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10 free/cheap & cheerful things to do in London with the kids this summer holidays

Summer holidays are in full force. With so many weeks stretching ahead to keep the kids entertained, you could find yourself spending A LOT of money over the summer holidays if you’re not careful. Luckily help is at hand. If you live in or near London then there are a wealth of free and cheap activities that you and your kids can take part in over the summer holidays.

Here are 10 free/cheap & cheerful things to do with the kids this summer:

1. Summertime

Southbank Centre
Choose from a range of events or simply play in the sand at the riverside pop-up beach, dodge the jets of Jeppe Hein’s Appearing Rooms fountain and grab some delicious street food.

When: Until late August

Where: Queen’s Walk, Southbank Centre, SE1

How much: Varies, many events are free

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2. Kenwood Dairy open day

English Heritage

Experience life as an eighteenth century dairy maid and piggery boy with dressing up costumes for children – and adults.

Step back in time with the Kenwood volunteers to learn more about what life was like for the staff who used to work on the Kenwood estate and how the maids would have made butter and cheese.

When: 11am-3pm, Sunday, 6 August and Sunday, 20 August

Where: Kenwood House, NW3

How much: Free

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3. Time Tunnellers

Museum of London

Get your hard hats on and your trowels ready! Prepare to go on a journey of discovery and become an archaeologist uncovering clues to London’s hidden past. Get in on the action as we work through the clues and piece together some of London’s archaeology.

When: 11am (under 5s), 12pm & 2pm, Wednesday-Saturdays in August

Where: Museum of London Docklands, E14

How much: Free but book in advance

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4. London Fire Brigade Pop-up Museum

London Fire Brigade

Alongside modern day fire engines and equipment, visitors will have a rare opportunity to view a selection of the Brigade’s video and photographic archives.

Learn more at a special exhibition, including storytelling performances.

When: Every Wednesday in August – Free Entry

Where: The Workshop, Lambeth High Street

How much: Free

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5. International Slavery Remembrance Day

National Maritime Museum

Family friendly tours, workshops, performance and song to mark International Slavery Remembrance Day.

When: 10am-5pm, Wednesday, August 23

Where: National Maritime Museum, SE10

How much: Free

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6. Explore the new Natural History Museum

Casson Mann

The main hall at the Natural History Museum has just re-opened and now displays a 25m long skeleton of a female blue whale as well as ten other brand new star specimens.

When: From Friday, July 14. Open daily 10.00-17.50.

Where: Natural History Museum, SW7

How much: Free

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7. Fascinating street entertainers

Covent Garden

Watch the street entertainers in Covent Garden, from brilliant singers to talented acrobats. Send the kids up at the end of the performance with some change to say thank you.

When: All day

Where: Covent Garden, WC2E

How much: Free but tips are welcome

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8. Look at a planet

National Maritime Museum

Look at Venus in the daytime through the Royal Observatory’s 18-tonne Great Equatorial Telescope to find out more about this beautiful planet and its place in our developing understanding of the scale of the universe. For children aged 7 and over.

When: Various

Where: Royal Observatory Greenwich, SE10

How much: £6 adult/£5 child

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9. Hetty Feather workshops

The Foundling Museum

Try your hand at book binding, story writing, drama and illustration in one of the Hetty Feather inspired workshops.

When: Various

Where: Foundling Museum, WC1N

How much: Free

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10. Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace

Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace

One of the most popular attractions at Buckingham Palace is the Changing of the guard. There’s even an official “Changing the Guard” app for you if you want to pass the time learning about the custom. Take a picnic and get there early so you can get a good spot.

When: Daily

Where: Buckingham Palace, Green Park is to the north of Buckingham Palace, Victoria Station and St. James Park stations are to the south. Hyde Park Corner is to the west.

How much: Free

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And if this is not enough bring the family in for a photo session with Lovelight Photography and support our Shooting Star Chase project.

Our exclusive shooting star chase package includes:

  • A fun and relaxed photography session, capturing the unique connections between you as a family
  • Creative design and image preparation by your photographer
  • A private viewing of your images at our studio
  • A beautiful handmade mounted 12″ x 8″  print of your choice
  • Normally £239, the package is available for minimum donation of £50

To book this package, simply call 01483 237300 or email info@lovelightphoto.co.uk.

Credit: Visit London , MetroTrip Savvy