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News & views Welcome to our summer issue! Issue 98 | Jul/Aug 2019
In this issue 3 News & Views 6 A to Z of summer fun 11 Days out - put the kids in charge 12 Beat the boredom blues summer camps, activities & workshops 17 Competitions Win family tickets to Go Ape Black Park, Mead Open Farm & Paultons Park
18 10 brain-stimulating activities 20 Getting ready to go back to school 22 Family travel - making it easier 23 “Are we nearly there yet?” Keep children entertained for under £20 with travel friendly toys and games!
24 Top places to have a picnic in the Chilterns 25 Simple summer picnic ideas 26 What’s On Get out and about with our round up of what’s happening in July & August
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The summer holidays are nearly here and we have them sorted for you! We’ve packed this issue full of ideas to keep the kids busy. Discover the best holiday camps, picnic spots and new activities and find out what’s happening every day of the holidays. There are great competitions to enter, you could win family passes to Paultons Park, Go Ape and Mead Open Farm. Look out for 2-4-1 vouchers on page 8 for the Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre and Chiltern Open Air Museum. Whatever you get up to this summer, enjoy!
Space Chase - 2019 Summer Reading Challenge Children’s reading can decline during the summer holidays if they don’t have regular access to books or encouragement to read for pleasure. The Summer Reading Challenge tries to combat this by encouraging children aged 4 to 11 to read six library books during the long summer holiday. This year, the challenge will focus on the theme ‘Space Chase,’ an out-of-this-world adventure inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. Children are challenged to read at least six library books over the school holidays and collect rewards, such as stickers, on their way to receiving their challenge certificate and medal. The Challenge will launch in libraries on Saturday 13 July 2019. For competitions, book recommendations and special online badges and rewards, visit summerreadingchallenge.org.uk
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Free childcare to attend smear tests
Are you looking for a flexible work space this summer? It can be difficult to find the focus you need to work while the kids are at home during the holidays. How does it sound to be able to work with like-minded people in the beautiful surroundings of Missenden Abbey with everything you need to run your business? Hot off the heels of celebrating their 1st birthday, 100 Bucks Club are offering readers of Families Chiltern magazine the opportunity to join the club over the summer holidays at a special rate of £25. This gives you the chance to sign up for 2 months and you will also have an option to extend your membership at the end of the summer. To get the summer offer, register on their website, 100Bucks.Club and mention ‘Families Magazine’ once contacted. 100 Bucks Club, set up by Gary Pitt, Fozia Hill and Nicola Pitt, has attracted a diverse and interesting mix of local professionals who use Missenden Abbey as a co-working space and benefit from regular networking events. Members are mainly self-employed or freelance and they have access to the club from Monday to Friday, 7am-11pm. Freshly prepared food is on offer to fuel creativity and private meeting rooms are available to book at preferential rates.
Mothers across the UK are being offered an hour’s free childcare so they can attend a smear test. Childcare.co.uk, which claims to be the largest platform for parents and childcare providers in the UK, has launched the initiative to encourage more women to attend a smear test to determine whether they are at risk of cervical cancer, which in 99.8% of cases is preventable with early treatment. Every year in the UK, around 3,000 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer. In the UK, women are invited by the NHS to have cervical screening from the age of 25 to 64. However, figures show the take-up of testing is at a 20-year low. While the test usually takes just five minutes, a free hour of childcare is being offered to allow for waiting times and travel. Mothers can take up this offer by visiting childcare. co.uk/news/free-childcare-for-smear-tests
Get hands on at the Festival of Archaeology
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The Festival of Archaeology is a fortnight long festival which runs from 13 to 28 July 2019 and will provide opportunities for families to discover archaeology in their local area. The festival is co-ordinated by the Council for British Archaeology and aims to showcase the very best of archaeology with events being held at sites of archaeological and historical interest around the UK. Bucks County Museum in Aylesbury are holding an Archaeology Day on Saturday 20 July. It will showcase archaeology in Buckinghamshire and includes fun activities for all ages including an excavation digging pit, Roman soldier selfies and artefacts to hold. Chiltern Open Air Museum are holding a special evening, Primitive Technologies, linking with the Festival for uniformed groups on Wednesday 17 July, 5.30 to 8.30pm. Tickets cost £5 and places must be booked in advance at coam.org.uk. To find events near you, visit festival.archaeologyuk.org
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New survey reveals that over half of parents don’t know their times tables A new survey by YouGov, reveals that 52% of parents and guardians of school aged children in the UK don’t know all of their times tables. The survey found that the easiest times table to recall was the 2 times table, with 76% being able to do so, and the hardest was the 8 times table, with only 59% able to recall it perfectly. Oxford University mathematician, Professor Francis Brown, commented on the results saying: “Parental assistance at home can be a really important factor in helping children improve their numeracy, particularly in an area such
as multiplication. The results from this survey show that many parents may lack confidence and knowledge to help their children. We know that children with maths-anxious parents are more likely to struggle with the subject themselves.” The Professor has designed a new educational app called EdPlus that uses artificial intelligence to ask questions and help a child to learn in a way an ‘all knowing’ parent would. Every answer a child gives is analysed and the software intelligently adapts its approach for each child to optimise their progress. The times tables element of the app is free
Scouting for Girls headlines county camp Over 4,000 Buckinghamshire Scouts and Guides took part in the first county camp since 2007 which was held on the Claydon Estate over the May bank holiday weekend. The event took over two years to plan and one of the highlights was the band Scouting for Girls playing a set on stage on the Friday evening. Activities over the weekend included archery, casualty simulation, reptile handling, caving, climbing, judo, roller skating, slack lining and water zorbing. For further information about Scouting (boys and girls aged 6 to 17), please visit bucks-scouts.org.uk or for Girlguiding (girls aged 5 to 17), visit girlguidingbucks.org.uk
and is suitable for children aged 5 and over. Released in April 2019, it went straight to the top of the download charts for new educational apps in the UK (Google Play Store).
Helping children win at maths with Numberfit Recognising the issues schools and parents have making maths relevant and exciting for all children, Numberfit have recently launched the award winning Numberleague Interschool maths programme for primary schools, in partnership with the UCL Institute of Education. Numberfit are an Amersham-based educational provider and are the 2019 recipients of the prestigious New Partnership Award from UCL’s department of Innovation and Enterprise. Numberfit have also recently released their programme for 3 to 5-year olds teaching early years numeracy through physical activity and story. There is even a home version for parents. To find out how your school or nursery can get Numberfit, email: enquiries@numberfit. com or visit numberfit.com for more information.
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A to Z of
Fun Banish boredom during the summer holidays with our pick of the best attractions, events and days out.
Adventures at a Norman Castle. Go
back in time and visit Berkhamsted Castle, one of the most important early Norman castles dating from the 11th to 15th centuries. It was occupied by key figures of the Middle Ages and today the remains of the motte-and-bailey castle are great fun to explore. More at english-heritage.org.uk
Bring on the Outdoor Fun in the new-
look Wendover Woods. The Gruffalo Orienteering Trail has been updated and is even longer with improved sign-posting and there is a new Zog Activity Trail. You can pick up an orienteering map for £1, or an activity pack for £3 from the information point. Have a Tree Top Adventure at Go
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Ape, a fun 429m course for 10+yrs. There are plenty of free activities in the woods including a new activity play trail, a variety of walks and a Gruffalo-themed play area.
Check Out New Talent in Edinburgh. From 1 to 25 August, a free version of Edinburgh’s famous Fringe festival takes place with 100s of shows and performances to enjoy. There is also a special kids programme with events scheduled over the summer holidays. You can check full details by visiting freefestival.co.uk
Drum Roll please as the circus rolls
into town at Stonor from Thursday 25 to Monday 29 July. Stonor also hosts Henley Country Craft Show from Friday 23 to Monday 26 August. Plus swing, jump, slide, climb or splash into Wonder Woods at Stonor this summer- the perfect outdoor play experience for children of all ages. There’s sand and water play
and also a 50-metre zip wire for the very adventurous. There is 10% off entry when you book online in advance at stonor.com
Days out Explore history, heritage and the arts
at Chiltern Open Air Museum in Chalfont St Giles. Terrific Tuesdays are back from 30 July and take place every Tuesday throughout August. Each week holds a different theme of family crafts and activities from the four elements with the final session featuring an element of surprise! Activities are included in admission. Head back in time and enjoy one of the living history events every weekend from 3 August to 1 September. Choose from Wellington’s Army, Tudor Courtroom, Ragged Victorians or Medieval Warbow. More at coam.org.uk
Free Family Fun can be found in London
at the Science Museum as they celebrate the history of human space exploration with the Summer Of Space. A free event covering all aspects of extra-ordinary adventures in space runs from July to September, sciencemuseum.org.uk. Then head to Kensington Gardens to explore Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground, with free entry to the pirate ship and play sculptures inspired by the story of Peter Pan, royalparks.org.uk
Green Dragon Eco Farm will be running
an extra special Animal Encounters Programme for the school summer holidays with sessions every half an hour in Pets’ Corner and the Wildlife Zone –fascinating and fun for all ages! There’ll be competitions and interactive trails around the 45-acre site where children can let off steam while exploring the outdoors and the indoor play barns – fun whatever the weather!
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New animals for the holidays will be baby skunks and the lynx, which will be the latest addition to the Wildlife Zone. Why not book a private animal encounter or, to get even more involved, a Ranger or Farmer for a Day experience? More at greendragonecofarm.co.uk
Have a fun day out and celebrate the
Festival of Nature with a Free Nature Day at Howe Park Wood in Milton Keynes on Saturday 6 July. On Sunday 28 July, head to Campbell Park in Milton Keynes for the World Picnic - this free event
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Days out runs from 1pm-6pm. At Willen Lake on Friday 16 August, dress up as your favourite underwater character and join the rangers for a family fun afternoon with games and activities around Willen Lake. Don’t forget to bring along a bucket and spade to enjoy our giant sandpit. More at theparkstrust.com
workshop. Discover some of the sights that inspired Roald Dahl on a guided village or countryside trail. Take a look at roalddahl.com/museum/whats-on for full events listings, book in advance to avoid disappointment
Investigate plant life at Studley Green
Garden Centre in High Wycombe on Saturdays from 29 June to 13 July where children aged 5-10 years can plant lavender as part of a sensory garden, discover what fruit does, plant a pumpkin seed or learn about cacti and succulents and pot up a mini desert. Book a space at capitalgardens. co.uk/kids-club
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James’ Peachy Summer. This Summer
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at the Roald Dahl Museum, 20 July to 1 September, find out about James and the Giant Peach - Roald Dahl’s first classic story for children and join in with peachy workshops and activities. Learn about the marvellous insects that called the giant peach home, then make a 3D bug model or an insect portrait. Come face-to-face with insect specimens from the Natural History Museum or be entertained by some experiments in a Peachy Science
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Kick Start your summer holidays down
on the farm with amazing Summer Adventures at Odds Farm Park near Beaconsfield. Daily from 25 July to 3 September, the Oddsocks Family return, bringing with them different themed shows, arts, crafts and lots of summer-time games. With so much fun, furry and feathered friends to meet, plus acres of indoor and outdoor adventure play- including the oneof-a-kind water play attraction H2Odds – you won’t want to miss it! For more information, call 01628 520188 or visit oddsfarm.co.uk
Lego Adventures. A visit to Legoland
in Windsor is a must for all Lego fans. It is expensive and busy, but the park, which has been made out of 80 million Lego bricks, is a firm favourite with the kids. New for 2019 is the Haunted House Monster Party. If you have the budget, it’s well worth signing up for Q-bot, a queue-jumping device that will get you to the front of many of the queues for rides. Tickets cost from £29 per person online. Visit legoland.co.uk
Musical Treats for all as the Band
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is complete without a treehouse? Children over 6 can go up by themselves with an adult supervising from the ground, those younger than 6 can go up with an adult joining them. £20 per child for a two-hour session (under 6’s and over 18s are £10). Nets Adventure is just one of the four adventures available at Go Ape, Black Park. Don’t forget to check out our competition to win a family ticket on page 17, goape.co.uk
Concerts at Amersham Memorial Gardens return for 2019. Free concerts on Sunday 1 and 28 July and 11 and 25 August are a lovely way to while away a sunny Sunday afternoon. Details at amersham-tc. gov.uk
Nets Adventure at Go Ape, Black
Park is an extensive network of tree top trampolines, giant ball nets, walkways and slides – all 30 feet up in the forest canopy. With two hours of fun for your whole tribe to bounce, crawl and clamber through, Black Park’s newest adventure is as safe as treehouses- it’s completely encased in hammock-like netting! And what adventure
Maidenhead – the perfect place to enjoy precious family time over the summer. Let little ones run wild in the storybook play den or through the giant maze. Roly poly down the hill or take a wander down to the river. Perfect for ages 4-11 years, Cliveden’s summer adventure trail changes every two weeks so that there are lots of reasons to come back throughout the holidays. Each trail follows the ‘summer of colour’ theme and involves exploring nature and creating a craft to take home. If you fancy sleeping under the stars, take part in their family camping event on the weekends of 12-13, 19-20 and 26-27 July. The whole family will love sharing an evening under the stars – exploring, wildlife spotting, marshmallow toasting and storytelling round the campfire. Arrive from 4pm at the event field. Hot and cold soft drinks will be provided and wake up to a complimentary breakfast followed by a morning scavenger hunt. Adult £28, child £18. You can also try tree climbing in the woods on 25 and 26 July. Visit nationaltrust.org.uk/cliveden or call 01628 605069 to book.
Experience a live performance at the Theatre Brave the elements and enjoy a family outing to watch an outdoor performance in a beautiful setting. Cliveden are staging a re-telling of Kenneth Graeme’s classic children’s tale, The Wind in the Willows on 30 and 31 July. Performed in the open air on the lawn in Cliveden’s Water Garden at 2.30pm. Adult £17, Child £10.50. Call 0344 249 1895 to book or visit nationaltrust.org. uk/cliveden
Play on National Play Day which takes
place across the country on 7 August. Families have the chance to play at hundreds of community events across the UK, from giant picnics, fun in the woods to street parties with games. Find your nearest ones at playday.org.uk
Queens Park Arts Centre in Aylesbury
allows children age 7+ to get creative and enjoy summer holiday craft workshops between 29 July and 22 August. There really is something for everyone, to book visit qpc.org
Robots invade Bucks County Museum
this summer! Bucks County Museum in Aylesbury will be taken over by an invasion of Robots, Cyborgs and Androids as it plays host to the spectacular ROBOT exhibition. ROBOT features a host of metal characters in all shapes and sizes including a variety www.familiesonline.co.uk
Days out from favourite movies. Get up close to the cast of full-size robots from classic sci-fi TV series from the 1950s onwards as well as from major sci-fi blockbusters from the 1970s Robots at Bucks and 80s. A mustCounty Museum see exhibition that will capture the imaginations of sci-fi fans of all ages. Combine your visit to ROBOT with a visit to the Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery for amazing science and hands-on discovery, buckscountymuseum.org
Steam Trains Galore can be found at
Bucks Rail Centre near Quainton this summer. Sunday 14 July is the Emergency Services and Community Day: meet the emergency services and find out more about the life saving work they carry out daily. Entry is just £5 and free for under 5’s. Be there on the double! Paw Patrol comes to Quainton with appearances from Chase on Sunday 21 July and from Marshall as well as Fire Engines on Sunday 18 August. On Sunday 4 August, come down to meet Peppa Pig as she is in town for the day. End the summer on a high celebrating Bucks Rail Centre’s 50th anniversary weekend on Sunday 25 and Monday 26 August. Find out more at bucksrailcentre.org
Try Tennis for Free. Capitalise on
Wimbledon fever and sign your child up for a free tennis lesson. The charity Tennis For Free offers free weekly coaching sessions at 86 locations in England and Scotland every week. Go to their website at tennisforfree. com to book a session.
Make it a hole in one on the Crazy Golf course, meet the farm animals and reach for the sky jumping on the Jumping Pillows. Live shows with Holly Bobs and Barry Bermuda are not to be missed! Meadopenfarm.co.uk ArcelorMittal Orbit
Under The Canopy Forest school in
Gerrards Cross are running Stay and Play sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1 to 24 July for children aged 18 months-4 years and a special Families event on 14 July from 11am-1pm. There’s also a Twilight Forest School for ages 5-10 on 5, 12 and 19 July. Book your space at underthecanopy. org.uk
Visit Mead Open Farm’s Summer of
Fun. Go retro with the End of Day Foam party and floss like a boss to some top tunes. If thrill seeking is your thing, try the Sky Trail or Sky Tykes High Ropes Course.
Wander into British sporting history
at the Olympic Park. The Queen Elizabeth Park covers 530 acres and is home to the London Stadium, the ArcelorMittal Orbit, the London Aquatics Centre and the Lee Valley VeloPark. There are lots of free trails, parklands, waterways and playgrounds to explore and it’s open daily. Find out more at queenelizabetholympicpark.co.uk
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Enjoying Rainy Days We will undoubtedly experience rainy days this summer, but they can also be quite warm. Here are some fun activities that make the most of the rain and that children can still enjoy outside in the fresh air. Rainbow Art Sprinkle powder paints or washable markers on white card and get your children to stand out in the rain, letting the raindrops mix with the paint to make their own modern art. Take it inside to dry before the rain washes the paint away!
Cotswold Wildlife Park
Young and old will enjoy
animal encounters of every shape and size at Cotswold Wildlife Park near Oxford. Families can join the Cotswild Explorer Endangered Animals Activity Trail from 1 July. Suitable for 6-11yr olds, pick up a trail pack for £2.50 and get exploring! Celebrate the Rhino on 1 and 31 August. Enjoy the Cotswold Falconry Display taking place twice a day on the lawns in front of the Manor House every weekend from 27July until 1 September. Meet the Rhino keepers at the Rhino paddock every
Make a Worm Farm day of the holidays at 2pm for a fascinating talk on these wonderful animals, the threats they face and the hard work being undertaken to conserve these magnificent animals. Park visitors can also enjoy feeding the animals, a ride on the railway train and the adventure playground. More at cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk
Zip down to the Market
Square in Aylesbury Town Centre for fun children’s activities on Thursdays 25 July and 15, 22 August of the school holidays
Rain awakens juicy worms from their slumber. Pull on your wellies and collect a few slimy friends to put in your indoor farm so your children can study them up close.
Puddle Splashing Make splashing in puddles extra fun by creating a multicoloured water world. Simply drop food colouring in the puddles before taking the leap.
Raindrop Orchestra Saucepans, empty tin cans and upturned plastic bottles can create music when drops of rain fall on them. See how creative your kids can be!
Inside-out Take bath toys outside to bob around in the puddles. Wateractivated robot fish toys (£9.99 Amazon) look great!
Build a Dam If you have a stream close by, use stones, rocks, twigs, logs and sticks to make a dam over it. Remember to take it apart before you leave so as not to disrupt any animal habitats.
Boat Race Running water in a park stream or down a pavement is great for creating your very own boat race. Make your boats out of things you find outside and then you just need to agree where the race starts and finishes before launching your vessels!
Dance in the Rain Buy a waterproof cover for your smartphone and let your child take pictures of you and the family frolicking in the wet weather. Take out your most colourful brollies and welly boots to make the pictures extra special.
Go on a Bug Hunt The rain entices out plenty of creatures, such as slugs and snails. It’s also fun to look for creatures that are sheltering like birds, spiders and woodlice.
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Summer Days Out There has been a lot in the press in recent months about ‘helicopter parenting’ and the fact that many parents are doing too much for their children. So how about breaking the cycle and putting the kids in charge for the day? Claire Winter makes some suggestions.
Sometimes when we are busy we can over schedule our child’s school holidays with clubs, activities, play dates and days out. So why not counteract this by taking a step back and putting the kids in charge? Children love independence so let each child in your family set the agenda for one day. Give them a budget and encourage them to start planning! Parent coach Susi Ramroop (www. susieramroop.com) says it’s important to give our kids more independence. “In an attempt to please our kids and keep them busy, we fill their schedules with activities and run the risk of overwhelming them. Teaching them from a young age to choose a day out based on what brings the most joy exercises their decision-making muscles, and sets them up for a better future – making choices is the foundation for managing time and money effectively.”
Follow these easy steps... Put one of your children in charge Set the agenda. Let your child know that he or she has to plan an activity that is out of the house for the day, as well as how to get there and back and where and what the family is going to eat for each meal.
Set a budget Give your child a set cash allocation for the day. They then need to decide what to spend the budget on. The budget needs to cover the day out or activity as well as food. They might decide to buy food for a picnic, treats or eat out. Assist them to actually buy any food required. www.familiesonline.co.uk
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Get them researching
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Get them to research the activity or day out they want as a starting point. Give them some tips on researching travel costs. You can assist them with this if they ask for help but try not to take over. Advise them to pre-buy the tickets or train fares online. Depending on their age they may be able to enter credit or debit card information and manage booking systems. If not, give them some help with this. If they can stretch the budget or find free things to do, they get extra brownie points!
If the experiment went well, why not introduce it as a regular feature in family life? You could have a fun day out ideas jar that everyone contributes to. The whole family can throw their ideas into a hat or jar and you pull one out every weekend. My kids love having a Mexican, Indian or pizza night. They plan the menu and ingredients required, then we do the shopping and cooking together. When the food is ready, we watch a film. An activity doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated. We often forget that what children actually really want is to be spending time with us, not expensive days out or material things. Helping our children develop independence is vital. We need to give them the tools to become responsible, emotionallyintelligent adults who are capable of making their own decisions. It’s not always easy to let go, but when you do it’s great to see their smiles of satisfaction when they are allowed to do things their way!
Let them navigate Get them to look up the location on Googlemaps or a sat nav if you are driving or on a map if you are walking or using public transport. They can ask you for help if necessary. Ask them to direct you to your destination. If they make mistakes, it’s all part of the learning.
It may be mayhem! Remember things may not all go to plan but you can have fun, relax and enjoy not being in charge. Sometimes kids need to learn from experience that sweets for every meal is not a good idea!
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Beat the Boredom Blues The long summer holidays are imminent and what better way to keep the kids content than with a camp, workshop or activity. Our list is extensive: choose from playschemes, specific sports, drama, music or arts. A lot of these are extremely popular and spaces book up well in advance, so don’t leave it too long to secure your child’s place. When you call, don’t forget to tell them you found your inspiration from Families Chiltern.
Camps & Playschemes ADVENTURE LEARNING HOLIDAY ACTIVITY DAYS Longridge, Marlow. Green Park, Aston Clinton. Adventurous outdoor activities every day of the school holiday. 25 Jul-3 Sep, 8+yrs, 8.45am-5pm, £40/£30 including a packed lunch, childcare vouchers accepted. Tel: 033 03030101, alfvillages.cinolla.com
BARRACUDAS ACTIVITY DAY CAMPS Wycombe Abbey, High Wycombe. Hemel Hempstead School, Hemel Hempstead. A range of over 80 age appropriate activities including sports, arts, dance, drama. 22 Jul–16 Aug, 4.5-14yrs, 8.30am-5.30pm, wraparound care is also available 8am-6pm. Tel: 01480 467567, firstname.lastname@example.org, barracudas.co.uk
BASECAMP A range of activities designed to develop sporting, artistic & social skills. 9.30am-4.30pm, additional hours available. Tel: 01442 358115, berkhamstedbasecamp.co.uk Berkhamsted Pre Prep School, Haresfoot Campus: Mini Basecamp, 3–5yrs, 5 Jul-23 Aug, £35/day, £160/week. Junior outdoor adventure & high ropes, 7-10yrs, 22 Jul, 29 Jul, 5 Aug, 12 Aug £70/day. Senior outdoor adventure & high ropes, 11-14yrs, 23 Jul, 30 Jul, 6 Aug, 13 Aug £70/day. High ropes & archery, 8-12yrs, 24 Jul, 31 Jul, 7 Aug, 14 Aug £70/day. High ropes & bushcraft, 7-11yrs, 25 Jul, 1 Aug, 8 Aug, 15 Aug £70/day. Forest school, 3-7yrs, 9-12 Jul, 29-31 Jul, 5-7 Aug, 12-14 Aug £45/day. Berkhamsted Prep School, Doctor’s Common Road: Multi Activity Camp, 5–11yrs, 5 Jul-23 Aug, £35/day, £160/week.
Summer holiday tennis and multi sport camps at Chesham Bois Tennis Club Running throughout the summer holidays and catering for all standards. Tots and mini tennis from 2 years old through to all-day junior camps. Come and have some fun this summer at Peter Lavery Tennis. Apply early to avoid disappointment.
Visit www.peterlaverytennis.com for an application form or call Peter on 07885 206587 or email Peterlaverytennis@live.com
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Computer Skills, 30–31 Jul, 13–14 Aug, 7–12yrs, £40/day. Creative Building, 29 Jul & 14 Aug, 5-9yrs, £25/half day, £50/ full day. Kings Campus, Kings Road: Classic biscuits, 25 Jul, 7–14yrs, £70. Bread & pastry, 1 Aug, 7–14yrs, £70. Fakeaways-Healthy takeaways, 8 Aug, 7–14yrs, £70. Sweet Things, 15 Aug, 7–14yrs, £70. Great British Meal, 22 Aug, 7-14yrs, £70. Summer fruit & ice cream, 20 Aug, 7-14yrs, £70. Arts & crafts, 7 Aug, 21 Aug, 7-12yrs, £40/day. See more BASECAMP listings under ‘GET ACTIVE.’
BUSY LIVING HOLIDAY CLUBS Amersham (Elangeni School, Woodside Avenue), Chalfont St Peter (St Joseph’s School, Priory Road) Aylesbury (Bearbrook School, Fowler Road) A range of fun pre-planned activities for children from any school aged 4-11yrs including building dens, cooking, theatre, sports, martial arts & dance. Ofsted
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Summer camps registered ‘Good’ in 2016. Open 8am–6pm, runs first 4 weeks during the summer, with flexible, online bookings, full day and sibling discounts – see Handbook on website for further information. Tel: 01494 722318, email email@example.com, busy-living.co.uk
WOODROW SUMMER HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES Woodrow High House, Amersham. Catering for children aged 5 – 11, Woodrow High House’s Day Camps include a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities, from archery to bushcraft, which encourage children to learn new skills, build confidence and have fun! 25 Jul-3 Sep, (excludes bank holidays & weekends), 9am-5pm, extended hours available. Spaces are available from £38/day, with discounts available. For more information, or to book, call 01494 433531, email HelloWoodrow@londonyouth.org or visit woodrowhighhouse.org
GO BEANIES ACTIVITY DAY CAMPS Longridge, Marlow. Activities for 5-12yrs include: artistic adventure, outdoor explorer, active kicks and fun & games. 29 Jul–30 Aug, 8.30am-5.15pm, £35/day, £160/ week, sibling discounts available. Tel: 01189 962678, gobeanies.org
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Handy Cross, High Wycombe. This holiday camp engages children through multisports and arts & crafts, keeping them active while making friends in a fun environment. Activities may include trampoline, gymnastics, football & hockey. It runs throughout the summer holidays, 8am-6pm for 5-12yrs and costs £22/day. Climbing for 7+yrs is available on Tuesdays & Wednesdays 2-3pm for an extra £3, pre-booking is essential. For more information, or to book, visit wycombeleisurecentre.org
A STAR SWIM SCHOOL CRASH COURSES Green Park, Aston Clinton. Summer holiday swimming crash courses, 27-30 August, 9.30-11am, group lessons £50/child. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit astarswimschool.co.uk
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KIDS PLAY CHILDCARE ACTIVITY DAY CAMPS A full schedule of action-packed activities, 8.30am– 5.30pm, wrap around care available. Mead Open Farm, Leighton Buzzard. 22 Jul–3 Sep, 4-11yrs. Tel: 03331230037, meadopenfarm.co.uk Willows Farm, London Colney. 25 Jul–30 Aug, 3-12yrs. Tel: 01727 829535, willowsactivityfarm.com
PREMIER EDUCATION MULTI ACTIVITY CAMPS A huge range of activities and sports enabling kids 5-12yrs to be busy, get active and have fun. Half, full and extended days available (9am-1pm, 9am-3.30pm & 8am-5.30pm). Manor Farm Community Junior School, High Wycombe: 29-30 Jul, 5-6, 12-13, 19-20 & 27-28 Aug. Cedar Park School, High Wycombe: 25-26 Jul, 31 Jul2 Aug, 14-16 Aug, 21-23 Aug. Wendover Youth Centre, Wendover: 25-26 Jul, 29 Jul-
2 Aug, 5-9, 12-16, 19-23, 27-30 Aug. Tel: 01953 499040, premier-education.com
WILLEN LAKE ACTIVITIES Off Brickhill Street, Milton Keynes. 5 day courses where you can meet new people, have fun and try different activities such as canoeing, windsurfing, paddle boarding, raft building & archery, 22 Jul-30 Aug, 8.30am5.30pm, 8+yrs, £160. Alternatively, opt for an activity day, take part in a range of activities without committing to a full week, 8-16yrs, £40/day, runs 22 Jul-30 Aug. Or focus on a specific sport to progress ability, in sailing: 22–26 Jul, 5–9 Aug, 19 –23 Aug, paddlepower: 29 Jul–2 Aug or 12-16 Aug or windsurfing: 24-25 Aug. Tel: 01908 246599, willenlake.org.uk
Amersham & Chiltern RFC, Amersham. 3-day rugby camp, suitable for all abilities from beginner to club & county players. U5s to U14s, all welcome, 21-23 Aug, 9.30am-3.30pm, £35/day, £65/2 days, £90/3 days. Visit chilternrugby.com
BASECAMP Tel: 01442 358115, berkhamstedbasecamp.co.uk, email@example.com Langley Tennis Club, Hemel Hempstead: Tennis & racquets camps (4-14 yrs), 22 Jul–30 Aug, 9am-4pm, £160/week, £40/day. Berkhamsted School, Kings Road: Louis Smith Gymnastics Academy (5-12yrs), 24-26 Jul, 9.30am-4.30pm, £150/week, £55/day. Andrew Flintoff Cricket Academy (5-16yrs), 5–9 Aug, 9.30am-4.30pm, £190/week, £47/day. Netball Fever (girls 7-16yrs), 17-19 Jul, 12-14 Aug, 9.30am-4.30pm, £130/week, £47/day. Ultimate Lacrosse (7-14 years), 29-31 Jul, 9.30-4.30pm, £130/week, £47/day.
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PFO FOOTBALL CAMPS Chalfont St Peter Junior School, Chalfont St Peter. Outdoor football camps where children learn new skills, grow in confidence and score loads of goals! Running the first 3 weeks and last week of the summer holidays, 10am-3pm, £18/day, £75/week, sibling rates available. More at pfocamps.com
Beaconsfield Tennis Centre, Grenfell Road. A selection of camps running from 15 Jul–23 Aug: Mini tennis for 4–5yrs, 1-2pm or 2-3pm, £45/week. 1.5 hour camp for 5–10yrs, 9.30-11am, 11am12.30pm or 1-2.30pm, £70/week. 3 hour camp for competent players 9–18yrs, 10am1pm, £140/week, £32/day, some 5 hour camps available if enough demand, £210/week, £48/day, 10am-3pm. Tel: 01494 674744, beaconsfieldtennis.com
HIP HOP DON’T STOP Bucks New University, High Wycombe. Improve your confidence and dance ability, 10+yrs, 9.30am-5.30pm, 29 Jul-2 Aug, £347. Tel: 08448 488825, urbanstrides.com
CHALLENGE TENNIS CAMPS
Bledlow Ridge Tennis Club. Great Missenden Lawn Tennis Club. Chesham 1897 Tennis Club. Have fun and learn life and tennis skills. Alongside games & match play there are presentations & a prize giving ceremony. Running various dates from 22 Jul-6 Sep, 9-10am tots (3-4yrs), 9am-12noon mini mornings (5-9yrs) or 9am-4pm for those staying all day in age groups 5-9yrs or 10+yrs. Tel: 07592 185622, challenge-tennis.com
Echo’s Equestrian Centre, Iver. Experience what it’s like to own your own pony, the day consists of 1 hour group riding, lots of hands on stable management, fun and creative theory & other horse related activities and games. 29 Jul-2 Aug, 2730 Aug, 5+yrs, 9am-5pm, £50. Tel: 01895 347186, email@example.com, echosequestrian.co.uk
EVERYBALL JUNIOR TENNIS CAMPS Halton Tennis Club, Halton. Learn to play, develop your game or sharpen your skills, all ages and standards, 9am-3pm, £40/day, £180/5 days, plus option of late pick up at 5pm for £10/day. Various dates from 22 Jul-30 Aug. Tel: 01296 623453, everyball.co.uk
CHILTERN FOREST SCHOOL HOLIDAY CLUB Great Kingshill School, High Wycombe. Fun activities include bug hunts, natural crafts, mud painting, rope swings, camp fires, tree climbing & more. 5-9 Aug, 5-11yrs, 9.30am-3.30pm, £35/day, £17.50/half day, sibling discount available. Tel: 07801 010049, chilternforestschool.co.uk
JWT COACHING SUMMER TENNIS CAMPS IN AYLESBURY Aylesbury Tennis & Squash Club. 5 weeks starting from 29 July to 30 August. Have fun, learn how to play & score, practice racket skills and play competitive matches, suitable for all ages & abilities. Tots camp: 2.5-5yrs, 9-9.45am, £6/ day, £25/5 days. Mini camp 5-10yrs & Junior camp 11-18yrs: 9am-3pm, £28/day, £120/5 days, half days available £15/session. 10% sibling discount available & early drop off 8am/late pick up 4pm, available at £4/hour. Tel: 07834 826130, info@ jwtcoaching.com or book online: http://cspark.at/ jwtbookings
LEADBETTER KIDS GOLF CAMPS Stoke Park Country Club, Stoke Poges. Running 9am-4pm, these camps provide structured practice sessions in the morning followed by course play in the afternoon. 22 Jul-30 Aug, £65/day, £280/5 days, sibling discount available. Tel: 01753 717184, firstname.lastname@example.org, stokepark.com
HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES IN THE OUTDOORS Amersham Field Centre, Mop End. Activities range from mini-beast hunts & pond dipping, mammal trapping, problem solving, challenge activities & more. 5-9 Aug & 12-14 Aug, 9.30am-3pm, 5-11yrs, (half days available for 5-7yrs). Extended hours available 8.30am-5.30pm. Tel: 01494 721054, field-studies-council.org/ holidayclubamersham
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Dr Challoner’s High School, Little Chalfont. Lots of exciting sports in a week. Activities may include dodgeball, soccer, lacrosse, basketball & rounders. 29 Jul–2 Aug, 4-6yrs, 9.30am–12.30pm and/or 1-4pm, £125; 6-16yrs, 9am–4pm, £235. Tel: 0844 3350450, themultisportsgroup.co.uk
SAILING COURSES Bisham Abbey Sailing School, Marlow. Optimist 4 day dinghy sailing course: Following the RYA Youth Sailors scheme for 8-12yrs, running from Tuesday to Friday during main school holiday periods, 9.30am-4.30pm, £370. Multi-Activity week: Including dinghy sailing, bellboating, a trip down the River Thames on a Dutch
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Summer camps barge and a mini Olympics day, 8-15yrs, 9.30am4.30pm, £225, 29 Jul-2 Aug. Summer fun sailing days: 2 action packed days, activities will vary but may include dinghy sailing, bellboating or a trip on a Dutch barge, 29-30 Jul, 31 Jul-1 Aug, 9.30am-4.30pm, 8-15yrs, £125. Tel: 01628 568160, bishamabbeysailing.co.uk
PETER LAVERY TENNIS & MULTISPORT SUMMER HOLIDAY CAMPS Chesham Bois Tennis Club. All standards welcome, for 2-17yrs, from tots and mini-tennis, through to all-day junior camps. 15 July–30 August, Mon-Thurs (excluding week commencing 26 August which runs Tues-Fri). Tel: 07885 206587, email: peterlaverytennis@live. com, peterlaverytennis.com
PONY ACTIVITY DAYS Horsewyse Riding School, Long Crendon. Ride in school & small hacks, mini gymkhana, learn about ponies, grooming & tacking up, suitable for children 5+yrs, all abilities catered for, 23 Jul-3 Sep. 8.30am-5.30pm, £60, 10am-3pm, £50. Tel: 01844 202966, horsewyse.org.uk
GYMNASTICS & TRAMPOLINING HOLIDAY SESSIONS Rickmansworth Gymnastics Club. Fun gymnastics holiday sessions for 4-14yrs, all abilities welcome. Gymnastics: 9.30am-1.30pm, £26/day, £100/week, early drop off at 9am £1.50/ day. Trampolining: 1.45-3pm, £10/day, £36/week, free childcare between 1.30 & 1.45pm. Visit rickmansworthgymnastics.co.uk
Wycombe Abbey School, High Wycombe. Camps run from 10am-3pm for 8-15yrs, the mornings are tennis and the afternoons are team games or tennis finishing with swimming. Half days run either 10am-12.30pm or 12.30-3pm and are aimed at 5-7yrs but all welcome. 8-11, 1518, 22-25 Jul, 29 Jul-1 Aug, 5-8 Aug, 12-14 Aug. £40/day, £25/half day. Tel: 07773333768, thecoachacademy.org.uk
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Seriously FUN Swimming Schools are running 5 day intensive course swimming lessons during the summer holidays (Mon 29th Jul to Fri 2nd Aug) for children aged 3 to 12 years of all abilities for just £80 per child at St Piran’s School (Maidenhead), Teikyo Japanese School (Slough), Thorpe House School (Gerrards Cross) and Aylesbury Grammar School (Aylesbury). Book online at seriouslyfun.net, email office@ seriouslyfun.com or call 01753 364 364.
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WILLEN CRUSADERS CLUB Off Brickhill Street, Milton Keynes. Running every Saturday for 8-16yrs, 9-11am, £10/ session, try new sports & build on skills. Teamwork, problem solving and having fun are the main goals of the session. Tel: 01908 246599, willenlake.org.uk
Velarium Holiday Club, Gerrards Cross. Under the Canopy Forest School run inspirational outdoor experiences on 29 & 30 July. Sessions are 10am-12pm or 2-4pm and cost £20 for an unaccompanied 5-10 year old (Juniors) and £15 for ages 4 & under (Minis) who must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Other dates are 22, 23 August: Youth ages 8+ 10-3pm (£40). 27, 28, 29 August: Juniors ages 5+ 11-1pm (£20). 30 August (Minis) 11-1pm ages 4 & under (£15).
WOODROW SWIMMING CRASH COURSES Woodrow High House, Amersham. With Woodrow’s Swim School on a break over the school holidays, don’t let your children’s swimming skills take a dive! Take advantage of swimming Crash Courses and private lessons to give your little ones a ‘splashing’ summer holiday! Private ‘1:1’ or ‘1:2’ lessons and four & five day Crash Courses for all abilities available at Woodrow Swim School. To find out more, or to book, call: 01494 432433 or email: HelloSwimschool@londonyouth.org
Green Park Green Park is based in beautiful parkland near Aston Clinton, where we offer a range of outdoor adventurous activities for all ages and abilities.
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PREMIER EDUCATION PERFORMING ARTS CAMPS Experience street dance, musical theatre, drama & cheerleading. Half, full and extended days available (9am-1pm, 9am-3.30pm & 8am-5.30pm) Manor Farm Community Junior school, High Wycombe: 29-30 Jul, 5-6, 12-13, 19-20 & 27-28 Aug. Cedar Park School, High Wycombe: 25-26 Jul, 31 Jul-2 Aug, 14-16 Aug, 21-23 Aug. Wendover Youth Centre, Wendover: 25-26 Jul, 29 Jul-2 Aug, 5-9, 12-16, 19-23, 27-20 Aug. Tel: 01953 499040, premier-education.com
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Drama and Music BUCKS SCHOOL OF DANCE - SUMMER DANCE CAMP The Berkshire College of Agriculture, Burchetts Green, nr Maidenhead. Bucks School of Dance are running a dance camp for 5-8 year olds from 19-23 August, 10-4pm. This is a week-long dance camp, with a showcase at the end. Previously known as KSA DANCE CAMPS (2004-2018). Dance tuition, T shirt, medal, certificate included. Contact Karen Stuart on: 07985252129, email@example.com, bucksschoolofdance.co.uk
JANE DOUGLAS FITNESS & DANCE SUMMER HOLIDAY CLUB Marlow C of E Infants School. An inspiring and fun week of fitness, games, arts & crafts, dance and musical theatre, 5-14yrs, 12-16 Aug, 9.30am-3.30pm, full week, day & half day rates available. Tel: 01628 440109, firstname.lastname@example.org, janedouglass.co.uk
PERFORM SUMMER WORKSHOPS St Michaels’ Church Hall, Beaconsfield. If you’re looking for a fun summer activity for your 4-10 year old then come and join a Perform drama, dance and singing workshop based on the much loved ‘Wizard of Oz’. A team of highly trained professionals will fire imaginations & encourage the children to project their voices, learn energetic dance routines & sing catchy songs. Perform Summer Experiences are courses especially designed to encourage creativity, confidence and communication skills as well as being a kaleidoscope of fun. 10am-3pm, 29 Jul-2 Aug £330 or 27-30 Aug £275. 25% sibling discount available. Tel: 020 7255 9120, perform.org.uk
POPSTARS ACADEMY SUMMER WORKSHOPS Beaconsfield: Dance & singing workshops for 6-13yrs, learning Street Dance routines to current chart music, songs/dances from a musical show, arts and crafts, talent show and much more. Courses will culminate in a final performance to parents & all children will receive a free Popstars t-shirt, medal & certificate. 5-9 Aug & 12-16 Aug, 10am-4pm, £130 PSA & returning students, £150 non-members. Tel: Hazel 07765 114444, hazel@popstarsacademy. com, PopstarsAcademy.com
AMERSHAM ADVENTURES HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES Amersham Field Centre, Mop End, HP7 0QR Activities range from minibeast hunts & pond dipping, bushcraft, den building & more.
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Week-long workshops featuring lots of singing, dancing and acting – gain invaluable experience in performing, develop confidence, social awareness, fitness and make new friends. Workshops are available to all; limited spaces available so get booking now at stagecoach.co.uk Amersham 01494 565402. Matilda, 6-16yrs, 5–9 Aug, 10am-4pm, £165, sibling £130. Under The Sea, 4-6yrs, 5-9 Aug, 9.30am-12.30pm, £95, sibling £80. Aylesbury, 01525 790795. Show Time! 7-18yrs, 29 Jul-2 Aug, £179, sibling £159. Show Time Jr! 4-7yrs, 29 Jul-2 Aug, £159, sibling £139. Berkhamsted and Hemel Hempstead, 07956 945181. West End Workshop, (with a workshop led by West End Stars of Waitress David Hunter and Olivia Moore), 6-18yrs, 29th July - 2nd August, 10am4pm, £150, siblings £90. Early Stages West End Workshop, 4-6yrs, 29th July - 2nd August, 9.30am-12.30pm, £120. High Wycombe 01494 533203. A show in a week! 6-18yrs, 29 Jul–2 Aug, 9.15am4.15pm, £160, siblings £125. A show in a week! 4-6yrs, 29 Jul–2 Aug, 9.30am12.30pm, £95, siblings £80. Thame 07376 361495 Wind in the Willows, 4-6yrs, 19-23 Aug, 10am1pm, £95, siblings £70. Legally Blonde, 19-23 Aug, 10am-4pm, £189, siblings £100. Wind in the Willows, 7-11yrs, 19-23 Aug, 10am4pm, £189, siblings £100.
STEP TO IT PERFORMING ARTS CAMP This summer ‘Step to it’ is back with another action packed, all singing and dancing camp in Chesham. That’s right… 5 days of singing, dancing, arts and crafts for children aged 4-14yrs culminating in a performance for family and friends. 29 July- 2 August, 9am-3pm, (no previous dance or singing experience needed). Contact: 07934 096191, email@example.com, steptoit.co.uk.
SYLVIA YOUNG THEATRE SUMMER HOLIDAY COURSES Marylebone, London. Musical Theatre: Students dance, act & sing ready for a studio style workshop performance on Saturday for parents to view, 10-18yrs, 22–27 Jul, 29 Jul–3 Aug, 5–10 Aug, 12–17 Aug, £310/week, 10am-5pm. Theatre skills: Covers drama, audition technique, singing, microphone, street dance, basic circus skills & jazz, 7-18yrs, 22–26 Jul, 29 Jul–2 Aug, 5–9 Aug, 12–16 Aug, £310, 10.15am-4pm. Tel: 0207 2582337, firstname.lastname@example.org, syts.co.uk
Arts, Crafts and Cookery BASECAMP Berkhamsted Basecamp, Kings Campus, Kings Road: Classic biscuits, 25 Jul, 7–14yrs, £70. Bread & pastry, 1 Aug, 7–14yrs, £70. Fakeaways-Healthy takeaways, 8 Aug, 7–14yrs, £70. Sweet Things, 15 Aug, 7–14yrs, £70. Great British Meal, 22 Aug, 7-14yrs, £70. Summer fruit & ice cream, 20 Aug, 7-14yrs, £70. Arts & crafts, 7 Aug, 21 Aug, 7-12yrs, £40/day. Tel: 01442 358115, berkhamstedbasecamp.co.uk
MINI MONET SUMMER ART CAMP Guide Hut, Malthouse Square, Beaconsfield. Program of art design & inspiration. Day 1: Graffiti art & street dance, Day 2:Pottery sculpture workshop, Day 3:Comic art with screen printing, Day 4:Manga T-Shirt, Day 5:Life drawing & painting, 5-14yrs, 10am3pm, 5-16 Aug, £550/10 days, £275/5 days, £55/day, £15/day extra for 9am-4pm Tel: 07900 212499, minimonetsuk.com.
QUEENS PARK ARTS CENTRE–SUMMER WORKSHOPS Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury. Tel: 01296 424332, qpc.org All 1 day courses run 10am-3pm, £24 (£20 members), 7+yrs, book 2 workshops, get third half price. 29 July, Gone Fishing. 30 July, The spectacular Sausage Shop! 1 Aug, Pooka in the Paper Forest. 2 Aug, Carve your self portrait. 5 Aug, Teddy bear’s picnic. 6 Aug, Fairy Wanderlust. 8 Aug, Toodle pip & the totem pole. 12 Aug, Motion in the ocean. 12 Aug, Pottery castles. 13 Aug, The spectacular sausage dog! 15 Aug, Panda in a pot. 16 Aug, Carve a 3D fish or bird. 19 Aug, Pottery dragons & lizards. 19 Aug, Cats go climbing. 21 Aug, Pottery decorative bird boxes. 22 Aug, The princess & the unicorn.
Languages and Tuition FLYING START TUITION Eleven Plus tests looming? Need a little help this summer? Flying Start Tuition are running a range of 11+ courses in Chesham, Amersham, Little Chalfont and Aylesbury, including: Year 5 Eleven Plus Revision and Practice Courses Year 5 Maths, English, Verbal Reasoning and Non– Verbal Reasoning Accelerator Courses Eleven Plus Mock Tests and feedback sessions 11+ practice papers also available to purchase. Tel: 01494 772898, email hello@flyingstarttuition. co.uk or visit flyingstarttuition.co.uk
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Tring Park School for the Performing Arts, Tring. Summer acting course: Work like a TV actor, film on location, meet a professional children’s TV actor, learn acting technique, improvisation and drama games & more. 4-8 Aug, 10-16yrs, £352 day pupils, £473 boarders. Summer dance course: An intensive course offering a range of dance genres taught by experienced professionals plus talent contest in on-site theatre & a trip to see a show/dance performance. Previous dance training essential. 18-22 Aug, £352 day pupils, £473 boarders. Musical theatre summer course: An intensive week of singing, dancing & acting, 10-16yrs, £442 day pupils, £551 boarders. Previous training in 1 or more genres preferable. Tel: 01442 824255, email@example.com, tringpark.com.
11+ Revision Courses, sessions run 10am-12noon or 2-4pm. 12-16 Aug, 19-23 Aug & 27-30 Aug, £350/5 full days, £280/4 full days, £35/session (min 3 sessions) Tel: 01494 773300 or email penny@penandinktuition. co.uk
TOUCH TYPE TITANS The Drive, Amersham. 5 day intensive touch typing courses for 10-18 yrs. 22–26 Jul or 29 Jul-2 Aug, 9.30am-12.30pm. All courses are £145/student, plus optional software £25/family. Private tuition is also available. Tel: 01494 723631, email: touchtypetitans@yahoo. co.uk, touchtypetitans.com For more smashing summer holiday activities, see the What’s On guide from page 26.
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Visit Paultons Park this summer and enjoy more than 70 wonderful rides and attractions included in the admission price. New for 2019 is Jungle Adventure! Join Charlie, Harry, Bruce and Shelly in a wild adventure on the Isle of Awimowe! Intrepid explorers Harry and Charlie respond to a Mayday call on the island and encounter lots of exciting animals like spiders, lizards, meerkats and snakes!
There’s so much family fun planned at Mead Open Farm’s Summer of Fun from 22 July to 30 August and we’ve got 3 sets of Family Day Tickets (each admitting 2 adults & 2 children) to give away to our lucky readers!
Peppa Pig World will continue to enchant this summer with the chance to meet Peppa and friends throughout the land! There are 9 fantastic themed rides including The Queen’s Flying Coach Ride and Grampy Rabbit’s Sailing Club.
The End of Day Foam Party is back, boogie on down to stacks of brilliant, bubbly foam-tastic fun! Plus, there are new Great British Holiday shows with hilarious Holly Bobs & Barry Bermuda at intervals daily, especially for the summer holidays.
Don’t forget to visit Lost Kingdom, where dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes greet you at every turn. Take a Jurassic jeep expedition and ride two world class family coasters Flight of the Pterosaur and Velociraptor!
Mead Open Farm has plenty more adventure to discover– Explore the extended indoor play barn; climb high into the Veggie Tower & whizz down giant drop slides. Little daredevils will love the Sky Trail, go karts, jumping pillows and Topsy Turvy Towers outdoor adventure playground, or why not hop on board a tractor & trailer ride? There’s a full daily timetable of activities and stacks of adorable animals to meet. Best of all, all the extra summer fun is included in admission!
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Mead Open Farm is near Leighton Buzzard. For further information and prices, call 01525 852954 or visit meadopenfarm.co.uk
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10 brain-stimulating activities to keep learning alive this summer The summer holidays are a great time for children to reboot and relax, but it’s also been reported they can lose a quarter of what they’ve earned during the long break. Claire Winter looks at how to keep their learning alive with ten brainstimulating activities to do this summer.
1 Have a board game tournament Tactical board games like Chess and Backgammon give the brain a workout. Scrabble helps with vocabulary and Monopoly boosts maths and money management skills. Games like Trivial Pursuit are great for learning general knowledge. Not only are board games fun, but they also teach valuable lessons like being strategic, following instructions, learning how to lose and communicating with other players.
charge of buying the ingredients too, even if you need to accompany them to the supermarket or help them order online. Weighing, measuring and following instructions all keep the brain active.
3 Make reading fun The annual Summer Reading Challenge, which inspires kids across the UK to read six books and collect rewards for doing so, is an excellent place to start. Sign up at your local library. To find out more check out summerreadingchallenge.org.uk. When your child reads they exercise their brain, they use their imagination and they gain valuable knowledge about the world they live in. Comics and newspapers designed for kids like the Week Junior or First News, might appeal to kids who are not so keen on longer books. You could also reward reading with screen time on a favourite device or make bedtime a dedicated reading time.
4 Learn to play a musical instrument Playing a musical instrument helps engage the brain and the summer is a perfect time to learn something new as your child can practice daily without the distraction of a busy schedule. Learning a musical instrument can also help with learning languages too.
5 Try a new sport Learning a new sport not only strengthens the body but also the brain. Families has a great guide to summer camps and activities from page 12 and locally you’ll find plenty of opportunities for your child to try a plethora of new sports like rock climbing, canoeing, karate, abseiling and street dance. Sport also teaches essential life skills like self-confidence, teamwork and strategic thinking.
6 Get gardening 2 Learn to cook Bake Off and Master Chef fans will love this challenge. Get your child to search for some fun recipes to make for the family. They could design a menu for the day, a picnic or an evening meal. Let them be in
Research some insect and butterfly-friendly plants and flowers to plant in the garden or try and grow some fruit or veg from seed. It’s a great introduction to science and you could also tie it in with a visit to a botanical garden, arboretum or National Trust property to sample the vast variety of plants and trees they have on offer.
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School matters 7 Keep a summer journal Encourage your child to document the summer with pictures and writing, perhaps choosing a theme. If they like computers, you could get them to create a digital journal with written entries, video diaries and photos.
8 Write stories and post cards Documenting the summer on Instagram with pictures and captions is one way to get a child who loves social media platforms involved. If all else fails, encourage them to engage in the old-fashioned way and write stories with an actual pen and paper! Getting younger children to write and send postcards when you are on holiday will boost their writing skills.
9 Learn to code Coding is fascinating and great for kids who love their tech. There are some brilliant, free websites which teach your kids the basics of coding, such as Scratch (www.scratch.mit.edu), and Alice (www. alice.org) where children can learn to programme, tell stories and animate!
0 Try puzzles Number puzzles and Sudoku are great for improving the grey matter. Older children may enjoy a fun day at an escape room where they have to solve clues to get out. The key to surviving the summer holidays is to mix it up. If you are working, book the kids into a scheduled summer camp or activities, and plan some exciting days out, plus some fun at home. This will ensure your child doesn’t suffer from the dreaded brain drain.
Time for new school shoes? It’s that time of year again where school shoe buying is high on the agenda for the start of the new school year! The Children’s Shoe Company, based in Marlow, gives us some advice on fitting new school shoes: • It’s important to have children’s feet measured by a professional shoe fitter every 12 weeks, as their feet grow in fits and starts. Your children’s feet should be measured from the tip of their longest toe to the back of their heel and across the widest part of the foot. • Always remember to bring school socks to the fitting. • In between professional fittings you can check the fit of your child’s shoes yourself. Check the position of your child’s toes on the insole of the shoe – there should always be a gap between the position of the imprint and the end of the insole.
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• What signs indicate the shoes are not fitting properly? Look out for blisters, rubbing, collapsed heel cup of the shoe, the ability to take off the school shoes without undoing them, poor posture or a rolling gait, reluctance to wear shoes or refusing to wear socks. • For new school shoes, a supportive heel cup is very important. If the heel leans to one side or the other, pain and postural problems could arise. Try pressing on the sides of the heel - if it sinks in easily, the shoe is not providing sufficient support. • The shoe should have a strap, velcro or laces to prevent the shoe from slipping forward and scrunching your child’s toes. The sole should be flexible at the ball of the foot only and the shoes should have a supportive instep. You should feel a small bump inside the shoe where the arch of your child’s foot would sit. • Shoe material should be breathable and have a natural resistance to water, like leather or have a waterproof tex membrane. If your child’s feet can’t breathe, smelly feet and fungal infections can result. • Socks help to absorb sweat and can prevent damage to the feet caused by friction as your child runs and plays. www.thechildrensshoecompany.co.uk
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Getting ready to go back to school “We had a picnic early summer for everyone moving up to Year 7 from all the different schools, so all the parents and children got to know each other. Also set up a Facebook group to keep in touch and feel part of a community” says Mandy. While Charlotte says: “It’s great to meet up, especially if you are new to the area. As someone who moved here with kids starting new schools, it was really helpful meeting parents and kids from the new school a week before they started, so they knew some friendly faces!” Cath who runs a soft play centre says, “We had a lot of enquiries at work about us setting up school meets over the summer. We ran one for every primary school in the area last summer, and it was very well attended. We had loads of good feedback saying both parents and kids felt much more confident starting school having met a few friends first!”
Ah… the long summer stretches before us, but before you know it, it will be time to get ready for the return to school and buy shiny new shoes, pencil cases, lunch boxes and uniforms. Claire Winter asked Families’ readers for their top tips on making the return to school as smooth as possible. Start to go to bed earlier The late summer nights, the sleepovers and summer holiday fun means the kids go to bed and wake up later. Ruth says: “They are always exhausted when they first start back at school. Start to pull bedtime back about a week before term starts. I find this useful to help ease everyone back into the routine.”
Be prepared Make sure you get all the kit and uniform your child needs in good time. Rebecca’s top is: “Make an appointment at the shoe shop, don’t just show up or you will be in for a very long wait!” While Vanessa says: “If your kids are going into secondary school, ask a parent with kids already there both what kit/uniform will never get used, e.g. lab coats, aprons, drama kit, as well as other additional ‘uniform’ that is worn e.g. type of coat or Nike Pro shorts under school skirts (good luck finding these anywhere after mid-August!). Shelly says: “If your children are returning to the same school, check that their winter uniform still fits them before
Boost independence the last week of the hols when everything has sold out already. Especially socks and tights! Make sure that their pencil case actually has anything left in it other than pencil shavings and used tissues. If they brought it home, find the P.E. kit and trainers you cleaned and stored safely over 5 weeks ago before the morning of the first day because you can be sure that it will not be where you left it. If you have girls, you can never have too many hair bands!”
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Making sure your child can fend for themselves at school is essential. If your child is starting school for the first time, make sure they can dress themselves and start to get them used to following instructions. Cath says: “If you are sending your child to secondary school, get them to be more independent. The best thing I did was let Lucas have a bit more freedom over the summer. For example, I let him cycle to a mate’s house, get the bus a couple of times into town, go to the shop for me and order for himself in restaurants, etc. It really
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School matters talk about it. “Go for a walk and allow them to share what they are thinking about the September return and share that it’s okay to be nervous. You can reframe it as an adventure and get them to talk through how they’d tackle it and see if they can then apply it to going back to school.” Emma is an advocate for home schooling. “I’ve got a slightly out of the box approach but know that there are other options if your child is not happy in school. Many parents don’t realise that home education is an option that can be worked to fit in with working and family life.”
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built his confidence and independence, and he said he felt much more confident starting secondary school and a bit more ‘streetwise.’ He actually commented that some of his peers from primary school who were a bit more ‘mollycoddled’ (his words!) noticeably struggled more to make the transition.”
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Get talking Understandably many children get anxious before they start a new school or go back to school for a new year. Make sure you reassure them and keep on talking about it. Fiona says: “Tell your children to remember that this isn’t just new to you, but to everyone in your year. You’re not alone.” Lizzie says give them a chance to
Ruth says: “If you can, plan a nice day out to say goodbye to the holidays. Do it maybe the week before they go back so you can have a quiet, calm day on the last day of the holidays. Also, organise playdates towards the end so that the kids don’t feel fearful about returning to the school environment.” While Pernilla likes to make the last day of the hols memorable. “To make the summer holiday go out with a bang, we always make sure to get all the jobs done beforehand and then have a day out doing something fun on the day before school starts.”
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Family Travel Making it easier
By Gabrielle Nash
Whether you are about to travel with your children for the first time or are well versed in the drama of a family holiday, you may have caught yourself wondering whether it’s really worth it; the cost, the stress and the arguments? However, a family getaway is a key time to forge bonds, experience something new and to create memories that will last a lifetime. The good news is that there are things you can do to make your car or plane journey as stress-free as possible.
Before you go… Forethought and preparation will pay dividends. It’s useful to mentally walk yourself through the journey. If you’re flying, can you arrive at the airport a little earlier? If you’re driving, can you stop somewhere more pleasant than a motorway services? When you arrive at your destination, will a meal or sleep be needed straightaway? Packing with very young children is not easy but older children (3+) might be more interested and even excited to get involved. Give them their favourite backpack and ask them to pack some things that they might want to get out during the journey. Think about what you want to get from this holiday or trip – is it adventure, relaxation, fun? Can you adjust your expectations of the holiday, making some loose plans but being prepared to go with the flow if things go awry?
Tips for your child’s age-group: Babies The biggest fear when getting on a plane with a baby is that they’ll scream. And the biggest fear about embarking on a longish car journey is also that they’ll scream. This is a valid concern. What can you do
to make it easier? Whether you’re flying or driving, can you time the journey so your baby is *likely* to be due for a nap? Can you make sure that feeds, nappy changes and snoozes happen when they need to? Zip-lock or clear toiletry bags are ideal for keeping things clean and organised. If you can, take a sling or baby carrier – they’re great for a quick stop-off on a car journey, or settling your little one on a plane.
Toddlers and pre-schoolers Potentially the trickiest age group, whether they’re on your lap on a plane or have their own seat in the car, you’ll need a few tricks up your sleeve. Generally this age-group respond well to a small bag they’ve not seen the contents of before i.e. a few small new toys, some stickers and maybe even a small pot of play dough. If you’re flying and feel that take-off and landing may be daunting for your little one, you can distract them with a toddler app (games or painting) on your device.
Primary school age children When children get a bit older, they might appreciate a full-on activity book or pack.
Sealed in a heavy-duty zip-lock bag, these books or packs can be used in the car, on a plane or anywhere else on holiday e.g. in a restaurant. Usborne do a great range for the younger primary years.
Pre-teens A more grown-up version of the activity book or pack can be appreciated as well as packs of cards, notebooks, word searches and doodle books which all help pass the time. With this age group you may feel comfortable with allowing unlimited screen time for the entire journey – whether on a plane or in the car – but if you’re driving, an audiobook that everyone is interested in is a lovely distraction which can be enjoyed together.
For all age groups… Keep an easy-to-access bag with wet wipes, antibacterial gel, water and snacks always on you for the inevitable spillages and snack crises! Lastly, remember to breathe and relax. What’s most important is that your journey gets you all to your holiday destination safely and soundly. Follow Gabrielle Nash @thelondonishmum Quote: 'Families' for a FREE taster class
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“Are we nearly there yet?” Keep children entertained for under £20 with these travel friendly toys and games! Dobble is an entire car inclusive observation game where players race to match the identical symbol between cards. It creates excitement for children and adults alike while keeping every player involved in the action. The deck of cards is protected inside a small circular tin to keep them safe, a perfect travel game you can take anywhere. Suitable for 2-8 players aged 6+ years, RRP £12.99. Did you know there are 43 quintillion combinations to solve the Rubik’s Cube but there
is only one solution! A combination of mathematics, art and science, the iconic Rubik’s Cube challenges your mind and problem-solving skills. Suitable for ages 7+ years, RRP £12.99. For younger travellers, the Rubik’s Junior is the ideal puzzle for little problem solvers. For ages 4+ years, the cute twistable character is so easy to grip and turn. Twist the blocks to create a crazy mixed-up animal, but with relatively few combinations. It is easy to solve whist keeping your child entertained. With 4 animals to collect, RRP £9.99. Bananagrams - the anagram game that drives you bananas! Requiring no pencil, paper or board, it comes in a small
portable pouch and is great fun for on the go. Fast and frantic, players race against each other to build crossword grids. You’ll have a bunch of fun as you race to finish by using all your letter tiles first. Suitable for 1-8 players aged 7+ years, RRP £15.99. Take a trip with Rory’s Story Cubes. Roll the cubes, make a story - it’s that simple! Make it serious or silly, weird or wonderful, short or epic. There is no wrong way to play! This compact storytelling game encourages interaction and imagination whilst creating unique stories every time. Suitable for 1+ players aged 6+ years, RRP £9.99.
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Summer fun To help you make the most of those long, lazy summer days we’ve put together a roundup of some of our favourite places for a picnic. By Katie Taylor
Top places to have a picnic in the Chilterns Ashridge Estate
Where is it? Off the B4506 between Berkhamsted and Ringshall. What’s there? National Trust property with fabulous views and lots of woodland walks ranging from pushchair-friendly surfaced paths to more challenging trails along the top of the Chilterns escarpment. The very energetic can get even higher by climbing to the top of the Bridgewater Monument, or you could try to find the tree in Ashridge Forest which starred as the dreaded ‘Whomping Willow’ in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Essentials: The estate is managed by the National Trust and there’s a large picnic area by the Bridgewater Monument, plus free parking and loos and a tea shop with tasty cakes.
Where is it? Just off the A355 in Farnham Common, between Beaconsfield and Slough. What’s there? One of southern England’s most famous old beech forests. There are dozens of paths, most with reasonable gravel surfaces, so it’s fairly easy to get about with a pushchair although some of the paths are steep and toddlers may trip up over sprawling tree roots. Essentials: Free parking and there’s a cafe, loos and picnic tables.
Black Park Where is it? Signposted from the A412 between Slough and Iver Heath. What’s there? Mixed woodland and open spaces set around a lake where you can feed the ducks and watch people sail their model boats. It also has a good dog-free children’s play area as well as adventure climbing frames and a Treetop Adventure at Go Ape. Essentials: There’s a cafe by the lake, loos and picnic areas.
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Coombe Hill Where is it? 1.5 miles west of Wendover and 3.5 miles south east of Princes Risborough. What’s there? The highest point in the Chilterns with amazing panoramic views over the surrounding Vale of Aylesbury from the monument. Essentials: Great picnic places and walks in the heathland, a woodland play area, free parking and in summer there’s often an ice-cream van in the car park.
Hughenden Park Where is it? Just north of High Wycombe on the road to Great Missenden (A4128). What’s there? You’ll have to pay to visit the beautiful National Trust-owned Hughenden Manor, but it’s free to wander through the extensive surrounding parkland, which runs down the hillside below the manor, offering sweeping views along the Wye valley. Essentials: There’s free parking, loos (with baby change) and an excellent National Trust cafe (plus a shop selling ice-creams) by the entrance to the manor.
Where is it? This five-mile path runs between Princes Risborough and Thame and is accessible from various places. What’s there? This flat surfaced track is no problem with a pushchair and is also ideal for toddlers, children learning to cycle and walkers. The track passes through an unspoilt rural landscape, offering fine views back towards the Chilterns above Princes Risborough and a good chance of spotting rare red kites circling on the thermals overhead. Essentials: Parking in Princes Risborough pay and display, or pick up the path at other places along the way.
Tring Reservoir & Canal Walks Where is it? Between Marsworth and Bulborne, a mile north of Tring. What’s there? This interesting walk along the Grand Union Canal is surfaced, and so ideal for pushchairs, and has lots to keep children entertained - from feeding the ducks to watching barges negotiating the numerous locks. Essentials: There’s a car park, (£1.50 for 3 hrs) next to the B489 at Marsworth, and picnic areas, cafes and pubs at Bulbourne and Marsworth.
Wendover Woods Where is it? Signposted from the B4009 outside Wendover. What’s there? Close to the highest point in the Chilterns with fabulous views and a variety of walks for all abilities through mature Chilterns woodland – including a fitness trail for the super-energetic. One of the best places in England to spot the rare and elusive firecrest bird. Essentials: Large carpark, (parking charges, 0-2 hours £2.20, 2-4hrs £4.30). There’s a children’s adventure playground, Go Ape, Gruffalo orienteering, Zog activity trail, play area, lots of picnic sites and barbecue areas plus a café with lovely cakes.
Simple Summer Picnic Ideas Pizza Roll-ups
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When the weather is good there is nothing better than a summery picnic outside, but even if it’s not perfect weather, a picnic is a way to get you in that summer mood! So why not get the whole family involved and make some tasty treats for the hamper.
DIY Tortilla Chips
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The packet you buy from the supermark et is full of salt, whereas a homema de version is super ea sy, loads healthier and a great way to use up leftover wrap s. Around 12 will comfortably serve 4 people. You’ll need some co rn tortillas and some vegetable oil. Method: Heat the oven to 20 0c and line a baking tray with baking paper. Cut the tortill as into triangles (just like the packet sized ones) and then gentl y brush with oil. Place on the tray, taking care not to overlap them and ba ke for 8 minutes. When they’re out, pla ce on a plate and sprinkle with a little paprika. Serve with guacamole or humm us.
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Friday 12 July CHIDDLERS’ HOUR: THE ENORMOUS CROCODILE & THE TWITS The Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 10.30am-11.30am, 0-3 yrs, booking advised, £3. roalddahl.com/museum TOTALLY BATTY Ashridge Estate, nr Berkhamsted. 8.30pm-10pm, booking required, adult £8, child £5. nationaltrust.org.uk/ashridge-estate Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 July BUCKS TOWN & COUNTRY SHOW The Rye, High Wycombe. 11am-6pm, drop-in, adult £7.50, child £3. buckscountryshow.co.uk Saturday 13 July ALICE IN WONDERLAND Claydon Estate. 2.30pm, booking required, adults £12, child £10. fnhospice.org.uk DAY IN THE PARK Bedgrove Park, Aylesbury. 12pm-4pm, drop-in, free. theparkstrust.com GREAT KIMBLE SUMMER FAIR Great Kimble C of E School. 12pm-3pm, drop-in, adults £1.
TWILIGHT FOREST SCHOOL Under The Canopy Forest School, Gerrards Cross. 5pm-6.30pm, 5-10yrs, booking required, £18. underthecanopy.org.uk
Saturday 29 June to Sunday 7 July FESTIVAL OF NATURE Week-long programme of exciting wildlife events and activities. See website for details. mkfestivalofnature.org Monday 1 July to Saturday 13 July SAMURAI: WARRIORS OF DAILY ANCIENT JAPAN Bucks County Museum, Aylesbury. Last chance to catch this stunning exhibition of historical Samurai armour and weapons, from complete suits to beautiful swords and ornate helmets. Entry by donation. buckscountrymuseum.org
BRITISH DINOSAURS: FROM FOSSILS TO FEATHERS National History Museum, Tring. See website for details, drop-in, free. nhm.ac.uk
COTSWILD EXPLORER ENDANGERED ANIMALS ACTIVITY TRAIL Cotswold Wildife Park, nr Burford. Daily, 6-12yrs, £2.50 plus admission. cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk
WEEKLY to 24 JUL
ALSO 10 JUL
Friday 5 July CHIDDLERS’ HOUR: THE MAGIC FINGER The Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 10.30am-11.30am, 0-3 yrs, booking advised, £3. roalddahl.com/museum FUN FRIDAYS Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles 7.30pm-10pm, booking required. coam.org.uk TOTS GO WILD Black Park, nr Wexham. 10am-11.30am, 2-4yrs, booking required, £6.50. countryparks.buckscc.gov.uk 26 Families Chiltern
WOVEN THROUGH TIME Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles. 10am-5pm, drop-in, adult £10.50, child £6.50. coam.org.uk
ALSO 12 & 19 JUL
FAMILIES UNDER THE CANOPY Under The Canopy Forest School, Gerrards Cross. 11am-1pm, booking required, from £20. underthecanopy.org.uk
NATURE TOTS College Lake, nr Tring. 10am-11.30am, booking required, £7. bbowt.org.uk TO 14 JUL
Wednesday 17 & Thursday 18 July BEN & HOLLY’S LITTLE KINGDOM Wycombe Swan Theatre, St Mary’s Street. See website for show times, tickets from £16. wycombeswan.co.uk Wednesday 17 July
AYLESBURY ON SEA Vale Park, Aylesbury. 11am-4pm, drop-in, free. visitaylesbury.co.uk
PRIMITIVE TECHNOLOGIES FOR UNIFORMED GROUPS Chiltern Open Air Museum, nr Chalfont St Giles. 5.30pm-8pm, booking required, £5. coam.org.uk Thursday 18 July
SCIENCE OF THE SKY The Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 12pm, 1.30pm & 3pm, 5+yrs, booking required, £2 plus museum admission. roalddahl.com/museum
NATURE TOTS College Lake, nr Tring. 10am-11.30am&1pm-2.30pm booking required, £7. bbowt.org.uk Friday 19 & Saturday 20 July PENNFEST The Big Park, Penn Street. Booking required, tickets from £49. pennfest.net
Tuesday 9 July CHILD HEALTH DROP IN High Wycombe Library. 10am-12pm, under 5’s, drop-in, free. buckscc.gov.uk
FAMILY CAMP Cliveden, nr Taplow. From 4pm, booking required, adult £28, child £18. nationaltrust.org.uk/cliveden
PLUS 28 JUL
Tuesday 16 July
Saturday 20 July CREATE-A-SAURUS COMPETITION College Lake, nr Tring. All day, drop-in, free. bbowt.org.uk
Friday 12 to Saturday 13 July & 12 JUL
Sunday 14 July BAND CONCERT Old Amersham Memorial Gardens. 2.30pm-4.30pm, drop-in, free. amersham-tc.gov.uk
EMERGENCY SERVICES & COMMUNITY DAY Buckinghamshire Rail Centre, Quainton. 10.30am-5pm, tickets £5. bucksrailcentre.org
DISCOVER WHAT FRUIT DOES Studley Green Garden Centre, High Wycombe. 11am, 5-10yrs, booking required. capitalgardens.co.uk/kids-club
FAIRY & PIRATE FAYRE Lane End Village Hall. 11am-3pm, drop-in, free.
Wednesday 3 July CLIVEDEN CRITTERS WORKSHOP Cliveden, nr Taplow. 10.30am-11.30am, 2-5yrs, booking advised, £5. nationaltrust.org.uk/cliveden
Saturday 6 July
Sunday 7 July
Monday 1 July & Wednesday 3 July STAY & PLAY Under The Canopy Forest School, Gerrards Cross. 10am-11.30am, 18months-4yrs, booking required, £12.50. underthecanopy.org.uk
SUMMER FEST Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury. 10am-5pm, booking required, adult £5, child £2.50 plus grounds admission. waddesdon.org.uk
SUMMER FAYRE Waterside Primary Academy, Chesham. 11.30am-2.30pm, drop in, free.
Monday 1 July to 31 December
LEARN ABOUT CACTI & SUCCULENTS Studley Green Garden Centre, High Wycombe. 11am, 5-10yrs, booking required. capitalgardens.co.uk/kids-club MISSION MUD Willen Lake, Milton Keynes. Booking required, £15. willenlake.org.uk
Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 July
NATURE DAY Howe Park Wood. 11am-4pm, drop-in, free. theparkstrust.com
Monday 1 July to 11 October
ALSO 12 & 19 JUL
ALL WKNDS IN JUL
TO 3 SEPT
TARZAN The Elgiva Theatre, Chesham. 10.30am, booking required, adult £4.50, child £3.50. elgiva.com www.familiesonline.co.uk
Join us for a quintessentially British summer's day in the beautiful surroundings of Cliveden's formal gardens. Enjoy the re-telling of Kenneth Graeme's classic children's tale, ‘The Wind in the Willows’ on 30/31 July. Followed by the comedy production of David Walliam’s bestselling book, ‘Gangsta Granny’ on 13/14/15 August. Bring rugs and chairs, as well as a picnic hamper filled with your favourite treats from home, to enjoy whilst watching the show. Adults tickets £17, child tickets £10.50, inclusive of entry to the estate. Booking is essential, you can book your tickets online at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cliveden or by calling 0344 249 1895. For more details please see the website or call 01628 605069 for queries. Cliveden Road, Taplow, Maidenhead, SL1 8NS www.familiesonline.co.uk
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What’s on Thursday 25 July
Sunday 21 July BIOBLITZ Ashridge Estate, nr Berkhamsted. Bug & spider hunts, drop in, 10am-4pm. nationaltrust.org.uk/ashridge-estate
AYLESBURY THURSDAYS Market Square, Aylesbury. 11am-3pm, drop-in, free. Visitaylesbury.co.uk
BUTTERFLY WALK College Lake, nr Tring. 1.30pm-3.30pm, booking advised, suggested donation £4. bbowt.org.uk
SUMMER BUTTERFLY DISCOVERY Albury Nowers, nr Tring. 11am-1pm, booking advised, tickets £5. www.bbowt.org.uk
BUZZWANGLING BUG POTS The Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre. 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm & 3pm, booking advised, £3 plus museum admission. roalddahl.com/museum
Friday 26 July
PLUS 31 JUL
JAMES’ WEIRD & WONDERFUL FRIENDS The Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre. 12pm, 1.30pm&3pm, booking advised, £3 plus museum admission. roalddahl.com/museum
CHASE FROM PAW PATROL Buckinghamshire Rail Centre, Quainton. 10.30am-5pm, adult £14, child £10. bucksrailcentre.org Summer of Fun at Mead Open Farm DAILY
Tuesday 23 July GET LOLLOPING OUTDOORS The Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre. 11.30am village trail, 2pm countryside trail. Booking advised, £1.50 plus museum admission. roalddahl.com/museum
ALSO 30Jul & 6, 13, 20,27 AUG
Wednesday 24 July CATTLEPIDDLERS & OTHER CRITTERS The Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre. 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm & 3pm, booking advised, £3 plus museum admission. roalddahl.com/museum
SUMMER HOLIDAY FAMILY FUN Green Dragon Eco Farm, nr Aylesbury. New animals: Lynx, Baby Skunks 10am-5.30pm, adult £10.50, child £9.50 greendragonecofarm.co.uk
COTSWOLD FALCONRY Cotswold Wildlife Park, nr Burford. 1pm & 3.30pm, included in admission. cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk
Thursday 25 July to 2 September DAILY
GIFFORDS CIRCUS Stonor, Henley-on-Thames. See website for times & prices, pre-booking required. stonor.com
TREE CLIMBING Cliveden, nr Taplow. 10.30am-5.15pm, 6+yrs, booking required, £25. nationaltrust.org.uk/cliveden
CHILTERN OPEN AIR MUSEUM
THOMAS & FRIENDS
OPEN DAILY 10am - 5pm
7th & 8th Sept
29th & 30th June
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PEPPA PIG 4th August
Themed craft and activity days all included in the standard admission price. This summer’s theme is all about elements. 30th July: Earth 6th August: Air 13th August: Fire 20th August: Water 27th August: Element of Surprise
FAMILY FILM NIGHT- MARY POPPINS Peterley Manor Farm, Great Missenden 6.30-11.30pm, booking required, from £11.25, peterleymanorfarm.co.uk
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ROBOT: A COLLECTION OF ROBOTS, CYBORGS AND ANDROIDS DAILY Bucks County Museum, Aylesbury. A spectacular exhibition to capture your imagination featuring robots, cyborgs and androids in all their various designs and guises, including a variety from favourite movies. Admission charge. Buckscountymuseum.org Saturday 27 July
Thursday 25 & Friday 26 July DAILY
WKNDS TO 1 SEPT
Saturday 27 July to 31 August
CHILDREN’S SUMMER TRAIL Cliveden, nr Taplow. 10.30am-2.30pm, drop-in, £2. nationaltrust.org.uk/cliveden
Over 30 historic buildings to explore!
CLASSIC VEHICLES SHOW Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles. 10am-5pm, drop-in, adult £10.50, child £6.50. coam.org.uk
Thursday 25 to Monday 29 July PLUS 1 AUG
Thursday 25 July to 3 September AMAZING SUMMER ADVENTURES Odds Farm Park, nr Beaconsfield. Daily 10am-5.30pm, see more at: oddsfarm.co.uk
PLUS 9 AUG
Saturday 27 to Sunday 28 July
Monday 22 July to 30 August SUMMER OF FUN Mead Open Farm, nr Leighton Buzzard. 10am-6pm (enter by 5pm), book online at meadopenfarm.co.uk
PAW Patrol & Peppa Pig characters will be appearing at intervals throughout the day.
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EMERGENCY SERVICES DAY
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25th & 26th August
www.coam.org.uk Chiltern Open Air Museum, Newland Park, Gorelands Lane, Chalfont St Giles, HP8 4AB
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www.bucksrailcentre.org @bucksrailcentre Buckinghamshire Railway Centre
What’s on Sunday 28 July JULY SCOFF N STROLL The Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre. 2pm stroll & 3pm tea, 3pm stroll & 4pm tea booking advised, £12. roalddahl.com/museum PEACHY SCIENCE The Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre. 12pm, 1.30pm&3pm, booking advised, £2 plus museum admission. roalddahl.com/museum WORLD PICNIC Campbell Park, Milton Keynes. 1pm-6pm, drop-in free. theparkstrust.com
ALSO 31 AUG
Monday 29 July to 1 September TOP SECRET HUGHENDEN Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe. 10am-4pm, drop-in, £2 & admission charge. nationaltrust.org.uk/hughenden Tuesday 30 & Wednesday 31 July
Tuesday 30 July TUES & THURS IN AUG
TERRIFIC TUESDAYS Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles. 11am-3.30pm, drop-in, adult £10.50, child £6.50. coam.org.uk Wednesday 31 July PUSHCHAIRS IN THE PARK Lodge Lake, Milton Keynes. 11am, free walk. theparkstrust.com
HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES IN THE OUTDOORS Amersham Field Centre. 9.30am-3pm, 5-11yrs, half days for 5-7yrs, booking required. field-studies-council.org
RHINO MONTH Cotswold Wildlife Park, nr Burford. Daily talks at 2pm, included in admission. cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 August COTSWOLD FALCONRY Cotswold Wildlife Park, nr Burford. 1pm & 3.30pm, included in admission. cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk
3D BUG MODELS The Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre. 12pm, 1.30 &3pm, booking advised, £3 plus museum admission. roalddahl.com/museum WELLINGTON’S ARMY Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles. 10am-5pm, drop-in, adult £10.50, child £6.50. coam.org.uk OUTDOOR THEATRE: THREE MEN IN A BOAT Cliveden, nr Taplow. 7-8.30pm, booking required, adult £17, child £10.50 (under 1yrs free). nationaltrust.org.uk/cliveden Sunday 4 August
ALSO 12-16 AUG
Tuesday 6 August WKNDS TO 1SEPT
BIG CAMP Waddesdon Manor, nr Aylesbury. Camp overnight, 5.30pm-10am, booking required, adult £30, child £15. waddesdon.org.uk
PEPPA PIG Buckinghamshire Rail Centre, Quainton. 10.30am-5pm, adult £14, child £10. bucksrailcentre.org
ALSO 17 AUG
Monday 5 to Friday 9 August
Thursday 1 August to 31 August
Saturday 3 August
OUTDOOR THEATRE: THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS Cliveden, nr Taplow. 2.30pm, 3+yrs, booking required, adult £17, child £10.50. nationaltrust.org.uk/cliveden
ASHRIDGE ADVENTURES Ashridge Estate, nr Berkhamsted. 10.30am-12pm & 1.30pm-3pm, booking required, £4. nationaltrust.org.uk/ashridge-estate
REDUNCULOUS RAINBOW BAGS The Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre. 12pm, 1.30pm & 3pm, booking advised, £3 plus museum admission. roalddahl.com/museum
CARVE YOURSELF PORTRAIT Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury. 10am-3pm, 7+yrs, booking required, members £20, non-members £24. qpc.org GET LOLLOPING OUTDOORS ALSO The Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, 13,20 & 27 AUG Great Missenden. 11.30am village trail, 2pm countryside trail. Booking advised, £1.50 plus museum admission. roalddahl.com/museum MK PLAYDAY Campbell Park, Milton Keynes. 11am-4pm, drop-in, free. mkplayday.wordpress.com
SUMMER BUZZ-IN College Lake, nr Tring. WEEKLY 10am-12pm, drop-in, booking required, £4. bbowt.org.uk TERRIFIC TUESDAYS Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles. 11am-3.30pm, drop-in, adult £10.50, child £6.50. coam.org.uk
TUES IN AUG
Wednesday 7 August WHIZZBANGING WORDS: WRITE AN INSECT TALE The Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre. 12pm, 1.30pm&3pm, booking advised, £3 plus museum admission. roalddahl.com/museum
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ALSO 21 AUG
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What’s on OUTDOOR CINEMA: THE GREATEST SHOWMAN Amersham Cricket Club Film at 9pm, adults £18.50, child £13.50, booking required. www.neighbourhoodcinema.co.uk
Thursday 8 August OUTDOOR THEATRE:THE TEMPEST Cliveden, nr Taplow. 2.30pm, booking required, adult £17, child £10.50. nationaltrust.org.uk/cliveden Saturday 10 August
Friday 16 August
TUDOR COURTROOM Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles. 10am-5pm, drop-in, adult £10.50, child £6.50. coam.org.uk
CARVE A 3D FISH OR BIRD Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury. 10am-3pm, 7+yrs, booking required, members £20, non-members £24. qpc.org
ALSO 11 AUG
Sunday 11 August BAND CONCERT Old Amersham Memorial Gardens. 2.30pm-4.30pm, drop-in, free. amersham-tc.gov.uk
OUTDOOR CINEMA: JURASSIC PARK Amersham Cricket Club Film starts at 1pm, adults £18.50, child £13.50, booking required, www.neighbourhoodcinema.co.uk
ALSO 25 AUG
MOVING THE MAIL Buckinghamshire Rail Centre, Quainton. 10.30am-5pm, adult £11, child £8. bucksrailcentre.org
Animal Encounters at Green Dragon Eco Farm
Monday 12 August
Wednesday 14 August
MOTION IN THE OCEAN & POTTERY CASTLES. Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury. 10am-3pm, 7+yrs, booking required, members £20, non-members £24. qpc.org Tuesday 13 to Thursday 15 August
BIG CAMP Ashridge Estate, nr Berkhamsted. Booking required, £50. nationaltrust.org.uk/ashridge-estate
Thursday 15 & Friday 16 August TREE CLIMBING Cliveden, nr Taplow. 10.30am-5.15pm, 6+yrs, booking required, £25. nationaltrust.org.uk/cliveden
Tuesday 13 August
ALSO 29 & 30 AUG
WHOPPSYWIFFLING WEATHER STATIONS The Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre. 12pm, 1.30pm&3pm, booking advised, £3 plus museum admission. roalddahl.com/museum
ALSO 22 AUG
AYLESBURY THURSDAYS Market Square, Aylesbury. 11am-3pm, drop-in, free. Visitaylesbury.co.uk BOOTLING BOATS The Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre. 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm & 3pm, booking advised, £3 plus museum admission. roalddahl.com/museum
RAGGED VICTORIANS Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles. 10am-5pm, drop-in, adult £10.50, child £6.50. coam.org.uk Saturday 17 August
Thursday 15 August
PARKLAND PLAY Great Linford Manor Park. 1pm-3pm, drop-in, free. theparkstrust.com
Saturday 17 to Sunday 18 August
CLASSIC CAR SHOW Gerrards Cross Memorial Centre. 12pm, drop-in, adults £2 child free. gxca.org.uk
OUTDOOR THEATRE:GANGSTA GRANNY Cliveden, nr Taplow. 2.30pm, booking required, adult £17, child £10.50. nationaltrust.org.uk/cliveden
SEASIDE IN THE CITY Willen Lake. 10am-3pm, drop-in, free. www.willenlake.org.uk
ALSO 22 AUG
WILD BEE WALK Albury Nowers Nature Reserve, nr Tring. 11am-1pm, booking required, £5. bbwot.org.uk Sunday 18 August
ALSO 27 AUG
FIRE ENGINES & MARSHALL FROM PAW PATROL Buckinghamshire Rail Centre, Quainton. 10.30am-5pm, adult £14, child £10. bucksrailcentre.org
Seaside in the City Join us for a family fun filled afternoon. We’ll be offering free sessions of kneeboarding, archery, dragon boat rides and much more! Come dressed up as your favourite underwater character and take part in games, activities and face painting. Plus, we also have a giant sandpit so don’t forget your bucket and spade!
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What’s on INSECT ORCHESTRA WITH OWEN The Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre. 12pm, 1.30pm&3pm, booking advised, £3 plus museum admission. roalddahl.com/museum
AUGUST SCOFF N STROLL The Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre. 2pm stroll&3pm tea or 3pm stroll&4pm tea booking advised, £12. roalddahl.com/museum
THE GREAT WADDESDON SPORTS DAY Waddesdon Manor, nr Aylesbury 12-4pm, drop-in, donations welcome, admission charge. waddesdon.org.uk
PROMS IN THE PARK Vale Park, Aylesbury. 7.15pm-9.30pm, drop-in, free. visitaylesbury.co.uk
Tuesday 20 August SIGHTS & SOUNDS OF THE STORM The Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre. 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm&3pm, booking advised, £3 plus museum admission. roalddahl.com/museum
BANK HOLIDAY FUN
HOMES INHABITED Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles. 10am-5pm, drop-in, adult £10.50, child £6.50 coam.org
ALSO 24 AUG
BANK HOLIDAY FUN
Monday 26 August
EID FAYRE Bucks County Museum, Aylesbury. Re-enactment of ancient Asian life including displays of weaponry and archery, games, arts and crafts for all ages, drop in, 11am-4pm. buckscountymuseum.org
A MAMMOTH DAY OUT College Lake, nr Tring. 10am-12pm &1pm-3pm, 4+yrs, booking required, £4. bbowt.org.uk
SWIMMELING SHARKS AT SEA The Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre. 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm&3pm, booking advised, £3 plus museum admission. roalddahl.com/museum
Thursday 22 August The Parks Trust - Parkland Play on 21 August
AYLESBURY THURSDAYS Market Square, Aylesbury. Childrenís events, 11am-3pm, drop-in, free. visitaylesbury.co.uk
Saturday 24 August MILKSHAKE LIVE! Wycombe Swan Theatre, St Mary’s Street. 12pm & 3.30pm, child £18, adult £19.50. wycombeswan.co.uk
Friday 23 - Monday 26 August HENLEY COUNTRY CRAFT SHOW Stonor, Henley-on-Thames. 10am-5pm, drop-in, adults £10, child free. stonor.com
LIVE IN THE PARK Vale Park, Aylesbury. 12pm-9.30pm, drop-in, free. visitaylesbury.co.uk
Friday 23 August WONDERCRUMP WEATHER DIALS The Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre. 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm&3pm, booking advised, £3 plus museum admission. roalddahl.com/museum
Sunday 25 & Monday 26 August
Wednesday 21 August
PARKLAND PLAY Brooklands Meadow Park, Milton Keynes. 1pm-3pm, drop-in, free. theparkstrust.com
BANK HOLIDAY FUN
Sunday 25 August
Sunday 25 & Monday 26 August ALSO 25 AUG
50TH ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND Buckinghamshire Rail Centre, Quainton. 10.30am-5pm, adult £13, child £9. bucksrailcentre.org
ALSO 29 AUG
Wednesday 28 August PUSHCHAIRS IN THE PARK Campbell Park, MK9 4AD. 11am, all ages, free, 30-45min walk. theparkstrust.com
BANK HOLIDAY FUN
Friday 30 August OUTDOOR THEATRE: PRIVATE LIVES Cliveden, nr Taplow. 7pm, booking required, adult £17, child £10.50. nationaltrust.org.uk/cliveden
Saturday 31 August & Sunday 1st September.
BANK HOLIDAY FUN
MEDIEVAL WARBOE Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles. 10am-5pm, drop-in, adult £10.50, child £6.50. coam.org.uk Selladoor Family and Hartshorn – Hook Productions in association with Libby Brodie, Stephen McGill Productions and Rigmarole Productions/Rachel Kraftman Productions, production of
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