Lots to do this summer in our local area – whatever your age! See our guide to days out, family activities and some great seasonal recipes to enjoy!

Events & Days Out

Out of Doors Festival hosted by Corn Exchange, Newbury

Crofton Beam Engines

Take a picnic and enjoy a fascinating day out at this historic site on the Kennet & Avon Canal just south of Marlborough.

Crofton Beam Engines

Treasure Trails help you explore a town or village near you.

Vale & Downland Museum in Wantage offers fun Summer activities:

Parthian Climbing Centre, Reading & Rockstar Climbing Centre, Swindon

Burghclere Ride-On Miniature Railway (public running day weather permitting 12 – 4pm Sun 8 Aug)

PP Guide to Places to Visit – Our personal list of the best local places to visit all year round (check their current availability) 

Summer Recipes


Summer Camps & Kids Activities

Matt Ward Karate Camp for 6+ yrs, 9am – 3pm Wednesdays in Swindon, Tuesdays & Thursdays in Lambourn

Summer Music Courses include Band Academy, studio recording, contemporary vocals, sax hacks, learning to DJ to jazz and blues piano and more at Hogan Music in Newbury

Letcombe Brook Beasties river dipping 12 & 26 Aug

Free Activites for 11 – 18 yr olds in Thatcham during August (free lunch included)

Video Game Coding at Code Ninjas, Newbury all summer (see below)

Storytime at Saddleback Farm Shop nr Brightwalton – Thu 26 Aug

Arts Award Days at The Crofton Beam Engines for 7-12 yr olds, 23-25 Aug

Wantage Mini-figure Lego Hunt organised by The Toy Planet until 1 Sept

Basketball with Wiltshire Demons 12 -16 Aug, Marlborough


Art in Windows Family Activities in Swindon

Guitar & Ukelele Summer Club, Inkpen for 7 – 12 yrs, Thurs mornings in August

Family Fun Days in Newbury, Weds 11 Aug, and Tues 24 Aug. For a list of all events taking place in Newbury area please visit: visitnewbury.org.uk/enjoy/events/

AC Gymnastics Summer Camp Thatcham Tues 3 & Tues 24 Aug book here

World of Wonders Holiday Club at St Lawrence’s Church Hungerford Mon 23 – Fri 27 Aug 9.30am – 12noon. Free. To register please email Alison@mikethevicar.co.uk OR phone 01488 208341

See list of Code Ninja camps below.

Fun For Free

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

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

Nature Discovery Centre in Thatcham

Splash Park in Victoria Park, Newbury – open till mid-Sept.

Wilton Windmill – lovely site to vist & have a picnic

Visit Pewsey Vale – beautiful countryside to explore on foot or bike

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

Wild World Heroes Summer Library Reading Challenge 2021

Summer Camps at Code Ninja, Newbury

A Bit of Micro:Bit Magic – 9:30 – 12:30 | 2nd – 7th August
Become a YouTuber! – 9:30 – 12:30 | 2nd – 7th August
Storytelling and Moviemaking in Minecraft® – 1:30 – 4:30 2nd – 7th August
Mini Makers with Microcontrollers – 9:30 – 12:30 | 9th – 13th August
Hackers Wanted: Uncover the Code in Roblox – 1:30 – 4:30 | 9th – 13th August
Potential UNLOCKED: Become a Roblox Developer – 9:30 – 12:30 | 16th – 20th August
Stop Motion Animation – 1:30 – 4:30 | 16th – 20th August
DIY Website: Build Your Own Fan Page! – 9:30 – 12:30 | 23rd – 27th August
MakeCode Arcade with Meowbit – 12:30 – 4:30 | 23rd – 27th August
Designing Modifications with Minecraft® – 12:30 – 4:30 | 23rd – 27th August

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