It’s the summer holidays! It’s a great time to get children reading – with reading challenges and lots of places to visit to spark their imaginations.
You can get your children interested in books just with a visit to the library. This year, get ready for an out of this world adventure with Space Chase. Sign up at your local library, then read six library books of your choice to complete the Challenge. There are exclusive rewards to collect along the way, and it’s free to take part!
There are loads of events for children in the Baillie Gifford Children’s Programme at the book festival, with talks, story telling and workshops.
This year there’s also a musical theatre performance of ‘Where Is Peter Rabbit?’ as well as the exhibition, with Peter Rabbit’s garden to explore, and a tea room for a nice cup of tea – all set within the beautiful landscape of the Lake District.
Join the company in Stratford-Upon-Avon during the summer holidays for workshops and activities for all the family. There are free workshops at The Swirl at the weekends, with the best of performance Story telling from the Crick Crack Club, improvised music from Peablossom Cabaret, magic and balloon shows. On Sundays, current RSC Assistant Directors create short family shows inspired by Shakespeare’s plays, created especially for the space. Tickets are free, but you do need to book tickets in advance. Check the website for more details.
Take a trip to the Discover Children’s Story Centre, in Stratford, London, and visit the Tiger Who Came to Tea, and the adventures of Mog the Forgetful Cat,
an immersive exhibition of the world of Judith Kerr’s creatures.
The Grosvenor Open Air Theatre is showing a brand-new version of Mary Norton’s children’s story of the little people who borrow in order to survive. Arietty, Pod and Homily Clock leave their home beneath the floorboards to explore the world beyond… A joy for all the family!
Fans of Harry Potter will love the Warner Brothers Studio Tour. Adjacent to the working film studios where all eight Harry Potter films were made, the Studio Tour offers visitors the unique opportunity to explore two soundstages and a backlot filled with original sets, animatronic creatures and breathtaking special effects. Be warned, however, these tours are pretty pricey. If only you could magic up a handful of fifty pound notes…
Just So is a weekend-long family festival, featuring literature, theatre, dance and music – inspired by a love of stories and childhood japes. Expect campfire stories, dreamcatcher workshops, songwriting lessons and fancy dress, from 16-18 August. See the website for more details.
Hastings Literary Festival has lots going on, with workshops, talks and various other events around the town from 30th August-1st September.
If you have children who love Winnie the Pooh, why not take a nostalgic trip to Ashdown Forest, inspiration for the 100 Acre Woods? Go on a ‘Winnie The Pooh’ inspired walk, and play Pooh-sticks in the shade of the trees.
Do let us know if you have any recommendations for days out this summer!