Bankside Frost Fair


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Bankside Frost Fair at Shakespeare's Globe

Bankside will yet again be home to the 4th annual Frost Fair outside Tate Modern and Shakespeare's Globe.

Last year's event attracted more than 100,000 people making it London's largest free winter event.

This year's event will host a winter market, ice sculptures, workshops, music, street theatre, a beer tent selling mulled wine, an ice bar and festive food including roasted chestnuts and a hog roast.

The star attraction this year is free husky sledding rides for children under 12. Young visitors will also get the chance to have their photo taken hugging a husky which will cost £4.

Shakespeare's Globe will be part of this year's Frost Fair when the Globe's Undercroft is transformed into a winter wonderland of snow covered fir trees and twinkling starlight. Twenty five traders from across the UK will sell unique hand-made gifts including pens and quills, wooden toys, hand knitted jumpers, scarves, hats and gloves and stone sculptures. Visitors will be entertained by Elizabethan musicians, a recreation of gladiatorial combat and a short Christmas play, George and the Dragon. All tickets for the play are £4 and available on the day.

Friday highlights

The Frost Fair will officially open at 4pm on Friday with a dazzling "12 days of Christmas" lantern procession led by 300 local school children.

Bankside Gallery will be staying open until 8pm.

Saturday highlights

At 12 noon visitors will get a chance to watch the traditional Thames Cutters boat procession.

Rose Theatre

The Rose Theatre Exhibition on Park Street is joining in the Frost Fair this year, with free tours by expert guides and the opportunity to buy exclusive gifts by local artists. Open Friday and Saturday 10.30am to 6pm. Follow the trail of balloons from the riverside to the Rose.

  • Fri 4pm-9pm; Sat 10am-9pm; Sun 10am-6pm
  • FREE


Bankside riverside walkway
Bankside, London, SE1
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Shakespeare's Globe
New Globe Walk, London, SE1 9DT
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Box office: 020 7401 9919

The Rose Playhouse
56 Park Street, London, SE1 9AR
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Box office: 020 7261 9565


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