Our clinic is based in South East London, so we know what its feels like to be indecisive over what to do in the summer holidays, especially when the weather is extremely unpredictable. We’ve scouted out our top recommendations for some healthy and fun activities, which will keep the kids entertained, and stop you from counting down the days till September:
1. Boating in Battersea Park
Battersea Park is just a short distance from The Honor Oak Wellness Rooms, in the neighbouring borough of Wandsworth, and during July and August you can rent boats, either to pedal or row, around the lake. Boating is a fun leisurely activity that all ages can get involved with. Plus it counts as physical activity, getting your muscles moving while enjoying the soothing effect of being surrounded by water.
2. Swimming at Brockwell Lido
A feature of the community since 1937, Brockwell Lido is located in the corner of Brockwell Park and offers a much-loved day out for the kids. Swimming is also a sure fire way to get the kids moving and is great for cardiovascular and muscle strength!
3. Kayaking at Albany Park Canoe and Sailing Centre
Open to beginners, Albany Park Canoe and Sailing Centre offers an array of activities based on the River Thames. Kayaking is great for improving general fitness as well as muscular strength, particularly in the arms and torso, definitely worthwhile! Summer 2015 activity dates run from 20th July to 4th September and can be booked on their website.
4. Rollerblading in Battersea Park
Featuring in our list for the second time, Battersea Park is home to The Easy Peasy Skate, which is a free group skate that starts at 10:30am every Saturday. Not only can rollerblading be really fun but it’s also an effective cardio activity, whilst also being low impact as there is no foot to ground impact.
5. Holland Park Ecology Centre
The ecology centre provides a whole programme of events including walks, talks and workshops; there are also themed activities in the summer. The centre is focused on promoting the importance of the environment, which is great for supporting the kids learning outside of school whilst in an active setting.
Hackney city farm is located in a convenient location for access from all over London. The farm has a range of animals that rotate their time between the city farm and a working farm in Kent. Farms are always exciting for young kids and involve lots of walking around and fresh air, great for releasing mood boosting endorphins! The farm also offers other fun activities like mosaic and pottery classes.