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                                                  July/August 2009
                                                  Issue 42 • www.familiestvw.co.uk

                                         ops Nu
                                       et5 Centenary Parkrser
                                     re Station Road,

                                          Henley on Thames

Over 18 years’ experience in complete childcare and education
Light and spacious rooms designed                 To see what we can
around the needs of each age group                offer you and your child,
                                                  contact our nursery
Unique indoor/outdoor all-weather                 Manager to arrange a
play area plus outside area                       visit on 01491 413336
Multi-level indoor soft play gym
                                                  We have other nurseries
Town centre location                              located in Cookham Dean,
                                                  Burnham, Sunninghill,
Excellent home cooked food                        Flackwell Heath and Ascot

         Families wishes
         you a summer full
         of fun. This issue
         brings you lots of
         exciting ideas on
         where to go and
         what to do.

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July/August 2009 www.familiestvw.co.uk                                                     Editor’s Letter

4 News & Views                                                                                    ummer is here and to get you in the mood we’ve got
                                                                                                  pages of great activities to fill those long lazy days. If
10 Summer Activities
         10   Camps & Holiday clubs                                                               you’re looking for childcare during the summer, or
         13   Sports
         17   Dance, Music & Drama                                                         simply ways to prevent those cries of ‘I’m bored’, we have
         18   Arts, Crafts & Cooking
                                                                                           masses of summer camps, sports, arts, dance, drama and
21 Out & About                                                                             holiday clubs to keep the children occupied. If that’s not
25 Sun, Sea & Sand                                                                         enough there is summer fun galore within our regular Out
         The low-down on the South coast beaches
                                                                                           & About section.
26 Cool Camping                                                                               Many of us are staying in the UK this summer and the
28 Days Out                                                                                good news is that the Met Office is forecasting a long, hot
         A few of our favourite places to visit
                                                                                           summer. The bad news - how often do they get it wrong?
29 Restaurant Reviews                                                                      In hopeful optimism we’ve found some great beaches for
         Family-friendly dining out
                                                                                           you to visit and, with camping becoming so popular, we’ve
30 Prize Draws                                                                             produced a short guide to camping to get you started on
         Fantastic prizes including a family
         week-end away                                                                     outdoor living.
31 Classifieds                                                                                Finally, don’t miss our great Families offers on page 5,
                                                                                           and, as usual, we’ve got some great prizes lined up on our
Next issue: September/October
Featuring School Special, Clubs & Classes                                                  prize draw page, including a family week-end away.
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         News & Views
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                                                               you’ve plenty of time to start putting pen to            of all ages will be able to sit in a giant
                                                               paper. Rated a 5 Star read by Amazon                     egg that can check their vital signs, see
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                                                               Henley during the Royal Regatta, is going                ‘Neurobot’, use a Wii to find out how we
                                                               down a storm with book clubs. So much so                 perceive depth, build a brain and much
                                                               that Julie is now taking bookings for Ask the            more. There are fantastic science shows
                                                               Author sessions at local clubs. Ask the                  to entertain and inform, including author
                                                               Author is free and gives readers an                      Nick Arnold’s fun show based on his
                                                               opportunity to find out about the writing                ‘Horrible Science’ series, and famous
                                                               process and what the author was really                   scientists to spot, such as Prof. Robert
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                                                               invite Julie to your book club or to register            be available online and you can sign up
                                                               your interest in the Writer’s Circle email               to receive the latest news at
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                                                                     Admit One Child Free
                                                                        when accompanied by a Full Paying Adult
                                                                                              Valid until 31 August 2009
                                                                                                        Not valid with any other discount offer.
                                                                                                        Voucher must be redeemed to obtain the discount.
                                                                                                        Only one child free per voucher per full paying adult.

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                                                                                                                                  News & Views

     Special                                                                                                   offers
        We’ve got together some great offers for you - and don’t miss our QHotels offer on page 30.

    Cutting the cost of finding childcare
    Local childcare agency Tigerlily Childcare Berkshire is offering 15% off their fee to all families registering before the end of July. Sarah Jenner of
    Tigerlily Berkshire says: “We know how difficult it is to find that perfect Nanny and we would really like to help”. Families who have already used
    Tigerlily’s services have not been forgotten. Throughout July & August Sarah is offering a £10 M&S voucher to any who recommend Tigerlilys’s service
    to another family, who then go on to hire a nanny. For more details call 0845 650 0069 or visit www.tigerlilychildcare.co.uk

    Kids Go Free At Odds Farm Park                                                                              Get
   Take along the voucher below to get a free Child admittance for Odds Farm Park, when
   accompanied by a full paying Adult. With hundreds of furry friends, expect numerous rabbits to
   pet, ponies to pat and greedy sheep and goats to hand feed. Plus, with a packed programme of                 All too soon the new
   Hands-on Animal Activities and Demonstrations, you can get really close. Young explorers will love           school year will be
   the Adventure Maze, keen racers will adore the Go Karts and a firm favourite for everyone are the            upon us, so why not
   Tractor & Trailer Rides. In fact you will definitely have earned your break in the Tea Room or               take advantage of a
   Playbarn Gallery! Located minutes from J2 of the M40, Odds Farm Park is open from 10 am daily.               special 10%
   For further information visit www.oddsfarm.co.uk or call 01628 520188.                                       discount being
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  environment promoting learning through play.
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           ratio of 1 adult: 6 children.
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    For more information or to arrange a visit
                                                                      when accompanied by a Full Paying Adult
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                                                                                          Valid until 31 August 2009
                                                                                       Not valid with any other discount offer.
                                                                                  Voucher must be redeemed to obtain the discount.
                                                                                 Only one child free per voucher per full paying adult.        ✃
         www.willowbankpreschool.org.uk                                                        www.oddsfarm.co.uk
         Registered Charity No.293012

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         News & Views
                                                                                                                           Photo courtesy Dave Warren for The Reading Agency

         SEN Support
         A new support group has started in Henley
         for parents of children with SEN. The group
         meets twice a month at various venues and
         at different times to enable working parents
         to attend. Members come from a wide area
         and can expect support and friendship, talks
         by professionals and help accessing benefits,
         such as the Disabled Living Allowance. New
         members are very welcome. For more details
         please email Julie at js3445@kidmore-

                                                          Quest Seekers
                                                          The 2009 Summer Reading Challenge will take young readers into a mysterious and wondrous
                                                          land where they can discover the joy of reading. The adventure takes place in local libraries where
                                                          young Quest Seekers aged 4-12 years can sign up for free and meet Cadmus the gatekeeper who
                                                          sets them on their quest. Read six or more books during the holidays and collect incentives and
                                                          rewards, plus a certificate or medal on completion of the Challenge. “Our research shows that
         Bamboo Baby                                      children really enjoy taking part”, says Lynne Taylor, of The Reading Agency who run the scheme,
                                                          “It’s a great way to keep them entertained over the holidays, but more importantly, we know that
         Slip on a shirt, Slap on a hat, Slop on the
                                                          children who take part read more books and read more widely than those who don’t, with
         sun cream is the summer mantra but
                                                          potentially life-changing results”. Libraries will be hosting a summer of activities so get down to your
         putting it into practice when children won’t
                                                          local library and find out what’s on offer!
         stand still is no easy task. This summer
         Tatty Bumpkin has made it easier to keep
         kids safe in the sun with their new 100%
         bamboo Sun Protection Shirt that does all
         three jobs in one and is ethically sound too.
         Bamboo is a wonder fabric - super-soft,
                                                          Planning an unforgettable
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                                                          family adventure?
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         They are also hooded to keep little heads        home grown havens, for every budget, for every family. They offer exclusive discounts, special
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         blue, sizes 4-11 years, the unisex shirts cost   go and what to do whilst you are away. Why spend days looking for the best family holidays and
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         over 100
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                                                                                                                                 News & Views

  Go Real!                                                                  Transform your garden
  With budgets tight many
  parents are turning to real
                                                                            into a kids’ paradise
  nappies as a way of saving                                                A new website, www.kidsinthegarden.co.uk, is aimed at parents and carers
  up to £500 per child, as                                                  who want to create a magical garden for their children to play in. The benefits
  well as being an                                                          of outdoor play are obvious and this site provides practical advice on
  environmentally friendly                                                  encouraging children into the garden with ideas that are easy and relatively
  option. Go Real is a new                                                  inexpensive to implement. There are tips on child friendly plants, books to read,
  website which aims to be                                                  play equipment for the garden, outdoor activities and ideas on gardens to visit.
  a one stop shop for all your real nappy needs.                            It demonstrates how to make the garden a fun place to be, by focusing on the
  Bec Thomas, project manager of Go Real says: “We’re here to               quirky and the amusing, such as tree faces and willow dens.
  give parents a choice and open their eyes to the alternatives”.
  The site includes a guide to the various nappies available, top
  tips and a search guide to find real nappy services in your area,

  Summer fitness at
  The Harrison Clinic
  If the gym is not for you, why not try getting fit in the fresh air?
  The Harrison Clinic, in Arborfield, has come up with a fun and
  different approach to staying fit, well and injury free into the
  future. The Outdoor Training Camp, running over the summer,
  was dreamt up by clinic owner Melina and fitness and nutrition
  expert Sian Clews to supplement the Clinic’s existing services
  such as osteopathy, physiotherapy, acupuncture and sports
       Melina says, “We love being outdoors and wanted to
  incorporate the sense of well being this gives you. The class
  content is varied, one week you may be doing outdoor circuits,
  the next running/power walking in the country and then there
                                                                            Seriously Fun Water Safety
  is skipping, boxing, press ups against trees and tricep dips off          Seriously Fun Swimming Schools take safety around the water very seriously.
  walls for good measure! The clinical team often attend the class          Water safety lessons are held as a normal part of their swimming classes, and now
  so, as well as first class instruction from Sian, our staff will also     they are taking the message into local schools. Jonathon and Phillip Madden,
  be keeping a very close eye on you, ideal for anyone with injury          directors of Seriously Fun, recently conducted a lesson at Wessex Primary School,
  problems. Sian is on hand to give further advice on exercise              Maidenhead, covering the water safety code, safety advice, spotting dangers and
  between sessions, and she also offers one-to-one consultations            how to get help. Jonathon says: “It is our responsibility as educators, parents and
  to put together your own personalised weekly fitness plan”.               those working with children, to pass these messages on to help prevent fatal
       The Camp is open to all abilities, with the next phase of            accidents on holiday, at local swimming pools or even near ponds,lakes and rivers”.
  classes starting in early July. Classes are sold in a group of eight      Whether your child is nervous around water or a budding Olympian, Seriously Fun
  for £40.00, valid for the twelve week phase, and then for £5              offers a welcoming environment to learn to swim and improve technique. To find
  per class. Visit www.harrisonclinic.co.uk or call 0118 976                out more about their water safety lessons or swimming programme visit
  2253 for more details.                                                    www.seriouslyfun.net or call 0844 35 11 461.

    The Ambleside Centre

       A place for babies, children
       and those caring for them
    The Pastures – care, learning and development
           for children 3 months to 3 years.
   The Meadows – care, learning and development
            for children 3 years to 5 years.
        8.00am – 6.00pm 48 weeks per year
  Resourced for the hearing impaired. Outstanding practice (Ofsted)

    Children’s Centre – Family Room – open for play
     and chat all day, all year, with some focussed
     sessions eg breastfeeding support, midwifery
             services, at no cost to families.
 Family Information Service, Lend and Play Toy Library
       For more information: Tel: 0118 377 6444
         Email: Office@amblesidecentre.co.uk
            Call in: The Ambleside Centre,
          Ambleside Close, Woodley RG5 4JJ

JULY/AUGUST 2009                                                                                                                            Thames Valley West    PAGE 7
                                                 Nature Detective on the prowl

                                              Over 1,000 free ideas for
                                              exciting nature adventures
                                              Nature Detectives is a wildlife club and website run for children by the Woodland Trust. The site is
                                              packed with information, ideas for activities, competitions, games and quizzes - all with seasonal
                                              themes. Kids can upload their own nature blogs or join the nature detectives club to receive a
                                              different activity every week. The site is great for schools as well. For a nominal annual fee, school
                                              staff can access a huge range of material to support the national curriculum and there are even
                                              opportunities to get hold of free resources, such as sapling packs, for schools. This is a fantastic
                                              website to encourage you and your family to celebrate nature and the great outdoors - well worth a
                                              visit at www.naturedetectives.org.uk

                                              New classes at The Midwifery Centre
                                              Ante & Post Natal Fitness specialists Mums2B are running small group classes, designed specifically
                                              for mums-to-be and mums, at The Midwifery Centre, Hare Hatch. They offer Pilates-based, core
                                              conditioning exercises designed to maintain and restore abdominal, pelvic floor, and back condition.
                                              The postural demands of pregnancy and the post natal period are addressed, with individually
                                              prescribed exercises used to combat the physical stresses placed on the structure of the body,
                                              including pelvic girdle pain & symphysis pubis disorder.
                                                  The ‘Fit for Pregnancy’ class and post natal ‘Tighter tummy - stronger back’ class are booked as a
                                              course of 5 sessions, for between £10-12 per session. Following completion of these initial sessions mums
                                              can attend a drop-in session, offering progressive and more advanced exercises. Babies are of course
                                              welcome at the post natal class. The Midwifery Centre is a very relaxing environment, well equipped with
                                              baby bouncers and playmats to entertain the babies while mum can exercise next to them.
                                                  For further information please contact The Midwifery Centre on 0118 9404490, email
                                              info@themidwiferycentre.co.uk, or visit www.themidwiferycentre.co.uk

            YES, YOU CAN
            HAVE IT ALL!
            Successful ‘Business Mum’ is
         seeking 5 working partners to work
           part-time from home, alongside
           & without compromising family
           commitments or current career.
              If you have a supervisory,
            managerial, sales, healthcare,
             marketing, recruitment or a
             self-employed background,
              or you wish to develop an
                extraordinary lifestyle.
                 Please call OPHELIA
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                                                                                News & Views
    mums in business...

   The Birthday Cake Lady
   In July 2008 Woodcote mum Becky Holland offered to make birthday
   cakes for her friend’s two children. More than a hundred cakes later,
   Becky is now officially The Birthday Cake Lady. “I worked in marketing
   for more than ten years”, says Becky, “before taking a break to have my
   children but I always knew I wasn’t going back to that industry. Aside
   from the office politics, the hours and the commute to London would
   have meant that I never saw my boys.”
       Becky, proud mum of the gorgeous Ben and Noah, now works from
   home, making up to eight cakes a week. All her cakes are freshly made,
   using natural ingredients, and she works with her clients to come up
   with creative and original designs. As she says, “It’s incredible what you
   can do with cake!” Some of her recent creations include models made
   from chocolate and designs using photos and the cutest sugar figures.
   As well as birthday cakes, Becky makes cakes for any other special
   event, from hen parties to baptisms, graduations to Fathers Day. She has
   recently taken her first few wedding cake orders and is looking forward
   to combining her new skills and her creativity to help couples celebrate
   their marriage in style.
       To find out more and to see her cakes, visit
   www.thebirthdaycakelady.co.uk, or call 07841 431876.

 News & View s ...
 Call or email editor@familiestvw.co.uk with your news.
 Inclusion in these pages is always free.

              Day Nurse
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           Celebrating Childhood
      •   Softplay                                  •   Fun French
      •   Woodland Adventures                       •   Music and Dance
      •   Fantastic Outdoor Play Facilities         •   Gardening
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          Summer Activities

          Having fun at Barracudas,
          see Wokingham area page 17

                    e’ve gathered together the details of as many summer camps,

            W       clubs, workshops and courses as we could find. Many of them
                    need early booking so sit down with a nice cuppa and plan
            your summer. Don’t forget to say you saw it in Families!

           Camps and Holiday clubs
            Super Camps offer multi-activity day camps for 4-13 yrs at Licensed Victuallers’         Edgbarrow Sports Centre in Crowthorne Foxy’s Summer Camps for 3-6 yrs
            School in Ascot (13 July-28 Aug); Cranford House School in Moulsford, near               and Club 7-11 for older children 23 Jul - 28 Aug. Activities include gymnastics,
            Wallingford (20 July-28 Aug); St Gabriel’s in Newbury (20 July-28 Aug); Bearwood         arts and crafts, disco dancing, trampolining, bowling, soft play and bouncy
            College, nr Wokingham (3-28 Aug); and Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe (27             castle, archery, races, multi-sports, street dance, basketball, football, assault
            July-28 Aug). The huge range of activities includes sports, drama, arts and crafts and   course, hockey etc, half and full day sessions, 8am-4pm. Also fun sessions 4pm-
            specialist academy courses. Free extended day 8am-6pm. £149 per week, £33 per            6pm for 4-16yrs trampolining and gymnastics, 01344 776211, www.bracknell-
            day (various discounts available), 01235 832 222, www.supercamps.co.uk                   forest.gov.uk/be

            Bracknell area                                                                           Koosa Kids are running holiday clubs at Birch Hill and Meadow Vale Schools in
                                                                                                     Bracknell and Ascot Heath Junior School from 27 July-28 Aug for 4-13 yrs,
            Angels Holiday Club at Our Lady’s Preparatory School, Crowthorne from 13                 8.15am-6pm. Over 200 different activities. Special art and sports academies
            July-4 Sept for 3-11yrs, 8am-6pm. Indoor and outdoor sports, arts and crafts,            available. From £16 per day, £76 per week, 0845 094 2322,
            music, games etc, 01344 773 394, www.ourladysprep.co.uk                                  www.koosakids.co.uk

            Bracknell Leisure Centre has loads of activities 27 Jul-28 Aug including 5 day           O’Tooles are running holiday activity camps at the Marist School in Sunninghill
            Fun Camps for 7+ yrs and Fun Sessions for under 4’s. Also, football, trampolining,       from 20 July-28 Aug for 4-14 yrs, 9am-5pm. Arts and crafts, swimming lessons,
            gymnastics, badminton, karting kapers, multi sports and swimming courses                 off-site water ski-ing and skiing, drama and more. From £35 per day, £135 per
            including Life Savers and synchronised swimming, 01344 454 203,                          week, 01252 510 654, www.itsabouthavingfun.com
                                                                                                     The Royal County of Berkshire Club, Bracknell Ultimate Activity Camps for 5-
            Camp Beaumont for 3-16 yrs at Lambrook Haileybury School, nr Bracknell, 20               11 yrs (non-members welcome) 6 July-4th Sept. Activities include tennis, multi
            July-28 Aug. Many different sports, games and fun activities including                   sport, arts and crafts, swimming, cooking, games, science, challenges, days out
            motorsports, horse riding and swimming from £157 per week, 01263 823 000,                and more (full day and half days available), 01344 382 331,
            www.campbeaumont.co.uk                                                                   sarah.crane@esporta.com

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                                                                                                                              Summer Activities
   Sandy Lane Holiday Club runs at Sandy                                                                                                        Norcot Early Years Centre
   Lane Primary School for 4-12yrs. 8.45am-                                                                                                     Holiday Club, Tilehurst from
   5.30pm. £16.50 per day, 07940 717 051.                                                                                                       27 July-1 Sept for children
   St Michael’s Holiday Club at St Michael’s                                                                                                   aged 3yrs-6 yrs 11 months.
   Primary, Easthampstead runs from 22 July-2                                                                                                  Can cater for children with
   Sept for 5-11yrs, 8.45am-6.15pm. Sports,                                                                                                    specific needs and disabilities.
   local outings, arts & crafts etc. £18 per day,                                                                                             Various sessions from 8am-
   £85 per week, 01344 869 340.                                                                                                               6pm. Standard day 9am-3pm,
                                                                                                                                              £18, 0118 901 5618/07793
   WASPS Holiday Club at Warfield Primary                                                                                                     658 302,
   School runs during the school holidays for                                                                                                 www.norcotnursery.org.uk
   5-11 yrs, 8.45am-6pm. £20 per day, £90
   per week, sibling discounts, 01344 304                                                                                                     Orchard Holiday Club at the
   460/07780 844 434.                                                                                                                        Orchard Day Nursery, Caversham
                                                                                                                                             from 27 July-28 Aug for 5-7 yrs,
   The Wayz Holiday Club, Harmans Water,                                                                                                     8am-6pm. Creative and outdoor
   Bracknell runs from 27 July-21 Aug for 8-                                                                                                 activities and outings. £33 per
   13 yrs, 9.30am-5pm. Activities include                                                            Super speedy with Supercamps,          day, £19 half day, £155 per
   swimming, arts and crafts, treasure hunts                                                         see opposite page                      week, 0118 947 5797,
   and outings, £75 per week, 01344 483                                                                                                     www.orcharddaynursery.co.uk
   596/079288 16186.
                                                                                         Reading Borough Council runs various holiday activities: Play clubs at Whitley
   Zone Holiday Club at Broadmoor Primary School, Crowthorne runs from 23                Park Infant & Nursery School, South Reading; Waterloo Meadows Children’s
   July-19 Aug for 5-11 yrs, 8.45am-6pm. £17 per day, £9 half day, £10 annual            Centre; St Joseph’s Convent School; St Michael’s Church Hall; and Emmer Green
   registration fee, 07787 772 305.                                                      Y&C Centre. Full childcare for rising 5’s -12 yrs, 8.30am-5.30pm or half days.
                                                                                         £8.75 per half day (£8.50 if pre-booked) for Reading residents. £12.75 (£12.50)
                                                                                         for non-residents, 0118 939 0637.
   Reading area                                                                          Action Zones are a free drop-in facility for 8-13 yrs operating from 27 July-21
                                                                                         Aug, 10am-12.30pm and 1.30-4pm, at Amersham Community Centre; Coley
   Apollo Holiday Care Club in the MAPP Community Centre, central Reading                Park Community Centre; The Milestone; Ranikhet Primary School; Southcote
   from 27 July-21 Aug for 4-11 yrs. Fun activities incl. dance & drama workshops,       Y&C Centre; South Whitley Community Centre; and Fairview Y&C Centre. Play
   arts & crafts and off-site trips. 8.30am-5.30pm. £16 per day, £8 half day,            Rangers and ‘The Moby’ will also be visiting Reading parks to offer activities to
   discounts available, 0118 916 8416/7.                                                 children aged 0-13 yrs. Activities incl. sports and games, arts and crafts, face
   Caversham Prep School Holiday Club, Caversham runs from 21 July-28 Aug                painting, large soft play, trips and specialist activities, 0118 939 0635,
   for 4-11 yrs, 8am-6pm. Sports, water activities, arts and crafts and lots more.       www.urbanplayrangers.co.uk
   £32 per day, £140 per week, 0118 918 7657, www.cavershamschool.com
   Cotswold Sports Centre in Tilehurst Camp Adventure for 6 weeks for 8-14 yrs           South Oxfordshire
   with arts and crafts, football, trampolining and other sports, team games,
   bungee run and organised trips, 0118 941 4690.                                        Bojangles Holiday Club at Cygnets Day Nursery, Henley opens during summer
   Goldilocks Day Nursery, Tilehurst, are running a Holiday Club for 4-7 yr olds         holidays for 4-12 yrs, 8am-6pm. Arts and crafts, field games, themed days and
   during the school holidays, 7.30am-6pm. £22 per day, £12 half day, 0118 945           more. From £25 per day, £15 half day, advance booking discounts, 01491 414
   1129.                                                                                 434, www.cygnetsofhenley.co.uk
   Leighton Park Holiday Activity Scheme at Leighton Park School, Reading                The Cabin Playstation Holiday Club around the Cabin Pre-School in Woodcote,
   from 8 July-27 Aug for 5-14 yrs. Wide range of activities incl. archery, arts and     20 July-7 Aug, 9am-3pm for 3-7 yrs. Indoor and outdoor activities, arts and crafts
   crafts, climbing, field sports, gymnastics, kayaking, swimming, trampolining and      plus bring your own bike, £20 per day, various sessions available, 01491 680 854.
   many more. Off-site trips incl. farm visits, Legoland, Marwell Zoo, Paintballing,     Camp Active for ages 5-14 running 20 Jul-1 Sep at Castle Leisure Centre,
   The Look Out, Skiing, Snow Tubing and Thorpe Park. Flexible hours, 7.30am-            Wallingford (01491 839 755) members £3 for one session or £15 daily, non-
   5.30pm. From £27 per day, 01189 879 538,                                              members £3.50 or £17.50 for daily and dates to be confirmed at Henley Leisure
   www.leightonpark.com/enterprises                                                      Centre, 9am-4pm, half days available (01491 577909),
   The Mad House Holiday Club in Green Park, Reading from 22 July-1 Sept for             www.nexuscommunity.org
                                      4-10 yrs, 8.30am-6pm. Wide range of activities     Henley Outdoor Play Scheme (HOPS) at Trinity Primary School, Henley from
                                      incorporating physical, imaginative and arts and   27-31 July for 5-12yrs, 9am-12.55pm. An inclusive scheme that offers many
Kayaking at                                                                              activities such as sports, swing boats, cookery, sewing, arts and craft, beauty
Leighton Park
                                       crafts centred play. £26.50 per day, various
                                       sessions from £11.50, discounts available, 0118   parlour, climbing wall, reptilian visitors and more, by application only. £13 per
                                       975 5455, www.themadhousereading.co.uk            day, 01491 571730, www.hopshenley.co.uk
                                       Mapledurham Health Club, nr Caversham,            King’s Camps at Shiplake College, nr Henley from 10-28 Aug for 4-17yrs.
                                        will be running a holiday club for members and   Many different sports, games and fun activities. Standard week 10am-4pm,
                                        non-members of 3+ yrs with lots of physical      £122. Various other options incl. extended hours, 0845 643 5272,
                                        and arts activities, 0118 946 3353.              www.kingscamps.org

JULY/AUGUST 2009                                                                                                                                        Thames Valley West        PAGE 11
          Summer Activities
                   The Oratory School

           Multi Sports                                     Multi Sports
           A full day or week of fun activities including   Week 1 27-31 July
           optional breakfast & tea time club.              Week 2 3-7 Aug
           Activities include football, tennis, rounders    Week 3 17-21 Aug
           & swimming with top coaches.                     Ages 6-13 Years

           Golf                                             Golf
           Enjoy our week of golf skills                    Week 1 20-23 July
           with our Professional.                           Week 2 10-13 Aug
           Beginners or experts welcome.

                         For further information call 01491 681303
                or email: sportscentre@oratory.co.uk / www.oratory.co.uk

                                                                                                    Fun summer holiday
                                                                                                     camp for children
                                                                                                      aged 4-12 years
                                                                                                Arts & Crafts, field games, choreographed
                                                                                                 dance sessions, themed days and other
                                                                                                  exciting recreational activities to keep
                                                                                                      your child busy and entertained
                                                                                                    throughout their school break. The
                                                                                                   holiday club is open daily during all
                                                                                                     school holidays from 8am – 6pm.
                                                                                                     Summer club 2009 will run from
                                                                                                Monday 20th July – Monday 31st August

                                                                                Contact Christine for more details on (01491) 414434,
                                                                                        email: nurserymanager@btclick.com
                                                                                      Cygnets of Henley, Valley Road School,
                                                                                    Valley Road, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 1RR

             There is so much to do
           from biking in the woods,
            feeding lambs, cooking,
           circus workshops, henna
              tattoos, trampolining,
            games and races or just
           hanging out with friends.
          Jubilee Jets is open every
              school holiday from
            8.00-18.00 for children
             aged 41/2 to 11 years.
              For further information
           please contact: Jubilee Day
           Nursery on 0118 9701 600
          Paddock View, Rectory Road, Padworth Common, Berkshire, RG7 4JD

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                                                                                                                               Summer Activities
  R J Yoga summer camp at Spinfield School, Marlow on 27-31 July and 3-7 Aug                 day, £8 or £9 half day. Held at Poperinghe Pre-School for ages 3-5 yrs, 0118
  for 3-15 yrs, 10.30am-4pm. Yoga sessions plus animal adventures, go-kart,                  976 3215, and at AWS Community Complex for 5-11 yrs, 0118 976 3276.
  trampolining, bouncy castles, arts and crafts and more. £35 a day, £150 a week,            Arborfield Holiday Club at The Coombes Infant School runs from 23 July-2
  01628 473 226, www.rjyoga.com                                                              Sept for 4-11 yrs, 8.30am-6pm. £18 per day, £10 half day, 07879 297019.
  Stepping Stones Nursery in Henley, run a holiday club from 27 July-21 Aug                  Barracudas Multi-Activity Day Camps at Holt School, Wokingham from 27
  for 3-11 yrs, various sessions available, 01491 577 423.                                   July-28 Aug. For 41/2-16 yrs offering motorsports, archery, trampolining, arts &
                                                                                             crafts, circus skills, drama, Lab Rats and more. Prices from £199 per week, £40
                                                                                             per day, discounts available. Flexible booking options incl. 8am-6pm, 0845 123
  West Berkshire                                                                             5299, www.barracudas.co.uk
  The Audlen House Discovery Club at the Children’s Centre in Thatcham runs                  Bulmershe Leisure Centre in Woodley Summer Play Scheme for 5-13 yrs,
  from 27 July-28 Aug for reception age up to 8 yrs, 8.30am-5.30pm. Themed                   8.30am-4pm 27 Jul-1 Sep with lots of sports, team games, competitions,
  days, arts and crafts, role play and use of large outdoor area. Various sessions.          outside entertainers, arts and crafts. Over 8s can swim from 4-5pm for an extra
  £22 per day, £13 half day, 01635 876 667.                                                  £1. £17.50 for Woodley pass holders else £18.50, 50p sibling discount, 0118
  Beenham Wolves Holiday Club opens at Beenham Primary School from 24                        926 8733, www.woodley.gov.uk
  July-7 Aug, 8.30am-5.30pm. Themed weeks with a variety of activities including             Camp Mohawk, set in a fenced woodland site near Wargrave, is a centre for
  off-site visits. £18 per day, £9.50 half day, 0118 971 3397,                               children with special needs, particularly autism. Open to families from 25 July-6
  office.beenham@westberks.org                                                               Sept, Tues-Sun, 10am-4pm. Features a specially constructed swimming pool
                                                                                             with beach type approaches, sensory garden, adventure playground and multi-
  Cre8-it at Rushalls Farm, Bradfield run week-long clubs from 3-21 Aug for 8-12             sensory suite. Activities incl. arts, crafts and circus skills. Membership scheme
  yrs, 10am-4pm, in a thatched barn with lots of activities incl. pond dipping,              allows unlimited use for £10 a family per season, £30 for groups, 0118 940
  shelter building, arts and crafts and a BBQ, 0118 974 4547,
                                                                                             4045, camp_mohawk@hotmail.com
                                                                                             Earley Holiday Club at Radstock Lane Community Centre runs from 27 July-28
  Fun Time Club at Sturcroft Primary School, Thatcham during the school                      Aug for 4-11 yrs, 8am-6pm, 07780 837490.
  holidays for 3-14 yrs, 8am-6pm. £16 per day, £3 per hour, 07983 446991.
                                                                                             East Park Farm Playscheme, Charvil runs 27 July-28 Aug for 41/2-11 yrs,
  The Funzone Holiday Club in Burghfield Common from 23 July-21 Aug & 1                      8.30am-5.30pm. Wide range of activities, incl. kitchen capers every Thursday.
  Sept for 5-11yrs, 8am-6pm. Themed weeks and lots of fun activities. £16 per                Tuesdays held at Dinton Pastures with ranger-led activities. From £18.50 per day,
  day, £8.50 half day, 0118 983 2779.                                                        £10.50 half day, 0118 974 6264, www.wokingham.gov.uk/sports
  Goose-Bumps Holiday Club at The Barn in Purley from 20 July-28 Aug for 3-                  Emmbrook Out of School Club at Emmbrook Junior School runs 22 July-14
  12yrs, 9am-6pm. Activities include sports, disco, bouncy castle, arts and crafts           Aug for 41/2 -12yrs, 8.30am-6pm. £19.50 per day, £12 half day, Sibling & full
  and more. £20 per day, £10 half day, 07910 205 158.                                        week discounts, 07740 862 283.
  Jubilee Jets Holiday Club at Jubilee Day Nursery in Padworth Common runs                   Fit for Sport Kids Camp at Woodford Park Leisure Centre, Woodley from 27
  from 23 July-1 Sept for 4 1/2 -11yrs, 8am-6pm. Activities include quad biking,             July-28 Aug for 5-12 yrs. Designed to promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle
  animal care, trampolining, woodland adventures, arts and crafts, bike rides and            whilst having fun. Multi-sport sessions, arts & crafts chill out sessions and
  lots more, 0118 970 1600, www.jubileejets.co.uk                                            healthy lifestyle activities. Standard Day 9.30am-4.30pm, £23. Extended Day
                                                                                             8.30am-5.30pm, £30, 0845 456 3233, www.fitforsportuk.com
  Kennet Leisure Centre in Thatcham. Summer camp from 24 July for 5-14yrs
  with sports, team games, swimming, bouncy castle and more, full and half days,             Harpers Activity Camp for 3-12 yrs from 22 July throughout the holidays at St
  01635 871 112.                                                                             Crispins Sports Centre in Wokingham. 8.30am-6pm. £19.00 per day for
                                                                                             members, £21 non-members, membership £6.00 for the year. Activities include
  Kids Klub adventure activity day camp at Pangbourne College from 20 July-14                trampolining, bouncy castle, swimming, arts & crafts, football, dance and much
  Aug for 6-14 yr olds. Adventure activities such as quad biking and climbing, all           more. Half day options available, 0118 979 1066, www.harpersfitness.co.uk
  the favourite team sports, arts and crafts, swimming and much more. Weekdays
  8.30am-5.30pm. £27 per day, £120 per week, 01449 742700,                                   Hawkedon Holiday Club at Hawkedon Primary School, Lower Earley, runs during the
  www.kidsklub.co.uk                                                                         school holidays for 4-11 yrs, 8am-6pm. £18.50 per day, 07768 668 000.
                                                                                             Loddon Holiday Club at Loddon Junior School, Earley runs from 22 July-14
  Theale Green Community School hosts a Summer Activity Week from 27-31                      Aug and 1-2 Sept for 4-11 yrs, 8.30am-5.45pm. £17.50 a day, £9.50 half day,
  July for children currently in Years 5-8, 9.15am-3pm. A week of 1/2 day activities         07968 278 584.
  including climbing wall, drama, dance, art and crafts, team challenges, circus
  skills and steel pans. £8.50 per session, discounts available. Booking essential,          Loddon Valley Leisure Centre in Lower Earley Harpers Activity Camp certain
  0118 930 8578.                                                                             weeks throughout the holidays including swimming, trampolining, tennis,
                                                                                             bouncy castle etc for 5-13 yrs also swimming crash courses, teen gym and lots
  Tiddlywinks Tinkers Holiday Club in Padworth from 24 July-4 Sept for 3-8                   more, call for exact dates, 0118 931 2066, www.harpersfitness.co.uk
  yrs, 8am-6pm. £26 per day, £3.20 per hour, 0118 983 4802,
                                                                                             Shinfield Holiday Club at Shinfield St. Mary’s School runs during the school
                                                                                             holidays for 41/2 -11 yrs, 8.30am-5.30pm. £19 per day, £10.50 half day, 07879
  Willink Leisure Centre’s holiday camp in Burghfield Common is for 8-12 yrs                 297019, shinfieldholiday@yahoo.com
  for 6 weeks of summer holidays. Activities include football, swimming, tennis              Waverley School Holiday Scheme in Finchampstead. Themed weeks with arts
  and arts & crafts, 0118 983 4845, www.leisurecentre.com                                    and crafts, cooking, sports, dance, music and much more for 3-11yrs, 8am-6pm.
                                                                                             £24 per day, £14 or £12 half day, 0118 973 1121,
  Wokingham area                                                                             www.waverleyschool.co.uk

  Ambleside Centre, Woodley, run a Holiday Club from 22 July-27 Aug for 3-6                  Wokingham Borough Council ‘Play and Active8 Holiday Play Club’ for 5-
  yrs, 8am-6pm, various sessions available, 0118 377 6444,                                   13 yrs at White House School, Finchampstead Rd from 27 July-28 Aug, 8am-
  www.amblesidecentre.co.uk                                                                  6pm. Includes breakfast, sports, art and crafts, pool table, drama, cooking,
                                                                                             healthy snacks, music, events, games and activities. £20 per day, £12 half day,
  Arborfield Garrison Holiday Club runs from 10-28 Aug, 9am-4pm. £15 per                     £75 for five days, 0118 974 6132.

 Sports Camps & Courses
  Multi Sports                                                Bradfield College Sports Complex Sports                     July-21 Aug. Wide range of sports and fun games
                                                              Academy (week long sports camps for 8+ yrs, incl.           run by well qualified PE teachers, 0845 301 0450,
  Beechwood Holiday Club in Woodley offers                    golf, tennis, cricket, dance, football), Funergy (half      www.hotshots-sports.co.uk
  Multi-Sports coaching courses for 6-14 yrs, 27-31           or full days of a fun mixture of activities and sports
                                                              for 8+ yrs) and Planet Sport for 4-7 yrs; 27 July-28        John Nike Leisuresport Complex has Multi-
  July (cricket week), 3-7 Aug (netball, basketball,                                                                      activity Camps on 27-31 July, 3-7, 10-14 and 24-
                                                              Augt; booking necessary, 0118 964 4600.
  football, rugby & hockey) and 10-14 Aug (net                                                                            28 Aug for 8-12 yrs. Ice skating, skiing, broomball,
  games & athletics), 10am-4pm, £75 per week,                 Hotshots Multi-Sports Camps for 5-14 yrs at                 team sports, sno-tubing and more, £29.50 per
  discounts available, 0118 969 5976/0118 967                 Reading Blue Coat School, Sonning from 20 July-             day/£118 per week, 01344 789 000. Also one-day
  8353/07879 405 854.                                         21 Aug and St Pirans School, Maidenhead from 27             Ski/Snowboard camps incl. ski or snowboard

JULY/AUGUST 2009                                                                                                                                        Thames Valley West       PAGE 13
          Summer Activities
          lessons, sno-tubing, lunch and games, £35 per        Socious Sports perform a Haka
          day, 01344 789 002, www.jnll.co.uk
          The Oratory Sports Centre at The Oratory
          School in Woodcote is running Multi-Sports
          weeks on 27-31 July, 3-7 Aug & 17-21 Aug for
          6-13 yrs. Football, cricket, tennis, rounders &
          swimming, all with top coaches. Optional
          breakfast & tea time club. Attend daily or
          weekly. Also Golf Skills weeks on 20-23 July &
          10-13 Aug for beginners or experts, 6-15 yrs,
          01491 681 303, sportscentre@oratory.co.uk,
          Pangbourne Primary School hosts a Multi-
          Sports Summer Camp from 3-7 Aug for all
          children in Years 4-6, 10am-4pm. A week of
          fun with lots of different sports, coaching and
          competitions and one day canoeing on the
          Thames with Adventure Dolphin. £50 per
          week. Booking essential, 0118 930 8578.
          Socious Sports summer camps have top class
          professional coaches from New Zealand,
          Australia and South Africa. Rugby Union camps
          are being held at Windsor RFC on 27-31 July;
          Reading RFC 3-7 Aug; Reading Abbey RFC 24-
          28 Aug; and Newbury RFC 10-14 Aug. Netball
          at Brigidine School, Windsor on 27-31 July;
          and Leighton Park School, Reading 24-28 Aug.
          Camps run weekdays, 9.30am-3.15pm. £105
          for Netball or £125 for Rugby, 01727 817 191,
          Skoot holiday activities run throughout
          Reading Borough Council’s Sport and Leisure
          Centres with loads of different activities for all
          ages. Pick up a brochure at any of the RSL
          centres or see www.readingleisure.co.uk
          South Oxfordshire District Council runs a
          range of holiday activities for young people
          aged 8-15 years with trampolining, tag rugby,
          athletics, tennis, street dance, mountain biking,
          netball and much more, 01491 823 124,
          Wokingham Council are running Spring in2
          Action summer sports programme. Includes
          two-day cricket courses, tennis camps and
          High 5 netball camp at Cantley Park,
          Wokingham, 5-11 yrs; Multi-Sports for children
          with additional needs at East Park Farm
          Pavillion, Charvil; and hockey for 8-10 yrs at
          Cantley Park, 0118 974 6264,

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                                                                                                                       Summer Activities
  Football                                                                                                                          Water sports and
  Elite Soccer School run football training                                                                                         outdoor activities
  courses at Theale Green Recreation Centre and
  at Highdown Sports Centre, Caversham from 22                                                                                      Adventure Dolphin in
  July-24 Aug. Different coaching topic each day,                                                                                   Pangbourne offer various
  games and mini matches, boys and girls, 5-12                                                                                      activities including week-long full
  yrs. £12 a day, £50 a week, 07769 701 209,                                                                                        and half-day courses in canoeing
  www.readingelitesoccer.com                                                                                                        and kayaking with BCU star
                                                                                                                                    awards; multi-activity camps
  Henley Soccer School is running courses at                                                                                        including camping over night
  Henley Rugby Club with provisional dates of 12-14                                                                                 - all for 10+ yrs, booking
  and 26-28 Aug. 10am-3pm for 4-10 yrs, £60.                                                                                        necessary. Also Taste of
  10am-12.30pm for 4-5 yrs, £35, 07973 816 989.                                                                                     Adventure days for 8-13 yrs to
                                                                                                                                    try out canoeing, kayaking,
  Licensed Victuallers’ School, Ascot run several                                                                                   orienteering, camp skills, team
  residential and non-residential camps for 10+ yrs.                                                                                games etc, 0118 984 3162,
  These incl. Reading FC Camp, 9-14 Aug, and                                                                                        www.adventuredolphin.co.uk
  Football Trials Camp, 16-21 Aug, 0845 009 0933,
  www.letmeplay.co.uk                                                                                                                 Adventure Plus ‘Total
                                                                                                                                      Adventure Holiday’ 27 -31 July in
  Little Kickers are running football-based week-                                                                                     Whitney for 9-12 yrs; 9-14 Aug
  long courses, with a 45 min. class each day, in                                                                                     for 12-17 yrs in Wales (transport
  Marlow and Henley during Aug for 2-7 yrs, 01628       Little Kickers
                                                                                                                                      provided); 17-21 Aug for 13-17
  526 584. Bracknell, Sandhurst and Yateley classes
                                                                                                                                      yrs in Devon (transport provided).
  are running as normal throughout the summer,
                                                                                                                                      Canoeing, fencing, mountain
  01276 600 393, www.littlekickers.co.uk                locations around the area including Henley,               biking, archery, climbing, team challenges,
  New Era Soccer camps run at Edgbarrow Sports          Shiplake, Maidenhead and Marlow. Some include             abseiling and kayaking from £175 for week,
  Centre, Crowthorne on 28-31 July, 3-6 Aug & 24-       a trip to Old Trafford. Also cricket & multi-sport        01993 703 308, www.adventureplus.org.uk
  27 Aug; Binfield FC 18-21 Aug; and at Lambrook        courses. 10am-3pm, £15 per day, 01494 455 734.
  Haileybury School, nr Bracknell 1-4 Sept. All                                                                   Frontiers - Adventures in Learning in Goring
  welcome from 5+ yrs. Training drills, competitions                                                              Heath, nr Pangbourne, NEW! 5-night Woodland
  and mini matches with FA qualified coaches.           Golf                                                      Adventure Camp for Boys aged 8-14. 20-25 Aug.
  £66.60 for 4 days, 01344 484 322/07793 604                                                                      Also running educational & creative activities in
  649, www.newerasoccer.co.uk                           Bearwood Lakes Golf Club in Sindlesham offers             their beautiful beech woods throughout the
                                                        junior coaching for children of all abilities, ages 5-    summer for children 6-12 yrs, called Wild Days.
  Reading Football Club run soccer schools in           11, on Monday & Thursdays from late July and              Play fantastic games, camouflage yourself, explore
  school holidays at many locations all over the area   throughout Aug, 2-4pm, £15 per session, 0118              nature, build a woodland hideout and have lunch
  for boys and girls. Quality coaching, specialized     978 3030.                                                 around the campfire. From £29 per day, 0118 326
  goal keeping courses, competitions and prizes,                                                                  8322, www.frontiers.uk.net
  0118 968 1480,                                        Downshire Golf Complex at Easthampstead
  www.readingfc.co.uk/community                         Park, Wokingham has golf camps on various dates           Horseshoe Lake Activity Centre in Sandhurst
                                                        throughout the summer, £30 per day (includes              offer week long courses throughout the holidays in
  Soccer Starz courses for 5-11 yrs, £15 per day,       lunch and refreshments), 01344 302 030,                   sailing, kayaking and windsurfing for 8-15yrs,
  and Goalkeeping Camp for 7-11 yrs, £40 per two-       www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk                               £145 per week (9.30am-12.30pm for beginners
  day course, at Cantley Park, Wokingham, various                                                                 and 1.30-4.30pm for improvers); multi-activity
  dates, 10am-3pm, 0118 974 6264,                       Henley Golf Club has courses for 6-15yrs on July
                                                        22-24, Aug 10-12 and Aug 26-28, 10.30am-3.30pm.           weeks (9.30am-4.30pm), £210 per week, £45 per
  www.wokingham.gov.uk/sports                                                                                     day, 01252 871 808,
                                                        £39 a day, £111 for 3 days, 01491 575 710.
  Sportsreach Soccer School from 29 July-4 Aug at                                                                 www.freetimewatersports.co.uk
  The Elvian School, Reading for ages 7-14 yrs, 0118    Tri-Golf at Hurst Golf Club Practice Area from 27 July-
                                                        28 Aug for 6-11 yrs and Xtreme Golf (dates to be          Multi-activity Watersports camp at Wokingham
  959 0058, sportsreach@careybaptistchurch.co.uk                                                                  Waterside Centre, 27 Jul-28 Aug, 9am-4pm, 8-11
                                                        confirmed) for 11+ yrs, 9am-12pm, £13 per session.
  Wycombe Wanderers Football in the                     Booking essential, 0118 974 6264,                         yrs. Kayaking, canoeing, raft building, field games
  Community run football courses at various             www.wokingham.gov.uk/sports                               £35 per day, £150 per week, 0118 974 6264

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          social and physical skills.         has been CRB checked.
                                                                                    your phones
                           For further information please call

                           0845 313 3255
                                                                                    ringing Thames Valley West
                    michele@rugbytots.co.uk • www.rugbytots.co.uk                          Tel: 0118 954 6893
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                                                                                                                           Summer Activities

  Swimming                                                                                                            available, plus a 4-day week option. Also running a
                                                                                                                      KinderGym for under 5’s, 9-10am & 10-11am, £6
  Many local leisure centres run intensive summer                                                                     per session, 01344 773 237,
  swimming courses.                                                                                                   www.pinewoodgymnastics.co.uk
                                                                                                                      Snowball Farm Horse Riding Summer Camps,
  Bulmershe Leisure Centre, Woodley is running 5                                                                      Dorneywood Rd, Burnham run a mini camp for
  day Intensive swimming courses for 5+ yrs from                                                                      riders under 10 from 29-30 July, £100, and one for
  beginners through to ASA stages 6/7. £21.50 with                                                                    over 10’s from 28-31 July, £250, 01628 666 222,
  Woodley Recreation Card, £23.50 without, early                                                                      www.snowballfarm.co.uk
  booking recommended, 0118 926 8733
                                                                                                                      Wellington Riding in Heckfield offer week-long
  G.R. Swimming Schools run intensive courses                                                                         holidays for 7-17 yrs running Sun-Sat from 21
  27-31 July and 3-7 Aug at Harmanswater School,                                                                      June-29 Aug. Includes riding tuition and a pony of
  Bracknell, 10am or 10.30am, and at Brockhurst             Get snorkelling with GR Swimming                          your own for the week. From £575 residential,
  and Marlston School, Hermitage, nr Thatcham,                                                                        £370 non-residential, 0118 922 5379,
  1.30 pm or 2pm. £50 per week. Small, friendly                                                                       www.wellington-riding.co.uk
  classes teaching beginners from 31/2 yrs and              Shamu Swim School will be running week-long
                                                            swimming courses during the holidays at                   Coachmark is running Rugby camps for 5-12 yrs
  improvers. Also, for deep end swimmers,
                                                            Highdown Pool, Emmer Green for all abilities,             at Bracknell RFC on 25-28 Aug, 9am-3pm. £100,
  snorkelling and diving course incl. stroke
                                                            0118 947 6698.                                            0845 459 9501, www.coachmark.co.uk
  technique, £60 (includes mask & snorkel to keep),
  0845 094 1575, rose@swimlessons.co.uk,                                                                              RugbyTots will be running classes for 2-7 yrs as
  www.swimlessons.co.uk                                     Other Sports                                              normal throughout the summer, 0845 313 3255,
  Robert Piggott Infant School in Wargrave opens            Bulmershe Gymnastics Club, Woodley is running
  its small, outdoor pool to the public. Weekdays                                                                     GDT Summer Camps offer tennis coaching for 5-
                                                            a 3-day course from 22-24 July for 5+ yrs, 10am-          15 yrs at Caversham, Wargrave, Woodley and
  from 2.15-3.45pm during the summer holidays.              12pm, £30 per child. Also classes every Tuesday
  Half-hour swim for 50p, suitable for 3-9 yr-olds,                                                                   Caversham Park Tennis Clubs from 13 July-4 Sept
                                                            from 21 July-1 Sept for children from walking             and Newlands School, Maidenhead from 27 July-
  0118 940 2414.                                            upwards and those with special needs, 0118 926            28 Aug. Tennis coaching, fun tournaments and
                                                            3686, email:                                              football. Various sessions from £20, 0118 375
  Seriously Fun Swimming Schools have Five Day
                                                            contact@bulmershegymnastics.co.uk,                        8324, www.gdtennis.co.uk
  Intensive Swimming Courses at St. Pirans School,
  Maidenhead on 27-31 July and 3-7 Aug (30                                                                            Shaolin Fist Kung Fu School in Bracknell is running
  minute lessons from 9.30am-12pm). Suitable for            Circus Skills Summer Camp at Pinewood                     a summer boot camp from 17-21 Aug for 7-16 yrs,
  beginners to competent swimmers aged 3-12 yrs.            Gymnastics Club running Mon-Thursdays during              11am-3.30pm. Learn this ancient art. Suitable for all
  £55 per child. Book on-line at                            Aug. Learn gymnastic skills, juggling, stilt walking      levels. £99, siblings £75, 07886 098235.
  www.seriouslyfun.net or call 0844 35 11 463.              and much more. Full and half day sessions

 Dance, music and drama
 Allenova School of Dancing                  The Camberley Theatre is running             Elements Summer School at Eagle
 Summer school at the Allenova               two Summer Stars courses from 27-            House, Crowthorne from 10-13 Aug
 Studios, Thatcham from 29 June-2            31 July & 3-7 Aug, for 8-16 yrs,             for 6-16 yrs with dance, drama and
 Aug with all types of dance, drama          featuring dancing, singing, circus           singing, 10am-4pm, £80, 07715 422
 and musical theatre, 01635 201              skills and magic, 10am-4pm, £125,            455, www.elements-dance.com
 701, allenovadance@aol.com                  01276 707600,                                Enchanted Summer Workshop
 Artemis Studios in Bracknell has            www.camberleytheatre.biz                     runs from 10-14 Aug, 10am-4pm in
 two Youth Theatre Summer                    Dance Reality is running classes             Camberley. Ends with a free show
 Schools running from 3-7 Aug,                                                            on last day. 20% discount for a
                                             and workshops at their Tilehurst
 10am-4pm, one for 4-8 yrs & one                                                          friend, 0844 335 1705,
 for 9-12 yrs. Singing, dancing and          studio. Pop Stars 24-25 July for
                                             ages 4-7, 10am-12.30pm, £25;                 info@imaginedreamparties.co.uk
 acting for beginners. Also a
                                             Musical Theatre Days 27-28 July              The Hexagon is running a
 Shakespeare Workshop Week for
 12-25 yrs from 27 July-1 Aug,               for ages 4-7, 10am-12.30pm, £25;             Summer Youth Project theatre               Having fun at MAD Academy
 10am-4pm, £99. Max. 20 places in            Mamma Mia Musical Theatre                    course from 27 July-8 Aug for 8-18
 each group. 01344 429 403,                  School 3-6 Aug for ages 7-16,                yrs, 9.30am-4.30pm, on the theme
 www.artemis-studios.co.uk                   10am-3.30pm, £70; Strictly                   of Around the World in 80 Days,            27 July. Classes for birth-18 months
                                             Dance Days on 10-11 Aug for                  culminating in a performance. Also         and 18 months-3 yrs. £35, which
 Berkshire Maestros are running                                                           Technical Youth Project for ages           includes a CD, instrument and
 Banditos Guitar Courses in                  ages 8-11 & 12-16, 10am-3pm,
                                                                                          14-18, offering a hands-on                 magazine/book, 0118 947 7546,
 Tilehurst on 17-18 Aug and                  £38; Baby Ballet Tap & Street for
                                                                                          understanding of technical theatre,        music@intuneteaching.co.uk
 Newbury on 20-21 Aug. Explore               ages 21/2-4, every Thursday from             £140, 0118 960 6060,
 classics from Thriller to Nessun            30 July- 27 Aug, 10-10.45am or               www.readingarts.com                        MAD Academy is running high
 Dorma. Also planned is Toon It! in          11-11.45am, £22; Street School                                                          energy summer courses for 3
 Bracknell on 17-18 Aug with TV              17-18 Aug for ages 8-11 & 12-16,             Jam Theatre, Marlow’s professional         months-4 yr olds. Movement,
 themes to suit every level, along           10.30am-3.30pm, £38 and 3-4                  theatre company, is running a              dancing, musical instruments, balls,
 with games, mask-making, a tuck             Aug for ages 6-8, 2-4.30pm,                  Musical Theatre Summer Week from           parachutes, rhythms and lots of
 shop and lots of fun. Suitable for                                                       24-30 Aug for 8-14 yrs. Spend the          music, dance and imagination for
                                             £25, 0118 942 1896,
 primary school children with at least                                                    week putting together Jam’s new            parent and child to enjoy together.
                                             www.dancerealitystudios.co.uk                show “The Mouse who Didn’t like
 one term’s classical guitar                                                                                                         Courses at The Park United Reform
 experience, £40, 0118 901 2356,             Dance Sensation Summer School                Cheese”. Perform with 2                    Church (David’s Hall), Earley on
 www.berkshiremaestros.org.uk                at Kennet Valley Free Church, Calcot         professional actors and West End           Fridays from 14 Aug-4 Sept, 4-week
                                             from 24-28 Aug. Dancing, singing             standard choreographers &                  course for £20, 0118 977 0050;
 Berzerk Productions are running a
                                             and acting. Includes free one day            directors, finishing with 4                Memorial Hall, Sandhurst on
 Summer School at The Oakwood
 Centre, Woodley from 27-31 July,            master class from ‘Grease’ ‘Kenickie’        performances of the show. £150 for         Wednesdays from 12-26 Aug; and
 10am-3pm. The “show in a week”              - London West End star Stuart                the week, 01628 487 773,                   California Ratepayers Hall,
 features a production on Friday at          Ramsay. Fully qualified and CRB              www.jamtheatre.co.uk                       Finchampstead on Fridays from 14-
 2.30pm. For 8+ yrs. Places ltd. so          checked teachers. For 4-7 yrs, 9am-          Kindermusik will be running 4-             28 Aug, 01344 780 992. Classes
 book early, 07976 652742,                   12pm, £55 and for 7-17yrs,                   week music and movement courses            will also run in Henley and Charvil,
 gemma@berzerkproductions.com,               9.30am-4pm, £95, 0118 937 1383,              in Henley on Fridays from 24 July          0118 972 695,
 www.berzerkproductions.com                  www.dancesensation.org.uk                    and Caversham on Mondays from              www.madacademy.com

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          Summer Activities
          Mo’s Dance and Drama School is                                                                                                  performance of ‘Wannabe’), £125,
          running several short workshops at                                                                                              siblings £100, 0870 061
          Caversham Health & Fitness Club.                                                                                                3526/07773 079475. Reading East
          Cheerleading Taster on 27 July, 5-                                                                                              course on 27-31 July, 01932 348
          11 yrs, with punchy dance & cheer                                                                                               844, www.stagecoach.co.uk
          provided by Reading Redkittens, 2-                                                                                              StagePlay Academy is running
          3pm, £6. Summer Street Dance 28                                                                                                 week-long musical theatre Summer
          July with street dance routines & hip                                                                                           Schools in Caversham and Goring for
          hop moves 1.30-2.15pm for 5-6 yrs,                                                                                              8-16 yrs. Dancing, singing, games
          3.30-4.15pm for 7-9 yrs & 4.30-5.30                                                                                             and rehearsals with a performance
          for 10+ yrs, £6. Treasure Hunt                                                                                                  on the Friday. From £125, 07889
          Dance on 28 July, 3-5 yrs, 9.30am-                                                                                              261269/07743 111344,
          1.15pm & 2.30-3.15pm, £6.                                                                                                       info@stageplay.org.uk
          Mamma Mia Workshop from 29-                                                                                                     StageWorks has one-day Summer
          31 July, 5-11 yrs, 1.30-4.30pm, £54.                                                                                            Workshops in Henley for 9-13 yrs
          0845 206 2291.                                                                                                                  on: 27 July - Drama; 28 July - Street
          Norden Farm Arts Centre,                     Perform take on Peter Pan                                                          & Hip Hop dancing; and 29 July -
          Maidenhead has a Summer Theatre                                                                                                 Singing. All 10am-4pm, £30 for one
          Week from 27-31 July for 10-18 yrs,                                                                                             day, discounts for additional days
          10am-4pm, £87.50, and a Summer              Sima’s Action Kids Club puts the         9.30am-2.30pm week days plus               and siblings. Also shorter workshops
          Dance Week from 10-14 Aug                   fun back into physical fitness for the   Saturday show, £160 + £7 per ticket.       in dance, drama and singing on 30-
          featuring workshops in                      under 6s (siblings under 8 welcome)      Also Act, Sing & Dance Yourself            31 July with mornings for 4-6 yrs,
          contemporary dance, jazz and street         with 45 mins of dancing, action          Diz-ney Summer School from 24-28           10am-12.30pm, £25 for course;
          dance for 9-18 yrs, 10am-4pm,               stories and active play activities.      Aug, 5-13 yrs, at Downsway Primary         afternoons, 7-8 yrs, 1.30- 4.30pm,
          £87.50, 01628 788997,                       Magnet Leisure Centre, Maidenhead        School, Tilehurst, 10.30am-3.30pm,         £35 for course. For details call Ann
          www.nordenfarm.org                          on Tuesdays at 11.15am on July           £95, 0845 050 8245,                        Burley on 07708 823 177.
          Perform invite 4-8 yr olds to join          28th, 4th & 11th Aug, £4.00, 07956       www.berkshire.stageability.co.uk           Starmaker Summer School at
          Peter Pan, Wendy and the Lost Boys          993 439,                                 Stagecoach Theatre Arts are                Southlake School, Woodley from 24-
          in a thrilling adventure. With              www.simasactionkids.com                  running one-week summer courses            28 Aug for 7-18 yrs with dance,
          colourful costumes, original songs          South Hill Park is running a Youth       offering training in performance arts      drama, singing and combat training,
          and live music put together a lively        Theatre Summer School: An                such as dance, drama, voice and            9.30am-4pm, £100, sibling discount,
          show to delight family and friends.         Island Full of Voices on 3-15 Aug,       singing with rehearsals leading to a       0118 988 7878,
          3-7 Aug, 2.30-4.30pm in                     for 8-11 yrs, exploring the myths and    performance on the last day of the         www.starmakeruk.org
          Wokingham; 27-31 July, 2.30-                magic of the Emerald Isle, 10am-         course. Bracknell course at                The Talent Stop Performing Arts
          4.30pm in Henley; 17-21 July in             4pm, with performances on 14 & 15        Easthampstead Park School on 27-31         Summer School runs at Calcot
          Marlow; & 27-31 July in                     Aug, £150; Young Technicians             July, 9.30am-12.30pm for 4-6 yrs,          Centre, Calcot from 17-21 Aug, for
          Maidenhead, 0845 400 4000,                  course from 10-15 Aug, for 8-11          £105, & 10am-4pm for 7-16 yrs,             ages 5-15, 10am-3pm, and ages 3-5
          www.perform.org.uk                          yrs, 10am-4pm; Young Makers              £145, sibling discount, 01753 664          yrs, 10.15-12.15, sibling discounts,
          Redroofs Theatre School offer               workshop from 3-7 Aug, for 8-11          105/07899 906 346. Bracknell               0118 962 3379,
          week-long musical theatre courses           yrs, making the props for the            North course in Warfield on 3-7 Aug        www.thetalentstop.co.uk
          ending in a performance. Wicked             summer school performance, 10am-         for 4-6 yrs, £100, and 7-16 yrs,           Tara’s Charvil Drama Group is
          West End July 27-31 and Little              12pm, £60. Also running courses for      £140, sibling discount, 0845 055           running two workshops on 23-24
          Orphan Annie 10-14 Aug for 7-13             12-16 yrs, 01344 484 123,                6382. Henley course on 10-14 Aug,          July & 27-28 Aug at St Patrick’s Hall,
          yrs at Littlewick Green. Footloose &        www.southillpark.org.uk                  10.30am-1.30pm for 4-6 yrs, £95, &         Charvil and Loddon Hall Twyford
          Famous, 3-7 Aug, for 8-14 yrs, at           Stageability is running an Annie         10am-4pm for 7-16 yrs, £135,               (one day at each), for 7-14 yrs, with
          Maidenhead. 10am-4pm. £180 for              workshop and show from 3-15 Aug          sibling discount, 01628 634 539.           singing, dancing and drama, ending
          one week, £340 for two. Extended            for 8-18 yrs. Two weeks rehearsing       Newbury course at Clere School,            with a mini-production to parents,
          care, 9am-5pm, available, 01628             in Theale, culminating in a full show    Burghclere on 27-31 July for 8-16          0118 934 9711/07814 830 499,
          822 982, www.redroofs.co.uk                 at 21 South Street, Reading.             yrs, 10am-4pm (8pm on last day for         www.dramatara.co.uk

          Arts and crafts
          HaaHoos in Twyford will be running 11/2 hour Decopatch workshops                     me - self-portraits and book making, 7+yrs; 30 July Papier mache people, 5
          throughout the summer which involve ripping, pasting & varnishing to decorate        +yrs; 1 Aug Family Workshop -for all the family, £5 adult, £4 child; 4 Aug City
          your own picture frame to take home. Suitable for 5+ yrs. £12. You can also          in a shoebox - make a miniature city, 5 +yrs; 5 Aug Paint a cityscape, 7+yrs;
          just turn up and paint a huge range of pottery, 0118 932 1441,                       6 Aug Build a castle, 5 +yrs; 11 Aug Make your own aquarium, 5+yrs; 12
          www.haahoosceramics.co.uk                                                            Aug Seascape paintings, 7+yrs; 13 Aug Papier mache sea creatures, 5+yrs;
          Jelly is running arts & crafts workshops in central Reading, incl: 28 July People    18 Aug Miniature funfair in a box, 5+yrs; 19 Aug Funfair at night
          puppets - make puppets out of junk materials, 5+yrs; 29 July A book about            paintings, 7+yrs; 20 Aug Papier mache goldfish, 5+yrs; 25 Aug Carnival

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                                                                                                                          Summer Activities
  houses - brightly painted houses decorated for the parade, 5+yrs; 26 Aug
  Carnival paintings - a painting workshop for older children, looking at Carnival
  imagery and creating our own paintings, 7+yrs; 27 Aug Papier mache carnival
  animals. All workshops from 10.30am-12.30pm, £12, £10 with Your Reading
  Passport or £8 if booked/paid for before 20 July, 0118 950 7926,
  The Kiln Ceramic Café in Henley will be running summer workshops with
  various themes and is open to paint your own pottery, Mon-Sat 10.30am-5pm,
  Sun 11am-4pm, (during Aug), 01491 414 254.
  Maiden Erlegh School Community Arts in Earley has a Young Artists
  Summer School, 3-7 Aug, for year groups 5-9. Work with artists to design and
  make a boxed board game and a giant floor game. Also Summer Drama and
  Dance School, 17-21 Aug, for year groups 6-10, both £90, 10am-3pm, 0118
  926 2467, Community Arts pages www.maidenerlegh.
  The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) at the University of Reading has
  various workshops. All accompanying adults free. 28 July & 25 Aug Mosaic
  Madness - make garden-inspired mosaic for 8+ yrs, book, £5; 30 July Painted
  Pots - decorate clay garden pots, 7+yrs, book, £3, 10am-12pm & 1-3pm; 31 July
  Beautiful Butterfiles - design, etch & print your own butterfly, 7+yrs, book, £3,
  various times; 4 Aug Perfect Paperwieghts - paint your own stone paperweight,        Stirring Stuff, see Cooking
  3+yrs, drop-in, £2, 10am-12pm & 1-3pm; 5 Aug Eco-Chic: Bags for life -
  decorate shopping bag using fabric, glitter & paint, 5+yrs, book, £3, 10am-12pm
  & 1-3pm; 6 Aug Woven Planters - make woven textile planters, 7+yrs, book,             zoetrope, 7-11yrs, 10.30am-12.30pm, £8.50, Booking essential; 6 & 13 Aug
  £3,10am-12pm & 1-3pm; 11 Aug Flower Power - make unique handmade                      Design Textiles & make clothes - print & dye fabric then sew something to
  paper or cards, 7+yrs, drop-in, £2, 10am-12pm & 1-3pm; 12 Aug Bugs Life -             wear, bring packed lunch, 11-15yrs, 10.30am-3.30pm, £20 per day; 11 Aug
  make & decorate plaster of paris bugs, 6+yrs, drop-in, £2, 10am-12pm & 1-3pm;         Paper Picnic - make paper sandwiches, fairy cakes, even a tissue salad!
  13 Aug Hungry Caterpillars - make a finger puppet bug or butterfly, 2+yrs,            10.30am-12.30pm, 4-7yrs, £8.50; 18 Aug Dancing with Dinosaurs - learn
  drop-in, £2, 10am-12pm & 1-3pm; 18 Aug Flower Jewellery - make pressed                about the crocodile-like dinosaurs that lived by the Thames and make small
  flower jewellery and bookmarks, 3+yrs, drop-in, £3, 10am-12pm & 1-3pm; 19             model dinosaurs and volcanic scenery that lights up, 10.30am-12.30pm, 4-7yrs,
  Aug Fabric Brooches - make garden-inspired fabric brooches, 5+yrs, drop-in, £3,       £8.50; 25 Aug Hisses & Kisses...Make a Snake - and find out fascinating facts
  10am-12pm & 1-3pm; 20 Aug Creative Cushions - use felt, paint & sewing to             about snakes, 4-7yrs, 10.30am-12.30pm, £8.50, booking essential, 01491 415
  decorate a cushion cover, 7+yrs,book, £3, 10am-12pm & 1-3pm; 21 Aug                   600, www.rrm.co.uk
  Variegated Veggies - make colourful monoprints using a variety of fruit & veg,
                                                                                        South Hill Park has various workshops, booking required, incl. 4 Aug
  5+yrs, drop-in, £2, 10am-12pm & 1-3pm. 0118 378 8660,                                 Mermaid Mirrors make a mirror with an under the sea theme, 2-4pm, 6-12
  www.reading.ac.uk/merl                                                                yrs, £14; 6 Aug Art Factory using clay, collage, drawing and sculpture, 2-4pm,
  Reading Museum workshops incl. every Wed 29 July-26 Aug Make & Take -                 6-12 yrs, £14; 10 Aug Family Ceramics as a family learn ceramic techniques to
  free drop-in craft activities for families. 10am-12pm & 1-3pm. 29 July - Iron         make one-off pieces, 10am-1pm & 2-4pm, 5+ yrs, £8, £4 child; 11 Aug Fish
  Age Jewellery, 5 Aug - Terrific Tortoises, 12 Aug - Papercraft 3D masks, 19           Tank Fishing Game make a fun game to play with your family, 2-4pm, 6-12
  Aug - Tree of Life Collage, 26 Aug - Memento Boxes. Also 30 July-                     yrs, £14; 11 Aug Potters Wheel have a go at throwing a pot and build another
  Fabulous Fossils - make some wonderful fossil plaster casts, 7+yrs, 10am-             piece, 10am-12pm & 2-4pm, 6-13 yrs, £14; 12 Aug Funky Jewellery
  12pm & 1-3pm, £5, booking essential; 2 & 30 Aug - Sunday Funday - explore             traditional techniques using copper and beads, 10am-12.30pm & 2-4.30pm, 7-
  objects from the collections and make something crafty to take home, free. 2-         12 yrs, £16; 12 Aug Make a Ceramic Pie Dish experiment in the pottery,
  3.30pm; 4 Aug - Mono & Press Printing - exploring pattern and shape, 5+yrs,           10am-1pm, 7-12 yrs, £12. Also courses for older children, 01344 484 123,
  drop-in, £2. 10am, 11.15am, 1pm & 2.15pm; 11 Aug Do the Jitterbug:                    www.southillpark.org.uk
  Design a Bee Dance - Drop-in, £2, 5+yrs, 10am, 11.15am, 1pm & 2.15pm; 18
  Aug Tile Making - £2, drop-in, families and 5+yrs, 10am, 11.15am, 1pm &               Cooking
  2.15pm, 0118 939 9800, www.readingmuseum.org.uk
  The River & Rowing Museum in Henley workshops incl: 23 July Jewellery                 Auberge du Chocolate at Villagelife, nr Maidenhead is holding children’s
  Design - learn how to use memory wire to make fab jewellery, 9-16yrs, 1.30-           chocolate workshops every Wed during the holidays. 9.30am-10.30am for
  3pm, £8.50 + £8 materials; 29 July, 12 & 19 Aug Taylor Tug’s Summer                   under 8’s & 11am-12pm for over 8’s. Fun for kids and an hour to shop in peace
  Holiday Happening - join Taylor Tug to paint, play and make all sorts of things       for mum. Please book, 07872 992995.
  to celebrate summer, 18 months-5yrs, 11am-2.30pm. Booking essential; 30 July          Stirring Stuff, nr Henley are running fun, friendly and inspiring cookery courses
  Funky T-shirts - create designs for a t-shirt (bring your own) using fabric paint,    this summer for children 9+ yrs. Courses incl. Summer Baking, Globe Trotter,
  screen prints and dyes, taking inspiration from the Museum collection, bring          Homemade Sweets & Chocolates, Baking Days and Family Cook Days. From
  packed lunch, 7-11yrs, 11am-4pm, £16.50; 4 Aug Hop Along Horse - hold the             £40, 01491 628 523, www.stirringstuff.co.uk
  horseshoes that belonged to the Henley Stagecoach horses & make mini hobby
  horses with dowling rod and calico bags, 4-7yrs, 10.30am-12.30pm. £8.50.
  Booking essential, 5 Aug Magic & Muggles - design a Knut, Sickle or Galleon           We take great care in compiling these listings but please always
  with an image of your favourite Harry Potter character, then make your own            check details as they may change.

                        Elgar Road (north), Reading
      A range of services and activities for families
                  with young children.
          For more information contact Debbie
                   on 0118 975 0819

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          Out & About
          Check out our
          listing of events
          and activities for
          a whole range of
          great days out
          with your family.

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Compiled by Claire Frew                                                                                                                                      Out & About
We take great care in compiling these listings but please always check details before setting out.

 Family Theatre                                                                                                                                      * Shows marked are part of the A Night Less
                                                                                                                                                     Ordinary scheme, designed to encourage young
                                                                                                                                                     people to visit the theatre. Over 200 venues,
                                                                                                                                                     including South Hill Park and The Wycombe
                                                                                                                                                     Swan, are giving away FREE theatre tickets for
  The Hexagon                                      this magical new production by the English         Sir William Borlase’s                          many of their shows to anyone under the age of
                                                   National Ballet. Wed - Fri 2pm & 5pm, Sat
  Queen’s Walk, Reading, RG1 7UA, 0118             11am, 2pm & 5pm. Tickets £15.                      Grammar School Theatre                         26. Tickets are limited so book early. Visit
                                                                                                                                                     www.anightlessordinary.org.uk for further
  960 6060, www.readingarts.com                    28 July-1 Aug - THE TIGER WHO                      Marlow, 01628 487773,                          details, or contact theatres directly.
  3-4 July - MILKSHAKE LIVE!                       CAME TO TEA                                        www.jamtheatre.co.uk
  MY FIRST CONCERT                                 Based on the classic children’s book by                                                           And during Kids Week, running from 14-28
                                                   Judith Kerr, find out what happens when a          29-30 Aug - THE MOUSE WHO DIDN’T               Aug, get FREE children’s tickets to top London
  Join the Milkshake TV presenters and all                                                            LIKE CHEESE
  your favourite Milkshake characters with         tiger comes to Sophie’s house for tea, full                                                       West End shows. One child, aged 5-16, goes free
                                                   of magic and songs! Tues 2pm & 7pm,                A fun musical about the journey of Eddie       when accompanied by a full paying adult and
  songs, stories, dances and much more. 3                                                             the mouse to find a village that will accept
  July at 11am & 2.30pm and 4 July at              Weds 11am & 2pm, Thurs 11am, Fri & Sat                                                            two other children can go for half price. There’s
                                                   11am & 2pm. Tickets £11.                           him, even though he doesn’t like cheese.       also a range of free activities and workshops.
  10.30am & 1.30pm. Tickets £14.50, £12.50                                                            For 4+ yrs. 11am & 2pm. Tickets £5.
  under 16s.                                                                                                                                         Again, tickets are limited so book early by
   6-9 July - READING YOUTH PROM:                  Central Studio                                                                                    logging on to www.kidsweek.co.uk
  WORLD IN UNION.                                  Queen Mary’s College, Cliddesden Rd,
  An evening of performances by Reading’s          Basingstoke, 01256 418 318,
  schools and young people’s organisations,        www.centralstudio.co.uk
  reflecting the diversity of cultures in the
  town through performing and visual arts.         29 June-21 July - SUMMER YOUTH
  7pm. Tickets £6, conc. £3                        THEATRE, DANCE & FILM FESTIVAL
                                                   Variety of productions, including 3-4 July The
                                                   Boy Who Never Grew Up and 20-21 July
  The Corn Exchange                                Oliver Twist. Both 7pm. Tickets £4, child £3.
  Mkt Place, Newbury, RG14 5BD, 01635 522
  733, www.cornexchangenew.com                     The Wycombe Swan
  4 July - FRANCESCA BEARD’S ANIMAL                High Wycombe, 01494 512 000,
  OLYMPICS                                         www.wycombeswan.co.uk
  Performance poet Francesca Beard with an
  interactive show based on the stars of the       30 June-4 July - LE GRAND CIRQUE,
  Chinese Zodiac, featuring songs, stories and     FANTAZIE*
  poetry. Fun for 5+ yrs. 1pm. Tickets £6.         Featuring world-class artistes, handpicked from
                                                   around the globe, performing a visual feast of
  11 July - ANDREW CLOVER’S CRAZY                  white-knuckle stunts and precision
  KIDS’ SHOW                                       skill.7.30pm plus 2.30pm on 2 & 4 July.
  Mixing stand-up, silly impressions, and          Tickets from £17.
  stories the show draws on what children
  think about animals, fairy stories and outer     6-8 Aug - CRAZY FOR YOU*
  space. Fun for kids and parents alike. Ages      Wycombe Swan Youth Project is back with a
  7-11. 1pm. Tickets £6.                           new tap-dancing musical comedy
                                                   adapted from the 1930 Gershwin
                                                   musical Girl Crazy. 7.30pm plus                                                                                    Milkshake Live! at the Hexagon
  South Hill Park                                  2.30pm on 8 August. Tickets from £12.
  Ringmead, Bracknell, RG12 7PA, 01344 484

                                                 Open Air Theatre
  123, www.southhillpark.org.uk
  Double act Dan and Jeff with a great fun
  show about pirates throughout the world.
  For 6+ yrs. 3pm. Tickets £10, £8 under 16s.
                                                  Basildon Park                                      Greys Court                                     Mapledurham House
  The Theatre Royal
  Windsor                                         Nr Pangbourne, 0844 249 1895,                      Rotherfield Greys, 0844 249 1895,               Mapledurham, 0118 972 3350,
                                                  www.nationaltrust.org.uk                           www.nationaltrust.org.uk                        www.mapledurham.co.uk
  Thames St, Windsor, 01753 853 888,              3 July - WIND IN THE WILLOWS                       7 Aug - THE THREE MUSKETEERS                    23 July - ROMEO AND JULIET
  www.theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk                   Follow the adventures of Ratty, Mole, Badger       One for All, and All for One! Young             Shakespeare’s romantic tale of star-crossed
  5 July - GIRAFFES CAN’T DANCE                   and Toad in their lives on the river. 6.30-9pm.    D’Artagnan aspires to be a Musketeer of         lovers. Opens 6.30pm for picnics, 7.30pm
  Gerald the giraffe was not a good dancer.       Tickets £12, child £8.                             the Guard, but are his swashbuckling            start. Tickets £12, £8 child.
  Every year he dreaded the great Jungle          17 July - A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM                credentials sufficient? Family performances.    12 Aug - CINDERELLA
  Dance. But, one beautiful moonlit night,        Shakespeare’s popular play of love and             Gates open 5.30pm, 6.30pm start. Tickets        Join Chapterhouse Theatre Company as
  Gerald discovers that when we’re different,     intrigue, magic and celebration 7-9pm.             £12, £8 child.                                  Louisa, Milky-White the cow, and all their
  sometimes all we need is a different song to    Tickets £12, child £8.                             21 Aug - EMMA                                   friends decide to act out their favourite
  dance to.... Ages 4-7. 2pm. Tickets £11.                                                           Jane Austen’s classic novel brought to life     fairytale. Gates open 11.30am for picnics,
                                                  24 July - THE MOWGLI STORIES
  22-25 July - ANGELINA BALLERINA’S BIG           An adaptation of this funny and very exciting      on the stage, suitable for children. Gates      1pm start. Bouncy castle, face painting (extra
  AUDITION                                        Rudyard Kipling classic. 6.30-9pm. Tickets         open 6.30pm, 7.30pm start. Tickets £12,         charge), other activities, drinks, ice creams
  Angelina and friends return to the stage in     £12, child £8.                                     £8 child.                                       and cakes for sale. Tickets £10, £7 child.

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          Out & About
          Throughout                                                                                                                                           4-5 July - SANDHURST ARTS FESTIVAL
                                                                                                                                                               at Sandhurst Memorial Park, Memorial
          July & August                                                                                                                                        Grounds, Sandhurst,
          GROW YOUR OWN EXHIBITION at The                                                                                                                      Weekend of free outdoor arts. Bring a
          Museum of English Rural Life (MERL),                                                                                                                 picnic & enjoy music, dancing, family fun,
          Redlands Rd, Reading, 0118 378 8660,                                                                                                                 refreshments & more, incl. samba
          www.reading.ac.uk/merl                                                                                                                               percussion & salsa workshops on Saturday
          Exploration of the role gardening has played                                                                                                         & songs of praise, silver band concert &
          in English culture, providing pleasure,                                                                                                              opera on Sunday. 4-10.30pm.
          relaxation & health benefits, with the help                                                                                                          5 July - CAR BOOT SALE at Willow Bank
          of material from the MERL collections.                                                                                                               Junior School, Duffield Rd, Woodley.
          SHEEP RACING & OTHER ACTIVITIES at                                                                                                                   11am (gates open to sellers 10.30am) cars £5
          Odds Farm Park, Wooburn Green, 01628                                                                                                                 & £7 vans. Entrance 50p, under 16’s free.
          520 188, www.oddsfarm.co.uk                                                                                                                          5 July - CARIBBEAN DAY at Wellington
          Watch the sheep race round a special track,                                                                                                          Country Park, Riseley, Reading, 0118 932
          plus tractor & trailer rides with a new audio                                                                                                        6444, www.wellington-country-park.co.uk
          commentary, new activities like Eggs &                                                                                                               Caribbean themed activities alongside the
          Bacon - feed the pigs their evening supper,                                                                                                          usual attractions.
          then put the chickens to bed - plus egg                Science fun at the Look Out Discovery Centre, see Throughout July & August                    5 July - CHARVIL VILLAGE FETE at
          collecting, indoor & outdoor activities &                                                                                                            Charvil Village Hall, Park Lane, Charvil
          play areas. Children £7.50, adults £8.50.                                                                                                            Entertainment for all the family with a
          ARENA FOR THE ARTS EXHIBITION at                                                                                                                     Caribbean theme including stalls,
                                                                 on 28 Aug. £3, booking essential. 26 Aug -     Aug - Tree Adventures, 11 Aug - Den
          Wokingham Borough Council offices,                                                                                                                   entertainers, refreshments, bouncy castle,
                                                                 FAMILY SCAVENGER HUNT - Turn up                Building Day, 29 Aug - Campfire Cooking.
          Shute End, Wokingham                                                                                  10.30am-3.30pm. Adults £5, children            beer tent & more. Details on 0118 932
                                                                 between 10am-3pm, must be finished by
          Free exhibition of artwork created by young                                                           £3.50, booking essential. 24 July, 1 & 27      1972 or 934 4304.
                                                                 4pm. £2.50 per child or £5 per family.
          people across the borough. Weekdays.                                                                  Aug - RECYCLED ARTS WORKSHOPS                  8-12 July - HENLEY FESTIVAL OF MUSIC
          Every weekend & every day during                       CHILDREN’S HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES at Lily                                                         & THE ARTS in Henley, 01491 843 404,
                                                                                                                turn rubbish into works of art. 24 July -
          school holidays - THE BRAIN DRAIN                      Hill Park, Bracknell, 01344 354 440/1,         Necklaces & Keyrings, 11.30am- 4.30pm,         www.henley-festival.co.uk
          SHOW at The Look Out Discovery                         www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk                    drop in, all ages, 1 Aug - Making Jewellery    The best in classical music, jazz, opera,
          Centre, Bracknell, 01344 354 400,                      18 July - TREE TRAIL - Join the team on a      from Junk 11am & 2.30pm, booking               comedy, dance, street theatre, rock &
          www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/lookout                    walk through the woods. For adults &           essential, 10+yrs, 27 Aug - Making Mexican     firework spectaculars.
          Interactive science show which investigates how        families. 11am-12pm. 28 July - BRILLIANT       Eyes, 11.30am-4.30pm, drop in, all ages. 30
                                                                 BUG CREATIONS - Families can get                                                              11 July - NEWBRIDGE SUMMER FAIR at
          the human brain works, incl. memory,                                                                  July - BIG BUG EXPERIENCE - see a host of      New Bridge Nursery, Montague St,
          imagination, & optical illusions. Test your reaction   inspired on a bug hunt then create some        giant bugs, such as praying mantis, stick      Caversham, 0118 901 5580.
          speed in the brain games. At 11am, 12pm, 2pm           for themselves. 2pm-4pm, booking reqd. 31      insects & millipedes. Five sessions from       BBQ, bouncy castle, face painting, cake
          & 3.15pm, subject to minimum numbers. £1.75            July - MINI-BEASTING - Hunt for                11.15am. £4.50, booking essential. 20 Aug      walk, raffle, stalls, free taster sessions in
          on top of normal admission price.                      minibeasts. Suitable for families. 11am &      - REPTILE & AMPHIBIAN EXPERIENCE -             sports & dance, police & fire brigade.11am-
                                                                 2pm, booking reqd. 13 Aug - GO BATTY -         see, hold & find out about them, incl. a rat   2pm, free admission.
                                                                 Make bat masks & kites. For 5+ yrs, 2pm-       snake, tree frog, green iguana & a cane
          Dinton Pastures Country Park, Hurst,                                                                  toad. Five sessions from 11.15am. Booking      11-12 July - SAXONS VERSUS VIKINGS
          www.wokingham.gov.uk/countryside,                      4pm. £3.50, booking reqd. 13 Aug - BATS
                                                                 AT DUSK - Search for bats at night. Adults     essential. £4.50. 28 Aug - BAT BBQ - a         at the Chiltern Open Air Museum,
          0118 934 2016,                                                                                        short talk, meet a rescued bat & enjoy a BBQ   Newland Park, Chalfont St Giles, 01494
          countryside@wokingham.gov.uk                           & families. 8pm-9.30pm. £1. 22 Aug -
                                                                                                                before setting off with bat detectors &        871 117, www.coam.org.uk
          29 July & 19 Aug - SUMMER TREASURE                     VICTORIAN TEA PARTY - Families can
                                                                                                                torches to search for these amazing            Meet Saxon & Viking soldiers, see how they
          HUNTS - Follow an exciting nature trail &              enjoy light refreshments & Victorian                                                          used to live & fight. Try on armour & learn
                                                                 outdoor games. Bring a picnic. 11am-3pm.       creatures. 7.30pm. £4.50, booking essential.
          complete the challenges set. Fun for all the                                                                                                         the Viking fighting techniques yourself!
          family. Just turn up between 1pm-3pm.
          £2.50. 31 July & 24 Aug - MINIBEAST
                                                                 CHILDREN’S HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES at               July                                           10am-5pm. Tickets: £7.50, child 5-16 £5,
                                                                 Sandhurst, Memorial Hall, Yorktown Rd,                                                        under 5s free, family £22.
          HUNT - Sweep, seek & peek at some of the               01344 354 440/1, www.bracknell-
          interesting bugs & slugs to be found in the                                                           3 July - WILD WEST FAMILY FUN                  11-12 July - WOODCOTE STEAM RALLY
                                                                 forest.gov.uk                                  EVENING at Aldermaston School                  in Woodcote,
          meadows & woods. Accompanied children of               5 Aug - POND DIPPING search for
          5+ yrs, 11am & 2pm. £3, booking essential.                                                            With bar, BBQ, games, displays, tombola &      www.woodcoterally.org.uk
                                                                 creatures underwater. Booking reqd. 11am-                                                     Festival of steam, vintage & veteran
          3, 10 & 17 Aug - SURVIVAL SKILLS -                                                                    more. 5.30pm-7.30pm.
                                                                 12pm. 11 Aug - MINIBEASTING family fun                                                        transport with entertainment, crafts, trade
          8.45am-12pm for 8-12 yrs, 2-5.15pm for 11+             hunting for bugs. 11am-12pm. Booking           3 July - NOCTURNAL WONDERS - GLOW
                                                                                                                WORMS & BATS at California Country             stands, children’s entertainment, live bands,
          yrs. £12, booking essential. 3 Aug Setting Up          reqd. 20 Aug - BOATS & WATER
                                                                                                                Park, Nine Mile Ride, Finchampstead            a traditional fun fair & CAMRA’s famous
          Camp, 10 Aug Trails & Treasure, learn basic            WONDERS make boats & other watery                                                             Festival of Ale. Adults £8, child £4, under 5s
          map reading & navigation skills, then hunt for                                                        Come & see bats in a flying frenzy & learn
                                                                 wonders out of recycled materials. For                                                        free, family ticket £22.
          treasure, 17 Aug Ready, Steady Camp Cook.                                                             how to identify them. For 8+ yrs, 9.30-
                                                                 families. 11am-12pm. Booking reqd.                                                            12 July - BRACKNELL NCT CHEEKY
          5, 13 & 21 Aug - POND DIPPING - Fun &                                                                 11pm. £3. Book on 0118 934 2016.
          informative Ranger-led pond dipping sessions.          CHILDREN’S HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES at               3-5 July - DAYS OUT WITH THOMAS at             MONKEYS TEA PARTY at Farley Wood
          Accompanied children of 5+ yrs, 11am &                 Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre,              Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, 01296          Centre, Binfield, Bracknell
          2pm. £3, booking essential. 14 & 28 Aug -              Muddy Lane, Lower Way, Thatcham,               655 720, www.bucksrailcentre.org.uk            Jungle crafts, toys, children’s jungle tea,
          BAT WALK & TALK - Illustrated slide show,              01635 874381,                                  Take a ride behind a full sized Thomas the     photography, raffle, rugby tots taster
          chance to meet rescued bats close up & a               www.naturediscovery.org.uk                     Tank Engine plus magic show, Punch &           sessions for ages 2-5 & sing & sign for
          walk to the lake listening for wild bats.              4 July, 5, 11 & 29 Aug - WILDLIFE              Judy, miniature railway, souvenir shop &       under 2s. £3 for over 2s, £3 under 2s, tea
          Children must be accompanied. 8-9.45pm                 EXPLORER DAYS - outdoor activities for all     café. Advance tickets £10 adults, £8 ages 2-   included. Adults free. Details & tickets on
          (approx.) on 14 Aug & 7.45-9.30pm (approx.)            the family. 4 July - Trees & Tree Spirits, 5   15 or £12 & £10 on the day.                    01344 302752, www.bracknell-nct.org.uk

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                                                                                                                                                            Out & About
  12 July-6 Sept - SUMMER TREASURE                                                                                                                    Campus, Reading, 0118 378 6990,
  HUNT at REME Museum, Arborfield,                                                                                                                    www.reading.ac.uk/ure
  0118 976 3375,                                                                                                                                      Learn about Ancient Egyptian beliefs
  www.rememuseum.org.uk                                                                                                                               surrounding death - watch as members of
  During normal opening hours.                                                                                                                        staff mummify a fish, & make your own
  Accompanied children of 5-12 yrs.                                                                                                                   mummy & sarcophagus to take home.
  18 July - PICTURE PERFECT at Ure                                                                                                                    Accompanied children 6+ yrs. Booking
  Museum of Greek Archaeology,                                                                                                                        necessary, £3.50. Bring packed lunch.
  University of Reading, Whiteknights                                                                                                                 26 July - HONG KONG FAMILY DAY at
  Campus, Reading, 0118 378 6990,                                                                                                                     Ascot Racecourse, 0870 727 1234,
  www.reading.ac.uk/ure                                                                                                                               www.ascot.co.uk
  Learn about the mythical images on the                                                                                                              Racing plus face painting, fairground rides
  pots at the museum. Make your own pot &                                                                                                             & Crazy Bears performing songs & dances,
  learn about the Gods of Olympus & the                                                                                                               followed by Abba tribute band after the
  monsters of the Underworld. 11am-3pm.                                                                                                               racing. From £15, under 16s free.
  Accompanied children 6+ yrs. Booking                                                                                                                26 July - FAIRY & PIXIE PARTY at
  reqd, £3.50. Bring packed lunch.                                                                                                                    Wellington Country Park, Riseley,
  18 July - BRAYWICK POND OPEN DAY at                                                                                                                 Reading, 0118 932 6444, wellington-
  Braywick Nature Centre, Hibbert Rd,
  Maidenhead                                                                                                                                          Dress up & enjoy the magical setting of the
  Discover the amazing diversity of life in                                                                                                           Enchanted Forest with party games & food.
  Braywick’s wildlife pond. Just turn up                                                                                                              28 July - ROMAN FUN DAY at Reading
  between 2pm-4.30pm.                                                                                                                                 Museum, 0118 939 9800,
                                                     Take a walk in Lily Hill Park, see Throughout July & August                                      www.readingmuseum.org.uk
  at Reading Museum, 0118 939 9800,                                                                                                                   Meet wealthy Roman citizens from the
  www.readingmuseum.org.uk                                                                                                                            town at Silchester & join in the Roman
  Celebrate Asian Arts by joining in some                                                                                                             themed fun & activities for all the family.
                                                     In aid of Thames Valley Air Ambulance, over a   22 July & 5 Aug - WILDLIFE ON THE                10am-4pm.
  drumming & folk dance. Free drop in, all           hundred Ferraris on show, ride in a Ferrari,    MOVE from Darkwood Farm, Park
  ages. 2-3.30pm.                                                                                                                                     29 July & 26 Aug SUMMER STORIES at
                                                     meet Roary the Racing car, tethered hot air     Corner, nr Nettlebed, 01491 641 324
                                                                                                                                                      MERL , Redlands Rd, Reading, 0118 378
  18-19 July - LEGOLAND LIVE at                      balloons, fun & games & lots more. 9am-6pm.     Enjoy a leisurely ride in a cart pulled by
                                                                                                                                                      8660, www.reading.ac.uk/merl
  Legoland, Windsor, 08705 040 404,                  £10, child £5, toddlers free, parking free.     Suffolk punch horses through Warburg
                                                                                                     Nature Reserve, with a guide to point out        Actor/storyteller Derek Florey will amaze &
  www.legoland.co.uk                                 19 July - DBARC FUN DAY at Moss End
                                                                                                     local wildlife. 6.30pm on 22 July & 2pm on       delight with tales in the garden, 6+yrs, free
  This all-singing, all-dancing event features a     Garden Centre, Warfield, 0118 934 1122
                                                                                                     5 Aug. Booking essential. Cost £8.               drop-in, 2-3pm.
  line-up of top children’s acts, plus circus        www.dbarc.org.uk
  workshops & other activities. Special guests                                                                                                        29 July, 13 & 18 Aug - SUMMER
                                                     Family fun day in aid of the Diana              24-25 July MARVELLOUS FESTIVAL at
  include Carrie & David, Barney, Bob the                                                                                                             HOLIDAY FAMILY DAYS at REME
                                                     Brimblecombe Animal Rescue Centre in            Wellington Country Park, 0118 932
  Builder, Fifi, Fireman Sam & Angelina                                                                                                               Museum, Arborfield, 0118 976 3375,
                                                     Hurst, featuring fun dog show, dog flyball      6444, www.wellington-country-
  Ballerina (not all appearing both days).                                                                                                            www.rememuseum.org.uk
                                                     demo, bouncy castle, stalls, refreshment,       park.co.uk
  Special event arena opens at 12pm.                 raffle & more. 10am-5pm. £1, child 50p,         Open air concerts with tribute bands, funfair,   29 July Face Painting, 13 Aug Camouflage
                                                     under 5s free.                                  workshops & fireworks. Friday evening, Sat &     Activities, 18 Aug Dads ‘n’ Lads - Army Life.
  18-19 July - THAMES TRADITIONAL                                                                                                                     11am-3.30pm, 5-12 yrs. No booking reqd.
  BOAT RALLY at Fawley Meadows,                      19 July - CANTLEY PROMS at Cantley              Sun from 2pm. £28 adults (£22 Friday), £10
                                                                                                     child, under 5s free. Camping & weekend          From 29 July - WILD CHILD WEEKS at
  Henley, 01932 888 415,                             House Hotel, Wokingham, 0118 978
                                                                                                     tickets available. Visit www.marvellous          Basildon Park, 0870 428 8933,
  www.tradboatrally.com                              9912, www.cantleyproms.co.uk
                                                                                                     festivals.com or call 0118 977 4350.             www.nationaltrust.org.uk
  Europe’s largest annual gathering of               Open air concert for all the family - bring a
  traditional boats including some Dunkirk           picnic & enjoy musical favourites performed     24-26 July - VILLAGELIFE SUMMERFEST              Wednesday Wanders, Friday Fun & Sunday
                                                     by Lewisham Concert Band. 5.30pm                at Village Life, Old Shire Horse Centre,         Stories. New free trails & activities are
  Little Ships, plus vintage cars & bicycles, live
                                                     gardens open for picnics, 7.30pm start.         Bath Road, Littlewick Green,                     launched each week in the summer
  music, refreshments, craft & trade stands,
                                                     Advance tickets £21 adults, £8 children.        Maidenhead, 01628 828 801,                       holidays. Normal admission charges apply,
  petting zoo, children’s activities &
                                                                                                     www.myvillagelife.co.uk                          booking not needed. 29 July - 2 Aug, 5-9,
  entertainment & a beer tent, plus an               19 July & 31 Aug - OPEN DAYS at the                                                              12-16, 19-23 & 26-31 Aug.
  illuminated parade on Saturday evening.            UK Wolf Conservation Trust, Beenham,            Ale sampling, BBQ, strawberries,
  From 9am. £11, under 14s free, £20                                                                 amusement rides, music, markets, family          30 July - DISCOVERY DAY at Shepherds
                                                     Reading, 0118 971 3330,
  weekend ticket.                                                                                    entertainment, Punch & Judy, horticulture        Meadow, Marshall Rd, Sandhurst,
                                                                                                     displays & more.                                 www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk
  18 July & 1 Aug - SILCHESTER ROMAN                 Come & see the wolves, plus nature trail,
                                                     pond dipping, barbecue, children’s activities   25 July - WOKINGHAM & DISTRICT NCT               Drop in & meet local rangers, watch
  TOWN OPEN DAY at Silchester,                                                                                                                        demonstrations of country skills, enjoy
  0118 378 6255                                      & more. 11am-5pm. £5, child £3. Book in         CHEEKY MONKEYS TEA PARTY at
                                                     advance or on the day.                          Barkham Village Hall                             guided tours & fun activities. Suitable for
  Join the archaeologists from Reading                                                                                                                families. 2pm-4pm.
  University to discover what a dig is like,         21 July & 4, 11, 18 & 25 Aug plus 1             Toys, face painting, stalls, jungle tea for
                                                                                                     children, refreshments, raffle, arts, crafts &   31 July - ARCHAEOLOGY DAY - BRITAIN
  with expert tours, talks, & demonstrations,        September - WILDLIFE WATCHING
                                                                                                     more. £3.50 over 2s, £2 under 2s, incl.          B.C. at The River & Rowing Museum,
  & a range of children’s activities, typically      RIVERBOAT TRIP from Henley to
                                                                                                     party tea. Adults free. 2-4pm. Buy tickets       Henley, 01491 415 605, www.rrm.co.uk
  including tours, a mini excavation, dressing       Hambleden, 01491 572035,
                                                                                                     from 0844 586 3805 or email                      Family activities. Make a clay nodule full of
  up & more. All ages, free.                         www.hobbs-of-henley.com
                                                                                                     enquiries@wokingham-nct.org.uk                   coins, learn archaeological illustration & get
                                                     On ‘The Hibernia’ with experts to help you
  19 July - FERRARI FUNDAY at the                    identify what you see. 3-4.15pm. Depart         25 July - HOOK OF THE DEAD at Ure                digging, meet an Iron Age weaver, have
  Newbury Showground, Newbury, 07711                 from Hobbs of Henley boatyard on Station        Museum of Greek Archaeology,                     your face painted - Iron Age warrior style.
  137 787, www.ferrarifunday.co.uk                   Rd, Henley. £7.50, child £5.                    University of Reading, Whiteknights              Free with admission. 11am-4pm.

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          Out & About
          August                                                                                                                                          24-28 Aug - BE GREEN AT THE LOOK
                                                                                                                                                          OUT at The Look Out Discovery Centre,
                                                                                                                                                          Bracknell, 01344 354 400,
          From 2 Aug - SUMMER ACTIVITIES at                                                                                                               www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/lookout
          Wellington Country Park, 0118 932                                                                                                               Learn about green issues in a fun way.
          6444, www.wellington-country-                                                                                                                   Design & take home your own re-useable
          park.co.uk                                                                                                                                      green bag, make a worm badge, plant a
          Throughout the summer join in the fun,                                                                                                          sunflower seed, take part in a composting
          with clowns, cowboys, puppet shows and                                                                                                          game, enter competitions to win a
          events incl. 2 Aug Family Fun Day, 9 Aug                                                                                                        wormery, find out fascinating facts about
          Family Sports Day, 16 Aug Reptile Day.                                                                                                          green issues & more. Activities free when
          2 Aug - FAMILY FUN DAY at Newbury                                                                                                               you pay to go into the hands-on science &
          Racecourse, 01635 40015,                                                                                                                        nature exhibition.
          www.newbury-racecourse.co.uk                                                                                                                    26 Aug - CODE BREAKERS at The River
          Under 18s go free, with lots of added                                                                                                           & Rowing Museum, Henley, 01491 415
          entertainment. Gates open 11am,                                                                                                                 605, www.rrm.co.uk
          last race 4.55pm.                                                                                                                               Secret codes, invisible messages & taking
          2 Aug - ANNUAL STEAM & DIESEL GALA                                                                                                              fingerprints are used in a secret mission
                                                          In the MERL garden, various dates
          DAY at the Chinnor & Princes Risborough                                                                                                         around the Museum galleries. 10.30am-
          Railway, Station Road, Chinnor, 01844                                                                                                           12.30pm. Ages 7-11. £8.50. Booking reqd.
          353 535 (talking timetable),                                                                                                                    27 Aug - FOCUS ON THE FORTIES at The
                                                          Punch & Judy & other activities. From £25,    13 & 14 Aug - CREEPY CRAWLIES DAY at              River & Rowing Museum, Henley, 01491
          www.chinnorrailway.co.uk                                                                      Greys Court, Rotherfield Peppard, 0870
                                                          under 16s free.                                                                                 415 605, www.rrm.co.uk
          All available steam & diesel engines will be                                                  428 8933, www.nationaltrust.org.uk
          running. Special timetable & prices.            8 Aug - FAMILY OPEN DAY at the                                                                  With WWII vehicles, games & songs. Entry
                                                          Thames Valley Police Museum,                  Hunt for creepy crawlies, learn more about        free with admission. 10.30am-4pm. All
          4 & 19 Aug - CHILDREN’S WOLF KEEPER                                                           them, & enjoy fun craft activities. Must          children dressed in 1940s style get in free to
          DAYS at the UK Wolf Conservation                Sulhamstead, Reading, 0118 932 5748,
                                                                                                        book, £15 per child, includes organic picnic      the museum.
          Trust, Beenham, Reading, 0118 971               www.thamesvalley.police.uk
                                                                                                        lunch. Accompanying adult free.
          3330, www.ukwolf.org                            See the work of the Air Support Unit, roads                                                     29-31 Aug - LATE SUMMER HOLIDAY
                                                          policing, mounted section & dog section.      14 Aug - IN THE MERL GARDEN at                    STEAMDAYS at Didcot Railway Centre,
          Find out what a wolf keeper does, incl.
                                                          Police dogs & Berkshire Fire & Rescue         MERL, Redlands Rd, Reading, 0118 378              Didcot, 01235 817 200,
          cleaning the kennels, preparing medicines
                                                          Service will be performing displays           8660, www.reading.ac.uk/merl                      www.didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk
          & checking the fences. A presentation
          about wolves, photo opportunities & a           throughout the day. Parking ltd. No dogs      Stories & songs for little ones in the garden.    Fire Fly locomotive running plus Radstock
          chance to howl to the wolves. 10am-             allowed on site except guide dogs. 10am-      Suit 21/2-5 yrs. Free drop-in. 10.30-11.15am      Signal box visits (Sun & Mon).
          3pm.Ages 10-14. Book, £25.                                                                    & 2-2.45pm.
                                                          4pm. £2, under 16s free.                                                                        29-31 Aug - END OF SUMMER PARTY
          5, 13, 19 & 27 Aug - CHILDREN’S                                                               14, 25 & 28 Aug - CHILDREN’S WOLF                 WEEKEND at Village Life, Old Shire
                                                          8-16 Aug - DAYS OUT WITH THOMAS at            WALKS at the UK Wolf Conservation
          HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES at Braywick Nature                                                                                                           Horse Centre, Bath Road, Littlewick
                                                          Watercress Line, Alresford, Hampshire,        Trust, Beenham, Reading, 0118 971                 Green, Maidenhead, 01628 828 801,
          Centre, Hibbert Rd, Maidenhead                  01962 733810
          Join the Rangers for afternoons of wildlife                                                   3330, www.ukwolf.org                              www.myvillagelife.co.uk
                                                          www.watercressline.co.uk                      Come & see the wolves on a special walk.          Strawberries & cream teas, children’s fun
          discovery. Pond Dipping on 5 & 19 Aug &         Ride behind trains pulled by Thomas, Daisy,
          Minibeast Safari on 13 & 27 Aug. For 6-10                                                     11am-1pm. Must book, £12.                         fair, market, autumn fashion show, live
                                                          Diesel & Toad between approx. 9.35am &                                                          music & much more to be announced.
          yrs, 2-4pm. £5.35, £4.25 with Advantage                                                       15-16 Aug - 1940s WEEKEND at
          Card. Booking essential on 01628 796227.        4pm. See Bulgy the bus, the Fat Controller                                                      30-31 Aug - TEDDY BEAR DAYS at
                                                                                                        Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, 01296
                                                          & Trevor the Traction engine, plus magic      655 720, www.bucksrailcentre.org.uk               Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway,
          6 & 20 Aug - PIED PIPER TRAIL ends at           show, & bouncy slide. Family ticket £45,
          Reading Museum, 0118 939 9800,                                                                Family event featuring the sights, sounds &       Chinnor, 01494 437 355/01844 354 117,
                                                          adults £15, children (aged 2-16) £9.          tastes of the 1940s & 30-31 Aug - 40th            www.chinnorrailway.co.uk
          Join a free lively walk starting from Chili’s   9 Aug - FAMILY FUN DAY at Windsor             birthday celebrations.                            Each child carrying a teddy bear will travel
          restaurant in The Oracle, & discover            Racecourse, Maidenhead Road,                                                                    free when accompanied by a fare paying
                                                                                                        18 Aug - SUMMER HOLIDAY TRAIL at                  adult. Plus children’s entertainment.
          Reading’s hidden history on the way to the      Windsor, 01753 498400, www.windsor-           Cliveden, Taplow, 0870 428 8933,
          museum. All ages. 2-2.45pm.                     racecourse.co.uk                              www.nationaltrust.org.uk
          7 Aug - TEDDY BEARS’ PICNIC at MERL,            Alongside the racing, activities &            Family trail through the grounds. £2 per         Have a look at our summer activities
          Redlands Rd, Reading, 0118 378 8660,            entertainment for the children, incl. face    child plus normal admision charge.               listing for other workshops going on
          www.reading.ac.uk/merl                          painting, inflatables, pony rides & meet      11.30am-4pm.
                                                          Peppa Pig & brother George. Open 12pm.                                                         throughout the summer.
          Bring along a picnic & your favourite teddy                                                   23, 25 & 27 Aug - ACTIVITIES AT
          & enjoy some fun & games in the garden.         First race 2.30pm. From £8.
                                                                                                        READING MUSEUM, 0118 939 9800,
          Suitable families with children from
          18months. Free drop-in. 12-2pm.
                                                          9 Aug - VICTORIAN SCHOOLROOM at               www.readingmuseum.org.uk                         Get listed...
                                                          Reading Museum, 0118 939 9800,                23 Aug Unlock the Box hands-on fun with          If you would like details of your
          8 Aug - SHERGAR CUP & FAMILY FUN                www.readingmuseum.org.uk                      real objects from the loans collection. 2pm.     production or event to appear in the Out
          DAY at Ascot Racecourse, 0870 727               Meet a Victorian School teacher & re-learn    Free. 25 Aug All about Hedgehogs their           & About pages, please give us a ring on
          1234, www.ascot.co.uk                           the ‘3 Rs’. For adults & children 6+yrs in    hidden life, includes live animals, Free. All    0118 954 6893 or email us at
          Includes a free concert from the Here &         Reading’s unique Victorian schoolroom         ages. 1-1.30pm. 27 Aug Make a Wormery            editor@familiestvw.co.uk The deadline for
          Now 80s artists’ tour plus fairground rides,    setting. £1. Drop in. 1.45pm & 2.45pm.        £5, booking reqd. 7+yrs. 1-3pm.                  the September/ October issue is 1 August.

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                                                                                                                                                                Summer Activities

Sun, Sea & Sand!
        he South coast beaches are close enough
        for a day trip and below we’ve featured a
        few of our favourites. Distances and
  journey times are from Reading (centre of TVW
  area) and taken from AA route maps.

Bournemouth                             shallow lagoons and pools are
                                        ideal for paddling. Natural and un-
(75 miles, 98 mins)
                                        commercialised, there is an
Busy and bustling with seven miles      extensive area of mown grass
of clean, sandy Blue Flag beaches,      behind the beach for parking,
                    Golden beaches      picnics and games. The area is a
                    at Bournemouth      mecca for wind and kite surfers
                                        and is recognised for its wild natural
                                        beauty. Time your departure to avoid
                                        the long tailbacks that can build up
                                        on busy days. Parking £5 per day (£7
                                        at w/e). Facilities include toilets,
                                        showers, lifeguards, shop and a café,
safe bathing, fun on the pier and a
land train along the front. If that’s   Brighton & Hove
not enough there are the beautiful      (81 miles, 100 mins)                                                                   Hayling Island                            the harbour, take a boat trip, buy
gardens, with child-friendly events     The Blue Flag beach may be pebbly                                                                                                fresh local fish or just watch all the
                                                                                                                               (72 miles, 94 mins)
over the summer; the Oceanarium;        but bohemian Brighton, voted one                                                                                                 boats coming into Christchurch
                                                                                                                               Over three miles of stony, shingle        harbour. Then take the short ferry
and the Bournemouth Eye, a              of the top 10 beaches in the
                                                                                                                               beaches facing the Solent. Hayling        ride across to Mudeford
tethered hot air balloon. There’s
                                                                                                                               Island can look a little tired round      Sandbank, a natural spit with
always plenty going on, such as
                                                                                                                               the edges, but has the advantage          sandy beaches and lots of candy-
the beachfront Air Festival (20-23
                                                                                                                               of being easy to reach, with plenty       coloured beach huts. Walk to the
Aug) featuring the Red Arrows.
                                                                                                                               of parking. There are acres of            other end and climb to the top of
The beach is colour coded to
                                                                                                                               unspoilt grassy dunes, gorse and          Hengistbury Head for spectacular
match the free wristbands given to
                                                                                 Photo courtesy britainonview/brightononview

                                                                                                                               wild flowers, with views of the Isle      views. It’s a great place to picnic
children, making it easier to locate
                                                                                                                               of Wight and the ferries heading          and watch all the water sport
them if they wander off. On a busy
                                                                                                                               off to the Continent. Most popular        activity. There is also the Beach
day it’s worth walking along the
                                                                                                                               is West Beach with its Blue Flag          House Café and kiosk.
beach towards Boscombe - it gets
                                                                                                                               and shallower, warmer waters,
less crowded the further you go,
                                                                                                                               with vast sand banks exposed at
                                                                                                                               low tide. Nearby Beachlands has a
                                                                                                                               funfair, amusement arcades, café
West Wittering                                               Fun on the pier                                                   and adventure playground, and the
                                                             at Brighton
(83 miles, 111 mins)                                                                                                           East Hayling Light Railway runs
One of the best rural beaches in                                                                                               from there to Eastoke Corner,
                                        world, has lots to offer. Marvel at
the country. A Blue Flag beach                                                                                                 www.hayling.co.uk/guides
                                        the Indian domes of the Pavillion,
with a vast expanse of sand and         visit the Sea Life Centre or
lovely views. At low tide the                  squander pocket money in                                                        Mudeford
                                               the quirky shops. The Palace                                                    (71 miles, 105 mins)                                            Crabbing at
                                                pier has free entry and a                                                                                                                      Mudeford
                                                                                                                               An ideal location for a
                                                funfair, and Britain’s oldest                                                  family day out. Park
                                                electric railway runs along                                                    either at Avon beach
                                                 the front. For smaller                                                        (£6 per day) and stroll
                                                 children Hove lagoon has                                                      along the promenade
                                                  boating, a paddling pool                                                     to Mudeford Quay, or
                                                  and playground close to the                                                  park by the Quay itself
                                                  beach. Parking alongside or                                                  (£7 per day). It’s a
                                                   in nearby car parks,                                                        lovely little spot where
                                                    www.visitbrighton.com                                                      you can try crabbing in
West Wittering                                                                                                                                              Mudeford Sandbank

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          Summer Activities

                                                   Cool Cam

                                                                                                                               Photo courtesy Cool Camping Kids
                                                   Top Tips for novices
                                                   • Before spending lots of money borrow a tent and try a night in
                                                     the garden - camping may really not be for you, or your family.
                                                     If you do buy, get one with a larger capacity than you need and
                                                     practice putting it up at home - those pesky tent pegs are trickier
                                                     than they look.
                                                   • Check the weather forecast, so that your first trip is not your last.
                                                     And stay local, so if it all goes pear-shaped at 3am, you can make
                                                     a hasty retreat homewards.
                                                   • Head torches are a great idea, kids love them and they leave your
                                                     hands free. As are potties, even for older children, to avoid that
                                                     midnight walk to the dreaded toilet block. Plastic boxes are useful
                                                     for carrying stuff between home and tent and can then be used
                                                     for baby baths, washing up bowls or seats. Other essentials are
                                                     bin liners for dirty laundry, baby wipes, earplugs to block out
                Dyslexia Assessments                 nearby snorers, large quantities of wine and a sense of humour.
                      Maximising Potential
                                                   • Arrive in plenty of time to get settled before dark and be
                Offering Educational Assessments     cautious in the first hour at the campsite. It’s easy for small
                  designed to identify specific
                       learning difficulties.        children to wander off to explore whilst you’re busy and
                     IQ tests also available.
                                                   • Most of all have fun. Camping is about spending time together
                      Tel: 07950 829 764
                 www.dyslexia-assessments.com        as a family away from the normal distractions, such as TV and
                                                     computers, and re-connecting with the important things in life.

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                                                                                                               Photo courtesy Cool Camping Kids
    n a past life was your idea of holiday heaven being pampered in a luxury spa hotel? If so,
    sleeping in a muddy field with a long, dark trek to the toilet block may not hold much
    appeal. However, when children come along holidays take on a whole different perspective
    and camping is just full of elements that they love - the campfires, the big outdoors, the
 freedom and adventure, the lack of washing facilities! In fact kids and camping go together
 like marshmallows and burnt sausages, and if they’re happy then you’re more than half-way
 there. So this summer head for the hills with your home on your back (or in the boot), and
 indulge in a bit of family bonding under canvas. To get you started we’ve come up with a few                                                     MUSIC WITH MUMMY
 tips and some local sites, recommended by Families readers, for a spot of open-air living.
                                                                                                                                                    A fun introduction to music in
                                                                                                                                                  small, friendly classes designed
                                                                                                                                                   for children from birth to 3 yrs
    Local Campsites to try                                                                                                                            0-1 yr JOLLY BABIES
                                                                                                                                                  1-3 yrs MUSIC WITH MUMMY
   Wellington Country Park                                 park with no dogs allowed in high season.
                                                           There are organised, landscaped pitches, or a                                                 For classes in Bracknell
   Riseley, nr Reading, RG7 1SP                            huge field for a less formal approach. Facilities                                          call Clare on 01344 451988
   Top marks from Families readers goes to this            are good, with free hairdryers and baby-                                               www.musicwithmummybracknell.co.uk
   campsite. Situated in woodland inside                   changing cubicles. With plenty of on-site fun                                               For classes in Wokingham,
                                  Wellington Country       available in the outdoor swimming pool, games                                                   Woodley & Twyford
                                  Park, you have free      room, fishing lake and play area the kids can be                                           call Clare on 0118 903 4808
                                  unlimited access to      happily entertained while you chill out. Tent                                             www.musicwithmummy.co.uk
                                  the park, even           pitches in summer cost from £14 per night,                                              For classes in Henley & N. Reading
                                   when it’s closed to     which includes 2 adults. Children £2.50 each,                                          Sarah 0118 947 0237 / 07870 882 643
                                   the public. Ideal       under 5s free, extra adult £5. For more details                                          musicwithmummy@hotmail.co.uk
                                   for camping with        phone 01491 573 419 or visit                                                                       For classes in Reading
   groups of friends. The park has adventure               www.swissfarmcamping.co.uk                                                                      call Lisa on 0118 966 4695
   playgrounds, nature trails and masses of space
   to let off steam. Facilities are good and clean         Hurley Lock
   with hot showers, washing up and laundry
   facilities, and a shop selling essentials. It can       Mill Lane, Hurley, SL6 5ND
   get quite dark at night so don’t forget those           For a real sense of adventure try this tiny site,
   torches. Tent pitches during summer cost from           which has only 10 pitches. It’s only accessible
   £17.50 per night, which includes 2 adults.              on foot or by boat making it very exclusive,
   Children £3 each, extra adults £4 each.                 with the nearest car park 1/2 mile away. The
   Bookings can be made online at                          spectacular location more than compensates
   www.wellington-country-park.co.uk or                    for this, with views over to Danesfield House.
   by phone on 0118 926 444.                               It’s all very ‘Swallows & Amazons’ - you camp
                                                           on an island in the middle of the Thames,
   Swiss Farm International                                which can only be reached by crossing a
                                                           footbridge. The proximity of the river makes
   Touring & Camping                                       it unsuitable for smaller children but older
   Henley, RG9 2HY                                         ones will love it, so bring a canoe or dinghy.
   Recently listed in The Times Top 12 family              The facilities are quite old and basic but it’s
   campsites, and in the Cool Camping guide,               clean and there are hot showers. Pitches cost
   Swiss Farm offers a tranquil site just 5 minutes        from £8 per night. Book and further
   walk from Henley centre. It’s a designated quiet        information on 01628 824 334.

   If you get bitten by the camping bug and want to venture further
   afield Cool Camping: Kids has a great selection of 60 tried and
   tested family campsites. Steering clear of corporate sites, it only
   features those that offer something a little special, whether it’s a
   beautiful location or a great atmosphere. There’s plenty that is exotic
   and unusual, ranging from yurts and beach huts to gypsy caravans
   and family festivals. Cool Camping: Kids (Punk Publishing £16.95).
   Available from www.coolcamping.co.uk and all good bookshops.

 JULY/AUGUST 2009                                                                                                                                                    Thames Valley West   PAGE 27
                                                                                                                                                                     The iconic

                                                          Days Out

                                                                                                                                                                                                           Photo courtesy Heritage
                                                          Here are a few of our favourites...

                                                          T    he Royal Landscape is 1000 acres of
                                                               landscaped gardens, lakes and woodland in
                                                          the south-east corner of Windsor Great Park. It
                                                                                                                                                   A    day out in London doesn’t have to be
                                                                                                                                                        expensive. Visit a museum then chill out with a
                                                                                                                                                   picnic in one of the many lovely parks. The Natural
                                                          includes Virginia Water with its paved path                                              History Museum (www.nhm.ac.uk) and the
                                                          running around the perimeter of the lake - ideal                                         Science Museum (www.sciencemuseum.org.uk)
                                                          for buggies. Discover the 100 ft Totem Pole, the                                         are free and well worth a visit. Have a look at their
                                                          Roman Temple, great playgrounds and The Valley
                                                          Gardens. Cycles allowed on many paths. Entrance
                                                          is free but car parking charges apply. Entry to
                                                          Savill Gardens, one of the country’s finest

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Photos courtesy Natural History Museum
                                                          gardens, is extra. Parking at the Savill Building is
           THERE’S A NEW PARTY                            free for first 90 mins. Visit
                                                          www.theroyallandscape.co.uk for maps and
           IN TOWN... pass it on!                         details.
             Jamie Oliver is coming to Town!
              Don’t miss out on this fantastic             Historic fun at the Dockyard
           opportunity to be part of his exciting
              new business Jamie at Home.
          We are currently seeking self-employed                                                                                                     Dino fun at the Natural
          Consultants with or without Party Plan                                                                                                     History Museum
            experience. Could this be you?
                OR MAYBE YOU WOULD                                                                                                                 websites before you
               LIKE TO BOOK A PARTY?                                                                                                               go, to plan your visit
                 For more details contact                                                                                                          and see what events
           Libby Turner on: 07905 346 357                                                                                                          are running. Both
             libbyjamieathome@live.co.uk                                                                                                           are enormous so
          Jamie at Home is a division of Jme Group Ltd.
                   Jamie at Home PO19 8EZ
                                                                                             P     ortsmouth
                                                                                                Dockyard is a
                                                                                                                                                   choose just a
                                                                                                                                                   couple of areas to
                                                                                                                                                   explore, such as the dinosaurs (always busy) or
                                                                                                fascinating day                                    the hands-on Launch Pad. Take the tube to South
                                                          HMS Victory                           out for all the                                    Kensington and follow the crowds.
                                                                                                family with lots                                       The Diana Memorial Playground in the north-
                                                          to see and do. Climb aboard Nelson’s Victory, go                                         west corner of Kensington Gardens is a magical
                                                          interactive at Action Stations, take a trip around                                       playground designed on a fantasy pirate theme
                                                          the harbour and see HMS Warrior. This summer is                                          and inspired by Peter Pan. The centrepiece is a
                                                          likely to be your last chance to see the Mary Rose,                                      giant wooden pirate ship, set on a beach and
                                                          Henry VIII’s favourite warship, before it closes to                                      guarded by a crocodile. There are climbing areas
                                                          the public until 2012. Offering really good value, a                                     and swings, toilets and a café which does good
                                                          family ticket for 5 is £50.50, which allows you up                                       soup. Very secure, with only adults accompanied
                                                          to a year to see all six attractions, with unlimited                                     by children allowed in, nearest tube Queensway.
                                                          access to several of them. For further details visit                                     See www.royalparks.org.uk for details of this
                                                          www.historicdockyard.co.uk or phone 023                                                  and other London parks.
                                                          9283 9766. Nearby you can climb the 170 metre                                                If you want to avoid tubes or buses take the
                                                          Spinnaker Tower and see the spectacular views                                            slow train to Waterloo. Head for the South Bank
                                                          over the south coast. Tickets cost £7 adult, £5.50                                       and stroll along the river, take a boat trip, watch
                                                          child, www.spinnakertower.co.uk                                                          the street artists or take a trip on the London Eye
                                                                                                                                                   (around £17, child £8.50, under 4s free). The
                                                                                                                                                   Canteen at the back of the Festival Hall is good
                                                                                                                                                   for lunch.

                                                                                                                                                   S   pend a hot day (we can but hope) in the cool
                                                                                                                                                       of Swinley Forest, Bracknell. Follow the signs
                                                                                                                                                   to the Look Out where parking is free and there
                                                                                                                                                   is an adventure playground, café and toilets.
                                                                                                                                                   Spend a few hours at the Look Out Discovery
                                                                                                                   Photo courtesy Dave Sanderson

                                                                                                                                                   Centre (extra charge) or pop over the road for a
                                                                                                                                                   swim at Coral Reef. Watch the antics at Go Ape
                                                                                                                                                   or explore the miles of trails in the Forest by foot
                                                                                                                                                   or on bikes. Adults require a cycling permit,
                                                                                                                                                   available, along with maps, from the Look Out
                                                           Europe’s largest glass floor                                                            reception. Cycle hire available on site,
                                                           in the Spinnaker Tower                                                                  www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/lookout

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                                                                                                       Restaurant Reviews

  Blubeckers at                                   La Tasca                                           Wagamama’s
  The Tally Ho                                    Reading                                            Reading
  Fleet Hill, Eversley, RG27 0RR                  59 St Mary’s Butt, Reading, RG1 2LG                The Oracle, 93 Riverside, Reading
  Tel: 0118 973 2134                              0118 959 5801                                      0118 951 1599
  www.blubeckers.co.uk                            www.latasca.co.uk                                  www.wagamama.com

  With its pleasant terrace and outdoor           I think I have walked past La Tasca                Wagamama’s is hugely popular and it’s
  play area, Blubeckers is a good choice for      heading for the Oracle a hundred times             no wonder why. The menu is extensive
  lunch on a sunny day. The welcome and           without realising it is there. The vibrant         and ranges from ramen (noodles in
  service were warm and friendly, although        and colourful interior are not reflected           soup with your choice of meat, salmon,
  on a busy day our meal arrived at a             on the outside, so it is easily missed. La         seafood or vegetarian) to yaki soba
  leisurely pace. The lunch menu had              Tasca offers the taste of Spain with over          (fried noodles with chicken, shrimps) to
  something for everyone, ranging from            30 tapas dishes, paellas, and a wide               rice dishes and spicy dishes. Whatever
  baguettes and salads to full-blown dishes       range of Spanish wines and beers.                  you fancy, it’s there. Plus, lots of
  such as steak and fish & chips. We              Service was friendly and helpful and the           vegetarian options and a mini menu for
  began with a shared platter, great for          waiter helped us to choose our meals.              kids. Kids meals are on the small size so
  tasting a little of everything, and ample       We chose the tapas selection plate for 2           older children may wish to choose from
  for four of us. The children’s meals were       which, for £26.95, gave us a good                  the main menu. The service is fast and
  generous and the tasty homemade                 variety of meals to taste. The traditional         friendly. Your server scribbles the order
  burgers went down very well. My BBQ             tapas were great for sharing and gave              on your paper placemat then keys it in
  ribs deserve special mention for their          the kids an opportunity to sample a                to an electronic hand held PC. It is then
  ‘falling off the bone’ deliciousness, as do     variety of different flavours to see what          zapped through to the appropriate area
  the perfect chunky chips. The lamb              they liked. Our favourites were the                of the kitchen where it is cooked
  shanks would suit those with a hearty           gambas gabardina (king prawns with                 straight away and, to ensure freshness,
  appetite! The children’s sundaes were full      garlic mayonaise) and berenjenas                   brought to your table immediately. This
  of all the sort of gooiness kids love - well    gratinadas (aubergine in wine sauce                means that some dishes arrive sooner
  presented. In fact, desserts were               topped with cheese). The children’s                than others. The seating is canteen style
  definitely not for those on a diet. The         menu offers a selection of 3 tapas to              with bench seating which makes it
  panacotta was very sweet and creamy             choose from served with chips but there            difficult to keep a pushchair close by.
  tasting as was the cheesecake. A nice           is also more traditional children’s food on        You may end up sitting next to
  touch was the helium balloon given to           the menu too. Desserts are traditional             strangers but it’s all part of the
  the kids on departure.                          too but lacking a little something special.        experience.
  Kids meals - £ 4.95 or £6.95 (large portion)    Kids meals - £ 4.45 for main meal and              Kids meals - main meals from £2.70, deserts
  for main and dessert                            ice-cream (kids drink from 75p with free refill)   from £1.05 and drinks from £1.00 & side dish,
  Highchairs - plenty                             Highchairs - plenty                                frozen yoghurt or fruit juice lolly
  Kids Pack - yes, plus a helium balloon on       Kids pack - yes plus helium balloon                Highchairs - difficult as sat in bench style seating
  departure                                       Baby changing - in disabled toilet                 Kids Pack - puzzles on the menu
  Baby changing - in downstairs disabled toilet   Discounts - check their website for the            Baby changing - in disabled toilet
  Discounts - before 5pm choose 2 courses         latest offers                                      Discounts - see website for latest offers
  from smaller menu for £8.95                     Access - room for buggies at side of table         Access - limited space for buggies at side of
  Access - room and access for double buggies     Parking - Oracle or Mall pay car parks             tables or storage
  Parking - free car park                                                                            Parking - Oracle pay car park

  Overall Rating 8.0                              Overall Rating 7.6                                 Overall Rating 7.9

  Food             8       Service  8             Food             7         Service  8              Food              9         Service  7
  Child Friendly   9       Ambience 8             Child Friendly   8         Ambience 7              Child Friendly    7         Ambience 7
  Value            8       Toilets  7             Value            8         Toilets  7              Value             9         Toilets  8
  Recommend        8                              Recommend        8                                 Recommend         8

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    weekend away at one of the 21 properties in the QHotels collection!
    The lucky family of four will win a two night break in one of QHotels’ comfortable guest rooms,
    enjoy a hearty breakfast each morning and be able to unwind in the fabulous leisure facilities,
    making full use of the pool, rock sauna, steam room, ice fountain and experience showers*.
    And if that wasn’t enough, the children will also be treated to the QHotels experience with                                  Crewe Hall, Cheshire
    their own special activity pack on arrival, which includes a range
    of activities to keep the little ones occupied.
    With four star properties such as the iconic Queens in Leeds,                               20% discount at the Oxford Belfry
    The Midland in Manchester and beautiful countryside retreats
    such as Tankersley Manor in Sheffield and Crewe Hall in                                     and Hampshire Court Hotel
    Cheshire, the only struggle will be choosing between the 21                                 If you’re not the lucky winner, QHotels is also treating all Families Thames Valley West readers to a
    hotels in the collection. For further information log on to                                 special discount at the Oxford Belfry and Hampshire Court Hotel. A generous 20% off food ordered
    www.qhotels.co.uk                                                                           in their restaurants for up to eight people, perfect for a lazy Sunday lunch or family get together.
    Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability. Prize includes two nights
    accommodation for a family of four, breakfast, full use of the leisure facilities            Both the recently refurbished Rycote Restaurant at the Oxford Belfry and the award winning
    and up to two children’s activity packs. Prize valid until 31 December 2009                  Hampshire Court restaurant offer a mouth watering range of cuisine including traditional main
    (excluding Bank Holidays and Christmas). *Spa facilities vary at each hotel,
    please see www.qhotels.co.uk for full details.                                                                                courses with the QHotels twist, tasty children’s dishes and an
                                                                                        Hampshire Court Restaurant                assortment of tempting desserts to finish.
    To enter our prize draw just send your name and
    address to competitions@familiestvw.co.uk                                                                                     To claim the 20% discount, simply take this page with you when
    Closing date August 7.                                                                                                        visiting either the Oxford Belfry or Hampshire Court Hotel
                                                                                                                                  restaurants. To book your table call Oxford Belfry 01844 279381
                                                                                                                                   or Hampshire Court Hotel 01256 319700.
                                                                                                                                  Terms and conditions apply. Not valid in conjunction with any other offer. Offer can only be
                                                                                                                                  redeemed once for a maximum of eight people. Offer includes 20% off food from the
                                                                                                                                  restaurant only and includes the kids menu and is valid until 31 September 2009.
                                                                                                                                   Tables must be booked in advance, stating the Families Thames Valley West offer.

   WIN                                      VillageLife family
                                            pass and tea
                                             Enter to win a unique day out for the whole
                                             family at this great retail, leisure and craft
                                                                                                                            Win the opportunity to have your
                                                                                                                                                               Dinky Fingerprint
                                                                                                                            child’s fingerprint captured in pure
                                             centre. Children can enjoy Shires Farm                                         silver and made into a piece of
                                              where they can learn amazing facts about                                      jewellery to cherish forever. The Dinky
                                              the animal kingdom . There’s also the activity                                Fingerprint company have donated a
                                              centre for games and puzzles sure to                                          first prize of £60 voucher and two
                                               entertain, educate and fascinate. Follow a                                   runners-up prizes of £25 to three
                                               visit to the Village shops and studios with a                                lucky readers. You can choose from
                                               locally sourced lunch or snack from Stables                                  a selection of charms, necklaces,
                                               Café or the mouth watering Food Hall.                                        bracelets, keyrings, photo frames and bookmarks.
    Don’t forget to check out Families listing pages for their fortnightly events.
                                                                                                                            To enter our prize draw just send your name and address to
    Win a free day pass for a family of four at Shires Farm followed by afternoon tea in
                                                                                                                            competitions@familiestvw.co.uk Closing date August 7.
    Stables Café and a £20 voucher to spend in any of the Village Shops and Studios.
    To enter our prize draw just send your name and address to                                                              For more information about the Dinky Fingerprint Company or if you want
    competitions@familiestvw.co.uk Closing date August 7.                                                                   to hold a print party please call 01628 623386.
    For further details go to www.myvillagelife.co.uk                                                                       www.dinkyfingerprint.co.uk

    HOW TO ENTER: Just send your name and address to competitions@familiestvw.co.uk stating which draw you are entering. Only one entry
    for each competition per household No correspondence entered into and the editor’s decision is final. Winner’s names will be printed in our next
    issue unless you request otherwise. Closing date for all competitions August 7.

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