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Here are our top picks for the upcoming weekend, 17th – 19th September. 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.





Chessington World of Adventures




If you’re animal-lovers, thrill-seekers, or simply like to relax and enjoy a good show, Chessington World Of Adventures is the place for you. Tickets, sold for both day breaks and short trips, give you access to the theme park, zoo, sea life centre, and daily shows and activities.




There are over 40 rides and attractions, spread across 10 themed zones, and over 1000 exotic animals, including the popular Asiatic lions and Humboldt penguins. Kids can pet farm animals and the Sea Life Centre teaches children about our oceans with exhibitions, feeding sessions and a chance to view sea creatures at close proximity by walking through the tunnel. Shows take place in all three sections of Chessington World of Adventures and are extremely popular.




This location is perfect for active kids who adore animals! Speaking of which, have you read through our popular list of the top 15 Family Days Out for Animal Lovers?





Europe’s most unusual festival in Clapham Common

Colourscape Music Festival




Eye Music Trust presents its flagship Colourscape Festival on Clapham Common in a new 70-chamber Festival Two Colourscape. Expect to blessed by the sounds of trumpets, gongs, chimes, percussion, ancient instruments and electronics while you laze in the park.




Each day of the festival runs from 12.30- 5pm and has full wheelchair access. This is an event your teens will love to boast about all over their Instagram feeds.






Adult – £10; Child – £5; Family £28








2: 22 – A  Ghost Story, Noël Coward Theatre




Jenny (Lily Allen) believes her new home is haunted, but her husband Sam (Hadley Fraser) isn’t having any of it. They argue with their first dinner guests, old friend Lauren (Julia Chan) and new partner Ben (Jake Wood). Can the dead really walk again? Belief and scepticism clash, but something feels strange and frightening, and that something is getting closer, so they’re going to stay up… until 2:22… and then they’ll know.






Check out this edge-of-your-seat, supernatural thriller from award-winning writer Danny Robin and directed by Matthew Dunster, running till 16th October. Intriguing, funny and scary, it takes you into one adrenaline-filled night where secrets will emerge and ghosts may appear…






Tickets from £15 – £125. Running Time: 2hrs 30 mins.





Kids playing by Leeds Castle in Kent





Kent is known as the Garden of England – famous for its food and drink production, and most recently wine.” If you are looking for an easy escape route from the hustle and bustle of London, Kent is the place to go. Only 1 hour and 11 minutes on the train from London St.Pancras, Kent has plenty of historic attracttions on offer for kids and teens such as Canterbury Catedral and Anne Boleyn’s Hever Castle.




Leeds Castle is an excellent place to take the family out for a day trip. There are vast amounts of activities to chose from and so there is something for everyone in the family. Activities range from exploring the Castle or Gatehouse to punting on the moat or playing in fantastic playgrounds.


A plate of vegan munch served at Rudy’s Vegan Diner

Rudy’s Vegan Diner




If your kids winced all through Seaspiracy or adore Sir David Attenborough, they will love London’s first all-vegan diner and butcher Rudy’s. A popular spot located near Highbury and Islington station, the diner serves up veganised versions of classic American diner food & unbeatable cruelty-free meals that still taste delicious.



You will find everything from meat-free burgers and giant seitan hot dogs, to mind-blowing dairy-free milkshakes and pastrami-packed Reuben’s sandwiches.



Why not check out our other favourite restaurants to take teenagers for a special occasion?





‘Sister Soul No.1’, picture courtesy of Mirror Me Shop

Mirror Me




“Mirror Me is an illustration project created by Ayu Erana in 2020, with the purpose of brightening people’s lives with vibrant artworks. The project is driven by the desire to promote confidence with the hopes that the audience will mirror the tone in these artworks.” Portraits range from £18 – £22.50 per piece (minus delivery costs), a perfect gift to lighten up your teenager girls dark hole of a bedroom, remind her of the sisterhood that surrounds her and well as doing your bit to support a locally based artist.




Ayu Erana is a British-born Ethiopian illustrator and painter living and working in London.





The bandstand at Queens Park Book Festival 2020

Queen’s Park Book Festival




Queen’s Park is a local hidden, family-friendly gem in North West London centred around a 30-acre park surrounded by beautiful Victorian homes. This weekend marks the second year of the only London book festival to be held solely in a public park surrounded by an area that boasts a wonderful literary history as a home to authors, artists, poets and actors for generations.


Local authors speaking include Annie Mac (DJ & Broadcaster), Yvonne Bailey Smith (The Day I Fell Off My Island), Elif Shafak (The Fourty Rules of Love) & Melissa Benn (What Should We Tell Our Daughters?).


Ticket Prices

Saturday Day Pass – £18
Sunday Day Pass – £18
Weekend Pass – £34

QPBF operates a Day Pass system, which gives you access to all events throughout the day. With a Day pass, you can enjoy any events you like!


Greenwich Park host a Hip Hop Showcase

Hip Hop Showcase, Greenwich Park




Witness future stars in the making! This is an opportunity to see some of South East London’s hottest young musical talent as they perform on the Greenwich Park bandstand. Young people aged 14-25 from across Lewisham and Greenwich perform as singer-songwriters, duo’ or emerging bands. Bring a picnic and come and support tomorrow superstars.




Dates and Times

Saturday 18th Sep 2021

5pm – 7pm

Greenwich Park;

This is a Free Event and is part of the Hip Hop day & youth takeover event




If you happen to be picnic-ing in Greenwich Park, why not follow our Day Out Itininery for Kids in Greenwich and make the most of your trip to South East London?





Online Event




Cypher Coder’s Summertime Specials




Available online or in-person, Cypher Summer Camps are not only great fun, children can sign up with their friends and learn the language of the future. This is your chance to get your children ahead of the game and get the next generation fully equipped to learn those super skills! The two themes will alternate over the holidays for a sensational summer: Awesome Animal Adventures – Nature + code or Tokyo Olympics – Sport + Culture + code.




At camp, students will learn to code while they find out about the stars of the new sports and how to use technology to measure and track events, fitness and performance. They won’t be forgetting the arts and culture of Japan – looking at everything from the traditional tea ceremony, to beautiful kimonos, Studio Ghibli and Anime to inspire designing games and virtual 3D worlds.





‘Medusa’ at London Design Festival

London Design Festival




Starting this Friday for its nineteenth year running, the London Design Festival is back and better than ever. Take a cultural trip this weekend to see the UK’s largest public artwork. Highlights include Yinka Ilori’s ‘Bring London Together’ and Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto’s ‘Medusa’ installation at the V&A.




The vision of London Design Festival is to celebrate and promote London as the design capital of the world. The Festival returns for the 19th edition from 18-26 September 2020.





To Watch

RESPECT (2021)




Directed by Liesl Tommy and starring Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, and Mary J. Blige, Respect (2021) follows the rise of Aretha Franklin‘s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom, the remarkable true story of the music icon’s journey to find her voice. Inspire your teen to follow their dreams with a cinema date at the Everyman Hampstead this weekend!





Running Time: 1 hr 45 mins





To Stream

The Mitchells vs/ The Machines (2021)




Young Katie Mitchell embarks on a road trip with her proud parents, younger brother and beloved dog to start her first year at film school. But their plans to bond as a family soon get interrupted when the world’s electronic devices come to life to stage an uprising. With help from two friendly robots, the Mitchells must now come together to save one another — and the planet — from the new technological revolution.





Available on Netflix

Running Time: 1 hr 54 mins





thames rockets




Do you have a bubble that’s bursting to get out?





Thames Rockets, London’s #1 speedboat experience, are committed to ensuring social distancing is part of the new norm onboard this summer. Doors are open, so book now to avoid disappointment with our exclusive 20% discount. The perfect outing for teens and birthday parties.




As recommended on ‘BBC News Lockdown Bucket List


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