Steam train to loop around South London – Saturday 8 August Starts at 12:20pm
The UK’s newest steam train, the 60163 Tornado will be running a loop around South London. The rough times it will pass through stations are below: Outbound: 12:28 – Victoria,12:44 – Clapham Junction, 12:54 – Barnes, 13:06 – Twickenham, 13:18 – Staines Return: 15:25 – Purley, 15:35 – East Croydon, 15:38 – Selhurst, 15:47 – Clapham Junction, 16:08 – Victoria
The Essex HMVA Military and Flying Machines Show– Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 August – 10:00am to 5:00pm at Damyns Hall Aerodrome, Upminster, Essex, RM14 2TN. Cost: £12.00 for adults and £6.00 for children.
Hundreds of military vehicles across all eras and nationalities to see from push bikes to massive trucks that even make the tanks look small! The tanks and armoured vehicles will be taking part in the awesome and well renowned vehicle parades in addition to the battle re-enactments; plus a turn out of classic cars, bikes and buses. They also have a line up of aircraft from all ages – in previous years, they’ve had everything from a Merlin helicopter through to the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and everything in-between. And to cap it all live ‘wartime’ entertainment in the marquee all day, including music and a 40s fashion show.
Gladiator Games – Guildhall Yard, City of London – Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 August – 12 noon and 3:00pm- £15.00 – £12.50 concesssions.
See professional gladiators (who may well have other jobs too, but they’re definitely also very good at pretending to be gladiators) battle it out in Guildhall Yard, the site of London’s only Roman amphitheatre. The reconstructions of the gladiator-style games once held in ancient Londinium will take place before an emperor, and the crowd will decide which warrior will get to walk free based on their performance. There’s pre-match entertainment an hour before each show to help you get into the fighting, cheering spirit.
Flower Power – 4 to 26 August
Hidden gem Chelsea Physic Garden is staging a Plant Portraits exhibition that brings together pretty paintings and drawings of plants and flowers grown in the garden. The works were created by talented botanical artists that are members of the Chelsea Physic Garden’s Florilegium Society.
And if you happen to be in Scotland the Edinburgh Fringe starts this weekend and continues throughout August.