Top things to do in the Lee Valley this summer
Breeze through the summer
What better time for a walk or cycle in the Lee Valley than during the school holidays when the kids can explore to their heart’s content? You can choose from over 30 walking routes and over 20 cycle routes to find the perfect day out. The whole family will love Artworks Route Two as it incorporates various sculptures and natural play pieces that will keep the kids excited for a whole 3.5 miles. If you really fancy a challange you can discover all of our sculptures dotted around River Lee Country Park. They're made in different styles and from different materials but all to be enjoyed! So touch, climb and explore them all summer long.
Keep them busy on two wheels!
Calling all daring riders age 7 – 16 for Lee Valley VeloPark’s BMX Thrills and MTB Skills, all 12 - 16 year olds for #ClubVPK Road and Track Attack and all 7 - 11 year olds for NEW #ClubVPK MTB and BMX! We guarantee to beat any school holiday boredom in these all day sessions, not forgetting a break for lunch in which riders can refuel at Café 42 Degrees or bring their own packed lunch. These sessions work to improve skills, teach new techniques and build confidence on two wheels. Grab the handlebars and book a school holiday session today.
We guarantee you’ll love this family fun activity so bring the family together for a game that can be enjoyed by everyone as you play this unique nine hole course! We recommend combining it with a family walk in River Lee Country Park and a pit stop at The Terrace Bar & Café at Lee Valley White Water Centre for a refreshing beverage and a bite to eat. Pick up your equipment from Lee Valley White Water Centre and download a score card...
Summer activities at Lee Valley Park Farms
Summer is in sight at the farm and what better way to celebrate than by letting the animals take centre stage for six weeks with shows, displays, talks and plenty of activities. Prepare for fantastic flying displays in Hawking Around, four legged fun with Horse Play and meet and greet your favourite critters in Critter Crazy.
Plus, you can snap up a Summer Pass for just £15pp and enjoy unlimited visits to the farm and take full advantage of their summer activity programme!
A little getaway
As the warmer weather is starting to make an appearance, what better way to enjoy it than in the great outdoors? Surrounded by picturesque countryside and all within easy reach of London, our three campsites are perfect for you school holiday break! Choose from a range of accommodation options, from camping to caravanning and even glamping! Plus, you’ll receive a Lee Valley Camping Card full of fantastic discounts so you can make the most of your stay and experience all the activities Lee Valley has on offer. Book your perfect break today.
Paddle through the summer!
Grab a paddle at Lee Valley White Water Centre and take to the water this summer to try canoeing, paddle boarding, tubing or Water Wipeout Splash. There's also lots of FREE family fun every day. From Saturday 23 July - Sunday 4 September join in all the fun and games at the Pavilion in the Park (opposite the winners podium) and you can even jump to new heights on the bouncy castle! Summer wouldn't be complete without the sand between your toes, so make sure you head down to our beach... There's even buckets and spades so get ready to build your sandcastles!
Find out more and get planning your summer of fun
Summer safari adventure
Join us on Tuesday 16 August for a BioBlitz adventure in Waltham Abbey. Explore the different types of invertebrates, plants and trees in the local area. Don't miss out on our terrestrial and aquatic minibeast safaris, you'll be surprised at what you discover! Suitable for ages 5 - 12 years, must be accompanied by an adult. Book your adventure today.
Calling all children!
Whether your little ones are new to the sport, itching to get back in the saddle or an avid rider looking for some pony mad school holiday fun, they will love Lee Valley Riding Centre’s Own a Pony Days. Children can broaden their equine knowledge and enjoy riding lessons as well as having a taste of grooming and handling their pony. For those looking to get their children in the saddle long term, Lee Valley Riding Centre offer group and private lessons to suit all abilities! Give your little riders a taste of pony heaven today.
Family Orienteering Competition
Are you up for a challenge? Join other families in a race against the clock and each other, to gain as many points as you can in our orienteering competition with a nature themed twist. Who will be the winner? Come and take part on Tuesday 23 August at Waltham Abbey! Ages 5 - 12 years must be accompanied by an adult. Book your place today.
Serve up and swing this summer
Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre have a range of junior tennis courses running throughout the summer for every age group. These sessions are set in smaller, more structured groups and let your kids train with their peers, learn new skills and gain confidence... Hotshots Pay and Play sessions are also on offer. These sessions give players an introduction to the game in a more action packed way and involve a mix of drills, teaching and games that will make for an enjoyable school holiday. Find the perfect session for your child today.
Take a whirl around the rink
Whether your child is new to the sport or a champion skater they can slip on their skates and slide across the ice! Lee Valley Ice Centre welcomes all ages and abilities on the ice and has sessions to suit all. If they want to skate for fun they can join one of our public skating sessions which run seven days a week and if they want to glide across the ice with friends they'll love a Friday night disco session in which they can skate the night away. Skaters wanting to learn new skills can book on to a school holiday crash course taught by qualified National Ice Skating Association instructors who'll get them sparkling on the ice in no time!
Sport activities ideal for kids!
Calling all budding athletes aged 6 - 15 to Lee Valley Athletics Centre this summer for their Star Track courses and Master Classes! Children will receive expert tuition to improve their skills in the various athletic disciplines during Star Track, or they can choose to focus on a specific athletic discipline each day in a Master Class. From techniques and tips on sprinting, hurdles, high jumps and javelin, to a whole load of school holiday fun we guarantee your mini athletes will enjoy themselves and improve their athletic skills! Book now to start your child's journey.
Enjoy a kickabout with a twist!
Try something new this school holiday, like FootGolf at Lee Valley Golf Course. FootGolf fuses football and golf together into one sport, perfect for a unique family day out. Find out how to play and book your session today.