The best summer holiday activities in Camden to keep youngsters entertained

PUBLISHED: 15:02 22 July 2016 | UPDATED: 15:04 22 July 2016

A family enjoys fun in the sun. Picture: John Macdonald-Fulton

A family enjoys fun in the sun. Picture: John Macdonald-Fulton

All images are in held in Copyright by John Macdonald-Fulton (John M Fulton). Contact: 07521 654 656 email: jmf_foto@outlook.com

School’s out for summer – great for children, but for parents, it can be a challenge to find enough activities to keep youngsters entertained over the six-week break.


- Family fun day at Lismore Circus today (Thursday) from 2pm to 6pm, with free Brazilian themed stalls and games.

- More Brazlian-themed fun at the “Mais Um Discos” on August 4 – a take over of Camden Market with interactive live graffiti, music and Brazilian food carts from 6pm until late.

- Your chance to have artwork exhibited at the Open Open show at Swiss Cottage Library. Bring ready-to-hang art of no more than 1sqm on July 31, August 7 or August 14, or watch others proudly show off their works between 12pm and 4pm.

- Join a four-mile cycle ride on a Santander “Boris bike”. Meet at Regent’s Park espresso bar at 10am on August 14.

- Talacre Community Centre celebrates Girls Get Moving Week with a host of sporty activities from August 30.

Lucky then that there are plenty of things to do with your child in Camden, which according to a recent study by family activity app Hoop, is where you’ll find the largest number of summer holiday events in London.

From arts workshops to museum trips, we’ve put together a round-up of our summer holiday highlights which are sure to keep your little ones amused until it’s time to go back to school.

Many activities on offer for young and old alike this summer have a Brazilian theme to tie in with next month’s Olympics and Paralympics in Rio.

Branded the Camden Sentido programme of events – meaning “senses” in Portuguese – highlights include “Sensing Camden Town” at 11am on August 13: a guided walk to discover the sounds, sights and tastes of this area, led by Camden Tour Guides Association.

There's plenty to do in Camden to keep your child entertained. Picture: John Macdonald-FultonThere's plenty to do in Camden to keep your child entertained. Picture: John Macdonald-Fulton

Don’t miss Project Yemanja later in the month when a boat of handmade flowers, made by Camden residents, will make its way down Regent’s Canal on August 28.

If the Games inspire your family to get active, then amble along the Waterlow Park Tree Trail in Highgate to get in touch with nature, or over-15s can take part in a taster bootcamp on August 23 until the end of September at Argyle Primary School in Kentish Town from 6pm – if they think they’re hard enough.

For a more sedate, educational experience, Jewish community centre JW3 in Finchley Road is offering workshops that will develop language skills by taking part in a variety of Roald Dahl-themed activities from 10am until 1pm from August 15 until 19. Tickets £25 per day.

The thought of lessons during holiday time may send shivers of dread through some, but for pupils about to start at Haverstock School in September, the secondary is hosting a summer school to ease the transition from primary to “big” school.

Highlights include workshops on games design from August 1 until 4 from 9am until 3pm. haverstock.camden.sch.uk.

And of course, Roundhouse’s Camden Beach brings Marbella to north London again for another year.

We’ve selected the best of the rest to try out above.

Latest Hampstead Education News

Three years after a controversial merger saw Torriano Primary School formed, teachers and governors are celebrating a top-of-the-class Ofsted rating that Camden Council’s education chief said “vindicated” the decision to amalgamate the schools.

A Hampstead school has scrapped a pilot project that saw commercial helicopters landing on its playing fields after neighbours complained it was causing “quite a riot”.

Neighbours are in a spin over UCS Hampstead’s unusual decision to allow a commercial helicopter firm to use its playing fields as a landing pad.

The former headteacher of St Aloysius College has been cleared of wrongdoing nine months after he was arrested as part of a £70,000 fraud investigation at the school.

Primrose Hill schoolchildren are desperate for help uncovering the secrets of their local war memorial.

A Muswell Hill mum has shared her anger at parents temporarily moving into the area to jump the queue for school places, as Haringey Council says it is investigating four cases of school application fraud.

The Heath and Hampstead Society has opposed plans to move a free school into the old Hampstead Police Station – even though the applicants have halved the number of pupils they hope to attract.

A budding journalist and a mentoring champion are two of the students being recognised for their high-flying achievements by the Jack Petchey Foundation.

A pair of Greig City Academy students are among a talented crop of Haringey high-achievers vying for an annual award from the Jack Petchey Foundation.

Seven months to the day after a single winter night saw two young men stabbed to death, Camden’s youth safety task force – led by Holborn and St Pancras MP Keir Starmer and Cllr Abdul Hai – last night recommended a series of measures to arrest the alarming upwards trend in youth violence in the borough.

Westminster North MP Karen Buck joined parents and children to protest the sudden closure of Queen’s Park Nursery.

Staff, parents and children at Chaston Nursery in Chalk Farm celebrated as 10 children graduate and move on to primary school.

There were broad smiles and hearty congratulations all round as the Channing pupils received their GCSE results.

Hornsey School for Girls students have excelled once again, despite reforms to GCSE exams this year.

The “resilience and determination” of Parliament Hill School GCSE students has been praised.

North Bridge House Senior Hampstead students have bagged the ‘best GCSE results in the school’s history’, with an impressive 55per cent of all grades at Grade 7 or above.

There were happy faces at Highgate Wood School as students collected their GCSE results.

Students across Camden achieved a strong set of results in the new-style GCSEs, according to the council.

There were some happy faces at Greig City Academy today as 17 students, approximately 10per cent of the year group, achieved a new top Grade 9 GCSE in one or more of their subjects.

Rising to the challenge of tougher new GCSEs, South Hampstead pupils and staff were celebrating another year of “exceptional results” across the board this morning – and the school’s second best ever percentage of top grades (A*/9/8s).

Heartlands High School’s head of school said she is “delighted” with their set of GCSE results.

The phenomenal achievements of Fortismere School students have been championed on GCSE results day.

A 16-year-old Highgate School student who was diagnosed with Leukaemia in April has bagged straight A*s in his GCSE results this morning.

One Henrietta Barnett student nearly 6000 miles to get her GCSE results this morning, and was rewarded with 10 grade 9s.

A set of twins were among the girls celebrating their GCSE results at Henrietta Barnett, as they got the top grades in the majority of their exams.

Didn’t get the exam results you were lookinng in your GCSE results today, or A-levels last week, but want to be a sports journalist? Then don’t despair, Arsenal reporter Layth Yousif says it’s not the end of the world, just look at the example of his intern Toby Miles.

The headteacher of University College School Hampstead has championed his students’ achievements in the creative arts on a record-breaking GCSE results day.

The headteacher of Highgate School has lauded his students’ ability to cope with ‘tougher, fatter GCSEs’ on a record-breaking results day.

No coursework, two years of study, a clutch of Bs and a handful of threes - it’s a tricky time to be a GCSE student.

Paddington Academy students are celebrating achieving the best A-level results in the school’s 11-year history.

Hornsey Sixth Form College A-level results were ‘significantly above national average’, according to the headteacher of the Crouch End school.

The principal of Westminster Kingsway College has champions the achievements of students in their A-level results.

UCL Academy students who received their A-level results yesterday are ‘equipped to be global citizens’, according to the school’s co-principal.

A-level results day at Greig City Academy revealed an array of talent, with Oxbridge bound students in a variety of disciplines.

The headteacher of Channing School has championed the ability of her students to combat tougher exams on A-level results day.

A-level results day started early at Highgate School - some students opened their envelopes at 6AM - as yet another year group smashed records to achieve the best results in the school’s history.

A record-breaking year at Fortismere School has seen students confirm places at the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge on A-level results day.

A “fabulous range” of A-level results at LaSWAP Sixth Form Centre has seen students meet offers from universities as diverse as Falmouth and SOAS.

UCS Hampstead bursary students have been singled out for praise on the day the school received its second best A-level results ever.

The headteacher of Henrietta Barnett School has championed her ‘inspirational’ sixth formers on A-level results day.

Westminster Academy has achieved a host of top scores in its International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP).

Students from William Ellis School and LaSWAP sixth form centre were given the chance to highlight the health concerns that mattered to them in a video campaign produced with the help of Healthwatch Camden.

When A-level results come out on August 16, more than three quarters of students who want to go to university are likely to get into their first choice.

In the dying days of feudal Japan, 14 student samurai from the southern Japanese province of Satsuma (now Kagoshima) came to Camden to study at UCL. Four others went to colleges around the country.

Mouse droppings found in a box of potatoes and around the kitchens were behind William Ellis School’s one-star food hygiene rating, the Ham&High can reveal.

Most Read