Due to Covid, trick-or-treating is not recommended this year (please see advice here) but you can still have lots of fun!

Escape the Everyday at Newbury’s Live ExCLUEsive Games Escape Room!

20% discount code ETE20 for 4 or more players until 30 Nov.

Enjoy Newbury’s fun half-term Halloween trail. Pick up your trail starter pack (with lots of goodies) from FAT FACE in Parkway 26 – 31 Oct.

See facebook event for more details.

Fossiltastic Art & Crafts, The Story of Mary Anning and Dino Detectives Halfterm Workshops at the Vale & Downland Museum in Wantage

Pick up an entry form from Hungerford Library (or contact hungerfordlibrary@westberks.gov.uk / 01488 682660 to be sent one), then find the dinosaur pictures hiding in the windows of the High Street shops.  Write the dinos’ names on the entry form and return it to the Library by Sat 7 Nov to claim a small prize (for Yr 6 & below children).

If you love dinosaurs, the Natural History Museum website has loads of facts and fun things to try. 

Put your pinny on and enter this great Halloweed virtual bake-off in aid of Trindledown Animal Trust in Great Shefford. Entry deadline is 29 Oct. For how to enter read more

Pick up your Scarecrow Halloween Hunt map from Honesty Inkpen at The Crown & Garter, RG17 9QR for just £2. 

To enter the prize draw, hand in your completed map  to 17 Robins Hill (in post box).

In aid of Inkpen Primary School.


PP Guide to Places to Visit – Our personal list of the best local places to visit year-round

Spooky Old Sarum (English Heritage), Salisbury

Drive Through Halloween Camel Safari, Idlicote, CV36 5DN

Pick Your Own Pumpkin at Cobbs Farmshop near Hungerford

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

Vale & Downland Museum in Wantage 


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 – Aside from the usual exhibits, the museum in Wantage also hosts wonderful events for the whole family

Wantage Library – Hosts various events that are great for kids and adults alike!

Savernake Forest – lots of 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

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

For Teens

ExCLUEsive Escape Game in Newbury: can your team solve the clues to escape in 60 minutes?
Have Fun Geocaching – turn a walk into an adventure. What treasure will you find?

For Primary Aged Kids

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?

Cook up a storm – have fun taking over the kitchen!

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


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