Your Summer 2016 Sorted!

School is almost out for summer and if, like me, the thought of filling six whole weeks with the sprogs is bringing you out in the sweats, then fear not!  Your sanity has officially been saved thanks to the lovely ladies of Wanstead who have helped me compile this list of fun packed farms, zoos, museums, beaches and all time awesome attractions to keep you and your kids entertained throughout the holiday.

The list is predominately London / Essex focused but does make a few far flung suggestions if you fancy going a little further afield.   The list is by no means comprehensive (I’m no Time Out) but if you have any other suggestions, please do send them through and I’ll add them on to the list.  I will be regularly updating my Facebook page with hints and tips on the places we visit and I would love to hear your feedback too!  You can read my reviews and general ramblings on my Coffee, Kids & Ice  Cream FB page here…

Have fun parents and let the countdown begin…!

Gemma x



Drapers Field Playground, Leyton
Greenwich Park
Lloyd Park, Walthamstow
Valentines Park, Ilford
Wings Café Playground, North Weald Airfield
Ray Park, Woodford Bridge
Langthorne Park, Leytonstone
West Ham Park
Alexandra Palace Park
Olympic Park, Stratford
Maldon Promenade Park
Victoria Park Playgrounds, Splash Park & Café
Coram’s Fields, Camden
Pelican Playground, Chigwell
Thames Barrier Park
Clissold Park, Stoke Newington
Kew Gardens
Richmond Park
Springfield Park, Hackney
Leyton Jubilee Park
Brockhill Country Park
Brockwell Park
Riverhill Himalayan Gardens, Sevenoaks
Druidstone Park, Canterbury
Dulwich Park
Knole Park, Sevenoaks
Kelsey Park, Beckenham


City Farms – Mudchute, Hackney, Spitalfields, Vauxhall, Stepney etc
Willow Activity Farm, St Albans
Ashlyns Farm -/ Play Barn, Epping
Brooks Farm, Leyton
Old Macdonalds Farm, Brentwood
Lee Valley Farm, Waltham Abbey
Hainault Forest Farm
Barleylands, Basildon
Battersea Park and Children’s Zoo
The Hop Farm, Tonbridge
Godstone Farm, Godstone


Paradise Wildlife Park, Broxbourne
London Zoo
Colchester Zoo
Woburn Safari
Beaver Water World, Westerham
Rare Breeds Centre, Kent
Eagle Heights, Eynsford


V&A Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green
Science Museum, Kensington
Museum of London Docklands, Canary Wharf
National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
Horniman Museum, Dulwich
Discover Centre, Stratford
British Museum, Bloomsbury
Cutty Sark, Greenwich
Transport Museum, Covent Garden
Natural History Museum, Kensington
Royal Observatory, Greenwich
National Army Museum, Chelsea
Museum of London, Barbican
Firepower Museum, North Greenwich


Tumbling Bay at Olympic Park, Stratford
Leyton Leisure Lagoon
Cookie Island, Beckton
Owl’s Soft Play, Fairlop Waters
Krazy Kids Café, Ongar
Kids Space, Romsford
Kidzmania, Shepherd’s Bush
Tumble in the Jungle, Walthamstow
Gambados, Beckenham


Stick Man Trail, Thames Chase
Connaught Water
Gruffalo Trail, Brentwood
Weald Country Park
Coolings Nature Trail, Knockholt
High Elms Country Park, Farnborough


Peppa Pig World, Hampshire
Chessington World of Adventures
CBeebies Land
Thorpe Park


Bell Wharf Beach, Leigh-on-Sea
St Mary’s Bay, nr Dymchurch, Kent
Joss Bay near Margate
Westcliffe on sea
Walton on the Naze


Cammas Hall Fruit Farm, Hatfield Broad Oak
Parkside Farm, Enfield


South Bank
Van Hage Garden Centre, Miniature Railway & Farm, Great Amwell
Ongar / Epping Railway
Hyde Hall, Chelmsford
Audley End Miniature Railway
Nurture Barn, Braintree
Saffron Walden Hedge Maze
Emirates Cable Car, Greenwich
London Fields Lido
Belvedere Splash Park, Bexleyheath
IMAX 3D Cinema, Waterloo
Lullingstone Castle, Eynsford
Chiddingstone Castle, Chiddingstone
Crayzee Barn, Sidcup
Dover Castle, Dover
Faversham Pools, Faversham
Fort Amherst, Chatham
Hampton Court, East Molesey
Leeds Castle, Maidstone
HMS Belfast, SE1
Hever Castle, Edenbridge

5 thoughts

  1. Bruce castle park and Lordship rec are great parks in Tottenham both with play area. Cafe and paddling pools. Also forty hall Enfield has a small farm and community vineyard as well as events throughout the summer


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