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Happening at the Horniman: August 2018

The summer holidays are upon us and we've got plenty on at the Horniman to keep the whole family entertained.

Shared World Season

Every Wednesday between 8 August and 29 August, join us for Big Wednesdays: Shared World as we celebrate what makes us human and connects us with nature with the help of performers, storytellers, and artists.

Chill out to global sounds on our Bandstand Terrace on the evenings of Thursday 2 August and Thursday 9 August with Sunset Sessions. Make the most of the summer sun by relaxing to the groove of KOG & The Zongo Brigade and The Brass Funkeys.

If you fancy something a bit more active then pop your dancing shoes on and join us for Bandstand Concerts on Sundays, 5, 19, and 26 August. Enjoy an eclectic mix of music styles from Dende, Native Sun, and Matuk.

On Tuesday 28 August be sure to join us for Hear it Live! with Jali Bakary Konteh who will be performing on the kora, a sweet-sounding West African harp-lute.

Summer Holidays

Join us for a day of the Horniman’s favourite summer activities and events at Big Wednesdays: Horniman Favourites on Wednesday 1 August.

Every Tuesday and Friday throughout August we will be running fun Tree Explorer sessions. Find out why trees are so amazing, make some bark rubbings and discover how to find out how tall a tree is by using your own body as a measuring stick. 


Our award-winning, new exhibition Colour: The Rainbow Revealed is open and a great way to keep the little ones entertained during the holidays. Be sure to join us to be dazzled by how colours are made and perceived.

You're running out of time to see Coral: Fabric of the Reef on display in our Natural History Gallery. Artist Karen Dodd uses woollen fabric to draw attention to coral and coral reefs, inspired by the Horniman collections.

  • CoralFabricoftheReef (c) KarenDodd. Photo by SophieGladstone_, Karen Dodd's woollen coral intrigues and delights in equal measure, Sophie Gladstone− © Karen Dodd
    Karen Dodd's woollen coral intrigues and delights in equal measure, Sophie Gladstone

On display in our World Gallery balcony will be a new exhibition Yamal: The Stream of Life. This beautiful display by the photographer Bryan Alexander reveals aspects of life in the Yamal region of Northwest Siberia.

Drop into the Natural History Gallery to see a taxidermy loan from the Natural History Museum, a stunning Bengal tiger.


Grab your putters and enjoy a round of crazy golf with Plonk in the Gardens - open daily until the end of September.

  • Plonk Golf, Grab your putter (or rent one) and join in the fun, Plonk Golf
    Grab your putter (or rent one) and join in the fun, Plonk Golf

Between Monday 6 August and Friday 10 August, young people between 14-19 can take part in our Arts Award Summer School

Learn about South East London’s local bats and use detectors to find them in the Gardens with our Bat Walk for Adults on Friday 10 August or our Bat Walk for Families on Friday 17 August.

Members can join our Head of Horticulture, Wesley Shaw, for an exclusive Gardens Tour on Thursday 23 August.

On Monday 27 August our popular storytellers will bring the collections and Gardens alive with stories from around the world with World of Stories.

Regular Activities

Every Saturday pop down to the Horniman Farmer’s Market to pick up the freshest, local produce.

On Sunday 5 August our library will be open to the public to explore some of our rare books and talk to our knowledgeable librarians.

Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the Summer Holidays you can join us for Family Art Fun.

The Hands On Base will be open on Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.