The final festivals of summer, summer camps and a giant bouncy castle make up just some of the top activities to do with your kids during August
1. The Little Gym
Ongoing • Various Locations
The Little Gym provides gymnastics classes to develop resilience in children. As summer stretches on and on, why not book your little one into a summer camp? Parents can choose half days, full days or full weeks and there’s a theme to suit everyone – including Pirate Party, Dinosaur Adventure and Superheroes. Your kids will enjoy August.
August 26-29 • Shrewsbury
Tucked away on a glorious riverside site in Shrewsbury is a little piece of heaven playing host to a children’s folk festival. Aptly named ‘Pandemonium’ this year’s theme is bees and the environment. There’ll be music, dance and crafts to keep little ones entertained while you dance under the stars to the UK’s finest musical acts.
3. Out In The Open
25 August • Regents Park Open Air Theatre
The Luna Cinema returns to the Open Air Theatre with the long awaited sequel to Disney’s musical, Mary Poppins Returns. Rejoin the Banks family and wonder in the magic of the mysterious nanny making her mark on a new generation of children.
4. Peter Rabbit
20 July – 1 September • Theatre Royal Haymarket
Following a sell out run in April this year, the critically acclaimed Where is Peter Rabbit? returns to the West End by popular demand for a limited season. The shows will feature – for the first time – the delectable voice of TV presenter Myleene Klass as the narrator, alongside Olivier Award-winning actor Griff Rhys Jones.
5. The Big Feast
August 26-28 • Alex James Farm, The Cotswolds
Little chefs are encouraged to cook at this mouthwateringly good weekend. Held in the picturesque Cotswolds, the Big Feastival is a guaranteed mix of fabulous food, high-end celebrity spotting and considerate child-sized portions. For the fussy eater, face painting, jam sessions and giant haystacks are also on offer.
6. Jump up
27- 28 August • Alexandra Palace
It’s big, it’s bouncy and it’s back. Following two sell-out years, the world’s biggest inflatable obstacle course and bouncy castle returns to the UK this month, with two days dedicated specifically to children and families. Food trucks are on standby so no one’s going hungry, and we particularly recommend a spin on the Inflatable Unicorn.