It wouldn’t be a school holiday without our traditional pocketnannies round up of events going on in London. For those of you outside of London, check out our similar guide in Oxford/The Cotswolds. Also we posted our round up of theatre shows on this Christmas in London here. (Stand by because we’ve got some fun activities and baking to do at home which we’ll be sharing with you over the next few weeks).
RHS Wisley Gardens, Woking, Surrey, GU23 6QB
Head to Wisley Gardents to explore and experience the ‘Magic of Christmas’ from 29 Nov – 23 Dec. There are Stories and songs with Santa on selected days throughout December. Wednesday 29 November – Friday 1 December, Wednesday 6 – Friday 8 December and Wednesday 13 – Friday 15 December. Booking essential. There are 9 different time slots that you could go to. Tickets costs: A Child ticket with free adult £12. Find out more here. There’s also the Christmas Glow in partnership with Smart Energy GB. ‘Returning to Wisley from 1 December 2017 – 3 January 2018, it will bring the winter evenings alive with fantastical giant flowers, dramatic installations and brilliant illuminated trees.’
Chiswick House – Magical Lanterns, Chiswick, London, W4
We’ve heard wonderful things about the Magical Lanterns at Chiswick House. ‘The Magical Lantern Festival London is back for a third year with all new, bigger, brighter and more spectacular lanterns! The Festival is a spectacular fusion of art, heritage and culture. Illuminating outdoor installations of beautifully sculpted lanterns taking various forms’.
Magical Lanterns is running from 24th November 2017 – 1st January 2018, from 5pm-10pm daily. Tickets cost: from £16.50 for an adult ticket. Find out more here.
Museum of London Docklands, West India Quay, London E14 4AL
There’s some great workshops on at the Museum of London Docklands this Christmas time. Including: Festive Under 5’s Storytime on the 21st and 29th December 2017, at 11.00, 12.00. 14.00 and What Are You Like? And Room for Pudding? Workshops on 16-17 December 2017 at various times. Check their website for more information.
Dove Studios Chelsea
Dove Studios offer arts classes for children and adults. They are hosting a Christmas arts and crafts club 11-13 Dec. Call or email for more details. 020 7352 6668 / firstname.lastname@example.org
A magical Christmas at Bocketts Farm, Fetcham, Surrey, KT22 9BS
Father Christmas returns to Bocketts Farm from 23rd November to 24th December. It all sounds rather magical to us – ‘The visit begins as the children hop on board the Santa Express trailer with one of the elves for a short ride from the Farm Park. Up to 2 adults may accompany each child by walking alongside the trailer, which travels very slowly. Once through the magical gates, you’ll gather as a group in his workshop, set deep in a traditional hay barn. In the grotto, each child will meet Father Christmas and receive a wrapped present from him’! Ticket costs vary depending on peak / off peak booking. Details here. http://www.bockettsfarm.co.uk/explore/christmas2017/
Some of our favourite locations for ice skating in London include:
Natural History Museum, more info here. Adults from £12.65, children from £8.80, families from £39.60, Members save 10%.
Somerset House, more info here. Tickets cost from £7.50.
Tower of London, more info here. Tickets cost £10.50 for a child, £14.50 for 16 +, £12.50 for teenagers aged 13-15 years.
What are your plans with your little ones for the next few weeks?