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London is probably the best city in the world in terms of activities for families and children including lots of free activities and events. We list here lots of initiatives that we believe London Mums and their children from babies to teenagers would enjoy especially at the most entertaining places such as the Science Museum, The V&A, Kew Gardens, Kensington Palace, Hyde Park, Richmond Park, Greenwich, West End shows, the London Eye, the London Aquarium, Kingston upon Thames, Chelsea, SouthBank and so much more.

Festival of The Girl turns 5 & launches 2023 event to celebrate International Day of the Girl 2023

Festival of The Girl is back and bigger than ever for 2023 to celebrate the fifth birthday of their ground-breaking event designed especially for girls aged 7-11. The not-for-profit campaign and event aims to inspire, engage and to break down harmful gender stereotypes.

Festival of the Girl, 9Oct2022

Festival of the Girl, 9Oct2022, Photographer Bronac McNeill

The first festival in 2019 was held for 80 girls and in just five years the 2023 event will now attract 800 girls plus their families following a jam-packed summer on the Camp Bestival and Primadonna Festival line-up as well as holding a panel event for parents and carers discussing body image and girls. High profile support over the years has been found from DJ Fatboy Slim, R.A.E, Tulip Siddiq MP, Laura Bates, Dr Sue Black OBE, Sarah Gordy and Alex Light with organisations including Mastercard, Hitachi, Travis Perkins and Taylor Wimpey involved as sponsors.

Festival of the Girl, 9 Oct2022

Festival of the Girl, 9Oct2022, Photographer Bronac McNeill

 

The 2023 Festival of The Girl will take place to coincide with the half term holiday on Saturday 21st October at the Business Design Centre, Islington North London.

The key aim of the festival is for families and society to start the gender stereotype conversation before they become too ingrained. Their increasingly popular global interactive festivals give primary school aged girls access to an incredible line up of female role models, workshops and activities. They are safe environments where girls have fun, try something new, and most importantly; leave with a boost of self-confidence.

This year activities and workshops range from:

  • Coding and robotics to art and sustainability
  • F1 motor-sports and rugby to aviation and gaming
  • Body confidence and music to podcasting and activism
  • Science and British Army boot-camps to choreography and well-being
  • Football tricks and design to construction and yoga
  • And much more…

 

The Line-Up includes: The British Army, F1 in Schools and Girls on Track, Aunt Joy Gallery, WUKA, British Cycling, Sex Ed Matters, Flight Crowd and Everyday Racism

The full line-up (with more to be announced) can be found here.

Although aimed at girls, everyone is welcome.

This festival is particularly important in light of 2023 research from Girl-guiding showing that girls’ happiness levels are at an all-time low (e.g. 89% of girls aged 7-21 feel generally worried or anxious).

Girlguiding – Girls’ Attitudes Survey 2023

 

In the run up to the festival on International Day of The Girl (11th October) they will be asking people to share their #futuregirlpledge (a pledge being something one can do, big or small, to help create a more gender equal future for girls) alongside a photo with hands on shoulders. This is a symbol that shows we’re standing on the shoulders of the women who came before us, and we want our girls (and boys) to stand on ours.

There is also a free activity book which if ordered by the 30th September girls will receive in the post for International Day of The Girl (order here) which includes brilliant activities, inspiring women and creative games with a feminist twist. Plus, exciting content will also be shared on their YouTube channel on 11th October including:

 

For more information visit:

www.festivalofthegirl.com

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