Normal service has resumed


compass After a trip ‘Up North’ for Easter, with my teething tot on a train, we’re back in London and taking a look at all the exciting things going on. The rain looks like it might put a dampener on things this weekend but there is still plenty to do.


All’s well that ends wellshakespeare

I couldn’t let the week go by without mentioning Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday. You don’t have to be a theatre lover to appreciate the impact Shakespeare has had on literature and language. If you’ve not thought about Shakespeare since those awkward read aloud sessions at school, now is the time to reacquaint yourself with The Bard. The Victoria and Albert Museum has a great schedule of events that will help bring Shakespeare to life for you and the little ones.

Shakespeare, V&A, various dates and times


Pick and Mix

You will probably know by now that I love a good jumble sale and the Rumble in the Jumble promises to be a good one. This isn’t just normal junk – it is celebrity tat! You could be the proud owner of a Paloma Faith hat or a Lauren Laverne mini, perfect for the school run. If you’re not feeling like a celebrity then there are also new clothes from Whistles, ASOS, Topman and Schuh at jumble sale prices and it’s all for a good cause, all proceeds go to Oxfam.

Rumble in the Jumble, Oval Space, Saturday 12-6pm, £3 entry


graphic imageNeed a pick me up?

Pick me up 2014 is an informal graphic arts festival now in its fifth year. You can shop around for affordable artwork or be inspired to make your own with workshops, talks and screenings. The perfect pick me up for a grey spring weekend.

Pick me up 2014, Somerset House, 24th April – 5th May.