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

Forest First Toddler Group free outside fun on first Tuesday of the month at Growing2Gether near Kingsclere.

Under 5s Fun Alfie’s Stay & Play for under 5s at Vale & Downland Museum in Wantage for playtime, making and stories (optional) every first Thur of the month.

Aerial Fun for kids with Bambi Newport. Learn new skills of aerial hoop, aerial silks and aerial sling. Upside down fun for 7 years upward. A great theme for a party!

Art & Craft for Young People at The Base in Greenham.

Dance, music, crafts, and story-telling for kids at the Corn Exchange’s Learning Centre in Newbury.

First-aid training for children in Marlborough. Give your children skills for life. Mini Life-saver Courses for 5-9 years and Teen-Aiders for 10-14 year olds, or private bespoke groups at your venue when suits. More details on the website.   

Hungerford Rugby Juniors offer fun, fitness and friendship for boys and girls aged 6 to 18 yrs old – more details here


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

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

For more ideas, visit PP Guide to Places to Visit our personal list of the best local 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

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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