August Family Activities in London
Make the most of the young ones being out of school with our guide to the best family activities happening in London this August
If you want to take your tykes to London's West End (without the price tag), August is the time to do it. For Kids Week, which is actually a month, there are offers on everything, from smaller shows of classic stories like the Wind in the Willows and the Hunting of the Snark, to big name performances like the Lion King, Matilda, and Aladdin. Book now: tickets go fast.
Bonus: carry on the fun by taking them out to tea at the Genie's Cave afterwards.
Ensure your morning lie-in with one of these summer evenings at the WWT London Wetland Centre. Enjoy fun activities guaranteed to wear them out, from campfire storytelling sessions, to constellation classes, to chances to watch the wildlife get ready for bed. There's no better family-friendly country retreat in the city limits.
Bonus: tire them out even further with our guide to best outdoor activities for children this summer.
This August bank holiday weekend, bring the whole family down to witness the bloodthirsty spectacle of gladiatorial combat. Housed atop an actual former Roman amphitheatre, Guildhall Yard will feature dramatised displays of strength and skill as part of the Londinium festival.
Bonus: check out our guide to the best museums in London for kids.
Take the whole family to witness the spectacle of Notting Hill Carnival this summer. With curry, drums, funky beats, and phenomenal costumes, the whole family is invited to soak up the ambience on Sunday, the designated family day.
Bonus: check out our guide to family friendly festivals.
This August, world-class horticulturalists will gather at Kew's Royal Botanical Gardens for a programme of plant-based fun known as the Kew Science Festival. Check out the whacky tropical plants in the greenhouse, learn about cloning plants and how a relative of the banana family might just be able to feed many of the world’s populations and solve food scarcity.
Bonus: check out best things to do with kids this summer for our full guide to navigating summer holiday fun.
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