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There’s plenty for children to do in Chiswick from babies to teenagers, whatever their interests.

Weather permitting, there’s quite a lot that you can do for free. When the tide is out you can muck about on the shoreline of the River Thames. Entrance to the award winning gardens of Chiswick House and Gunnersbury Park is free. The museum at Gunnersbury Park runs a full programme of events for children of all ages, introducing them to everything from wood carving to a taste of life as a servant in Georgian England. We even have our own nature reserve in a little triangle of undeveloped land by Chiswick Park tube station – Gunnersbury Triangle.

With world-renowned drama and musical theatre school ArtsEd and the Tabard theatre, children can experience theatre productions of West End standard, as well as having the opportunity to try out drama and dance classes themselves. Chiswick School has a long-established Saturday morning music school run by parents and you can find everything from Kumon maths to ballet classes at Chiswick Town Hall.

Giffords Circus has made the gardens of Chiswick House the only London venue in its annual summer tour and Turnham Green often has fun fairs in the school holidays. We’re also fortunate to have some world class attractions in striking range. Kew Gardens, Syon Park, Osterley Park, the William Morris museum in Hammersmith and the London Wetland Centre in Barnes provide a rich mix of entertainment and education for kids. The Lyric theatre in Hammersmith and the Watermans arts centre in Brentford also run a packed programme of events for children.

If sport is more your thing, Chiswick is bursting with sports clubs for children and young people, from the Rocks Lane sports centre on Turnham Green Terrace to the sports clubs in Dukes Meadows and the Brentford FC Community Sports Trust. Check out where you can get discounts on children’s activities with your Chiswick Calendar Club Card.

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Osterley Park and House – The Tiger who Came to Tea exhibition

January 11March 2

Osterley Park and House is delighted to present an exhibition that will explore the life and celebrate the work of one of Britain's best known author–illustrators for children, Judith Kerr. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the much-loved classic The Tiger Who Came to Tea, the exhibition features high quality facsimiles of Judith Kerr’s original illustrations from the Seven Stories collection and promises to bring this delightful book to life for a new generation of family audiences. Visitors will also see…

Visit Chiswick House & Gardens

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Chiswick House is a beautiful example of Georgian architecture. Built by Lord Burlington as an extravagant party venue, the neo-Palladian 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. The house is open 10.00 am – 5.00 pm at weekends in 2018 from Saturday 24 February until Easter weekend (Friday 31 March – Monday…

Visit Gunnersbury Triangle, nature reserve

January 24
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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. 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 it or…

Visit the London Wetland Centre, Barnes

January 24
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Winter opening: 1 November until February 28 (or 29 when relevant), opening times 9.30 am to 4.30 pm (last admission 3.30pm). Summer opening: 1 March until October 31, opening times 9.30am to 5.30pm (last admission 4.30pm). 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. Walks and talks on wild animals, plants and…

Arts & Crafts Trail, Hammersmith

January 24
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This is a walk that you can do at your leisure. You just need to download the map, or pick it up from the William Morris Society Museum in Hammersmith, open Thursday and Saturday, 2.00 – 5.00pm. Start at Hammersmith Bridge and make your way along the river to Hammersmith Terrace, reading about some of the interesting Victorians as you go. The riverside at Hammersmith was an important hub for the Arts & Crafts movement, home to several of its…

Gunnerbury Park and Museum

Visit Gunnersbury Park

January 24
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The park is open daily from 8.00am – dusk. The museum is open Tuesday – Sunday (including Bank Holidays) 10.00am – 4.30pm. The original Gunnersbury House was built by Sir John Maynard, a lawyer and politician during the time of Oliver Cromwell. In the 18th century Princess Amelia, daughter of George II, used it as her summer home. After her death the original house was pulled down and replaced by two mansions. Both were bought by the Rothschild family in…

Musical Museum, Brentford

January 24 @ 10:30 am5:30 pm GMT
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The museum is open Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10.30am – 5.30pm. Also open bank holidays. The Musical Museum is home to a wonderful collection of self-playing musical instruments. From tiny music boxes to the Mighty Wurlitzer theatre organ in the concert hall, you can learn about the history of music reproduction, and hear an impressive array of self-playing pianos, orchestrions, pipe organs, violin players, gramophones & synthesizers. Guided tour and instrument demonstrations: Tuesday – 11.00am, 3.00pm Friday -…

Chiswick House & Gardens – Lightopia
Until 1 March 2020

January 24 @ 5:00 pm9:00 pm GMT
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Every Wednesday – Sunday between 22 January and 1 March. Entry from 5.00pm - 9.00pm.   Lightopia is a new winter light trail that aims to revive and reinterpret the classics, transporting the audience into a very different world of expression and raw emotion with the light designs and interactive pieces. The designs are the timeless units of nature. The interaction between space and form is made possible by Lightopia, a spiritual society that exists only in the works and…

Watermans Arts Centre – Family Cinema

January 25
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Club Card Offer – £6 tickets on Friday Night Ring the Box Office to book and take your card with you to show when you pick up the tickets. Special Saturday morning film screenings for families. Recreating the 'tanner rush' of the sixties, Saturday mornings are a special time for families to go to the cinema to watch films for children. Watermans also has a full programme of children's films during school holidays. Tickets available from: Watermans Box Office. Tel:…

Gunnersbury Park, parkrun, all ages

January 25 @ 9:00 am GMT
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A 5km timed run - you against the clock. Free event. All ages and abilities welcome. You can run, jog or walk the course. Everyone runs for their own enjoyment. You are invited to join in whatever your pace. parkrun started back in 2004 when 13 runners got together on a blustery day in Bushy Park, Teddington, UK. They’re now an international family of two million registered runners and volunteers (and counting). Held in pleasant parkland on weekend mornings, their…

The Italian Job: Kids Cupcake Workshop

January 25 @ 11:00 am1:00 pm GMT

In this workshop, your child will learn how to bake cupcakes from scratch and then decorate them as a unicorn. We will turn our workspace into a fun lab and the children will use all their senses by kneading, tossing, pouring, smelling, cutting, and feeling foods. They will have fun and learn without being aware of it. Your child will be taken step by step through the whole process. At the end the children will take home a certificate of…

Orange Tree Theatre – OT Youth Theatre: Stand Together

January 26 @ 3:00 pm GMT

Two of the Orange Tree Youth Theatre groups have been exploring the theme of standing together for Holocaust Memorial Day in their weekly sessions. Join the Orange Tree Theatre for two short brand new pieces of theatre that have been created from scratch by young people. This is a free, ticketed event. To book your tickets click here.

Chiswick Library – Rhyme Time for under 5s

January 28 @ 11:00 am11:30 pm GMT
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A time to share rhymes and songs. These weekly events last for approximately half an hour. 11.00am every Tuesday Term-time only.

The Italian Job – Kids Cooking Classes (6+yrs)

February 2 @ 11:00 am12:00 pm GMT
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This class is for children with a passion for Baking and desire to learn how to stay healthy with yummy desserts and snacks. A new sweet or savoury recipe will be explored each week. Your child will have the chance to develop all their senses, while having fun - smell, taste, touch, vision and hearing. The classes feature carefully selected healthy recipes aiming to build healthy habits from a young age. They will be discuss how to reduce and replace…

William Morris Society – Family Storytelling

February 2 @ 1:00 pm4:00 pm GMT

In celebration of the extended opening hours on Saturdays and Sundays, we are holding a family storytelling inspired by the revolutionary textile designer, poet, novelist, translator, and socialist activist William Morris. William Morris’ literary work was heavily influenced by his explorations of Iceland, and includes a series of English-language translations of Icelandic Sagas. Written over 700 years ago, these tales still shape Icelandic identity today. In them, we follow Viking explorers as they battle unearthly storms and fight for limited…

George IV – Babble Talks: She Is Fierce; Amazing Female Writers That History Forgot

February 11 @ 11:00 am5:00 pm GMT

RECLAIM YOUR BRAIN ... BRING YOUR BABY! Babble Talks are daytime TED-style talks for parents, not about parenting. For parents and carers with babies under 1 year old. She Is Fierce: Amazing Female Writers That History Forgot Many female writers today are achieving the success they deserve but it has not always been that way. Anthologist Ana Sampson seeks out the hidden talent of female writers of the past. Who are these women and why do we not already know…

Gunnersbury Park and Museum – Boardgaming Meetups

February 15 @ 1:00 pm3:30 pm GMT
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Ever heard of Dr Eureka, Rhino Hero or Loony Quest? These are just a few of the games you can play with family and friends at Gunnersbury's free monthly Boardgaming Meetups. Games provided. All ages welcome. Please note that children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. This is a free event.

William Morris Society – Family Arts & Crafts workshop: Peacocks & Dragons (6-12 yrs)

February 19 @ 10:30 am1:00 pm GMT

A workshop in two parts for children 6-12 years. Join the team for creative activities inspired by two of the creatures which William Morris used in his designs – magnificent peacocks and magical dragons! Session 1: Join the Peacock Parade in a peacock headdress, and create a peacock picture using pens or sewing. Session 2: Sigurd and the Dragon is a Viking story that William Morris loved. Enjoy the story and make it come to life in a puppet theatre.…

ArtsEd – Easter Musical Theatre Stars (5-6yrs)

April 6April 9

This exciting week is jam-packed with dance sequences and group songs from popular hit musicals like Matilda, The Lion King and Frozen. Students will create their characters throughout the week based on a special theme. At the end of the week, the group will perform their mini-musical-extravaganza at noon on the Friday. Children will learn the importance of listening and working as part of a team, which will help develop communication and performance skills. Find out more and book: https://buff.ly/2TrmrSi

ArtsEd – Easter Musical Theatre School (11-16 yrs)

April 6April 9

Get the real ArtsEd experience at our Easter Musical Theatre School! Focusing on all three disciplines: Singing, Dancing and Acting, students will take part in skill-based classes in the morning and then put their learning into action in the afternoon, where they will focus on preparing material for a sharing at the end of the week for family and friends. Due to a very exciting build happening onsite at our premises in Chiswick, we are hosting this course at one…

Bedford Park Festival

June 12June 28

2020 Bedford Park Festival – Friday 12 – Sunday 28 June The Bedford Park Festival is a two week arts and community festival which takes place early in June. A celebration of the arts, with music concerts, theatre productions, art and photography shows, walks and talks, the festival raises money for St Michael & All Angels Church and three church charities. It has an excellent reputation for high production standards, particularly for its Classical music concerts, which are a staple…

Bedford Park Festival – Green Days

June 13June 14

Green Days is huge fete over two days on Acton Green with a fun fair, live music stage, beer tent, craft village and all manner of food and drink on sale from wonderful cakes baked by the congregation of St Michael & All Angels Church and supplemented by the American Chiswick High Rd bakers Outsider Tart, to the produce of the local distillery Sipsmith and local brewery Fuller’s. There’s all that you would expect of a village fete – fancy…

Turnham Green – Super Saturday of Sport

June 20

Super Saturday of Sport is about helping people of all ages find their active passion by connecting them with clubs and activities in their community. Whether you are looking for a traditional sport to try or a new hobby for the family, you will find the answer at one of the events. Promoting sport and activity in our communities, this fantastic day of free sports and fun will be delivered by a fantastic team of inspirational volunteers! supersaturdayofsport.net

Chiswick House & Gardens – Giffords Circus

June 25July 13

Join Giffords Circus for The Hooley in 2020 at Chiswick House & Gardens as they celebrate their 20th anniversary! Since opening in 2000 Giffords Circus have entertained over a million people with their captivating and magical shows. Make sure you’re following Giffords Circus on social media for regular updates to see what they’re up to behind the scenes. The Hooley opens at Chiswick House & Gardens on 25th June until 13th July 2020. The show will be touring other locations…

Visit Kew Gardens, Richmond

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The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew is home to the world’s most diverse collection of living plants; 132 hectares of landscape which is exceptionally beautiful in any season. In winter the Palm House welcomes you in to the warmth of the rainforest, the Princess of Wales Conservatory invites you to explore ten of the world’s climatic zones and the Waterlily House shows off its amazing, giant lily pads. In spring and summer you can enjoy the long vistas of snowdrops…

Prudential RideLondon 2020
15-16 August, 2020

August 15
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Developed by the Mayor of London and his agencies in 2013, Prudential RideLondon is the one of the world's greatest festivals of cycling. The eighth edition will take place over the weekend of 15-16 August 2020. There is no other closed-road event like it that combines the  element of a free family ride in central London with the excitement of watching the world’s best professional cyclists race in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic and Prudential RideLondon Classique. Taking a cue from…

Chiswick House & Gardens – Pub in the Park

September 4September 6

Tom Kerridge and his chef friends will once again be bringing incredible food, world-class chefs, chart-topping musicians and all around summer vibes to Chiswick House and Gardens. There’ll be Michelin-starred and award-winning pubs and restaurants serving tasting dishes showing their signature style and as with last year there will be chef demonstrations, shopping and other festival fun. Book Tickets here.

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