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MON 2 – SUN 8 APRIL

Dinosaur World Live, Corn Exchange Newbury, Wed 4 – Fri 6 Apr

giant dinosaur puppet of a t rex stage show Dinosaur World Live

Why can pre-schoolers reel off the names of flesh eating giants like T rex, Triceratops, Styracasaurus and Baryonyx but can’t say the word gloves? It’s a mystery, but there is no doubt they’ll LOVE the jaw dropping puppetry of these pre-historic superstars as theythud, stomp and roaaaaar onto the Newbury stage. cornexchangenew.com

Bette and Joan, Wokingham Theatre, Wed 4 – Sat 7 Apr
Wokingham Theatre Anton Burge production of Bette and Joan Hollywood Rivals

Love the BBC’s Feud: Bette and Joan? I binge watched the series starring Susan Sarandon (Bette Davis) and Jessica Lange (Joan Crawford). The Hollywood screen queens arch rivals, in danger of becoming has-beens, come together to make Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?. Sparks flew. Delicious one-liners were traded. Ageism, sexism and misogyny were explored. Now you can see it on stage. wokingham-theatre.org.uk

 

Fabulous Fashion, Windsor Castle, Wed 4 – Fri 13 Apr

Fabulous Fashion Windsor Castle Family fun day kids dress up event

With just a month until Harry and Meghan’s, channel your, I mean the kids’, inner prince and princess and play Royal dress up at the castle. There’s an Easter activity trail and an art workshop inspired by royal fashion throughout history. royalcollection.org.uk

 

Blissful Yoga & Meditation Workshop, The Swan at Streatley, Sun 8 Apr

overhead shot of lunging woman doing yoga

Ahhh! Two hours that’s all about me me me. Just the way I like it. I am a recent convert to yoga for mental and physical wellbeing and The Swan at Streatley’s riverside studio is the epitome of bliss. You’ll be guided through a number of calming yoga postures and light meditations; leaving you feeling nourished, calm and restored. This is your opportunity to slow down and re-connect tune up your mind, body and should. £21pp. swanatstreatley.com

 

Tree Climbing, National Trust Cliveden Taplow, Tue 3, Wed 4, Thu 12 April 

The Italianate mansion, known as Cliveden House, crowns an outlying ridge of the Chiltern Hills close to the hilltop village of Taplow in 365 acres of park and woodland

Kick out the little blighters and let them burn off some energy at Cliveden National Trust. If you need to up the excitement levels after a  chocolate fuelled Easter, The Big Tree Climbing Company will help kids scale the Cliveden canopies – an hour activity for 6+, bookable here and promising gorgeous views with a zip line back down to the bottom. Wheeee!

 

Kids’ Yoga Workshop, Swan at Streatley, Tue 3 and Tue 10 Apr

yoga by the river crossed legged

Release the tension! And what better place to send them than kids yoga at Swan at Streatley. Two creative yoga workshops for different age groups (4-7 yr olds at 1.15pm and 8-13 yr olds at 2.15pm), where they’ll get to release energy and hit the reset button. You can work on your own tension in the cafe/bar – coffee? wine? Choose your poison and relax.

 

Easter fun, Bucklebury Farm Park, now until Sun 15 Apr

black and tan goats at Bucklebury park park

Didn’t stuff your face enough this weekend? Easter fun continues at Bucklebury Farm Park. The Great Easter Egg Hunt is still on, with giant decorated eggs to find (not sure of the catch, it sounds well easy!) plus there’s lamb feeding, animals, outdoor playground, tractor rides to see the deer and indoor slide. buckleburyfarmpark.co.uk

 Sarah Millican, Hexagon Reading, Tue 3 – Thu 5 Apr Blonde highlighted bob, red top and tortoiseshell glasses of comedian Sarah Millican

For some (yes, you Mr Muddy), Sarah’s voice is like nails down a blackboard. but I love her. Although I’m quite partial to a fart and fanny gag. Her latest stand up show Control Enthusiast explores the rules according to Sarah when it comes to farting in hospital pants, what can happen at a bra fitting and the correct way to eat a biscuit. Funny, frank and unapologetically filthy. readingarts.com/hexagon

 

Family Circus Skills, Wellington Country Park Riseley, Wed 4 – Thu 5 Apr

Clown face, red sponge noise, white face red lips

Roll up… roll up… the circus is back at Wellington and on 4 and 5 Apr you can have some fun and learn new circus skills. Try juggling, plate spinning, hula-hooping, diablo, floor-based acrobatics and tight rope-walking. Suitable for 5+ years with an adult, 3pm. Wellington-country-park.co.uk

The Rivals, The Watermill Newbury, now – 21 Apr

The Rivals Watermill Theatre newbury pop art poster of blonde woman

Pride & Prejudice meets Absolutely Fabulous… it’s not going to be a museum piece.’ explains director Jonathan Humphreys. You had me at Ab Fab, The Rivals is a funny, fast-moving satirical rom-com  full of desire, intrigue, delusion and a twilight duel. Let the fizz be overflowing, it’s sounds fabulous daaaarlingwatermill.org.uk

Spring Garden, The Lexicon Bracknell, Now – Sun 8 Apr

Eggs on legs

There’s a chance to shop and keep the ankle biters happy. The Lexicon has loads of fun Easter themed entertainers, crafty activities to make and take away and story telling all in its beautiful Spring Garden. Make sure to book your 30 minute session. Suitable for children aged 3-12 years. thelexiconbracknell.com

Cadbury Easter Egg Trail, Basildon Park and Cliveden, now – Sun 15 April

Basildon Park National Trist cream stone mansion house seen in film Pride and Prejudice

Every venue across Berkshire is going chocolate crazy but my top tips include The Cadbury Easter Egg Trail (now – 15 Apr) at Basildon Park (pictured), and Cliveden – zip around the stunning gardens, solve the clues and, ta-da, chocolate reward (£3 per egg);

Justin’s Band, New Theatre Oxford, 3 April

Is this the most famous man in the UK? There can’t be a parent in the land who hasn’t weeped in gratitude to Justin Fletcher and his children’s TV shows over years. Fletcher is a dab hand at live performance too – he was in Reading over Christmas for the panto – and he’s rocking up at the New Theatre Oxford with a brand new show, Musical Adventure. Expect lots of singing and learning about musical instruments along the way, and possibly some requests to play the tuba. Tickets 

 

The Elephant Man, South Hill Park Bracknell, Wed 4 – Sat 7 Apr

The Elephant Man South hill Park Man wearing brown cap and sackcloth covering his diseased face

The David Lynch award-winning film, starring John Hurt and many other huuuge stars,  is a classic. Now The Elephant Man, the story of ‘Victorian freak’ Joseph Merrick, rescued by the young surgeon, Frederick Treves, is coming to the South Hill Park stage. But is it possible for Merrick soever  lead a normal life? Recommended 14+yrs. It’s a great play for teens. southhillpark.org.uk

 

FURTHER AFIELD

Coraline, The Barbican, 29 Mar – Sat 7 April 2018

Just a few days left to catch Neil Gaiman’s best-selling novel Coraline turned operatic stage adaptation that London’s been buzzing about. Recommended for ages 8+. Tickets: £10–£40.

 

Now Play This, Somerset House, London, Fri 6 – Sun 8 Apr

Overground by Rosa Carbo-Mascarell

I’m feeling a bit anti screen at the mo (anyone else struggling to get young people to look up and out rather than down?) but even I have to admit this three day games festivalsounds intriguing. Players can experience dozens of diverse games – many of which premiere at the festival. The focus this year is on the idea of place, and visitors can explore different countries and cultures, and critical issues specific to these places ranging from international borders to identity. Drop-in workshops throughout the popular weekender will also enable players to explore the patterns, processes and particularities of game making.

 

 

A big day out with Peter Rabbit™, Kew Gardens, now – Sun 15 April   

Peter Rabbit illustration Kew Gardens

The start of a new trail based on Peter Rabbit and other famous Beatrix Potter characters. More permanent pleasures include the tree top walk, the 17 metre tall Hive sensory experience, a 14,000 tree arboretum and the Palm House.

 

Predators Exhibition, Longleat, Wiltshire, now – Mon 3 Sep
Crocodiles prowl longleat predators exhibition

A brand new show for Longleat with 14 killer animatronic carnivores will be stalking the park including lions and tigers. Sounds like it will thrill little ones.

 

The Making of Harry Potter, Watford, Now – Sun 23 Sept   

The Making of Harry Potter Great Hall Costumes

This WB Studio Tour company never runs out of new reasons to get families back to this paean to the boy wizard. A new special feature dedicated entirely to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the fourth installment of the magical film series, revealing secrets behind the characters, costumes and props that made it so special.

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