Here are 50 free things to do in Berkshire this Summer. Please note car parking charges may apply to some of these suggestions. Happy exploring!
You may also want to check out the Berkshire Mummies Summer What’s on Guide in Berkshire and also Free or Low Cost Summer What’s on Guide in Berkshire.
Free Activities and Adventures in Berkshire
1. Changing of the Guard, Windsor – A spectacular free event which you can watch in the historic Berkshire town.
2. Donnington Castle, near Newbury – It’s free to visit the castle ruins (parking charges apply however) and there is a lovely walk here too.
3. Lily Hill Park, Bracknell – The park is made up of 23 hectares of public open space which includes woodland areas, open green space, ponds, a boardwalk and sculptures plus plenty of wildlife and flowers.
4. Ray Mill Island and Boulter’s Lock, Maidenhead – Boulters Lock and Ray Mill Island are both fantastic places to visit as there is plenty to see and explore, with the added bonus that it is all free!
6. Summer Reading Challenge, Berkshire – This is a lovely way to keep children reading throughout the Summer holidays.
7. The Nature Discovery Centre, Thatcham – The Nature Discovery Centre is made up of a series of lakes, there are lots of birds to be seen so make sure you look out for the identification boards around the site so that you can identify the birds you see, you might want to take binoculars for the children too.
Free Large Play Areas in Berkshire
8. California Country Park, Wokingham – The play area is a large play space which is suitable for both younger and older children.
9. Cantley Park, Wokingham – The park has an excellent variety of play equipment to suit all ages – it is laid out in different zones for different age groups and there is also wheelchair accessible equipment in the play area.
11. 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 a multi-use games area and a woodland walk.
12. Locks Ride Recreation Ground, Ascot – Locks Ride Recreation Ground between Warfield and Ascot is a popular park for families to visit, especially in the warmer months. The play area is well maintained and it’s great for picnics. There is a splash pad here and sand too.
13. Pinewood Centre Adventure Play Area, Wokingham Without – 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.
14. Sandhurst Memorial Park, Sandhurst – Sandhurst Memorial Park holds a green flag award and is set on a 69 acre site. There are two play areas at Sandhurst Memorial Park.
15. The Look Out Play Area, Bracknell – The play area is set in a woodland in Swinley Forest, it has wonderful play equipment, which is predominantly wooden. The playground is large but divided into three adjoined areas.
16. 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 in the play area plus a pirate flag on the flag pole near the café.
17. Victoria Park, Newbury – There is loads of open green space plus a boating pond and large skate park. You will also find a good sized play area in the park.
18. Woodford Park, Woodley – There are 3 play areas here plus a paddling pool and skatepark.
Free Trails in Berkshire
19. Geocaching, Berkshire – Geocaching is ‘the world’s largest treasure hunt’ and is a free activity; outdoors, lots of fun and great fun for the whole family.
20. Herschel Park Tree Trail, Slough – There are a number of trails in Berkshire which you can take part in, many of which are free.
21. Lily Hill Park Orienteering, Bracknell – Did you know there are several permanent orienteering maps which you can download so you can have a go at Orienteering in Berkshire? One of these can be found in Lily Hill Park in Bracknell.
23. Popes Meadow Orienteering, Binfield – Did you know there are several permanent orienteering maps which you can download so you can have a go at Orienteering in Berkshire? One of these can be found in Popes Meadow in Binfield.
24. Sculpture Trail at South Hill Park, Bracknell – There are lots of animal themed sculptures to see along this trail.
25. The Blue Plaque Trail, Wokingham – Did you know there are three Wokingham Trails which you can do for free? All of the trails can be found on the Wokingham Town History App which is free to download and gives you all of the locations for the trails and the things you are looking to spot.
26. The Eton Walkway, Eton – A lovely free trail to explore if you’re in nearby Windsor.
27. The Green Man Sculpture Trail, Bracknell – Hidden within Tarman’s Copse, which is situated in Jennett’s Park, Bracknell you will discover several pieces of wooden artwork which make up The Green Man Sculpture Trail.
28. The Queen’s Walkway, Windsor – The trail is made up of 63 points of interest around Windsor, so you can either make a day of exploring the whole trail and see how much you could complete or just take a section of the trail, which is great as it can be flexible if you are walking with little ones who can’t go as far.
29. The War Memorial Trail, Wokingham – Did you know there are three Wokingham Trails which you can do for free? All of the trails can be found on the Wokingham Town History App which is free to download and gives you all of the locations for the trails and the things you are looking to spot.
30. Wokingham Mosaic Trail, Wokingham – Did you know there are three Wokingham Trails which you can do for free? All of the trails can be found on the Wokingham Town History App which is free to download and gives you all of the locations for the trails and the things you are looking to spot.
Free Bike Rides in Berkshire
31. Ascot Heath at Ascot Racecourse, Ascot – The Heath is a 1.7 mile circular walk or ride which is flat and also home to Royal Ascot Cricket Club. The Heath is impressive as you can see the Ascot Racecourse grandstand throughout and also walk or ride alongside the race track. You can only enter here on non race days.
32. Bucklers Forest, Crowthorne – The walk is adjacent to a new housing estate, Buckler’s Park which is still being built and covers 100 acres of forest, grasslands, heathland and ponds.
Free Museums in Berkshire
34. Greenham Control Tower, Greenham – A great place to go walking and exploring.
35. Maidenhead Heritage Centre, Maidenhead – A lovely museum featuring a Spitfire flight simulator experience.
36. MERL, Reading – Free to visit and quite often run family events and activities.
39. West Berkshire Museum, Newbury – A lovely museum to explore and it is a short walk from Newbury Wharf and the Kennet and Avon Canal.
40. Windsor and Royal Borough Museum, Windsor – Found in Windsor Guildhall with over 100 objects on display.
Free Splash Pads in Berkshire
Free Paddling Pools in Berkshire
Free Walks in Berkshire
46. Braywick Nature Reserve, Maidenhead – You can park for free in the car park on Hibbert Road which takes you directly into the Formal Park area. There are some beautiful trees and benches dotted around and open green space to enjoy.
47. Copper Horse, Windsor Great Park – The Copper Horse can be found at one end of the Long Walk in Windsor and has a magnificent view of the castle.
48. Hurley Riverside and Hurley Lock, South Ascot – We love walking at Hurley and Hurley Lock, it’s one of our favourite places to visit in Berkshire along the River Thames. We enjoy taking a picnic, walking the Thames path and watching the boats go in and out of the lock.
49. Simon’s Wood, Finchampstead – A lovely place to walk and wonderful to be fully immersed in the woods – with tall trees, thick woodland and well defined paths.
50. Snelsmore Common, Newbury – Walking at Snelsmore Common has lots of different walking route options and is made up of a range of habitats which include woodlands, wet mires and heathland.
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