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

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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-Fulton There'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.

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