As many of you will be aware we usually put together a round-up of activities & events for each of the school holidays. Of course this May half term things are very different with attractions closed and most of us staying at home. However, there are still things going on to keep the children entertained (and they’re not all online!). We’ve put together a few ideas from local businesses and organisations below; some of them aren’t just for half term either so if your children aren’t going back to school/nursery in June it may be worth checking them out. If you’ve got an event or activity that we have missed off the list then please get in touch so we can add it.

You may also be interested in our list of online sessions, classes and activities to do at home.

Pop Up Play Village

Pop Up Play Village is offering role play mini kits for hire. It costs £19.50 and you can hire them either Monday-Friday or Friday-Monday. There are various Pop Up Play Village franchises offering hire but you can contact the West Berks franchise (Newbury & Thatcham) via its Facebook page for more details and to arrange for delivery.

The Ugly Duckling Pottery Painting

The Ugly Duckling Pottery Painting Coffee House in Newbury has items available in ‘To Go’ boxes from its website so you can enjoy some pottery painting from home. You can drop your pottery off for firing on a Tuesday and then collect it seven days later or take your pottery for firing once The Ugly Duckling has re-opened. See what’s available here.

Trainmaster

Trainmaster now has a Home Rental service so you can hire one of its track layouts for either 24 or 48 hours! Prices start from £15 and collection is free. Deliveries are available within 10 miles of Thatcham for £5. Hire your track via the Trainmaster Berkshire website and visit the Facebook page here.

Corn Exchange Newbury

The Corn Exchange usually runs a ‘Make and Do Holiday Club’ during the school holidays and during May half term it has moved online for ‘Mini Make and Do.’ There are live ‘Wake Up, Shake Up’ movement sessions, Disney singalongs and storytelling. It’s all free but places need to be booked online. Visit the Corn Exchange website for more details and booking info.

The Corn Exchange is also running regular sessions such as Rhyme & Shine for those with children aged 2 and under plus ‘Little Story Sundays’ and lots more.

Boogie Mites Newbury & Hungerford

Lizzie from Boogie Mites will be running a live session in her Facebook group on Monday 25th May at 9.30am. Lizze runs these sessions every Monday and it’s free to join. You can make a donation if you would like, all the details can be found in the Facebook group.

Finkley Down Farm

Not quite West Berkshire but near enough! Finkley Down Farm is doing live videos via its Facebook page. These have proved popular with our West Berkshire Mums 6 year old who has enjoyed seeing baby goats, rabbits & guinea pigs and llamas. Follow the Facebook page to be kept up to date with the schedule and video topics.

Mrs Bun the Baker

Again, not quite West Berkshire (Mrs Bun the Baker is Oxfordshire based) but there are free live bake along sessions running every day over half term. These are taking place at 11.30am-12.30pm. There are also regular bake along sessions every week. Visit the Facebook page for more details.

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