Disney Adventures for Families in the UK for 2021

Disney-loving kids (and grown-ups) are in for a treat this Summer as we reveal the top 7 Disney themed activities not to miss in the UK...

4. Zizi Strallen, Charlie Stemp and Company in Mary Poppins - Photograph Johan Persson

Got a Disney mad little one? Then they – and in fact, the whole family – are in for a treat! How about a trip to see the amazing Alice in Wonderland themed exhibition at the V&A followed by a Mad Hatter’s high tea for starters? We have rounded up the best Disney events, activities and adventures, including, brace yourselves, the upcoming Frozen Musical, the return of the magical Mary Poppins stage production and more, which are sure to make the Holidays pass in the most delightful way…

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7 UK Disney Adventures for Families for 2021

Disney Classic: Alice in Wonderland

1. London - Alice V and A - Alice at the Mad Hatter's Tea Party, Illustration for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by John Tenniel, 1865 (c) Victoria and Albert Museum, London
V&A – Alice at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, Illustration for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by John Tenniel, 1865 (c) Victoria and Albert Museum, London

1.  The Curiouser and Curiouser at the V&A

The V&A museum’s major show this year is an Alice in Wonderland extravaganza, with over 300 objects spanning film, performance, stage costumes, art, music and photography. Highlights include Lewis Carroll’s original handwritten manuscript, Disney illustrations, large-scale theatre sets and immersive environments, guaranteed to bring the enchanting Alice stories to life. Be sure to check out the augmented reality section, where you can play virtual croquet with hedgehog balls, as the Queen of Hearts hollers “Off with their heads!”

  • Where: The V&A, Cromwell Road London SW7 2RL
  • When: 22 May 2021 – 31st December 2021
  • Cost: Tickets £20, Children under 12 free.

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1. London - Alice V and A - Original drawing for Alice in Wonderland of the White Rabbit, 1967 © Ralph Steadman Art Collection, 2019. All rights reserved.
V&A – Original drawing for Alice in Wonderland of the White Rabbit, 1967 © Ralph Steadman Art Collection, 2019. All rights reserved.
Print By Peter Blake from the suite illustrating
V&A: Print By Peter Blake from the suite illustrating “Alice in Wonderland”
2. London - Mad Hatters Tea at Sanderson
Mad Hatters Tea at Sanderson

2. The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

Fall down the rabbit hole with Alice, by spending an afternoon sampling the Mad Hatter’s tea at the Sanderson hotel. The magical experience features miniature bottles of ‘Drink Me’ fruit potions, Queen of Hearts jammy dodgers and macaroons with miniature clock faces. Adding to the eccentricity, crockery is decorated with Wonderland motifs and plants sprout out of teacups. Arrive hungry as the high tea is limitless and you’ll be encouraged to ask for seconds of your favourites!

  • Where: Sanderson Hotel, 50 Berners Street Fitzrovia, London W1T3NG
  • When: Monday – Saturday (12:30pm until 4:00pm), Sunday (1:00pm until 5:00pm)
  • Cost: £48 per adult and £35 per child

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2. London - Mad Hatters Tea Sanderson Tea
Mad Hatters Tea Sanderson Tea

> READ MORE: Children’s Afternoon Tea in London: Junior’s top places to try

The Wonderland House; 21, Bedford Street; Brighton, BN2. 3rd May 2017 © Pete Jones pete@pjproductions.co.uk
The Wonderland House © Pete Jones

3. The Wonderland Holiday

Round up some friends or have a multi-gen mini-break at the Wonderland House on Brighton’s seafront. The regency house has 6 Alice-themed bedrooms, sleeping up to 24 guests. At the centre of the house you’ll find the Mad Hatter banqueting room with teacup chairs and vintage crockery, providing the ideal spot for a Wonderland tea party.

Smaller groups may prefer the Looking Glass Cottage, located in Brighton’s Lanes and sleeping up to 8 guests. This Alice themed cottage is also Brighton’s oldest house, and includes white rabbit lights and looking glass adorned walls.

  • Where: Wonderland House ®, Bedford St, Brighton BN2 1AN | Looking Glass Cottage, Black Lion Lane Brighton East Sussex, BN1 1NL
  • When: ongoing
  • Cost: from Wonderland House£500 to £1,550 per night, Looking Glass Cottage from £145 per night:

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Looking glass cottage
Looking Glass Cottage, Brighton

DISNEY CLASSIC: Mary Poppins

4. MARY POPPINS_Step In Time_Zizi Strallen Photo credit Johan Persson
MARY POPPINS on Stage – Step In Time/ Zizi Strallen (Photography: Johan Persson)

4. Mary Poppins on Stage

 Mary Poppins the musical, which first opened in London 15 years ago, will make a welcome return to its original West End home at the Prince Edward Theatre. Families will love this upbeat story of the world’s favourite nanny arriving at Cherry Tree Lane, and the riot of colour and feel good songs will keep children aged 5+ entertained.

  • Where: The Prince Edward Theatre, Old Compton St, London W1D 4HS
  • When: The show reopens on the 7th August
  • Cost: Tickets from £15

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4. Zizi Strallen as Mary Poppins and Children- Photograph Johan Persson.jpg
Mary Poppins on Stage: Zizi Strallen as Mary Poppins and Children (Photography: Johan Persson)
6. Mary Poppins Tour Guide
Mary Poppins Tour Guide
Low angle view of the main facades of the Bank of England and London Stock Exchange and the London Troops memorial at Bank Junction in the City of London. London.
Mary Poppins Walking Tour: Bank of England and London Stock Exchange and the London Troops memorial at Bank Junction in the City of London.

5-6. The Mary Poppins Staycation

As London is the setting for both films, the best way to have a Mary Poppins themed break is with a staycation. Start the day with a 2 hour Poppins-themed walking tour, along the secret cobbled side streets used in the filming of Mary Poppins Returns, to the bird-feeding spot at St Paul’s Cathedral, taking in a spectacular rooftop view of the London skyline along the way.

  • Where: Meet at Temple tube station
  • When: Sundays departing at 1:30pm (Feb – Dec)
  • Cost: Mary Poppins walking tour: Adult £12, children under 16 £10

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Following the tour, stop off at Buckingham Palace, location of the magical Mary Poppins Returns bicycle scene. The State Rooms are open to the public for ten weeks over the summer and there’s a sweet multimedia tour for kids, led by a cartoon corgi.

  • Where: Buckingham Palace, London SW1A 1AA
  • When: Buckingham Palace guided tours with garden access from July – September
  • Cost: Adult £26.50, children under 17 £14.50, under 5 free

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Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace

>> READ MORE: 7 Mary Poppins Family Adventures to do in London

DISNEY CLASSIC: Frozen

Disney Theatrical Productions under the direction of Thomas Schumacher presents Frozen, the new Broadway-bound musical, music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez and book by Jennifer Lee, opening its pre-Broadway engagement at The Denver Center for the Performing Arts September 14th, starring Caissie Levy (Elsa), Patti Murin (Anna), Jelani Alladin (Kristoff), Greg Hildreth (Olaf), John Riddle (Hans), Robert Creighton (Weselton), Kevin Del Aguila (Oaken), Timothy Hughes (Pabbie), Andrew Pirozzi (Sven), Audrey Bennett and Mattea Conforti (Young Anna), Brooklyn Nelson and Ayla Schwartz (Young Elsa). Michael Grandage is director.
Disney Theatrical Productions under the direction of Thomas Schumacher presents Frozen, the new Broadway-bound musical.

7. Frozen The Musical Hits London

Brace yourself, as Frozen-fever is officially due to sweep across London! The hotly anticipated Frozen West End musical is set to open at the newly refurbished Theatre Royal Drury Lane later this summer. The two and a half hour long musical extravaganza features songs from the original film, along with some brand new tunes created especially for the show. Expect power ballads, warm hugs and much of the audience to be dressed as adorable characters from the smash hit movies.

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  • Where: Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine St, Covent Garden London WC2B 5JF
  • When:The show reopens from the 27th August
  • Cost: Tickets from £20

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Disney Theatrical Productions under the direction of Thomas Schumacher presents Frozen, the new Broadway-bound musical, music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez and book by Jennifer Lee, opening its pre-Broadway engagement at The Denver Center for the Performing Arts September 14th, starring Caissie Levy (Elsa), Patti Murin (Anna), Jelani Alladin (Kristoff), Greg Hildreth (Olaf), John Riddle (Hans), Robert Creighton (Weselton), Kevin Del Aguila (Oaken), Timothy Hughes (Pabbie), Andrew Pirozzi (Sven), Audrey Bennett and Mattea Conforti (Young Anna), Brooklyn Nelson and Ayla Schwartz (Young Elsa). Michael Grandage is director.
Disney Theatrical Productions under the direction of Thomas Schumacher presents Frozen.