West Berkshire Family Life

may-june half term 2021 in berkshire: Activities for families and children

Half term is upon us again! With restrictions easing, more attractions are open so we have a wider choice of places to go and things to do. We’ve rounded up the events and activities that are happening in and around West Berkshire over half term. If you’re holding an event that you would like us to add, or if you know of anything that we have missed, then please get in touch to let us know.

Please check that all details are correct and up to date before going along to an event that is listed below. Please check latest government guidance. Many activities will require advance booking.

The Ugly Duckling

Our Family Card partner The Ugly Duckling, a pottery painting coffee house in Newbury, is open for sit-in painting again (call 01635 523778 to book your table) and is still providing pottery painting ‘to go’ boxes. These can be ordered from the website (for delivery or collection) and you can then drop your finished pieces off for firing. All details can be found on the website.

For more details of our Family Card offer with The Ugly Duckling and to sign up for your FREE Family Card, please visit our membership page.

MNR Coaching Let Them Play Holiday Camps at The Winchcombe School, Newbury

Tuesday 1st June– Friday 4th June 9am-3pm (early drop off and late pick up available)

For children aged 4 1/2 to 12. Multi activity holiday camps. Costs £25 per day or £29 for an extended day. Call 07572398161 or email: holidaycamps@mnrcoaching.com. Visit the website here.

Shaw House

Open Air Sculpture Exhibition – Saturday 29th May – Sunday 27th June 11am-4pm

An open air sculpture exhibition. For more details you can visit the Facebook event here.

Indoor Theatre: Oldilocks and the Three Bears – Tuesday 1st June 11am & 1pm

For children aged 3-7 (older and younger children are welcome). Adults are £9 and children are £7, under 2s are free. For more details and to book, you can visit the website here.

Online Craft: Beautiful Butterflies

Shaw House usually holds Family Activity Days on Wednesdays during the school holidays but these are currently online. You can find the instructions for the craft here (scroll down to the ‘Craft Activities’ section). 

Shaw House will be open to the public from 29 May and during the school holidays will be open from 10am-4pm Monday-Friday. Outside of the school holidays it will be open at weekends only from 11am-4pm.

You can see more details and view the Covid safety measures here.

Shaw House, Church Road, Newbury, RG14 2DR

West Berkshire Museum

West Berkshire Museum is now open on Wednesday-Saturday from 10am-4pm. Entry to the museum is free, although donations are welcomed. For more information you can visit the website here.

Online Craft: Reliable Romans

The Museum’s ‘Messy Museum Days’ are still online and this half-term’s craft is a Roman ‘bulla.’ More details plus instructions can be found here. You can also purchase a craft pack with the material from the museum for £1 during the half term break.

West Berkshire Museum, The Wharf, Newbury, RG14 5AS.

Newbury’s Half Term Chocolate Trail

28th May – 6th June – organised by Visit Newbury, the Kennet Centre and Parkway Shopping Centre

A free event. Collect your trail sheets from outside Sweetbox in Parkway (from 10.30am on 28th May and from 10.30am-3pm until 31st May). Follow the trail to find giant chocolate bars around Newbury, complete your form and hand it in at Paperchase before 4pm on Sunday 6th June for a chance to win a prize. More details can be found via the Facebook event.

Beale Park

During half term Beale Park has an ‘Around the World’ trail and bug box making. You’ll need to book your tickets online before you go. Visit the website here for more information and to book your visit.

Beale Park, Lower Basildon, Reading, RG8 9NW.

Bucklebury Farm Park

Bucklebury Farm Park is open for visits. You will need to book your visit in advance, you then pay on arrival at the farm. There are daily activities such as egg collecting, pat a pet and deer expeditions. Bucklebury Farm also has playgrounds for the children to burn some energy. See more details and book your visit here.

Buckebury Farm Park, Bucklebury, RG7 6RR.

Petting the guinea pigs at Bucklebury Farm

4 Kingdoms Adventure Park

4 Kingdoms is open with advance booking required. It has lots of activities and rides including animals, train rides and playgrounds. Find out more and book your tickets here.

4 Kingdoms Adventure Park, Newbury Road, Headley, RG19 8JY.

Corn Exchange

The Corn Exchange in Newbury is running some events over half term:

Wake Up Shake Up: Move (Monday 31st May 9.30am in Victoria Park)

For children aged 6 and under and their families. £5 per family for up to four people from the same household. For more details and booking, visit the website here.

Wake Up Shake Up: Sing (Tuesday 1st June 9.30am in Victoria Park)

A singalong featuring Disney songs, for children aged 6 and under and their families. £5 per family for up to four people from the same household. For more details and booking, visit the website here.

Sketch and Snap Family Trail (Tuesday 1st June 1pm in Victoria Park)

Creative photography and drawing with Simon Jardine from Amadillo Art Experience. £15 for a family ticket of up to four people from the same household. For more details and booking, visit the website here.

Wake Up Shake Up: Act (Wednesday 2nd June 9.30am in Victoria Park)

Dramatic play for children aged under 6 and their families. £5 per family for up to four people from the same household. For more details and booking, visit the website here.

Wake Up Shake Up: Make (Thursday 3rd June 9.30am in Victoria Park)

For children under 6 and their families. £5 per family for up to four people from the same household. For more details and booking, visit the website here.

Wake Up Shake Up: Relax (Friday 4th June 9.30am in Victoria Park)

A yoga session for children under 6 and their families. £5 per family for up to four people from the same household. For more details and booking, visit the website here.

Makaton with Me (Friday 4th June 2pm in Victoria Park)

A Makaton workshop for families of primary school aged children who use Makaton to communicate. £5 per family for up to four people from the same household. For more details and booking, visit the website here.

Horrible Histories: Gorgeous Georgians & Vile Victorians (Friday 4th June – Sunday 6th June)

Horrible Histories live on stage in the Corn Exchange auditorium. For children aged 5+. Tickets start from £14. For more details including show times and to book, you can visit the website here.

Family Yoga (Saturday 5th June 10am in Victoria Park)

An hour long family yoga session for all ages. £5 per family for up to four people from the same household. For more details and booking, visit the website here.

Little Story Sundays (Sunday 6th June 10am in Victoria Park)

Suitable for children aged 6 and under and their families. A creative workshop with play, singing and craft. £5 per family for up to four people from the same household. For more details and booking, visit the website here.

Funfair in Victoria Park, Newbury

Thursday 27th May – Sunday 6th June 11am-8pm

A funfair in the park. It operates on a token basis so you buy your tokens and then use these to ‘pay’ for the rides. Tokens are £12 each or £10 for 10.

Wellington Country Park

Outdoor Explorers – 31st May – 4th June

Explore the outdoors with events at Wellington Country Park, including Birds of Prey. For more details, visit the website here.

Wellington Country Park, Odiham Road, Riseley, RG7 1SP.

Millets Farm

Farmer Carters Courtyard

Quiz trails and activities with go-karts, crazy golf, trampolines and more. For more information including times, prices and booking, you can visit the website here.

Millets Farm, Kingston Road, Frilford, OX13 5HB.

Finkley Down Farm

Finkley Down Farm near Andover is open, advance booking is required. Find out more and book your visit here.

Finkley DOwn Farm, North Way, Andover, SP11 6NF.

Roves Farm

Grow Your Own Sunflower Trail – 29th May-6th June

Follow the trail to find some equipment to grow your own sunflower at home. There will also be daily activities such as meeting the animals.

Roves Farm, Sevenhampton, Swindon SN6 7QG. Visit the website here.

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