Tour of Britain & Open House London
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Sporting excitement continues this weekend with the Tour of Britain coming to the South East - details below.  But, if sport is not your thing, the Southbank are hosting a fabulous three day celebration of games and play starting Friday 14th September, or consider Jacksons Lane Open Day celebration - Sunday 16th, 12 - 4pm.
Also featured in this newsletter are details of Open House London 22nd & 23rd September - your opportunity to view, free of charge over 750 locations in London.   I've picked out some highlights below, which have specific children's activities, and also some locations which ask you to pre-book.
For details of other family activities in London and the South East this September logon to the Fab Family Days website, and you'll uncover treats like Reptile awareness Day.
Thank you Claudia for the details about Crockford Bridge Farm - see more below, and Susan for the request to get all photos linking through to that location's website - this has been actioned!  Please keep the feedback coming.  Many thanks
Leo
Tour of Britain comes to the South East
This is the UK version of Tour de France, and features star riders such as Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome and Mark Cavendish.
The cyclists will meet in Reigate's Priory Park for the final Stage 8 of the race.  The plan is for the cyclists to leave Priory Park around 12 noon, for a celebratory ride around the one-way system in Reigate, before the cyclists go to Moon Hall College, Leigh, for the to start approximately 12.20. 
Activities will start in the park from 9am, with booking in of the cyclists, and local sports clubs demonstrating their skills.
The race will take in several Surrey villages, before finishing in Guildford mid-afternoon - download the map using this link.  To find out more about the teams taking part - click on the link here.
READER RECOMMENDATIONS!
How about a day out at a Pick-your-own Farm.   Claudia and family had great fun picking Raspberries, Blackberries, Strawberries, Redcurrants, French beans, Runner beans, Spinach, Courgettes, Sweetcorn - as well as digging around for carrots.    This fantastic range of veg and fruit cost less than £10!
The season for pick-your-own will come to an end by end September - so book your day for picking now!
Open House London, 22nd & 23rd September
This is a once a year, unique opportunity to see many of London's iconic buildings on the inside - all free of charge. Out of the 750 locations to choose from, I've picked out 28 which have dedicated children's activities and seem to me fun and interesting. As this is entirely subjective, do check out the online listing on the Open House site if you would like to make your own selection!
               
Tours at 11am, 12noon, 1.30pm & 2.30pm. Children's activities for children and tours of nature areas, courtyard landscaping and Thames, duration approx 1 1/2 hours
sat 10 -4
Half-hourly tours. Trails and activity sheets for children; temporary sculpture park 'Park Art in Haringey' (see separate entry). Medieval All Hallows Church open Sun 2-5pm.
Sat & Sun 1 - 5
Brunel Museum
SE16 4LF
Guided descents of subterranean chamber half the size of Shakespeare's Globe. Trains to view Thames Tunnel portico, one time shopping arcade, banquet hall and fairground. Bring travel ticket valid for Zone 2. Award winning river gardens. Thames Tunnel Floodlights on all day. Children's activities include 'Make a Thames Tunnel peep show'. sat & Sun       10 - 5
Creating space for family life and new enterprise' walking the site talks with Cany Ash Sun 4pm, 4.30pm, 5pm. Children's activities: painting, planting and selling.
sat & Sun      10 - 6
Carshalton Water Tower and Historic Gardens
SM5 2QG
Early 18C Grade II listed building incorporating plunge bath with Delft tiles, Orangery, saloon and pump chamber with part-restored water wheel. Hermitage and sham bridge in grounds.  Quiz sheets for children
sat & Sun 1 - 5
Purpose built in 1930 to house the English Folk Dance and Song Society, this Grade II listed building includes a 60ft mural by Ivon Hitchens (1954) and was designed by members of the Art Workers Guild of the time.
sat & Sun 1 - 5
Headquarters building with curving high glass and steel entry atrium. RIBA Award Winner.
sat 10 -5, sun 10 - 2
City Hall
SE1 2AA
Home of the Mayor of London and London Assembly, an environmentally-aware building with innovative spiral ramp and fine views across London.   Kids activities 11 - 3pm
Sat 9 - 6
Superhuman' exhibition in the Wellcome Collection as well as exhibition trail for families. Talks on Thomas Heatherwick sculpture. Activities for families including create your own London skyline.
Sat       10 - 5
Tours Sat 12pm-4pm. Quiz trail for children. Info display by landscape architects
Sat & Sun 8 - 5
Gunnersbury Park Museum & Park
W3 8LQ
Regular tours 1pm-4.30pm of the house, ground floor only. Costumed guide available to talk about the use of the bathhouse and the 18C fashion for bathing and healthy outdoor exercise. Boating and family activities in the park. sun 11 - 5
Isis Education Centre at The LookOut
W2 2UH
Old meets new at this recently opened award-winning eco-friendly building. Emulating the canopy of a tree, the green oak frame building blends into its listed surroundings of Hyde Park.  Tours on a first come basis. Max 120 at one time. Sat only tours on the hour, last tour 3pm. Max 20 per tour. Nature-based children's activities. sat & sun      10 - 4
PRE-BOOK
Hourly tours from 11.15am on Sat, pre-book ONLY at http://tours.kingscross.co.uk/ Last tour 4.15pm. Max 20 per tour. Entry to 4th floor Sat/Sun with talks from Townshend Landscape Architects. Max 20 at one time. Last entry 4pm. Treasure hunt, building related activities and 'Skip Garden' for Children.
sat
10 - 5, sun 1 - 5
Regular tours. Exhibition 'Olympic Waterways'. Children's activities include exploring canal life through bridge building and Henrietta the Horse trail!
sat 10.30 - 4.30
Museum of the Order of St John
EC1M 4DA
St John's Gate dates from 1504 with 19C and early 20C additions by Richard Norman Shaw and John Oldrid Scott. Crypt of the priory church was begun in the 1140s. Museum was re-opened in 2010 following a comprehensive redevelopment designed by Metaphor. For children, make a 3D slider card of St John's Gate Sat 11am-2pm/3pm-5pm 5yrs+ & Hide and Seek Trail all day Sun 3yrs+.  sat
10 - 7, sun
10 - 5
Pitzhanger Manor House
W5 5EQ
Former country residence designed by Sir John Soane for his own use, set in the grounds of Walpole Park. Grade I listed building, expressing Soane's idiosyncratic architectural style with its stripped classical detail, radical colour schemes and inventive use of space and light. Tours of house 12noon, 3pm, first come basis. Drop in family workshop on Sat. sat & sun
11 - 5
RIBA
W1B 1AD
Tours at 11am & 12.30pm, including areas not normally open to the public. Children's activity sheet. sat
10 - 2
PRE-BOOK

Richmond Theatre
TW9 1QJ
Sat tours at 10.15am and 12noon, pre-book ONLY on 08448 717 651, max 20 per tour. For children: 10.30am-1pm architecture-inspired treasure trails and art activities. For children aged 4+ and their families.
sat 10 - 2
Introductory talks about the RA and its campus 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm. Special touch tour of the building Sat 2.30pm. Architecture activity guide for children.
sat & Sun 10  -6
Royal College of Physicians
NW1 4LE

Regular architectural and garden tours bookable on the day. Children's activities include a family quiz.
sat 11 - 4
Quiz for children. All activities finish by 3.30pm, doors close promptly at 4pm. Partial disabled access only - contact prior to attendance. NB. Any knives brought into the Royal Courts of Justice will be confiscated.
sat 10 - 4
PRE-BOOK

1508 London
SW1P 1BB
Access via architect-led hourly tours only, pre-book ONLY by email to fmyatt@1508london.com. 1508 colouring sketch books for children.
sat 10 - 5, sun 10 - 1
Models and drawings of recent award-winning projects, both here and abroad, on display with architects available to discuss. Model making for children.
sat 12  -5
PRE-BOOK
Regular tours, pre-book ONLY at www.strawberryhillhouse.org.uk/openhouse. Family activities include making miniatures, dress up and tell stories, making stained glass panels
sat 12 - 5.30
Information centre sited by the dramatic Thames Barrier (1984), explaining its function, construction and future.
sat & Sun 10.30 - 4.30
PRE-BOOK
Backstage tours 10am, 11am, 12noon (may not be suitable for wheelchair users). Bookable in advance from Box Office on 01708 443333. Children's activities/backstage treasure hunt running 10am & 12noon.
sat 10 -1
Valentines Mansion
IG11 4XA
Large, late 17C Grade II* listed house with fine staircase and Venetian window and with Georgian additions, used as a family dwelling until the early 1900s. Reopened to the public in Feb 2009 following extensive restoration works of period furnished rooms, Victorian kitchen and pantry, temporary exhibition gallery and interactive family room. sun
11 - 4
Wigmore Hall
W1V 2BP
Open rehearsals at 11am, 12noon and 1pm in auditorium by the Nash ensemble. Short creative music workshops for all ages at 11.20am, 12.20pm and 1.20pm in Bechstein room. sat
11 - 3
           

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