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Family summer holiday activities

Family sitting in a park

If you’re stuck for ideas on what to do with children or as a family, the Family Information Service (FIS) has a helpful list for you.

Slough has lots to do, including fun, free activities for you to enjoy, so there is no need to hear ‘are we there yet?’ when activities are so close at hand.

For further information and more activities, including those in neighbouring boroughs, visit the FIS website or call 01753 476589.

Here are some ideas to start you off. You can download the full summer holiday booklet.

Please note, the information was correct at the time of inclusion, so please check with individual providers before attending a session.

Free activities

Parks 

Did you know Slough has 76 parks and outdoor spaces for you to explore? 22 of them have outdoor gyms for you to use. Multi use games areas (MUGA) are also available at certain parks.

Here are just a few of the parks and open spaces.

  • Herschel Park has seating and free parking. You can spend time at the wildlife pond or enjoy the nature reserve. You can also have a picnic in the reserved area. The park also has organised activities running throughout the year.
  • Upton Court Park has paths, football pitches and play areas. From here you can also walk to Windsor. There is a Parkrun every Saturday at 9am.
  • Salt Hill Park has gardens with tennis courts, a skate park and a café. Also located here is the Salt Hill Activity Centre.
  • Ditton Park contains the historical Ditton Manor House with a moat and landscaped gardens.
  • Pippins Park is where you can find a green area with seating, a herb garden and a children’s playground. 

Children’s centres 

We are very lucky to have 10 children’s centres in Slough, which provide excellent services on your doorstep. The children’s centres provide free or minimal cost activities throughout the year for children age 0 – 5 years. During the holidays activities are for children up to the age of 8 years

See the activity brochure on the FIS website

Libraries 

Slough Borough has four main libraries and two satellite libraries. Check out your local library for fun and educational activities. Some of the free events include Lego sessions, summer stories, craft sessions and the Summer Reading Challenge, which has a ‘Space Chase’ theme.

There are also some paid activities. Visit the libraries webpage 

Summer camps and holiday clubs  

How about sending your child to a summer camp or holiday club? There will be charges, but they will meet new friends and have the opportunity to try new and exciting things. 

  • Kidz Enterprise: at Cippenham Primary School, is offering group and day trips to beaches and parks.
  • Fit for Sport: at the Centre, Farnham Road, offers sport specific activities including swimming, along with arts and crafts.
  • Get Active Sports Activity Camp: at Priory School, will be providing imaginative sports sessions combined with challenging games.
  • Buzz Kids: at Lascelles Park Nursery, here you will find fun activities on site and there will also be outside trips.
  • Khalsa Holiday Camp: Khalsa School, Wexham Road. The camp includes a trip to Bournemouth and Brighton.
  • Fun Fest Holiday Club: at Eton End School, Datchet, offering wacky races, Harry Potter Experience, Master Chef sessions, fun with face paints, jewellery making and Nerf challenges.
  • GDTennis Slough: offers sporting activities including great fun tennis camps for kids aged 5 - 15 years.
  • Langley Hall Primary Academy: St Mary’s Road, Langley has indoor swimming on site and will be providing arts and crafts activities in their programme.
  • Jump In (Slough) and Wise Owls Holiday Club: offer fun and challenging activities for children aiming to capture their attention and involve them in learning new skills and gaining fresh experiences.
  • Camp Mohawk: at Wargrave is open to families with SEND or young carers.
  • Beehive Foundation: can be found at various locations offering trips and outings to places such as Odds Farm, Black Park and Burnham Beeches.
  • Thames Valley Adventure Playground: is open to children and adults with all types of special needs and offers respite care. There will be a fun day on 3 August and TapFest music day on 24 August.
  • Britwell Youth and Community Project: Free activities for young people aged 8+ during the school holiday period to develop their physical, mental and spiritual capacities.

Paid activities

  • Special Voices: is a voluntary organisation providing support to families with children and young people who have special / additional needs. Visit the Special Voices website.
  • Jubilee River Riverside Centre: Here you can enjoy rowing, kayaking and paddle boating. Visit the Jubilee River Riverside Centre website.
  • Escape Room: Bust out 360 in Wexham is aimed at older children and adults. Have a fun, unique and exciting time. Use your deductive reasoning and logic to solve mysteries, puzzles and riddles to escape within 60 minutes.
  • Art Director: Art classes at St.Mary's Church Centre, Langley  teaches different projects: landscape, seascape, still life, pets and portraiture using diverse media: water colours, gouache, line and wash, inks, charcoals, pastels, acrylics and oils.
  • Art Classes: in the Observatory shopping centre. Offer classes of pottery wheel, mosaics and textiles.
  • Active Slough: offers a programme of sport and physical activities regardless of age and ability.
  • Activus: at the Observatory - have a coffee while your little ones play in the soft play area.
  • Jump In (Slough): trampolining, soft play, dodge ball, racing slides and more.
  • Phoenix: trampolining at East Berks College, Langley.
  • Jump giants: trampolining, battle beams, tumble runs and more - fun for the entire family.
  • Salt Hill Activity Centre: bowling, soft play, caving, high ropes.
  • Slough Ice Arena: ice skating and indoor activities such as rock climbing.

Other ideas  

  • Take a picnic to your local park – pack up your lunch and enjoy a local park for the day or try one of the cycle routes.
  • Fruit picking – kids love picking their own raspberries and strawberries in the summer. It’s a great way to get them eating healthy treats too. Copas Farms have a pick your own farm in Cookham and Iver.
  • Splash Around - Runnymede Pleasure Grounds opens its paddling pool during the summer months. With an enclosed play area, children’s amusements and a café, there’s plenty to keep the kids occupied.
  • Get baking - everyone wants a sweet treat over the holidays, and what's better than baking it yourself? Why not try your hand at baking a cake or biscuits?
  • Get creative in the garden - set a tent up in your back garden and have a barbecue, try a treasure hunt with small treats, set up a mini crazy golf circuit, camp out and star gaze, turn your garden into a water park, get their hands dirty with gardening.
  • Day out with the kids website.
  • Let's go with the children website.  

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