A Parent’s One-Stop Summer Holiday Guide in North London

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A Parent’s One-Stop Summer Holiday Guide in North London

By Andrea Krase, Owner and Founder of Sophia’s Diary (www.sophias-diary.com)


Do you have your summer holiday planned? Will your kids be entertained over the long summer break. We have over 60 great ideas about surviving the summer holidays. Don’t forger to purchase our discount card to benefit from local offers.  Join our facebook group for updates and more events


Festivals and Family Events


Reggae on the Lawn

Raggae on the Lawn returns to Forty Hall. The music will be excellent.

Sunday 12th August, 12 – 6pm, Forty Hall, Forty Hill, Enfield EN2 9HA



Enfield Food Festival

Enjoy good food and drink and a fantastic atmosphere for the whole family at the Enfield Food Festival. There will be talks, demonstrations and workshops at this popular event.

Sunday 26 & Monday 27 August, 11am – 5pm
Forty Hall Farm, Forty Hill, Enfield, EN2 9HA



Local Shows



 The Stink

David Walliams fans will be excited to know that The Stink will be shown at the Chickenshed Theatre. What happens when Chloe invites a homeless man and his dog to stay in their shed? Watch the show to find out.

Chickenshed, Chase Side, London, N14 4PE

18th July, 2018 – 5th August, 2018



Tales from the Thousand and One Nights

This is a magic carpet of a show! Experience tales of wonder and magic, as words of imagination written in gold unfurl and fly before your very eyes.

Chickenshed, Chase Side, London, N14 4PE

21st July, 2018 – 4th August, 2018




Summer Shed

Bring the kids along to Chickenshed for lots of drama, dance, story-making, music and fun.

Week 1 Monday 23 – Friday 27 July

Week 2 Monday 30 July – Friday 3 August




Planet Play

Join the Tales team for a fun and interactive sensory session based on the stories and fables from our main summer show, Tales from the Thousand and One Nights. This is great for younger children

July 25 (Wednesday) 9:00 am – August 4 (Saturday)




Forty Hall


The Midnight Gang

Heartbreak invites you to join us for the grand opening of The Lord Funt Hospital Playground, a spectacular new play area for the convalescent child. Tom and his friends will be there, too, but you might know them best as The Midnight Gang. When everyone else is sweetly sleeping, they gather in the middle of the night in the name of magic, mischief, and memory making.
Sunday 19th August at 5pm
Forty Hall, Forty Hill, Enfield EN2 9HA



Together Fest

This is a fantastic community event where the whole family can enjoy workshops, activities, arts, book swapping and performances.

21st July 11am

ArtsDepot, 5 Nether Street, Tally Ho Corner North Finchley, London N12 0GA



Central London Shows

Aladdin. Aliens Love Underpants, Matilda, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid and Paw Patrol Live are just some of the family friendly shows that are on at Central London Theatres this summer. Do not forget to check Kids Week as kids can go free in August



Workshops and Classes


Children’s Workshops at Forty Hall

Forty Hall has an extensive programme of workshops and events for children. They include

  • Photography Fun
  • The Tudors
  • Summer Time Stories
  • Meet the Cook
  • Falling Leaves

20th July – 5th September

Forty Hall, Forty Hill, Enfield EN2 9HA



Active Enfield

There is an extensive range of activities for kids to enjoy from Active Enfield. These include Summer Athletics, Horse Riding, Golf, Trampolining, Tennis, Climbing, Yoga and Gymnastics. Please ensure you book in advance



TrackPlay UK

Bring your kids along to play with our giant train tracks! There are different time slots to suit all, with limited places at each one to ensure everyone has plenty of space to play. Sophia’s Diary Users will receive 30% off. Please use the code LOVESOPHIASDIARY

Tuesday, 7th August 2018

Forty Hill School, Forty Hill, Enfield EN2 9EY




Classes for Babies, Toddlers and Pre-schoolers

Monkey Music Enfield and Barnet, Debutots, Get Set Boogie, Fitmums Bible, a, b, c’s and 1 2 Please, Baby Sensory, Toddler Sense, Move Play Learn,  Super Stars Enfield and Babyfit are just some of the classes running over the summer holidays. Pro Elite are running football sessions too

Please look up venues and times from find them on our groups pages




Outdoor Fun


Farmyard Fun

Kids will enjoy a farmyard craft activity, and a trail in the farm too.

Tuesday 7 August, 11am – 12.30pm & 2pm – 4pm
Forty Hall, Forty Hill, Enfield EN2 9HA




Lazy Sunday Afternoon At Hillyfields

Bring a picnic and enjoy Live Music at Hillyfields. This supports a local charity too.

5th August, 3pm – 5.30pm. Other dates are available too
The Bandstand, Hilly Fields Park, Enfield, EN2 9AJ



The Beach at Enfield Market

Why drive to the coast when the beach is coming to Enfield? Entry is free too.

19th –  28th July



Jungle Falls

Enjoy this stunning 18 hole golf course in a stunning jungle marsh, cascading waterfall and tropical palm tree setting.

Trent park country club, Bramley Rd, N14



Farm Fun

Visit a farm such as Willows Farm and Lee Valley Farm. In addition to seeing the animals, they also have lots of fun things for kids to do.




Paradise Wildlife Park

Little ones would love to see Wildlife Animals, The new Dinosaur Park, use the Soft Play and play in the outdoor areas.

White Stubbs Lane, Broxbourne EN10 7QA



Wildlife a bit further away

London Zoo, Colchester Zoo, Whipsnade and Woburn are so fantastic places to visit for a great day out too


Book an Outdoor Day Out

Popular family days out include Legoland, Thorpe Park, Chessington,   A day at South Bank, Kensington Gardens  and Princess Diana Memorial Playground.


Audley End Miniature Railway

Kids will love going on an enchanted walk to look for fairies, the miniature train ride, and a picnic and play at Audley End Miniature Railway



Visit a local Park

Enfield has some stunning parks and outdoor spaces. Bury Lodge, Oakwood, Grovelands, Aldersbrook and Broomfield Park are just some examples of parks with fantastic play facilities.



Summer Holiday Camps


Young Notes Music Video Camp

Who has a child that loves to sing? Would they like to star in a professional music video? Join Young Notes Music Video Camp! It’s going to be epic!

Monday 13th August to Friday 17th August from 10am – 3pm

Chase Side Primary School, Trinity Street, Enfield EN2 6NS


Fitness Vibe

Fitness Vibe have a fantastic Creative Workshop Camp running over the holidays. Sport, Art and Dance activities will be organised. Younger children can attend and they accept child care vouchers too.

Highlands Village Hall, N21 1UG



Neverland Events

Kids will enjoy Cupcake Decorating, Magic Shows, Disco’s and Arts and Crafts at Neverland Events Fantastic Summer Camp

7th  9th,  & 10th August, 9am-330pm

St Margaret’s Nursery, EN4 9NT



Orion Activity Camps

Orion Activity Camps are offering a wide number of activities to suit all children. Our activities include sports such as; Football, Kwik Cricket, Netball, Basketball, Benchball, Handball, Tag Rugby, Uni-Hoc, Rounders, Kinball, Dodgeball, Ultimate Frisbee, Cone Ball, Tennis, Table Tennis, Badminton, Trampolining. A variety of dance sessions; Street Dance, Zumba, Boxerxise, Dance Competition, Modern and Contemporary Dance, Jazz Attack, Heartbeat Hop.


Foundation Sports

Foundation Sports have a camps in Enfield and Barnet and have varied activities to suit children with different interests.


Skool of Skillz

Skool of Skillz run holiday camps where children will be entertained with a variety of sports and creative activities, and also get the chance to meet and make new friends in a safe and structured environment. Children can play football, basketball, cricket, tennis, rugby, netball. Hockey and more.



Dance Camps

Kids that love dance will enjoy camps from our reputable Dance Stables, Impress Theatre Art and The Dance Studio





Book a place at Camp Imagination with Sarah from Flip Learning


Swimming Class UK

Does your family know how to swim. Swimming Class UK provide one to one sessions or small group bookings too. They have fantastic results too

Babies and Toddlers can learn to swim with Turtle Tots too


Family Fitness Sessions

Evolve Coaching & Fitness are holding a weekly bootcamp for the whole family every Sunday @ Trent Park, Cockfosters entrance, 11am. Kids can take part for FREE! Our sessions include a variety of fun and challenging circuits. We aim to increase your strength, speed and overall fitness with a variety of cardio, muscle-building & mobility drills. With up to three coaches involved in the sessions to ensure that each client is accurately performing each exercise you receive the benefits of a personal training session within a group setting (plus at a fraction of the price!). We accommodate to all levels with both progressive and regressive options available. Creating a fun atmosphere for the whole family to join in.


Instagram: evolve_coaching


Indoor Places to Go:


Going Pottery

Going Pottery is a North London ceramic art studio where adults and children can relax and show their creative side. They also serve snacks, home-made cakes and also do afternoon tea

156 Lancaster Rd, Enfield EN2 0JS


Pots of Art

Create original colourful pottery masterpiece and fantastic ceramic pieces at the fantastic Pots Of Art. There is also a play area too

Phoenix Rose Garden Centre, Crews Hill EN2 9DP



Curious Minds

There is an extensive programme of fun things to do for kids at Curious Minds. Circus Tricks, Crafty Chefs, Zoolab, Arts, Disco and Scalextrics are just some examples.

220 Green Lanes, N13 5UD




Eventful Ideas

Eventful Ideas have an action packed summer holiday programme

We also have lots on over the summer.

Fri 9:30 AMby Curious Minds
Wed 9:30 AMLisa Howes is going
Fri 9:30 AMby Curious Minds
Tue 6:30 PMby Curious Minds
Fri 9:30 AMby Curious Minds
Tue 9:30 AMby Curious Minds
Wed 9:30 AMby Curious Minds
Fri 9:30 AMby Curious Minds
Mon 9:30 AMby Curious Minds
Tue 9:30 AMby Curious Minds
Wed 9:30 AMLisa Howes is going
Fri 9:30 AMby Curious Minds
Tue 9:30 AMby Curious Minds


Roller Station

Learn how to Skate or just enjoy some skating time at Rollerstation. Adults can join in too.




Jump In Enfield

Visit Jump In Enfield for the best way to keep active and keep out of the sun at Jump In Trampoline Parks this Summer. They have an offer 5 one hour jumps for £35, on sale from 16th April 2018 and available until 31st August.

22 Lumina Park, Lumina Way, Enfield EN1 1FS


Flip Out Trampoline Parks

Are you looking for the most fun summer camp around? Flip Out Brent Cross are taking bookings now!

What’s included? Free jumping sessions, Drama, Art, Back to booster classes, T-shirt and much more!

Date: Mon 23rd July to Fri 24th August
Ages: 6 to 14 years old
Time: 8am to 4.30pm
Price: £100 a week/£25 a day/sibling discount 10% off a full week

Unit 7, Staples Corner Retail Park, Geron Way, London NW2 6LW



N20 KidsClub

Visit this fantastic indoor soft play area that has a multi-level play frame, fresh food, coffees, baby changing facilities, free parking and wifi.

1105 – 1111 High Road, London,N20 0PT



Local Leisure Centres

Check out what is on at your local leisure as they have great facilities for families. Most have a swimming pool, kids classes and soft play too.




SoftPlays with an Outdoor Area

Rye Assic Adventure Park and Fun Junction are fantastic softplays that have an outdoor area too.




Book an Indoor Day Out

Popular indoor days out include Shreks Adventure, Museums and London Aquarium


Family Friendly Places to Eat


Family Friendly Venues

Did you know that our local theatres have lovely places to eat? The Plough in Crews Hill also has an outdoor area for kids to play too. The Winchmore Pub is also a great place to visit with the family and the food is fantastic. Nanny Apples also offer free babyccino if you show present a Sophia’s Diary discount card. Trent Park Country Club is stunning and welcomes children too. Thymari has the most amazing food too




Book a Holiday


Call a Travel Agent

If it all gets too much and you need to get away, local Travel Agent Marios can check deals and, advise you on family friendly destinations and venues too. Travel Agents often have excellent deals with hotels and do the hard job of looking for you.



Have a Clear Out

Cheeki Monkeys have organised a nearly new sale on 28th July. Why not make some cash whilst decluttering. The kids can also play at the event too