What's on: Your guide to the summer holidays

Here’s a quick guide to just some of the events going on locally this summer. Please check with venue before travelling to an event.

Kelly Young


Tuesday-Sundays to September 4, 10am-4pm

Beach at the Farm

Norden Farm Centre for the Arts

Relax at a beachside café table while the little ones play in the sand. Join in arts and crafts or storytelling sessions or try some indoor techy surfing.

Details and booking: 01628 788997 or norden.farm/events/the-maidenhead-beach-at-norden-farm

Until August 27, 11am-4pm

Family Saturdays at the Castle

Drawings Gallery at Windsor Castle

Art and craft workshops, artefacts and dress up – July theme, Banquets and Balls and August, Fair Ladies and Noble Knights. Standard admission prices. Details and booking: 020 7766 7304 or bookinginfo@royalcollection.org.uk

Until Saturday, September 10, 10am-5pm

Picture This – Children’s Illustrated Classics

River and Rowing Museum, Mill Meadows, Henley-on-Thames

Pack a suitcase and join Paddington Bear and his friends at the River & Rowing Museum this summer. Explore the magical world of children’s book illustrations, in this wonderful interactive exhibition from the British Library. Details: 01491 415600 or rrm.co.uk

Today until Friday, August 12

Wild West Shows at Odds Farm

Odds Farm Park, High Wycombe

Yee-Hah! Join in with plenty of singing, line-dancing and cowboy-themed fun! With four shows daily, all the extra fun is included in Odds Farm admission price. Details: oddsfarm.co.uk

Saturday and Sunday, July 23-24

Maidenhead Festival

Kidwells Park, Maidenhead

This year we see the return of the fantastic beach made of real sand, the fairground, market area, gourmet food stalls, and loads of live music.

Saturday until Sunday, September 4

Summer Woodland Wonders

Burnham Beeches, Burnham

Something fun for the holidays – a summer trail, aimed at children up to 12. Just pick up a leaflet from the Information Point and guide yourself along the route. Bring a pencil.

Saturday, July 23

Creatures of the Night

Burnham Beeches, Burnham

A two- hour walk to track down things that go bump, squeak and squawk in the night. Even if the wildlife is elusive, exploring their habitat in the dark should make this a memorable night. Booking required. Details and booking: 01753 647358 or cityoflondon.


Saturday, July 23-Sunday, Sept 4

Sheep racing

Odds Farm Park, Wooburn

Sheep racing is on daily with a specially built mini race track.

Details: oddsfarm.co.uk

Sunday, July 24, Noon-5pm

Charity Family Fun Day

Crowne Plaza , Fieldhouse Lane, Marlow

Bouncy castles, Kids n Karts, disco, face painting, Leading Lights Entertainment and much more , raising money for CLIC Sargent for children with cancer. Free admission. Details: 01628 496860 or cpmarlow.co.uk

Monday and Tuesday, July 25-26, 11am-1pm

Woodland Wonders Wildlife Walk

Burnham Beeches

Head out on a two hour, Ranger-led adventure through the Beeches with games, bug hunts and craft activities aimed at children aged 4-12. Suggested donation £2 per child. Booking required. Details and booking: 01753 647358 or cityoflondon.gov.uk/burnhambeeches

Monday, July 25 to Friday, July 29

Circus Week

Norden Farm Centre for the Arts

Learn to walk on stilts, ride a unicycle, walk the tightrope and perform on a trapeze! Ages 7-13 years.

Details and booking: 01628 788997 or norden.farm/events/circus-week

Wednesday, July 27 to Wednesday, August 24

Wild Wednesdays

Cliveden, Taplow

Loads of activities such as treasure hunts, bug hunts and Peter Pan days. Details: nationaltrust.org.uk/cliveden/whats-on

Wednesday, July 27, 1-3pm

Meet the Ranger

Burnham Beeches

Meet the park ranger and his bugs and beasties! Come to the café and have a look at some of the fabulous creepy crawlies found in the Beeches.

Details: cityoflondon.gov.uk/burnhambeeches

Friday, July 29 & Thursday, August 18

Bat Walk

Maidenhead Thicket National Trust car park, Henley Road

Experience the nighttime world of bats with a guided walk through the woods and trees with bat expert Alastair Barnes. Booking essential. Details and booking: 0844 249 1895 or nationaltrust.org.uk/events

Saturday, July 30, 12pm-midnight

Not In Notting Hill

Braywick Sports Ground, Braywick Road, Maidenhead

A summer festival of Caribbean music, food, dance and culture arranged to liven up your summer and raise some funds for charity at the same time. There’s lots for the kids to enjoy and some Paralympic sports for people to try. Free to attend in the day and £10 to enjoy the evening concert. Details: 01628 627690 or sportsable.co.uk/events/not-in-notting-hill/

Sunday, July 31 to Monday, August 1, 2-5pm

Open Garden for NGS

Deepwood Stud Farm, Maidenhead SL6 6QW

Four acres of formal and informal gardens within a stud farm are being opened for charity. Small lake with Monet-style bridge and three further water features. Admission £4, children free. Home-made teas on lawn or in conservatory. Details: ngs.org.uk

Monday, August 1, to Friday, August 5, 10am-3pm

Fairies and Elves Trail

Black Park Country Park

Follow the self-led trail through the park to find evidence of all the fairies and elves hiding in the woods! Start at Black Park Visitor Information Point. £3 per trail guide. Details: buckscc.gov.uk/countryparks

Tuesday, August 2, and Wednesday, August 3, 10am-noon

Den Building

Black Park Country Park

Have a go at building your own den with the help of the Country Park Rangers. Bring a picnic along to eat in your newly built den! £16 per family.

Details and booking: 01753 511060 or buckscc.gov.uk/countryparks

Tuesday August 2, 11am-1pm

Woodland wonders activities

Burnham Beeches

Nature-based fun and craft activities aimed at children aged four to 12. Meet at the Information Point; suggested donation £2. Details: 01753 647358, cityoflondon.gov.uk/burnhambeeches

Sunday, August 7, 10.30am-4pm

Thames Punting Championships

River Road, Maidenhead

Entry is free and there will be a bar and refreshments. Latest times or cancellations: www.facebook.com/Thames-Punting-Club-306282322727882/

Sunday, August 7, afternoon time TBA

Location Walk at Burnham Beeches

Burnham Beeches

Join us on a two-hour guided tour of one of the most popular film locations in the country to see where Harry Potter, Robin Hood and James Bond were filmed. Booking required Details and booking: 01753 647358 or cityoflondon.gov.uk/burnhambeeches

Tuesday, August 9, 10am-1pm & Wednesday, August 31, noon-3pm

Create A Dragon Workshop

Hughenden, High Wycombe

Local artist Julie Wetenhall is a multi-talented ceramics artist who will teach your little ones how to make their very own Dragon, which after firing will be available for you to take home.

Details and booking: 01494 755573 or nationaltrust.org.uk/hughenden/whats-on

Wednesday, August 10, 10.30am-4.30pm

Open Garden for NGS

Danesfield House, Marlow

The gardens at Danesfield were completed in 1901 by Robert Hudson, the Sunlight Soap magnate who built the house. The gardens contain outstanding examples of pulhamite and an Iron Age fort. Admission £4, children free. Details: 01628 891010 or danesfieldhouse.co.uk

Wednesday, August 10, 10am onwards

Community Games 2016

Black Park Country Park

Get into the Olympic spirit and compete in the Black Park Community Games. £2 per race or three races for £5.Details: 01753 511060 or buckscc.gov.uk/countryparks

August 11-12, August 25-26, 10.30am-5.30pm

Big Tree Climbing at Cliveden

Cliveden, Taplow

As well as using ropes and harnesses to climb up into the trees, there’ll be a zip wire and rope swing for you to play on. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Booking essential. Details and booking: 01628 605069 or cliveden@nationatrust.org.uk

Friday, August 12, 7.30-10.30pm

Bat Walk and Talk

Waltham Place, Church Hill, White Waltham

Join an evening walk and talk to learn more about these nocturnal creatures. Details: 01628 825517

Saturday, August 13 to Sunday, September 4

Circus Spectacular

Odds Farm Park, Wooburn

Marvel at the acrobatic and balancing skills of the magical circus performers! With four shows daily, plus a circus skills workshop, all is included in entry fee. Details: oddsfarm.co.uk

Saturday, August 13, 11am-12.30pm

Teddy Bears Picnic

Black Park Country Park

Remember to bring your own picnic and a favourite cuddly toy. Meet at the Black Park Visitor Information Point. Booking essential. £3 per child. Details and booking: 01753 511060 or buckscc.gov.uk/countryparks

Thursday, August 18 to Saturday, August 27 6.30-8pm

A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Castle

Windsor Castle, Windsor

The beautiful and enchanting setting of the Moat Garden will bring to life the magic and intrigue of this popular Shakespeare play.

Details and booking: royalcollection.org.uk

Friday, August 19 to Sunday, August 21

Maidenhead at the Movies

Kidwells Park, Maidenhead

Big screen in the park with line up to be announced.

Details: enjoymaidenhead.com

Saturday, August 27 and September 10

Maidenhead Night Market

Maidenhead Town Centre

There will be a bar, great street food, a kids zone and other stalls. The headline act will be Daft! Details: enjoymaidenhead.com

Saturday August 29 & September 10

Meet The Beekeepers

Hughenden, High Wycombe

Meet the Hughenden beekeepers and learn all about the fascinating honey giving creatures. There’s even a bee themed trail for the kids to follow. Details: 01494 755573 or hughenden@nationaltrust.org.uk

Wednesday, August 31, 11am-3pm

Muddy Kitchen

Cliveden, Taplow

Make a mud pie, have a mud dinner party and finish with mud pudding! Use your mud map to find out about mud tattoos and other muddy facts!

Drop in session and all children (four to-11) must be accompanied by an adult. £2 per child. Details: nationaltrust.org.uk/cliveden

Friday, Sept 2, 11-11.30am

Storytelling For Young Children

Hughenden, High Wycombe

Listen to a traditional fairy tale read by one of Hughenden’s storytellers, booking advisable. Details and booking: 01494 755573 or nationaltrust.org.uk

Saturday, Sept 3, 2-3.30pm

Wild Food Walk

Hughenden, High Wycombe

Take a tour around the Hughenden Estate with one of the rangers to learn to spot edible and medicinal plants, booking essential. Details and booking: 01494 755573 or nationaltrust.org.uk

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