Family fun in London this spring bank holiday
The last weekend in May is nearly here and yes, it’s another bank holiday! So, if you’re in London with the family this weekend, there’ll be plenty for everyone to enjoy. And the best thing is, it doesn’t have to be expensive. Our tip is to always check websites for times and booking information, as it’s a popular weekend.
Enjoy London’s parks
From immense and wild Richmond Park, to elegant Regent’s Park and iconic Hyde Park, London’s green spaces are always enjoyable. And there’s always plenty to do and see. So, for a classic summer activity, hire a boat on Hyde Park’s Serpentine. Or glimpse deer in Richmond Park.
Kids will love the Diana Memorial Playground in Kensington Gardens. A pirate ship! Teepees! Even a beach! This is the perfect destination for youngsters with loads of energy. And even better, it’s free.
Have some fun at a museum
The good thing about London is that many of the museums are free. But this means that they can get pretty popular on holiday weekends. So, it’s always a good idea to arrive early, as some will have an entry queue.
However, it’s worth it, because these museums are huge and packed with fascinating exhibits. Firstly, for hands-on learning, try the free Science Museum. This museum is well-known for its interactive galleries. And their Wonderlab gallery (a paid exhibition) never fails to enchant and amaze its young visitors with science demonstrations.
Alternatively, try the Young Explorers Tour at Tate Modern, on 26th May. This is an interactive way for kids to think about art and museums. Or, for very young art fans, try the Magic Carpet Storytelling at the National Gallery. Also, on Sunday 26th, this is designed for the under-5s, and focuses on a single picture.
Head downriver to Greenwich
If central London is too crowded, why not try Greenwich? This must-see part of London is packed with history. In fact, there’s so much to do, it’s definitely worth a day trip. And the best way to get there is definitely by the Thames Clipper. It’s a sedate journey from central London down to Tower Bridge. But then, once you’re past that point, hold on for a speedy run-down river!
Once you’re there, there’s loads to do. Visit the Cutty Sark, the famous tea clipper, and explore this historic ship. Of course, it’s very family-friendly, with a family trail and other activities for kids.
Or try a visit to the Royal Observatory. Explore the history, or immerse yourself in space at the Planetarium. In addition, the weekend ‘Young Astronomers Workshop’ is ideal for budding stargazers, with plenty to do and learn.
Lastly, why not watch a theatre show? Quantum Theatre are performing the beloved classic, Wind in the Willows, in Greenwich Park. And the show is in Royal Observatory Gardens, the perfect setting for this delightful story.