summer holidays 2021 in west Berkshire - activities & events for families
Can you believe we’re approaching the end of term and the beginning of the summer holidays? It’s been a strange year, especially for our children who have missed out on so much. This summer is looking to be better than last year in terms of things to do with restrictions having been lifted.
We’ve compiled a list of camps, activities and events that are taking place in and around West Berkshire over the summer break. If you’re holding an event that you would like us to add or if you know of anything that we’ve missed, please get in touch and we will add it to the list.
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. Some events will require advance booking.
Cobbs Farm Shop, Hungerford
Cobbs at Hungerford is holding a few events over the summer.
Open Air Cinema Saturday 17th July
Find out more and book tickets: www.cobbsfarmshops.co.uk/open-air-cinema.
Picnic on Cobbs Farm
Open from Wednesday 7th July – Sunday 5th September
Picnic box for 4: £35
Picnic box for 2: £17.50
Charity Emergency Service Day
Saturday 14th August
There will be a police car and van, fire responder car, and fire truck visiting. This is a free event to enjoy but Cobbs are hoping to raise some money and put a little love back into our emergency services to say thank you for the incredible job that they do. Raffle prizes to be won on the day!
Ultimate Activity Camps
Get set for fresh air, fun and friends this Summer! Ultimate Activity Camps provide outstanding Ofsted-registered (& Covid-Safe!) activity day camps for children aged 4-14 during the school holidays, where the children’s welfare and fun are at the heart of all they do! Children will enjoy a fantastic range of over 40 sports, games and art activities every week, led by engaging staff at amazing locations. Running this summer at St. Gabriel’s School in Newbury, Cranford House School in Wallingford, LVS in Ascot, Reading Blue Coat School in Sonning, Luckley House School in Wokingham, and Crosfields School in Reading. Visit the website for dates, prices and activities!
T: 0330 111 7077
Camps run Monday to Friday during the Summer School Holidays
Camp times: from 08:00 – 18:00
Buggy Beat Summer Series
Tuesdays from 27th July at Hampstead Norreys Rec Field 9.45am
Thursdays from 29th July at Donnington Rec Field 9.45am
Outdoor exercise classes where children are welcome too (up to year 6 is recommended).
For Tuesdays sessions you can pre-book a class for £5 or turn up on the day and pay £6.50.
For Thursdays sessions you need to pre-book by the Monday before the class, it’s £5 per class.
31st July 2.15pm-4.30pm at Thatcham Parish Hall
Train themed play sessions for children of all ages. There are two session times and tickets are £7, adults are free. Book your tickets via the Trainmaster website. Read our article about Trainmaster here.
Park House Summer Camp
Monday 2nd August – Friday 6th August & Monday 9th August – Friday 13th August 9am-3pm
Summer camp for 5-11 year olds with a range of activities including tennis, football and cricket. It’s £120 for a full week, £25 for a full day and £12.50 for a half day. You can find out more and book here.
The Corn Exchange has loads going on for families this summer!
Rhyme & Shine – Wednesday 21st & Friday 23rd July 10.15am at Victoria Park
Music and movement sessions for under 2s. £5 per family for up to four people from the same household. More details and booking here.
Tots Create – Thursday 22nd July 10.15am at Victoria Park
Music, dance, drama and crafts for children aged 2-4. £5 per family for up to four people from the same household. More details and booking here.
Teddy Bears’ Picnic – Friday 23rd July, 6th August & 13th August, Victoria Park at 2pm
Songs, games & crafts for children aged 2-4 and their families. Take your teddy and a snack! £5 per family for up to four people from the same household. More details and booking here.
Family Circus Skills – Saturday 24th July 10am at Victoria Park
You will be able to try juggling, diablo and other circus tricks. Suitable for all ages. £5 per family (up to four people from the same household). More details and booking here.
Young Person’s Book Club –Monday 26th July, Monday 9th & 23rd August 2pm at Victoria Park
For children aged 8-11, they will be talking about books, acting them out and making art. £5 per session. More details and booking here.
Family Clay in the Park – Sunday 1st August 10am, 11.30am & 1.30pm in Victoria Park
Make your own pot from airdry clay. Suitable for all ages, under 18s must be accompanied by an adult. £15 for a family ticket of up to four people from the same household. More details and booking here.
Sketch and Snap Family Trail – Tuesday 3rd August 10am in Victoria Park
Creative photography and drawing with Simon Jardine from the Armadillo Art Experience. Suitable for children under 10 and their families. £15 for a family ticket of up to four people from the same household. More details and booking here.
Drama in the Park
4-6 year olds: Tuesdays 3rd, 10th & 17th August 2pm
Drama games, songs and crafts. £5 per session (drop off). More details and booking here.
7-9 year olds: Wednesday 4th, 11th & 18th August 2pm
£5 per session (drop off). More details and booking here.
10-12 year olds: Thursday 5th, 12th & 19th August 2pm
£5 per session (drop off). More details and booking here.
All sessions take place in Victoria Park, Newbury.
Park Play – Wednesday 4th, 11th & 18th August 10am at Victoria Park
Creative arts and play for children under 6 and their families. £5 per family for up to four people from the same household. More details and booking here.
Family Dance – Saturday 14th August 10am at Victoria Park
Dance fun for all ages. £5 per family for up to four people from the same household. More details and booking here.
Little Story Sundays – Sunday 15th August 10am at Victoria Park
Creative exploration of stories for children aged 6 and under and their families. £5 per family for up to four people from the same household. More details and booking here.
Makaton with Me – Friday 20th August 2pm at Victoria Park
Creative workshop for families of primary school aged children who use Makaton. £5 per family for up to four people from the same household. More details and booking here.
Family Sculpture Workshop – Saturday 21st August 12pm, 1.30pm, 3pm & 4.30pm at Victoria Park
Suitable for all ages. Make sculptures celebrating the women of the Greenham Common peace camp. £5 per family for up to four people from the same household. More details and booking here.
Smashed2 – Friday 23rd July 11.30am & 2pm at Aline’s Orchard, Welford Park, Newbury
Suitable for ages 8+, a street theatre show featuring juggling. Tickets are £9 or for £16 you can attend a workshop after the performance. More details and booking here.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Thursday 5th August 7pm at Bucklebury Primary School
For ages 7+. Tickets from £11. More details and booking here.
The Three Musketeers – Friday 6th August 2.30pm & 5.30pm at Horris Hill School
Suitable for those aged 7+. Tickets from £11. More details and booking here.
The Lion Inside – Saturday 14th August 11am, 12.30pm & 2.30pm at St Nic’s Junior School, Newbury
For children aged 4-7. Tickets from £8. More details and booking here.
Mr Stink – Sunday 15th August 3pm at Shaw House, Newbury
An adaptation of the David Walliams book. Suitable for those aged 7+. Tickets from £11. More details and booking here.
Sarah and Duck’s Big Top Birthday – Friday 20th August, Saturday 21st August & Sunday 22nd August
Suitable for those aged 3+. This is taking place in the Corn Exchange auditorium. Tickets from £14. More details and booking here.
The Base, Greenham
Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered (Wednesday-Sunday until 5th September 2021, 10am-5pm)
An interactive exhibition on loan from the V&A’s Museum of Childhood. Tickets are £7.50, £6.50 for concessions and £6 for under 18s, under 5s are free. Suitable for ages 3+. Tickets need to booked in advance. More details and booking here.
Craft and Play – 30th July – 5th September, various times, The Base Lookout Studio
Games themed craft boxes with instructions and materials to make your own game. £5 for a family ticket of up to four people from the same household. (Families with 4+ members will need to book two tables). More details and booking here.
The Base, Greenham Business Park, Communications Road, RG19 6HN
Code Ninjas, 125 London Road, Newbury, RG14 2BX
Finkley Down Farm
Summer Holiday Fun & Frolics – 26th July – 1st September
Find out more and book your visit via the Finkley website.
City Arts Newbury
Chalkfest 2021 – Monday 9th August 9am-7pm
Beach Life – Summer Printing for Children – Friday 20th August 10am-12pm
A workshop for children of all ages where they will be learning printing techniques. £10 per child. For more details and to book, you can visit the website here.
City Arts Newbury, 10 Hampton Road, Newbury, RG14 6DB.
West Berkshire Family Hubs
The Family Hubs provide support for families with children under the age of 5. There are three hubs in West Berkshire – in Newbury, Thatcham and Calcot. The hubs run regular groups and these will be continuing throughout the summer holidays. Pre-booking is required. For more details of the groups and to book a space, visit the West Berkshire Council website here.
Hungerford and Area Family Centre
Like the Family Hubs, Hungerford Family Centre provides groups and support for families with children under the age of 5. You will need to book if you would like to visit a group. For more details of the groups and to book, you can visit the website here.
Hungerford Family Centre, The Croft, Hungerford, RG17 0HY.
Parkway Shopping Centre, Newbury
Parkway’s Big Screen Summer Piazza – until 16th August
Parkway has a big screen and deck chairs so that you can watch live sport. More details via the Facebook event.
Free Family Films – 10th, 13th and 15th August at 11am
Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust
Greenham Common Bird Walk – Wednesday 11th August 10am-11.30am
A guided bird walk. Meets at the control tower. £4 per person. Find out more and book here.
Shaw House is holding some events over the summer and is also open for visits between 10am-4pm. The shop and café will be open (café for takeaway only) and the toilets will be available. Entry to the house is free but donations are welcomed.
Shaw House summer events:
Outdoor Theatre: Romeo & Juliet – Sunday 25th July 7pm
Family Activity Days: Online Craft
Shaw House’s Family Activity Days remain online.
Busy Bees – 28th July
You can make a bumblebee from recycled materials in this craft. A ‘how to’ YouTube video will be available from 28th July.
Floral Fun – 4th August
Make a flower fridge magnet. A YouTube video will be available from 4th August.
Fantastic Foxes – 11th August
Make a simple fox puppet.
A YouTube video will be available from 11th August.
Hopping Frogs – 18th August
Make a frog puppet. A YouTube video will be available from 18th August.
Speedy Squirrels – 25th August
Make a squirrel puppet. A YouTube video will be available from 25th August.
Instructions for all the crafts can be found here (scroll down to the ‘Craft Activities’ section).
Outdoor Theatre: The Jungle Book – Monday 9th August 6pm (SOLD OUT)
Open Air Cinema: Thursday 26th August (Top Gun) and Friday 27th August (In the Heights)
Summer Screens returns to Shaw House with its open air cinema. Both films are rated 12A and babies & children under four years old are not permitted. Tickets are £15 for adults, £10.50 for under 16s and £45 for a family ticket. You can find out more and book tickets here.
Antique and Brocante Market – Sunday 29th August 10am-4pm
An outdoor market with antiques, vintage & retro and more. More details via the Facebook event.
Shaw House, Church Road, Newbury, RG14 2DR
West Berkshire Museum
The museum is open to visitors Wednesday-Saturday from 10am-4pm. Entry is free but donations are welcomed.
Like Shaw House, the museum is holding its craft days online. You can also purchase craft packs from the museum if you are visiting.
Reliable Romans (Centurion) – 30th July
Make a Roman centurion. A ‘how to’ YouTube video will be available from 30th July.
Reliable Romans (Shield) – 6th August
Make a mini Roman shield. A YouTube video will be available from 6th August.
Reliable Romans (Serpent Bracelet) – 13th August
Make a gold serpent bracelet. A YouTube video will be available from 13th August.
Reliable Romans (laurel wreath) – 20th August
Make a Roman laurel wreath. A YouTube video will be available from 20th August.
Reliable Romans (draco standard) – 27th August
Make a mini draco standard (a banner that the Romans would carry when marching into battle). A YouTube video will be available from 27th August.
Instructions for all the crafts can be found here (scroll down to the ‘Craft Activities’ section).
Visit Newbury is holding some Family Fun Days over the holidays:
Wednesday 28th July 10am-5pm
There will be musical shows, meet and greets with Alice and the Mad Hatter, our Family Card partner The Ugly Duckling will be providing craft activities along with the Corn Exchange and there will be funfair rides in Newbury Market Place. More details, timings and locations can be found via the Facebook event.
Wednesday 11th August 10am-5pm
Again there will be musical shows, this time featuring Disney princesses. Plus the craft activities and funfair rides. All details can be found via the Facebook event.
Tuesday 24th August 10am-5pm
The final family fun day features superheroes along with crafts and funfair rides. All details can be found via the Facebook event.
A Flavour to Savour – 31 July 2021 7pm
A musical in support of Diabetes UK. More details and booking info can be found here.
Puss in Boots – 10th August 11am
Suitable for ages 4+. More details and booking info here.
Arlington Arts Centre, Mary Hare, Snelsmore, Newbury, RG14 3BQ
As You Like It – 24th June – 24th July
Suitable for ages 12+. An outdoor production of Shakespeare’s play. Tickets are £25 per person. More details and booking here.
Just So – Friday 30th July -Saturday 4th September
Suitable for ages 8+. A family musical combining five of Rudyard Kipling’s Just So stories. It will be performed outdoors. Tickets are £25 per person. More details and booking here.
Shake Up…Musical Shakespeare – Monday 2nd August – Friday 6th August 9am-4pm
A course for 12-16 year olds where they will work with a professional director to create a performance. Costs £165. More details here.
The Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, Newbury, RG20 8AE
Moorside Community Centre, Thatcham
Thatcham Youth Free Family Fun Day – Wednesday 28th July 10am-3pm
A free family fun day with bouncy castles, arts & crafts and sports. There will be a tuck shop so make sure to take some money if you’d like to purchase any drinks or sweets. You will need to book a time slot (10am, 11.15am, 12.30pm or 2pm. You can book here. Visit the Facebook event here.
Thatcham Youth Free Movie Morning – Saturday 7th August 9.30am
A free screening of a recently released movie (movie will be confirmed closer to the time).
Thatcham Youth – Free Reptile Handling – Wednesday 11th August 10am-1pm
Suitable for all ages, there will be a range of reptiles to handle. There are three 45 minute time slots and you will need to book in advance, time slots are 10am, 11am and 12pm. You can book here. Visit the Facebook event here.
Thatcham Youth – Free Craft Morning – Wednesday 18th August 10am-12pm
Thatcham Youth – Free Roller Disco – Wednesday 25th August 9am -3pm
Moorside Community Centre, Urquhart Road, Thatcham, RG19 4RE
Saddleback Farm Shop
Story Time with Alex Shows:
The highway Rat & Zog followed by The Gruffalo – Thursday 29th July 11am – 12.30pm
The Gruffalo followed by What the Ladybird Heard – Thursday 26th August 11am-12.30pm.
An interactive story time suitable for ages 3-8 (older and younger children are welcome too). Tickets are £12.95 per child which includes juice, cookie and ice cream.
You can find out more and book here.
Saddleback Farm Shop, Brightwalton, Newbury, RG20 7HR.
Forest and Dot
Children’s Craft Workshops at The Ugly Duckling – Wednesday 18th and Monday 23rd August 9.30am-11.45am
For children aged 6+, they can learn how to French knit on a loom and/or make pom pom keyrings (18th August).
On 23rd August they can make pom pom dream catchers and/or learn weaving with sticks.
£10 per child per session.
More details for Wednesday 18th August can be found here.
More details for Monday 23rd August can be found here.
The workshops are being held at The Ugly Duckling in Newbury.
Hogan Music, Newbury
Hogan Music is running some summer courses, including a ‘Learn to DJ’ course suitable for those aged 11+. Details of all courses can be found via the website.
Beale Park will be running some events over the summer holidays.
Safari Splash – 14th-15th August
For more details you can visit the Facebook event here.
Keeper Talks – three times a day from Monday 26th July at the Otters, Meerkats and Lynx.
Meet the Bugs – Tuesday & Wednesday 11am-12pm (from 27th July)
A free drop in event, donations are welcomed.
Pond Dipping – Wednesday 10am-11am (from 21st July)
Beale Park, Lower Basildon, Reading, RG8 9NW.
Wikids (Workouts Inspiring Kids) is holding a summer holiday club for 4-11 year olds in Kintbury on 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 9th, 10th and 11th August from 9am-1pm. For more details email email@example.com.
Yabba Dance, Newbury
Holiday Workshops – 26th July, 23rd August and 1st September at Newbury Rugby Club
Yabba Dance is holding holiday workshops for toddlers and infants at Newbury Rugby Club. Infant workshops are £10 and Toddler workshops are £7.50. For more details you can visit the website here.
Time to Talk
Family Orienteering Fun Day – Sunday 1st August 9.30am-3pm
An orienteering fun day supporting Time to Talk. There will also be a tombola, cake & flower auction, and food & refreshments. The event is being held at the Eastbury Plough. Tickets are £40 per team. For more details and to book, click here.
Moo Music Newbury Thatcham & Hungerford
Movement and music sessions for under 5s. Sessions are running the first three weeks of August in Newbury, Thatcham, Wickham and Kingsclere. £6 per child per session. You will need to book in advance. Book online here. Visit the Facebook page here.
Baby College West Berkshire
Summer special classes are running in Theale, Tilehurst and Wash Common. Find out more and book via the website.
Summer camps are running on Tuesday 3rd and 24th August.
9am-10am for Year 1 & 2
11.15am-1.15pm for Year 3 & 4 and
1.30pm – 3.30pm for Year 5+
£20 per child per session. More details here.
Boogie Mites Newbury and Hungerford
Boogie Mites is running pay as you go sessions over the summer holidays and you can take older siblings (over 5s) for free! Sessions are held in Wantage, Newbury and Hungerford. You will need to pre-book, you can do so here.
The Living Rainforest is open for visits. You will need to pre-book which you can do online.
The Living Rainforest, Hampstead Norreys, RG18 0TN
Car Boot Sale and Dog Show – Sunday 8th August 8.30am-10am
More details via the Facebook event.
National Animal Welfare Trust Berkshire, Wantage Road, Great Shefford, RG17 7DQ
Thatcham Town Council
Fun on the Broadway – Thursday 26th August 10am-3pm
A free event in Thatcham. More details via the Facebook event.
Newbury Artisan Market
Sunday 25th July and Sunday 29th August 10am-4pm
Newbury’s Artisan Market is back up and running, taking place on the last Sunday of the month on Northbrook Street. It features crafts, clothes, food and more.
Visit the Facebook page here.
Summer Reading Challenge
West Berkshire libraries are challenging children aged between 4-11 to read up to six library books over the summer holidays. Children can sign up from 1 July and will be able to collect rewards for their achievements. More details can be found via the West Berkshire Council website.
KD Gymnastics Summer Camp
A summer camp that runs every Tuesday from 27th July until 26th August. 12.30pm-3.30pm. £25 per day.
For more details and a booking form, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wellington Country Park
There are lots of different things going at Wellington Country Park during the summer holidays. Details of what’s on and when can be found here.
Wellington Country Park, Odiham Road, Riseley, RG7 1SP.
Lots of different events and activities at Millets Farm over the summer, including a Maize Maze, shows, interactive storytelling & craft workshop and open air cinema. All details can be found here.
Millets Farm Centre, Kingston Road, Frilford, OX13 5HB.
4 Kingdoms Adventure Park
Summer Festival of Fun – from 23rd July
There’s loads to do at 4 Kingdoms with lots of playgrounds, tractor rides, animals, pedalos, go-karts and more.
To book your tickets and find out more, you can visit the website here.
4 Kingdoms Adventure Park, Newbury Road, Headley, RG19 8JY.
Blue Beetle Ceramics
Blue Beetle Ceramics is a pottery painting studio in Thatcham. It has lots of events running over the holidays including Family Paint & Pizza sessions, workshops and book clubs. For details of all events you can visit the Facebook page. Visit the website here.
Blue Beetle Ceramics, 7-8 The Courtyard, Thatcham, RG19 3HQ.
Newbury’s outdoor pool is open at Northcroft Leisure Centre. You will need to pre-book your session which you can do via the Northcroft website.
Victoria Park and Splash Park
The splash park in Victoria Park, Newbury is open from May-September. It is free and you do not need to book. Bear in mind that there are no changing facilities or toilets available in the park.
Bucklebury Farm Park
Bucklebury Farm has lots on offer for families with play areas, animal petting and tractor rides to see the deer. You can book online.
Bucklebury Farm, Pease Hill, Bucklebury, RG7 6RR.
The Nature Discovery Centre, Thatcham
Another great place for families with playgrounds, a cafe, gift shop and walking routes. For more information you can visit the website here.
The Nature Discovery Centre, Lower Way, Thatcham, RG19 3FU.
Ultimate Bounce Park in Thatcham – 29th July – 1st August
Giant inflatables for children and adults at The Moors Pavilion, RG19 3AZ. £10 per wristband. Spectators are free. You can book online here.