Plenty going on locally to keep the sprogs busy this halfterm, free fun ideas and childcare options for busy parents.

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Mon 17 – Fri 21 Feb Make and Do Holiday Club for 4-8 yrs, The Base Greenham

Tues 18 Feb Free Drama Workshops for 4-7yrs, Newbury Library

Tues 18 Feb Free Drama Workshops for 8-12yrs, Newbury Library

Tues 18 Feb Swinging 60’s Groovy Family Day, Vale & Downland Museum, Wantage  

Wed 19 Feb  Learn How to EcoBrick, Newbury

Wed 19 Feb 7.15pm Peter Pan, Hungerford 

Thur 20 Feb Alpaca Party, Great Shefford

Thur 20 Feb The Three Little Pigs, Hungerford Library

Thur 20 Feb KATS panto: Ali’s Barbers & the Fawlty Sleeves, Thatcham 

Thur 20 Feb 7.15pm Peter Pan, Hungerford

Thur 20 Feb 7.30pm Dick Whittington and his Cat, Kintbury

Fri 21 Feb Half Term Face Painting, Newbury

Fri 21 Feb  Fraud Scene Investigators, Lambourn Library

Fri 21 Feb 2.15pm & 7.15pm Peter Pan, Hungerford

Fri 21 Feb 3pm & 7.30pm Dick Whittington and his Cat, Kintbury

Sat 22 Feb 2.15pm & 7.15pm Peter Pan, Hungerford 

Sat 22 Feb  Clay Animals workshop for 4-11 yrs, The Base Greenham

Sat 22 Feb 1pm & 6pm Dick Whittington and his Cat, Kintbury

Sun 23 Feb 11.15am The Three Little Pigs, Newbury Library



Avenue Adventure Holiday Club in the Savernake for 4 – 12 year olds 

Includes forest school sessions, crafts & baking!


Vale & Downland Museum in Wantage – interactive fun for the whole family (see video below)

Family Fun at Sandham Memorial Chapel First World War – hands on First World War history, I Spy Senses Trail, picnic area and more

ExCLUEsive Escape Game in Newbury: can your team solve the clues to escape in 60 minutes?

The Living Rainforest in Hamsptead Norreys: discover exotic creatures and plants and learn about sustainability

Half term cookie challenge at Saddleback Farm Shop near Brightwalton. 

Each pack costs £4 and contains two homemade biscuits, icing and a bag of sweets.

You can also let them run off some steam in their play area while you enjoy a warm cup of coffee.

Didcot Railway Centre – brings alive railway history with models, events and railway experience days

The Rose of Hungerford canal trips for all the family

Crofton Beam Engines near Great Bedwyn

Go Ape – high ropes adventure course in Bracknell

Treasure Trails explore a town or village near you

PP Guide to Places to Visit our list of great places to visit year-round



Five Free Ways to Entertain Your Kids – local stand-up comic Toni Kent shares her top tips on low budget parenting…

West Berkshire Libraries – with all sorts of fun and educational events

Vale & Downland Museum – interactive fun for the whole family

Wantage Library – lots of events that are great for the family!

Faringdon Cycle Park – free track that also offers bike lessons for all ages

Savernake Forest – lovely trails to walk and cycle, near Marlborough

Calling  all Year 7 – 13 students into journalism and writing!

Enter our competition to write a story or article about Wantage (you don’t have to live in Wantage to enter)

Snelsmore Common – outdoor fun yearround exploring this varied heathland

Nature Discovery Centre, Thatcham – great adventure playground, lakeside cafe and activity centre, trails & picnic areas

Have Fun Geocaching– turn a walk into an adventure. What treasure will you find?

50 Things to Do Before You’re 11– how many can you cross off the list?

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


Have fun painting and hiding rocks and pebbles via these local facebook groups and pages:
Wantage Rocks
Lambourn on the Rocks 
Newbury Rocks
Thatcham Rocks
Hungerford Rocks
Rocks of Marlborough

For more great ideas for affordable family activities visit Berkshire on a Budget 

Cook up a Storm

Let the kids take over the kitchen (with a bit of supervision!) and cook a meal for the family. Or why not experiment with some healthy snacks for packed lunches?

cheesey flapjacks

Cheesey Flapjack Recipe

If you like savoury snacks that taste good and are filling too then try this cheesey flapjack recipe which has the thumbs up from Hungerford Youth Club (even though the

Crunchy Kale Crisps

The perfect recipe to get kids eating kale, one of the most nutrient dense greens in the world. Kale is quite tough, and not always easy to mix in with

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