Hampton Court Palace – Tudor Joust
16 & 17July
Over the weekend the palace and gardens of Hampton Court will be a centre of Tudor entertainment and revelry at the court of Henry VIII. The East Front Gardens will be transformed into a theatre of jousting prowess. Events may have to be changed in case of bad weather. Price included in the ticket for the palace, maze and gardens.
10am-6pm. Adult £18, 5-16yrs £9, family of 5 ticket £48.20.
Artyard – Art & Craft Week
Artyard hold their popular holiday workshops in East Sheen. The week gives children the chance to learn new skills in different art and craft forms as well as having fun.
£144 for four days, 10am – 3pm.
The Musical Museum houses one of the world’s foremost collections of musical instruments. There’s a free Open Day on 23 July, action-packed with mini tours, instrument demonstrations and a look at the Wurlitzer with a short silent comedy. There will be family trails and, weather permitting, street instruments and a BBQ on the lawn.
11am-5pm. 399 High Street, Brentford,
Strawberry Hill House – Messy Mondays
25 July -29 August
Fun, messy playtime for children of all ages.
Activities include finger printing and foot-painting to watergun painting and mud pies!
11am – 2pm. £2 per child
Just Dance: Summer School
25 – 29 July
Have fun, make new friends and develop your dance skills, ending with a Friday performance. No experience necessary! The Wimbledon Studio, Wimbledon Theatre.
8-18yrs, 10.30am – 4pm. £120
Stage Coach Workshops
You don’t have to go to regular classes to join the Stage Coach summer workshops. Children enjoy an action-packed week of singing, dancing and acting, culminating in a great show for parents.
5-11yrs, £140, 9.30am – 12.30pm
stagecoach.co.uk/kew. Tel: 020 8487 1456
July & August
The Stag Lodge Stables in Richmond Park (Roehampton Gate entrance) offers a Pony Week throughout the summer (Tues-Fri). Children are split into small groups according to age and ability, and each day includes two rides as well as stable management lessons such as grooming and mucking out.
Ages 5-12 yrs. 10am – 3pm, £325.
July & August
There are a range of activities over the summer holidays from bat walks and night safaries to meeting otters, being a nature explorer or playing Wetlands Top Trumps.
Open from 9.30am – 6pm. Adult £11.91, 4-16yrs £6.55, family £33.27. wwt.org.uk
July – August
Structured coaching, combining learning with fun games and matches in various locations across Richmond and Wandsworth boroughs, such as Leaders Gardens (Putney), Sheen Common (East Sheen) and Old Deer Park in Richmond. Age groups are split into: 5-8 and 9-14 years.