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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…

Drama Workshops with the Don Rae Academy

July 8July 29

Join Riverside Studios for a special 12-week collaboration with Spiritus and the Don Rae Academy of Movement and Arts, especially designed for home-educated children aged 9-16. Every Thursday morning, the home-schooling non-profit organisation, Spiritus will be bringing dance and drama workshops to help foster the curious and creative side of young people who are home-schooled in the community. Students are recommended to sign up for the 12-week programme so that they can all work towards a performance at the end.…

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.…

Theatre on Kew: The Wind in the Willows

July 24August 30

The Wind in the Willows is Kenneth Grahame’s classic story of life on the riverbank. A rollicking yet gentle adventure with best friends Ratty, Mole, Badger, Otter and, of course, the arrogant, vain and hilarious Toad. This critically acclaimed, outdoor theatre production set against the magical backdrop of Kew's Lake, is packed with much-loved colourful characters, music, song and laughter. There is fun for young and old alike as the Head Chief Rabbit transforms your young ones into rabbits with…

Splash! at The London Museum of Water and Steam

July 24August 29

Dive into summer holiday fun at the London Museum of Water & Steam. Get soaked in the splash zone and their paddling pools, get creative with storytelling and crafts, and be amazed by their bubbles shows. Musical Mark will be back with his wonderful music sessions on Thursdays and Sundays at 2pm during the summer holidays. Tickets: Children: Free, Adults: £17, Concessions: £15 Book tickets: lmws.digitickets.co.uk See our events listings of all the events happening in Chiswick here: chiswickcalendar.co.uk/whats-on-in-chiswick Support…

Hogarth Community Centre – Summer Programme

July 26August 19

  Hogarth Youth and Community Centre is a vibrant hub for the community in the heart of Chiswick. The Centre offers sessions and services for the whole family, from Mother and baby/toddler sessions, kids youth clubs, children and adult karate classes, a club for senior citizens plus lots more. Hogarth Youth Centre provides a range of youth programmes for young people aged 8-21. This includes Junior Club for 8 – 11 year olds, Intermediates Club for young people in Years…

Cycle Training at Osterley Park

July 26August 20

This summer, Bikeworks and Hounslow council are teaming up to offer your children free (with deposit) Bikeability Training, Level 1 & Level 2. They are running 2 courses of 5-days long in Osterley Park from Monday 26 July to Friday 30 July 2021 and Monday 16 August to Friday 20 August 2021. This is a 5-day course designed to build children’s confidence to cycle independently on-road. Your child must be 9 years old and over, able to ride independently and…

AKTIVA Summer Camp for Children aged 4-12

July 26August 27

Aktiva provide an outstanding Ofsted registered activity day camps for children aged 3-11 during school holidays. Their Sports Coaches, Dance Teachers and Activity Leaders have been working hard to devise a fantastic range of sports, games, science/technology and art activities every day at all of our fantastic locations. All sessions are planned with the different age groups in mind. From the minute their doors open until the very last child is picked up, every day is filled with action, adventure…

National Archives Nature Trail

July 27July 31

There are adventures to be had at The National Archives this summer. Come and experience their family-friendly nature trail and see what wildlife you can discover while exploring their park. Along the way, try to solve the mystery of The National Archives’ building by collecting clues - there is treasure inside! Pick up a trail from their gates and don’t forget to bring a pencil! Suitable for children aged 5-7. All events in Chiswick See our events listings for all…

Theatre on Kew – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

July 28August 29

Set beneath heritage trees within Kew Gardens, this is Midsummer Night's Dream in uniquely botanical surroundings - as twilight falls, the stage is set for Shakespeare under the stars. This beguiling comedy of enchantment and transformation is brought to life within a dream-like woodland filled with feuding fairies, eloping lovers and a hapless troupe of actors. There's magic in the air alongside wild thyme, oxlips, nodding violets, luscious woodbine, sweet musk roses and eglantine. It's an alfresco romp peppered with…

Watermans Summer Holiday Programme

July 28August 12

This Summer the Watermans is hosting a range of activities aimed around 'having fun and being together'. From graffiti to photography, animation to printing, mask-making to drumming. You name it, they've probably got it going on during their three-week Summertime Holiday Festival 28 July – 12 August. Brimming with inspiring workshops, activities, events and free fun drop-in activities, there’s something for everyone aged 2 to 12+, kicking off with a family friendly concert by Mellow Baku. Creative Chinese Caligraphy -…

Visit Syon Park

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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

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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

July 29
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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

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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

July 29
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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…

Visit Osterley Park

July 29 @ 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

July 29 @ 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

July 29 @ 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…

Children’s Summer Fete

July 31 @ 11:30 am3:30 pm BST

The William Morris Society will be taking part in the annual Children’s Summer Fete, with special guests from the world of heritage including Benjamin Franklin House, the Museum of Methodism & John Wesley’s House, Newington Green Meeting House and of course Arts & Crafts Hammersmith (a collaboration between the Emery Walker Trust and the William Morris Society), with each organisation offering a range of fun craft activities for families! This year, children will have the opportunity to make their own…

Hogarth’s House kids’ camp

August 3August 31

Enjoy outdoor (weather depending) and craft activities in Hogarth's House's Mulberry Garden and Learning Studio with a different theme every week! This event will run every Tuesday in August 9.00 – 12.00 pm. Children aged 8-12 Themes: August 3 Animals & Pets August 10 18th century London August 17 Nature’s Colours August 24 Hogarth’s Home August 31 Plants & Texture Please note this is a drop-off activity for children 8+. Hogarth’s House will be closed to the public during this time and…

Comedy Club 4 Kids (6+ Years)

August 5 @ 11:30 am2:30 pm BST

Cracking entertainment for everyone over six years old and under 400 years old (no vampires). The best comedians from the UK and world circuit doing what they do best… but without the rude bits! ‘A highlight for children... giving them a taste of some of the biggest names in comedy with the fun, rowdy feel of a real comedy club. ’The Guardian About Comedy Club 4 Kids Since 2005, the Comedy Club 4 Kids has been getting the best stand-ups…

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

August 17August 28

The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by author/illustrator Eric Carle has delighted generations of readers since it was first published in 1969 selling more than 43 million copies worldwide. Eric’s well-known books captivated readers with his iconic colourful hand-painted tissue paper collage illustrations and distinctively simple stories, introducing generations of children to a bigger, brighter world – and to their first experience of reading itself. The timeless classic has now made its way off the page and onto the stage. Created by…

Luna Cinema at Chiswick House – Romeo and Juliet

August 18 @ 8:15 pm10:15 pm BST

The Luna Cinema is returning to Chiswick House from Wednesday 18 to Saturday 21 August with a line-up of classic and feel-good films to make your summer. After months of staying indoors watching movies on the small screen, it’s time to head outside for a big-screen experience in the open air. 'Throw in great food, a full bar, both with click and collect service, and of course giant screens with incredible state of the art sound, and you have yourself your perfect summer’s…

Luna Cinema at Chiswick House – Knives Out

August 19 @ 8:15 pm10:25 pm BST

The Luna Cinema is returning to Chiswick House from Wednesday 18 to Saturday 21 August with a line-up of classic and feel-good films to make your summer. After months of staying indoors watching movies on the small screen, it’s time to head outside for a big-screen experience in the open air. 'Throw in great food, a full bar, both with click and collect service, and of course giant screens with incredible state of the art sound, and you have yourself your perfect summer’s…

Foodies Festival at Syon Park

August 20August 22

Join the London Foodies Festival 2021 for their biggest celebration yet of top chefs, quality food, delicious drinks and live music with headliner Sophie Ellis-Bextor. Watch MasterChef Champions, Michelin star and top local chefs cooking  their signature summer recipes in The Chefs Theatre and giving you top tips. The line up includes newly crowned MasterChef Champion 2021 Tom Rhodes, MasterChef finalists 2021 Alexina Anatole and Mike Tomkins, Great British Bake Off winner Candice Brown and 2020 finalist Dave Friday, MasterChef: The Professionals Champion 2020 Alex…

Luna Cinema at Chiswick House – Grease

August 20 @ 8:15 pm10:00 pm BST

The Luna Cinema is returning to Chiswick House from Wednesday 18 to Saturday 21 August with a line-up of classic and feel-good films to make your summer. After months of staying indoors watching movies on the small screen, it’s time to head outside for a big-screen experience in the open air. 'Throw in great food, a full bar, both with click and collect service, and of course giant screens with incredible state of the art sound, and you have yourself your perfect summer’s…

Luna Cinema at Chiswick House – The Greatest Showman

August 21 @ 8:15 pm10:00 pm BST

The Luna Cinema is returning to Chiswick House from Wednesday 18 to Saturday 21 August with a line-up of classic and feel-good films to make your summer. After months of staying indoors watching movies on the small screen, it’s time to head outside for a big-screen experience in the open air.  'Throw in great food, a full bar, both with click and collect service, and of course giant screens with incredible state of the art sound, and you have yourself your perfect summer’s…

Mini Family Festival at The Creative Mile

September 4 @ 10:00 amSeptember 5 @ 4:00 pm BST

The Creative Mile is an artist-led celebration of Brentford’s creativity and hidden spaces. The trail, running from the London Museum of Water & Steam down to Johnson’s Island, explores cultural sites, artist studios and temporary exhibition spaces. Start your exploration of the Creative Mile, by visiting our mini-family festival outside the London Museum of Water & Steam. With different activities on Saturday and Sunday, there’s lots of fun for the whole family! On Saturday have a go a salt dough…

Chiswick Book Festival 2021

September 9September 15

The Chiswick Book Festival brings together top authors and their readers for a week of history, poetry, biography, creative writing, fiction, thrillers, gardens, food, wine, politics and children’s books. It started in 2009 with speakers including Lady Antonia Fraser, Anthony Horowitz, Jacqueline Wilson, Lynn Barber and Michael Frayn and has kept up the same high calibre of speakers ever since – Top 10 Things to Do In Chiswick. Plans are well underway for this year’s Festival, which is intended to be held in person, subject…

Children’s Book Festival 2021

September 10September 12

Chiswick's Children's Book Festival is returning this year for a series of in person talks, performances and interactive classes. A part of the wider Chiswick Book Festival, this event brings together top authors and their readers for a week of history, poetry, biography, creative writing, fiction, thrillers, gardens, food, wine, politics and children’s books. See the full schedule below. Friday 10 September Prize Giving – Young People’s Poetry Competition, followed by Clare Balding: Fall Off, Get Back On, Keep Going Writer and broadcaster Clare Balding will present…

Chiswick House Dog Show

September 26 @ 11:00 am4:30 pm BST

Following the cancellation of the 2020 Show, The Chiswick House Dog Show is planning to go ahead this year - "especially with all those new puppies desperate to enter the classes!". Their sponsors are back on board - as are Chiswick House & Gardens and the Dogs Trust. They are encouraging visitors to keep the date free in the diary but also to keep an eye on their website in case there are any changes. Chiswick House Dog Show is…

Autumn Steam Up at the London Museum of Water and Steam

October 9October 10

Discover the fascinating world of water and steam with tours, talks and hidden gems from our archives. Check back closer to the date to see which engines might be in steam and for more information. The Association of 16mm Narrow Gauge Modellers will also be back with their wonderful model steam locomotives! Tickets: Included with entry Book tickets: lmws.digitickets.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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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