Low Cost/No Cost Family Fun in London

Low Cost/No Cost Family Fun in London


Lambeth Country Show - Brockwell Park

FREE (All ages)

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

Sat 21st & Sun 22nd Jul, 11am-8pm

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

(Ages 6+)

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

Nearest tube: Lambeth North

open daily 10am-6pm

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

FREE (Ages 5-11)

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

Nearest tube: Charing Cross

Within the walled garden - Sun 22 Jul & Sun 19 Aug, 11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm; 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 – Sun 5 Aug, 11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm; 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 - Sun 12 – Aug, 11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm; explore the use of paintings  and then use the classical technique of graffito (literally, scratching away) to make your own patterns.

Gold Rush- Bank of England Museum

FREE (All Ages)

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

Nearest Tube: Bank

Mon 23rd Jul – Sun 31st Aug, 10am-4.30pm

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

FREE (All Ages)

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

Nearest Tube: South Kensington

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 – most days throughout the holidays (check website for exact dates), 11am-1pm & 2pm-5pm; a fun drop-in mammoths workshop with lots of games and specimen handling.

Summer Holiday Activities - Horniman Museum

FREE (All ages)

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

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

Open Daily, 1030am-5.30pm

For a full programme of events please visit the website.

Hands on Base: Horniman Explorers

21 July - Toys: Find out why toys and playing are so important, then have fun playing with some of the toys from our collection. 25th July - The Big Butterfly Count: Join us for a day celebrating beautiful butterflies and take part in the nation’s Big Butterfly Count with bug expert Richard Jones. 8 July - Butterflies: Drop by the Hands On Base and find out more about these amazing flying insects and explore some pinned butterflies from our collection. 11 August - Masks: Find out about some of the special occasions that people wear masks for, then try on some of the masks from our collection. 8 August - Stories: Explore some objects from our collections that may have inspired some traditional folk stories, then have a go at making up your own story. 25 August - Costume: 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

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

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.

Hear it Live: Kora - Tuesday 28 August, 3.30pm-4pm Jali Bakary Konteh from Gambia will perform music for the sweet-sounding kora, a West African harp-lute. Family Art Fun – Free, ticketed - Tuesdays and Thursdays in Summer. Join free and fabulous Horniman craft activities this summer holiday inspired by our new galleries and exhibitions. Sunset Sessions-Chill out to global sounds on our Bandstand Terrace in this free concert series, as part of our Shared World season. Thursdays 26 July, 2 and 9 August 6.30pm - 8pm

Summer Workshops - Westminster Abbey

FREE (Age 5+)

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

Nearest Tube: Westminster/St James’s Park

From 24th-26th July, 11am - 1pm (booking is recommended)

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 (for children aged 3+) Tuesday 24th July at 11.00am and 1.00pm - 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 (for children aged 3+)- Thursday 26th July at 11.00am and 1.00pm. 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 (for children aged 5+) Wednesday 25th July at 11.00am

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

Teen Tour (for children aged 3+)Wednesday 25th July at 1.30pm

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

Museum of London Docklands

FREE (All ages)

For a full programme of events please visit the website.

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

Nearest tube: Barbican/St Pauls/Moorgate

Daily, 10am-6pm

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 Explorers and Garden Cart - Geffrye Museum

FREE (All ages)

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

Nearest Tube: Liverpool Street / Old Street

Family Day –21st July, 4th Aug, 18th Aug,1st Sept 12.30-4.30pm; a day of garden-inspired activities.  Discover more about the Geffrye Museum and its gardens through multi-sensory, hands on activities.  

Holiday Activities at Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses

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.

£5 per child (discounts for unwaged) (Age depends on workshop)

Booking essential. on education@brockwellgreenhouses.org.uk

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

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.
Sunday June 24th 11am to 12.30pm How to take Semi-Ripe Cuttings, by learning about the cells and tissues in stems, you will become much more confident and successful in taking cuttings. FREE but book online.
Sunday July 29th 11am to 12.30pm How to summer prune Stone Fruits, 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 - Every Thursday 1pm to 3pm, Join Our Drawing Growth Group in the Greenhouses

Every Tuesday morning 9.15 to 10.30, we have Story Stompers, 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.


Brockwell Park Nature Explorers

£2 donation (Ages 7-12 - accompanied)

Sat 4th Aug, 10am-12 noon

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

FREE (Ages 5+)

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

Nearest tube: Leicester Square

13thAug – 19th Aug, 11.30am-4pm

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.

Weird and Wonderful Wildlife - Grant Museum of Zoology

FREE (All Ages)

Rockefeller Building, University College London, University St, 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

FREE (Ages see below)

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

Nearest Tube: Bond St

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

FREE (All Ages)

Cromwell Road, 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.

Open Studio - Tate Modern

FREE (All Ages)

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

Nearest tube: Southwark/Blackfriars

Every Sat & Sun and Thurs & Fri’s during the school holidays, 11am-4pm

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.

Discover The Sound of Firm - Somerset House

FREE (Accompanied children 6-12yrs)

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

Nearest tube: Charing Cross

Sat 11th Aug, 11am-2pm, drop-in workshop

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

FREE (Ages 5+)

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

Nearest tube: St Pauls / Barbican

Daily, 10am-6pm

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.

Children’s Day - Notting Hill Carnival

FREE (All ages)

Sun 26th Aug, 9am-7pm

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

FREE (All ages)

Sat 11th Aug

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

Visit the Brixton Windmill  From 2pm, Visit the 'two mills in one' and hear the intriguing story of the Ashby family. You will see the original wind-powered machinery and find out how it was once used to make stoneground flour. Booking required.