Here are our top picks for the upcoming weekend – your perfect itinerary for the little ones, moody teenagers, active kids and even parents and guardians! There is something here for the whole family, so no-one feels left out over the two-day break.
FOR ACTIVE KIDS
A perfect place to go with cheeky monkeys, kids will love flying through the tree tops at Go Ape. Come rain or shine, children, parents, and even active grannies and grandpas can have a great time at this brilliant venue.
With such a variety of locations set in some of the most beautiful forests in the UK, you are bound to find one convenient for you. For the traditional Go Ape experience, kids must be 10 or over, and over 1.4m tall. Under 16s must be supervised by a participating adult.
For younger climbers, try Tree Top Adventure, specially designed for kids aged 6 to 12 (or open to under 6s who are over 1m tall). Participants stay attached the whole time they are in the trees, so adults can watch and laugh from below!
To begin your Go Ape Autumn Adventure and select your branch, visit their website now.
We all know teens love to shop till they drop – so they’ll love to grab a bargain with their friends this weekend. The Vintage Pop-Up stall in St Peter’s Church in West London has a great atmosphere with thousands of pre-loved, quality designer vintage garments to give a second life to. Sportswear, dresses, t-shirts, denim, streetwear, coats, jackets and much more in sizes XS to plus size.
Price start from around £4 per garment. Purchases are weighed and that determines the cost, based on £25 a kilo. It’s fun and cheap, but we highly recommend pre-booking to avoid disappointment and get there early to grab the good stuff!
Jodie Comer stars in Prima Facie at the Harold Pinter Theatre, April – June 2022
If you didn’t fall freakishly in love with Jodie Comer as Villainelle in ‘Killing Eve’, then you might be the only one. If you can grab one of these hot tickets, you’ll be lucky enough to witness a one-woman-show as Comer makes her West End debut. The UK premiere of Suzie Miller’s award-winning play, Prima Facie follows Tessa: A young, brilliant barrister who loves to win. She has worked her way up from working class origins to be at the top of her game; defending; cross examining and lighting up the shadows of doubt in any case. An unexpected event forces her to confront the lines where the patriarchal power of the law, burden of proof and morals diverge.
Cost: SOLD OUT but 30 Pay What You Can seats are released at 10am every Wednesday for every performance the following week! Will the stars align for parents date night?
15th April – 18th June
You can now head down to the West End without breaking the bank. Check out our discounted theatre tickets and find family deals to see all the best shows in London.
AROUND THE UK
Get scared in Edinburgh
If your teens love everything that is kooky and spooky, then no trip to Edinburgh would be complete without a trip to the Dungeon.
Edinburgh Dungeon shows off the gruesome history that most textbooks leave out. Learn about Burke and Hare, the city’s most notorious graverobbers or Sawney Bean, head of a clan famous for murdering and eating local residents.
“My Dad grew up in Sri Lanka so all my family are wild about Sri Lankan and Indian food, and tucked away in Chelsea there’s a beautiful tiny Indian restaurant called Kutir. It looks like a little Georgian house, so you’d never guess it was a restaurant. The chef, Rohit Ghai, became the first Indian Chef to be awarded a Michelin star in under a year so as you’d expect, the food is sensational and arrives very prettily decorated.”
To discover more of Tom’s best days out in and around London, click here.
London Transport Museum
Maybe it’s because you’re a Londoner that you love transport so…
What was once an entrance into Covent Garden’s Victorian flower market is now a stylish contemporary shop selling souvenirs, limited edition models and exclusive accessories. Among the shop’s most popular items are iconic posters spanning a century of transport design, including art deco classics of the 1930s. London Transport Museum has one of the finest poster archives in the world with over 5,000 posters and 700 original poster artworks. You’ll be sure to find something cool here to brighten up your teens room and make them proud to be a Londoner!
Take a scroll around London’s best gift shops, bookshops and museum stores with all the pressies your kids could dream of.
EVENT OF THE WEEK
Acting For Others, West End
Acting for Others provides financial and emotionla support to all theatre workers in times of need through 14 member charities. Top West End theatre shows are participating in this year’s West End Flea Market, run by theatrical charity Acting for Others, including Bonnie & Clyde, Book of Mormon, Come From Away, Dear Evan Hansen, Hamilton, Jersey Boys, Les Misérables, Life of Pi, Mamma Mia!, Moulin Rouge, Only Fools and Horses the Musical, Pretty Woman, Six, The Play That Goes Wrong, The Phantom of The Opera, To Kill a Mockingbird and Zorro. The event will take place at St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden, from 10.30am – 1pm.
Each show will set up uniquely designed stalls with show-themed merchandise, special limited-edition collectables, theatrical memorabilia, signed posters and special items for auction. Special guests will sign autographs on the day plus there will be merchandise and signed posters available to purchase. Join the judges as they navigate the best and the boldest stalls welcoming the newest shows in the West End alongside many long running firm fan favourites. The shows hosting a stall will compete to win Best Dressed Stall decided by the judges, with the winner announced at the event.
121 hectares of green wonder, Kew Gardens is a botanical research and educational centre with the world’s largest collection of living plants at over 30,000 species.
As well as the Kew Gardens and greenhouses, you can visit Kew Palace or the 10 octagonal storeys of the Chinese-Ta themed Great Pagoda. The 18-metre high Treetop Walkway brings a unique view of a wide variety of birds, insects and other life in the treetops. A personal recommendation would be to visit the Palm House whilst it’s snowing here in London – it’s quite magical to step in from the snow into a tropical indoor jungle!
The Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art is now hosting a one-off exhibition inside Kew, curated by internationally-renowned artist Tanya Schultz (a.k.a. Pip & Pop). When Flowers Dream showcases vibrant artworks made from everyday materials such as sugar, candy, and assorted craft materials. Kids with a sweet tooth will be inspired by such sustainable methods of art, while getting their sugar fix…
Click here to buy tickets now for admission to the gardens and access to free walking tours
Your ticket also includes admission to the art galleries, Tree Top Walkway, Kew Palace and greenhouses
FILMS OF THE WEEK
The Kings Daughter (2022)
Starring Pierce Brosnan, Kaya Scodelario, Benjamin Walker, Rachel Griffiths, and narrated by Julie Andrews, The King’s Daughter focuses on King Louis XIV and his quest for immortality. The King (Brosnan) manages to capture a mermaid’s life force, but things become complicated when his illegitimate daughter (Scodelario) bonds with the mermaid.
Mums, Dads, this one is for you! In the much-anticipated sequel to the hugely popular 2019 film based on the beloved TV show, Dowager Countess Violet Crawley (Dame Maggie Smith) has some news to share with her son Robert (Hugh Bonneville): a mysterious man she met long before he was born has left her a villa. The entire family, along with some new arrivals, sets out on a grand journey to the South of France, all to uncover the secrets and lies behind their newly inherited home.