101 Things to do in Berkshire

Berkshire is a beautiful county. Yell Cars have listed 101 things to do in Berkshire.

We have included attractions, parks, indoor and outdoor activities.

Theatres in Berkshire

1. The Hexagon

The Hexagon is a popular multi-purpose theatre and arts centre in the heart of Reading. Built-in 1977 in the shape of an elongated hexagon. The hexagon showcases modern and classical music, Rock, Pop. You can enjoy some drama, dance, and comedy. As well as the touring stage productions. The regular events include the Reading Comedy Festival and The Hexagon Pantomime.

The Hexagon has welcomed The Royal Shakespeare Company. The English National Ballet. Manic Street Preachers, English National Ballet, The Stranglers, and The Philharmonic Orchestra.

2. South Street Arts Centre

South Street Arts Centre is situated South of Reading’s town centre. South Street has two performance spaces. They host around 150 shows and events a year. The small-scale programme focuses on acclaimed touring theatre, music, spoken word, and comedy.

3. Progress Theatre

The Progress Theatre is run by volunteers and is a registered charity. Located near the University of Reading. The 96 seat venue has a fully licensed bar and is the oldest producing theatre in Reading.

The theatre is committed to promoting education in the performing arts. As well as producing a programme of varied. Interesting and challenging drama to the highest standard.

Progress has a Writers Group and a youth theatre that meets every Saturday. They also offer a week-long summer workshop for the youth.

4. Concert Hall

The Concert Hall is located within the Town Hall complex. Originally built in 1882 and refurbished in 2000. It also houses the restored Father Willis Organ, boasting superb acoustics.

The Concert Hall hosts a varied programme of classical music. Blues, jazz, folk organ recitals, and pop, and rock. It also hosts stand-up comedy, and lectures to suit all tastes.

Spas and Wellness Centres

Most of us have busy schedules, it’s important to look after ourselves. Book yourself in one of the Spa and Wellness Centres below.

5. Ayurvedic Retreat

Located in Reading town centre opened over 10 years. Ayjurvedic Retreat offers a range of massages. Relax and enjoy one of their Luxurious Ayurvedic Massages. Back massage, and Indian head massage. If you are pregnant they offer pregnancy massages. For those into sports, the sports massage will help relax your tightened muscles.

You can also choose one of the well-being treatments. Ayurvedic Retreat offers Reiki and Reflexology.

You can also book an Ayurvedic practitioner consultation. Consultations are not just for those who suffer from a chronic illness. Ayurvedic can help you to achieve and maintain total wellbeing through doshic balance.

If you have a chronic disorder like diabetes, anxiety or arthritis. The Aryurvedic Practitioner will compare your current doshic balance with your optimal one.

6. Nirvana Spa

Nirvana Spa offers pure indulgence. Designed with the holiday feeling in mind. The owner whilst on holiday in Spain was inspired to create the holiday feeling at home.

Relax and unwind in crystal clear waters. You can lounge by the pool and spoil yourself with mouth-watering treats.

Pamper yourself in our Crystal Treatment Suite. Float away in the Celestial Pool and complete tranquility.

Book yourself on one of their luxurious treatments. You can choose from massages, facials, wraps, and exfoliators. Manicures and pedicures. Treatments for him. Mums to be. Nirvana Spa also offers cancer safe treatments.

Attractions in Berkshire

7. 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.

The Carnarvon family has lived here at Highclere Castle 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.

The castle holds a range of popular events. You have to book early as many of the events get sold out quickly. Events include Behind the Scenes, Castle Tours and Afternoon Tea. Christmas evening reception. Special winter tours. Living in a castle talk and tours. Champagne afternoon tea and tour.

8. Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle is the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world. Built by William The Conqueror in the 11th century. Windsor Castle is a residence of the British Royal Family. It is one of the Queen’s official royal residences. You will know if the Queen is home if the Royal Standard flag is flying from the Castle’s Round Tower.

You can join one of the daily public tours. The State Apartments display fine paintings from the royal art collection.

9. Basildon Park

Basildon Park is an impressive Georgian mansion. Surrounded by beautiful parkland. Basildon Park was rescued from ruin by Lord and Lady Iliffe in the mid-1950s. They hosted many glamorous parties in their home in the 50s.

The mansion has an elegant interior, covered with fine paintings, fabrics, and furniture. The 18th-century architectural fixtures and fittings have all been restored.

10. Royal Ascot, Windsor

A popular prestigious five-day racing event Royal Ascot in Windsor. You will see some fabulous hats and outfits at the Royal Ascot. You may also spot some royalty or famous celebrities. The eighteen group races attract the world’s finest racehorses.

Enjoy watching the Royal Procession. And the communal singing around the Bandstand. One of the most unforgettable experiences of the year.

Parks in Berkshire

11. Beale Park

Beale Wildlife Park and Gardens is situated by the River Thames. They are dedicated to the care and conservation of rare and endangered animals and birds. Beale Park is located between the villages of Pangbourne and Lower Basildon in Berkshire. You can enjoy the landscaped gardens and woodlands.

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. Your little ones can have some fun in the splash pool. You can all enjoy a ride on the miniature train.

12. California Country Park

California Country Park is a lovely place for a family stroll. All the paths are suitable for buggies. It is set in 100 acres covering Longmoor in Finchampton. Your little ones can explore the play park with its wooden adventure trail. They can climb the climbing frame. Have some fun on the swings. And become pirates on the pirate ship.

In the summer your children can splash around in the paddling pool. California Country Park is a great place to have a family picnic.

13. Dinton Pastures Country Park

Dinton Pastures is a lovely place for all the family. It is is an award-winning play space in Wokingham. Breath in the crisp fresh air. Whist taking a leisurely stroll around the 450 acres of lakes. You can also explore the meadows. The children can have some adventure in the children’s woodland themed activity park.

Dinton Pastures always has regular activities throughout the year. You can go on a midnight row. Hire a boar. Or take part in many of the courses on offer.

Remember to bring your picnic. The on-site cafe is also very popular.

14. The Savill Gardens

Savil Gardens are part of the Windsor Great Park. The gardens are worth a visit in all seasons. There are 35 acres of contemporary and classically designed gardens and woodland to explore.

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

You can explore the Hidden Gardens and the Summer Gardens. The Autumn Wood gardens and the Spring Wood gardens. The New Zealand Gardens and The Glades. Enjoy the Azalea Walks. Visit the Temperate Glasshouse, which was opened in 1995 and named after the Queen Mother.

In all seasons you can enjoy the beautiful walks around the garden and the lake. Remember to visit the plant centre and gift shop to pick up some treats. You can enjoy the cream tea which is served in the Gallery Cafe. You can end your day in the restaurant which overlooks the gardens.

15. Wellington Country Park

Wellington Country Park is known as ‘The biggest outdoor play in Berkshire’. Explore 350 acres of beautiful parklands. Kids can play in the adventure play areas. You can play a game of mini-golf. Have a ride on the miniature railway. Enjoy the water play in the summer. The kids can play in the sandpits and have fun on the slides. Remember to walk around the animal farm.

Explore the nature trails. Which will lead you to the Red and Fallow deer and a range of wildlife that lives in the natural habitat. You can enjoy a picnic or BBQ at Wellington Country Park around the 35-acre lake.

You can also pop into the cafe and shop for refreshments.

16. Four Kingdoms Farm Adventure Park

Four Kingdoms is a popular family-run farm park. The 40-acre park based in Hampshire, Berkshire borders. Four kingdoms farm has two large lakes that are surrounded by the River Enborne.

Children can meet animals in nature. Enjoy the lambing season. The children can pat and stroke the farm animals. Take a walk down to the paddocks to see the larger animals at four kingdoms farm.

The children can have some adventure with the 20 play zones. And have a go on the pedal boats.

17. Christchurch Meadows

Christchurch Meadows is a large, meadow on the north bank of the Thames River. Stretching from Caversham Bridge to Reading Bridge. Trees and shrubs feature along the bank. The fenced children’s play area includes a paddling pool and picnic tables.

Christchurch Meadows is a delightful area to walk, have picnics, walk your dog and feed the swans. A great place to unwind relax and chill out.

18. Caversham Court Gardens

Caversham Court Gardens are beautiful gardens that overlook the River Thames. If you are looking for somewhere peaceful and quiet to relax locally these gardens are perfect. There are charity tea rooms that serve delicious homemade cakes, drinks and, sandwiches. It is open from March to October every day except Mondays.

The gardens are one of the most relaxing places in Berkshire. You can watch the boats go along the Thames. Or have a stroll amongst the ducks, geese, and swans. And have a picnic in the gardens.

In the summer you can watch a popular movie in the open-air cinema.

19. Forbury Gardens

Forbury Gardens is a Victorian town garden. Located between the town centre and the ruins of the 11th-century abbey. The ornamental gardens have a wall around which provides a peaceful and tranquil retreat away from the busy town centre.

The Forbury Gardens is home to the famous Maiwand Lion statue. Children can play in the gardens. There is a kiosk that serves coffee, ice-cream, and light lunches. There is a bandstand, and bands play every weekend in the summer.

Theme Parks in Berkshire

20. Legoland

Legoland is a popular theme park and resort in Windsor, Berkshire. The park is themed around Lego. There are more than 55 interactive attractions. The rides are all Lego-themed. They also offer building workshops, models and shows.

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

There are Restaurants on-site that offer a range of hot meals, snacks, and drinks. There are also plenty of kiosks dotted around the park that sell snacks, drinks, and ice-cream.


21. Pincents Hill

Pincents Hill is a great place for a quiet walk. It is hidden away on the outskirts of West Reading. You are right in the countryside.

You will see the Pincents Tower which was built in 1769. The PIncents tower built by Rev. Henry Wilder. He was courting Joan Thoyts who lived in Sulhamstead House. The two buildings can be viewed from each building. A very romantic gesture! Sulhamstead House is about 4.5 miles away. It is still standing in a wonderful part of the Berkshire Countryside.

22. Balmore Walk

Balmore Walk accessed mainly via a steep grassy bank is adjacent to Balmore Park doctor’s surgery. Enjoy the stunning views overlooking Caversham and the wider Reading area.

The bank has hawthorn bushes and Corsican Pine. There are groups of mature trees along the path. There is a small woodland, which includes mature oaks and beech. The northern section is a hay meadow leading to scrubland and new planting of native trees.

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23. Linear Park, Calcot, Reading

There are 36 hectares of woodland, river basin, and meadow at Linear Park. There’s even a marked trail for a nice easy walk.

24. Swinley Forest, Bracknell

Walkthrough The Look Out Discovery Centre and through the forest for around 20 minutes. Until you get to Caesar’s Camp, an Iron Age hillfort. The hillfort, which covers an area of about 17.2 acres. It is surrounded by a mile-long ditch, is a piece of engineering. Constructed entirely by hand using basic tools.

25. Thames Path, Sonning to Tilehurst, Reading

This route could see you walking the entire length of the River Thames. To enjoy it for part of your day pick it up at Sonning Bridge and walk past Caversham Lock along to Tilehurst or Purley.

Nature Reserves in Berkshire

26. Braywick Nature Reserve

Braywick Nature Reserve hidden between the M4 and Maidenhead town centre. There is a play park at the nature reserve. The old stables house the visitors’ centre. Displays and exhibitions about local wildlife and information about local history.

The 19th-century mansion house demolished in 1969. The stables refurbished in 1989. To provide a centre for environmental activities in the borough. The nature centre is situated in an old stable block. They were originally part of the estate belonging to Braywick Lodge.

27. Moor Copse

The Moor Copse is a diverse woodland wildlife treasure trove astride the River Pang. Moor Copse is known for its flowers, butterflies, and moths.

The peaceful woodland surrounds a patchwork of meadows and pastures. Set in the heart of the Pang Valley in Berkshire. Moor Copse displays natural beauty all year around. In the summer you enjoy the colours of butterflies. And the vibrant colours of the flowers.

In the summer, butterflies are abundant. Including the handsome silver-washed fritillary whose larvae feed on violets. Dragonflies and damselflies. Such as the beautiful demoiselle and the brown hawker hunt up and down the river.

The autumn brings the colours and sounds of the falling leaves. In the winter you can enjoy the frosty landscape.

Landmarks in Berkshire

28. The Maharajah’s Well

A beautiful gift from an Indian prince. The gift from a Maharajah to a village in England to repay a kindness shown many years before. The 368-foot deep well is located in a rural English village Stoke Row, Oxfordshire. The well, though no longer used, still has water and is topped by a dome and a gilded elephant above the well.

The well is 4 feet in diameter, dug by hand mostly through chalk. It took a year to complete and was opened on the Queen’s birthday in 1864. The well was in use for over 70 years and was a huge benefit to Stoke Row as a community. Before the well was built water had to be fetched by hand from miles away. The Maharajah paid for a well to be dug in Stoke Row. It cost around £400. He also paid for a small well-keepers cottage and a cherry orchard. The cherries from the orchard provided an income to help pay for the well’s upkeep.

29. Abbey Ruins

Abbey ruins are a must-visit if you want to learn about its 900 years of history. Learn about the religious community which was centred around a church. You will learn about the Monks that lived, worshipped and worked at the Abbey for more than 400 years. Find out the year King Henry I announced that he wanted a new abbey built. You will learn if King Henry I lived to see the Abbey completed. Did you know that the Abbey one of the largest monasteries in Europe?

Discover which of the royals were buried at the Abbey? In the past thousands of pilgrims visited the Abbey. The pilgrims were searching for blessings and often a cure to their illnesses.

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30. The Maiwand Lion

The famous Maiwand Lion also known as the Forbury Lion is a sculpture and war memorial in the Forbury Gardens. The statue was named after the Battle of Maiwand and was erected in 1884 to commemorate the deaths of 329 men from the 66th (Berkshire) Regiment of Foot during the campaign in the Second Anglo-Afghan War in Afghanistan between 1878 and 1880. It is sometimes known locally as the Forbury Lion.

The description on the plinth reads:
This monument records the names and commemorates the valour and devotion of XI [11] officers and CCCXVIII [318] non-commissioned officers and men of the LXVI [66th] Berkshire Regiment who gave their lives for their country at Girishk Maiwand and Kandahar and during the Afghan Campaign MDCCCLXXIX [1879] – MDCCCLXXX [1880].
“History does not afford any grander or finer instance of gallantry and devotion to Queen and country than that displayed by the LXVI Regiment at the Battle of Maiwand on the XXVII [27th] July MDCCCLXXX [1880].”

31. The Berkshire Yeomanry and Trooper Potts Memorial

The memorial is outside the Crown Courts in Reading. Just outside Forbury Gardens, opposite Forbury Hotel. The memorial honours the men of the Berkshire Yeomanry who died in the Boer War and the two World Wars.

This modern tribute to Frederick Owen Potts who is Reading’s only Victoria Cross holder. He received the victoria cross on the Gallipoli Peninsular during 1915. Frederick Potts survived the Great War, he died at the age of 50 in 1943.

The people of Reading felt that Fredwick’s bravery and his modesty should be shared. The Trooper Potts Memorial Trust was set up to raise the necessary funds and commission a suitable memorial. The information panels have detailed his heroic deeds. But also the history behind the victorian cross. Inside the Forbury gardens is there is a memorial to those members of the Berkshire Regiment. Who lost their lives during the first Afghan Wars.

32. Queen Victoria’s Statue

The Queen Victoria Statue stands outside the town hall. It has been in Reading since July 1887 to celebrate the Queen’s golden jubilee. The sculptor George Blackall Simonds was commissioned to carve the statue.

George Blackall Simo completed the Maiwand Lion in the Forbury Gardens the previous year. It is carved from Carrara marble and was unveiled by the Duke of Cambridge. The Duke of Cambridge was the Queen’s cousin. The statue is positioned to look north along Blagrave Street towards the railway. The Queen Victoria Jubilee Fountain in St Mary’s Butts. It is described by Historic England as “a typical Victorian amalgam of forms and conceits”. Like the statue of Queen Victoria It was placed in Reading to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne.

33. The Queen Victoria Jubilee Fountain

The Queen Victoria Jubilee Fountain in St Mary’s Butts designed by George W Webb of Friar Street, Reading. Described by Historic England as “a typical Victorian amalgam of forms and conceits”. Like the statue of Queen Victoria It was placed in Reading to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne.

The Queen Victoria Jubilee fountain was once a real fountain with water spouting from the top, eight gargoyles and twenty water jets. At the lower level were drinking fountains and troughs for dogs. Now it is part flower bed and part road island.

The inscription reads “Erected on the completion of the fiftieth year of the reign of Queen Victoria 1887”.

Football Clubs

34. Reading Football Club

Reading football stadium is off the M4 junction 11. Reading Football Club is a professional association football club based. The team plays in the Championship, the second tier of English football. The stadium is named after Reading’s chairman Sir John Madejski. The Football Stadium over £50m to build. Synthetic fibers are interwoven with natural grass, the pitch looks flawless.

The stadium has 24,161 seats. For the best views then you can book one of the 28 Executive Suites. The record attendance was 24,134 for Reading vs Manchester United game in 2008. Families who come to watch the matches together sit in the West stand for home games.

You can have something to eat at the restaurant and concourse bars. The Megastore is open on Monday – Saturday 9 am-5.30. There is a Jazz cafe at the East Stand which has live music.

If you are having a birthday party you can book a football match for the children. At the beginning of the tour with a coach. And take part in a tour of the stadium.

Farmers Markets in Berkshire

35. Reading Farmers Market

Reading’s Farmers Market is part of the Thames Valley Farmer’s Market Co-operative. The farmers market has been in Reading, Berkshire for more than 20 years.

The market is on the first and third Saturday of every month at the old Cattle Market, Great Knollys St, Reading. From 8.30 am until 12 pm. You can buy local food and drink directly from the producers.

There is always a wide range of fresh produce available. Including seasonal vegetables, organic meat, fish, eggs, local honey, and cheese. There is usually a huge selection of delicious baked goods on sale too. You may also find cider, beer, gin, vodka, fudge, natural skincare, fresh pasta, cottage garden plants, locally grown flowers and much more.

36. Caversham Artisan & Farmers Market

Caversham Artisan & Farmers Market is in St Martin’s Precinct. It is held on the 1st & 3rd Sunday of every month. Selling handcrafted goods, local produce, art, gifts and street food, hot street food, homewares, local cheese, and breads.

There are also candles and scents for sale. Meat, fish pies and quiches. Fruit, vegetables and fresh eggs. Local honey and chocolate stalls. Enjoy fresh cakes and biscuits. There is also live music tent and a pet treat stall. There is a covered seating area where you can enjoy your food, drink, and music.

Leisure Centres in Berkshire

37. Rivermead Leisure Complex.

Rivermead Leisure Complex is a multi-functional centre situated in Caversham. They have a state-of-the-art gym with120 stations. A large free weight area and a 10 station training frame.

Enjoy a swim, a game of squash or badminton and have a go at bowling.

38. South Reading Leisure Centre

South Reading Leisure Centre offers a range of indoor and outdoor activities facilities for the local community. There are state-of-the-art 3G football pitches. Enjoy swimming in the pool. Or a spin class. There is a dance studio and tennis facilities. The Sports Hall has 4 badminton courts, 1 full basketball court, 4 mini basketball courts, indoor football, and netball courts.

39. Meadway Sports Centre

Meadway Sports Centre offers a varied programme of activities for the local community. The centre offers both swimming and indoor sports facilities, plus a fully equipped gym. There are 2 squash courts and a sports hall with 4 badminton courts.

40. Palmer Park Sports Stadium

Palmer Park Sports Stadium provides a focal point for a variety of indoor and outdoor leisure activities. The stadium is set in parkland. The stadium offers Athletics track
Floodlit Football Pitch, Covered Grandstand, gym, and a children’s playground.

41. Loddon Valley Leisure Centre

Loddon Valley Leisure Centre has a range of facilities including a gym. A 25m swimming pool along with a teaching pool. They also offer a wide variety of group exercise classes and racquet sports.

Farms in Berkshire

42. Bucklebury Farm Park, Bucklebury

Bucklebury Farm and Deer Safari Park is a 77-acre farm based in the picturesque Pang Valley. Bucklebury Farm has an indoor and outdoor play area. Children can pet the animals. The children can also have a go on the zip wire. And can enjoy the tractor rides around the deer park. You can also go on the nature trails.

Children will be able to explore the park. And meet, reindeer, goats, chickens, ponies, ducks, sheep, llamas, rabbits and more. The pedal tractors are fun for both adults and kids.

43. Lockey Farm, Reading

Lockey Farm is a traditional farm. With animals that roam free. You can walk around the park to see the cattle, sheep, horses and other animals.

You can enjoy a game of crazy golf. Have some fun with the jumping pillows. Have a go on the zip wire. Go around the race track on the go-karts. There is a junior army assault course and also a sandpit for the kids to play in. The farm also has a play area for the children.

Indoor fun in Berkshire

44. Red Kangaroo

Red Kangaroo offers 36,000 square feet of jumping fun. You can bounce around on the wall-to-wall trampolines. There is a dedicated parkour area, timed ninja course, and a total wipeout game.

You can have a go on the gladiator beam over in the giant foam pit. Red Kangaroo offers special tots and family sessions.

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45. Escape Rooms

Escape Rooms in Reading is designed for 2-6 people in a real-life room. The door is locked for 1 hour. You all have to solve the clues to escape.

The rooms to choose from are the Vampire Slayers room and the Kidnapped room. They are both located at Escape rooms Reading in Queens walk.

The Vampire Slayers Room is a mysterious and creepy room. There is has a mix of abstract puzzles and surprises. The Kidnapped Room is a dark room. You have been kidnapped, can you escape?

46. Coral Reef, Bracknell

You can slide down the giant Water slides at Coral Reef. Battle with the wild water rapids. Brave the Canon which has a high-speed, 67-metre drop. The Storm Chaser where pirates in training can try their luck on the stormy waves.

For the younger children are shallow pools to paddle in. A diving bell. And small slides.

Adults can relax in the sauna world. Enjoy the sauna rooms and two-tier steam room. You can cool down in the plunge pool.

47. Bracknell Ski Slope and Ice Rink

Bracknell Ice Rink is an Olympic size ice rink. It’s an excellent place for the family to have fun skiing. For the younger skaters, you can hire fun skate aids to help them gain confidence on the ice.

There is a rink-side cafeteria that serves a selection of hot food, drinks, and desserts.

Outdoor Activities in Berkshire

48. Adventure Dolphin, Reading

Adventure Dolphin is a great place to canoe, kayak and climb. Based in Pangbourne Reading. They offer various courses such as climbing and paddling courses for adults and children.

49. Delta Force Paintball

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

Delta Force Paintball is one of the largest paintball parks in the UK. It offers 6 huge paintball game zones, such as the epic London Apocalypse with it’s red London buses and recognisable landmarks.

Players are given a combat suit and a full-head helmet. You will be kitted out with full-body protection and the latest semi-automatic paintball gun. Get ready for combat.

50. Go Ape, Bracknell

Go Ape Bracknell has 3 high ropes adventures to choose from. You can climb 13m into the skyline for 2 to 3 hours of monkey madness. Or 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. Go Ape has one of the only double Tarzan swings in the UK.

Paint and Pottery Studios in Berkshire

51. Mad Hatters Pottery

Mad Hatters is a popular pottery painting cafe in Berkshire. Painting your own pottery is a great way to relax. Choose from a wide range of hand-finished Italian pottery. Sit back, relax and let your creative juices flow.

There is also a separate cafe area from the pottery studio. You can drink their high-quality coffee. Or try one of their specialty teas. Or indulge in the ultimate hot chocolate. Try one of the fresh locally handmade cakes too.

52. Art Jam Studio

Art Jam Studio is an Art Space for all ages and abilities. To come together and enjoy, create, learn and share ideas of arts and crafts.

Art Jam Studio offers one-off workshops, regular classes, and courses. There is always something on throughout the daytime, evening and weekends.

53. Jelly

Jelly is currently based in Broad Street Mall in Reading. Jelly believes in the power of the arts to delight, intrigue, challenge, and enrich. Jelly has various events and workshops throughout the year. On the 3rd Saturday of every month, they run a family art club. You and your child will be encouraged to explore imaginary worlds and characters through a range of changing art themes.

Jelly Tots is a pre-school art club led by artists and designers. It is for children from 18 months to up to 5 yrs. Jelly tots run a programme of creative workshops that encourage your child (and you) to join in. Be creative and play together.

Indoor Soft Play in Berkshire

54. Krazy Playdays, Reading

Krazy Playdays is in West Reading. Krazy playdays is an indoor soft play venue. The soft play centre has different areas to allow children to play, learn and explore. It has multi-level adventure play frames. With padded and soft features such as waterfall effect slides. And a bouldering wall, a fun slide plus more equipment to keep your little ones busy.

Krazy Playdays is suitable for babies and children up to 11 years old.

55. Monkey Mates

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

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

There is also a cafe that serves snacks and drinks.

56. The Mad House Soft Play and Party World

The Mad House Play and Party World is a main multi-level play frame. The little ones can play on the slides. Have fun in the ball pool. And enjoy the ball cannons.

57. Jungle Mania, Woodley

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

The Jungle theme is great for animal lovers. There is a cafe that serves snacks and drinks.

Historic Places in Berkshire

58. Pinewood Miniature Railway

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

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

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

Museums in Reading

59. Reading Museum

Reading Museum showcases permanent exhibits. As well as temporary ones. The exhibits display Reading or Berkshire history. From Roman times up to the middle of the 20th century.

You can enjoy the famous Huntley and Palmers biscuits displays plus the pottery. And other industries that were in Berkshire. You will be able to see the 95 million-year-old of a piece of a dinosaur backbone. The Bayeux Tapestry is also on display.

The museum coffee shop serves snacks and drinks.

60. MERL Museum

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

There are public displays and 9 new galleries curated around the concept of ‘Our Country Lives’.

You can discover new interactive, immersive galleries that explore questions of identity, environment, technology, culture, and health.

There is a museum shop which sells memorabilia and gifts. There is a reading room that visitors can use. In the summer you can enjoy the museum garden. The cafe sells snacks and drinks.

61. 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.

62. The Cole Museum of Zoology, Whiteknights campus, University of Reading

The cole museum is part of the school of biological sciences at the University of Reading. It was established in the early 20th century by Francis Cole, a professor of Zoology.

The museum contains around 4000 specimens including a male Indian circus elephant skeleton. A fossil of the largest spider to ever have lived five-metre reticulated python skeleton containing 400 vertebrae. And a false killer whale skeleton.

63. Blake’s Lock Museum, Kenavon Drive, Reading

The museum is located in two historical buildings, the Screen House and the Turbine House. Blakes Lock Museum takes a look back to the history of activity on the Kennet and Thames rivers. You can discover the story of Reading’s two rivers.

You will see the gypsy caravan and watch a video about gypsy life. You can also have a go at the hands-on interactive to find out how a mill wheel worked. The exhibits include information about the Romani people and temporary art exhibits.

64. Highclere Castle, Hampshire

One of England’s most beautiful Victorian Castles. It has a great backdrop too with 1,000 acres of spectacular parkland surrounding it.

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.

Educational Activities in Berkshire

65. The Living Rainforest, Newbury

A great place to learn all about the importance of a rainforest ecosystem. And how it supports everyday human life. You will come face to face with monkeys and crocodiles. There’s a chance to discover a different world of amazing plants. Animals, ecosystems, human needs, economies, and cultures.

Get ready to immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of over 700 species of exotic plants and animals. The Living Rain Forest is home to butterflies free-roaming lizards and birds. Get close to the Chinese Water Dragon and Goeldi monkeys. Observe the armadillo and the two-toed sloth.

66. The Look Out, Bracknell

The Look Out in Bracknell is a hands-on science and nature. There are over 90 activities suitable for children of all ages. The activities are spread over five zones.

Your children can launch a rocket or set off a hot air balloon in the Forces and Movement Zone. They can learn the mysteries of the human body and brain in the Body and Perception Zone.

The outdoor adventure play area is brilliant for all age ranges. Children spend hours letting their imagination run wild at The Look Out. You can go for a forest walk and enjoy the nature trails. That span 1,000 hectares of woodland that are perfect to explore by bike or foot.

67. Braywick Nature Centre, Maidenhead

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

There are exhibits and displays on wildlife, local history, and sustainability. The nature centre holds a variety of events throughout the year. have walks and events.

You can make an instrument, walk around the groups. Get creative with one of the art activities.
Or even hang out in the giant tipi. The reserve is always open, and it’s free to visit.

Bowling in Berkshire

68. Wokingham Superbowl

Wokingham Superbowl is a family-friendly venue. You can have a game or two of ten pin bowling. Or play the laser quest games. You can play a game of American Pool. And go wild in the amusement arcade.

Grab a bite to eat at the restaurant and bar.

69. Hollywood bowl, Bracknell

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

You can order food and drinks that will be served to you as you play. Enjoy a game of pool. And some fun in the amusement zone with the arcade games.

Cinemas in Berkshire

70. Vue

Vue is a popular 10 screen Vue cinema which is along the riverside in Reading. Vue shows all the latest movies. You can watch the latest 2D and 3D movies. Vue is popular as the tickets are £4.99 all day every day for adults and children. If however, you want to sit in the wider chairs and want extra legroom and optimum viewing. You should book the VIP seats which are £6.99

Vue also showcases big-screen events. Including dance, opera, music performances, theatre, gaming, and sports.

71. Showcase

Showcase is a 14 cinema screens cinema in Winnersh. All the seats have fully customisable leather recliners. The seats are electronically controlled allowing you to have optimal viewing.

Showcase has regular live broadcasts from The National Theatre. Such as Opera, Ballet and West End Musicals. Enjoy the effects of the Xplus screen, a giant wall to wall screen. With next-generation projection that gives crystal clear definition giving the best and brightest picture in either 2D or 3D.

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There is a lounge bar upstairs. Tickets cost £12.85 for an adult and £9.85 for a child. The viewings are cheaper on Sundays after 7 pm and all day Monday and Tuesday with an Insider Card. You can enjoy a coffee at the Costa which is in the same complex.

Shopping Centres in Berkshire

72. The Oracle

The Oracle is a large indoor shopping and leisure mall on the banks of the River Kennet. There are over 80 stores including Reiss, Swarovski, Kiko Milano, and Hugo Boss.

You could spend the day at the Oracle. As there are lots of places to shop, eat and drink.

73. The Lexicon, Bracknell

The Lexicon is an indoor shopping centre with all the famous high street brands. You also have a good choice of restaurants and coffee shops. You can watch the latest movies at the 12-screen cinema.

Eating and Drinking in Berkshire

Best Breakfasts in Berkshire 

74. Cafe Yolk Reading

Cafe Yolk is a popular independent Cafe in Reading which opened its doors in 2013. Situated between the University of Reading and the Royal Berkshire Hospital. A modern, clean and cozy cafe, with welcoming staff. Awarded-winning brunch restaurant.

Cafe Yolk serves freshly made from quality ingredients that are sourced from local award winning suppliers. They offer a good choice of breakfast, fresh handmade pancakes, and burgers. If you prefer a breakfast sandwich they serve them too. Also smoked salmon with scrambled eggs and toast. If you fancy something different. You have to try the sour bread, with smashed avocado, salsa, poached egg, and chillies. There is also a good selection of drinks, and fresh smoothies.

75. Carluccio’s

An Italian Restaurant located facing Forbury Square. They have a new breakfast menu don’t worry the favourites are still on the menu. With some great new dishes added, you now have more options to choose from. Including a new vegan breakfast and a new vegetarian breakfast.

You can have the Royale, with salmon, poached eggs, hollandaise, and toasted ciabatta. Or you could go for the vegetarian option which has eggs, courgette fritters, mushrooms, tomatoes, ciabatta, juice, and a hot drink.

Great service, lovely location, reasonably priced. Good quality fresh food.

76. Bills

Bills is located in St Mary’s Church house in an elegant Georgian building. A popular restaurant in the town centre. The buttermilk pancakes are popular or you can have a healthy granola sundae. If you are going for the buttermilk pancakes and you are feeling brave. Go for the 5-stack and don’t forget to ask for extra maple syrup.

Breakfast is served until midday and 1 pm on weekends. It’s a good idea to book your table in advance to save on the waiting time.

Restaurants in Berkshire

77. Comptoir Libanais

Comptoir Libanais is french for the Lebanese counter. The restaurant is beside the riverside at the Oracle. You can enjoy the scenic views of the River Kennet. They serve Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served in the bazaar-like colourful setting.

Try the tasty tagines, sharing platters, and a variety of authentic desserts. They also serve mezze: which is a great platter for sharing. A variety of wraps, tagines, Lebanese style pizzas, fresh mint tea, and a variety of sweet Lebanese pastries.

78. Cote Brasserie

Cote Brasserie serves authentic French cuisine in Reading. Cote Brasserie serves breakfast, lunch or dinner. They serve high-quality ingredients: chickens corn-fed from Brittany. All the other ingredients only served in season.

They also serve gluten-free or vegetarian options.

79. Franco Manco

Franco Manco serves authentic Italian Pizza. Located at the Riverside, Oracle. A Neapolitan pizzeria which follows the classic Neapolitan pizza making process from the late 18th century. The ingredients are authentically sourced. The sourdough is slow rising.

80. Sizzling Spice

Sizzling Spice is near the University of Reading. It serves authentic Indian food. Their specialities are butter chicken and lamb pasanda. The chef’s recommendations include tandoori lamb bhuna. The house special which is a mixture of chicken and lamb tikka, prawns and mushrooms, cooked in garlic, ginger, tomatoes, and onions in a rich spicy sauce.

There is also a good choice of dishes which are suitable for vegetarians.

81. Rossini Wokingham

Rossini was established in 1993. It serves traditional authentic Italian cuisine. The food is sourced locally. Ingredients are also delivered by specialist from Italy.

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

There is a separate menu for vegetarian and gluten-free diets.

82. Las Iguanas

Las Iguanas serves Latin American food in Reading on Riverside Oracle. Las Iguanas serves Mexican street food to Brazilian classics.

They serve lunch and dinner. Enjoy tapas, enchilada, and Quesadilla the churros. The happy hour 2 for 1 cocktails are popular at Las Iguanas. It always has a lively atmosphere. Gluten-free and vegan options available.

83. Handmade Burger Co.

Also along the riverside, Handmade Burger co. serves 40 types of burgers that are made from scratch. They serve traditional beef burgers to dirty burgers. The handmade shakes are delicious. You can choose from Oreo, peanut butter and strawberry cheesecake.

Enjoy the handmade burgers for lunch or dinner.

84. Boishaki

Boishaki an annual festival celebrated in the subcontinent. This restaurant is located in Wokingham. The menu is based around traditional Bengali and Indian flavours. They have a good choice of vegetarian dishes. Sundays are eat as much as you like a buffet.

85. Manzano Peri Peri

Manzanos Peri-Peri in Reading town centre. It is a Portuguese style chicken restaurant. Their specials include tikka burger and tikka combo mix. You can share one of their platters. Or try the
Hawaiin chick which is Chicken breast, cheese, lettuce, red onion, pineapple, jalapeños, topped with burger sauce and mango and lime sauce in a brioche bun.

86. Zizzi Italian Restaurant

Zizzi Italian restaurant at the Riverside, Oracle serves tasty, authentic dishes. From pizza, pasta and risotto to salads, and indulgent desserts. The Italian menu also includes Vegan and Vegetarian options. The food is well seasoned for every taste bud. A great place for work meals too.

87. Clays Hyderabadi

Clays Hyderabadi is an independently run-family restaurant in London Street. Clays Hyderabadi specialises in South Indian cuisine with classic dishes from the region. The cuisine that comes from the kitchens of the Royal Kings(Nawabs) of Hyderabad in the south of India.

89. Quattro

Quattro is an Independent and family-run for more than 30 years. Quattro is based in Caversham. It is the ideal place to relax and enjoy authentic Italian food, whatever the occasion.

Regarded as one of Reading’s best restaurants. Quattro serves fresh pasta and gourmet pizzas. Plus a range of delicious meat and fish dishes. They specialise in traditional Italian cuisine that is freshly prepared using the finest ingredients.

Quattro specials menu changes weekly. There is always something new for regular customers to try.

90. Tutu’s Ethiopian Table

Tutu’s is a tasty and nutritious selection of meat and vegetarian stews. The dishes are served with the Ethiopian traditional pancake, Injera.

They also serve a range of baguettes and other snacks. For lunches, buffets, and special occasions.
Tutu’s has a wide range of vegetarian options.

91. Miah’s Garden of Gulab

The Garden of Gulablocated opposite Palmer Park on Wokingham Road. Miah’s Garden of Gulab takes its name from Asia’s largest rose garden, which is home to over 50,000 rose trees. Miah’s serves traditional and contemporary dishes.

92. Bakery House

The Bakery House on London Street serves Lebanese food. They serve Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Brunch. The lamb and chicken shawarma is popular.

Try the mixed grills, falafel, and fresh flatbreads. The mint lemonade is refreshing. And green tea

There are plenty of vegetarian-friendly options.

93. Wagamama

The concept at Wagamama is simply fresh, pan-Asian inspired noodle dishes.

Wagamama has a great selection of meat and vegetarian noodle variations when it comes to main courses. You can choose from ramen (big bowls of noodles in soup). Chilli men (noodles in a spicy sauce). Kare (noodles in a coconut-based soup) and teppan (noodles cooked on a griddle).

The desserts include lychee sorbet and tamarind and chilli pavlova.

Gardening in Berkshire

94. The Herb Farm

Situated close to Sonning Common. The Herb Farm offers a large plant nursery. Display gardens, the Herb Kitchen coffee shop and The Saxon Maze. The Barn Shop stocks many food items and gifts, with something for everyone.

Swimming and Dining in Berkshire

95. Thames Lido

Mediterranean tapas and mains in a glass-walled space. At a historical renovated grade 2 listed swimming pool. The open kitchen and it’s wood-burning ovens and charcoal grill.
The open kitchen and its wood-burning ovens. charcoal grills. They serve breakfast, tapas, lunch, and dinner.

Sleeping in Berkshire

97. Sure Hotel by Best Western Reading

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

Sure Hotel serves breakfast made from fresh local produce. And serves bar meals for the evening.

96. Hilton St Anne’s Manor

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

The Living Well Gym is open 24 hours. Massage and beauty treatments are also available. The hotel has a heated indoor swimming pool, a spa bath, and a steam room.
The Omnia Restaurant is located in the elegant Victorian manor house. It offers modern cuisine and classic British dishes while the Omnia Bar and Lounge serves light meals, snacks, and coffees.

There is an outdoor playground for children and a tennis court. Enjoy the afternoon tea or book your hen night package.

97. The Great House at Sonning

The Great House at Sonning offers contemporary and stylish en-suite rooms. Free WiFi is included throughout. Bedrooms are located in separate buildings: the original White Hart Hotel. The 16th-century palace yard, the 17th-century coach house, and the clock tower.

There are comfortable working areas in the main area. Where guests can use complimentary WiFi and power points. The hotel includes an all-day restaurant, Coppa Club, which includes a relaxed bar area with a fire. Breakfast is available daily from 6:30 midweek and 7:30 at weekends.
Situated on the riverbank in the picturesque village of Sonning-on-Thames.

98. Crowne Plaza Reading

The red-brick Crowne Plaza Reading. It is perfectly nestled amongst the trees on the bank of the River Thames. The hotel is an elegant retreat primed for business success and lavish banquets. 122 contemporary bedrooms to choose from, including stylish standard rooms. The hotel offers executive Club rooms and luxury executive suites.

The Riverside restaurant and bar opens onto a terrace overlooking the River Thames. Revive Health Club and Spa at Crowne Plaza Reading Hotel offers a health and fitness suite. With a pool, sauna and 5 luxury treatment rooms.

99. Malmaison Reading

Malmaison Reading built-in 1844. Malmaison is the oldest surviving station hotel in the world. Located in the town centre.

The stylish, contemporary rooms and suites all feature-rich fabrics and modern en suite bathrooms with designer toiletries. The upgraded rooms and suites add modern 4-poster beds.

You can enjoy a drink or two in the Chez Mal the hotel’s cocktail bar. The Chez Mal brasserie restaurant specialises in locally sourced dishes with a contemporary French influence. The hotel also serves afternoon tea for guests and non-guests.

100. Great Expectations Hotel and Bar

Great Expectations Hotel is well-known for its quirky environment. Located near the centre of Reading. Experience a comfortable stay in the lovingly furnished rooms. After a delicious meal in the rustic restaurant. Guests can enjoy free breakfast. There is a connection to Charles Dickens. The premier English novelist of the 19th century. At the building’s opening in 1843 Charles Dickens read from his book the great expectations here.

101. Cantley House Hotel

Cantley House Hotel is a 19th-Century country house. The hotel is set in picturesque gardens and parkland. It offers standard double rooms. Superior double or twin room and deluxe double rooms all are ensuite.

The award-winning Milton’s restaurant is in an elegant 17th Century converted barn. With its private courtyard. The restaurant serves local produce and European cuisine. Afternoon tea is also served at the hotel for guests and non-guests.

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