Activities for Kids

Summer Holiday Activity Guide
Guide to Summer Holiday Activities 2017

There is a lot to be said for letting your kids get bored so they have time to find out what they are interested in. However in our experience this only works if you can get them away from their phones/wifi signal…so it’s lucky there is plenty of great activities in our area this summer!  For lots more individual events see the Penny Post calendar (select Categories: For Children)

Drop Them Off

Summer Holiday Club for 4-8 yrs at Springburn Childcare, Shefford Woodlands. 8am-6pm. £40 per day inc all meals and fab activities inc treasure hunts & clay modelling.

Camp Adventure for 5-12 yrs at Hungerford Leisure Centre. 8am-6pm Mon-Fri, 24 July -25 Aug. Fun activities inc wobsticle, trampolining, go-karting. Call 01488 683 303 to book. £12/half £24/full day (with West Berks card)

Summer Activities at Riverside Community Centre, Clay Hill, Newbury RG14 2FG  for 5 -13 yrs 10am-3pm Mon, Weds & Fri. £4 per child (inc lunch) from 31 July -1 Sept (exc Aug Bank Holiday Monday) No need to book.

Marlborough Camp Activate for 5-14 yrs at Marlborough Leisure Centre.

Wantage Holiday Sports Camp for 5-11 yrs at Wantage Leisure Centre.

Burn that Energy!

Summer Tennis Camps for 5-9 yrs and 10-16 yrs in Hungerford, Chieveley, Newbury and Tilehurst (click link above for dates) with Ignition Tennis

Bikeability courses for 10+ yrs in Thatcham (31 July/1 Aug, 14/15 Aug) and Newbury (7/8 Aug) . Great chance for kids to increase their confidence and safety cycling on the road. (See link for how to book).

Summer Football Camps for 5-15 yrs (boys and girls) in Swindon, Lambourn, Wantage and Marlborough with professional coaches from Swindon Town Football in the Community (click link for dates)

Matt Ward Karate‘s Summer Camps for 6 yrs & over every Weds in Swindon, Thurs in Lambourn 26 July-31 Aug inc Kata training, fun and games, nerf gun shooting, keep fit and Kumite. £25/day. Book with Matt on Facebook or or 07774 645 476.

MF Martial Arts classes in Newbury & Thatcham run through the summer (except last week of Aug) for 3-6 yrs and 7 yrs+ adults and family classes. To book a free trial session contact or 07871 333 846.

Reading Climbing Centre runs great activities for all ages during the summer (inc Family Outdoor Climbing Days). Click here for details of all summer activities.

Paddling Courses for 8 yrs to adult at Dolphin Centre, Pangbourne with Activity Team West Berkshire. Full and half day courses. Canoeing & Kayaking.

Climbing Courses for 8+ yrs at Dolphin Centre, Pangbourne to achieve NICAS Levels 1 & 2 31 July-3 Aug.

Taste of Adventure Days at Dolphin Centre, Pangbourne  for 8-13 yrs inc canoeing, climbing, survival, archery & orienteering courses – £25/day

Monkey Mayhem Soft Play & Bouncy Castle 9 mnths-5 yrs at The Beacon, Wantage 9:30-11:30am Mondays & Fridays

Wessex Ranger Brigade in Hungerford for 8 – 18 yrs offers fieldcraft, map reading, country code, drill, military knowledge and much more. Meetings 6 – 8pm Wednesdays. Contact David Oram on 0700 982 651 or

Get Creative

Sewing Playground Make Your Own A-line skirt (Sat 29 July) and Pyjama Bottoms (Sat 12 Aug). Suitable for 10+ yrs (if accompanied by adult) 14+ yrs (unaccompanied). Please book with Silvia Luce on 07857 037 754 or

“Bake with Me” macaron classes for children 7-12 yrs at The Real Macaron Company in Newbury on Tuesdays 25 July and 1/8/15/29 August at 10.30-12pm or 2-3.30pm.  Cost £22.50 per child inc refreshments. The children actively bake their own delicious macarons to take home. Book with Gaye on 07887870274 or

Family Craft workshops inspired by Kipling’s Just So Stories for children under 12 yrs, 10am-12pm at New Greenham Arts:
Just So: Craft Leopards  Tues 1 Aug
Just So: Craft Butterflies  Weds 2 Aug

Stockfest Activities 16 – 25 August – inc origami, family sewing, wild writing, cartoons & caricatures, Discover Chocolate with Tilly’s Treats, watercolour workshop, Sing for Joy & lots of other great events

Family Craft Activity Days
 4-11 yrs Every Weds at Shaw House, Newbury

Messy Museum Days 4-11 yrs Every Thurs & Fri at West Berks Museum, Newbury

Animal Antics Summer Reading Challenge and free activities at your local library: Hungerford LibraryNewbury LibraryLambourn LibraryMarlborough LibraryWantage Library, Swindon Library and Thatcham Library

Music, Dance, Drama & Film

Summer Music Fun at Hogan Academy in Newbury inc Rock School, song writing, singing and DJ masterclasses, ukelele, world drums & lots more – see link for details. Booking required on 01635 49657 or

NCDC Dance Week 29 Aug-2 Sept for 9-18 yr olds with Newbury Contemporary Dance Company

Just So: Drama Week 31 July-4 Aug at New Greenham Arts for 5-14 yrs who love drama and performing

Spectacular Performance Opportunity in Newbury 9 – 12 Aug (rehearsals & performance). For 15+ yrs dancers. No cost.

Family Cinema: Boss Baby 11am Sat 12 Aug, The Beacon, Wantage. All tickets £3 from reception at The Beacon or on 01235 763 456.

Kids parties at The Beacon, Wantage – a great venue offering a choice of party themes bouncy castle, movie and pizza, disco, entertainer or arty activity.

Forbes Summer Stage School for 4-16yrs at The Beacon, Wantage 31 July-4 Aug. 10am-4pm (early drop from 9am available.  Cost £169. Shake, Rattle and Roll showcase at 3pm on final day. Contact


Baby Yoga Class at The Beacon, Wantage 11 12pm Tuesdays. Book with

Monkey Mayhem Soft Play & Bouncy Castle 9 mnths-5 yrs at The Beacon, Wantage 9:30-11:30am Mondays & Fridays


Nature & Science Fun

Mini Professors Science Fun for 2-5 yrs at The Beacon, Wantage for 3 Weds 16/23/30 August, 10.15am or 11.15am (40 minute sessions). £18/ £31.50 (siblings)

Sheepdrove Organic Farm near Lambourn offers great summer workshops: Introduction to Bushcraft (27 July), Wildlife Surveying (31 July) and International Bat Night (25 Aug) – click link for dates & prices. Suitable for 14 yrs+ with an adult.

Big Butterfly Count 10am-12noon Fri 4 Aug, Riverside Community Centre, Newbury. Free family drop-in event to see how many different species of butterfly you can find and learn how you can find and learn how to attract more butterflies to your garden. Big Butterfly Count runs from 14 July – 6 Aug

River Restoration for 13-19 yr olds 12 and 18 Aug. Get stuck in to some important, practical work reinforcing the island banks in the River Kennet. Tools and waders provided. Booking essential (see link for details).

Teen Spirit

MENCAP volunteers needed over the summer holidays (and after school in term time) – a great opportunity for those aged 14 years and over (looks great on your CV).

DriveStart for 15 – 19 yr olds 9am – 4pm Thurs 27 July at Madjeski Stadium, Reading

Wessex Ranger Brigade in Hungerford for 8 – 18 yrs offers fieldcraft, map reading, country code, drill, military knowledge and much more. Meetings 6 – 8pm Wednesdays. Contact David Oram on 0700 982 651 or

Days Out

The Living RainforestLivingRainforest, Hampstead Norreys. Explore the rainforest this summer without leaving the UK. Discover free-roaming lizards, birds and butterflies as well as monkeys, an armadillo, toucans and much more. See banana, coffee, cocoa, ginger, vanilla plants and other plants that provide medicines, cosmetics and building materials. Open every day with daily animal feeding sessions and free guided tours every weekend.

4 Kingdoms Adventure Park & Family Farm on A339 just south of Newbury with over 21 play zones including animal petting areas and train rides.

Cotswold Water Park not far from Swindon offers a wide range of water sports (inc wake-boarding, wind-surfing) as well as cycle tracks, beach area, fishing, sailing and camping.

Jungle Parc for high-wire tree-top adventure at Lydiard Park, Swindon

Didcot Railway Centre open every day until 10 September. Enjoy their unique collection of Great Western Railway steam engines, coaches, wagons, a recreation of Brunel’s broad gauge railway, a picnic area and railway themed play park.  Check out their great Gala Events coming up (including a chance to ride on The Flying Scotsman!)


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