Half-term ideas for all the family
At a loss for things to get up to this half-term? Here are five suggestions suitable for a range of budgets and ages…
Calling budding food photographers
Encourage young children and teenagers to get busy with a camera and enter the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2012 competition. This brand new award will be judged by the likes of musician and cheese-maker Alex James and Sheila Dillon, presenter of BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme. All entrants have to do is register at www.pinkladyfoodphotographeroftheyear.com and submit their food shots.
Under-18s are split into three groups: 10 and under, 11-14 and 15-17. To be in with a chance of winning £100 plus camera equipment they simply need to take an image featuring food. Adults can enter in the over-18s category and the deadline for all entries is 31 January 2012. Further information can be found here.
Get your kids in the mood for Halloween
With Halloween around the corner, letting your kids loose in the kitchen is a good way to keep them entertained. But if you don’t fancy bright orange icing all over your kitchen floor, head to Bluebird’s Food Store on Thursday 27 October for Halloween Kids’ Cookie Making from 4.30pm-5.30pm. (£10 per child.) Head back down with your little terrors on Saturday 29 for Halloween Pumpkin Carving (from 4.30pm-5.30pm; £10 per person – pumpkins are provided).
Style & subversion at the V&A
Treat family members with a passion for art to the latest Victoria & Albert Museum exhibition – Postmodernism: Style and subversion 1970-1990. Its subject is the art, design and architecture of the 1970s and 1980s – a time when Postmodernism influenced all areas of popular culture. Expect vibrant colours and the likes of Grace Jones in provocative poses.
Quaglino’s, Sartoria and Avenue are all running special packages, offering a ticket to the exhibition plus lunch or dinner for £28 (full-price V&A tickets cost £12.50 each). Click on the links for each restaurant to book, plus find out more about the exhibition here.
Seller of world’s most expensive wine sets up school in Marylebone
Something for real wine lovers – The Antique Wine Company, which this year sold the most expensive bottle of white wine in the world (an 1811 Château d’Yquem), has opened up a wine school in Marylebone. The AWC is better known for buying and selling fine and rare wines, but has now opened its doors to provide courses hosted by wine professionals at its home on Queen Anne Street.
This half-term the AWC School is holding an evening called “An insiders guide to great white Burgundy”. Taste a fabulous selection of wine, guided by host and tutor Robert Joseph, a Burgundian expert (£235 per person; find out more). Combine your evening with fantastic French food by heading for dinner afterwards at nearby Orrery restaurant.
Family theatre at the Southbank
The Man Who Planted Trees is perfect for young and old alike, being a blend of comedy, puppetry and storytelling. Based on the novel by Jean Giono, it tells the story of a shepherd who sets out to plant a forest and transform a barren landscape, accompanied by his faithful dog. Multisensory elements mean the audience can hear the wind, feel the rain and smell the lavender, while the partly improvised nature of the comic scenes means that no two shows are alike.