The thought of planning summer care can be daunting. When to book, where to book, and what’s still available? Here are 5 children’s summer camps that will be running this year around London and the South East, and everything you need to know about them.

And to really perfect your childcare this summer, Koru Kids has part-time nannies available to help with wraparound care to pair alongside camps. They can help with pick ups, making dinner and getting the kids to wind down at the end of the day while you finish work.

Sparks

Sparks is a summer camp for creative kids who love movie making. Niche, we know. The week-long camps, from 9am-4pm, allow the kids to develop their talents, both in front of and behind the camera. They will work on stories, scripts, filming, acting and producing. At the end of the week the kids (sorry, filmmakers!) get to proudly share their creations with family in a special screening presentation. They even celebrate with a red carpet screening event later on in the summer.

This camp is perfect for kids aged 5+ (including teenagers) who love the arts and creating. It’s split into age groups: 5-7, 7-9, 9-11, 11-14 and 14-18 years. Their camps are run in several locations all over London, so you won’t have to worry about travelling far. Check out their locations here. Pricing is around £350 for the week and they’re running from the mid-end of July throughout August, depending on the location. What’s even better is you can save 10% with them quoting our unique code KORUKIDS10 on any course bookings. 

Camp Beaumont

A classic for a reason. What child doesn’t love a Camp Beaumont adventure? With locations all over London, and such a vast range of activities – there’s something for every child – this one’s a winner. Activities include pottery, yoga, swimming, outdoor sports and even DJing!

Their daytime camps are split into age groups from 3+ and are running from around mid-July throughout August, depending on location. This year they have limited spaces to keep in line with safety standards and booking for this summer closes on 18th May, so we recommend you book soon. Day prices are around £50 per day, or you can book a week (5 days) for around £240. You can book now with a deposit of £10, but full payment is required on 18th May.

Wild Learning

Looking for something a little more…wild? Wild Learning holiday camp will get your kids at one with nature. They’ll be outdoors, learning life skills and getting messy, and come home an intrepid explorer. Activities include den building, leaf printing, minibeast hunts, assault courses and so much more. We love how they don’t follow a structured timetable so no two days are the same. Instead, they follow the ethos of letting the kids do the activities they want to do – so your kids are guaranteed to have fun.

These woodland hideouts are in several locations across London and the South East. They’re already running out of spots so we recommend booking now, so you have peace of mind the kids will be busy for part of the holidays. Prices are around £50 per day and they’re running from around mid-July.

Find a part-time nanny for wraparound care alongside summer camps here.

Aerial Circus Camp

For something a little different, head over to Peckham or Wimbledon’s Flying Fantastic Aerial Circus Camps for one-of-a-kind activities. Kids will have the opportunity to try a range of jaw dropping activities that will get their heart racing. They’ll be upside down in no time, learning tricks and sequences on aerial hoops, silks, slings and bouncing on bungees. This one’s for little monkeys, aged 7-15, who like to try new and niche skills you can’t really do anywhere else!

The Aerial Circus Camp is running from 19th July and the last week is from 2nd August. Pricing sits at £350 for the week, and runs from 10am-4pm.

Little House of Science

Are your little ones obsessed with experiments? Or do you simply want to inspire the scientist within them? Little House of Science is the answer. They’re running both online and in-person summer camps this year over 8 weeks, and they’re perfect for kids aged 4-12 (groups are split by age). The workshops are fully risk assessed, and are super hands on. You can find the summer programme here – full of black holes, stars, sea life and heavy metal!

This awesome science camp takes place in South Kensington in South West London (or online if you can’t make it there), and is running from 5th July-27th August, so there should be dates every family can make!