Things to do in the summer holidays at Southbank Centre

Thursday, July 4, 2019 - 16:00

Summer, summer, summertime. Such a great time of year Will Smith sang about it thrice. But with the carefree sunshine and long lazy evenings comes the need to keep little folk entertained. No need to panic, if you’re looking for inspiration for things to do we’ve got you covered. We’ve a host of family entertainment lined up right here on the banks of the Thames throughout the summer holidays.

Tales of the Turntable

15 - 26 August | Queen Elizabeth Hall

ZooNation Youth Company return to Southbank Centre

The amazing ZooNation Youth Company’s latest fabulous family show is packed with toe-tapping tunes from the early origins of hip-hop, funk and soul through to disco, house and rap. Tales of the Turntable invites you to follow the beat back through time, as Eric and his grandfather take a trip through musical history and discover they have more in common than previously thought. 

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Disco Loco

Disco Loco
Sundays, 14 July - 26 August | Riverside Terrace

Get down without missing out on the sunshine courtesy of the family-friendly Disco Loco. The wild and wonderful family party welcomes revellers of all ages to an afternoon of DJing and performances out on our Riverside Terrace, hosted by the genial MC Chu-i.

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Fountain: Appearing Rooms by Jeppe Hein

Jeppe Hein Fountain at the Southbank Centre
Daily, 10am - 9pm (from 12noon on Mondays) | Riverside Terrace

Need to cool off? Jeppe Hein’s fickle fountain gives you the perfect opportunity. The popular free interactive sculpture is back on our terrace to either soak you or surround you, depending on how well you guess its next move. Can you predict where the water walls will appear? Get wet or dry trying.

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Peppa Pig: My First Concert

24 - 26 August, multiple shows | Royal Festival Hall

After a successful first appearance during Imagine Children’s Festival Peppa Pig is back with us once again for more interactive fun with a live orchestra. Watch as Mummy and Daddy Pig learn how to conduct an orchestra, and bring to life some of their favourite music and familiar tunes with the help of Peppa and George. 

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Food and drink pop-ups

Daily | Outdoor spaces

Feeling peckish? We’ve a host of special summer pop-ups offering a range of food and drink across Southbank Centre throughout the holidays. Under Hungerford Bridge, family restaurant Applebee’s first ever pop-up offers the taste of the seaside with fantastic fish and chips. Sweeter tooth? Cool down with natural and fat-free frozen organic yoghurt from SNOG!’s distinctive bright pink bus, or seek out Stacked’s light blue van for their delicious Dutch pancakes piled high with toppings of your choice.

The SNOG frozen yoghurt bus
Stacked: Dutch pancakes
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Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden

Daily, 10am - 10pm | up the yellow stairs

The perfect spot for a picnic, or a chance to relax and unwind, our award-winning Roof Garden can be found on top of Queen Elizabeth Hall. With views of the Thames and the city skyline you can either stretch out on the grass or seek shade among the wildflowers and fruit trees. You’ll also find food and drink options on hand at the Roof Garden cafe.

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U.Dance Navadal Showcase
20 & 21 July | across Southbank Centre

Kicking off our summer holiday activities is U.Dance, which sees rising dance stars from across the UK take to our stages as part of their annual national youth dance festival. As well as performances that stretch from traditional South Asian dance to contemporary hip-hop, there’s also the chance to take to the floor yourself in free U.Dance workshops.

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