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5 things to do with the kids in Berkshire

February 16, 2019

Ah, beautiful Berkshire, with its stunning greenery and historic buildings. Whether you’re heading to the area with your youngsters for a quintessentially British break, or you’re local to this quaint area of the English countryside, it’s always handy to have a number of attractions at hand which will keep the kids entertained.

Not too far out of London city centre, Berkshire is the ideal break if you are either located in London or you want to pair a quick West End visit with something more serene. Berkshire goes to show that to achieve a relaxing family break away from the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life doesn’t require much more than a train ride outside of the Big Smoke. Can you believe?

So, without further ado, let’s take a look at five of the very best things to do with the family in Berkshire…

Family attractions to visit in Berkshire

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Where else could steal the number one top spot than the UK’s largest Legoland resort? As well as offering a jam-packed entertainment schedule, LEGOLAND Windsor is home to tens of LEGO brick inspired rides, a waterpark, and an intricately themed hotel. It makes for a mini-break that you simply have to plan in for at some point before your kids become teens.

Windsor Castle

Perhaps Berkshire’s most famous landmark, Windsor Castle is one of the oldest and largest occupied castles, not only in the UK but across the globe. Harbouring over 900 years of royal history, Windsor Castle is home to The Queen, making for a truly British way to spend a day with the family.

Go Ape! Bracknell

When it comes to high altitude obstacles, no place does it better than the forest king of adventure days, Go Ape! Bracknell. It is a fab family outing for those who have older children, aged 9 and above.

This site features three high rope courses with a toe-tingling 160-metre adrenaline zip wire and 35 crossings comprising of swings, bridges, and ladders. Note, if you do have younger children in tow, a junior course is available for children of at least 1 metre.

Go Ape and Adventure

The Living Rainforest

Introduce your children to the natural wonders of the deep rainforest, right here in the UK! Newbury’s Living Rainforest is a mammoth indoor greenhouse tropical rainforest which provides an authentic opportunity for children to experience over 700 species of animals and plants, including the beautiful blue poison dart frog, the Goeldi’s monkey, and the cutesy two-toed sloth.

Beale Park

If you’re on the search for the perfect picnic spot, there’s no place better than Beale Park. Nestled on the edge of the Thames in Reading, the park is easily accessible, and has something to offer all ages. Whether you pay a visit to the deer, lemurs, and meerkats of the Beale Park wildlife park, go barefoot on one of its muddy adventure trails, or simply sit back and relax in the gardens as the children play in the park, it all makes for good outdoors family fun.

Do check out their website for details on any seasonal activities, but there’s usually a regular park train, a Little Tikes village, and an aerial cableway to enjoy, too.

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  • Chloe m February 16, 2019 at 9:01 am

    Leeds castle

  • Rob Hutchinson February 16, 2019 at 9:23 am

    I’d most like to visit their Grizedale Forest site, for the 3km zip wire. 🙂

  • Becca February 16, 2019 at 10:14 am

    Love this!

  • Jackie Howell February 16, 2019 at 11:34 am


  • Umamah Ali February 16, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    We went to Go Ape Moors Valley country park and Forest. It’s a nice fun place to go with family friends that too with kids. I can see why Go Ape is a must to include in the list

  • Donna Loxton February 16, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    Margam country park basically because it’s the nearest one to me!

  • Andy Wedge February 16, 2019 at 12:37 pm

    We’d love to go to Rivington

  • Kerrie-ann Fitzpatrick February 16, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    We LOVE legoland, especially the waterpark when it’s warm. Haven’t been to Beale park for years but must go again before the kids get too old to enjoy it.

  • Gemma blake February 16, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    Bracknell, it’s pretty close to us but we have never tried it!

  • Emma Gibson February 16, 2019 at 4:12 pm


  • MM February 16, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    Forest of Dean, would be very convenient.

  • Catherine Bullas February 16, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    Forest of Dean Mallards Pike.

  • Charlotte Wilde February 16, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    Delamere – nearest one to us in north wales!

  • Sarah Phillips February 16, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    Chessington, very close to us!

  • Helena February 16, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    Sounds like there’s lots to entertain the kids over half term #MMBC

  • Anna Wood February 16, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    Cannock Chase would be our closest go ape, never been but it looks like something the kids would absolutely love!

  • iain maciver February 16, 2019 at 6:41 pm


  • Rachael Simmons February 16, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    I’ve love to visit Leeds Castle

  • Kathryn Hipkin February 16, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    Matfen as it’s nearest to us. We have been to Dalby forest as well but it was a long drive and the kids said they’d rather do Matfen next time as they weren’t keen on the twisty roads – Sutton Bank, we DON’T love you!

  • Rich Tyler February 16, 2019 at 8:24 pm


  • Margaret GALLAGHER February 16, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    Rivington would be fab Thankyou

  • Corinne Henson February 16, 2019 at 9:37 pm

    Forest of dean

  • Angela treadway February 16, 2019 at 10:35 pm

    chessington world of adventures x

  • Amy Bondoc February 17, 2019 at 5:23 am

    Forest of Dean i went last year although we didnt visit go ape ii eally loved it there

  • Alexandra Wood February 17, 2019 at 7:34 am

    Bedgebury is our closest and a beautiful location for whizzing through the trees.

  • Katie February 17, 2019 at 8:43 am

    I would like to visit Sherwood

  • Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs February 17, 2019 at 9:29 am

    These all sound like fun places to visit. We still have Legoland on our to-do list. Hopefully, we will get to tick it off this year 🙂

    Thanks for sharing with #MMBC. x

  • Kay Broomfield February 17, 2019 at 9:52 am

    We’d go to Cannock Chase

  • Marian February 17, 2019 at 10:40 am

    love it

  • Anne Richards February 17, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    Forest of Dean please

  • Gemma Hendry February 17, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    leeds castle

  • Hilda Wright February 17, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    I’d take the family to Buxton. We’ve been a couple of times before, lovely location!

  • Jane Willis February 17, 2019 at 3:42 pm

    The Bracknell one, my grandchildren love it there.

  • Moth Broyles February 17, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    Forest of Dean 🙂

  • moth February 17, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    Forest of Dean 🙂

  • Karen Langridge February 17, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    Maybe Southampton, they have lots of locations to pick from which is great! x

  • Nikki Easton February 17, 2019 at 10:44 pm

    Go Ape Thetford,, High Lodge Forest Centre, please. I can remember going here with my parents as a teenager I’d love to take my own family now.

  • Jodi Hill February 18, 2019 at 7:15 am

    Cannock chase looks great, I took my son when he was younger, haven’t been in years.

  • Karen Usher February 18, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    Chessington for us 🙂 Ive been thinking about doing Go Ape, I have to work up my braveness first lol

  • Helen Tovell February 18, 2019 at 3:38 pm

    Thetford for us as lovely place and not too far

  • Hannah GJ February 18, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    I would love to visit the Bracknell one!

  • Julia Kerr February 18, 2019 at 11:42 pm

    The one in Nottingham so I could see a relative we don’t see nearly often enough

  • Ruth Harwood February 19, 2019 at 8:51 am

    When we go walking in grizedale we see the go ape, and we all wanna try it, the experience would be second to none!!

  • Jayne Townson February 19, 2019 at 9:44 am


  • Caroline McCabe February 19, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    Cannock Chase

  • Vikki m February 19, 2019 at 11:19 pm

    Would love to win this

  • lyn west February 21, 2019 at 10:02 am

    Wobern safari park sounds good

  • James Harris February 21, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    The Forest of Dean site is closest to us.

  • Natalie Burgess February 21, 2019 at 5:58 pm

    Woburn Safari Park xx

  • Louise Fairweather February 21, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    The Bracknell one would be great for us

  • Theresa Wakeley February 21, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    We would love to visit Go Ape Aberfoyle

  • andrea tinkler February 21, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    The Sherwood forest one xx

  • stacey turner February 22, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    matfen hall

  • Nicola Shipston February 22, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    Rivington as its just round the corner from me

  • katrina walsh February 23, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    cannock chase as would love to visit that area in general

  • A.E. ADKINS February 24, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    Cannock Chase would be a great local(ish) day out. The boys would love it.

  • Alice Colling February 25, 2019 at 8:04 am

    Normanby Hall

  • Sharon Sheppard February 27, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    Legoland windsor would be nice

  • Sarah Lambert February 27, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    The Sherwood pines site

  • Suzanne Gaulton February 28, 2019 at 9:25 am

    The Forest of Dean site would be perfect for us! Lots of lovely country pubs nearby on the way home to chat about our fun day over a nice bite to eat!!

  • Georgina Prince February 28, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    We would love to go to Dalby that’s closest to us x

  • Maria hackett March 2, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    Cannock chase would be amazing.

  • ellie spider March 3, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    I’d love to go to Margam park 🙂

  • Emily Neasham March 4, 2019 at 7:46 pm


  • Christine Hall March 5, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    Crawley is our nearest

  • Michelle Moloney March 5, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    Sherwood pines please

  • Susan Willshee March 5, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    I’d like to visit Cannock Chase

  • JULIE WARD March 5, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    Rivington, I think is the nearest for us

  • Amy Denney March 6, 2019 at 10:35 am

    Chessington nearest to me. Thank you for the chance

  • Kim Neville March 6, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    Would like to go to Chessington

  • Emma Howard March 6, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    Delamere Forest

  • Karen Barrett March 6, 2019 at 9:43 pm


  • lorraine kirk March 7, 2019 at 11:15 am

    I would love to visit the one at Thetford Forest

  • Emma Walters March 7, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    cannock chase looks fab x

  • Suzanne Sendell March 7, 2019 at 11:31 pm

    Cardiff please

  • Lynn Neal March 8, 2019 at 12:56 pm

    I think Nottingham would be best for us!

  • Philip O'Neill March 9, 2019 at 7:37 am

    Leeds Castle 🙂

  • Catherine Pawsey March 9, 2019 at 7:49 am

    Brandon, Norfolk please

  • Allan Fullarton March 9, 2019 at 9:13 am

    Forest of Dean Mallards Pike.

  • Claire woods March 9, 2019 at 10:08 am

    Thetford Forest.

  • melody cross March 9, 2019 at 10:37 am

    Dalby Forest please

  • Stuart Dunlop March 9, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    I do love The Forest of Dean

  • Sam Parkes March 9, 2019 at 3:06 pm

    Birches Valley, Cannock Chase we would visit

  • Leanne Perrett March 9, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    the forest of dean site plz

  • Andrea Upton March 9, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    I would like to go to the one in Crawley

  • sarah parker March 9, 2019 at 3:45 pm


  • Rebecca Whatmore March 9, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    Leeds Castle looks good!

  • Big Chungus March 9, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    Any of the London/ South East ones. My preference would probably be the Battersea Park one for the 50m zip wire!

  • Laura Corrall March 9, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    I’d love to go to Thetford Forest

  • paula cheadle March 9, 2019 at 11:29 pm

    go ape in the forest of dean

  • Geoff Hibbert March 10, 2019 at 5:10 am

    Haldon Forest

  • Simone Griffin March 10, 2019 at 7:23 am

    We’d love to visit the Wyre Forest Go Ape!

  • Hayley Cooper March 10, 2019 at 8:15 am

    Go Ape at Sherwood Pines for us!!

  • Rachael Sexey March 10, 2019 at 8:53 am

    Sherwood Pines ❣

  • Charlotte Cauldwell March 10, 2019 at 9:00 am

    Delamere forest

  • Jo Hutchings March 10, 2019 at 9:56 am

    We’d go to the one at Thetford Forest.

  • Zoey H March 10, 2019 at 10:14 am

    Sherwood Forest

  • Zoey H March 10, 2019 at 10:14 am

    Sherwood Forest looks great

  • Pauline Dring March 10, 2019 at 10:59 am

    Woburn, please, as it is our nearest Go Ape

  • Rebecca Mercer March 10, 2019 at 1:48 pm

    Rivington would be great

  • Nancy Bradford March 10, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    I’d like to take my daughter to visit Cannock Chase x

  • Melissa Lee March 10, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    The Forest of Dean would be absolutely ideal

  • Catherine Gregory March 10, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    Rivington would be great please

  • Keeley Shaw March 10, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    Bracknell or Alice Holt

  • olivia Kirby March 10, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    I would go to the one at Sherwood

  • Emma Fox March 10, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    We’d love to vist Go Ape at Dalby Forest in North Yorkshire

  • Natalie Crossan March 10, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    Rivington would be lovely

  • Gemma Clark March 10, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    Either High Lodge or Black Park

  • Diana March 10, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    Thetford Forest 🙂

  • Tammy Neal March 10, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    Cannock chase

  • Nikki Phipps March 10, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    I’d love to go to Go Ape! At Delamere Forest Thank you xx

  • Peter Bush March 10, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    A really good blog, have been an interesting read

  • Kelly Hirst March 10, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    I’d love to visit Go Ape at Leeds Castle

  • LorraineK March 10, 2019 at 11:14 pm

    Woburn Safari park

  • Mandy Doherty March 10, 2019 at 11:27 pm

    Grizedale Forest

  • joanne cox March 10, 2019 at 11:42 pm

    Sherwood Forest !

  • Craig Hindle March 10, 2019 at 11:55 pm

    I would like to visit wyre forest go ape site

  • chris hindle March 10, 2019 at 11:55 pm

    I would like to visit wyre forest go ape site

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