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Things to do in London with kids, and days out with kids in Surrey which are free or nearly free!

Become a River Detective - Thursday 27th August


Curious children are needed to help waterways specialists Thames21 listen to the river using amazing underwater microphones, test the quality of the water and learn about what creatures live above and below!  All action will take place at Bow Ecology Park.

The River Lea is a living world with exciting life under the surface, including wildlife and creepy crawlies.  Like most rivers, it is also affected by human activities and this has resulted in pollution and grime.

Thames21 is one of the country's leading waterway charities, working with communities across Greater London to improve rivers, canals, ponds and lakes for people and wildlife.

Thursday 27 August - workshops last for 1 hour and are for groups of 15 children (plus guardians/parents) at 1pm, 2.30pm and 4pm.  Pre-booking essential.  Location: Bow Creek Ecology Park, Bidder Street, London E16 9ST.

Free trail for kids at the Petrie Museum

The Petrie Museum has a special centenary exhibition for for kids during the school holidays 29th July to 29th August.   Pick up a pack of score cards to explore the top 25 people and objects in the Museum, and meet the characters whose lives became caught up in the discovery, care and rediscovery of the collections.

Find out how Lawrence of Arabia was involved or which archaeologist was also rumoured to be a witch!  The cards work like 'Top Trumps' - you can use them to find out top facts or try to score the most amount of points in your group. Museum opening times: Tuesday to Saturday 13.00 - 17.00.  Free - Drop in! 

Family festival of fitness coming to the South East -  Saturday 29th August

The UK’s largest family focused fitness festival will arrive in Surrey on the August bank holiday weekend, when The Fitness Festival company launch their first UK date at Priest Hill in Ewell, Epsom. The all day festival will offer adults and children alike a diverse range of events to take part in, plus plenty of fun fitness activities to try. There will also be live music, food and drink refreshments and hundreds of different stalls open throughout the day to create a fun-filled festival vibe. 

There will be three ‘colourful’ fun runs taking place during the day, with a 5km and a 10km route for adults to choose from, and a shorter 2.4km course open for children aged 6 to 15. Runners will have their mind taken off the distance they are covering by organisers and spectators spraying coloured paint and water at them as they make their way around the course.

The Fitness Festival will start at 10am and finish at 6pm. Adult entry to the festival costs £5 or £12 for entry and access to the active area. Children’s entry to the festival costs £3 or £10 for entry and access to the active area. Tickets to the running events, the strongest man and woman events and the ‘Fitness throw down challenge’ are priced separately but all include festival entry.

Loads to do at the Olympic Park this Summer

There’s plenty to do at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park this summer! Unwind in the beautiful parklands or relax on a guided boat tour, discover hidden artworks and exotic flowers around the Park and enjoy outdoor dining at the Park's restaurants. Build sandcastles at the urban beach and let the kids loose in the exciting playgrounds before cooling off in the water fountains. Try out a new sport in one of the iconic venues or come along to join the crowds at an international sports tournament!

There is also an opportunity to get active this summer with a daily programme of fun free sports and fitness activities available for all ages and abilities!  This August, Active People Active Park have over 200 free activities for you to try at the Park! Whether you want to learn a new sport, pick up a sport you haven't played in a while or just practice you're skills, children, adults and families of all ages and abilities are all welcome to come along and join in!  Choose from classic favourites such as cricket, tennis and canoeing or try out a new activity like boxing yoga or hula hoop fitness! Take advantage of the Park's summer beach and join us for beach volleyball or experience para-sports such as boccia, sitting volleyball and all-inclusive cycling.

Free London walking tours

free days out with kidsA great range of free London walking tours are on offer from the Free Tour of London company:

Free Royal Tour.  A journey through British History, follow in the footsteps of the famous and infamous like Winston Churchill, Guy Fawkes & Henry VIII. 

On this tour of Westminster you will visit three royal palaces as we journey together from Big Ben, to Buckingham Palace and back to Trafalgar Square.  Discover plots to destroy parliament, Churchill’s hidden bunker, cannibal pelicans, crazy lost tourists and their brush with royalty, exclusive clubs for the rich and famous, England’s most famous admiral and a giant, four metre high bright blue chicken – plus much much more!

When: Every day at 11am, Where: The Churchill statue in Parliament Square, Duration: Around 2.5 Hours

Old City Tour.  Explore London’s Old City where the Romans first settled, visit London’s medieval castle, discover the origins of the Knights Templar and Free Masons, visit one of London’s oldest and most famous pubs, see two-headed swans and discover the devastating fire that almost destroyed London forever and the man who brought her back to life.  The Old City tour covers 2,000 years of almost unbelievable history, packed with laughs and crazy stories – discover how truth can be stranger than any fiction on this London City Tour!

When: Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday at 4pm.  Where: Temple Station.  Duration: Around 2.5 Hours

Free Jack The Ripper Tour.  Discover one of London’s darkest chapters – the shocking murders of Jack the Ripper. This walking tour promises chills and frights as we visit the locations of the Whitechapel Murders, discover more about the victims and the gruesome details of their murders and explore the conspiracy theories surrounding the identity of the killer – the world’s most chilling, unsolved murder mystery!

When: Every day at 8pm.  Where: Tower Hill Station – next to the London wall.  Duration: Around 100 Minutes


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