School holiday fun!
There’s plenty to keep you and the kids entertained during the school half terms and holidays in Lee Valley. From toddlers to teenagers there’s a whole host of activities, fun days out and events to get all the family out and about. Lee Valley has so much to offer, not only in the holidays but all year round too!
See the reindeer this Christmas
Things to do in the Christmas break
Christmas is on its way and we've got some fantastic events leading up to the big day. Take a trip to Lee Valley Park Farms; they'll be setting the scene to make Santa feel right at home in his grotto, book your session to meet him at Farm-tastic Santa. There'll also be plenty of Christmas arts and crafts plus it's the perfect time of the year to slide down Santa's Launch Pad! If you're looking for even more entertainment then come along to Lee Valley Riding Centre for the Riding Centre Christmas Show. Spectators are welcome to watch the Christmas themed riding displays.
Discover wildlife on A Walk in the Park
There's also two other opportunities to see Santa; jump aboard the Santa Cruise as they set off from Broxbourne Riverside Moorings with mince pies and carols! You can also visit the WaterWorks Centre for Santa's Grotto where you can meet Santa and have a go at all the fun Christmas crafts. Alternatively, if the kids want to get active then why not enter online for them to compete in the Lee Valley Minithon at Lee Valley Athletics Centre. It's the ideal event for budding athletes in years 3 - 7 who fancy a bit of competition. Before the little ones head back to school in Janurary, take them on A Walk in the Park to explore the wonders of our wetlands with this guided walk suitable for everyone!
Go skating at Lee Valley Ice Centre
Get active in Lee Valley
As well as our walking and cycling routes that are perfect for getting the kids moving we also hold various classes and activity programmes at some of venues. Little ones can learn to skate during Toddler classes at Lee Valley Ice Centre. These sessions are great for developing balance and co-ordination and are available on Fridays during term time. You can also come along for the public skating sessions, just check their opening times and prices. Older kids aged 14+ can take part in the exciting Parkour – Spider Man classes taking place at Lee Valley Athletics Centre every Wednesday after school during term time until 11 December. Learn to leap, fly and swing as quickly and as efficiently as possible from one place to another.
See what's growin in the Victorian Glasshouse
Explore the gardens
Myddelton House Gardens is a great place for all the family to visit all year round; you can explore the gardens and learn about them too! The Visitor Centre has a selection of fun activity booklets available. Try one of Ossie the Ostrich’s Children’s Trails or have a go at the Discover Explore Myddelton House Gardens Explorer pack. There are also lots of other explorer packs available around the Lee Valley, check them out here. Once you’ve completed your booklet why not treat yourself to a bite to eat at Bowles Tea Room, they’ve got some delicious cakes!
Explore the great outdoors!
We have miles of traffic-free trails for cycling, walking and running so whether you all like to have fun on two wheels or by foot Lee Valley has over 26 miles of countryside to discover.
Discover a wealth of wildife
Get close to nature
Our nature reserves and open spaces are thriving with wildlife. See how many of the 200 recorded bird species you can spot, our bird hides at Fisher’s Green in River Lee Country Park or at WaterWorks Nature Reserve and Middlesex Filter Beds are great spots to keep an eye out. Take a trip to Cornmill Meadows or discover our wet woodland trail through Gunpowder Park and along Sewardstone Road.
Wild Kingdom at Three Mills Green
River Lee Country Park
Climb around and run free in our specially created natural play space in River Lee Country Park or test your favourite four-legged friend on our dog agility course!
Three Mills Green
Have some family and friends time; go for a walk or a cycle at Three Mills Green where you’ll find the world’s largest tidal mill and Wild Kingdom – a unique outdoor play area where the kids can go wild!
Try out one of our cycling routes
Cycling and walking in Lee Valley
Get the family up on their feet and try one of our many cycling routes across the park. Practice safe cycling on family-friendly trails with beautiful surroundings. We've also got loads of great walking routes for you to choose from.
Discover fun-tastic locations throughout the Lee Valley including Myddelton House Gardens, Waltham Abbey Gardens and Secret Island-Royal Gunpowder Mills. Complete daredevil missions, reveal hidden stories and win super duper badges. The perfect exploration game for families and young children, Discover Explore!