 or £5 under 14s. E-mail or call 01732 823827.

Learn how to bake bread at Cocoa and Heart, Bexleyheath, from 6pm to 9pm on Friday (August 15)

News Shopper: Magdalena Marsden will teach you to make a range of breads. Picture by S.Samuel Photography

The hands-on course will teach you everything you need to know to bake basic bread and rolls. You will mix, knead and shape as you make white, wholemeal and soda breads. There is info on different types of flours, the process of gluten development and how to get the artisan look. The session costs £75. Go to

Footgolf at Orpington Golf Centre from 10am to 5pm on Saturday (August 16)

News Shopper: The headgear is one thing that hasn't changed

The emerging game gets its second monthly event in Orpington. It’s a ranking event with Kent Footgolf and there are prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Entry costs £10. E-mail or call 07595 391584.

Paulos Americano Circus at Millbrook Garden Centre in Gravesend, from 2pm to 5pm daily from Wednesday, August 20.

Be entertained by jugglers, acrobats, clowns, magic, wire walkers and more at the circus until the end of the month. Tickets £6. E-mail or call 01474 331135.

Cupcake baking and decorating at Sidcup and Co in Sidcup High Street from noon to 2pm on Thursday, August 19

News Shopper: GROWN-UP MOCHA CUPCAKES for more sophisticated palates

Children (recommended for 10 to 13-year-olds) can have a go an making and decorating cakes, plus pick up some tips for doing it at home. The session costs £13. Call 020 83090176 or e-mail

Bat walk at Hall Place in Bexley from 8pm to 10pm on Tuesday (August 19)

News Shopper: Greater Horseshoe bat

Take a walk at dusk with Bexley Heritage Trust and hopefully see the nocturnal creatures in their natural habitat. There is tea and cake afterwards.

It costs £10 adults and £8 under 16s. Not suitable for under fives. Tickets must be booked in advance. Go to or call 01322 621238.

Memory of a free festival at Croydon Road Recreation Ground from 1pm to 7pm on Saturday (August 16)

News Shopper: David Bowie appeared at Bromley's first-ever open air concert in 1969

David Bowie and The Beckenham Arts Lab organised a legendary Free Festival 45 years ago and it is being revived again on Saturday in order to raise money to save the bandstand, with performances from people who played on the day, artists from different genres, food and drink and a Bowie tribute. Sadly the free element is a thing of the past and entry costs £5.

Giselle at The Churchill Theatre, Bromley, on Friday and Saturday (August 15 and 16)

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The English Youth Ballet, together with 107 young local dancers, perform Giselle. Tickets £18.90 to £24.90. Go to

April in Paris at The Churchill Theatre, Bromley, from Tuesday (August 19) until Saturday, August 23

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Joe McGann and Corrie’s Shobna Gulati star in John Godber’s romantic comedy about a couple whose outlooks are expanded after they win a trip to the continent. Tickets from £11.90. Go to

Lashings All Stars v Bromley Cricket Club today (Wednesday, August 13)

News Shopper: Richie Richardson, seen batting at Idle, will again captain the Lashings World XI

Catch some of cricket’s biggest names down at Plaistow Lane this afternoon. The Lashings roster includes names such as Saqlain Mushtaq (who we interviewed in last week’s Vibe), Courtney Walsh, Gordon Greenidge, Inzamam-ul-Haq and many more. Go to

Horniman Museum’s Edwardian Extravaganza

The Forest Hill museum’s summer season continues with dance, music, film and themed activities. Big Wednesdays (11am to 3pm) feature activities for families inspired by the past times, adventurers and nature lovers of the era. Keep an eye on the calendar at