It’s Diwali, the festival of lights in Trafalgar Square on Sunday and this weekend on Babes we’re celebrating Chocolate Week (yum), a monster bash in Stratford and one year of Big Apple Hot Dogs. Happy Birthday, BAHD daddy!
Thu: The Making of Harry Potter!, Warner Brothers Studio Tour, 20 miles north west of London (nearest rail Watford Junction)
Tickets go on sale TODAY for what’s set to be one of the hottest events of 2012. Go behind the scenes on the movie set of the most popular franchise of all time. Sneak a peek into Dumbledore’s office, Hogwart’s great hall and meet animatronic acts like Aragog the spider. The magical tour of sets, costumes and special effects opens Spring 2012. Prices from adult £28/child £21/family £83/under 4s free. Book now at www.wbstudiotour.co.uk
Fri: Big Apple Hot Dogs Birthday Bash, 239 Old St, EC1 (Old St tube)
He’s this month’s Easy Jet magazine cover story and Londoners in the know can’t get enough of BAHD’s big dogs. Has it only been a year? Come and celebrate at the cart where it all started. BYOB, discounts and freebies. 3-7pm, free entry. Follow @BigAppleHotDogs on Twitter for updates. (Oct 14)
Sat-Sun: Chocolate Unwrapped at Vinopolis, Stoney St, SE1 (London Bridge tube)
Indulge in a decadent celebration of all things cocoa for Chocolate Week. Highlights include chocolate painting on a giant canvas, a 3ft high chocolate dolls house, tastings and demos from top chocolatiers including Paul A Young and Hotel Chocolat. 11am-7pm (Sat) & 11am-5pm (Sun); £8 adv/£10 door/kids under free. (Oct 15-16)
Sat: Shoreditch Vintage Fair at Shoreditch Town Hall, Old St, EC1 (Old St tube)
Head back in time from 1940s to 1980s with 50+ classic stalls, live DJs, vintage tea party, beauty parlour, crafts, live acts and more. 12-5pm, free (Oct 15)
Sat: The Big Draw: Arena’s Monster Mash (top pic) at Discover, 383-387 High St, Stratford E15 (Stratford tube)
You’re invited to a mash-up of beastly proportions with literary guests, monster draw-off, monster maze, storytelling for ages 4+, monster yurt for babies and toddlers and a fancy dress monster ball with live DJs! 11.30am-5pm, adult/child £4.50/under 2s free (Oct 15)
Sun: The Balloon Gardener at Jacksons Lane, 269 Archway Rd, N6 (Highgate tube)
Enjoy a colourful balloon bouquet as Danny from Circo Ridiculoso makes latex bloom and grow in pots. It’s enough to make your eyes pop! For ages 4+ at 3pm, £7.95 (Oct 16)
For more great events check out our October Calendar and come back for Foodie Friday tomorrow to find out about this weekend’s Delicious Mummies launch!