Top five things to do in Hampstead and Highgate this week

Backyard Cinema at Camden Market

Backyard Cinema at Camden Market - Credit: Archant

Our top five this week includes the start of the Camden Fringe, family craft workshops by the Observer Magazine’s art director, and film screenings aplenty.

1. Monday - The Camden Fringe

The Camden Fringe festival celebrates its 10th year, providing a month of comedy, live music, family shows and theatre. Offering more than 200 different productions at 20 venues across Camden, it is set to be the festival’s biggest line-up ever and will see Camden’s pubs, theatres, cafés and parks come alive with the arts. Runs until August 30. A full programme of performances can be seen at Tickets generally priced between £5 and £15.

2. Tuesday - Primrose Hill Film Club

The Primrose Hill Film Club presents its latest screening – Bicycle Thieves (1948). Heralded as the “greatest film ever made on release”, it won an Oscar in 1949 and topped the Sight and Sound film poll in 1952. It is directed by Vittoriode Sica and stars Lamberto Maggiorani. Filmmakers Satyajit Ray and Ken Loach have claimed the film as a direct influence on their own work. It will be screened at the Primrose Hill Community Library in Sharpleshall Street. Doors open 7.30pm. Tickets £8. Visit the library to purchase. Click here for more information.

3. Thursday - Observer Magazine’s Rob Biddulph

The art director of the Observer Magazine will be holding a family arts and crafts workshop at the Jewish Museum in Albert Street, Camden Town. Rob Biddulph’s first book, Blown Away, won this year’s Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, becoming only the second picture book to ever win the award. This family day will see two sessions, 1pm to 2.30pm (ages four and over), and 3pm to 4.30pm (ages seven and over). Tickets £10 per child, adults free with museum entry. All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Email or call 020 7284 7384 to book.

4. Thursday and Friday - Backyard Cinema

Head to Camden Lock Market for outdoor screenings of cinema classics and Box Office hits. Backyard Cinema, in Camden Lock Place, features deck chairs, beanbags, sofas and a popup snacks stall. Films to be shown include 1980s classic The Goonies (Thursday), comedy drama The Commitments (Friday), and recent sensation Pride (Wednesday). Films generally start at 9pm (bar and food available from 7pm). Tickets £16.50. Visit for more information and to book.

5. Saturday and Sunday - Camden film guided tour and screening

Travel through Camden to visit different locations featured in major films and television productions over the years in this guided tour. Organisers say the walk will “bring alive” scenes shot in Camden that have gone on to feature in major crime, horror, comedy and romance productions. Meet at Russell Square tube station. Runs from 11am to 1pm. This is a free event that forms part of the 50th anniversary celebrations for Camden Council. The celebrations will also see, on Saturday, a screening of Breaking and Entering (2006) at The Hospital Club in Covent Garden, introduced by the film’s locations manager Jonah Coombes. The film stars Jude Law and was shot around King’s Cross with moments in Primrose Hill and Camden Market. Starts at 4.30pm. For both the screening and the walk, visit to book tickets.