Children; WHAT TO DO THIS WEEKEND IN LONDON; ... AND BEYOND

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Gabriel's Wharf, Bernie Spain Gardens and Oxo Tower Wharf, South Bank, London SE1 (0171-401 2255) tomorrow, 2pm-8pm, free

Another great family day out from the Coin Street Festival. As well as three stages with everything from Ghanaian high-life to Zimbabwean acapella, there's a programme of children's events, including story-telling, ceramics, beading demonstrations and tie-dying workshops.

Urban Games

Clapham Common, off Rookery Rd, London SW4 (0171-729 8424) today and tomorrow, 10am-8pm, pounds 8, under-5s free

The place to be for older kids this weekend is the first-ever gathering for everything from breakdancing to basketball and BMX. The weekend will include workshops and demos.

Kew Celebration Weekend

Royal Botanic Gardens, Richmond, Surrey (0181-332 5622) today and tomorrow, adults pounds 5, children pounds 2.50

Head to Kew's magnificent 300-acre gardens, where they are celebrating the centenary of the completion of the massive glass Temperate House with a birthday picnic on the lawn. There will also be children's entertainment today and tomorrow, plus a fossil trail and special lectures.

Nikki Spencer

Family Fly-a-kite Day, Hot Air Balloon Rally

Blickling Hall, Norwich (01263 738030) today and tomorrow, park entry free; gardens and hall: adults pounds 6.20, children pounds 3.10

Tomorrow, families are invited to bring a picnic and their kites along between 10am and 4pm, when there will be kite-flying demos and workshops (for which there will be a small fee). And tonight at 6pm (and tomorrow at 6am and 6pm, weather permitting) balloons will be taking off from the park, plus, at 9pm, there will be a "Lakeside Balloon Glow", when a host of balloons all fire up on the ground.

Elizabethan Revelry

Penshurst Place, Penshurst, Tonbridge, Kent (01892 870307), today and tomorrow, 11am-5.30pm, adults pounds 5.70, children pounds 3.20

Colourful characters will be mingling with visitors at this medieval house over the weekend. There will also be a troupe of strolling players in the gardens and a special "Great Tudor Hunt" family quiz for older children (9-plus) and their parents.

Cardiff Children's Festival

Cardiff Castle (01222 873936) today, 10.30am-5pm, pounds 1.75

As part of the Cardiff Festival (which runs until 8 August) the green at the castle will be packed with children's entertainers, with everything from sand sculpture and scrap art workshops to games with a giant rolling ball. NS

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