Holiday activities and finding support during the summer
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Holiday activities and finding support during the summer | by Wayne McCullough, CENMAC Advisory Teacher
As we end the school year, many of us are looking forward to spending time with friends and family, visiting new places and having some time to relax after a busy year.
It may not be possible for everyone to visit some places in person, and many museums and tourist attractions are now offering virtual tours for free
There are many wonderful open places to visit across London and the wider area, many of which are free to visit, such as Hyde Park, Richmond Park and Kyoto Garden inside Holland Park, where you can even bring a picnic and enjoy its vast landscapes and koi pond.
London is home to many interesting and fascinating museums, which have reopened such as the V&A and the British Museum. However, you may need to book your tickets in advance and remember to respect social distancing and guidelines.
It may not be possible for everyone to visit some places in person, and many museums and tourist attractions are now offering virtual tours for free, such as The National Gallery, The National History Museum and The Tower of London. Below are some links to go on a virtual tour in the comfort of your own home or even from a beach!
- The National Gallery – www.nationalgallery.org.uk/visiting/virtual-tours/google-virtual-tour
- The Natural History Museum – www.nhm.ac.uk/visit/virtual-museum.html
- The Tower of London – www.youvisit.com/tour/meadk
If you enjoy swimming, why not visit one of the many outdoor swimming pools; one of the largest outdoor swimming pools is Tooting Bec lido, or you can visit Brockwell lido which features grade II-listed art deco architecture. If you enjoy freshwater swimming, you can visit Hamstead Heath bathing ponds. With current restrictions in place, you will need to book in advance to enjoy some of these activities.
It has been a difficult year for many of us and we might feel a little anxious or worried about the easing of lockdown, exams and missing our friends and family but remember there is always someone you can talk, it can be a parent, carer, sister, cousin or a good friend.
If you need to speak to someone during the summer term and holiday, charities such as the NSPCC, Open Minds and Barnardo’s can all offer free help and support and they will listen to your problems. If you are under 18, you can call the NSPCC for free on 0800 1111.
We hope you all have a safe and relaxing summer and we look forward to helping you in September.
Don’t forget you can share your CENMAC experiences for our CENMAC family to enjoy.