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Things to do this weekend in South Bank

February 21st, 2020 | by Tom Harrow-Smith

5 Things To Do This Weekend

Take a look at our top picks to keep everyone entertained this weekend in South Bank. 

  • Mars & Beyond

    In a vast immersive experience, taking place across five floors of South Bank’s iconic Bargehouse, Mars & Beyond will explore the human race now and in the future. ‘Mars & Beyond’ merges two critical themes of the 21 st century: firstly, the catastrophic rise in global warming, deforestation, animal species extinction and plastic pollution in our oceans; and secondly, the revival of the space race. Examining the science of our planet and presenting imaginative alternative futures, ‘Mars & Beyond’ will be an unforgettable experience, aiming to educate, caution, entertain and inspire audiences of all ages.

    Set at the close of the 21 st century, ‘Mars & Beyond’ looks back in time to the year 2020. Creating a perspective through the artistic lens from which to consider solutions for the current state of our planet. As we look for solutions and try to predict our future, things may not seem optimistic or sustainable… but we believe art can play an important role in our survival!

    11.00am - 11.00pm

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    Oxo Tower Wharf
  • BFI Future Film Festival

    The UK’s most important industry festival for filmmakers aged 16-25 returns.

    Join BFI Southbank for four days of incredible events, masterclasses, workshops, networking and screenings of the best short films from young, emerging filmmakers.

    There are so many events and screenings to see and get involved with, so check out the range of events here. Better still, buy a festival pass and explore the full range of what the Future Film Festival has to offer!

    20 - 23 February

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    BFI Southbank
  • A Weekend of Music at Spiritland

    This weekend join Spiritland Royal Festival Hall where there will be four different DJ sets to set the mood to your weekend. On Friday night it's Gerry Lyseight,  Saturday sees Fannoire Ge with an afternoon set with Jake Holloway taking over at 8pm, and on Sunday catch Jonny Trunk and Martin Green.

    Come and enjoy on Spiritland's unique sound system accompanied with delicious food and drink. Each event is free entry, but if you want to be sure of a spot, make sure you book a table.

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  • Imagine Children's Festival

    It's the last few days of Southbank Centre's incredible Imagine Children's Festival. It's not too late to book tickets to one of the fabulous shows this weekend. Get up close and personal with prehistoric creatures at Erth's Dinosaur Zoo, Sam & Mark's on the Roadshow and a chance to meet Pippi Longstocking. There's also a range of free activities too; from the Giant Chalkboard, the giant outdoor board game Hop Out and the Earth Activity Trail plus much more.

    This is the largest festival of its kind in the UK, dedicated to families experiencing and enjoying all kinds of art and culture together. So make sure you end half-term with a bang and pop along.

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    Southbank Centre
  • Meet Vincent van Gogh Experience

    Come closer than ever before to Van Gogh's artwork, life and legacy through this award winning, immersive exhibition.

    This interactive once-in-a-lifetime experience – created by the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam – uses cutting edge audio-visual techniques to take visitors on an unforgettable journey in Van Gogh’s footsteps. See how the artist expressed his many emotions through heavy brush strokes and dramatic colours, step into life-size reproductions of Van Gogh’s paintings, come face to face with the Yellow House and learn about the science behind Vincent’s beautiful and intense paintings.

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    Meet Vincent van Gogh Experience

Find The Venues

  • 1 - Oxo Tower Wharf

    The Oxo Tower
    Bargehouse Street
    South Bank
    London SE1 9PH 

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  • 2 - BFI Southbank

    Belvedere Road
    SE1 8XT 

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  • 3 - Spiritland

    Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 8XX

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  • 4 - Southbank Centre

    Belvedere Road
    SE1 8XX 

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  • 5 - Meet Vincent van Gogh Experience

    Upper Ground

    Lambeth, London

    SE1 9PU

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