WHAT’S ON

BEDFORD PARK FESTIVAL
FROM 9 JUNE
BEDFORD PARK FESTIVAL

Bedford Park, Chiswick – www.bedfordparkfestival.org
Celebrating its Golden Jubilee there’s a programme of arts and community events including Green Days on 10 & 11 June.

BEDFORD PARK FESTIVAL
FROM 9 JUNE
BEDFORD PARK FESTIVAL

Bedford Park, Chiswick – www.bedfordparkfestival.org
Celebrating its Golden Jubilee there’s a programme of arts and community events including Green Days on 10 & 11 June.

OPEN FARM SUNDAY
11 JUNE
OPEN FARM SUNDAY

Various locations – www.farmsunday.org
There are four London farms, and plenty within half an hour’s drive, where you can find out what it takes to run a farm as well as enjoying entertainment put on by the farmers. This is an opportunity to learn and have fun!

LONDON BRIDGE CITY SUMMER FESTIVAL
NOW
LONDON BRIDGE CITY SUMMER FESTIVAL

London Bridge City – www.londonbridgecity.co.uk
Mad Hatter tea parties, The Flying Seagull Circus, urban arts, big screens showing Wimbledon and the World Athletics Champs plus films, food and shopping.

THE MAN WHO KNOWS IT ALL
NOW (13 MAY TO 20 JULY)
MUSEUM OF LONDON DOCKLANDS FAMILY ACTIVITIES

Museum of London Docklands, E14 – www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london-docklands
Family events at the Museum of London Docklands from May to July 2017.


Click here to view Activities.
All events are FREE



Some of the highlights:

TUNNEL: THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF CROSSRAIL
10 FEB TO 3 SEPT
10am–6pm
The most complete range of archaeological objects unearthed by the Crossrail project, Europe’s largest infrastructure project, will go on display alongside the story of this great feat of engineering in a major new exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands next year.
Suggested ages: all ages
FREE

ARCHAEOLOGY DETECTIVES
EVERY WEDS IN MAY, JUNE, JULY EXCEPT WED 19 JULY
Put your detective skills to the test and see if you can help uncover London’s past using real archaeological artefacts. Meet our archaeology team and find out what survives from the everyday lives of Londoners throughout time.
Suggested ages: all ages
FREE

HORRIBLE HISTORIES
UNTIL 3 JUNE
HORRIBLE HISTORIES

Hampton Court Palace – www.hrp.org.uk
Terrible tales and gruesome characters, from battling Boudicca to highwayman Dick Turpin, are brought to life at Henry VIIIs former home.

3 & 4 JUNE
BEN AND HOLLY

New Wimbledon Theatre – www.atgtickets.com
All the magic of the small screen comes to the stage in this exciting musical adventure with Ben and Holly and their many friends.

GRUESOME NATURE LIVE!
UNTIL 4 JUNE
GRUESOME NATURE LIVE!

London Zoo, Regents Park – www.zsl.org
Kids will be led on a sing-a-long adventure in this live show for half term as two intrepid explorers seeking the toughest species on earth.

THE MAN WHO KNOWS IT ALL
UNTIL 5 JUNE
THE MAN WHO KNOWS IT ALL

Unicorn Theatre, Tooley Street – www.unicorntheatre.com
Two performers and a musician go on a quest in search of everything it is possible to know.

THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS
FROM 16 JUNE
THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS

London Palladium, Argyll Street – www.windinthewillowsthemusical.com
Join Ratty, Badger, Mole and the impulsive Toad as they embark on a series of riotous adventures spiralling from Toad’s insatiable need for speed. Until 9 September.

THE BORROWERS
16 JUNE TO 20 AUGUST
THE BORROWERS

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – www.polkatheatre.com
The timeless classic bursts onto Polkas Main Stage this summer with dazzling puppetry, original music, stunning design and plenty of suspense.

KEW MIDSUMMER FETE
17 JUNE
KEW MIDSUMMER FETE

Kew Green – www.kewfete.org
In its 8th year its raised over £100k for local good causes. Take part or watch the dog show, tug of war, Victorian fairground as well as shopping and eating!

It runs from 11am – 6pm on Kew Green, entry is free and there are plenty of attractions to please all ages including:

Traditional Victorian Fairground – Reuben Bond’s original Ferris Wheel, Carousel and Flying Chair-o-planes together with the tots’ Merry-Go-Round of vintage vehicles, the high-in-the-sky Old Time Wheel and Helter Skelter offer all the fun of the traditional fair for adults and children to enjoy.

The Stage  – an unprecedented number of performers will be taking to the Kew stage.  

Food Court – with such a wonderful array of food stalls, the challenge is deciding what style of cuisine to choose from pizza to Ethiopian or Jamaican specialities, ice cream and cakes.

Dog Show – this is a chance for proud local dog owners to parade their pooches with a local celebrity judge deliberating over Best Puppy, Best Old Dog and Best Trick amongst other awards to the delight of onlookers.  Last year two stars of ITV’s The Durrells helped to choose the winners.

Tug of War – local rugby teams will be taking on local pubs and Dad teams while the formidable Fete Committee ladies will need to defend their title to win the coveted trophy.

Stalls – over 100 stalls offering a wonderful array of goods from handcrafted ceramics, glassware and jewellery to photography, art, home accessories and children’s clothes.

Charity Raffle  – over 20 great prizes including our star prize of a Go-Pro camera.

THE GREAT GET TOGETHER
17 JUNE
THE GREAT GET TOGETHER

Brunswick Square Gardens – www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk
Bring a picnic lunch and a favourite children’s book so actors can read your stories aloud and bring much-loved tales to life, in a celebration of community as part of The Great Get Together.

TROOPING THE COLOUR
17 JUNE
TROOPING THE COLOUR

The Mall – www.householddivision.org.uk
Join the Queens official birthday celebrations at this 1,400 soldier parade, together with 200 horses and more than 400 musicians. After travelling from Buckingham Palace to Horse Guards Parade, the inspection of about 2,000 members of the Household Division and Horse Guards takes place who then give their salute. Then the regimental flag, or colour, is ‘trooped’ in front of her majesty. The flag changes each year, with the 1st Battalion of the Irish Guards providing the Colour in 2017. Their Colonel just happens to be Prince William.

WEST END LIVE
24 & 25 JUNE
WEST END LIVE

Trafalgar Square – www.westendlive.co.uk
An all-singing, all-dancing free celebration of the best of Londons theatre. Excerpts from top shows and loads of family fun.

THE MAN WHO KNOWS IT ALL
27 MAY TO 4 JUNE
MUSEUM OF LONDON DOCKLANDS HALF TERM ACTIVITIES

Museum of London Docklands, E14 – www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london-docklands
Family events at the Museum of London Docklands for May half term 2017.
Click here to view May Half Term listings.
All events are FREE

GIFFORDS CIRCUS
29 JUNE TO 10 JULY
GIFFORDS CIRCUS

Chiswick House & Gardens – www.giffordscircus.com
This vintage village green circus adopts a 17th Century Spanish theme. Expect a thrilling, candle-lit, international gymnastic show with dancing horses and a live band.

IN THE NIGHT GARDEN ADVENTURE TRAIL
UNTIL 30 JUNE
IN THE NIGHT GARDEN ADVENTURE TRAIL

RHS Garden Wisley, Surrey – www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley
Created to mark the programmes tenth anniversary, the trail encourages imaginative play and enables children to skip around each garden alongside characters from the show.

GETTING DRESSED
11 JUNE
OPEN FARM SUNDAY

Various locations – www.farmsunday.org
There are four London farms and plenty within half an hours drive where you can find out what it takes to run a farm as well as enjoying entertainment put on by the farmers. This is an opportunity to learn and have fun!

HORRIBLE HISTORIES
27 MAY TO 3 JUNE
HORRIBLE HISTORIES

Hampton Court Palace – www.hrp.org.uk
Terrible tales and gruesome characters, from battling Boudicca to highwayman Dick Turpin, are brought to life at Henry VIIIs former home.

DOUBLE DOUBLE ACT
20 JUNE TO 9 JULY
DOUBLE DOUBLE ACT

Unicorn Theatre, Tooley Street – www.unicorntheatre.com
An adult double act and child double act try to take control – they joke, mirror and test each other, reverse roles and subvert expectations.

GIFFORDS CIRCUS
29 JUNE TO 10 JULY
GIFFORDS CIRCUS

Chiswick House & Gardens – www.giffordscircus.com
This vintage village green circus adopts a 17th Century Spanish theme. Expect a thrilling, candle-lit, international gymnastic show with dancing horses and a live band.

THE MAN WHO KNOWS IT ALL
13 MAY TO 20 JULY
MUSEUM OF LONDON DOCKLANDS FAMILY ACTIVITIES

Museum of London Docklands, E14 – www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london-docklands
Family events at the Museum of London Docklands from May to July 2017.


Click here to view Activities.
All events are FREE



Some of the highlights:

TUNNEL: THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF CROSSRAIL
10 FEB TO 3 SEPT
10am–6pm
The most complete range of archaeological objects unearthed by the Crossrail project, Europe’s largest infrastructure project, will go on display alongside the story of this great feat of engineering in a major new exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands next year.
Suggested ages: all ages
FREE

ARCHAEOLOGY DETECTIVES
EVERY WEDS IN MAY, JUNE, JULY EXCEPT WED 19 JULY
Put your detective skills to the test and see if you can help uncover London’s past using real archaeological artefacts. Meet our archaeology team and find out what survives from the everyday lives of Londoners throughout time.
Suggested ages: all ages
FREE

LONDON BRIDGE CITY SUMMER FESTIVAL
NOW
LONDON BRIDGE CITY SUMMER FESTIVAL

London Bridge City – www.londonbridgecity.co.uk
Mad Hatter tea parties, The Flying Seagull Circus, urban arts, big screens showing Wimbledon and the World Athletics Champs plus films, food and shopping.

THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS
NOW
THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS

London Palladium, Argyll Street – www.windinthewillowsthemusical.com
Join Ratty, Badger, Mole and the impulsive Toad as they embark on a series of riotous adventures spiralling from Toad’s insatiable need for speed. Until 9 September.

GREAT FIRE OF LONDON FAMILY WALK
8 JULY
GREAT FIRE OF LONDON FAMILY WALK

Museum of London – www.museumoflondon.org.uk
Visit the sites struck by the Great Fire of 1666 and take part in mini-challenges as a family during this fun and interactive walk.

HENLEY FESTIVAL FAMILY SUNDAY
9 JULY
HENLEY FESTIVAL FAMILY SUNDAY

Henley on Thames – www.henley-festival.co.uk
An array of world-class performers, children’s entertainers, musicians, comedians, storytellers and more will be at Henley Festival to give children the time of their lives.

HYPER JAPAN
14 TO 16 JULY
HYPER JAPAN

Tobacco Dock, Docklands – www.hyperjapan.co.uk
Kids can get involved in calligraphy workshops, origami tables, and video games, as well as try out Japanese candy and meet some favourite characters.

ARCHIKIDS
22 & 23 JULY
ARCHIKIDS

Venues across the City of London – www.archikids.org.uk
Archikids is a festival of free family architecture activities. Explore London’s iconic buildings while completing scooter trails, building Lego landscapes and designing skyscrapers!

GANGSTA GRANNY
FROM 26 JULY
GANGSTA GRANNY

Garrick Theatre, Charing Cross Road – www.nimaxtheatres.com
David Walliam’s hilarious hit novel is brought to life for an all too brief run in the West End this summer. Until 3 September. Book soon!

BRICKLIVE LONDON
27 TO 30 JULY
BRICKLIVE LONDON

ExCel – www.bricklive.co.uk
The definitive event for all Lego lovers – young and old. Expect brick pits, incredible models and loads of fun for all the family.

SHAKESPEARE'S TELLING TALES
28 TO 30 JULY
SHAKESPEARE’S TELLING TALES

Shakespeare’s Globe, Bankside – www.shakespearesglobe.com
A weekend festival celebrating the joy of storytelling. From tales told by candle light to talks with leading children’s authors and practical workshops.

THE BORROWERS
16 JUNE TO 20 AUGUST
THE BORROWERS

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – www.polkatheatre.com
The timeless classic bursts onto Polkas Main Stage this summer with dazzling puppetry, original music, stunning design and plenty of suspense.

GANGSTA GRANNY
26 JULY TO 3 SEPTEMBER
GANGSTA GRANNY

Garrick Theatre, Charing Cross Road – www.nimaxtheatres.com
David Walliam’s hilarious hit novel is brought to life for an all too brief run in the West End this summer. Book soon!

KIDS WEEK
1 TO 31 AUGUST
KIDS WEEK

Theatres across London – www.kidsweek.co.uk
The annual kids go free theatre promotion returns with deals on loads of top shows, as well as special backstage workshops.

GARDEN SAFARI
2 AUGUST
GARDEN SAFARI

Chelsea Physic Garden – www.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk
Explore the hidden secrets of the garden including the jungle room and the animals, plus have a go at pond-dipping.

BIRDS OF PREY DISPLAY
6 AUGUST
BIRDS OF PREY DISPLAY

Food Market Chiswick – www.thefoodmarketchiswick.com
Static display of birds of prey within the market – where children will have the opportunity to have one of the birds rest on their arm. Then a flying display in the field behind the market.

WONDERLAND
7 TO 12 AUGUST
WONDERLAND

Richmond Theatre – www.atgtickets.com
Wonderland is an enchanting musical adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass, with a medley of magic and wonder.

OUTDOOR SCREENING OF FANTASTIC BEASTS
11 AUGUST
OUTDOOR SCREENING OF FANTASTIC BEASTS

Kensington Palace – www.thelunacinema.com
Bring a picnic and watch this blockbuster Harry Potter spin-off in the fabulous surroundings of Kensington Palace, thanks to The Luna Cinema.

FAMILY STUDIO MIX IT UP
13 AUGUST
FAMILY STUDIO MIX IT UP

Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly – www.royalacademy.org.uk
Capture a kaleidoscope of patterns, prints and a pop of colour at this family studio, inspired by the exhibition Matisse in the Studio.

SING-A-LONG-A GREASE
18 AUGUST
SING-A-LONG-A GREASE

Prince Charles Cinema, off Leicester Square – www.singalonga.net
Introduced by a live host, this special screening features lyrics on screen and a bag of props. Tell me more, tell me more…

THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS
NOW
THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS

London Palladium, Argyll Street – www.windinthewillowsthemusical.com
Join Ratty, Badger, Mole and the impulsive Toad as they embark on a series of riotous adventures spiralling from Toad’s insatiable need for speed. Until 9 September.

THE BORROWERS
16 JUNE TO 20 AUGUST
THE BORROWERS

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – www.polkatheatre.com
The timeless classic bursts onto Polkas Main Stage this summer with dazzling puppetry, original music, stunning design and plenty of suspense.

FOODIES FESTIVAL
26 TO 28 AUGUST
FOODIES FESTIVAL

Alexandra Palace – www.foodiesfestival.com
Take part in some of the fantastic kiddy cookery classes at the Foodies Festival. Classes cover everything from easy peasy party pinwheels to homemade butter.

NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL FAMILY DAY
27 AUGUST
NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL FAMILY DAY

Notting Hill – www.thelondonnottinghillcarnival.com
Eat, sing, dance and have fun at the popular family day of Londons world-famous carnival. Follow the childrens parade to the rhythms of steel bands.

THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS
UNTIL 9 SEPTEMBER
THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS

London Palladium, Argyll Street – www.windinthewillowsthemusical.com
Join Ratty, Badger, Mole and the impulsive Toad as they embark on a series of riotous adventures spiralling from Toad’s insatiable need for speed. Until 9 September.