20 Things To Do In July

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The summer holiday can seem a daunting amount of time to fill, stretching all the way to September, but let us ease the load and help with some entertainment planning! Here is our list of the top 20 things to do in July, in and around London.


How To Catch a Star is a magical theatrical adaptation of the best selling book, showing at the Polka Theatre. (From 3)


If you fancy a summer evening out with the family, Kew the Music offers a week-long festival of picnic concerts set within the stunning grounds of Kew Gardens. (8 to 14)


Adapted for stage from a best-selling book, Sam Wu is Not Afraid of Ghosts is an adventure about overcoming your fears. (all month)


Get snug as a bug while the National Poetry Library puppets share some of their favourite poems, nursery rhymes and rhyming stories at Rug Rhymes. (12)


A major exhibition at The Design Museum exploring the design evolution of one of the world’s most famous dolls: Barbie. (From 5)


Don’t miss Art of the Brick lego show, which features more than 90 sculptures, made up of over a million bricks. (Until 14)


Head to the Young V&A to celebrate its First Birthday Festival with a day of free, family-friendly creative activities, participatory workshops, and performances across the museum. (13)


The popular annual Jousting Tournaments return to Hever Castle, where the Knights of Royal England entertain visitors with exhilarating displays of action, stunts, falls and fights. (From 13)


Alexandra Park’s Kaleidoscope features a mini festival within the festival dedicated to families. African Acrobatics Circus, clowns, theatre and science workshops will keep the little ones busy while the grown ups enjoy the bands, comedy and DJs. (13)


See umbrellas lost from London’s trains, Tubes and buses transform into a joyous ‘parade’ of yōkai at Young V&A’s first major creative installation, Lost and Found Yōkai. (all month)


Set on the spectacular riverbank, the last day of the Henley Festival will be transformed into a family extravaganza, with activities, performances and concerts for the festival’s Playdate. (14)


Mini festival goers can explore the World of Children at the WOMAD festival, jam-packed with creativity from morning til early evening. (25 to 28)


Prince Charming at the Little Angel Theatre is a funny, endearing musical for anyone who’s ever felt a bit anxious. (Until 27)


Expect an action-packed fortnight of family-friendly content at Wimbledon Children’s Festival, which aims to introduce children to the power of live entertainment, music, and theatre. (From 30)


Immerse yourself in the magic of nature at a new theatrical adaptation of the classic tale of The Secret Garden. (15 to 20)


Professor Brian Cox and Daniel Harding bring a symphony of science to the Royal Opera House with Symphonic Horizons. (From 30)


Julia Donaldson is back to tell more of her tales in The Gruffalo, the Witch and the Warthog, bringing six of her most popular stories to life with songs and puppetry. (27 to 29)


Enjoy all the things you are not allowed to do at home at Brainiac Live, like exploding dustbins, supercharged spinning chairs and live daredevil stunts. (From 30)


It is time for an ultimate Pirate Takeover at The Golden Hinde. Don your finest pirate attire, grab your eye patch and join this swashbuckling adventure of discovery. (From 29)


Go behind the scenes at the newly reopened Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace, home to historic royal carriages and working stables, and get arty with Hooves and Horses activities. (27)

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