To Do List: HELLO!'s pick of events and new releases

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National Chocolate Week is coming to an end, and the grand finale comes in the form of The Chocolate Show. Adults and children alike can feast in the tastings, demonstrations and workshops, which range from how to make chocolate desserts to patisserie-inspired cocktails.

A new exhibition has also just opened in London, the acclaimed Wildlife Photographer of the Year collection, where visitors can treat their eyes to more than 100 magnetic photos.

Read on for this week's new releases and events...

FOOD AND DRINK

Bounce

Three years after opening the doors to their first ping pong bar in Farringdon, Bounce has launched its second venue in Shoreditch, east London. The new hotspot is home to 17 ping pong tables, a pizza restaurant and a vast cocktail and drinks menu, perfect for group parties and post-work get-togethers. Founder Adam Breeden has also established the world's first social darts venue nearby – Flight Club – which has turned the traditional pub game into something truly special using state-of-the-art-technology.

To book a table at Bounce visit bouncepingpong.com.

EXHIBITION

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Every year the acclaimed Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition premieres at London's Natural History Museum, before touring more than 60 cities in the UK and across the world. The exhibition opens in the capital this weekend and showcases more than 100 photos, each telling its own story, from different categories including Urban, Underwater and From the Sky. The winning picture of the year was taken by amateur Don Gutoski, who captured the moment a red fox bit into the carcass of a bloody polar bear.

For tickets see nhm.ac.uk/visit/wpy.html.

FILM

The Program

The story of the rise and fall of one of the most controversial sportsmen in recent cycling history – Lance Armstrong – comes to the big screen in the form of The Program. The new thriller is based on David Walsh's award-winning book Seven Deadly Sins and tells the tale of an Irish sports journalist who becomes convinced that Lance, played by Ben Foster, is taking banned substances. With each Tour de France victory, the reporter, played by Chris O'Dowd, begins hunting for evidence that will expose the cycling champion.

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EVENT

The Chocolate Show

For the grand finale to National Chocolate Week, the UK's flagship event The Chocolate Show is returning to Kensington Olympia, London this weekend! Paul A Young will be baking his famous fudgy brownies, celebrity chefs will be giving demonstrations and little hands can get messy with activities inspired by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Workshops on how to make decadent chocolate desserts, drinking chocolate and patisserie-inspired cocktails will also be on offer. Tickets can be bought on the door or online.

To book your place visit seetickets.com/tour/chocolate-show.

BOOK

A Brief History of Seven Killings

On Tuesday Jamaican author Marlon James was awarded the Man Booker Prize for his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings. The book was inspired by the attempted assassination of Bob Marley in the 1970s, and explores the turbulent world of Jamaican gangs and politics. Seven gunmen storm the reggae singer's house, machine guns blazing. Bob Marley survives, but the gunmen are never caught. Speaking at the prize-giving ceremony, chair of the judges Michael Wood said the 680-page epic was "full of surprises" as well as being "very violent" and "full of swearing".

Oneworld Publications, £8.99

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THEATRE

Sunny Afternoon

Set against a backdrop of political and social change in the sixties, Sunny Afternoon examines the early years of the north London-based group The Kinks, and their eventual leap to success with their number one hit You Really Got Me. Woven into the musical are themes including the Davies brothers' sibling rivalry, their sister's untimely death and Ray's doomed marriage among other issues. At this year's Olivier Awards, Sunny Afternoon picked up Best New Musical, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Outstanding Achievement in Music for Ray Davies. Showing now at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London.

For tickets visit sunnyafternoonthemusical.com.

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