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Are you looking for things to do with the kids over the summer? We’ve put together a guide to summer holiday events in and around West Berkshire. If you know of anything that we’ve missed or if you’re holding an event that you’d like us to add then please get in touch and we’ll do our best to add it.

We would advise checking that all details are correct and up to date before going along to an event.

Are you looking for childcare during the holidays? Have a look at our Holidays Clubs & Camps guide.

Cobbs Play Barn

Ice Lolly Make & Play- Wednesday 25th July, £10 per child.

Make your own ice lollies in the air conditioned Cobbs Play Barn!

Summer Bake & Play – Wednesday 1st, 15th & 29th August, £12 per child.

Spend the afternoon baking silly pizza faces, butterfly cupcakes or ice cream cone cupcakes.

Advance booking is essential for all Make & Play/Bake & Play events, call the Play Barn on 01488 686770 or email play@cobbsplaybarn.co.uk to book. See more at www.cobbsplaybarn.co.uk.

Children’s Colourful Pom Pom Making Workshop – Friday 3rd August, £10 per child

Join Sophie from our partner A Boat Full of Wool in the Play Barn’s party room for a children‘s pom pom making workshop suitable for ages 6+. Make lots of colourful pom poms to take away or to use for bigger projects. Booking is essential, see the Play Barn’s website for more details. Remember that West Berkshire Mums members can get a 10% discount on A Boat Full of Wool’s workshops! See our membership page for more details.

Story Time with Alex Shows –Saturday 4th August, £15 per child

Spend the afternoon with guest story teller Alex, ice lolly making and burning off energy in the Play Barn. Recommended for ages 3-6. Booking is essential. Call the Play Barn on 01488 686770 or email play@cobbsplaybarn.co.uk to book. See more at www.cobbsplaybarn.co.uk

Cobbs Farm Shop

Open Air Cinema – Dirty Dancing – Saturday 28th July

Join Cobbs as they dance the night away under the stars in front of an 80’s Classic! Watch Baby’s summer romance with her dance partner Johnny as he teaches her to dance. Tickets are available via the Farm Shop website.

Open Air Cinema – The Goonies – Saturday 25th August

Join Cobbs as they unwind under the stars in front of an 80’s Classic! Watch a group of kids hunt for hidden treasure while escaping the bad guys in hopes to save their family homes.

Tickets are available via the Farm Shop website.

Birds of Prey – Monday 27th August 11am-3pm

A free event.

Cobbs Farm Shop & Play Barn, Bath Road, Hungerford, RG17 0SP.

Read our article about the Farm Shop here and about the Play Barn here. Cobbs Play Barn is a West Berkshire Mums partner business! See our membership page for more details and to apply for your free West Berkshire Mums card.

Eddie Catz

2-for-1 Child Admission with your West Berkshire Mums card & 10% off café food when you spend £15 in Whiskers Cafe – every Tuesday & Friday from 24th July – 7th September inclusive

Every Tuesday & Friday during the summer holidays you can enjoy 2 for 1 child admission with your West Berkshire Mums card! (Youngest child free). Just show your card to redeem the offer. If you spend £15 in the café on the same day you can also get 10% off café food – again you just need to show your card! See our membership page for more details!

Tiny Talk (Birth- 4 years) – 30th July, 9.45am-11.45am(2 sessions)

Baby & toddler signing classes. £5 per child. Email fionah@tinytalk.co.uk to book.

Mini First Aid – 31st July 10.30am-11.30am (7-11 years)

First aid class for children. £15 per child. Email lucy@minifirstaid.co.uk to book.

Mini Professors- 1st, 9th, 13th, 20th & 28th August from 10am-12pm (classes at 10am & 11am) for 2-6 years.

Join our partner Mini Professors for some interactive science classes featuring Weird Science, Dinosaurs, Space, Electricity & Inventions. £7 per child or £12 for two children). Book online at www.miniprofessors.com/newbury.

Mini Professors Newbury is a West Berkshire Mums card partner! See our membership page for more details and to apply for your free West Berkshire Mums card. Read our article about Mini Professors here.

Hartbeeps – 1st August 10am-12.45pm (birth- 5 years).

Our partner Hartbeeps Newbury & Thatcham is running some summer sessions at Eddie Catz:

10am – Happy House – for confident walkers to age 5 (younger & older siblings welcome);

11am – Baby Beeps – for babies from sitting to walking; and

12pm – Baby Bells – for babies from birth to sitting.

£6 per child & £3 per sibling. Book online here.

Hartbeeps Newbury & Thatcham is a West Berkshire Mums card partner! See our membership page for more details and to apply for your free West Berkshire Mums card. Read our article Hartbeeps here.

Meet Dave the Minion – 3rd August

Dave the minion will be visiting Eddie Catz at various times throughout the day at 11am, 1pm & 3pm. This event is included with your General Admission, there is no additional charge.

Monkey Music – 7th August 10am-11.45am (sessions at 10am & 11am)

Music classes for ages 3 months – 4 years. £12 per child. Email Newbury.henley@monkeymusic.co.uk to book.

Sing & Sign – 9th August 10.15am-10.45am

For ages 6 months-15 months. Baby signing classes. £5 per family. Email jennieandmark@hotmail.co.uk to book.

Meet Spiderman – 10th August

Spiderman will be visiting Eddie Catz at various times throughout the day at 11am, 1pm & 3pm. This event is included with your General Admission, there is no additional charge.

CATA Summer Workshop – 22nd, 23rd & 24th August 9.30am-12.30pm (3-7 years) and 10am-3pm (8-18 years).

The Commercial Arts Training Academy is running some workshops:

Teeny Boppers & Pop School (3-7 years), £35 per child (25% sibling discount); and

Pop Stars & Artists (8-18 years), £65 per child (25% sibling discount).

Email catacademyuk@gmail.com to book.

Eddie’s Mess It Up Messy Play – 16th, 23rd & 30th August 10am-11am

For children aged up to 6. Messy play sessions. £6 per child, £5 per sibling. Book online at www.eddiecatz.com.

Eddie Catz, Northway House, York Road, Newbury, RG14 7NF.

Eddie Catz is a West Berkshire Mums partner business! See our membership page for more details and to apply for your free West Berkshire Mums card. Read our article about Eddie Catz here.

Pop Up Play Village

Our partner Pop Up Play Village is running several events at Bucklebury Memorial Hall over the summer. They are taking place on Friday 27th July and 3rd, 10th, & 17th August. Sessions are £6.50 per child and £5 per sibling (adults & pre-walkers are free when accompanying a paying child). You can book online here. See our membership page for details of how to get 10% off Pop Up Play Village sessions!

Bucklebury Memorial Hall, Broad Lane, Upper Bucklebury, RG7 6QH.

The White Horse Hermitage

Summer Daze – 11th August 12pm til late

Live bands, street food, face painting and more at our partner The White Horse – free entry! See the Facebook event for more details.

See our membership page for details of our partner offer with The White Horse and read our article here.

The White Horse, Newbury Road, Hermitage, RG18 9TB

Hartbeeps

Summer Happy House Session at Old Bluecoat School – 6th August 10am-1045am

For confident walkers to age 5. Younger & older siblings welcome. £6 per child, £3 per sibling (siblings under 12 months are free). Book online here.

Old Bluecoat School, Thatcham, RG18 4QL.

Hartbeeps Newbury & Thatcham is also running sessions at Eddie Catz on 1st August (see above for more details). See our membership page for details of our partner offer with Hartbeeps and read our article here.

A Boat Full of Wool

Children’s Pom Pom Party – 31st July 10am-11.15am at Bucklebury Memorial Hall

A morning of pom pom making & party food with our partner A boat full of wool! £10 per child which includes food & all material. Suitable for children aged 6 and above. Email aboatfullofwool@gmail.com for more info & booking.

Bucklebury Memorial Hall, Broad Lane, Upper Bucklebury,RG7 6QH.

A boat full of wool is also holding a Pom Pom workshop at Cobbs Play Barn on 3rd August (see above for more details).

See our membership page to get 10% off A boat full of wool workshop bookings! Read our article about A boat full of wool here.

The Ugly Duckling

Under-The-Sea Children’s Party – Monday 23rd July 4pm-6pm

An Under the Sea themed pottery painting party at our partner The Ugly Duckling. Costs £15 per child. Call 01635 523778 to book.

First Birthday -29th July 10am

Celebrate The Ugly Duckling’s first birthday with a free goody bag for everyone who paints on the day, a competition and cake! Call 01635 523778 to book.

Children’s Pizza Plate Workshop – 13th August 3pm

£18 per child which includes all tools & tuition. Call 01635 523778 to book.

See The Ugly Duckling’s Facebook page for more details of these events.

See our membership page for details of our partner offer with The Ugly Duckling and to apply for your free West Berkshire Mums card!

The Ugly Duckling, 2-3 Bartholomew Street, Newbury, RG14 5LL

The Corn Exchange

Little Baby Bum – Friday 20th July 10.30am & 1.30pm

For children aged 2 and above. Tickets are £15. Book online here.

Toddler Rave – 21st July 10am & 11.15am

Our partner Boogie Mites is holding a farm themed interactive music & movement session for children aged 1-5. Costs £6 per child. Book online via the Corn Exchange website.

See our membership page for details of our partner offer with Boogie Mites and read our article here.

Make & Do Holiday Club – 7th – 28th August.

A holiday club for children aged 4-8 with creative activities. Costs £25 per child per day or £12.50 for half a day. For more information and to book, visit the Corn Exchange website.

The Corn Exchange, Market Place, Newbury, RG14 5BD.

Nature Discovery Centre

Nature Explorer’s Club – 21st July 10am-12pm

Suitable for children aged 5-8, a wildlife club that takes place on the third Saturday of the month. £5 per child. See the website for more details and booking.

Animal Experience Day – Fur & Feathers – 25th July 10am-4pm (sessions at 10am, 11.30am, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm)

For children aged 3+, £5 per child. More info & booking on the website.

Extra Special Earthwalks with Emily – 27th July 11am-2.30pm (sessions at 11am & 1.30pm)

Sensory walks around the Butterfly Lake. Suitable for all ages. Costs £4 per child. More info & booking on the website.

Crocodiles of the World – 1st August 10am – 4pm (sessions at 10am, 11.30am, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm)

Suitable for all ages, £5 per child. More info & booking on the website.

Wild Bird Rescue Encounter – 8th August 10.30am- 3pm (sessions at 10.30am, 12.30pm & 2pm)

Suitable for adults & children over 5 years. £5 per person. More info & booking on the website.

Fantastic Wildlife Fridays: Blooming Brilliant! 10th August from 10am

A craft based session for ages 4 and above. £4 per person. More info & booking on the website.

Animal Experience Day – Reptiles & Mini-Beasts – 15th August 10am – 4pm(sessions at 10am, 11.30am, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm)

For children aged 3+, £5 per child. More info & booking on the website.

Nature Explorer’s Club – 18th August 10am-12pm

Suitable for children aged 5-8, a wildlife club that takes place on the third Saturday of the month. £5 per child. See the website for more details and booking.

Children’s Wildlife Photography Course – 22nd August 10am-1pm

A course for children aged 8 and above. £25 per child. More info & booking on the website.

Fantastic Wildlife Fridays: Nature’s Fairy Houses 24th August 11am & 1pm

A craft based session for children aged 5 and over. £4 per child. More info & booking on the website.

Animal Experience Day: An African Experience – 29th August 10am-4pm (sessions at 10am, 11.30am, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm)

For children aged 3+, £5 per child. More info & booking on the website.

Fantastic Wildlife Fridays: Photo Scavenger Hunt – 31st August 10.30am-12.30pm & 2pm-4pm

A scavenger hunt where you will need to take photos. For children aged 3 and above. £5 per child. More info & booking on the website.

Fantastic Wildlife Fridays: Blooming Brilliant! 31st August1.30pm-2.30pm

A craft based session for ages 4 and above. £4 per person. More info & booking on the website.

Let’s Go Batty – Bat Walk & Talk – 31st August 8pm-10.30pm

Suitable for ages 6 and above, £5 per person. More info & booking on the website.

The Nature Discovery Centre, Lower Way, Thatcham, RG19 3FU

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Beale Park

Meet the Bugs – Every Wednesday from 25th July – 29th August 1.30pm-3.30pm.

Meet some of Beale Park’s smaller residents in the Education Building. A free event which is run on a first come, first served basis. Normal park admission charges apply.

Pond Dipping Detective Sessions – Every Wednesday from 25th July – 29th August 10.30am-12.30pm

A free event which is run on a first come, first served basis. Normal park admission charges apply. Takes place on the pond dipping platform by the lake.

Prize Draw Summer Holiday Trail – 25th July – 4th September 10am-5pm

A prize draw trial with the chance to win some prizes, costs 50p in addition to normal admission charges.

Beale Park, Lower Basildon, RRG8 9NW. Visit the website here.

4 Kingdoms Adventure Park

Royal British Legion 21st-22nd July

Pirate Adventure 23rd-26th July

Super Hero & Villains – 27th-30th July & 24th-27th August

Fairytales & Unicorns – 31st July – 2nd August

Dinosaur Adventure 3rd-6th August

Animal Magic 8th-9th August

Knights, Dragons & Trolls – 10th-13th August

Sports Day – 14th-16th August

Wild Wild West – 21st-23rd August

See the 4 Kingdoms website for more details of its summer events.

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

The Creation Station West Berkshire

Arts & Crafts classes. The Creation Station is holding several events over the summer holidays on 23rd & 27th July and on 6th, 10th, 20th & 24th August. The sessions all involve different themes. The Monday sessions take place at Cobbs Play Barn and tickets can be booked via www.thecreationstation.co.uk. The Friday sessions are at the Corn Exchange in Newbury and tickets can be booked via the Corn Exchange website

West Berkshire Musuem

Messy Museum Days – 27th July and 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24thand 31st August 10am-3pm

Craft activities aimed at 4-11 year olds (older & younger children welcome), £2 per child. There is no need to book, just drop in. See the website for more information.

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

Shaw House

Family Activity Days –25th July and 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th August 10am-3.30pm

Craft activities aimed at 4-11 year olds (older & younger children welcome), £2 per child. There is no need to book, just drop in.

Open Air Cinema – The Lost Boys – 2nd August 7pm

Open Air Cinema – The Greatest Showman – 3rd August 7pm

Peter Pan Outdoor Theatre – 13th August 6pm

Visit the Shaw House website for more information on these events.

Shaw House, Church Road, Newbury, RG14 2DR

Parkway Shopping

Charity Penalty Shootout – 21st July 11am-4pm

Proms at Parkway – 28th July 11am-4pm

Elvis at Parkway – 4th August 11am-4pm

Masha & The Bear Visit – 4th August 10am-3pm

Visit the Parkway Facebook page for more information on these events.

Parkway Shopping Centre, Newbury, RG14 1AY

Tops Treats

Rock Painting Workshops – 22nd July & 5th August 10.30am

Cookie Club – 29th July 10.30am

Freakshake Workshop – 1st August 4.30pm

Children’s Craft Corner – 8th August 10.30am

Mother & Toddler Morning – 22nd August 10am

See the Tops Treats Facebook page for more details on these events.

Tops Treats, 38b Bartholomew Street, Newbury, RG14 5LL.

Basildon Park

Big Bug Hunt in the House – until 2nd September 10am-5pm

Suitable for children of all ages – pick up a trail from visitor reception and discover the bugs that can be found throughout the house.

Basildon Park, Lower Basildon, RG8 9NR. Visit the website here.

Wellington Country Park

Pirate & Mermaid Weekend – 28th – 29th July

See the Facebook event for more information.

Dinosaur Weekend – 4th & 5th August

See the Facebook event for more details.

Teddy Bears’ Picnic – 11th & 12th August

See the Facebook event for more details.

Unicorn & Dragon Weekend – 18th & 19th August

See the Facebook event for more details.

The Big Inflatable Takeover – 25th – 27th August

See the Facebook event for more details.

Wellington Country Park, Odiham Road, Riseley, RG7 1SP. Visit the website here.

Finkley Down Farm

Summer Fun – 23rd July – 31st August.

See the Finkley Down website for more information, prices & tickets.

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

Roves Farm

Bear Hunt – 23rd-29th July & 13th-19th August            

Enchanted Forest – 30th July-5th August & 20th-26th August

Jurassic Farm – 6th-12th August & 27th August – 2nd September.

Visit the Roves Farm website for more information on these events.

Roves Farm, Sevenhampton, Swindon, SN6 7QG.

Millets Farm

Millets Maize Maze – 18th July – 3rd September (and 8th & 9th September)

Baking with Mrs Bun the Baker – 21st August

The Princess & The Giant by Folksy Theatre – 30th August

Visit the Millets Farm website for more information on these events.

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

Bucklebury Farm Park

Teddy Bear’s Picnic – 8th August

Visit the Bucklebury Farm website for more information.

Bucklebury Farm Park, RG7 6RR.

Kennet Shopping Centre

Interactive Panda Shows – 21st July

Lego Make & Take – 16th & 17th August

Visit the website for more information.

Kennet Shopping Centre, Newbury, RG14 5EN.

City Arts Newbury

Chalkfest- 6th August 10am-4pm

Community event suitable for all ages. Taking place in Newbury Market Place. See the Facebook event for more information.

Other Events

Fun on the Broadway – 30th August 10am-3pm

A free event in Thatcham with circus Skills, face painting, arts and crafts and more. See the Facebook event for more details.

Thatcham Broadway, RG18.

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