Mon 3 – Sun 9 July
Peter Rabbit: Mischief and Mayhem, River & Rowing Museum Henley, until 24 Sept
Bounce over the border to Henley for the River and Rowing Museum’s latest kid-friendly attraction – Peter Rabbit: Mischief and Mayhem. This exhibition includes original artworks, first editions and early Peter Rabbit merchandise. You can can even help Mrs Tiggywinkle hang up the laundry or visit Mrs Rabbit’s burrow! Dress up (probably best to save your bunny girl outfit for another day), help in Mr MacGregor’s Garden and listen to stories.
Art Boxes, Basildon Park Lower Basildon, until Tues 31 Aug
Ever send your artwork into Tony Hart and wait with a hint of desperation to see your creation on his gallery wall? Just me then. Now’s your chance to get creative at Basildon Park this summer. Dotted around the grounds are some basic art materials in a box. Simply create your artistic interpretation of the view, put your masterpiece back in the box and your artwork could feature in an exhibition this autumn.
Spider’s Web, Mill at Sonning, Thurs 6 July – Sat 9 Sept
Boom! Two British cultural giants collide in Sonning this week. The bearded beauty that is Brian Blessed is back at the Mill at Sonning to direct Agatha Christie’s Spider’s Web. As you would expect it’s a show full of intrigue, lies, murder and mystery – with a sprinkling of humour. With Brian pulling the theatrical strings, it’s a guaranteed great night. Tickets from £46 and includes a 2-course meal.
Kayaking Taster, Dinton Pastures Wokingham, Sat 8 July
- Me and Elle share so much, beautiful beach hair, looking hot in and out of the water. At no point do I look like I’ve collided with a rock pool, spat out and beached. You’re them same, right? If you fancy trying kayaking, paddle boarding, power boating or sailing head to Dinton Pastures for a taster session – £20 (suitable for 8+), pre-booking is essential. No guarantee you’ll look like this afterwards.
- Kathy Lette’s Girls’ Night Out, Norden Farm Maidenhead, Wed 5 July
I went through a phase of reading all of Kathy Lette’s books. It’s the Love Island of literature – you shouldn’t love it, but you just can’t help yourself. So grab you BFFs and go and see Kathy’s new show, Girls’ Night Out. It’s a psychological strip tease taking you from Puberty Blues to Menopause Blues, with tales of love, lust, childbirth, mastitis, ageing, toy boys, making the Queen laugh, hiding Julian Assange in her attic and Close Encounters of the George Clooney Kind, en route. Tickets £12.
The Scarecrow’s Wedding, Hexagon Reading, Wed 5 July
Julia Donaldson, JK Rowling, Roald Dahl, Jacqueline Wilson are fully paid up members of the the literary A-list. Anything with their name on it is a guaranteed hit. Even if you secretly think it’s a bit , meh. Here Julia Donaldson’s book The Scarecrow’s Wedding is brilliantly brought to life by the Scamp Theatre. It’s a familiar tale: boy scarecrow meets girl scarecrow, they fall in love and plan to marry but the devilishly handsome bad boy scarecrow has other ideas. Suitable for ages 3+, tickets £14.50.
Nesting, Watermill Theatre Newbury, Tues 4 – Sat 8 July
Got clothes and shoes that don’t fit in your wardrobe but were a bargain at 75% off? Guilty as charged. Amazon parcels delivered and unopened? Maybe. Random stuff hiding in cupboards, just in case you might need it? I need help. But so does Linda – a self-confessed ‘collector’. Toby the rat joins the Nesting story, as does neat-freak Jonathan. The journey that follows is one of love, loss and an infatuation with Stevie Wonder memorabilia. Tickets from £15.50.
The Big Camp, Cliveden National Trust, Fri 7 – Sat 22 July
The Big Camp at Cliveden is perfect. The family sleep under canvas in the five-star gorgeous grounds. They’ll discover wildlife, play games, explore the nearby Play Trail and be taken on a bat walk through the woods before hot chocolate round the campfire. You, on the hand, need to be checking in to the hotel, enjoying a nightcap on a squishy sofa and star-fishing in a giant bed. Everyone gets to have an adventure. It’s just one as a luxury bathroom and the other doesn’t. Adults £27, Children £17.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Corn Exchange Newbury, Sat 8 July
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is the go-to Shakespeare production over the summer months. Magical and funny, this ballet version by the award-winning Ballet Cymru is perfect for school-age kids and a great introduction to the dance. A special night out, with young groups of dancers who pushing back the barriers of classical ballet with innovative choreography, costumes and staging. It runs for 1hr 35 mins (including interval) and there’s a post show talk. Tickets £17.
Battersea Old Windsor Fun Day, Priest Hill Windsor, Sat 8 July
Well groomed and well behaved in public? Then your pampered pooch might just let you attend the Battersea Old Windsor Fun Day. If your furry friends is a it of a doggy diva, check out the competition for golden oldie, most obedient dog and waggiest tail. For the less obedient human babies, there’s a bouncy castle, face painting and games to keep them entertained. Plus cake, ice cream. Oh and it’s all very a cracking cause.
Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, Priest Hill, Windsor, Berkshire battersea.org.uk
VitalityMove, Windsor Great Park, Sun 9 July
Body goals right there. I think we can safely say Jessica Ennis-Hill works hard to carve out that bod. To inspire us all to be be beach-body ready all year round, the Olympic legend has organised VitalityMove – a family day out, combining her passion for music and running. From 1-mile fun runs, to the more traditional 5k and 10k distances – all themed to music designed to keep you moving by DJ Trevor Nelson. Walk, dance, run, the key is to get off you arse and get moving.