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October half term

19th May 2019

London History Day

Celebrated on 31 May every year – the day Big Ben started keeping time – this is an occasion marked by many museums and attractions in London. It falls on the last day of the May half term this year, so look out for special exhibitions and behind-the-scenes tours at spots across the city.

Big Ben London

Vitality Wellness Festival

Part of the Vitality London 10k and Westminster Mile races – which take place in St James’s Park and Green Park – the Vitality Wellness Festival is a fun event on 26 May perfect for the whole family. As well as learning new skills and sports, children and adults are invited to try out The Tumbleator – a nine metre treadmill where you can race against world record times!

london-marathon at the athenaeum

Discovery Day – Victoria and Albert’s Birthday Bash

Make your way to Hyde Park on 29 and 30 May to celebrate 200 years since the birth of Victoria and Albert. Children are encouraged to dress up in Victorian clothes, take part in Victorian games and follow the park’s special history trail.

Green Park

ICC Cricket World Cup

Treat your sport-loving children to a one-of-a-kind experience during half term by taking them to see part of the Cricket World Cup 2019. On 30 May, there’s a match at The Oval between England and South Africa that is sure to wow each and every member of the family!

cricket

Monski Mouse’s Baby Disco Dance Hall

Ideal for families with children aged five and under, this session of dancing and play is for children and their parents to have fun on the dancefloor. Part of the Underbelly Festival Southbank, this show starts during half term and runs all the way through until the end of July.

Underbelly Festival

Museum of the Moon

Visit the Natural History Museum for this touring artwork, which arrives in the museum just before half term and in time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Accompanying a six-metre model of the moon is an interactive theatre experience that children can watch or take part in.

National History Museum The Athenaeum

Rip It Up

For young families who love television talent shows and music, Rip It Up is a real treat. Starring everyone from ex-Olympic athletes to Strictly Come Dancing winners, this musical production also relives some classic songs from the sixties, meaning there’s something for the whole family to enjoy! Rip It Up finishes its West End run at the end of half term on 2 June, so get in quick while you still can.

west end theatre

FOOD: Bigger than the Plate

Make your way to the V&A Museum over half term to take in this fascinating exhibition exploring the food system from compost to table. It’s a great way to teach the children something new while immersing yourself in an innovative museum experience.

Food system agriculture

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