Summer Fun 2022

So what’s happening for Summer 2022?

From West Berkshire Council News

West Berkshire Council news have a look at what is on in West Berkshire. You can read more about this here…

Update on Northcroft Lido

The £5 million makeover of the much loved Lido at Northcroft Leisure Centre will start over the summer. Sadly, this means they can’t open to offer their usual summer fun.

The good news is that they’ll be making a big splash when they reopen next summer with a new 50 metre Olympic sized pool, more attractions for children and better access all round. 

Englefield Estate

The beautiful gardens at Englefield House are open every Monday throughout summer from 10am to 6pm. Enjoy the children’s garden, tranquil woodland with babbling stream, and impressive formal gardens. There are miles of walking routes and bridleways across the Estate to explore too.

Blue Lemon Paddleboarding

You don’t have to go far to enjoy great water based fun.

Blue Lemon Paddleboarding offer lessons and tours at four West Berkshire locations. Get in touch to plan your adventure as an individual, group or family.

Summer HAF is back

The successful Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme will be running again over the summer holidays this year and will run for 4 of the 6 weeks (weeks vary depending on provider).

The scheme provides free enjoyable activities and nutritious meals for primary and secondary school aged children (4-16) who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals.

The sessions will include a variety of fun and enriching physical activities, including sports, music, arts and other exciting opportunities to learn and develop skills, alongside a free nutritious meal each day. Nutritional resources and learning will also be made available to children attending the sessions.

Get Active

Park Life

Newbury’s Victoria Park is the perfect place to enjoy all types of family fun. There are lots of free activities, such as the children’s splash park, play areas for toddlers and older children, outdoor gym equipment and a brilliant skatepark.

There are tennis courts to hire, and a tee-rific time to be had at the 18 hole Adventure Golf Course. You can make a splash in the boating pond.

Victoria Park hosts events and Brass & Silver Bands play throughout the summer on the traditional Bandstand. It’s also home to Newbury Bowling Club, a community café and is a fabulous place to simply relax and enjoy the sunshine and beautiful floral displays.

Waterside Centre

You’ll be spoilt for Summer Fun choice at the Waterside Centre in Newbury. Choose from climbing, paddling, sports and games, singing and music and much more.

Pedal Power

The family that cycles together…

Nothing beats the feeling of exploring as a family and our family cycle training can help everyone to build confidence and enjoy adventures together. Bikeability Family is a tailored training package for families of 2 adults and up to 4 children (min 3 riders / max 6 riders).

The courses are run at venues across West Berkshire by DBS-checked, Bikeability qualified cycling instructors and cost £20 per session. They run Monday to Friday (excluding Bank holidays) for around 3 hours, depending on rider’s ability.

• AM session: 9am – 12noon

• PM session: 1pm – 4pm

All cycles must be in working order and safe to ride. They may need to go to the local bike shop for a service prior to training or you can pop to the Newbury community resource centre (NCFP) for a bike service – ask for Joe. Don’t have a bike? NCFP have bikes available for a small donation.

Families must complete a self-assessment prior to training. This will be shared with instructors to help plan the session. 

For more information please email 

Follow them on their social channels to keep up to speed with their exciting summer programme.

Shaw House

Family Activity and Messy Museum Mornings

will take place on Wednesday’s at Shaw House and Friday’s at the Museum throughout the school holidays.

10am, 11am & 12pm£2 per child

Tickets must be pre-booked online:

Festival of Archaeology

Saturday 16 – Sunday 31 July | Various locations

Join us as we celebrate the Festival of Archaeology with a range of family-friendly walks and activities.This year the theme is all about Journeys.

The Council for British Archaeology’s annual festival is the UK’s biggest celebration of archaeology. 

For more information, please visit

Shaw House Summer Fair

Sunday 17 July | 11am – 4pm | Adults £2, Children £1 (Under 3’s free)

Share all the fun of the Summer Fair, with over 45 craft stalls of local makers and caterers offering a variety of hot food and drinks. Plus live music, craft activities from Ugly Duckling Pottery and Creation Station, performances from Mr Muddle the Magician and children’s rides. In addition, there will be a dog show hosted by the National Animal Welfare Trust so remember to bring along your four legged friend! 

The House, including the Exhibition Rooms, will be open. 

Dogs on leads are welcome outside.

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