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It July and Graduations are here !

Can you believe it’s July already? This month we will all graduate and celebrate your marvellous work, so don’t forget to be sure your hours are logged and are in via your coordinators.

Did you know, on average the warmest month in the UK, July is known as both Picnic Month and Ice Cream Month? Named after famed Roman Emperor Julius Caesar by decision of the Roman Senate in 44 BC, this month was originally the fifth month of the old calendar and because of this it was previously known as Quintilis, meaning fifth so it’s time to get out in Wonderful London and take part in some Free outdoor fun.

 The month of July marks the midway point of the year. It's also considered a month of fun thanks to the biggest patriotic party of the year that starts the first week of July. It's also a favored month to take a vacation because of the consistently warm and sultry weather across much of the world and many of us will be traveling and exploring this July, so don’t forget to keep your journals and collect even more hours.

FREE Paddlesport

Gilbey’s Wharf, Oval Road, London

Experience paddle sport for FREE! Designed for young Londoners aged 8 to 17, these sessions run every Sunday from February 4 to October 27, 2024, 2pm to 3.30pm, even during school holidays. Perfect for beginners, with a maximum of 16 spaces per session.

Be sure to pre-book! Led by a skilled British Canoeing instructor team at The Pirate Castle, Gilbey’s Wharf, Oval Road, London. or call 020 7267 6605 for details and to reserve your spot.


Address: The Pirate Castle, Gilbey’s Wharf, Oval Rd, London NW1 7EA


Wonderful  Weeds Nature Walk

On July the 23rd Join the Royal Parks for free on a leisurely walk through the park discovering the beautiful botany and fascinating heritage of some of our most overlooked wild species, the ‘weeds’.

Our relationship to these wild plants has changed throughout history. What place do weeds have in our urban parks, and what lessons can we learn from them?

This walk will last up to 2 hours and is aimed at adults with an interest in learning more about botany and ethnobotany.

On this walk we will explore botanical identification skills, benefits for biodiversity and climate resilience, historical and cultural significance.

Find out more:

Tuesday, July 16 · 10am - 12pm GMT+1 Macrophotography at Bushy Park for Parents only

Discover hidden worlds and nature's unseen beauty with a macro photography lesson led by guest expert Max Mudie.

Learn tips and tricks from a professional macro photographer before heading out into the park with the Help Nature Thrive team to see what images of nature we can capture using our mobile phones and macro lenses.

This 1.5-2hr interactive session for adults only.

It will involve an indoor ‘introduction to macro photography on mobile phones’ by Max Mudie, followed by an outdoor flora and fauna walk in the park with the Help Nature Thrive team.

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Free Discovery Days in Hyde Park Discover more about The Royal Parks at:

Discovery Days: Wild About Water

Tue, 30 Jul, 11:00 + 2 more

Hyde Park Learning Centre


Discovery Days: Meadow Madness

Tue, 6 Aug, 11:00 + 2 more

Hyde Park Learning Centre


Tue, 13 Aug, 11:00 + 2 more


Creation Family Fun: Nature Tales

16th & 19th August 2024 10.00 – 12.00

Westminster Abbey, founded 1,000 years ago on Thorney Island, has long had a duty to care for and protect nature. Drawing on our ancient roots and Christian faith, this hopeful season of events brings together people from all faiths, and none, reminding us that we are all connected in one living world. Join us in our historic gardens to unearth our personal accountability, inspire communal action, and contribute to the global conversation.

Step back in time at Westminster Abbey’s medieval walled garden to start your journey into their story safari. Hear beastly bygone tales, create art inspired by imaginative creatures, and spot arty animals in one of central London’s most peaceful habitats. This event is free,to book and find out more go to

Discovery workshops throughout the holidays

Hyde Park Learning Centre


Discovery Days: Peter Pan

Tue, 13 Aug, 11:00 + 2 more

Hyde Park Learning Centre


Discovery Days: Life Underground

Tue, 20 Aug, 11:00 + 2 more

Hyde Park Learning Centre


Discover more about The Royal Parks at:


QPPC Summer Festival

First SATURDAY IN August

QP Gardens Ilbert street 10-6

Queen’s Park Summer Festival

(Every August, Queen’s Park Community Council hosts the Queen’s Park Summer Festival, a free and fun-filled celebration of our local community. Summer Festival features live performances, interactive activities for residents of all ages, food vans, stalls hosted by local organizations and residents. These include advice and support on recycling, health, well-being, and introductory workshops to sports, gardening, and creative arts. There is a special over 50s space in St Jude’s Hall during the festival, across the road from the Queen’s Park Gardens.

QPCC is always looking for performers, stall holders, caterers and activity providers, and enthusiastic volunteers without whom the events would not be possible. If you would like to get involved, contact us by emailing

Medieval Soap Making

Activities take place in our Learning Centre (EC1V 4JJ) which is situated over the road from the Museum

Using medicinal herbs from our garden, make your own medieval soap to take home! With Storytelling from Margaret Bateson-Hill 13:30-14:30.

Museum of the Order of St John

St John's Gate 26 St John's Lane London EC1M 4DA

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About this event

•Our programme is recommended for 3-10 year olds but siblings and babies are very welcome.

•This activity is for families only; however, we welcome community groups and large parties to contact us for separate bookings and activities.

•For any larger groups than 10 persons, please contact Amie at before booking so we can anticipate your arrival.

•Children must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the activity.

•Activities take place in our Learning Centre (EC1V 4JJ) which is situated over the road from the Museum.

•If you can no longer attend the activity, please let us know so that we can give another family the opportunity to participate.

•If anyone in your group has sensory needs please contact us ( and we will ensure that your table is located in a quieter environment, provide you with a visual story or talk through how else we can best assist you on the day.

FREE Apple Store Workshops

Discover free and entertaining activities for kids in London at Apple’s workshops, where you can create your own emoji, code your first app, or compose a theme song. While these workshops are entirely free, remember to secure your spot by booking in advance.


The diverse London locations, including Battersea Power Station, Regent Street, Brompton Road, White City, Brent Cross, Stratford City, Bromley, Regent Street, Bentalls Centre, and Covent Garden, offer convenient options. For more details and to book a session, check the provided

 The Microsoft Experience Centre


Address: 253-259 Regent St., London W1B 2ER

Immerse yourselves in the ultimate gaming experience at The Microsoft Experience Centre‘s Xbox Lounge. The lounge is open daily from 10 am to 7 pm (Mon-Sat) and 12 pm to 6 pm (Sun). Add excitement to your Saturdays with the Minecraft Build Challenge for kids aged 8 and above, running from 1 pm to 2 pm! Your kids might even win a cool prize! While the Minecraft gaming challenge requires pre-booking on the website, feel free to walk in at any other time.

Virgin Media Gamepad at The O2

Address: Peninsula Square, London SE10 0DX

Located at The O2 in London, the Virgin Media Gamepad offers the finest in the gaming world. It’s open to everyone for free, but if you’re an O2/Virgin Media customer, you can secure a spot through the O2 Priority app.


Summer Screens: Family Gaming – Canary Wharf

18 August 13:00 – 15:00 June

Check out the free Family Gaming sessions where participants can engage in a variety of family-friendly games on big screens. All gaming events are free, and attendees can simply join in, with friendly stewards available to explain the rules. Player numbers are limited and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. These sessions are aimed at children aged 5+ and their families. More info here.

  • Tues 4 June - Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (12) - 7pm


  • Sat 8 June - Shrek (U) - 10:30am


  • Mon 10 June - Pride (15) - 7pm


  • Tues 11 June - Jaws (12) - 7pm


  • Sat 15 June - Fantastic Mr Fox (PG) - 10:30am


  • Sun 16 June - Clueless (12) - 5pm


  • Mon 17 June - The Wizard of Oz (U) - 7pm


  • Tues 18 June - Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (12) - 7pm


  • Sat 22 June - Coco (PG) - 10:30am


  • Mon 24 June - But I'm a Cheerleader (15) - 7pm


  • Tues 25 June - Groundhog Day (PG) - 7pm


  • Sat 29 June - How to Train Your Dragon (PG) - 10:30am


  • Sun 30 June - Wonka (PG) - 5pm


  • Tues 16 July - The Dark Knight (12) - 7pm


  • Sat 20 July - Monsters Inc (U) - 10:30am


  • Tues 23 July - Romeo+Juliet (12) - 7pm


  • Tues 30 July - Crazy Rich Asians (12) - 7pm


  • Tues 13 August - Barbie (12) - 7pm


  • Sat 17 August - The Little Mermaid (PG) - 10:30am


  • Sun 18 August - The Incredibles (U) - 5pm


  • Tues 20 August - Bajrangi Bhaijaan (12) - 7pm


  • Sat 24 August - The Super Mario Bros Movie (PG) - 10:30am


  • Tues 27 August - Grease (PG) - 7pm