Monday, 5 February 2018

February Half Term

Explore & Learn February Half Term

With half term fast approaching we thought it might be useful to highlight some of the activities available in the local area, particularly ones that enable you all to explore and learn. 

Reading Museum
They have a variety of events on including Reading Abbey Fun day 13 February, Medieval Tile making and Bejeweled Goblet making.  All great opportunities to earn more about history.  Also this gets us ready for the opening of Reading Abbey Ruins later in the year. Click Reading Museum events for more details and prices.
The Nature Discovery Centre, Thatcham 
Fancy a nice walk followed by a tea and cake, exploring the education centre, all with free car parking?  They have some special events on over half term too including  Wild at Heart - Nesting Box and Feeder Workshop, Nature Explorers Club,  or some bird spotting  or winter bird walk.  It is a great opportunity to get the young ones out exploring and learning about wildlife in different seasons. Click The Nature Discovery Centre, Thatcham for more details.

Basildon Park National Trust
If you are a member this is a really easy, free and fun family day out.  Basildon Park has four walks you can do here is the map Park Walks which also includes a checklist of different species you can find in the different seasons.  Once you've done this there us always time for a break in the cafe to enjoy the homemade cakes.  Click Basildon Park for more details on opening times. 

Caversham Court Gardens 
Did you know hidden in Caversham Court Gardens is a timeline?  It runs from the Iron age to present day and includes tips on what happened and who lived there. There are also a couple of lovely walks you can do whilst there.  The Tea Kiosk isn't open until March but you can always pop into Caversham village for tea and cake.  Click Caversham Court Gardens.

If you haven't tried it yet, give it a go this half term.  A lovely way to explore the area, get fresh air and include a little treasure hunt.  There are lots of locations around Pangbourne, Whitchurch and Reading.  Register with Geocaching and use your location or where you want to visit and go from there.  You can use your phone or a GPS, just remember to have a little treasure to leave behind.  There are apps you can use too, download one and you're set to go.

Ashmoleam Museum, Oxford
This museum has a variety of exhibitions on show including an Egyptian Exhibition on the ground floor.   As Year 3 in our local Primary School are studying Egypt, this is perfect for helping to answer all those questions they have.  Click Exhibition for details.

River and Rowing Museum
Over in Henley this museum is found to house the historical Wind in the Willows gallery including interactive activities for all.  In February the Barbara Hepworth: Finding Form exhibition opens, which will be fascinating.  Remember as well your entrance fee allows you unlimited entry for 12 months. Click River and Rowing Museum for more information and the What's On Guide.

Have a lovely half term and please share any fun you have Exploring and Learning!

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