The thought of planning summer care can be daunting. When to book, where to book, and what’s still available? Here are 6 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 summer 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 is a summer camp for creative kids who love movie making. Niche, we know. The week-long camps, from 9am-3pm, 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. They also offer a sibling discount and discounts for groups of friends booking together.
Camp Beaumont Summer Camps
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 clay, sports and games, mindfulness and yoga and lots of water-based fun with aqua Olympics.
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Looking for something a little more…wild? Wild Learning holiday day 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, tool making, dam-making 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. 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 Summer Camp
For something a little different, head over to Peckham, Bankside 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 7-16, who like to try new and niche skills you can’t really do anywhere else!
The Aerial Circus Summer Camp is running from 17th July and the last week is from 21st August. Pricing sits at £375 for the week; Bankside and Peckham runs from 10am-4pm, Wimbledon is 9:30am-3:30pm.
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 day camps are fully risk assessed, and are super hands on. You can find their summer programme here – full of black holes, stars, sea life and heavy metal!
This awesome science day camp takes place in South Kensington in South West London (or online if you can’t make it there), and is running from 10th July-25th August. Each week has a different theme from planets, galaxies, black holes, and space travel to medical sciences and chemistry. Daily rates are £99, weekly rates are £485.
Codetoday run online interactive courses in Python coding designed help kids aged 7-16 to build skills in a programming language, used frequently in the real world. All courses are online with a one hour session per day for 4 days, making them easy to fit into your busy summer schedule! They’re always live and interactive with full support from their expert team of instructors. No coding experience is necessary for these kiddos, so it’s perfect for your tech-savvy tots and teens looking for something engaging to do from home.
Summer courses run from 17th July until 25th August split into beginner and intermediate levels. Prices are £65 for one hour a day, for 4 consecutive days. This is a great low-fuss, high-value option for little learners keen to get ahead. They also offer an early bird discount if you book before 30th June using the code summer5.
Art-K offers creative summer holiday workshops for kids aged 6-16. With projects ranging from watercolour to clay and paper sculpture, it’s a safe bet for kids who love arts and crafts.
They offer sessions which are full day (£60 per day, 5 hours long) and half day (£26 per day, 2 hours per day). They have studios across London, Leeds, Brighton, Bristol and the South East— find your closest Art-K club here.