It feels like the schools have only just re-opened for everyone but the Easter holidays are not far away! We’re progressing through the government’s timetable for the easing of lockdown and step two is due to take place during the Easter break; this involves outdoor hospitality opening along with non-essential retail and personal care. As a result, there should be more activities to help keep children and families occupied over (at least some) of the holidays. We’ve compiled a list of things going on in and around West Berkshire. If you have an activity or event that you’d like us to add or if you know of anything that we’ve missed, please get in touch to let us know about it.

Please check the latest government guidelines and that all details are correct and up to date before going along to an activity listed below.

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The Ugly Duckling

Our Family Card partner The Ugly Duckling, a pottery painting coffee house in Newbury, is offering pottery painting ‘to go’ boxes. These can be ordered from the website (for delivery or collection) and you can then drop your finished pieces off for firing. All details can be found on the website.

For more details of our Family Card offer with The Ugly Duckling and to sign up for your FREE Family Card, please visit our membership page.

Ultimate Activity Camps

Ultimate Activity Camps provide outstanding Ofsted-registered (& Covid-Safe!) activity day camps for children aged 4-14, 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. The location for West Berkshire’s camp is St. Gabriel’s School in Newbury but camps are also running at 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.

E: help@ultimateactivity.co.uk
T: 0330 111 7077

Little Peanut Creations Easter Craft Boxes

Our Family Card partner Little Peanut Creations has Easter craft boxes available to purchase for £14.99. You can purchase these online from the Little Peanut Creations website.

West Berkshire Mums members can enjoy a 15% discount on their first purchase with Little Peanut Creations, just enter the code WBM15 when checking out! See our membership page for more details and to sign up for your FREE Family Card.

MNR Coaching Let Them Play Holiday Camps at The Winchcombe School, Newbury

Tuesday 6th April – Friday 9th April and Monday 12th April – Friday 16th April 9am-3pm (early drop off and late pick up available)

For children aged 4 1/2 to 12. Multi activity holiday camps. Costs £25 per day or £29 for an extended day. Call 07572398161 or email: holidaycamps@mnrcoaching.com. Visit the website here.

NAWT Berkshire Easter Scavenger Hunt (1st-19th April)

NAWT Berkshire is holding an Easter scavenger hunt, children can crack the code to find the eggs hidden around Great Shefford and win a prize from the Easter bunny, it’s £4 per child to take part. Call 01488 638584 for more information and visit the Facebook event here.

Shaw House & West Berkshire Museum

Usually Shaw House and West Berkshire Museum hold Family Activity Days during the school holidays, where children can enjoy a craft activity. These are online at the moment and the Easter crafts are ‘Brilliant Bunnies’ and ‘Reliable Romans.’ You can find the instructions for the crafts here (scroll down to the ‘Craft Activities’ section). 

The grounds at Shaw House will be open from 6th – 9th April and 12th – 16th April between 8am and 4pm so if you live locally you can visit for a walk. Only the grounds will be open, the house and cafe will be closed and there will be no facilities available.

Children’s Spring Craft Kits

Children’s Spring Craft Kits available, it’s £5 for the whole kit with all profits to John Rankin PTFA & Ladybirds Pre-school, Newbury. They have been packed and quarantined and are ready for collection/delivery.

Here’s the full kit contents! 💜

You get:

🐰A wooden hanging decoration🐰
Trimmings to decorate it with – self adhesive googly eyes, sticky sequins, spring sequins and twine

🐦Cereal Bird Feeder 🐦
Pipe cleaners, hoop cereal and ribbon

🍫 Pretzel Nests🍫
Chocolate, Pretzels and Micro Eggs

🐣Sticker Dot Easter Art 🐣
One design on card and Dotty Stickers

Here’s the link for more details and to order 🐦🐰🍫💐🐣 https://www.facebook.com/groups/3587442191299451/?ref=share

Blue Beetle Ceramics

The Thatcham pottery painting studio is providing Easter baskets with an Easter themed pottery piece, surprise egg, Easter treats, stickers, scratch art egg and bunny ears. Prices range from £15-£19. For more information you can contact Blue Beetle Ceramics via its Facebook page.

Messy Adventures

Messy play kits for 0-5 year olds, made by a local mum. For more information and to order, you can visit the Facebook page here.

Basildon Park

Basildon Park’s outdoor spaces are open so you can visit for a walk. You will need to book in advance and you can do this via the website.

Basildon Park, RG8 9NR.

Beale Park

Beale Park is re-opening on 12th April and online booking opens on Monday 22nd March. Visit the website and book online here.

Beale Park, Lower Basildon, RG8 9NW.

Newbury Crafty Craft

This year Newbury Crafty Craft has gone digital. Newbury BID is inviting you to make mini rafts at home to float in the bath, paddling pool or the washing up bowl! The theme is ‘NHS Heroes’ and the event will support the West Berkshire Community Hospital League of Friends charity; participants are encouraged to donate what they can via the charity’s PayPal Giving Fund. To enter you need to submit a photo or video footage of your home-made crafts to info@newburybid.com. You can also share your images on social media and tag Visit Newbury using #VisitNewbury. The provisional deadline for entries is Monday 19th April (so this is a great activity for the Easter holidays!) and winners are due to be announced on Crafty Craft’s usual Early May Bank Holiday (Monday 3rd May).

More details here.

Corn Exchange Newbury

The Corn Exchange has some workshops running over the Easter holidays:

Creative Stay & Play – Monday 12th April at 9.30am & 2pm

Craft, free play and social time for families with children under 2. £5 per family. More details and booking via the Corn Exchange website.

Creative Arts: Infants – 13th, 14th & 15th April at 9am

Creative art workshops for children in school years R-2. £5 per child. More details and booking via the Corn Exchange website.

Creative Arts: Juniors – 13th, 14th & 15th April at 10.30am

Creative arts workshops for children in school years 3-6. £5 per child. More details and booking via the Corn Exchange website.

Let’s Act! (13th, 14th & 15th April at 2pm)

For children in school years 7-9, workshops where they will explore characters, scenes & scripts. £5 per person. More details and booking via the Corn Exchange website.

Family Friday Arts – Friday 16th April at 10am & 2pm

Creative arts play for children aged 4-7 and their families. £5 per family. More details and booking via the Corn Exchange website.

4 Kingdoms Adventure Park

4 Kingdoms is set to re-open on 12th April and you can book your tickets online now. Book here.

Easter Factory Trail Around Thatcham Town Centre

Runs until Sunday 18th April.

Ten of the Easter bunny’s co-workers have been hidden around Thatcham town centre, go on a trail to find them! More details about the trail and how to enter can be found via the Facebook event.

Pepe and Tete – Online Spanish Camp (29th March – 9th April)

“Join us this Easter break as we continue to work with famous Spanish art styles in our interactive and fun Spanish camp.” Call 07484 324326 or email team@pepeandtete.com to find out more.

www.pepeandtete.com.

Mortimer Alpacas

Mortimer Alpacas will be re-opening fully from 12th April. You can book now – either a walk and a picnic or a picnic and a play. All details and prices can be found on the website.

Mortimer Alpacas, Little Park Farm, Beech Hill Road, Mortimer, RG7 2AR.

Mrs Bun the Baker Cookery School (2nd – 18th April)

An online cooking club from Oxfordshire based Mrs Bun the Baker. Costs £70.66 per household (no age range is stated), you can book online here.

David Walliams’ Billionaire Boy – Live on Stage at Newbury Racecourse (12th April at 11am, 2pm & 5pm)

Tickets from £52. Visit the website here for more details.

Car Park Party: Horrible Histories – Barmy Britain – Newbury Racecourse (13th April at 2pm & 5pm)

Horrible Histories at Newbury Racecourse, tickets from £42. Visit the website here for more details and to book.

At Home Craft Activities

Baker Ross

Baker Ross is one of our seven year old’s favourite websites to browse when she’s looking for new craft supplies. It is jam packed with craft kits, accessories and free printable activity sheets. Have a look here.

There are loads of Easter themed crafts to choose from, including Spring Basket Kits, a Pastel Candle Making Kit and Easter Wooden Lantern Kits.

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