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half term ideas in maidenhead

Half Term Ideas in Maidenhead


When the kids are off school for half term and you’re looking for something to do, take a look at some of these ideas in Maidenhead, Berkshire.

There are even some free things to do on the list – and you don’t have to venture too far if you’re local.

best play parks in maidenhead

Play Parks

Maidenhead has a selection of play parks to choose from. The larger parks have green space for exercise and ball games, as well as play areas for children. Choose from Oaken Grove, Ockwells, Grenfell, Kidwells, Desborough, Riverside, Punt Hill or Braywick. See our full round up with details of locations, parking and facilities here: Best Play Parks to visit in Maidenhead

guinea pigs at ray mill island

Ray Mill Island

Ray Mill Island is close to Riverside Gardens and Boulters Lock. As you head over the bridge at Boulters, you will discover a lovely area where you can have a picnic or walk along the river. There are guinea pigs and bird aviaries which are free to visit and a cafe with an outdoor seating area – perfect for icecreams and refreshments. You can even sit by the lock as you come back over the bridge and watch the boats.

Ray Mill Island, SL6 8PE

braywick nature reserve

Braywick Nature Reserve

Follow the Nature Trail around the Braywick Nature reserve to discover trees, wildflowers, minibeasts and birds. Part of the trail is a reclaimed landfill site which includes a pond, grassland and woodland. You can find the trail map on the Wild Maidenhead website

Braywick Nature Centre, Hibbert Road, SL6 1UU

 norden farm centre for the arts

Norden Farm Centre for the Arts

There are always plenty of things happening during the half term at Norden Farm. Take a look at the Norden Farm website for activities, workshops, theatre, cinema and more. You can head to the cafe bar for food and drinks and look out for the beach at Norden Farm in the summer holidays!

Altwood Road, SL6 4PF

meerkats at bca zoo


BCA Zoo is within the grounds of BCA college, and opens to the public at weekends and some days through the holidays. They also have family zoo days on the last Saturday of the month throughout the summer.

Head to the BCA Zoo website to check availability and to book tours, animal encounters and more.

BCA Zoo, Burchetts Green, Maidenhead SL6 6QR

maidenhead library

Maidenhead Library

The Maidenhead Library often has special activities taking place during the half term which are usually free. Head to the RBWM Libraries Facebook Page for updates. You can also use your Advantage Card in the Rio Deli cafe to get 20% off hot drinks, pastries, baguettes, pasta bakes and more.

There are also pretty colour change fountains in Library Square with a seating area around them.

Maidenhead Library, St Ives Road, SL6 1QU

maidenhead heritage centre

The Maidenhead Heritage Centre

Situated in the heart of Maidenhead is the Heritage Centre, which is a local museum. Learn about the history of Maidenhead, fly the spitfire simulator flying experience, dress up like a Roman Gladiator, build your own bridge or investigate the children’s toy box. Find out more on the Maidenhead Heritage Centre website.

Maidenhead Heritage Centre, Park Street, SL6 1SL

maidenhead mini dinosaur golf

Maidenhead Mini Golf

The Maidenhead Mini Golf has a fun dinosaur theme. There are 18 holes and it’s open weekdays and weekends all year round. There is free customer parking and an amazing dessert parlour inside the club house, with icecreams, waffles and milkshakes. Indoor and outdoor seating.

Perfect for all the family. More information is available on the Maidenhead Mini Golf website.

Maidenhead Mini Golf, Braywick Road, SL6 1BN

braywick leisure centre

Swimming at Braywick Leisure Centre

Family swimming at the Braywick Leisure Centre is available for members and non members. There are two pools – one of which is a family pool. There is a slide, water tipping buckets, interactive water features and a large spa pool. Check out the Braywick Leisure Centre website to book.

Braywick Leisure Centre, Braywick Road, SL6 1BN

marlow donkey train

The Maidenhead to Marlow Train

Take the kids on the ‘Marlow Donkey’ for a day out to Marlow. Go from platform 5 at Maidenhead Station and take the train to Marlow. It takes just over 20 minutes and it stops at Furze Platt and Cookham along the way. When you arrive, you can spend the day by the river or at Higginson Park. A great day out with the kids!

Maidenhead Train Station, SL6 1DP

odeon luxe cinema

Odeon Luxe

The Odeon Luxe is a state of the art, 8 screen cinema in the centre of Maidenhead. Check out what is currently showing and treat the kids to a movie and freshly prepared food and drinks. Keep an eye on the Odeon Luxe Maidenhead website for family deals.

King Street, Maidenhead, SL6 1DY

Absolutely karting maidenhead

Absolutely Karting Maidenhead

Absolutely Karting is an indoor Go Karting track and the UK’s home of ‘Glow Karting’ – with a neon, UV and light show in the dark!

The Go Karting is for anyone such as groups and parties. Children can race from the age of 8 years. Children between 8 and 14 race in special karts that don’t go as fast as adult karts.

There is also Absolutely Laser Tag for children aged 5 – 12 years.

More details are on the Absolutely Karting Maidenhead website.

The Arena, Stafferton Way, SL6 1AY 

half term ideas in maidenhead

More Half Term Ideas

To find out what’s going on in Maidenhead, check out the Make Maidenhead Facebook page for activities that take place in the Nicholson Centre or on the High Street.

Head to the Norden Farm website for children’s activities, workshops, theatre and cinema.

Take a look at Cliveden National Trust. They often have events or activities for children in the holidays.

And check out our Monthly Events to see what’s coming up.

Read our review on the latest soft play cafe in Maidenhead:

Chai Cocoa Play Cafe 

chai cocoa play cafe maidenhead

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