School children and politicians are lucky, they get at least 6 weeks holiday during the best weeks of summer. Now that creates a problem for parents of children who are normally at school and MPs’ better halves. We need to find stuff for our darling son’s, daughter’s and Right Honourable partners to do during the summer break.
For many there’s often 2 weeks of the family holiday – heading off to continental pastures further afield, taking time out to enjoy a corner of Britain or even staying put with a staycation. But that still leaves a little over four weeks to keep the kids (and the MPs) occupied and out of mischief. But never fear, if you’re on the hunt for things to do, we’re here to help – with a pick of Holiday activities in Wandsworth, Southwark and Camden. And first up it’s the turn of the Borough through which the River Wandle wanders… It’s Wandsworth…
Wandsworth has plenty to offer residents with time on their hands over the summer break. From Sports Clubs to music, arts and crafts there’s something to keep anyone with time on their hands interested an entertained.
It might be the off season for football, but it’s as popular a summer club pastime as any sport out there – and with the recent European Championships is riding a predictable wave of popularity.
Chelsea Soccer Schools run sessions for 6 – 14 year olds all over London – including Battersea Park. There are a huge range of courses on offer across a range of Football disciplines, so something for every kind player. It’s not compulsory to be a Chelsea supporter either.
This time of year Tennis creates a bit of interest – The Championships Wimbledon have us glued to the screen for two whole weeks and kids up and down the UK want emulate Murray, Djokovic, Williams et al. All Star Tennis run courses all over Wandsworth Borough, including Kings Park and Wandsworth Common. the sessions can be multi-day and cover a range of different age groups. Get the full details from the All Star Tennis website.
Music, Drama & Media
Sport is not for everyone, on the other hand they say variety is the spice of life, so whether your child is a multi-talented or prefers to stick at one thing – there are plenty of alternatives available to keep them interested and engaged.
The Strings Club
Running throughout the Summer, the Strings Club describes itself as an award winning music activity play scheme for children aged 4-11. Available as 1/2 day, full days or multi-days (you choose depending on affordability and availability). As you’d expect, given the name, children will be given the opportunity t learn Violin, Guitar and even Ukulele. Afternoon sessions are a little less orthodox and might feature Beat Boxing, Musical Theatre or Body Percussion. Find out more on the official Strings Club website.
What was it Chef Gousteau said in hit Pixar animation Ratatouille? Anyone can cook! Wandsworth Youth feel the same and are offering evening cooking classes on Monday’s and Thursday’s for children aged 11 – 19. It’s an opportunity to learn about and cook food from all around the world, and food is a great catalyst for discovering other cultures.
OK, so we’re not expecting any kids are going to want to be doing paperwork, but in this post-Brexit world we do have a nice little suggestion for Westminster’s politicians:
Negotiating Summer School.
Yep. We’ve found this little gem for them. It’s perfect for them over the summer months when the house is in recess. An getting skilled up will come just in time for the EU exit negotiations to begin in the autumn – yep, it’s the summer Negotiation Bootcamp at the London School of Economics.