Great Days Out in Berkshire

With incredible countryside and towns and villages full of character, there’s plenty to keep you occupied in Berkshire. Need some ideas? Here are our picks.

Krazy Play Days, Reading
This indoor play centre can keep your kids active and entertained all day. With ball pools, a football court, slides, and climbing, there’s plenty to occupy them. There’s also a separate baby and toddler area, party rooms, and a café.

Ashdown House, Newbury Ashdown House looks just like a life-sized dolls’ house. Sitting in the Berkshire Downs woodland, the building dates back to the 1600s, and is steeped in history. Guided tours can be taken around the house, and the surrounding countryside makes a lovely walk, with a maze for kids to play in.

Absolutely Ten Pin, Slough
Bowling really can mean an entire day out here. With 18 bowling lanes, a soft play area, arcade machines, pool tables, big screen live sport, and a café/restaurant, it will take all day just to do everything!

Beale Park Wildlife Park & Gardens, Lower Basildon Beale Park offers wildlife, gardens, a train, fishing, play areas, and more, so there really is something for all ages. And set by the River Thames, the setting is beautiful too.

The Living Rainforest, Thatcham
This atmospheric venue is made up of tropical greenhouses, with 700 species of animals and plants. In addition, there’s the Human Impact exploration space, a children’s play area, and tropical trails.

Pinewood Miniature Railway, Wokingham
This miniature railway runs for almost half a mile of woodland, and is based at Pinewood Leisure Centre, where there are woodland walks, a fitness trail, a pond, and an adventure playground. The railway is only open one day a month though, so check the website before planning your trip!

Leap Frog Ceramics, Bracknell
This pottery painting studio is suitable for all ages, from young tots to adults. The studio allows you to choose your own item to paint, then they provide you with all of the painting equipment, offering help and guidance as required, and then glaze and fire the item for you.

Northcroft Leisure Centre, Newbury
If you want to keep your family active, then a leisure centre is the place to do it. Northcroft boasts three swimming pools, a large sports hall, a fully-equipped gym, a sauna, fitness studios, a crèche, and a soft play area. All of that should keep you busy!

Jump In, Slough
Jump In has something available for everyone, including trampolining, basketball, a foam pit, dodgeball, and fitness classes. There’s even a trampolining space just for under-fives.

Windsor Castle, Windsor
Home to the British monarchy for centuries, Windsor Castle is a must-see in Berkshire. Things to see include St George’s Chapel, the state apartments, the Drawings Gallery, the Changing of the Guard, and much more. Every Saturday, there is a family programme, which includes workshops, dressing up, and storytelling.

LEGOLAND Windsor, Windsor
This LEGO-themed activity park is hypnotic for children, and even LEGO loving adults. Different themed sections mean that there’s something for everyone, with attractions such as Heartlake City, DUPLO Valley, and Land of the Vikings, not to mention plenty of shopping and eating facilities.

Bucklebury Farm Park, Reading
This countryside experience offers 74 acres of attractions and activities, including a deer park, tractor rides, den building, farm animals, and an adventure playground. Bucklebury will keep little ones, and not-so-little ones, entertained for hours.

Jake’s @ Tri-Lakes, Sandhurst
Jake’s makes for a great day out, offering beautiful countryside, lakes, an indoor football court, a mini-assault course, a mini-farm, a pirate ship, and more, including eating facilities. What more could you want?

The Look Out Discover Centre, Bracknell
The Look Out Discover Centre is great for those little budding scientists – and for those who need a little encouragement. There are five main zones: Forces & Movement, Body & Perception, Light & Colour, Woodland & Water, and Build It!, each with their own focus on different elements.

Stanley Spencer Gallery, Cookham
This museum focuses on the works of the artist Stanley Spencer. As well as his art, his letters and books are available for viewing. Different exhibitions are put on regularly so keep an eye on the website for dates.