Yes, it’s that time again, stay-at-home parents. Time to either max your Majestic Wine warehouse loyalty card or fight school holiday boredom like a boss. Here’s some ideas in Wiltshire and around and about, to occupy your little devils and demigods; you know, save them climbing the walls, and save you some hair...…
It’s not exhaustive, check back here from time to time for updates. There will be those who despite my asking on social media, will suddenly materialise from the woodwork screaming news of their events, workshops and other ideas. And to them I say, the more the merrier, message us, we have the technology to edit this, so please send us details.
Fuel & Wilshire Council Activities
FUEL was supposed to be for young people who are eligible for benefit related free school meals, are of school age and either be a resident of Wiltshire or attend a school in the County. Camps will be running in Melksham, Trowbridge, Westbury, Amesbury, Salisbury, Royal Wootton Bassett, Calne, Chippenham, Devizes and Warminster. Links to Fuel’s survey seems to be broken, and have left people confused how to book. Clearly WC have not provided enough places, but there’s lots of other activity camps across the county, to be found here.
Chippenham Kids’ Comic Club
Make your own comic at Chippenham’s Neeld Hall on Tuesday 26th July. Tickets are just £1.50.
Outdoor Theatre show in Chippenham
“Somewhere in Britain, a long time ago, a very, very, very long time ago. So long ago that nobody quite knows whether it happened or not. Or where it happened or not. A boy pulled a sword from a stone and became King. A story of the old world, with knights, wizards, mist and magic”.
This fun and farcical adventure is a deliberately anarchic re-telling of the Arthurian Legend with live music, physical comedy and lo-fi acrobatics. And some silly jokes…
Wednesday 20th July at Ivy Lane School Field
Tickets cost £6.50 in advance, £8 on the day. More info/book here.
Bring seating or picnic blankets
Suitable for age 5+
Gates open from 5.30pm
Refreshments available from Nourishers.
Activities at Hillworth Park
Kids Summer Art Club at Wiltshire Scrapstore & Resource Centre
All children must be accompanied by an adult. Adults must wear masks throughout the workshop. Numbers will be limited to ensure social distancing measures can be adhered to. Booking is essential and due to limited spaces. Book early to avoid disappointment. Sessions are £9.50 per child.
Groove and Move in Great Cheverall
A music and creative workshop for kids on the 8th and 9th of August in Great Cheverall. The days are intended to be a really fun day that will include listening to music, writing songs as a group, singing, dancing and a bit of drama added in. It will be a chance to let off steam, whilst joining in fun workshops intended to educate and stimulate literary skills, musicality and physical exercise.
The Mini Fair at The Rowdey Cow
in Rowde returns throughout the holiday. Operating on a wristband system there’s bouncy castles, rides and games from 22nd July, 10am to 4pm.
Holiday Activities at Wiltshire Museum
Always a packed program over the summer hols, Wiltshire Museum in Devizes has school holiday craft activity sessions, suitable for children aged 11 and under; under 8s to be accompanied.
The sessions are usually held on the Wednesdays of school holidays, but they are so popular they sometimes run extra sessions on the Tuesdays too!
The sessions are often fully booked – some time in advance – so we do ask you to book online – see the events page for details.
Braeside Education Centre Summer Activities
Braeside provides safe, inclusive, fun and challenging experiences for young people aged 8 -14. A whole range of activities take place. For a full detailed programme, for the current school holidays, please click the link. New dates have been added due to popular demand!
Devizes Tennis Club Summer Camp
If watching all the action at Wimbledon the past couple of weeks has put your little ones in the mood for tennis, be sure to book them in for Devizes Tennis Club’s Summer 2022 Tennis Holiday Camp.
Trowbridge Rugby Football Club Summer Camps
On Sundays beginning 24th July until 28th August you are invited to join Trowbridge Rugby Football Club to give rugby a “TRY!” Boys and girls aged 4-12 years are welcome to come along to Doric Park from 11am-12 noon to take part in games, make friends, and learn what rugby is all about – FUN!
For more information about 𝐅𝐑𝐄𝐄 Summer fun sessions, please contact Andy Evans on 07872 065499 or firstname.lastname@example.org
A range of sporty holiday activities for children, aged 4 upwards. Active Kids Camp, Soccer Schools and the Girl’s Football Camp, run in February Half Term, the Easter holidays, May Half Term, across the summer and finish for the year at October Half Term (excludes Bank Holidays). Offering sports and entertainment for your children for the entire day throughout the school holidays. They also offer breakfast as part of our extended day offer that will fuel them for the day ahead! Details HERE.
Summer Holiday Camps at The Farm Cookery School
A wide selection of cookery classes at The Farm Cookery School Netherstreet Farm, Bromham, to browse, book and then cook, see HERE!
Multi Sports Programme at Hardenhuish School
Up and Under are running their popular Multi Sports Programme to all abilities aged 5 -13, offering a fantastic variety of sports & activities each day. The course will run from 9am – 4pm daily from 25th to 29th July.
£30 per day / £135 for all 5 days / 10% sibling discount is available
Sports include Trampolining, Climbing, Archery, Inflatable obstacle course, Football, Mini Olympics, Tennis, New Age Kurling, Handball, Hockey, Cricket, Ultimate Frisbee, Dodgeball, Multi Skill – Martial Arts, Lacrosse, Basketball, Tag Rugby, Team Building Challenges along with daily competitions, prizes and certificates.
Find out more & book on their website.
A Teddy Bear’s Picnic at King Alfred Hall, Chippenham
Join us for a musical Teddy Bear’s Picnic! Bring your teddy and journey with us to a magical garden to play with all the other teddies! Suitable for age 0-4 (older siblings welcome too!)
10.30am – Monday 25th July. Find out more here.
Summer holiday climbing sessions at The Arc, Chippenham
Climbing and games with expert coaching from one of our experienced instructors available over the summer holidays. These sessions will allow our younger climbers to work on their climbing skills, NICAS logbooks as well as engage in other activities and games. No experience necessary.
Visit The History of Video Games, Bristol
Bristol’s best kept secret! – History of Video Games Bristol has been upgraded…
Bristol’s biggest retro video game and retro arcade experience is back and now fully open with 300+ games at the Galleries Shopping Centre, Bristol.
All day tickets with a wrist band so you can come and go.. (no coins required) – the Ultimate family and friends fun day! advance booking only. Buy one get one free (saving £14!) including weekends for all of the summer holidays July 24th – Sept 11th.
Family Space Day in Bath!
Coming to Bath this summer, enjoy a guided tour of the night sky; travel to the International Space Station; zoom across the Solar System; and handle a famous meteorite from outer space. Details & tickets
B-Smart B-Ballers: Fantastic football skills for kids age 18months – 6 years; at Trowbridge Town Hall
Tuesday 19th July @ Trowbridge Town Hall. Fantastic football skills for kids age 18months – 6 years!
Football is an amazing activity for children and most children will be kicking and throwing a ball of some sort as soon as they can walk.
At B-Ballers, We recognise that parents and guardians are by far the most important influence in a child’s life. Including parents in our mini and mighty Bee classes has a real positive impact on their football training. What better way to be involved and support their development whilst having lots of fun together
To book your 2 FREE lessons, simply call coach Emma reid on 07833788465 or visit www.b-smartballers.com
Performance: Catch That Beast! in Trowbridge
The Royal Society of Beastologists are a group with one mission: to track down mythical beasts. They can’t wait to come to Trowbridge Town Hall, meet their new members and capture the Terrible Beast of Trowbridge. They’ve heard it’s been causing all sorts of nuisance.
But Jessy, the youngest Beastologist, has her doubts about beast hunting. What if beasts don’t want to be found? When Jessy is left behind at camp, an encounter with the Beast could help her transform the ways of the Beastologists for good…
Catch That Beast! is a magical, deliciously silly show about how we interact with wild things and how the youngest among us might bring about change. Full of humour, live music, inventive puppetry and audience participation, it is suitable for everybody aged 5+.
There are performances at 11am & 1pm, Saturday 23rd July @ Trowbridge Town Hall
Art & Drama Workshops for aged 11 upwards at The Cause Arts Centre, Chippenham
Work with Charlie on colourful still life drawings, or play lots of fun games, exercises and make up short scenes with Laura.
A great way to spend a couple of hours and to find out if we’re for you before enrolling for a term. We’re buzzing with ideas and can’t wait to get back to it! See you there.
4.30-6.30 on Wednesday 27th & Wednesday 3rd August. Find out more here.
Devizes Hockey Club Summer Camps
Junior Summer Sessions are here – limited places so get in quick!
Running weekly on Tuesday nights, from 12th July to 16th August, at Melksham Oaks astro, from 7pm-8pm. These sessions are suitable for U11s, U12s and U13s (Y6, 7 and 8 ) and for both boys and girls. Cost for all sessions: £30.
To sign up and pay for the sessions on Pitchero or via the website
Wild Edge Survival Camp @ West Lavington, Devizes
A fantastic Survival Camp on Friday 19th August, for any young adventurous children who are aged between 10 years old and 12 years old.
Small groups of only 12, with a maximum intake of only 24 children; get in quick!
Devizes Netball Summer Camps
Mini netball Summer camps on Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th August, open to members and non-members of the club. These will take place outside on the netball courts at Devizes Leisure Centre.
Each day there will be two age groups:
- 9am – 11am – current years 2-3 (going into years 3/4 in September)
- 11.30am-1.30pm – Years 4-5 (going into years 5/6 in September)
Girls may book for one of both days. The cost per day is £13.
Holt Scarecrow Trail
runs from the 27th to 31st August. In its tenth year, Holt Scarecrow Trail welcomes everybody. Main trail with 50 scarecrows to be found and guessed! Children’s trail will be run separately but can also be done alongside the Main trail too.
Summer Swimming – Crash Course at Starfish Hydrotherapy Pool, Chippenham
Neptune Aquatic’s small-group intensive swimming crash courses at Starfish Hydrotherapy Pool are suitable for children aged 3 years+ and are the perfect way to introduce your young child to a swimming lessons environment or build on skills learned in weekly lessons. We currently offer crash courses (with a maximum of 6 children in each class) for our Ducklings, Turtles and Jellyfish stages (equivalent to Swim England Stages 1-4.) All courses are 5 days, with children swimming every morning for 25 minutes. We welcome all swimmers, including those who do not currently swim with Neptune Swim School.
Monday 1st-5th August and Monday 22th-26th August
More info here.
Devizes Confetti Battle
Chippenham River Festival
Chippenham River Festival is on Bank Holiday Monday 29th August 2022 from 10am-4pm. An Artisan market, community stalls, a duck race, Tree high ropes activity, Boat trips and Stand up paddle boarding.
Book the high ropes and paddle boarding here.