Indian Summer
Until Sunday 3 September 2017

The Horniman brings the sounds and spirit of South Asia to south east London with its vibrant Indian Summer season of events, performances and displays. 

Bandstand Music
Sundays 6, 13, 20 August, 3-6pm

Enjoy music on the Bandstand with local favourites, and sounds from across South Asia.


Big Wednesdays – Indian Summer
Wednesday 9, 16, 23, 30 August, 10.30am-3.30pm

Explore and celebrate India with us every Wednesday in August. Join in activities ranging from storytelling to art and craft and experience dance, films and music performances inspired by traditions from all over India. Suitable for children aged 3+ and for larger groups including Play Schemes.


Hear it Live!
Tuesday 29 August, 3.30-4pm

Mehboob Nadeem will introduce and perform on the sitar, North India’s best known stringed instrument. Everyone welcome – but most suitable for children 5+.


Indian Summer – Exhibitions and Displays

Until Sunday 26 November

Pani is the word for water across large parts of South Asia. In this thought-provoking display, artist Daksha Patel explores the complex relationships between people and water in this region.


India Unplugged
Until 24 September

This photography exhibition showcases traditional music making in Punjab, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Odisha and Kerala. Free

Bengal Tiger

A stunning taxidermy Bengal Tiger, on loan from the Natural History Museum, is on display in our Natural History Gallery throughout our Indian Summer.


Special Family Events

Adult Bat Walk
Friday 18 August, 7-9pm

Learn about South East London’s bats and discover which bats might be living in and around the Horniman Gardens using special detectors. Suitable for adults.

Tickets: Adult £5

Summer Holiday Activities

Family Art Fun
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays
Now until 31 August, 11am-2.30pm,

Join free and fabulous Horniman craft activities this summer holiday inspired by our Indian Summer events season, The Robot Zoo family exhibition as well as our beautiful Gardens. Suitable for children aged 3+. Sessions last 45 minutes.


Horniman Explorers
Every Monday and Friday, until 1 September, 11am-12.30pm, 2-3.30pm

Drop-in to our Hands On Base for fun ways to explore the Horniman as a family. Touch, see, smell and hear real objects and take part in short challenges and activities such as playing musical instruments or drawing an imaginary animal. Suitable for children aged 3+.


Pond Dipping
Every Tuesday until 29 August, 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm

Try your hand at pond dipping in our Nature Trail Pond and discover an underwater world bursting with life. Suitable for children aged 5+ who must be supervised by an adult at all times. The Nature Trail is not suitable for prams or pushchairs.

Tickets: Child £3, accompanying adults free

Minibeast Safari
Every Friday until 1 September, 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm

Hunt for mini-beasts on our Nature Trail and discover the variety of insect life to be found in London. Suitable for children aged 3+ who must be supervised by an adult at all times. The Nature Trail is not suitable for prams or pushchairs.

Tickets: Child £3, accompanying adults free