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Summer at The Southbank Centre

Southbank Centre plays host to a wealth of family-friendly activities, including live music, family shows, workshops, circus and plenty of outdoor fun.

Highlights include:


Saturday 28 July, 7.30pm, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall. Suitable for kids age 4+. Tickets from £15

Southbank Centre Associate Company ZooNation Youth Company present a spectacular show of dance and musical talent created for and by young people. Kicking off the school holidays, ZooNation Youth Company (ZYC), under the direction of Rhimes Lecointe, perform an innovative night of dance, music and spoken word alongside guest performers.


Tuesday 7 - Sunday 12 August, 11am + 2pm, Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room. Suitable for kids age 3+. Tickets from £8.

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Young inventor Monty creates a whole world of wacky inventions and incredible monsters in Monstersaurus. From the creators of Aliens Love Underpants, Monstersaurus is an energetic show full of thrills, spills, magic and mayhem. There’s original music and lots of audience participation.


Tuesday 14 - Sunday 19 August 2018, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, 5pm & 7:30pm. Suitable for kids age 7+. Tickets from £20

A high-octane exploration of the limits of human strength, circus company Gravity & Other Myths take a visceral ride to the edges of physical, cerebral and collective brawn in this UK premiere. Staged with a deceptively DIY aesthetic and dispensing of trickery and distraction, this is circus that goes straight for the jugular and leaves no viewer unmoved. Backbone is the culmination of all that’s gone before: a celebration of human connectedness and the meaning of strength.


Thursday 23 - Monday 27 August, 11am & 2pm, Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room. Suitable for kids age 4+. Tickets from £7.

 (c) Anita Murphy

(c) Anita Murphy

Based on the beloved book by award-winning Irish author Oliver Jeffers, Branar Téatar do Pháistí return to the Southbank Centre to present the eponymous theatre show How to Catch a Star. Following the story of a boy who dreamt of having a star as a friend and his adventure, the performance combines puppetry and a magical original score.


Until Sunday 9 September, 10am - 9pm, Queen’s Walk, near Waterloo Bridge

 (c) Pete Woodhead

(c) Pete Woodhead

Can’t get to the seaside but want to enjoy the beach? Come to Southbank Centre with your own bucket and spade and there will be 85 tonnes of golden sand to play with.


Until Sunday 9 September, from 12pm - 9pm Mondays, from 10am - 9pm Tuesday - Sundays, Riverside Terrace, Southbank Centre

 (c) Pete Woodhead

(c) Pete Woodhead

This interactive sculpture, created by Danish artist Jeppe Hein, returns to Southbank Centre after popular appearances in previous summers. Shooting jets of water into the air, the fountain creates rooms that disappear as quickly as they emerge.

Find out more here

Earlier Event: July 28
Trolls Summer Festival
Later Event: July 28
Pop Up Cinema