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Shiplake Summer Fayre - Sat 23rd June


Shiplake Primary School and Nursery - Annual Summer Fayre will be held this year on Saturday 23rd June from 12:30pm - 3:30pm.

The theme this year is 1950’s Rock n’Roll so put on your Blue Suede Shoes, slick back your hair and join us for a day of Dancing and Jiving, Fun Races, Wacky Wheels, Game Stalls, Doggie Show, BBQ, Bar, Teas and Bumper Raffle!!!

A fabulous fun day out for all the family while raising much needed funds for our school and nursery.  

C’mon Everybody!

Article created / last edited: 29 June 2018

Badgers Walk Playground re-opened!


Following some remedial groundworks, the new playground is now officially open! This is a great little park to take the wee ones on a sunny day, and a best-kept secret that we hope you will now share with friends and famly.

** This article supercedes the announcement in the recently released April Shipklake Newsletter.


Article created / last edited: 14 April 2015

Harpsden pre-school launch new Website


Harpsden Pre-School have launched a new website. A small committee of parents and staff worked with a local website developer, Martin Goodier and local photographer, Eileen Unwin to create a wonderfully visual and informative website that highlights the strengths and ethos of the pre-school from the fantastic location to the excellent staff. To see the results, visit the new website at www.harpsdenpreschool.co.uk 
The Pre-School is located at Harpsden Village Hall and has access to secure grounds which includes a large field and woodland allowing children to explore the outdoors and be in touch with nature during their PreSchool sessions. The staff are highly qualified and very dedicated and passionate about what they do ensuring that every child leaves the PreSchool very well prepared and equipped to attend Primary School. 
The Pre-School in their last Ofsted Report were rated Good with Outstanding Areas. It operates four mornings per week in term-time and lunch-clubs are also offered. Limited places are available for the autumn term. For admissions or to arrange a visit of the PreSchool please contact administrator Lucy Weatherston on 01491 598 280 www.harpsdenpreschool.co.uk

Article created / last edited: 14 September 2014

Wellington Country Park


If you are looking for a great day out with the family then try Wellington Country Park, off the A33 on the Hampshire/Berkshire border. Approximately 35 minutes from Henley, the Park is easy to find. The children can be entertained for hours. From sandpits and diggers, to an animal farm/petting zoo. There are plenty of outdoor adventures to be had. Climbing frames, dinosaur land, and an amazing jumping pillow for the kids. We visited with friends and all our children had so much fun. They were able to jet around the park on their scooters and there are plenty of picnic benches for lunch.  All in all, a really fun place to visit, especially on a sunny day!

coutesy of D. Taylor

Article created / last edited: 18 May 2014

River and Rowing Museum, Henley-on-Thames


This will remain one of my all time favourite places to go around Shiplake. Located on the banks of the RIiver Thames in Henley, I first went with a group of friends with our newborn first children. A cup of coffee, chance to catch up on life with a newborn. Fast forward 5 years and it is still somewhere I visit - okay, maybe not so regularly but nonetheless now and again. With a nearly 5 year old and a 3.5 year old, the pace has changed a little, but the museum has not. The "Wind in the Willows" display remains my favourite, a fantastic renactment of the famous book. And upstairs, fantastic displays on the history of rowing and the River Thames, also wildlife, water, local facts & knowledge. There's a craft/art section to sit with kids and do the mandatory sticking and gluing, and of course the coffee shop where they serve coffees, lunches, cakes and all else besides. And, did I mention the river outside the front door? With free parking and a ticket giving you a free pass for a year, it's my top spot for ANY age.

courtesy of R. Curtis

Article created / last edited: 13 May 2014

Easter Egg Hunt! Dunsden Village Hall


Easter Monday, 2.30-4.30

Cream teas • Face painting • Decorate an egg • Giant Connect 4 • Bouncy Castle • Ice Creams • Plant Stall • Jams

Timed tickets £3 per child, pre-book by 14th April, available from Binfield Heath Stores, 01189 461987 and dunsdenvillagehall@yahoo.co.uk

This event is being held to raise funds for improvements to the hall - come along and enjoy a fun day with the family

Ellen B

Article created / last edited: 19 April 2014

Bucklebury Farm Park

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Great day out. 42 minutes from Shiplake according to Google.

Loads to do - with the highlights as far as my grandchildren were concerned being the highest, steepest slide they'd ever seen and a ride on a trailer through the deer park.

Article created / last edited: 26 March 2014

Babies & Toddlers Playgroup - Shiplake Church Hall

We always enjoyed going along to the Playgroup at Shiplake Church Hall on a Wednesday morning from 10-12.  There are always a friendly and welcoming group of parents and carers, with a selection of toys and activities for both babies and toddlers. Biscuits and tea are on offer for the adults too!

Article created / last edited: 26 February 2014

Natural History Museum, London

Probably the best museum in the whole world, for kids and adults alike. Worth the trip for the beautiful architecture alone - get the kids spotting gargoyles on the roof on the way in! "Dippy" the Diplodocus greets you on entry, then enjoy spending the day marvelling at dinosaurs, the famous Blue Whale, the Cocoon (complete with real scientists in their labs), and so much more.

Take the train to Paddington, then simple tube ride to S. Kensington, or drive in early to avoid traffic (just 40 mins from Shiplake)

Oh, and did I mention it's absolutely, 100% FREE!!!

Article created / last edited: 8 February 2014

Hailey Woods -15 mins away..... by foot

One of our favourite outdoorsy places to visit is Hailey Woods, just over the fields from the Memorial Hall. In the sunshine, rain, wind or snow there is always loads to look at and explore. The “Giants Table”, gypsy caravan, “Mr Rhino” (the charred lump of wood which looks like a rhino from a certain angle!), Mr Badger’s house and so much more. Wood jumps to clamber over, sticks to through, hills to climb and slide down. Mushrooms, strange leaves to find, lovely muddy dogs to say hello to. There’s always something new to see and discover, and often you see a deer, rabbit or squirrel to say hello to. We love it!

Article created / last edited: 7 February 2014

The Living Rainforest

Only 30 minutes drive from Shiplake, this is a wonderful expedition for the all the family! A chance to experience a snippet of the Amazon, with some exotic inhabitants and humidity to match. Run as a charity, this refreshingly rustic set-up is a welcome change to the more commercial activities around.  The kids love wading through the jungle, spotting insects and cute marmosets, alongside giant fish and birds resembling ‘Tittifers’ from ‘In The Night Garden’.  The outdoor play area is exciting for the slightly older kids, and while you’ll feel like you’ve had a lovely day out – you won’t be too exhausted to get everyone to bed.  Also great on a rainy or cold day.

 A family ticket lasts you all year and costs circa £33.  

The Living Rainforest / Trust for Sustainable Living
Hampstead Norreys
RG18 0TN
Telephone: +44 (0)1635 202444 Website: www.livingrainforest.com

Article created / last edited: 20 January 2014