Taking time out by the Thames this summer

While six weeks may fly by in the eyes of a kid, for parents, it feels more like a lifetime. By the time they head back to school, it can feel like you’ve exhausted every possible form of entertainment there is. Fear not, as there is still something you can try that will give them not just a day, but potentially a weekend full of fun. 

Heading into the capital gives you endless opportunities for things to do that will leave the kids with lasting memories and something exciting to share with their friends. Back by popular demand, Summer by the River is an event that only began last year, in 2018, but is set to become an annual family favourite. 

Where is it and how do we get there?

Summer by the River takes place all along the bank of the Thames between London Bridge and Tower Bridge. The best way to get there is by travelling to London Bridge tube station and starting from there. It starts on the 30th of May and finishes on the 1st of September. 

A lot of the organised events happen at The Scoop, an outdoor amphitheatre. However, most of the indoor activities happen in the nearby Hay’s Galleria. 

What is there to do?

There’s absolutely loads to do at this event. Because it spans throughout the whole summer, the activities and things to do change on a near-daily basis. From dance lessons to fitness classes, there’s plenty to keep you coming back.  

For families, there are regular movie showings, arts and craft days as well as live plays and musical performances. Similarly, they also live broadcast some of the summer’s biggest events, like Wimbledon. This gives you that front row seat in the capital without having to snag a ticket for the actual event. 

Is there food and drink available? 

The thing that every parent makes a bee-line for when they’re out with the kids; food and drink stalls. There’s no need to worry when you’re at Summer by the River as there are many choices of eateries along the river. 

Most of the places to eat are pop up restaurants with this year’s highlights being BBQ Club and Look Mum No Hands. Similarly, there is a regular farmers market on a Friday offering up some of the best of local farmers goods. 

How much does it cost? 

This is the best bit; it’s free. 

You heard right, the whole event is free to access. You’ll have to pay for things like food when you get there, but the events themselves don’t cost a thing. This is ideal for families, especially if you’ve got a few kids, as it makes for a relatively cheap day out! 

It is a first come first serve basis, so make sure to plan your day in advance to make the most out of this incredible capital city adventure. 

So, if you’re stuck for something to do in the last few days of this summer, or you’re already planning for next, make sure to check out Summer by the River! 


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