Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park’s OPEN HOUSE returns for a wonderful week of free summer activities, in-between two weekends of huge musical line-ups.
There will be Free Movie Nights, Live Music & Entertainment, Street Food, Pop Up Bars, Tennis Screenings, Free Aerial Circus, Free Comedy Bingo, Free Family Theatre, The Royal Parks Showcase, Birra Moretti Presents The Gran Tour, and much more.
So come on down and enjoy the host of free activities bringing a true taste of summer to your week, all at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park!
Here’s what the OPEN HOUSE has in store….
FREE OUTDOOR CINEMA / MONDAY-THURSDAY (5.30PM AND 8.30PM)
Following the ever-growing demand over the past five years, Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park is hosting four evenings of themed movie nights at one of the biggest outdoor screenings in London. Whether you fancy a night of sing-along musical tunes such as ‘The Greatest Showman’ and ‘Grease’, or are a Wes Anderson fan, or maybe want to reminisce with an 80s classics like ‘Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure’, Hyde Park has got you covered.
Two films will be shown each evening at 5.30pm and 8.30pm. Entry is free on a first-come-first-served basis and headphones are provided!
MONDAY = FAMILY FAVOURITES
5.30pm: The Lego Movie (U)
8.30pm: Matilda (PG)
TUESDAY = MUSICALS
5.30pm: Grease (PG)
8.30pm: The Greatest Showman (PG)
WEDNESDAY = CRITICS’ CHOICE
5.30pm: Lion (PG)
8.30pm: The Grand Budapest Hotel (15)
THURSDAY = 80S CLASSICS
5.30pm: Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (PG)
8.30pm: Flash Gordon (PG)
FREE TENNIS SCREENINGS @ WIMBLEDON SCREEN / MONDAY-THURSDAY (12PM – END OF PLAY)
Want to watch the tennis outdoors this summer without the hassle of a crowded bar? Join us for FREE Wimbledon Championship screenings from 12pm onwards during Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park’s OPEN HOUSE. Just bring a picnic blanket, grab a spot on the grass and you’re ready to catch all of the action.
FREE LIVE MUSIC @ THE BARCLAYCARD STAGE / MONDAY-THURSDAY (4PM – 10.30PM)
On the Barclaycard Stage from 4pm – 10pm, let ITV’s Arielle Free host your FREE evening of live music at OPEN HOUSE. Scottish TV Presenter and Radio DJ Arielle Free is one of the industry’s rising stars. With her passion for new music and music festivals, Arielle spends most of her summers hot footing between the UK’s biggest festivals including live hosting at Glastonbury and Bestival to name but a few.
Monday 9th July – Mister Kanish, Daytoner
Kicking off the festivities and new to OPEN HOUSE is Mister Kanish, a band who mix 90s style hip-hop with Mumford and Sons folk, UK garage with rock riffage. An unstoppable force on the party scene since 2008 smashing sets all over the UK with their unique arrangements of all your favourite songs.
Up next, Daytoner’s 6 piece line-up of baritone & tenor sax, flute, keys, bass, drums and DJ, fronted by the soul powerhouse that is Lucy Richards always fills the dance floor.
Tuesday 10th July – Freddie & Freeloaders, London Gay Big Band
Freddie & Freeloaders have achieved national acclaim for their live shows and interpretation of golden era Soul & Motown modern soulful dance and pop classics. They’ve worked alongside acts such as Sly and The Family Stone, Roy Ayres, De La Soul, Guru, Chase and Status, to perform regularly at Glastonbury Festival – and this year they’ll be gracing Hyde Park for OPEN HOUSE!
BST Hyde Park is delighted to welcome back the London Gay Big Band to OPEN HOUSE. The band, founded in the summer of 2011, is a sensational twenty piece jazz orchestra made up of predominantly – but not exclusively – LGBT musicians and vocalists. They’ll be bringing their fresh and fabulous vibe back to the midweek festivities!
Wednesday 11th July – London Gay Men’s Chorus, Temple Funk Collective
Britain’s biggest boy band, The London Gay Men’s Chorus return for a fourth year to entertain and inspire through their diverse and impressive repertoire. With music including Britney Spears, Rag’n‘Bone Man and Eric Whitacre, gems by Sondheim and Sia and vibrant settings of work from Brel to Björk, the concert promises to be another unique LGMC experience in Hyde Park.
Temple Funk Collective are new to British Summer Time Hyde Park. The New Orleans-style 8-piece brass band riot take their lead from Louisiana legends, adding gypsy, jungle and hip hop. With a rapidly growing fan base they are becoming one of the UKs top New Orleans Brass Bands now mixing upbeat originals into a set of classic covers, with both clever and cheeky arrangements Temple Funk are a band you can watch over and over again and still spot something new.
Thursday 12th July – House Gospel Choir, Old Dirty Brasstards
Also new to the midweek festivities is the House Gospel Choir. Even when the midweek is drawing to a close, there will be no slowing down with HGC’s electrifying House meets Gospel experience that never fails to get audiences singing, dancing and raving along!
Old Dirty Brasstards are a 10-piece drum and brass outfit made up of some of London’s top freelance Brass and percussion musicians, playing an eclectic mix of tunes from the Beatles through to Lady Gaga and Basement Jaxx by way of En Vogue. ODB aims are quite simple; to leave audiences smiling, singing and make them dance – get ready, Hyde Park!
FREE COMEDY BINGO WITH BOGAN BINGO & HIP HOP BINGO @ CARNIVAL STAGE / MONDAY-THURSDAY (7.45PM-8.45PM)
Strap in and prepare to experience the simmering chaos of the comedy gameshow, Bogan Bingo. An undeniably unique night of entertainment mixing classic 80s anthems, spectacular prizes, appalling choreography and two mulleted Aussie bingo callers – all tentatively held together by an eye watering version of the classic game of bingo.
Forget everything you know about bingo, as The Carnival Stage will also be bringing you Hip Hop Bingo! Hosted by the charming New Yorker Grandma Flash and her 87 year old lover, they call the numbers and drop the beats old school style in this brilliantly fun night out.
Expect phat prizes, lip sync battles, dance offs and gold plated everything all wrapped up in a night of bingo, breakin’ and booty shakin’.
For timetable, visit www.bst-hydepark/openhouse
STREET FOOD MARKET AND POP UP BARS / MONDAY-THURSDAY (12PM – 10PM)
Whether you are a pizza lover, prefer a sushi wrap or have a sweet tooth for a chocolate brownie, the OPEN HOUSE street food market has it all. You will be spoilt for choice with the finest traders on offer all week long. You can also cool off in the summer sun with a draft & craft beer, wine, spirits or event a cocktail at OPEN HOUSE’s pop up bars – serving from 12pm onwards.
BIRRA MORETTI PRESENTS THE GRAN TOUR / MONDAY-THURSDAY (12PM – 10PM)
Back for a second year at British Summer Time Hyde Park, Birra Moretti Presents The Gran Tour will once again be serving up the very best in Italian culture. Join us to make time for what matters, traditional Italian beer, authentic Italian food all enjoyed with your loved ones.
During OPEN HOUSE, we’ll take you on a taste tour of Italy. Try your hand at creating some regional Italian light bites to be shared with your chosen family. Savour the tastes of each region and learn how they have inspired the Birra Moretti range. If you aren’t hungry you can try your hand at Bocce, take in some live music and dance to our DJ as the sun goes down over Hyde Park.
FREE AERIAL CIRCUS AND WORKSHOPS WITH UPSWING / MONDAY-THURSDAY (4PM – 9PM)
Have a go at aerial and acrobatics with Upswing… if you dare! Aerial circus company Upswing arrives at BST Open House to share how they blend aerial circus, theatre and dance together in a wonderful jumble that’ll have the audience gasping. Come along to see our free performances throughout each evening, then have a go in one of the free open workshops with professional circus artists.
For full timetable, visit www.bst-hydepark/openhouse
THE ROYAL PARKS SHOWCASE / TUESDAY-THURSDAY
Summer is perfect time for budding and experienced gardeners alike to get their green fingers out, and OPEN HOUSE is the perfect place to do so. The Royal Parks Showcase features a plant sale manned by horticultural experts, visitors will be able to get tips and advice as well as buy flowers and plants grown at the on-site Hyde Park Nursery. There will be daily talks including ‘Growing food in London’s small gardens’, educational activities for all the family, a photography display which features the winners from the Parks’ 2018 competition and a summer games area. There will also be opportunities to support The Royal Parks charity by signing up to run, cycle or swim in major events such as the London Marathon.
FREE FAMILY THEATRE WITH CHICKENSHED @ BARCLAYCARD STAGE / TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY (10.30AM – 2PM)
Returning to the festival, Chickenshed’s Tales from the Shed continues to grow and grow. This year will be the biggest performance of them all as Tales is teaming up with Brit School’s Community Arts Practice students who, as part of their course, study Chickenshed’s inclusive approach to theatre making
This collaboration will make the music livelier, the dance more spectacular and the acting considerably. Taking the whole experience to another theatrical level. The show will incorporate stories, both traditional and original told using puppets, full body suits, physical theatre and with constant input from the audience. This approach means no show will ever be the same, meaning it will be a truly unique theatre experience in a unique. And what’s more amazing is that it’s free!
Let’s tell some Tales as the Shed door is ready to open.
Tuesday 10th July (10.30am, 11.45pm and 12.45pm)
Wednesday 11th July (10.30am, 11.45pm and 12.45pm)
Each show lasts 50-60 minutes
OPEN HOUSE timings
Monday 9th July (12pm – 10pm)
Tuesday 10th – Thursday 12th July (8am – 10am / activities running from 12pm)