Has summer holiday fatigue firmly set in? Exhausted your diary of days out? If the three-day weekend is already giving you fear, let us feed your imagination. From food fests and street parties to musical munchies and breakfast with a view – this Bank Holiday weekend be sure to treat your brood to three days of deliciousness with ten top tasty things to do across London and the UK…
The Big Feastival
If a weekend of glamping, glitter and gastronomic goodness for the whole family sounds like your idea of heaven then we’ve found just the thing – The Big Feastival. Back and bigger than ever, Alex James farm once again plays host to a three days of family fun in the heart of the Cotswolds between 23rd and 25th August. With music from the UK’s biggest artists such as Rudimental, Jess Glynne, Elbow, Lewis Capaldi, Jack Savoretti, Jonas Blue and many more! That’s our soundtrack sorted, now for the kids – the line up is epic Justin Fletcher, Peppa Pig, PJ Mask’s Catboy & Paw Patrol’s Chase and Marshall will all be providing live entertainment over the three day festival. The Little Dudes Den is a hip hangout for tots, Neff’s Little Kitchen is serving up cookery classes with Hobbs House Bakery and there’s even the Big Top, where smaller Feastival-goers get to move, dance, shake and boogie the day away. Don’t forget to swing by Warburton’s Toastie Clubhouse to breakfast on warm buttered bagels, lunch on gourmet baked beans and feta on toasted seeded batch or even take high-tea complete with strawberry and mascarpone crumpets.
Where: Alex James’ Farm, near Kingham, Oxfordshire, OX7 6UJ
Nearest Station: Kingham – just 90 minutes from London Paddington
Swap Carnival for Classical – Peppa Pig: My First Concert
If the hustle and bustle of Notting Hill Carnival’s Family Day isn’t for you but you’re still searching for a little musicality this long weekend then Peppa Pig is here to solve all your problems. Yup, that’s right, everyone’s favourite Pig family is back, leading an interactive introduction to live orchestra with Peppa Pig: My First Orchestra. Watch as Daddy Pig and Mummy Pig learn how to conduct an orchestra, exploring all the different sounds that instruments make together. With George and Peppa, they bring to life some of their favourite music from the show as well as discovering other exciting pieces perfect for little ones. If you’re little piggies are poised for post-show munchies, why not opt for nearby family-favourite – Honest Burgers. The mini burgers come with our rosemary salted chips, and cost 50% less than the grown up sized dishes, plus, exclusively at the Southbank branch you can tuck into the cannily named ‘South Bank’. Crafted with Village Maid cheese, this patty is strictly for parents – a burger with Honest beef, smoked bacon, Waterloo cheese, garlic pickle, red onion and baby spinach. In the words of Daddy Pig…deeeelicious!
Honest Burger: 9 Festival Terrace, London, SE1 8XX
Nearest Tube: Waterloo
PAW Patrol Afternoon Tea
Do your little ones dream of sharing scones with Sky? Chomping on biccies with Chase? This Bank Holiday, you can make your little ones dreams a reality with a child-friendly afternoon tea set to send your kids on a roll! In celebration of its partnership with the PAW Patrol Little Heroes Awards, taking place this October, Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London has launched a shiny new PAW Patrol themed playroom and afternoon tea. Running until 27th August, there’s only a few weeks to catch this exciting pup pop up. From a playroom filled with PAW-tastic characters, kinetic sand and games galore to a teatime filled with pup-cakes, bone-shaped cookies and paw-some chocolates, we’re saying a HUGE thank you to Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London for throwing us a bone this Bank Holiday. At an affordable £25 per stand based on 2 kids sharing, be sure to book as teatimes set to get stacked!
Where: Park Plaza Westminster, 200 Westminster Bridge Road SE1 7UT
Nearest Tube: Waterloo
The Shard Family Breakfast Fun Club
If you’re little ones are up at the crack of dawn, why not make the most of the clear Bank Holiday skies and the early hour by soaring up The Shard for family breakfast fun with a view. Taking place on Saturday 24th August between 8.30 and 10am, families can enjoy early access to The View from The Shard and savour the scenic vistas of the capital with much-needed unlimited coffee and buttery croissants. With free face painting, balloon modelling and activities for the whole family to enjoy, tots can even take home a prize for completing a bank holiday weekend worksheet. Beat the crowds and enjoy breath-taking views for as long as you wish – limited tickets are available at just £16 per person, so book early and don’t miss out. Book tickets here
Where: Joiner Street, London, Se1 9QU
Nearest Tube – London Bridge
Courtyard BBQs at The Postal Museum
Hugely popular amongst families across London, The Postal Museum’s Postal Play Space is a winner with kids under 8. With an immersive mini-town complete with streets, buildings, trolleys, pulleys, slides and chutes, your little ones are assured sackloads of fun. Sessions last 45 mins starting at 10.00am and last session at 16.00pm. This Monday 26th August, why not follow Postal Play with a BBQ bite in the museum’s courtyard. Between midday and 6pm, the grill will be sizzling with juicy British beef burgers, sausage baps and vegan jackfruit burgers with zingy carrot slaw. Sweet treats don’t come much sweeter than Hackney Gelato, served scoop by scoop at the Postal Musuem’s ice cream cart. From vanilla and dark chocolate to fruity raspberry and lemon sorbet, top it off with salted caramel sauce, whipped cream or a generous sprinkling of hundreds and thousands. The alfresco fun continues across the summer with seaside-themed family friendly activities including Punch and Judy hand puppet workshops and postcard making sessions to storytelling and book signings.
Where:15-20 Phoenix Place, London, WC1X 0DA
Nearest Tube: Farringdon
Twirlywoos and Tacos
From the producers of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show and Sarah and Duck Live on Stage comes another enchanting show for young audiences at Uderbelly Festival on the Southbank. Toodloo, Great BigHoo, Chickedy, Chick and Peekaboo welcome young fans in a brand-new theatrical adventure, as the Twirlywoos embark on a new adventure onboard their Big Red Boat. Expect mischief, music and plenty of surprises as they share the delight of discovery. With beautifully inventive puppetry the show promises a cast full of all your favourite characters from the hit TV show.Recommended for ages 1+, with babes in arms welcome. Follow Twirlywoos with a Thames-side taco at Wahaca. Housed in 8 recycled shipping containers arranged on 2 overhanging levels alongside London’s Southbank Centre, Wahaca Southbank serves up our award-winning Mexican street food fit for families including the brilliant build your own tacos for mini diners which comes complete with chicken, steak, cod or seasonal veggies, tortillas, lettuce, cheese & mashed up guacamole, side of veg stick dippers and crunchy chips.
Udderbelly Festival Southbank: Belvedere Road Coach Park, London, SE1 8XX
Wahaca: Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, SE1 8XX
Nearest Tube: Embankment
The Moon Adventure & Sci-Fi Afternoon Tea
What’s it like to be an astronaut? Where did the Moon come from? What’s the future of humans in space? You’ll find the answers to these questions and more at the Institute of Physics’ new family-friendly exhibition – The Moon Adventure. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission and the first people to walk on the Moon, the exhibition explores the physics of the Moon and the history of space travel with a summer of free activities for all to enjoy. You can get hands-on with physics experiments, build a moon village, create a space comic strip and more. Continue your weekend of intergalactic fun with Kids Sci-Fi afternoon tea at The Ampersand Hotel serving up exciting and curious dishes, from jams served in petri dishes, to chocolate spacemen and dinosaur biscuits.
Institute of Physics: 37 Caledonian Road, London, N1 9BU
Nearest Tube: Kings Cross St Pancras
The Ampersand: 10 Harrington Road, London, SW7 3ER
Nearest Tube: South Kensington
Buckingham Palace Family Festival
Fancy a right royal knees up this Bank Holiday weekend? The Royal Collection Trust’s annual Family Festival is back, and bigger and better than ever before. From jovial circus tricks in the Family Pavilion at Buckingham Palace to stepping into the shoes of the great Leonardo da Vinci in The Queen’s Gallery where little ones can sketch in red chalk and charcoal. Families can get crafty at The Royal Mews at the festival’s Arts and Crafts Fete where you can turn your hand to watercolour panting and photography or even making a hobby horse! Looking for a nearby bite with the brood? Head to Nova Food in Victoria. Housing more than 20 restaurants including Hai Cenato, Bone Daddies, Sticks’n’Sushi, Shake Shack, Franco Manca, Timmy Green and Crosstown Doughnuts to name a few, the choice is plentiful and feasting fit for a king!
The Royal Mews / Buckingham Palace / The Queen’s Gallery – Buckingham Palace
Time: 11am – 3pm
Nova Food: 79a Buckingham Palace Rd, Westminster, London SW1W 0AJ
Nearest Tube: Green Park / St James’ Park
Smithfield Street Party: A Beastly Adventure
This Bank Holiday Sunday get wild at Smithfield Market’s street party. In this year’s take on Culture Mile’s annual festival, curated by the Museum of London, all London’s animals – past, present or future, large and small, rare and familiar – will make an appearance at an unmissable party full of music, circus performances, beastly workshops, games and play, joined by 10,000 human party animals in Smithfield’s wildest event of the year. Transforming into a beastly paradise, little ones can learn how to dance like a bee, look up and watch extraordinary aerialists fly through the sky, go wild with playful animal amusements and learn how to care for the animals that live alongside us, all for free! If all that prowling around gets you and your brood hungry, head for The Watering Hole to sink your fangs into Jolly Waffles, Born & Raised’s wood fired pizzas, Thelo’s Greek Souvlaki and Micheboo’s Caribbean Kitchen to name a few. Redemption Roasters will also be on hand to serve up kicking cups of coffee throughout the day.
Where: Grand Ave, Farringdon, London EC1A 9PS
Time: 11am – 7pm
Wimbledon Park Food Festival
Running across the Bank Holiday weekend is Wimbledon Park’s Fantastic Food Festival. Back for it’s sixth year, the bowling green comes alive with culinary creations from over 50 specialist stallholders. From cheese and charcuterie to bread and pastries, families can feast to their hearts content on cuisine from all four corners of the globe. Alongside stellar street food, family food graces the Festival Kitchen stage with tastings, talks and demos from MasterChef alumni – Angelica Bell, Dhruv Baker and Kenny Tutt. With an even later festival end time of 7pm on Saturday and 8pm on Sunday, a live DJ and beers, ales, cider, gin and prosecco to sample there really is something for everyone! Be sure to skip the queues and book tickets in advance here.
Where: Wimbledon Park, Wimbledon Park Bowling Green, Revelstoke Road, London, SW18 5NW
Nearest Tube: Wimbledon Park