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Review: The Spring Knitting and Stitching Show at Olympia – 3rd March 2017

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Spring has arrived at Kensington Olympia with an explosion of colour and vibrancy to delight and inspire crafters. 

The wide range of fabrics, yarn, craft tools, kits, patterns, beads and equipment will appeal to all crafters. The vast and varied selection of fabrics, in particular, will be of great interest to those who enjoy sewing or embroidery. 

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The show organisers were very welcoming and the venue offered plenty of seating and space to take the occasional rest or have a spot of lunch and cup of tea. 

The retail stands are absorbing and a delight to explore but the Knitting & Stitching show offers much more, including free demonstrations, workshops and fascinating displays of textile art showcasing both the traditional and contemporary. 

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Astronaut Tim Peake is immortalised in a large quilt featuring the BBC Breaking News . 

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Don’t miss the scary Games of Thrones star. 

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There are also practical studio classes on offer where, for a modest fee, you can learn new techniques in small groups led by some of the UK’s leading craft experts [limited availability so book in advance to be sure of a place].

The Campaign for Creativity has been launched in recognition of creative learning being vital to child development, including expression, problem solving and developing communication.  In recent years the emphasis on creative subjects in schools has dwindled despite the health benefits. The show is collecting embroidered signatures as a visual representation of the Creativity Petition. Take your own or create at the show with helpers and materials supplied.

As always, we left the show weighed down with replenished supplies, new products to try and lots of exciting ideas to keep us busy for months ahead.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

Contributor and photographs – Kris Webb

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The London International Horse Show at Olympia – 13th to 19th December 2016

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The London International Horse Show which takes place at Olympia from 13th to 19th December has become a pre-Christmas tradition for those interested in the equestrian world.

Olympia has a long tradition of holding International horse shows, the first one was held in 1907, however the London International Horse Show was created in 1972. One of the main reasons for its popularity is there is fun for all the family with a variety of entertainments as well as world-class Show Jumping, Dressage and Driving.

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The world’s best Show Jumping riders take part in a number of competitions over the seven days of competition in a variety of classes, the compact course is a test for rider and horse especially in timed jump offs.

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There are competitions in a number of disciplines which test animal and human, one of the most popular events is Kennel Club Dog Agility competitions. Dogs race around a specially designed course which challenge both dogs and their owners.

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Another favourite is the Shetland Pony Grand National, Shetland ponies and their young riders race round the arena at a furious pace to be crowned the winner.

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Most sessions feature Extreme Driving which features the top carriage drivers in the world hurtling around the compact course to post their quickest time, considerable skill is needed to control four galloping horses and the carriage.

This year there will be International displays by Santi Serra and the Portuguese Lusitanos

The show finishes with the Christmas Finale which is a singing and dancing extravaganza.

The show has afternoon and evening performances with occasional morning performances.

There is plenty of other entertainment and a shopping village that has over 250 shops selling a massive range of goods from all things equestrian, to fashion, jewellery, wines, gifts, novelty items, and fine art.

The London International Horse Show offers an attractive mix of top class sport and family fun which appeals to people of all ages. The event is especially popular with families who bring their children for a pre – Christmas treat. The different sessions have slightly different performances, so it is well worth checking what is available.

If you would like more information or book tickets , visit the Event website here

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Since our launch in 2014, we have attracted thousands of readers each month, the site is constantly updated.
We have sections on Museums and Art Galleries, Transport, Food and Drink, Places to Stay, Security, Music, Sport, Books and many more.
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Review : The Great British Beer Festival 2016 at Olympia – 9th to 13th August 2016

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In the bright sunshine, thousands of real ale fans made their way to the Olympia Exhibition Centre for the return of the ever popular Great British Beer Festival. The Festival is organised by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and is the most prestigious Beer Festival held in the UK.

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Over the next few days, over 50,000 people will  attend the event, and this year they will be spoilt for choice with over 900 real ales, ciders, perries and foreign beers available to taste. Despite the decline of pubs in certain areas, Beer is enjoying something of a renaissance in recent times and a walk around the festival provides plenty of evidence of the incredible choices available.

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The Beer Festival takes place across two halls; the Olympia Grand and the Olympia National. Each hall has a number of bars serving real ale from hundreds of breweries of all shapes and sizes across the UK, there are a number of brewery bars where you can try both well-known brews and limited edition beers from some of the UK’s biggest and best real ale brewers including  Brains, Charles Wells, Fuller’s, Harveys, SIBA, St Austell, Tiny Rebel and Titanic.

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The rise of the Tiny Rebel brewery is evidence that small breweries can compete with the major breweries. Tiny Rebel was only launched in 2012 but managed to produce Cwtch that was declared CAMRA Champion Beer of Britain 2015.

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The festival may support British brewing, however it attracts a wide range  of international draught and bottled beers from the likes of Belgium, Germany, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Holland and Malta. The United States is considered the home of the Craft Beer and the festival features the American Cask Bar which offers a wide range of beers from all over America. One of the great changes in beer production in recent years is the proliferation of microbreweries from all across the world who have created a whole new range of products bringing together the old and the new.

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The Great British Beer Festival is easily the UK’s biggest beer festival , but it is not only quantity but quality that appeal to many of the drinkers who will find some old favourites and new beers to tempt them. Visitors to the festival come from all over the UK and the rest of the world, for many it is an annual pilgrimage to enjoy the beer and the friendly atmosphere.

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Although the beer is the main focus, the event has a carnival atmosphere with  plenty of entertainment including live music, food, seating areas, and traditional pub games to enjoy. The Festival also keeps beer drinkers up to date on the latest campaigns by CAMRA, for all of the resurgence of beer drinking, pubs all over the country are closing at an alarming rate.

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Although the Beer Festival attracts its hardcore real ale connoisseurs, there are many who just take the opportunity to try the different range of beers and enjoy the atmosphere. With its reasonable entrance fee, it represents very good value for money to anyone who wants to find out more about beer from around the world.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

If you would like further information or book tickets , visit the GBBF website here

London Visitors is the official blog for the Visiting London Guide .com website. The website was developed to bring practical advice and the latest up to date news and reviews of events in London.
Since our launch in 2014, we have attracted thousands of readers each month, the site is constantly updated.
We have sections on Museums and Art Galleries, Transport, Food and Drink, Places to Stay, Security, Music, Sport, Books and many more.
There are also hundreds of links to interesting articles on our blog.
To find out more visit the website here

The Great British Beer Festival 2016 at Olympia – 9th to 13th August 2016

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This week sees the return of the ever popular Great British Beer Festival  at the Olympia Exhibition Centre. The Great British Beer Festival is organised by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and is the most prestigious Beer Festival held in the UK.

Over 50,000 people  usually  attend the event, and this year they will be spoilt for choice with over 900 real ales, ciders, perries and foreign beers available to taste. Beer is enjoying something of a renaissance in recent times and a walk around the festival provides plenty of evidence of the choice available.

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The Beer Festival takes place across two halls; the Olympia Grand and the Olympia National. Each hall has a number of bars serving real ale from hundreds of breweries of all shapes and sizes across the UK, as well as brewery bars where you can try both well-known brews and limited edition beers from some of the UK’s biggest and best real ale brewers including  Brains, Charles Wells, Fuller’s, Harveys, SIBA, St Austell, Tiny Rebel and Titanic. There are a wide range  of international draught and bottled beers from the likes of Belgium, Germany, the Czech Republic. However, one of the great changes in beer production in recent years is the proliferation of microbreweries from all across the UK who have created a whole new range of products bringing together the old and the new.

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The Great British Beer Festival is easily the UK’s biggest beer festival , but it is not only quantity but quality that appeal to many of the drinkers who will find some old favourites and new beers to tempt them. Visitors to the festival come from all over the UK and the rest of the world, for many it is an annual pilgrimage to enjoy the beer and the friendly atmosphere.

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Although the beer is the main focus, the event has a carnival atmosphere with  plenty of entertainment including live music, food, seating areas, and traditional pub games to enjoy. The Festival also keeps beer drinkers up to date on the latest campaigns by CAMRA, for all of the resurgence of beer drinking, pubs all over the country are closing at an alarming rate.

Although the Beer Festival attracts its hardcore real ale connoisseurs, there are many who just take the opportunity to try the different range of beers and enjoy the atmosphere.

With its reasonable entrance fee, it represents very good value for money to anyone who wants to find out more about beer from around the world.

If you would like further information or book tickets , visit the GBBF website here

London Visitors is the official blog for the Visiting London Guide .com website. The website was developed to bring practical advice and the latest up to date news and reviews of events in London.
Since our launch in 2014, we have attracted thousands of readers each month, the site is constantly updated.
We have sections on Museums and Art Galleries, Transport, Food and Drink, Places to Stay, Security, Music, Sport, Books and many more.
There are also hundreds of links to interesting articles on our blog.
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Review : The London International Horse Show at Olympia – 15th to 21st December 2015

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The London International Horse Show which takes place at Olympia from 15th to 21st December has become a pre-Christmas tradition for those interested in the equestrian world. Olympia has a long tradition of holding International horse shows, the first one was held in 1907, however the London International Horse Show was created in 1972. One of the main reasons for its popularity is there is fun for all the family with a variety of entertainments as well as world-class Show Jumping, Dressage and Driving.

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The world’s best Show Jumping riders take part in a number of competitions over the seven days of competition in a variety of classes, the compact course is a test for rider and horse especially in timed jump offs.

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There are competitions in a number of disciplines which test animal and human, one of the most popular events is Kennel Club Dog Agility competitions. Dogs race around a specially designed course which challenge both dogs and their owners.

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Another favourite is the Shetland Pony Grand National, Shetland ponies and their young riders race round the arena at a furious pace to be crowned the winner.

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This year’s Olympia displays feature the considerable talents of Jean-François Pignon, the world-famous horse whisperer has an incredible connection with his horses which enables him to control their behaviour to a remarkable degree.

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For a complete change of mood, the show continues with the Musical Ride of the Household Cavalry. The Cavalry provide high-speed thrills undertaking complex cross overs and other dynamic manoeuvres.

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Most sessions feature Extreme Driving which features the top carriage drivers in the world hurtling around the compact course to post their quickest time, considerable skill is needed to control four galloping horses and the carriage.

The show finishes with the Christmas Finale which is based on the theme of Camelot and includes jousting and a singing and dancing finale.

Performance Timings:

Afternoon Performances start from 12:30 and end around 4:30 unless stated otherwise.

Evening performances start from 6:00 and end around 10:30 unless stated otherwise. On some of the days a morning performance is advertised. Normally this will be just one class or competition. Entry to the morning performance is free of charge to all afternoon ticket holders. Alternatively tickets for ‘Morning Only’ can be purchased, visitors are able to sit anywhere. The morning performances will start at around 10am.

There is plenty of other entertainment and a shopping village that has over 250 shops selling a massive range of goods from all things equestrian, to fashion, jewellery, wines, gifts, novelty items, and fine art.

The London International Horse Show offers an attractive mix of top class sport and family fun which appeals to people of all ages. The event is especially popular with families who bring their children for a pre – Christmas treat. The different sessions have slightly different performances, so it is well worth checking what is available.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

If you would like to find out more about the show or book tickets , visit the show website here

London Visitors is the official blog for the Visiting London Guide .com website. The website was developed to bring practical advice and latest up to date news and reviews of events in London.
Since our launch in January, we attract thousands of readers each month, the site is constantly updated.
We have sections on Museums and Art Galleries, Transport, Food and Drink, Places to Stay, Security, Music, Sport, Books and many more.
There are also hundreds of links to interesting articles on our blog.
To find out more visit the website here

The London International Horse Show at Olympia – 15th to 21st December 2015

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The London International Horse Show which takes place at Olympia from 15 – 21 December has become a pre-Christmas tradition for those interested in the Equestrian world. Olympia has a long tradition of holding International horse shows, the first one was held in 1907, however the London International Horse Show was created in 1972. One of the main reasons for its popularity is there is fun for all the family with a variety of entertainments as well as  world-class Show jumping, Dressage and Driving.

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The world’s best Show Jumping riders take part in a number of competitions over the seven days of competition in a variety of classes, the course is a test for rider and horse especially in timed jump offs.

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There are competitions in a number of disciplines which test animal and human, one of the most popular events is Kennel Club Dog Agility competitions. Dogs race around a specially designed course which challenge both dogs and their owners.

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Another favourite is the Shetland Pony Grand National, Shetland Ponies and their young riders race round the arena at a furious pace to be crowned the winner.

Competition Highlights:

Tuesday 15th Evening – The Reem Acra FEI World CupTM Dressage Grand Prix
Wednesday 16th Evening – The Reem Acra FEI World CupTM Dressage Freestyle to Music
Thursday 17th Evening – The Alltech Puissance
Friday 18th Afternoon – FEI World CupTM Extreme Driving presented by Dodson & Horrell
Saturday 19th Evening – FEI World CupTM Extreme Driving presented by Dodson & Horrell
Sunday 20th Afternoon – The Longines FEI World CupTM Show Jumping leg presented by H&M
Monday 21st Evening – The Olympia Grand Prix

Olympia Displays

Jean-François Pignon: Marvel as the wonderful bond this world famous horse whisperer has with his Liberty Horses.

The Musical Ride of the Household Cavalry: Daredevil maneuvers and high speed cross overs

Christmas Finale supported by The Hilton London Olympia:  All performances except Tuesday and Wednesday.

Performance Timings:

Afternoon Performances start from 12:30 and end around 4:30 unless stated otherwise.
Evening performances start from 6:00 and end around 10:30 unless stated otherwise.On some of the days a Morning performance is advertised. Normally this will be just one class or competition. Entry to the morning performance is free of charge to all afternoon ticket holders. Alternatively tickets for ‘Morning Only’ can be purchased. Visitors are able to sit anywhere. The morning performances will start at around 10am.

There is plenty of other entertainment and a shopping village that has over 250 shops selling a massive range of goods from all things equestrian, to fashion, jewellery, wines, gifts, novelty items, and fine art.

The London International Horse Show offers an attractive mix of top class sport and family fun which will appeal to people of all ages. The event is especially popular with families who bring their children for a pre- Christmas treat. The different sessions have slightly different performances, so it is well worth checking what is available.

If you would like to find out more about the show or book tickets , visit the show website here

London Visitors is the official blog for the Visiting London Guide .com website. The website was developed to bring practical advice and latest up to date news and reviews of events in London.
Since our launch in January, we attract thousands of readers each month, the site is constantly updated.
We have sections on Museums and Art Galleries, Transport, Food and Drink, Places to Stay, Security, Music, Sport, Books and many more.
There are also hundreds of links to interesting articles on our blog.
To find out more visit the website
here

The Great British Beer Festival at Olympia – 11th to 15th August 2015

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August sees the return of the ever popular Great British Beer Festival  at the Olympia exhibition centre. The Great British Beer Festival is organised by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and the most prestigious Beer Festival held in the UK.
Over 50,000 people  usually  attend the event, and this year they will be spoilt for choice with over 900 real ales, ciders, perries and foreign beers available to taste.

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It is easily the UK’s biggest beer festival , but it is not only quantity but quality that appeal to many of the drinkers who will find some old favourites and new beers to tempt them. The Beer festival takes place across two halls; the Olympia Grand and the Olympia National. Each hall will have a number of bars serving real ale from hundreds of breweries of all shapes and sizes across the UK, as well as brewery bars where you can try both well-known brews and limited edition beers from some of the UK’s biggest and best real ale brewers. As well as that there’ll be some fantastic international draught and bottled beers from the likes of Belgium, Germany, the Czech Republic.  There will be award-winning favourites from microbreweries across the UK and even an American Cask beer bar unique to the festival.

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GBBF 2015 will feature a total of 10 brewery bars, all serving well known brews from some of the UK’s biggest real ale breweries, alongside some limited edition specials. Breweries include Brains, Charles Wells, Fuller’s, Harvey & Son, Hogs Back, Shepherd Neame, SIBA, St Austell and Wadworth.

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Although the Beer is the main focus, the event has a carnival atmosphere with  plenty of entertainment including live music, food, seating areas, and traditional pub games to enjoy.

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Tickets

Single Day Tickets range from CAMRA Member Day Ticket Advance Price or £8 Non-Member Day Ticket Advance Price: £10
Season Tickets are available

Opening Hours

Tuesday 11th

5pm – 10.30pm

Weds 12 Aug

12noon – 10.30pm

Thurs 13 Aug

12noon – 10.30pm

Fri 14 Aug

12noon – 10.30pm

Sat 15 Aug

11am – 6.30pm

If you would like further information or book tickets , visit the GBBF website here

London Visitors is the official blog for the Visiting London Guide .com website. The website was developed to bring practical advice and the latest up to date news and reviews of events in London.
Since our launch in 2014, we have attracted thousands of readers each month, the site is constantly updated.
We have sections on Museums and Art Galleries, Transport, Food and Drink, Places to Stay, Security, Music, Sport, Books and many more.
There are also hundreds of links to interesting articles on our blog.
To find out more visit the website here