How to... get a free ticket to a London matinee, Websites of the week, Adult Camps
How to... get a free ticket to a London matinee

Kids Week is offering one free child's ticket per paying adult to 25 London shows. (Additional child tickets are half price.) The special offer runs from 24 to 31 August and participating shows include The Lion King, The King and I, Mamma Mia and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Children aged five to 16 are eligible.

Children can also learn to dance with the cast of Chicago, have their faces painted like Cats, pick up circus skills with Cirque Eloize or attend a Shakespeare workshop at the Young Vic theatre. Special deals are also available for accommodation, meals and travel.

But watch out, tickets for the most popular shows sell out fast. Contact the Kids Week hotline (020-7413 1413,

Websites of the week

English Heritage has revamped its website ( in time for the summer holidays, adding a dedicated Kids section. The main site can be searched by theme, region or venue for details about the huge number of events that will be held during the summer at English Heritage properties. Next weekend, for example, Wind in the Willows is at Launceston Castle, Toad of Toad Hall comes to Chysauster Ancient Village and the Medieval Siege Society re-enacts an episode of the Wars of the Roses at Battle Abbey. Call for a free events diary (0870 333 1181).

The National Trust also has a smart new website (, showing details of which properties are open and a similar listing of summer events. But the children's section ( appears not to have been updated since 31 March.

Whatever next

"Why should kids have all the fun?" asks GrownUp, an American website that lists, obviously enough, summer camps for adults wishing to re-live their adolescent days.

The principle remains the same: put a group of strangers together, get them to do confidence-building activities during the day and sing songs around a campfire in the evening. Unlike resorts, the camps offer tuition programmes. You have "traditional co-ed overnight camps" and specialist camps, catering for interests as diverse as religious study, baseball, wilderness survival, ballroom dancing and creative writing.