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by Bastion Harrison (subscribe)
Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from
Published July 29th 2013
Scrums, sand, and a soaking
southbank centre, sandy neighbourhood

Swap your brollies for parasols, galoshes for flip flops, Little Hampton for London, and what do you get? A day at the beach without the road trip.

I've already mentioned Camden Beach, which is a great pop-up seaside resort with ping pong, candyfloss, cinema, and its very own pier. But there are also a few other hotspots and events to make the most of during the good weather.

On the 9th & 10th August for example, Covent Garden will be transformed into a rugby pitch - not just any rugby pitch; one filled with sand. Doom Bar London Beach Rugby is a new five-a-side touch rugby tournament; thirty-two teams will compete over two days, and it is free to all spectators.

If you need something to keep the kids entertained, then look no further than the Southbank Centre. I remember trying to outrun the waves at the seaside as a child. I'd run into the water, taunt the waves, and then run for cover as they chased after me. While Jepp Hein's Disappearing fountain is not exactly a substitute for the sea, children will love running through it, trying to avoid getting hit.

Not far from this installation is the Sandy Neighbourhood. The Designer, James Bowthorpe has turned the area into a seaside town with a beach and miniature buildings such as a library, town hall and hospital. These concrete sculptures have been made with materials collected from the River Thames, and is on display until the 8th September.
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Why? Fun for families
When: 9th & 10th Aug Rugby, Until 25th Aug Camden, Until 8th Sept Southbank
Where: Covent Garden, Southbank Centre, Camden
Cost: Free
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