Indian Summer

Sunday 9 July to Sunday 3 September 2017

The Horniman brings the sounds and spirit of South Asia to south east London with its vibrant Indian Summer season of events, performances and displays

Tamasha: Indian Summer Garden Party
Sunday 9 July, 12-5.30pm

Bring all the family and your dancing shoes for a day of music, performances, demonstrations, workshops and activities, plus an arts and craft market in partnership with Pexmas, as we begin our Indian Summer. In partnership with Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.


Indian Summer Baaja. Music, Stories & Dance curated by Soumik Datta.
Sunday 23 July, 12-9pm 

A festival of music, stories and dance from across South Asia curated by the British Indian virtuoso Sarod player, Soumik Datta. Enjoy outdoor performances across the Horniman Gardens with rhythm battles, bluesy choruses, folk dances and bands including World Music bestselling artist Shammi Pithia.


Hear it Live!
Tuesday 25 July, 3.30-4pm

Baluji Shrivastav OBE presents music on the dilruba, a bowed stringed instrument of North India and Pakistan. Everyone welcome but most suitable for children 5+.

Exhibitions and Displays

Until Sunday 26 November

Pani is the word for water across large parts of South Asia. In this thought-provoking display, artist Daksha Patel explores the complex relationships between people and water in this region. Using symbols drawn on terracotta water containers and a vibrant hybrid map, Daksha draws attention to the environmental threats facing rivers and water courses, and the challenges encountered by the people and wildlife that depend upon this most precious resource.

Supported by Roseberys Auctioneers


India Unplugged
Until 24 September


This photography exhibition showcases traditional music making in Punjab, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Odisha and Kerala. The featured musicians were photographed during a project to document disappearing music and instruments in India, at a time of rapid change, between 2000 and 2007. The ‘Traditional Music in India’ project was run by the British Library Sound Archive and the Horniman. It aimed to reflect aspects of the cultural and musical diversity of India.


Special Family Events

Summer Welly Walk on the Nature Trail
Saturday 8 July, 1.45-3.30pm

Take a fun family friendly walk to explore summer life on the Nature Trail. Discover the insects, animals and plants that live there and have a go at sweep-netting, tree-beating and more. Suitable for families with children aged 5+.

Tickets: Adult £5, Child £3

Summer Holiday Activities

Big Wednesday – The Big Butterfly Count
Wednesday 26 July, 10.30am-3.30pm

Join us for a day celebrating beautiful butterflies. Take part in the Big Butterfly Count on the Nature Trail with bug expert Richard Jones and make some butterfly art and crafts as well as other activities. Suitable for larger groups including Play Schemes.

Family Art Fun
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays
24 July – 31 August, 11am-2.30pm,

Join free and fabulous Horniman craft activities this summer holiday inspired by our Indian Summer events season, The Robot Zoo family exhibition as well as our beautiful Gardens. Suitable for children aged 3+. Sessions last 45 minutes.


Horniman Explorers
Every Monday and Friday, 24 July to 1 September, 11am-12.30pm, 2-3.30pm

Drop-in to our Hands On Base for fun ways to explore the Horniman as a family. Touch, see, smell and hear real objects and take part in short challenges and activities such as playing musical instruments or drawing an imaginary animal. Suitable for children aged 3+.


Minibeast Safari
Every Friday, 28 July to 1 September, 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm

Hunt for mini-beasts on our Nature Trail and discover the variety of insect life to be found in London. Suitable for children aged 3+ who must be supervised by an adult at all times. The Nature Trail is not suitable for prams or pushchairs.

Tickets: Child £3, accompanying adults free

Pond Dipping
Every Tuesday, 25 July to 29 August, 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm

Try your hand at pond dipping in our Nature Trail Pond and discover an underwater world bursting with life. Suitable for children aged 5+ who must be supervised by an adult at all times. The Nature Trail is not suitable for prams or pushchairs.

Tickets: Child £3, accompanying adults free 


The Robot Zoo
Until Sunday 29 October

How do chameleons change colour? What makes grasshoppers leap so high? Is a giant squid jet-propelled? Answer these questions and more at The Robot Zoo, where amazing animals are recreated in robot form to reveal their inner workings.

These larger-than-life robots and hands-on interactives – including a platypus, a giraffe and a 10-foot-wide house fly – show the animals’ anatomy as a host of familiar machine parts and gadgets such as shock absorbers, springs and pumps, which demonstrate how animal bodies work.

Enter this amazing world of robotic creatures, see inside them and even control some of them – and discover mind-boggling facts about animals that share our world.

Ticket prices: Child £4.40; Adult £7.70: Family (2 adults, 2 children) £18.70. Prices include voluntary 10% Gift Aid donation.

See for more information. Horniman Members enjoy free, unlimited visits to the exhibition.