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Half Term in Berkshire February 2018 – What’s on for Families

Half Term in Berkshire February 2018 – What’s on for Families

There’s loads going on in Berkshire this February half term for families. If you’re looking to plan your week, here’s our guide to the best bits.

Orienteering, Cliveden National Trust

An adventure awaits for young explorers at Cliveden this half term. With only a map and their imaginations, children will navigate round the very first orienteering adventure in Cliveden’s woodlands. They’ll finish by getting crafty and making their very own treasure box. This replaces our ‘Wild Week’ offer. Adults must chaperone.

The cost for this is £2.00 per child. Orienteering runs from 12 – 16 February 2018, 10.30am – 2.30pm. No need to book in advance. Collect your trail sheets from the information centre. Suitable for ages 3 – 13 years.

For more information, click here.

Yucky You Show at The Lookout, Bracknell

In this disgustingly entertaining live science show you can find out all sorts of things like:

  • why mucus is snot a bad thing
  • what happens to the food we eat
  • how long your hair can grow

Our shows run at the weekends and in Bracknell school holidays. Shows cost £1.95 per person, on top of your entry fee. You don’t need to pre-book tickets to our shows, just buy them from reception on the day. Show times are everyday at; 11.00am, midday, 2.00pm, 3:15pm.

Shows are suitable for Primary school age children. A good guide is whether a child can sit still for around 40 minutes, however our presenters are very good at tailoring the content to the show audience. Please note, all shows need at least 10 people to run.

Address: Nine Mile Ride, Bracknell, RG12 7QW

For more information, click here.

Kids Eat Free at Bel & The Dragon this Half Term, Cookham, Reading & Windsor

12 – 17 February 2018

Come to Bel & The Dragon for lunch or an early supper over the February half term and Kids Eat Free until 7.00pm, Monday to Saturday at any of their inviting Country Inns. With a delicious children’s menu that will be sure to please even the pickiest of eaters, fun chalkboard scribble tables and stacks of good old-fashioned board games, children and parents are sure to have a great meal!

For more information, click here.

Half Term Fun on the Farm, Bucklebury Farm Park

Come and run wild this February half term at Bucklebury Farm Park from 10 – 18 February 2018.

As well as a range of fun farm activities, there are nature trails and woodland areas to explore plus den building, deer expeditions, face painting, animal tracking and a Big Bug Hotel Build.

For more information, click here.

Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead

Arts & Crafts Sessions – 12 – 17 February 2018

Activities to keep the little ones entertained this half term. Crafts vary so you can create something new every day. 10.30am, £5.00 per child.


Ferdinand – 12, 14 & 15 February 2018

Come and see the fantastic new children’s film, Ferdinand, during half term. £5.00 per child.


Storytelling – 12 – 17 February 2018

Come and join our storytellers in the magical storytellers den this half term. £2.00 per person.


Three Billy Goats Gruff, and Other Furry Tails – 13 & 14 February 2018, 11.30am & 2.00pm

Do you really know what happened to the wolf and those three little pigs? What about Goldilocks – why was she walking in the woods? And as for the three Billy Goats Gruff, how did they really deal with that troll? All will be revealed in this beautiful show using puppets and props. Suitable for ages 3 years +. £10.00 per person.


For more information on all of these great events, and to book your tickets, click here.

Half Term Craft Activities with Squidgydoodle

Squidgydoodle makes craft boxes for children age 3 years + and they’re the perfect activities for an afternoon at home over the holidays. We recently had a look at their new Superhero Adventure box, and we’re big fans. Each box contains 4 different craft activities, and all the equipment you need including a glue stick and paints. Activities include; making slime, creating your own superhero mask, paint splatting baddies, and painting a hero poster. Boxes cost £12.00 each and can be ordered from Squidgydoodle here.

If you’d like to watch our video review, click here.

Family Bird Watch, Windsor Great Park

15 & 16 February 2018, 10.00am – 2.00pm

This February half term bring the kiddies down to the Windsor Great Park Environmental Centre for Family Bird Watch with the Wildlife Trust. As the season changes from winter to spring, wrap up warm and join us to find out what the birds who live in the park are doing. Borrow binoculars to see what you can spot in the trees and near the centre. Help look after birds where you live by building a bird feeder to take home. The activities take about 2 hours. There are picnic tables at the centre should you wish to bring a lunch with you.

Cost: Just £4.00 per child, supervisory adults are free. Suitable for children 4 – 11 years. Booking is essential.

Address: Windsor Great Park Environmental Centre, Windsor, Berkshire. Access via Forest Gate off the A322 between Windsor and Ascot) SL4 2BY.

For more information and to book your space, click here.

Reading Museum

Reading Abbey Fun Day – 13 February 2018, 10.00am – 3.30pm

Celebrate the opening of our new Reading Abbey Gallery on the ground floor of the Museum, part of the preparations leading up to the opening of the Abbey Ruins in summer 2018. Take part in activities throughout the galleries, including:

  • trying out our virtual reality headsets
  • dressing up
  • handling real Abbey artefacts
  • stained glass craft
  • badge making
  • meet a medieval monk
  • Abbey trail, and more!

Costs £5.00 per person. For more information, click here.


Make & Take: Medieval Tile Decorating – 14 February 2018, 10.30am – 12.30pm & 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Brilliant hands-on fun! Use our special ceramic pens to design a tile fit for Reading Abbey. Take inspiration from tiles in the new display or create your own design. Set the design by baking your tile in the oven at home.

Cost £1.00 per child. For more information, click here.

Address: Reading Museum, Blagrave Street, Reading, RG1 1QH

Build a Bird Box this Half Term at Beale Park

In support of National Nest Box Week, Beale Park will be making bird boxes on Wednesday 14 February 2018 from 10.30am to 12.30pm. For just £5.00, you can make your very own bird box to take home. Why not pop down and join us!

Normal Park admission charges apply. Parental supervision required. Event operated on a first come, first served basis.

Address: Lower Basildon, Pangbourne, Berkshire, RG8 9NW

For more information, click here.

Bring on the Battle, Half Term at Windsor Castle

Head to Windsor Castle over half term with the kiddies for a really fun day out. Discover Windsor Castle under siege by taking part in our art workshop and trying on the costumes and armour on display.

When: Every Saturday in February and during half term, 11.00 – 3.00pm.

Cost: Free with standard entry ticket.

For more information on this event, click here.

Rivermead Half Term Play Centre, Reading

Let your children bounce off some energy during February Half Term at Rivermead Leisure Complex on Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 February 2018. Children can enjoy 1.5 hours of fun on around 7 different inflatables, including; obstacle courses, giant slides, multi-play castles, disco domes, bounce ‘n’ slides, soft play, ride ons and more. On Thursday there will also be a SEN session, exclusively for children with special educational needs where music will be switched off and numbers limited.

This is suitable for children from 18 months – 12 years. Tickets are £5.50 per child, and must be purchased before the day.

To find out more, and book your tickets now, click here.

Squires Garden Centre, Windsor

Keep the little ones entertained this half term with our February Create & Grow event! Drop in from Monday 12 to Friday 16 February 2018 to enjoy daily activities between 10.00am & 4.00pm.

Terracotta bee plant holder/pen pot. Get busy this half term and paint a beautiful bee which can be used as a plant pot or pen holder for your desk – £4.50 per child.

There will also be a FREE colouring competition and garden treasure hunt for you to take part in where you will receive a sticker and a chance to win a prize!

Address: The Willows, Maidenhead Road, Windsor, SL4 5UB

For more information, click here.

Half Term at The Jelly Lounge, Windsor

One of our favourite new Berkshire hangouts has got a packed agenda for half term. As well as the incredible soft play facilities and delicious café at this family club, you’ll also find the following sessions during half term;

Monday 12 Feb – 10.00am Magical Dancers – 1.30pm Mini Matisse – Cloud Slime Making

Tuesday 13 Feb – 10.30am Mini Chef Funfetti Shortbread – 1.00pm Story Explorer, Story and Crafts

Wednesday 14 Feb – 9.30am Performing Arts – 10.30am Mini Chef Heart Biscuit Decorating – 1.30pm Valentine’s Heart Suncatchers – 4.30pm Mini Popstars

Thursday 15 Feb – 10.30am Mini Chef Chewy Chocolate Cookies – 1.30pm Messy Play

Friday 16 Feb – 10.30am Mini Chef Chocolate & Banana Spring Rolls – 10.30am Music with Mummy – 11.15am Jolly Babies (Newborn) – Midday Jolly Babies Moving On – 1.30pm Mini Matisse Chinese New Year Dragon Making

All sessions must be booked in advance and are likely to fill quickly so book now to avoid sad faces. Call 01753 290175.

Address: 29 – 33 William Street, Windsor, Berkshire SL4 1BB

For more information on The Jelly Lounge, click here.

Eating out with the kids this half term

If you’re looking for somewhere child friendly to grab a bite to eat this half term we’ve been busy behind the scenes trying out lots (and lots) of restaurants… all in the name of research! So if you’d like to find somewhere with great kids menus, welcoming staff and lots of with outdoor play areas, check out of suggestions here.

The Nature Discovery Centre, Thatcham – Nesting Box and Feeder Workshops

Come down to the Nature Discovery Centre in Thatcham over half term with the kiddies. Not only can you enjoy a lovely walk around the lake and a cuppa at the centre, but they are also running some great workshops on Tuesday 13 February. Children will learn how to nurture the birds that visit their gardens. You’ll be making bird feeders to attract and sustain feathered visitors and a bird box to provide the perfect home for nesting birds this Spring.

Sessions are £10.00 per nest box and suitable for families with children of all ages. Younger children will need adult supervision.

Booking is essential for these popular sessions. For more information and to book your place, click here.


Something a little further afield this half term…

Hughenden Manor, Bucks

Hughenden will have half term activities taking place for children from 12 – 16 February 2018. As well as enjoying a lovely walk around the grounds to burn off some energy, this is what you can expect;

Hibernating Hedgehogs – Make a woodland creature its own hibernation house. Come along and get crafting in Hughenden’s Studybase for this free event running daily throughout half term. Suitable for children aged up to 8 years. No need to book in advance. For more information, click here.

Trail Trackers – 15 February 2018, 10.30 – midday. children can become a trail tracker with the ranger team at Hughenden Manor. Put your orienteering skills to the test with a compass and a map on this sessions suitable for children 5 – 10 years. The session costs £4.00 per child and must be booked in advance. To get your tickets now, click here.

Superhero Week at Waddesdon Manor

What is your ‘ikigai’? This is a Japanese concept meaning your ‘reason for being’ and we’ll help you discover what your mission is! Have a go at our superhero trail, solving the clues and riddles to claim your reward.

Dates: Sat 10 – Sun 18 February 2018 – 11.00am – 3.00pm

Location: Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP18 0JH

Click here for more information.

Fresh February Fun at Odds Farm Park, Wooburn Common

Meet lots of fleecy and furry friends this February Half Term at Odds Farm. From Saturday 10 – Sunday 18 February 2018.

Bottle Feed Kid Goats – The ever-popular bottle feeding activity returns from February Half Term. Make sure you hold the bottle tight!

Meet Adorable Babies – With plenty of bouncing lambs and lots of cheeky kid goats, there are so many adorable babies to meet!

Entertainers and More – Throughout Half Term, enjoy the fun and excitement of the Entertainers and why not get creative by making various Arts & Crafts!

Location: Odds Farm Park, Wooburn Common, High Wycombe, Bucks, HP10 0LX

For more details click here.

The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, Great Missenden, Bucks

This February half term there will be loads of Roald Dahl style fun happening at the Museum and Story Centre in Great Missenden. Sessions include;

  • Write your own rhymes at Rhythm, Rap and Rhyme with Neal Zetter
  • Boggled Box Beasts – Make a beast in this fun junk modelling session
  • Crockadowndilly Pots
  • Reptile Roadshow
  • Make a Monster Cave
  • and, Discover Dahl’s Archives

Address: 81 to 83 High Street, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, HP16 0AL

For more information on these sessions, dates and times, click here.


We really hope you found this post useful and have a great half term break. For more information on days out in Berkshire for families, click here.


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