5 FREE Activities for Kids in London during Summer 2024


With the longest holiday of the year just around the corner, we know parents will be looking for budget-friendly ways to have fun with all the family. Luckily, we've put together this handy guide to highlight some of the most exciting (and free!) arts-based activities taking place in  London this summer, so you can create amazing memories without costing a fortune!

1. National Gallery’s Summer on the Square: Storytelling

Location: Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN  
Every Monday in August between 10:30 - 13:30

The National Gallery hosts a variety of storytelling sessions over the summer. These sessions are interactive and perfect for young minds. This summer, they will be exploring an original story written and illustrated by a local primary school. Afterwards, you can explore the galleries for free and even create your own stories inspired by the art!

2.Greenwich and Docklands International Festival (GDIF)

Location: Various locations across Greenwich and East London  
: 23 August - 7 September 2024  

GDIF is a free outdoor theatre and performing arts festival. It brings the streets of Greenwich and East London to life with acrobatics, dance, street theatre, and big installations. It’s perfect for a family day out and in the evening, you can check out their spectacular night-time shows!

3. The Southbank Centre's Riverside Terrace

Location: Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
Various events from June to September

The Southbank Centre is a cultural hotspot, especially in the summer! You and your family can enjoy free events on the Riverside Terrace, with a variety of outdoor performances, workshops, and exhibitions. Throughout the summer, there are lots of family-friendly workshops where kids can try crafts, music, and dance: all with beautiful views of the Thames!

4. Regent's Park Free Music Festival

Location: Regent's Park, London NW1 4NR
Dates: 22nd June - 6th October

Regent's Park hosts lots of free music performances in the summer, from jazz bands to orchestras. Bring a picnic and blanket, and have the perfect relaxing afternoon of free music in the park!

5. Notting Hill Carnival Family Day

Location: Notting Hill, London W11  
25 August 2024  

The Sunday of Notting Hill Carnival is Family Day. It features a parade with child-friendly floats, music, and performances celebrating Caribbean culture. Families can even get involved in activities like costume-making and drumming!

We hope this guide will help you enjoy a summer full of art and music with your family in London. These free activities are not only fun, but also a great way to create lasting memories!

And if you’re looking for more ways to make sure your child has an unforgettable summer, why not take a look at our award-winning Summer Holiday Camps? You can find your nearest one here!