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Family

Tree-Mendous Adventures

Come with us and adventure through the trees! Journey from the end of the roots to the tips of the leaves.

Family

The Very (Very) Small Materials That Could Save the World

SOLD OUT. Draw, experiment and invent as you journey inside the nanomaterials that could build a better future for our planet.

All Ages

South Ken Green Trail

Pop-up nature hubs and installations created by architects, artists and garden designers will leave you buzzing with new ideas and inspiring visions for a greener future.

Adult

Solving urban air pollution and green mobility

Learn how public health data, better air quality monitoring and smart green mobility could make our cities healthier places to live and explore.

Adult

RCA Drawing: Finding Landscapes - Finding Drawing

SOLD OUT. A fun and accessible drawing workshop beginning with a short walk and ending with a series of exploratory drawing exercises which reflect on and extend landscape imagery seen during our walk.

Family

Rainforest Storytelling: Building Monkey Bridges

Be enthralled by children’s storyteller Helen Tozer and rainforest ecologist Jenna Lawson at this family workshop combining storytelling, board game fun, model making and immersive rainforest soundtracks.

Family

Oceans Show

This immersive show highlights the importance of the oceans and demonstrates why it’s never been more vital to help protect this amazing habitat.

Adult

Meet the UK's Green Poet

From green banking to generating clean energy from our poo, Martin Kiszko tackles environment issues through his playful poetry.

All Ages

Making Windflower

For their installation ‘Windflower’ on Exhibition Road, Urban Radicals transformed a wind turbine blade into beautiful planters. Hear about the making of ‘Windflower’ and the ideas behind it.

Adult

Leafy Lino Printing

SOLD OUT. Learn the art of lino printing through the beautiful science of plant leaves.

Adult

Inside the Crystal Palace: The must-see exhibition of Victorian England

Explore the finest art and industrial design of the day during this guided tour of the Great Exhibition of 1851.

Adult

Human Health and Planetary Health

Find out how changing our diet could not only improve our health, but also tackle climate change, address biodiversity loss and stave off the next global pandemic.

Family

Green Poems for a Blue Planet

A humorous, theatrical and challenging eco-comedy stand-up poetry performance suitable for the whole family.

Adult

Get Hooked

Join the circular making revolution and make your own homewares from reused V&A exhibition waste in this simple woodworking workshop for the Great Exhibition Road Festival.

Family

Future Explorers

What will our world look like in 2050? Become a Future Explorer and investigate the not-too-distant future.

Adult

Eco-murals: Bringing the biodiversity crisis to our city centres

Scientists and artists discuss their work and the role public art can play in bringing a community together to take action against human-induced mass extinction of life on Earth.

Adult

Eco-anxiety: Climate change’s toll on our mental health

Find out how the fight to save our planet could also improve our individual and collective wellbeing in this session exploring our emotional response to the climate crisis.

Family

Drawn to Sustainability

SOLD OUT. Can you design for a better future? Explore the RIBA+V&A's Architecture Gallery with us and begin to draw your own ideas for a sustainable building.

Family

Drawing the Sun

Come draw and explore our closest star and learn how it could power a greener future on Earth.

Adult

DIY Soap Making to Clean our Oceans

SOLD OUT. Create your own uniquely scented and sustainably packaged soap bars in this workshop exploring ways to reduce the plastic in our oceans.

Adult

Discovering science through children’s non-fiction picture books

Illustrators and writers celebrate the transformative power of an overlooked section of children’s literature to communicate science.

Family

Create your own 'Windflower': Workshop with Urban Radicals and Andrew Kerr

SOLD OUT. A session for children introducing the ideas of wind energy and recycling through playful craft activities.

Adult

Climate Justice

How can we ensure equality and basic human rights are preserved in the pursuit of saving the planet?

Adult

Black History Month - A day in the life of a climate finance expert

Courtnae Bailey discusses her work to increase global climate investments in developing countries so they can mitigate and adapt to the worst impacts of climate change.

Character illustration workshop

Take inspiration from the Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser exhibition at the V&A to learn illustration techniques to create your own unique characters.

Family

Catch the Carbon

Help our Explainers capture that carbon! Join us to find out what carbon is, why it’s causing our planet some problems and what we can do to solve them.

Adult

Black History Month - A day in the life of the Grenfell gardener

Meet Tayshan Hayden-Smith, the former footballer who discovered the healing power of horticulture after setting up the Grenfell Garden of Peace

Adult

Black History Month - A day in the life of a Renaissance art historian

Despite leaving school at 16 with no qualifications, Leslie Primo overcame dyslexia and the odds to become an authority on some of the great masters of European art.

Art x Science 2021

ART x SCIENCE 2021 - a collaboration between the Royal College of Art and the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Smart Medical Imaging. Explore the future of healthcare.

Family

Youth Band Blow!

An exciting set of workshops and performances to inspire the budding youth band brass musician looking to take their playing to the next level. Led by leading lights in the brass world, the Royal College of Music and Brass Band England.

Adult

Who's leading the climate conversation?

Explore the ways science, governments, fossil fuel lobbyists and environmental campaigners have changed how we talk about climate.

Adult

Treephonia: Reimagining our planet through sound

How can music help us forge new relationships with our environment and the places we inhabit?

There is no planet B

Enjoy Caitlin Strongarm’s a stop motion film inspired by Sylvia Stults' poem "Warned" and the young climate change ambassadors inspired by the idea that there is no planet B.

Adult

Sound tracking the rainforest: An audio-visual exploration of deforestation in Costa Rica

Immerse yourself within the sights and sounds of a forest ecosystem under threat with this digital artwork created by art collective super/collider.

Adult

Solar Powered Cyanotype Printworks

Create your own nature-inspired, sunlight-exposed prints with solar cell chemists and science communicator Liz Jeavans.

Adult

Making stuff greener

Explore the much-needed revolution in our manufacturing sector, from advanced energy and material efficiency to carbon capture, to new building materials and green chemistry

Adult

Macramé plant hangers for a greener future

Create your own macramé pot hangers from recycled polymer fibres as our renewable materials scientists explore how chemistry can help us make things in a greener way.

Adult

Future Fashion Upcycling Workshop

From natural dying to repurposing and reconstruction, learn the upcycling techniques that could green your clothing habits in this exploration of sustainable fashion.

Adult

Earthsong: science inspired poetry against climate change

A cross-cultural feast of science and poetry, investigating the danger our natural and human landscapes are facing across the globe and what we can do about it.

Adult

Dressing Green

Explore how new technologies, eco-business models and better regulatory oversight might end fast fashion and benefit the planet.

Family

Dodo Masks Workshop

Join us for a making activity to celebrate the Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser exhibition. Using the mysterious dodo as an example of animal extinction, design your very own fantastical dodo mask.

Adult

Darwin's Coral Reefs and the Future of Ocean Life

Explore historic collections that could predict the future of marine ecosystems with the Natural History Museum’s coral reef curator Miranda Lowe.

Adult

Crafty Science

Celebrate craftmanship, its links to material science and its potential to challenge our throwaway culture through a greater appreciation of how things are made.

Family
All Ages

Contest Banding Extravaganza!

SOLD OUT. Come and listen to the bands, be inspired by their big sound, dexterous agility and tight ensemble.

Adult

Black History Month - A day in the life of a green manufacturing engineer

Meet Dr Gbemi Oluleye and her work to reduce the 40% of the global carbon dioxide emissions contributed by our manufacturing industries.

Adult

Black History Month - A day in the life of a curator of deep-sea creatures

From caring for Charles Darwin’s specimens to decolonising museum collections, explore the career of the Natural History Museum’s Miranda Lowe.

Adult

Black History Month - A day in the life of a classical musician

Royal College of Music student Mebrakh Haughton-Johnson performs and discusses his journey from practising in the sixth form common room to playing on the world’s most prestigious stages.

Family

Beginner Brass Buzz!

SOLD OUT. Come join the Royal College of Music and Brass Band England for an exciting hour of discovery and performance!

Family

Be the Change: Climate Pledge Calligraffiti workshop

Create artwork that makes an impact and send out messages for positive change for the planet.

Family

Weaving Waste

Get creative with the contents of your recycling bin and discover some of the surprising ways new life is brought to waste materials by artists and engineers.

Design and the Circular Economy

This discussion with ‘Windflower’ designers Urban Radicals with Adam Harris will explore the role of design for the transition to a circular economy and engaging the public in this process.

A day in the life of a STEM Education Director

Pallavi Malhotra discusses her career from being a pioneering female telecommunications engineer to being Director for the Huawei ICT Academy Programme in Western Europe.

Urban parks - places of respite or action?

London's parks have been a lifeline for many during the pandemic as a place of respite, but what's their role in tackling the long term challenges society faces?

All Ages

Upcycle Workshop

This drop-in style workshop will offer you the chance to transform a range of offcuts and threads, to experiment and develop something completely new.

Nature Live Online

Join us for a live stream event where a panel of Millennials and Generation Z discuss some of the core issues of the planetary emergency.

Museum of the Anthropocene: Hidden Histories in the V&A Collection

Join V&A Anthropocene Reading Group co-founder and postgraduate researcher Flora Parkin on this tour of the V&A Collection, sharing untold stories about the museum’s historical role in today's profound crises.

Adult

Innovating for a Greener Future

Meet the graduates of Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art who have gone on to develop innovative solutions to help build a greener, more sustainable world.

Adult

The Hidden Life of Trees

A multifaceted portrait of ‘The Hidden Life of Trees’ author Peter Wohlleben on his mission to enhance our understanding of the intelligent fabric of our forests.

Discover the Great Exhibition

Discover the incredible story of the Great Exhibition of 1851. From its controversial planning process to its exhibitors, visitors and long legacy, you’ll uncover an event unlike any other.

Unloved Animal Club: Creatures in the climate crisis

Our warming planet threatens life on every continent. Seven scientists present seven vulnerable species that need more appreciation and protection as the world changes.

Adult

Extreme weather forecasting in a warming world

Explore why severe weather warnings don’t always lead to simple life-saving public and government action, and why climate change means we need to get this right.

Climate Conversations on Seat #12

The gravity of climate change can often feel overwhelming. Join us for an interactive workshop using Jenny Brockmann’s installation Seat #12 to build your #TalkingClimate toolkit.

Family

Family Festival Quiz

Join us for some green entertainment with the return of our Festival Family Quiz!

Drawing From Music

The Great Exhibition Road Festival's celebration of our planet continues with this chamber concert reflecting the environment we live in.

V&A Innovate Display

Visit the V&A Innovate National Schools Challenge display to see innovative design solutions from students aged 11-14 from across the country. This year students explored themes of Home and Community.

Adult

Taster German Language Lessons

Join us for a taster lesson either virtually or online. Our classes will let you experience a German lesson at the Goethe-Institut.

Re:Works Collaboration

Pull up a reclaimed seat and view a short film about creative solutions to exhibition waste by award-winning director/producer Orban Wallace.

Films from the V&A Innovate Project

Watch films with designers and curators exploring inspiring and innovative objects in the V&A collections produced as part of the V&A’s flagship national secondary schools programme V&A Innovate.

Family activities

Enjoy these fun science and art activities for you and your family. Explore nature and the world around you, and think about how to look after it in the face of climate change.