Things to do in May half-term at Southbank Centre

Friday, May 10, 2019 - 11:59

Yep, half-term, already. But if the latest school holidays have caught you unaware, don’t worry. We’ve got a number of family-friendly things to do here at Southbank Centre, including a great range of family friendly food and drink pop-ups. Take a look at what’s on in the May half-term holidays, below.

Stick By Me

Stick By Me | Southbank Centre

27 & 28 May  |  11am & 1pm  |  Purcell Room

Created by Andy Manley and Ian Cameron, Stick by Me is a quirky show for children age three to six, about friendship and play, and the importance of treasuring little things. Set in a modest playroom, the most ordinary of objects become the base for the most enchanting fantasies, all through the power of innocent imagination. Described as ‘endearing’, ‘joyful’ and ‘funny’ in its many positive reviews, Stick by Me is a heartfelt take on childhood creativity perfectly pitched for young minds.

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Soundpit at Southbank Centre

25 May - 2 June  |  various times  |  Royal Festival Hall Exhibition Space

These are not ordinary sandpits, this is Soundpit; a unique fun interactive installation by artist Di Mainstone. Soundpit invites children and adults alike to rethink your senses of sight, sound and touch? Ever wondered what sound feels like, or what music looks like? Find out as you create your own musical masterpiece with your fingers or your feet, all through playing in these giant sandpits, each illuminated with beautiful graphics.

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Family friendly food & drink pop-ups


Daily  |  10am - late (unless otherwise stated)  |  Queen’s Walk

Built up a thirst from your fountain frolics? In need of a quick bite to eat? Out on the riverbank you’ll find a host of speciality food and drink pop-ups throughout the summer. Get refreshed with a freshly squeezed-to-order juice or smoothie from Elephant Juice (open from 11am). Satisfy sweet teeth with hot Dutch pancakes from Stacked – topped with fresh fruit, Belgian chocolate or Nutella – or a customised frozen yogurt from SNOG at their distinctive pink double-decker. Looking for something a bit more substantial? From their first ever pop-up, the family restaurant Applebee’s Fish (open from 11am), offer piping hot fish and chips, and, for the more adventurous, freshly shucked oysters. And don’t forget the Southbank Centre Food Market on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and the Bank Holiday Monday, where you’ll find a host of food options from around the world.

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Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden

daily  |  12 noon until sunset  |  Queen Elizabeth Hall

If you’re in need of a time out then the perfect city oasis awaits you up the yellow steps* outside Queen Elizabeth Hall. Here you’ll find our beautiful roof garden, designed with the Eden Project and maintained by our incredibly skilled volunteers from Grounded Ecotherapy. Laze on the lawn, sit among the flowers and fruit trees, enjoy the riverside views, and don’t forget to try the homemade cakes and refreshing drinks from the garden cafe-bar.

(*step-free lift access is available, just ask one of our staff for assistance)

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Family friendly restaurants

daily |  opening times vary  |  Riverside and Mandela Walk

Wherever your visit to us takes you, you’re never far from a range of food and drink options to keep everyone happy. In each of our venues we’ve cafes serving a range of hot and cold drinks and snacks for appetites of any size. And you’ll also find a number of familiar family favourite cafes and restaurants right here on site at Southbank Centre, including Eat, Giraffe, Wagamama and Strada on the Riverside, and Las Iguanas on Mandela Walk. 

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