Family Activities & Events in and around Aylesbury in the Summer School Holidays

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

My previous posts with events over the Easter and May half term school holidays seemed to be popular, so I have compiled a list of the activities and events going on in and around Aylesbury during the Summer School Holidays.

Workshops at the Natural History Museum at Tring
Tuesdays & Thursdays throughout the summer from 21st July - 27th August
30 minute workshops throughout the day. Each week there is a different theme: Coral craft, Snapping Sharks, Butterfly Feeders, Monstrous Models and Fossil Folklore. Some activities are suitable for all ages, others for ages 5 and over.
Place: Natural History Museum at Tring, Akeman Street, Tring HP23 6AP
Time: Check website for workshop times
Cost: Museum entry is free. Workshops are £2 per child.
We've visited the Museum a few times and it's always been a hit with Little Miss A. Take a look at this post: Meeting the Animals at Tring Museum 

Cha Char Chimps 
Every Tuesday throughout the holidays except 4th August
Fun entertainment show with lots of singing and dancing! Drinks and cakes are served in the interval (included in the price). No need to book, just pay as you go.
Place: Stoke Mandeville Community Centre, Eskdale Road, Aylesbury HP22 5UJ
Time: 10.30am - 11.30am
CostPrices start from £3, cake and coffee included.

Teddy Bears Picnic
Thursday 23rd July
Organised by Bearbrook & Elmhurst Children's Centres.
Place: Bearbrook Children's Centre, Fowler Road, Aylesbury HP19 7QP
Time: 9.30am - 11am
Cost: Free

Super Hero Day
Thursday 23rd July
Crafts, Messy Play, Face Painting, Bouncy Castle and more. Fancy dress optional. Organised by Berryfields Children's Centre.
Place: Berryfields Children's Centre, John Fitzjohn Avenue, Berryfields HP18 0FG
Time: 2pm - 4.30pm
Cost: Free

Baking & Activity Morning
Thursday 23rd July
Come along for a fun morning of baking and other activities for children aged 2-5 years. There will be some activities for siblings.
Place: Walton Street, Aylesbury HP21 7QX
Time: 10am - 12pm
Cost: Voluntary contribution on the day

Waddesdon Musical Madness
Friday 24th July
Organised by Waddesdon & Whitchurch Children's Centre. Music, dance and drame from Noizee Productions. Inflatable fun from Bucks Play Association. Craft activities from Wider Family Learning. Ice cream from The Works. Plus a Teddy Bears Picnic - bring your teddy and packed lunch.
Place: Waddesdon & Whitchurch Children's Centre, The Football Pavilion, Frederick Street, Waddesdon HP18 0LX
Time: 10am - 2pm
Cost: Free but event is ticketed. Ring 01296 655218 for ticket information.

Thame Play Day
Saturday 25th July
Red Kite Children's Centre are hosting a Play day with lots of different activites on offer to try including drumming workshops, bouncy castle, mud kitchen, rugby, football and lots more.
Place: Southern Road Recreation Ground, Thame
Time: 10am - 3pm
Cost: Free

Dunstable Kite Festival
Saturday 25th July - Sunday 26th July
Be enthralled by the amazing aerial acrobatics as the professional kite display teams put on a show stopping spectacular. Lots of additional activities including stalls, funfair rides and more.
Place: Dunstable Downs, Dunstable LU6 2GY
Time: See website for details.
Cost: Free to spectate. Other activities incur a charge.

#AylesburyThursdays Events
Every Thursday from 23rd July - 27th August
Organised by Aylesbury Vale District Council, there are kids event with free activities in Aylesbury town centre every Thursday. 23rd July - Madcap Thursday. 30th July - Magical Thursday. 6th August - Zoomungous Thursday. 13th August - Thrill-Seeker Thursday. 20th August - Speedway Thursday. 27th August - Bouncetastic Thursday.
Place: Aylesbury town centre
Time: 11am - 3pm
Cost: Free (charge for some activities on the day).

Pop-up & Play Sessions
Every Monday from 27th July - 17th August
Drop-in session with activities for the little ones organised by Bearbrook & Elmhurst Children's Centres.
Place: Fairford Leys Community Centre, Hampden Square, Aylesbury HP19 7HT
Time: 1.30pm - 3pm
Cost: Free

Family Fun Activities
Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 28th July - 27th August
Five weeks of fantastic fun to keep the whole family entertained. Discover Dahl’s wondercrump stories, brilliant Bucks wildlife and making musical instruments. No need to book.
Place: Bucks County Museum, Church Street, Aylesbury HP20 2QP
Time: Drop in between 10am and 12 noon or 1pm and 3pm.
Cost: £3 per child

Fun in the Park
Wednesday 29th July
A fun-packed afternoon with activities including falconry displays, magic shows, Punch & Judy and crazy golf. There will also be fun games to play, face paining and giant inflatables.
Place: Langley Park, Iver SL0 0LS
Time: 12pm - 4pm
Cost: Free shows with optional payable activities
Langley Park is one of my favourite parks so even if you don't go along to this event, it's definitely worth a visit. Read more about Lovely Langley Park

Animal Edutainment
Tuesday 4th and Thursday 20th August
There will be a selection of animals for the children to learn about and some can even be touched.
Place: Southcourt Children's Centre, Aylesbury College Campus, Oxford Road, Aylesbury HP21 8PD
Times: 10am - 11am or 11.15am - 12.15pm
Cost: £2.00 per family. Must be booked and paid for in advance.

Mix96 Play in the Park
Wednesday 5th August
A fun packed family day of activities and entertainment, to celebrate National Play Day, brought to you by Mix96 and Aylesbury Vale District Council. Activities include arts & crafts, bouncy castles, giant sand pit, inflatables, a climbing wall, face painting and lots more!
Place: Vale Park, Aylesbury
Time: 11am - 4pm
Cost: Entry is free along with some activities. A token system will operate on the day for other activities which cost between £1 and £3.

Eden's Summer Camp
Each Wednesday from 5th August - 26th August
Each week there will be a great activity for the kids to do; street art, recycled robots, funky fashion and percussion instruments.
Place: Eden Shopping Centre, High Wycombe
Time: 11am - 4pm
Cost: Free

Summer Fun Days
Thursday 6th August and Thursday 13th August
Come along for a fun morning of activities including a bouncy castle, face painting and crafts.
Place: Walton Street, Aylesbury HP21 7QX
Time: 10am - 1pm
Cost: Free

Sunday 9th August and Monday 31st August
A really interesting museum that has numerous exhibits relating to farming, country life and trades local to the area. There are lots of different buildings that contain the displays and you can wander around them at your own pace. This Museum is only open on select days throughout the year and the Bank Holiday Monday is one of them.
Place: Pitstone Green Museum, Pitstone LU7 9EY
Time: 11am - 5pm
Cost: Adults £6.00, Children £2.00
To find out more about this Museum, take a look at the review of the Pitstone Green Museum from our visit last year.

Interactive Musical Fun Session
Wednesday 12th August and Wednesday 19th August
Musical fun for boys and girls aged 0 to 4 years by Jacqu'in the Box. Action songs and rhymes with props, puppets and percussion instruments, dancing and musical movement. No need to book in advance.
Place: Our Lady of Lourdes Church Hall, Bedgrove, Aylesbury
Time: 2pm - 2.45pm
Cost: £5 per child. Pay on the day.

Pirates & Princesses Fancy Dress Party Fun Session
Thursday 13th August
Musical fun for boys and girls aged 0 to 6 years. Go on an adventure with lots of singing, dancing and gentle musical games and activities. Places must be pre-booked with Jacqu'in the Box - Tel: 07948 371615.
Place: Fairford Leys Community Centre, Hampden Square, Aylesbury HP19 7HT
Time: 2.15pm - 3.30pm
Cost: £7 per child or £10 for two siblings including a little goody bag.

SDSD Summer Theatre Workshops
Thursday 13th & Friday 14th August, Thursday 27th & Friday 28th August
Do you love to Act, Sing and Dance? Then go along to the Susan Diane School of Dance Summer workshops. With action packed days full of drama games, learning popular theatre/film songs and exciting dance routines, and lots more. Suitable for age 6 years and over. Places must be booked in advance. Call 07812 078401 or 07912 093019.
Place: Queens Park Centre, Aylesbury HP21 7RT
Time: 9am - 4pm
Cost: £45.00 (2 days)

Pop-up & Play Session
Thursday 20th August
Drop-in session with activities for the little ones organised by Bearbrook & Elmhurst Children's Centres.
Place: Watermead Village Hall, Aylesbury HP19 0FX
Time: 1.30pm - 3pm
Cost: Free

Basil & Crew Farm
Saturday 22nd August
Organised by Waddesdon & Whitchurch Children's Centre.
Place: Waddesdon & Whitchurch Children's Centre, The Football Pavilion, Frederick Street, Waddesdon HP18 0LX
Time: 10am - 12.30pm
Cost: £2.00 voluntary contribution per family

Children's Cupcake and Biscuit Decorating Workshop
Tuesday 25th August
Kids can enjoy cupcake and biscuit decorating fun in the Gardener's Retreat Coffee Shop. Includes 1 cupcake and 1 biscuit to decorate, squash/water and a colouring activity sheet. Book at the Gardener's Retreat Coffee Shop.
Place: Haddenham Garden Centre, Stanbridge Road, Haddenham HP17 8HN
Time: 3pm
Cost: £4.99 per child

Fun in the Park
Wednesday 26th August
A fun-packed afternoon with activities including falconry displays, magic shows, Punch & Judy, horse & carriage rides and crazy golf. There will also be fun games to play, face paining and giant inflatables.
Place: Black Park, Wexham SL3 6DS
Time: 12pm - 4pm
Cost: Free shows with optional payable activities
Find out more about what we got up to at Fun in the Park in Black Park last year.

Bucks County Show
Thursday 27th August
A one day agricultural show with animal showing classes and rural demonstrations plus a whole range of family entertainment including the Royal Artillery Band, Bolddog Lings Stunt Team, Cookery Theatre, Home & Garden Marquee and Shopping Marquees.
Place: Weedon Park, Weedon, near Aylesbury, HP22 4NN 
Time: 8am - 6pm
Cost: Adult: £12 online/£15 at the gate. Children (aged 5-16) £5 online/£6 at the gate. Under 5s are free. Family (2 adults & 2 children): £29 online/£36 at the gate. 
To find out a bit more about this Show, take a look at the post I wrote last year after our first visit to the Bucks County Show.

Towersey Festival
Friday 28th - Monday 31st August
4 days and nights of the best Acoustic, Folk, Blues, World and Americana music. As well as the music stages, there are arts & crafts, theatre, and lots more plus children's activities including face painting, comedy and puppet shows.
Place: Thame Showground, Oxon, OX9 3JL
Cost: See website for details.
To find out a bit more about this Festival, take a look at Little Miss A's First Festival Experience from last year.

Parklife - Live in the Park
Saturday 29th August
A day of continuous live music performed on a large outdoor stage along with traditional funfair rides. Organised by Aylesbury Town Council.
Place: Vale Park, Aylesbury HP20 1DX
Time: 12pm - 9.30pm
Cost: Free

Outdoor Cinema Experience - Shrek
Saturday 29th August
Take along a picnic and enjoy watching this fun family film in the outdoors! Tickets must be purchased in advance, see website for details.
Place: The Home of Rest for Horses, Speen HP27 0PP
Time: 6.30pm - 9.30pm
Cost: £10 adult. £5 child. £25 family.

Parklife - Fun in the Park
Sunday 30th August
Organised by the Aylesbury Church Network, Fun in the Park is a great afternoon out for the kids with inflatables, games, arts, crafts and the very popular BBQ.
Place: Vale Park, Aylesbury HP20 1DX
Time: 12pm - 4pm
Cost: Free
We went along last year and you can read more about what we got up to at Parklife.

Parklife - Proms in the Park
Sunday 30th August
A spectacular musical evening with a fantastic firework display finale! Organised by Aylesbury Town Council.
Place: Vale Park, Aylesbury HP20 1DX
Time: 7.15pm - 9.30pm
Cost: Free

Play Around the Parishes
Various dates
Lots of free play sessions in parks and Children's Centres around the County. Take a look at the timetable for more details and see if there's an event near you.

The Big Beano Takeover
Monday 27th July - Friday 28th August
This summer, Dennis the Menace and his friends will be up to mischief in the Shopping Centre! Lots of fun over the summer holidays including the Beano Treasure Hunt. On Friday 7th August, Dennis will be in the centre playing pranks and tricks.
Place: intu Shopping Centre, Milton Keynes
Time: Check website for opening times
Cost: Free

The Beach
Daily until Monday 31st August
Whatever the weather does this summer, you can still go to the beach! Like any good beach, it comes complete with its own carousel, funfair rides, candy floss, ice creams and deckchairs.
Place: Middleton Hall, thecentre:mk, Milton Keynes
Time: Mon - Fri 9.30am - 6pm, Sat 9am - 6pm, Sun 10am - 5pm.
Cost: Free entry to the Beach. Prices apply for the rides and refreshments.

Millets Maize Maze
Daily until Sunday 13th September
Have fun and get lost in Maize Maze at Millets Farm. This year's theme is celebrating 70 years since the end of WWII.
Place: Millets Farm Centre, Kingston Road, Frilford, Oxfordshire OX13 5HB
Time: 9.30am - 6pm
Cost: £6.40 per person. Under 2s are free. Group prices available.
Millets Farm is definitely worth a visit as there's lots to do including a Farm Zoo. Take a look at the review of Millets Farm Centre from our visit last summer.

Everyday (ongoing)
Watch him wiggle! See him squirm! Hip, hip, hooray for Superworm! Take a walk through the woods on the Superworm activity trail.
Join Superworm on his forest adventure! 
Place: Wendover Woods
CostFree. Car parking charges apply. Activity packs available from the Go Ape cabin or Cafe for an additional cost.
To find out more about the Trail, take a look at the review of the Superworm Trail from one of our recent visits.

College Lake
Various dates
Lots of Children's Workshops during the summer holidays. Take a look at the website for more details. The Lake is a favourite of ours, read about our family walk at College Lake.

National Trust
Throughout the summer
It's worth checking the National Trust website for details of the school holiday activities going on at each of their properties.

I've compiled these events from various websites, Facebook etc. Please check with the actual organisers/venue for up-to-date information.

I'd love to know if there's any events not on this list. I'll try to add to this list with any additional ones I find out about over the next couple of weeks.

For more ideas, you might also be interested in the Family Days Out and Family Walks that we've been on.

Hope you and your family have a great Summer, whatever you're up to!

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