Places to Visit
The following are local places of interest and worth a visit
In nearby Winnersh, Dinton Pastures Country Park has just over 335 acres. It offers a variety of habitats including 7 lakes, 2 rivers, and meadows. Three public bird hides provide secret viewing of the waterfowl, with one specially adapted for wheelchair users. Nearby is Lavell’s Lake is a 9.5 hectare devoted to nature conservation. It is managed in partnership with Friends of Lavell’s Lake, a registered charity.Lavell’s Lake has a rich and varied bird population. It is nationally known for its migratory and resident species.
In Finchampstead we have California Country Park, it covers 40 hectares and is set within 100 acres of ancient bogland and lowland heath. It offers scenic walks, wildlife watching, fishing and more. It hosts many events that can been on it’s website.
Woodley houses the Museum of Berkshire Aviation near the site of the original Aerodrome which Douglas Bader used to fly from.
In Bracknell a good place to visit is The Look Out Discovery Centre the main attraction being the hands-on science exhibition which has over 90 hands-on activities. It also have a gift shop, coffee shop and adventure play area. The centre is set in 1000 hectares of woodland that are great for walking or Mountain biking, plus you can also swing thorugh the trees at Go Ape or ride a Segway around the trails.
Reading has many attractions including The Blakes Lock Museum, Reading Museum with it’s own Bayeux tapestry and the Museum of English Rural Life . For the musical Reading boasts the Reading Festival one of the most famous in the country every August Bank Holiday. For a gentler pace try a river boat cruise from Caversham to places like Mapledurham House and the working watermill or Henley (see below).
It is not far to Windsor where you could visit Windsor Castle, Eton college, Ascot Racecourse and Savill Garden or for the young at heart LegoLand . Also nearby is Ruunymede and the place the Magna Carta was signed.
In Riesley we have Wellington Country Park that includes several adventure play areas, a toddler’s area, sand pits, slides, miniature railway, animal farm and petting barn (seasonal), nature trail maze, enchanted forest, water play, 9 holes of crazy golf. A similar attraction in Sandhurst is Tri Lakes again with play areas, animals, etc. They also have special days organised, see theri website.
After the excitement of the Olympics you could try a day at the river in Henley where the previous London Olympic rowing took place and visit the River and Rowing Museum or perhaps the world famous Henley Regatta in July for a Pims or the Marlow Town Regatta in June ! Also in July there is the spectacle of the Henley Festival.Plus the splendor of nearby Greys Court
Lastly for other grandeur try the 18th century National Trust property Basildon Park near Reading or Cliveden House near Maidenhead or West Wycombe Park near High Wycombe plus drop in to the nearby and infamous Hell Fire Caves ! Nearby is Hughendon home of Disraeli and WW2 secrets.