Summer Holiday Clubs
It has certainly been a challenging year for kids – well 16 long months to be exact – least of all with activities, hobbies and socialising being repeatedly put on hold. But, school is nearly out for the summer, and with it a chance for children to let loose, catch up with the activities they love or even try something new. Here are some of our favourite summer holiday clubs and camps to keep them entertained (and give you a well-deserved break).
DRAMA, MUSIC, AND DANCE
From courses in musical theatre and West End choreography to drama and filmmaking, ArtsEd Drama School has over 30 courses on offer for young creatives.
Make a movie at this action-packed filmmaking camp. Children will learn new skills behind and on camera as they produce, direct and star in their own film.
Balham, Chiswick, Dulwich, Hampstead, Highgate, Islington, Kensington, Walthamstow, Wandsworth, Wimbledon
SYLVIA YOUNG THEATRE SCHOOL
Children take centre stage at this iconic theatre school. Week-long musical theatre courses, where children dance, act and sing in preparation for a weekend performance.
INNOVATION DANCE STUDIOS
With weekly themes ranging from rock & roll to Disney movies, dance classes combine ballet, tap and street dance with singing, drama and crafts.
ROCK AND ROLL RECRUITS
Why not let them join a band this summer? Catering to all musical abilities and instruments, the boot camp’s grand finale will be a public show to showcase the children’s efforts.
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Experiment with the latest technology with classes in artificial intelligence, game design, coding and virtual reality.
Get £25 off using code: CK25.
Chelsea, South Hampstead
How about a summer full of creative coding and hands-on robotics? There are also game and app design classes for budding digital designers.
MOTHER NATURE SCIENCE
Packed full of hands-on activities, camps are a mix of education, fun and lots of science experiments – both inside and outdoors – designed to unleash your child’s inner scientist.
Various locations across London.
THE LONDON SCHOOL OF MATHS AND PROGRAMMING
For tech-savvy kids, there are courses in robotics, coding, STEM and maths as well as chess classes.
LITTLE HOUSE OF SCIENCE
Hands-on science club where future scientists can learn and experiment to their heart’s content.
Get them in the pool this summer, where they will learn the techniques and habits of the best swimmers in the world, with each session focussing on a different stroke.
7 yrs +
Let them burn off all that holiday energy at this multi-activity sports camp, with 11 London venues to choose from. Some locations even offer specialist courses such as Chelsea FC football camps, cooking school and LEGO Play.
Blackheath, Streatham, Kensington, Hampstead, Ealing, Pimlico, Knightsbridge, Putney, Catford, Hammersmith, Chelsea
MY LITTLE BOARDERS
Children will learn the basics of skateboarding and pick up some gnarly ramp tricks sure to impress their friends, all in a fun and safe environment.
Acton, Notting Hill
chiswickcourses.co.uk (for Acton)
mylittleboarders.co.uk (for Notting Hill)
AM SPORTS ACADEMY
High-energy multi-sports camp, with an emphasis on having fun, building confidence and teamwork.
Wimbledon, Wandsworth, Earlsfield
THE LITTLE GYM
Open to non-members for holiday camps, adventure-themed sessions combine games and creative play with gymnastics.
Chiswick, Hampton & Teddington, Wandsworth & Fulham, Westfield White City
Help them escape the city to the wilderness. From lighting fires and sleeping under the stars, to following animal tracks and learning water purification techniques, children can unlock their inner explorer and go wild in nature.
Oxfordshire, Kent, Hertfordshire
ST JOHN’S BEAUMONT
If you fancy a camp with a bit of history, try this one at the school where Camp Beaumont hosted its first ever multi-activity camp 40 years ago – St John’s Beaumont. Expect heaps of outdoor activities, swimming, climbing, craft, wellbeing and much more.
How about spending the whole day in a secret woodland hideout? Build dens, hunt for mini beasts and climb trees. Sounds like a kid’s dream!
Muswell Hill, Wimbledon, Highgate
LITTLE FOREST FOLK
Mini explorers can run, climb, build and let their imagination run wild. All locations are in forest settings with a focus on nature and play.
Fulham, Chiswick, Putney, Wandsworth, Twickenham, Wimbledon
PHOENIX OUTDOOR CENTRE
If your child would like to have a go at some outdoor water sports, Camp Phoenix offers kayaking, canoeing and sailing courses.
Welsh Harp Reservoir, Hendon
9 -16 yrs
LANGUAGE AND LEARNING
Life skills that promote social & emotional wellbeing and dynamic thinking, helping young people to thrive in life; both at home and in their future workplace.
In-person at Chelsea Academy or online.
From 5-13yrs in different, age appropriate classes.
Children learn Mandarin through fun activities, music, art and theatre, while also introducing them to Chinese culture.
Kensington, Kingston, Islington, Greenwich
For something a little different, help your child get an early insight into different careers while learning IT and public speaking skills. A wide variety of careers, such as architect, barrister, sports coach and even YouTuber, will be covered.
ET PATATI PATATA
Fast track your child’s language skills at this immersive French course, with lots of continental fun and activities to enjoy.
CHELSEA YOUNG WRITERS
Hone their creative writing skills at these workshops led by children’s authors. Teachers will mentor your child and help them explore new ideas, all while improving their writing through creative activities.