In the school holidays, The Vale & Downland Museum run themed sessions and family fun days that bring the Museum’s collection to life. More recently, their holiday events have been small and socially distanced, so they can continue to spark families’ excitement about the heritage of our local area
Related upcoming events
17/08/2022 All day
Children's Tote Bag painting workshop
Design your own bag in this fun painting workshop
17/08/2022 - 31/08/2022 All day
Shaw House is open to the public during school holidays and weekends from February to September. FREE admission. Shaw House is also host to a year round programme
of events, with Family Activity Days taking
place every Wednesday.In August they have:
Create a musketeer from a clothes peg and other craft materials, then decide if they are they a Roundhead (Parliamentarian) or a Cavalier (Royalist)
Construct and colour in a wooden dinosaur.
Decorate your own felt hand puppet, using self-adhesive felt pieces, as the character of your choice.
Make a dinosaur footprint in clay and then use Plaster of Paris to make a cast of it.
Make and decorate a helmet mask that is similar in style to those worn during the Civil War.
Make a large ammonite from air-drying clay and then paint it.
Decorate a hat with pens, stickers and a feather to make a cavalier-style hat for a solider in the Civil War.
Print a forest of ferns using a printing tile, ink and a calico sheet or cartridge paper.
West Berkshire Museum offers FREE admission. The museum explores stories of life in our area, frompre-history to today, along with regularly changing special exhibitions. Messy Museum Days take place every Friday throughout the summer holidays, just £2 per child.
17/08/2022 18:00 - 17/08/2022 22:00
Outdoor Theatre: Rapunzal | West Berkshire Villagers
Let your hair down and get tangled in a brand-new musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale, RAPUNZEL!
Immersion Theatre proudly presents a witty, pantomimic, tongue-in-cheek retelling of the family favourite complete with a laugh out loud script, a host of catchy songs, heaps of audience interaction, and an exciting array of larger-than-life characters.
With magic and mayhem throughout and a chance to meet the characters after the show, this is one hair-raising adventure your family won’t want to miss!
Performance approx. 1hr 40 mins (plus 20 minute interval).
Please bring your own seating/rug, warm clothes and picnic. The café will be open selling snacks, drinks and ice cream.
Wednesday 17 August | Gates 5pm | Performance 6pm | Adults £13, Child £9
17/08/2022 15:00 - 31/08/2022 17:00
BANDSTAND PERFORMANCES | 12TH JUNE – 25TH SEPTEMBER | 3PM – 5PM | VICTORIA PARK, NEWBURY | FREE
Newbury Town Council will be hosting live bands in the famous bandstand in Victoria Park on weekends on a (nearly!) weekly basis throughout June to September. Each event is free to all to attend and takes place from 3pm – 5pm.
Make a day of it with some retail therapy at the local independent and national shops in Newbury, and take advantage of the many attractions, cafes, restaurants, and pubs on offer before settling down to some live music in the park!
For a breakdown of what to expect month-by-month, please see below:
Saturday 5th 3pm—5pm Beenham Wind Orchestra
Saturday 18th 3pm—5pm Blewbury Brass Band
Sunday 19th 3pm—5pm Brunel Brass Academy
Sunday 26th 3pm—5pm Cove Brass
Saturday 9th 3pm—5pm Wantage Youth Band
Sunday 10th 3pm—5pm Royal Wootton Bassett Brass
Sunday 17th 3pm—5pm Abbey Brass
Saturday 23rd 3pm—5pm Ramsbury Silver Band
Sunday 24th 3pm—5pm Watership Brass
Sunday 31st 3pm—5pm Hungerford Town Band
Sunday 7th 3pm—5pm East Woodhay Band
Sunday 14th 3pm—5pm South Berks Concert Band
Sunday 21st 3pm—5pm Phoenix Brass
Sunday 4th 3pm—5pm Cold Ash Brass
Sunday 11th 3pm—5pm Cholsey Silver Band
Sunday 18th 3pm—5pm Wroughton Silver Band
Sunday 25th 3pm—5pm Pangbourne Band
17/08/2022 12:23 - 26/08/2022 12:23
Working with The Waterside Centre and MNR Coaching, Berkshire Youth are running free sports session for children and young people aged 8+ in parks across West Berkshire this summer. There’s no need to book, just turn up!
Sessions are as follows:
Fridays 29 July; 5, 12, 19 and 26 August 2.15 – 3pm
3.15 – 4pm
4.15 – 5pm
Basketball, Step Challenge, Cricket and Multisports