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The best summer days out in London

Savour the sunny season at one of these fabulous family events

Posted: 19 June 2012
by Fiona McKim

Green Day Out
July 1
This event at Morden Hall Park offers a fresh family day out and a chance to up your eco-credentials to boot. Children can take part in recycled crafts, learn about wildlife conservation and take a twirl with the Greensleaves Morris dancers.

Little Angel Summer Party
July 7
As one of the country’s leading puppet theatres, it is perfectly fitting that the Little Angel Theatre are dedicating their annual summer party to the 350th birthday of Punch and Judy. Children can celebrate this milestone with a host of exciting activities including a puppet parade, crafty workshops and backstage tours to meet the Very Important Puppets currently treading the theatre’s boards.

Big Dance 2012
July 7-15
This nationwide celebration of dance will see thousands of toe-tapping, high-kicking events taking place all around the country. Highlights of theLondon programme include workshops with the English National Ballet, a dance carnival inCrystalPalacePark and a finale performance of epic proportions inTrafalgar Square.

Baroque Around The World
July 14
Mini musicians will adore this classical family concert at London’s Handel House Museum. Music will have a global theme sure to get little toes-a-tapping. 

Billingsgate Roman House And Baths
July 14
A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for families to visit the ancient remains of Billingsgate Roman House and Baths on Upper Thames Street. Museum of London staff will guide visitors around and tell the fascinating story of this hidden historical gem. 

Happy Birthday, Mr Punch
July 14–December 9
A celebration of Punch’s 350th Birthday with two different exhibitions at the V&A Museum Of Childhood. That’s the way to do it look s at Punch’s Italian origins while Punch Professors In England displays photography of modern puppeteers.

Teddy Bear’s Picnic
July 21
Animal loving families should pack a picnic and bring along their favourite furry friend for this teddy-themed fun day at Battersea Park Children’s Zoo with storytelling, craft activities and biscuit decorating. 

Cadbury House
July 27–August 27
As part of BT London Live in Hyde Park, Cadbury will be hosting this pop-up event, featuring five Cadbury experiences for each of their most famous confections. Children will also have the chance to go head to head in a virtual race with Rebecca Adlington and receive a celebratory chocolate medal.   

Time Travellers Go... Knights & Princesses
Aug 5 – 8
Children will feel like they have stepped back in time at this even in Eltham Palace where young princesses and knights can have fun with medieval dressing up and old fashioned games. 

Carnaval Del Pueblo
August 18
The rhythm is going to get you at this fiesta of Latin American culture where little chicas and chicos can shimmy along to a carnival procession, watch the Open Salsa Dance Championship and go loco on fairground rides in the children’s zone.

London Mela
August 19
2012 marks the tenth birthday of this vibrant event in Gunnersbury Park offering a diverse line-up of live music, market stalls, exotic eats and children’s workshops inspired by both modern and traditional South Asian culture.

August 17-19
London’s most popular family festival with appearances from a plethora of children’s stars including The Gruffalo, Mister Maker and the Moshi Monsters. Young festivalgoers can get gory at a Horrible Histories workshop, play croquet with the Queen Of Hearts, become a shedonist in the Disco Shed and decorate one of Roald Dahl’s famed Roly-Poly Birds. 

Chelsea Autolegends
September 2
The iconic Royal Hospital Chelsea will play host to this day long celebration of automotives, fashion and food, offering an activity to please every member of the family. As well as an impressive selection of classic and contemporary cars (including the McLaren MP4 12C, aka ‘Lewis Hamilton’ from Cars 2) families can have fun with fairground rides, peruse French fashion stalls and sample delicious Gallic cuisine including ever popular crêpes.

Countryside Live
September 29-30
Trendy, urban East London couldn’t really be more different to the countryside but that won’t stop this rural regatta bringing all manner of country pursuits into the big smoke. Enjoy traditional crafts such as willow weaving and woodturning, tractor and trailer rides, delicious local foods and the brilliantly bizarre dancing sheep. 

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