5 things to do with the kids in Berkshire

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

LEGOLAND Windsor

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.

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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  1. Chloe m
    February 16, 2019 / 9:01 am

    Leeds castle

  2. Rob Hutchinson
    February 16, 2019 / 9:23 am

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

  3. Becca
    February 16, 2019 / 10:14 am

    Love this!

  4. Jackie Howell
    February 16, 2019 / 11:34 am

    Chessington

  5. Umamah Ali
    February 16, 2019 / 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

  6. Donna Loxton
    February 16, 2019 / 12:25 pm

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

  7. Andy Wedge
    February 16, 2019 / 12:37 pm

    We’d love to go to Rivington

  8. Kerrie-ann Fitzpatrick
    February 16, 2019 / 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.

  9. Gemma blake
    February 16, 2019 / 3:30 pm

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

  10. Emma Gibson
    February 16, 2019 / 4:12 pm

    Chessington

  11. MM
    February 16, 2019 / 4:13 pm

    Forest of Dean, would be very convenient.

  12. Catherine Bullas
    February 16, 2019 / 4:28 pm

    Forest of Dean Mallards Pike.

  13. Charlotte Wilde
    February 16, 2019 / 5:25 pm

    Delamere – nearest one to us in north wales!

  14. Sarah Phillips
    February 16, 2019 / 5:38 pm

    Chessington, very close to us!

  15. February 16, 2019 / 5:46 pm

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

  16. February 16, 2019 / 6:31 pm

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

  17. iain maciver
    February 16, 2019 / 6:41 pm

    Scotland

  18. Rachael Simmons
    February 16, 2019 / 6:48 pm

    I’ve love to visit Leeds Castle

  19. Kathryn Hipkin
    February 16, 2019 / 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!

  20. Rich Tyler
    February 16, 2019 / 8:24 pm

    Chessington

  21. Margaret GALLAGHER
    February 16, 2019 / 8:59 pm

    Rivington would be fab Thankyou

  22. Corinne Henson
    February 16, 2019 / 9:37 pm

    Forest of dean

  23. Angela treadway
    February 16, 2019 / 10:35 pm

    chessington world of adventures x

  24. Amy Bondoc
    February 17, 2019 / 5:23 am

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

  25. Alexandra Wood
    February 17, 2019 / 7:34 am

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

  26. Katie
    February 17, 2019 / 8:43 am

    I would like to visit Sherwood

  27. February 17, 2019 / 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

  28. Kay Broomfield
    February 17, 2019 / 9:52 am

    We’d go to Cannock Chase

  29. Marian
    February 17, 2019 / 10:40 am

    love it

  30. Anne Richards
    February 17, 2019 / 1:51 pm

    Forest of Dean please

  31. Gemma Hendry
    February 17, 2019 / 2:44 pm

    leeds castle

  32. Hilda Wright
    February 17, 2019 / 3:24 pm

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

  33. February 17, 2019 / 3:42 pm

    The Bracknell one, my grandchildren love it there.

  34. Moth Broyles
    February 17, 2019 / 4:15 pm

    Forest of Dean 🙂

  35. moth
    February 17, 2019 / 4:16 pm

    Forest of Dean 🙂

  36. February 17, 2019 / 10:36 pm

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

  37. Nikki Easton
    February 17, 2019 / 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.

  38. Jodi Hill
    February 18, 2019 / 7:15 am

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

  39. Karen Usher
    February 18, 2019 / 2:49 pm

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

  40. Helen Tovell
    February 18, 2019 / 3:38 pm

    Thetford for us as lovely place and not too far

  41. Hannah GJ
    February 18, 2019 / 9:59 pm

    I would love to visit the Bracknell one!

  42. Julia Kerr
    February 18, 2019 / 11:42 pm

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

  43. Ruth Harwood
    February 19, 2019 / 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!!

  44. Jayne Townson
    February 19, 2019 / 9:44 am

    I fancy visiting PEEBLES, GLENTRESS FOREST and the FOREST OF DEAN MALLARDS PIKE.

  45. Caroline McCabe
    February 19, 2019 / 2:19 pm

    Cannock Chase

  46. Vikki m
    February 19, 2019 / 11:19 pm

    Would love to win this

  47. lyn west
    February 21, 2019 / 10:02 am

    Wobern safari park sounds good

  48. James Harris
    February 21, 2019 / 5:04 pm

    The Forest of Dean site is closest to us.

  49. Natalie Burgess
    February 21, 2019 / 5:58 pm

    Woburn Safari Park xx

  50. Theresa Wakeley
    February 21, 2019 / 9:01 pm

    We would love to visit Go Ape Aberfoyle

  51. andrea tinkler
    February 21, 2019 / 9:36 pm

    The Sherwood forest one xx

  52. stacey turner
    February 22, 2019 / 2:53 pm

    matfen hall

  53. Nicola Shipston
    February 22, 2019 / 7:44 pm

    Rivington as its just round the corner from me

  54. katrina walsh
    February 23, 2019 / 11:45 pm

    cannock chase as would love to visit that area in general

  55. A.E. ADKINS
    February 24, 2019 / 7:50 pm

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

  56. Alice Colling
    February 25, 2019 / 8:04 am

    Normanby Hall

  57. Sharon Sheppard
    February 27, 2019 / 12:42 pm

    Legoland windsor would be nice

  58. Sarah Lambert
    February 27, 2019 / 4:38 pm

    The Sherwood pines site

  59. Suzanne Gaulton
    February 28, 2019 / 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!!

  60. Georgina Prince
    February 28, 2019 / 1:26 pm

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

  61. Maria hackett
    March 2, 2019 / 9:52 pm

    Cannock chase would be amazing.

  62. ellie spider
    March 3, 2019 / 1:59 pm

    I’d love to go to Margam park 🙂

  63. Emily Neasham
    March 4, 2019 / 7:46 pm

    NEWCASTLE, MATFEN HALL

  64. Christine Hall
    March 5, 2019 / 2:20 pm

    Crawley is our nearest

  65. Michelle Moloney
    March 5, 2019 / 3:05 pm

    Sherwood pines please

  66. Susan Willshee
    March 5, 2019 / 7:53 pm

    I’d like to visit Cannock Chase

  67. JULIE WARD
    March 5, 2019 / 9:10 pm

    Rivington, I think is the nearest for us

  68. Amy Denney
    March 6, 2019 / 10:35 am

    Chessington nearest to me. Thank you for the chance

  69. Kim Neville
    March 6, 2019 / 2:59 pm

    Would like to go to Chessington

  70. Emma Howard
    March 6, 2019 / 7:37 pm

    Delamere Forest

  71. Karen Barrett
    March 6, 2019 / 9:43 pm

    Rivington

  72. lorraine kirk
    March 7, 2019 / 11:15 am

    I would love to visit the one at Thetford Forest

  73. Emma Walters
    March 7, 2019 / 12:58 pm

    cannock chase looks fab x

  74. Suzanne Sendell
    March 7, 2019 / 11:31 pm

    Cardiff please

  75. Lynn Neal
    March 8, 2019 / 12:56 pm

    I think Nottingham would be best for us!

  76. Philip O'Neill
    March 9, 2019 / 7:37 am

    Leeds Castle 🙂

  77. Catherine Pawsey
    March 9, 2019 / 7:49 am

    Brandon, Norfolk please

  78. Allan Fullarton
    March 9, 2019 / 9:13 am

    Forest of Dean Mallards Pike.

  79. Claire woods
    March 9, 2019 / 10:08 am

    Thetford Forest.

  80. melody cross
    March 9, 2019 / 10:37 am

    Dalby Forest please

  81. Stuart Dunlop
    March 9, 2019 / 2:35 pm

    I do love The Forest of Dean

  82. Sam Parkes
    March 9, 2019 / 3:06 pm

    Birches Valley, Cannock Chase we would visit

  83. Leanne Perrett
    March 9, 2019 / 3:14 pm

    the forest of dean site plz

  84. Andrea Upton
    March 9, 2019 / 3:29 pm

    I would like to go to the one in Crawley

  85. sarah parker
    March 9, 2019 / 3:45 pm

    woburn

  86. Rebecca Whatmore
    March 9, 2019 / 4:37 pm

    Leeds Castle looks good!

  87. Big Chungus
    March 9, 2019 / 4:38 pm

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

  88. Laura Corrall
    March 9, 2019 / 8:11 pm

    I’d love to go to Thetford Forest

  89. paula cheadle
    March 9, 2019 / 11:29 pm

    go ape in the forest of dean

  90. Geoff Hibbert
    March 10, 2019 / 5:10 am

    Haldon Forest

  91. Simone Griffin
    March 10, 2019 / 7:23 am

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

  92. Hayley Cooper
    March 10, 2019 / 8:15 am

    Go Ape at Sherwood Pines for us!!

  93. Rachael Sexey
    March 10, 2019 / 8:53 am

    Sherwood Pines ❣

  94. Charlotte Cauldwell
    March 10, 2019 / 9:00 am

    Delamere forest

  95. Jo Hutchings
    March 10, 2019 / 9:56 am

    We’d go to the one at Thetford Forest.

  96. Zoey H
    March 10, 2019 / 10:14 am

    Sherwood Forest

  97. Zoey H
    March 10, 2019 / 10:14 am

    Sherwood Forest looks great

  98. Pauline Dring
    March 10, 2019 / 10:59 am

    Woburn, please, as it is our nearest Go Ape

  99. Rebecca Mercer
    March 10, 2019 / 1:48 pm

    Rivington would be great

  100. Nancy Bradford
    March 10, 2019 / 2:00 pm

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

  101. Melissa Lee
    March 10, 2019 / 2:34 pm

    The Forest of Dean would be absolutely ideal

  102. Catherine Gregory
    March 10, 2019 / 4:10 pm

    Rivington would be great please

  103. Keeley Shaw
    March 10, 2019 / 4:24 pm

    Bracknell or Alice Holt

  104. olivia Kirby
    March 10, 2019 / 4:47 pm

    I would go to the one at Sherwood

  105. Emma Fox
    March 10, 2019 / 4:56 pm

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

  106. Natalie Crossan
    March 10, 2019 / 7:25 pm

    Rivington would be lovely

  107. Gemma Clark
    March 10, 2019 / 7:29 pm

    Either High Lodge or Black Park

  108. Diana
    March 10, 2019 / 8:39 pm

    Thetford Forest 🙂

  109. Tammy Neal
    March 10, 2019 / 9:19 pm

    Cannock chase

  110. Nikki Phipps
    March 10, 2019 / 10:01 pm

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

  111. Peter Bush
    March 10, 2019 / 10:21 pm

    A really good blog, have been an interesting read

  112. Kelly Hirst
    March 10, 2019 / 10:29 pm

    I’d love to visit Go Ape at Leeds Castle

  113. LorraineK
    March 10, 2019 / 11:14 pm

    Woburn Safari park

  114. Mandy Doherty
    March 10, 2019 / 11:27 pm

    Grizedale Forest

  115. joanne cox
    March 10, 2019 / 11:42 pm

    Sherwood Forest !

  116. Craig Hindle
    March 10, 2019 / 11:55 pm

    I would like to visit wyre forest go ape site

  117. chris hindle
    March 10, 2019 / 11:55 pm

    I would like to visit wyre forest go ape site

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