Lots of spooky and autumnal fun to be had in our local area this half term! 

Retreat Mud & Guts

Mud & Guts Children’s Adventure for six to nine years at The Retreat, Elcot Park Wed 26 Oct

Explore magical woodland around the hotel, build dens, try archery and making fire with flint.

Stop! It’s Coding time! Craft your spooky story using Stop Motion Animation at Code Ninjas Newbury.

This popular day camp always fills up fast so make sure to book your place here

Cobbs Open Air Cinena Hocus Pocus

Open Air Cinema: Hocus Pocus at Cobbs Sat 29 Oct

Get creative this Halloween (and cut down on waste) with ideas for making your own decorations, costumes and cooking your pumpkins.

Graffiti competition & workshop for ages 10 to 18: entry deadline 22 Oct.

Newbury’s Festival of Frights includes Ghost Town Family Trail from Wed 26 to Sat 29 Oct and Parkway’s Frightful Family Fun Days from Thu 27 to Sun 29 Oct

Create & Make for 5 to11 yr olds. 24 to 28 Oct, Corn Exchange Learning Centre, Newbury

Compton Scarecrow Trail from 24 to 30 Oct. 

Creative Activities at City Arts in Newbury in halfterm

Halloween Party at The Five Bells in Wickham Sat 29 Oct from 5pm. Pumpkin carving, kids games, come in fancy dress!

Halfterm Camps at Code Ninjas, Newbury

Halloween at The Merchants Hall in Marlborough with spooky trails & story time Sat 29 Oct.

Pumpkin picking at Cobbs Farm nr Hungerford until Sun 30 Oct

Pumpkin Picking & Woodland Trail, Wasing Estate, 21 to 29 Oct

Drop-in Spooky Craft Fun Vale & Downland Museum in Wantage Mon 24 Oct 10am – noon

Halloween Trail in Lambourn Mon 31 Oct starts 4.30pm from the Market Place. Book with Julie on 07840780345. Please bring a pen/pencil. Sweets donated by Market Hair

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

For 10 years and up.


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

Spooky Old Sarum (English Heritage), Salisbury

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

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 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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