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Summer holiday childcare and activities

Find childcare and fun activities for the summer holidays

From crazy golf, wild swimming, paddleboarding, to reading challenges, arts and theatre – there’s a huge amount of things to do with the kids over the summer in Lewisham. 

Don’t forget to check your local park and library for local events, often free.

Horniman Museum & Gardens

Inside the Museum, the Natural History Gallery and Nature base, World Gallery and Music Gallery are open, along with the free displays including Falling Birds and An Ode to Afrosurrealism.

You can also book tickets to see the exhibition Monkey Business and the Aquarium.

The Gardens are open, and you can book tickets to visit the Butterfly House.

The Animal Walk is open daily from 12.30pm to 4pm, and you do not need a ticket to enter. Please follow social distancing advice.

Don’t forget to book if you fancy a spot of crazy golf!

The Albany

Visit the Albany for Summer in the Garden – a pay what you decide season of theatre, music spoken word and family fun!

Visit the Albany website for more information

Beckenham Place Park

Weekly street food market Peckish is pack for the summer alongside Lazy Sundays – visit the Beckenham Place Mansion website for more information about events

The lake is open for wild swimming, paddleboarding and kayaking but you must book in advance

Lewisham summer of food and fun

This summer, with funding from the Department of Education, Lewisham Council is providing a varied holiday programme, with free activities and lunches for school-aged children and young people (aged 5-16 years – up to 19 for children/young people with SEND) eligible for and in receipt of benefit related Free School Meals.

A wide range of providers in Lewisham are supporting the delivery of this programme, offering a various fun packed sessions, including art & crafts, multi sports, singing, dancing, drama and games.

Each club will provide:

  • a wide range of exciting activities to suit different ages and personalities
  • fun physical activity sessions
  • free, nutritious and tasty food

Sessions last at least four hours and are free to access, though children must be registered.

Some providers can offer longer hours for an additional cost.

We know how important it is to be and feel safe, and all programmes will be delivered in line with government COVID-19 guidance.

The programme is provided from Monday 26 July to Friday 27 August 2021, with details for each club listed on the document below - contact the providers to find out more and sign up!

All are welcome to apply, but places will be prioritised for children eligible for FSM and allocated on a first come, first served basis.

If you have any questions or need support with registration, please contact HAFProgramme@Lewisham.gov.uk