There’s plenty to do in W2 this spring (besides rhyming) and most of it is free! That’s a great reason to spend some time in Paddington.
1. See the “Fan Bridge” in action
When: Wednesdays and Fridays at noon.
Where: Merchant Square, Paddington, W2
What: Paddington might be famous for the marmalade loving bear and its railway terminus that will soon be a Crossrail station, but W2 is quickly adding to its appeal with some hyper-cool bridges over the canal. As well as the rolling bridge (which we highlighted here in one our our article about Paddington’s hidden gems) Paddington now has the Fan Bridge. You can watch the action unfold (couldn’t resist the pun!) each Wednesday and Friday at noon.
Or get a sneak peak of this bridge that unfolds like a Japanese hand fan to span 20m across the Paddington Basin by watching this video:
2. Shaun in the City
When: March 28th to May 25th 2015
Where: All will be revealed!
What: Spot Shaun the Sheep of Wallace & Gromit fame on a trail through London called The 'Shaun in the City' trail. Kicking off March 28th and running until May 25th you can spot 120 'Shaun' sculptures which will be sold off at a public auction in October. The money raised will go towards the Wallace & Gromit Children's Foundation, which supports sick children in hospitals throughout the UK.
Celebrities and A-list designers and artists have lent their design flair to the sculptures which will be dotted around major attractions across the captial, including Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square, Carnaby Street, St Paul's Cathedral, The View from the Shard and The Tower of London. In W2 the sculptures will be located at Merchant Square and Paddington Station. See if you can find them.
© and TM Aardman Animations Limited 2015. All rights reserved. "Shaun the Sheep" and "Shaun in the City" (word marks) and the character 'Shaun the Sheep' are trade marks used under licence from Aardman Animations Limited. "Shaun in the City" is a fundraising initiative by Wallace and Gromit's Children's Foundation, raising money for children in hospital across the UK. Charity no. 1043603.
3. Canalway Cavalcade
When: 2-4 May 2015
Where: Little Venice
What: This event established in 1983, continues in the Little Venice area today. In the run up to the May Bank Holiday weekend you can see boats head to Little Venice and Paddington, check out the trade show stalls, indulge in some food, enjoy some real ale and bring along the family for activities including Morris Dancing.
The event culminates in an illuminated procession of narrowboats on Sunday. Called the “Nightglow” this event is accompanied by live music to make it all the more magical.
Get a feel for this event by watching this video of last year’s event:
Get more info: From Inland Waterways Association website
4. Dragon Boat Racing
When: June 18, 2015
Where: Paddington Basin
What: Racing along the Paddington Basin in dragon boats, 12 teams of brave paddlers will be raising money for Action Medical Research. If you’re lucky you might just get to meet Action Medical Research’s mascot Paddington Bear while you cheer on the teams.
Watch this video to see last year’s tense finish with Nissan crossing the line before the Crossrail team to claim the victory:
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