Half term – London getaways

Spring in London

It’s nearly the Spring Half-term (15th – 19th February). So – in what’s becoming a bit of an ABC Selfstore tradition – we thought we’d look at things you might do if you’re thinking of heading down our London way for a spring getaway.

For obvious reasons (it’s the spring half-term after all) we’re focussing on things you could do with the kids. So read on to find what’s on and make the most of your time in London

Kidzania – London’s newest attraction for Kids.

Kidzania is a new attraction – for kids from age 4 to 14. It’s a new and interesting concept where children can try ‘real-life’ role-play. From Adrenaline filled excitement like learning to firefight as part of the Fire and Rescue Unit or learning to solve crime as a Policeman, there are 60 situations that they can choose from. So whether they fancy learning to run a radio station or learning to drum in the music college, there’s sure to be something they’ll enjoy. And when they’re hungry, they can even build their own lunch at the burger shop.

Kidzania is at the Westfield shopping centre W12. You can find out more – including all the activities on offer and how to book – on the Kidzania website.

How to Survive in Space

If UK Astronaut Tim Peake’s escapades on the International Space Station have been inspiring your brood, then they’ll think this Family Fun Day on February 21st is out of this world. On at the Royal Institute of Great Britain’s Theatre, with doors opening at 11am, it’s a glimpse into what’s needed to stay alive in this uniquely hostile environment. Adult tickets are £14, children £7. Find out more and book your tickets on the RIGB website.

We Are Stars

The Royal Observatory in Greenwich – home to Harrison’s famous Sea clocks amongst other amazing exhibits – has a star focussed event on in the Planetarium (including Half-term week) from 1st January to 31st March. With Andy Serkis (of Lord of the Rings fame) narrating, the show explores how stars are the factories of the universe, the chemistry of the cosmos and how  – as they put it – each of us is made from stardust.

The Royal Museums Greenwich website gives you all the essential information.

We’re sure both space-facing events will be stellar attractions that are universally popular.

James Bond – In Motion

James Bond is famous for his vehicles. From the gadget packed products of Q branch, to the weapon adorned transport of his enemies, Bond cars are the stuff of legend in Film circles. The London Film Museum in Covent Garden has an unrivalled display. Amongst the most recognisable of Bond’s drives are the latest Aston Martin DB10 – used in Spectre, the iconic DB5 first seen in Goldfinger and the Lotus Esprit submarine car from the Spy Who Loved Me.

Find out the opening hours and book tickets online at The London Film Museum.

A Day on the Farm

London is a pretty expansive urban environment, so you’d be forgiven for thinking that it’s about as far from rural England as you can get. In one sense that’s true, but if you look in the right places you’ll find you don’t have to go too far to get an insight into farms and farming. In fact there are upwards of 16 City Farms, speed throughout the hearts of our city, where you can sample a farmer side of life – here are a couple of examples:

Vauxhall City Farm

Just off the main Vauxhall junction, near the heart of the Secret Intelligence Service, is the last place you’d expect to find a farm. But there is. It’s called Vauxhall City Farm and it has great assortment of animals for you to get to know. Amongst others, there’s a Pig called Edward, and three Alpacas called Tom, Ben and Jerry – as well as a Ferret called Stinker. The Farm is open from 10.30am to 4pm and entry is free.

Vauxhall City Farm also has a Riding School, so if you fancy getting all Equestrian, find out more here.

Kentish Town

Another London borough where you wouldn’t expect to find a farm is Camden. But it’s home to Kentish Town’s City Farm which features goats, sheep, horses, ducks, chickens, geese, a pig and a cow. Where they’ll be depends on the season, but if the weather is fair they might even be out in the pasture. Like Vauxhall, on the Southwark side, Kentish Town’s City farm also offers riding lessons. Give it a whirl. You never know you might be the next Charlotte Du Jardin.

“KT” City Farm is open every day from 9am – 5pm and the best bit is (like Kentish Town City Farm) – entry is free!

Whatever you decide to get up to in London this half-term, we hope you have a wonderful time.

 

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