Melksham Family Learning Festival programme 2018

25th October 2018, 8:08pm | By Rhys Schell |

The 2018 Melksham Family Learning Festival (video) is underway and there’s an action packed week ahead of free, family activities. All activities are free of charge and are shown below in a chronological order.

Dry Clay Decorations – Friday 26 October – 10.00 – 12.00pm

Come make a mess and create stunning but simple clay decorations. You could make a key ring, hanging decoration or just get creative. You will create your own master pieces which you can then take home to complete the drying process. All materials are provided, and Sarah will have examples along with lots of cutters and ideas to get you started.

Melksham Assembly Hall, Market Place, Melksham, SN12 6ES

Family parkrun – every Saturday – 9.00am

parkrun organise free, fun, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in. Come along with your family and go at your own pace, but please register first at If not all the family want to run then some could volunteer to help make it happen and cheer everyone on! Go to ‘Volunteer’ on the website.

King George V Park, Lowbourne, Melksham, SN12 7DZ

Matt Fiddes Martial Arts – every Saturday – 10.10 – 11.10am

There is nothing more rewarding than being able to train with your children and other family members. Ensure you and your family have the life skills you need, both inside and outside the classroom, in a fantastically unpressurised learning environment. “Families that kick together, stick together”. Suitable for ages 7+. For enquiries please contact

The Manor School, Ruskin Ave, Melksham, SN12 7NG

Family Halloween Party – Saturday 27 October – 7.00pm

Come and join us for a fun family Halloween disco. Free entry and fancy dress is optional. Have a fun, spooky night with us at the community centre.

Forest Community Centre, Bowmans Court, Melksham, SN12 7FF

Visit to Caenhill Countryside Centre – Sunday 28th October – 10.30 – 2.00pm

Come along to our rural learning centre and take part in some outdoor activities.

You can meet and feed the animals, have a tractor ride, do some farm foraging and try some rural craft with clay, willow and straw. Please book in to make sure you have a place.  Email: or call: 07837 568699

Caenhill Countryside Centre, Caen Hill, Devizes, SN10 5TF

Young Melksham Family Fun Day – Monday 29th and Wednesday 31st October – 11.00 – 2.00pm

Come and join us for sports, fun and adventure. Be one of the first to try out our new Zorb Ball Suits and find out more about what we do at Young Melksham. Our café and tuck shop will be open selling hot and cold drinks and snacks. There will be activities indoors and outside for whatever the weather brings! Suitable for all supervised children and young people aged 6+. For enquiries call 01225 667327 or e-mail

Canberra Centre, 56 Spa Rd, Melksham SN12 7NY

Circus Skills – Tuesday 30 October – 10.00 – 12.00pm

Participants will have the opportunity to try a variety of circus skills including juggling with balls, clubs and scarves, flower sticks, poi, spinning plates and staff. A drop-in session for ages 7 and over.

River Mead School, Lowbourne, Melksham, SN12 7ED

Try it Here and Take it Home – Tuesday 30 October – 12.30 – 2.00pm

Drop into Melksham library and share making an easy peasy, simple and fun craft together. You’ll want to make it again when you get home! Join the Wiltshire Family and Community Learning – for enquiries call 01225 770478.

Melksham Library, 14 Lowbourne, Melksham, SN12 7DZ

Family Cookery Session – Wednesday 31 October – 10.00 – 12.00pm

Learn how to cook a simple, economical and nutritious meals with your child/children. Booking is not essential however, if you know you would like to attend please contact 07825 223146 or to give an idea of numbers.

River Mead School, Lowbourne, Melksham, SN12 7ED

Pumpkin Carving – Wednesday 31 October – 10.00 – 12.00pm

Carve you very own terrifying pumpkin and enjoy some toasted pumpkin seeds and a gory Halloween punch. To book your place please call 01380 829070.

Conigre Mead Nature Reserve, SN12 6UL

Cardboard Arcade – Thursday 1 November – 10.00 – 12.00pm

An engaging design, build and play activity suitable for groups of all ages. Unleash your creativity, making arcade games out of junk and cardboard. No need to book, but please turn up for 10.00am to give time to build, test and play with your arcade game.

Melksham Town Hall, Market Place, Melksham, SN12 6ES

Terrarium building – Thursday 1 November – 11.00 – 1.00pm

Come along and make your own terrarium – a mini green ecosystem in an open-top glass jar. All materials will be provided but you’re welcome to bring your own clean jar if you like. Suitable for all ages. No need to book. For more information contact Melanie Vincent at

Conigre Mead Nature Reserve, SN12 6UL

Hoop Fit – Thursday 1 November – 2.00 – 2.45pm

On and off body hula hoop. Demos and play. Low to moderate intensity for all. Suitable for ages 8+. No need to book and hoops are provided.

Melksham Town Hall, Market Place, Melksham, SN12 6ES

Truffle Making drop in – Friday 2 November – 10:00 – 12:00

Immersed in the smell of chocolate, participants will create 3 hand-finished truffles with personalised packaging for the journey home – if you can resist them for that long!

Suitable for all ages and abilities, this is a lovely drop in where skills can be learnt and repeated at home time and time again.

Melksham Assembly Hall, Market Place, Melksham, SN12 6ES

The Mobile Museum – Friday 2nd November – 10.00 – 2.00pm

Suitable for all the family, the Mobile Museum will bring their full armoury for you to handle, try on and read. Artefacts including a deactivated machine gun, artillery shells, medal sets telling soldier’s stories, as well as a big dressing up box with uniforms from different eras. There will also be kids activities around spying, trench fighting as well as talks about the various conflict themes. Pop in anytime from 10.00am.

Melksham Library, 14 Lowbourne, Melksham, SN12 7DZ

Melksham Remembers Exhibition with Wiltshire Scrapstore – Saturday 10 November 12.00 – 4.00pm

Come and explore what life was like in the Melksham area during the First World War.

Discover what the factories of Melksham were making, find out about the Red Cross Hospital, how food was in short supply and make up a parcel to send to a British prisoner of war. Wiltshire Scrapstore will be available from 12.00 – 3.00pm with First World War themed activities.

Melksham Town Hall, Market Place, Melksham, SN12 6ES

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