* All week: Chiltern Pools, Chiltern Avenue, Amersham. The slides will be open for longer hours, from 10.30am to 7.30pm from Monday to Friday.

* All week: Bojangles Creative Cafe, 29 Hill Avenue, Amersham. They are open as usual from 10am to 5.30pm. Over half term, children can enjoy pottery, painting and creating Valentine’s heart pieces. The cafe has just launched candle making too. For more information and to book, you can call 01494 434346.


* Saturday, February 16 from 10am to 5pm: Bekonscot Model Village, in Warwick Road, reopens on Saturday in time for half term. Tickets: adult £9.50, child £5.50, under two free, family £27.

* Sunday, February 17: Joint Messy Church with St Michael and All Angels and St Mary and All Saints Churches at the Fitzwilliams Centre, in Windsor End from 4.30 pm.

* Saturday, February 16 to Sunday, February 24: Odds Farm park, near Beaconsfield, HP10 0LX. Every day during half term you can help bottle feed the kid goats. There is also the indoor play barn, and daily entertainment with balloon shows and magic. Normal entry fee.

* Monday, February 18 to Friday, February 22: Half term Playball camp at the Curzon Centre, Maxwell Road, HP9 2AR from 11am to 2pm. £25 for the day, £70 for three days, £90 for the week 10 per cent sibling discount. Booking essential.


* Saturday, February 16: Chalfont St Peter Leisure Centre, Nicol Road, 6-8pm. The Zone sporting event will bring together games such as tizzball and sportwall with football and basketball, as well as adding a further dimension of track and field with a running track, high jump and bleep test area. For children aged up to 15.


* Saturday, February 16 – 1pm and 8pm: The Elgiva, St Mary’s Way, Chesham, HP5 1HR. Life of Pi (PG).

* Monday, February 18 – 10am to noon: Blue Haze Arts and Crafts, Church Street, Chesham, HP5 1HT. School holiday knitting for juniors with Sandra Milton. Children can learn the basics of knitting, casting and on and off basic stitches. Yarn will be supplied but people should bring 4mm needles with them. Ideal for anyone aged eight and over. The workshop costs £7. For tickets or more information call 01494 782 030 or visit–

* Monday, February 18 to Saturday, February 23: Methodist Hall, Chesham Methodist Church, Bellingdon Road, Chesham, HP5 2HA. Chesham Methodist Players will perform Rumpelstiltskin, a pantomime by Sue Flower, all next week. The show will first take to the stage on Monday at 7.30pm and continues on Tuesday at 7.30pm, Thursday at 7.30pm and Friday at 7.30pm. There will be two performances on Saturday, February 23 at 2.30pm and 6.30pm. Tickets cost £7 (adults) and £4 (children). Tickets are half-price for Monday’s performance and two-for-one for Saturday evening’s performance.For tickets call the box office on 01494 784 161.

* Wednesday, February 20 – 2pm to 3.30pm: Chesham Library, Elgiva Lane, Chesham, HP5 2JD. People can trace their family tree by going along to a free drop-in session.

People will be on hand to give support and advice on tracing your family tree and accessing and using online resources. Free access to Ancestry, 19th century British Library Newspapers, Times Digital Archive and more. No booking required, just turn up on the day.

* Thursday, February 21 – 1.45pm to 2.45pm and 3pm to 4pm: Chesham Museum, Market Square, Chesham, HP5 1HG. Chesham Museum is hosting a free half term event on the Romans. There will be mosaic making, shield and sandal making, story telling and dressing up. The event is aimed at children aged five to 11. An adult needs to stay with the child. There will be two one-hour sessions, which are free, but spaces need to be booked in advance by Monday, February 18. For more information call into the museum or call Orbitpress on 01494 778 053.

* Friday, February 22 – 1pm to 3pm: Blue Haze Arts and Crafts, Church Street, Chesham, HP5 1HT. School holiday hand sewing for juniors with Sandra Milton. Children can learn the basics of hand sewing. The workshop will cover the basic stitches used in hand sewing as well as how to sew on a button, and possibly how to repair clothing. People can bring along their own items which they would like to sew. People should bring sewing needles and matching thread. Basic materials and threads will be supplied. The workshop costs £7. For tickets or more information call 01494 782 030 or visit–

* Friday, February 22 – 10am to noon: Chesham Leisure Centre, White Hill, Chesham, HP5 1BB. Fun for all the family in the teaching pool and the gym pit. To book call 01494 791 779 or visit


* Thursday, February 21: Colne Valley Park Visitor Centre, Denham Country Park, Denham Court Drive. Make a bird feeder and race a duck from 11am until 12.30pm. £3 per child. Call 01895 833375 to book.


* Saturday, February 16 and Sunday, February 24: Woodland Wonders activities at Burnham Beeches, Farnham Common. Just turn up, pick up a trail from the kiosk on the common and have fun working out the clues.

* Monday, February 18 to Friday, February 22: Rangers at Burnham Beeches, Farnham Common, will be running crafts and activities at the information point between 11am and 1pm every day except Wednesday. On Wednesday, February 20 in the morning you can build a bird box as part of National Nest Box Week. Cost £5 for materials. Booking essential. Call 01753 647 358 or visit


* Tuesday, February 19: You can make a wondercrump Willy Wonka hat using marvellous and colourful materials to become the fantabulous chocolate factory owner. Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, Great Missenden.From 11am to noon, 1pm to 2pm and 3pm to 4pm, for children over eight years. £2.50 per participant.

* Tuesday, February 19: Great Missenden Library, Children can get involved in crafts and other activities. It is from 10.30am to 11.30am and for children up to the age of 10.

* Friday, February 22: The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre: Twitch–tickling pencil toppers. Turn a pencil into a Roald Dahl character by making a miniature face to stick on the top. From 11am for children from six years. Admission is £2.


* Wednesday, February 20 and Thursday, February 21: Iver Environment Centre, Slough Road, Iver Heath. The Spring Creepy Crawlies Ball. Children will be able to design creatures, make cardboard creepy crawlies and construct a giant venus flytrap. For children aged four to 11. Events are from 10am to noon. £6 per child.

* Sunday, February 24: Hardings Row Nature Reserve, Hardings Row, Iver Heath. A conservation task will be going ahead from 1pm to 4pm. For children of all ages and free of charge.


* Wild Wednesdays at Cliveden: Outdoor adventures for families between 11am and 3pm at the National Trust site at Cliveden, SL6 0JA. Ideal for children aged 4–11. £2 per child per session. Normal admission rates apply.