Looking for family activities or something to keep the kids occupied during half term? Here’s our round-up of half term happenings in the area. We can’t claim to know about absolutely everything that’s going on so if you know of anything that we’ve missed please get in touch and we will add it to the list. You can also view our events calendar which has handy day to day listings of events in the area.

Looking for childcare? Have a look at our directory of holiday clubs and camps.

Please check that all details are correct and up to date before going along to an event that is listed below.

Darling Buds of May Farm Barn Cafe

Half Term Crafting Fun – Wednesday 19th February 9am-3pm

A fundraising charity event hosted by Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice and West Berkshire Homeless. All proceeds will go to the charities. There will be plenty of craft activities to take part in at the Café or to purchase and take home. There will also be a Pop Up Play Village Art Studio Set Up! No bookings or tickets are required but the activities will run on a first come, first served basis. You can view the Facebook event here.

Darling Buds of May Barn Cafe is a West Berkshire Mums Family Card partner! You can enjoy a 10% discount on food & drink. See more details of our offer and sign up for your free West Berkshire Mums Family Card via our membership page. Read our article about the Barn Cafe here.

Trainmaster

Trainmaster in Thatcham – Saturday 22nd February 2.20pm-4.50pm at Thatcham Parish Hall

Train themed play sessions for children of all ages with trains, track, fancy dress, crafts and ride on trains. There are two sessions: 2.20pm-3.20pm and 3.30pm-.4.30pm. £6.50 a ticket. Adults and babies are free. Enter code wbmum to get 10% off! You can book online, visit the Trainmaster website here

Trainmaster is a West Berkshire Mums Family Card partner! See more details of our offer with Trainmaster and sign up for your free West Berkshire Mums Family Card via our membership page. Read our article about Trainmaster here.

Thatcham Parish Hall, Chapel Street, Thatcham, RG18 4JP.

POP UP PLAY VILLAGE

Superheroes in Cold Ash! – Friday 21st February 10am-11.15am at Acland Memorial Hall

Superhero themed role play fun! £6.50 per child and £5.50 per sibling.

You can book online here. Remember to enter code WBM10 to get 10% off!

Acland Memorial Hall, Hermitage Road, Cold Ash, RG18 9JH

See our membership page for more details of our offer with Pop Up Play Village and to apply for your free West Berkshire Mums Family Card.

WONDERLAND SOFT PLAY

Valentine’s Messy Play – Tuesday 18th February 11am

For children 4 months+. £5 per child and price includes soft play.
More information can be found on the Facebook event.

Heroes & Legends Family Fun Day – Friday 21st February 10am-4pm

There will be visits from the fire and police services plus arts & crafts, face painting, tombola, raffle and more. Visit the Facebook event here.

Wonderland Soft Play, Northway House, York Road, Newbury, RG14 7NF. 01635 800216.

Wonderland Soft Play is a West Berkshire Mums partner business! See our membership page for details of our partner offers with Wonderland and to sign up for your free West Berkshire Mums Family Card! Read our article about Wonderland Soft Play here.

WEST BERKSHIRE MUMS MEETUPS

We have a meetup during half term:

Friday 21st February 12pm-2pm at The Lodge at Newbury Racecourse

We will have our play mats and toys set up so come along to say hello and have a chat with some other parents & carers over a hot drink. The Lodge also serves snacks, pizzas and panini if you fancy having some lunch while you’re there; show your WestBerkshireMums card/Family Card to get 10% off food & drink. This is a good meetup for those of you with babies but older siblings and children are welcome too.

The Lodge, Newbury Racecourse, Newbury, RG14 7NZ.

Find out more about our meetups here.

THE CORN EXCHANGE

Kaleidoscope – Tuesday 18th February (11.30am, 12.30pm 2pm and 3pm)

A show for babies aged 6-18 months. Tickets are £10 full price. Visit the website here for more info and booking.

Make & Do Holiday Club – Monday 17th February – Friday 21st February 9am-5pm

A holiday club for children aged 4-8 with creative activities. £25 per child per day or £100 for the 5 day week. For more information and to book, visit the Corn Exchange website.

Chloe and The Colour Catcher – Wednesday 19th February & Thursday 20th February

For children aged 4-7. Tickets from £9. More info on the Corn Exchange website.

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

THE BASE, GREENHAM

Design Your Own Screenprint T-Shirt – Sunday 16th February 10am-1pm

Suitable for ages 8-14. £35 per child. More information can be found on the website.

The Base, Greenham Business Park, RG19 6HN.

NATURE DISCOVERY CENTRE

Nature Explorers’ Club – Saturday 15th February 10am-12pm

A wildlife club for children aged 5-8 and their carers. Meets on the third Saturday of the month. £5. More info and booking via the website.

Spring in Your Step Family Trail – Sunday 16th February – Sunday 23rd February 11am-3pm

Follow the trail, answer the questions and receive a prize. £1.50 per trail sheet. No need to book.

See the website for more details.

Wild at Heart Bird Box and Feeder Workshop – Wednesday 19th February 11am, 1pm and 3pm

Build your own bird box and learn how to help feed birds over winter. £10 per box. More info and booking via the website.

The Nature Discovery Centre, Lower Way, Thatcham, RG19 3FU. 01635 874381.

WEST BERKSHIRE LIBRARIES

Drama Workshop for 4-7 year olds at Newbury Library – Tuesday 18th February 10am

A free event but booking is required. To book contact the library on 01635 519900 or email library@westberks.gov.uk.

Newbury Library, The Wharf, Newbury, RG14 5AU.

Drama Workshop for 8-12 year olds at Newbury Library – Tuesday 18th February 11am

A free event but booking is required.

To book contact the library on 01635 519900 or email library@westberks.gov.uk.

Newbury Library, The Wharf, Newbury, RG14 5AU.

Lego Fun at Thatcham Library – Tuesday 18th February 2pm-4pm

A free drop in event for children aged 5+ (children under 8 need to be accompanied by an adult).

Thatcham Library, Bath Road, Thatcham.

Pop Up Play Village at Burghfield Common Library – Wednesday 19th February 10am-12pm

A free session for children under 5. Advance booking required. Call 01189 83 3632 or email burghfieldlibrary@westberks.gov.uk.

Burghfield Common Library, School Lane, Burghfield Common, RG7 3JZ.

Cartoons Workshop at Newbury Library – Wednesday 19th February 2pm-3pm

A free event for children aged 8+. Advance booking is required. Call 01635 519900, email library@westberks.gov.uk or ask in library.
You will need to take pens or pencils along.

Newbury Library, The Wharf, Newbury, RG14 5AU.

Children’s Craft Activities at Hungerford Library – Wednesday 19th February 10.30am-12pm

A free drop in activity. For more information contact the library on 01488 682660, hungerfordlibrary@westberks.gov.uk or ask in library.

Hungerford Library, 2 Church Street, Hungerford, RG17 0JG.

Campervan Stories & Crafts at Burghfield Common Library – Thursday 20th February 11am

A free, drop in event.

Burghfield Common Library, School Lane, Burghfield Common, RG7 3JZ.

The Three Little Pigs at Hungerford Library – Thursday 20th February 11.15am

A show for children aged 2-6. Adults £5, children £2. To book contact the library on 01488 682660, hungerfordlibrary@westberks.gov.uk or ask in library.

Hungerford Library, 2 Church Street, Hungerford, RG17 0JG.

The Three Little Pigs at Pangbourne Library – Thursday 20th February 2.15pm

A show for children aged 2-6. Adults £5, children £2. To book contact the library on 01189 844117, pangbournelibrary@westberks.gov.uk or ask in the library.

Pangbourne Library, Reading Road, Pangbourne, RG8 7LY.

Make a Mini Roman Villa at Theale Library – Thursday 20th February 2.15pm

For children aged 5+. A free, drop in activity.

Theale Library, Church Street, Theale, RG7.

Campervan Stories & Crafts at Thatcham Library – Friday 21st February 10.30am-12pm

FREE drop-in event for under 7s, for more information call the library on 01635 866049 or email thatchamlibrary@westberks.gov.uk.

Thatcham Library, Bath Road, Thatcham, RG18 3AG.

Fraud Scene Investigators at Lambourn Library – Friday 21st February 10.30am-12pm

A free event that requires advance booking. Examine some clues to help solve a fraud. Call or email for more information and to book: 01488 71350, lambournlibrary@westberks.gov.uk.

Lambourn Library, High Street, Lambourn, RG17 8XL.

Campervan Stories & Crafts at Mortimer Library – Friday 21st February 2pm

A free, drop in event for under 7s. Contact the library on 01189 332882 or mortimerlibrary@westberks.gov.uk for more information.

Mortimer Library, 27 Victoria Road, Mortimer Common, RG7 3SH.

Children’s Cooking Class at Burghfield Common Library – Friday 21st February 2.30pm

For children up to 11. Learn some cookery skills and make some healthy food. £5 per child. Advance booking required. To book call 01189 833632 or email burghfieldlibrary@westberks.gov.uk.

Burghfield Common Library, School Lane, Burghfield Common, RG7 3JZ.

The Three Little Pigs – Sunday 23rd February 11.15am at Newbury Library

A show for children aged 2-6. Adults £5, children £2. To book contact the library on 01635 519900 or library@westberks.gov.uk.

Newbury Library, The Wharf, Newbury, RG14 5AU.

For more information on these events you can visit the Newbury Library Facebook page.

BEALE PARK

‘Animal Families’ Half Term Trail

Complete the half term trail and find out who lives in a blizzard, mob or gang! 50p in addition to normal park admission charges. Runs until 23rd February.

Build a Bird Box – Wednesday 19th February 10.30am-12.30pm

£5 a box (in addition to normal park admission fees). Runs on a first come, first served basis.

Meet the Bugs – Wednesday 19th February 1.30pm-3.30pm

A free event which runs on a first come, first served basis (normal park admission charges apply).

Beale Park, Lower Basildon, RG8 9NW. 0118 976 7480. Visit the website here.

4 KINGDOMS ADVENTURE PARK

Lambing Live – Saturday 15th February – Sunday 23rd February 10am-5.30pm

See the 4 Kingdoms website or Facebook page for more details

4 Kingdoms Adventure Park, Newbury Road, Headley, RG19 8JY. 01635 269678.

WEST BERKSHIRE MUSEUM

Family Art Workshop: Heroes and villains of the Ages – Tuesday 18th February 10am-12.30pm & 1.30pm-4pm

Join Armadillo Art Experience and learn how to draw caricature portraits of heroes and villains from across the Ages. Suitable for children aged 7+.

£9 per child, accompanying adult free. Places are limted and need to be booked. You can book online via the website.

Messy Museum Day – Funky Forests – Friday 21st February 10am-3pm

Craft activities. Growing2gether will be making cress heads from recycled materials. £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. 01635 519562.

SHAW HOUSE

Puppet Theatre: Eggs on Legs – Monday 17th February at 11am

A tale about a family of eggs on legs! Suitable for ages 3-8 (younger and older children welcome).  £9 adults, £7 child (aged 3-16). Call 01635 279279 to book or visit the website here for more information.

Family Activity Day: Signs of Spring –Wednesday 19th February 10am-3.30pm

A Spring themed craft activity. £2 per child. There is no need to book, just drop in.

Shaw House, Church Road, Newbury, RG14 2DR. 01635 279279

PARKWAY SHOPPING

Meet Jack in a Box at The Entertainer – Saturday 22nd February 11am-4pm

The Entertainer’s Jack in a Box will be in store for a meet and greet.

Visit the Facebook event for more information including how to book.

Parkway Shopping Centre, Newbury, RG14 1AY. 01635 889 070.

BASILDON PARK

February Half Term Trail – Darcy the dormouse – Saturday 15th February – Sunday 23rd February 10am-3.30pm

Pick up a trail from Visitor Reception and once completed you can collect a prize from the shop. £2 in addition to admission charges. Suitable for all ages.

Friday Walks – Friday 19th July – 27th December 11am-12pm

A walk around the park whilst learning about the parkland and its inhabitants. Free event but normal admission charges apply. Suitable for all ages but the terrain is uneven and muddy in places so is not suitable for wheelchairs and buggies.

Basildon Park, Lower Basildon, RG8 9NR. basildonpark@nationaltrust.org.uk. Visit the website here.

WELLINGTON COUNTRY PARK

Park Re-Opening – Saturday 15th February 9.30am-4.30pm

See the Facebook event for more details.

Wellington Country Park, Odiham Road, Riseley, RG7 1SP. 0118 932 6444. Visit the website here.

FINKLEY DOWN FARM

February Half Term– Monday 17th February – Friday 21st February 10am-6pm

Lambing, magic shows and lots more.

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

Finkley Down Farm, North Way, Andover, SP11 6NF. 01264 352195.

ROVES FARM

Scarecrows – Saturday 15th February – Sunday 23rd February

Follow the scarecrow trail at Roves Farm.

You can visit the Roves Farm website for more information.

Roves Farm, Sevenhampton, Swindon, SN6 7QG. 01793 763939.

MILLETS FARM

Biscuit Decorating at Frosts Garden Centre – Monday 17th February – Friday 21st February

£2.99 each. You can book online here.

Magic Peter at Sprouts Play Barn – Monday 17th February – Friday 21st February (10.45am, 1.30pm & 3pm)

£8.50 per child (includes one accompanying adult), £3 per additional adult. You can book online here.

Plant a Mini Wildflower Garden – Monday 17th February – Friday 21st February

Create your own mini wildflower garden. £4.99. You can book online here.

Millets Farm, Kingston Road, Frilford, OX13 5HB. 01865 392 221.

BUCKLEBURY FARM PARK

February Half Term Fun – Saturday 15th February – Sunday 23rd February 10am-4.30pm

More information on the Facebook event.

You can also visit the Bucklebury Farm website for more information.

Bucklebury Farm Park, RG7 6RR. 0118 971 4002.

KENNET CENTRE

Extreme Bounce Pop Up Tour – Saturday 15th, Sunday 16th, Thursday 20th and Friday 21st February 10am-5pm

An extreme inflatable fun park. £3 for 15 minutes.

Visit the Facebook event for more information.

Kennet Centre, Newbury, RG14 5EN.

ARLINGTON ARTS

Pop Divas Live! Tuesday 18th February 2pm & 6pm

Visit the website for more information and booking.

Arlington Arts Centre, Mary Hare, Newbury, RG14 3BQ. 01635 244246.

GROWING2GETHER

February Half Term Family Fun Day- Tuesday 18th February 10am-2pm

Family fun day with craft activities. Suggested donation of £1 per child. More information can be found on the Facebook event.

Cottismore Park, Newbury Road, Kingsclere, RG20 4SY. 01635 29994.

THE LIVING RAINFOREST

February Half Term – Rainforests of the World – Saturday 15th February – Sunday 23rd February

More information can be found on the Living Rainforest website.

Rainforest Guided Tours – daily at 11.30am & 1.30pm

Learn more about the rainforest with a guided tour. Cost is included with the normal admission price but you will need to book at reception.

For more information on these events you can visit The Living Rainforest website.

The Living Rainforest is open every day from 10am-5pm (last admission at 4.30pm).

The Living Rainforest, Hampstead Norreys, RG18 0TN. 01635 202 444.

The Creation Station West Berkshire

Wizard School – Thursday 20th February 10.15am-11.45am at The Nature Discovery Centre, Thatcham.

Make spell scrapbooks, slime potions and foam clay wands. £8 per child, £6 per sibling. Suitable for ages 2+. You can book online via the Creation Station website.

Imagine More with Thembi

Storytelling Workshops:

The Very Cranky Bear – Tuesday 18th February 10am-11.30am

Tiger Can’t Sleep – Wednesday 19th February 10am-11.30am

There’s Something in My Garden – Thursday 20th February 10am-11.30am

These interactive story times will be filled with singing and dancing, props, and boat loads of fun! The children will enjoy a music & movement time, followed by the story, craft, biscuits & squash, then end with themed exploratory play!

£10/child
£8.50/sibling

Call to Book in: 07774264607

All take place at Chapel Lane in Curridge, RG18 9DX. Visit the Facebook page for more information.

Hobbycraft Newbury

Kids’ Craft Club Slime Making – 17th-23rd February 10.30am-1.15pm

Free workshops for children aged 4+. Children will make their own batch of slime (they’ll need to take a container so they can take it home with them). Workshops are 30 minutes. Advance booking required. You can book online here.

Hobbycraft, 8A Newbury Retail Park, Pinchington Lane, Newbury, RG14 7HU. 0330 026 1127.

OTHER EVENTS

Dream Make Workshops

Creative workshops for children – inspired by architecture.

Pop Up Interiors – Wednesday 19th February 9.30am -12pm

Treetop Living – Wednesday 19th February 1pm-3.30pm

Both workshops take place in Newbury and are for children aged 8-12 years. Workshop cost is £25.

Find out more about these workshops and book via the Dream Make website.

Half Term Teen School at Belle Chic Health & Beauty Hungerford – Tuesday 18th February 3pm-5pm

A hands on skin care lesson using dermalogica products, with skin experts to educate your teen on how to manage skin conditions such as acne, blackheads, breakouts, redness and oily skin. For boys and girls aged 11-19. Limited places.

£5 booking payment which will be used as a raffle ticket to win a dermalogica pro 30 facial worth £35. See the Facebook event for more information and how to book.

Ali Barbers and the Fawlty Sleeves – Kennet School Pantomime – 20th, 21st & 22nd February

Performances are at 7.30pm and there is a matinee performance at 2.30pm on the Saturday.

Kennet School, Stoney Lane, Thatcham, RG19 4LL.

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