Next week sees the return of Clerkenwell Design Week to the streets of EC1. Now in it’s eighth year it has firmly established itself as one of the countries best creative festivals. Of course having the world’s largest concentration of designers and architects on your doorstep helps as well.

It’s not exactly an event for kids, but there’s always a sense of fun with the quirky on-street sights and events that the festival has become known for. This year you’ll struggle to miss The Beacon at Spa Fields; it’s a 7.5m tall viewing platform that visitors can climb, and a grown-up “playhouse” in which they can hang-out during CDW.

With play and fun at the heart of this years event we’ve decided it will be a great place to have our first D.A.D pop-up shop and spread the word about D.A.D to all the design loving parents.

From the 23rd to the 25th May we’ll be touting our wares from the D.A.D shop under the streets of Clerkenwell in the House of Detention. We’ll also be running a competition as part of the event to find the best Blockitecture builder and giving away some great prizes. Read more about that here.

There’s also loads of other great things to see and do whilst you’re at CDW, here’s some of our top picks:

Anthony Burrill screen-print workshop

An open screen-printing workshop with Anthony Burrill, the designer behind some of the most iconic contemporary typographic posters. ‘I like it, was is it?’
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The Next Generation Design Pavilion

The Next Generation Design Pavilion is a great sounding project that aims to inspire kids to work in the design, architecture and construction industries. The pavilion is based on a series of educational workshops bringing together GCSE students across London to explore ways that architecture and design can encourage social interaction.
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David Hughes – LEGO art

Check out the work of one of the UK’s top LEGO artists, David Hughes who will be exhibiting his latest creations.
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Icon House of Culture

And for the dads that long to revisit the long gone nights of carefree partying try out the Icon House of Culture held in the legendary Fabric nightclub. But don’t expect DJ sets or any drinks, just a lot of reminiscing.
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We hope to see you there.