Bracknell, Windsor and Camberley

Places to Visit in Berkshire

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Family Days Out in Berkshire

اضغط هنا للمزيد There are loads of fantastic places to visit and fun family days out in Berkshire. We hope that the ideas on this page will inspire you to take your children and teenagers out and about into the Berkshire countryside, visit local family farms, adventure playgrounds, museums, galleries and heritage properties plus lots more besides. Do let us know which are your favourites. If you have a place you would like to add to this page, please email nikki@thefamilygrapevine.co.uk


تفسير * Animals, Sealife and Nature
معلومات خاصة * Adventure Parks and Family Fun
دليل * Exploring Science
موقع لبيع وشراء الاسهم * Buses, Boats, Planes and Trains
ثنائي الخيار يبوك * Play Centres and Areas
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الخيارات الثنائية مقابل انتشار الرهان * Places of Historic Interest and Gardens
تفضل بزيارة الموقع * Walking, Cycling, Open Spaces

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3Animals, Sealife and Nature

جرب هذا الموقع 4 Kingdoms Family Farm, Headley, Hampshire RG19 8JY (Hampshire/Berkshire border), Family run Farm with Adventure Play Centre, ideal day out for kids aged between 2 & 12. Set in 40 acres with two large lakes, surrounded by the river Embourne, 01635 269678

http://www.amb.se/?sework=yrken-att-jobba-hemifr%C3%A5n&54c=7c Amners Farm, Amners Farm Road, Burghfield, Reading RG30 3UE, Special events throughout the year open to the general public, including Amners lambing days and Amners miniature railway open days, 0118 983 3437

اتبع الرابط Beale Park, Lower Basildon, Pangbourne RG8 9NW, Outdoor wildlife park and gardens within 30 acres set against the River Thames, home to an exciting mix of animals and attractions, open from February 11th to November 4th, 7 days a week, low season 10am-5pm, high season 10am-6pm, 0118 976 7480

لماذا لا نحاول هنا Bucklebury Farm Park, Bucklebury, Reading, Berkshire RG7 6RR, Working farm provides a magical experience and great value day out in the countryside, whatever the weather, will appeal to whole family, friends, schools and clubs, open 9.30am-6pm (last admission 5pm), November, December, January 9.30am-5pm, 0118 971 4002

الخيارات الثنائية ديفيد اليومي Feathers and Fur Falconry Centre, Ladds Garden Village, Bath Road, Reading RG10 9SB, Collection of Hawks, Falcons and Owls used to allow people the opportunity to experience falconry and the unique and wonderful bond between man and bird, open Tuesday – Friday 11am–3pm, Saturday 10am–5.30pm, Sunday 10am–4pm, 07812 171709

Jake’s Playbarn and Mini Farm at Tri-Lakes Country Park, Lately Road, Sandhurst GU47 8JQ, Indoor play world, animals including sheep, goats, alpacas, pigs, mini shetland ponies, rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, chickens, guinea fowl and peacocks, giant tortoise, 2 large fishing lakes, obstacle course to follow, large playground, Farm open every day 9.30am-6pm (winter 4pm close), 01252 873191

Lockey Farm, Sindlesham Road,Aborfield, Nr. Reading RG2 9JH, No charge for visiting small working farm, kids outdoor play equipment including toy tractors swings, big climbing frame, crazy golf, lots of activites to co-inside with the school holidays and the working farm year, 0118 976 1063

The Living Rainforest, Hampstead Norreys, Newbury RG18 0TN, Explore the living rainforest and discover its wonders for yourself, with over 700 species of plants and animals to discover, open daily with the exception of Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, 10am-5pm (last visitors admitted 4.30pm), 01635 202444

The Nature Discovery Centre. Muddy Lane, Lower Way, Thatcham, Berkshire RG19 3FU. This fantastic visitor centre is packed full of interactive wildlife and natural history displays. There is a network of footpaths ranging from small family-friendly walks to longer paths for the more adventurous, and the bird hide offers a perfect opportunity to watch the world go by. 01635 874381

UK Wolf Conservation Trust, Butlers Farm, Beenham, Reading RG7 5NT, See and learn about wolves, regular guided tours, feeding time, education centre, open only on Wednesdays, 0118 971 3330

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8Adventure Parks and Family Fun

4 Kingdoms Family Farm, Headley, RG19 8JY (Hampshire/Berkshire border), Family run Farm with Adventure Play Centre, ideal day out for kids aged between 2 & 12. Set in 40 acres with two large lakes, surrounded by the river Embourne, 01635 269678

Absolutely Karting, The Arena, Stafferton Way, Maidenhead SL6 1AY and Kingsland Business Park, Wade Road, Basingstoke RG24 8QL, Feel the thrill of the Ultimate Driving Experience at Absolutely Karting, With 2 tracks in Maidenhead and Basingstoke, we’re sure to be able to provide the most AWESOME of racing experiences, 08450 262466

Absolutely Ten Pin Bowling, Off Bath Road, Slough SL1 3SR, Absolutely Ten Pin is an award winning bowling alley,  18 lanes of fully automated ten pin bowling, complete with automatic bumpers and scoring, 5 American Pool Tables, soft play area, 08450 262 466

Bracknell Ice Rink and Ski Slope, John Nike Way, Bracknell RG12 8TN, Visit the Ice Rink for skating 365 days a year, caters for all different abilities, penguin skate aids for kids, Ski And Snowboard Centre offers skiers, snowboarders and bladers of all levels facilities to practice peacefully and learn new skills, active ski and snowboard clubs, lessons, Tots’ Ski sessions, brilliant artificial surface laid with perma snow provides a crisp clean snowlike experience, website for timings, Rink 01344 789000, Ski 01344 789002

Coral Reef, Nine Mile Ride, Bracknell RG12 7JQ, Coral Reef is closed for its transformation until 2017, 01344 352000

Curious About Windsor, Start at Castle Hill, Windsor SL4 1LR, Curious About Windsor gives an novel insight into what makes this regal town what it is. Whether a resident or visiting for the first time, you’re guaranteed to spot things you wouldn’t have noticed before! Enjoy the two walks separately, or put them together for a longer walk, walks typically take 1 to 2 hours each,  0115 9502151

Extreme Motion, Alexandra Gardens, Barry Avenue, Windsor SL4 5HZ,  Extreme Motion provide visitors and residents with a range of exciting adventures for a family fun packed day out, have a go  at 18 hole adventure golf course,  bungee trampolining 20 ft in to the air, zorbing, plus cycle hire and the rest of the park to enjoy! 01753 830220

Horseshoe Lake Activity Centre, Mill Lane, Sandhurst GU47 8JW, Offers canoeing, dinghy sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, stand up paddleboarding dragon boating and raft building,  excellent facilities provide a fun, safe and educational experience for all, outdoor activities encourage fitness, discipline and co-ordination – offering the chance to embrace the challenge and HAVE A GO! open from 9.30am, 7 days a week (during peak season), closing times vary, call the Centre for last launch time, 01252 871 808

Go Ape, Bracknell, Swinley Forest, The Look Out, Nine Mile Ride, Bracknell RG12 7QW, Tree Top Adventure for 10years+ and Tree Top Junior for 4years+ (over 1m tall), check website for opening, 0333 414 9506

Go Ape Forest Segway, Swinley Forest, The Look Out, Nine Mile Ride, Bracknell RG12 7Q, An hour of fun on all terrain segways, must be over 7 stone and 10yrs+, check website for opening, 0333 414 9506

Go Jumping, 550 Dundee Road, Slough SL1 4LE, Go Jumpin features 32,000 sq ft of super springy trampolines designed to take and rebound huge weights, providing you with elevated bounce and big fun plus cool jumping activities like slam dunk basketball hoops you can hit from on high, separate FreeJump space for toddlers always open, opening Weekdays 10am – 9pm, Saturday 9am – 10pm, Sunday 9am – 9pm, 01753 387080

Hands-on Art Adventures, 42a St Lukes Road, Old Windsor, Windsor SL4 2QQ, Pottery, painting, decopatch and foam clay, great fun for all the family, Tuesday – Saturday 10am-5pm (subject to change, check website), 01753 206 265

Hollywood Bowl, The Point, Skimped Hill Lane, Bracknell RG12 1EN, The air conditioned AMF Hollywood Bowl Bracknell has 28 lanes of this totally classic all weather activity that is fun for all age ranges, fully automatic scoring system, website for opening, 0844 826 1454

Legoland, Winkfield Road, Windsor SL4 4AY, Child-oriented theme park themed around the Lego toy system, fly through the treetops to escape fearsome dragons, ride the thrilling rapids with a Viking Fleet, join LEGO® divers on a magical underwater adventure on Atlantis Submarine Voyage or enjoy the UK’s only LEGO® Star Wars™ Miniland Model Display, 0871 2222 001

Norden Farm Altwood Road, Maidenhead, West Berkshire SL6 4PF. An entertainment venue for performance and participation. The programme of events includes gigs, theatre, visual arts, comedy, classical concerts and family shows. 01628 788997

Slough Ice Arena (Absolutely Ice), Montem Lane, Slough SL1 2QG, There is something for everyone with sessions for the entire family, disco sessions for the younger clubber and serious training facilities for the dedicated skater, no need to book for general skate sessions, just turn up and pay on the door, see website for opening, 01753 894810

Tenpin Maidenhead, St Clouds Way, Holmanleaze, Maidenhead SL6 8AW, 26 modern fully computerised lanes, American Pool tables, Amusement Arcades all catered towards families and kids, cosmic bowling and Sector 7 quasar game, website for opening, 0871 222 3675

The Look Out Discovery Centre, Nine Mile Ride, Bracknell, Berkshire RG12 7QW, The Look Out is a great day out, with the main attraction being the hands-on science exhibition which has over 90 hands-on activities, set in 1000 hectares of woodland, 01344 354400

The Thames Valley Adventure Playground, Bath Road, Taplow, Maidenhead SL6 0PR, For children with all types of special needs,  2½ acres of indoor and outdoor fun allowing the fun and freedom of adventure play which most youngsters take for granted, wheelchair-accessible walkways, swings and roundabout to specially-adapted bikes and trikes, from bedswings to giant sandpit, from crazy golf to our castle climbing structure, splashpool in warm weather, multi-sensory rooms, giant softly area, booking essential, 01628 628599

The Race Hut, at Absolutely Ice, Montem Lane, Slough SL1 2QG, 16 rig race car simulation venue features state of the art race car simulators,  compete wheel to wheel,  events for families on weekend mornings and during school holidays, really good value for money and a chance to get the whole family on track for some fun competition,  open Monday to Friday 12pm – 7pm, Saturday 11am – 7pm, Sunday 11am – 5pm, 01753 534363

Treasure Trails, Self guided, fun exploration of towns including Wokingham, Twyford, Wargrave, Reading, Hurley, Maidenhead, Windsor, Eton, and Datchet, 01872 263692

Windsor Leisure Centre, Clever Mead,Stovell Road, Windsor SL4 5JB, Aqua thrills for everyone with Monsoon and Cyclone the two Giant Slides, Wild Water Creek, Olly the Octopus and his Water Cannons, fantastic interactive water diving bell and spray features plus the Aquaplatform with junior slide and drench bucket, poolside Bubble Tubs, see website for opening, 01753 778577

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9Exploring Science

The Living Rainforest, Hampstead Norreys, Newbury RG18 0TN, Explore the living rainforest and discover its wonders for yourself, with over 700 species of plants and animals to discover, open daily with the exception of Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, 10am-5pm (last visitors admitted 4.30pm), 01635 202444

The Look Out Discovery Centre, Nine Mile Ride, Bracknell, Berkshire RG12 7QW, The Look Out is a great day out, with the main attraction being the hands-on science exhibition which has over 90 hands-on activities, set in 1000 hectares of woodland, 01344 354400

The Nature Discovery Centre. Muddy Lane, Lower Way, Thatcham, Berkshire RG19 3FU. This fantastic visitor centre is packed full of interactive wildlife and natural history displays. There is a network of footpaths ranging from small family-friendly walks to longer paths for the more adventurous, and the bird hide offers a perfect opportunity to watch the world go by. 01635 874381

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10Buses, Boats, Planes and Trains

Amnerfield Railway, Amners Farm, Amners Farm Road, Burghfield, Reading RG30 3UE, 3/4 mile long miniature railway, operated by volunteers, running through pasture and woodland, check website for open days, 0118 983 3437

Beale Park, Lower Basildon, Pangbourne RG8 9NW, Mile long narrow gauge diesel railway within the outdoor wildlife park, entrance fee includes one ride on the railway, open February 11th to 4th November, 7 days a week, 0118 976 7480

French Brothers Boat Trips, The Clewer Boathouse, Clewer Court Road, Windsor SL4 5JH, Two hour boat trips from Windsor, running daily. Full commentary and bar facilities onboard as well as Cream Tea Hamper option for online bookings, 01753 851900

Maidenhead Heritage Centre, 18 Park Street, Maidenhead SL6 1SL, Fly in a Spitfire simulator at this little gem of a museum and at the same time learn all about the history of Maidenhead which can be told through its river, roads and railway, open 10am to 4pm Tuesdays to Saturdays, 01628 780555

Mind The Gap, Windsor and Eton Riverside Station. Cycling or kayaking tours. Guided small group tours to help discover Windsor, 07768 310005

Pinewood Railway, located at Pinewood Leisure Centre, Old Wokingham Road, Wokingham RG40 3AQ, Miniature railway runs for nearly half a mile through a woodland setting, open third Sunday of the month, April to October, enquiries via link on website.

Salter’s Steamers, Various cruises along the scenic River Thames, including Reading to Henley and Windsor to Maidenhead, see website for timetables, routes and booking information, 01865 243421

Wellington Country Park, Odiham Road, Riseley, Reading RG7 1SP, Miniature railway within adventure play area, animal barn, jumping pillows, slides, sandpits, indoor play for under 2 yrs, mini golf and more, High Season 9.30am – 5.30pm, Low Season 9.30am – 4.30pm 0118 932 6444

Windsor Duck Tours, opposite The Theatre Royal, Thames St, Windsor SL4 1PS, Amphibious vehicle tour of sites around town & on water, 01753 581158

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7Play Centres and Areas

Absolutely Ten Pin Bowling and Soft Play Area,, Off Bath Road, Slough SL1 3SR, Soft Play area within award winning bowling alley,  08450 262 466

Academy Sport LC.  Northumberland Avenue, Whitley, Reading RG2 8DF. For children under 6. Bounce around (soft play) sessions. 0118 937 0270

Active Tots. Reading  5-7 Granary Court, Stratfield Saye, Reading, Berkshire, RG7 2DL. The facilities have been designed with ‘the little ones’ very much in mind with an open plan design. Therefore providing a wonderful place to play and build confidence, whilst parents and carers get a chance to socialise and relax too!. 01256 880220

Cheeky Charlies,Magnet Leisure Centre, Holmanleaze, Maidenhead, SL6 8AW, There are thousands of balls in the pit, Bash Balls, Rope Bridges and Spiral Slide, open Monday – Friday 10am – 4.30pm, Saturday 11am – 3pm, 01628 685335

Eddie Catz Play Centre Northway House, York Rd, Newbury, Berks RG14 7NF Has rides, climbing frames, activities and workshops for kids of all ages. 020 3475 5268

Jake’s Playbarn and Mini Farm at Tri-Lakes Country Park, Lately Road, Sandhurst GU47 8JQ, Indoor play world and mini farm with animals including sheep, goats, alpacas, pigs, mini shetland ponies, rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, chickens, guinea fowl and peacocks, giant tortoise, 2 large fishing lakes, obstacle course to follow, large playground, Farm open every day 9.30am-6pm (winter 4pm close), 01252 873191

Kids ‘n’ Action Play & Party Centre, 680 Eskdale Road, Winnersh Triangle, Wokingham RG41 5TS, Adventure Park with three separate play areas each designed to provide a unique and unrivalled play experience for babies, toddlers and juniors as well as themed rooms, Open 7 days a week 9:30am to 6:00pm (see website for Christmas opening) 0118 968 0983

Jungle Mania, Woodley, 4 Headley Park Nine, Headley Rd E, Woodley, Berkshire RG5 4SQ. Fun rainforest themed Indoor Play Centre with separate toddler area. 0118 969 2635

Kidwells Park, Bath Road, Maidenhead SL6 8AQ,  Vast yet friendly Kidwells Park’s latest feature, The Waterfall, features a bridge, ornamental planting and is lit up at night! It’s an enchanting little stop on the way through, but there’s actually plenty to do here aside from that, spacious children’s play area with play equipment suitable for 3 to 8 year olds, including swings, slide and other traditional elements, 01628 685333

Krazy Play Days. Unit 7, Sterling Way, Norcot Industrial Estate, Reading RG30 6HW. Reading’s largest and friendliest soft play and party centre. Unit 7, Sterling Way, Norcot Industrial Estate, Reading RG30 6HW 0118 942 6171

Monkey Mates, Old Forest Road, Berkshire, Wokingham RG41 1JA. Indoor & outdoor activity barn,  0118 989 2111

Newbury Leisure Park Soft Play. Lower Way, Thatcham RG19 3AL. With colourful, interactive and exciting play structures of all shapes and sizes, kids will never get bored of climbing, bouncing, swinging, sliding and basically… going crazy! 0843 290 8933

Ray Mill Island, Boulters Lock, Maidenhead SL6 8JN, Includes aviary and guinea pig enclosure,   adventure play area suited for children between 3 and 8 years old, note between September and April a daily decision on opening based on the safety of the river levels as easily flooded, lots of squirrels – please don’t feed as they can bite, 01628 683800

St Paul’s Play Barn, St Paul’s Church, Whitley Wood Lane, Whitley, Reading, RG2 8PN. Unsupervised soft play, ball pool and more Mon, Wed, Fri am.  07714 986462

The Mad House Play and Party World. 240 South Oak Way, Lime Square, Green Park, Reading, RG2 6UL. This is the ideal venue for friends to meet up and relax while the kids have lots of fun in a safe and secure environment.  0118 975 5455

Toddler’s World. Rivermead Leisure Complex, Richfield Avenue, Reading, RG1 8EQ. A fun filled and colourful environment designed to challenge and stimulate children under the age of 5. Equipment can include soft play, inflatables, ladders, slides and a variety of other elements that will assist develop balance, coordination and social skills.  0118 901 5000

Wendy bus is a retired double decker bus converted into a soft play area for children up to 7 years old. See website for availability. 07954 604507

Whooshs, Bracknell Sport & Leisure Centre, Bagshot Road, Bracknell, RG12 9S. A three tiered indoor play centre for crawling babies to 11years,  01344 868383

Wyevale Garden Centre, Forest Road, Binfield, Bracknell, RG42 4HA. Let your child go wild in the fun-filled soft play areas. 0844 288 5063

Wyevale Garden Centre, Dedworth Road, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 4LH. Let your child go wild in the fun-filled soft play areas.  0844 288 5155

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5Museums and Galleries

Museum of Berkshire Aviation, Mohawk Way (off The Bader Way), Woodley, Nr. Reading RG5 4UE, Berkshire’s dynamic contribution to aviation history re-captured at the museum which is at the historic site of Woodley Airfield – once centre of a thriving aircraft industry. Miles and Handley Page aircraft built at Woodley are being re-constructed and exhibited along with fascinating pictorial records and priceless archives, for opening see website, 0118 944 8089

Museum of English Rural Life, Closed till Autumn 2016 for refurbishment, see website, 0118 378 8660

Eton College Natural History Museum,  South Meadow Lane Eton, Windsor SL4 6EW, Houses over 15,000 specimens, donated from the nineteenth century onwards, the museum is open on Sunday afternoons from 2.30pm – 5.00pm, 01753 370602

Museum of Eton life, Eton College, Windsor SL4 6DW. Tells the story of the foundation of the College in 1440 and provides a glimpse of the world of the Eton schoolboy, past and present, opening, March – October, Eton School Term: Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 2pm to 4.30pm, Eton School Holidays: daily 2pm to 4.30pm, we advise phoning to check timings, 01753 671288

History on Wheels Museum,  Common Road, Windsor SL4 6QY. A great tourist attraction featuring Military vehicles, many having featured in Film and TV,  see website for opening times, 01753 862637

Maidenhead Heritage Centre, 18 Park Street, Maidenhead SL6 1SL. Learn all about the history of Maidenhead and fly in a Spitfire simulator at this little gem of a museum!  The history of Maidenhead can be told through its river, roads and railway, fortunes of the town depend largely on transportation and communications, open 10am to 4pm Tuesdays to Saturdays, and museum (but not simulator) on the second Sunday of each month (morning only) 01628 780555

Reading Museum, Town Hall, Reading RG1 1QH. Family-friendly galleries, help your child explore the Museum using trails, worksheets, picture bingo and handling bags, admission free, open Tuesday to Saturday: 10am – 4pm, closed Bank Holidays and Mondays (except Mondays during Berkshire schools half-terms), the Museum is also closed from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day, 0118 937 3400

Riverside Museum at Blake’s Lock, Reading RG1 3DH. Check website for parking, story of Reading’s two rivers, Kennet and Thames, locally built gypsy caravan on display, variety of objects illustrating life by the river, from stuffed fish to regatta tickets, and including a medieval mill wheel found during excavations at the site of The Oracle shopping centre. A hands-on interactive shows how the mill wheel worked, Admission free, open April to September daily 10am – 6pm, 0118 937 3400

The Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology,  University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading RG6 6AA. Houses one of the largest collections of Greek ceramics in Britain,  discover more about Greek mythology and the Egyptians through an exciting collection of artefacts, admission free, open term time : weekdays, out of term time : Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9.30am – 4pm, 0118 378 6990

Windsor & Royal Borough Museum, The Guildhall, High Street, Windsor SL4 1LR. Visit and discover history of the town and area, listen to stories of working people, many objects on display including a 100,000 year old mammoth’s tusk, pre-historic tools, Bronze Age, Roman and Saxon artefacts, together with objects and ephemera from before Victorian times up to World War II, the 1950s and the present day, open Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm, Sunday 12pm – 4pm, closed Monday, and Christmas bank holidays, 01628 685686

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4Places of Historic Interest and Gardens

Ashdown House, Lambourn, Newbury RG17 8RE. An unusual Dutch-style house (National Trust)  nestled in a beautiful valley on the Berkshire Downs and surrounded by woodland, access to the house by guided tour only at 2.15, 3.15 and 4.15, for up to 25 people at a time, grounds can be visited when the house is open and the woodland is open all year round, Sunday to Thursday. 01494 755569

Basildon Park, National Trust house and grounds Basildon Park. A Georgian mansion surrounded by parkland, the house is a re-creation and restoration of the 18th-century mansion completed in the mid-1950s, check website for opening, 0118 984 3040

Cliveden National Trust Gardens,  Cliveden Road, Taplow, Maidenhead SL1 8NS. Glorious gardens and majestic woodland overlooking the River Thames, 500 metre maze, storybook playden, see website for opening times, 01628 605069

Donnington Castle, (English Heritage) Donnington, West Berkshire RG14 2LE. Striking twin-towered gatehouse of 14th century castle survives within impressive earthworks, showing the luxury enjoyed by Sir Richard Abberbury, Donnington’s builder, whose private quarters lay within the castle, both Henry VIII and Elizabeth I are thought to have visited, large defences built to protect the castle during the English Civil War still survive, 0370 333 1181

Dorney Court, Dorney Lane, Windsor SL4 6QP, 450-year-old manor house with a small farm, gardens and horticulture centre, plus events venue, open during August or pre-arranged groups of over 20, 01628 604638

Englefield House Gardens, Englefield, Theale RG7 5EN. A nineteenth century ‘Italian’ garden surrounded by a twentieth century woodland garden. Stone balustrades and staircases enclose the lower terrace and a children’s garden, enclosed by a deer park with magnificent views over the lake and surrounding countryside,  open Mondays throughout the year 10am – 6pm, Children free, 0118 9302504

Highclere Castle,  Newbury RG20 9RN. A beautiful Castle and landscape, enjoy exploring what it’s really like behind the scenes of “The Real Downton Abbey”, summer opening Sunday 10th July – Wednesday 7th September (Sunday to Thursday) see website for limited tickets and further open days, 01635 253210

Mapledurham House and Mill,  Mapledurham, Reading RG4 7TR. View the 12th Century family house beside the Thames, discover the old working watermill, open every Sunday through to end of October, and bank holidays (not August), 1pm – 5.30pm (last admission 5pm) till the end of September and 1pm – 4pm (last admission 3.30pm) till end of October, 0118 9723350

Silchester Roman City Walls and Amphitheatre, (English Heritage) Silchester, Hampshire RG7 2HP (Berkshire border. Centre of the Iron Age Atrebates tribe from the late 1st century BC, after the Roman conquest of AD 43 it became the large and important town of Calleja Atrebatum but unlike most Roman towns was never reoccupied or built over after being abandoned in the 6th or 7th century, complete circuit of the Roman walls – some of the best-preserved Roman town defences in England, remains of the amphitheatre still stand, 0370 333 1181

Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire SL4 1NJ. The oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world,  family home of British kings and queens for almost 1,000 years and an official residence of Her Majesty The Queen, a working royal palace and used regularly for ceremonial and State occasions open, March – October, daily 9.30 -5.30pm (last admission 4pm), November – February, daily 9.45 – 4.15pm (last admission 3pm), check website before travelling, 0303 123 7304

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2Walking, Cycling, Open Spaces

Arthur Jacob nature reserve Horton, Berkshire. Is a restored sludge lagoon site which includes maturing planted woodland and wet woodland. Although the wet woodlands are not accessible due to health & safety they can be appreciated from paths. Site includes surfaced paths and lagoons. In good summer weather a variety of dragonflies and butterflies can be spotted.

Braywick Nature Centre, Hibbert Road, Maidenhead SL6 1UU. Community hub promoting awareness of the natural environment.  The centre contains a number of exhibitions and displays on local history, wildlife and sustainability – have an adventure with Chase the squirrel, hug a giant Cedar wood, have a go at art, make an instrument, stomp around the grounds, or hang out in the giant tipi! The actual reserve is always open, and it’s free to visit, making it a fantastic place for some family fun that won’t break the bank. This family friendly centre has a number of events throughout the year, details online, 01628 777440

California Country Park, Nine Mile Ride, Wokingham RG40 4HU, Covering 40 hectares and is set within 100 acres of ancient bogland and lowland heath,  scenic walks, wildlife watching, fishing, play area and more,  open daily throughout the year, footpath around Longmoor Lake is hard surfaced, other trails through the park are not and may be unsuitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs in wet, muddy conditions

Cocksherd Bluebell Wood, Farnham Lane, Britwell SL2 2EW. Charming local nature reserve supporting a wide variety of flora and fauna, large impressive hollow said to have been gouged out of the terrain by a glacier in the last ice age 15,000 years ago!  English bluebells in April, search for mini beasts, bird watch or forage for dropped leaves, petals and other materials to making a picture with later, popular local walking route for families is around the Britwell Salome via the Beech Woods and Chilterns Slopes 01753 475111

Dinton Pastures Country Park, Davis Street, Hurst, Wokingham RG10 0TH. Just over 335 acres just waiting for you and yours to come and explore! It offers a wide variety of habitats including 7 lakes, 2 rivers, and meadows so it’s epic territory for a mini beast safari,  3 public bird hides on hand to provide some sneaky viewing of the waterfowl, with 1 of them specially adapted for wheelchair users,  multi activity visitor centre with fun facts about nature in the park, 0118 934 2016

Poyle Poplars woodland  Horton, Berkshire. Comprises mature poplar plantation which has been under planted with native species. It is a relatively small woodland but on a good day a number of birds may be seen.

Wellington Country Park, Odiham Road, Riseley, Reading RG7 1SP. Encourages learning through fun, nature trails,  woodlands to explore and mini-beasts to discover, adventure play area, animal barn, jumping pillows, slides, sandpits, indoor play for under 2 yrs, miniature railway, mini golf and more, High Season 9.30am – 5.30pm, Low Season 9.30am – 4.30pm, 0118 932 6444

Windsor Great Park, Windsor. Discover sweeping parkland, forest trails, award winning exotic gardens and ancient woodland, 01753 860222

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