Think that London, Ontario is all out of Summer fun? Think again Londoners! There are still plenty of events going on in the Forest City this summer. Here are a few things that you may have tried before, but are worth checking out. Or perhaps you didn’t even know that these local activities existed. Let summer reign in London this weekend!

Summer Fun In Your Neighbourhood

Bee Beard Competition at Clovermead

The Bee Beard Competition at Clovermead Apiaries (11302 Imperial Rd [also called Hwy 73], Aylmer), that was rescheduled to Saturday August 10th, 2013,  looks like it will be going ahead this weekend. The cost is $11 per person, or a group of 5 for $50. That gets you entry into the Fun Farm, where pedal karts, zip lines, a mist maze, the petting zoo, a huge bounce pillow, bee train rides, wagon rides, honey tasting and more await. All the money raised for the Bee Beard Competition goes to the Teen Challenge Farm. Pioneer Games starting at 12:30 pm and Bee Beard Competition at 2:30 pm. Wondering what all that means? The Pioneer Games are a nod to our ancestors with Nail Pounding, Two person Crosscut Sawing, Potato Sack Races, Seed Spitting, Potato on a Spoon race, and Human Buggy Races. The Bee Beard Competition is when some crazy fools volunteer to have a swarm of live bees decorate their faces, then they strut down a catwalk for a panel of judges and the audience’s approval. There are 4 competitors vying for the title of Champion this year. Will you ‘bee’ there to cheer them on?

Does the sweet taste of competition have you hungering for more? How about taking in the last of Londonlicious at one of the over 35 restaurants that are participating in this year’s gastronomical festival? Make a reservation for lunch or dinner with fixed prices from $15 – $35. Why not grab a three-course dinner at the Armouries for $25, or maybe visit the Auberge du Petit Prince where those three courses run you $35? If you are looking for lunch, try Crossing Grill & Pub up in Hyde Park, or dine on two-courses from Gusto Food & Wine Bar in the Heart of Wortley Village. The Windjammer Inn out in Port Stanley is participating with lunch from Monday to Friday ($20), Brunch on Saturday and Sunday($20), and dinner all week for $35. The Waldo’s locations in both Byron and on King St are serving up scrumptious for you too. Wherever you end up, it will be sure to be delicious. With time running out, the only question is where haven’t you eaten yet?

Plus there are lots of ongoing activities around the city to check out.

Covent Garden Market’s Outdoor Market is open this Saturday!

  • Art in the Park: Every Sunday from 11 am – 4 pm a collection of artists display their artwork in Springbank Park at the main entrance off Commissioners Rd, near Boler Rd
  • Saturday Walking Tours: Every Saturday from 10:30 am – noon. Walks start at Museum London weather permitting. FREE
  • Tea at Eldon House: The tea is on at Eldon House all summer long. It is served on the lawn from Tuesday through Sunday, from 2 – 4 pm. Reservations are recommended so that they don’t run out of scones and jam for you! Adults $8 and children $5.
  • Free Movie Nights: Every Wednesday a new film will roll in Victoria Park. Movies begin at 8 pm. Bring your own chairs or blankets. Beverages and munchies are on sale on site.
  • Various Farmer’s Markets: The harvests are rolling in and area farmer’s markets are overflowing with local produce. Find in-season fruits and vegetables, baked goods, preserves, meat, crafts and more. Try Covent Garden Market (daily with outdoor Farmer’s Market on Thursday and Saturday), Western Fair Farmer’s & Artisans Market (Saturdays), Trail’s End (Saturdays), Masonville Farmers & Artisans Market (Fridays), Thomas Bros Farm Market, Miller Berry Farm, and one of London’s newest markets Ogilvies Food & Artisan Market in Hyde Park (Saturday & Sunday).
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