The great outdoors

Fair In The Square 14.06.14.

Highgate Fair in the Square
Pond Square & South Grove, Highgate
June 11
All ages

The theme for this year’s Fair in the Square is the Queen’s 90th birthday, with a ‘Hunt the Crown’ game, crown-making, storytelling, Punch & Judy, steel band playing, cupcake decorating, circus skills, Shoot4Goal, fair rides and a Sheep Show.

Dragon Boat Festival photo credit Paul Keene

21st London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival 2016
London Regatta Centre
June 26
All ages

Up to 40 teams will battle it out for four cups, while on dry land a South East Asia inspired food festival will take place with live music, martial arts displays and traditional Chinese lion dancing.

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The 3foot People Festival
Hylands Park, Chelmsford
June 28-30
Adults and children over 2 £11, under-twos £5.50
All ages, but particularly preschoolers

The largest outdoor festival exclusively for preschool children will be packed full of activities and performances including arts and craft sessions, an enormous sandpit, a mini farm and storytelling.

Moths and butterflies

Moths and butterflies
Bushy Park
July 2
£15 per family (2 adults, with up to 3 children)
Ages 4 and over

Kids can identify the species of moths caught in the humane trap and set them free again as well as using sweep nets to catch day-flying moths and butterflies in the meadow.

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Foodies Festival
July 8-10
Three-day adult ticket £25 (£18 concession), accompanied under-12s go free
All ages

Families can watch the capital’s culinary elite cooking, visit Street Food Avenue and the Vintage Tea Room and explore the Children’s Cookery School.

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Larmer Tree Festival
Larmer Tree Gardens
July 13-17
Weekend tickets from £170
All ages

Mr Bloom from CBeebies will delight ‘Little Larmers’ with veggie stories, gardening games and catchy nursery songs. Other children’s events include puppetry, theatre and a disco for under-tens, and a special area for under-fives.

West Dean Gardens Chilli Fiesta dancing

Chilli Fiesta 2016
West Dean Gardens
August 5-7
For price information see website
All ages

This family-friendly festival offers a vintage steam funfair, face painting, Punch and Judy shows, Rock School workshops, fireworks and The Great Chilli Throwing Contest.

Siege of 2016

The Siege of 1216
Dover Castle, Kent
August 13-14
For pricing information see website
All ages

Join the action 800 years on from when Dover Castle came under siege. Explore the gruesome history, meet the menacing characters and hear their gory stories before witnessing the drama of siege warfare.

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