What To Do This Weekend In London...And Beyond

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Clapham Common, off Rookery Rd, London SW4 (0181-763 9298) today and tomorrow, 12noon-6pm, adults pounds 5, children pounds 2.50

Your last chance to visit this amazing structure of nearly 100 colourful chambers in which musicians will perform. This afternoon, it's local schoolchildren, followed by trumpet players and percussionists.

RNLI Sail Safari

Battersea Park, London SW11 (0171-839 3369) today, 12noon-2.30pm, free

This event to celebrate 175 years of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution will feature an "It's a Knockout" contest involving teams navigating around the park in hand-built "boats", plus displays and competitions.

Splodge Club

Barbican Centre, Silk St, London EC2 (0171-638 8891) today, 10am, adults pounds 3, children pounds 2.50 (plus 50p day membership or pounds 4 a year)

Every Saturday morning at 11am the Barbican runs a film club for five- to-11-year-olds, and on the last Saturday of each month there are special free activities for ticket-holders before the film. This weekend, it's the live-action version of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid, preceded by storytelling. If creepy crawlies are more your kids' thing, children of five and over can take part in a free "Meet a Minibeast" session from 11am to 12 noon.


Promenade, Picnic and Party

Painshill Park, Portsmouth Rd, Cobham, Surrey (01932 868113) tomorrow, 12noon-6pm, adults pounds 12, children pounds 6

Billed as "An 18th-century voyage of discovery for all the family", this event will include strolling players, story-tellers, jugglers and acrobats. Numerous attractions include a "Music Maze" made entirely from recycled materials and featuring drainpipe drums, hubcap gongs and xylophone trees.

Creepy Crawlies Day

Drusilla's Park, Alfriston, East Sussex (01323 870656) tomorrow, 11am- 4pm (park open from 10am), adults pounds 6.95, children pounds 5.75

Some more unusual mini-monsters are on display at this popular wildlife park tomorrow. Experts will be introducing visitors to a variety of creatures, including giant millipedes, hissing cockroaches, giant land snails, praying mantes and tarantulae.

Medieval Mayhem, Victorian Valour and Fun

Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire (01527 831886) today and tomorrow, 10.30am-5pm, adults pounds 4.50, children pounds 2.25

Visitors will be able to witness everything from a Victorian Fire Brigade at work to life in a postwar prefab at this living history event. NS