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Its July ,Our Favourite Time of Year!

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 favoured 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.

London is a city that holds a plethora of opportunities for fun and engaging activities, especially for kids. However, with the summer break quickly approaching, many parents may be wondering how to keep their children entertained without breaking the bank. Luckily, London offers a wide array of free activities for kids during the months of July and August. From outdoor adventures to indoor exploration, the options are endless. So, why not get out and about in London this summer for free and give your kids an unforgettable experience?

One of the best activities for kids in London during July and August is exploring the city's many parks and green spaces. With over 3,000 parks to choose from, London is truly a green paradise. Whether it's running through the grass, playing on the playground, or having a picnic, there is no shortage of fun to be had in London's parks. Some of the most popular parks for kids include Hyde Park, Regent's Park, and Greenwich Park. These parks offer a wide range of activities, from boating on the lake to visiting the playgrounds and even exploring the wildlife. Best of all, most of these activities are completely free of charge.

For a more structured experience, many museums and galleries in London offer free admission for children. This is a great opportunity for kids to learn about history, art, and culture in a fun and interactive way. The Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, and the British Museum are just a few examples of museums that offer free admission for kids. These museums often have special exhibitions and events specifically designed for children, making learning a truly enjoyable experience. In addition, many museums offer hands-on activities and workshops for kids, allowing them to explore their creativity and imagination.

If you have a love for animals, London has several free options for animal lovers and ZSL continue to offer community access tickets through us at WCU. The city is home to a number of parks and farms where kids can interact with animals up close. One such example further away is Mudchute Park and Farm, located on the Isle of Dogs. Here, kids can visit the animals, including sheep, pigs, and even llamas. The farm also offers educational workshops and activities for children, making it a great place to spend a day with the family. Another option more locally, is the Hounslow Urban Farm, which is home to a variety of animals, including ponies, goats, and rabbits. Kids can pet and feed the animals, as well as participate in educational shows and activities.




For those looking for a bit of adventure, London has a number of free events and festivals throughout the summer months. From outdoor concerts to street markets, there is always something happening in the city. One popular event is the Notting Hill Carnival, which takes place in August and features a vibrant parade, music, and food stalls. The Southbank Centre also hosts a variety of free events for kids, including storytelling, music performances, and arts and crafts workshops. These events are a great way for kids to experience different cultures and traditions while having a blast.


London offers a wide range of free activities for you to enjoy during the summer months. From exploring parks and museums to interacting with animals and attending festivals, there is something for everyone. So, why not get out and about in London this summer and give your adults an unforgettable experience to share? With so many free options available, the possibilities are endless. So pack a picnic, grab your sunscreen, and get ready for a summer full of fun and adventure in London.

FREE Paddle-sport

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

Show map

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