Wondering what to do with the krazies this month? Check out our round up of seven ‘hot’ happenings. It’s July after all and it’s supposed to be the hottest month of the year! We’ll see if it delivers but, in the meantime, here’s a mix of indoor and outdoor events to inspire you. Click on the numbers below to take you to the events.
Got an aspiring fashion photographer in your house? Run by We Are Photogirls, this free workshop at The British Museum allows wannabe Testino’s to style models using vintage clothing and handmade accessories then photograph them using a professional digital SLR. Two events will take place on the 22nd July and booking is essential. Events are suitable for 13 to 18 year olds. Not able to get into London or get a place? We Are Photogirls run events and workshops all over the country. You can even book a teen fashion party! Image The British Museum.
CBeebies favourites Charlie and Lola will be at the Polka Theatre over the summer. Puppetry and music bring the double act to life in a play adapted from a collection of the funniest episodes to create Charlie and Lola’s Best Bestest Play. Suitable for four to seven year olds and tickets are still available at the time of posting. The Polka Theatre is an amazing venue dedicated to producing and presenting work for audiences aged 0 to 13. Take a moment to read more about them. I think you’ll like it!
This inventive Alan Ayckbourn play is a complete kid’s fantasy. Kevin, the main character, is captivated by his new book. One night, after much nagging from Dad to turn out the light and go to sleep, Kevin finds himself on a magical adventure alongside his literary hero.
An impressive music, comedy and literary line up and is teamed with dedicated areas for children and teenagers at Suffolk’s Latitude Festival. The Children’s Arena is said to be “it’s own little festival” offering drama workshops, arts and crafts, theatre and puppet shows. Teens can also have fun in the Inbetweeners area, with activities aimed at the cool 12+ crowd! A dedicated family campsite allows you to stay with likeminded people. Weekend family camping tickets are £175, children aged 5 – 12 are £5, children aged 13 and over will need an adult ticket. Some daytime tickets are still available too. And with the likes of Laura Marling, Bon Iver, Elbow and Lana Del Ray topping the bill, it’s sure to be a weekend to remember for the whole family!
For some quintessentially British seaside fun, join the thousands who visit the Whitstable Oyster Festival each year. Grown ups should look out for the craft fair and open exhibitions in the towns galleries. A visit to the working harbour for the Epicentre food fair is a must, too. Kids can enjoy traditional activities like crabbing, kite flying and Punch and Judy. There are workshops for everyone, a mud tug, music and street entertainment and most of the family events are free or heavily subsidised. Check out the full list of events.
A spectacular parade will twist and turn its way through Aylesbury. Characters from the much loved author’s enchanting stories including, James and The Giant Peach, The Twits and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, will be bought to life by giant puppets, music and original artwork. Afterwards enjoy themed arts and crafts throughout the town, as well as the Roald Dahl Games in the town’s Vale Park. Further information is available on from Aylesbury District Council.
Venture into the fantasy world of the Brothers Grimm at Speke Hall, Merseyside. Set on the North Lawn, this outdoor theatre performance at twilight will include tales of witches, talking animals and adventurers. Said to be a “deliciously dark, thrillingly inventive show for adults and children”. Booking is essential and tickets are priced at £14 for adults, £7 for kids.
Our extra curricular activities will be low key and local this month. However, they do include our first school disco, a trip to the new roller rink and the Essex Festival of Food and Drink.
Happy July! Let’s hope the sun shines.