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Summer Holidays South Bank Style

August 1st, 2019 | by Tom Harrow-Smith

Summer Holidays South Bank Style

The age-old problem of what to do during the summer holidays has plagued parents minds for years. But if you’re struggling for ideas and looking for something a bit different, whether it be one off experiences, events with a twist or family days out that have existed right under your nose this whole time, then look no further than South Bank this summer.

  • Bundles to do at The BFI!

    After something just the kids can do? BFI’s ‘Stop Motion Workshops’ offer a great way to spend Monday afternoons across the summer holidays. Open to 8-12-year olds, they’ll be sure to learn a host of stop-motion animation techniques. Plus, it’s the perfect opportunity to put all their imagination and creativity to good use. There’re only four more dates left, so hurry if you want to book.

    BFI also offer other alternatives to keep everyone entertained this summer, and as we all know we can’t always bank on the weather behaving itself. Did you know that one way you can spend a rainy afternoon is at the BFI’s free family screenings? Open Tuesday to Sunday every week, sit down and relax in BFI’s amazing Mediatheque and discover all sorts of weird and wonderful titles that have been digitized from BFI’s archivesWhilst free, booking is encouraged, especially on weekends.

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    BFI Southbank
  • Sporting Stories

    What a summer of sport it’s been; from the wave of support grown around the Women’s World Cup journey to the Cricket World Cup victory. You can continue that interest in IWM’s ‘Sporting Stories’ exhibition which runs for a limited time from August 25th – 27th. There’s loads to find out about; from how football was played during the First World War to the women who pathed the way for the current World Cup superstars on the home front.

    The event is free and there will be all sorts of activities, whether it be making your own trench football game, working out like a military paratrooper or listening to illuminating eyewitness accounts.

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    IWM London
  • Deep Ocean Tales

    Always wanted to go to the Sea Life London Aquarium with the family but been put off by the amount of people? Well this summer Sea Life offer you the perfect chance to beat the queues with an exclusive early access ticket for one day only. On 20th August, families are offered the chance to experience the full magic of the London Aquarium out of hours with a range of interactive activities to keep the little ones amused for longer. From arts and crafts, immersive rockpool experiences and a special reading of ‘Don’t Worry Little Crab’ with author Chris Haughton’ in front of the Shark Tank.

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    SEA LIFE London Aquarium
  • Morgan & West’s Utterly Spiffing Spectacular Magic Show For Kids (and Childish Grown-ups)!

    As the tile alludes, Morgan and West bring you a magic show that should get the whole family giggling and gasping as magic and silliness collide at the Underbelly. You may recognise these two from their TV appearances on shows like CBBC’s The Slammer and The Next Great Magician. If you want to laugh your socks off but also have your brain boggled then look no further.

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    Underbelly Festival South Bank
  • Florence Nightingale Museum Family Trail

    If you haven’t been to the Florence Nightingale Museum before then what are you waiting for? And with family trails for free every day, this makes it a fantastic place to spend some time this summer holiday. Pick up your free family trail from the front desk when you arrive and explore the museum together as you find out about the life of Florence Nightingale.

     

    Florence Nightingale Museum
  • Disco Loco

    Do your little ones love to boogie? Southbank Centre are hosting regular parties to help let off some steam this summer. Hosted by Hackney based DJs Disco Loco who have been entertaining families across East London since 2006. Don’t go thinking that this is going to be all ‘tweenie bop’ though, this is music that will get revellers of all ages shaking it up and dancing, which may or may not be a good thing… dads…

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    Southbank Centre
  • Latitude Wildlife Exhibition

    A one off wildlife photography exhibition will run for a limited time from July to August 18. If you have some animal enthusiasts in the family then they'll have a great time looking at these astonishing close ups of animals from the Savannah's to the Subarctic. There's a serious side to this exhibition too, photographer Roger Hooper is hoping with this exhibition based on his upcoming book, to highlight the destruction of the wild habitats where these majestic creatures call home. Children will be sure to love the animals on display, but it might just get them thinking too.

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    Oxo Tower Wharf
  • MR GUM AND THE DANCING BEAR – THE MUSICAL!

    Full of outlandish characters and joyful, utterly idiotic songs, this production is definitely not your average family fare. Running until the 31st August at The National Theatre and based on the hilariously anarchic, award-winning children’s books, Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear promises to be an all-singing, all-dancing, occasionally-burping extravaganza for children and adults alike. 

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    National Theatre
  • Zip Now

    For the thrill seekers, Zip Now is here for the summer and boasts the fastest city centre zip wire in the world. With four separate zip wires, you'll be able to experience all 225 metres as a group or individually as you soar past the likes of the London Eye and Houses of Parliament. It's not here for long though, open until 15 September. So if flying past some of London's most iconic sights at 50kph sounds like you're thing, then you'll need to act fast. 

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    Zip Now London
  • Kids Afternoon Tea

    At the OXO Tower Restaurant, they're helping to keep holiday boredom at bay, one scone at a time. With a specially designed menu for under 12's that's been tried and tested on OXO Head Chef's harshest critics - his two sons - your own little ones are sure to love the treats on offer too. 

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    OXO Tower Restaurant

Find The Venues

  • 1 - BFI Southbank

    Belvedere Road
    London
    SE1 8XT 

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  • 2 - IWM London

    Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ 

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  • 3 - SEA LIFE London Aquarium

    County Hall
    Riverside Building
    Westminster Bridge Road
    London
    SE1 7PB

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  • 4 - Underbelly Festival South Bank

    Belvedere Road Coach Park
    London SE1 8XX

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  • 5 - Florence Nightingale Museum

    St Thomas’ Hospital
    2 Lambeth Palace Road
    London
    SE1 7EW

     

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  • 6 - Southbank Centre

    Belvedere Road
    London
    SE1 8XX 

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  • 7 - Oxo Tower Wharf

    The Oxo Tower
    Bargehouse Street
    South Bank
    London SE1 9PH 

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  • 8 - National Theatre

    Upper Ground, South Bank
    London
    SE1 9PX 

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  • 9 - Zip Now London

    Archbishop's Park, Carlisle Lane, Lambeth, London SE1 7JY

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  • 10 - OXO Tower Restaurant

    8th Floor Oxo Tower Wharf Bargehouse Street SE1 9PH

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