Five things to do in Harrow.

1) Harrow Arts Centre Family Fun Day

Free art, dance and music activities for people of all ages will take place at Harrow Arts Council's Family Fun Day. Activities on offer include adult tap dancing, Bollywood dancing, swim sessions at Hatch End pool, several dance workshops and much more. Arts and crafts stalls, fairground rides, a farm petting zoo, face painting and food stalls will also be there on the day. The event is supported by the National Deaf Children's Society.

  • WHAT: Harrow Arts Centre's Family Fun Day
  • WHEN: July 19
  • WHERE: Harrow Arts Centre, 171 Uxbridge Road, Hatch End, Middlesex HA5 4EA
  • COST: Free
  • CALL: 020 8416 8989 / http://www.harrowarts.com/family

2) The Sunday Sessions

An entire day combining live acoustic music, comedy, street food, beer and entertainment. The event is not for profit and is family-friendly. Dogs are welcome. The event is set in and around a beautiful 13th century barn, and runs from runs from 11am - 4pm

  • WHAT: The Sunday Sessions
  • WHEN: August 10 & September 14
  • WHERE: Manor Farm, Bury Street, Ruislip, HA4 7QL
  • COST: Free
  • EMAIL: http://thesundaysessions.org

3) Harrow in Leaf

The 10th annual horticultural show and family fun day will take place over the August Bank Holiday weekend. It will feature two days horticultural, art and cooking exhibits, pluis fun and food for all the family. It has been organised by the the Allotment Associations & Horticultural Groups in Harrow.

  • WHAT: The Harrow in LEAF Annual Show
  • WHEN: August 24-25
  • WHERE: Harrow Museum and Heritage Centre, Pinner View, HA2 6PX
  • COST: £2.50 (under 12s free)
  • WEBSITE: http://harrowinleaf.org.uk/annualshow/

4) Pony Days at Stanmore Riding School

Let your child enjoy the thrill of horse (well, pony) riding this summer. Stanmore Riding School is hosting Pony Days during the holidays. They run from 9.30am to 4.30pm and include pony riding as well as grooming and stable management.

  • WHAT: Pony Days
  • WHEN: Running throughout the summer
  • WHERE: Stanmore Riding School, Warren Lane, HA7 4LE
  • COST: £60
  • CALL: 020 8420 6562

5) Headstone Manor

A day of family-friendly activities including a chance to see finds from on-going excavations, go on a site tour, experience medieval re-enactments, take part in hands-on activities, see highlights from the Museum of London's mediaeval collections, and learn about the skeletons of medieval Londoners

  • WHAT: Family Open Day at Headstone Manor
  • WHEN: July 20
  • WHERE: Headstone Manor
  • COST: Free
  • CALL: 020 8863 6720

Things to do in Brent

1) Mini Picassos Workshops

Unlock your child's creative genius at the Mini Picassos summer workshops. Open to kids aged between four to 13, it will see youngsters try their hand at clay modelling, painting, plaster, charcoal and graffiti spray. There will also be Manga / Moshi style drawing sessions.

  • WHAT: Mini Picassos Workshops
  • WHEN: July 28 – August 1
  • WHERE: Mini Picassos, 8 Station Terrace, Kensal Green, NW10 5RT
  • COST: £25 per workshop – includes materials
  • CALL: 07903 638817
  • EMAIL: www.minipicassos.co.uk
A welfare officer with a collie at the Mayhew Animal Home.
 

2) Summer Open Day

The annual Summer Open Day raises money for the homes cats and dogs at the rescue and rehoming centre. There will be an array of stalls and activities, and visitors can enjoy browsing items for same, taking part in games and meeting some of the four-legged residents of the centre.

  • WHAT: The Mayhew Animal Home Summer Open Day
  • WHEN: July 20 Midday - 5pm
  • WHERE: The Mayhew Animal Home, Trenmar Gardens, Kensal Green, NW10 6BJ
  • COST: £3 / Concessions £2
  • CALL: 020 8206 5875
  • EMAIL: www.themayhew.org/openday

3) South Kilburn Day

The start of South Kilburn Summer Festival kicks off with South Kilburn Day. Featuring a vibrant programme of activities, entertainment and lots of fun. There will be a main stage with dance and musical performances, stalls selling good and affordable goods and much more for the whole family to enjoy.

  • WHAT: South Kilburn Day
  • WHEN: July 25
  • WHERE: Carlton Vale Open Space, London, NW6 5QD
  • COST: Free (this is a guess – I can't get hold of Karen 0776 9694733 to confirm)
  • EMAIL: twitter.com/KilburnFestival

4) Brent Celebrates: A World of Dance

Part of Brent Dance Month, a World of Dance will feature a fiesta of dance styles set to dazzle and inspire. The evening will feature performances from community and London-based dance organisation. It is welcome to people of all ages.

  • WHAT: Brent Celebrates: A World of Dance
  • WHEN: July 25
  • WHERE: Grand Hall, Brent Council Civic Centre, Engineers Way HA9 0FF
  • COST: £5 / concessions £3.50
  • CALL: 020 8937 3119
  • EMAIL: http://brent.gov.uk/dancemonth

5) Roxbourne Model Railway

Hitch a ride along the wonderful miniature trains at Roxbourne Model Railway. Run by Society of Harrow & Wembley Model Engineers, the popular attraction offers great value for money, and promises fun for all regardless of age.

  • WHAT: Roxbourne Model Railway
  • WHEN: Each Sunday 2.30pm – 5pm, weather permitting
  • WHERE: Roxbourne Park, Field End Road, Ruislip
  • COST: £1 / train ride
  • EMAIL: http://www.hwsme.org