Low Cost/No Cost Family Fun in London Summer 2018

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Lambeth Country Show – Brockwell Park

Date and Time

Saturday 21st July and Sunday 22nd July – 11.00am-8.00pm

Age

All Ages

Cost

FREE

Address

Brockwell Park, Dulwich Road, London SE24 0NG / 020 7926 6207 /  www.lambeth.gov.uk

Nearest train station

Herne Hill

This weekend the Lambeth Country Show returns to Brockwell Park for the 44th year. Boasting the usual unique line-up with all of the attractions of a traditional country fair but with a distinctly South London twist! As ever, there will be a truly eclectic mix of free entertainment and activities for all ages featuring music, art, theatre, sport, games, food, animals, horticulture and much more! Pop along and join in the fun!!


First World War Galleries – Imperial War Museum

Date and Time

Daily – 10.00am-6.00pm

Age

6+

Cost

FREE

Address

Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ / 020 7416 5320 / www.iwm.org.uk

Nearest tube

Lambeth North

Visit the new and permanent galleries at the Imperial War Museum (and many of the old favourites) to discover why the 1st WW started, why it continued and its global impact.


National Gallery

Within the walled garden

Date and Time

Sunday 22nd July & Sunday 19th August – 11.00am-1.00pm & 2.00pm-4.00pm

Work with artist Thomas Gosebruch to experiment with printing techniques and natural materials. Wander through a calm courtyard scene by Gerard David to find intricate patterns in the polished surfaces and hidden textures.

Architects’ ideas

Date and Time

Sunday 5th August – 11.00am-1.00pm & 2.00pm-4.00pm

Explore how different pigments have given artists different colours of blue and then make a spinning wheel that will whirl you into the blue.

Out of the blue

Date and Time

Sunday 12th August – 11.00am-1.00pm & 2.00pm-4.00pm

Explore the use of paintings and then use the classical technique of graffito (literally, scratching away) to make your own patterns.

Age

5-11

Cost

FREE

Address

National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN / 020 7747 2885 / www.nationalgallery.org.uk

Nearest tube

Charing Cross

Visit the new and permanent galleries at the Imperial War Museum (and many of the old favourites) to discover why the 1st WW started, why it continued and its global impact.


Gold Rush- Bank of England Museum

Date and Time

Monday 23rd July – Sunday 31st August – 10.00am-4.30pm

Age

All Ages

Cost

FREE

Address

Threadneedle St (entrance in Bartholomew Lane), London EC2R 8AH / 020 7601 5545 / www.bankofengland.co.uk/museum

Nearest tube

Bank

It is the summer of 1836. The Bank’s Directors have received a strange letter with a grave declaration: there is a drain in London which leads straight to the Bank’s gold vaults! But where is the location of the drain in question, and who is the person that has made this bizarre statement? Get to the bottom of the mystery by navigating your way round the museum and solving the clues as you go claim your reward!


Natural History Museum

Maisie and the Mammoth Tooth

When Maisie finds an odd-looking tooth under her pillow, she’s determined to discover who it belongs to, find out how a time-travelling tooth fairy takes Maisie back to the Ice Age on an adventure she’ll never forget.

Hands on Nature – Mammoths

A fun drop-in mammoths workshop with lots of games and specimen handling.

Date and Time

Most days throughout the holidays (check website for exact dates) – 11.00am-1.00pm & 2.00pm-5.00pm

Age

All Ages

Cost

FREE

Address

Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD / 020 7942 5000 / www.nhm.ac.uk

Nearest tube

South Kensington


Horniman Museum – Summer Holiday Activities

Hands on Base: Horniman Explorers

Toys

Date

21st July

Find out why toys and playing are so important, then have fun playing with some of the toys from our collection.

The Big Butterfly Count

Date

25th July

Join us for a day celebrating beautiful butterflies and take part in the nation’s Big Butterfly Count with bug expert Richard Jones.

Butterflies

Date

8th July

Drop by the Hands On Base and find out more about these amazing flying insects and explore some pinned butterflies from our collection.

Masks

Date

11th August

Find out about some of the special occasions that people wear masks for, then try on some of the masks from our collection.

Stories

Date

8th August

Explore some objects from our collections that may have inspired some traditional folk stories, then have a go at making up your own story.

Costume

Date

25th August

Find out why people in different parts of the world wear different kinds of clothes, then try on some of the costumes we have.

Big Wednesdays: Shared World

Join us for performances, storytelling, art and craft and films as we celebrate what makes us human and connects us with nature. Look out for special activities inspired by our exciting new arts space, The Studio, which opens in October.

Date and Time

Wednesdays, 8, 15, 22 and 29 August – 10.30am-3.30pm

Hear it Live: Kora

Date and Time

Tuesday 28th August – 3.30pm-4.00pm

Jali Bakary Konteh from Gambia will perform music for the sweet-sounding kora, a West African harp-lute.

Family Art Fun

Join free and fabulous Horniman craft activities this summer holiday inspired by our new galleries and exhibitions.

Date and Time

Tuesdays and Thursdays in Summer

Cost

FREE – Ticketed

Sunset Sessions

Chill out to global sounds on our Bandstand Terrace in this free concert series, as part of our Shared World season.

Date and Time

Thursdays 26th July, 2nd and 9th August 6.30pm – 8.00pm

Cost

FREE

Horniman Museum

Date and Time

Open Daily – 1030am-5.30pm

Age

All Ages

Cost

FREE

Address

100 London Road, SE23 3PQ / 020 8699 1872 / www.horniman.ac.uk

Buses

176, 185, 312, P4, 63, 122, P13

For a full programme of events please visit the website.


Westminster Abbey – Summer Workshops

Date and Time

24th-26th July – 11.00am-1.00pm (Booking recommended)

Age

5+

Cost

FREE – Booking recommended

Address

Westminster Abbey Broad Sanctuary, London SW1P 3PA / 020 7654 4965 / www.westminster-abbey.org

Nearest Tube

Westminster / St Jame’s Park

Westminster Abbey’s popular series of summer holiday events returns, with workshops on making a crown, dancing for the Queen and learning to be a knight. Along with the workshops are storytelling sessions, performances and sing-alongs for all ages, on subjects as diverse as the Elizabethans, great explorers, saints, and plants and patterns.

Explore Westminster Abbey this summer, with games, crafts and tours for families in the beautiful setting of College Garden.

Family activity sessions – Knight School

Date

Tuesday 24th July – 11.00am-1.00pm

Age

3+

Enrol in our annual Knight School with Squire Will. Try your hand at all the skills a young knight needs to defend the monarch – from swordsmanship to jousting! This popular session is for all brave and courageous children from across the realm.

Kings, Queens and Coronations

Date

Thursday 26th July – 11.00am-1.00pm

Age

3+

Come to the Coronation church to hear about how kings and queens have been crowned here for hundreds of years. Help us re-enact the Coronation in our beautiful walled gardens, make a mini portrait keyring of your favourite king or queen, and take home a golden crown with you.

Family Tour

Date

Wednesday 25th July – 11.00am

Age

5+

Hear the fascinating and funny tales of coronations through the centuries on this interactive tour of Westminster Abbey.

Teen Tour

Date

Wednesday 25th July – 1.30pm

Age

3+

Journey through the Abbey to explore how our thousand-year history reflects the reputation and identity of the UK today.


Museum of London Docklands

Date and Time

Daily – 10.00am-6.00pm

Age

All Ages

Cost

FREE

Address

Hertsmere Road, West India, E14 4AL / 020 7001 9844 / www.museumoflondon.org.uk

Nearest tube

Barbican/St Pauls/Moorgate

Be inspired by the beautiful bridges, create your own art and hear stories about London’s river crossings.

Please check website for details and times of each day’s activities.


Geffrye Museum – Geffrye Explorers and Garden Cart

Date and Time

21st July, 4th Aug, 18th Aug, 1st Sept – 12.30-4.30pm

Age

All Ages

Cost

FREE

Address

Kingsland Road, London E2 8EA / 020 7739 9893 / www.geffrye-museum.org.uk 

Nearest tube

Liverpool Street / Old Street

A day of garden-inspired activities.  Discover more about the Geffrye Museum and its gardens through multi-sensory, hands on activities.


Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses – Holiday Activities

If you’re looking for fun outdoors and craft-related activities to keep your family busy over the long summer holidays, then our summer programme of family activities may be able to help! With morning and afternoon sessions on Mon- July-August there’s plenty going on.

Date and Time

Monday – July-August – Mornings and Afternoons

Age

Age depends on workshop

Cost

£5 per child (discounts for unwaged). Booking essential on education@brockwellgreenhouses.org.uk

Address

Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses, SE24 / www.brockwellgreenhouses.org.uk 

Nearest train

Herne Hill

Creative Garden Sunday Morning Workshops

On the last Sunday in the month, run by Cat our community gardener, these are a great mix of hands on learning and plant science.

How to take Semi-Ripe Cuttings

Date and Time

Sunday 24th June – 11.00am-12.30pm

Cost

FREE but book online

By learning about the cells and tissues in stems, you will become much more confident and successful in taking cuttings.

How to summer prune Stone Fruits

Date and Time

Sunday 29th July – 11.00am-12.30pm

You will learn all about how best to approach the 3 Ds and to create nice open structures in your trees and ensure plentiful harvests next year.

Garden Crafts

Our Drawing Growth Group

Date and Time

Every Thursday – 1.00am-3.00pm – in the Greenhouses

Story Stompers

Date and Time

Every Tuesday morning – 9.15am-10.30am – Book online.

A Club for 2 to 4 year olds. Join us for storytelling, explore the gardens and enjoy natural play and craft, whatever the weather!  Book online.

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Brockwell Park Nature Explorers

Date and Time

Saturday 4th August – 10.00am-12.00pm (noon)

Age

7-12 accompanied by an adult

Cost

£2.00 donation

The monthly nature club for young people aged 7-12yrs and their carers; We study a different aspect of the natural world using the resources of our community garden and all the bugs, plants, mammals and pond life it contains.


In the Picture! – National Portrait Gallery

Date and Time

13th-19th August – 11.30am-4.00pm

Age

5+

Cost

FREE

Address

St Martins Place, Westminster City, London WC2H 0HE / 020 7306 0055 / www.npg.org.uk

Nearest tube

Leicester Square

Take part in this series of creative family workshops and activity sessions.

Inspired by our summer exhibition – Michael Jackson: On the Wall, decorate a white glove in this fabric craft activity and show off your creation for a photograph to take home. All materials provided.

Part of the ABC summer holiday activity offer – our summer exhibitions Michael Jackson: On the Wall and the BP Portrait Award and Rebel Women – celebrating a centenary of women getting the vote, provide inspiration for two weeks of fun, free, daily art and craft workshops.


Grant Museum of Zoology – Weird and Wonderful Wildlife

Age

All Ages

Cost

FREE

Address

Rockefeller Building, University College London, University St, London WC1E 6DE / 020 3106 2052 / www.ucl.ac.uk

Nearest tube

Euston/Goodge Street

Flying lizards, giant starfish, duck-billed platypuses, thorny devils and spiny anteaters, the Grant Museum is home to some Weird and Wonderful Wildlife. Take part in fun hands-on specimen based activities and come face to face with these beasts and many more.


Wallace Collection

Cost

FREE

Address

Hertford Hse, Manchester Sq, London W1U 3BN/ 020 7653 9500 / www.wallacecollection.org

Nearest tube

Bond Street

A workshop for all the family to explore decorative and structural details that can be found on objects throughout the Collection, with drawings that can be transformed into 3D.


V&A Museum

Age

All Ages

Cost

FREE

Address

Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL / 020 7942 2000/ www.vam.ac.uk

Nearest tube

South Kensington

Families can enjoy free activities and events at the museum every day. At weekends, join in with Pop-up Performances on Saturday and making activities on Sunday. During the school holidays there are additional events to inspire families and to get involved.


Tate Modern – Open Studio

Date and Time

Every Saturday & Sunday and Thursday’s & Friday’s during the school holidays – 11.00am-4.00pm

Age

All Ages

Cost

FREE

Address

Bankside, London SE1 9TG / 020 7887 8888 / www.tate.org.uk

Nearest tube

Southwark/Blackfriars

Visit the Open Studio in the Clore Learning Centre to experiment, play and create with ideas and materials before or after visiting the related artworks in the free collection displays.


Somerset House – Discover The Sound of Firm

Date and Time

Saturday 11th August – 11.00am-2.00pm – drop-in workshop

Age

6-12 yrs accompanied by an adult

Cost

FREE

Address

Somerset House, The Strand, London WC2R 1LA / 020 7845 4600 / www.somersethouse.org.uk

Nearest tube

Charing Cross

Since cinema began, films have gone hand –in hand with music. Many of the most memorable moments in film are supported by the soundtrack, and conversely many unforgettable music videos include great visuals which sent a track stratospheric. Screenings demonstrations and live performances from variety of professionals working in both film and music.


Museum of London

Date and Time

Daily – 10.00am-6.00pm

Age

5+

Cost

FREE

Address

150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN / 020 7001 9844 / www.museumoflondon.org.uk

Nearest tube

St Pauls / Barbican

Discover London’s history together! Two weeks of arty fun inspired by the history of London with crafting, object handling, storytelling, drama and digital workshops – please check website for details and times of each day’s activities.


Notting Hill Carnival – Children’s Day

Date and Time

Sunday 26th August – 9.00am-7.00pm

Age

All Ages

Cost

FREE

The Notting Hill Carnival is one of the most vibrant events in London, taking place annually in a huge two day party. The first day of the carnival is traditionally Children’s Day, where children and family groups are encouraged to join the party. The day will be packed with costume parades, live music, street performances and more at what is bound to be one of the biggest events of the year. Aimed at kids and families, the event tends to include family attractions and play areas, in addition to special educational events for young ones.


Tour of Brixton Windmill

Date and Time

Saturday 11th August

Age

All Ages

Cost

FREE

Address

Windmill Gardens, End of Blenheim Gardens, London SW2 5EU / www.brixtonwindmill.org

Nearest tube

Brixton

Discover London’s history together! Two weeks of arty fun inspired by the history of London with crafting, object handling, storytelling, drama and digital workshops – please check website for details and times of each day’s activities.


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