Half-term what’s on
Yes it's half-term already, but don't despair, we've got stacks of ideas for the kids and teens.
CAMPFIRE COOKING: Mindful Bakes at Lawn Farm Shop, Pewsey, 2nd & 4th June
Learn how to light a camp fire, fire safety, bushcraft skills, countryside walks, foraging plus dish up some delightful camp fire treats such as s’mores, home made burgers and rainbow slaw all using farm shop produce! Max 10 children, covid safe. Age 5+.
OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Braeside Holiday Club, Devizes
A great option for working parents as it runs all day (sign up for one to four days). Doesn’t look too shabby for the kids either, with a thrilling schedule ranging from high ropes, fire-lighting and shelter-building to willow-weaving and problem solving. Age 8-14
ART & PHOTOGRAPHY FOR TEEN GIRLS: Wiltshire Mighty Girls Workshop, Bradford on avon, Tuesday 1st June
Now this is hard to find: a quality workshop good enough for those too-cool-for-school girls, who can, quite rightly, start to get picky about kids’ stuff. My 15 year old went and loved it (and she’s not generally a joiner-in). Be in your own photoshoot, create a collage and mono print based around your photo, challenging body image stereotypes and developing confidence. Run by Emily Middleton, who is excellent. Age 10-16 (and truly still good for 16).
COOKERY CLASSES: The Farm Cookery School, Bromham, Nr Chippenham
Get those kids in the kitchen! They’ll probably go willingly when they see the menu. The Farm Cookery School are running lots of options, but virtual and IRL, including: Pizza from scratch & rocky road (11+, Tues 1st June) in pods for 2 children; Meatballs & tomato sauce, sticky toffee pudding (virtual class, 2nd June); Parent & child with The Cake Lady (up to 4 in a pod, 4th June, 8+). Think of it as an investment in your future dinners.
BRISTOL STORY WALK: Treasure Island, Show of Strength Theatre, 29th May-6th June, 2pm & 4pm
Starting at King Street, the walk explores Bristol’s pirate past. Discover where Long John Silver ran his pub, The Spyglass. This sold out in October, so booking might be advisable. You can even book it as a private tour – not a bad idea for a birthday party? Age 8+
FOOTBALL CAMP: Advanced Sports Coaching, Royal Wooton Bassett, 1st-3rd June
In spite of the slightly intimidating Advanced this is actually a chance for all abilities from Reception to Year 11 to improve their skills and have some fun.
STONEHENGE STUFF: Kids Rule, 1st-3rd June, 10am-6pm
This is designed for families, and is free with English Heritage entry. Try your hand at spear throwing, building Stonehenge out of hay bales, or listen to story-telling.
FUN ON THE FARM: Cholderton Rare Breeds Farm, Nr Salisbury
Cholderton Farm has it all: pig races, tractor rides, goat mountain, a cafe and play areas. A lovely day out, especially for the younger ones, as care is taken with everything. Booking essential.
ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND: Bowood
Kids love this old favourite. The Wendy House, Ball Pit and zip wire are shut, but the adventure playground, high ropes and full size pirate ship are open. And it is, of course, the pirate ship we’re here for. Suitable for up to 12 years.