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Things to do with your children this summer in London ”

Most of us parents have found lockdown difficult but so have our children, so as things return to a bit of normalcy many of us parents want to get out and start playing with our children and having fun with them.  

Hopefully, lockdowns are over and as the months progress more and more activity centres will open. In this article, we will take a look at some of the best things you can do with your children this year.

If lockdowns are applied again, I wanted to take a look at some of the things we can do with our kids outdoors as these would be the last activities to close. So let’s take a look.

1) Outdoor picnics

Outdoor picnics are suitable for those of us with smaller children who don’t seek too many thrills or adrenaline rushes yet. You may have your favourite picnic spot but one I would recommend checking out is the Devonshire road nature reserve.

The Devonshire road nature reserve has woodlands, ponds and beautiful meadows that your little ones can explore. Just make sure to dress them appropriately as they can get wet and mucky.

The Devonshire road nature reserve is located in Forest Hill and can be accessed via the forest hill train station. If you don’t fancy catching a train after this pandemic you may also want to consider a private taxi.  

One that I can recommend is Airport Transfers UK, they are a private taxi company that pickup and drop off at all the main attractions in the UK including airports such as Gatwick, Heathrow and so much more.

If you do drive Devonshire road nature reserve has ample parking but do try to get there early as these spaces can be used up very quickly.

2) Visit Castles

Another activity that is affordable, accessible and allows your children’s imagination to run wild is to visit your local castles. In London, there are many options but one that doesn’t get the credit it deserves is the Severndroog Castle. The Severndroog Castle is a gothic castle located in Shooters Hill it has acres of outdoor space for your children to explore and when they have worked up an appetite it has impressive tea rooms that young and old can enjoy.

The Severndroog Castle is a listed building so wheelchair access is limited but there is a stair climber there which can be used but it does need to be pre booked.

Accessing Severndroog Castle can be done via tube, bike, car and taxi.  

3) Woodberry Wetlands

The Woodberry Wetlands is a nature reserve in Hackney and hold all types of wildlife that your little ones with love to see including butterflies, bats, kingfishers and more. Its set in 11 hectares of land and once again has a nice cafe on site when you have built up an appetite.

As the wetlands are outdoors it’s covid safe too and if you are concerned there’s plenty of room for social distancing.

4) Outdoor riding

Even if you aren’t the type of person to have ever thought about riding a horse before then this could be the activity for you. Stag lodge stables are offering riding lessons to children from the age of 4 to 18.  

Because of the huge range in age Stag lodge stables has many horses available for skill levels and the sizes of your children. Horse riding can be dangerous but with the right training, it can be a safe and fun day out. 

At Stag lodge stables are offering their riding lessons in Richmond Park which is accessible via train, bus and private taxi. If you are looking for something a little different for your children this summer this could be the activity for you.

Your children can learn to ride a horse on shetland ponies which are small, slow and have a good temperament. You can learn more about their riding lessons on their website.


Finding something for your little ones to do this summer can be difficult especially with all the restrictions in place. Hopefully, the post above has given you some ideas on what you can do with your kids this summer. Children love being outdoors so even going for a walk can be better than staying at home so don’t put too much pressure on yourself as your children will love to spend time with you whatever you choose to do.

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