What’s on in Islington this weekend

Our pick of the bank holiday weekend action:


Sup some of the finest scrumpy around, with 20 different ciders and perrys, at the Real British Cider Festival, all day until Monday, with live Irish music on Saturday, at The Alma, Newington Green, N16. Free entry, call 020 7359 4536.

Take a guided walk through Highbury’s history with a tour of the Emirates Stadium thrown in, organised for the over 55s by the Claremont Project, White Lion Street, N1. From 2 to 3pm, free, but places must be reserved, call 020 7837 2402.

Relish a fun day and parents and carers open day for ages 8 to 19, with pottery, basketball, food and games, from 11am to 4pm at the Underground Youth Centre, Ringcross Estate, N7. Free, call 0208 963 4905.

Colour in your favourite gangster rappers, from the likes of Ice-T to Snoop Lion, at Straight Outta Compton, from 8pm at Drink Shop and Do, Caledonian Road, N1. Free, call 020 7278 4335.


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Get some retro bargains at A Glamorous Affair – a vintage and craft market, from noon to 5pm at the Library Bar, Upper Street, N1. Free entry, and half price martinis behind the bar, visit www.thegreatbakeadventure.com/glam_affair.html.

Get your funk on with some Blue Note jazz from the Bluespective Band, from 8.30 to 11pm at Ajani Grill, Hornsey Road, N19. Costs �5, call 020 7272 5566.

Learn the martial art favoured by Bruce Lee at these Chi Kung classes. Every Sunday from 11am to noon at Providence Court, Upper Street, N1, every Saturday, from 11.15am to 12.30am and every Friday, from 6.45pm to 7.45pm, at the Unity Church, Upper Street, N1. For more information call 07973 622240. Costs �10 per lesson or �40 for five.


Thrill to a medieval Gambian/West African masquerade ball featuring live performances, African and Caribbean food and entertainment for young children, from 2 to 8pm at Newington green, N16. Free, visit www.yaram.org.

Get that Notting Hill flavour without leaving the borough with the The Hot Caribbean Carnival, featuring live PA from Barbados megastar Lil Rick and the best Caribbean DJs in the world, from 11am to 6pm at the 02 Academy Islington, Parkfield Street N1. Costs �10 advance, more on the door, call 07921 891611.

Shake your rump in a Latin style at Fiesta En La Calle, featuring with Los Independientes del Vallanato, from 7pm to 1am at Camino, Regent’s Quarter, N1. Free, call 020 7841 7331.

Take part in an alternative sports day featuring a moustache relay, slug racing and space hoppers in aid of Oxjam, from noon at Highbury Fields, N5. Team entry costs �3 per person with a maximum team size of eight, call 07835 173499.


Try your hand at French garden sport petanque and win a gold medal (or a silver cup, strictly speaking), from noon at the Tufnell Park Tavern, Tufnell Park Road, N7. Costs �10 per team, call 020 7281 6113.

Have a physique like Freddie Ljungberg at this Jympa class run by Friskis and Svettis, from 7.30pm, at Moving Arts Base, Liverpool Road, N1. Costs �5, call 07850 600596.

Stay in great shape with hips, knees, backs and balance, a new kind of fitness class for over-55s, from 2.30 to 3.30pm, at the Claremont Centre, White Lion Street, N1. Costs �4, call 020 7241 3192.