Half term fun for families in Bucks

Families looking for low-cost ideas to entertain their children during the upcoming February half-term need look no further than the local area for inspiration. Buckinghamshire’s libraries, leisure centres and museums have a wide range of events and activities taking place across the week.

A number of Bucks libraries are hosting events. Why not join the brass players of Alina Orchestra for a special kid’s version of Band in a Van? Children can take part in some fun interactive games and afterwards the band will invite attendees to shake some percussion, conduct the group or sing along to some popular songs.

The event is free and there is no need to book in advance:

  • Hazlemere Library: Thursday 16 February – 2pm to 3pm
  • Chesham Library: Thursday 16 February – 3:30pm to 4:30pm
  • Aylesbury Library: Friday 17 February – 10:30am to 11:30am
  • Princes Risborough Library: Friday 17 February – 1pm to 2pm

What about joining the Curious Investigators, Scribble and Clipboard on an exciting adventure as they sort through the recycling and discover a strange egg? This highly visual show is aimed at children aged between three and seven and is taking place at:

  • Bourne End Community Library: Thursday 16 February 11am and 2pm 
  • Burnham Community Library: Friday 17 February 11am and 2pm 
  • Aylesbury Library: Saturday 18 February 11am and 2pm
  • High Wycombe Library: Sunday 19 February 1pm 

Suggested donations are £5 per ticket. Tickets must be booked in advance and children need to be accompanied by an adult who must also have a ticket.  

Other libraries around the county will be hosting regular and extra activities during the week including Bounce and Rhyme, Explore Learning Workshops, Duplo and Lego play sessions, arts and crafts and book clubs. Most are free but sometimes booking is necessary. Visit the website for more details on what’s happening in your local library.

If you are looking for something more physical, leisure centres across Buckinghamshire have a wide variety of activities taking place this half term including:

  • Swimming crash courses at Swan Pool in Buckingham. Crash courses are designed to enable children to quickly develop their confidence and ability in the water and are available for a range of swimming abilities, catering for complete beginners, up to children who can swim up to 25 metres.
  • Family swimming sessions will be available throughout the half term holiday at Aqua Vale in Aylesbury and in Wycombe, Chalfont and Chiltern leisure centres.
  • Adventure climbing at Wycombe leisure centre.
  • Soft play at Chesham leisure centre.
  • Climbing and soft play at the Chilterns Lifestyle Centre in Amersham.
  • Fit for Sport holiday camps offering multi sports to messy arts and crafts at the Chilterns Lifestyle Centre.

More information can be found on the council’s website.

And don’t forget, Buckinghamshire’s museums have a wide selection of interesting and varied exhibitions and activities taking place ranging from craft workshops to an autism reality experience in Aylesbury.

Clive Harriss, Buckinghamshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure said: “Our libraries, leisure centres and museums offer a wide range of fun activities and events aimed at children and families throughout the year. During school holidays there is even more to choose from with the majority of activities at affordable prices and some are free, which is great news for everyone. And if you just want some fresh air and exercise, then I’d recommend visiting Waddesdon Greenway, or one of our country parks and green flag parks.”

There are also lots of other activities and events taking place around the county during half term. Visit Buckinghamshire Family Information Service website to find out what’s on. You can search for events based on location, age group, and type of activity.