Activities for Kids

What to Do this May Halfterm

Heaps for kids to do locally to let off steam this May halfterm-  including a Real Science Day in Wantage, a Children’s Arts Festival in Hungerford, outdoor climbing day and some great ideas for occupying your children at home!

Local Half Term Events

The Jungle Book (2016) Kids Cinema & Lunch 10am Sat 26 MayWildwood, 43 Market Pl, Wantage OX12 8AW.  Enjoy film & lovely lunch for just £9.95. Book a table online (scroll down) or call us directly on 01235 424327.

Crofton Beam Engines Steaming Weekend Sat 26 – Mon 29 May. Witness the exciting engines in action and enjoy activities following in the footsteps of the Giles family who lived in Crofton in the 1920s.

Berkshire Country Fayre  9am – 5pm Sun 27 May, Englefield Estate. Lovely day out for all the family.

Real Science Activity Day  10am – 3pm, Tues 29 May, Vale & Downland Museum, Wantage. Hands on activities, demonstrations & family fun. A chance to meet real scientists. Free entry. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Free Family Fun Day at Growing2Gether Orchard 10am – 2pm Tues 29 May. Follow the fun, self-led sensory trail around the site then join us in the orchard to test your senses. Cottismore Park, Newbury Road, RG20 4SY

Elmer Day Storytime and Craft! 10:30 – 11:30 am Weds 30 MayWantage Library, OX12 7BB. For 3 – 8yrs. Stories about everyone’s favourite patchwork elephant! Call 01235 762291 to book your free ticket.Inflatable Swimming Pool Fun 2 – 3pm Tues 29 May, Hungerford Leisure Centre

Become a Tennis Leader (for 13 + yrs) 9am – 2pm Thurs 31 May. Cost £50 per child. Book with Alix at Ignition Tennis on

Children’s Activity Afternoon 1 – 3pm Thurs 31 May Lambourn Sports Club. £1 per child (must be accompanied by an adult). Bring a decorated rock to be judged.

Inflatable Swimming Pool Fun 2-3pm Thurs 31 May Hungerford Leisure Centre

Saturday Storytime! 10:30 am – 11:30 am Sat 2 June, Wantage Library, OX12 7BB. For 3 to 8 yrs. Just drop in. For more details, please phone Wantage Library on 01235 762291.

Family Outdoor Climbing Day 10am – 4pm Sat 2 June with Reading Climbing Centre

Children’s Art Festival – 10am – 4pm Sat 2 & Sun 3 June, Hungerford

An indoor & outdoor two day festival, where kids can try out arts activities with professional artists in wide range of fun workshops and activities for kids, including theatre, music, drama, storytelling and crafts. Plus, a photo-booth, book swap, face-painting, activity sheet stations and plenty more.

Bring a picnic blanket if the weather is nice and make a day of it. An ice-cream van and pizza tent will be on hand (not included in pass price)

Pay once and get access to all activities:
Day Pass £12 (£13 on the door), Two Day Pass £16 (not available on the door)

Drop Them Off

Let Them Play – Multi-Activity Holiday Camp Tues 29 May – Fri 1 June, run by MNR Coaching at Winchcombe School, Newbury. One day: £20, all 4 days £75 – extended hours can also be booked

Let Them Play – Football Holiday Camp Tues 29 May – Thurs 31 May, run by MNR Coaching at Winchcombe School, Newbury. One day: £15, all 3 days £40 – extended hours can also be booked

Home Activities (whatever the weather)

Science fun at home – 5 easy experiments to do (that don’t require any specialist equipment!) from Ruth at Mini Professors

4LEGS Radio Children’s Writing Competition – for all kids who live or go to school in the Lambourn Valley (Upper Lambourn to Great Shefford). Deadline: Mon 4 June

Thatcham Photographic Competition – for children under 10yrs, 11 – 13 yrs, 14 – 17 yrs who live or go to school within 10 miles of Thatcham. Deadline: 21 September

Five free ways to entertain your kids – local stand-up comic Toni Kent shares her top tips on low budget parenting in the hols

Days Out

Jungle Parc at Lydiard Park nr Swindon – great climbing adventure in the tree canopy.

The Living Rainforest home to 700 species of plants and animals. Discover free-roaming lizards, birds and butterflies as well as monkeys, an armadillo, sloth, toucans and much more. See banana, coffee, cocoa, ginger, vanilla plants and others that provide medicines, cosmetics and building materials. Animal feeding sessions and free guided tours. Click here for visitor information

Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium

Wantagevisit Wantage event diary for lots going on for kids




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