Children love to go to the park – they’re great for helping the children to burn off a bit of steam and more often than not they’re free to play in! Here is a list of 25 FREE parks to visit in Berkshire this Summer. Please note that whilst these parks are all free to enter, car parking charges may apply to some.
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25 FREE Parks to Visit in Berkshire this Summer
1. Prospect Park, Reading: The new playground here was opened at the start of 2023. The playground is great and suits all ages and abilities. There are several themed zones as well as some quieter areas to play in.
2. Donnington Recreation Ground, Newbury: This is a great play area, just down the road from Donnington Castle. It features a large wooden play castle. In the playground you will also find a zip wire, swings, roundabout, seesaw and more.
3. Nature Discovery Centre Play Area, Thatcham: The Adventure Playgrounds at The Nature Discovery Centre in Thatcham are lovely. They are split into two separate parks, one for older children and one for younger children. The adventure playground for older children has climbing frames, the larger climbing frame has a slide. There is a wooden balance obstacle, roundabout and swinging bars and more all set in a woodland setting. The adventure playground for younger children has swings, a small climbing frame, a wooden tunnel, slide and more.
4. Woodford Park, Woodley: There are 3 play areas here. The one nearest the car park is fenced and has a zip wire, sandpit overlooking the lake, climbing frames etc. The second play area is across the field and has a larger play equipment for older children, including zip wires, large slide and climbing frame, swings, sea-saw, obstacle course and more. Then the third play area is next the play area for older children. It has swings, climbing frames, slides, car, play house / tunnel and more. There is a paddling pool here too.
5. Sol Joel Park, Earley: Here you will find 3 Full size Football Pitches, Mini Soccer Pitches, a Cricket Pitch, Hard Court Basketball Court and an all inclusive children’s play area.
6. Cantley Park, Wokingham: There is a great range of play equipment for all ages here (including adults!). The play area is bright and colourful with some interactive elements too. It is laid out in different zones for different age groups and there is also wheelchair accessible equipment in the play area.
7. Elms Field, Wokingham: The play area has a wide selection of play equipment suitable for both older and younger children. The play equipment is all very natural predominantly made of wood, rope with a bit of metal. You will find: climbing frames all with slides, swings, musical instruments, spring toys, balance beams, a trampoline, puzzle boards all in a large enclosed space.
8. Christchurch Meadows, Reading: The large play area here includes a wooden boat, sandpit, swings, climbing frames, zip wire and more. There is something for all ages. There is also a paddling pool here.
9. Ockwells Park, Maidenhead: Ockwells Park has a fantastic sized park with a wide mixture of play equipment, which includes climbing frames, swings, stepping stones, spider webs and loads more.
10. Sandhurst Memorial Park: There are two play areas at Sandhurst Memorial Park. Once which is fantastic for younger children and is an enclosed park. It has multiple small climbing frames, some of which you will find in the middle of a sandpit – make sure you pack a bucket and spade. There are toddler swings, spring toys plus an accessible swing and roundabout.
11. The Pirate Park, Windsor: Clewer Memorial Recreation Ground is in Dedworth, Windsor and is a popular park also known as ‘The Pirate Park’. There is a giant pirate ship (the photo below just shows half of it) in the play area plus a pirate flag on the flag pole near the cafe. The Pirate Ship is based in the main play area with sand on the ground, so do take your bucket and spade. There is also play equipment for younger children. In a separate part of the park there is a more ‘traditional’ park are swings, monkey bars etc.
12. Locks Ride Recreation Ground, Winkfield: Locks Ride Recreation Ground is between Warfield and Ascot is a popular park for families to visit, especially in the warmer months. The play area is set in sand so don’t forget buckets and spades. The play area is well maintained and it’s great for picnics. There is a splash pad here as well.
14. Victoria Park, Newbury: There are two giant helter-skelter slides, an obstacle course, swings for toddlers and older children, zip wire, see-saw, roundabout, small climbing frame and slide and more. Next to the play area is also a splash pad and an enclosed sandpit.
15. Pinewood Centre Play Areas, Wokingham: There are two brilliant playgrounds at The Pinewood Centre in Wokingham Without – one is a wooden adventure playground set in a woodland and the other is train themed and next to the Pinewood Miniature Railway but neither are far apart from one another, so you could play in both whilst visiting.
16. FBC Play Area, Finchampstead: Finchampstead Baptist Church (FBC) Play Area is an impressive space which is suitable for all ages and there is certainly plenty to do. There is a large playground plus an multi-use games area and a woodland walk. There are swings for both older children and toddlers, a trampoline, tunnels, climbing frames, hills, bridges, multiple slides, a zip wire and more.
17. Dinton Pastures, Wokingham: The play area at Dinton Pastures Country Park is great. In the park you will find swings, underground tunnels, a zip wire, giant wooden nest towers, a swinging hanging log, tunnels and so much more. There is a large mound in the middle of the park which is perfect for climbing the cargo net and there is a large slide and bridge incorporated into the mound. A giant wooden chair also sits in the park which is a hit with families and is a brilliant and popular spot for photographs.
18. Mill Park, Bracknell: The first play area is near to McDonalds and the Mill Pond / Mill Park car park. The play area has a range of play equipment including a large metal climbing, a wooden castle with long slide and a wooden pirate ship and a range of swings including toddler swings and a tyre swing. There is then also a skate park and more play equipment ‘The Olympic Legacy’ which includes climbing wall, climbing frame, monkey bars in a separate part of the park etc.
19. Westmorlands Park, Warfield: In the play area there is a wooden obstacle course, climbing frame and slide for younger children, a set of swings (that go round in a circle), wobbly animals! Then outside the play area itself there is some play equipment for older children including a climbing frame and a small AstroTurf area for ball games.
20. King George V Recreation Ground, Winkfield Row: The play area at King George V Recreation Ground in Winkfield Row has recently been refurbished with new play equipment throughout. There is a small climbing frame, toddler swing, roundabout and trampoline for the younger children and swings, climbing frames one with climbing wall and helter-skelter slide attached, a large ‘snake’ swing and sea-saw.
21. Pangbourne Recreation Ground: The play area is enclosed with two climbing frames, one suitable for younger children and the other for older children, each have a rope climbing net, slides and a rope or wooden bridge. There are also swings for both younger and older children as well as a disc swing, witches hat, wooden balance beams and monkey bars. There is also a small wooden boat and some rocking motorbikes. Outside of the play area are a zipline and football goals.
22. Broomhall Recreation Ground, Sunningdale: The playground is a good size and has swings, a climbing frame and helter skelter plus other equipment. There is also a toddler friendly area which includes a sandpit, ‘talking flowers’ and jumping mushrooms.
23. York Road Play Area, Binfield: The play area has a range of play equipment suitable for younger children including a wooden house with slides and steps, two brightly coloured spring toys – a bee and ladybird, two toddler swings, a grass bank with tunnel running through it and two willow tunnels.
24. Jocks Lane Recreation Ground, Bracknell: There is loads on offer at Jocks Lane including a play area, plus a large open field which has a zip wire. There are tennis and basket ball courts plus table tennis tables, a miniature golf course and cafe. There is a splash pad here as well.
25. Imperial Park, Windsor: Imperial Park has a large playing field which also doubles as a football pitch. Then there is a brilliant fenced play area – packed full of play equipment – a mixture of equipment for older and younger children. There were no toddler swings however. But there are climbing frames, swings, see-saw, stepping stones and more. There is also a multi-purpose hard-standing pitch for basketball, football, netball and more.
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