Summer’s here! If you’re wondering how to entertain the kids over the school holidays wonder no more. Here we bring you nine of the best family friendly events in West and South-West London
1 Battersea Park Children’s Zoo
There are loads of events taking place this summer at the charming children’s zoo in Battersea Park. Tuesday 4 August is Snail Day – where kids can make their own snail puppet – whilst the 11 August is all about the resident pigs.
Battersea Park, Battersea SW11 4NJ; 020 7924 5826; batterseaparkzoo.co.uk
2 Putt in the Park
As well as a great pitch and putt course, Wandsworth Park’s Putt in the Park has become a prime spot for summer socialising, thanks to its cafe, which not only sells food and coffees, but is fully licensed too…
Wandsworth Park, Putney Bridge Road, Wandsworth SW18 1PP; 020 8877 0713; puttinthepark.com
3 WWT Wetland Centre London
With over 100 acres of wetlands, gardens and marshes to explore, the Wetland Centre in Barnes is an essential day out for anyone with an interest in wildlife. Expect to spot an array of birds, as well as otters and butterflies.
Queen Elizabeth’s Walk, Barnes SW13 9WT; 020 8409 4400; wwt.org.uk
4 Hampton Court Palace
As impressive as the building itself is, Hampton Court Palace’s gardens are just as entertaining. One of the main draws is the famous maze – a third of an acre of twists, turns and dead ends. Depending on your navigational skills, it could be a day out in itself!
Hampton Court Palace, KT8 9AU; 0844 482 7777; hrp.org.uk
5 Wimbledon Common
A combination of heathland, scrubland and woodland covering 1,140 acres, Wimbledon Common has tons to offer day-trippers. There are several ponds, formal gardens in Cannizaro Park and even a windmill, as well as cafes and plenty of space for cricket and football.
Wimbledon Common, SW19 5NR; 020 8788 7655; wpcc.org.uk
6 Legoland Windsor
The ‘Heartlake City’ ride is the latest addition to Legoland, and promises to thrill visitors just as much as the current array of exciting displays and adventures. There’s even a hotel on site for those who don’t feel that one day is enough.
Winkfield Road, Windsor SL4 4AY; 0871 2222 001; legoland.co.uk
7 Syon House and Park
For a relatively small space, there’s lots to see and do at Syon Park. In addition to 200 acres of meadow-like parkland, there’s the house itself – home to the Duke of Northumberland – that’s open on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, formal gardens, and the impressive great conservatory.
Syon Park, Brentford TW8 8JF; 020 8560 0882; syonpark.co.uk
8 Chiswick House and Gardens
This stunning neo-Palladian villa houses an enviable array of artwork, as well as some very pretty interiors, and the gardens in which it sits more than live up to it – they underwent a £12 million restoration in June and the results speak for themselves.
Burlington Lane, Chiswick, London W4 2RP; chgt.org.uk
9 Pools on the Park
Situated on the edge of Old Deer Park, Pools on the Park is a huge hit with kids, who can spend hours splashing about in the big outdoor pool. Handily, there are two pools inside too, should the weather fail…
Old Deer Park TW9 2SF; 020 8940 0561; springhealth.net