West Berkshire Family Life

Summer Holidays 2022 - What's on For Children and Families in West Berkshire?

The long summer holidays are upon us and it can be tricky finding things to keep your children occupied. 

That’s where this wonderful What’s On Guide comes in! Here you’ll find a round up of summer holiday events, activities, and things to do in and around West Berkshire.

Everything is listed in chronological order, with links so you can find out more.

If you know of anything missing from the list, please Get in touch so it can be added.

View a list of free and low-cost summer holiday activities here.

You may also be interested in the What’s On calendar. This has handy daily listings of events and activities in the area.

Looking for school holiday childcare? Have a look at the list of holiday clubs & camps in West Berkshire.

Enjoy the holidays!

Remember to check that all details are correct and up to date before going along to any of the events we have listed below. Changes and cancellations can happen. Some events will require advance booking.

Ultimate Activity Camps at St Gabriel’s School, NewburyMonday 11 July – Friday 19 August. Summer holiday camp for children aged 4-14.

Ikea Young Designer Competition at Ikea Reading – runs from 11 July-14 August 11am-5pm. A children’s design competition – show the Ikea designers how you would decorate a bedroom if it was yours. Free.

Cobbs I-spy Farm Trail, HungerfordMonday 18 July – Sunday 4 September- 10am-3pm. Pick up a map from Cobbs Play Barn, head up to the farm and follow the I-spy trail. Once you’ve found all the clues head back to the Play Barn to collect a treat reward. Free.

Jungle Quest at Ikea Reading – daily until Sunday 14 August 10am-9pm. Find the jungle animals around the store and win a prize.

Balloon Artist & Face Painting at Ikea Reading – every Saturday from 16 July-20 August 11am-5pm. Free, no need to book.

Decorate Your Dream House at Ikea Reading – daily until Sunday 14 August 10am-5pm. Children can decorate their own mini homes. Free, no booking required.

Make Your Own Kite at Ikea Reading – Thursday 21 & 28 July and 4 & 11 August 11am-5pm. Children can make their own kites at this free craft workshop. No booking required.

Random Acts of Kindness Day at Beale Park – Friday 22 July 10am-6pm. Visit Beale Park for £10 per person. Beale Park, Lower Basildon, Reading.

Summer Camps at Code Ninjas, Newbury – starting Friday 22 July. Code Ninjas is running various coding camps throughout the summer holidays.

Whistle Down the Wind at The Watermill Theatre, Newbury. Friday 22 July-Saturday 10 September. Suitable for ages 10+. A musical set in 1959 America. The Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, Newbury.

Guess What’s in the Storage Box at Ikea Reading – Saturday 23 & 30 July & 6 & 13 August 11am-5pm. Free. Guess what’s in the mystery storage box.

Berkshire Balloon Extravaganza Saturday 23 July from 11am at Newbury Showground. Hot air balloon displays, fireworks, helicopter rides, fairground and lots more!

Create Your Own Scribble Monster T-ShirtSaturday 23 July 10am-11.30am at The Base, Greenham. Suitable for children aged 6-13, they will design their own t-shire. £25 per child. The Base, Greenham Business Park, RG19 6HN.

Safari Summer Weekends at Beale Park23-24 July & 27-29 August. Balloon modelling, face painting and bubble performer.

Open Air Cinema at Cobbs Farm Shop: Mamma MiaSaturday 23 July 7pm. Take your own picnic baskets and drinks to enjoy or purchase food from Cobbs. Food tokens can be purchased online in advance, or on the night. Drinks and snacks will be available to purchase too! Tickets are £12.95 (+£1 booking fee). Food tokens are £10.

Outdoor Theatre: Much Ado About Nothing at Shaw House, Newbury – Saturday 23 July 7pm-9pm. For families with children aged 10+. An interactive, fun and accessible adaptation of Shakespeare’s play. Tickets: £9 for children and £13 for adults. Shaw House, Church Road, Newbury, RG14 2DR.

Newbury Youth Theatre: The Lost Letters at Arlington Arts Centre, NewburySaturday 23 July 7pm. Tickets from £10.

Bubble Fun at Ikea Reading – Sunday 24 & 31 July and Sunday 7 & 14 August 11am-5pm. A free drop-in event where children can make their own bubble kits.

Park House School Summer Camp in NewburyMonday 25 July-Friday 29 July and Monday 1 August -Friday 5 August. A summer sports camp for children aged 5+.

Julia Donaldson Book Club at the Corn Exchange, NewburyMonday 25-Wednesday 27 July 10am-4pm. For ages 4-7, there will be games, arts & crafts and storytelling. £30 per child, per day. £80 if all three days are booked in the same transaction.

Summer Workshops at Hogan Music, Newbury – w/c 25 July & W/c 8 August. Hogan Music is running some workshops including ukulele, songwriting and keyboard.

Children’s Hanging Butterfly Workshop at The Mulberry Bush, ThatchamMonday 25 July 10.30am-12pm. Decorate a hanging butterfly using paint, sparkle and ribbons. £8 per child, advance booking essential.

Messy Modelling at Ikea, Reading25-27 July, 1-3 August & 8-10 August 12pm-2pm. Make your own play dough models. 

Lego Club at Theale Library – every Monday during the holidays, 2pm-4pm.

Summer Zoo Academy at Beale Park25-29 July, 8-12 August and 30 August-2 September. A holiday club for 6-12 year olds.

Children’s Tennis Week at The Retreat, Elcot Park, Newbury25-29 July from 9am. For children aged 13 and under (different sessions and timings for different age groups). £100 per child.

Summer Camp at KD Gymnastics, NewburyTuesday & Thursday from 26 July, 12pm-3.30pm.

Holiday Craft Fun at Hungerford Libraryevery Tuesday from 26 July-30 August 10.30am-12pm. Free drop-in crafts for children aged 3-10.

Yabba Dance at Cobbs Play Barn, HungerfordWednesdays throughout the holidays, 9.45am-10.45am. Dances classes, usually for under 5s but during the holidays children aged up to 7 are welcome. Advance booking required. Includes a play in the Play Barn. Yabba Dance is a West Berkshire Family Life membership card partner and has a special offer for members (first class for £4), more details here.

Family Activity Morning: Fly Your Flag at Shaw House, Newbury – Wednesday 27 July 10am-12.45pm. Design a flag for a regiment from the Civil War. £2 per child. Advance booking required. Slots are 10am, 11am & 12pm. Shaw House, Church Road, Newbury, RG14 2DR.

Crafty Kids Workshops at Brown Paper Loves, NewburyWednesday 27 July, 3, 10, 17 & 24 August at 10.30am, 12pm & 1.30pm. Workshops for children aged 7+ (younger children can be accommodated upon request). There’s Decopatch, Needlefelt, Quilling, Tote Bag Painting and Beginners’ Crochet. The sessions are one hour long and cost £7.50 per child. Pop in store or book online to secure a space. Brown Paper Loves is a West Berkshire Family Life membership card partner and has a special offer for members (see more details and sign up for your free membership card here).

Boogie Mites at Cobbs Play BarnThursdays 10am-10.30am. Musical sessions for under 5s (older children welcome free of charge, but you need to book a space for them). Includes a play in the Play Barn after the session. Boogie Mites West Berkshire is a West Berkshire Family Life membership card partner and has a special offer for members – 15% off your first block booking (terms apply), more details here.

Arts Award Explore at West Berkshire Museum Thursday 28 July 10am-1pm & Friday 29 July. A programme aimed at 7-12 year olds. As explorers, children will find out more about West Berkshire Museum and history as they take part in arts & crafts and complete their Arts Award Explore. West Berkshire Museum, The Wharf, Newbury, RG14 5AS.

Silly Stories (ages 4-7) at The Watermill Theatre, NewburyThursday 28 July 9am-12pm. A workshop where children will create silly characters and make their own stories. £20 per child. The Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, Newbury.

Creative Crafts (ages 4-7) at The Watermill Theatre, NewburyThursday 28 July 1pm-4pm. Make your own puppets and makes. £20 per child. The Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, Newbury.

Clay Creation – Turtle Time at Blue Beetle Ceramics, ThatchamThursday 28 July 10.15am-12pm. A workshop where children will make and paint their own turtle. £15 per child. Blue Beetle Ceramics is a West Berkshire Family Life membership card partner and offers members 10% off all pottery painting, including workshops (see more details and sign up for your free membership card here).

Holiday Craft Fun at Burghfield Libraryevery Thursday from 28 July-25 August 10.30am-12pm. Free drop-in crafts for children aged 3-10.

Magical Myths (ages 4-7) at The Watermill Theatre, NewburyFriday 29 July 9am-12pm. Learn about mythical beasts and gods before creating your own tale. £20 per person. The Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, Newbury.

Messy Museum Morning: Dino Eggs at West Berkshire MuseumFriday 29 July 10am-12.45pm. Make your own dinosaur egg using a pebble and acrylic paint. £2 per child. Advance booking required. Different time slots are available for booking. West Berkshire Museum, The Wharf, Newbury, RG14 5AS.

Spectacular Singing (ages 4-7) at The Watermill Theatre, NewburyFriday 29 July 1pm-4pm. £20 per child. The Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, Newbury.

Den Building Masterclass at Basildon ParkFriday 29 July and 5, 12, 19 and 26 August 2.30pm-4pm.  A free event but places need to be booked in advance. Basildon Park, Lower Basildon, Reading, RG8 9NR.

Elephant Confetti Plate Workshop at Blue Beetle Ceramics, ThatchamSaturday 30 July 10.15am-12.15pm. £15 per child. Blue Beetle Ceramics is a West Berkshire Family Life membership card partner and offers members 10% off all pottery painting, including workshops (see more details and sign up for your free membership card here).

Craft Club at Thatcham LibrarySaturday 30 July 10.30am-11.30am. For children aged 3-10.

Open Air Exhibition at Shaw House, NewburySaturday 30 July-Sunday 25 September 11am-4pm. An open air sculpture exhibition. Shaw House, Church Road, Newbury, RG14 2DR.

Ministry of Science Live: Science Saved the World! at the Corn Exchange, Newbury – Saturday 30 July at 2pm. The Corn Exchange, Market Place, Newbury, RG14 5BD.

The World of Peter Rabbit Storytime Trail at The Base, GreenhamSaturday 30 July-Sunday 25 September. An immersive, walk-through experience celebrating Peter Rabbit’s 120th birthday. Advance booking required. The Base, Greenham Business Park, Communications Road, RG19 6HN.

Peter Rabbit Mural Art Workshop at the Base, Greenham Thursdays & Saturdays from 30 July until 3 September. For children aged 6-13. The Base, Greenham Business Park, Communications Road, RG19 6HN.

Peter Rabbit and Friends Storytime at the Base, Greenham – Saturday 30 July-Saturday 24 September. Storytime sessions taking place on Saturday 30 July, 13 & 27 August and 10 & 24 September at 11am. The Base, Greenham Business Park, Communications Road, RG19 6HN.

Burghclere Sports Club Classic Car Show and Miniature Railway Running DaySunday 31 July 11am-5pm.

Newbury Artisan MarketSunday 31 July & Sunday 28 August 10am-4pm.

Through the Decades at Arlington Arts Centre, NewburySunday 31 July 6.30pm.

Summer Holiday Club Programme at the Waterside Centre, Newbury1-25 August (Mondays, Tuesdsays, Wednesdays & Thursdays). 8.30am-12.30pm for school years 1-6 (£5 per day, plus £3 for breakfast) and 3.30pm-7.30pm for school years 7-11 (free). Children will enjoy a wide range of activities including climbing, sports, arts & crafts and more. Email waterside@berkshireyouth.co.uk to register your interest.

Ragtime Theatre School Moana Summer Holiday Workshop (ages 4-6) at St Nicolas School, NewburyMonday 1-Friday 5 August 9am-11am. Put on a show in a week with Ragtime Theatre School. £75 per student. Ragtime Theatre School is a West Berkshire Family Life membership card partner and has a special offer for members – see more details and sign up for your free membership card here.

Summer Play in a Week (ages 8-11) at The Watermill Theatre, NewburyMonday 1-Friday 5 August 9am-12pm. Children will develop a play to perform at the end of the week. £95 per child. The Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, Newbury.

Ragtime Theatre School Camp Rock Holiday Workshop (ages 7-16) at St Nicolas School, Newbury- Monday 1-Friday 5 August 10.30am-4pm. Children will be split into age appropriate groups and will put on a show in 5 days. £160 per person. Ragtime Theatre School is a West Berkshire Family Life membership card partner and has a special offer for members – see more details and sign up for your free membership card here.

Summer Play in a Week (ages 12-16) at The Watermill Theatre, NewburyMonday 1-Friday 5 August 1pm-4pm. Children will develop a play to perform at the end of the week. £95 per child. The Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, Newbury.

Superhero Adventure Trail Monday 1 August – Saturday 27 August in Newbury town centre. Aimed at families with aged 4-11 (but suitable for all ages), start at the Corn Exchange and enjoy a superhero trail around Newbury. £3 per child.

Summer Art ClubMonday 1 & 15 August and Wednesday 3 & 17 August at The Base, Greenham. For ages 6-11. £10 per child, all four sessions can be booked for £35. The Base, Greenham Business Park, Communications Road, RG19 6HN.

Children’s Preppy Bracelet Workshop at The Mulberry Bush, ThatchamMonday 1 August 10.30am-12pm. Create a trio of bracelets. £10 per child. Advance booking essential.

The Lost Words Family Trail at the Nature Discovery Centre, ThatchamTuesday 2, Wednesday 3 & Thursday 4 August 10am-12.30pm. Suitable for children aged 4-11, follow the trail around the nature reserve and join a live storytelling session at 11am or 1pm. £5 per child, accompanying adults are free.

Summer Lego Club at Thatcham LibraryTuesday 2, 9, 16 & 23 August 10.30am-12pm. A free lego club for children aged 6-12. For more information, contact the library on 01635 866049 or thatchamlibrary@westberks.gov.uk.

Silver Clay Taster Workshop in HighclereTuesday 2 August 10am-1pm at Westridge Studio, Highclere. Suitable for those aged 11+, you’ll learn how to make small items of jewellery from silver clay. £49 per person, advance booking required.

Family Activity Morning: Soldier On! at Shaw House, NewburyWednesday 3 August 10am-12.45pm. Create a musketeer from clothes pegs and other craft materials. £2 per child. Advance booking required. Slots are 10am, 11am & 12pm. Shaw House, Church Road, Newbury, RG14 2DR.

Mud & Guts at Bucklebury Farm ParkWednesday 3 August (10am-1pm) & Thursday 4 August (10am-3pm). Outdoor adventure workshops for children aged 6-9. £45 per child for the Wednesday and £55 per child for the Thursday.

Clay Creation – Sassy Sheep at Blue Beetle Ceramics, ThatchamThursday 4 August 10.15am-12pm. Make a clay sheep. £15 per child. Blue Beetle Ceramics is a West Berkshire Family Life membership card partner and offers members 10% off all pottery painting, including workshops (see more details and sign up for your free membership card here).

Family Roller DiscoThursday 4, 11 & 25 August and Friday 12 & 26 August at the Corn Exchange, Newbury. For children aged 5-12. £6.50 per person. The Corn Exchange, Market Place, Newbury, RG14 5BD.

Free Young People’s African Drumming Lessons at Moorside Community Centre, ThatchamThursday 4 & Monday 15 August 1pm-& 2pm. Free African drumming lessons organised by Thatcham Youth. Advance booking required.

Family Activity Morning: Decorating Dinos at West Berkshire MuseumFriday 5 August 10am-12.45pm. Make and colour a wooden dinosaur. £2 per child. Advance booking required. Slots are 10am, 11am & 12pm. West Berkshire Museum, The Wharf, Newbury, RG14 5AS.

Holiday Craft Fun at Thatcham LibraryFriday 5, 12, 19 & Saturday 27 August 10.30am-11.30am. A free drop-in event for children aged 3-10. For more information, contact the library on 01635 866049 or thatchamlibrary@westberks.gov.uk.

Holiday Craft Fun at Lambourn LibraryFriday 5, 12, 19 & 26 August 10.30am-11.30am. A free drop-in event for children aged 3-10. For more information, contact the library on 01488 71350 or lambournlibrary@westberks.gov.uk.

Lego Club at Burghfield LibraryFriday 5 August and Friday 2 September 4.15pm-5.30pm. A Lego club that takes place on the first Friday of the month, for children aged 5+. For more information, contact the library on 01189 833632 or burghfieldlibrary@westberks.gov.uk

Burghclere Miniature Railway School Holidays Running DaysFriday 5, 12 & 19 August.

Teen Rangers at The Nature Discovery Centre, ThatchamSaturday 6 August & Saturday 3 September 10.30am-12.30pm. A wildlife club for 12-17 year olds. £7 per person, advance booking required.

Lego Club at Thatcham LibrarySaturday 6 August and Saturday 3 September 10.30am-12pm. A free Lego Club for children aged 5+ that takes place on the first Saturday of the month. For more information, contact the library on 01635 866049 or thatchamlibrary@westberks.gov.uk.

Lego Club at Hungerford LibrarySaturday 6 August & Saturday 3 September 10.30am-12pm. A free Lego Club for children aged 5+ that takes place on the first Saturday of the month. For more information, contact the library on 01488 682660 or hungerfordlibrary@westberks.gov.uk.

Lego Club at Pangbourne LibrarySaturday 6 August and Saturday 3 September 10.30am-12pm. A free Lego Club for children aged 5+ that takes place on the first Saturday of the month. For more information, contact the library on 01189 844 117 or pangbournelibrary@westberks.gov.uk.

Holiday Activities at Lambourn LibrarySaturday 6, 13, 20 & 27 August 10.30am-11.30am. Free drop-in activities for children aged 3-10. For more information, contact the library on 01488 71350 or lambournlibrary@westberks.gov.uk.

Young Rangers at The Nature Discovery Centre, ThatchamSaturday 6 August & Saturday 3 September 2pm-4pm. A wildlife club for 8-12 year olds. £7 per child, Advance booking essential.

Free Young People’s Roller Skating at Moorside Community Centre, ThatchamSaturday 6 August 4pm-8pm. Free roller skating for those aged up to 17. Four sessions are available for booking: 4pm, 5pm, 6pm & 7pm. The first two sessions are for children aged 7-11 and the last two sessions are for those aged 11-17. Moorside Community Centre, Urquhart Road, Thatcham, RG19 4RE.

Musical in a Week (ages 12-16) at The Watermill Theatre, Newbury Monday 8 August-Friday 12 August 9am-4pm. £165 per person.

Create and Make at the Corn Exchange Learning Centre, NewburyMonday 8 – Friday 12 August 10am-4pm. A holiday club including arts & crafts, drama and more. For children aged 5-11. £35 per child, per day. £140 for all five days when booked in the same transaction.

Hartbeeps Unicorn & Rainbow themed sessions in ThatchamMonday 8 August from 10am. Hartbeeps sessions are for children aged 0-4. These special summer sessions are running at Old Bluecoat School in Thatcham. There are three sessions for different age groups. Advance booking is essential.

Chalkfest in NewburyMonday 8 August 10am-4pm in Newbury Market Place. A free event organised by City Arts Newbury.

Duplo Play Sessions at Theale LibraryMondays 1.30pm-3pm & Wednesdays 10.45am-12.15pm – informal Duplo play sessions. For more information, contact the library on 01189 303207 or thealelibrary@westberks.gov.uk.

Zen of Happiness sessions at The Waterside Centre, Newbury8 & 22 August 2pm-3pm. Free sessions for 12-18 year olds.

Awesome August – Meadow Marvels Family Session at The Nature Discovery Centre, ThatchamTuesday 9, 16, 23 & 30 August 10am-2pm. Live moth trapping, sweep netting and seed planting. There are two 90 minute sessions: 10am and 12.30pm. £7 per child. Adults free.

Story Adventures in the Garden at The Watermill Theatre, NewburyTuesday 9 August 11am-11.45am. Story based outdoor play sessions for under 5s (take place on the first Tuesday of the month). £6 per child or £9 for a family. Advance booking required. The Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, Newbury.

Holiday Craft Fun at Mortimer LibraryTuesday 9, 16, 23 & 30 August 3pm-4pm. Free drop-in craft activities for children aged 3-10. For more information contact the library on 01189 332882 or mortimerlibrary@westberks.gov.uk.

Family Activity Morning: Perfect Puppets at Shaw House, Newbury Wednesday 10 August 10am-12.45pm. Decorate a felt puppet. £2 per child. Advance booking required. Slots are 10am, 11am & 12pm. Shaw House, Church Road, Newbury, RG14 2DR.

Family Wednesdays at West Berkshire Brewery – Wednesdays until 24 August 12pm-5pm. Enjoy family films, lawn games and board games. Child also eat half price.

Free Family Fun Day at Moorside Community Centre, ThatchamThursday 11 August 10am-3pm. Arts & crafts, bouncy castle, face painting (charge applies), sports and games. Two bookable slots are available: 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm. Moorside Community Centre, Urquhart Road, Thatcham, RG19 4RE.

Clay Creation – Fishbowl Fun at Blue Beetle Ceramics, Thatcham Thursday 11 August 10.15am-12pm. Make your own fish bowl. £12.50 per person. Blue Beetle Ceramics is a West Berkshire Family Life membership card partner and offers members 10% off all pottery painting, including workshops (see more details and sign up for your free membership card here).

Free Summer Family Films at Parkway, Newbury – from Thursday 11 August at 11am. 

Build a Model Space Vehicle at Theale LibraryThursday 11 August 3pm-4.30pm. A free, drop-in craft activity for children aged 5-11. For more information, contact the library on 01189 303207 or thealelibrary@westberks.gov.uk.

Family Activity Morning: Dino footprints at West Berkshire MuseumFriday 12 August 10am-12.45pm. Make a clay dinosaur footprint. £2 per child. Advance booking required. Slots are 10am, 11am & 12pm. West Berkshire Museum, The Wharf, Newbury, RG14 5AS.

Naturally Curious Play Sessions in PadworthFriday 12, 18 & 26 August and Monday 29 August. 10am-11.30am for ages 5 & under, 12.30pm-2pm for ages up to 11. Outdoor woodland play sessions. Advance booking is required. Sessions take place at the YMCA Activity Centre, Ramptons Lane, Padworth, RG7 4QT.

Minecraft Creation at Blue Beetle Ceramics Friday 12 August 10.15am-12pm. Create your favourite Minecraft character plate. £10 per person. Blue Beetle Ceramics is a West Berkshire Family Life membership card partner and offers members 10% off all pottery painting, including workshops (see more details and sign up for your free membership card here).

Meet Doh Doh at the Entertainer, Parkway, Newbury Saturday 13 August from 10am.

Thatcham Youth Free Sports Morning at Moorside Community Centre, ThatchamSaturday 13 August 10.30am-12pm. Free sports activities for those aged 16 and under. No need to book.

Deep Sea Ravers at the Corn Exchange, NewburySaturday 13 August 1pm & 3pm. For children of all ages. £6 per child.

Antiques and Brocante Market at Shaw House, NewburySunday 14 August 10am-4pm. A free outdoor event, no need to book. Shaw House, Church Road, Newbury, RG14 2DR.

City Arts Big Art DayTuesday 16 August 9.30am-3.30pm. Three art activities for children aged 8 and over. £20 per activity or £50 for all three. City Arts, Newbury, RG14 6DB.

Silver Clay Taster Workshop in HighclereTuesday 16 August 10am-1pm at Westridge Studio, Highclere. Suitable for those aged 11+, you’ll learn how to make small items of jewellery from silver clay. £49 per person, advance booking required.

Family Activity Morning: Helmet at the Ready – Wednesday 17 August 10am-12.45pm. Make and decorate helmet similar to those worn during the Civil War. £2 per child. Advance booking required. Slots are 10am, 11am & 12pm. Shaw House, Church Road, Newbury, RG14 2DR.

Tie-Dye T-Shirts at Blue Beetle Ceramics, ThatchamWednesday 17 August 10.30am. Blue Beetle Ceramics is a West Berkshire Family Life membership card partner and offers members 10% off all pottery painting, including workshops (see more details and sign up for your free membership card here).

Outdoor Theatre: Rapunzel at Shaw House, NewburyWednesday 17 August 6pm-8pm. Suitable for families with children aged 4+, an adaptation of the fairy tale. £13 per adult and £9 per child.

Free Children’s Magic Show at Moorside Community Centre, ThatchamThursday 18 August 10am-12pm. A magical show from Mr Muddle’s Magical Mayhem. Suitable for those aged 11 and under (but everyone welcome). Advance booking required.

Clay Creation – Happy Hedgehog at Blue Beetle Ceramics, Thatcham Thursday 18 August 10.15am-12pm. Make your own hedgehog. £15 per person. Blue Beetle Ceramics is a West Berkshire Family Life membership card partner and offers members 10% off all pottery painting, including workshops (see more details and sign up for your free membership card here).

Family Activity Morning: Fantastic Fossils at West Berkshire Museum Friday 19 August 10am-12.45pm. Make an ammonite from air-drying clay. £2 per child. Advance booking required. Slots are 10am, 11am & 12pm. West Berkshire Museum, The Wharf, Newbury, RG14 5AS.

Sing & Sign at Beale Park Friday 19 August 10am & 11am. Beale Park, Lower Basildon, Reading.

Clay Creation – Zormey Zebra – at Blue Beetle Ceramics, ThatchamFriday 19 August 10.15am-12pm. Make your own zebra. £15 per person. Blue Beetle Ceramics is a West Berkshire Family Life membership card partner and offers members 10% off all pottery painting, including workshops (see more details and sign up for your free membership card here).

Free Craft Morning at Moorside Community Centre, ThatchamSaturday 20 August 10am-11am. A range of free craft activities. Advance booking required. Moorside Community Centre, Urquhart Road, Thatcham, RG19 4RE.

Archery at the Farm at Bucklebury FarmSaturday 20 August 10am-6pm. Archery experiences for all ages. 20-minute sessions are bookable at £10 per family. You can book on the Bucklebury Farm website.

Newbury Fire Station Open DaySaturday 20 August 10.30am-4.30pm.

Newbury Vegan MarketSunday 21 August 10am-3pm.

Paste Paper Monster Workshop at Artisans Handmade UK, Parkway, NewburyTuesday 23 August 12.30pm-2pm. A workshop for children aged 5-12. Tickets are £10.

Coding Fun with Lego at Newbury LibraryTuesday 23 August 2pm-4.30pm – workshops for children aged 8+. Two sessions: one 2pm-3pm and one 3.30pm-4.30pm. Free but advance booking is essential. Email library@westberks.gov.uk or ask in the library.

Family Activity Morning: Dashing Cavalier at Shaw House, NewburyWednesday 24 August 10am-12.45pm. Make a cavalier style hat for a Civil War soldier. £2 per child. Advance booking required. Slots are 10am, 11am & 12pm. Shaw House, Church Road, Newbury, RG14 2DR.

Teddy Bears’ Picnic at The Nature Discovery Centre, Thatcham Thursday 25 August 10am-12pm. £7 per child.

Clay Creation – Ornate Octopus – at Blue Beetle Ceramics, ThatchamThurday 25 August 10.15am-12pm. Make your own octopus. £15 per person. Blue Beetle Ceramics is a West Berkshire Family Life membership card partner and offers members 10% off all pottery painting, including workshops (see more details and sign up for your free membership card here).

Family Activity Morning: Fabulous Ferns at West Berkshire MuseumFriday 26 August 10am-12.45pm. Print a forest of ferns. £2 per child. Advance booking required. Slots are 10am, 11am & 12pm. West Berkshire Museum, The Wharf, Newbury, RG14 5AS.

The Dinosaurs are Coming to ParkwayFriday 26 August 10am-4pm at Parkway, Newbury – giant dinosaurs, face painting, arts & crafts and Dino School (advance booking required).

Bats at the MuseumFriday 26 August 8.30pm-9.15pm at West Berkshire Museum. A walk and talk with local bat expert James Shipman. Advance booking required. Tickets are £5. West Berkshire Museum, The Wharf, Newbury, RG14 5AS.

Family Fun at Bucklebury Farm Sunday 28 & Monday 29 August 10am-6pm. Live music, face painting, circus entertainment and more.

Other ideas for things to do

Living Rainforest

Based in Hampstead Norreys, there are three glasshouses to explore with plants and animals to spot along the way. livingrainforest.org.

Northcroft Leisure Centre, Newbury

Northcroft Leisure centre often runs ‘Wobsticle’ sessions for older children in its pool during the school holidays. Keep up to date with any events via its Facebook page.

4 Kingdoms Adventure Park

Located just outside Newbury, 4 Kingdoms has many outdoor activities and play areas as well as indoor soft play and some animals. It also has regular visits from special characters and hosts themed events. It usually posts updates on its Facebook page.

Newbury Adventure Golf

Newly opened this year, this is a fun activity to do as a family. Located in Victoria Park in Newbury, it’s £4.95 per person (under 3s are free). You can book in advance online or pay on the day. It’s open 10am-5pm (last entry at 4pm).

Splash Park, Victoria Park, Newbury

Perfect for hot & sunny days, the splash park is free and is open 10.30am-5pm. Bear in mind that there are no changing rooms available.

Millets Farm

A short drive from West Berkshire, Millets Farm has lots going on for families including a soft play centre (Sprouts Play Barn), Pick Your Own fruit, animals and special activities for the school holidays. W: milletsfarmcentre.com.

Wellington Country Park

Located south of Reading, Wellington Country Park is easily reached from West Berkshire and usually has special events and activities during the holidays. wellingtoncountrypark.co.uk.

Pottery Painting

A great creative family activity (and perfect if the weather’s a bit rubbish), you can visit The Ugly Duckling in Newbury, Blue Beetle Ceramics in Thatcham or Mad Hatters Pottery in Tilehurst.

Both The Ugly Duckling and Blue Beetle Ceramics have special offers for West Berkshire Family Life members – find out more and sign up for your free membership card here.

Northway Climbing Centre, Newbury

A new climbing centre (located in the building that Eddie Catz soft play used to occupy), it is hoping to be open in time for the summer holidays. Keep up to date via Instagram. northwayclimbing.com.

Finkley Down Farm

Located in Andover, Finkley Down Farm is easy to get to from West Berkshire and has lots to do and explore, including indoor & outdoor play, and animals. Advance booking is essential. finkleydownfarm.co.uk.

West Berkshire Family Hubs

Providing support to families with children under five, the Family Hubs are located in Newbury, Thatcham and Calcot and run regular groups such as Messy Play, Baby Groups and Stay & Plays. The Hungerford and Area Family Centre also runs groups. The groups usually continue throughout the holidays and can be located in other towns and villages in the area. More information can be found on the West Berkshire Council website.

Roves Farm

Roves Farm is located at Sevenhampton, near Swindon. During the summer holidays it is running ‘Nature Detectives’ themed activities. rovesfarm.co.uk.

Mortimer Alpacas

Enjoy picnics and walks with the alpacas in Mortimer. More details can be found at mortimer-alpacas.co.uk.

Legoland

Legoland is another attraction that is easily reached from West Berkshire – it gets very busy during the school holidays and it’s far from a cheap day out, but if you’ve got any Lego fans there’s lots to do and it can be great fun.

Soft Play

Sadly we now have limited options when it comes to soft play in West Berkshire. Of course, there is the wonderful Cobbs Play Barn in Hungerford which offers a 10% discount on admission fees and food & drink for West Berkshire Family Life members (more details here). 

Thatcham Garden Centre has a small soft play area which runs timed sessions throughout the day (you can find more details on its Facebook page). These sessions are run on a first come, first served basis.

Northcroft Leisure Centre in Newbury also has a soft play area.

If you don’t mind travelling a bit further afield you could try Sprouts Play Barn at Millets Farm, The Mad House in Reading or Active Tots (for babies and toddlers only) at Stratfield Saye, Reading.

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