A picnic is the essence of the British summer – including dashing for cover in the odd rain shower. Either pick one of our fabulous local parks or choose one of our great events as an excuse to make a day of it.

GoBoat Electric Picnic Boats Riverside Walk Daily, 9am-dusk Electric picnic boats have come to Kingston allowing everyone to hop on board for the perfect summer experience. Passengers are encouraged to bring their own picnic (including bubbly, for passengers, not the driver) and enjoy the River Thames seated around the central table. Children and dogs are welcome. Driving license not required but a safety briefing will be given. Prices start at £59 for 1 hour. For more information visit

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Raynes Lark in the Park Holland Gardens, Cambridge Rd, SW20 0SN 7 July, 12:30-4:30pm Bring a picnic and join the fun. African acrobatics with Mbilla Arts, Indian dancing, Siegeris Dance, football with Free Range Kids, swing dance workshop with SwingStateLondon, games, art activities and a bouncy castle.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Ham House 7 July, 7pm Authentic Shakespeare by the Lord Chamberlain’s Men with an all-male cast. Bring a picnic and enjoy an evening in the garden. Booking essential. Tickets: Adults £16, children £8. Family packages available for £40. ham-house-and-garden

The Grand Picnic – Ham House, 3-4 August Enjoy a lazy day in the gardens and watch one of three magical shows on offer for families. Fireside Folktales will be retelling various myths, legends and folktales through original short plays throughout the day.

Aesop’s Fables (30 minutes) – 11am & 2pm Three of Aesop’s classic fables – The Ants & The Grasshopper, The Fox & The Stork and The Hare & The Tortoise – have been woven together into a delightful, funny and engaging play for children of all ages. Performances at 11am and 2pm. Suitable for age 3+.

A Tale of Robin Hood (35 minutes) – 4pm With King Richard the Lionheart absent, corruption and injustice are rife in England. The country cries out for a champion – and in the heart of the forest, a legend stirs. Recommended age 7+. This play includes swords fights and staged violence.

Persephone & The Pomegranate Seeds (35 minutes) – 12:30-1:30pm The classic Greek myth which claims to explain how the seasons came to be. Recommended age 7+.

All shows take place on both Saturday and Sunday. Tickets for adults and children are £7.50 for each show. Booking essential. For more information go to www.national ham-house-and-garden/whats-on


Luna Kids Cinema Hampton Court Palace 14-18 August From Harry Potter to Peppa Pig there is something for everyone at Hampton Court family cinema. Check website for full details as there are multiple shows per day. hampton-court-palace

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Morden Hall Park 16 Aug, 7:30pm Adults £18.50, children £9. Bring a picnic and settle in for an evening of Shakespeare in the Rose Garden. morden-hall-park

Quacky Races Morden Hall Park 26 August, 11am-3pm Hire a plastic duck for just £2 to join in the fun. Make a day of it and have your picnic at Morden Hall Park. morden-hall-park

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