Active Activities Outdoors

Glide into half term with Thames Clippers

Take a gander down the Thames and explore a new London area this Half Term.

This half term take to the river for an adventure through London’s family friendly activities with Thames Clippers’. Whether you’re a family of adrenaline junkies or site-seeing lovers, there’s a fun-filled day for everyone. We’ve compiled a fun set of Half Term events to enjoy – and loads are on or around the route. Plus we have eve more ideas below.

White knuckle fun at The O2, North Greenwich Pier

At Oxygen Freejumping the sky really is the limit, with trampolines galore and so much more. Try out the slide tower, flip zone, a two player bungee scramble game and a massive airbag with trampoline launch. As a London destination for the whole family, The O2 is hosting a stamp collecting competition from 21-27 October, for families to win exciting prizes.

Get into the spooky Halloween spirit at The Jetty, North Greenwich Pier

If you if want a little fright this Halloween, be brave and head to North Greenwich for pumpkin decorating, and face-painting on 24 October. Come dressed in your Halloween best for witchy crafts and ghoulish games on Greenwich Peninsula. Get involved in some autumnal arts and crafts then head along The Tide in search of tricks or treats. Head back to the Jetty and spend the afternoon listening to a spooky story with a warm drink.

Hunt for Wally, Embankment Pier

Take part in the famous game of Where’s Wally at the London Transport Museum.  Explore, learn and play as you hunt for Wally around the museum whilst also taking part in singing and storytelling throughout the day inside some of their special vehicles whilst you look for the iconic character.

A workshop to get Halloween ready, Battersea Power Station Pier

This is a free drop-in workshop for families over the Halloween weekend, 26-27 October. Become a witch or wizard and customise your own pointy hat or cape with spooky stickers. There will also be a free face-painter to complete your Halloween look, getting all kids ready for their evening of sweet hunting.

History made fun, Blackfriars Pier

Experience St Paul’s in a different light, while learning about our past from 24-27 October. In partnership with Historic England light projections inspired by original poetry illuminate this iconic landmark in honour of the men and women who risked their lives to save the Cathedral during the Second World War.

Welcome the ski season, Battersea Power Station Pier

The Telegraph Ski and Snowboard Festival from 24-27 October celebrates all things Alpine. There’s a range of activities to suit everyone including families designed to encourage Londoners to give snow sports a go and get in the mood for the mountains. Family activities include dog sledding, roller skiing, face painting, and entertainers plus a vintage Ferris wheel at the heart of the Festival.

Kid’s guide to the River Thames

Whilst travelling through the city with Thames Clippers, help the little ones learn more about the river with the complimentary Learning the Ropes activity book. It includes river-based activities, puzzles, drawing, maths quizzes, information about the boats and those who work on them. While on-board, grab some refreshments with snacks and drinks from the bar.  

A Family River Roamer ticket costs from £35.60 when booked online (the equivalent of two adult tickets) and allows all day hop-on, hop-off travel on the boats for two adults and up to three children (5-15 years; under 5s travel for free as standard). The boats travel between the capital’s top attractions including The London Eye, Tower of London, The O2, Battersea Power Station, HMS Belfast, Maritime Greenwich and Embankment for Covent Garden and Trafalgar Square. For more information, please visit

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