Summer is here - free and low-cost activities for children and young people - Camden Rise

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Summer is here - free and low-cost activities for children and young people

Photo of young people from Fresh Youth Academy on a residential trip, with outdoor adventure activities.

Summer is here and there are lots of fantastic free and low-cost creative and performing arts, sports and physical activities, youth and play projects, as well as trips, on offer for children and young people in Camden.

Check out these activities and programmes:

  • Camden Summer University. Aged 13 to 19? Live in Camden, go to a Camden state school, attend a Camden Council youth centre or have a Camden social worker? Choose from nearly 70 free courses in arts, media, fashion, sport, cookery, work and life skills at venues across the borough. The programme runs from Thursday 25 July to Friday 23 August. Bookings now open - check the website to book your places
  • Camden Schools Art Biennale. This summer, a new Camden Schools Art Biennale is coming to Granary Square, King’s Cross. From 11 to 17 July, visitors to the free exhibition at the Lethaby Gallery, 1 Granary Square N1C, will be able to explore hundreds of artworks by Camden children and young people of all ages – from primary and special schools to secondary schools, through to A-level. Open from 11am to 6pm daily. Find out more
  • Summer Holiday Activities and Food Programme. Runs from 25 July to 30 August; open for children and young people aged 5 to 16 who live in Camden and are eligible for free school meals. The programme offers free, fun activities and nutritional education - from learning to make healthy meals, to creative activities, including photography, drama, arts and crafts, and sports such as football and basketball. A free hot meal is included as part of each day’s activities. Find out more and book your places
  • Sports and physical activities. Summer activities for children and young people run from Wednesday 23 July to Friday 30 August. These include Kids Swim for a Quid (£1) in local leisure centres; free Girls Get Moving Mondays sessions at Talacre Community Sports Centre on Monday 5 and 12 August, as well as Girls Get Moving Week from Monday 19 to Friday 23 August, 11am to 4pm each day; free Arsenal in the Community football training sessions for both primary and secondary school ages at Cantelowes Gardens Sports Pitch; Active Wednesday free multi-sports activities at Talacre Community Sports Centre on Wednesday 31 July, 7 and 14 August, 4pm to 6pm. Visit the website - or you can download the full programme. If you have any questions, please email [email protected] 
  • Holiday youth programmes. Check out youth projects near you on Camden Rise's youth clubs and projects page
  • Holiday play schemes for ages 4 to 12. The play provision in Camden is run by community and voluntary organisations, funded by the Council. These holiday schemes can cater for children and young people with varying needs. Find out more and book
  • Creative Health Camden Youth Hub at The Gym, Kentish Town Health Centre, 2 Bartholomew Road, NW5 2BX. Visit their chilled, arty, wellbeing space, which is a quiet social space for 14 to 18-year-olds, bridging the gap between school and weekend. Activities include art workshops, table tennis, beanbags, books and graphic novels, refreshments and old-school board games. They’ll have yoga later in summer 2024. Please fill in the form on the back of the CHC Youth Hub flyer to join in. View or download the CHC Youth Hub July 2024 programme or contact Li for their monthly programme - send a text to 07523 533490 or email [email protected]
  • Play Day. Free annual celebration of children's play and National Play Day - taking place at Coram's Fields, 93 Guilford Street, WC1N 1DN, on Wednesday 7 August, 12noon to 4pm. Activities include a giant inflatable obstacle course, mini Olympic Games, arts and crafts activities, cartoon character mascots, balloon modelling, trampolining, silent disco and more. For all children aged 0 to 16. All activities are free, no ticket or booking required. Find out more
  • The Pirate Castle Summer Holiday Scheme. Have fun, get active and make waves with a range of paddlesport and canal boating activities run by accredited, experienced British Canoeing instructors, qualified staff, skippers and volunteers. For ages 8 to 17 (up to 25 with low to moderate additional needs). Monday 29 July to Friday 30 August, 10am to 3.30pm each day. Find out more
  • Folk Unlimited Summer Course‌ at Cecil Sharp House (EFDSS). A free fun, creative and multi-sensory folk music and dance course for learning disabled young people who live in Camden. Runs over four days at the English Folk Dance and Song Society, Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent’s Park Road, NW1 7AY from 20 to 23 August - morning session, 10.30am to 12pm, for 7 to 13 year olds; afternoon session, 2 to 3.30pm, for 14 to 25 year olds. Price: Free. Find out more and book places
  • Drawing Matter Architecture Summer School. Are you aged 15 plus and interested in studying architecture? The prestigious Drawing Matter Architecture Summer School is back. Whether you've just finished GCSEs, are starting A-levels, another course or working, this is your chance to experience university level architectural education and gain insights into an architect’s way of seeing the world. During the free five-day course, you'll take part in various activities, including drawing, discussions, practical experimentation, and collaborative learning, guided by leading professionals in architectural and landscape education.
    The Summer School is completely free of charge and runs daily from 10am to 6pm at Drawing Room, Bermondsey, from Monday 19 to Friday 23 August 2024. Students will need to attend for the full five days. You need to apply by Monday 29 July 2024.