Berkshire is a royal county in south-east England, just to the west of London. As well as being home to Windsor castle, Berkshire has an abundance of country parks and natural outdoor spaces where you can take the family. Read on for 10 of the best outdoors places in Berkshire to visit with kids.
Windsor Great Park
Probably one of the most famous outdoor places in Berkshire is Windsor Great Park. Found just south of Windsor, this splendid park was formerly the private hunting ground of the royals at Windsor Castle. Nowadays, Windsor Park is open to the public and has 2020 acres of ancient forest and beautiful parkland to explore.
If you are feeling energetic, you could hike the Long Walk from Copper Horse Statue up to Windsor Castle, weekend home to the Queen. Make sure, you keep an eye out for wildlife, especially the free-roaming deer.
What’s even better is that Windsor Great Park is one of the best free things to do in Berkshire with kids.
Wellington Country Park
A visit to Wellington Country Park in Rieseling (near Reading) is the perfect day out in Berkshire with kids. Set around a scenic lake, the park is an absolute paradise for little children, as there are so many different play areas and activities on offer. What child could resist the temptation of the giant slides, jumping pillows, wooden pirate ship and sandpits with diggers?
Alternatively, train fans will love a ride on the miniature railway which goes round the park. Wellington Country Park is even good on a rainy day in Berkshire, as there is an indoor soft play for younger kids.
If one day isn’t enough to fit everything in, book a stay at the Wellington Country Park campsite. As well as a night’s camping, you will get after-hours access to the park. It’s a great way to avoid the crowds!
Dinton Pastures Country Park
Another fabulous country park on the outskirts of Reading is Dinton Pastures Country Park in Winnersh. After a stroll round the scenic lake, kids won’t be able to resist the fantastic new adventure playground. Here, they can climb, swing, crawl and hide. Quite honestly, it’s one of the best playgrounds in Berkshire.
Dinton Pastures is another great place in Berkshire to visit if you want to spend some time on the water. Plan your visit for the weekend or school holidays, when you can hire boats to take out on the lake.
And, what’s even better about Dinton Pastures Country Park is that admission is free.
With over 55 rides and attractions, Legoland Windsor is the biggest theme park in Berkshire and makes a perfect day out for thrill seeking families.
However, the rides are not just for adrenaline lovers. One of the best things about Legoland is that they have plenty of rides for younger children and toddlers. Whether they are into knights, Vikings or Ninjago, there is a theme to suit all tastes.
Once you have had your fill of rides, make sure you visit Miniland. Here you will find the world’s most iconic buildings made from Lego. Amazingly, over 40 million bricks have been used in total.
Also, don’t forget to take time away from the rides to visit Skeleton Bay. Here you can enjoy the antics and acrobatics at the daily pirate show.
Now, if it’s animals you want to see, one of the best outdoor places in Berkshire is Beale Park. Located on the outskirts of Pangbourne, this fabulous wildlife park has a collection of farm animals, small exotic animals, and birds.
Once you have visited the animals, head for the play areas. Children can enjoy indoor and outdoor spaces and on a warm day will love the splash zone. And, don’t forget to take advantage of your free ticket for the train which runs round the grounds. This will provide the perfect opportunity to sit back and enjoy the landscaped gardens and trees.
The Look Out Discovery Centre
Our favourite outdoor place in Berkshire is the Look Out Discovery Centre. Located in Swinley Forest on the outskirts of Bracknell, this is a great place for an outdoor adventure with kids.
As well as the fantastic natural playground, you can explore the beautiful Swinley Forest. The Look Out has walking and bike trails, or you can take to the canopy for some Go Ape fun.
If you have little children, they can head inside to the Look Out Discovery Centre, where kids can have hands-on fun at this interactive science and technology experience.
California Country Park
Another great place in Berkshire for kids to run around and let off steam outdoors is California Country Park, just outside Finchampstead. The park has several family-friendly trails around Longmore Lake and plenty of areas to play or picnic.
In the summer, children can cool down in the large paddling pool.
Clivedon House is a magnificent National Trust property in Maidenhead. Its 376 acres of grounds make an ideal place for some outdoor family fun.
Clivedon House has a fantastic play trail in the woods and there’s plenty of places to stop and build dens. But, one of the best bits for kids is the giant maze, built from over 1000 yew trees.
Liquid Leisure Waterpark
One of the children’s favourite days out in Berkshire is Liquid Leisure in Windsor. Liquid Leisure is Europe’s largest water park and is one of the best things to do in Berkshire if you like getting wet.
There is a choice of a giant inflatable obstacle course on the water or Aqua Jungle, an assault course. Either way, children (and adults) will have loads of fun. Alternatively, you can challenge your friends to a Ninja Warrior style competition across an inflatable race course.
Four Kingdoms Adventure & Farm Park
Another of the best outdoor places in Berkshire for toddlers and younger kids is the Four Kingdoms Adventure & Farm Park, in Newbury.
Children can get up close and personal with animals in the petting barn and even get to feed them.
Outside there is a wide choice of play areas, including crazy golf, lazer tag, bounce pillows and go karts. One of the best parts is that all of the attractions are included in the ticket price, so there won’t be any hidden extras to pay.
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