This half term break we’re doing a couple of rather jolly play days in honour of the fabulous Chelsea Fringe Festival and as I’m telling everyone else, there’s no reason why you should be last to hear.
(Excuse the smug smile btw, but we bagged the No1 slot for Top 10 half term activities!http://londonwithchildren.co.uk/top-10-half-term-activities-in-london-for-children/)
The Chelsea Fringe is the upstart little cousin (complete with an impertinent sense of humour and grass-stained knees) to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Over the years I have come to find the grown-up Show a little too polished and rather hard to relate to (children are as welcome as a dandelion in a lawn), whereas I couldn’t resist the Chelsea Fringe’s ‘have a go’ attitude … so here we are!
On Sunday 2nd June Hahahopscotch will skip off to the Brunel Museum in Rotherhithe, London, to hold hands with Lottie Muir as the Cocktail Gardener and entertain nippers with a set of three wriggly play sessions whilst their parents sip exquisite plant-based cocktails in the museum’s roof garden.
Here we will be running:
2pm: Traditional Garden Games: sacks, egg and spoon, and particularly paper aeroplanes
3pm: Giggly & Greenfingered: a very special gardening session in honour of the Chelsea Fringe Festival, where we will be creating our very own (miniature) show gardens. Gold medals will be awarded, à la Chelsea Flower Show, and participants can take their gardens home with which to impress grandparents and neighbours alike.
4pm: Adventure with Brunel: this time we will be looking at trains, with a giant train construction project. Choo choo!
Sessions will amuse children of all ages, and cost £4.50 each or £12 for the afternoon. No need to book, but places are not unlimited!
This gorgeously lovely afternoon is a regular first Sunday of every month booking, but for Chelsea Fringe it has been given a cheeky twist – as well as the children’s gardening homage to the RHS Show, Lottie will be serving a new cocktail tested by no less than Alan Titchmarsh on t’Chelsea Show telly!
On Tuesday 28th May I’m running Hahahopscotch’s Traditional Garden Games at Coram’s Fields in Bloomsbury, London. Coram’s Fields is a brilliant little park, run by a charity for hundreds of years as a sanctuary for children in our capital. Originally, in 1739, it was part of a Foundling Hospital for children who really had nowhere else to go, but now it’s more simply a lovely family-friendly space in the middle of a bustling city.
My nerdy landscape historian aim is to prove that children can be entertained in a sensitive historic environment such as this, much in the manner they have been for centuries, without relying on modern and often ugly play equipment. But the children will of course be oblivious to this, just knowing that they’re having fun – sack races, tug of war, wheelbarrow races … do come!