Step into an enchanting Halloween adventure at the London Bridge Experience! Dive into an exciting journey through the mysterious legends of London Bridge, where you’ll meet a captivating array of historical characters. Come along with us on this interactive, pulse-pounding expedition as you fearlessly interact with Romans, stand face to face with the enigmatic Keeper of the heads, and stumble upon numerous spine-chilling surprises. Be prepared, for you’ll also unveil the bone-chilling origins of Halloween and encounter a few thrilling scares along the path. Don’t let this fun family-friendly Halloween experience slip through your fingers! More information and tickets here.
Ahoy shipmates! It’s time to find your sea legs. Take charge of HMS Belfast in this interactive family activity and complete fun tasks around the ship. It’s 1942 and HMS Belfast is ready to set sail. The only thing is we’ve misplaced where we are supposed to be going! We need your help to plot the course for the upcoming mission and make sure everything is shipshape and ready to go. Hop on the balance board to test how steady you’ll be on choppy seas. Figure out just how to feed 950 men on board with limited rations and even find out what kind of supplies you’ll need along the way. Get to grips with the science and skills needed to survive on HMS Belfast, solve nautical puzzles and discover for yourself what life was like for the ship’s company during the Second World War. Find out more Find your Sea Legs has been developed with TV Presenter Ben Shires, host of Officially Amazing and Match of the Day: Kick About. This is a drop-in activity recommended for families with children aged 7+. This activity directs you around different areas of the ship and lasts approximately 45 mins. Part of IWM’s new family programme of activities created specifically to explore how STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) has impacted real people and the causes, courses and consequences of conflict.
Fridays from 29 July to 26 August Free (included in price of admission at IWM Duxford and HMS Belfast) Meet eyewitnesses to conflict and gain first-hand insight into the impact of war on people’s lives. Visitors to IWM this summer will find special guests across our sites and have the unique opportunity to hear their personal stories – ranging from driving a tank, to being evacuated from the place they called home.
A weekend of fun and adventure FREE Where: Potters Fields Park, 189 Tooley Street, SE1 2UD. Start at the Festival Info tent on the lawn outside the Bridge Theatre to begin your adventure Recommended age: All ages, especially 5 – 12 years and their adults Summer has arrived, and Team London Bridge is looking forward to bringing a weekend of family fun to Potters Fields Park, and it’s all free to join in. Whether you enjoy great shows, like to get hands-on with workshops or love to explore with guided adventures, there will be plenty to entertain you across two days dedicated to children and their families. Here’s a snapshot of a weekend you won’t want to miss: Plot 17 – Join underground hip-hop hero Kenny Baraka, AKA The Green Man and his DJ, Conrad Kira with their mobile block party as they work to save the environment one sick track at a time. Times: 23 and 24 July, shows at 12.00 and 15.00 Booking available Midsummerland – Plug your headphones in, grab your partner and set off on an extraordinary adventure where a magical midsummer festival is in full swing. Using their trademark mix of comedy, dance and theatre, Anatomical take you on an interactive journey of the imagination. Times: 23 and 24 July 11.00, 12.00, 13.00, 14.00, 15.00, 16.00 and 17.00 Booking available Poetry Takeaway – Would you like a new poem that’s all about you? Come and meet our brilliant poet chefs at this mobile poetry emporium and watch the magic unfold. Times: 23 and 24 July, 12.00 – 16.00 Booking not required. Please note Poetry Takeaway has specific opening times. No booking required. Just turn up. The Tallest – Created by Mamoru Iriguchi with Robbie Synge and Hannah Venet. Collect your special cloak and become a Tallestian to experience the world from up high. Come and roam around the park with your parent/guardian and discover what you can see in the wondrous green canopy. The Tallest is a participatory interactive activity where children (3yrs+) and adults work together to create Tallestians, very tall children. It simply invites a child to sit on their parent/guardian’s shoulders, then wraps them with a specially designed cloak (don’t worry, grownups, you can still see through the cape!). Commissioned by Tate Early Years & Families, supported by Imaginate. Booking not required. Times: 23 and 24 July, 12.00 – 16.00 Dogs of London – Dogs of London is a celebration of the community around the dogs and dog owners of London, and the joy and tenderness that can be found in these relationships of mutual care. Artists Nigel Barrett and Louise Mari spent last summer talking to people in the parks and streets of London about their dogs. The recorded conversations were mixed with the profoundly beautiful music of composer Lewis Gibson, to create Dogs of London – a soundscape to watch dogs play by in your own local park. We invite you to put on your headphones, press play, and let the everyday act of dog walking be transformed into something poetic and playful. Dogs of London is available to stream and download now on Spotify and Soundcloud. Spotify: click here. Soundcloud: click here. Commissioned by LIFT and Artsadmin and supported by ACT (Art, Climate, Transition) through the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. Booking not required. Times: 23 and 24 July, 11.00 – 17.00 Attack of the Wolf Dogs – London Bridge’s famous family venue the Unicorn takes you on an imaginative and interactive audio adventure to save the city. You’ll need to sneak past frightening Wolfdogs, listen out for the Bears and get ready to battle the Shapeshifters. Created by Nigel Barrett & Louise Mari with Nicola T. Chang. Times: 23 – 24 July 11.00 – 17.00 Booking not required. Attack of the Wolf Dogs is an online experience – available to download at all times. You will need to bring headphones and a mobile phone to enjoy this show. The Enchanted Cinema – invite you to create a live score to award-winning international film animations alongside versatile musicians from The Cabinet of living Cinema. Times: Sat 23 July 13.00 – 14.10 Booking not required. Performance at The Scoop Rock n Roll Nature Revelation – join vaudevillian upstarts Timberlina and Dan de la Motte for a musical scavenger hunt to find the intricate patterns and designs in the natural world around us. This silly yet entirely informative show uses impromptu interpretative dance, spontaneous social exploration and song to discover the delicate balance, especially where Mother Nature meets Father Fabrication in our local urban surroundings. Times: 23 and 24 July 11.00, 14.00 and 16.00 Booking available Explosion of Colour Walk –art historian Shauna Isaac, takes you on an exploration of the amazing colourful art dotted around London Bridge. Times: 23 and 24 July 14.00 Booking available Let’s Look at Art – if you enjoy photography and drawing, come along to this practical workshop with local artist Kay Walsh. Times: 23 and 24 July 12.00 Booking available London Bridge Discovery Tour – join our Blue Badge Guide Alan Read and find out the stories and the secrets behind the vibrant city we have today. Times: 23 and 24 July 11.00 and 13.00 Booking available Family Dayz is commissioned and produced by Team London Bridge with Potters Fields Park Management Trust and London Bridge City.
There’s plenty of fun on HMS Belfast with free family activities to enjoy. Join in the interactive family activity Sea Legs and travel back to D-Day in 1944 with Family Mission: D-Day Edition. Take part in We Were There: Family Day on Saturday 21 May. From Bridge to Bakery the eyewitnesses and veterans will be sharing their memories of life at sea, and what it was like to grow up during the Second World War. More information here. All activities are drop in and are recommended for families with children aged 7 and over. Activities vary daily, we recommend checking details on arrival.
Tower Bridge are offering something extra for families this summer with their fun and interactive family tours. Tours will be running on Tuesday mornings throughout the school holidays and will help families discover more about the history of Tower Bridge and how it works. Run by experienced members of the learning team, tours are designed for children age 6 to 14. Dates: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th August Time: 10.30 Average duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes Price: £4 per person, in addition to standard ticket prices. Family ticket options for this tour are also available. Contact Tower Bridge bookings department to book and for more information on +44 (0) 207 407 9191 or email email@example.com. It is advised that Family tours are pre-booked and paid for in advance.