Hubby has taken this week off work to cover the last week of childcare over summer, and we had a great time yesterday at London’s Southbank. Their Festival Of Neighbourhood is on until the 8th September, which is celebrating the best bits of being part of a neighbourhood community. They’ve got all sorts of funky installations and a ton of plants, fruit and veg growing in their mobile allotment. Well worth checking out if you get the chance.
I had booked tickets for Family Wednesday, a free event which they’ve been running throughout the holidays with lots of fun things to do with the little ones. We started out on the rooftop of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, drawing colourful pictures on the pavement with chalk to encourage the bees to come and pollinate the plants. We then took a wander around the sky garden – the girls were really impressed with all the gorgeous colourful tomatoes (among other things) that are growing there. Most impressive though, had to be the indoor forest with wooden toadstools, exercise apparatus and loads of small logs for the kids to climb. It also boasts impressive views across the City and the London Eye looks like it’s within touching distance.
The gardening work is done by volunteers through a not for profit group called Grounded Eco-Therapy, a mental health organisation helping locals who have had a hard time with substance abuse. Check out the photos below for more details.
All in all a truly magical day, made even better by the brilliant sleeping both girls did all night! They clearly wore themselves out with all the running around and climbing 🙂