Enjoy a Latin Dance Summer Day at London museum


Thanks to the popularity of shows like Strictly Come Dancing, Britain has a real passion for anything involving a sultry tango or a rousing rumba.

People on London getaways who like to throw a few moves on the dance floor may be interested in attending a special event at the Horniman Museum and Gardens that offers visitors the chance to show off their existing skills and perhaps pick up a few new ones.

On July 7th between 12:00 and 16:00 BST, the attraction will throw open its doors for Latin Dance Summer Day, a programme of performances and workshops for all the family.

It is the start of the annual Latin Summer Festival and focuses on dance styles from all over South America, meaning it is sure to be fun as well as informative.

Among the workshops on offer is Dance for Health, a showcase of how keeping fit while having a ball can have real benefits for older people keen to retain their mobility and flexibility well into later life.

The band Manteca will also be on hand to play some fabulous salsa, bogaloo, cumbia, funk, soul, drum and bass and funky 70's Nuyorican tunes, all of which will sound great if the sun is out and the weather is warm.

For younger visitors, there will also be craft activities, face-painting and much more, while refreshments will be available throughout the day to revitalise everyone who takes part in the dancing.

The Horniman Museum and Gardens is situated on Forest Hill and also features an array of other exciting things to see and do. There is an aquarium, a colony of harvest mice, a collection of taxidermy and a huge range of permanent exhibits to take a look around.

People staying in London hotels will easily be able to get there by trains from the city centre, with the journey to the Forest Hill stop taking around 13 minutes.