10 ways to have a fun-filled February half term
Looking for fun ways to keep the children entertained this half term? From toddlers to teenagers, we’ve found the must-do activities to keep everyone happy – and they’re all in and around Elephant & Castle.
13A Iliffe Yard, London SE17 3QA
This is one for the teenagers who want to keep their minds active over the holiday. Escape Plan, which will test their problem-solving and teamwork skills, is located just a short walk from Elephant & Castle’s Walworth Road. The theme is ‘The Battle for Britain’ and players are transported back to 1940 where they must solve a series of clues against the clock to save their country. Groups of up to seven are welcome and must include at least one adult.
For more information and to book, visit www.escapeplanltd.com
The Cinema Museum
2 Dugard Way, London SE11 4TH
Located in Kennington, just a stone’s throw from Elephant & Castle, this special museum has been celebrating all things cinema for the past 20 years. If you have a young film fan to entertain, they will be mesmerised by extensive displays of artefacts, memorabilia and equipment and they can learn about the history of the silver screen from the 1890s to the present day.
Albany Road, London SE5 0AL
There may still be a nip in the air, but a trip to Burgess Park is well worth wrapping up warm for. At 56 acres, it’s one of the largest parks in South London and there’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained all morning or afternoon. There are separate play areas for children over and under five, a BMX track and – if they still have energy to burn – a 5km jogging route around the park, which is marked with butterfly symbols. You’ll certainly see snowdrops on your visit and you can keep the February chill at bay with a hot drink from the Park Life café.
Imagine Children’s Festival 2019
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Waterloo, London SE1 8XX
Wednesday 13 February – Sunday 24 February
This fun-packed children’s festival is now in its 18th year and the 2019 line-up promises to please. Taking place at the Southbank Centre’s venues by the Thames, there are more than 180 events on offer over 12 days – and more than half the programme is completely free! Children can draw, write, read, play, sing and dance to their heart’s content and be entertained by theatre shows and comedy clubs. This year’s event also boasts a special screening of the children’s favourite We’re Going on A Bear Hunt and a musical first with Peppa Pig: My First Concert. The nearest underground station to the Southbank Centre is Waterloo, which is just a four-minute tube journey from Elephant & Castle or, if you’re feeling energetic, just a 20-minute walk.
For more information and to see the full line-up, visit www.southbankcentre.co.uk.
The Castle Centre
2 St Gabriel Walk, Elephant & Castle, London SE1 6FG
For affordable fun everyone can enjoy, head to The Castle Centre for a dip (or a splash) in the 25-metre pool. The fitness centre has recently had a facelift in a £20m redevelopment, so there couldn’t be a better time to pay it a visit. There’s lane swimming for serious water babies and inflatable sessions at the weekend that are sure to please the little ones. There’s a small pool for novice swimmers and an onsite crèche, if you need to leave the very little ones in safe hands while you’re poolside.
Did you know that all Southwark residents have access to free swim and gym sessions through Southwark Council? See details about the offer here.
For more information and to check swimming sessions in advance, visit www.everyoneactive.com/centre/the-castle-centre/
Vauxhall City Farm
165 Tyers Street, London SE11 5HS
Wednesday 20 February and Thursday 21 February, 10.30pm-3pm
A farm in the centre of the capital? Yes, it’s true! In fact, this popular farm in Vauxhall is one of the oldest in London with more than 100 animals to see, including horses, donkeys, alpacas, goats, sheep, pigs, cows and more. Situated in Elephant & Castle’s neighbouring borough of Lambeth, it’s a 15-minute tube journey between Elephant & Castle and Vauxhall underground stations, but it’s a fantastic day out for the family!
42 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6DR
As the name suggests, this market and community space boasts a strong Italian influence with delicious pizza, pasta and arancini on offer, but there is also an enticing range of other street food to choose from with tastes of Turkey, India and Mexico to enjoy.
In a bid to promote healthy eating, if you visit between Monday and Wednesday, 12-4PM, you can choose a selection of healthy meals for £5.
Disability Sports Coach
Monday 18 February
The Castle Leisure Centre, 2 Gabriel Walk, London SE1 6FG
Why not get the week off to a healthy start and book the children into a fun-filled session with Disability Sports Coach? Disabled children of all sporting abilities are invited to take part in a workshop on Monday 18 February at the Castle Leisure Centre in the heart of Elephant & Castle. Siblings are welcome to join in the fitness fun too. Sessions run from 10am until noon, 1pm to 3pm or 10am to 3pm. The two-hour sessions cost £3 per child and the full-day session is £5.
Last year, the charity was given funding by Lendlease and Southwark Council’s Elephant & Castle Community Fund to help keep up its great work in the area.
For more information and to book, visit www.disabilitysportscoach.co.uk.
Imperial War Museum London
Tuesday 19 February and Thursday 21 February, 11am-1pm
Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ
History is being brought to life at London’s Imperial War Museum – just a stone’s throw from Elephant & Castle – in a series of special talks by speakers who will share their memories of wartime life. This free family event – We Were There: Meet Veterans and Eyewitnesses – is a must-do for any school-age children currently studying the Second World War or the Cold War era. It’s also the perfect opportunity to see the impressive permanent collections, which include a Harrier jet and Second World War Spitfire.
Admission to the IWM London is free. To plan your day, visit www.iwm.org.uk/events/iwm-london/we-were-there-meet-veterans-and-eyewitnesses
Lovely Bug Ball at Vault Festival 2019
Cavern, The Vaults, Leake Street SE1 7NN
Saturday 23 February at 4.30pm and Sunday 24 February at 3pm
Vault Festival is an arts and entertainment event boasting more than 400 shows, which is now in its seventh year. Taking to the stage this year is the Lovely Bug Ball – a part-workshop, part- show production, presented by Exquisite Folly Theatre. Aimed at children aged four and over who love making things and letting their imaginations run wild, this ‘make and dance’ production features puppets, mirror balls and lots of fun. Tickets are priced at £12 for the one-hour show.
For more information and to book, visit www.vaultfestival.com/whats-on/the-lovely-bug-ball/