Leap Day 2016 : What’s In Store?

Secret London

Leap Day 2016 takes place – somewhat unsurprisingly – next Monday, the 29th February. This will be the second Leap Day I’ve taken part in, and it is shaping up to be quite different from the first. We are a bigger group of people this time, and we are not dependant on a single main venue. Although most of our creative curiosity will be invested indoors at various places, the weather will shape the day to some extent. It’s been a long time since I’ve looked ahead at the weather forecast with so much frequency and interest.

This time around I’m putting together a rough draft for the day. Timings are approximate and as the day unfolds, things intentionally get looser. I thought you might like to see where I am at right now:

Leap Day 2016 LogoLeap Day 2016 : Curiouser and Curiouser

10.30am…ish : Meet at British Library – Alice in Wonderland exhibition

Check in – cocreate desired mood, tone, expectations.

11.30am …ish : Down the rabbit hole : Surface at London Bridge – Oyster card may be useful here.

Walk to Tate Modern (approx 15 minutes – pass by Southwark Cathedral, Golden Hind, Winchester Place, Clink Prison, Globe Theatre).

Midday…ish : Making Traces:

How do you leave a trace?

  • A footprint, a photograph or a mark of where you were?
  • What do traces tell us about what happened before?
  • What trace would you leave for others to discover?

1.15pm…ish : Lunch – Borough Market. Lots of options – around 10 minutes from Tate Modern

2.15pm…ish : Check in – how are we doing?

Open to the possibilities…Have you brought something curious to explore?


The Jean Cocteau Murals
Shoreditch Graffiti
The Garden of St Dunstan
Watts’ Memorial
Walk and Talk
Sit and Think
Kind note to self
Kind note to someone else

I’ve put this draft together using a mixture of my own curiosity and imagination, past experiences and conversations, Google, and the Secret London guide. The guide is an intriguing book signposting many unusual places in and around this lovely city of ours, though as I was somewhat sniffily informed by the appropriate help desk (there’s a contradiction in terms), the listing for Henry VIII’s wine vaults hidden beneath the Ministry of Defence, should not have been included.

A truly lovely group of people have agreed to take part this year, and if this looks like a useful, enjoyable way to spend a few hours in London next Monday, there are a couple of places left, at a cost of just £36. Message me if you’d like to come and I’ll let you know how to pay and confirm your place. And don’t worry if you can’t make it, there’ll be another Leap Day along in four years time.

Leap Day 2016

Leap Day 2016 Logo

A quick reminder, this year we get a bonus day in the calendar, Monday Feb 29th is Leap Day. Four years ago several of us took advantage of this extra day and gathered in London for some useful fun. Several lovely opportunities for reflection arose throughout the day too, including this scene, titled ‘The Anonymous Artist’, beautifully captured by Jon Bartlett.

Leap Day 2016 is starting to take shape and will involve a number of curious, cocreated and community minded things to try out. Here’s a first cut of what we might get up to on the day. Would you like to join us?

Down the rabbit hole

On Leap Day, we will meet around 10.30am at the Alice in Wonderland exhibition, in the entrance hall of the British Library.

I am planning some things for us to do throughout the day and there will be room for improvisation too. If you would like to bring an idea along for us to play with – feel free, and please be aware that we may not use it. I intend to have too much to do for the time we are together. Some of the fun will be in choosing what to do and what not to do. The day is over when it is over – leave when it suits you. We may totter into a pub in the late afternoon/early evening – we’ll see. Feel free to take part in as much or as little as you choose – the day will be invitational as far as we can make it so.

There is a small charge per head to cover design and materials, £30 plus VAT = £36.

I’ll provide details of how to get that to me below and your place will be confirmed once the money has been exchanged. You’ll need to budget for your own food and refreshments along the way and I’m not currently planning to use a fixed venue – we will be on the move stopping at various interesting and unusual places through the day to do cool stuff.

I’d prefer not to use EventBrite or PayPal to collect money as their fees will only add to the cost. Please contact me directly through the website, Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn and I will give you my bank details. You then ping me the money,  I send you a receipt and your place is confirmed. Simple as that.

Update: February 10th 2016. There are two places left for Leap Day 2016, if you fancy coming along it would be lovely to see you.