We are happy to provide some ideas to help keep pupils entertained and educated during the summer holidays. Many of the events are free of charge.
You can also download the summer Local Offer newsletter from Southwark Council over here. This contains additional information about events taking place in the borough throughout the summer.
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Mega Make Lab – celebrating neurodiversity
Includes sessions for children with autism on 13th August, 10am-5pm at the Institute of Imagination
Bankside Open Spaces Trust – summer sports camp
Free to be Kids – free camps for children outside London
020 3778 0323
Apple Summer Camp – free activities in local Apple stores throughout the summer
Oxygen Free Jumping and Trampoline Centre in Croydon
Head to central London:
Check out the view at Sky Gardens (Free to enter but booking required in advance)
Find the London Mithraeum at Bloomberg SPACE (Free)
Explore the Tate Modern
Visit the Leake Street graffiti tunnel under Waterloo Station
National Theatre workshops Mr Gum Family Workshops on Villains and Heroes / Learn the songs of Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear (7 years +, tickets £6) Various dates in August
Southbank – check out Disco Loco family friendly free parties throughout summer
Science Museum’s ‘Summer of Space’ – Year 1 have been learning about space this term
V&A Museum free trails to follow, family games, backpacks and a big pool for paddling on hot days
Royal Academy – free activities for families selected Sundays throughout the summer
Tower of London & Tower Bridge Experience – residents of Southwark take proof of address and enter each of these incredible days out for just £1 each!
Royal Opera House Family Sundays (Adults £8 Children £6)
South East London Museums:
Horniman Museum has free exhibitions, except for the Aquarium, Lego Exhibition and Butterfly House, but those are also free if you are a member.
You can also book Crazy Golf – £6 adult / £4 child / £13.50 group ticket (up to 4 people). Sunday 28th July 2-6pm Family Rave at the Horniman with Big Fish Little Fish (Adult £15 / Child £12.50
Choose which museum to visit in Greenwich – Maritime (free), Queen House (free), Royal Observatory (Adult £14.40 | Child £7.20) and the Cutty Sark (Adult £13.50 | Child £6.75)
The Imperial War Museum is perfect for older children. During the summer there are special. Meet the Veterans, and Story Seekers events (both free) or you can take their Documentary Challenge (£10 per family).
Try the local Galleries:
Dulwich Picture Gallery.
Check out the art in the Pavilion events (£3 per child/adults free). Art Sundays are free
South London Gallery
Big Family Press – Creative drop-in sessions at the Fire Station on the first Saturday of the month. Children aged 5–12 and their families can learn how to riso print, share their stories and make a DIY publication for the archive using a range of exciting materials sourced from the local area. (free)
Sunday Spot Play – Family Members (7, 14, 21 July) Drop in to the studio on Sunday afternoons to relax and play with objects themed around non-human family members such as a robot pet dog named Aibo. Sessions are self-directed and open to all, but cater specifically towards children aged 0-5 years. (Free 2-4)
Sunday Spot Works with Dan Curtis 28th July (2-4) Join artist Dan Curtis to make a giant sculpture across the studio walls and out into the garden. Using transparent materials, such as fantasy film and coloured cellophane, experiment with light and shadows to create an immersive installation. This workshop is suitable for children aged 3-12 years. (Free)
South East London Green Spaces:
Dulwich Park and try the Pedalo bikes – Children are £3 each, adults are £4 each
Peckham Rye (for the new playground and café)
Beckenham Place Park (for woodland walks, swimming in the lake)
Crystal Palace Park (for the Dinosaurs and the maze)
Mother Goose Wildlife Garden Dulwich Woods (for making dens)
Brockwell Park (get the kids on the mini train for £1)
Blackheath (for flying kites)
Both Southbank’s Appearing Rooms and Somerset House have great fountains during the summer The Granary Square fountains are also worth a visit – and they light up at night!
The Diana Memorial Fountain is open from 10-8pm
Olympic Park Stratford (free fun with fountains, trails, bike riding and great playgrounds. Pay to go on boat trips, inflatable obstacle course in the Olympic pool, ride The Orbit slide)
If you don’t fancy heading uptown, why not try the jets and water spray at Myatts Fields, or the kid’s lido pool in Ruskin park?:
Myatts Field, Camberwell for free water fountains playground
Ruskin Park for outdoor paddling pool on hot days
Or try these lidos (paid entry but all day access):
South London Swimming Lake – new outdoor facility in Beckenham
Charlton Lido and Lifestyle Club
Charlton Lido and Lifestyle Club in Greenwich offers a 50m heated outdoor pool and fitness classes. Participate in lessons like Group Cycle and Yoga.
Don’t forget the libraries!
Get books for the Summer at Canada water library
Or you can visit the mother of all libraries instead. The British library has downloadable free family trails that lead you around, helping you uncover the library through puzzles, drawings and games, as well as family events for kids aged between 5-11.
Other things to try:
Ice Skating at Streatham Ice Rink
Take an Emirates cable car at Greenwich Peninsula (Adult £8.40 / Children £5)
Check out Surrey Docks City Farm and Vauxhall City Farm (Free)
Southwark residents have free swimming sessions at Dulwich Leisure Centre and Peckham Pulse – all day Friday and after 2pm Saturdays and Sundays (proof of address and ID required)
Oval cricket – watch Surrey in the T20 blast series kids cost £1 (Adults from £25)
Coin Street – a community centre offering an excellent range of activities for families and children of various ages, including holiday clubs and support for the parents.