Seasonal Fun Ideas for families in London this Autumn
If you’re wondering what to do with your family this autumn, London has lots of seasonal activities you can try:
- If you have older children and you love walking and nature, you could visit Kew Gardens to see the beauty of their red, orange, yellow, brown and green adorned trees. The ‘Trees: A Treasure Trove of Colour’ tour takes you round the gardens with a trained guide. This tour runs until the 15th November 2015 but they also have lots of other activities on.
- Visit the Enchanted Woodland. Every year, Syon House and Park light up their 600 year old gardens with spectacular illuminations. Up to two children per family go FREE during school holidays and bank holidays.
- The Lord Mayor’s Show is a totally unmissable event for all the family this autumn. On Saturday November 14th it begins with a river pageant at 9am, followed by the Lord Mayor’s Procession at 11am. There are also guided walks throughout the day so you can discover the old parts of London. These walks are free and not taxing for little ones so everyone can join in. The event finale occurs at 5.15pm with a magnificent fireworks display over the themes.
- In the festive spirit Christmas Lights Switch On parties will be happening all over London. First Shopping Party is on 12th November at Carnaby Street with a day of in-store activities, promotions and live music.
- In keeping with tradition, Regent Street Christmas Lights will be on Sunday 15th November expect a star-studded festive show. Regents Street lights date back to 1953 when following lifting of wartime restrictions the first full lighting display was created.
- A must do this autumn is the Into Film Festival for 5 – 19 year olds. It’s a free festival with over 520 participating venues across the UK and over 150 films to choose from along with exclusive film events and filmmaking masterclasses.
- If you fancy a stroll in the royal gardens you can go on a walk through Victoria Tower Gardens where the little ones can play in the Horseferry Playground with a sandpit, swings, a wide slide and a water play installation designed to represent the River Thames.
- There’s also a guided walk of Richmond Park that is completely FREE and from the 20th November onwards, Hyde Park will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland complete with seasonal activities for all the family to enjoy.
- For Jazz lovers, London Jazz Fest will bring the best and freshest artists to the capital with plenty of jazz groove workshops for the young ones to get involved with. Why not try All-Stars Family Jazz and Jazz for Toddlers.
- To try some pumpkin pie or a variety of delicious American cakes, you can take the kids to The Hummingbird Bakery. They have branches in Islington, Notting Hill, South Kensington, Soho, Richmond and Spitalfields.
- For an autumn afternoon tea with teenagers or well-behaved younger children, you could visit Podium Restaurant and Bar on Park Lane in London and discover their ‘Confessions of a Chocoholic’ experience, where you can try chocolate chip scones, cupcakes and edible chocolate paste.
- Most of you probably can’t wait for the return of Winter Wonderland, this year the popular attraction opens its doors for Londoners on Friday 20th November. It includes a fire pit where kids can toast marshmallows and share stories around the fire.
- If you’ve got a toddler and you love the great outdoors you could try accompanying him to a Forest School, where he can forage, walk in woods and play with sticks, mud and leaves. Two and three year olds can attend with a parent.
- The Natural History Museum have an outdoor ice rink for you and your family to try.
- Discover Children’s Story Centre is a children’s museum where you can make up stories. It has an imaginative indoor trial and an adventure playground.