Surely the biggest theatrical event of the year, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child opens for sneak previews in June (at the height of the exam season – expect questions in the House), ahead of its official opening in July.

Harry is now an overworked employee in the Ministry of Magic, and a father of three children. While he grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted.

The play is in two parts, designed to be seen on a single day (a matinee followed by the evening performance), or on two consecutive nights.

When : From 7 June 2016

Where : Palace Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, W1A 4AF

Tube : Leicester Square

Information : http://www.harrypottertheplay.com

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At Aylesford we welcome any event that promotes London’s proud tradition of garden squares and other open spaces.

The Open Garden Squares Weekend is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy urban gardens and spaces that are usually reserved for residents, as well as other beautifully kept areas such as churchyards in the City.

Over 200 gardens are taking part, including some that may not first spring to mind including The River Café and The Roof Gardens. Your tickets are valid for every participating location, many of which are also laying on activities for children.

When : Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June 2016

Where : 200 locations

Information : http://www.opensquares.org

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Hard on the heels of the Chelsea Flower Show, the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition confirms the English Season is now in full swing.

The largest ‘open’ submission exhibition in the world, anyone can submit their masterpiece, be it painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, architecture or film.

Every year, around 12,000 works make it through to be judged, created by everyone from seasoned professionals to optimistic hopefuls working in their lofts and sheds. Indeed, in previous years around two-thirds of the works adorning the exhibition have been from ‘non-Academicians’.

When : 13 June to 21 August 2016

Where : The Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, W1J 0BD

Tube : Piccadilly Circus or Green Park

Information : http://www.royalacademy.org.uk

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