Entertaining Babies and Toddlers in Newbury

My anxiety has a lot to answer for.  Since Hudson was born, I’ve really struggled to get out of the house alone with the boys.  Often, we can go all week without getting any fresh-air and I feel really, really guilty about it.

I’ve made a promise to myself and the boys that this year, I shall make every effort to get out and about during the day with them.

Bristol zoo toddlers

Whilst Newbury isn’t the best place for entertaining young families, I’ve been on the hunt for local parent and toddler friendly activities for us to enjoy.

If like us, you are looking for something to do in Newbury, then I hope you will find the below details useful:

Baby & Toddler Groups

In order of age suitability…

Bump and Beyond – Suitable for children aged 0-18months.

Thursdays (10:00 – 11:30) – Fun filled area full of creative, explorative, messy and physical activities, toys and equipment to support children’s learning and development.  Healthy snacks for children plus tea and coffee is provided.

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St Johns Baby & Toddler Group – Suitable for children aged 0-3years.

Tuesdays (9:30 – 11:15) – Range of activities including a dedicated baby area, weekly craft table, dressing up, imaginative play, ride on toys and a book corner with song time at 11.  Drinks for the children plus tea, coffee and biscuits are provided.

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Cherubs Playgroup – Suitable for children 0-4years.

Tuesdays (9:45 – 11:15) – Small, friendly group with a large variety of toys.  Weekly singing session and monthly craft activity.  Great opportunity to meet local families.

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Pebbles Stay and Play – Suitable for children 0-4years.

Wednesdays & Fridays (10:00 – 11:30) – Freeplay and messy play available.  Song and story time, followed by a drink and biscuit. Tea/coffee is available for adults.

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Stay, Play and Learn – Suitable for children 0-5years.

Tuesdays (9:15 – 11:00) & Fridays 12:30 – 14:30) – Fun filled area full of creative, explorative, messy and physical activities, toys and equipment to support children’s learning and development.  Healthy snacks for children plus tea and coffee is provided.

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Monkey Music – Various age groups and days available.

Local children’s music activitiy classes for families.  With songs, activities and resources based around an established curriculum, the classes are full of smiles, fun and laughter for all the family.

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Things to do / Places to visit

Nature Discovery Centre and Thatcham Lakes – Enjoy lakeside walks, feed the ducks and let off steam in the adventure playgrounds.  Explore the interactive wildlife and natural history displays and games in the Centre.

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Victoria Park – Multi-games unit, springers (various), basket swings, sandpit, dish roundabout, DDA roundabout, rotator, caterpillar, swings, seesaw, timber stepping stones, mega climbing tower with large tube slides, cable runway and the new splash park.

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LeapFrog Ceramics – Paint your own pottery and create beautiful keepsakes.

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Swings & Smiles – Provides families with special needs children an environment where they can all play together.

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Eddie Catz – Soft Play centre suitable for babies and toddlers, and workshop sessions.

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Krazy Klub – Soft play with kiddies’ rock climbing wall, tube slide, adventure play, and toddlers’ area with soft structure.

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Northcroft Leisure Centre & Lido – Indoor and outdoor (seasonal) pools, multi level adventure soft play area, sporting opportunities and sauna for mum.

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The Living Rainforest – Over 700 species of plants and animals to discover across three glasshouses. In addition, there is a ‘Human Impact’ exploration space, children’s play area,  cafe and shop.

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4 Kingdoms Adventure Park – Family run farm, ideal for kids aged between 2 & 12. Set in 28 acres on the Hampshire/Berkshire borders with two large lakes, surrounded by the river Embourne.

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Bucklebury Farm and Deer Safari Park – Offers a magical experience and a great value day out whatever the weather, that will appeal to the whole family.

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Jubilee Boat Trips – A relaxing narrowboat trip through historic Newbury. There’s plenty of interest to be seen as you rise up a lock and cruise through a swing bridge.

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I hope you have found somewhere suitable for you and perhaps, we might just see you there 🙂

Lisa x

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  • Reply
    Mummified mummy
    February 25, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    Fab list, thank you. I really need to try a few more of those groups. Our go to is Discovery Centre or Greenham Common. Almost tried Living Rainforest today x

  • Reply
    Plutonium Sox
    January 17, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Oh what a great list, I’m sure local people will find this really helpful. I love that Thomas in the soft play!

    • Reply
      Lisa Hudson
      January 17, 2017 at 3:26 pm

      Jack loved the Thomas until we put some money in it and it started moving. Then not so much 🙂 x

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