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The essential free magazine for parents of children aged 0–12


Issue 2: July/August 2011

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Summer fun


days out with a difference

 Summer camps

& activities  What’s On


 Plus: Competitions & much more inside! For families living in the Bromley & Bexley boroughs, Dartford & the surrounding areas

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I can’t believe it’s the summer already! Don’t miss our great ideas for days out with a difference and our list of summer camps and activities to keep everyone happy. Plus, enter our fab competitions for a chance to win family day tickets to the National Trust and passes to the Seven Wonders of the Weald, plus tickets to see The Jungle Book and In the Night Garden Live! Happy holidays!

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� Live music and dance shows inspired by the hit TV series Glee � Sing-a-longs and Party Dances with The Hop Farm’s entertainers � Cheerleading master classes � Musical instrument workshops � American ballgames such as basketball and baseball on the lawns and more!!!

If that doesn’t wear the little ones out there is a NEW summer outdoor activity area featuring an inflatable assault course, bouncy castle, pedal go-karts and Frisbee golf. Plus all The Hop Farm Family Park attractions including NEW Pirate Cove, Giant Jumping Pillows, indoor and outdoor play areas, Animal Farm and much more!

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LEARN YOUNG HAVE FUN Rally round for a smashing time. A fun filled introduction to tennis for 2-8 yr olds. Played indoors with small rackets, sponge balls and scaled-down court. Aids agility, co-ordination and balance. A positive introduction to tennis with lots of fun. Weekend and weekday sessions now available. For further details ring Gordon on 07877391005 or e-mail


Mead Road and Red Hill for winning prizes in the

This year’s Kent County Show will take place

■ As part of the first Bromley Literary Festival, the

from Friday 15 to Sunday 17 July at the Kent

organisers launched ‘Write all over Bromley’ to

Showground, and with events from steam engines

encourage young writers. The competition was open

to show jumping there really is something for

to all junior school children in the borough and the

everyone. This year the show will feature even more

winning entries have been published in an anthology

farming exhibits plus the chance to see the Royal

which includes entries from Balgowan Primary,

Artillery Motorcycle Display Team and the Devils

Edgebury Primary, Green Street Green Primary,

Horsemen featuring over 70 highly trained horses.

Hayes Primary, Oaklands Primary, St Joseph’s

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Primary and St Mark’s Primary. Bromley Literary

up to two children go free with every pre-booked

Festival goes on to 10 July. For more details visit

adult ticket. For more information visit

Infant and Junior sections.


■ Babyballet Song and Dance Academy is spreading its wings and pirouetting into Bromley (Friday mornings at Bromley Cricket Club) and Chislehurst (Monday afternoons at Chislehurst Methodist Church Hall) from September. For more information contact Miss Jessie at ■ Rugby Tots is now running classes in Orpington for 2 to 5 year olds. The classes take


place on Wednesday afternoons at Bromley

Local libraries are getting ready for this year’s free

information visit

Summer Reading Challenge™. The scheme

■ Ballet Belles is a new dance class for mini

entitled Circus Stars challenges children to read six

ballerinas in Bromley set up by Royal Ballet/RAD

or more books of their choice during the holidays and

trained Belle. The classes take place in St Mary’s

every child who completes the challenge will receive

Church Hall, Bromley. For more information

a certificate or medal plus collectable incentives

call 07703 531060 or visit

and rewards along the way. Children can sign up at

Tennis Centre, Avebury Road, Orpington. For more

their local library and all materials are free. For more information visit


Lhf^mabg`mhghm^ Bromley Youth Music Trust in Southborough Lane is hosting its annual ‘Try a Musical Instrument’

■ This year’s Alun and Joy Jones Awards for

morning on Saturday 10 September (10am–1pm).

Environmental Studies saw entries featuring

Staff will be on hand to provide information and

Changes in Chislehurst. Congratulations go

advice on learning to play anything from the piccolo

to Babington House School, Chislehurst C of E

to the double bass. Admission is free.

Primary, Edgebury Primary, Farringtons,

For more information visit

Award-winning Baby Development classes exclusively for babies from birth to 13 months Light shows Puppet shows

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Classes now running across Bexley & Greenwich, with more coming soon to Dartford.

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MICROSPORT -real sport for under 5 s CELEBRATING 20 YEARS! A fun & educational introduction to ball sports: soccer, tennis, hockey, cricket and much more. We have a long proven record of success & our small sports come back again & again. Trained adult coaches & lots of classes. AGES 2,3 & 4 For classes in Bromley, Beckenham & Tatsfield: 01263 741938 For classes in Sevenoaks, Pembury, Orpington, Dunton Green, Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells: 07863 330200

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Bumps & Beyond

Here comes summer… BrainBox helps banish travel boredom Lost child? Green Board Games’ latest range of fun, educational BrainBox Games and colouring books are a must-have if you want to keep your child entertained throughout the holidays. Their latest Travel BrainBox is perfect for long journeys as the children challenge themselves and each other with this geographical memory game full of fun destinations and interesting facts. Visit www.greenboardgames. com to explore the rest of the range.

Please Call Mum is a range of temporary tattoo transfers that can be personalised with a mobile number and applied easily to a child’s forearm for an extra level of reassurance when you’re out and about. Transfers cost £6.50 for a sheet of 12 from www. and you can choose from designs such as princesses, submarines and racing cars. Please Call Mum is offering the first 100 Families readers free transfer tattoos (promotional code FMSW11).

Under cover

Protect your child from the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays with the latest collection of sunsuits, two-piece suits and sunhats from Platypus, available for babies up to teenagers. All items are made from Matt Nylon Lycra and provide maximum sun protection of UPF50+. Prices start at £11.99 for Baby Bike Shorts and the range is available at John Lewis or


Hide & seek Let their imagination run wild… Union Jack Wigwam, £100 from Aspace (

Mothers Mean Business

High five! Children’s favourite Trunki celebrates its fifth birthday with the launch of the Quinn – the new ride-on limited edition suitcase. As with all iconic Trunki suitcases, the Quinn can be packed, pulled, towed and ridden (£34.99 at

Stay safe in the sun

Remembering when next to slap on the suncream is always a challenge but thanks to UV Angel’s sun sensitive jewellery you can have a constant reminder. The jewellery uses sun sensitive beads that react to UV rays by changing colour and letting you know it’s either time to put on some more cream or to get out of the sun for a while. The beads are also a great way of teaching children about the dangers of skin cancer and keeping safe in the sun. The range includes gifts for parents and children and prices start at £2.50 (

Nicola Byers lives in West Wickham with her husband and two children aged 14 and 6. She bought a Talking Tots franchise in 2008 and has never looked back What is Talking Tots? It’s a unique provider of fun classes to help children aged between 1 and 5 to develop language, listening and pre-literacy skills through games, stories, songs and rhymes. What did you do before Talking Tots? I worked in marketing for 12 years but when I had my second child I found that my work/life balance wasn’t working with a full time job. I love children and had always wanted my own business so I decided to look for a children’s franchise that would be more flexible and fit in better with family life. What made you choose Talking Tots? In November 2007 I went to see a Talking Tots class. It caught my eye as my daughter was two and not speaking much at all. I loved it and could see how it would benefit all children, not just those with speech delays. I bought the franchise straight away and launched my first classes the following April.

Carry it with you! Demand for the most exciting innovation in baby products – My Carry Potty – has been overwhelming since entrepreneur Amanda Jenner first launched it to take the stress out of potty training. And now the potty is available in a whole range of new colours, allowing your toddler to choose their favourite. Unlike a regular potty My Carry Potty has been designed to use anywhere. Fitted with an ingenious rubber seal and clip shut lid, it’s completely leak and odour-proof and there’s no messing about with liners or assembly. £24.99 at

How does it fit in with family life? It’s term time only and it also allows me to pick my youngest child up from school. Although I run 18 classes per week and am really busy, I can work at home and I have two teachers to help lead the classes. What are the best bits about working for yourself? The flexibility and the satisfaction that you have achieved something. I love working with children and to see them blossom is so rewarding. With children, every class is different so you never get bored. I also love meeting so many people and I class my customers as friends.

And the worse? Maybe the fact that you can never switch off. I also get very attached to the children so I feel tearful when it’s time to say goodbye. What advice would you give to other parents wanting to set up in business? Be prepared for lots of hard work and don’t give up. You will have lots of ups and downs but as long as you believe in your business and enjoy what you do, it will pay off. Top tip for a good work/ life balance? When you have time off, go out and spend quality time with the family. Being indoors is too tempting to continue with work, housework etc. If you are unhappy with your work/ life balance, don’t be frightened to make a change. Nicola Byers runs Talking Tots classes in Bromley, Beckenham, West Wickham and Orpington. For more information call 07504 166107 or email

Fun Days Out

10 days out with a Become a royal for a day

If the Royal Wedding has left you wanting to find out more about the Royal Family, why not take your little prince or princess up to London and visit: Westminster Abbey Free summer holiday activities (27 July–19 August , Tues & Thurs 2.30pm–4pm) including Royal Wedding Fever, Westminster Safari, Elizabethans Alive, All that Glitters and Knight School. 5+. To book visit Buckingham Palace and the Royal Mews See the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress and the royal wedding cake during the annual Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace (23 July–3 October), then visit the Royal Mews (left) to see the royal horses and carriages – family activities are available during the holidays and at weekends (ages 5–11), including Windsor Greys and Cleveland Bays – Horses of the Royal Mews (1–3 August, 12pm–3pm) Enchanted Palace (right) Your little ones will love this magical journey through Kensington Palace to discover the stories of the seven royal princesses.


Everyone loves a trip to the zoo and we have so many to choose from! In Kent: Port Lympne and its sister zoo Howletts Wild Animal Park, In London: ZSL London Zoo, Zoos Further afield: Colchester Zoo, – one of the friendliest zoos around and there are always lots of child-friendly activities. Drusillas Zoo Park, – the perfect zoo for young children and a chance to see Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends. ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, – perfect whatever the weather as you can walk or take the car, and who can resist watching the elephant’s daily walk around the zoo? Woburn Safari Park, – you could stay in the bear enclosure all day!

Coast… The Kent coast has something for everyone whatever the weather. For great, traditional family fun try Minnis Bay (Birchington) – a long sandy bay with rocky and shingle areas which never seems to change, West Bay (Westgate) – a small bay with rocky areas and cliffs; the sand is perfect for sandcastles and there are lots of rock pools to explore, St Mildreds Bay (Westgate) – sandy bay with promenade, cliffs and a crabbing pool which will keep the children amused for hours, Westbrook Bay (Margate Main Sands) – a lovely sandy beach off the beaten track, Walpole Bay (Cliftonvile) – a long, sandy beach popular with watersports enthusiasts, Stone Bay (Broadstairs) – a peaceful sandy bay, good for rockpooling. For more information visit


Theatreland magic Even the most energetic child needs to relax sometimes and what better way than a visit to the theatre: Open AirTheatre Regent’s Park, – Shakespeare’s Pericles (2–23 July), Leeds Castle, – Snow White (12–14 July), Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (28–30 July), Wind in the Willows (27–28 August), Kids Week in the West End (12–26 August), – one child goes free to any participating show when accompanied by a full-paying adult; another two children can go for half price.

5 Discover Kent

If you would like to know more about your county then visit: The Hop Farm Family Park, – Camp Hop (25 July–31 August), full of fun daily activities for children of all ages. The Kent County Show, Detling, Maidstone (15–17 July), www. Kent Life, – a perfect day out for everyone.

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We’re all going to the zoo tomorrow

Fun Days Out

difference 6 I love planes

If your little ones are obsessed with planes then grab your flying jacket and head for an air museum. Why not try: Imperial War Museum London – admission free. Imperial War Museum Duxford – under 16s free. Royal Air Force Museum, London – admission free. The Shoreham Aircraft Museum – open Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays (to mid-October), under 16s free. Kent Battle of Britain Museum – closed Mondays, under 5s free.

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9Fruit picking Pack a snack, some disposable wipes and clothes for all a weathers and head off to the local farm for a spot of fruit picking. For tips on finding ‘Pick your own’ farms and recipes visit: – call or email first just to make sure no one’s picked all the fruit you want!

Fun at the festival You’re never too young to enjoy your first festival… Danson Festival (2–3 July), BBC Proms and Proms Plus (15 July–-10 Sept), – all concerts are half price to under 16s (except the Last Night) and Proms Plus offers lots of ways for children and families to get involved for free. LEGOLAND® Live! – My First Festival (16 July), Lark in the Park, Sidcup (23 July–7 August), Spark in the Park, Danson (1–5 August), Lollibop Festival (5–7 August), – festival fun in Regents Park for the under 10s.

Here comes the train…


Nothing beats the excitement of seeing a real-life steam train – you never know, you might even see Thomas the Tank engine himself! The Bluebell Railway, Sheffield Park Station, East Sussex, Spa Valley Railway, – Meet Postman Pat and Jess (23 July), Teddy’s Day Out (20– 21 August), The Kent & East Sussex Railway, Tenterden, Kent, – A Day Out with Thomas (23–25 July).

Seven Wonders of the Weald Jump in your car and head off toTunbridge Wells to discover the Seven Wonders of the Weald (Chiddingstone Castle,The Kent & East Sussex Railway, The Hop Farm, Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest, Marle Place Gardens and Gallery, Merriments Gardens and Biddenden Vineyards). Each attraction runs summer events for children and as they are only a short drive away from each other you can visit more than one in a day. There is an annual pass for £39.95. For more information visit

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An annual pass with discounted and free entry to the Seven Wonders of the Weald costs just £39.95 saving over £145. To find out more about the attractions or to purchase a pass call 01892 515 675 or visit or

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25 July–31 Aug Each day is packed with fun activities, including a daily music and dance show inspired by the hit TV series Glee, musical sing-a-longs, dance and cheerleading masterclasses, musical instrument workshops and American ball games.

ACTIVITY AND ADVENTURE AQUAKIDS SUMMER SCHOOL, Bromley High School 18–22 July (4pm, 4.30pm & 5pm) This is a great way to start your child’s summer swimming whatever their ability. The small class sizes mean the children get lots of attention from the teachers who work with them in the water and huge progress is made in a week. There is deep water work for all groups and a focus on diving. Age 3+. CHARLTON ATHLETIC SUMMER MULTI-SPORTS COURSES 0871 781 20955 (Community Trust) Hall Place, Bexley 8–12 Aug, 30 Aug & 2 Sept. King Georges Playing Fields, Sidcup 15–19 & 31 Aug. Marlborough Park, Sidcup 1 Sept. CRYSTAL PALACE DIVING SUMMER COURSES 020 8771 4729, info@ crystalpalacediving., www. crystalpalacediving. July & Aug Be part of this award-winning National Champions Diving Club and choose from Bubble & Harness (2-hour fun diving classes in the dive pool and diving gym), Just Dive (1-hour sessions in the Olympic-size pool) and free taster sessions. Age 6+. J’AMIES GYMNASTICS ACADEMY SUMMER WORKSHOPS 020 8464 1477, 25 July–24 Aug (10am–3pm) Club Langley, Beckenham BR3 3SR All abilities welcome. Age 4–15. JEET KUNE DO KUNG FU 07799 065 590 (Simon), Tuesdays (5.30pm–6.30pm) St Peter & St Paul’s Church, Church Lane, Bromley A great opportunity for your child to learn a martial art. Age 5+. LITTLE KICKERS SUMMER FOOTBALL CLASSES 020 8432 0982 (Phil), Petts Wood (Fridays), Orpington (Saturdays) Fun classes giving boys and girls a helping hand with their confidence, co-ordination, control and a sense of camaraderie! Age 18 months to 7yrs. PONY FUN DAYS AT MOUNT MASCAL STABLES 020 8300 3947,, 25–29 July, 1–5, 8–12, 15–19, 22–26 Aug & 29 Aug–2 Sept (10am–3.45pm) A great opportunity to ride and look after a pony for the day on this 60-acre site – lunch and drinks included (£35). SHOTOKAN KARATE SUMMER CLASSES IN BROMLEY July–Sept Thursdays (6.30pm–7.30pm) & Sundays (10am–11am). Age 5–12. SUMMER TENNIS CAMP AT WICKHAM PARK TENNIS CLUB 0208 658 9028, 228–230 Pickhurst Rise, West Wickham BR2 6BG Every week throughout the holidays Join these four-day tennis camps for beginners and intermediates. £40. 8+. TENNIS COURSES AT DANSON PARK 020 3045 4893 (Jodie) 25–29 July, 1–5 & 8–12 Aug Discounts available. 5+. TENNIS-4-KIDS SUMMER COURSE 07877 391 005 (Gordon), Outdoor course: Forest Hill Methodist Church, Normanton Street 1–5 & 8–12 Aug (10.30am–12.30pm)

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Indoor course: St Clements Church, Barry Rd, East Dulwich Hall 15–19 Aug (0.30am–12.30pm) Enjoy a fun-filled introduction to tennis with small rackets, sponge balls and scaled-down courts – indoor or outdoor courses available. Age 3–8.

DRAMA, DANCE AND SINGING BABYBALLET TEDDY BEARS PICNIC 020 8311 2824 (Jessie), dartfordandbexley@ Danson Park, 9 Aug (10.30am–3pm) Belvedere Splashpark, 18 Aug (10.30am–3pm) Join this teddy bears picnic with lots of dancing and guest appearances from Twinkle the Babyballet bear. Under 5s. BABY SENSORY – SIZZLIN’ SUMMER PARTY SERIES (Renee) 27 July & 10 & 24 Aug Hall Place Sports Pavilion, Bourne Road, Bexley DA5 1PQ This summer party series is full of fun and exciting activities for babies. Each class is 40 minutes long and is a good way to experience classes over the summer holidays. Classes are very popular and places are reserved on a first come, first served basis. Up to 13 months. BALLET BELLES SUMMER CLASSES 07703 531060 (Belle), richardersk/balletbelles St Mary’s Church Hall, College Road, Bromley, July & August Join Royal Ballet/RAD trained Belle in these fun sessions which provide your mini ballerinas with a great introduction to ballet – the first class is free. Age 6 months–4 years. BEXLEY SCHOOL OF DANCE CHILDREN’S SUMMER EXPERIENCES 07527 846251 (Katie), The Pavilion, Burnt Oak Lane, Sidcup


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What’s On

Out & about Days out

Lock Lane, Sandling, Maidstone ME14 3AU, 01622 7633936,
10am–6pm (weekends & school holidays), 10am–5pm (weekdays). Adult £8.95, child (4–15) £6.50. Time Travellers: Part 3 (regency) 3 July Part 4 (World War II) 17 July

Goudhurst, nr Cranbrook, Kent TN17 2SJ, 01580 879 820, 8am–8pm. Admission free, parking £8.50. Ongoing events Family cycle trails (bikes for hire: 01580 879 694), Go Ape ( archery Daily, 10am–11am £5. Shelter Building 4 & 25 Aug, 10am–12pm £4 – booking essential. 9+. Summer Sense of Adventure 11 & 18 Aug, 10am–12pm £6 per child, booking essential. 5+. Wild Life Safari 2, 9, 16 & 23 Aug, 10am–12pm £6 per child, booking essential. 5+. Fantastic Mr Fox 30 Aug, 2.30pm Live open-air theatre returns to Bedgebury with this Roald Dahl children’s classic. Adult £12, child £8.

Bewlbridge Lane, Lamberhurst, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 8JH, 01892 890000, 9am till dusk. £3 (Mon– Fri), Adult £5, child (5–15) £4, senior citizen £4 (Sat–Sun, Bank Holidays & school holidays). Additional charges for events. in the night garden live 20 Aug–3 Sept (not Tues), 9.30am, 11.15am, 1pm, 3.15 pm & 5pm Join Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy, Makka Pakka and their friends in the magical world of In the Night Garden. £10–£29.50 (0844 581 1251 or visit

The Bluebell Railway

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Kent & East Sussex Railway Tenterden Town Station, Station Road, Tenterden, Kent TN30 6HE, 01580 765155. Adult £13.50, child (3–15) £8.50, senior citizen £12.50, family £37. Visit for steam train times – 5 departures per day in Aug. meet thomas the tank engine 23–25 July

spa valley Railway Brands Hatch Circuit Fawkham, Longfield, Kent DA3 8NG, 01474 872331 HSCC Superprix 1–3 July FIA Formula 2 and International GT Open 22–24 July British Superbike Championship 5–7 Aug The UK’s premier motorcycle racing series.

The Hop Farm Maidstone Road, Paddock Wood, Kent TN12 6PY, 01622 872068, 10am–5pm (Sat–Sun & school holidays). Summer Holiday Fun ‘Camp Hop’ 25 July–31 August, 10am–5pm Enjoy a great day out with daily shows inspired by musicals, singalongs, dance masterclasses and music workshops. Explore the new Pirate Cove with swashbuckling activities and digging for treasure around the 40ft galleon ship and visit the new outdoor activity area with bouncy castles, inflatables and pedal go-karts.


danson festival 2–3 July Danson Park, A great weekend for all the family with live music and dance and themed zones including an amazing arts village, classic cars, culture and sports. Free.

kent county show Fri 15–Sun 17 July, 9am–6pm (Fri) & 8am–6pm (Sat & Sun) Detling, This year’s show is the county’s largest outdoor event and has something for all the family from sheep sheering to show jumping. Up to 2 children go free with every pre-booked adult ticket (£17.50).

Lark in the park 23 July–7 Aug Sidcup Place, A great combination of family festival fun with weekday kids clubs including Sparkles Toddler Club, HQ Fizz (5–7), HQ Buzz (8–11), Lion’s Den (for 5–11s with additional needs) and Youth Venue. Free.

West Station, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN2 5QY, 01892 537 715, teddy’s day out 20 & 21 Aug All children who bring a teddy travel for £1 and teddy goes free!

Days out – House & Gardens bromley museum


The Priory, Church Hill, Orpington BR6 0HH, 01689 873826 26 July–26 Aug, Tues–Thurs Enjoy craft activities.

Chiddingstone Castle Hill Hoath Road, near Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7AD, 01892 870347, 11am–5pm (Sun–Wed). Adults £7, child £2–£4. trek & trail with the llamas 10 July & Aug, 11am–4pm Age 3+, £7 (adult free). Japanese festival 29 Aug

crofton roman villa Crofton Road, Orpington BR6 8AF, 020 8460 1442, 10am–1pm &


Lavender festival 2–3 & 9–10 July The Hop Shop, Castle Farm, Redmans Lane Shoreham, Sevenoaks, Kent TN14 7UB, 01959 523219, Daily 10am–5pm. This popular festival includes tours of the lavender fields, food tastings, plant sales and refreshments. For a unique experience, why not book an aromatherapy massage in the lavender fields? Appointments are 30 minutes long and need to be pre-booked. £2 parking.

open air cinema: Stardust Sat 30 July, 7pm Chislehurst Common, School Road, Chislehurst BR7 5PQ, Watch this tale of love and high adventure with the whole family. Seating opens at 7pm, live music from 7.30pm and the magic of the movie beings at twilight. Bring a rug to sit on and an umbrella if it rains. BBQ & drinks available, all proceeds go to the Trustees of Chislehurst Commons. Tickets available in Chislehurst from jdm Estate Agents, Royal Gallery & Jay’s Food and Wine. Adults £8/£10, child £5/£6, under 5s free. 11

What’s On 23–24 & 29–31 July & 12–14, 19–21 & 26–27 Aug veteran cars 27 July tudor falconry 6–7 & 28–29 Aug

2pm–5pm (Wed, Fri & Bank Holidays). festival of British Archaeology: life in a roman villa 20, 22, 27 & 29 July, 10.30am & 2.30pm ancient heroes & legends Weds in Aug 10.30am & 2.30pm Age 5–11. £4 per child. fun with pots Fri in Aug 10.30am & 2.30pm Age 5–11. £4 per child.

Wings, Wheels & Wartime 3 July Summer Holiday Fun 23 July–4 Sept Balloons, Bikes, Ferraris & All things Italian 31 July Bank Holiday Family Fun 28–29 Aug

English Heritage

01322 862114. 12pm–5pm (Fri–Sun & Bank Holiday Monday). Adult £7,
child £4, senior citizen £6.50, family £18.
Credit & debit cards not accepted. plant hunters weekend 30–31 July, 11am–5pm Themed quiz for children.

Members free. For prices & opening times visit

home of cHARLES DARWIN (down HOUSE)

Luxted Road, Downe, Kent BR6 7JT, 01689 859119. Time Travellers Go: ugly bug safari 3–5 & 24–26 Aug discoveries & inventions 10–12 Aug seafaring 17–19 Aug


Court Yard, Eltham SE9 5QE, 020 8294 2548. Time Travellers Go: knights & princesses 7–9 Aug WWII 14–16 Aug medieval 21–23 Aug gruesome 28–30 Aug

Lullingstone Roman Villa Lullingstone Lane, Eynsford, Kent DA4 0JA, 01322 863467. See website for holiday events.

Groombridge Place Gardens & Enchanted Forest Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 9QG, 01892 861 444, 10am till dusk. Adult £8.95/£9.95, child £7.45/£8.45. Boat £1.

LEEDS CASTLE near Maidstone,

Lullingstone Castle & the World Garden Eynsford,
DA4 0JA,

Hall Place and Gardens Bourne Road, Bexley. Kent DA5 1PQ, 01322 621238, 10am–4.30pm (Mon–Sat), 11am–4.30pm (Sun & Bank Holidays). Adult £8, child £5, family £25. Book all tickets in advance. Open Air Theatre: The Canterbury Tales 14 July, 7pm Family Archaeology Day 31 July, 11am–3pm Open Air Cinema: Jurassic Park 11 Aug, 8.30pm Animal Magic 15–18 & 22–25 Aug, 10am, 11.30am, 2pm & 3.30pm Bat Walks 16, 23, 25 & 30 Aug, 8pm


Hever, near Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG, 01732 865224, www.hevercastle. 10.30am–6pm (gardens), 12pm–6pm (castle). Adult £14, child £8, senior citizen £12, family £36. kind henry VIII’s summer pageant 16–17 July jousting tournaments

Kent ME17 1PL, 01622 765400, 10.30am–6pm. Adult £18.50, child £11, senior citizens & disabled £16. SHAKESPEARE’S A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM 28–30 July, 7pm. £12/£15. CHILDREN’S THEATRE: SNOW WHITE 12–14 July, 5pm £10/£12. CHILDREN’S THEATRE: WIND IN THE WILLOWS 27–28 Aug, 5pm £10/£12.

National Trust Members free. For prices & opening times visit bodiam castle Bodiam, near Robertsbridge, East Sussex TN32 5UA, 01580 830196 Brass rubbing 16–17 July–5 Aug From £1.50. have a go archery 23 July–5 Aug, 11–21 Aug & 27 Aug–4 Sept From £1. The Trebuchet in Action 23 July–5 Aug, 11–21 Aug & 27 Aug–4 Sept MEDIAEVAL MONDAYS Aug £2. family fun day 3 Aug, 11am £2. knight & princess academy 9–10 & 17–19 Aug £5. Grand Medieval Weekend 13–14 Aug Adult from £6.80, child from £3.40 dressing for battle 20–21 Aug £2. great treasure challenge 23–25 Aug




Beautifully Refurbished in February 2011 Christmas Day Lunch

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Mapleton Road, Westerham, Kent TN16 1PS, 01732 868381 See website. EMMETTS GARDEN Ide Hill, Sevenoaks, Kent TN14 6BA, 01732 751509. AN EDWARDIAN GARDEN DAY 16 July, 11am–5pm A TALE OF TWO GARDENS Mon & Tues in Aug IGHTHAM MOTE Mote Road, Ivy Hatch, Sevenoaks, Kent TN15 0NT, 01732 810378 (Ext100).

(2–16) £5.90. Summer holiday activities take place Monday to Friday throughout the holidays.

TEDDY BEARS’ PICNIC 7 July, 11am–4pm MEDIEVAL FAMILY FUN DAY 27 July, 11am–4pm DEN BUILDING IN THE WOODS 5 Aug, 12pm–3pm POND DIPPING 19 Aug, 11am–3.30pm OUTDOOR THEATRE: FANTASTIC MR FOX 20 Aug, 7.30pm–10pm Adult £17, child £8.50 (pre-book). FAMILY PICNIC FUN DAY 26 Aug, 11am–4pm KNOLE Sevenoaks, Kent TN15 0RP, 01732 450608. FAMILY TUESDAYS Aug, 11am–2.30pm CRAFTY WEDNESDAYS Aug, 11am–3pm TUDOR THURSDAYS Aug, 11am–3pm QUEBEC HOUSE Quebec Square, Westerham, Kent TN16 1TD, 01732 868381 HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES 23 July–4 Sept


RED HOUSE Red House Lane, Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 8JF, 020 8304 9878 SUMMER WORKSHOPS FOR CHILDREN Wed & Sat 3–27 Aug, 1.30pm to 4pm £2.50. SCOTNEY CASTLE Lamberhurst, Kent TN3 8JD, 01892 893 820. CHILDREN’S ‘ON YOUR BIKE’ CYCLE WEEKEND 16–17 July, 11am–4pm OUTDOOR THEATRE: PETER PAN 13 Aug, 6pm–8.30pm Adult £12, child £6. BAT WALK IN THE GARDEN 25 Aug & 1 Sept, 8pm–10pm £12. SISSINGHURST CASTLE Sissinghurst, nr Cranbrook, 01580 710700. SUMMER HOLIDAY TRAIL 25 July–30 Aug £1.50 per trail.

PENSHURST PLACE & GARDENS Tonbridge, Kent TN11 8DG, 01892 870307, Adult £7.80/£9.80, child £5.80 /£6.20, family £23/£26. BACK TO REGENCY 23 July–4 Sept, 12pm–4pm HUXLEY’S BIRDS OF PREY 31 July–29 Aug, Sundays and Bank Holiday Monday Displays from 12pm and flying at 3pm.

HOWLETTS WILD ANIMAL PARK Bekesbourne, Nr Canterbury, Kent CT4 5EL, 0844 842 4647, howletts 10am–6pm. Adult £19.95, child £15.95, under 3s free – tickets valid for 12 months.

SAFARI PARK Punch and Judy and magic shows during holidays.


Lullingstone Lane, Eynsford, Kent DA4 0JB Daily, 10.30am–5pm, adult £9, child £5.50, concessions & students £7.50, disabled/carer £7.50. Flying displays 12pm & 3.30pm, reptiles and mammal encounter 1.45 pm & daily demonstrations. Check website for holiday activities. FAMILY FUN DAY 9 July, 11am–4pm

FARMING WORLD Nash Court, Boughton, Faversham, Kent ME13 9HY, 01227 751144, 9.30am–5.30pm. Adult £6, child £5. TOY STORY DAY 27 July Children dressed as their favourite Toy Story character receive free entry (when accompanied by a paying adult).

FOAL FARM ANIMAL RESCUE CENTRE Jail Lane, Biggin Hill, Kent TN16 3AX, 01959 572 386, 1.30pm–4.30pm (except Tues) COUNTRY FESTIVAL DAY 10 July, 11am–5pm £10 per car & passenger, £3 on foot.

GODSTONE FARM & PLAYBARN Tilburstow Hill Road, Godstone, Surrey RH9 8LX, 01883 742546, 10am–6pm. Adult £4.50, child (1 year) £1.80, child


Cudham Road, Downe Village, Kent BR6 7LF, 01689 861603, 10am–5.30pm, 9am–5.30pm (school holidays, weekends & Bank Holidays). Adult £4, child £2.

THE WOODLANDS FARM TRUST 331 Shooters Hill, Welling, Kent DA16 3RP, 020 8319 8900 SUMMER SHOW 10 July, 11am–4.30pm Adult £2.50, child £1, under 3s free. SUMMER ACTIVITIES 25 July–2 Sept


Chislehurst Golf Club, Camden Park Road, Chislehurst BR7 5HU COUPLES ANTENATAL WEEKEND 2–3 July Ripley Arts Centre, 24 Sundridge Avenue, Bromley, Kent BR1 2PX HOMEOPATHY FOR PREGNANCY 11 July NUTRITION FOR PREGNANCY AND BEYOND 11 Aug Bickley Park Surgery EMERGENCY FIRST AID FOR INFANTS 13 Aug

NATURAL PREGNANCY SUPPORT TEAM 19 July, 7.30pm–9pm Free. Crofton Halls, Crofton Road, Orpington, BR6 8PR


6 Aug, 11am–1pm New Village Hall, High Street, Orpington BR6 1BY, 07958 762828,


RIVERHILL HIMALAYAN GARDENS Sevenoaks, Kent TN15 0RR Wed–Sun & Bank Holiday Mondays, 10.30am–5pm. Adult £6.25, child (4–16) £3.95, family £17.50. Additional charge for some activities. Watch out for the yeti during weekends and school holidays. HAVE A GO AT ARCHERY 23–24 July 6+. SCAVENGER HUNT 27–31 July 3+. YETI FACE PAINTING 3–7 Aug YETI CLAY FUN 10 & 12 Aug Age 3–12. CLIMB ‘EVEREST’ 13–14 Aug 6+. RIVERHILL CHALLENGE 17–21 Aug MESSY GARDEN ART 24–29 Aug 3+. RIVERHILL WATCH 31 Aug–4 Sept 3+.

Lympne, Nr Hythe, Kent CT21 4PD, 0844 842 4647, portlympne 10am–6pm. Adult £22.95, child £18.95 – tickets valid for 12 months.

COOLINGS GREEN & PLEASANT Main Road, Knockholt, Kent TN14 7LJ, 01959 534386 NATURE NUTS Tues 26 & Wed 27 July, 9.30am, 10.30am & 11.30am Tues for 2–5yrs, Wed for 6–8yrs. £10. or visit or



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RUXLEY MANOR GARDEN CENTRE Maidstone Road, Sidcup, Kent DA14 5BQ, 020 8300 0084, FLOWERPOT PHOTO FRAME 25–27 July, 10am–4pm. £3.99. PAINT-A-PEBBLE ANIMAL 22–24 Aug, 10am–4pm. £2.99.

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Days out with the National Trust

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We share our top child-friendly National Trust days out in the South East Red House

There’s something for everyone at this wonderful Edwardian country estate and a day just isn’t enough. Summer events: Summer Holidays at Polesden Lacey (16 July–11 September, £1 per trail), Bat Walks (25 July–29 August, adult £8, child £4, pre-book), Wild Child Wednesdays (3 –31 August, child £2).

Red House Lane, Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 8JF, 020 8304 9878 Be inspired by the house and garden which was created and lived in by William Morris, the founder of the Arts and Crafts movement. Summer events: Summer Workshops with a William Morris theme (Wed & Sat in August – 1.30pm–4pm, £2.50 per child).

Scotney Castle Lamberhurst, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 8JN, 01892 893820, 0844 249 1895 (booking line) A great day out for all the family with a variety of walks


Emmetts Garden Ide Hill, Sevenoaks, Kent TN14 6BA, 01732 868381 This delightful garden is a feast for the senses and contains many exotic and rare trees and shrubs from across the world. Summer events: An Edwardian Garden Day (16 July, 11am–5pm – £2 for activities), A Tale of Two Gardens – Plant Explorers (1, 2,15 & 16 August, 1pm–4.15pm), A Tale of Two Gardens – Fossil Fun (8, 9, 22 & 23 August, 1pm–4.15pm).

Quebec House Quebec Square, Westerham, Kent TN16 1TD, 01732 868381 This charming 16th-century gabled house was the childhood home of General James Wolfe and is full of family and military memorabilia. Summer events: Come and discover Mrs Wolfe’s recipes, follow her trail through the house and garden and learn how to make a scarecrow (23 July–4 September, 1pm–5pm).


For opening times & admission prices, visit the properties’ websites.

Sissinghurst Castle Biddenden Road, near Cranbrook, Kent TN17 2AB, 01580 710701 Sissinghurst (above) sits in the heart of the Kentish countryside and visitors will delight in the beautiful gardens and surrounding countryside. Summer events: Summer Holiday Trail (25 July–30 August, £1.50 per trail).

Win one of 25 family tickets This summer why not spend quality time with the whole family at the National Trust in the south east? With acres of outdoor space, including wonderful gardens and stunning countryside, loads of events and something different to discover every day, why wait? And if you’re looking for great value that’s going to last all year long then look no further than their family membership. Check out for more ideas on inspiring days out.

Ightham Mote Mote Road, Ivy Hatch, Sevenoaks, Kent TN15 0NT, 01732 810378 (Ext100) Children will love exploring this beautiful moated house (top right), before letting off steam on one of the many walks around the estate. Summer events: Teddy Bear’s Picnic (7 July), Medieval Fun Day (27 July), Wild Child (5 & 19 August – £3 per child, bookings on 01732 810378, Ext100), The Fantastic Mr Fox (20 August – bookings on 0844 2491895) and Family Fun Picnic (26 August).

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Mapleton Road, Westerham, Kent TN16 1PS, 01732 868381 Explore Churchill’s stunning family home and gardens while admiring the views over the Weald of Kent. Summer events: Children’s trails and activities throughout summer.

and a chance to admire the celebrated gardens. Summer events: Children’s ‘On Your Bike!’ – Cycle Weekend (16–17 July, free), Wild Child – Butterfly’s (1–31 July, 11am–4pm, closed Mon & Tue), Canterbury Tales (29 July, 7pm, pre-book), Wild Child – Mini Beast Mission (3–31 August, 11am–4pm, closed Mon & Tue), Peter Pan (13 August, 6pm, pre book), Bat Walk in the Garden (25 August & 1 September, 8pm, pre-book).

Polesden Lacey

There are 25 family tickets (2 adults and 2 children per family ticket) up for grabs for entry to the National Trust property of your choice. Also, under 5s get in free! For your chance to win visit

Great Bookham, near Dorking, Surrey RH5 6BD, 01372 458203

All entries must be received by 1 August 2011

What’s On

Out & about in London participating show when accompanied by a full paying adult, and another two children can go for half price.

LOVE PARKS WEEK 23–31 July Events include Tai-Chi classes, jazz nights, urban street games and teddy bear picnics. Visit


SEA LIFE London Aquarium

Lollibop Festival, Regents Park

Festivals & Events BBC PROMS FOR FAMILIES 15 July–10 Sept Under 16s are half price (excludes Last Night). Highlights include: Human Planet in the park Kensington Gardens, 23 July, 1pm– 5pm Horrible Histories FREE FAMILY PROM Royal Albert Hall 30 July, 11am–1pm PROMS PLUS FAMILY ORCHESTRA & CHORUS Royal College of Music 27 Aug, 1pm–3pm Mozart & Beethoven session (7+). 29 Aug, 1pm–3pm Hollywood Magic.

LOLLIBOP FESTIVAL Regent’s Park, NW8 7RG, 5–7 Aug Entertainment from children’s favourites including Zingzillas, Charlie and Lola, Horrible Histories, Waybuloo, The Roald Dahl Museum and Science Museum ‘Live’ Minimission with Baby Loves Disco, plus Babyoke, an enchanted forest and a gorilla enclosure. £23/£30, family ticket £80/£108.

LONDON DUCK TOURS 020 7928 3132, THE D-DAY DUCK TOUR First Sun of month BRAND NEW TOUR: THE JAMES BOND TOUR! Third Sun of month

KENSINGTON PALACE Kensington Palace, London, 0870 751 5170 THE KENSINGTON PALACE PARTY 8–10 July, 12pm–6pm Enjoy dancing, storytelling, fashion and art activities inspired by the stories of Kensington. Free. ENCHANTED PALACE AT NIGHT 15 July, open until 9pm. A MUSICAL PARTY AT COURT 24 July, 10am–1pm A morning of royal music making in this family workshop. Adult £5, child £15 (pre-book on 020 3166 6646).

heritage will be gloriously showcased, spanning 70 years of films that combine beautiful artistry, masterful storytelling and ground breaking technology. £6.75/£9.50, family £20. FILM FUNDAY: HORRID HENRY FUNDAY WORKSHOP 24 July, 12.15pm (Foyer) FUNDAY PREVIEW: HORRID HENRY: THE MOVIE IN 3D (UK 2011) 24 July, 2.15pm (NFT1) Adult £6.50/£9.50, child £5.

County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, SE1 7PB, Daily, 10am–6pm. Tropical Treasures of the Sea 23 July–2 Sept Learn about marine treasures from giant clams to rare dolphins, plus see the Gentoo Penguins in their fully Antarctic themed home Penguins: Ice Adventure. Family tickets from £54.

STEP LIVE! Sadler’s Wells, 020 7863 8198, / 17 July, 6.30pm A chance to see this exciting dance showcase celebrating the diverse talents and achievements of London’s secondary school children, including those from the Bromley and Bexley boroughs. Foyer events from 4.30pm.

South Bank, London SE1 9PX 1 July–11 Sept WATCH THIS SPACE Highlights include FAMILY WEEK which begins the first week of the school holidays. Expect musicians and circus performers, Spanish Theatre and a mini Circus with Circo Rippopollo.

the o2 Meridian Gardens, Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX, 0844 844 2121, BIG SCREEN 12–14 August A must for film enthusiasts with movie previews, memorabilia and much more – activities for children include a chance to meet animals from the movies. From £35.


Exhibitions & Museums


Threadneedle Street, London EC2R, 020 7601 5545, 10am–5pm (Mon–Fri). Free. COME WRITE WITH US 25 July–2 Sept Children can use blank books, images and colouring materials to write their own story and enjoy banknote jigsaws, games and a virtual air balloon.

theatre & film


THE DISNEY 50 AT THE BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE 020 7928 3232 Every weekend throughout 2011, the Disney

Clive Steps, King Charles Street, London SW1A, 9.30am–6pm. Adult £15.95. Out of the Box Drop In 16–17 July & 27–28 Aug, 11am & 2pm Examine objects associated with Churchill. 

SUMMER OPENING OF THE HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT 29 July–3 Sept & 19 Sept–1 Oct Adult 10/£15, child £6 (0844 847 1672,


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HORNIMAN MUSEUM 100 London Road, Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ 020 8699 1872, 10.30am–5.30pm, £1/£2, family £5. HANDS ON FAMILY WORKSHOP 2 July–24 Sept, 11.45am & 1pm 3+. discovery for all Sun, 3 July–25 Sept & Tues, 26 July–30 Aug A chance to explore thousands of the museum’s treasures. 3+. FALCONRY FLIGHT DISPLAY 17 Aug

THE HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY MUSEUM Horse Guards, Whitehall, London SW1A 2AX Daily 10am–6pm. £4/£6, family £15. SUMMER FAMILY FUN: PLAY DETECTIVE 25–31 Aug Take part in a fun detective trail & family quiz. CRAFT ACTIVITIES 25–29 July & 1–5 Aug Pre-booking recommended. STORYTELLING 26 July & 1, 8 & 17 Aug 5–8yrs. Pre-book.

IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM Lambeth Road, London SE1, 020 7416 5000, 10am–6pm. Adult £5.95, child £3.95, family £12.50. ONCE UPON A WARTIME: CLASSIC WAR STORIES FOR CHILDREN Until 30 October Children’s Literature Festival 13–21 Aug A look at the art of storytelling through fun-packed workshops with authors and illustrators.

MUSEUM OF LONDON London Wall EC2Y 5HN, 020 7001 9844, 10am–6pm. Free. festival of british archaeology 16–31 July roman archaeology in action 18, 19, 27 & 28 July, 2pm–2.20pm Discover London’s deeply buried secrets. 7+. Roman Gladiator Games 30–31 July, 12pm & 3pm Step back in time as you visit the full-scale Gladiator arena in Guildhall Yard; Roman-inspired street entertainment before the games. Adult £15, concessions £12, child £10. archaeology up and close – excavating archaeology 19 Aug, 12pm–4pm 5+.

MUSEUM OF LONDON DOCKLANDS West India Quay E14, 020 7001 9844, 10am–6pm. Free. museum explored 10 & 24 July, 11.30am & 2pm a pirate’s life for me 3, 10, 17, 24, 29 & 31 July, 12.30pm, 2.30pm & 3.30pm 7+. THE pirate grace o’malley 23 July, 12.30pm, 2.30pm & 3.30pm Hear the story of

Ireland’s very own pirate queen. 4+. robin hood and the pirates 9 Aug 12.30pm, 2.30pm & 3.30pm pirate maps 13 & 16 Aug, 12.30pm & 2.30pm

 Royal Hospital Road, London SW3 4HT 020 7730 0717,
 Daily 10am–5.30pm. Free. NEW KID’S ZONE From 18 July An exciting new space for children aged 0–8yrs.

7.50pm & 8.30pm £6. 7+. space rocks and snowballs 8–14 Aug, 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm, 3.30pm & 4pm Find out about asteroids, comets and meteorites in these exciting family workshops. 5+. Saturday Space Explorers 27 Aug, 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm, 3.30pm & 4pm Free. 5+.


National Maritime Museum Greenwich SE10, 020 8858 4422, 10am–5pm. Free. DISCOVER SUNDAYS 11.30am & 2pm Take part in free workshops. PLAY TUESDAYS 10.30am, 11.30am, 1pm & 2pm Tickets from admissions desk. Under 5s. THE SEA AND ME 25 July– 5 Sept Visit the new Voyagers gallery and specially designed play area and discover more about the role of the sea in people’s lives throughout history. Free.

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM Cromwell Road SW7 5BD, 020 7942 5000, 10am–5.50pm (Mon–Sat), 11am–5.50pm (Sun). Free. DINO SNORES 22–23 July (7pm–9.50am) Investigate the Museum’s nocturnal nature with a torch-lit tour into the darkest depths of the galleries. At midnight, snuggle down in the iconic Central Hall and shadow of ‘Diplodocus’. 8–11yrs. Children £45, adults free. SENSATIONAL BUTTERFLIES Until 11 Sept, 10am–5pm £3.50, family £12. AGE OF THE DINOSAUR Until 4 Sept, 10am–5pm Adult £10, child £6, family £28.

ROYAL OBSERVATORY Greenwich SE10 9NF, 020 8858 4422, SPACE safari
August, 11am Join Ted, the teddy bear, for music and rhyme as he journeys throughout the solar system looking for the Great Bear. £6.50 adults, child £4.50, £17.50 family ticket. Under 7s. impact: COLLISIONS AND CATASTROPHES Until 29 Aug Free. Impact: from Halley to Hayabusa August, 11.45am, 1.30pm & 3.15pm Explore the exciting world of comets, asteroids, meteorites and craters. £6.50 adults, child £4.50, family £17.50. 5+. sky tonight live: holiday skies 12.45pm & 4.15pm £6.50 adults, child £4.50, £17.50 family ticket. 5+. daylight skywatch 6–7, 13–14, 20–21 & 27–28 Aug, 6.30pm, 7.10pm,

Exhibition Road, South Kensington SW7 2DD, 0870 870 4868, 10am–6pm. Free – charges apply to some exhibitions, IMAX cinema & simulator rides. THE TIME EATING CLOCK Until Oct A COCKROACH TOUR Weekends until Dec SPACE CAMPAIGN 23 July–31 Aug

TOWER OF LONDON EC3N 4AB, 0844 482 7777, 9am–5.30pm (Tue–Sat), 10am–5.30pm (Sun–Mon). Adult £19.80, child £10.45. TOWER OF LONDON ARCHAEOLOGY AND DISCOVERY WEEKEND 23–24 July, 11am–4pm Beach open 12.30pm–2.30pm (23 July) & 1.15pm–3.15pm (24 July) A free, fun weekend of activities at Tower Beach and Wharf. KNIGHT SCHOOL 25 July–31 Aug (Mon–Thurs, except Mon Bank Holiday) MASTERS OF THE SWORD 29 July–29 Aug (Fri–Sun) Family fun and spectacular re-enactment.

V&A MUSEUM OF CHILDHOOD Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9PA, 020 8983 5200, Daily 10am–5.45pm. Free. A RETROSPECTIVE OF WORK BY JUDITH KERR Until 4 Sept The Stuff of Nightmares Until 26 Feb 2012 A look at the darker side of traditional fairy tales. SUMMER FESTIVAL 7 Aug, 11.30am–4.30pm SUMMER HOLIDAY FUN: FUNKY FRIDAYS MOG WITH JUDITH KERR Fri 29 July, 2.30pm–3.15pm Join the much-loved author for some reading and book signing. Booking from Mon 18 July. All ages. TIGER TEA PARTY 12 Aug, 12pm–4pm FELINE FESTIVAL 19 Aug, 12pm–4pm SKETCH, SCRIBBLE, SQUIGGLE 26 Aug, 12pm–4pm

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Families London­Kent Borders Issue 2 July/August 2011  

Families London­Kent Borders Magazine for July and August 2011

Families London­Kent Borders Issue 2 July/August 2011  

Families London­Kent Borders Magazine for July and August 2011