What’s On: Bastille Festival, Beach East, Summer Exhibition and more
This weekend for the Whole Family
Bastille Festival: Head over to Borough Market and enjoy an afternoon of savouring French food, music, games and more. Great fun for all.
Beach East, Stratford: The beach and paddling pool in the Olympic park opens this weekend, lots of sports, food, drinks, water fun for little ones and more.
Paddington Red, St. John’s Hospice Summer Fayre: Saturday 11th July, 11am-6pm, free entry. Fun fair, BBQ, market stalls and more; a great way to spend the day with the family raising money for a good cause.
Take the kids and head over to Duke of York Square where the square is opened up for the public to park themselves in front of a huge screen and watch the tennis (children can cool off in the near-by fountains). King’s Place will have 50 deck chairs out and the fountains on, so bring the kids, a picnic, or enjoy sampling from the lovely food stalls there. For slightly older children, One New Change is a fabulous venue, the screen will be on the rooftop, directly opposite St. Paul’s cupola (you may bring your own picnic as it is a public space). All free, various times and dates
Pop Brixton: head over to Brixton to explore the shipping container village and be sure to wander through the rest of the market.
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Mostly Older Kids (and perhaps their younger siblings)
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition: head over to Mayfair for a watercolour workshop running 11am-3pm; family tours of the Summer Exhibition from 2:30-3:30 and Ceramic Stories, where storytellers provide the backdrop for folklore and adventures that will enthral grownups and children.
Give it a Go, Parliament Hill: Sunday 12th July, 1-5:30pm. Head over to Hampstead Heath’s amazing festival of sports, fun, music and entertainment. Have a go at sports, Zippos Circus, an Eco Village and loads of other interesting activities for all ages.
Babies and Toddlers
Royal Albert Hall, Storytelling and Music Sessions: bring children ages 0-4 to Royal Albert Hall on Wednesdays for a magical experience with storytellers Paul Rubinstein and Olivia Armstrong where singing, storytelling and musical instruments are woven into one story session. £4, 11:30am
Pimlico Toy Library: Pimlico Toy Library has a new web site showcasing all their wonderful children’s workshops and baby playtimes. This is a fantastic resource for any parent or carer, the toys are fastidiously cleaned and the art workshops are brilliantly planned with high quality materials.
Electric Cinema, Electric Scream: Mondays. This week’s feature: Spy. Bring babies under 12 months to this amazingly plush cinema, relax with some coffee and catch a flick.
Ritzy, Brixton, Big Scream: Fridays, 11am. £7.50. This week’s feature: Love & Mercy