Top five things to do in Hampstead and Highgate this week

Picnic concert on the lake of Kenwood House in Hampstead Heath. Picture: Steve Parsons

Picnic concert on the lake of Kenwood House in Hampstead Heath. Picture: Steve Parsons - Credit: PA Archive/Press Association Ima

There’s lots to see and do in the borough of Camden this week, with a bank holiday fairground, a circus skills workshop and the second week of picnic concerts at Kenwood House.


Hampstead Heath is transformed into a fairground for the August bank holiday with a helter-skelter, bumper cars, waltzers, games, candyfloss and rides for the little ones taking over the Lower Heath, by East Heath Road, today from noon until 9.30pm.


Kids often dream of running away and joining the circus but at the Wac Arts Circus School, in Haverstock Hill, Belsize Park, their dreams can become a reality.

Budding trapeze artists, acrobats and gymnasts aged eight to 13 can try their hands at the arts centre’s recently rigged aerials studio from Tuesday until Friday, between 10am and 3pm.

The summer school costs £40 for one child, with £25 for each additional kid in a family, and £25 for concessions.

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Kids of all ages can learn a traditional method of self-defence at the London Jewish Cultural Centre at Ivy House in North End Road, Golders Green.

Children aged between eight and 11 can take part in a taster session of Krav Maga, a system of combat developed in Israel and used by the Israeli Defence Forces, from 5pm until 6pm for £10.

Youngsters aged between 11 and 14 go later from 6pm until 7.30pm for £12.50.


The second weekend run of picnic concerts at Kenwood House off Hampstead Lane, Hampstead, starts on Friday with a screening of the classic film Singin’ In The Rain with a live orchestral soundtrack performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Bring along your picnic to watch the famous musical in the setting of the majestic Kenwood House grounds for £38.50, with a discount for local residents.

The series of Live by the Lake concerts finishes with an Opera Al Fresco evening on Saturday and Summertime - An Evening of Gershwin featuring musical theatre legend Michael Ball.


A picnic to celebrate the end of the summer, as well as home-grown produce, will be held in Swiss Cottage Open Space, off Avenue Road in Swiss Cottage, between 10am and 1pm, with the lunch beginning at 11:30am.

Transition Belsize, a branch of a larger organisation dedicated to saving the environment and helping the community, are hosting the Summer Celebration Picnic and invite everyone to come along and bring something to eat and share.

Email to attend.