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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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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

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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

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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

April 2
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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…

Visit Osterley Park & House – (The house, gardens, café and shop are now closed. However, the parkland will remain open)

April 2
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The house, gardens, café and shop are now closed. However, the parkland will remain open for you to enjoy, while observing social distancing measures. 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. Today the house is presented…

Gunnerbury Park and Museum

Visit Gunnersbury Park (the park remains open but the museum is closed due to Coronavirus outbreak)

April 2
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The park is open daily from 8.00am – dusk. The museum is currently closed due to the Coronavirus outbreak. 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 the 19th century…

Visit Kew Gardens (Gardens remain open but all buildings are closed due to the Coronavirus outbreak)

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The Gardens remain open but buildings and structures are closed as a precautionary measure during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 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…

The Little Gym – Various Classes

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Club Card Offer – Free Annual Membership worth £50.   The Little Gym Chiswick offers gymnastics, dance and karate as well as birthday parties. Classes start for babies aged four months and are on every day of the week. The Little Gym Chiswick was established in 2007 and is the UK’s only ‘double decker’ Little Gym with two fully equipped gymnasiums, mirrored studio with sprung floor and two separate kitchens and lounge areas for parents and little ones. The Little…

(Currently closed due to Coronavirus outbreak) Musical Museum, Brentford

April 3 @ 10:30 am5:30 pm BST
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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 -…

(Cancelled due to Coronavirus outbreak) Watermans Arts Centre – Family Cinema

April 4
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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:…

(Suspended due to Coronavirus outbreak) Chiswick Town Hall – Junior Chess Club

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The club welcomes younger members, but there is an entirely separate junior club that runs at the Chiswick Town Hall on Tuesdays from 17:00 to 18:30 and Saturdays from 11:00 to 12:30. For information on this please contact Meri Grigoryan via www.organicchess.com and for club enquiries use the following email wljcc2001@orhanicchess.com Tuition is given by FIDE Trainer and WF Meri, who is England's international junior squad coach since 2013 and former England Women's National Team Member. Boys and girls aged…

Syon House – Brentford Sports Fest

April 5

Local residents are encouraged to lace up their running shoes and take part in Brentford’s biggest running event – Brentford Sports FEST. Residents of all ages and abilities can take part in a 10k run, 5k run, 1k and a children’s fun run on Sunday 5th April 2020 in the grounds of Syon House. Organised by Brentford FC Community Sports Trust, in partnership with developers Brentford Lock West, the event offers runners the opportunity to run in the private grounds…

(Cancelled due to Coronavirus outbreak)The George IV – Kid’s Table

April 5 @ 1:00 pm5:00 pm BST
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Parents of West London, the wait is over! Like your trusty mum pal who reminds you when odd sock day is, The George IV have got this eating out with the kids lark covered! Every Sunday they'll be waving their magic kids' table wand over here at the George IV to bring relaxing roasts to parents and fun times to kids, with enough crafting to keep them out of chair knocking mischief for hours. Book your table here.  

Watermans – Pigs & Bears Don’t Come in Pairs! (ages 3-8)

April 5 @ 3:00 pm BST

Straw, wood, brick? Porridge, chairs, beds?  Two trios to tantalise and tickle your senses in this DOUBLE BILL of Furry Tails, where Goldilocks may even be more scary that the Big Bad Wolf! If two’s company and three’s a crowd, then book your place now for these well loved stories, retold with puppets, original music and a perfectly petite pop up set. Produced by : Theatre of Widdershins. Tickets: Adult / Child £10 (concessions £9) Family of four £36 Available…

(Cancelled due to Coronavirus outbreak) Riverside Studios, Hammersmith – Disco Sunday

April 5 @ 3:30 pm BST
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Go on down to the dance floor and throw some shapes at Riverside's all ages disco. There’ll be hipster hopping, dad dancing, baby bopping and granny grooving. Dust off your dancing shoes and join everything for a family friendly daytime disco, in partnership with Dance West. Book your place here.

Riverside Studios, Hammersmith – Drama Sunday

April 5 @ 3:30 pm BST
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Silence in the wings and it's curtain up! Go and take part in Riverside's drama workshop. Riverside Studios is throwing open its doors for 8-18 year old to tread the famous studio stage, releasing their inner actor. Workshop will include drama coaching from experienced West End teachers, group improv work, and lots of fun and games. Spaces are limited so book your place now!

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…

Dukes Meadows Easter Holiday Camps

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The camps will take place from 6-9 April and 14-17 April 2020 | Full day and half-day options available These Easter Camps make the most of the facilities available at Dukes Meadows. A typical day on the golf camp involves starting on the Driving Range for technique and club strategy teaching, moving on to the Academy Course for putting and short game development. In the afternoon, golfers get to put their skills into practice as the pros take them on…

Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith – Chloe and the Colour Catcher

April 7
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A journey to unleash all seven shades of the rainbow. Chloe lives in a world with only one colour, a world that is completely grey. But at night, when she’s wrapped up tight, her dreams are colourful and bright. Join Chloe on her courageous journey to unleash all seven shades of the rainbow in this extraordinary and wholly original tale of bravery, self-expression and fighting for what your heart knows to be true. Tickets are £10 and are available at…

Chiswick Library – Rhyme Time for under 5s

April 7 @ 11:00 am11:30 pm BST
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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.

Staveley Road – Blossom Day Street Party

April 19 @ 12:00 pm3:00 pm BST

The Blossom Day Street Party on Staveley Road will take place between midday and 3pm. This will be a unique opportunity for both local residents and lovers of cherry blossom trees from further afield to come and enjoy Chiswick’s very own sakura festival. To celebrate, Blossom Day W4 is organising a Haiku and Poem Competition for young people. Visit the website for full details where the entry form and competition rules can be found. The three winners from both age…

Watermans – Rolling down the Road (ages 3-11)

April 19 @ 3:00 pm BST

All aboard! Family singer songwriter David Gibb is proud to be the driver of the world's first bus to be powered by song. However, his passengers’ choice of music can sometimes be a little unusual. From talking sunflowers to digging for buried treasure, David needs your help to find the perfect song for each of his passengers and get his magical, musical bus rolling down the road! David’s song writing draws from a wide range of musical influences, deftly blending…

Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith – Sunshine (ages 3-9)

April 25 @ 11:00 am BST
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With sun, sea, sand, some big laughs and even bigger pants, Sunshine, by award-winning company Stickyback Theatre is delighted to be showing this April as part of Little Lyric season. The energetic, highly interactive and heartwarming 50 minute performance draws on themes of shared space, sharing and tolerance and is inspired by the heart and practice of early 19th century silent cinema. Audiences are promised plenty of belly laughs, fun, audience participation and the odd bit of flying seaweed! Book…

Watermans – Spy Monkey (ages 4+)

April 26 @ 3:00 pm BST

Join Hanuman, our brave and intrepid Monkey Intelligence Officer, on his most important secret mission to date! He will need to use all his extraordinary superpowers to find and rescue the captured Princess Sita from Ravana, a wicked ten-headed demon King, and could do with your help! Spy Monkey brings a contemporary twist to a classic Indian tale from the Ramayana, for family audiences, full of daring and wit. Three incredible performers use hip-hop and Bharata Natyam dance, music and story-telling to excite and…

Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith – Bird Show (ages 3-11)

May 2 @ 11:00 am BST
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This heart-fluttering physical comedy features music, puppetry and lots of silly bird jokes. We follow Henry the Heron and Sally the Sparrow on a zany journey to become friends while facing ecological threats to their habitat. This colourful, visual show gently explores the impact of humans on nature and asks the question – what can we do differently? By award-winning playwright T.A. Woodsmith, directed by Susana Alcantud, Upcycled set and costumes by Bronia Housman and original music by Catherine Burke.…

Watermans – The Great Race (ages 4-7)

May 3 @ 3:00 pm BST

This show is inspired by the traditional story of The Great Race! which tells how the eastern Zodiac calendar was created.  Legend has it that the Jade Emperor asked twelve creatures to race to decide which years they will be charge of, depending on the order in which they finish. The story presents all sorts of problems for the creatures taking part, who range from a dragon, to a rat. They each travel in different ways depending on their physicality…

Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith – Henry Moon and the Greasy Spoon (ages 5-11)

May 9 @ 11:00 am BST
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A Rhubarb Theatre Production. Flo’s café is in trouble, the banks on the phone, customers are gone, and all seems lost.  Until one windy day, when a strange old chap blows through the doors. Wearing a coat full of surprises, some rose tinted glasses and a head bursting with imaginative stories, could Henry Moon be the answer to Flo’s problems. Join award winning Rhubarb Theatre, for a huge spoonful of fun, a mug-full of fantasy and a platter of creativity. …

Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith – Your Toys (ages 5-9)

May 16 @ 11:00 am BST

Your Toys is a heartwarming story about friends pulling together. Funny, with original live music, beautiful puppets and lots of surprises – it sends audiences home with huge smiles on their faces. An anthem to creative play and silliness, adults and children alike – bring your toys to the theatre and watch them join in the rumpus on stage in front of you. Book tickets here.

Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith – Adventures of Bo Peep (ages 2-6)

May 23 @ 11:00 am BST
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A Knuckle and Joint Production. Watch the adventures of Bo Peep unravel as she tries to rescue her woolly friends! Bo Peep needs you and your family’s help to save her little lambkins from danger in time for bed! A perfect theatre introduction for your little ones with an interactive story and sensory learning. Look out for a flock of woollen puppets, original music and sheep themed silliness. Book tickets here.

Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith – The Elves and the Shoemaker (ages 3-10)

May 26 @ 1:00 pm BST
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A Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company Production. Sam Lacey makes shoes that are out of this world. His imagination is huge but his shoe-making business is a disaster! Why would anyone buy a pair of Banana Skin slippers?! Then, one night, two tiny green visitors climb into his kitchen and start stitching and cutting and snipping and gluing…Sam Lacey is about to get the surprise of a lifetime! This hilarious re-telling of the much-loved classic tale, from the inescapably inventive…

Bedford Park Festival opening weekend site for Green Days fete, showing tents and seating and microphone

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…

Prudential RideLondon 2020
15-16 August, 2020

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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

There's a fantastic array of chefs, talent and hosts that will be taking part throughout the weekend - all hosted by the one and only Marcus Wareing. Joining Marcus will be Atul Kochhar, Andrew Pern, Jose Pizzaro, Chris King, Chantelle Nicholson, Nieves Barragan, Tom Brown & Luke Taylor, some of the finest chefs in the business, who will be taking part in cooking demo’s book signings, Q&A’s and more. With more restaurants this year than ever before, the pubs and…

Chiswick House – Dog Show

September 20

Chiswick House Dog Show is an opportunity for everyone who uses and loves Chiswick House & Gardens to give something back through being part of a fun day out for all the family. Run by the community for the community, everyone’s efforts raise monies to fund projects to maintain and constantly improve this wonderful, historic oasis in West London. If you would like to volunteer to help us on the day, please click here. With classes ranging from Naughtiest Dog to Prettiest…

Gunnersbury Park, parkrun, all ages

November 28 @ 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…

Visit Syon Park, Brentford

February 13, 2021
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The Park and Gardens are beautiful to walk around. The Great Conservatory has been used as a location for music videos and film shoots, including the 1967 Dudley Moore – Peter Cook version of Bedazzled and John Boorman’s first feature film Catch Us If You Can. The House & Gardens are open from March until the end of October and close for the winter, except for the Enchanted Woodland event in November, when the Gardens are lit by night. Throughout…

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