Lots to do this summer for families in our local area. See our guide to days out, family activities, summer camps and some great seasonal recipes to enjoy.
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Events & Days Out
Visit Cobbs Farm free “beach area” and double decker bus café for milkshakes, ice creams, toasties, drinks and snacks from Fri 21 July to Sun 3 Sept.
Newbury Summer Fest Sat 22 July offers families an array of different activities.
Summer Coding Camps at Code Ninjas in Newbury – Roblox, Minecraft, YouTube, 3D printing, stop motion animation and more.
Didcot Railway Centre living museum and activity centre.
STEAM Museum, Swindon – kids for a quid with a paying adult.
Treasure Trails help you explore a town or village near you.
Local Holiday Destinations – Savernake Forest, Cotswold Water Park, Pewsey Vale.
PP Guide to Places to Visit – Our personal list of the best local places to visit all year round (check their current availability).
Saving the Pennies
Where kids can eat free (or for £1) during the summer holidays.
More Fun For Free
Free Summer Holiday Activites with Thatcham Youth in August – places must be pre-booked.
Free Youth Club (for secondary school aged young people) in August at the Waterside Centre, Newbury.
Fun waste and recycling activity pack for children.
Free activities at your local library in West Berkshire:
The All Sorts Club at Lambourn Library, the Pot-luck Club at Hungerford Library and the children’s craft clubs at Burghfield Common, Hungerford and Theale libraries are all continuing, along with Theale Library’s Duplo Play sessions, with extra sessions taking place every Wednesday, 10.45am-2.15pm.
- Sports-themed crafts at Theale Library on 2, 9 and 30 August, 1.30-3.30pm: join a skittles tournament, make a hoopla set or design a table-top football pitch.
- Explore Learning workshops at libraries in Burghfield Common on 10 August, Newbury on 18 August and Pangbourne on 22 August, all 11am-12.30pm.
- Summer crafts every Friday in August at Thatcham Library, 10.30-11.30am, and on Saturday mornings throughout the school holidays at Lambourn Library, 10.30am-12pm.
- Board Games Club at Pangbourne Library on 11, 18 and 25 August, plus 1 September, 2-4pm.
Summer Programme of family fun (many events are free) at Vale & Downland Museum, Wantage.
Ready, Set Read! Summer Reading Challenge – pick up the books from your local library.
Free Play in the Park sessions in Thatcham, Compton & Cold Ash.
Free Sports in the Park, Victoria Park, Newbury.
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.
Cook up a storm – have fun taking ofver the kitchen!
Science Fun at Home – 5 easy experiments to do (that don’t require any specialist equipment!) from Ruth at Mini Professors.
Slacklining – it’s not completely free as you need to buy your slackline but that investment will last for months as the whole family gets addicted to learning how to balance, walk and do tricks on the 10cm wide strap racheted between two trees.