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The holidays might be nearly over, but there’s still time to celebrate the end of the summer in style…Victorian style in fact! 

Vauxhall is stepping back in time this August Bank Holiday, so come to the Pleasure Gardens for circus acts, ice cream and vintage games galore. There’s plenty of fun for the whole family – kids and ‘big kids’ alike – and what’s more it’s all totally free! See you there.


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Swing by the bandstand and check out the array of performers that will be on hand to liven up the day.

3-Piece Jazz Band
Let the rhythm of this vintage swing band sweep you back to another era. Maybe you'll be even persuaded to get your dancing shoes on.

The Acro Chaps
Three men, three moustaches, and many, many tricks up their sleeve! The Acro Chaps will be performing the best comedy and acrobatics, straight from the golden age, as they make their way around the park to entertain and amuse visitors.

Hanna - The Tightrope Walker
Just like her predecessors, who thrilled the crowds back in the 1800s, Hanna’s skills and balance on the tightrope are truly jaw-dropping. Prepare to be amazed by her balance, elegance and fluidity, as she doesn’t just walk across the wire, but actually dances along it to music.

Mr and Mrs Flora
Look on – and up – in wonder as Mr and Mrs Flora tower high above you on their stilts. They are living flower displays, covered head to toe in silk petals so realistic you’d be forgiven for thinking they were freshly picked. Expect an extraordinary sight to remember.

Victorian Strongman
He can lift grown men above his head, bend solid metal with his bare hands, and smash a whole watermelon with his head. This traditional Victorian strongman is probably not a guy to get on the wrong side of, but he certainly makes for some astonishing entertainment.

Ice Cream Trike

Fuel up for an afternoon of activities with street food on offer from stalls in the Gardens, and make sure you follow it up with some proper Victorian ice cream – the best way to get into the bank holiday spirit!

Vintage Carousel

There’s so much to do that you’ll already be all of a spin – but add to the dizziness and the delight by taking a turn on the Victorian carousel.


If you can drag yourself away from the circus acts for long enough, it’s time to get competitive and challenge your friends and family to some of the free games on offer, including all-time favourite snakes and ladders.

Victorian Balloon

The daring hot air balloon flights that used to take place from the Pleasure Gardens were the stuff of legends, and Victorian Vauxhall has its very own replica. Perfect for Instagram.

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Getting here

By tube

Victoria line conects Vauxhall with central London. Just 10 minutes from Oxford Circus

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By train

South Western Railway takes you to: London Waterloo, Chessington South, Woking, Weybridge, Dorking Station, Windsor & Eton, Guildford, Hampton Court, Shepperton

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By bike

Docking station at: Kennington Lane Tesco, Vauxhall Walk, Oval Way, Kennington Oval, Ashmole Estate, Kennington Lane Rail Bridge, New Spring Gardens Walk

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By bus

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