Our pick of events to help you make the most of your weekend...

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Resident Evil

Resident Evil Experience

To celebrate the new Resident Evil 7: Biohazard game release, Capcom has launched Resident Evil 7: The Experience – a 45-minute immersive event. The Sewer Gators, a paranormal TV production team, is looking for intern reporters to help them investigate the disappearance of their missing crew. Are you up to it? Following a storyline inspired by the brand new game, this experience recreates the Baker family house in a haunted venue in the heart of London’s East End. You will need to work together to collect hints, solve puzzles, and outsmart the Baker family as you search for the truth about your missing colleagues and try escape the house.

Dray Walk Gallery, located at 91 Brick Lane, E1 6QL, Friday, January 20, to Monday, January 23, 1pm to 10pm. Details: re7experiencelondon.com

City of London Sinfonia: M&G Classical Concert Series

In this programme musicians explore fiddling from the classical and folk traditions with devilishly difficult trills and tricks from the Italian masters of the Baroque, folk fiddling from the British Isles to the Appalachian mountains of the deep south of American and sultry impassioned tango from Argentina. En route they take in music from Percy Grainger and Aaron Copland inspired by the folk traditions of the UK and the USA. Two of the best folk musicians in the country will be playing: award-winning folk fiddler Henry Webster and the astonishing banjo player Dan Walsh.

Chelmsford City Theatres, Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1JG, Friday, January 20, 7.30pm. Details: 01245 606505

East London and West Essex Guardian Series:

London Model Engineering Exhibition

The South’s Largest Model Engineering & Modelling Exhibition. Regarded as one of the leading model shows in the UK this exhibition attracts thousands of visitors.

Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7AY, Friday, January 20, to Sunday, January 22. Details: 020 8365 2121

Magic Frostie’s Very Magic Magic Show

A mind-blowing show including rib-tickling funnies, miraculous magic, side-splitting puppetry and a giggletastic gameshow. Co-starring Hercules, the world’s only magic squirrel and Ziggy, the universe’s naughtiest alien. A family show jam-packed with lots of fun for everyone.

Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, RM11 1QT, Saturday, January 21, 11.30am. Details: 01708 443333

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Al Murray.  One Man, One Guvnor

Sex Appeal Six

An annual star-studded comedy benefit event, with all proceeds going to sexual health charity Brook. The line-up features Al Murray, Desiree Burch, Ed Byrne, and many more.

Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, WC1R 4RL, Saturday, January 21. Details: comedysex.org

The Sleeping Beauty

Live from the Bolshoi Ballet. On her 16th birthday, a curse by the evil Carabosse causes the beautiful Princess Aurora to fall into a deep slumber for 100 years. Only the kiss of a prince can awaken her. In this resplendent and magical classic, the Bolshoi dancers take the audience on a dreamlike journey through the famous fairy tale, complete with jewel fairies, a magical kingdom, a youthful princess and a handsome prince. The Bolshoi’s peerlessly sumptuous staging with luxurious sets and costumes brings Perrault’s tale to life.

Chelmsford City Theatres, Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1JG, Sunday, January 22, 3pm. Details: 01245 606505


How well do you really know the secrets of Smithfield with its iconic market and bustling back streets? Take a stroll through medieval and Tudor Smithfield and explore scenes of executions, plague and bodysnatching.

Museum of London, 150 London Wall, EC2Y 5HN, Sunday, January 22, 2pm. Details: 020 7001 9844

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: The National Theatre is celebrating its 50th anniversary.


In September 2004 a group of terrorists stormed a school in Beslan, taking hundreds of children hostage. The ensuing siege lasted three days and left many dead. Us/Them is not a straightforward account of this terrible tragedy, but an exploration of the entirely individual way children cope with traumatic situations. After a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016 and winning The Scotsman Fringe First Award, Us/Them comes to the NT.

National Theatre, South Bank, SE1 9PX, until Saturday, February 18. Details: 020 7452 3000

Siobhan Davies Dance

London-based investigative arts organisation Siobhan Davies Dance premiere an ambitious new installation comprised of multiple pieces by choreographers, visual artists, scientists and designers. The installation includes live performance, film projection and objects that are presented as an ever-changing arrangement. As they interrogate the fascinating relationship between mind and body the artists create new works, including choreography exploring lost movements from the past and interactive structures examining the postures of an argument. The works appear within a large-scale architecture, which is built-up, dismantled and rearranged, creating new pathways and drawing visitors into a journey of discovery.

Barbican, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS, Friday, January 20, to Saturday, January 28. Details: barbican.org.uk

The Big Craft Swish

Let’s not lie about it, crafting uses up a lot of materials. And even more materials don’t get used at all. So if you have a secret stash of guilty craft purchases, this is for you. All that stuff going to waste in your cupboards, lofts and under your bed. It’s taking up space that London-dwellers can ill afford, and all that clutter just isn’t good for your creative soul. So do something about it. Maybe you’re new to craft, and you bought a load of stuff that now you don’t know what to do with. Bring it along and swap it for something you can use. Or you might even meet someone who can show you what to do with it instead. Already a super crafter? Come along and declutter, get inspiration, encourage the newbies and share stories with fellow crafters.

The Spread Eagle, 141 Albert Street, NW1 7NB, Sunday, January 22, 2.30pm. Details: 020 8815 9900

East London and West Essex Guardian Series:

London Art Fair

The 29th edition of London Art Fair will provide a supportive environment for collectors of all levels. Museum quality modern British art is presented alongside contemporary work from today’s leading artists, covering the period from the early 20th century to the present day. In addition to the main fair you’ll also find two curated sections focusing on younger galleries, new work and contemporary photography.

Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, N1 0QH, until Sunday, January 22. Details: londonartfair.co.uk

Winter Lights

These sculptures, structures and installations are the creations of some of the most innovative artists and designers around today, presenting work in different forms of light technology. Together the artists represent four continents across the world with installations that are interactive, performance art or visual spectacles to be admired from afar. Appealing to art lovers, families, young and the old, there is something for everyone.

Canary Wharf, until Friday, January 27, 4pm to 9pm. Details: canarywharf.com