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Weekend Guide: Ken dolls and lawn bowls

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Yes you Ken

For too long Ken has lived in Barbie’s shadow – it’s his turn in the limelight now. Founder of ultra-cool men’s clothing store Machine-A, Stavros Karelis, has curated an exhibition to celebrate the evolution of Ken’s look from the original 1961 model to Totally Hair Ken. Pop in during opening hours to find your Ken. Yes, there’s one with a man bun. Until 7 Jul; free; open daily, times vary; 13 Brewer St W1F

Sex, drugs, rock and... lawn bowl

Festibowl is putting the ‘cool’ in ‘sport for old men’ for this year’s lawn bowling festival at Finsbury Square. Drinks, DJs, street food and a faster form of the traditional game makes this an offbeat sporting competition you can’t miss. Book ahead if you want to play as a team of four or, if you’re a lone bowler, turn up between 12.30 and 1.30pm on Friday to get your bowl on. Until 30 June; from £5; various times; Finsbury Square EC2A

Celebrate Eid

Head to Trafalgar Square for the Eid festival, a day-long knees-up stuffed with great food, great music and loads more to celebrate the end of Ramadan. With a global food festival boasting everything from Moroccan to Malaysian cuisine, jewellery, art, clothing and book stalls and a line-up of contemporary and traditional acts on the main stage, this is set to be a pretty special afternoon. Jul 2; 12-6pm; free; Trafalgar Square WC2N

Have a giggle

Fancy a laugh? Shoreditch Town Hall is playing host to a whopping 48 comedians over two days for the Actually Rather Good Comedy Festival. From TV favourites Sara Pascoe and Joe Lycett to cult up-and-comers like Jayde Adams and Rose Matafeo, you can buy day tickets or weekenders, depending on how much you want your face to hurt. 1-2 Jul; 12-10.30pm; from £27; Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old Street EC1V

Get in a bind

If you’re the sort of person who regularly lusts after beautifully handcrafted stationery, then why not take the plunge and actually make it yourself? Drink, Shop, Do are hosting a beginners book binding lesson for anyone wanting a more personalised note-writing experience. All the materials are provided, plus you get bottomless tea and a free slice of cake. 2 Jul; 10.30am-1pm; £30; 9 Caledonian Road, N1

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