10 things to do to keep all the family entertained this summer in Berkshire
PUBLISHED: 10:23 03 August 2018 | UPDATED: 10:23 03 August 2018
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Stop the inevitable boredom this summer with these free (or almost) activities that will keep all the family entertained
Join the world’s largest treasure hunt. For this you will need a bit of technology in the form of a smartphone. Download the co-ordinates from the map and discover places locally or on holiday. Find the cache – they come in different sizes – sign the log book and return it to where you found it. Sometimes the boxes are filled with random items such as key rings that can be swapped.
Grow Your Own
There’s something satisfying about nurturing a plant and seeing it bear fruit or vegetables – and seeds are cheap to buy. Alternatively grow sunflowers and see whose grows the tallest. Many local garden centres and parish councils run such contests, such as Warfield, as part of their annual gardening competition.
This is a lovely one for all ages. Use acrylic paint with a non-toxic sealant then create anything from bugs and birds to intricate designs. The current trend is to set up a Facebook group, hide them in a public place for someone to find and ask them to post a picture when they find the pebble.
For instance, see Reading Kindness Rocks on Facebook – they have over 2,000 members!
Many of our local museums feature interactive displays and run children’s activities throughout the summer holidays. They include West Berkshire Museum, The Museum of Rural English Life and Reading Museum.
Take a walk in the woods and get the kids to discover their natural surroundings. Alternatively compile a scavenger hunt with a list of items to find. Many National Trust properties have family trails and natural play areas. There’s a Big Bug Hunt and Wild Play Trail at Basildon Park.
One of my fondest memories is camping in the garden as a child. Ditch the WiFi and do a bit of stargazing. Expect to wake up at 5am to the dawn chorus, but the kids will think it’s a great mini-adventure. Alternatively build a camp in the garden; it’s amazing how imaginative kids can be.
Picnic in the Park
Although our weather can be unreliable, when the sun does shine a picnic in the park is the perfect way to spend an afternoon.
Pick Your Own
It wouldn’t be summer without strawberries and cream, but these days pick your own have everything from raspberries to broad beans. Our favourites include Copas Farms at Cookham and Cobbs at Hungerford.
Go Wild in the Country
Throughout the holidays Wildlife Trusts run family-friendly events that will turn a trip out into a day to remember. BBOWT have some fabulous offerings right across Berkshire, including The Nature Discovery Centre at Thatcham, ideal for family days out, and the huge ‘outdoor playground’ of Bowden Woods near Newbury.
And if they are still bored, let them loose in the garden with water pistols and garden sprinklers. It’s always a winner.