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What’s on in Berkshire May Half Term 2018

What’s on in Berkshire May Half Term 2018

May Half Term is just around the corner, and if you’re looking for things to do with the kiddies over the school holidays then have a look at our handy guide to all the best bits in Berkshire this half term 28 May – 1 June 2018.


Half Term Fun at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead

Norden Farm has a jam packed line up of events over the school holidays to keep all ages entertained.

Children are Stinky – Monday 28 May at 11.30am & 2.00pm – festivities kick off with this show full of circus and hilarity. Set in the 90s (with all your parents favourite tracks), Children are Stinky is packed with lightning fast hula hooping, dare devil balances, astounding strength and incredible acrobatics. Age guidance 3 – 12 years. Tickets from £8.00. For more information and to book, click here.

Book Story – Tuesday 29 May at 11.30am & 2.00pm – A Story, about some books. In a library. These are no ordinary books and this is no ordinary library. This is a musical celebration of books, reading and libraries. Age guidance 5+ years. Tickets from £8.00. For more information and to book, click here.

Keppy Uppy – Wednesday 30 May at 11.30am & 2.00pm – This is a show for the World Cup year on the main stage at Norden Farm with popping rhymes, footie moves, side steps, flicks and live music. Age guidance 3 – 7 years. Tickets from £8.00. For more information and to book, click here.

Found – Thursday 31 May at 11.30am & 2.00pm – Dive into a magical world of adventure and discover with Found. Children are invited to play in this engaging and exploratory dance performance. Age guidance 4 – 7 years. Tickets from £8.00. For more information and to book, click here.

Concertini with Rob Castell – Friday 1 June – 11.30am & 2.00pm – Half terms Concertini is hosted by local musician Rob Castell, the resident songwriter for CBBC’s BAFTA nominated Officially Amazing. Suitable for all ages. Tickets from £8.00. For more information and to book, click here.

And that’s not all! There will also be a selection of films showing throughout the week including Peter Rabbit, Mary and the Witches Flower and A Wrinkle in Time, arts and craft activities for children and storytelling in the magical den! Phew!

Wellington County Park, Odiham

Monday 28 May – Friday 1 June is Nature Activity Week at Wellington Country Park, where children can explore the great outdoors and get creative. Activities include;

  • Go on an adventure with a nature booklet
  • Get stuck in with nature crafts from 10.30am – 4.30pm
  • Find out what lives in the lake with pond wildlife workshops from 10.30am – 4.30pm
  • Look at some unusual mini beasts with the Zoolab team from 11.30am – 3.30pm
  • Pop up play outdoor explorer sessions from 10.30am – 4.30pm
  • Plus, 5 petting sessions at the animal farm daily.

These activities are all included in your admission ticket to the park, there’s no additional cost. To find out more about these activities, click here.

Create and Grow at Squires Garden Centre, Windsor

Bring the kiddies to Squires Garden Centre in Windsor over the school holidays to plant an edible vegetable box with 3 different plants and decorated labels, which they can take home and watch grow! This will take place daily from 10.00am – 4.00pm. Costs £6.00 per box. There will also be a free paper based veggie hunt to win stickers. No need to book, just drop in.

For more information, click here.

Rock Painting at Tops Treats, Newbury

Friday 1 June 2018

Following on from the success of the last sessions, Tops Treats in Newbury will be holding another Rock Painting session on Friday 1 June 2018 at 10.30am. They will supply the rocks and the materials, you decorate your rocks! Children of all ages are welcome and adults will get a free hot drink on arrival alongside 25% off menu prices. The session will cost £5.00 per person.

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

Kids Eat Free at Bel & The Dragon

This May Half Term kids eat for free at Bel & the Dragon. Why not pop down to the Little Ankle Biters Award winner for ‘Best Family Friendly Place to Eat’ in Cookham. As well as a fantastic children’s menu, which did we mention kids get to eat for free from, there’s also an outdoor terrace with a play house and slide to keep little people entertained.

To check out the impressive menu and find out more, click here.

Squidgydoodle Craft Boxes

One of our personal faves, it can’t always be about going out over the school holidays and our little ones love nothing more than getting out the arts and crafts at home. Cue lots of frustration (theirs) and tears (mine) when the glue’s dried out, the felts are missing their lids and the glitter has spilt everywhere. Fear no more, Squidgydoodle to the rescue! Their craft boxes can be ordered online, fit through your letterbox and have everything you need in them for an afternoon of crafting. Boxes are themed, currently there’s ‘Superhero Adventure’, Unicorns & Rainbows, ‘Holiday Fun’ and ‘Spring Surprise’. Boxes are £12.00 each and come with 4 activities and all the equipment needed. Winner!

Find out more and get yours here now.

The Wedding Bells of Windsor, Windsor Castle

Monday 28 May 2018, 11.00am – 4.00pm

Celebrate royal weddings past and present with this musical extravaganza in the Moat Garden. Windsor Castle has been a beautiful backdrop for royal weddings over many centuries. Take part in special wedding-themed storytelling sessions, picnic beneath the Round Tower and listen to live music throughout the day. Storytelling sessions will be delivered by Olivia Armstrong, as well as a special guest storyteller from Shakespeare’s Globe.

The day’s festivities will also include Bach to Baby concerts, the opportunity to meet serving soldiers from the Household Cavalry and an art workshop where you can create your own wedding bouquet or buttonhole.

All activities are free with a standard entry ticket.

For more information on this event, click here.

Splash and Play at the Legoland Windsor Resort

26 May – 3 June 2018

Get your swimsuits at-the-ready for an awesome family day out this May half term. There’s something for all ages with Duplo Splash Safari, Duplo Drench Towers, and the exhilarating Raft Racers all open for May Half Term.

Plus the much-loved Lego friends return to Heartlake Harbour with their live show, Lego Friends to the Rescue.

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

Half Term Activities at Shaw House, Newbury

Family Activity Day – Wednesday 30 May

Tremendous Trees – Using the trees in the grounds of Shaw House as inspiration, make and decorate a wooden tree using deco pens and a variety of craft materials. There will also be a new free tree-themed trail. Runs from 10.00am – 3.30pm.

Tree Trek at Shaw House – Come on a tree trek in the Shaw House grounds with your Local Wildlife Trust. Explore the wonderful gardens and the amazing trees, then join in with some tree-mendous twig and leaf crafts. Runs from 10.30am – 3.30pm.

Sessions cost £2.00 per child. Suitable for ages 4 – 11 years. No need to book. For more information, click here.

Best Places for a Family Walk this Spring in Berkshire

We love nothing more than getting out in the fresh air 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 this half term, 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 just beyond.

Eating out with Children this Half Term – Family Friendly Restaurants in Berkshire

Fancy getting a bite to eat out and about this Half Term? 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.

Love your Zoo Week at Beale Park, Pangbourne

26 May – 3 June 2018, 10.00am – 4.00pm

Taking place over the school holidays is the Love your Zoo Week trail at Beale Park in Pangbourne. This will run daily from Saturday 26 May, from 10.00am – 4.00pm.

For just 50p (normal admission to the park applies) children have to find 10 answers dotted around the park following a special trail. Once they’ve completed it, hand your answers in to the gift shop for the chance to win some wild prizes!

For more information, click here.



Fancy Something Slightly Further Afield…


Merry May Half Term Fun at River & Rowing Museum, Henley

If you’re looking for something to do over the May Half Term why not skip over to the River & Rowing Museum for bundles of family fun? From Weaving Wonders to Shimmering Shells, the Museum is packed with fun things to do. Go along to the family workshop and help to create a banner showing Mr Toad’s adventures with his friends a fantastic array of paint and collage. Visit the Community Gallery and learn all about the Bicentenary of Leander Rowing Club then wind your way around the galleries and see how many brightly coloured hippos you can find!

The Museum offers free parking for visitors, has a fantastic on site café and is very family friendly with facilities including buggy park and baby changing.

For more information, click here.

Colourscape at Waddesdon Manor National Trust, Bucks

26 May – 3 June 2018, 10.30am – 4.30pm

During spring 2018 an extraordinary experience of colour and light lands again on the Waddesdon lawns. A brand-new Colourscape with long sensational views will be installed on the Aviary glade.

By popular demand Waddesdon are bringing back Colourscape  with a brand-new structure created specially to exactly fit the Aviary glade.  Long views of intense colour and light stretch out – the longest view ever created in Colourscape will appear in the ‘Aviary Colourscape’. Enter a new world where you can explore intense light, colour and space in 56 interlinked chambers and encounter unusual musical experiences during your journey.

Each day there will be different music and dance performances – resident musician, Michael Ormiston creates family-friendly free-flowing workshops for all on weekdays and at weekends we present Hurdy-Gurdy, panpipes, dance, flutes from around the world and a spectacular theatre-piece with dance and acoustic costumes.

Returning to Waddesdon for its fourth year, Colourscape is for visitors of all ages and promises an experience you will not forget. Adult £5, Child £3 (Normal grounds admission applies).

For more information on this event, click here.

Young Farmer’s Great Escape at Odds Farm Park, Bucks

26 May – 3 June 2018

Calling all young farmers… Don’t miss the return of the exciting Seasonal Animal Demonstrations, plus lots of new traditional farming activities this May Half Term at Odds Farm Park. Activities include:

  • Kid goat bottle feeding
  • Join in with egg collecting and learn about where the eggs come from
  • Watch the hungry piggies being fed at Piggies Tea Time
  • Take the mini Land Rovers for a spin
  • Have a go at Welly Wanging
  • Jump aboard the Tractor & Trailer Ride.

Plus there will be all the usual fun on the farm, including; animal feeding, small animal petting, the amazing new water play attraction, the outside children’s play area, an inside soft play climbing frame and slides, indoor family restaurant, picnic areas, and more.

For more information and to book your tickets now, click here.

May Half Term Brilliant Birds Trail at Cliveden National Trust, Bucks

28 May – 1 June 2018, 10.30am – 2.30pm

Cliveden is renowned for it’s glorious gardens and, this May half-term, they’re bringing children even closer to them with an interactive half-term trail. With spring flowers in bloom and warmer weather on the way, May half-term is the ideal time to explore the outdoors and learn about the different birds which call Cliveden home. The trail runs Monday 28 May to Friday 1 June, from 10.30am to 2.30pm. The trail costs £2 per child and free for adults, get your trail pack from the Information Centre by the main car park. Usual admission charges to the estate apply.

For more information, click here.

Half Term Fun at Hughenden Manor

Get buzzing at Hughenden this half term with crafting activities, meet the beekeepers, and trail trackers. Time to get the kiddies outdoors!

Get Buzzy! 29 May – 1 June 2018 – 10.30am – 4.00pm

Get Buzzy and have fun with your very own bee crafting activities in the Hughenden study base. Pick up a crafting kit and create a buzzy bee friend to take home. Runs every day during half term. Ideal for children up to 8 years. £3.00 per child, normal admission applies.

Meet the Beekeepers – 28 May 2018 – 11.00am – 4.00pm

Find out about beekeeping and honey production with our expert volunteer beekeepers and see Hughenden’s apiary of five active hives in the parkland. Accessible route, open to everyone, including dogs on leads.

Trail Trackers – 29 May 2018 – 10.30am – midday

Become a trail tracker for the day and join our Rangers exploring Hughenden’s parkland. You’ll have fun learning about orienteering, making your way with a map and compass and finding out all about the rare wildlife of the chalk hills. Ideal for children aged 5-10 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult (adults go free). Not suitable for wheelchairs or buggies as the trail runs through the parkland, suitable for dogs on leads. £4.00 per child, normal admission applies. Booking essential. Book online or call on 0344 249 1895.

Great Big Tree Climb – 1 June 2018 – 10.00am – 5.00pm

Two highly skilled and friendly instructors can help people of all ages reach new heights in one of Hughenden’s fantastic horse chestnut trees. The team from The Big Tree Climbing Co will teach you how to climb up into the tree canopy using ropes, knots and karabiners. You’ll be securely attached to a harness at all times. When you reach the top of the tree you’ll see a view only a few people ever get to enjoy. And that’s one of your ’50 things’ ticked too. £20.00 per person per 1 hour session. Suitable for children aged 6 and over. This needs to be booked direct with the Great Big Tree Climbing Co. online at or call 0800 0556760.

For more information on all of these great events at Hughenden, click here.



We hope you found this post useful and have a great May Half Term. For other ideas on days out with the kiddies in Berkshire, click here.



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