October Half Term in Maidenhead.

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Great colours in the parks around Maidenhead

This October will be the last half term that I can go into ‘hibernation’!

Seeing as I have a pre-schooler, Half Term for me usually means that we see our usual local parks and recreational spaces get twice as busy as usual. We tend to chill out at home rather than battle with the crowds. But, just because I don’t need half term activities this year, that hasn’t stopped me from putting together this quick ’round-up’ guide for you on half term activities in Maidenhead. I’ve had a few people contact me through the blog so I thought I’d share them all here for you. 

Norden Farm

Norden Farm

You can grab a programme of events from the Box Office. Lots on this week!

As always, there’s lots of fun and activities at Norden Farm this Half Term with everything from family shows, arts and crafts, films and storytelling. Yesterday we went along to The Old Mother Hubbard puppet show, which my little one loved.

Checking out details of 'Old Mother Hubbard'

Checking out details of ‘Old Mother Hubbard’

Old Mother Hubbard

Great performance and puppetry from Iklooshar Malara

Old Mother Hubbard

Old Mother Hubbard is a lovely puppet show, suitable from age 3 and up

We’ve also had great fun at the Norden Farm shows previously. They choose shows that are suited to a younger audience and the kids are encouraged to shout out and join in.

Old Mother Hubbard

After the show you can meet the puppets

Seeing as the shows are not as long as a film or a pantomime, you won’t find the kids squirming in their seats.

child watching old mother hubbard

Totally engrossed! Even if she did want to sit on my lap while I had the Little Man in the baby carrier. I ONLY HAVE ONE LAP, but two kids…?

This wasn’t our first adventure to Norden Farm, and I’m sure it won’t be the last either. It’s so handy for us to get to, has lots of parking and the activities are always so imaginative. If you’re not sure whether the kids would enjoy things, you can read about our first adventure seeing a show here.

This week’s activities at Norden Farm start from just £2 per session and are listed here.

Burnham Beeches

Burnham Beeches

The Halloween Trail at Burnham Beeches

If you want to see some autumnal glory and explore the woods, then Burnham Beeches is a great way to while away some time this Half Term.

Burnham Beeches

Halloween activity sheet. Don’t forget to bring a pen!

You can follow a Halloween trail (pick up maps from the visitors centre) or you could just follow the sensory trail and create your own fun, just like we did recently. (You can read all about our ‘Burnham Beeches by Balance Bike’ adventure here)

Iklooshar Malara

Try and spot some spooky cobwebs

Iklooshar Malara

Toadstool spotting. Or looking for onions as the Little Lady called it!

Iklooshar Malara

Definitely not onions!

Burnham Beeches

Lots of leaves to kick around in… and you can always feed the ducks

Burnham Beeches

If you’re lucky you might even spot some wild ponies. We saw three dash past us. MEGA EXCITING for the Little Lady!

On Monday and Tuesday at the visitor’s centre you can create your own bird feeder and Wednesday to Friday you can create some spooky Halloween decorations. Suggested donation £2, suitable for children 5 years and over. Check the website for details.

Copas Farm

 

Cops Farm Half term

We’re planning to give this a try on friday… photos to follow!

Perfect for all your mini farmer wannabes, Copas Farm are holding an open day on Friday 30th October where you can meet the animals at Kings Coppice Farm including their turkeys, Kes, the ‘turkey herding dog’ and the Alpacas. Price is £5 per child, contact Amy at Copas Farm to book: amy@copas.co.uk

Braywick Nature Reserve

Braywick Nature Reserve

So many different colours on the trees

Be inspired by the sights of nature in Autumn at Braywick Nature reserve. You can build a Bat Box to take home, make a Bat Mask, or take part in a candle lit procession through the woods and sit by a campfire!

Braywick Nature Reserve

Half term activities at Braywick Nature Reserve

Prices from £2 per child, check the website for details.

Alongside the activities you could always take a stroll or bike/scooter ride (watch out for the hill at the beginning!) Or you could just get your wellies on and kick around in the leaves

Braywick Nature Reserve

Plenty of colours and shapes to spot as you walk around

Braywick Nature Reserve

The paths around the Nature Reserve are easy to explore

Braywick Nature Reserve

But there is one steep hill at the beginning. A certain Little lady went flying over her handlebars, thank goodness for bike helmets!

For Older kids

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Get creative at the Craft Coop

If your little ones are not so little (ages 8-14), then how about creating their own copper necklace, keyring or bookmark? There is a class being run by Sarah of La Forge designs at the Craft Co-op in Maidenhead on Wednesday, £12 per person.

half term in maidenhead

Or how about creating their own stylish Trick or Treat bag? Anna from Anna Richardson design will be holding two craft sessions over at Doodle’s Den cafe (inside Windsor Library). There are just two spaces left on the Thursday and one on the Friday so you need to be quick to secure a place! Get in touch with Anna by emailing info@loveardesign.co.uk

Anything else?

I’ve tried to include as many half term activities for Maidenhead and the surrounding area as I can but please let me know if I’ve missed any activities and I can include them here on the post!

About this post

I was invited along to Norden Farm to a family show in return for an honest review on the blog. Aside from that there is no affiliation to any of the organisations/activities mentioned here.

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