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25 Free Things to do in Berkshire

We have put together a list of 25 things to do in Berkshire – and they’re all free! There’s something for everyone in this list and the best part is it won’t cost a penny.

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  1. Go to a Museum – We have a huge variety of Museums in Berkshire. The Natural History Museum in Eton, The Reading Museum and The West Berkshire Museum in Newbury are all free to visit. Read about some of our favourite museums here.
Natural History Museum Eton
Natural History Museum in Eton

2. Visit a Splash Pad – Water play is always a firm favourite with children of all ages. We have plenty of splash pads and paddling pools to choose from in Berkshire and most of them are free to play in. Click here for our list of places to visit.

3. Explore The Queen’s Walkway and Eton Walkway The Queen’s Walkway in Windsor is a self guided walking trail of this fascinating town. There is also an Eton Walkway – click here for a free trail map. These are great ways to make walking fun for little legs.

Queen's Walkway Windsor
The Queen’s Walkway in Windsor

4. Head to the Park – We have an incredible number of parks and playgrounds in Berkshire. Click here to find an extensive list of some of the ones you could visit.

Clewer Manor Play Area
Clewer Manor Play Area in Windsor

5. Go for a Walk– There are some lovely walks to be had around the Royal Borough. Here are some of our favourites. Plenty of them are suitable for pushchairs, scooters and bikes too.

Walk Sign Ramblers walk
Walking at Peacock Meadows in Bracknell

6. Go Geocaching – This is known as the ‘world’s largest treasure hunt’ and is a free activity to get the whole family outdoors and having fun in the fresh air. Read more about it here.

Geocaching find
A Geocaching Find

7. Go Orienteering – All you need to do is choose your site, download a free orienteering map and off you go! It’s a great way for little ones to practise map reading. We have a few permanent courses dotted around Berkshire to explore. Click here to find out more.

Orienteering in Berkshire
Orienteering at Lily Hill Park in Bracknell

8. Go for a Picnic– There are plenty of outdoor spaces in which to enjoy a picnic with friends and family in Berkshire. Did you know that Berkshire is home to the largest picnic bench in England?! Click here to read our Top 20 List of places to go for a picnic.

Picnics at Raymill Island, Maidenhead
Lily Hill Park – The Longest Picnic Bench in England!

9. Watch The Planes at Blackbushe Airport – Blackbushe Airport is a fantastic local airport based in Camberley where you are able to see small aircrafts, jets and helicopters taking off and coming into land. There is a lovely café there too. Read about our visit here.

Blackbushe Airport
Blackbushe Airport

10. Go to The Library– Libraries quite often run Reading Challenges for children to take part in – check with your local library to find out more. They often run nice activities to keep young minds active.

North Ascot Library

11. Watch The Changing of the Guard in Windsor – This is wonderful free event in Windsor and one that is always very popular with families – it’s certainly one of our favourite things to do. Click here to find out the dates and times and read about our top tips for when you visit here.

Changing of the Guard
Changing of the Guard in Windsor

12. Visit Maidenhead Heritage Centre – The museum explores the history of Maidenhead and it’s surroundings. There is lots to see and they frequently run fun interactive family activities. Visit their website to find out more.

13. Visit Ray Mill Island and Boulters Lock – These are fantastic places to explore and watch the boats and feed the ducks. Read about our visits here. There is also a lovely little playing area at Ray Mill Island.

Boulters Lock Ray Mill Island
Boulters Lock

14. Visit Donnington Castle – You can find the remains of Donnington Castle in Newbury. There are some lovely woodland walks to be had around the castle, with Snelsmore Common close by too.

Path to Donnington Castle
Donnington Castle

15. Go on a Bike Ride – We have made a list of some of the places you can go for a family bike round around Berkshire. You could combine your bike ride with a stop off at a playground as well. A great way to spend a few hours as a family together – and all free!

National Cycle Network

16. Follow The Green Man Sculpture Trail – These pieces are wooden artwork are in Tarman’s Copse in Jennetts Park, Bracknell. There are plenty of sculptures to see along the way – read about our walk here. You could also combine with a visit to Jennett’s Hill play area.

Oak Green Man
Green Man Sculpture Trail

17. Visit the canalHungerford Wharf is popular for walking, cycling and boating. Aldermaston Wharf is another beautiful place to visit and is home to part of the Kennet and Avon Canal in West Berkshire.

Aldermaston Lock at Aldermaston Wharf
Aldermaston Wharf

18. Sandpit play – If you are looking for sand but don’t want to travel as far as the beach read through our list of local parks with sand pits to play in. Don’t forget your buckets and spades!

Locks Ride Sandpit
Locks Ride in Winfield

19. Wokingham Trails – Wokingham has several free walking trails to follow. These can be found on the Wokingham Town History Map.

Wokingham Mosaic Trail
Wokingham Mosaic Trail

20. Visit The Nature Discovery Centre in Thatcham – Here you can bird watch on the lakes, explore the walking trails, play in the adventure playgrounds and take a look round the visitor centre. Read about our visit here.

Nature Discovery Centre Thatcham Berkshire
The Nature Discovery Centre in Thatcham

21. Follow the South Hill Park Nature Trail – Follow the trail and see if you can spot the wooden and metal sculptures along the way. South Hill park has a little maze and play areas too.

South Hill Park Bracknell
South Hill Park in Bracknell

22. Feed the ducks – This is such a nice activity for little ones and a great one to combine with a walk or play at the park. Here are some of our favourite places to feed the ducks in Berkshire.

Dinton Pastures - Things to do in Berkshire
The Ducks at Dinton Pastures

23. Go Den building – Woodland areas make for a perfect place to build dens. The Look Out in Bracknell has a lovely area to build dens in – you could build your own or explore what other people have been busy building.

Den Building at The Look Out
The Look Out in Bracknell

24. Visit a landmark – We have many famous land marks in Berkshire and many are free to visit and walk around. We like to walk at The Heath at Ascot Racecourse during non-race days, stroll down The Long Walk in Windsor to The Copper Horse, and visit the Ankerwyke Yew which is the National Trust’s oldest tree.

The Copper Horse, Windsor Great Park, The Deer Park
The Copper Horse in Windsor

25. Visit Dinton Pastures Country Park – This is a wonderful place to send a few hours. Dinton Pastures has a lake you can walk round and also a large play area with plenty of equipment for all ages.

Swing at Dinton Pastures Play Park
Dinton Pastures Play Area
Looking for even more inspiration?

Hopefully you have found this post useful but if you are looking for even more ideas of free things to do with the family have a look at 15 Free Things to Do in Windsor, 5 Free Things to Do in Marlow and 20 Free and Low Cost Ideas for the School Holidays.

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