The summer holidays might be almost over, but the chances are you’ve completely run out of ideas to keep the kids happy. But fear not, help is on hand. From child-friendly activities in London to country kids’ clubs, fetes and camping adventures, we’ve found a host of free summer holidays activities and luxury family experiences and events to check out with the kids this summer. You never know, you might even enjoy it… The Summer Holidays Guide
Summer Holiday Staycations for the Whole Family Summer Holidays Activities in London & Nationwide 2019
Summer school holidays activities for kids in London…
( Check out the best free things to do in London in our guide here.)
London Zoo Lodge Overnight Experience, London
Have trouble getting the kids to leave after a day at the zoo? Well this ZSL London Zoo’s overnight experience, they won’t have to. Along with two days of ZSL London and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo tickets the family will also enjoy three hours of exclusive post-closing zoo time at sunset and in the morning, an overnight stay in a private lodge hidden in the land of lions, a buffet dinner and a full breakfast. You’ll be within roaring distance of the four Asiatic lions and you might wake to the sound of a chattering monkey or squawking parrot.
BOOK: Lodge from £159 per person, per night (off-peak), with each additional child place at only £50 each. Call for reservations 0344 225 1826 or book at zsl.org
Harry Potter Bus Tour, London
Allow Harry Potter fans to dive into the magic of their favourite books and films through a bus tour around the capital’s key locations from the series. The three-hour coach tour covers shooting locations from all 8 films, from King’s Cross Station to the Leaky Cauldron via 12 Grimmauld Place.
HOW? Book at isango.com
Royal Opera House Family Sundays, London
The whole family can learn more about opera, ballet and this historic London building through a series of creative activities throughout the summer. Get down to Covent Garden on Sunday 28 July and join in singing and dancing workshops plus get stuck in to making workshops with Royal Opera House artists and enjoy pop-up performances.
HOW: Visit roh.org.uk for information on this event and others happening across the summer
The Tiger Who Came To Afternoon Tea at The Savoy, London
One not to miss – The
Savoy’s very first children’s afternoon tea is sure to be spectacular. As part of the 50th Anniversary Celebrations of Judith Kerr’s treasured classic, the iconic picture book will be the inspiration for a feast of teatime treats such as those that Sophie and her mummy shared with the visiting Tiger.
HOW? The Tiger Who Came to Tea at The Savoy will be priced from £40 per child aged from five to 12 years old and will comprise sandwiches, tiger striped scones and pastries and more. fairmont.com/savoy-london
Best Children’s Afternoon Teas in London
Summer school holidays activities for kids in the rest of the UK…
Science Industry Museum, Manchester
This summer’s schedule at Manchester’s Science Industry Museum will include blockbuster exhibition The Sun, exploring the power, beauty and dangerous side of our closest star. Running from 20 July right through to January next year, there will be plenty of hands on learning experiences for all ages. Other activities at the museum include retro gaming festival Power Up, Bubbleology and LEGO rainbow engineering.
HOW? Free entry. scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk
Family-Friendly Bike Rides
Get outdoors this summer (weather permitting) and explore some of the best routes of the National Cycle Network. We have a guide to
5 of the best routes suitable for kids.
HOW? Check out our round-up of the best family-friendly bike rides in the UK
Big Feastival, Cotswolds
Held on founder and Blur star Alex James’ farm in Kingham, the Big Feastival features a host of big names in family-friendly entertainment. This year’s line-up is yet to be announced, but previous years have featured everyone including Justin Fletcher and Andy & the Odd Socks of CBeebies fame to Peppa Pig, the Gruffalo and Paddington.
How? 23-25 August 2019, Buy Big Feastival tickets
See more family-friendly festivals in our guide
Tennis For Free, Nationwide
If the kids are driving you mad and they need to work off some energy, get them started with some tennis lessons. Before you sign up for weekly coaching at your local club, why not give them a go through sporting charity Tennis for Free, which offers free weekly two-hour coaching sessions across England and Scotland for ages three and up.
HOW? Find your nearest session at tennisforfree.com
Open Air Cinema at Dreamland, Margate
Dreamland Margate is to be transformed into an open-air cinema this summer, showing family-friendly features and sing-alongs as part of its summer Roller Coast Festival. The Thursday Cinema Club will show classics including The Mask, Spice World The Movie, Grease Sing-A-Long and Jurassic Park.
HOW: Visit dreamland.co.uk for full listings
National Play Day, Nationwide
From street parties to group woodland explorations, National Play Day happens across the country on 7 August, with a host of free family activities to join in with without spending a penny.
HOW? Visit playday.org.uk for your nearest event
Stargazing, Isle of Wight
If you’re thinking of crossing the channel to the Isle of Wight this summer, check out
Red Funnel’s Stargazing Guide, detailing some of the meteor showers expected to take place across the holidays. These include the Perseid Meteor shower on 12-13 August. With scattered ‘dark sky’ sites across the south of the island, it’s the perfect place from which to enjoy the wonders of space.
HOW? Visit redfunnel.co.uk for inspiration start the slideshow