Spring Days Out in Berkshire
To help keep energetic kids entertained over the school break, we’ve been busy rounding up loads of brilliant activities across the county. So, get ready to mix up your days with essential ‘chilling time’ at home, rampaging around play parks and gardens, tracking down the treasure trails or pursuing the Easter bunny! Here’s a whole basketful of ideas for you to consider – and they don’t all include eating chocolate!
Reading Museum puts on some eggs-tra special fun for Easter
Don’t forget to drop in to Reading Museum this Easter! They will have their Eggy Bingo Trail available throughout the holidays for families to enjoy. On Tuesday they will host their joint Ladybird Books Family Fun Day with The MERL and the fun continues with some Ladybird Hotel activity, Egg-stravaganza Edible Sweet Making and Balloon Bunnies & Chicks Make & Take. They also have special trail days, including their popular Medieval Animal Trail and Escape Room Trail. Families of children with sensory conditions can drop in to their Early Birds and Late Owls sessions and younger visitors can enjoy a story in the weekly Tales for Tots on Wednesdays. W: www.readingmuseum.org.uk.
Explore the natural world as it re-awakens for spring
Take the family on a nature adventure this school holiday. There are nature trails galore to follow at Basildon Park and Greys Court and 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ to tick off in the awakening garden at The Vyne. Not to mention acres of countryside to scamper across at Cliveden and other National Trust places nearby. And if it’s wet don’t worry – we’re waterproof! Grab a mac and wellies for puddle-splashing, mud-sploshing and raindrop-shaking fun. Kids’ lunchboxes and sweet treats in cosy tea rooms make for an easy pit-stop too. During the Easter holidays, tempt little bunnies out on a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt. Basildon Park, Greys Court, Cliveden and The Vyne are running trails for the whole of the school break, so beat the rush with an early-bird visit before the Bank Holiday weekend. W: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lists/easter-days-out-in-berkshire
Lego and Dinosaur fans are in for a fearsome treat at Marwell Zoo!
BRICKOSAURS! will be running at Marwell Zoo from 4th April – 1st September and is a stunning collection of up to 50 life size Lego® brick dinosaur sculptures! There will also be a BRICKOSAURS Basecamp featuring two brick pits, a ‘mega head’ dinosaur photo opportunity and a face painting station. From May half term there will be the addition of a sit-in ‘Dino Jeep’ as well as a volcanic diorama competition for visitors to ‘guess the dinos’ to be in with a chance to win! On specific dates, ‘Spike’ the Stegosaurus mascot will be greeting guests and ‘Brucey’, an Australian BRICKOSAUR wrangler come carer, will be doing 10 minute interactive talks. W: www.marwell.org.uk
Hands on creative fun at MERL
At The Museum of English Rural Life in Reading, have fun with Easter and ladybird themed make and takes, including a dancing ladybird, rocking chicks and rabbits, and a potato printing workshop! Follow the Easter trail and have fun looking for the rabbits, chicks and ladybirds hidden in the lovely MERL garden. Jelly is also running another of its popular Arts and Heritage Clubs, so book your place early and earn a Discover Arts Award! On April 9th, The MERL is teaming up with Reading Museum for an exciting Ladybird Books Family Fun Day with activities at both museums and a new trail to follow between them! W: merl.reading.ac.uk/whats-on
Enjoy tours and music workshops in the spectacular rainforest!
The Living Rainforest is a great little find designed to be just like a real rainforest, it’s warm & humid but by no means uncomfortable. There are great plants with spectacular leaves and animals like tortoises, turtle, fish, Goeldi monkeys and even a sloth. Butterflies & lizards free range as do most of the birds. Over the Easter school holidays they will be going crazy about reptiles and amphibians (if you don’t love them now you will by the end of your visit) With free guided tours, music workshops, talks and crafts there is something for everyone. W: livingrainforest.org
Wellington Country Park revs up for a cracking good Easter celebration!
Calling all ‘Eggs’plorers! Join in the fun and begin your adventure at Wellington Country Park, located in-between Reading and Basingstoke, for an action packed Easter holiday in the biggest outdoor play in Berkshire. All of their events are in addition to their normal Park attractions including an Animal Farm, Adventure Playground, Mini Golf, Minature Railway, Splash Zone and much more! Enjoy entertainers, circus shows, egg hunts and lots more besides! It’s the perfect safe, open air, fun filled venue for all of the family to have an exciting Easter day out. W: www.wellington-country-park.co.uk
Easter activities for young families at the Windsor & Royal Borough Museum
Get inspired at the Windsor & Royal Borough Museum by joining in with their family activities every Tuesday and Thursday during the school holidays. Young visitors can create a window inspired by architecture in Windsor; explore the uniform of the Household Cavalry Regiment by dressing up as a Blues and Royals soldier and engage with Windsor’s local history through an Easter themed trail. In addition, visitors can listen to stories about life in Windsor and enjoy their craft and design display. Guided tours of the Guildhall will also be available at certain times. See their listings for more details. T: 01628 685686
Have fun with some creepy critters at Beale Park
Beale Park is full of fun things to do this spring! Don’t miss out on the bugtastic ‘Meet the Bugs’ event, where you’ll be able to experience the amazing world of giant insects – join them at the Education Building on Wednesday 10th and 13thof April from 1:30pm. You can also build your very own ‘Bug Box’ – where you can keep your own insects – at their workshops on Wednesday 10th and 13th of April from 10:30am. They can’t wait to see you then! W: www.bealepark.org.uk
It’s an Easter Eggs-travaganza on the Farm
Everyday is an adventure at Bucklebury Farm & Deer Safari Park and this Easter is no exception! With so much space and masses to do, it’s the perfect destination for all ages to let off steam! Kids can go wild on a Great Easter Egg Hunt where they can scamper about in search of the farm’s Giant Easter Eggs. For those keen on more gentle pursuits, they will also be offering lamb feeding where park guests can go and help feed their orphan lambs. Seasonal fun, as well as an adventure playground, sand-pits, tractors, a Go-Kart track and lots more, guarantees it will be a day to be remembered! W: www.buckleburyfarmpark.co.uk
Easter Family Fun at Gulliver’s Theme Parks!
This year Gulliver’s are hosting their Easter Eggstravaganza complete with super springtime activities and entertainment. Once again children and adults can enjoy a huge selection of rides and attractions. Don’t forget to use the special offer voucher in this edition (terms and conditions are on the voucher). Gulliver’s will be celebrating Easter on selected dates throughout April. Short breaks are also available across their three resorts - you can choose from Warrington, Matlock Bath and Milton Keynes. Give your family the ultimate Easter adventure this holiday! W: www.gulliversfun.co.uk
HOP ABOARD FOR AN EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA AT THE LEXICON
Look no further than The Lexicon to keep the whole family entertained this Easter, as they have plenty of surprises in store from 12th -18th April. Visit their pop-up Chocolate Wonderland where children will have the chance to decorate their very own Easter Egg box, to take a chocolate egg home, as well as taking part in the Golden Ticket hunt! The Lexicon Easter Express will be back from 12th -20th April. Hop on board for a £1 donation to The Lexicon Charity Fund and keep your eyes peeled for the Easter Bunny! For more information, and to book your ticket for the craft workshop, visit their website. W: www.thelexiconbracknell.com
Favourite children’s characters adorn Cliveden’s play area
Families visiting the National Trust’s gardens at Cliveden will be welcomed to the Storybook Play Den by a life-size wooden character, inspired by ‘Old Brown’ the owl from Beatrix Potter’s ‘The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin’. Skilled wood carver Dennis Heath from Knebworth Carvings was commissioned to bring the new design to life. Gardener Claire Primett, who designed the carving, said “A wise old owl, sitting on a throne of books felt like a really appropriate gatekeeper for a storybook themed play area.” Before designing the carving Claire spent a lot of time talking to families at the play den to find out more about their favourite storybooks. Some of the most-loved classic books including The Wind in the Willows, The Jungle Book and Cinderella are tucked amongst the stack of books that forms the base of the carving. ‘Old Brown’ is the first Beatrix Potter character to feature in the play den. Other carvings in the play-area include Pooh Bear and a Tigger see-saw. There are many old favourites too, including Peter Pan, the villainous Captain Hook, and the ever-hungry crocodile, who are waiting to welcome families every day throughout the holidays. T: 01628 605069 W: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cliveden
Calling all Nature Detectives! Take to the outdoors on the new Wildlife Trail at Windsor Great Park
Let your family tap into all their senses and learn about the treasure trove of wildlife at Windsor Great Park who have teamed up with the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust to take you on a journey of discovery from the 6th-22nd April. Starting at the Savill Building, families can look for the clues as well as enjoy the beauty of the Great Park around them. Perfect for all ages, children will be rewarded with their own chocolate treasure and the trail is suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs. Finish off at The Savill Garden Kitchen where hungry Nature Detectives can rest their feet and enjoy a tasty bite to eat before heading home. Cost per trail £3.50 per person, one prize per trail. W: www.windsorgreatpark.co.uk/wildlifetrail
Find a feast of family treats at Cobbs Play Barn
Spring is in the air! You will find an abundance of Easter treats and activities to feast upon this spring at Cobbs, from the freshest seasonal produce in their farm shop (including freshly baked hot cross buns and homegrown asparagus) to a mouth-watering Easter Sunday Lunch in their café. There’s a whole host of fun activities lined up in their Play Barn during the school holidays to help you keep your little ones entertained too. These include Easter card and cake making and a farm animals visit on Easter Monday 22nd April. W: www.cobbsplaybarn.co.uk
Plan a wild time at Dinton Pastures
Dinton Pastures is an oasis of woodland and lakes in the midst of the Thames Valley. Their award winning play park will keep small adventurers entertained for hours with giant nest towers, secret hobbit holes, plus giant swinging logs! Or, take a trip through their wildlife themed Adventure Golf course with obstacles, water and much more! Boat hire runs from 6th April at weekends, and every day throughout the school holidays and is the perfect activity for families. No experience or booking necessary to hire any of the canoes, kayaks, stand up paddleboards and pedalos. To round off, relax in one of their cafes and enjoy a well deserved cake, drink or hearty meal! T: 07803 521041 W: www.dinton-pastures.co.uk