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Children's Activities

Calendar of upcoming events

Looking for events for children taking place in Redbridge? See our list of events organised by Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure, listed by month. You can also view our Sports Club Directory (PDF 8MB) for details of all sports clubs in Redbridge.

If you would like to find out more about regular events and activities, sign up to our Do More monthly enewsletter


Date and time Activity Venue and price

From July to 7 September

Summer Reading Challenge: Space Chase

Redbridge Libraries

From July to 31 August

Eat It Summer Exhibition

Redbridge Museum

Free admission

From July to Thursday 29 August

Summer Holiday Activities

Various Redbridge Libraries

From July to Saturday 31 August 
10.45 am, 12.45 pm, 2:15 pm, 3.45 pm

Fairlop High Ropes  Each 1 hour session costs £10 for under 16s
£12 for adults

Monday 12 to Friday 16 August

Monday 19 to Friday 23 August
*Tuesday 27 to Friday 30 August

Summer Water Sports Camp 8 to 16 years

Fairlop Outdoor Activity Centre

£170 for 5 day week

*£135 for 4 day week


To book contact / 020 8500 1468

Monday 12 to Friday 16 August

Monday 19 to Friday 23 August

School Holiday Learn to Swim Crash Course 3 to 14 years

Loxford Leisure Centre and Mayfield Leisure Centre

£30 per course (5 x 25 minute lessons)


Call to book

Loxford - 020 8478 5634

Mayfield - 020 3887 0982

Monday 5 to Friday 30 August Owls Summer Club 5 to 12 years

Owls Play Centre

£18 book in advance / £20 on the day

Lunch included, option to add early/late session at an additional cost

To book contact / 020 8500 9669

Monday 5 to Friday 30 August

(excludes Bank Holiday Monday 26 August)


9am to 3pm

Summer Holiday Multi-Sport Camps 5 to 14 years

Wanstead Leisure Centre

£11 per child per day

Contact / 020 8989 1172

Monday 5 to Friday 30 August

(excludes Bank Holiday Monday 26 August)


9am to 3pm

Summer Holiday Multi-Sport Camps 5 to 14 years

Ashton Playing Fields

£15 per child per day

Contact / 020 8559 0486

Saturday 17 August

11am and 3pm

Urban Astronaut

Ken Aston Square, Barkingside High Street


Wednesday 21 August


Summer Drama Days 5-11 years

Redbridge Drama Centre

£35 per day

Fridays 16, 23 & 30 August

10am to 1pm

Nature Workshops 5 to 11 years

Redbridge Drama Centre

£20 for one workshop or £15 each if you book two workshops

Wednesday 21 August
11.30am to 12.30pm

Origami Insects  5 years+

Valentines Mansion & Gardens

£5 per child

Monday 26 August

11am to 4pm (last trail 3.30pm)

Save the Day! 5 years+

Valentines Mansion

£2.50 per child

No booking necessary, just turn up

Wednesday 28 August
11.30am to 12.30pm

Flying High  5 years+

Valentines Mansion & Gardens

£5 per child

Wednesday 28 & Thursday 29 August


Musical Theatre Day Year 2-Year 8

Redbridge Drama Centre

£35 per day

Tuesday 27 August, 12.15pm to 1.30pm
Thursday 29 August, 11.15am to 1.45pm
Friday 30 August, 11.15am to 1.45pm

Public Speaking Workshop: Raise Your Voice 11 to 14 years

Redbridge Central Library

£30 per child, limited spaces

Saturday 31 August

2pm and 4.30pm

Southpaw Dance Company presents Icarus

Ilford Town Centre IG1 1LL



Date and time Activity Venue and price

Saturday 14 September

Roald Dahl Day 4 to 12 years

Various Redbridge Libraries

Free, just drop in

Sunday 15 September

11am to 6pm

Wanstead Festival all ages

Christchurch Green, High Street, Wanstead E11 2RQ

Free entry

Saturday 21 September

2pm and 5pm

The Band at the End of the World!

Ken Aston Square, Barkingside High Street



Sport, education and arts services

We have plenty of sport, education and art services for kids both during term time and school holidays, this includes:


Park attractions

We have a range of activities and attractions available in our Redbridge Parks for children to enjoy.

The UK's largest boulder park is open in Fairlop Waters Country Park. The Boulder Park consists of 9 individual boulders which are constructed of sprayed and carved concrete. The boulders are built from concrete and vary in heights and shapes to cater for all standards from novice to expert. They are all designed for solo climbing and are a great place to practice bouldering and traversing skills. 

Find out more about bouldering at Fairlop Waters Country Park

We have our very own farm at Hainault Forest Country Park which keeps a whole range of animals for you to come and visit for free, always a good treat for the kids whatever the weather! Open seven days a week until 5pm during the summer months and 3:30pm during the winter months.

Animals will change from time to time but you will usually meet animals such as sheep, goats, ponies, rabbits, meerkats, donkeys and lots more! As part of our good practice to have healthy happy animals we move the animals around the Farm Zoo from time to time to improve their experience and to help maintain the quality of the paddocks and enclosures. Please check the map at the Farm Zoo entrance when you arrive for the location of the animals on the day of your visit.

In addition, there is a natural play area for young children situated within the grounds of the farm opposite the meerkat enclosure.  This site is only open during farm opening hours.

Can't afford the expense of a monthly gym subscription? There isn't a better way to exercise these days than an outdoor gym, breathing the fresh air into your lungs whilst toning those muscles at your local park and best of all it's free! 

In 2017, Parkour (also known as Freerunning) has been officially recognised as a sport. It has gained support from the Youth Sport Trust and the Association for Physical Education, who described it as an exciting and motivating activity. The objective of the non-competitive sport is to find ways to navigate to your destination in the quickest way possible, utilising your surroundings to perform stunts and tricks. 

The Parkour obstacle hub, which was originally developed in France, was first introduced to Goodmayes Park in 2011. Come and try the Parkour Combo Wall and Agility Unit for yourselves! It can be used for practising, allowing you to use jumping, balancing and agility to navigate, putting your body and reflexes to the test. There are signs located all around the area in Goodmayes Park explaining how to perform key moves and it features a number of units designed to make practising Parkour easy. The park is easily accessible and open to all, bringing in people with a range of skill sets from those who wish to learn to professionals and semi-professionals.

Children's play areas are available at the majority of our parks and open spaces within Redbridge. Our play areas offer a range of suitable play equipment such as slides, swings and climbing frames.

To report faulty or damaged play equipment please contact Parks Operations on 020 8708 5437 (open 7 days a week from 8am to 4pm) or email

Seven Kings Park and Forest Road Playing Fields in Hainault Recreation Ground are home to skateboarders and roller-bladers who love the challenge that the only 2 purpose built skate parks in the borough offer. With hi-tech equipment such as a half-pipe, quarter pipes, fun box and grind rails, hip ramp, 1.2m ramp and platform, pyramid box and spine ramp, there is plenty of scope for performing spectacular stunts. Equipment varies in each park so be sure to visit them both!


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