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If you’re looking for things to do this February half term in Berkshire then you have come to the right place. You may be looking for a lovely family friendly day out or just somewhere to go for walks or you might prefer an organised event or school holiday activities, put on especially for February half term.
Read on to find out everything taking place in Berkshire this February half term as well as many special half term events.
When is February Half Term in Berkshire?
February half term in Berkshire this year is Monday 12th to Friday 16th February 2024. I think it’s the same week as neighbouring counties this year but it’s worth checking as Berkshire, Surrey and Hampshire often have different half term holiday dates. You can find out all the Berkshire school holiday dates for the school year on the West Berkshire County Council website.
Days Out in Berkshire
If you’re just looking for a day out then we have a lot of inspiration for you in Berkshire and a little further afield. These posts should be helpful – I’ve included family fun days out in Berkshire with dedicated half term activities below.
- Family Days Out in the South East
- Educational Days Out in the South East
- Educational Days Out in London
- Things to Do on a Family Trip to London
- Things to do in London on a Rainy Day
National Trust Trails and Events
National Trust sites often have fantastic family trails to keep children entertained. Here are the ones on this half term in Berkshire:
The Vyne – Vyne Rd, Sherborne St John, Basingstoke RG24 9HL
Valentine Heart Trail – 10th to 18th February 2024
This February half-term, families can keep their eyes peeled for beautiful hearts hidden in The Vyne’s gardens and complete a fun Valentine quiz. Free trail sheet available at visitor reception.
Days Out with Half Term Activities in Berkshire
Reading Museum – Blagrave Street, Reading, RG1 1QH
Reading Museum is great to visit and also has a variety of activities on over half term:
- Life on Land Stop Motion Animation Workshops – Monday 12th February
- Science Experiments: Hedgehog Bread Buddies – Tuesday 13th February
- Make & Take: Clip on Museum Creatures, Life Cycle of a Butterfly – Wednesday 14th February
- Science Experiments: Discover How Plants Grow – Thursday 15th February
- Victorian Schoolroom Experience in the Gateway – Friday 16th February
Bucklebury Farm Park – Pease Hill, Reading RG7 6RR
Lego at the Farm: 14th February 2023 – £20 per person.
Visit Bucklebury for 2 hours of creative fun building with LEGO bricks. The workshops are designed to help children with problem solving, dexterity, creativity, confidence and relaxation all whilst building friendships and having fun with LEGO bricks.
Adults can drop off their children and collect at the end. Plus, ticket prices include entry to Bucklebury Farm Park afterwards.
The Living Rainforest
Rainforest Relationships: 10th to 18th February 2024
Learn about the important relationships between humans, animals and plants. Trail activity packs, children’s crafts, animal and plant talks and free tours with experienced guides.
BCA Zoo – Burchett’s Green, Maidenhead SL6 6QR
Zoo Tours: 14th and 18th February 2024
Visir BCA Zoo on a guided tour, home to over 100 different species from across the globe. Visit the Nocturnal Room where the animals come alive in the twilight, the bustling Zoo Courtyard and finish off in the warm Reptile House where you never know what fascinating creature might be waiting around the next corner.
4 Kingdoms Adventure Park – Newbury Road, Headley, Thatcham RG19 8JY
Lambing Live: 10th to 18th February 2024
Legoland – Winkfield Rd, Windsor SL4 4AY
Brick Days: Selected days from 10th February 2024
Get set for a February half term of LEGO fun with Brick Days at the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort! Meet your favourite LEGOLAND Characters, take part in exclusive LEGO brick building activities, and conquer awesome build challenges. There is something to spark every junior builder’s imagination!
Windsor Castle – Windsor SL4 1NJ
Royal Patronages – RNLI at 200: 10 Feb 2024 – 18 Feb 2024
This year Windsor Castle are marking the 200th anniversary of the RNLI, which is a charity that saves lives at sea. Included as part of your visit to Windsor Castle this February half term, children can enjoy some creative crafting at the Castle’s Learning Centre. Children can create a momento to take home, perhaps a rocking lifeboat or a winter sea collage.
If you want to get outside but you don’t really know where, we love Treasure Trails. It’s an adventure that the whole family can get involved in for less than £10. Solve a mystery, save the day or be a spy! It’s great fun and we always really enjoy it. Here are some of the Berkshire Treasure Trails – you can see the full list here.
- Marlow – Town and Parks
- Maidenhead – Riverside
- Reading – Abbey Quarter
- Windsor – Gardens and Riverside
Theatre Shows in Berkshire
Going to the theatre is a great activity that the whole family will enjoy and Berkshire has a lot of great theatres to really make the most of. Here are the family shows on during February half term:
The Watermill Theatre – Bagnor, Newbury RG20 8AE
- Neverland Family Fun Day – 14th February 2024
The Hexagon – Queens Walk, Berkshire RG1 7QF
Corn Exchange – Market Pl, Newbury RG14 5BD
- The Little Mermaid – 14th to 17th February 2024
South Hill Park Arts Centre – Ringmead, Bracknell RG12 7PA
- School of Rock: The Musical – 15th to 17th February 2024
Indoor Activities in Berkshire
If the weather isn’t great over half term then you may want to do something indoors that still gets you out of the house. Here are some ideas:
Libraries in Berkshire
There are many libraries across Berkshire and the vast majority of them have activities and events on for children on a regular basis but especially during school holidays. You can find your local library here and book available sessions online too.
Leisure Centres in Berkshire
Leisure centres can be a fantastic place to spend time as a family and they’ve come far over recent times, now having so much more than just swimming pools. Many have climbing facilities, soft play centres and even trampoline parks within them! Here are some of the ones in Berkshire to choose from:
- Bracknell Leisure Centre
- Palmer Park, Reading
- Wokingham Leisure Centre
- Arborfield Green Leisure Centre
- Bulmershe Leisure Centre
- Woodford Park Leisure Centre
- St Crispin’s Leisure Centre
- Loddon Valley Leisure Centre
- Kennet Leisure Centre
- Windsor Leisure Centre
- Braywick Leisure Centre
- Rivermead Leisure Centre
- Willink Leisure Centre, Burghfield Common
- Northcroft Leisure Centre
- Cox Green Leisure Centre
- Charters Leisure Centre
- South Reading Leisure Centre
Trampoline Parks in Berkshire
Trampolining is a fantastic activity that children love and it’s perfect for a wet weather day – which is often the case in February half term! Here are the trampoline parks in Berkshire – and many of the leisure centres above offer trampolining classes too. It’s great fun for all ages.
Soft Play and Indoor Play Centres in Berkshire
Soft play and other indoor play centres are fantastic for children and are great for bad weather days too. We have so many great indoor activity hubs in Berkshire from typical soft play centres to role play dressing up experiences.
- The Mad House – Reading
- Jungle Mania – Woodley
- Monkey Mates – Wokingham
- Active Antz at Bracknell Leisure Centre
- Tiny Town Cafe – Newbury
- The Jelly Lounge – Windsor
- Lakeside Soft Play – Datchet
- Cobbs Play Barn – Hungerford
- Active Tots – Reading – Read our review here
Shopping Centres in Berkshire
Shopping centres are a great place to spend time. You can wander round the shops, grab some lunch and there are often organised activities and events in to make the most of as well.
- The Lexicon – Bracknell
- Nicholsons Shopping Centre – Maidenhead
- Queensmere Observatory Shopping Centre – Slough
- Kennet Shopping Centre – Newbury
- Parkway Shopping Centre – Newbury
- The Oracle – Reading
- Broad Street Mall – Reading
Pottery Painting in Berkshire
Pottery painting is a fantastic activity for the whole family as well as being a calm and relaxed experience. Children of all ages will love it and it’s so nice to have something to take away with you afterwards – or pick up a few days later when it’s been fired! Here are our Berkshire pottery painting destinations.
- Pottery Pals – Wokingham
- Top of the Pots – Warfield
- Mad Hatters Pottery Cafe – Reading
- HaaHoos Ceramics – Reading
- Hands-on Art Adventures – Windsor
- The Ugly Duckling Pottery Painting – Newbury
- Blue Beetle Ceramics – Thatcham
Bowling in Berkshire
Bowling is another great activity for the whole family and perfect when the weather isn’t great. Here are the Berkshire bowling alleys to choose from:
- Wokingham Superbowl
- Hollywood Bowl – Bracknell
- The Phoenix Bowl – Maidenhead
- Spinners Crazy Golf & Bowling – Reading
Laser Tag in Berkshire
Laser Tag was such a new thing when I was a child but they’ve grown massively in popularity over recent years and now laser centres are everywhere. Here are both indoor and outdoor laser tag sites across Berkshire.
Climbing Centres and Aerial Adventures in Berkshire
Climbing is another great family activity and we have so many centres across the county – plus those included in the leisure centres above. Here are some more indoor and outdoor centres to give you some climbing inspiration.
- Parthian Climbing – Reading
- Oakwood Climbing Centre – Wokingham
- The Climbing Hangar – Reading
- Slough Climbing Wall
- Northway Climbing Centre – Newbury
- Dinton Activity Centre – Wokingham
- Go Ape – Swinley Forest, Bracknell – Read our Go Ape review here
- Clip n Climb – Reading – Read our Clip n Climb review here
Cinemas in Berkshire
Most cinemas have reduced tickets at weekends and in school holidays, a great budget activity that the whole family can enjoy together
Vue – Mini Mornings
At Vue’s Mini Mornings you can see the best kids and family films from only £2.49 each. Mini Mornings run every Saturday and Sunday morning from 10am plus every day in the school holidays.
Odeon – Odeon Kids
With special Odeon Kids screenings of the most spellbinding fairy tales and animated films, grown-ups pay kids’ ticket prices, making it a great value day out for the whole family.
There are many other cinemas in Berkshire – Everyman, Empire and Harlequin to name a few, but they all seem to have the same ticket prices and offerings during school holidays.
Afternoon Tea in Berkshire
If you fancy going for afternoon tea as a half term treat there are plenty of places to choose from and these guides may help you find somewhere perfect!
- Where to Have Afternoon Tea for Kids in Berkshire
- The Best Places to Have Afternoon Tea in Berkshire
Holiday Clubs in Berkshire
If you need to work over the holidays and need childcare then holiday clubs are a really popular idea – and there are so many across Berkshire that you’re bound to find one perfect for your children that’s close to where you live or work.
Where: The Heights Primary School, Reading – EP Collier Primary School, Reading – Birch Hill Primary School, Bracknell
When: 12 February – 16 February 2024
Ages: 4 – 13 year olds
Experience all the fun and excitement of the Winter Olympics at KOOSA Kids February Half Term Holiday Clubs. With a mixture of active and non-active games and activities, the Winter Olympics Spectacular caters for all tastes and interests.
Where: St Gabriel’s School, Newbury
When: To be confirmed, check website for details.
Ages: 4 – 14 year olds
At Ultimate Activity Camps, children will enjoy a fantastic range of sports, games and art activities every week led by engaging staff at amazing locations. Fun is at the heart of everything they do.
Where: Elstree School, Reading – Jennett’s Park, Bracknell – Leighton Park School, Reading – St George’s School, Windsor – St John’s Beaumont School, Old Windsor – Wellington Health & Fitness Club, Berkshire
When: Various, check website for details.
Ages: 3 to 16 year olds
Camp Beaumont award-winning half-term adventure day camps feature over 50 activities including archery, football and tennis, teaching children new skills whilst making new friends and enjoying their best half-term break yet.
Where: Birch Copse Primary School, Tilehurst
When: Various, check website for details.
Ages: 4 to 12 year olds
Premier Education have a range of fun and exciting holiday camps to keep children active. Each Holiday Camp features a range of activities and with a choice between a Multi-Activity camp, Multi-Sport camp, Performing Arts camp, or a Sport-Specific camp.
Barracudas also have camps in Maidenhead and Newbury over half term.
I hope that helps with half term inspiration. I’ll be doing a roundup for each of the following school holidays too and if there’s anything I’ve missed please do get in touch and let me know. I hope you have a lovely half term!
If you’re looking for even more to do this half term, these articles might help:
- Where to play Crazy Golf in Berkshire
- 17 Pubs with Play Areas Berkshire
- The Best Places to Have Afternoon Tea in Berkshire