CHILDREN: WHAT TO DO THIS WEEKEND IN LONDON; ... AND BEYOND

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Lucky Luke Weekend Belgo Noord, 72 Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 (0171-267 0718) today and tomorrow, 12.30pm-3pm

Big in Belgium, Lucky Luke is a super-cool cartoon cowboy and all weekend the restaurant will be giving parents and children a taste of his Wild West adventures. On offer are face-painting and line-dancing, plus goodie bags, prizes and half-price children's portions. For parents, there are 101 Belgian beers and Belgian food to try while the little ones are entertained.

Costumed Tours Queen's House, Greenwich, London SE10 (0181-858 4422) today and tomorrow, adults pounds 5, children pounds 2.50 (admission includes tours at 1.20pm, 2.20pm and 3.20pm)

Costumed interpreters give you a glimpse of life in this 17th-century architectural masterpiece designed by Inigo Jones. The entry price, which is valid for a year, also entitles you to visit and revisit the observatory and the National Maritime Museum, although a pounds 20m redevelopment means not all galleries are currently open.

Nikki Spencer

CBBC'S Big Bash '98 Birmingham NEC (0121-767 4477) today and tomorrow, adults pounds 9, children pounds 6, under-4s free

Promising the best in the worlds of music, sport, fashion, food and TV, this is an extravaganza for kids of all ages, with celebrity appearances, live performances and hundreds of stands. The "Little Bash" (entry included in ticket price) offers activities exclusively for the under-5s.

Children's Victorian Christmas Workshop Fellbrigg Hall, nr Cromer, Norfolk (01263 837444) today, 10am-2pm, pounds 5. Booking essential

Seven to 12-year-olds can learn about the history of Victorian Christmas decorations and make some of their own to take home. Children are asked to come in costume if they can.

Santa Special Steam Trains Kent and East Sussex Railway, Tenterden, Kent (01580 766428) tomorrow, 10.10am-4.30pm, adults pounds 10.50, children pounds 8.50 (pounds 12.50 and pounds 10.50 first class). Booking essential

Every weekend until Christmas, Santa and his helpers will be dishing out presents as families take the 90-minute trip along this historic railway.

Georgian Christmas Walmer Castle, Walmer, Kent (01304 364288) tomorrow, from 12noon, adults pounds 4, children pounds 2, under-5s and English Heritage members free

This Henry VIII fort is putting on a programme of festive family activities, including story-telling, arts and crafts, carol singing, and a puppet show. NS

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