The summer is here, the sun is shining, and the kids are officially finished school for the summer. We know that six weeks is a long time to keep anyone entertained so we’ve put together our top pick of things to do in our neighbourhood to keep them busy. Let them go wild at a city farm, cool off at an outdoor pool, or get creative at an art class.
120 Kentish Town Rd, London NW1 9PY
Encourage the kids to channel their inner Picasso at this studio space in Camden. Run by a group of professionals who work closely with artists and the local community, Holl Studios promotes and encourages art and creativity at all levels. Their children’s pottery class runs from Tuesday to Saturday and offers a wide range of pottery items, from mugs and animal figurines to princesses and money boxes, to paint and decorate. Parents are welcome to join in too so don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty and get stuck in with the kids.
Kentish Town City Farm
1 Cressfield Cl, London NW5 4BN
Kentish Town City Farm is a community charity that helps city people connect with animals, nature and the environment. It’s four-acre site boasts an array of farmyard animals including, sheep, ducks, chickens, horses, donkeys and pigs. The little ones will love getting up close and personal with the animals or taking a relaxing horse ride. There’s even a farm kitchen when children can learn to cook using fresh ingredients from the gardens and if you’ve got a party to plan, the indoor and outdoor spaces on the farm are available for hire all year round.
Parliament Hill Lido
Heath Lodge, Highgate, London NW5 1NA
With the recent heat wave gripping the country, there’s no better way to cool off than to go for a swim in the great outdoors at Parliament Hill Lido. Built in 1938 and Grade II-listed, many people don’t know that this is the only stainless steel lined outdoor pool in the country. The 60m metre uncovered pool is open every day of the year for you to take a dip.
ZSL London Zoo
Regents Park, London NW1 4RY
London Zoo is just a stones throw from Primrose Hill and Regents Park. Home to an array of unusual, exciting and exotic animals, you’ll be able to see the human-like gorillas in their Kingdom, visit the tiger enclosure or stop by penguin beach. With a number of live shows and interactive exhibitions, as well as an area of the zoo reserved for young children, this is the perfect outing for all ages.
From our shop in Primrose Hill take a wander down the canal and within 10 minutes you’ll find yourself in the middle of Camden Market. More suited to older children as it can get very busy, Camden Market is a colourful and noisy mix of stalls selling everything from delicious street food, and vintage clothing to sterling silver jewellery and quirky knick-knacks. Open all year round, weekdays are somewhat quieter than weekends and we’d advise going early to try and avoid the crowds.
Arch 65, Camden Town, The Catacombs, London NW1 8AH
Founded in 1998, Painted Earth offers kids the opportunity to develop and hone their artistic talents. The studio offers the chance to try out pottery painting, creating objects from clay and even glass fusing. Children will be able to make trinkets that they can treasure for a lifetime or even to personalise a gift for a special someone. All classes are fully supervised, and they can organise private parties too.
Circus Glory Trapeze School
Primrose Hill Community, 29 Hopkinsons Place, Camden Town, London NW1 8TN
Owned by Genevieve Monastesse, Circus Glory is a trapeze school teaching static trapeze classes. These classes are a great way for children to learn to listen and focus, improve their balance and hand-eye coordination, and boost their confidence. Classes are small meaning all students get personal attention with their progress being closely monitored. The school is closed for a few weeks over the summer but classes start up again on the 16th of August.