Half-term fun in Camden
Half-term has arrived and there are lots of activities to keep the whole family entertained.
Join the Building Democracy in Camden tour on Saturday 23 May, a free two-hour walk exploring key events in the Borough’s history as part of our Camden 50 celebrations. Why not follow this with one of the many free children’s workshops on offer at Kentish Fleet Festival from Saturday 23 to Sunday 24 May?
For a creative adventure, children aged nine to 14 can attend the Random Camden half-term storytelling, film and photography project with Wac Arts from Tuesday 26 to Friday 29 May. Places cost £20. The Dickens Museum has a fun family activity day on Tuesday 26 May, which is free with admission to the museum (£8 for adults with concessions available children under six free), and Swiss Cottage Library will be making bird’s nest collages in the children’s library in a free workshop on the same day between 2.30 and 3.30pm.
Continuing the creative fun, there are a range of workshops available at the Cartoon Museum, including cut-out animation on Wednesday 27 May. Try your hand at the visual art of writing, with a calligraphy workshop for eight to 12-year-olds at the Jewish Museum from 2 to 4pm, which costs £5 per child. Get inspired by the free Central Saint Martins degree show, which opens to the public for five days from Wednesday 27 May.
If you want to learn more about the history of Conway Hall, there is a free lunchtime talk on Friday 29 May at Holborn Library. While you’re at the Library, why not stop in on the two fantastic and free exhibitions currently showing? Culture Bridge: The Settlement of People from the Horn of Africa in Camden 1950 to 2010, is on until Saturday 30 May, and Dangerous Characters in London’s Little Italy will explore the city’s fascists, anti-fascists, suffragettes and spies until Friday 3 July.
Join in the celebrations of the free Jamaican High Commission literary afternoon in Waterlow Park Centre on Saturday 30 May, where there will be words, music and dancing from 2pm. Alternatively, there is an exciting afternoon of drawing, making and storytelling on offer at the House of Illustration workshop Daisy Hirst: The Girl With the Parrot on Her Head, suitable for ages three and above. The workshop costs £7.70 per adult and £4.40 per child.
Drop by Keats House for free poetry and spoken word on Sunday 31 May from 2 to 4pm, where there will be an open mic, and performances from Keats House Poet Dean Atta and guest headliner Hannah Lowe, who celebrates the multicultural life of London in her work.
For those looking for some sporting action, there is a multi-sports scheme at Talacre Community Sports Centre for children aged eight to 14, with activities including table tennis, football and basketball, while bend, bop and bounce gives children the chance to get involved in gymnastics, dance and trampolining. These courses run from Tuesday 26 May to Friday 29 May and cost:
We’re also running our free weekly sports sessions outside H-Pod at Cumberland Market on Thursday 28 May. Try multi-sports including football, basketball and dodgeball from 11am to 1pm, or focus on tennis from 2 to 4pm.
You can find more events taking place in Camden throughout the year at Love Camden.
Find out about events to celebrate our 50th anniversary at Camden 50.