Half term Holiday fun – around Wandsworth.


We blinked again. And the Half-term holiday is even closer. So, rather than close our eyes, stick our fingers in our ears and hope that the rate of knots it is coming towards us eases up, we thought we’d better publish the second in our trio of posts on events and activities for half term.

Yep, if you’re in Wandsworth, the kids will be on their hols from 24th – 28th October. 5 days over which you’ll have to cater for their needs, either with holiday clubs, time off work or recruiting their grandparents or wider family to assist. So here’s our guide to some of the things you might do around Wandsworth – if the first option is the most likely… 

Holiday Clubs

School holiday clubs are a great way for busy parents to keep children occupied in the holidays – especially if it is difficult to take time off work. Net Mums have a rather neat little online list that you can drill down to by post-code – to find something convenient and cost-effective. Here are some of the pearls we found:

The Strings Club

If your kids are tuneful, then a Strings Club Holiday Camp might be for them. Catering for ages 4-11, they are flexible as an introduction for first time musicians, or for those with more experience – up to grade 8 in fact. Sessions cost £37.50 per day and take place at the London Steiner School in Balham – with standard hours running from 9.30am to 4pm.

Active Camp

If your kids are more sporty than musical, then Activ Camps have a week long multi-activity club at the Wimbledon College.Suitable for age ranges 4 – 14, you can choose to book by the day (£37) or get the best value with a weekly booking at £165.  Drop off is from 8.30am, with pick up at 4.30pm – so it’s a relatively long day compared to some of the other Holiday clubs. Best of all is the range of activities on offer – which includes swimming, crazy crash mats, dodgeball, football challenge, quad biking – even Quidditch! Can we come too? Click yourself on over to the Activ Camp website to get the full detail and book.

Film Making

If you think you’ve got a budding Steven Spielberg or George Lucas in your brood – or even just a child who simply likes making up and telling stories – then they’ll probably appreciate the Sparks-Ignite – ‘Attack of the Beasts’ film making school. Based on the popular wizard novel’s penned by J.K. Rowling, they cater for groups aged 7-10 and 11-14. The weekly club in Balham is great value at £175. Young film makers will get a chance to try their hand at all aspects of film making – including directing, camera skills, acting and special effects.

 La Francais (language clubs)

We might have voted Brexit nationally, but London didn’t and it’s good to see the entente cordiale in fine fettle with Club Petit Pierrot. They’re putting on a ‘Magnifique’ week inspired by Halloween highlighting un creative projects and a fancy dress party. The location is over the river at St Luke’s Church Hall in Chelsea, but it’s available in age groups 3-5 years and  6-8years. Sessions run 9am – 1pm from 24th -18th October. Each 4 hr day session costs £45, but a 5 day ticket can be booked for £190. Find out more by clicking le link.

Whatever you end up doing for your October half-term break we hope you have great one.


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