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Yvan the Impossible

Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank, London SE1 (0171-637 5661) today and tomorrow, free

Yvan, a graduate of Montreal's National Circus School, will entertain with his spectacular juggling and comic skills. Part of the London International Mime Festival, which runs until 24 Jan.

Sutton House Kids' Club

2 & 4 Homerton High St, Hackney, London E9 (0181-986 2264) today 10.30am-12.30pm, pounds 2.50 and pounds 1.50 concs

This Tudor townhouse owned by the National Trust re-starts its popular kids' club today. Children can join in a plethora of creative activities from making musical instruments to printing T-shirts. Suitable for seven- to 14-year-olds. Booking advisable.


Theatre Royal, Stratford East, London E15 (0181-534 0310) today 2.15pm and 7.15pm, tickets pounds 5, pounds 10 and pounds 15

Oh no, it isn't too late to check out a pantomime! This critically acclaimed production, with all the traditional songs, jokes and audience participation, finishes next Saturday.



Buckland Abbey, Yelverton, Devon (01822 853607) today 7.30pm, free

This age-old tradition involves dancing around the trees in the Abbey orchard dressed in a "tatty" coat, with bits of red and green fabric on (these symbolise the apples and the leaves). This apparently encourages the fruit to grow. Apple cake and cider are on offer later.

Spooky Walk

Brighton, East Sussex (01273 292589) today 8pm, adults pounds 4, children pounds 2

Ghosts, murder and dark secrets of the street are promised on this one- and-a-half-hour guided walk, which visits a graveyard and a haunted inn. Meet at the Tourist Information Centre in Bartholomew Square. Not suitable for children of a nervous disposition.

RSPB Cruises

Exmouth, Devon (01392 253215) today and tomorrow. Boats depart Exmouth Dock at 11.45am Sat and 12.30pm Sun, adults pounds 9.50, children under 12 pounds 5

This weekend The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds begins its season of cruises along the Exe river. Leading the first cruise to see the avocets, the wading birds that winter in the estuary, will be Nick Baker of The Really Wild Show and Watch Out fame. Cruises last about four hours. NS