It’s May – when did that happen?! – which is always one of our favourite months on the Park. The flowers are in full bloom, flocks of swan pedalos fill the river and the longer, lighter days give us even more time to make the most of the great outdoors. From exciting events to free activities, there’s lots to keep the whole family entertained this month.
With half-term on the horizon (along with yet another bank holiday), there’s plenty of opportunity to enjoy some days out on the Park. Whether you’re feeling adventurous or seeking a little tranquillity, our trails are a great starting point for exploring the parklands, canal paths and peaceful gardens around the Park.
Keep the kids happy with a trip to Tumbling Bay playground or the outdoor climbing wall, and cool things off with a race through the water fountains in front of London Stadium! If views are more your thing enjoy the beauty of the river in a boat tour or pedalo ride, or take a trip up the ArcelorMittal Orbit and gaze out over the London skyline. The panoramic viewing platforms and interactive guides mean you can soak up London from the sky, and don’t forget to snap a family selfie in the huge concave mirrors that turn the world upside down! To end the day in style, book a ticket to Ride The Slide while you’re up there and enjoy a thrilling trip down the world’s longest tunnel slide!
Come rain or shine, there’s plenty going on in the Park’s iconic venues this half-term too. Lee Valley VeloPark is hosting skills sessions for children of all levels who want to gain more confidence in BMX, track cycling and mountain biking, while Aqua Splash, everyone’s favourite floating obstacle course, will be returning to the London Aquatics Centre!
Copper Box Arena will be hosting Street League Skateboarding, an exciting and easy to follow event with the world’s best skateboarders showing off their favourite tricks. With skateboarding set to become an Olympic sport at the Tokyo 2020 Games, this is definitely one to watch!
You can also chase the pockets of sunshine with some of the many spots for outdoor dining around the Park. From a quick coffee at Timber Lodge Café to a canalside cocktail or tasty brunch down at Hackney Wick, there are food and drink options to suit everyone!
Whether you plan on popping in for a quick trip or making a full day of it, getting here should be easier than ever with London Overground, Jubilee and Central Lines and a range of other transport options within walking distance of the Park – you can even hop on a high speed train from St Pancras to get to Stratford in less than 10 minutes!