Activities & Days Out / 26 January, 2023 / Christina Walter
If you’re looking for the best summer camps for kids in London you’ve come to the right place. We’ve pulled together a list of recommended summer camps and clubs to keep your kids amused during the summer holidays.
The Strings Club multi-award winning summer Holiday Camps for 4-11 year olds offer top quality childcare that you can trust.
Their interactive activities are led by qualified, friendly, fully-DBS checked practitioners and musicians who know how to inspire children from drop-off to pick-up time!
Contact: 0121 296 9204.
Visit: The Strings Club
Camp Bonas has designed an outdoor, screen-free, adventure-led week to allow your child to rewild their minds; joining in on creative workshops, participating in outdoor team-based activities, set against the backdrop of the UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
At Camp Bonas, the children will stay in log cabins set into a hillside surrounded by organic pasture and forest. The cosy wooden bunks make sure all campers get the rest they need to be able to enjoy the week-long outdoor adventure.
Address: Bonas MacFarlaneEducation Ltd, Victoria House, 1a Gertrude Street, London, SW10 0JN
Contact: +44 (0) 207 223 2794
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A TARKA holiday class is a very popular option for childcare in the school holidays.
TARKA is a developmental exercise company that specialises in getting young children to love exercise from an early age. Rather than just getting children to run around and burn off steam, they get children to use their brains, work in teams and begin to understand what it is to be ‘emotionally intelligent’. TARKA runs classes for children starting from 18 months old all the way up to 8 years old. As well as their term time classes, they offer 4-hour holiday classes throughout all of the holidays where their primary focus is on getting children moving and being active!
There are three locations across London to choose from.
Contact: 020 7164 6281
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Role Models is an impact-driven education provider. We focus on life skills that promote social & emotional wellbeing and dynamic thinking, helping young people to thrive in life; both at home and in their future workplace.
They complement traditional academic education by delivering online & offline courses for 3-15 year olds that develop young peoples’ skills in leadership, confidence, resilience, creative problem solving, collaboration and growth mindset. These skills really impact the everyday lives of the young people we work with…
Contact: +44 20 3637 7107
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Maggie and Rose camps are ideal for children from 4 – 8 years of age. Designed to stimulate curiosity and inspire creativity through art and craft, science, cooking and music, kids can look forward to a whole heap of cool activities.
There’s everything from mega science experiments to putting on music shows with their own home-made instruments, to creating a giant cityscape from cardboard boxes. Camp leaders are passionate about encouraging independent, ‘what if’ thinking, and will guide children to build relationships, learn social skills, practise problem-solving and teamwork, and above all: have fun! Drinks, snacks and lunch are provided.
Contact: 020 7078 9000
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When it comes to the best summer camps for kids, Sharky & George have crafted a variety of amazing options that will all go a long way in entertaining your children over the holidays.
Their fantastic team will lead the children through activities such as chocolate making, mad science, nature trails, spy mysteries, fashion shows, graffiti workshops and much much more.
The camp runs from 9am until 4pm each day with drop off from 8:45 am. Children must be aged 5-11.
Sharky & George are also able to offer Private Adventure Clubs in a venue of your choice.
Address: The Parsons Green Club 31 Broomhouse Ln, London SW6 3DP
Contact: 020 7924 4381
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Holiday Activity Camps for children aged 6-12, Kaleidoscope provides outlets where, during the holidays and after school, children can explore, create, enquire, experiment and, above all, have fun.
At Kaleidoscope their goals are to promote and encourage an appreciation of the arts among children, to reconnect kids with the outdoors, to provide children with the tools and guidance needed to create, express, and explore.
Contact: 0203 651 7870
An Ofsted-registered school holiday programme specially designed to offer affordable summer child care for parents, Camp Horizons offers 5-14 year-old campers a variety of indoor and outdoor activities, which means they can enjoy their favourite hobbies, as well as develop new interests in a safe and encouraging environment.
They offer a broad range of activities which includes sports, arts and crafts, drama, dance as well as old camp favourites such as Capture the Flag, Dodgeball and inter-camp competition days. Additionally, each week there’s a theme day for the kids to enjoy.
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MN Science Holiday Camp is the ultimate holiday mix of education, fun and indoor and outdoor science experiments and activities. Every year the Mother Nature Science Camp inspires thousands of budding scientists, ages 5- 12 years, during the summer, Easter and Christmas school holidays and even the half-term breaks at premium Partner School Venues.
Address: 22 Westmoreland Road. London, NW9 9BW, UK
Contact: +44 (0)20 8863 8832
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With unrivalled activities to suit every interest at Barracudas COVID-19 secure camps, your kids will have a blast this summer. With 42 locations in the South East, you can choose the camp that’s most convenient for you.
The range of activities your child can choose from has been well thought out, making sure there’s something for every child. With over 80 different activities to choose from, they’re sure to get stuck into something they really enjoy. Whether they’re a budding artist, scientists or love sports, your kids will have a blast at Barracudas Activity Day Camp.
Address: Airfield Industrial Estate, Unit 9 Warboys, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE28 2SH
Contact: 01480 467 567
HDO is a summer holiday sports camp taught by coaches of various sporting backgrounds, helping develop sporting techniques or simply introducing children to sports they are yet to learn.
Activity courses for children aged 5-14 during all holiday breaks.
Address: DULWICH COLLEGE SPORTS CLUB, Pond Cottages, London, SE21 7LE
Contact: 020 8299 9292
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If you’re looking for multi-activity summer holiday camps for kids aged 4-14 during the easter, half term and summer holidays, you’ve come to the right place. Activ Camps are run by fully trained, enthusiastic staff who create a happy and safe environment for your children.
A huge amount of non-stop fun activities ensure your children can have the best possible Summer Holidays or Half Term break. By trying something new every day, they can have a much more varied and exciting experience than they would normally have at a swimming camp or a football camp.
Contact: 07896 546 067
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The Holiday Kids Club programme for 4-11-year-olds promises to keep little people entertained throughout school holidays, and active kids will love weekend sessions at Baby Ballet, Baby Booters, football and Toddler Trampoline. Birthday parties prove extremely popular at JAGS Sports Club, with a number of options available to suit tastes and budgets.
There are early drop-offs and late pick-ups available.
Address: Red Post Hill, Dulwich, London SE24 9JN
Contact: 020 8613 6500
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KOOSA Kids have been running Ofsted registered Holiday Clubs in Berkshire, Hampshire, Richmond and Surrey for 15 years.
They offer high quality, affordable holiday club childcare whilst ensuring your children have as much fun as possible in the school holidays. Their holiday clubs are open every school holiday from 8.15am to 6.00pm, with the option to book a shorter standard day from 10.00am to 4.00pm.
Contact: 01276 21884
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Yellow Birds Play Academy is a private limited company, established in 2008, providing quality childcare for school-aged children during term time and the school holidays.
Their play programmes are designed following the weekly theme set by the Early Years Foundation Stage Coordinator of their host school (or the school where the majority of children attend).
They are also reflective of the children’s current interests, social and religious events. Planning is reviewed daily to help us monitor and evaluate the activities provided to ensure they facilitate learning and development through play.
Address: Mornington Hall, The Green, Chingford, E4 7EN.
Contact: 020 8509 0006
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The Play Shelter holiday play schemes cater for children aged 4 – 12 years and opens Monday to Friday during February and October half-term holidays, Easter holidays and summer holidays (excluding Bank holidays) to serve the community of parents who work, study or are on low income.
Their holiday play schemes focus on play and development opportunities ranging from dance, drama, arts & crafts, music, cookery, sports and off-site trips. Experienced childcare practitioners work effectively with your children by encouraging their interests and supporting their emerging skills within their choice of activities.
Contact: 0207 407 6744
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Since 2013, Rock and Roll Recruits has been running four-day music courses, operating every school holiday.
The courses offer an authentic experience of playing in a band along with promoting accelerated learning, building confidence and inspiring the children to play music at all ability levels, with catering for all instruments.
As the week progresses, they work towards performing a concert held publicly. This provides the perfect end to the week’s effort – family and friends will enjoy watching the bands perform as much as they’ll enjoy showing off the fruits of their labour!
During their time at Rock and Roll Recruits, budding musicians will learn how to work alongside one another within a group situation. The songs help them in both confidence and technical ability.
Address: The Ark Putney Academy, Hayward Gardens, Putney, SW15 3DG
Contact: 07545 543 357
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Shooting Starz offers a range of half-day, normal day and extended day options at each location. They believe that children learn best through guided discovery, and sessions are structured to encourage learning through play.
They create challenging activities to encourage their progression in the sport, understanding that every child is different, they aim to guide each one to their sporting potential.
Shooting Starz aims to be a safe fun-filled environment where children can experience the joys of sport and teamwork, and make a few friends on the way!
Address: Club Des Sports, Acton, Latymer, Hammersmith
Contact: 07506 585 956
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A place for children aged 3-12 year to learn, experiment, explore and play.
Address: Holiday Inn Kensington Forum, First Floor Academy, Pallette Suite, Courtfield Road Entrance, London, SW7 4DN
Contact: 0800 092 1062
Visit Little House of Science
The Hive creates immersive adventures and projects for children and teens to explore, create, problem-solve and collaborate in the outdoors.
Blending nature skills, gaming principles, real tools and technology, The Hive’s summer camps are imaginative, fast-paced and challenging! A team of specialist facilitators may be artists, makers, bushcraft experts, filmmakers, Forest School leaders or scientists. They all share a passion for helping children connect with nature in a modern and exciting way.
Address: Roehampton University, Roehampton Lane, London, SW15 5PU
Contact: 020 3435 6848
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The Playing Space offers a year-round programme of exciting holiday workshops. During the long summer holidays, we run a hugely popular drama and crafts camp for all age groups.
Their drama games, exercises and activities are designed to encourage teamwork and co-operation. Children in their holiday groups, who often come from different schools and backgrounds, soon form strong bonds. They love working, playing and eating together!
Address: Southgate, North London
Contact: 07743 987556
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XUK offers a summer camp for kids that spans multi-activities for children aged 8 – 17 years old.
Staying in beautiful grounds, your child will enjoy a range of adventurous, creative and lively activities as well as ‘off-site’ day trips to Oxford, Worcester or Stratford Upon Avon as part of their summer camp for kids. ‘Optional extras’ allow each family to tailor-make their summer camp experience with their choice of activities!
Address: 48 Fitzalan Rd, London, N3 3PE
Contact: +44 (0) 20 8922 9739
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(a class for Toddler & Parent (2-4 years)
Enjoy expressive movement, singing and beautiful music with Celestina & India.
A welcoming creative space encouraging the little ones & parents to move to the beat of their heART. All toddlers & parents welcome 🙂
Cost: £12 per child
Time: 1pm-1:45pm (45 minutes)
Age: 2-4yrs & parent
Address: Pineapple Dance Studios, 7 Langley Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9JA
Contact: Booking is via the Pineapple “Live” App or their website