With Christmas just around the corner, you might be wondering how you’re going to keep the little ones busy while you get on with work or all those last-minute chores. Well, the good news is that not everything is shutting down in the run up to Christmas, and there are a few holiday camps and workshops for your kids to enjoy. If you know of anything else that’s on, please do get in touch and let us know

NB We have quoted prices here, but it’s worth checking direct as lots of places offer early bird and sibling/buddy discounts.

Don’t forget to also check out our separate guides to Christmas Family Activities and Christmas Fairs. Lights & Markets to see what’s on for families to enjoy together over the holidays, as well as our Theatre Guide, which includes all the pantos, and Event Calendar.

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Camp England

For children from 5 to 15 years old.

These camps are held at Hampton School, Hanworth Road in Hampton, and at The German School, Petersham Road in Richmond. Tennis camps take place in Hampton – children will learn technical and tactical skills as well as working on their mindset, match strategy, competition, and physical abilities. Gymnastics and multi-sport camps take place at Richmond – in gymnastic camps children will use a variety of equipment and gain confidence by mastering many different gymnastics exercises and routines; in multi-sports camps they will experience up to five different sports each day, plus arts & crafts, talent shows and games

The camps take place between 16th – 20th December, from 10.00am-4.00pm (tennis & gymnastics) or 8.30am-4.30pm (multi-sports). The daily cost is £32.95, with a discount available for booking all five days. You can book via their website.

Collis Activity Camp

For children in Reception up to Year 8.

This camp is held at Collis School, Fairfax Road in Teddington. It offers a wide range of fun activities, including assault courses, cooking, computing, bouncy castles, crazy golf, go-karting, dodge ball, carnival, Wii dance and bingo (depending on weather).

The camp takes place on 14th December, from 10.00am-3.30pm. The cost is £30.00. You can book via their website.

Just Imagine Ballet

For children aged 2 to 16 years.

These workshops take place at the Duke Street Church in Richmond. Children aged 2-4yrs will enjoy a Nutcracker Ballet Story narrated and led by a professional dance teacher and creative story teller, with lots of props, pictures, music and sparkle to bring the story to life. Children aged 4-9yrs will uncover the story of the Waltz of the Snowflakes & Sugar Plum Fairy, learning about the main characters in the ballet and focusing on two scenes in detail, with props and costumes and a little something to show parents at the end. Children aged 10-16yrs will learn the choreography of the Sugar Plum Fairy solo from professional dancer Monique Aaliyah. At the end of the workshop parents will be invited to watch a presentation of what they’ve learnt.

The workshops both take place on 13th December, with different time slots between 1.00-6.30pm. The cost is £12.00-£18.00, depending on age. For more information or to book, please email info@justimagineballet.com.

KOOSA Kids

For children aged 4 to 13 years.

These camps take place at Orleans Park School, Richmond Road in Twickenham; Whitton Sports Centre, Percy Road in Whitton; and St Mary’s Primary School, Oldfield Road in Hampton. Children will enjoy some some holly, jolly fun!

The camps take place on 23rd & 24th December, from 10.00am-4.00pm, with the option to extend from 8.15am-6.00pm. The basic daily cost is £21.50,. If you have three children, the 3rd child goes absolutely free! You can book via their website or by calling 0845 094 2322.

The Little Gym Chiswick

For children aged 3 to 12 years.

These camps take place at The Little Gym, Hartington Road in Chiswick (just by Chiswick Bridge). With special themed activities that change every camp, the adventure is new and fun every camp the children attend.  Most camps are ‘Super Quest’ camps for children aged 3-8yrs; and there are also ‘Skill Thrill’ camps for children aged 5-12yrs, as well as a karate camp (4-12yrs) on 19th December.

The camps take place weekdays between 16th – 24th December and 2nd & 3rd January, from 9.30am-12.30pm or 1.30-4.30pm, or children can stay for the whole day (includes lunch). Afternoon camps don’t run on all days. For more information or to book, call 020 8994 3729 or email chiswick@thelittlegym.eu.

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