Tuesday 31 January 2017

Museum of Brands - Women in Advertising & Professional Development Programme

Women in Advertising: Changing Trends
The Museum is looking at the portrayal of Women in Advertising with a series of talks and events. The activities begin on March 8, International Women’s Day, with a specially commissioned short filmChanging Trends of Female Representation in TV Commercials with commentary by Lindsey Clay, CEO of Thinkbox. Read more

Half-Term Family Fun

Adventure bags, design activities and trails available for families and children from 14 to 19 February. Invent a new soup flavour, design a chocolate box and go on a pop culture hunt. Discover our Time Tunnel, café and garden. Don't forget, under 7s enter for free. Read more

Gender & Advertising Talks

The representation of gender in advertising has shifted considerably over the generations – often controversial, more often challenging.  At the Museum we are very excited to be able to explore these changes with lunch time talks at 2pm on 10, 24 March and 7 and 21 April. The talks are free with admission. No need to book.
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Summer Parties

Looking for a summer party venue? Make the most of our award-winning garden and let your guests party amongst our 12,000 iconic exhibits. We have loads of surprises in store to give you a great night, from beer ice cream to brand-focused quizzes. Contact Francesca on 020 72439612 to get your summer party started.
Professional Development 
The Sensory Branding Masterclass on 6 February marks the launch of our Professional Development Programme aimed at those working in industries related to the Museum. On April 4 we’ll be running a workshop on Creating A Successful Personal Brand, and on May 17 we’ll hold a talk on Neuroscience – Why People Buy. Book early as availability is limited.
Educator's Network Event

Do you know someone who works as an educator? Help us spread the word by forwarding this invite to them or come along yourself if you fit this description.  On Monday 6 February, 6-8pm, teachers are welcomed to experience our learning programme at our buzzy Educator’s Network. Its free for teachers to attend.
Book here
Coming up: Mother's Day

Treat your Mum to Mother’s Day at the Museum of Brands. Hear the behind the scenes story of the collection, and discover how mothers have been portrayed in packaging and advertising from Victorian times to present day. Find more information and book your tickets here.


BBC Audience - Jo Whiley Presents BBC Introducing for Radio 2

Jo Whiley Presents BBC Introducing for Radio 2
Jo Whiley presents a two-hour special live from BBC Maida Vale Studios with performances from four of the UK's most exciting new talents for 2017; Anoushka Lucas, BetsyJodie Abacus and Wildwood Kin. Each artist has been hand picked by Jo Whiley, Jamie Cullum and Bob Harris to perform and have all been supported through the BBC's new music initiative BBC Introducing.

We have 60 pairs of tickets to give away to this exclusive event so register your details now for your chance to be there.

Registration is open until 9pm on Thursday 2 February.

Tickets are free and will be allocated at random.

Date: Wednesday 8 February
Venue: BBC Maida Vale Studios
Doors open: 7.30pm
Recording starts: 8pm

To enter the random draw visit bbc.co.uk/showsandtours.

Good luck!

BBC Shows and Tours

Apply Now

Monday 30 January 2017

Londoners celebrate Chinese New Year with party in Trafalgar Square

Dancers perform a Chinese flying lion dance in Trafalgar SquareImage copyrightPA
Thousands of people have taken to the streets of central London to celebrate Chinese New Year.
The annual event sees dancing lions, acrobats and floats parade from Shaftesbury Avenue to Trafalgar Square.
Performers await the start of the Chinese New Year parade in LondonImage copyrightPA
The new year, also known as the Spring Festival, is based on the lunar Chinese calendar so it changes each year.
A young performer prepares to take part in a Chinese New Year paradeImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Members of the Chinese community perform a Image copyrightAFP
Each year is marked by one of 12 animals that appear on the Chinese zodiac. This year is the year of the Rooster.
Performers take part in a dragon dance during the Chinese New Year paradeImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Participants perform the Dance of the Lion as they take part in an event to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year of the RoosterImage copyrightREUTERS
The event in London is said to be one of the biggest outside Asia.
Chinese New Year paradeImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Performers in costume receive offerings from local businesses in Chinatown during the Chinese New Year celebrationsImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES

Sunday 29 January 2017

Kew Gardens - Countdown for The Orchids Festival begins.

Just only a week away, escape the winter blues and become immersed in a visual feast of colour and elaborate botanical displays. Expect backdrops of elephants and tigers created from exotic orchids and tropical plants to intense hues of Phalaenopsis drops delicately hung from the ceilings.
Orchids Festival Gift Ticket
Give someone a chance to enjoy our colourful celebration of India’s vibrant plants and culture for free, with a special Orchids Festival gift ticket.

An ideal birthday or anniversary treat, our gift tickets are just £14*. They can be used for a visit on any day of the Festival, which runs from 4 February to 5 March.

*You must opt to receive or send your Orchids Festival ticket(s) by post, to receive them in gift format. There is a fee of £1.95. Gift tickets can only be used during Festival daytime opening hours, and are not valid for Orchids Lates events.
Enter our competition
To help celebrate the launch of this year’s Orchids Festival, GAIL’S Artisan Bakery have created limited edition bespoke Indian spiced Cardamom Buns in stores surrounding Kew. Pop in to try one and for a chance to win a night’s stay at The Hilton Syon Park Hotel and more.
Orchids Lates*
Every Tuesday and Thursday in Kew Gardens
9 February–2 March
£15 (£13.50 for Friends of Kew)
The Princess of Wales Conservatory at Kew Gardens will be opening after dark for a series of intimate evenings of performance, workshops, food and shopping amongst the Festival displays celebrating India’s vibrant flora and culture.

Saturday 28 January 2017

ZSL - Half term family fun and night vision cameras!

Vets in Action 
Ready... Vet... GO!
This February half term, join us for a special week of interactive family activities at our Vets in Action event at both ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. For one week only, children are invited to step into the shoes of our extraordinary vet team at the Animal Hospital, an exciting role-playing experience for budding veterinarians.

All junior vets will be kitted out with gloves and masks before joining the Zoo team in our specially-created animal surgery. Here they will learn how to examine, x-ray and perform treatments on the animals, using soft toys, from our animal experts.

You can also make the most of our packed schedule of talks and activities where you will find out what goes on behind the scenes to make sure that every single animal remains happy and healthy in our care.
Shake off those winter chills and transport yourself into the heart of the Amazon at ZSL London Zoo. Step into Rainforest Life - the capital's only living rainforest - and come face to face with a variety of wonderful species including sloths, monkeys and armadillos.
Motion sensitive camera traps have revealed for the first time what the animals at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo get up to after dark. Zookeepers installed the cameras to allow them to remotely observe the Zoo’s herd of fallow deer. Find out what we discovered...
Zoo to Zoo
Brand new for 2017, sign up to take part in ZSL's first ever cycling challenge. Our Zoo to Zoo Bike Ride begins at ZSL London Zoo and will see hundreds of fundraisers pedal up to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo to help raise money for wildlife conservation. Spaces are limited so apply today!
Gir Lodge Lodge
Escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life and indulge in a romantic overnight stay in the heart of Land of the Lions.
Create lasting memories with ZSL by becoming a member. Enjoy unlimited Zoo visits as well as a host of other benefits.
It's not every day that you can go for a run through the Zoo! Get involved with London's most unusual 10k event.
Keeper for a Day
A once in a lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal with some of ZSL’s most popular animals!