Guest post: Six free, fun ideas for teachers during the school holidays

It’s the end of term 😀  which means a long, well-earned, six week break ahead of you. What are you going to do with your holiday time? How are you going to recharge your thoroughly depleted batteries, relax, refresh and unwind?

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Here’s Prospero’s ‘6 of 6′ to help you; that’s 6 free, and less well known, things to do over the 6 week break in the UK. This is the first in a series of six summer holiday blog posts from Prospero Teaching…

Party the Latino way


Party Like It’s 2015 Summer Holiday at Carnavalito

Everyone knows about the Notting Hill Carnival but did you know about Carnavalito? This Latino festival takes place on Sunday 2nd August at Burgess Park in Camberwell and is put together by London’s own Latin American community. Kicking off at 11am with a parade around the park, a main stage, four dance zones and a children’s section there’ll be loads of opportunity to have a completely authentic Latino experience in the environs of a great south London park.

Location: Burgess Park, Albany Street, London SE5 0AH



Gloriously Creamy and Crumbly Caerphilly Cheese

Yes, that’s right, cheese. The Big Cheese to be specific, in Caerphilly.  Set next to the highly impressive Caerphilly Castle this Welsh extravaganza boasts falconry, fire-eating, fireworks, folk dancing, street performers and historical reenactments. Running from the 24th to the 26th July there’s also, of course, a cheese race open to teams of four.

Location: Owain Glyndwr Playing Fields, Crescent Road, Caerphilly, Wales CF83 1AB

Culture vultures


Free Performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

The Edinburgh Free Fringe Festival is part of the main Edinburgh Fringe Festival and this is it’s twelfth year. Running from 1st to 30th August with over 19 venues and 30 performance sites there’s a huge variety of shows so you’re bound to find something you’ll enjoy. You can search for shows by date or performer on the Free Fringe site.

Locations: A variety around Edinburgh



LIMF is Europe’s Largest Free Music Festival

Liverpool International Music Festival, Europe’s largest free music festival takes place between 27 and 31 August. With a variety of venues, artists and music there’s a huge range of bands and solo acts. And the good news is that everything in the ‘Summer Jam’ and ‘Liverpool Next Stop.New York’ strands are free and all take place at the beautiful Sefton Park, an historic, 200+ acre, Grade 1 Listed park. Another reason for going…..

Location: Sefton Park, Aigburth, Liverpool, Merseyside, L17 1AP

Outdoor cinema


Outdoor Cinema in a Wonderful Thames side Location

Starting towards the end of the holidays on 2nd September the More Free Film Festival is a celebration of outdoor cinema featuring popular films with certificates ranging from U to 12. With titles such as The Imitation Game, Ghostbusters and Paddington to choose from, seating distributed on a first come first served basis, it’s an audience friendly programme set in a glamorous, cool and new Thames side location.

Location: The Scoop, More London Riverside, London SE1 2DB

Family fun in the sun


Antidote to the Long Academic Year; Celebrate Great British Cider in Somerset at a Country Show

Some teachers might have children of their own and/or even partners. The summer break is a great time to reconnect with family, especially when there’s plenty of time and opportunities to spend it outdoors. A much loved British summer tradition is the country show and one of the best is the Mid-Somerset Show on Sunday 16 August in Shepton Mallet. A rural ritual with plenty of participatory events, there are also stalls, workshops, shows, competitions celebrating livestock, agricultural skills, locally produced flowers, and of course, food and drink.

Location: Shepton Mallet Showground, Cannards Grave Road, Shepton Mallet, Somerset BA4 5RT


Come back next week to read Prospero Teaching’s second blog in their summer holiday series called ‘Six weeks off: If travel broadens the mind, then what can teaching bring to the mix’.


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What do you think about the events mentioned here? Have you ever been to them in previous years?  Do you have other recommendations or ideas you think teachers might like to know about for this summers school holidays?

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