Half term can be full on for Chigwell, Loughton and Woodford parents so a bit of never ending activities like those running at Lee Valley this February half term comes in handy. All week children can have lots of fun whether it’s skating on ice, cycling on the same track made famous during the London 2012 Olympic Games, meeting meerkats on the farm or travelling back in time to the Stone Age.
School holiday ice skating courses are led by a qualified National Ice Skating Association instructor. It’s a fun and safe way to acquire the basics of ice skating and work towards a certificate.
Back in 2012, Laura Trott, Jason Kenny and Sir Bradley Wiggins enjoyed some of their greatest successes at Lee Valley VeloPark. Riding a fixed wheel bike, teenagers can test themselves riding around the iconic track.
Then there are Athletics Master Classes for children aged between 12-15 years old to master their favourite athletic discipline. Training at the same facility as Olympic gold medallists Greg Rutherford and Jonnie Peacock, they will receive expert training in the following areas: Long Jump, Sprints, High Jump, Hurdles, and Pole Vault.
After taking a bit of a Winter break Lee Valley say, “the animals have had a little rest over the winter but now they are looking forward to seeing their human friends again.” A family fun day also includes talks on looking after the animals, animal petting, falconry displays and face painting.
Or on Wild Wednesdays kids can Step into the Stone Age and see what it was like to live in prehistoric times?
If it’s just a bit of the great outdoors you are after when it comes to wildlife, visitors to Lee Valley are spoilt from choice. Visitors can meander as they please or follow one of Lee Valley’s suggested routes. From Amwell End in Hertfordshire to Bow Creek and East India Dock Basin, close to the heart of London, there’s much to see and enjoy.