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Things to do in London this weekend with kids: 8-9 December, 2018

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Things to do in London this weekend with kids

Are you looking for some things to do in London this weekend with kids? We’ve rounded up a great list of ideas to bring a little zing to your weekend. Enjoy!

Geffrey museum Christmas market and workshops

A little something for everyone in the family is on offer in the museum’s front garden complete with twinkling Christmas tree – a market featuring handmade gifts from London makers, local street food and beer, Christmas decoration workshops for all ages and a singing group to entertain.

When: 8 Dec; 11am – 4pm
Where: The Geffrey, 136 Kingsland Road, E2 8EA
Ages: all ages
Cost: free entry  and activities; Contemporary Festive Wreath Workshop £30, ages 8+
More info: website

london wetland centre Christmas activities

The wetlands will be hosting some larger-than-usual critters this weekend. Kids can go on a husky sleigh ride (best for ages 2-8), ride a donkey and join in Christmasy crafting workshops. A selection of drop-in activities to learn about the wetland and its wild inhabitants will also be on offer.

When: 8-9 Dec; 10am-4pm
Where: London Wetland Centre, Queen Elizabeth’s Walk, Barnes, SW13 9WT
Ages: all ages
Cost: activities free with admission cost
More info: website

Ice skating and festive activities at Hampton court palace

This weekend you can ice skate in front of a Tudor palace besides the Thames and then sashay regally around a festive food and gift ‘fayre’. Family activities include make your own perfumed pomander pouch and write a letter to Father Christmas which the cooks in the kitchens will send it up the huge chimney to the North Pole.

When: Festive Fayre 7-9 Dec; skating 10am-9pm; activity times vary
Ages: all ages
Where: Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, KT8 9AU
Cost: Festive activities included with admission cost; skating separate ticketing
More info: website


family santa dash for great Ormond street hospital

Ho, ho, go! Families of all ages are welcome to suit up as Santa and run, jog, walk or wheel  (5 or 10k) for a good claus. Afterwards pull down your beard and enjoy minced pies, mulled drinks and a brass band.  Participants encouraged to raise a minimum of £100 to help families at GOSH.

When: 9 December, race start 11am; entertainment 10am–2pm
Where: Clapham Common
Ages: all ages
Cost: Adult £20, children (5–16) £12 (4 and under) free. Registration fee includes a Santa suit and finisher’s medal.
More info: website

the Gingerbread man at Jacksons lane theatre

Jacksons Lane’s 2018 Christmas show is a tasty twist on the classic cheeky gingerbread tale, whipped up by Hiccup Theatre. Run, run, as fast as you can…

When: Showtimes 10am and 1.30pm, runs until 24 Dec
Where: Jacksons Lane Theatre, 269a Archway Road, N6 5AA
Ages: 3+
Cost: £14.95
More info: website



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