The Best London Family Events This Autumn


1. Camp and play at The Good Life Experience & Festival : Flintshire, Wales : 20/21 September.

Key details : Adult £45.00 : Child aged 7 – 16 years inclusive £22.50 : Children 0-6 years FREE : CAMPING RATES : Tents : £15 per pitch for one night : £20 per pitch for two nights : Bunkhouse : £22 per person per night : Campervan/Caravan : £30 per vehicle per night.

african choir

2. Fresh Up and improve your b-bop skills at the Southbank Centres Africa Utopia Festival from 11-14th September. Choose from a list of weekend activities and workshops, our driver likes the Say it Through Breakdancing workshop: FREE on 14 September, in The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall at 11am :: Footwork, top rock and basic freezes – join this beginners’ workshop and learn how it’s done. Wear comfortable clothes. There are lots of activities to get involved with, have a look on the link above.


3.Book tickets for The Country Life Fair : Fulham Palace : 27 & 28 September.

The Country Life Fair aims to stimulate interest and excitement in rural activities and introduce children to different pastimes and hobbies associated with the countryside. Join Ben Fogle, Dick Strawbridge and a host of other famous faces to celebrate the best of the British countryside – in town. The Country Life Fair will feature exhibitors from all over the United Kingdom Discover, try and buy products from heritage brands to artisans.

Fair highlights include: Country Pursuits, Country Gardens, Country Kids Zone, Country Kitchen, Country Cellar, Country Houses & Interiors and Country Artisans.

kew at night

4. BOOK NOW NOW NOW, as these tickets are hot. Check in with Santa at the fantastical Kew at Night experience : (Early slots advised for those with little kids) 26 November, 2014 – 3 January 2015; 5pm – 10pm.


5. Head over to the House of Illustration : Quentin Blake exhibition ‘Inside Stories’ and for their Family Illustration Workshop : Action Animals on 27 Sept (booking req).

The exhibition brings together first roughs and storyboards, many never shown before, with finished art work to demonstrate how ideas evolved, often in close collaboration with the authors. It shows how Blake brings to bear a wide range of different techniques and media including inks, watercolours and pastels applied with a variety of touch, in response to the particular mood of a book and the nature of its characters, to create his distinctive and unforgettable illustrations.


6. Don’t miss the Family Fun Day: Blood at The Royal Institution on Saturday 11 October, Drop in between 11.00am and 4.00pm

Get beyond the gore and explore your blood at our next Family Fun Day. Why do we need 60,000 miles of blood vessels in our body? What keeps you going? And what does your heart look like from the inside? Join us on a journey through the stream of life at our hands-on event all about blood at this hands-on event throughout the Royal Institution’s building.Prices : Adults £12 : 3 – 18 year olds £6.


7. You can’t go wrong with a trip to The Little Angel Theatre. Book now to see Cindermouse. Travel to the land of mice where hardworking little Cindermouse finds love in the arms of a prince. Drawing on the Cinderella story, this show introduces its audience to a host of colourful glove and rod puppet characters – the outrageous sisters, the delicate fairy, acrobats who tumble and dancers who twirl to the musical accompaniment.

Thursday 20th November – Sunday 1st February and suitable for age 3 to 8. Babies and children under 3 will only be admitted at Baby Friendly performances (Sundays at 10.30am, plus Sat 22 Nov 11am, Tue 23 Dec 10:30, Wed 24 Dec 10:30 and Tue 30 Dec 10:30). Baby Friendly shows are not available online – please call box office (advance booking recommended).

8. Think ahead and book your tickets to see your local fireworks show. We like the Annual Fireworks Display on 25th October at Sunshine Garden Centre in Muswell Hill. Tickets sell out fast, but are worth the race, for the family friendly atmosphere, free food, mulled wine, and impromptu dad dancing after the final catherine wheel has died out!

lord mayor

9. The Lord Mayor’s Show & Fireworks are on Saturday November 8. The procession involves a lot of people, horses, marching bands and floats. It starts at 11am, through the city, square mile to the Royal Courts of Justice on the Strand. Then after picking up the new Lord Mayor(ess) it then travels past St Paul’s for a quick blessing, and heads home via Embankment.

Check out this link, if you want a grand stand ticket.


10. Grab your apples, wigs, and tattoos, and prepare for some Halloween fun. I  have face painting inspiration here, cake ideas here, and party ideas here. You could also book ahead for activities and craft sessions at The Chelsea Physic Garden, you can choose from Chocolate Tuesday on 28th Oct, Lotions & Potions on Wednesday 29th, The Big Draw on Thursday 39th and Creepy Crawling on Friday 31st. Book tickets here.

I will include more events in the listings on the home page nearer the time, keep checking back, and don’t forget to tell all your friends and family about the Bus Stop — I love your company.