Scbeach-1867271_1920hool’s out and the summer holidays are here! With six blissful weeks ahead of us, let’s make a plan of action so the whole family can relax, have fun, and simply enjoy!

Holiday season is finally here, giving you six weeks (equating to seven weekends, 42 days and 1008 hours), to squeeze in bundles of family fun time. Many of you may have already planned a staycation, a trip abroad or a weekend with the grandparents for the kids, but when you head back home, the local calendar will still buzzing with a choice of activities that are surely set to please. In fact, there is no place quite like home to spend quality time with the family, where the local communities are hosting a whole range of activities for everyone to get involved.

In this digital age, tearing the children away from their tablets and androids will be a challenge in itself. But this host of activities might just do the trick.

Peter Pan  I  Hartley Wintney

Wednesday 9th August : Victoria and Jubilee Halls 2.30pm – 5.30pm

Captured live at the National Theatre, a recorded performance of JM Barrie’s much-loved tale screens in cinemas this summer. Described by Radio Times, as ‘spellbindingly imaginative…’  and ‘a dazzling production.’

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 HWCC vs Shaun Udal’s All-Stars Charity Match  I  Hartley Wintney Cricket Club

Friday 28th July from 2.30pm

Hartley Wintney CC is one of the oldest and most beautifully sited cricket clubs in the country. This summer, HWCC are hosting a charity Twenty20 match between the Club and Shaun Udal’s All Stars X, in aid of the Dove House School for children with learning disabilities and The Brain Tumour Charity.

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The Summer Reading Challenge  I  Your local library

Libraries are a great place for children to discover and learn, this year’s Summer Reading Challenge is themed around Animal Agents. As children read library books on the Summer Reading Challenge, they will receive a host of collectable stickers.



 Moth trapping  I  Fleet

Saturday 22nd July 9.00 am – 10.30 am

Join the Hart Countryside Rangers for an adventure walk through Elvetham Heath. This trail of discovery will let you get up close and personal with these fantastic, colourful creatures and watch the emptying of the moth trap, as you learn all about the different species. You must book in advance.



Family bug hunting and pond dipping  I  Fleet

Thursday 27th July & Thursday 24th August 10.00am – 12.00pm

Families and children of all ages can join the Hart Rangers for an adventure around Fleet Pond, hunting for bugs in the woods and exploring creatures in pond. Places must be booked in advance with Hart Countryside Services.



Wizard of Oz Dance Workshop  I  Fleet

July 31st – 4tLido-flumesh August , 9.30am – 1pm at Ancells Farm Community Centre

Dance Hampshire is hosting various summer holiday dance workshops and shows over the course of the summer holidays, specifically for children aged between 6 to 16.



Aldershot Lido Fun Days  I  Aldershot

Sunday 30th July and Sunday 20th August

The Friends of Aldershot Lido will be hosting special activities – arts, crafts and family fun! Normal admission charges apply.



Summer Gamers Event  I  Farnborough

5th, 12th & 19th August at The Mead

Three weeks of gamers fun kicks off from 5th August with a photo station, courtesy of The Picture Company, where children can pose for photos in The Meads vintage arcade photo. The second week is taken over by Nerf Zone, coming to a close with a selection of gaming pods, where the children are challenged to rank highest on the leader board, with the chance of winning a games console and games package.




Amazing Animals  I  Farnborough Library

Wednesday 26th July , 1pm – 2pm

From millipedes to spiders, snakes and frogs to rats and lizards, join ZooLab for animal handling, role play and storytelling. 



Flavours of the World Market  I  Camberley

Friday 28th July and Saturday 29th July , all day at Park Street, Camberley

‘Flavours of the World’ is a vibrant marketplace aiming to stir your senses, while taking you on a journey of discovery through different cultures. Explore flavours and aromas from around the world, as you sample traditional delicacies or even a variety of cheeses to tickle your taste buds.  A beautiful showcase of intricately crafted ornaments and other individual items will also be available.



Summer Fair & Classic Vehicle Show  I  Tongham

Sunday 13th August, from 12 noon – 4.00pm at Hogs Back Brewery

The annual Sum2016summerfair-01_origmer Fair & Classic Vehicle Show presents an afternoon of family fun, hosted by Ash Friends in support of Shooting Star Chase, a children’s hospice charity caring for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families.  There are a whole host of activities taking place, with many craft stalls and local charity stands, whilst the children can enjoy face painting, games & attractions. There will be a live music stage, so sit back, relax and enjoy something tasty from the BBQ or cake stall, then browse the many classic vehicles and side shows.



The Look Out Discovery Centre Shows  I  Bracknell

Dinosaur Show – 22nd July – 3rd September

Give out your best dinosaur roar as you become part of The Look Out’s herd. Work out the answers to help the herd survive. It’s so REX-CITING.




Life’s A Beach Mess Around North Hampshire  I  Hook

Messy Play, Hook Community Centre, Ravenscote – Saturday 22nd July 10:30 am – 11:30 am.

Roll up! Roll up! Pack your buckets and spades and have all the fun of the seaside at Mess Around! Including all the messy classics like hook-a-duck, goldfish jelly and ice cream. Experience the favourites of the funfair such as cereal bumper cars, funfair rice, ferris wheel foam and their famous mushy pea castles. And of course, no trip to the beach is complete without a LOT of SAND and WATER! Everyone is welcome to join in, including older siblings up to the age of 10, who can participate in the Big Kids Create & Make Corner which include Arts, Crafts and Junk modelling activities to keep them busy!



Dipley Mill  Open Garden for NGS  I  Hook, Hampshire RG27 8JP

Sunday 6th August between 2pm – 5.30pm

A romantic adventure awaits as you wander by the meandering streams surrounding this Domesday Book listed mill. Explore many magical areas, such as the rust garden, the pill box grotto and the ornamental courtyard, or just escape into wild meadows.



Refresh Festival  I  Reading

Wellington CirclesPark – Saturday 2nd September & Sunday 3rd September, between 9am – 5pm

Bring your summer holidays to a close with Refresh Festival, the newest and most exciting outdoor health, fitness and wellbeing festival in the U.K, set to revitalise your for the coming academic year. Hosted by the inspirational and motivational, twice Olympic gold medalist Dame Kelly Holmes DBE, along with a whole team of health and fitness professionals. The festival will be full of variety, including personal trainers, instructors and fitness experts, therapists, nutritional advisors, healthy food suppliers and a range of fitness clothing companies. Dame Kelly Holmes will be running a children’s sports day and the show arena will showcase activities and demonstrations such as karate and free runners to spark enthusiasm. And what’s more, kids go free!



However you choose to spend these coming weeks, we hope these ideas equip you to organise a stress-free summer. Why not connect with us on Facebook and let us know what’s going on in your area, or simply share the exciting adventures you and the family have created for yourself.

From all of us at Mackenzie Smith, we hope you all have a blissful summer!