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

Free activities and events 26th & 27th July

Free event for cycling fans at the O2 runs daily to 27th July

free cycling eventSky has has a Tour Fever experience available free of charge for all visitors to Sky Studios located in the main entrance hall at The O2. This activity, is open every day, and is designed to give visitors an insight into Team Sky and runs until Sunday 27th July. 

Tour fans can:

•         Race for the polka dot Jersey on a Team Sky cycling simulator – recreating an actual stage in France

•         Have a photo taken with Team Sky members in a green screen booth

•         See Sir Bradley Wiggins’ 2012 Time Trial bike and Chris Froome’s 2013 winning Tour de France bike

•         Take away recipe cards to sample the diet of a Team Sky athlete

•         Sign up for a Sky Ride – the popular traffic-free guided cycle events

As well as the Tour Fever exhibit, Sky Studios offers the chance to emulate the likes of Jim White and Kirsty Gallacher by presenting the latest sports headlines in a recreation of the Sky Sports News Studio. Aspiring presenters are even able to download a video of their performance to share with friends and family. 

Great British Carnival at the Park 26 - 27 July

olympic parkKicking off at 12pm and entertaining throughout the day until 9.30pm, the Carnival will feature a vibrant mix of international carnival artistes, homegrown performers and local carnivals from Newham, Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest  –  and it’s completely free!  In homage to Rio’s most famous cultural export, London and UK carnivals are keen to show off what Britain has to offer. The best of UK carnival arts will feature an exciting programme of pop-up parades, mask-making workshops, high-quality live music and performances from young musicians, rappers and poets. 

The event will also host the world premiere of The Carnival of the Animals: a magical twilight crescendo of costumed performers, 300 dancers, giant carnivalesque creatures and extraordinary illumination.  In the run-up to the event, residents of the Park’s four surrounding boroughs can participate in free music, dance and choreography workshops, learning routines with a view to joining in the pop-up parades on the big day. Keep checking back for more information and updates on this!  Timing: 12 to 9.30pm

Archikids 26th to 27th July - free activity for kids

free activity for kidsOpen-City's Archikids Festival 2014 takes place Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th July, 10am to 5pm.  Archikids Festival is London’s family festival of architecture full of fun and free activities that aim to inspire the next generation of Londoners about the great buildings of their city and sees the opening iconic City buildings (The Gherkin!) for scooter trails, kite clubs and lego landmarks.  The main activities are centred around four ‘Festival Hubs’ across the City of London’s Square Mile (Hubs: Broadgate, One New Change, Leadenhall Market and St Mary Axe!).  These activities are aimed at children 5 - 11 and their families andl free.

What’s on?

• Bugs and Butterflies Building Bonanza: Where do all the birds live now? Help build tree-houses and leafy lairs 

• The Kite Club: Design your own aerodynamic 'birds eye' building! Enjoying the wind tunnels our skyscrapers create

• Postcards from London: Snap your favorite view and turn it into a real postcard to send home!

• Design your Geodesic Dome: Located in the Gherkins top-floor viewing platform - Book you place quick!

• On your Scooter!: Don't miss your chance to design, build and test the Broadgate Skatepark!

This year the festival aims to attract and inspire even more young Londoners to become detectives of architecture – Architectives! The weekend festival enables young people to explore exciting architecture in iconic buildings across the City of London’s Square Mile though a range of innovative and creative programmed activities, workshops and tours. 


Guildford Summer Festival runs to 15th August 2014

family fun in guildfordThe Guildford Summer Festival is bigger than ever before with over 100 different events to pick from.  Family favourites such as the Town Centre Cycle Races, Guildford Festival Craft Fair, Farmers’ Markets, Guildford Cricket Festival, Guildford Lions Raft Race, Drama in the Castle Grounds, classical concerts, Guilfest and Walkfest all return for summer 2014.   There will be a whole host of theatre, sport, art, music, walks, heritage, tours and days out to keep you busy over the summer and this year the brochure has a section dedicated to WWI Commemorative events happening in and around Guildford.

Some highlights include:

Guildford Fringe Festival – Open Access Multi-Arts Festival is in partnership with Guildford Summer Festival and offers 9 different venues with a variety of events on every day in July!.  Events include comedy, musicals, Open-Air Shakespeare, Jazz Cabaret, plays and burlesque as well as talks, quizzes and art exhibitions.  Includes charity fundraising event at The Keep Pub as part of WWI Commemorative events, with songs and poetry on Sunday 13 July.  Tickets for all Fringe events available from or the Tourist Information Centre.

Guildford Commemorates the First World War.  A whole section in the brochure is dedicated to commemorative events including the unveiling of the WWI.  Surrey Festival Choir’s War and Peace Concert at Guildford Cathedral (12 July) Circle Eight Film: Guildford in the Great War (19 July) and Surrey At War 1914 at Deepcut on 27 July – where you can enjoy a Family picnic and concert organised by the ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.  There will be Cavalry horses, tent pegging, massed marching bands, WWI Re-Enactors, guns choirs and poems, ending with a Beating Retreat at Dusk.  Tickets for this from Guildford Tourist Information Centre on 01483 44334

Walkfest – 12-27 July 2014.  This summer enjoy the splendid Surrey countryside with Walkfest – a set of 38 free guided walks for all ages and abilities in and around the Guildford Area - for full details of the programme which includes a 5 mile circular walk, talking in Watts memorial chapel and the beautiful village of Compton, to the Guildford’s Three Peaks walk of Pitch Hill, Leith Hill and Holmbury Hill – a ten-miler for the experienced walker.  There are also bird walks; art walks; sensory walks; The Muddy Boots Whitmoor Common Experience; A evening with CAMRA; Dog Walkers walks; Bees and butterflies walks and many more with varying degrees of difficulty and experience required.

Canary Wharf Summer Screens

summer screensEnjoy a packed programme of sports, entertainment and news highlights on Canada Square Park’s summer screens. You know summer has arrived at Canary Wharf when the big screens appear making it the perfect accompaniment to your al fresco lunch from Waitrose Food & Home, after work drinks at The Parlour or dining on the balcony at Roka or Wahaca.

Highlights this year include Wimbledon, the British and Scottish Golf Opens, fascinating archive London footage, highlights from the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall plus news, current affairs and entertainment.

Thursday 10 – Sunday 13 July: Scottish Open Golf Championship

Friday 18 - Sunday 20 July: Highlights of F1 German Grand Prix

Friday 18 – Sunday 20 July: Highlights of British Open Golf Championship 

Wednesday 23 July – Sunday 3 August: Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games

Friday 25 – Sunday 27 July: Highlights of F1 Hungarian Grand Prix

Monday 4 August: BBC’s coverage of the anniversary of WWI


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