SCHOOL’S OUT!: 4 pages of fun ideas for the hol­i­days

It is an ex­cit­ing time of the year for chil­dren, with six glo­ri­ous weeks off school. But mums, dads and other guardians face the an­nual task of keep­ing them oc­cu­pied. To get you started, we have put to­gether this com­pre­hen­sive four-page what’s on guide

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Mon­day, July 28 to Fri­day, Au­gust 1 RAW Ad­ven­ture The Bea­con School, Che­sham Bois, Amer­sham Learn how to sur­vive out­doors – light­ing a bush­fire, nav­i­ga­tion and bushcraft. Course aimed at ages seven to 14. Cost: £185 for the week Book­ings: Call 01235 467 300 or go to­per­ /book­ing/ Lo­gin.aspx

Mon­day, Septem­ber 1 to Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 3 Dust off those brain cells Kings Church, Raans Road, HP6 6LX Three-day course for chil­dren join­ing year six in Septem­ber. It fo­cuses on English, maths and rea­son­ing and there will be a chance to re­cap on what was cov­ered in year five. Cost: £30 a day Book­ings: Call 07918 665 656

Wed­nes­days in Au­gust, 2-4.30pm Cre­ate! Amer­sham Mu­seum, High Street, HP7 ODP Make items such as can­dle hold­ers, herb bags, pa­per flow­ers or Vic­to­rian peg dolls. Cost: £1 per child, in ad­di­tion to nor­mal day charge of £1.50 for ages five to 15. Info: Go to www.amer­sham­mu­

Mon­day to Fri­day, Au­gust 4 to 8 and Au­gust 11 to 15 Let The Kids Rock Amer­sham Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, Chiltern Av­enue, HP6 5AH Chil­dren can re­lease their creative en­ergy and learn to play the drums and the guitar. Coach­ing by pro­fes­sional West End mu­si­cians. For ages five to 15. Cost: £175 per child per week Info: Call 07825 924 570 or email Let­thekid­

Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 6, 11am-3pm Be In­spired Play­day King Ge­orge V Field, Chiltern Av­enue Face paint­ing, cir­cus skills, Zumba and tai chi are just some of the ac­tiv­i­ties for all ages. Cost: Free Info: Call 01494 732 020 or email

Mon­day, Au­gust 18 to Fri­day, Au­gust 22 A Pas­sion for Busi­ness The Bea­con School, Che­sham Bois, Amer­sham For ages 11 and over to learn about how to be­come an en­trepreneur; how to spot op­por­tu­ni­ties and deal with pit­falls. Cost: £185 Book­ings: Call 01235 467 300 or go to­per­ /book­ing/ Lo­gin.aspx


Satur­day, July 26, 9-11pm Bats and Creatures of the Night Ashridge Es­tate, Money­bury Hill, Berkham­sted, HP4 1LT A walk in the dark to dis­cover bats and other amaz­ing creatures that come out at night. Cost: Adult £10, child £6 Info: Call 01442 851 227 or email ashridge@na­tion­al­

Satur­day, Au­gust 2, 8-10pm The Ed­i­ble Dor­mouse Talk and Walk Ashridge Es­tate (as above) Learn all about the elu­sive Glis Glis, or ed­i­ble dor­mouse, re­leased from Tring Park in 1902. An il­lus­trated talk fol­lowed by an op­tional walk. Cost: Adult £10, child £6 Info: Call 01442 851 227 or email ashridge@na­tion­al­

Thurs­day, Au­gust 28, 6.30-8.30pm Archaeology Walk: In­combe Hole at Ashridge Es­tate Ashridge Es­tate (as above) Join the Re­gional Ar­chae­ol­o­gist for a walk around In­combe Hole and dis­cover its his­tory as part of the Ashridge Es­tate. Cost: Adult £8, child £5 Info: Call 01442 851 227 or email ashridge@na­tion­al­

From Mon­day, Septem­ber 1, 10am-4pm Au­tumn Trail Ashridge Es­tate (as above) A sea­sonal fam­ily trail around the es­tate. An­swer ques­tions along the way and earn your re­ward. Cost: £1 Info: Call 01442 851 227 or email ashridge@na­tion­al­


Tues­day, Au­gust 26, 2pm; Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 27 and Thurs­day, Au­gust 28, 11am and 2pm; Fri­day, Au­gust 29, 11am What the Lady­bird Heard Ayles­bury Wa­ter­side Theatre, Ex­change Street, HP20 1UG Live pup­petry and mu­sic. Cost: From £13.90 Book­ings: Call 0844 8717607 or go to­gtick­ /Ayles­bury.


Mon­day to Fri­day, Au­gust 4 to 8 and Au­gust 11 to 15, 10am-4pm Pop­stars Summer Camps Girl­guid­ing HQ, Malt­house Square, HP9 2LE Dance and sing­ing work­shops for ages six to 11, with per­for­mances at the end of each week. Info: Call 01753 650 090, email hazel@Pop­starsA­, or go to www.Pop­starsA­

Mon­day, July 28 to Fri­day, Au­gust 29 Summer of Swim­ming 2014 High March School, 23 Led­bor­ough Lane, HP9 2PZ In­ten­sive cour­ses run by Neil Bai­ley Swim­ming. Cour­ses run at other venues. Cost: £16 or £20 per ses­sion Info: Call 07938 629 129, email of­fice@neil­bai­leyswim­, or go to www.neil­bai­leyswim­

Mon­day, July 28 to Wed­nes­day, July 30, 10am-2pm The Lit­tle Lan­guage Academy Girl­guid­ing HQ, Malt­house Square, HP9 2LE Hol­i­day camp for ages three to seven at this brand new venue. No pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence of French re­quired. Lots of games, songs, arts and crafts, bak­ing and out­door fun – para­chute play, boules and Twis­ter. Cost: £25 per child per day Info: 07903 525 070

Mon­day, July 28 to Fri­day, Au­gust 29 Ul­ti­mate Ac­tiv­ity Camps Bea­cons­field High School, Wat­tle­ton Road, HP9 1RR More than 40 sports, games and art ac­tiv­i­ties ev­ery week for ages four to 14, led by in­spir­ing staff at amaz­ing lo­ca­tions. Dis­counts avail­able if you book early. Book­ings: Call 0844 870 7077 or go to www.ul­ti­mate­ac­tiv­

Satur­day, Au­gust 9 and Sun­day, Au­gust 10, 10am-5pm 85th An­niver­sary of Bekon­scot Model Vil­lage War­wick Road, HP9 2PL Tour the ‘old­est model vil­lage in the world’ – Noddy’s car, chil­dren’s entertainment and play­ground, face paint­ing, hand­made gift stalls, hog roast, re­fresh­ments. Info: Call 01494 672 919 or go to www.bekon­

Mon­day, Au­gust 11 to Fri­day, Au­gust 15 Peter Pan Summer Hol­i­day Ex­pe­ri­ences St Michael’s Church Hall, Gren­fell Road, HP9 2BN For five fun-packed days, work­shop lead­ers will take chil­dren on a jour­ney of the imag­i­na­tion. They’ll make friends, learn new songs and dances. With colour­ful cos­tumes, orig­i­nal songs and live mu­sic, the chil­dren will en­joy mak­ing new friends, stretch­ing their imag­i­na­tion and putting to­gether a lively show that will de­light fam­ily and friends. For ages four to eight. Cost: £149 (25 per cent dis­count for sib­lings and group re­duc­tions) Info: Call 0845 400 4000 or go to www.per­


Satur­day, July 26 and Sun­day, July 27, 10am-5pm Meet the Ro­mans Chiltern Open Air Mu­seum, New­land Park, Gore­lands Lane Visit the liv­ing his­tory en­camp­ment and ex­pe­ri­ence what life was like for a sol­dier in the Ro­man Army. In­cludes dis­plays of bat­tle tac­tics. Cost and other info: Call 01494 871 117 or go to

Satur­day, Au­gust 9 and Sun­day, Au­gust 10, 10am-5pm Tu­dor Farm­ing Chiltern Open Air Mu­seum (as above) En­joy a fam­ily day trav­el­ling back in time to 1585 and see how the Tu­dor farm­ing com­mu­nity worked. Plenty to watch and make. Cost and other info: As above

Tues­day, Au­gust 26, 10am-5pm Yes­ter­days Tues­day Chiltern Open Air Mu­seum (as above) How did peo­ple live in the past? Come and re­live their lives by ex­plor­ing the mu­seum’s historic build­ings. Play and cook as our great-grand­par­ents once did. Cost and other info: As above

Satur­day, Au­gust 30 and Sun­day, Au­gust 31 19th cen­tury Liv­ing His­tory Chiltern Open Air Mu­seum (as above) Meet peo­ple from a 19th-cen­tury vil­lage, in­clud­ing farm labour­ers, ped­lars, a toll keeper and a school mis­tress. Cost and other info: As above


Wed­nes­day to Fri­day, July 30 to Au­gust 1 and Au­gust 27 to 29, 10.30am-3.30pm MATILDA! Summer Work­shop – Through the Wardrobe St Joseph’s Church Hall, Austen­wood Com­mon, SL9 8RY Three days of drama, dance and mu­si­cal theatre in one work­shop tack­ling Matilda with songs from the new West End pro­duc­tion. For ages eight to 14. Cost: £75 per child Book­ings: Call 01753 892 009; email ttw2@bt­in­ter­, or go to www.through-the-war­

Photo by Toby Van de Velde

CREATIVE: Work­shops are be­ing run all over the county, where chil­dren can make things to take home with them af­ter­wards

Photo by Joe Bai­ley

TIN­KER­ING: There are all sorts of ac­tiv­i­ties avail­able dur­ing the hol­i­days to keep small hands busy

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