THE TIGER COMES TO GREENWICH
See Judith Kerr’s gorgeous picture book come to life on the stage of Greenwich Theatre, in a musical play adapted and directed by David Wood. The Olivier Award-nominated show has left the West End to embark on a tour in celebration of its 10 years on stage. Expect oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos in this charming family show. Greenwich Theatre, Crooms Hill, Greenwich, London SE10 8ES. May 26 – 28 at 2pm and additionally at 11am on 27 & 28. Admission: £14/£9.50 concessions.
THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR COMES TO BLACKHEATH
See Eric Carle’s much-loved story come to life this Saturday, in a critically-acclaimed production created by Jonathan Rockefeller. The Very Hungry Caterpillar turns 50 this year, and what better way to help celebrate the timeless picture book than seeing it take to the stage with no less than 75 lovable puppets. Arrive early to enjoy some Hungry Caterpillar colouring sheets in the café bar before each show. The Great Hall at Blackheath Halls, 23 Lee Road, Blackheath, London SE3 9RQ. May 25, at 1:30pm and 4pm
TAKE PART IN ELTHAM JUNIOR PARK RUN
Every Sunday morning, a 2k run for 4-14 year olds is held in Eltham Park South at 9am. The event is free to attend and runners don’t need prior experience to take part. Get competitive racing your friends or take things completely at your own pace. Those aged 15 and above can join the weekly 5k Park Run at 9am on Saturday morning instead. Eltham Park South, Glenesk Road, Eltham, London, SE9 1AN. May 26 at 9am. Admission: FREE but register before your first visit.
HANDS-ON HISTORY AT ELTHAM PALACE
Brave troops at Eltham Palace are being put through their paces this week, in training to become a home front hero and super spy. Fall into step and polish your shoes, unless you want to live off basic rations only. This hands-on experience is a chance for little ones to be immersed in the palace’s wartime past and experience the life of soldiers on the front line. Look lively! Eltham Palace and Gardens, Court Yard, London SE9 5QE. May 26 – 31, from 11am – 5pm. Admission: £15.40 / £9.20 children / FREE for English Heritage members.
BEES TAKE CENTRE STAGE
Street theatre specialists Artizani have created an installation of six bee hives, each housing a unique surprise inside. This multi-sensory experience is a chance to hear, feel, smell and even taste the bee. And, if you dare, put your eye up to the hive and see the buzzing creature within. In their own words, this is a miniature installation with a huge visual impact. Plumstead Common, Plumstead, SE18 2UQ. May 25, at 1pm and 3:30pm / General Gordon Square, Woolwich, SE18 6ET. May 26, at 11:30am and 2pm. Admission: FREE.