The summer holidays are almost upon us and with that in mind, make sure you keep the whole family entertained this summer break with our action-packed events guide. From thrilling theatre shows to live acrobatics and even a family guided tour around the Houses of Parliament - our guide features a host of family fun-filled events and outdoor activities all perfect for the summer holidays. Read on to find out more...
The summer holidays are the perfect excuse for a day out at the theatre, take a look at our best picks for families!
August - September // Troubadour White City Theatre 1, London
Based on the international best-selling children's book, Aliens Love Underpants is a zany and hilarious tale, wonderfully brought to life on stage! With stunning effects, madcap action, original music and loads of crazy aliens. This fantastically fresh and funny production will delight the whole family this summer.
July - September // Vaudeville Theatre
Mildred Hubble is just an ordinary girl who found herself in an extraordinary place: a school for witches. But not everyone is thrilled by Mildred's unexpected arrival and her less than predictable ways. Can she overcome the objections of stern Miss Hardbroom and the conniving tricks of jealous Ethel Hallow?
This summer join Alice on her amazing journey through Wonderland and experience an adventure like no other. Lewis Carroll's classic story is cleverly lifted from the page and beautifully brought to life in Glenn Elston's highly acclaimed production. Life is suddenly turned up-side-down for Alice, so join her as she tumbles down the rabbit hole and lands in the magical world of "Wonderland". It's a roller-coaster of a story as she bravely bounces from one unexpected and amazing situation to the next.
Educational (and fun!)
From a tour around the Houses of Parliament to live dinosaur shows - take a look at our top educational events below.
Family Guided Tour
In the place where history continues to be written every week, there’s plenty to see and do. You can explore this predominantly Victorian building and learn how Parliament has been central to the last 1,000 years of history – from the all-powerful Norman kings right through to today’s constitutional monarchy. Tours around the Houses of Parliament are suitable for all ages and occasions. Entertain the kids with specifically designed tours for younger visitors – guided and self-guided options available.
July - September // Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre, Greater London
Dare to experience the dangers and delights of Dinosaur World Live in this interactive show for all the family. Grab your compass and join an intrepid explorer wander across unchartered territories, discovering a prehistoric world of remarkably life-like dinosaurs. Meet a host of impressive creatures, including the Tyrannosaurus Rex, a Triceratops, Giraffatitan, Microraptor and Segnosaurus!
Get them outside this summer with our best outdoor family events below!
Blenheim Palace 1 - 4 August // Castle Howard 15 - 18 August
Ranging from simple delights to bolder adventures, the National Trust team will convert a wooded area into a natural playground for children. Encouraging all kids and families to explore nature, scramble through the woods and tick off some of the ‘50 things’ from your list! Fuel your family with tips and tricks to take home with you, keeping you inspired in your own nature playgrounds and encouraging you all to explore more of the outdoors.
26 - 28 July Bolesworth Estate, Cheshire // 23rd - 25th August Laverstoke Park Farm, Overton, Hampshire
Taking place in two locations across two weekends in July and August, CarFest has been described by the thousands of die-hard fans as ‘the biggest ever village fete’. The weekend is packed to the brim with activities for every member of the family, underpinned by great music, celebrity chefs and as the name suggests, plenty of cars!
3-4 August - 10 - 11 August // Loxwood Meadow
Step back in time and experience the verve and vigour of a world where lives were harsh and hearts were passionate at this unique, fun and educational day out for all the family. Try your hand at archery, sup mead and fine ales and dine on local organic fayre while the little ones can enjoy their very own Children’s Kingdom – a festival within a festival where the Mediaeval Groat is the currency! This "Mini Mediaeval Mayhem" includes Have a go Archery, Face and Wound Painting, Pelt the Peasant and "Sword School" where you can learn to be an apprentice Knight.
Try Something Different
From outdoor cinema to art lessons from leading graffiti artists at Alexandra Palace - get them to try something different this summer!
Get their creativity flowing this summer and watch them work alongside leading street artists. Children will develop their own style using Alexandra Palace as their inspiration.
Various dates // Various venues
Zippos circus runs throughout the kids holidays and is the perfect place to take the whole family this summer. The circus is back with a nationwide Big Top tour - The Magnificent Top Hat - celebrating 21 years since Ringmaster Norman Barrett first appeared at Zippos Circus. Expect astonishing acrobats and aerialists, contortionists, The Brazilian Lucius Team in the famous Globe of Death, Paulo Dos Santos - a brilliant 3 foot 6 inches tall showman and much, much more!
Luna Kids Cinema is the UK's first open-air cinema designed especially for children, with an incredible range of films to appeal to big kids and little kids alike. From classic family favourites such as Finding Dory and Up through to this year's hits including The Incredibles 2 and Ralph Breaks the Internet, Luna Kids Cinema is the perfect way to spend a summer's day in the school holidays.
27 - 28 August // Alexandra Palace
Enjoy a full day of non-stop partying with Live DJ's, the Inflatable Unicorn and Flamingo Ball Pits, and of course delicious street food and drinks! This year there will also be special Summer holiday sessions for Kids & Families with lots of surprises in store!
23 - 26 August // NEC Birmingham
Insomnia Gaming Festival returns this August bank holiday weekend! Bringing 4 days of gaming fun and interactive exhibitions so you can celebrate everything we love about gaming! Insomnia brings the latest games for you to get your hands on before their releases, massive main stage gaming shows, meet & greet your favourite Youtubers, take part in competitions for prizes, play retro and Indie games and much, much more!
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