50 Things To Do In Berkshire: Activities For Everyone



There are lots of things to do in Berkshire. Swift Cars have listed 50 things to do in Berkshire. We take great pride in offering a stellar taxi service in Wokingham and surrounding areas to all our customers.

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1. Dinton Pastures Country Park

Dinton Pastures is an award-winning play space in Wokingham. Suitable for all the family. Breath in the fresh air and take a leisurely stroll around the 450 acres of lakes and explore the meadows. Burn off some energy in the children’s woodland themed activity park.

Take part in the activities on offer or hire a boat. Enjoy a picnic or pop into the on-site cafe.

2. Wellington Country Park

A 20-minute drive from Wokingham. Known as ‘The biggest outdoor play in Berkshire’. Discover the 350 acres of beautiful parklands. Enjoy a picnic or BBQ around the 35-acre lake.

Explore the adventure play areas. The water play, miniature railway, sandpits, slides, animal farm, and the 12 holes of mini golf.

Have an adventure on one of the nature trails. Which will lead you to the Red and Fallow deer and a range of wildlife that lives in the natural habitat.

There are plenty of refreshments in the cafe and shop.

3. California Country Park

Set in 100 acres covering Long Moor in Finchampton, a perfect place for a family stroll. The kids can have an adventure in the play park with its wooden adventure trail: climbing frame, swings and pirate ship.

The paddling pool is open in the summer, remember to bring your picnic. The paths are all suitable for buggies.

4. The Savill Gardens

Enclosed part of the Windsor Great Park, it’s a garden to see in all seasons and a great day out. 35 acres of contemporary and classically designed gardens and woodland to explore.

The Savill Garden is one of Britain’s greatest ornamental gardens. Created in the 1930s by Sir Eric Savill with the support of King George the V and Queen Mary.

Explore the Hidden Gardens, The Summer Gardens, Autumn Wood, Spring Wood, The Glades, the New Zealand Garden, and The Azalea Walks. Visit the Temperate Glasshouse, opened in 1995 and named after the Queen Mother.

Enjoy great walks all around the garden and the lake. Visit the plant centre and gift shop. Enjoy a meal at the restaurant which overlooks the gardens.

Treat yourself to a cream tea in The Gallery Cafe.

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The Savill Gardens

5. Beale Park

Beale Wildlife Park and Gardens is situated by the River Thames. Dedicated to the care and conservation of rare and endangered animals and birds. Located between the villages of Pangbourne and Lower Basildon in Berkshire.

They have collections of small exotic animals, farm animals, and birds. The Park is a great place to be with fun, adventure, gardens, play parks. Enjoy the splash pool and miniature train!

Enjoy the landscaped gardens and woodlands.

6. Four Kingdoms Farm Adventure Park

Four Kingdoms is a family-run farm park. Set in 40 acres along the Hampshire, Berkshire borders. With two large lakes and surrounded by the River Enborne.

Where fun, farming and nature go hand in hand. Meet animals, many of which love a cuddle and can be patted and stroked. Stroll down to the paddocks to see some larger animals.

There are more than 20 play zones including a zoo and pedal boating area.

Farms

7. Bucklebury Farm Park, Bucklebury

Bucklebury Farm and Deer Safari Park is a 77-acre farm based in the picturesque Pang Valley. With indoor and outdoor play, animal petting, tractor rides around the deer park and nature trails. Have a go on the zip wire.

Children will be able to explore the park. And meet, reindeer, goats, chickens, ponies, ducks, sheep, llamas, rabbits and more. The pedal tractors are a lot of fun!

8. Lockey Farm, Reading

A traditional farm, the animals roam free so take a walk around the park to see pigs, cattle, sheep and horses.

There’s also a play area for children. Crazy golf, jumping pillows, a zip wire, go karts, junior army assault course and a sandpit.

Theme Parks

9. Legoland

A child-oriented theme park and resort in Windsor, Berkshire. Themed around the Lego. More than 55 interactive attractions. Lego-themed rides, building workshops, models and shows.

Dive a Lego car, ride in the dragon in the Dragon Knights’ castle, experience the pirate falls. In the summer you can enjoy the Vikings water ride.

Restaurants on site, offering a range of hot meals, snacks, and drinks.

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Legoland Windsor

Outdoor Activities

10. Delta Force Paintball

The Delta Force Reading paintball centre is on top of country hills. Within the very scenic private estate in Mapledurham.

One of the largest paintball parks in the UK and offers six huge paintball game zones, such as the epic London Apocalypse with it’s red London buses and recognisable landmarks.

Get you ready for action. You will be given a combat suit, full-head helmet with fog-free lens. Full body protection and the latest semi-automatic paintball gun.

11. Go Ape, Bracknell

Go Ape Bracknell: home to three fantastic high ropes adventures.

Climb 13m into the skyline for two to three hours of monkey madness. Speed down an enormous 160m Alpine Zip or take on the perplexing Pendulum Pass.

There are a total of 35 crossings complete with rope ladders and bridges. And one of the only double Tarzan swings in the UK.

12. Adventure Dolphin, Reading

A great place to canoe, kayak and climb. Based in Pangbourne Reading.

They offer various courses such as climbing for adults and children. Paddling courses

Indoor Fun

13. Coral Reef, Bracknell

The splashing, sliding spectacular. It’s well worth a journey across the seven seas!

Wild rides and flumes. Try The Canon: a high-speed, 67-metre drop. Then, of course, there’s the Storm Chaser where pirates in training can try their luck on the stormy waves.

Adults can enjoy the sauna world. Sauna rooms, stream room, and a plunge pool.

14. Red Kangaroo

Red Kangaroo’s 36,000 square feet of jumping fun. Bounce around on the wall-to-wall trampolines. Check out the dedicated parkour area, timed ninja course and the super fun wipeout game.

Go on the gladiator beam over in the giant foam pit. Special tots and family sessions.

15. Bracknell Ski Centre: Slope and Ice Rink

An excellent place for some family fun. An Olympic size ice rink have fun skiing, snow-tubing, and snowboarding on their slopes. Have a go at Ice-skating, don’t worry you can hire the fun skate aids for support.

The rink-side cafeteria is ideal for lunch and snacks during a visit to the ice rink. They serve a selection of hot food, drinks, desserts.

16. Escape Rooms Reading

Have an adventure at the Escape Rooms in Reading. The game is designed for 2-6 people in a real-life room. The door is locked for 60 minutes and you have to solve the clues to escape.

Choose your room. The Kidnapped and the Vampire Slayers room are both located at Escape rooms Reading in Queens walk.

The Vampire Slayers Room. Mysterious and creepy, has a great mix of abstract puzzles, and surprises. And you also get the opportunity to slay a real vampire!

The Kidnapped Room. In the small dark room. You realise that you have been kidnapped. Can you escape?

The Library room located on Audley Street. Solve the mystery of the library. Are you ready for the challenge?

Bank Robbery Room. Fast-paced, with lots of different codes to crack. And ingenious methods of finding clues.

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Indoor Soft Play

17. Krazy Playdays, Reading

The play centre in West Reading has multi-level adventure play frames. With padded and soft features such as waterfall effect slides. A bouldering wall and more.

Suitable for babies and children of up to 11 years old. The soft play centre has exciting and interesting areas to let them play, learn and explore.

18. Kids ‘n’ Action

The centre in Winnersh Triangle provides an adventure park. With three separate soft play areas each designed to provide a unique play experience for babies, toddlers and juniors.

Kids ‘n’ Action also has a sports arena and video games room for your children to enjoy.

19. Jungle Mania, Woodley

Jungle Mania is a soft play area themed as a jungle. It has three levels. Kids can enjoy the five-metre spider tower, spiral slides, ball cannons and astral slide ball pits.

The whole place has a jungle theme for little animal lovers. Have a bit to eat at the cafe and snack bar.

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20. The Mad House Soft Play and Party World

The Mad House Play and Party World has a main multi level play frame. Complete with slides, a ball pool, ball cannons, and a multi-sports activity area.

21. Monkey Mates

Monkey Mates is an activity centre with an indoor soft play area. And outdoor playground making it ideal to visit whatever the weather in Wokingham.

Huge indoor frame with 3 areas. Areas include a rope bridge, an assault run to a spooky room. Net walks, spinning poles, ball cannons. Astra and spiral slides and tunnels.

It also has a cafe and offers a popular party service.

Historic Places

22. Reading Abbey Ruins

The Abbey Ruins is in Reading town centre. It has undergone an intense 3-year conservation project after being closed for 10 years.

Explore the ruins, learn about it’s history. Join in with the activities that have been planned throughout the year. Have a picnic whilst soaking up the years of history.

Start your visit by discovering the history of Reading’s Royal Abbey and the Norman conquest at Reading Museum. which is a short walk from the Abbey. Then explore the abbey ruins.

23. Pinewood Miniature Railway

Pinewood Miniature Railway has been running trains for 25 years. Located at Pinewood Leisure Centre, between Wokingham and Crowthorne in Berkshire.

The railway runs for nearly half a mile through a woodland setting. The miniature trains are pulled by a variety of real steam and diesel-electric locomotives.

The Leisure Centre has a children’s adventure playground. Visitors can also enjoy a walk through the woodland to see the trains passing by.

Museums

24. Reading Museum

Reading Museum has permanent exhibits and temporary ones, showing Reading or Berkshire history. Beginning in the Roman times up to the middle of the 20th century.

See the pottery, Huntley and Palmers biscuits displays. And other industries that were in Berkshire. Observe the 95 million-year-old of a piece of a dinosaur backbone. The beautiful reproduction of the Bayeux Tapestry.

Enjoy a snack and drink at the museum coffee shop.

25. MERL Museum

The Museum of English Rural Life established in 1951. Known as the UK’s leading museum of food, farming, and countryside. It grew out of the University of Reading’s long tradition of academic excellence in agriculture.

It has public displays and nine new galleries curated around the concept of ‘Our Country Lives’.

Discover new interactive, immersive galleries which explore questions of identity, environment, technology, culture, and health.

Browse in the shop, have something to drink from the cafe, read a book in the reading room and enjoy the garden.

26. Museum of Berkshire Aviation

The dynamic contribution of Berkshire to aviation history is re-captured at the museum. With 20 exhibits to explore and virtual tours, galleries, and research areas.

Run as a charitable trust, the museum is at the historic site of Woodley Airfield. Once the centre of a thriving aircraft industry.

27. Maidenhead Heritage Centre

The Maidenhead Heritage Centre and ATA exhibition and archive explores the history of Maidenhead and its surroundings, including the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA), which was headquartered at White Waltham airfield during World War II.

The mission of the centre is to preserve and celebrate the area’s heritage for the benefit of present and future generations.

Educational

28. The Look Out, Bracknell

Hands-on science exhibition and nature exhibition. It has over 90 activities suitable for children of all ages, spread over five zones.

Launch a rocket or set off a hot air balloon in the Forces and Movement Zone. Learn the mysteries of the human body and brain in the Body and Perception Zone.

Outdoors there’s an adventure play area, forest walks and nature trails. That span 1,000 hectares of woodland that are perfect to explore by bike or foot.

29. The Living Rainforest, Hampstead Norreys

Learn all about the importance of a rainforest ecosystem. And how it supports everyday human life. Come face to face with monkeys, crocodiles, and incredible plants.

There’s a chance to discover a different world of amazing plants. Animals, ecosystems, human needs, economies, and cultures.

Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of over 700 species of exotic plants and animals.
Home to free-roaming lizards, birds and butterflies. Goeldi monkeys, a Chinese Water Dragon, Harry the armadillo and the two-toed sloth. Watch birds, butterflies, and lizards roam free in the tropical glasshouses.

30. Braywick Nature Centre, Maidenhead

Braywick Nature Centre, is housed in a charming 19th-century stable block. It was originally part of the Braywick Lodge estate. And was refurbished in 1989 to provide a centre for environmental activities.

Exhibitions and displays on local history, wildlife, and sustainability. They have walks and events. There is plenty for everyone to see and do.

Have a go at art, make an instrument, stomp around the grounds, or hang out in the giant tipi. The reserve is always open, and it’s free to visit.

Bowling

31. Wokingham Superbowl

The family-friendly venue for ten pin bowling and laser quest games. Enjoy a game of American Pool on one of our Pool tables. Have fun playing games in the amusement arcade.

Enjoy the restaurant food and a drink at the bar.

32. Hollywood bowl, Bracknell

10-pin bowling with 28 bowling lanes. The lanes are equipped with child-friendly features, such as ramps and bumps.

Get food and drinks served to you as you play. Have fun in the amusements zone arcade games, pool tables, and slot machines.

Cinema

33. Vue

The 10 screen Vue cinema which is along the riverside in Reading shows all the latest movies. All tickets are £4.99 all day every day. The VIP seats are £6.99 which are definitely worth buying if you prefer to have the extra legroom. Wider chairs, and optimum viewing.

34. Showcase

14 cinema screens, 3D, Sony 4k projection. All the seats are fully customisable recliners. Enjoy watching movies in pure comfort.

Have a hot drink in Costa or relax in the lounge bar before or after your film.

Attractions

35. Windsor Castle

Built by William The Conqueror in the 11th century is a residence of the British Royal Family. Windsor Castle is one of the Queen’s official royal residences. Look out for the Royal Standard flag is flying from the Castle’s Round Tower it means the Queen is home.

Public tours take place daily. Visit the State Apartments, which contain paintings from the royal art collection and opulent furnishings.

The largest and oldest occupied castle in the world.

36. Royal Ascot Racecourse, Ascot

Royal Ascot is known is the most prestigious event in the racing calendar. There are eighteen Group races. The perfect place to see celebrities and royalty.

The Royal Procession, communal singing around the Bandstand. Each of the five days is unforgettable.

Attracting many of the world’s finest racehorses. Competing for millions of pounds in prize money. Guests will be wearing some classic outfits and hats.

37. Highclere Castle, Hampshire

One of England’s most beautiful Victorian Castles set and has a great backdrop too. With 1,000 acres of spectacular parkland surrounding it. So it’s not in Berkshire, but only 5 miles from Newbury.

The Carnarvon family has lived here at Highclere since 1679. The current Castle stands on the site of an earlier house. Which was built on the foundations of a medieval palace.

The 8th Earl and Countess have opened up a new Egyptian Exhibition throughout the cellars of the Castle. To celebrate the 5th Earl’s discovery of the Tomb of the Egyptian Boy Pharaoh, Tutankhamun, in 1922.

Shopping

38. The Oracle

A large indoor shopping and leisure mall on the banks of River Kennet. Over 80 stores including Swarovski, Kiko Milano, Hugo Boss, and Reiss.

A popular place to shop, eat and drink.

39. The Lexicon, Bracknell

An indoor shopping centre with all the famous high street brands. You have a good choice of restaurants and coffee shops.

Watch the latest movies in the 12-screen cinema.

Eat and Drink

40. Rossini Wokingham

Voted best restaurant in Berkshire in 2002. Established in 1993 serving traditional authentic Italian cuisine. Sourced locally as well as delivered by specialist from Italy.

Serving fresh home cooked Italian food. Modern and classical wines, cocktails and a mouthwatering selection of desserts.

Separate menu for vegetarian and gluten-free diets.

41. Cote Brasserie

Cote Brasserie serves authentic French cuisine in Wokingham. You have a choice of breakfast, lunch or dinner. In the summer you can dine on the outside terrace.

High-quality ingredients: chickens corn-fed from Brittany. Other ingredients only served in season.

Also gluten-free or vegetarian options.

42. Boishaki

Boishaki an annual festival celebrated in the subcontinent. This restaurant is located in Wokingham.

Menu is based around traditional Bengali and Indian flavours. With a good choice of vegetarian dishes. Sundays is eat as much as you like a buffet.

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43. Comptoir Libanais

Located at the Oracle Riverside, Reading. Enjoy the scenic views of the river Kennet. Enjoy Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served in the bazaar-like colourful setting.

Tasty tagines, sharing platters, and a variety of authentic desserts.

44. Las Iguanas

Latin American lunch and Dinner is served at Las Iguanas. tapas, enchilada, and Quesadilla the churros. 2 for 1 cocktails are popular at Las Iguanas.

Always has a lively atmosphere. Gluten-free and vegan options available.

45. Handmade Burger Co.

Also along the riverside, handmade burger co. serves 40 types of burgers made from scratch. From traditional beef burgers to dirty burgers. Handmade shakes are delicious choose from the strawberry cheesecake, Oreo and peanut butter.

Delve into the authentic burgers for lunch or dinner.

Sleep

46. Hilton St Anne’s Manor

Luxury hotel in the English countryside, set in 25 acres of grounds. Guest rooms queen bed and deluxe rooms. Double deluxe rooms, family deluxe rooms, and single guests rooms.

Treat yourself to a pamper package and treatments in the beauty salon. A fitness room and a pool. A playground for children and a tennis court.

Enjoy the afternoon tea or book your hen night package.

47. Hillingdon Prince Hotel, Reading

A budget hotel near Reading University and Reading town centre. They offer accommodation with all of their rooms equipped with microwaves and fridges. So you can take your own food and drink.

They serve breakfast made from fresh local produce and have bar meals for the evening.

48. The Emmbrook Inn Wokingham

A public house in Wokingham that is also bed and breakfast. Double and twin en-suite rooms, home cooked food. Enjoy the full English breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Enjoy the home cooked food in the pub, or on the patio which is in an enclosed garden.

49. Dukes Head Wokingham

Serves British pub food and a popular Sunday Lunch. Rooms are all en-suite, double en-suite and twin-ensuite.

You can enjoy the beer garden too. Great place to stay for business or pleasure, or if you are planning to take the train into London.

50. Cantley House Hotel

A 19th-Century country house. Set in picturesque gardens and parkland. Standard double rooms, superior double or twin room and deluxe double rooms all are ensuite.

Award-winning Milton’s restaurant is in an elegant 17th Century converted barn. With a private courtyard. Serves local produce and European cuisine.

Afternoon tea is also served at the hotel for guests and non-guests.

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