Summer Hols in Camden

It’s time for the final instalment looking at summer camps, sports and activities for the kids to do during the holidays. And for the last one we’re focussing on what’s happening near our Camden branch on York Way.

So if you’re looking for something to keep them occupied whilst school is out – or even help them learn some extra skills – in Camden and Islington, we’ve found a few ideas for you…


‘Free’ Learning

Camden Summer University

We’ll kick off with Camden ‘Summer’ University, mainly because there’s so much on offer that we can’t fit it all in by category.  the regular students are of on their hols, the Uni keeps ticking with a massive range of free courses. You can get see the full list on the Camden Summer University website.

If you live in Camden or go to a Camden maintained school and are aged between 13-19 years old, courses are free – and there’s everything anyone could wish for: Film, Media and ICT, Health, Fitness and Sport, Fashion and Beauty, Dance and Performing Arts, Music and Creative Arts. So whether you want to go potty in ceramics course or  sing your heart out in a vocal performance class – choose something and get yourself signed up whilst there’s still space.


Multi-sports scheme

Talacre Community Sports Centre are running courses for youngsters aged 8 – 14. So if you want your DD or DS to stay active over the summer, there’s plenty to choose from – Trampolining, Gymnastics, Football, Swimming, Basketball, Cricket and Mini-Tennis.

Take a look at the website (they run the group of which Talacre is a part) to find out all the contact details, events calendar and costs.

Climbing at Swiss Cottage

If you’ve got literal little Monkey’s, rather than just metaphorical ones, then the Swiss Cottage climbing wall could be just the thing for them. There’s a Junior Rock ON club for 7-16 year olds and ‘Little Pebbles’ for 4-6yrs, they also do climbing parties, so if you got a child’s birthday falling in the holiday’s it’s a great activity to tire them all out.

You can find out more about Swiss Cottage climbing centre here

Drama and Music


Camden’s Roundhouse is an iconic venue that’s played host to some of the world’s biggest acts. But it’s also active as a development centre for young and local talent.

Workshops and courses are on offer to young people aged 11 – 25 as part of the Young Creatives programme.

From Fast Track training in Live TV Broadcast, to Poetry Performance, there really is an eclectic mix of entertainment training and education. It’s hosted at the Paul Hamlyn studios and you can see the full and die range of what’s on offer – right here on the Roundhouse’s very own Young Creatives pages.

Creative drawing

The Cartoon Museum

If you’ve got a child that’s always asking for a clean sheet of paper and permanently has a pen in his/her hand, you might have the makings of world’s next superstar cartoonist. If they cant stop sketching, you best have a look-see at the workshops on offer this summer at the Cartoon Museum. OK, strictly speaking it’s not in Camden – but it is in Fitzrovia – so not too far to go.

You can get a full look at all the courses on offer, dates, duration and cost on the Museum’s website and when you’re ready to book do so online, through the Museum’s Online Shop. Yo never know, your kids could have the next batman-esque cartoon superhero up their sleeve…

Pirate Castle Club, Arrrrr

What’s a Pirate’s favourite letter? R!  What’s a Pirate’s favourite food? A Mars B-arrrr! Where do Pirates like to shop? Arrr-gos!   Ok, enough with the Pirate jokes. But they did seem appropriate, that’s because our last activity for you to consider is The Pirate’s Castle. It’s a community boating project that offers ‘affordable, adventurous fun for 8-17 year olds’. Even better their ‘drop-in’ sessions run every weekday during the summer holidays between 10.30am and 3.30pm.

Aspiring Pirates will get to try Canoeing, Kayaking and Canal Boating and there are even some special excursions fishing and to London Parks – as well as Arts and Crafts. If that’s got you thinking ‘Right then me’ Hearties’ you can find out everything you need to know on The Pirate Castle website.

Whatever you decide to do throughout the summer break, we wish you a fun and relaxing time with the children.


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