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Family Friendly Things to Do in Maidenhead

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There are lots of family friendly things to do in Maidenhead. Read on to find some of our suggestions. All make for a lovely local family day out.

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Family Friendly Things to Do in Maidenhead

*BCA Zoo: This is a small zoo, home to over 100 different animals. You can book zoo tours, family zoo days, experiences and animal encounters and even animal photography sessions. You can read more on their website here.


8Norden Farm Centre for the Arts is a fantastic place for the community, with creative workshops, live perfomances, cinema and community events including the annual Lantern Parade and Kite Festival. There is also a cafe at the centre. Click here to discover more about Norden Farm.

Boulters Lock and Ray Mill Island: These are both fantastic places to visit as there is plenty to see and explore, with the added bonus that it is all free! Boulters Lock is a fantastic place to watch boats going in and out of the lock. Boulters Lock is right next to Ray Mill Island, so you just need to cross over the bridge to get onto the island. On Ray Mill Island itself you will find plenty of opportunities to feed the swans, geese and ducks there is also a bird aviary and guinea pig enclosure for you to look at. You can read about our visit here.

Boulters Lock Ray Mill Island
Boulters Lock

Wildway Life Mini Zoo: This new mini zoo has a wide variety of exotic animals, animal encounters, and a free bouncy castle! The Zoo is currently closed for maintenance (when checked on 7/6/23) so please check the website for details of re-opening times.

Riverside Gardens: Riverside Gardens in Maidenhead is a lovely location for families to visit and just up the road is Boulters Lock and Ray Mill Island which also has plenty on offer for the family. There’s a lovely little mini golf course here run by Jenner’s Cafe. There’s also a large playing field and play area. You can read about our visit here.

Riverside Gardens Play Area Maidenhead
Riverside Gardens Play Area

Heritage Centre: There is plenty to see and do here and quite often family activities too. One of the highlights is a Spitfire simulator flying experience. You can read more on their website here.

*The Fruit Fields: On the Maidenhead / Cookham border you will find The Fruit Fields perfect for Pick Your Own. There is also a Farm Shop too.

Braywick Nature Reserve: This is a beautiful place to go for a walk and there are some wooden sculptures for children to spot as you go. You will find the trail map in the Formal Garden. There is a playing area on Braywick park playing fields. You can read about our walk at the nature reserve here.

Formal Park at Braywick Nature Reserve
Braywick Nature Reserve

Maidenhead Mini Golf: This is an 18 hole dinosaur themed mini golf course. There are lots of dinosaurs to spot as you make your way around and plenty of exciting obstacles to overcome. Read about our visit here.

Next to Maidenhead is the Maidenhead Dessert House.

Maidenhead Mini Golf Berkshire
Maidenhead Mini Golf

Braywick Leisure Centre: The centre can be found close to the Braywick Nature Reserve. It has a great family swimming pool, sports hall, escape rooms and lots more. Click here to read more about the Leisure Centre.

Ockwells Park: Ockwells Park in Maidenhead is another wonderful park in Berkshire that has lots to offer families. The park is set in 130 acres of public space which is part of the nature reserve. There is a large play park with plenty of play equipment and you can also take a walk around the field (there is a circuit trail for children to attempt along part of the walk.) You can read more about our visit here. There is also Juniors Cafe next to the play area, which has a small soft play inside.

Ockwells Park
Ockwells Park Play Area

Grenfell Park can be found near the train station in Maidenhead and has two play areas. Click here to find out more.

Grenfell Park Maidenhead
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