Editor’s picks, what’s on this weekend, 17-19 May
From spring fairs to live jazz to Eurovision parties, here’s our top picks for what’s on this weekend
A nine-day festival kickstarting on Saturday, run by volunteers and dedicated to all things botanical. The Chelsea Fringe festival is a celebration in the run up to the Chelsea Flower Show and visitors will be able to take part in a spectrum of horticultural events.
18-26 May; see website for details
Alternative Eurovision at Southbank
Back for another year, the Alternative Eurovision party will be heading to Uderbelly on the Southbank for an array of cabaret performances with comedy acts all taking place to battle it out to be crowned the 2019 champion. Anna Greenwood is also back to host this year’s contest, which takes place the night before Eurovision, May 17.
17 May, 9.30pm; 30 The Queen’s Walk, Southbank
Spring Fair at OSO Arts, Barnes
If you’re full of the joys of springtime this weekend, the spring fair will be returning to OSO Arts with live music, fantastically tasty food offerings, shopping opportunities and fun for all the family in the heart of beautiful Barnes.
18 May; 10am-3pm; free
Mark Crooks at Bulls Head, Barnes
One of our favourite local jazz venues, the Bulls Head will once again be supplying the goods with some swinging jazz and Latin to get you in the mood for the weekend. Mark Crooks is one of the UK’s finest jazz players and will be impressing audiences on the sax.
18 May; 8.30pm; £13
We’ve Got Each Other at Battersea Arts Centre
A twist on a modern musical at the beloved Battersea Arts Centre, We’ve Got Each Other comes with a dose of singing and dancing, but encourages viewers to enjoy the production by using the power of their own imaginations.
16-18 May; 8pm; £12.50
Early photo morning at RHS Garden Wisley
This special workshop will be taking place at RHS Wisley and offers budding photographers a chance to get to grips with photography. Using morning lighting, visitors will be able to see the gardens from a different perspective, finding colour and trinquility across the gardens, ideal for capturing on film.
18 May; 7.30am-6pm; free
Young Archaeologist’s Club at Fulham Palace
If you’re little one shows an interest in archaeology, Fulham Palace is the place to be, where kids can join in with the Young Archaeologist’s Club and find out more about the types of rocks exhibited around the grounds.
18 May; 10.30am-12.15pm; £45.50 for a term
American Idiot at New Wimbledon Theatre
Your last chance to see the Green Day musical in Wimbledon, which has proved to be a hit success among the band’s loyal following, with all the much-loved anthems like American Idiot and Jesus of Suburbia played out on stage.
Until 18 May; see website for times; from £13