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Online Childrens Theatre – Myths and Adventures from Ancient Greece

May 27December 31

In this new series of tales from Ancient Greece, children will enter a miniature world full of exciting adventures, with the battered insect Hope as their guide. Hope journeys into the world of Ancient Greece to escape Pandora's Box, warn King Midas of his greed, seek Persephone in the Underworld and help Theseus to defeat the Minotaur. In this third tale, everyone needs a little Hope - including King Midas. Tickets: Free Book Tickets: The online plays are available at…

Visit London Museum of Water and Steam, Brentford

May 29December 31

The museum will be reopening Saturday 29 May. The London Museum of Water & Steam is an independent museum founded in 1975 as the Kew Bridge Steam Museum. It was rebranded in early 2014 following a major investment project. ‘Based in the historic buildings of the former Kew Bridge Waterworks, the London Museum of Water & Steam tells the story of London's water supply, the site, its people and the amazing pumping engines that helped to make London the great…

ParkTennis Sessions

July 23 @ 8:00 amDecember 31 @ 5:00 pm BST

This event runs every Saturday morning from 10am-11am at Gunnersbury Park. Parktennis is for players of all ages and abilities. They have a family court for parents to play with their young children using softer red balls, typically for children aged 9 and under. The remaining courts are used for the teenagers and adults. The adults play a mixture of singles, doubles and fun team games that are designed for all levels of ability, active and inclusive of large numbers.…

Autumn Treasure Hunt with Percy the Park Keeper

October 14November 14

This October be part of a live theatrical treasure hunt with Percy the Park Keeper as you help him get his animal friends ready for winter. Forest school meets puppetry, world-class theatrical storytelling and clue-based adventure in this unique experience designed specifically for Chiswick House and Gardens. Created by a producing and creative team behind many of your favourite family friendly experiences, this unique outdoor event opens on 14 October with limited availability throughout half term and beyond. Demand is expected…

Bizzy Buddies October Half-Term

October 18October 29

The Bizzy Buddies are back for the summer holidays. Join Reiss, Noah and their team at the Cricket Pavilion for sporty fun and games – including dodgeball, football, athletics, tennis, rounders, cricket and more! The October half-term camp will be running 18 – 29 October. There are various booking options available, from half days to full weeks. There are sibling discounts available as well as a 10% discount on a full week booking. The Bizzy Buddies team are strictly working…

Visit Syon Park

October 21
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Syon is one of the last great houses in London which is still lived in by a member of the aristocracy. It has been in the family of the present owner, the Duke of Northumberland, for more than 400 years. The park land, which is also home to the Syon Park Hilton hotel and children’s indoor play area Snakes and Ladders, never closes. Gardens The Gardens, created by ‘Capability’ Brown in the eighteenth century, are open 10.30am – 4.30pm, Wednesday…

Gunnerbury Park and Museum

Visit Gunnersbury Park

October 21
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Gunnersbury Park is considered by English Heritage to be one of the most important parks in the country. Originally a country estate, it is now bordered by Acton, Brentford, Chiswick and Ealing. Gunnersbury is jointly owned by Hounslow and Ealing councils and run by a not-for-profit company, Gunnersbury CIC. The park has beautiful ornamental gardens with woods and lakes and a new sports hub with nine-hole golf, tennis courts, football and cricket pitches. The sports hub is currently open for…

Visit Chiswick House Gardens

October 21
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Gardens open every day, open 7.00 am - dusk

Chiswick House is a beautiful example of Classical architecture in the style of Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio. Built by Richard Boyle, 3rd earl of Burlington, 1727-9, the villa was famous in its heyday during the 18th and 19th centuries for some of the most sumptuous entertainments ever held in Britain. The rich decoration and many paintings are well worth the entrance fee. Image above: Chiswick House; photograph Jennifer Griffiths Chiswick House and the Kitchen Garden are open 27 May to…

Visit Kew Gardens

October 21
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Kew Gardens is home to the world’s most diverse collection of living plants; 132 hectares of landscape which is exceptionally beautiful in any season. The Gardens are open, but visitors have to book a time slot in advance. The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew is a UNESCO World Heritage site. An outing for all seasons In winter the Palm House welcomes you into the warmth of the rainforest, the Princess of Wales Conservatory invites you to explore ten of the…

Visit Gunnersbury Triangle, nature reserve

October 21
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A green oasis created by intersecting railway lines, saved from development in the 1980s and managed by the London Wildlife Trust for wildlife and people. This wet woodland nature reserve is a haven for birds and small mammals, which take advantage of the sheltered birch and willow.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_8SvLBhxCI Walkways and footpaths help guide visitors around the ponds and acid grassland areas through this wild oasis in Chiswick. You can just wander round and enjoy the peace and beauty of…

Illuminature at London Wetland Centre

October 22, 2021January 9, 2022

New light trail at WWT London this autumn! Experience a unique, illuminated trail like no other and explore nature after dark. Join friends and family as you explore the after-dark trail through habitats of owls, geese and otters. Walk past reed beds, lagoons and the grazing marsh and see larger-than-life illuminations of iconic wetland wildlife. WWT and lighting trail experts Lumagica in association with MK Experience are proud to present 'ILLUMINATURE' - a unique opportunity to see a different side…

Visit Osterley Park

October 22 @ 9:00 am5:00 pm BST
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Osterley Park is a Georgian country estate in west London, now owned by the National Trust. Described by Horace Walpole as ‘the palace of palaces’, Osterley was created in the late 18th century by architect and designer Robert Adam for the Child family to entertain and impress their friends and clients. While the park is open every day from 09.00 and the café is open for takeaway, the bookshop, house and shop remain closed until further notice. The garden is…

Visit the London Wetland Centre, Barnes

October 22 @ 9:30 am5:30 pm BST
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WWT London Wetland Centre is a wetland reserve managed by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. An urban oasis for wildlife, with wading birds, ducks and otters. A lovely place to go, with or without kids. Find out about WWT’s conservation work and the birds they are helping to save from extinction. Enjoy the lakes, ponds and gardens, café and play areas. The Wetlands Centre has reopened on a timed entry ticket system. Every visitor will need to pre-book. The centre…

Visit the Musical Museum, Brentford

October 22 @ 10:30 am3:30 pm BST
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The Musical Museum will be reopening on Friday 28 May The Musical Museum is a museum of musical instruments which also hosts live concerts. From tiny music boxes to the Mighty Wurlitzer theatre organ, the Musical Museum tells the story of how people have captured and listened to music in Europe over the past four centuries. The collection includes an impressive array of instruments and inventions, including reproducing pianos, orchestrions, self-playing violins, pipe organs, gramophones & synthesizers. Find out how…

Little Lyric – The Tales of Robin Hood

October 23

Join England's Greatest Outlaw as he and his Merry Friends take on the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham. Be swept along in the adventure as dynamic puppetry and colourful acting bring these much-loved tales to life. With comedy, derring-do and even interactive archery The Tales of Robin Hood is a 'quiver-full of fun' for both young and old alike. This production will have two 50 minute performances, one at 11.00 am and the other at 1.00 pm. Tickets: £5 Book tickets: lyric.co.uk…

Mr Benn at Riverside Studios

October 23October 31

To coincide with 50 years of Mr Benn on our screens Storystock are bringing the magic of Mr Benn to the next generation of children. The Mr Benn stories will be retold with a ‘costume shop’ set, two actors and an array of puppets to recreate the  magical world of Mr Benn. After the show the audience are invited into the ‘shop’ and will get a chance to take part in a dress-up session and colouring activities with Mr Benn…

Little Lyric – Zoom

October 26 @ 8:00 amOctober 30 @ 5:00 pm BST

Molly knows everything about space. All the planets and their moons; even the number of Saturn's rings. Everything! Zoom is a new play for children aged 3-8 years with music, songs and puppetry. A gentle introduction for young children into ways they can help to protect their environment. 'Molly is definitely, absolutely going to be an astronaut when she grows up.' But when, one wintry night, Molly meets a visitor from outer space she realises she still has a lot to…

Free family autumn half-term trail in Richmond Park

October 26 @ 10:00 am12:00 pm BST
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Join the Friends of Richmond Park on a short trail to explore the wonderful trees of Richmond Park and their wildlife. This follows the very successful event last month to mark the publication of the charity's new children’s booklet ‘Let’s Discover,’ written for 7-11 year olds, which features Olly the little owl and his friends. Volunteers will welcome you at each tree where you can choose to take part in an activity and receive a stamp. At the end of…

Time Travel Club: Seasons (5-7 years)

October 26 @ 10:30 am BST

The Time Travel Club is back. As the golden leaves of autumn turn crisp, join The National Archives for a sensory adventure to explore all of the seasons in their archive. Using props, toys and music, this storytelling adventure is inspired by documents in the collection. The story will be followed by craft activities, and is suitable for children age 5-7. Older and younger siblings are welcome. Tickets are limited as they have a capacity of 5 families, so don’t…

Half term printing workshop

October 26 @ 12:30 pm2:00 pm BST

Did you know Hogarth made many of his own prints? Why not follow in his footsteps? Blind debossing is when an image is produced onto the paper with out ink and it makes fabulous works of art. No ink needed! Participants will create a debossing plate, watch it run through our press and take home their very own unique creation! Hogarth's House also run printmaking workshops for adults on both blind embossing/debossing and drypoint, check their What’s On guide for…

Time Travel Craft Club

October 26 @ 2:00 pm4:00 pm BST

The Time Travel Craft Club is back. Get creative for Halloween with The National Archives' free craft sessions. Tickets are available to book for 1 hour slots for families/bubbles of up to 8 people including adults and children. They have a capacity of 4 families per slot, so don’t hesitate to sign up . Suitable for all ages. Tickets Free Book tickets: eventbrite.co.uk All events in Chiswick chiswickcalendar.co.uk/whats-on-in-chiswick Support The Chiswick Calendar The Chiswick Calendar CIC is a community resource.…

Half Term Special – The Bag that went Boo!

October 27October 28

The delightfully comic story of a little red bag that jumps out of a brown paper bag – what in the world is it and where is it going? Join Watermans for a fantastical journey of paper bag proportions, dive into the sea and travel to the land of snow. Watch out for a giant paper bag wandering about making strange noises…. Garlic Theatre bring a sprinkle of pure magic with mime, clowning and puppetry. Wednesday 27 October, 12.30 pm…

Halloween Pumpkin Carving

October 29 @ 10:00 am3:00 pm BST

Become a pumpkin carving maestro in this spook-tacular workshop! Work with Gunnersbury Park and Museum's experts to create a pumpkin with personality for Halloween. Two sessions available: 10.30 - 12 pm and 1.30 - 3 pm Pumpkin included! Tickets £12 Book tickets: shop.visitgunnersbury.org All events in Chiswick See our events listings for all events in Chiswick: whats-on-in-chiswick Support The Chiswick Calendar The Chiswick Calendar CIC is a community resource. We publish a weekly newsletter and update the website with local…

Bizzy Buddies Halloween Fundays

October 30October 31

Bizzy buddies are hosting Halloween fun days with a carousel of Halloween themed fun and games. Each child will receive a goody bag, including sweets, treats and toys. Sessions will run at 9 AM, 11 AM and 1.30 PM Tickets £20 per child (with a 20% sibling discount) Book tickets: bizzy-buddies.class4kids.co.uk All events in Chiswick See our events listings for all events in Chiswick: whats-on-in-chiswick Support The Chiswick Calendar The Chiswick Calendar CIC is a community resource. We publish a weekly…

Halloween Skele-bration at The Brentford Project

October 30 @ 11:00 am4:00 pm BST

Calling all ghosts and ghouls…celebrate spooky season with our Halloween family fun day at The Brentford Project. On Saturday 30 October, Ballymore is hosting an afternoon of activities to mark the occasion. Get creative with mini pumpkin carving, design origami spider decorations, or paint your own boo-tiful Halloween mask. There’s also prizes to be won - take part in an apple bobbing competition, try your luck at skull hoopla, and get your face painted to match your costume. There will…

Creatures of the Night – Ravenscourt Park Walk

October 30 @ 5:00 pm6:30 pm BST

Have you ever wondered what creatures come out at night in your local park? Join Hammersmith and Fulham Council for this spooky Halloween-themed 'creatures of the night' walk around Ravenscourt Park. They'll be looking out for all creatures including bats, foxes and moths.T They will be meeting just outside the parks tea house at 5.15pm. This event welcomes all ages but please ensure all children are well supervised. Please note this event is heavily weather dependent. It will be cancelled…

Train play sessions for autistic/ADHD children [Kew/Brentford]

October 31 @ 3:30 pm4:30 pm GMT
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Join All Aboard Club's train play sessions for autistic and ADHD children in a safe and understanding environment. All Aboard Club is bringing its trains to the London Museum of Water & Steam in Kew/Brentford. Autistic and ADHD children can build and play with our huge train sets in an inclusive, supportive and understanding environment. Tickets are limited and MUST be bought in advance. Tickets £8- £12 Book tickets: eventbrite.co.uk All events in Chiswick See our events listings for all…

Lotte’s War

November 2November 5

Lotte Moore’s: A Child’s War tells the story of a young girl’s experiences living in Britain during the Second World War. The war was a time of hardship, heroism and hope. As a child, Lotte may not have been fully aware of the dangers and struggles around her but her memories of evacuation, rationing, blackouts and bombs give an incredible true insight into life during wartime Britain. This production is adapted and directed for the stage by Nick Bromley from…

Roald Dahl and the Imagination Seekers

November 6

All around the world Roald Dahl's words are disappearing, not only from books but from children's minds too! Now only a secret organisation known as the Ancient Guild of Tale Tenders can save the stories - and they need your help! Especially made for ages 6 and up, Roald Dahl and the Imagination Seekers develops both creative and literacy skills through performance, games and creative play whilst exploring Roald Dahl's extraordinary stories. This production will have two performances, one at 11.00 am…

Maggie & Rose Chiswick Nursery – Open Day

November 11 @ 6:00 pm7:30 pm GMT
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Maggie and Rose are inviting non-members to visit them at one of their open days. During your visit, you will experience their setting with a full tour, as well as an interactive 'stay and play' session for your little one with members of their team. Their team will talk you through everything that happens in a typical day at their nursery, and the Maggie & Rose early years learning approach Tickets Free Book tickets: eventbrite.co.uk All events in Chiswick See…

Enchanted Woodland at Syon Park

November 12November 28

As the nights draw in, Syon Park once again hosts the Enchanted Woodland, which sees the 600-year-old gardens transformed by a display of lights and music. Now in its 14th year the trail winds through the arboretum, passing the sixteenth century Syon House, and ends at the spectacular Great Conservatory. An array of lighting effects – from high-tech lasers to low tech candles – illuminate the visitor’s way through the trees. The event is put together by a team of…

Little Lyric – The Princess and The Pea

November 13

Set in the Museum of Forgotten Things, three musical curators, tell the tale of the museums artefacts including the mystery of a little green pea and how it got there. This one hour of fun is packed with humour and memorable songs, including 'a romp through every type of princess you can imagine, with hilarious costumes to match'. This production will run two performances, one at 11.00 am and the other at 1.00 pm. Tickets: £8 Book tickets: lyric.co.uk/shows All…

Panto at The Lyric – Aladdin

November 19, 2021January 2, 2022

This Christmas, all of your wishes shall be granted and you'll be sat with your loved ones singing 'Glory, Glory, Hammersmith' once again. Join Aladdin, the Genie and their friends and go on a magical carpet ride. This festive family adventure follows Aladdin on his quest for true love, fortune and (maskless) hugs with his nearest and dearest. Expect the usual Lyric twist on all of your favourite characters as well as live music, magic lamps, plenty of laughs and…

Little Lyric – Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas

November 24December 24

Join Santa as he awakes from a dream of sun, sea and sand only to find it is the busiest day of the year: Christmas Eve. Watch as he prepares for his Christmas deliveries, feeds his reindeer and finally takes flight into the snowy night. Back for the show’s 10th anniversary year, Christmas isn’t Christmas without this Lyric family favourite, co-produced with the Olivier Award-nominated Pins & Needles Productions. Each performance will last 60 minutes, with a variety of showtimes.…

Father Christmas Experience at London Wetland Centre

November 27 @ 8:00 amNovember 28 @ 5:00 pm GMT
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Visitors will have the chance to meet Father Christmas and Ken the Grand-Elf in his tranquil wetlands’ grotto and children get to receive a special gift, all while enjoying the fantastic backdrop of the WLC's colourful nature reserve. It really is the most wonderful time of the year, so it's no surprise that everyone at the North Pole is super-excited as Christmas draws near! Father Christmas and the Elves are busy making toys and decorating the Christmas tree, so all…

Father Christmas at Gunnersbury

December 4December 19

Pay a very special visit to Gunnersbury Park's Victorian Father Christmas, dressed in his traditional green robes, in their Historic Kitchens. Help their kitchen maid make decorations to take home with you and then visit Father Christmas in his festive Study. Children will receive a traditional wooden toy as a gift. The initial ticket price secures your timeslot but is for one child only. Any additional children must be paid for on the day at a price of £10 per…

Cabinet of Living Cinema presents ‘The Snowman’

December 11 @ 2:30 pm4:00 pm GMT

This Yuletide, be utterly charmed by a unique live score to the 1982 animation of Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman featuring contributions from your good elves...sorry, selves! Join renowned live cinema performers - Cabinet of Living Cinema – for a short rehearsal and live sound effects workshop. Use these to contribute to the 26-minute performance of a festive classic. And don’t forget to brush down your vocal chords for the unforgettable Walking in the Air chorus. Tickets £10 Book tickets: visitgunnersbury.org…

Christmas Crafternoons at Gunnersbury Park

December 23December 30

Get crafty over the Christmas holidays Join Gunnersbury Park Museum for their free family drop in activities and take something festive home. Drop in between 12:30 – 15:30. Tickets Suggested donation £2 per child, adults free. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. No booking required but space will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. All events in Chiswick See our events listings for all events in Chiswick: whats-on-in-chiswick Support The Chiswick Calendar The…

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