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The Gruffalo’s Child

16th-31st October 2021

Venue: Kew Gardens

Address: Richmond

10am-5pm. Join the Gruffalo’s Child this October half term and follow the enchanting trail around the Gardens. Look out for fun surprises as you go on a magical adventure through the deep dark wood....

Beano: The Art of Breaking the Rules

21st October-6th March 2022

Venue: Somerset House

Address: Strand

In this exhibition come face-to-face with the Beano gang - including Dennis and Gnasher, Minnie the Minx, Bananaman and the Bash Street Kids – through original comic artwork and amazing artefacts,...

ILLUMINATURE

22nd October-9th January 2022

Venue: WWT London Wetland Centre

Address: Barnes

4-9pm. A unique opportunity to see a different side of the wetlands while enjoying an immersive art experience after-dark. Take along the kids, get the family together, or join friends you haven’t...

African Kings and Queens

23rd October 2021

Venue: Community Space

Address: Sutton Central Library

10am-2pm. Children will wear traditional Kente robes and are transported to collect fruit and vegetables from African countries. They will also learn to play the Djembe and compose a drumming soundtrack...

Art, Craft and Coding: Anansi the Spider

23rd October 2021

Venue: Community Space, Sutton Central Library

1-4pm. Listen to a traditional Anansi story, design your own art and craft spiders and then incorporate them into your own animations by learning to code. This is a creative cultural coding experience...

Autumn Carnival Half Term Fun

23rd-31st October 2021

Venue: RHS Garden Wisley

10am–4.30pm. Discover why the leaves are changing colour, learn about autumn celebrations across the world, and even have a go at some circus skills. Don’t miss the Gardening Spooktacular show...

Diwali Festival

23rd October 2021

Venue: Trafalgar Square

4-10pm.  The London Diwali festival attracts approximately 35,000 people each year to celebrate this Hindu, Sikh and Jain festival of light. Expect lots of lively music, dance and an authentic market...

Escape to the Tropics

23rd-31st October 2021

Venue: ZSL London Zoo

Address: Regent’s Park

Explore the jungles of South America, the lush islands of the Pacific and the coral reefs of the Indian Ocean this half term by visiting Giants of the Galápagos and Tiny Giants: From Minibeasts...

Family Activities

23rd-31st October 2021

Venue: HMS Belfast

Join in Ship Shape where you will discover what it takes to conserve HMS Belfast and take charge of the ship in an interactive family activity, Sea Legs. Families can also grab a Kit Bag and travel back...

Fright Fiesta

23rd-31st October 2021

Venue: Gulliver’s Land Resort

Address: Milton Keynes

Fright Fiesta is nine days of fabulous family activities, frights and theme park fun. Go together and celebrate the spookiest season of the year at Gulliver’s. To book tickets visit www.gulliverslandresort.co.uk.

Ghost Raiders

23rd-31st October 2021

Venue: Hampton Court Palace

Address: East Molesey

10am-5.30pm. Stumble across Palace ghosts and ghouls in a brand new self-guided trail, uncovering the tales of Catherine Howard in her chambers, a grey cloaked lady named Sybil Penn, haunted portraits...

Halloween Half Term

23rd-31st October 2021

Venue: Hever Castle

Address: nr Edenbridge

Go along dressed in your spookiest outfit, spot Halloween decorations around the grounds and learn how to become the perfect monster in the ghoul school audio trail. There is also Halloween Scream, a two...

Houseplant Festival

23rd-24th October 2021

Venue: Garden Museum

Address: Lambeth

10.30am-5pm. Get ready to refresh your houseplant collection at this wonderful weekend of plant stalls, workshops, talks and more. For more information and to buy tickets visit www.gardenmuseum.org.uk

Lauren Child: The Return of Clarice Bean

23rd October 2021

Venue: Southbank Centre

11am. As well as shining a light on what’s in store for Clarice in this brand new tale, Lauren Child talks with author and journalist Hannah Beckerman about where she gets her inspiration and gives...

Nelson Tour

23rd October 2021

Venue: Morden Hall Park

10am-12noon. Starting at South Wimbledon station with an experienced tour guide, look around sites in Merton which are linked to Admiral Horatio Nelson and Lady Emma Hamilton before finishing at Morden...

October Half Term

23rd October 2021

Venue: The Brunel Museum

Address: Rotherhithe

11am-5pm. Throughout the day author Robert Guidi will be reading from his amazing YA novel, Isambard and the Cato Street conspiracy – a thrilling adventure about the intersection of science and magic....

Pumpkin Quiz Trail

23rd-31st October 2021

Venue: Battersea Park Children’s Zoo

Which animals have put out pumpkins this year? To take part in the trail, purchase a quiz sheet upon entry and use the clues to help you find which animals are taking part in the Halloween fun. A small...

Story Seekers

23rd-31st October 2021

Venue: Imperial War Museum London

10am–4pm. Families can get hands on with real artefacts and learn about the global impact of conflict, from the First World War to today. Dig deeper into the museum’s collections and uncover...

The Mystery of Morden Hall

23rd October-21st November 2021

Venue: Morden Hall Park

(Selected dates) Travel back in time on this whodunnit interactive trail to solve the mystery of Mr Hatfeild’s cake. Follow the map to find the trees that hold the clues, scan the QR code to unlock...

The Wizards of Once Halloween Quest

23rd-31st October 2021

Venue: Eltham Palace and Gardens

Explore the gardens on this brand-new adventure trail inspired by Cressida Cowell’s bestselling Wizards of Once series. Go along in frightful fancy dress to enter the competition and maybe win a...

Tower Family Ghost Trail

23rd-31st October 2021

Venue: Tower of London

10am-4pm. A team of Ghost Raiders are on site, but they urgently need your help to investigate spooky occurrences and defeat the spirit trying to capture the Tower. Ages 8-14. For more information and...

Welcome Wishes

23rd October 2021

Venue: Southbank Centre

2pm. Through craft, singing and storytelling, be transported to the world of Swallow’s Kiss, an uplifting tale helping young readers understand the lives of refugee children. Ages 5+. Free. For more...

Halloween Pumpkin Carving

24th October 2021

Venue: Stanley Arts

Address: South Norwood Hill

11am-3pm. It’s the weekend before Halloween so go along and get all spooky in preparation for the big night. Fancy dress is encouraged, scary or not. For more information and to book visit www.stanleyarts.org...

October Half Term

24th October 2021

Venue: The Brunel Museum

Address: Rotherhithe

11am-5pm. Descend into the darkness and discover the dangers of the tunnel, from explosions to floods. Take the trail around the museum to discover the miners who worked for hours underground, followed...

Telling Tales

24th-30th October 2021

Venue: Shakespeare’s Globe

This family festival is back and packed full of events and activities this half term. Uncover the magic of storytelling in a Family Workshop, explore Shakespeare’s plays in a Storytelling session,...

The Princess and the Frog (U)

24th October 2021

Venue: BFI Southbank

12.10pm. (Also 13 Nov 3.30pm) A young woman kisses a frog to break a spell, but the fairy tale doesn’t quite work out as planned. Go along to enjoy a screening of this family favourite. For more...

Bushcraft

25th-26th October 2021

Venue: Centre for Wildlife Gardening

Address: Sydenham Hill Wood

10am-3pm. Spend two days learning how to survive in the wild. Build your shelter, clean your water, forage for food and light a fire to keep warm in the wildlife garden. A free course for families who...

Dream Jars and Giants Halloween Trail

25th-26th October 2021

Venue: Sutton Ecology Centre

Address: Carshalton

Drop in between 11am-2pm, closes 3.30pm. There are some human bean eating giants on the loose this Halloween, can you help the BFG find his missing dream jars so that he can mix a trogglehumper of a dream...

Sowing Roots

25th October-20th February 2022

Venue: The Garden Museum

Address: Lambeth

This free exhibition is part of the Garden Museum’s Sowing Roots project, a first of its kind journey into the history of the gardening cultures and traditions that Caribbean people carried with...

Spooky Movie Making Halloween School

25th-29th October 2021

Venue: BFI Southbank

10.30am-4.30pm. Children will learn how some of the most gruesome and grizzly effects in horror films are created, then work together with  tutors to create their very own ghostly short films. Lunch...

Anansi the Spider – with a 21st Century Twist

26th October 2021

Venue: Wallington Library

10.30am-12.30pm. Listen to a traditional Anansi story, design your own art and craft spiders and then incorporate them into your own animations by learning to code. This is a creative cultural coding experience...

Anansi the Spider – with a 21st Century Twist

26th October 2021

Venue: Colliers Wood Library

1.30-3pm. Listen to a traditional Anansi story, design your own art and craft spiders and then incorporate them into your own animations by learning to code. This is a creative cultural coding experience...

Halloween Broomstick Workshop

26th October 2021

Venue: Chelsea Physic Garden

11am, 1pm & 3pm. Craft your own broomstick using plant materials foraged in the Chelsea Physic Garden, then join a broomstick ride around the garden at the end of the workshop to learn about some of...

Halloween Shadows

26th October 2021

Venue: Polka Theatre

Address: Wimbledon

10am-12.30pm. Work with a visual artist to create Halloween light sculptures, lanterns and ghostly shadow puppets in this creepy craft workshop. Ages 4-6. For more information and to book visit www.polkatheatre.com

Halloween Shadows

26th October 2021

Venue: Polka Theatre

Address: Wimbledon

10am-12.30pm. Work with a visual artist to create Halloween light sculptures, lanterns and ghostly shadow puppets in this creepy craft workshop. Ages 4-6. For more information and to book visit www.polkatheatre.com  

Hedgehog Day

26th October 2021

Venue: Battersea Park Children’s Zoo

A day devoted to our spiky hedgehog friends. Lots of hedgehog themed activities including arts and crafts 11am-12.30pm and 1.30-3.30pm, Hedgehog Story Time 11.45am and 2.15pm, and the chance to meet a...

Own a Pony Day

26th-29th October 2021

Venue: Deen City Farm

Address: Merton

10am-4pm. Each morning there will be a different themed activity, subjects vary but could be tacking up to ride or plaiting for competition. In the afternoon the children go out for a half hour ride followed...

Young Farmer Day

26th-29th October 2021

Venue: Deen City Farm

Address: Merton

10am-4pm. Join the livestock staff for the day and learn all about the work it takes to keep the yard running and all the animals at the farm happy. Ages 8+. For more information and to book visit www.deencityfarm.co.uk

Children’s Half Term Activities

27th October 2021

Venue: South London Botanical Institute

2-3.30pm. Take part in an apple quiz, join in a longest peel competition and create your own apple monsters to take home for Halloween. You’ll also play Guess the Variety to see just how good your...

Craft your Own Whimsical Woodland Tale

27th-29th October 2021

Venue: Morden Hall Park

Join in to make your leaf jar lantern, craft a felt leaves garland and draw your woodland animal leaf mask. Then, head out to create your own tale and start your autumn adventure. For more information...

Fright Week

27th-31st October 2021

Venue: Epping Ongar Railway

Dress up in your scariest outfit and take a ride on the steam hauled ghost train from North Weird for some Hallowe'en fun. During the journey, watch out for spooky characters on board who will scare...

Magnificent Monsters with Pop Up Projects

27th October 2021

Venue: Southbank Centre

11am. Let your little monsters’ imaginations run wild in workshops and performances based on the curious creatures from Pop Up Projects’ 10 Stories to Make a Difference. Ages 5+. Free. For...

Monster Coders

27th October 2021

Venue: Morden Library

10-11.30am. Children design their own art & craft monster and then bring their mini monster to life through animation, by learning computer programming. This is a creative coding experience for all...

Nocturnal Animal Day

27th October 2021

Venue: Battersea Park Children’s Zoo

Go along to the zoo today and find out which animals are out and about at night and the reasons why. Story time: 11.45am and 2.15pm. Make and decorate a hanging bat or design your own bat or owl badge...

Red Footsteps

27th October 2021

Venue: Polka Theatre

Address: Wimbledon

10am-4pm. Using music from the Polka’s  production of RED, this physical theatre and movement workshop will bring much-loved fairy tale characters alive, creating new stories through movement....

#Merky Superheroes: Stories of Secret Strength

28th October 2021

Venue: Southbank Centre

2pm. It’s time to suit up as a book about modern day heroes sets the tone for a day of interactive inspiration for all the family. Ages 8+. For more information and to book visit www.southbankcentre.co.uk

Chocolate Thursday

28th October 2021

Venue: Chelsea Physic Garden

10.30am-2.30pm. Learn all about chocolate and celebrate this very special plant-based food. The day includes craft activities, a Garden tour, chocolate tasting, and the chance to create your own mixtures...

Power Poets

28th October 2021

Venue: Polka Theatre

Address: Wimbledon

10am-4pm. Join in for this Spoken Word masterclass and learn techniques on how to express your feelings, emotions and your truth, put it down on paper and then perform it to the world! Ages 9-12. For more...

Spider and Creepy Crawlie Day

28th October 2021

Venue: Battersea Park Children’s Zoo

Lots of eight-legged crafts, a bug story time and the chance to meet some of the Zoo's resident arachnids, snails and insects. Find out about the wonderful ways spiders are helpful, see if scorpions...

Expressive Arts

29th October 2021

Venue: Dulwich Picture Gallery Gardens

10am-12noon or 2-4pm. Join artist Crystal Fishetti for this free workshop exploring abstract art with a therapeutic twist. Ages 7-12. For more information and to book visit www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk

Icy Mystery: Halloween Voyage into the Unknown

29th-30th October 2021

Venue: Old Royal Naval College

Address: Greenwich

11am, 12noon, 2pm & 3pm. Meet Captain Sir John Franklin as he regales you with stories of his long lost expedition to the Arctic. Go along dressed as ghostly sailors and follow spooky clues left by...

Spooktastic Halloween Trail

29th October 2021

Address: Various Locations in Sidcup

3.30-5.30pm. Trail maps will be available from St John’s Church in Church Road, Sidcup (DA14 6BS). Families can visit the participating businesses dressed in Halloween costume and return to the church...

Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble

30th October 2021

Venue: Centre for Wildlife Gardening

Address: Sydenham Hill Wood

10am-3pm. Eye of newt and toe of frog. Discover the cool and slippery animals of the wildlife garden. Make potions and lanterns and bubble up something in the cauldron. All ages. Southwark residents only....

Kirikou and the Sorceress (U)

30th October 2021

Venue: BFI Southbank

12.50pm. Enjoy a family screening of Michel Ocelot’s truly stunning animation is based on West African folk tales. For more information and to buy tickets visit whatson.bfi.org.uk

Diwali: Festival of Light

31st October 2021

Venue: National Maritime Museum

Address: Greenwich

11am-5pm. Celebrate the festival of light at the National Maritime Museum, with performances, workshops and a parade that will bring joy to the whole family. For more information visit www.rmg.co.uk

Get Creative, Kids Creation Station Online Event

31st October 2021

Address: Online Event

10.30am. Join in a free virtual arts and crafts workshop for kids aged 2-10 years old. Today you will be creating Halloween masks and some super slimy art experiments. For more information and to sign...

Guided History Tours

31st October 2021

Address: Morden Hall Park

11am. Join the knowledgeable tour guides for a leisurely stroll around Morden Hall Park and discover more about the history of this beautiful park. Free event, donations welcome. For more information visit...

Halloween - Battersea Park Children’s Zoo

31st October 2021

Venue: Battersea Park Children’s Zoo

Go along to the Zoo this Halloween wearing cats ears, or a witch’s or wizard’s hat and join in with slightly scary story time, whiskers or wart face painting and trick or treat bag making....

There’s A Ghost In This House

31st October 2021

Venue: Southbank Centre

1pm. Oliver Jeffers, bestselling picture book maker and artist, introduces his latest title, There’s A Ghost In This House on the spookiest day of the year. Ages 8+. For more information and to book...

Astronomy and Islam

6th November 2021

Venue: Royal Observatory

Address: Greenwich

10.30am. A Royal Observatory Greenwich astronomer will guide young and old alike through the night sky, highlighting Arabic tales about characters and creatures that people imagined seeing by joining together...

Battersea Park Fireworks

6th-7th November 2021

Wandsworth Council’s Battersea Park Fireworks show is back with a bang. This year there will be a two-night extravaganza. Sat 6 Nov: London’s most-loved firework show, bonfire night and afterparty...

Beckenham Fireworks in the Park

6th November 2021

Venue: Croydon Road Recreation Ground

5-9pm. This annual event returns to Croydon Road Recreation Ground (sometimes called Beckenham Rec) - including an early quieter display at 6pm and a main display at 7.45pm, with funfair and food stalls....

Family Fun Weekend

6th-7th November 2021

Venue: Cutty Sark

Address: Greenwich

11.30am-1.30pm and 2-4pm. In this month’s Family Fun Weekend you’ll be celebrating Cutty Sark’s birthday. There will be sea shanty singers, live actors, and birthday themed craft activities...

Fireworks

6th November 2021

Venue: Danson Park

Address: Bexleyheath

Gates open at 6pm. Be wowed by the beautiful 25 minute spectacular firework display choreographed to music and set over the lake. There will also be a children’s fun fair, stalls and plenty of food...

Fireworks

6th November 2021

Address: Morden Park

This ever popular show is back for 2021. Gates and funfair open at 5.15pm. Expect two dazzling musical firework shows, a funfair, food drink and more. First firework show (more suitable for young children)...

Young Farmers

6th November 2021

Venue: Vauxhall City Farm

Address: Lambeth

(Also 13, 20 & 27 Nov) 10am and 1pm. Take part in this Saturday club which inspires young people, aged 7-14 to get involved in all aspects of the farm and take part in some great indoor and outdoor...

First Sundays: 500 Years of History for £5

7th November 2021

Venue: Old Royal Naval College

Address: Greenwich

On the first Sunday of each month enjoy a reduced £5 entry to the Painted Hall (kids go free) with special storytelling sessions for children at 11.30am and 1.30pm included (pre-booking recommended)....

FUNharmonics Family Concert

7th November 2021

Venue: Southbank Centre

12noon. Take along your little music-lovers to explore Berlioz’s magical Symphonie fantastique in an interactive London Philharmonic Orchestra concert for ages six and above. For more information...

London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

7th November 2021

Address: Various Locations

Close to 300 pioneering veteran cars dating back to the dawn of motoring have already entered this year’s very special staging of the Royal Automobile Club’s magical RM Sotheby’s London...

Kids in Museums Takeover

12th November 2021

Venue: Cutty Sark

Address: Greenwich

Experience a family day out on Cutty Sark developed and run by children from local schools and community groups. Free with admission to the ship. For more information visit www.rmg.co.uk  

Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink

13th November-9th January 2022

Venue: East Molesey

Join in to skate at one of the country’s most scenic skating settings – Henry Vlll’s historic Thames-side Tudor home - Hampton Court Palace. The open-air ice rink epitomises the very...

Lord Mayor’s Show 2021

13th November 2021

Address: Various Locations

This annual show is a joyful and diverse civic parade of over 6000 people, with dozens of marching bands, military detachments, carriages, dance troupes, giant contraptions and ceremonial displays. For...

Discover Sundays

14th November 2021

Venue: National Maritime Museum

Address: Greenwich

(Also 21 & 28 Nov) 10.30am, 12noon, 2pm & 3.30pm. Discover objects that introduce you to different people, histories and cultures. Participate in different creative activities inspired by these...

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, 20th Anniversary Screening

14th November 2021

Venue: BFI Southbank

12noon. Go back to the start of Harry’s journey and enjoy the magic on the big screen. There will also be a Funday Workshop at 10.30am in the Foyer which is free to film ticket holders. To buy tickets...

Christmas at Kew

17th November-9th January 2022

Venue: Kew Gardens

Address: Richmond

Enjoy Kew’s annual after-dark festivities as you discover sparkling tunnels of light, dancing waterside reflections, and trees drenched in jewel-like colour on your way to the panoramic Palm House...

Christmas Lights Switch On

17th November 2021

Venue: Greenwich Market

5pm. Go along to see the beautifully festive lights get switched on for the Christmas season. For more information visit www.greenwichmarket.london

Skate at Somerset House with Moët & Chandon

17th November-16th January 2022

From skating lessons with Skate School, to the ultimate nightlife sets from trailblazing DJs on rink-side decks at Skate Lates with UNIQLO, there is something for everyone across the Skate season. For...

Enchanting Queen’s House Ice Rink

18th November-9th January 2022

Address: Greenwich

Join in at the Queen’s House Ice Rink this winter as the magical open-air ice rink takes centre stage once again in the grounds of Royal Museums Greenwich. For more information and to buy tickets...

Evening with the Stars

19th-20th November 2021

Venue: Royal Observatory Greenwich

5-9pm. Visit the Observatory after-hours and see the moon, planets and constellations through the 18-tonne Great Equatorial Telescope. Visitors will also enjoy a show at the Peter Harrison Planetarium...

Glow

19th November-4th January 2022

Venue: RHS Garden Wisley

It’s time to Glow. See the garden sparkle this festive season and follow dazzling displays lighting a magical trail. This year, the garden will glow even brighter with more lights, fire candles and...

Light Fantastic

19th November-9th January 2022

Venue: Epping Ongar Railway

Go along for a wonderful experience of lights and music at Epping Ongar Railway, featuring a specially designed show to highlight the stations, rural setting and woodlands. It's the winter experience...

Lightopia

19th November-2nd January 2022

Venue: Crystal Palace Park

Promising to be London’s finest festival of lights this Christmas, see the Palace reborn in light, alongside incredible installations and routes. For more information and to buy tickets visit london.lightopiafestival.com 

Birthday Weekend

20th November 2021

Venue: Cutty Sark

Address: Greenwich

Celebrate Cutty Sark’s birthday this year with an afternoon of sea shanties and more on board the ship. Some events suitable for all, others recommended for an older audience. Free with admission...

LGBTQ+ Family Network

20th November 2021

Venue: National Maritime Museum

Address: Greenwich

10am-12noon. A safe space for local LGBTQ+ families to meet one another, get involved in creative activities for all ages and explore the stories within the collection. Suitable for all ages. RSVP to families@rmg.co.uk....

Relaxed Opening - Tower Bridge Experience

20th November 2021

Address: Tower Bridge

10.30am, 10.50am, 11.10am. Explore the Towers, Glass Floor and Engine Rooms and take part in a family trail in a calm, tranquil atmosphere.  For people with autism and other special needs, as well...

Twilight Christmas

20th November-3rd January 2022

Venue: Hever Castle

Address: nr Edenbridge

Wrap up warm and enjoy a walk under the stars. Witness the enchantment of the Castle, gardens and lake festooned with fabulous colours and twinkling lights, capturing the spirit of Christmas. For more...

History in Action Sunday Sessions

21st November 2021

Venue: Old Royal Naval College

Address: Greenwich

11am, 12noon & 2pm. Fun family drama and movement sessions with different themes inspired by the Old Royal Naval College each month. Ages 5+. Taking place in the Mews Schoolroom, Visitor Centre. Free,...

Autumn Leaf Prints

27th November 2021

Venue: Centre for Wildlife Gardening

Address: Sydenham Hill Wood

10am-3pm. A day for discovering the trees in the garden and using them to make different prints. Suitable for families with children of all ages. A free, fun course for Southwark residents only. For more...

Father Christmas Experience

27th-28th November 2021

Venue: WWT London Wetland Centre

Address: Barnes

Visitors will have the chance to meet Father Christmas and Ken the Grand-Elf in his tranquil wetlands’ grotto and get to receive a special gift, all while enjoying the fantastic backdrop of the colourful...

Ghost Ships Workshop

27th November 2021

Venue: National Maritime Museum

Address: Greenwich

10am-4pm. Build your own boat and take it home from this workshop delivered by professional wooden boat builder Gail McGarva. Participants will try their hand at two key processes in traditional wooden...

Kirikou and the Sorceress (U)

28th November 2021

Venue: BFI Southbank

1.15pm. Enjoy a family screening of Michel Ocelot’s truly stunning animation is based on West African folk tales. For more information and to buy tickets visit whatson.bfi.org.uk

Mr Shadow

28th November 2021

Venue: Dulwich Picture Gallery Gardens

10.30-11.30am & 1.30-2.30pm. In this light-hearted show for the whole family, Drew Colby will introduce you to his good friend Mr Shadow and he will show you all the things Mr Shadow can turn in to....

London Carol Concert

2nd December 2021

Venue: St Paul’s Church

Address: Knightsbridge

6.45pm. Join in for this magical, candlelit evening and celebrate the beginning of the festive season. For more information and to buy tickets visit www.rainbowtrust.org.uk

Festive Fayre

3rd-5th December 2021

Venue: Hampton Court Palace

Address: East Molesey

This year the Festive Fair will return to the Palace courtyards, offering visitors the chance to pick up some memorable gifts, tuck into delicious warming food and soak up the lively atmosphere. For more...

Father Christmas Experience

4th-5th December 2021

Venue: WWT London Wetland Centre

Address: Barnes

Visitors will have the chance to meet Father Christmas and Ken the Grand-Elf in his tranquil wetlands’ grotto and get to receive a special gift, all while enjoying the fantastic backdrop of the colourful...

Percy the Park Keeper’s Winter Wander Trail

4th December-4th January 2022

Address: Morden Hall Park

(Selected dates) Join in the fun with Percy and his animal friends and give nature a helping hand while you explore the beautiful grounds of Morden Hall Park. For more information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/morden-hall-park

Woodland Winter Trail

4th December 2021

Venue: Sutton Ecology Centre

Address: Carshalton

1-4pm. Someone’s stolen Santa’s sack … how are you going to get it back? Explore the delights of winter at Sutton Ecology Centre, whilst searching for the missing toys. No need to book,...

Cinderella’s Big Bash

5th December 2021

Venue: Polka Theatre

2pm. A Special Gala Performance of Cinderella: The AWESOME Truth. Enjoy the spectacular winter production plus: VIP Party with celebrated special guests, fun and games, live music and entertainment, and...

First Sundays: 500 Years of History for £5

5th December 2021

Venue: Old Royal Naval College

Address: Greenwich

On the first Sunday of each month enjoy a reduced £5 entry to the Painted Hall (kids go free) with special storytelling sessions for children at 11.30am and 1.30pm included (pre-booking recommended)....

Palace of Stardust

8th December-3rd January 2022

Venue: Hampton Court Palace

Address: East Molesey

4-8pm. Lose track of time as you explore the historic cobbled courtyards and gardens, filled with magical illuminations inspired by the Palace’s famous astronomical clock, the ticking Tudor heart...

Make History Sunday Session

12th December 2021

Venue: Old Royal Naval College

Address: Greenwich

11am, 12.30pm & 2pm. Free creative making sessions for children to learn more about the history of the site and take home their creations. Today the theme is: Tudor themed Christmas wreaths and crowns....

Circus 1903

16th December-2nd January 2022

Venue: Southbank Centre

Circus 1903 is back in London this Christmas, bringing all the spectacular thrills and daredevil spills of the golden age of the big top. This extraordinary show brings all the glamour and romance of the...

History in Action Sunday Sessions

19th December 2021

Venue: Old Royal Naval College

Address: Greenwich

11am, 12noon & 2pm. Fun family drama and movement sessions with different themes inspired by the Old Royal Naval College each month. Ages 5+. Taking place in the Mews Schoolroom, Visitor Centre. Free,...

Bing & Flop, Gulliver’s Land Resort

-31st December 2021

Address: Milton Keynes

Bing and Flop will be making special appearances each day at Gulliver’s Land Milton Keynes, until 31 December . Check the information board for appearance location and times upon arrival. Book tickets...

Christmas at Gulliver’s Land - Selected Dates in Dec

-31st December 2021

Venue: Milton Keynes

(Selected dates) Escape to Gulliver’s Land at Christmas time for a festive family adventure. Look out for Elfie mischief, fairy fun and snowy surprises. For more information and to buy tickets visit...

Cutty Sark Characters - Weekends/School Holidays only

Venue: Cutty Sark

Address: Greenwich

11am, 12noon, 1.30pm & 2.30pm. Meet Captain Woodget, the ship’s most daring master, Nannie the ship’s figurehead, James Robson, the ship’s cook, or the ship’s new dockworker...

Family Trails

Venue: Cutty Sark

Address: Greenwich

10am-5pm. Pick up a family trail from the front desk at Cutty Sark to discover exciting themes throughout the ship. Choose from two different trails with activities suited to any age. Free with admission...

Family Trails

Venue: National Maritime Museum

Address: Greenwich

10am-5pm. Pick up a family trail from the Play and Explore trolley to discover exciting objects in the Museum’s galleries. Choose from seven different trails across a range of galleries, with activities...

Halloween Garden Trail

-31st October 2021

Venue: Hall Place and Gardens

Address: Bexley

10am-4.30pm. Find all the Witches and Wizards posters in the grounds to fill in the missing parts of the pictures on your trail sheet. Includes a small prize. Pick up your trail sheet from the Stables...

Kids Cooking Classes

Venue: Beckenham Place Mansion

4pm. All of the ingredients, equipment and an apron are provided. Children also take home a recipe card along with their dish, so you can re-create it together at home. For more information and to book...

Mini Makers Film Club

-16th October 2021

Venue: BFI Southbank

10.30am-12.30pm. A Saturday film-making club at BFI Southbank with film-making activities for 8 to 11 year olds. For more information and to book visit https://whatson.bfi.org.uk  

My Little Pony Magical Gallery

-1st November 2021

Venue: National Gallery

To mark the upcoming release of My Little Pony: A New Generation on Netflix, the gallery is giving visitors the chance to transform equine classics into Sunny Starscout, Izzy Moonbow and friends from the...

Old Royal Naval College

Address: Greenwich

10am-5pm. Experience Wren’s riverside masterpiece in the heart of Maritime Greenwich. Tickets for the Painted Hall includes expert tours and talks, multimedia guide use, access to the Victorian Skittle...

Pirate Stew Discovery Trail

-31st October 2021

Venue: Historic Dockyard Chatham

Join Long John McRon, Ship’s Cook, on a new discovery trail this October. Pick up your special recipe booklet and treasure map on arrival and if you can unscramble the anagram and work out what’s...

Saturday Club

-4th December 2021

Venue: Polka Theatre

Address: Wimbledon

Join in for a fun creative workshop for all the family to enjoy together, where you can take part in an exciting and varied programme of activities. Ages 3+. For more information and to book visit www.polkatheatre.com

Sonic Ray

-21st November 2021

Venue: Slice of Reality

Address: Greenwich

4.30-10pm.Sonic Ray encodes the sound of Longplayer into the light source and transmits it at the speed of light from the Faraday lighthouse to the opposite bank of the river, creating a new temporary...

The Japan Festival

-31st October 2021

Venue: Kew Gardens

Address: Richmond

Visit Kew Gardens this autumn to explore the fascinating plants, art and culture of Japan. From stunning artistic displays to a Momijigari Trail around the Gardens, this festival offers so much to celebrate....

Weekends - Thames Tunnel

Venue: The Brunel Museum

Address: Rotherhithe

 (Selected dates) 11am-5pm. Go 16m underground in a tour of the Thames Tunnel Shaft with the volunteer guides, find out why Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s first project was almost his last and join...

Weekends - Film & TV Location Tours

Venue: Old Royal Naval College

Address: Greenwich

12.30pm & 2.30pm. Join in for fascinating behind-the-scenes tours of one of the most popular filming locations in the world. (Included in the price of an annual pass - £12.50 in advance for adults...

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