Wondering what to do to fill the days this summer? Find out what’s happening locally…
Hampton Court Palace
Tudor Jousting – 16-17 July
Jousting, sword fighting, courtly games, music and trying on armour. Hampton Court Palace recreates the pomp and ceremony of court life in the time of the Tudors, as rival knights compete for glory.
Included in the price of admission, tickets from £9.20 for children, £18.40 adults. hrp.org.uk
Courses & workshops throughout the summer
Creative workshops and courses, including sewing workshops for 7-14 year olds and teen craft camps in screen printing and sewing. Prices from £2 upwards, depending on the length of course or camp.
Pony Week Club
11 July – 1 Sept
Stag Lodge Stables by Robin Hood Gate in Richmond Park, offer 4 day clubs throughout the summer. Kids get two rides per day, learn stable management such as grooming, play games and do a gymkhana in the afternoon.
10am-3pm. Ages 5-12 years. Stag Lodge Stables: 020 8974 6066. staglodgestables.co.uk
The Wetlands Centre
Dusty’s Wildlife Rangers – 22 July – 3 Sept
Families join Dusty for a day of adventure – pond dipping with nets to find what’s lurking beneath the water’s surface, learning how to use binoculars and jotting down all your findings in your own Wildlife Ranger log book.
Prices from £6.75 for children, £12.26 adults, children under 4 free. wwt.org.uk
If you haven’t taken your children to the Hive yet, summer is the time to go as the lights and sounds inside the hive respond to the activity of a real hive. A wonderfully multi-sensory experience, showing children the life of bees. Also in the gardens are the Treetop Walkway and Treehouse Towers (3-9 yrs).
Tickets from £3.50 for children, £15 for adults. kew.org