A den at Basildon House near Reading

With summer half term nearly here, I thought I would share a big list of the best places to take young children in Berkshire when you’re at a loose end. 

Many of these activities are outdoors, as hopefully the week of May 27 will feature at least a bit of sunshine, however there are also plenty of indoor activities and destinations in case of rainy days. 

These places are perfect for toddlers and primary school-aged children, plus many also have special play areas for babies as well. 

Please share your favourite places to take the kids in Berkshire in the comments!

Wellington Country Park

Odiham Road, Riseley

Dinosaurs at Wellington Country Park near Reading - a great day out with the kids for half term
There’s a number of dinosaurs at Wellington Country Park

This is one of the largest outdoor play destinations in the UK. It’s one of my favourite places to go and is amazing for kids, from toddlers to 10-year-olds. 

Facilities include a splash pad, which is perfect for hot summer days, a train with lots of fun things to spot along the ride, and a farm with animals such as pigs, goats, cows, tortoises and chickens. 

There are multiple play areas catering to different ages dotted around Wellington Country Park, including a large Adventure Park for older kids plus toddler play areas too. 

Fun day out with the kids at Wellington Country Park

There are also small wooden play houses, a bouncy pillow, go-karts, sandpits and the park has a calendar of activities organised throughout the year. 

Don’t forget to check out my review of Wellington Country Park here.

Coral Reef Waterworld 

Nine Mile Ride, Bracknell

Don’t let the road name confuse you, there is no Nine Mile Ride, but there is a whole lot of other stuff to do at Coral Reef. 

The pool is geared up so well for families, with plenty of large family-size changing rooms, a shallow pool area for smaller kids plus big and exciting slides for more adventurous children. 

The Little Corals area features small slides that are perfect for babies and toddlers. Exploring the swimming pool is like being transported to a tropical adventure, with giant snakes, a pirate ship and a volcano. 

For more details visit the Coral Reef website. Don’t forget to check out my Coral Reef review. 


LEGOLAND is the perfect way to treat your kids during half term. Look for vouchers on Kellogg’s cereal boxes or online to get half price tickets and save yourself a bit of cash. 

There’s plenty for all ages at LEGOLAND, including a driving school, rides for tots, playgrounds, exhibits and lots more. 

Check out my LEGOLAND review here. 

Beale Park

Lower Basildon, Pangbourne

Another lovely place to spend the entire day having fun outdoors. There’s a play area for little ones, as well as older children, as well as lots of animals to see. 

There’s a train that gives kids the chance to have a ride around the entire park and spot animals along the way. 

Admission: Adults £11, Senior Citizens £9.50, Children £9.00, Under 2 Years Free. Visit the Beale Park website for more information.

Dinton Pastures

Davis Street, Hurst

Dinton pastures country park in Hurst

A fantastic outdoor play space plus a cheap day out with the kids! All you pay for is the parking.

The playground is amazing and packed with wooden climbing frames, tunnels and obstacles for kids to get involved with. 

There are larger climbing frames, tree trunks with climbing handles on them and a zip wire for older kids, plus slides, a little trampoline and swings for smaller children. 

Play area at Dinton Pastures country park in Hurst
Climbing on the dinosaur eggs at Dinton Pastures

There’s a cafe serving hot and cold food, plus a food van nearer to the playground that sells ice creams. Dinton Pastures a lovely place for a picnic too. 

There are easy walking trails around the lake that are ideal for buggies and not too long for little legs. 

The Look Out Discovery Centre

Nine Mile Ride, Bracknell

Whether your little ones are into den building, or they just want to ride high on the swings, there’s so much to do at The Look Out. 

The outdoor play area caters for smaller and older kids, plus there’s GoApe on site (a treetop climbing adventure for older children) if you fancy paying a little extra (you’ll need to book in advance). 

Inside the Science Centre you’ll find lots of exhibits that give kids the chance to have fun while learning about science and the world around them. There’s a building section with large blocks and diggers for kids to ride on that’s brilliant for toddlers. 

If you still have the energy, you can take a stroll through the gorgeous woodland next to the centre. 

You will be charged for parking plus entire to the Discovery Centre. Parking is £2 for four hours. Entry to the centre is £5.40 for kids aged over four and £7.90 for adults. Under 4s are free. 

Mad Hatters Pottery Painting Cafe 

School Road, Tilehurst

Paint your own pottery while enjoying cake, a great way to nurture children’s creative side. 

Visit the Mad Hatters website for more details.

Lockey Farm


Lockey Farm has added lots of play facilities in recent years and with animals to look at too, it’s a lovely day out for the kids. 

There’s a crazy golf course and a bouncy pillow, plus a coffee shop for when it’s snack time. Entry is £4 for children aged over 2 and adults. Under 2s are free. 

Monkey Mates

Old Forest Road, Wokingham

One of our favourite soft play centres. Monkey Mates in Wokingham features slides of all sizes, a small play space for babies, play houses, a dressing up corner and lots more. 

My girls love climbing up to the very top and exploring all of the tunnels and rope bridges. There’s lots of space here and we always have a great time. 

Entry costs £4.50  for under 3s and £5.50 for over 3s during school holidays. Visit the Monkey Mates website for more information. 

Bucklebury Farm Park

I hear Will and Kate’s kids love visiting Bucklebury Farm when they’re staying with their grandparents in Bucklebury!

Featuring lots of animals, indoor and outdoor play, you can easily spend an entire day here.  Entry is £9.95 for adults and £9.25 for kids over two. 

For more information visit Bucklebury Farm Park’s website. 

4 Kingdoms Adventure Park

Newbury Road, Headley

Featuring more than 20 play zones, a petting farm, pedalo boats, giant slides and laser tag, there’s so much to do at 4 Kingdoms!

Check the website for information on special events such as the chance to meet Paw Patrol and the PJ Masks. 

California Country Park


The paddling pool does not open until July 20, but there’s loads to do before the summer holidays. Take a walk around the lake, play in the playground or have a snack at Jackson’s Cafe. 

Basildon Park 

A beautiful National Trust property located just outside of Reading. You can walk through a field of cows on one of the buggy-friendly walks, explore the gardens or just climb a tree. 

There’s a cafe on site too where you can get snacks and ice creams. 


Cliveden Road, Taplow

One of my absolute favourite National Trust properties. We visit at least once a month. 

Cliveden has so much to do you can easily spend an entire day here when the weather is good. There’s a huge maze which I’ve never quite managed to solve, lots of beautiful gardens to explore, and outdoor playground with slides and climbing frames, a lovely restaurant with kid-friendly meals plus the giant lawn outside the main house where my two love chasing each other. 

It often gets busy on nice days, but you never feel too crowded here thanks to all of the space. Perfect for a picnic. 

Jungle Mania

Headley Road East, Woodley

A huge soft play centre with so much to do including giant slides and ball pits. There’s a cafe serving refreshments too. 

Entry starts at £1.50 for under 1s then goes up to £6.25 for over 3s. 

Visit Jungle Mania for more information. 

Whoosh Soft Play Centre

Bracknell Leisure Centre

A huge soft play centre open seven days a week. Parking is free and entry is £1.50 for under 1s, £4.00 for one-year-olds, £4.75 for two-year-olds, and £5.35 for over 3s. 

Visit Whoosh for more information.

Krazy Play Days

Norcot Industrial Estate, Reading

Reading’s largest soft play centre! Entry is £1.50 for under ones, and increases to £7.95 for over 5s. 

There’s ball pits and lots of soft play obstacles for kids to enjoy. Visit Krazy Play Days for more information. 

The Mad House

Green Park

Featuring a dedicated toddler play area, lots of different play areas and slides, The Mad House is a great way to get kids to run off some of their endless energy. 

Entry is £2 for under 1s, £4.95 for one to 3s and £5.95 for ages four and over. 

Visit the Mad House for more information. 

Henry Street Garden Centre


This is one of my favourite places to take our two kids when I don’t want to spend too much on entertaining them. 

The aquarium shop has a large tank of huge fish that you can feed for just £1 a pot of food. My girls absolutely love doing this!

There’s also LeapFrog Ceramics on site, where kids can choose from a huge range of pottery to paint however they choose. The pottery can get quite pricey depending on what your kids choose to paint, with some costing £15 to £20. 

There’s also a restaurant on site.

Wyevale Garden Centre soft plays

Twyford or Heathlands

If you can cope with soft play during half term, then the Healthands and Twyford Wyevale garden centres have some lovely play facilities. 

It costs just a couple of quid to enter and then there’s lots to keep children entertained while you have a cup of tea.