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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
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
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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
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Photo courtesy Dave Warren for The Reading Agency
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
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by professionals and help accessing benefits,
such as the Disabled Living Allowance. New
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please email Julie at js3445@kidmore-
The 2009 Summer Reading Challenge will take young readers into a mysterious and wondrous
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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
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
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In July 2008 Woodcote mum Becky Holland offered to make birthday
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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
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To find out more and to see her cakes, visit
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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,
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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
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
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
ALL SPORTS SUMMER COURSES 2009
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
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: email@example.com / 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,
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
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
PAGE 12 Thames Valley West JULY/AUGUST 2009
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
firstname.lastname@example.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,
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, email@example.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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org,
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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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, email@example.com 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
JULY/AUGUST 2009 Thames Valley West PAGE 15
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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, email@example.com, 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
firstname.lastname@example.org, 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, email@example.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; firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
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,
firstname.lastname@example.org, 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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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. email@example.com
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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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.
KATESGROVE CHILDREN’S CENTRE
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,
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
11 July - POTTED PIRATES*
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.
CHILDREN’S HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES at
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
firstname.lastname@example.org & 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
PAGE 22 Thames Valley West JULY/AUGUST 2009
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,
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
18 July - DHOOM DHAMAKA FUN DAY
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
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
email@example.com 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.
JULY/AUGUST 2009 Thames Valley West PAGE 23
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
PAGE 24 Thames Valley West JULY/AUGUST 2009
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
(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
JULY/AUGUST 2009 Thames Valley West PAGE 25
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.
• 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.
PAGE 26 Thames Valley West JULY/AUGUST 2009
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 email@example.com
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
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
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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
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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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
JULY/AUGUST 2009 Thames Valley West PAGE 29
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