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Bankside Frost Fair

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Bankside Frost Fair

The fifth annual Bankside Frost Fair is a free winter festival that celebrates the history of the area at a time when Londoners took to the ice as the River Thames froze hundreds of years ago.

This year's Bankside Frost Fair will see the return of husky dogs, which, between 1944 and 1994, were the main form of Antarctic transport.

Husky dog sledding rides will be for children under the age of 12 only and are free but donations will be welcome, going towards the housing and upkeep of the Siberian huskies. A husky dog package, which includes sledding ride, an opportunity to hug-a-husky and a photo, will cost 4.

There will be ice sculptures dotted around the event site as well as a larger than ever winter market with over 70 quality arts and crafts stalls, selling those last minute stocking fillers including handmade jewelry, fine ceramics, wooden Christmas crafts, crystals and fossil products, leather goods and other beautiful handcrafted accessories, a variety of music and entertainment, street theatre, adult and children's participatory workshops, a drinks marquee serving mulled wine and ale and festive food to keep you warm.

Disney DVD Dream Dome

New this year is the 'Disney DVD Dream Dome' which has been created especially to screen the very best DVD releases this Christmas. Movies on show will include High School Musical 2, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause and The Jungle Book - all of which are now available to buy on Disney DVD.

Friday: Lantern Parade 4pm

Highlights include a lantern parade on the Friday, with more than 300 local school children taking part, the theme of which will be the "I Saw Three ships" carol with lanterns the shape of sea-faring vessels and cargo they carried into the area hundreds of years ago. Visitors will be able to view the parade along the entire route.

Saturday: Thames Cutters race 12 noon

On Saturday lunchtime there will be a Traditional Thames Cutters race on the River Thames and a procession from the City to Bankside's own pier. Many of the boats belong to London's Livery Companies. Visitors should watch the boats from the best vantage point on the Millennium Bridge.

Shakespeare's Globe undercroft

Shakespeare's Globe will also be taking part in the 2007 Bankside Frost Fair. The Globe's undercroft will be transformed into a winter wonderland of snow covered trees and twinkling starlight.

A selection of traders from across the UK will sell unique hand-made gifts and demonstrate crafts. Family attractions include Elizabethan dressing and musical demonstrations in the newly re-imagined Globe Exhibition.

New to the 2007 Frost Fair is the specially commissioned Permission to Play, a living installation by Ahh...Arts Igniting Minds' Performance Laboratory.

  • Fri 12 noon to Sun 6pm
  • FREE

Bankside riverside walkway
Bankside, London, SE1
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