We hope you’re all managing to cope in the Berkshire heatwave this week, we’re a big fan of the sunshine, but not so much the restless nights with the little ones. With the heat looking set to continue into the weekend, we’ve got lots of ideas for what’s on for families in Berkshire, lots outside making the most of the weather but also ideas for escaping the sun and staying cool. Whether you’ll be basking in the sun or opting for a bit more shade we hope you have a fantastic weekend.
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Windsormania Music Festival & Family Fun Day, Royal Windsor Racecourse
Sunday 1 July 2018
This weekend is Windsormania Music Festival and Family Fun Day at the Royal Windsor Racecourse in Berkshire. A family day festival featuring live music from 1D, Katy Perry and Pink! tribute acts. New for 2018 – as well as 7 races for the adults to enjoy there will be a huge free funfair for the kids. As all of this entertainment on the day is free, kids can ride and play as much as they like. Not only that but there will be live music before and after the racing with some of the countries best tribute acts, including One Direction, Katy Perry and Pink!
Why not bring the whole family along for this great day out on Sunday 1 July 2018. Don’t forget children under 18 go free and adult tickets start from just £14.00. Gates open at 11.50am, first race is 1.50pm and the last race is 5.20pm. For more information and to book your tickets now, click here.
Reading Armed Forces Day 2018, Forbury Gardens
Saturday 30 June 2018, 11.00am – 4.30pm
In this free event, Reading pays tribute to the Armed Forces and its Veterans with a host of family friendly music and activities in the beautiful surroundings of Forbury Gardens, as well as on Broad Street in the town centre.
In the Forbury Gardens families can enjoy balloon modelling and face painting, and visitors can sit back and listen to live music from 11.00am onwards or pay a visit to stands from regiments, charity and community organisations. Families can feel free to bring a picnic although there will also be refreshments available on the day.
For more information, click here.
Chieveley Fete 2018
Sunday 1 July 2018, 2.00 – 5.00pm
The Chieveley Fete is a traditional village fete and will be taking place on Sunday 1 July from 2.00 – 5.00pm. It’s located in the beautiful setting of Chieveley Manor and has something different for visitors every year. This year the fete will have live music from Peasemore Ukelele Band, Cold Ash Brass Band, and new for 2018, the Sidekickz. Activities for this year include; Traditional Punch & Judy Show, bouncy castle, swing boats, vintage carousel, choir, fire engine, silent auction and raffle, coconut shy, face painting, welly wanging, stocks, village tug of war, and music workshops. There will also be a range of local food and craft stalls, including; ice creams, cream teas, arts and crafts, local food stalls, bar and BBQ.
Entry – Adults are £2.00, children are free. No dogs except guide dogs. Parking is available at The Manor and Village Hall car parks. For more information, click here.
Summer Butterflies and Flowers at Moor Copse, Reading
Sunday 1 July 2018, 10.30am – 12.30pm
Look for summer butterflies and flowers in the woods and meadows of Moor Copse near Reading. Marbled White and Silver-washed Fritillary butterflies can be abundant. In the hay meadows you should be able to see the flowers of Great Burnet, Pepper-Saxifrage and betony, together with many butterflies, grasshoppers and other insects.
This is a 2 mile distance walk and is suitable for families and all ages. Please note the ground is uneven. This is a free activity which will take place at Moor Copse in Tidmarsh (between Theale and Pangbourne). It is being run by the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust. For more information, click here.
The Slime Show at The Lookout Discovery Centre, Bracknell
Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 June 2018
Why are slugs and snails so slimy? Can you really cut, bounce or stretch slime? Come and find out in this sticky, gooey and slime filled show!
Shows run throughout the day on weekends and during Bracknell school holidays. Suitable for children aged 3+ years, who can sit still for half an hour. Shows cost £1.95 on top of your admission cost to the Lookout Discovery Centre. You don’t need to pre-book tickets for the shows, just book them on the day at reception. Plus you’ll get to enjoy all the exciting activities and hands-on science exhibitions at the centre.
For more information, click here.
999 Weekend at 4 Kingdoms Adventure Park, Newbury
Saturday 30 June & Sunday 1 July 2018
This weekend bring the kiddies to 4 Kingdoms Adventure Park in Newbury and as well as all the usual fun you can expect at the park, there will also be the 999 Weekend with the emergency services in attendance! There will be loads of fun for all ages where you can meet real life heroes and see all their equipment. There will be fire engines, including rides on the fire engine limousine and the chance to squirt the fire engine hoses. There will be an ambulance doing CPR demonstrations, a police motor bike and a Crime Scene Investigation, and not forgetting the rescue squad challenges.
For more information on this event and to book tickets, click here.
Newbury Race for Life, Newbury Racecourse
Sunday 1 July 2018, 11.00am
This Sunday 1 July is Race for Life at Newbury Racecourse in Berkshire. Raise money for this amazing charity as a family and get out in the fresh air having fun together at the same time. There will be a 5k and 10k race where you can run, jog or walk your way around the route, so there’s something for all abilities. There will also be stalls and catering on site so bring your supporters down with you to cheer you over the finish line.
Prices are £10.00 entry for children, £14.99 entry for women, and under 6 years (girls and boys) entry is free and no registration needed. Both races start at 11.00am.
Berkshire Motor Show, Prospect Park, Reading
Sunday 1 July 2018, 10.00am – 5.00pm
This year’s Berkshire Motor Show will be held at Prospect Park in Reading on Sunday 1 July 2018. As well as a great display of classic cars and other vehicles perfect for any motor enthusiasts in your home, there will also be a fun fair, crafts and food and drink stalls. This event will have something for the whole family to enjoy.
Public car parking at the event is a donation of £2.00. Entry is a donation to the charities being collected for. For more information, 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 weekend 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.
Best Places for a Family Walk this Summer in Berkshire
We love nothing more than getting out in the fresh air with the kiddies and the pooch at the weekend, it’s free, healthy and fun. 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 in Windsor, 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 just beyond.
Eating out with Children this Weekend – 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.
Fancy something a little further afield…
Stoke Place Summer Garden Party, Bucks
Sunday 1 July, midday – 5.00pm
This is a great event for families looking for something to do locally this weekend. The stunning Stoke Place will be opening it’s doors to families for it’s annual Summer Garden Party on Sunday 1 July from midday. You need to register for tickets but they’re complimentary and as easy as sending an email with your details and how many you need (email firstname.lastname@example.org). On the day you can expect; a band, children’s entertainer, garden games, BBQ, desserts, bouncy castle, crazy golf, face painter, family games, and much more. Bring the family, enjoy the activities and the beautiful surroundings of Stoke Place gardens.
Bring some cash with you as food and drink inside is chargeable and they don’t allow food or drink to be brought in with you. For more information and to get your complimentary tickets, click here.
Game of Clues Murder Mystery at Cliveden National Trust
Saturday 30 June & Sunday 1 July 2018, 10.30am – 3.30pm
A new year, a new victim, a new killer. Following last year’s crime caper, there’s a brand new outdoor mystery for you and your family to solve. The year is 1853 and, whilst the Sutherland’s are away visiting their London abode, Cliveden’s head butler has turned up dead on the estate. Mr Butter, a rather unsavoury character, was discovered fallen off his chair and smelling of whiskey, but how did he get there?
Follow the outdoors trail to solve the murder mystery. Costs £5.00 per trail and is suitable for children aged 8 years +. Dogs on leads are welcome. The trail runs from 10.30am – 3.30pm.
For more information, 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.