May Half Term in Berkshire 2024

May half term is one of my favourite school holidays. The weather’s usually nice and it brings with it the prospect of the summer holidays just around the corner. But, it can often be hard to know what to do on the sunny days of May half term so I thought I’d put together some ideas and suggestions.

When is May half term in Berkshire?

May half term, in the middle of the summer term 2024, in the Berkshire school holidays runs from 27 May to 31 May 2024 which is the same as many of the neighbouring county half terms this year. Make sure you check term dates on your school 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.

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!

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National Trust Events in Berkshire

National Trust is one of our go to places during any school holiday and they always have so many events and trails on to keep the whole family entertained. Here are a few options for half term fun at National Trust this May:

The Vyne – Vyne Rd, Sherborne St John, Basingstoke RG24 9HL

May Half Term Wildlife Bingo – 25th May 2024 to 6th June 2024

Connect with nature with sensory wildlife bingo at The Vyne. With three different versions, families can race to spot as many signs of wildlife as they can. Free sheets available at Visitor Reception.

Read about our time at The Vyne here

Basildon Park – Lower Basildon, Reading RG8 9NR

May Half Term at Basildon Park – 25th May 2024 to 6th June 2024

Visit Basildon Park this May half term and take part in a children’s trail.

Read about our time at Basildon Park here

Cliveden is always nice to visit as well but they don’t seem to have any events on this half term.

Days Out with Half Term Activities in Berkshire

Bucklebury Farm Park – Pease Hill, Reading RG7 6RR

Lego at the Farm – Various dates throughout half term – £5 per child

Visit Bucklebury Farm and take part in a Lego workshop too. These workshops are designed to help children with problem solving, dexterity, creativity, confidence and relaxation all whilst building friendships and having fun with LEGO® bricks.

4 Kingdoms Adventure Park – Newbury Road, Headley, Thatcham RG19 8JY

Dinosaur Invasion – 27th May to 4th June 2024 – Included with admission

Visit 4 Kingdoms for baby dinosaur encounters, enjoy a ride through the Dino kingdom and make the most of dinosaur shows and attractions.

Wellington Country Park – Odiham Road, Riseley, Berkshire RG7 1SP

Dino Takeover – 27th to 31st May 2024

Take a walk on the wild side and journey to a time when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Come face to face with a dinosaur, from the fierce T-Rex, to the agile Raptor there are plenty of opportunities throughout the day to witness these fantastic beasts.

Read about our day at Wellington Country Park here

Reading Museum – Blagrave Street, Reading, RG1 1QH

Sugar Cube Igloos – Tuesday 28th May 2024 – £4 per child

Find out more about the Inuit people and how igloos stay warm despite being made of ice! Then have  a go at building your own little igloo out of sugar cubes.

Make & Take: Arctic Bird Streamers – Wednesday 29th May – £1 per child

All ages will love these fun streamers, inspired by the wonderful Arctic Mirage Exhibition.

Ice Experiments – Thursday 30th May – £4 per child

Try some fun experiments to see how ice melts – including how it behaves when you try to cut it, pick it up and add salt, sugar and colour.

Families will get a chance to create some pictures in charcoal and chalk as artist Julian Grater has done in the latest exhibition Arctic Mirage, and what happens when you add ice into the mix!

Victorian Schoolroom Experience in the Gateway – Friday 31st May – £1 per person

Meet a Victorian schoolteacher and re-learn the ‘3Rs’. A 45-minute experience for adults and children over 5 in a unique Victorian classroom, in the historic Abbey Gateway.

BCA Zoo – Burchett’s Green, Maidenhead SL6 6QR

Zoo Tours: Sunday 19th May, Sunday 2nd June

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.

Find out more here

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Windsor Castle – Windsor SL4 1NJ

In the Picture: Half Term Activities at Windsor Castle – 27th May 2024 to 2nd June 2024

This half term, free fun activities are available in Pug Yard Learning Centre at the Castle. The activities are all about portraiture and photography. Children can create beautiful frames and collages using old photographs, and also think about what it is like to stand in ‘a photographers shoes‘!

You can read about our time at Windsor Castle here

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Treasure Trails

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. 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.

You can read about one of our Treasure Trail adventures here.

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Theatre Shows

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 May half term:

Corn Exchange – Market Pl, Newbury RG14 5BD

South Hill Park Arts Centre – Ringmead, Bracknell RG12 7PA

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:

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.

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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.

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.

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:

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.

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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.

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.

Koosa Kids

Where: The Heights Primary School, Reading – EP Collier Primary School, Reading – Birch Hill Primary School, Bracknell

When: 28th to 31st May 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. 

Ultimate Activity Camps

Where: Crossfields, Reading

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.

Camp Beaumont

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: 28th to 31st May 2024

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.

Premier Education Holiday Camps

Where: Birch Copse Primary School, Tilehurst

When: 28th to 31st May 2024

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 the holidays.

I hope that’s given you some inspiration for family friendly things to do over the May half term holidays before the kids are back at school for the last half term of the year. I’ll add more suggestions as I come across them and if you know of anything going on in Berkshire that I’ve missed please do get in touch and let me know.

If you’re looking for even more to do this half term, these articles might help:

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  • Donna Wishart

    Donna Wishart is married to Dave and they have two children, Athena (12) and Troy (11). They live in Surrey with their two cats, Fred and George. Once a Bank Manager, Donna has been writing about everything from family finance to days out, travel and her favourite recipes since 2012. Donna is happiest either exploring somewhere new, with her camera in her hand and family by her side or snuggled up with a cat on her lap, reading a book and enjoying a nice cup of tea. She firmly believes that tea and cake can fix most things.

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