Well hello Spring, you cold snowy thing, you! If you’re looking for things to do with the kiddies guaranteed to put a spring in your step and warm things up, here’s our guide to what’s on this weekend in Berkshire for families.
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Nick Sharratt’s Big Draw Along, Corn Exchange Newbury
Saturday 3 March 2018, 11.00am & 2.00pm
A family-friendly and fun filled draw-along with acclaimed children’s writer and illustrator Nick Sharratt.
Join Nick to find out how he creates his picture books. He’ll show you how to draw Tracy Beaker and Timothy Pope, kings and cats and all kinds of crazy creatures. Plus he’ll share some of his very best drawing tips. Bring pencils, paper and something to lean on and expect plenty of chances to join in! There will also be an opportunity to meet Nick in the Foyer after and get a book signed.
Details: £10.50 per ticket, suitable for children aged 6 years +. Duration 1 hour. For more information and to book your tickets, click here.
Address: Corn Exchange, Market Place, Newbury, RG14 5BD
Sunday Stories at Norden Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead
Sunday 4 March 2018, 11.30am
Interactive storytelling in the magical story den at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts in Maidenhead. Parents can join in or unwind in the Café Bar with a latte and the Sunday papers, while little ones get involved in telling stories from all over the world. Age guidance 4 – 7 years. Takes place Sunday 4 March 2018, 11.30am. The session is £3.00 per child and lasts 45 minutes.
For more information and to book tickets, click here.
World Book Day at Windsor Castle
Saturday 3 March 2018, 10.30am – 3.30pm
Bring your children along to Windsor Castle this Saturday to listen to special stories in the State Apartments with our storyteller, Olivia Armstrong, and come dressed as your favourite book character to claim a memento. You’ll also be able to see some of the finest books at the Castle displayed throughout the State Apartments.
All activities are included with standard admission to Windsor Castle. Residents of the RBWM with an Advantage Card can get free entry to the Castle.
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.
Snowdrops at Welford Park, Newbury – Last Chance!
Why not pay a visit to Welford Park in Newbury, home of Great British Bake Off don’t cha know, to see their stunning snowdrops in the woodland area and along the River Lambourn. The 2018 snowdrop season runs from 31 January – 4 March. Welford Park is open from 11.00am – 4.00pm. You’ll also find a tea room serving homemade cakes, hot and cold drinks and light lunch options. You may even be walking in Paul Hollywood’s footsteps…
Prices: £7.00 adults, £3.00 children (4 – 16 years), children under 4 are free. Dogs kept on leads are welcome. Donations go to West Berkshire charities.
Address: Welford Park, Newbury, Berkshire, RG20 8HU
For more information, click here.
Apple Store Free Events for Children – The Oracle, Reading
Kids Hour – Making Movies Together
Sunday 4 March 2018, 11.00am – midday
This Kids Hour is dedicated to exploring creativity through movie making for both kids and parents. We’ll start with brainstorming ideas. Then kids will practice basic camera techniques and shoot footage using iPad Pro. They’ll finish by creating a professional movie trailer with iMovie. Kids can bring their iPad or we’ll bring one. Recommended for ages 6 – 12 years. For more information and to sign up, click here.
Kids Hour – Creating Music with GarageBand
Sunday 4 March 2018, midday – 1.00pm
The Kids Hour celebrates music by teaching kids how to create exciting tunes and beats using GarageBand on iPad. First we’ll cover rhythm basics, and kids will get hands-on with creating their own drum beats. Then we’ll show them how to use Live Loops to make their very own Rock, Hip Hop, or EDM track. Kids can bring their own iPad, or we’ll provide one. Recommended for ages 6 – 12 years. For more information and to sign up, click here.
Kids Hour – Sphero Maze Challenge
Sunday 4 March 2018, 2.00 – 3.00pm
Kids Hour is designed to spark imagination and creativity through fun, hands-on projects. Kids will explore coding with Sphero robots by programming simple movements, loops and more. Then they’ll design a maze and navigate their robot through the obstacles. Kids can bring their own iPad and Sphero Sprk+ robot, or we’ll provide them. Recommended for ages 6 – 12 years. For more information and to sign up, click here.
Odeon Kids Club, Berkshire
Fancy snuggling up with the kiddies in the cinema with a tub of popcorn? It’s a great way to spend a cold morning, and the Odeon make it even easier with their Kids Club. Fantastic films at a fraction of the usual price.
Odeon cinemas can be found in Maidenhead and Bracknell. Click here to check Kids Club films and to get your tickets.
Winter Walks this Weekend in Berkshire
We love nothing more than getting out in the fresh air at the weekend with the kiddies and the pooch. The more muddy puddles the better. There are loads of amazing places to go for a family walk in Berkshire, and we’ve pulled together our favourites here for you. From the Long Walk, to the Kennet and Avon Canal, Berkshire is bursting with stunning places to be walked upon!
Click here to check out our suggestions for Berkshire, and beyond.
Eating out with Children – Family Friendly Restaurants in Berkshire
Fancy getting a bite to eat out and about this weekend? If you’re looking for a fantastic family friendly restaurant in Berkshire we’ve done a lot of research (tough job but we took one for the team), and you can check out our guide to eating out with kids in Berkshire, click here.
Something slightly further afield this weekend…
Butterflies in the Glasshouse, RHS Garden Wisley – Last Chance!
Escape to tropical climes at RHS Garden Wisley this weekend for Butterflies in the Glasshouse which ends 4 March 2018. Seek out more than 50 vibrant species of exotic butterflies as they fly freely among the tropical zone of the cathedral like glasshouse. These beautiful butterflies will showcase their magnificent colours, patterns and form among lush plantings such as palm trees, bananas, bromeliads and climbers, as well as aquatic plants that thrive in the warm jungle pool. Don’t forget to explore the interactive, family-friendly Education Zone.
The Glasshouse is open 9.00am – 4.00pm (last entry 3.30pm). Book your tickets in advance and save 10%.
Address: RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey, GU23 6QB
For more information and to book your tickets, click here.
We hope you found this post useful and have a great weekend. If you’d like to see ideas for days out with the kiddies in Berkshire and beyond, click here.