As parents ourselves, we know that keeping children entertained throughout the school holidays is no mean feat, and how costs for attraction tickets can quickly add up. We thought we'd help out by sharing five exciting things to do with children in London this October Half Term which won't cost you a penny!
Explore the gardens of Twickenham's historic house at this breath-taking time of year, and experience the spookier side of Marble Hill in a Halloween Trail which features decorations from the onsite nursery. There’s a fun new playground too, along with plenty of space for fresh-air adventures.
Monday 23 - Tuesday 31 October 2023
Marble Hill, Twickenham, TW1 2NL
How do we look at pictures, and what can a painting really tell us? In these free interactive family tours you’re invited to join the Gallery’s friendly educational team to discover how to decode pictures by looking, questioning, and discussing together, using fun tips and tricks to unlock secrets hidden in plain sight.
Tuesday 24 & Thursday 26 October 2023
The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN
If you haven’t yet visited the awe-inspiring new Young V&A museum, then this October is the perfect opportunity! In celebration of the opening of the museum’s first exhibition, Japan: Myths to Manga, there are free creative events for all ages, inspired by the stories of the country. Come to Open Studio to contribute to a growing Origami Sculpture, or explore the Imagine Gallery and create and dress up as an anime character.
Wednesday 25 – Friday 27 October 2023
Young V&A, Bethnal Green, E2 9PA
Championing emerging talent and offering the chance to hear from leading voices, this free family festival is Europe’s largest celebration of Black literature. Immerse yourself in a live drawing and reading session with Olivier-nominated playwright Trish Cooke, join Strictly Come Dancing star Oti Mabuse for an interactive session to celebrate her new picture book, and (our top pick, of course!) sing along to the captivating melodies of the ukulele with Annemarie Anang.
Friday 27 & Saturday 28 October 2023
Southbank Centre, SE1 8XX
Crystal Palace Park has just announced a new Sunday afternoon concert series, with free music for all on their recently restored historic Concert Platform - hailed as London’s most iconic bandstand. Come along to enjoy performances by amazing local talent: on 29th October it will be the turn of Swimmers Jackson and his band. If you want to make a day of it you will not be short of things to do, with the Park’s Food Market, City Farm, Maze, and Museum all open on Sundays and free of charge to visit.
Sunday 29 October 2023 (and more Sundays throughout autumn)
Crystal Palace Park, SE20 8DT
If you’re on the hunt for fun, exciting things to do with your children, we hope our ideas above provide some inspiration. But if you’re looking to give your child an unforgettable October Half Term whilst you work, then we'd love to welcome your child to one of our Holiday Camps near you.
With over 100 5* independent reviews via Feefo from parents this year, The Strings Club welcomes children from one day to the whole experience.
There are multiple ways to save on our Holiday Camps, including 10% off for first time bookers, childcare vouchers and tax free childcare. And if you come and try our brand-new camp in Fulham you can get a whole day of childcare free of charge!