As the summer creeps into sight, the Park is warming up with an exhilarating half term programme for the May half term. Join us on the Park from Saturday 26 May – Sunday 3 June and rehearse your trips and tricks on how to tire out the kids during the forthcoming six-week summer holidays. 

Remember, the Park is in zone 2/3, and with several public transport routes available, you can escape the hustle and bustle without even leaving London! 

Click below to see what is happening in each area:
  • Start your day with some sky-high fun at the ArcelorMittal Orbit. Across two viewing platforms, you can enjoy panoramic views across the capital through the stunning floor-to-ceiling windows. Meanwhile, while interacting with the many monuments that sit on the skyline using the interactive screens. Pump some adrenaline into your day and upgrade your ticket to ride the world’s longest tunnel Slide! Twisting around the structure 12 times, ending with a huge corkscrew section, the 178 metre long thriller is bound to be a May Half Term highlight.

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  • Does Tony Hawks ring a bell? Or is your child a skateboarding superstar? The Street League Skateboarding: Pro Open London is coming to the capital for the first time, transforming the Copper Box Arena into a concrete plaza, aka, a skateboarder’s dream! Remove any possibilities of board-dom and buy your tickets to watch the opening event in this prestigious tour, with the world’s best skateboarders entertaining the crowds on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 May. 
     
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  • After an action-packed day on the Park, make sure you relax and refuel with a delicious treat from one of the many bars, restaurants and cafes across the Park. The Last Drop is the perfect stop for those visiting the ArcelorMittal Orbit, with locally sourced and fresh food forming a tasty all-day menu. In the north of the Park, Timber Lodge Café is also the perfect stop for those visiting the Olympic Rings, Tumbling Bay Playground or Lee Valley VeloPark – relax with a coffee and cake while letting the kids run around nearby.

    There’s plenty of choice on the outskirts of the Park too. Try Canalside at Here East for a mix of popular and delicious food by the east London canals, including The Breakfast Club, Randy's Wing Bar, Gotto, Shane's on Canalside, Four Quarters and more. Or choose from the selection of world cuisine available in East Village – the former Athlete’s Village from the London 2012 Games.

    On the other side of the canal, you will discover a number of quirky bars in Hackney Wick - serving a delightful arrangement of craft ales, pizzas, burgers and more on canal-side balconies and beer gardens which thrive in the spring!

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  • Tennis fever is starting to take over. So why not visit the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in the north of the Park. The centre will be running Hotshots tennis sessions – a great introduction to the game with a mix of drills, training and games in an action-packed 90-minute session, running on the following dates and times: 

    • Saturday 26 May and Saturday 2 June. 11am – 12.30pm for 5 – 10 year olds. 
    • Saturday 26 May and Saturday 2 June. 12.30pm – 2pm for 11 – 16 year olds.

     

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    There’s always something for adults too. Either book a court for the family or test your fitness in a cardio tennis session:

    • Monday 8pm – 9pm 
    • Tuesday 9pm – 10pm 
    • Thursday 9am – 10am 
    • Saturday 9am – 10am
    • Sunday 12 noon – 1pm

     

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  • Need to sharpen those cycling skills? Head over to the Lee Valley VeloPark for structured sessions and wheelie good fun inside one of the most iconic London 2012 venues. The following sessions are available at these dates and times:

    • Tuesday 29 May 10am-3pm  BMX Thrills and MTB Skills – for the younger and less experienced riders. A five-hour session consisting of two hours BMX training, a one hour lunch break (lunch not included) and a 2 hour Mountain Bike training session – for those aged 7 – 12 years old. All equipment is included.

     

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    • Thursday 31 May 10am-3pm  Club VPK MTB and BMX – for the older and more competent riders. A five-hour session consisting of two hours BMX training, a one hour lunch break (lunch not included) and a 2 hour Mountain Bike training session on , for those aged 11 – 16 years old. All equipment is included.

     

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    • Friday 1 June from 10am-12noon  Track Attack – for those aged 12 – 16 who are eager to take on the 42 degree velodrome track used in the London 2012 Games. All equipment is included.

     

  • See the Pool of Champions like never before as Ultimate Aqua Splash transforms the 50 metre competition pool and 20 metre dive pool into an inflatable assault course! Start by following the footsteps of Tom Daley and walking up to the 3 and 5 metre high diving platforms, before sliding down the inflatable slide to kick-start the assault course. The different, challenging inflatables piece together to create the UK’s largest indoor inflatable aquatic experience. Available for competent swimmers aged 8+ with no upper age limited - big kids can have fun too! Taking place:

    • Monday 28 May – Friday 1 june - 11.30am - 1pm and 1.30pm - 3pm
    • Sunday 3 June - 2.30pm - 4pm and 4.30pm - 6pm

    You can still have all the fun without the slide in Extreme Aqua Splash! Work your way through the large inflatable assault course in the 50 metre competition pool, while channelling your inner spiderman: scale up the side of pyramids, jump off tall inflatables and climb over hurdles as you try to complete the course! Available for competent swimmers aged 8+, taking place on:

    • Monday 28 May - Friday 1 June - 9.30am – 11am
    • Sunday 3 June from 12.30pm – 2pm

    The Aqua Splash course takes place in the training pool and is a smaller course than Extreme Aqua Splash - while it still contains all the excitement, obstacles and action, it is designed to be suitable for children under 8 and their families, taking place on:

    • Saturday 2 June - 1.30pm - 3pm and 3.30pm - 5pm

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  • Let the children blow off some steam in the Park’s state-of-the-art playgrounds. In the south of the Park, you’ll find the Pleasure Gardens play area. With plenty of space for the parents to relax and watch, this play area offers a great chance to let the kids roam and play freely. With gigantic red rock climbing walls, broad slide, sand pits, swings and more, it’ll be nap time before you know it.

    Then head over to the interactive water fountains to cool down, just a one minute walk away from the Pleasure Gardens play area, in front of the London Stadium - the 195 jets of water create the perfect playground for those warmer days! 

    Discover the Park at your own pace on one of our free, fun and interactive trails. Sports fans will love the interactive London 2012 trail where the sights and sounds of the Games come to life. Meanwhile, children can take on secret missions as part of the Explorers Guide in the Adventures in the Park trail.

    After a hectic day out on the Park, it’s time to put your feet up. Take to the water on a boat tour, where you’ll enjoy all the sights form the London 2012 Games on the historic waterways which run through the middle of the Park. Simply turn up on the day to enjoy, available from the pontoon located adjacent to the London Aquatics Centre. The swan pedalos are also available for hire, so you can roam around the waterways between the iconic London Aquatics Centre and the ArcelorMittal Orbit at your own pace. 

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