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15 things to do outside this Autumn

15 things to do outside this Autumn

Here are 15 things to do outside this Autumn with the kids. There is plenty to do outside to keep the kids busy, playing and discovering. Here are some ideas which you might like to try. 15 things to do outside this Autumn Do a walking trail. There are several permanent family friendly walking trails in Berkshire, click here to find out where they are. Go Star Gazing. Wait until its dark at night, go out and look up at the sky. Why not wrap up under a warm blanket and watch the stars. Can you see the space station…
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A visit to The Nature Discovery Centre

A visit to The Nature Discovery Centre

I recently went for a walk and visit to The Nature Discovery Centre in Thatcham and have to say I was really impressed with the Wildlife Trusts site. I went mid-week, during term time and met my parents for a social distanced walk and picnic. The weather was a mixture of sunshine and showers which was kind to us during our picnic. It’s a lovely family friendly destination and I look forward to going back with my husband and the kids soon.  What is at the Nature Discovery Centre? The Nature Discovery Centre is made up of a series of…
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A visit to Aldermaston Wharf

A visit to Aldermaston Wharf

We took a visit to Aldermaston Wharf, which is home to part of the Kennet and Avon Canal and just 1.5 miles away from Aldermaston in West Berkshire. What did we see and do at Aldermaston Wharf? After parking the car (details below), we went straight to find the canal. From the car park we walked through the grounds of the quaint Aldermaston Tea Rooms garden which had a one way system from the car park. Then we were immediately on the canal.  Aldermaston Tea Room First of all we turned right and walked up to the electric lifting bridge…
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Paper Plate Dinosaur

Paper Plate Dinosaur

Can you ever have enough dinosaurs? This Paper Plate Dinosaur is a brilliant craft to make, especially for any dinosaur fans. What do I need to make a Paper Plate Dinosaur? A white paper plate. A card board tube. Child Friendly paint - 2 colours. A button, sticker or googly eye. PVA glue. Scissors.Felt tip pen. How do I make a Paper Plate Dinosaur? Paint the paper plate with the colour that you would like your dinosaur to be. Let it dry. Cut the cardboard tube in half (watch your fingers!)Paint the two halves of the cardboard tube the same…
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Walking to The Copper Horse

Walking to The Copper Horse

I have been meaning to go walking to The Copper Horse at one end of the Long Walk in Windsor Great Park for several years now and just never made it happen. However, I finally did it and will be going back to walk there again very soon. About the walk The walk is long and flat, with a buggy in tow and a stop at The Copper Horse to admire the view and for my little one to have a bit of an explore out of the buggy it took us about 2 hours to walk from the car…
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Places to feed the Ducks in Berkshire

Places to feed the Ducks in Berkshire

One of our favourite post-lockdown activities has been feeding the ducks, geese and swans. It’s a great activity to do with our youngest who can now get involved and my eldest enjoys the activity too. It’s cheap, outdoors and we tend to feed the ducks whilst also on a walk. So I have decided to compile a list of places to feed the ducks in Berkshire and the surrounding areas. Where can I go to feed the ducks, geese and swans? California Country Park, Wokingham has a large lake where you can feed the birds. There is also a cafe…
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Walking at Simon’s Wood, Finchampstead

Walking at Simon’s Wood, Finchampstead

Several Berkshire Mummies readers suggested I went walking at Simon’s Wood, Finchampstead - thank you to everyone who recommended this walk to me, we loved our visit. During our walk at Simon’s Wood it was wonderful to be fully immersed in the woods - with tall trees, thick woodland and well defined paths.  From the free car park we entered the woods where there was a wooden sign saying Centenary Trail, we could have taken alternative routes however. Once in the woods we followed the green arrows, which marked out the Centenary Trail for us. The trail arrows took us through…
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Geocaching

Geocaching

Have you been Geocaching before? Geocaching is 'the world's largest treasure hunt' and is a free activity; outdoors, lots of fun and great fun for the whole family. We have been several times now and really enjoy the challenge of finding a geocache.  What do I need to go Geocaching? All you need to do is to create an account on the Geocaching website or download and sign up to the app which gives you access to the Geocaching map. Click here for more details. How does Geocaching work? Once you have the Geocaching app, you can search the app…
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Dinosaur Trail at Herschel Park

Dinosaur Trail at Herschel Park

Today we headed to Slough to have a go at the Dinosaur Trail at Herschel Park. We have a child who adores dinosaurs and it was a great opportunity to get outside on an adventure, despite the rain.  The Dinosaur Trail Active Slough have put up an Xplorer Dinosaur Trail at Herschel Park which is on throughout the summer and there are 15 dinosaurs cards hidden around the park. Each of the dinosaurs card has a dinosaur picture on it, a number and a dinosaur fact on it. Click here to access the map of where the dinosaurs are hiding. …
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Leaf Rubbings

Leaf Rubbings

Do you remember creating leaf rubbings as a child? It's almost like 'magic' seeing the leaf and all it's patterns appear through the paper. What do I need to make a leaf rubbing? It's best to get a selection of leaves from the garden or during a walk. A range of sizes and shapes will be most impactful. Wax Crayons. White Paper. How do I make a leaf rubbing? Place your leaf on a flat surface. Put a piece of paper on top of the leaf. Rub the side of a crayon (you might want to take the paper off)…
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