The summer holidays have well and truly arrived and for all of those in and around London this summer here is a family friendly guide to what’s on:
Beach East – Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (FREE entry) – Until Monday 31 August
For all your sandcastle building needs head on over to the Olympic Park this summer to find 2200 square metres of sand, a huge paddling pool and funfair rides. Click here for more info.
Holland Park Summer Holiday Activities – Holland Park Ecology Centre – Monday 27 July to Friday 28 August
The Ecology Centre is running a range of environmentally-themed workshops this summer which focus on topics such as wiggly worms, ladybird spotting, animal homes and bird watching. The activities are for children between five and ten years old. There are also some longer sessions for eight to twelve year olds running too.
RideLondon (FREE entry) – Saturday 1 August
RideLondon is becoming a firm summer favourite where weekend-long cycling activities dominate London’s streets. Families will enjoy the eight mile loop of roads around Central London closed to all traffic apart from those on bikes. The Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle takes place on August 1 and enables cyclists of all ages and abilities to take a safe spin around town. It costs nothing to join in, but register in advance on the RideLondon website. There is also a Grand Prix event around St James’s Park with races for young Olympic hopefuls.
Wheel Excitement Summer Camp – Albert Memorial, Knightsbridge – Monday 27 July to Monday 17 August
Wheel Excitement combines inline skating and skateboarding, guaranteeing to keep even the most active of children occupied. This summer up and coming skaters can improve their skills with the help of an instructor who will help them earn their stripes through a series of activities, with each child receiving a certificate for their hard work at the end of the week. Ages 5+.
Design a 1940s Scarf – The Imperial War Museum – 1 to 16 August (FREE entry)
Discover 1940s fashion and get inspired by items in the Imperial War Museum’s collection to design your own bold and colourful scarf to take home. Uniforms and patriotic fashions of the Second World War were an essential part of the war effort – durable yet stylish! Scarf designs featuring anything from propaganda slogans and cartoons to bright colours and patterns. Suitable for ages 11 and above with parental supervision.
London Academy of Parkour – Trinity Buoy Wharf
The London Academy of Parkour is open every day of the week. It offers bespoke training facilities for Parkour. It’s usually practiced in urban spaces and sees practitioners use their bodies in combination with their surroundings to run, climb, vault, leap, swing, roll and generally cover ground in an intensely active and spectacular fashion. Functional fitness, dance and other physical activities are also on offer. There is also a Youth Camp running throughout the summer for ages 6 to 15, locations vary. For more info click here.