Beat the summer holiday fatigue
Holidays can be hard juggling keeping the kids busy without breaking the bank! We have rounded up the best events and activities in the park and highlighted the free and low cost ones with our special icon so you can plan with peace of mind.
Disc Golf – FREE
Just out the back of Lee Valley White Water Centre, you’ll find a nine hole Disc Golf course! This is completely free to use if you bring along your disc and download our scorecard (you can purchase discs at Lee Valley White Water Centre). Test out you Frisbee skills and enjoy this great activity.
Explore by bike – FREE
We have 14 bike friendly routes in different areas of our 26 mile long park and you can download the directions from our website. Our favourites for little legs are ArtWork Route 1, exploring the different sculptures in River Lee Country Park and Golden Circle, covering Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and our new Lee Valley Ice Centre.
There lots of places you can pick up a paddle in River Lee Country Park! Lee Valley White Water Centre have lake based fun for younger paddlers to get involved with and white water adventures for the older adrenalin seekers. ESSA Water Activity Centre are also running their very popular Multi-activity Days so you can try your hand at three different activities in one day. See all the watersports venues here.
Summer Tennis Camp at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre
Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre are running five day long tennis summer camp! This is a great way to hone in your skills and this years camp is inspired by the US Open so your little one can learn about scoring, rules and have mini competitions.
Get your teens and tweens into Track Cycling with this epic experience! This session is perfect if they’re seasoned cyclist or learning a new skill and they’ll get to have the thrill of climbing the banks of the velodrome. Looking for something for the younger kids? Check out their VeloBalance and PedalUp sessions
Enjoy the natural world
Wildlife Discovery Centre – FREE
Hidden in our 1,000 acre River Lee Country Park, you’ll find the Wildlife Discovery Centre. It’s the perfect place to drop into when walking around the park and they have lots to see and do for the little ones. From testing out the activities in the Discovery Room to climbing the stairs to see the view of Seventy Acre Lake and watching what you can see in the hide!
Our team of volunteers will be on hand to help you identify what you see and they even have some activity sheets to take away with you!
Activity sheets – FREE
Exploring the park and want to keep the kids busy? We have two free download on our website that you can take with you. The ‘I Spy’ sheet is great for seeing what your kids can spot while out and about in the park and the ‘Outdoor Fun’ sheet will let their imaginations go wild from natural art to scavenger hunts.
Trails in the park – FREE
We have lots of wildlife in the park and there some great trails that can help you discover them from Otters to waterbirds! Fancy something artistic? Check out the Artworks trails with three different routes and sculptures to discover.
Events in the park
Rye House Gatehouse – FREE (optional donation)
Packed full of history, you can visit one of the oldest brick built houses in England and learn about its long history from plots of treason to ghostly tales. Take a picnic with you and enjoy the greens around this great house.
The Line Guided tours – FREE - 12, 19, 26 August and 9 September
Follow The Line with a knowledgeable volunteer to find all the different artworks and the story behind them.
Summer is the perfect time to take lunch outside and we’ve listed some of our top picnic spots!
Time for an adventure!
Used to visiting the same part of the park? Take a trip of somewhere new or discover places you didn’t know existing in your normal patch with our Lee Valley Hubs! Click on the list below to discover more:
We love the park and we know you do to! Take a read of our Enjoying the park page so you can play your part in caring for the park you love.