Not The World Cup

birthday candlesWhat to do for the first birthday of your first born child? This is the dilemma currently facing me. He is not going to remember it and yet it marks such a special occasion. Current plans are three fold: This weekend starts the celebrations with a picnic in the park with the grandparents and it looks like we’re going to have the weather for it. But if I wasn’t pic-nicking I’d want to be in town for these things:

Comic con

Well not quite but East London’s Comic and Arts Fair is a great mini alternative. There is an exciting programme of talks by up and coming artists and an opportunity to buy affordable prints, t-shirts and comics.

East London’s Comic and Arts Fair, Saturday, 10-7pm, Oval Space, Bethnal Green moomin


I love the Moomins and you just don’t see enough of them nowadays. Celebrating 100 years since the birth of Tove Jannson, the Moomins creator, Polka Theatre have created a beautiful puppet show bringing the Moomins to life and taking them on an amazing adventure. Recommended for ages 4-8 but I think there will be plenty of adults enjoying the show too.

Moominsummer Madness, from 11th June, Polka Theatre, Wimbledon


unicycleCirc du Chiswick

Ever wanted to run away with the circus? Here’s your chance to learn some skills to follow that dream or just to have a fun afternoon with the family. I must confess to owning a unicycle and can say it is as hard to ride as it looks but don’t let that put you off. Held in the lovely Dukes Meadows with a large play area, paddling pool and food market, it could be the perfect Sunday afternoon. It is free too.

Albert and Friends Circus Workshop, Sunday, DukesMeadows, Chiswick



(And all this can be fitted in around the footie.)