Summer’s here and school’s finally finished! Either you’re desperately searching to keep the kids amused for the next six weeks or you’ve managed to escape your ‘9-5’ for some well-deserved time off but aren’t sure what to do with your sudden freedom. Thankfully, we live in the capital and there is plenty to do, so if you’re not jetting off this year, take a look at what’s going on in your area!
Whether we are hit with the unexpected heatwave or the anticipated summer showers I know that most of us fantasise about being far away from the ‘hustle and bustle’ that comes with living in the city. Unfortunately, circumstances mean we can’t always leave London whenever the weather doesn’t suit us. Below is a selection of activities for kids and also adults.
Kid friendly activities:
Hampstead beach – JW3
Don’t fret! Because even though you can’t escape to the seaside you can at least feel like you’re on a beach with Hampstead’s golden sand urban beach along with delicious food (and cocktails for the adults). Relax whilst the kids build sandcastles with buckets and spades courtesy of JW3 and enjoy dipping your feet and letting the kids splash in the paddling pool. The ideal venue to set the mood for long evenings of sun, fun and holiday vibes. It's free entry and open from Sunday to Friday. So if you can’t be on a beach at least feel like you are!
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Calling all LEGO fans to Brent Cross this August!
On the other hand, if the weather’s not great outside, there is a fantastic (sheltered) exhibition at Brent Cross Shopping Centre, because at the end of the day, who doesn’t love lego? No matter your age go along to a great display of 14 animal sculptures grouped into 4 themes (Ice and Snow, Jungle, Under the Sea and Wildlands). Some of the animals will be transformed into selfie points where you will be able to interact with them and capture those magical moments. Not only that, play with LEGO all day long with the graffiti walls and brick pits.
Belmont Farm- Mill Hill
Animal lovers, this one’s for you. If you and your children adore animals you should try visiting the children’s farm in Mill Hill which offers a unique opportunity for anyone, young or old, to meet, handle and feed a huge variety of farm animals.
Don't forget to visit the on-site Waffle Cafe too!
If your children are a little more daring and above the age of eight, Hampstead Heath Ponds are a great pick. Not only are there three pools open to ladies, men and mixed groups (including accompanied children aged 8-15, at the lifeguards’ discretion) respectively, but Hampstead Heath offers a lot more. If you have younger children ‘The Heath’ is a superb place for a picnic and if you walk a little further through to the Parliament Hill side, there is a spectacular view of the city as well as a children’s playground and lido.
Throwback UK- Palmers Green
If you’re unfortunately not in the appropriate age group to thoroughly enjoy the above ‘kids activities’ then this is perfect for you. Remember the joyful days of bashing around in ball pits, crawling through very small tunnels and whizzing down slippery slides? Well, these needn’t be distant memories for much longer. Throwback UK are hosting the ultimate nostalgic event: an epic funhouse filled with an indoor soft play area, a huge Scalextric track, giant Jenga, retro arcade games and more. The music will be suited to the throwback theme, as with nostalgic cocktails such as vodka slush puppies on the menu.
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STREATLIFE- Alexandra Palace
Did somebody say a free festival? Well STREATLIFE is Alexandra Palace’s legendary FREE Street Food & Craft Beer festival. The festival takes place over four summer weekends, the final being on Saturday 17th August and features over 30 of London’s top street food vendors, craft beer bars, cocktails, Pimms and all sorts of tasty treats as well as epic DJ sets and live music acts.
Backyard Cinema – Camden
The perfect event for a date or a group of friends, The Roundhouse in Camden is offering a beach themed cinema party, all under one roof. Be transported to the sun-kissed beaches of Los Angeles, for the ultimate summer beach party cinema. Hang out at the beach bar, sip cool cocktails under palm trees and leave your plastic poncho at home, because the entire bohemian beachscape is covered.
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Now who told you North London was an unexciting place to spend your summer? If none of the above take your fancy there are of course many other events and experiences around your local area, even just organising a picnic with friends and family at your local park, or a BBQ in your garden, North London can be your haven this summer.