Summer holidays: kids stuff in Lambeth and Southwark

Banish boredom with our round up of things to do with kids this summer

By Jodie Wright


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Nature Explorers

Visit the Horniman gardens this summer to discover the natural world in family-friendly Nature Explorers sessions. Try your hand at pond-dipping on the nature trail, find out why bees are important and how we can help them, or discover how your dinner grows in the Food Garden. Sessions last for one hour. July 30 – August 28,11am – 12pm, 1.15pm – 2.15pm or 3pm – 4pm. Horniman Museum, 100 London Road, SE23 3PQ. Phone: 020 8699 1872 Age: 3+ Cost: free

Summer fun at Emmanuel Youth and Community Centre

A play scheme designed to deliver indoor and outdoor activities including, football, go–karting, drama, dance and cinema. Ideal for getting the kids out of the house for a fun day out. July 29-August 23, 10am – 4pm. 96 Clive Road, SE21 8BU. Phone: 020 8670 2793 Age 8 – 19 Cost: £10 registration fee + excursions.

Football School – Colombo Street Community and Sports Centre

Local social enterprise and charity the Colombo Centre in SE1 -governed by Coin Street Centre Trust- is offering a range of free courses over the summer. There’s football school where children will be taught skills and techniques from UEFA B and FA level 2 coaches and also a tennis camp taught by coaches from the Southwark Tennis Club. August 27- 30, 9am-12pm. Colombo Street Community and Sports Centre, Hatfields Outdoor Pitches, SE1 8DP. Phone: 020 7261 1658 or 07946 132 675 Age: 8 – 13. Cost: free

Sydenham tennis camp

Want to keep your kids healthy and fit this summer? Why not get them following in the footsteps of Wimbledon winner Mr Murray with a tennis club? The programme caters for all standards of players. Holiday camps are a fantastic way for children to learn tennis in a fun and dynamic way. At the end of the course children who have attended the course can compete in a tournament. Parents are welcome to stay or just come to watch the tournament and presentations on the final day. July 23-August 23, Tuesdays – Fridays, 9am -12pm for ages: 7- 15 and 1pm – 4pm for ages: 11-15. Sydenham Tennis Club, Lawrie Park Road, SE26 6ET. Phone: 0208 778 4217 Cost: £14

Peckham Rye Common Sky Ride

Bring your own bike and come on a guided bike ride for people of all abilities, starting in Peckham Rye Park. It’s a fun and healthy way to get the whole family involved in riding and it’s not a race so is relaxed and easy going. The three-mile long ride is mostly traffic-free. August 18, 10am. Peckham Rye Park Café, Peckham Rye Park, SE15 3UA. Cost: free


Supercamps have 16 years’ experience in running action-packed programmes of sports, arts and crafts focusing on specific interests including stage, dance, food and invention. 22 July – 30 August, 8am-6pm, Blackheath High School, Vanbrugh Park, SE3 7AG Phone: 01235 832222, Age: 4-14


Workshop: Groove School

Following last year’s success, Streatham’s Got Talent is back. The workshops are designed for young people to take part in musical-themed activities and learn about musicians and their work. The workshops will consist of mentoring and performance. July 30 to August 30, 12pm –2pm, Stables Community Centre, 232 Streatham High Road, SW16 1BB. Phone: 07577 810 285 Age: 8 – 19 (25 if disabled). Parents with a child aged 5-8 can accompany their child to the class. Cost: free

Museum: Meet Miss Nightingale

Children and their families are invited to meet Florence Nightingale and learn about her life through creative play and dress ups. The Florence Nightingale Museum is offering a number of drop-in sessions throughout the summer. Have a look online to see what’s on offer. Wed August 7, 11am-12pm and 1-2pm, Florence Nightingale Museum, 2 Lambeth Palace Road, SE1 7EW. Phone: 020 7620 0374 Cost: £12.00

Workshop: Brixton Inclusive

This Lambeth-based arts charity is running a summer programme offering dance, singing, drumming and performance for young people of all abilities. Classes are led by Angie Amra Anderson and also guest tutors. Participants can perform at L&Q’s 50th anniversary on August 17. Every Saturday, July 27- September 7, 12pm – 3pm. Lambeth Accord, 336 Brixton Road, SW9 7AA. Phone: 020 7274 7133 Age: 5 – 11 Cost: £4

Museum: The Cuming Museum Summer holiday family clubs are running workshops for parents and children with a range of activities including puppet making, make-your-own fossils and instruments. August 6 – 29, 2:30pm–4pm. The Crypt at St Peter’s, Liverpool Grove, SE17 2HH. Phone: 020 7740 6868 Age: all Cost: free

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Libraries: Summer Reading Challenge Southwark and Lambeth’s libraries are hosting their annual reading challenge, encouraging children to read six books over the summer holidays. This year’s theme is Creepy House. The children will be able to collect stickers and prizes as they make their way through their reading list. 13 July – 8 September,

Theatre: Romeo and Juliet After visiting twenty-seven schools Romeo and Juliet will be performed for family audiences at the Shed, National Theatre. In a version for young audiences who can expect to see the play set in a vibrant urban backdrop, bursting full of excitement, colour, dancing and live song, a company of eight recreate the most famous love story of all time. July 24– August 18, 11am and 2pm. Outside of the Southbank Centre, Upper Ground, National Theatre, South Bank, SE1 9PX. Phone: 020 7452 3000 Age: 8+ Cost: £12 / £8 under 18s

Workshop: Child’s play Young Shakespearians are invited to an active introduction to Shakespeare’s plays. Children will engage in multi-media workshops, exploring stories and identifying themes of each play through craft and storytelling. Kids will also have the opportunity to see some live shows. August 17 and September 7, 1:45pm. Shakespeare’s Globe, Sackler Studios, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, SE1 9DT. Phone: 020 7902 1400 Age: 8-11 Cost: £15.00

Workshop: Peter Pan Sara Williams is putting together a three-day workshop transporting young book-lovers to JM Barrie’s magical Never Never Land. With singing, dancing and acting, children will create a bewitching Peter Pan performance, which will be staged for parents in the grounds of Mycenae House. August 7- 9, 9:30am – 12:30pm, Mycenae House, Blackheath, SE3 7SE. Phone: 07900 242 161. Cost: £18

Workshop: Freedom Academy Summer School

Freedom Academy is running weekly art workshops, providing children with an exciting outlet for creativity, as well as the opportunity to learn new skills and make friends. Children will work alongside professional actors to create an end -of- week performance, bringing to life pieces including Room on a Broom and We’re All Going On A Bear Hunt. Group sizes are small to ensure children receive ample individual attention. The academy is running several courses for various ages. July 29 – August 23, Sydenham, Forest Hill and East Dulwich. Phone: 020 8244 4873, Age: all Cost: £80-£150 per child

Workshop: James and the Giant Peach

Act Drama are putting together an exciting drama summer week. Roald Dahl fans have the chance to bring classic tale James and the Giant Peach to life in a show for the whole family to watch. With experienced actors on hand to help children reach their full potential, it’s sure to be a fun and educational experience. July 29 – August 2, Elmgreen School, SE27. Phone: Jane: 07976 873 161 Age: 5-15


Tummytickling truffles

A show / workshop where children can listen to extracts from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and design and create their own tasty truffle treats, packaging and all. August 1, 2pm- 3:30pm Roald Dahl Museum, Buckinghamshire, HP16 0AL. Phone: 01494 892 192 Age: 8+ Cost: kids: £4.40 / adults: £6.60

Tackling Tunnels

Open to all family members storytime is a chance to listen to the tales of William, one of the workers in the world’s first ever underground railway. The museum is celebrating 150 years of the London Underground this summer. Check out their website for a full list of events. Under 12s must be accompanied by an adult. July 30-August 31, 11am and 2pm, London Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza, WC2E 7BB. Phone: 020 7379 6344 Cost: under 16s: free / adults: £15.00

Theatre: Alice in Wonderland

Iris Theatre is continuing its summer season with an Alice in Wonderland play adapted for the stage. Audiences will be invited to run a caucus race, play croquet with the Queen, have tea with the Mad Hatter and dance a Lobster Quadrille. July 30 – August 31, 2:30pm and 7pm. Iris Theatre, St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden, WC2E 9ED. Phone: 020 8144 1898. Cost: £10.50

2 for 1 London

National Rail is offering 2 for 1 entry to over 150 London attractions, including restaurants, theatres and exhibitions. To take advantage of these offers, look out for the pink on your ticket when travelling to the big city.

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Dinosaur Gallery

Visit the Natural History museum’s world-renowned dinosaurs gallery and separate the facts from the myths on the awe-inspiring species with research on the T-Rex and Triceratops bones. July 20 – September 8. Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD. Phone: 020 7942 5000 Cost: Free.

Kids’ Week Ticketmaster have teamed up with London’s theatres to give children the opportunity to dip their toes in the West End’s theatre culture with free kids’ tickets available with full paying adult tickets. For one month children under 16 can experience the magic of theatre. Prices, times and venues vary so check before you go. August 1-31. Ticketmaster: 0844 248 5151


A guaranteed way to take Lego out of the box, kids who love Lego can step into an entire world made entirely of it. Opened in 1996, the theme park has 55 interactive rides and attractions and thousands of models made from around 80 million individual bricks, created by the park’s four full-time professional model-makers. Skip the real sights of London and see the Lego-recreations instead. One thing’s for certain: Legoland wasn’t built in a day, hey, hey, hey. Legoland, Winkfield Road, Windsor, SL4 4AY. Phone: 0871 222 2001. Age: all Cost: one day admission: under 3s: free / adults: from £24.38


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